Another Aussie rider for Six O’Clock News

Top Sydney rider Nash Rawiller helped Six O’Clock News to a well-overdue win at Trentham yesterday and another Australian jockey will have the ride in next weekend’s Group II Pacific Jewellers Wellington Cup.

Cambridge trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have engaged Jason Taylor to ride the Zabeel gelding in the 2400-metre feature. Taylor did a stint in Singapore riding for Busuttin’s father, Paddy, several years ago.

“Jason is a good friend of mine,” said Busuttin. “He’s a top rider. He won the (Gr I) Stradbroke Handicap last year and I think he’ll suit Six O’Clock News.”

Six O’Clock News looked one of the country’s most exciting stayers early in his career and he went on from some good three-year-old form to win the Group II City Of Auckland Cup at Ellerslie three years ago. Four starts later he won the St Leger Trial at Otaki and that was his last win until he broke through in the Group III Mills Reef Winery Trentham Stakes (2100m) yesterday.

Ridden by Rawiller, Six O’Clock News was back and wide and moved into contention coming into the home straight. He then stuck to his guns strongly to defeat another Cambridge galloper, Roi d’jeu by a half head in a desperate finish.

It was a great relief to his trainers and owners to finally have Six O’Clock News back in the winner’s circle. It was his seventh win from 49 starts and pushed his stake earnings beyond $400,000.

“It’s been frustrating with him lately,” said Busuttin. “We had to scratch him from the City Of Auckland Cup and the Marton Cup because of the wet track so he hadn’t run for six weeks. There’s plenty of improvement in him.”

Six O’Clock News trekked to Trentham in the care of Young and will spend the week at the Foxton stables of David Haworth. “He’ll go to the Foxton Beach all week,” said Busuttin. “That’s what we did with him when he ran second in the Wellington Cup last year.

“Though he hadn’t won for almost three years he has gone some good races. He was second in the Counties Cup as well as the Wellington Cup last season and he hadn’t been far away in some of the other races.”

Six O’Clock News has shot up 10 rating points for his Trentham Stakes win and though that will not affect his weighting in the Wellington Cup Busuttin is concerned about his future after next weekend.

“There is no rehandicap for the Wellington Cup from the Trentham Stakes so he will be weighted on his rating before yesterday,” said Busuttin. “But he’s shot up from a rating 92 to 102 and that’s hard to work out. He’s been harshly penalised and he’s not good enough for weight-for-age so he’s going to end up with a big weight wherever he goes.”

While Young was with Six O’Clock News in Wellington, Busuttin was at Pukekohe where he saddled up the last-race winner Star Of The Show, who raced away to score by two and three-quarter lengths in the hands of Rory Hutchings.

Star Of The Show completed a double, having won with the same rider aboard at Ruakaka on January 5. He has now won four of his 16 starts.

“He’s racing like he won’t mind 2000 metres now,” said Busuttin. “It’s good timing by him as his half-brother by Pentire is in the K1 (Premier) Session at Karaka.”