Rain dampens stable’s Guineas hopes

Rain in Sydney has put Cambridge trainer Murray Baker in a quandary with his Gr. 1 NZ 2000 Guineas winner Atlante.

Baker, who trains in partnership with Andrew Forsman, has Atlante and stablemate Show The World entered for Saturday’s Gr. 1 A$500,000 Rosehill Guineas at Rosehill on Saturday but isn’t sure he will accept with both horses.

“Atlante doesn’t go in the wet and it’s raining over there,” said Baker, who has made a fleeting trip back home from Sydney. “We’ve got to decide whether to pay up with him or not. I’ll be talking it over with the owners.

“If he does run, the blinkers will be back on this weekend.”

If Atlante does miss Saturday’s feature he will start in the Tulloch Stakes the following Saturday. But Baker is adamant Show The World will compete in the Rosehill Guineas.

“There’s a question mark over whether he will handle a wet track, but he needs to have the run to stay on target for the (Australian) Derby,” said Baker.

Show The World made his Australian debut in the Gr. 1 Randwick Guineas, but never got into the race over the 1600-metre trip, finishing 12th of the 14 runners.

“It was always going to be too short for him, but he needed to start off somewhere,” said Baker. “They cantered around and sprinted home and he just never got going. The 2000 will suit him better.”

Meanwhile Baker is pleased with stable star It’s A Dundeel, who finished third behind Silent Achiever in last Saturday’s Gr. 1 Ranvet Stakes.

“He’s pulled up well and I thought his run was all right,” said Baker. “He ran on well. It was a bit of a leaders’ track and they kicked and it was hard to get them.”