Rollout The Carpet at Awapuni

Rollout The Carpet can follow in some of the steps of another Cambridge filly Anabandana at Awapuni on Saturday.

Anabandana, last season’s NZ Champion Two-Year-Old, won the Group II Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, the Group I Ford Diamond Stakes and the Group I Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Rollout The Carpet could also be on target for the major treble had she not raced erratically in the home straight last start in the Group I Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie. She was first past the winning post, but relegated to second behind Warhorse.

However, having earlier won the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, Rollout The Carpet has taken one positive step of Anabandana and there is plenty of reason to expect another step taken this weekend in the Group I $225,000 Oaks Stud Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Rollout The Carpet returns to left-handed racing this weekend and that should play right into her hands.

She did win a trial right-handed, at Te Aroha, but until last start all her races had been left-handed. She has recorded two wins, a second and a debut fifth from her four left-handed runs.

Co-trainer Emma-Lee Browne agrees that the left-handed track will help Rollout The Carpet, but after last start’s disaster she isn’t getting carried away with her chances.

“I said before the race that anything can happen in racing, but I didn’t think that would happen,” said Browne, who trains in partnership with her father, Jeff McVean.

Browne is still at a loss to explain Rollout The Carpet’s waywardness in the Haunui Farm Diamond Stakes. “The birds flying up might have started it, but she just kept running out,” said Browne. “It’s still a mystery.”

Browne says Rollout The Carpet has done well in the last few weeks and she is pleased James McDonald will be back to ride her again this weekend.