Cindy Alderson-trained That's The One has the motor to pinch Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes

Sep 27, 2012


Matt Stewart From:Herald Sun September 27, 201212:00AM
 

FORTUNATELY, Cindy Alderson reckons it is far healthier to look forward than back.

If Alderson looked back, she would shudder.

The trainer took two horses to Caulfield last Saturday - favourite Committed, whom she regarded as the most gifted horse she had trained, and Caulfield Cup contender Sea Galleon.

Both ran unplaced and may never race again.

Committed broke a leg in the Three-Year-Old Handicap and faces surgery, while Sea Galleon suffered a major tendon injury in the Naturalism Stakes and will miss the spring, at least.

"You can't dwell on things in this game or else it does your head in," she said.

"You have to accept that it's part of the game and that tomorrow might be better."

Alderson will run Committed's older half brother That's The One in the Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday. On the down side, Alderson says out-of-play Committed is the better of the half siblings.


"On raw ability there's probably not much between them, but Committed has a better race brain," she said.

"That's The One is a bit awkward in that he tends to be tardy away and usually requires a good tempo to get over the top of them."

The plus is that while not as good as Committed, That's The One is still top class and perfectly drawn in barrier seven to sit and swoop on Sunday. He drew gate three first-up at the Valley, ran into a traffic jam and was a good thing beaten.

"That draw's about right for him," Alderson said of That's The One's middle gate. "He's only ever run one poor race, the rest of the time he's proven a pretty good galloper."

Another positive is Craig Williams, who has won four of the past seven Rupert Clarke Stakes, aboard Toorak Toff, Response, Rewaaya and Barely A Moment.

Click here fro full story