Rom Baro towards the Canberra Guineas

Feb 12, 2015

Source: Racing and Sports;

Promising galloper Rom Baro will embark on a tilt towards the Canberra Guineas, following his impressive first up victory at Canberra, last Friday.

Stepping out for just his third start, the son of Time Thief proved too sharp for his rivals, when leading throughout, in the 1200m event.

Trained by Matthew Dale, Rom Baro had not been seen since May last year, quickly rewarding the patience shown by connections.

"He's still a raw product, the Time Thief progeny do seem to take a little bit of time," Dale said.

"We got him to the races as a two-year-old, although he wasn't a readymade two-year-old.

"He ran really well at Scone before a break, there was a good gap to third, but it did appear to take its toll on him.

"He did come in for a preparation in-between, but just didn't come up, he was going through a growth spurt, so we turned him back out.

"Being a bit patient through that stage has definitely paid dividends."

A notable second placing behind Voodoo Lad in the Scone Inglis 2YO Challenge, Dale was happy to take the harder path with Rom Baro.

"It's not often I'll put a maiden into a race like that, were there are a few horses who have already at least won their maiden," Dale said.

"But it was the right timing, the right distance and I felt he put up a winning performance in the Scone Challenge, so in my eyes he had already won his maiden."

Coming through the performance in good order, Rom Baro will no progress to the Jack Thomas Handicap [Canberra Guineas Prelude].

"He'll go to the Canberra Guineas prelude, Sunday week - the Jack Thomas Memorial," Dale said.

"I've always thought he would be a miler and if you watch his last start again, he really appreciated a bit of time to find his action.

"It appears the right race to progress to, a bit over two weeks, up to 1400m against the three-year-olds.

"Depending on what is nominated, it looks like he will come in nicely at the weights."

Rom Baro joins stablemate Fell Swoop as one of Dale's more progressive gallopers in his stable.

"He's still learning, you could see it in his action and his race craft the other day," Dale said,

"He's a bit raw, but his obviously got quite a bit of ability." [Racing And Sports]