Miller Searching For An Interstate Double

23
May

Aquanita trainer Simon Miller is banking on having an impact across two states this weekend.

Miller will saddle Platinum Rocker in the Glenlogan Park Stakes (1350m) at Doomben before he casts his eye to Belmont with top contenders Saint Bro and Willow Bridge.

Saint Bro, last year’s Fairetha Stakes (1400m) champion, should relish the absence of Cool Trade after running second to the boom filly at his previous two starts.

The Flying Pegaus gelding, who carries 57kg for Chris Parnham and jumps from barrier one, holds firm Tabtouch favouritism in the Rotary Club of Perth Handicap (1400m).

“It’s testament to how good Cool Trade is because my horse has come back better than last preparation,” said Miller on Tabradio.

“He was in the zone but she just pulled our pants down.

“She is a really, really good horse.

“In hindsight the CV doesn’t read too bad when you run second to Cool Trade

“Now that she is not there it gives us a better chance.

“With Chris’s claim he will be very hard to beat.”

Miller believes a step up in distance and weight relief will give Willow Bridge a big shot in the Secure Computer Recycling & Disposal Handicap (1650m).

The Testa Rossa gelding resumed with 54kg and finished strongly when a half-length third to My Bonny Lad (1400m) at Belmont on May 10.

At $6 he shares the third line of betting with impressive last-start winners Woken and Tower of Lonhro.

Holding $4.40 favouritism is the Justin Warwick-trained First Flight.

Willow Bridge carries 52kg for Chris Parnham and in a field of 14 he jumps from barrier 6.

“Over the mile he will be more effective but definitely with the weight relief,” said Miller.

“That’s going to be a huge go for him.

“Chris rides him so well and to go around with 52 is going to put him right into contention.

“His work on Tuesday was really strong, he recovered well and his fitness levels are good.

“But more importantly he is the soundest I have ever had him.

“I’m really excited by his chances and he will shake the life out of them.”

Miller said Platinum Rocker had ticked all the right boxes and her work earlier in the week was of a very good standard.