Peter Robl believes the Magic Millions Guineas could be a great way for his time to end as the private trainer for Segenhoe Stud if Curdled can cause a surprise at the Gold Coast on Saturday. Robl has maintained 20 boxes at Randwick after Segenhoe's lease on the stables finished at the end of 2017.
"I knew it was coming and I still train a few for them but to win a $2 million race would be a good way to repay Kevin Maloney for the opportunity he gave me," Robl said.
Curdled has won only one race in nine starts but it was at listed level during the Brisbane winter carnival. "When we won that race we decided to aim for this day and this race. He gets here in great shape," Robl said. "He has really settled into the Coast well this time and has come on from that first-up run where he didn't have a lot of luck."
Pendeloque a pocket rocket
There is something about Pendeloque that Gerald Ryan likes. But he just can't say how good she might be heading to Randwick on Saturday.
"She is only small and has chips taken out of her knees but she is a real racehorse," he said. "We thought she was really smart in her first prep and were a bit disappointed when she just got beat by a horse called Viridine. That form looks all right now."
Pendeloque came out the Magic Millions sales but was "too far behind to be aimed" at the Gold Coast, even though she was a good winner at Randwick first-up on December 30. "She really finished that race off well and it suggested that there are a few more wins in store," Ryan said. "It is a tough little race on Saturday but I think she is up to it."