By Peter Quilty
Rated the “next big thing”, Hard Style Rico (pictured) is now pressing for favouritism in next week’s Group 1 National Derby final (520m) following a stunning victory over Simon Told Helen in last night’s heats at Wentworth Park.
It was billed as a showdown between the two Victorian sprint sensations – and it didn’t disappoint!
Simon Told Helen adopted his customary catch-me-if-you-can tactics, but on this occasion his tearaway lead wasn’t big enough to withstand Hard Style Rico’s powerhouse finishing burst.
Normally prepared by Luckie Karabitsakos – but under the guidance of top NSW trainer Jason Mackay for the Derby series – Hard Read full article