Byrne out to continue winning run at Canberra

Becky Byrne will race last-start winner Rosy Sue at Canberra on Friday. Image: Bradley Photos.

Becky Byrne will look to continue her excellent run with Damon Budler at Canberra on Friday. 

Starting just two horses, the Canberra trainer teamed up with Budler for a winning double at Moruya on March 30.

Racing Jacob Joe ($5), they won the 1010m Benchmark 50 Handicap before making it a running double when Rosy Sue ($2.90) got the job done in the 920m Maiden Handicap. 

Heading to Canberra, Byrne said her recent luck had much to do with her South African jockey.

“He is doing all my trackwork, and he’s been a godsend,” Byrne told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“Everything has been working quite well, and we’re working well together. We got a double the other day at Moruya, which was nice.  

“He’s been working with me for six or seven weeks, and it’s been a good fit as I’ve been able to focus on the training, and Damon is a big help and able to give me a good indication of where the horses are at and what he is feeling.”

A quality jockey stifled by injuries and opportunities, Byrne has a massive opinion of Budler, who will ride Rosy Sue ($3.50) in the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap and His Honour ($12) in the 1300m Cass Two Handicap at Canberra.

“That guy has a load of ability on and off the racetrack,” Byrne said. 

“I feel very confident moving forward with him in the stables, especially given the quality of our horses.

“I used to do my own trackwork, but because I’m doing a lot of the groundwork, it’s worked out really well.”

By Astern and out of Maryore, the four-year-old Rosy Sue is the well-bred half-sister to Major Ore (x Epaulette).

Maryore won the 2017 Provincial Championships, while Major Ore was a first-up winner at Newcastle earlier this year, and Byrne believes Rosy Sue can go back-to-back at Canberra. 

“Rosy Sue should have won last prep,” Byrne said.

“She was ridden upside-down, but now we have that maiden win, we’ll put her through benchmark races, and I think we’ll see a different horse next prep. She should go close on Friday if not win.”

His Honour is another good chance for the stable, with the four-year-old second-up at Canberra.

Byrne has a high opinion of the Tosen Stardom gelding, who won his maiden at Canberra in October before being tested in the $200,000 Goulburn Cup in November. 

After a brief stint in Queensland with John Zielke, where he had one start at Ipswich for a sixth in a 1350m Class One Handicap, His Honour returned home to Canberra and will be first-up for the team in a winnable Class Two Handicap. 

“We’re hoping for a bold run on Friday,” Byrne said. 

“I have a very high opinion of the horse, and we’re putting him in a Class Two even though I would rather wait for a Class One, but we have plans with the horse. 

“I think he can win, and then I want to see the horse progress through the grades.”

It’s set to be a good race day at Canberra, with the eight-race program starting at 12:45 p.m.