Rolfe eyes Adelong Cup with former Victorian I Am Mamwaazel

The John Rolfe-trained I Am Mamwaazel and Akira Kajiya will contest Saturday’s Adelong Cup. Photo: John Rolfe Racing.

Canberra trainer John Rolfe will take four gallopers to Gundagai Adelong Race Club on Saturday, teaming up with regular jockey Akira Kajiya.

According to Rolfe, the stable is confident I Am Mamwaazel can run a big race in the 1400m Adelong Cup.

The four-year-old previously raced in Victoria, spending time in the Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable, winning at Swan Hill over 1300m and Albury over 1400m. 

The I Am Invincible gelding changed to the Rolfe Stable in October and returned to racing at Canberra on November 26, finishing last in a 1000m Benchmark 60 Handicap when carrying 63kg. 

I Am Mamwaazel then finished second last in a 1400m Class Two Handicap at Canberra before catching the eye at Goulburn last start when grinding home late to finish fourth, beaten only 0.82 of a length in a tough 1200m Class Three Handicap.

“He has been running in a lot better class races than what he will face on the weekend,” Rolfe said. 

“He started off in a 1000m race with 63kg and he has never won under 1300m, then the next run he lost the tongue tie and that’s why he never finished off.

“His last run was good, and he should have probably won that race.”

Rolfe expected Kajiya to get a good sit on his galloper and he hoped that the pair would be finishing strongly in the Gundagai feature.  

“The good part is, it’s the first time he has drawn a decent barrier,” Rolfe said. 

“If he jumps, we should be box-seating third and fourth and sitting in a good spot.”

Eight Willows was the stable’s second-best chance according to Rolfe, with the six-year-old looking to break through at start number 24 when jumping from gate 4 in the 1400m Maiden Handicap. 

“He has had a fair few starts but he has been racing in good TAB races and he hasn’t been beaten too far,” Rolfe said. 

“It’s a big drop back for him to go to non-TAB.”

Rolfe will also saddle up Galdocino in the 1000m Maiden Plate, with the seven-year-old drawing gate 10, while Thefancyjonesgirl has drawn gate seven in the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap. 

Rolfe believed Kajiya would give each of his runners the best chance possible on the day. 

“He rides track work for me and has rode a fair few winners for me,” Rolfe said.

“He is honest and does his best and that is all you can ask for and hopefully we are on a winner or two.”

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