Promising Quiet Riot back to the races at Warwick Farm

Quiet Riot, the half-brother to Hong Kong champion Golden Sixty, makes his long-awaited comeback in the Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm.

Trainer Bjorn Baker said Quiet Riot seriously injured a leg soon after making a promising start to his career with a debut win at Warwick Farm then a close fourth at Canterbury more than 12 months ago.

“We have always had a big opinion of Quiet Riot but he broke his hind fetlock and needed a long time off,’’ Baker said. “He’s had a solid grounding for this race, he’s had two trials and he’s ready to go back to the races. I’m looking forward to getting him under way.’’

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Quiet Riot is a half-brother to Hong Kong star Golden Sixty. Picture: Hong Kong Jockey ClubSource:Supplied

Quiet Riot is a well-bred four-year-old gelding by champion sire Fastnet Rock out of Gaudeamus, who is also the dam of Golden Sixty, winner of 16 of his 17 starts. That includes 13 races in a row, highlighted by wins in the Hong Kong Derby, Hong Kong International Mile and Hong Kong Classic Cup.

With the scratching of Vowmaster – he is entered for the Listed Fireball Stakes at Randwick on Saturday – Quiet Riot has been installed as TAB Fixed Odds favourite at $2.70.

Baker, who also has stable star Samadoubt primed for a comeback to racing in Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick, has a strong team entered for his home-track midweek meeting, including Ocean Emperor in the Sky Racing Active Handicap (1000m).

Promising three-year-old Ocean Emperor, winner of two of his four starts, is resuming from a spell and is at $17 behind boom unbeaten sprinter Lost And Running at $1.90 favouritism.

“Ocean Emperor has returned in really good order and trialled well but this is a tough race with some high-profile horses,’’ Baker said. “He does get a good track, which is in his favour, and he will be competitive. He’s a horse with plenty of ability.’’

Baker saddles up another early-race favourite, Exotic Ruby ($2.70), in the Robrick Lodge Handicap (1200m).

Exotic Ruby is a lightly-raced five-year-old mare by super sire Snitzel who has two provincial wins from 11 starts. She had successive city seconds to start her campaign before a last-start seventh in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes behind Subpoenaed.

Bjorn Baker hopes to snare a few winners at his home track. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Baker felt Exotic Ruby raced without luck at Rosehill.

“I thought she ran well last start,’’ Baker said. “She got caught deep and only tired in the last 100m or so. The race didn’t work out for her that day but back to the midweeks she gets her chance to win a city race.’’

Baker believes his stable’s other runner, Fields Of Honour, is better than a $10 chance in the opener, the ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap (1600m).

“The mile (a1600m) is what this horse is after,’’ Baker said. “He is definitely looking for ground and will only get better as he gets out in trip.’’

VETERAN STILL GOING STRONG

There is little interest in Isorich at Warwick Farm — but that’s situation normal.

Trainer Wayne Seelin is used to Isorich racing at generous odds so he wasn’t surprised to see his gelding is rated the rank outsider at $21 for the Bowermans Commercial Furniture Handicap (1200m).

But the 10-year-old sprinter has made a habit of producing upset results during a remarkable 126 starts and Seelin gives him a real chance to record his 15th win.

“Isorich’s work the other day was as good as I’ve ever seen from him,’’ Seelin said.

“He’s got a good barrier, the claim helps and a firmer track, which is what he needs. I’m sure there are more wins in this horse. He’s feeling and looking great.’’

Seelin’s back-to-nature training approach, which has Isorich roaming the paddocks each day on the trainer’s property near Wyong, is one of the main reasons the sprinter has had such an extended career.

Isorich will line up for his 127th start on Wednesday at Warwick Farm. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“I believe the circumstances he has grown up with and where he lives outside has helped him,’’ Seelin said. “Don’t be surprised if Invincible Kiss keeps racing as long as Isorich, too. A lot of my horses race on for long periods and I’m sure a lot of that has to do with having them in a happy environment.’’

Invincible Kiss, a six-year-old mare with five wins and 17 placings from 41 starts, is entered in the Sky Racing Active Handicap (1000m) but she isn’t a certain starter.

“There is a race at Newcastle on Friday we are considering for Invincible Kiss,’’ Seelin said. “We will work out which race suits her best because she’s in very good form and extremely consistent. She tries her hardest every start.’’

Trainer Gerald Ryan also has two entries for Warwick Farm – Hyannis Port in the Robrick Lodge Handicap (1200m) and Coterie in the TAB Handicap (1400m).

Both resumed from spells at the Warwick Farm meeting on February 10, finishing just out of the placings, but producing performances which pleased Ryan.

Originally published asWarwick Farm preview: Quiet Riot ready to cause a stir

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