Babyface Adda Set To Strike On Return

24 September 2021 | Tim Walker

Trainer-driver Cody Wallrodt is confident Northam Cup winner Babyface Adda can make a winning return in tonight’s Follow The Stars Standing At Medowie Lodge NSW Pace (2130m) at Gloucester Park.

The gelding has drawn barrier one for his return and looks set to get a golden opportunity to lead all the way.

Wallrodt accepted into the Group 2 James Brennan Memorial (2536m) a fortnight ago but opted against starting his stable star in the $50,000 event.

His patience appears to have paid off by striking a significantly lesser field than the one he would’ve encountered on September 11.

Wallrodt said he didn’t want to start Babyface Adda against star pacers Vampiro and Magnificent Storm first-up.

“He’s come back in really good order,” he told TABradio

“He seems to be bigger and better.

“He’d just gone off a bit in his work and it was probably a bit of blessing in disguise because I was able to get more into him on the track.

“What he’s done since has made me really happy.”

Despite not taking on the open class horses tonight, Babyface Adda is still expected to face strong opposition in last start winners Walsh and Vespa, who have drawn barrier two and three respectively.

Wallrodt said he hoped to take advantage of the draw tonight and then look to progress on to stronger races later in the campaign.

“He should have the gate speed to hold and I reckon he will be hard to run down,” he said.

“If he was to get the cash, his campaign will start to get a lot harder.

“He’s on that mark now where there’s not much racing for him going forward so you have to start looking towards Free-For-All soon.

“Obviously it’s a fair step up.

“He’s still got to improve a fair bit.”

Wallrodt also has the in-form Allwood Glow engaged in the Fly Like An Eagle Leading National 2YO Sire – The Warwick (2130m).

Wallrodt said he was happy with the seven-year-old going into the $30,000 feature but wasn’t sure what tactics he would employ from barrier three.


Related News

21 October 2021
Now is the time to make your horse a HERO
The HRV HERO team is continuing to expand capacity to take on more retired standardbred racehorses for rehoming. More recognised re-trainers are joining the program, creating more spots for horses. Now is the time to place your horse in the HRV HERO program.
21 October 2021
Mickey Oh too strong in Group 2 Dandy Patch
He cost $16,000 at the 2020 Carrick Yearling Sale, and on Wednesday night Mickey Oh took his prize-money earnings to just over $48,000 when winning the Group 2 Dandy Patch Final for the Tasbred Two-year-old colts and geldings in Hobart at his fifth race start. As has been the case in recent starts for...
21 October 2021
Miss Papenhuyzen sprints home best in Group 2 Evicus
In 2017 former New South Wales driver Conor Crook made a move to Tasmania to further his driving career. Fast forward to 2021, and he has become established as one of the state’s leading drivers. On Wednesday night in Hobart, he tasted his biggest success in the sulky when he drove the Rohan Hillier-trained...
21 October 2021
Trots Centre: Bomb ticking along nicely, but draw hurts Cup chances
Even though it was about nine months ago, it’s hard to forget the form Better Be The Bomb was in when he won a brutally-run Allied Express Casey Classic back in January. That triumph paved the way for a start in the Del-Re National AG Hunter Cup, and although he was beaten more than 20m by superstar...
21 October 2021
Fifty Five Reborn returns
Class mare Fifty Five Reborn is set to make her race return on Friday night when she contests the Fillies and Mares Free-For-All event, the DTS, Your Rural Fencing Experts Fillies & Mares Pace (2130m). A winner at 14 of 41 career starts, the Renaissance Man four-year-old ended her winter campaign...
Click for more