Dryden-Collins Continue First Season Success

The winners keep flowing for the Keith Dryden-Scott Collins training partnership.

Since the coming together at the commencement of the 2016-17 racing season, the stable has delivered 21 first placings and currently sits atop of the ACT Trainer Premiership with 10 wins in the capital and equal second on the NSW Country Trainer Premiership.

Canberra-based Dryden says “things haven’t gone quite as expected” — but on the positive side.

“We were going to downsize and close Scotty’s Goulburn stables up, but it keeps delivering winners,” Dryden says.

“We have increased our numbers a little bit — and are probably working a bit harder than we wanted to — but while the success continues we will keep on doing what we are doing.

“We have taken the decision that if we don’t think a horse can pay its way for the owners we are moving them on and with some youngsters coming in things remain manageable.”

Dryden-Collins has three horses nominated for Saturday’s Highway Handicap at Rosehill, but says at this stage only Force Of Magic is certain to run.

“Moroccan Ruby is going well and was good plaicng second the other day at Cootamundra in the Cup and will make a decision about her and Chadana tomorrow morning.   

“Chadana has won her last two but is only a young horse who is still new and needs to be handled carefully.

“I think she is a 2000m horse, but I am not pushing her there yet because she still gets a bit keyed up in the enclosure and such.

“Force Of Magic will almost certainly go to Sydney and I’m quite happy with him. He will drop a fair bit in weight off his last run and has worked well this week.”