After a very encouraging first run for his new trainers, KOBESTAR will continue his build-up towards a possible start in the lucrative Four Pillars Midway when he heads to Rosehill Gardens next week.

Wednesday’s Benchmark 72 Handicap (1100m) is the next step towards gaining a place in KOBESTAR’s grand final, the new $700,000 Four Pillars Midway (1500m) at Rosehill on Golden Eagle Day (October 30).

Trainers Rob and Luke Price considered a number of options after KOBESTAR returned in fine fashion with a runner-up finish at Kembla Grange last month, but the spacious track at Rosehill and the slight step up to 1100m should both be beneficial for our boy.

The chestnut son of Star Witness will again be partnered by leading apprentice Brock Ryan, who was in the saddle on his debut run for RJ Price Racing.

“He has cleaned right up in his coat since his first-up run, he’s done extremely well in his work and we’re very happy with him,” said Luke.

“He gets in light at the weights in the Benchmark 72, the biggest issue might be getting a run with him. He’s trained on nicely since his last run, and we’re hoping the bigger track at Rosehill should suit him well. Brock [Ryan] knows the horse and gets on with him, so hopefully he can get into the field and run well.”

Should he again acquit himself well and improve his current rating, all roads could lead towards the Four Pillars Midway, a Benchmark 68 Handicap restricted to ‘Midway’ stables in NSW.

The race, which offers a first prize of $350,000 and will feature a field of 18 runners, effectively offers a second-chance draw for Kosciuszko ticket holders.