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Peter Robl believes Ninth Legion has more than earned a good horse's weight

Peter Robl believes Ninth Legion has more than earned a good horse's weight

Trainer Peter Robl looks at the 62 kilograms that Ninth Legion will be asked to carry at Rosehill on Saturday and says: "It is a good horse's weight, but he is a good horse."

He is part of old boys' day for the Segenhoe team as the seven-year-old and veteran stayer Iggi Pop, which is a year his senior, head to the races. 

Ninth Legion has been through more than his share of battles, winning eight times in a 46-race career. He goes to Rosehill third-up from a spell, the point of his preparation where he won the Eye Liner Stakes at his previous campaign.

"He is the sort of horse that takes that couple of runs to get right and if you look at his last two preps, his runs have been very good third-up. He won that race at Ipswich and last year in the prep before that he was fourth in a Toorak [Handicap]," Robl said.

"That's why he has got the 62 kilograms, because he is a good old horse. I don't think many of these will be up to that [group 1] level.

"He has come on with each of his runs this prep and he is near his top and we are looking at the Villiers again with him, but I think he will be competitive again on Saturday."

Ninth Legion resumed by being only 1¼ lengths from Speith and Kaepernick in the City Tatts Club Lightning Stakes and then ran a game sixth at Flemington on Oaks day behind Rageese, which is one of the leading fancies for Saturday's Railway Stakes in Perth.

"That trip away really helped him and he has been working great since. He is one of those horses that loves racing and you have to keep going to the races with him because it helps him stay fit," Robl said.

The Randwick trainer will take another of "the old boys" – as he dubbed them – in Iggi Pop to Rosehill. He steps up in trip to 1900 metres, also third-up this time in.

Robl thinks Iggi Pop can be closer from barrier one on Saturday and he is another that has shown good form the further he gets into a preparation.

He might not have won since the Queensland Cup in 2014 but was Toowoomba Cup runner-up third-up in his winter campaign and followed that with seconds in the Wagga Cup and McKell Cup.

"He gets up in grade, so is back to 56 kilograms and from the barrier should be able to be closer," Robl said. "If you look at his form he might even need it a little bit further to show his best but he always runs a good race."