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Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday May 30
The Lord Mayor
Track Rating: Heavy 8
Race 1 – DARLEY 2YO HCP (1100m) ANDERMATT 📓
Having just his second race start, the Godolphin colt was impressive as he chased home race favourite, Anders. He drew the outside gate and was overracing soon after the start. Jockey Hugh Bowman eased the Snitzel colt back to the rear and once settled, was spotting the leaders eight lengths. On the turn, Bowman had to come around them, and on straightening, Anders was off for the prize, putting three lengths on the field in a hurry. Andermatt knuckled down to the task of chasing and as they crossed the line, he had reduced the winning margin to less than a length. He will benefit from that experience and be winning again very soon.
Race 3 – 3YO BM74 HCP (1200m) ATLANTIC KING 📓
This Matt Dunn-trained three-year-old was on fresh legs here as he was coming off a lengthy six-month break. He was last to leave the gates but settled with two behind him. In the run home, Mo’s Crown had plenty left after setting an average pace early. He shot clear passing the 300m mark and was never going to be headed from there. Atlantic King weaved his way through openings nearer the fence and hit the line well, particularly over the final 100 metres where he edged out Hulk for second prize. He will strip fitter next start and might even be looking for further.
Race 4 – Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) THE LORD MAYOR 📓
The Chris Waller-trained gelding was third-up here and finished strongly enough to take notice. Second-up he finished unplaced in the Gosford Gold Cup behind Another Dollar, making good ground late. He drew the outside gate and from there, crossed to sit last, six lengths off the pace. Approaching the turn he was spotting the leaders eight lengths and had to come wide to find clean air. Tommy Berry did a great job to push the five-year-old home into third spot, finishing as good as any other. He is back to his best now and I would be having something on him at his next couple of starts, at least.
Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday May 23
This promising So You Think colt just gets better with more racing. He lined up on Saturday (Randwick, Race 1), facing his hardest task to date, and made the opposition and the heavy track look silly. Leading from the outset, he set sail for home with a comfortable two lengths advantage and just increased that lead as they got closer to home. He recorded the best race sectionals in his four-length victory. That’s three from three now, and it appears there are many more to come.
Arguably the performance of the day. One of our Saturday tips, punters jumped on board as he firmed from $17 to start a $10 chance. He settled second last (Randwick, Race 3), some 12 lengths off the pace. Under pressure, he started a forward at the 800m mark, and by the turn, he was the widest runner, six off the fence. The Heavy 8 track was taking its toll on most of them, but this Tavistock gelding just kept finding plenty. He caught Reinvest on the line for a great win. That was his fourth start this preparation and he still has plenty to offer.
She’s only won two of 18 starts, but this Star Witness mare really showed a liking for the wet conditions on Saturday and almost caused a boilover (Randwick, Race 9). Jumping from gate 12 (of 13), the Joe Pride-trained mare was never on the track. Always five and six horses off the fence, Andrew Adkins came back inside to look for gaps. Inside the final 200m and the mare was still three lengths behind the front runner. Then together with Blazing Miss on her outside, they both collared the leader with Blazing Miss doing best on the line. That was a superb effort after covering all that extra ground. That was start four this preparation and she will be even fitter next start, and hungry to avenge that loss.
Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday May 16
Second-up on Saturday, the four-year-old mare showed great improvement from her first-up run, where she finished a close-up second behind Lesage at Canterbury. From gate five she flew the lids and was leading early (Rosehill, Race 5) until she surrendered it to Golden Tycoon soon after. On straightening, she clicked into top gear and hands and heels from James McDonald, she streeted the field to win by 2.5 lengths in the end. That’s four from six for the Medaglia D’Oro mare and there looks like more on the horizon.
The John Thompson-trained filly was second-up on Saturday, coming off a solid first-up win at Randwick where she put almost three lengths on her rivals, covering the 1000m in just under a second off the track record (on a Soft 5). From gate three, (Rosehill, Race 7), Rachel King had her sitting mid-field one off the fence. On straightening, King gave her more rein and she exploded away to win comfortably in the end. That’s five from seven for the Deep Field filly and she is only just warming up. Lock her in for more victories.
Our value-bet for the weekend, the six-year-old wasn’t disgraced as he ran his heart out to finish third behind Dirty Work on Saturday. First-up after spending five months in the paddock, he left the gates from barrier two (Rosehill, Race 9) and sat better than mid-field most of the way. In the run home, Hugh Bowman threw everything at him but his condition gave out under his topweight, but finished gamely and deserved his podium finish. His fresh record reads just as good when second-up so don’t let him slip under your guard.
Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday May 9
From maiden company in Canberra to conquering a Randwick Class 3, this young filly is going places. Drawn on Saturday (Randwick, Race 1), she shard the lead on settling with Ready To Humble. The pair then settled down to fight it out and in the run home, this promising Hinchinbrook filly did best to score, pulling away in the closing stages. She still has plenty of upside and may even be looking for a little further even in this early stage of her career.
This nicely-bred So You Think colt is now two from two with what appears to be a big future in front of him. Drawn wide on Saturday (Randwick, Race 2), Kerrin McEvoy pushed forward and took control in front early. On straightening he was under heavy pressure on the outside from Elizabeel who soon enough threw the towel in, leaving Peltzer to run away with the event. The two-year-old covered the 1200m in 1:10.6 which wasn’t bad from the youngster on a soft track. He has firmed from $51 into $15 for the JJ Atkins and he is surely worth jotting down in the black book.
Team Hawkes have a smart one here. The three-year-old Toronado gelding was second-up off an 18-week spell and recorded the easiest of victories in a BM78 on Saturday. Jumping well (Randwick, Race 5), Tommy Berry pushed forward to find the front-running. He sat there with a good hold on the gelding and on straightening, just left the rest to fight over the minors. Passing the 100m mark, he was five lengths in front when Berry eased off, winning by three lengths in the end. He ran 1:10.9 for the 1200m, and could have taken another second or two off that time, had he stretched out the whole way. This win brings up the hat-trick for him and it won’t there. Bookies have inserted him into the Golden Eagle at $11 and I doubt that will last too much longer. Stick with him and enjoy the ride.
Horses to follow from Randwick (Kensington) on Saturday May 2
A winner on debut, this team Snowden-trained filly had excuses at her second start, where she lined up in the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes. She drew the car park that day (15 of 15) and in driving rain, she was never on the track and finished accordingly. On Saturday, it was start number three (Randwick, Race 1) and at barrier rise, she reared as they opened and settled last, some 12 lengths from the lead. On straightening, she was still last, spotting them eight lengths and did a great job to finish seventh, beaten just over four lengths on the line. If she jumps with them, look out. Stick with her.
Wide gate, three-deep without cover, forget it. This Deep Field filly treated those issues with sheer contempt. Punters certainly were concerned about it as they sent the John Thompson-trained filly to the gates a hot $2.70 favourite. First-up since December last year, she jumped with them (Randwick, Race 4), but as expected was trapped wide and there she remained to the turn. She collared the two in front of her as they passed the 200m mark, and from there, showed an incredible turn of foot (for a horse first-up after four months off the scene), and she won going away from them. That’s four wins from six starts now, and my guess is, there’s plenty more where they came from.
First-up off a three-month break, the five-year-old returned to racing in good style. On Saturday, he settled mid-field on the fence (Randwick, Race 5). Blocked for room in the run home, he only got clear after eventual winner (Dirty Work) went passed him. He finished strongly over the final 200 metres to be within 2.5 lengths of the winner. A prolific placegetter in recent racing, another win isn’t too far away.
Another galloper who scoffed at a wide draw, the Godolphin gelding drew the outside gate (13) and on jumping, dropped back to the tail (Randwick, Race 8). Passing the halfway mark (700m), the four-year-old was spotting the front runners a good 10 lengths. Still five lengths adrift at the 300m mark, Bowman pulled out wide and finished strongly enough to get up and grab victory on the line. A super effort when second-up and carrying 59.5kgs. Certainly one to keep watching.