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Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday august 1
Track Rating: Heavy 9
Race 1 – BM72 Hcp (1300m) BADOOSH 📓
Resuming from a five-month break, trainer Matt Dunn brought the Sebring gelding to Sydney and he showed plenty zip on fresh legs. Drawn the inside gate, he missed the start and on settling, he sat second last, some eight lengths off the pace. Turning for home he was still six lengths adrift, and despite the heavy track against him, he chased the winner home all the way to finish second on the line. His last 100 metres was impressive considering that was his first run on a wet track. He will benefit from that run over further ground.
Race 2 – Class 3 Hcp (1200m) NICCIROSE 📓
Clearly a lover of wet tracks, the Nicconi gelding was seeing a heavy track for the first time in 13 starts and he revelled in the going. He jumped nicely from gate four and from the 800m mark, was second, on the fence. As they turned, he railed like a greyhound and headed for home, two in front. Showing a great turn of foot, he went on with it passing the 200m mark, and crossed the line more than six lengths ahead of the rest. That was his fifth run back from a spell, with his previous two starts finishing runner-up in Class 1 company at Scone. He jumped sharply in grade on Saturday and handled it with ease. Keep him in the black book for a while.
Race 3 – BM78 Hcp (1800m) ETHERIDGE 📓
The Roman Emperor mare was third-up on Saturday and jumping from gate 12, she settled second-last some 12 lengths off the pace. She cornered the widest runner, and stuck to her guns in the run home. Her last 200 metres was impressive as she kept taking ground off the leaders. She finished fifth, beaten 4.5 lengths, but looked solid in the run. She is also looking for further now, so mark her down for future races beyond 2000m.
Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday july 25
Track Rating: Soft 7
Race 3 – Class 3 Plate (1500m) EIGER 📓
Third-up on Saturday, the Brett Cavanagh-trained gelding was coming off a last-start win at Scone. He jumped from gate 13 (of 14) and was trapped wide from the outset. Turning for home, he found his way clear and came down the centre of the track. Passing the 200m mark, it was clear he was going on to a good win. Eased over the final 50 metres, he went on to a comfortable victory. There’s more in store for this three-year-old.
Race 4 – July Sprint (1100m) ROHERYN 📓
THE Lonhro gelding was second-up, coming off a four-week let-up after winning first-up at Rosehill (Listed as a horse to follow from 27 June). He settled last in the small field of seven, but they really clapped on the pace up front, leaving him seven lengths adrift nearing the turn. In the run home, Collett had to peel off heels and pull wide to find clean air. Still four lengths in arrears passing the 300m mark, he hit line strongly but gave them too much start. He finished second, beaten a ling neck on the line. He was finishing better than any on Saturday and is well worth following from here.
Race 6 – Three-Year-Old BM70 Hcp (1400m) DANCING GIDGET 📓
Coming off a big win in a BM66 for three-year-old fillies at Randwick when resuming, the Al Maher filly stepped un in grade and took on mixed company on Saturday and was just as impressive. She settled third-last eight off the pace and was still there on the turn. Passing the 300m mark, she looked 100-1, still sitting four lengths behind them. But in closing 200 metres, she grew another leg and stormed home to grab them all and go on to win by almost a length, going away from them. That’s back-to-back wins for her now and she looks primed to go on with it from here.
Horses to follow from Randwick (Kensington) on Saturday july 18
Track Rating: Heavy 8
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1400m) MONTFILIA 📓
David Payne’s pair both put in solid performances on Saturday but it was this Kermadec filly that caught my eye the most. Fresh off a 13-week spell, she drew wide (gate 7 of 9) where Louise Day took her back to the tail on settling. On the turn, she was the widest runner and spotted the front runners at least six lengths. She did her best work on the final 200 metres and showing no signs of fatigue, took many lengths off them to finish third, beaten a length on the line. All three of her starts have been on wet tracks and it will be interesting to see how she performs on top of the ground.
Race 7 – BM78 Hcp (1000m) BLACK MAGNUM 📓
Surely the biggest hard luck story of the day. The Mark Newnham-trained gelding was first-up off a seven-week break and from a nice gate, box-seated behind the leaders. In the run home, it all went horribly wrong. Tom Sherry stuck to his guns and kept the four-year-old on the fence waiting for a split. It never came. He tried to push through a gap that was really never there and ended up clipping the heels of Spaceboy and lost at least a length and any momentum that may have got him home. Put it down to a little inexperience. Already a two-time winner when second-up, watch this fellow next start.
Race 8 – BM78 (1400m) MADAM LEGEND 📓
This Les Bridge-trained filly just keeps on improving. On Saturday, the three-year-old showed a ton of early pace to eventually cross and lead and set quite a solid pace. On straightening, she showed an amazing turn of foot to increase her lead, and simply gave nothing else a chance. Nicely ridden by 21-year-old apprentice Ceejay Graham, her record on the I Am Invincible filly is faultless, now four from four. To lead all the way in a 1400m contest on a heavy track, and win as east as she did is no mean feat. This filly looks a very promising prospect and has plenty left to give yet.
Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday july 11
Track Rating: Heavy 8
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Hcp (1100m) NORTH PACIFIC 📓
This Team Hawkes-trained colt was the talk of the town after his last trial (although beaten, finishing second to The Face). He lined up on Saturday at Rosehill with a ton of support and didn’t disappoint. Settling mid-field in the heavy conditions, he had some work to do when cornering as he stuck to the fence. Passing the 300m mark, he was still spotting the leader five lengths as Koby Jennings began to cross around heels looking for clean air. Inside the final 200 metres, he grew another leg and stormed past the leader, going on to win by 2.5 lengths with plenty still left in the tank. Arguably the eye-catcher of the day. He looks very promising this fellow.
Race 5 – Fillies & Mares BM78 (1100m) VARDA 📓
Second-up on Saturday (after winning first-up at Canterbury), the Godolphin filly had plenty of work to do early, drawing wide. Jason Collett pushed forward from barrier rise and was three-deep early until settling second, trailing the leader. On straightening, Collett pulled alongside the leader and inside the final 100 metres, shot to the lead and hit the line as strong as any other. It was an impressive win after all the work the Lonhro filly had to do. Her first-up win saw her put five lengths on a BM70 field on a Heavy 9 that day. This young lady is looking the goods this preparation.
Race 7 – KIA Winter Stakes (Listed) (1400m) SIKANDARABAD 📓
He was first-up off a seven-week break and did more work than a coal miner on overtime. The rising eight-year-old drew the outside gate (10) and was pushed forward by Tim Clark where he finally settled third, but was trapped three-deep, no cover. Turning for home, he was carted seven and eight wide and did a great job to finish as close as he did, considering the ground he covered in the wet conditions. His resume shows he is a much better horse on top of the ground and has a very good second and third-up record as well. He hasn’t won a race since the Mornington Cup Prelude at Caulfield back in February last year, however, if he sees a dry track soon, I would be keeping him safe.
Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday july 4
Track Rating : Heavy 9
Race 1 – BM72 Hcp (1300) TRAVEST 📓
The Greg Hickman-trained gelding was coming off a big win at Warwick Farm on Saturday and had he work cut out for him in the heavy conditions. He drew the widest gate (8) and dropped back at the start where he found himself some 12 lengths off the pace at one stage. He was still spotting the leaders eight lengths on straightening and made up plenty of ground to finish third, beaten only two lengths on the line. Forget that run and focus on his first-up victory at the Farm. All three career starts have been on wet tracks. It will be interesting to see him perform on top of the ground.
Race 3 – BM70 Hcp (1100m) TAILLUER 📓
First-up off a six-month break, this Godolphin filly was very impressive. At just her second race start, she sat behind the two leaders with jockey Jason Collett sitting patiently on her to the turn. On straightening, she had two lengths to make up on a heavy track. Collett got to work on her and although she took time to get going, the Shooting To Win filly wound up over the final 100 metres and got there on the line. She won by more than four lengths on debut but found the wet track somewhat harder to get through. Still, she did it in the end and can only strip fitter next start.
Race 8 – BM78 Hcp (1300m) HANDSPUN 📓
Another from the James Cummings stable is this four-year-old mare who was third-up on Saturday and clearly as fit as ever, winning this event by more than two lengths on the line. She settled third-last, six lengths off the pace and sat near the fence to the turn. Tommy Berry kept her on the fence on straightening, but then bullocked his way clear to battle it out with the Kris Lees-trained gelding Cristal Breeze. He got the better of him inside the final 200 metres and then ran away with the race, putting more than two lengths on them in the end. That was the four-year-old’s first win in heavy going after four previous attempts. After four starts now, he should prove a real handful on top of the ground (where his four other career wins have come). Watch this fellow.