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Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday october 24
Through The Cracks
Track Rating: Soft 5 – Heavy 8 (Downgraded during the day due to constant rain)
Race 1 – Two-Year-Old Plate (1000m) CAMINO REAL 📓
Godolphin filly, on debut on Saturday. She settled with the tailenders to the turn. In the run home, she spotted the leaders around six lengths and took a while to warm up. Passing the 200m mark, she started to knuckle down to the task, then over the final 100 metres, really got going to finish fifth, beaten just over a length. She was finishing best over the closing stages. The Shamardal filly can only improve from here and going by the way she finished off, the step up to 1200m looks the go with her. Keep an eye on this one.
Race 2 – Class 3 H’cap (1800m) TIOMO 📓
The Uncle Mo gelding had no luck in running on Saturday. Drawn wide (gate 11), Jon Grisedale crossed early to be sitting mid-field on the fence. In the run home, he pushed for a split between runners which quickly closed on him, unbalancing the galloper where he lost momentum at a vital stage. He got going again inside the final 100 metres but the bird had flown. He should be at peak fitness now after five runs this preparation. All this fellow needs is a change of luck. Stick with him for a few more runs.
Race 8 – BM88 H’cap (1200m) THROUGH THE CRACKS 📓
The six-year-old Wanted gelding is a proven mudlark with three wins from five starts on wet tracks. On Saturday, he was first-up off a six-month spell and had very little luck in running. Trapped three-deep early, Ryan Maloney had to drop back early to avoid being caught too wide. He was then hard at work on the galloper and on the turn, looked 100-1 to figure in the finish. Still under pressure, he came wide and over the final 100 metres was finishing better than any other in the race. He did well to grab third prize and was beaten only half a length on the line in the driving rain. He is a two-time winner when second-up so stay on board with this fellow.
Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday october 17
Depth That Varies
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 1 – Victory Vein Plate, Two-Year-Olds (1000m) BACCHANALIA 📓
Godolphin had two on debut here with this Exceed And Excel colt really standing out as one to follow. He settled last and could still see them all on the turn. Sticking to the fence, Josh Parr had plenty of doors slammed in his face before he finally saw daylight passing the 200m mark. From there, while never a winning chance, the two-year-old really hit the line nicely, finishing a well deserved fourth, taking ground off the winner over the final 50 metres. That was a very impressive debut and he should be kept very safe from here on.
Race 2 – Highway Class 3 H’cap (1100) DEPTH THAT VARIES 📓
Coming off a Class 2 win at Scone, the Unencumbered gelding drew the car park here, jumping from the outside gate (16). Jockey Tom Sherry had little option but to drop at the start and settle at the tail of the field. On straightening, he was still last of the 16 and was the widest in the run home. Spotting the front runners at least eight lengths, he stormed home and grabbed the lead inside the final fifty metres. He was then grabbed in turn by Air Marshal on his inside who nailed him on the line for first prize. All things considered, it was a superb run and this four-year-old might just be worth following this campaign.
Race 10 – BM78 H’cap (1400m) DREAM CIRCLE 📓
Having his third-straight start in BM78 company, he jumped fairly with jockey, Rachel King settling mid-field on the fence. Saving a ton of ground on the inside, the Dream Ahead gelding passed the 400m mark with clean air in front of him and had the drop on the leading bunch. Kept going by King, he did well to chase home the first two past the post and never threw in the towel. That’s three starts back now, and on that performance, has more to offer. He would probably shine more in slightly easier grades but he is still well worth following.
Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday october 10
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 3 – BM88 H’cap (1400m) CRIADERAS 📓
Sent out a $1.85 favourite, the Lonhro gelding settled last in the field, eight lengths off the pace. He was still last and the widest runner on straightening. Rachel King timed her run to perfection on the Godolphin gelding. Inside the final 100 metres, he ranged alongside stablemate, Zakat and then won the race to the line, taking the honours by half a length. The four-year-old was third-up on Saturday and it appears he still has some upside about him. Keep him in the black book for at least a couple more.
Race 8 – Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) NIMALEE 📓
The So You Think mare was third-up on Saturday, coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes at Rosehill and Canterbury. Jumping from barrier eight, Kerryn McEvoy was unable to cross and had to travel three-deep without cover to the turn. In the run home, he came down the middle of the track and after spotting the front runners four lengths, finished strongly to get within 1.5 lengths of the winner and take home third prize. After covering more ground than Bourke and Wills, that was a superb effort and well worth jotting down in the book.
Race 9 – BM78 H’cap (1000m) PLAQUETTE 📓
This James Cummings-trained mare also caught the eye as she was second-up after a good win first-up a month ago. On Saturday, Rachel King dropped her back to be among the tailenders. Turning for home, she was more than five lengths behind the pace, but once clear, ran home strongly. King’s timing wasn’t quite as good as it was earlier on Criaderas, but she did manage to grab second prize on the day, beaten less than half a length on the line. This Exceed And Excel mare has plenty more to give.
Horses to follow from Rosehill on Saturday September 26
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 1 – Class 2 Hcp (1500m) TEMPEL ONE 📓
If ever there is an example of a bad gate beating a horse it was here on Saturday. Never (at any stage) was this Real Impact colt on the track after jumping from the car park in gate 14 (of 15). Louise Day simply couldn’t cross for a closer sit and she was trapped four and five deep from the outset and that’s as close as she got to the inside rail. It was a herculean effort to finish within three lengths of the winner, considering he covered more ground than Bourke and Wills. He will strip fitter for that run and third-up next start, if he draws a gate, look out.
Race 3 – BM88 (1900m) SHE’S IDEEL 📓
In a big field of 14, the Bjorn Baker-trained mare settled near last some 15 lengths off the pace and was always going to struggle from there. Still at the rear, and spotting them eight lengths on straightening, the Dundeel five-year-old took a while to get going but once she did, she ran home solidly to finish sixth, beaten just three lengths in the end. She was third-up on Saturday and up in grade. The mare should now be at peak fitness and it might pay to keep her in the black book for a few more runs.
Race 6 – Shannon Stakes Group 2 (1500m) RIODINI 📓
A tragedy beaten on Saturday, the Tulloch Lodge galloper copped more bumps than a dodgem car as he did a mighty job to take home second prize here. Looking for clean air in the home straight, he was hampered several times by Looks Like Elvis and eventually pushed back inside where he had no galloping room at all. Inside the final 150m, he finally saw daylight but the horse had bolted with I Am Superman well clear and eventually winning the event. Beaten just over a length on the line, things may have been different had the four-year-old secured a run earlier. Seven podium finishes from eight starts suggests he is the real deal and should be kept safe this campaign.
Horses to follow from Randwick on Saturday September 19
Bound To Win
Track Rating: Good 4
Race 1 – BM88 Hcp (1200m) BOUND TO WIN 📓
The Sebring mare was first-up off a 12-week spell on Saturday and blew the start badly, rearing in the gates and was tailed off, settling some 15 lengths off the pace and basically out of contention. She still made up a ton of ground in the home, finishing eight lengths off the winner. She is unbeaten second-up and will pay to just forget she ran around on the weekend.
Race 2 – Class 3 Hcp (1000m) IT’S ME 📓
This Shamus Award mare remains unbeaten as she brought up the hat-trick on Saturday. Settling near the tail, the Brett Cavanough-trained four-year-old was never closer than four horses from the fence and turned the corner even wider. Passing the 300m mark, her turn of foot took any doubt out of who was going to win the race. She passed her opposition like they were standing still in a real ‘road runner vs coyote’ performance. She put three lengths on them without trying and ran the trip in 56.5 secs, less than a second outside the track record. There’s no such thing as a good thing is the cliché. Well, that may be the case but I would be saving my loose change from here on in preparation for an investment in The Kosciuszko, even this far out.
Race 9 – BM78 Hcp (1400m) CRIADERAS 📓
Second-up and heavily backed on Saturday, the Godolphin gelding was shooting for win number four, but after drawing wide (gate 11), Hugh Bowman dropped back at the start and settled near the tail of the field. On straightening, Bowman struggled to secure a run in the big field, and had to weave his way through traffic. Alas, he was too far back and never a winning chance. He flew over the final 100 metres to grab third prize, and was beaten just half a length on the line. I doubt the Lonhro gelding lost any fans from that. Stick with this fellow, he still has plenty to offer.
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