Race One Number 2 Telperion (1st):
Backed as if unbeatable and won like a good horse. Sat last in the field, peeled out and just rounded up his rivals in a couple of strides. I thought there was good depth in the field, so it might pay to monitor this horse in preparation towards the Slipper.
Race Nine Number 2 My Favorite (5th):
Clear eye catcher of the day by a mile. Very unlucky not to finish much closer. Got held up badly in the straight before eventually working clear and powering to the line with the big weight. Provided he remains sound, I think he can win a Stakes race.
Race Three Number 2 Concealer (2nd):
Outstanding effort from this filly. Missed the kick and sat near last in the run before peeling the widest on the turn and letting down hard. Cleaned out with 100m to go but she looks right on target for the Blue Diamond.
Race Five Number 3 Politeness (2nd):
Would not have beaten the speedy Heatherly, but should have finished much closer. Unwanted in betting, so that was the query, but she ran a beauty nonetheless and is spot on for the prep.
Race Six Number 3 Tarzino (4th):
Mahuta was outstanding, but in terms of the beaten brigade, the best was clearly Tarzino, who got a long way back in the run before peeling out and letting down nicely. He’ll take some beating in whatever he contests.
Where do you begin? You could almost give a pass mark to every horse bar Messene. Most notably, the runs of Lucky Hussler, Turn Me Loose, Bow Creek and Rising Romance were outstanding.
Race Two Number 2 Magical Stance (5th):
Quite clear now he is not a 2400m horse, but he is just becoming too costly. There is only so many times you can forgive him.\
Race Five Number 9 Aussies Love Sport (Last):
Led, and looked to travel well, but he was beaten at the top of the straight. Not sure leading is his go, but he isn’t a Stakes horse in this frame of mind.
Race Two Number 7 Safariann (Last):
Trialled like a star, but hasn’t done much on race day. She can sit on the pine until further notice.
Beaten riders in the Carlyon Cup:
Running the first 1000m in over 62 seconds, Burning Front was always going to win. No pressure applied at all and it was pretty much a 1600m barrier trial. Pretty ordinary efforts.