There was some very good racing right across Australia this Saturday, with the highlight clearly being Our Ivanhowe and his brilliant win in the Doomben Cup (2000m). Who got the pass marks? Find out down below:
Race Three Number 4 Spieth (1st):
It’ll be interesting to see where this horse heads, whether he is tipped out and aimed towards something like the Epsom, or do they bite the bullet and look to get into a race like the Stradbroke or Qld Guineas, because this was very impressive and his closing sectionals despite racing greenly were outstanding.
Race Five Number 5 Tsaritsa (1st):
Looks a potential star. Does plenty wrong but on what she is showing at the moment, gee there is a bit to like about her. Has a turn of foot and when she needs to, she finds another gear, and only the good ones can do that.
Race Seven Number 7 Marenostro (1st):
Noted mudlark who sprinted as if he was on a heavy track this afternoon. He didn’t beat anything, but at this time of year, he won’t be up against much, and he’ll get more favourable conditions. This won’t be his only win this prep.
Race Eight Number 11 Harlem Lady (6th):
Bombed the star and pulled up lame, so a clear forgive.
Race One Number 1 Jaws Of Steel (3rd):
Not far off being my top tip for the J J Atkins after this effort. He was outstanding in a very slowly run race and he would have had to run sub 33 to win. His effort to finish as close as he did was enormous and can only improve off that.
Race Nine Number 1 Chance To Dance (4th):
Equally as good as Jaws Of Steel. Got back in a slowly run race, and for a horse who is better over further, his closing splits were excellent and will definitely be winning a race very shortly over a trip.
Race Six Number 7 Dawnie Perfect (6th):
The bookies haven’t missed her. I don’t think anyone did. She was the run of the day. Hopeless spot in the run, never really clear until the 200m then really attacked the line like a filly who will eat up 2400m and a big track. She is my pick for the Oaks.
Race Eight Number 4 Counterattack (1st):
Time was slower than the BRC Sprint, but he was three wide no cover for the trip and he just bolted in the run, and never looked like getting beat. Can he win a Stradbroke? I don’t think so, but he has got his spot there and will be competitive.
Race Five Number 5 El Greco (7th):
He is just simply not racing well enough to win at Saturday level. Needs a confidence boost, so back to the midweeks should sharpen him up…hopefully.
Race Nine Number 4 Sistine Demon (10th):
Didn’t appear to do much work to get the nice sit off speed, but was beaten at the top of the straight. Very disappointing effort.
Race Five Number 4 Artlee (3rd):
Couldn’t have put enough on it at the top of the straight, but he didn’t find much when asked. On this, he won’t be winning the Stradbroke.
Doomben Race Eight Number 4 Counterattack (1st)- James McDonald:
Gun ride. Drew the carpark and had to chance his arm by going forward because going back would seal his fate. Sat three wide no cover but didn’t push him, but when asked for the effort, he sprinted sharply. Top win, but the ride won it.
Beaten riders in the TAB Highway at Rosehill:
It looked as if the leader was going quick, but Deanne Panya wasn’t breaking any records in front. Poor judgement from the beaten riders.