(Forgive) Race Three Number 2 Bold Adventure (7th):
Don’t drop off this horse. On face value he was poor, but he was completely unwanted in betting and that was justified. He is still, IMO, a Group l horse of the future, so forgive him for this.
Race Six Number 1 Mydream (7th):
She is knocking on the door to win. Her three runs this time in have been fantastic. Had no hope here given she was last in a slowly run race, and came widest on the turn, but finished just under two lengths away.
Race One Number 3 China Dream (3rd):
Excellent debut from this horse. Sat wide no cover for the entire trip yet just kept coming and in the end, he was only beaten a length. Draws a better barrier and he wins comfortably IMO. Follow him with confidence.
Race Four Number 1 Yulong Baby (1st):
It’ll be interesting to see where this mare goes. I think she could measure up during the Tassie Carnival in the Launceston and Hobart Cups, because she really had no right to win here given the tempo. She is flying and deserves a crack at Stakes level.
Race Seven Number 1 Koroibete (6th):
Didn’t appear to do much at the jump outs, but his first up run here was a real eye catcher. Best form is at 2000m and beyond, and based on what I saw here, he looks set for a winning prep.
Race Four Number 9 Private Secretary (2nd):
On a day where it was hard to make up significant ground, she was outstanding from the back, charging home to run second to fellow Sydney mare I Am Zelady. She is bursting to win a race and I am confident she’ll do that very soon.
Race Five Number 8 Rye (Last):
Good win here back in November, but has been a touch disappointing ever since. He was very disappointing here, so I don’t know where the Waller stable goes.
Race Seven Number 4 Disgraceful (5th):
He hadn’t deserved to be called Disgraceful…but that can change now. He was pretty poor here I thought. Got clear in plenty of time, but didn’t ping at all.
Near the speed and/or the fence was the place to be if you wanted to win. Not going to be as savage as some, because in most races, the best horse in the race usually saluted, but it was difficult to make up ground.
Gold Coast Race Five Number 12 Feltre (2nd)- Ryan Wiggins:
I’ll partially stick up for Wiggins, because I don’t think the result would have changed…but we really shouldn’t be having the conversation. It’s a cardinal sin for any rider, whether it be a 4kg apprentice riding a camel, or Hugh Bowman riding a Group l favourite, to not ride a horse out to the finish when you’re in a potential winning position. He has credits in the bank, so I can forgive him…but only just. I’ll also give a mention to Jess Taylor for her odd decision to put pointless pressure aboard Allez Chival.