The new season has begun but already there are some big guns strutting their stuff at the trials and jump-outs in readiness for what should be a fabulous Spring Racing Carnival.
With the Sydney wet wreaking havoc in the Autumn, expect some serious form reversals, while as the season wound down, some promising types were unearthed.
Here are my ten to look out for this season
Cadazio: I think he’s a Victoria Derby horse. He debuted at Geelong on July 15 over 1400m and was very impressive from on speed, getting better as the race went on. He has been freshened up for the upcoming Spring, and I dare say they have eyes on the Derby, with the Spring Champion as a back up. He looks very good.
Greece: $1.2 Million close relation to Loving Gaby that finished tailed off last at Randwick in the Riesling on a Heavy10, officially, but it was worse than that. She trialled too well leading in to sack off that run, and the Maher/Eustace camp speak glowingly of her. Jumped out super last week at Cranbourne and given the price tag and breeding, I dare say connections will have eyes on either the Flight Stakes or Thousand Guineas.
Surefire: He’ll be likely heading towards the Cups. I’m keen to see what he can do ona dry track. He was excellent in three runs during the Autumn, but you could see in the Sydney Cup that he hated wet ground. His UK form would see him run well in a Melbourne Cup. But he could easily pick up something before then aka Metropolitan.
Yonce: She’s a Group l winner in waiting. Undefeated run cams to an end in the Coolmore Legacy but she was brave when fourth. Connections have eyes potentially on the Caulfield Cup. Whether she gets to that level, not sure, but she’s top class IMO.
Classique Legend: At his best, he can match it with Nature Strip. The question is can he get back to that level. It’s been unfortunate that injury has messed up his career but from all reports he is coming along nicely and if Nature Strip isn’t at his best, then seemingly this Everest is wide open.
Frumos: I stamped her as a Group l horse after her debut win, and in two subsequent starts/wins, my mind hasn’t changed. Whether it’s the Spring or next year, she’ll reach the top level. Needs to prove it in a fast run race, and perhaps needs to show more versatility re racing pattern, but she could be special.
Sumatra: One of the better maiden gallopers in Australia. Luckless in the Autumn on a number of occasions, most notably at Ballarat. Her racing pattern isn’t ideal, definitely looks 1600m+, but her recent trials suggest she has come back really well and being with James Cummings and Godolphin, especially with her pedigree, blacktype is the aim for her.
Acquitted: Very rarely does a horse go backwards after a Brisbane Winter campaign. He only won a Benchmark 85 at Eagle Farm, but it was one of the better and more arrogant wins of the Carnival. Former UK galloper that was only having start two in Australia when he demolished his rivals. He is Stakes class for sure. As to what level, I don’t think there is a ceiling.
Diamil: Will be interesting to see what John O’Shea does with him. He won a Stakes race during the Brisbane Winter and has been kept on ice. Is he a sneaky Epsom horse? He’d probably need to win a lead up to secure a start in a race like that, or do they wait for the Villiers and get a golden ticket for the Doncaster? Either way, he’s promising with good upside.
Owen County: He’s a horse I have time for and could be a Spring Champion/Derby horse. Did a really good job as a juvenile, and was far from disgraced in the JJ Atkins. He doesn’t have change up speed but gets better as the race goes on hence why I think 2000m+, he’ll come into his own. Plus is with John Sargent, who is a gun trainer with these type of horses.