Brilliance, boilovers, drama and class summed up Golden Slipper Day on Saturday. It was a mixed day for punters with several favourites winning whilst there were some major upsets thus putting the campaign of some leading horses under a cloud.
TULLOCH STAKES REVIEW
Every speed map had Fast Clip leading and leading comfortably but that didn’t eventuate with Shootoff sliding forward from a wide barrier to lead. Shadows In The Sun had the box seat run while Fast Clip was one off the fence sitting fifth. Retrieve was ridden cold here after leading last week in the Rosehill Guineas. Blackie was trapped three wide no cover.
In the end, it was the best ride that won the race and that ride was Nash Rawillers on Fast Clip. Eased to the outside at the 300m and let down powerfully to record a strong win from the fast finishing I Think I Do and Shootoff. Blackie didn’t disgrace himself whilst Retrieve was very ordinary after having a soft run. I wouldn’t go near the Darley colt in the Derby next week.
Fast Clip was a major query at 2000m prior to this race but his effort today indicates that he is a serious contender for the Derby. Not sure if he can beat Jimmy Choux because I think the kiwi has a stranglehold on the race but he’ll acquit himself very well.
QUEEN OF THE TURF REVIEW
As everyone expected Montana Flyer was sent to the front by Tommy Berry with More Joyous on her back and Melito tracking up the great mare. Palacio De Crystal bungled the start but was able to sit fourth on the fence. After several hundred metres Berry allowed Montana Flyer to roll along and she quickly established a three length lead on her stablemate.
More Joyous at the 400m quickly grabbed the leader and went for home with Melito coming off her back to issue the challenge. 150m out it looked as if Melito was going to give the super mare a race but once Nash gave her a couple of flicks with the whip, away she went to record her fifth group one victory. Melito stuck on very well to finish second with Happy Hippy from last finishing off well for third.
It’s very hard to see More Joyous losing the Doncaster after another brilliant win but there were a couple of horses who ran well in the George Ryder. She’ll have to give some handy horses some weight but if she remains fit and healthy, she should be winning because she is the best Australiasian miler. Melito is flying this prep but she keeps bumping into good horses.
VINERY STUD STAKES REVIEW
What the? How did Mirjulisa Lass win? Well whats done is done and full marks to Corey Brown for a superb ride by cutting the corner. It’s hard to knock Craig Williams because he is one of Australias best riders, but gee his ride on Brazilian Pulse was one of the most ordinary Group One rides I have seen in a long time. She was trapped three deep and Williams had plenty of time to go forward and sit outside the leader but instead he sat wide and made no initiative. It was an outstanding performance by her to finish third but I question how much that run will have taken out of her and whether or not if she can recover in time for the Oaks.
Getting back to the winner, she was travelling very well in the run and when the fillies swung for home, most riders steered away from the inside and Corey said thank you very much and took the opening and allowed the filly to sprint away for a super win from Fibrilation and Brazilian Pulse while the fourth placegetter, Pinker Pinker, had back me in the Oaks written all over her.
The big disapointment was Do Ra Mi. She blew Brazilian Pulse away in the Kewney and was well backed to beat her here. She had a soft run midfield and one the home turn peeled out and travelled as if she was going to go right on with it but she hit the brick wall late and wilted badly to finish fifth. 1400m is her go and I’d expect Peter Moody to give his good filly a break.
THE BMW REVIEW
I gave Cedaberg a very strong push in my preview and thankfully I had a saver on him each-way. The ride by Olly shows just how good he is and it’s a shame he doesn’t get the good rides anymore. He saved at least five lengths by hugging the face and in the end the best stayer on the day won the race. Ten out of ten ride by Michael Rodd on Mourayan. He went to the front, stacked them up, sprinted hard at the 600m and nearly pinched the race. The Sydney Cup looks to be his after that effort. Linton got home well for third, but his lack of experience was against him. He’ll be a superstar in the Spring.
I don’t know what to make of Descerados run. He travelled really well in the run but on the home turn when Nash went for home he found zilch and one-paced to the line. On his Ranvet run, I thought he was close to a good thing in this race but he struggled today. Not sure whether if he’ll press on towards the Sydney Cup but I think he should be spelled and get ready for the Spring.
Maluckyday yet again munched the money of his supporters with another lacklustre performance. The boom around him was huge at the beginning of this prep after his runner up effort in the Melbourne Cup but he has been very ordinary this time in. No doubt he has talent, but when will he show it?
GEORGE RYDER REVIEW
Rangirandoo recorded his second Group One win at just his second run back after nearly a year off due to injury. He showed a dazzling turn of foot and then great fight to get the bob in on the line over Love Conquers All who bounced back to his best form after leading throughout. After the race it was found he has suffered a leg injury which is a shame because he was a serious contender for the Doncaster after todays effort.
Triple Elegance finished third after sitting midfield. Cassidy got him to the middle of the track and he wound up strongly at his WFA debut. He’ll be a strong each-way hope in the Doncaster as will Aloha, who finished fourth.
She chimed in looking to win but the WFA condtions got to her late and she wilted over the final 100m. Look for her to bounce back in the Doncaster with no weight on her back. I think her and Triple Elegance are capable of beating More Joyous if they get the right runs in transit.
Danleigh didn’t do much in his attempt to win back to back George Ryders and looks as if he’ll struggle in the Doncaster if indeed they go that way. Age might be getting to him.
Theseo sat three wide and found nothing and it was annouced soon after that the war horse had been retired based on the advice of Nash Rawiller. He said that the horse hasn’t come up this preparation and that he he lost his toughness.
GOLDEN SLIPPER REVIEW
Massive drama before the race when boom colt and leading contender Smart Missile reared in the gates. He was vetted and was a late scratching, despite the efforts of Glen Boss to persuade the vet to pass the horse fit. After the vet made his decision, Boss was fuming and you could see that he was very angry about the decision. Who wouldn’t be! It’s a $3.5 Million race. And you have to feel for Anthony Cummings. In 2006 he had Danehill Smile and was rated by many as the best juvenile in Australia before injury forced her out of the race. Next year he had Casino Prince who swept all before him and was the favourite for the Slipper before bombing the start.
Anyway back to the race and what a ride by Kerrin McEvoy. Indeed he can ride some howlers but you can’t help but applaud his ride on Sepoy. Started from barrier eight and was straight away on the back of Karuta Queen. At the top of the straight he pushed Foxwedge out of the way and went straight past Karuta Queen for a dominant win.
Mosheen ran the race of her lfie to finish runner up at just her second start. She looks like the perfect Thousand Guineas type and the connections have a beauty on their hands here.
The barrier beat Elite Falls. Had to go back to the rear and she made a tremendous amount of ground late. If she backs up in the Sires next week, she’ll go very close to winning it.
Masthead ran a very nice race to finish fourth. He was all over the place in the straight. He had no idea but he still found the line powerfully. He’ll run very well in the Sires and he looks a serious three-year-old for the future.
Foxwedge looked tired, Satin Shoes was gone on the home corner and Karuta Queen went very hard in front and eventually compounded.
ONE TO FOLLOW
I Think I Do. Got home very nicely from the back in the Tulloch Stakes and looks like a leading contender to take on Jimmy Choux in the Derby next week. The maestro Bart Cummings trains and he looks on target for next Saturday.
ONE TO FORGET
Maluckyday. He is a bookies pal now after a dismal effort in the BMW today. Never travelled at any stage and the Hawkes team need to go back to the drawing board because if he wants to be a force in the Spring, he’ll need to improve many lengths.
Written by Adam Page