A quality filly continued her winning ways at Eagle Farm and a mare did much the same at Rosehill, while disturbing news came out of New Zealand. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Jockey In New Zealand Gets Life Ban
South African born jockey Brandon Morgenrood, who had been riding in New Zealand for three years, received a life ban after he pleaded guilty to three charges in relation to his plans to attempt to cause harm to his ex-partner and fellow jockey Tina Comignaghi during a race. On Feb 18 2020, he counselled fellow jockey Brett Murray to try and cause interference to Comignaghi and getting her to fall.
Vanna Girl Books Melbourne Ticket
Melbourne will more than likely get to see Vanna Girl during the Spring, with the Team Edmonds filly continuing her winning ways in the Roses at Eagle Farm on Saturday, largely helped by an absolute peach of a ride from Brad Stewart, who got the filly one off the fence after 150m and really, the race was over 1000m out the way she was going. The stable have said they’ll nominate for the features during the Melbourne Spring but will look at a race like the Matriarch.
Blacktype Beckons Adelong
Brad Widdup resisted the temptation of blacktype for Adelong this time in, but that’s what she’ll be aimed at in the Spring after another commanding performance at Rosehill on Saturday. J Mac jumped back aboard and she dominated from on speed, looking the winner from a long way out, and she’s destined for better races.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Hard to get away from Vanna Girl in the Roses. Yes, the ride was a beauty, but the filly still had to get the job done, and she did it with such ease. She’s better than that level and could well be a force to be watched with respect during the Melbourne Spring.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
Go back to last Sunday at the Sapphire Coast. Kuna Magic was on debut and someone knew something because she was heavily supported throughout betting. Looked no chance on the turn when green and drifting beyond the centre of the track but gee she came with a brilliant burst late to win. Did she beat much? No, and time was nothing to jump up and down about, but she’s got an engine under the hood.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
It was Brad Stewart aboard Vanna Girl, but she’s had multiple mentions. John Allen aboard Harbour Views was an absolute peach at the Valley. He rode the horse positively from the gates to land into the 1/1 and made sure he held that spot throughout. What made it a ripping ride is that he peeled out three wide and waited, making sure Django Freeman was in a pocket and not going anywhere.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
I’ll say to start with that Appalachian is his own worst enemy and doesn’t help himself at all with his racing pattern. And Lachlan Neindorf will do some nice things in Melbourne…but the ride on Appalachian wasn’t flash. Just made all the wrong moves on the horse at the vital stages. As I said, blaming the horse more than the ride, but the steer still wasn’t great.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Scarlet Dream – Very good from her on unsuitable ground. Finds dry ground next time she can win
Outback Diva – More to come from her for sure
Adelong – Stakes winner in waiting
Superium – He’s ready to win. Just wants firmer ground
Knowles – She’s on track for a win
La Tigeresa – Another barrier trial for her
Barefoot – She can win again up in trip
Shraaoh – He’s knocking on the door
Vanna Girl – Won’t look out of place in Melbourne
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Biometric – Ridden too warm? Want to see again
Django Freeman – Deserves another chance
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Miss Einstein – Every chance. Just not a Saturday class horse
Etana – She’s going terrible at the moment
Trumbull – Poor jump again and that’s no more of him
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