Racing Victoria was under the whip, so to speak, this week, plus there was feature racing across a couple of days which made the Magic Millions picture somewhat clearer. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Whip Free Races Canned…For Now
Racing Victoria, via an article that was released on Monday, had stated that they wanted to trial a series of races where jockeys weren’t allowed to carry a whip. Due to backlash from the vast majority of participants, those plans have been put on ice, but for now. Racing Victoria Chief Executive Giles Thompson is pushing hard for whip free races in the not too distant future, believing it will be inevitable.
A Class Filly Wins Wyong Magic Millions
It’s hard to determine just how strong the field was, but all you can beat is what is put in front of you and She’s All Class lived up to her name with an absolute spank job of her rivals in the Wyong Magic Millions on Wednesday and has cemented her place as one of the hardest to beat for the Gold Coast feature in a few weeks for Chris Waller.
Isotope Brilliant Again
Isotope was backed as if unbeatable two weeks ago in the Mode Plate and it was a rinse/repeat job in the Gold Edition on Saturday, but this time, the win was even more impressive given she was in a nasty spot in the run and had to chase down a class filly in Away Game, getting up to win in the last stride and she’s now the one to beat according to all in markets for the Magic Millions Guineas.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
A nod to Zac Purton, who chalked up 1200 wins at Hong Kong earlier this week, and given his great record not just there but in Australia, he is certainly in discussion for an Australian Racing Hall Of Fame nod. His battles with Joao Moreira in recent years have been great theatre and he is a world class rider on any stage.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
It’ll be fascinating to see where Ayrton goes. He was an electric debut winner at Bendigo on Sunday and ran the time to back up what the eye saw. He’s in the mix to be an Autumn Carnival contender for sure and wouldn’t look out of place in an Australian Guineas. He’s very smart and can go through his grades nicely.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
Going back to Friday night at the Valley. Thought the steer from Lane aboard Almadrava was a 12/10. First up, the mare flopped out from gate one and got too far. Friday night, Lane hunted her out to find a forward spot and from the 400m onwards, she was the winner. He’s in a real purple patch at the moment and this ride summed it up.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
The ride from Kayla Crowther aboard Taken Off at Gawler was ordinary, but I want to talk about Barend Vorster. His ride on Zoulah at Morphettville on Friday, as well as a few other rides recently. One day, he stands out as the best in SA. The next day, he’s harder to catch than Usain Bolt. He had a bad fall at the Valley a little while ago, and I think since then, when there is a half gap to take, he errs and doesn’t go for it. Understandable given the nasty fall, but from a betting perspective, he can be hard to follow with confidence.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Yamazaki – Hopefully she can find firmer footing at the Gold Coast. Good run from her
Taken Off – Oh my days…horrendous watch
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Fulmina – She’s ready for 2000m now. Disappointing today, but don’t sack her
Kordia – Disappointing, but want to give him another chance
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Macushla – Last time she’ll get me on a Saturday until further notice
Bartholomeu Dias – How he started favourite I do not know
Overkill – Gee he’s been disappointing this prep
Harpuna – Talented…but not a betting proposition anymore
Tequila Time – That was awful. No more for me
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