The racing on Saturday was focused mainly on Eagle Farm with several feature races taking some form of shape towards the Magic Millions, plus an in form stable continued their purple patch at Randwick. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
11 Straight For The Harrovian
The Bernborough Plate (1600m) wasn’t the feature race at Eagle Farm on Saturday but it was the race most punters wanted to see and the race delivered, having it all. The Harrovian, looking to make it eleven straight, was backed as if unbeatable, had to show great fight in the straight, then had to win the race again in the Stewards Room, surviving a protest. He’s a beauty and could well race again on Magic Millions Day.
Magic Millions Picture Not Clear
Saturday was looking like it would be ‘Moving Day’ when it came to the 2YO Magic Millions in a few weeks time, but if anything, the race is as clear as mud. Vandoula Lass, second favourite at the start of the day, got rolled in the first at Randwick and then later in the day at Eagle Farm in the Bruce McLachlan, Shaquero was beaten 7.5L as favourite. Alpine Edge, winner of the Bruce McLachlan, was impressive and is now one of the leading contenders.
Newnham Wins Another Feature
Greysful Glamour has been somewhat of a flagbearer for the Mark Newnham stable this Spring, winning a couple of feature races, but on Saturday, it was Spirit Ridge who got blacktype next to his name with a strong win in the Summer Cup at Randwick, diving through late between runners and proving strongest on the line. He’s lightly raced with upside and progression, so don’t think it’ll be his last win at that level.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Have to go to Ellerslie on Saturday and the performance of Jamie Richards and his Te Akau team, winning six races on the bounce on a big Group l day. That is an outstanding effort to win that many races on a big race day. Their most impressive winner was Amarelinha, who won the Group ll Eight Carat and looks a Group l winning filly in waiting. With Jamie Richards, it’s a matter of when not if he’ll set up a permanent stable in Sydney.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
One thing that is clear in terms of the Magic Millions Classic is that Ranch Hand is a contender for sure. Chris Waller trained colt that had the Coolmore colours. Debuted at Warwick Farm on Wednesday over 1000m and he was impressive, with the best bit of his race being the last 50-75m where he really savaged the line. Relative to the day, he ran good time and looks very smart.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
I was impressed by the ride from Will Price aboard Zoushine. Was caught wide no cover, but sometimes you see riders get itchy fingers in wanting to hunt forward and find a spot one off, but he kept his cool and kept balanced on the filly, letting her do her own thing, and she drew away late to win and win well. He’s 3kg claim is invaluable at the moment.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
Ugly, ugly viewing if you were on Magnetic Edge at Morphettville. Jeff Maund did his best in trying to get to the outside, but Vorster had other ideas aboard Montaser and kept him in. Maund then had to go back towards the inside, which was in the inferior ground, and worked home well late. Think with a clear path, he wins the race.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Kiss The Bride – 1800m/2000m next time, bet up with confidence
Humbolt Current – He’s going well for a horse wanting further
Primitivo – Still ticking along nicely for the Gold Coast
Ayrton – He’s a Guineas contender for sure
Pandemic – Quashed my 1200m query. Off this, he’s a Group l horse, ideally the Goodwood
Mosh Music – One of the runs of the day in defeat given the race shape
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Quantico – Just a bone dry track horse. Forgive his run
Spirit Of Aquada – Didn’t get the best of luck. Want to see him again
Baller – Was his first run in four weeks. One more look despite being plain on face value
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Pitchfork – Amazed he was favourite in early betting. Borderline midweek class horse
Travest – Self report if you backed him. He needs a form of headgear for me to entertain him as a chance
Profit – Let me down one too many times now. He can warm the pine
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