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Feature racing was a focus at Rosehill on Saturday with eyes towards the Villiers while at Ascot, a newcomer won the Winterbottom. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.


King Is Queen Of Rosehill

It wasn’t a Group l meeting at Rosehill on Saturday but it was a red letter day for Rachel King, with the star hoop riding four winners on the nine race card, including a feature double, winning the ATC Cup with Greysful Glamour and then the Starlight with Invictus Salute. She can comfortably sit alongside the best of the best in the Sydney riding ranks, with big stables like Godolphin more than happy to have her on.

Outrageous Wins Festival Stakes

Outrageous was an impressive first up winner on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington and has well and truly cemented his spot as one of the leading contenders for the Villiers with a win in the Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. He was there to be run down 200m out by Royal Celebration but found plenty under pressure to stamp his confirmation as a leading Villiers chance.

Elite Street Wins Winterbottom

In any other year, he might not have got in the final field, but it’s 2020, the Eastern state raiders were limited to one with Trekking and it meant that up and comer Elite Street gained a start in the Winterbottom. The end result was a Group l win for trainer Dan Morton and rider Brad Rawiller, who made the move to WA a couple of weeks ago and already has won a big race. It was a local 1-2-3 with Celebrity Queen second ahead of Rock Magic in third.


I think it’s a nod to the female riders across Australia on Saturday. Rachel King with her four, Jamie Kah doing Jamie Kah things at the Valley, Georgina Cartwright winning a blacktype race at Doomben and Caitlin Jones with a treble at Morphettville. There is still some owners out there, leading owners, refusing to put female riders on their runners. Their loss. The female riding ranks across Australia are the strongest they have ever been.


Going back to Tuesday at Newcastle and how about the debut win of Marcher Sur L’Eau. Bludger of a name to spell and write out, but think there will be plenty of chances to practice because he’ll be winning more races. Relative to the day, he smashed the clock, and did it with something in hand. He’s exciting and placed right, he’ll be winning more races.


Georgina Cartwright with a 12/10 aboard Niedorp in the Spirit Of Boom. Took the race by the scruff of the neck shortly after jumping. Had eyes on one thing only and that was the front. She got it and from that point on, it was race over and she was far too good. Great ride from the wide gate and Tony Gollan will keep giving her good rides in good races.


Can understand the reason why he made the choice it did, but it ended up being horrible for Jimmy Orman aboard Olympic Class. The opportunity was there to ease back and peel three wide to get clear shortly before straightening. But considering he had $51 outsider outside the speed, most would assume it would have dropped, Olympic Class got the split and away he went. But that outsider kept batting away and it ended up being a nightmare for Olympic Class. Split second decision, but it was the wrong one.


Activation – He’s a Country Cups horse for sure
Bottega – Wants further now. 2000m maybe next time
Primitivo – He’s ticking along beautifully towards the Magic Millions Stayers
Inanaup – 1200m next time, hopefully at Randwick
Lady Brook – Reckon she can come back to Sydney for a short course Highway and be competitive
Lamborghini – A race like the Bagot or Tasmania again would be perfect. He’s flying
Profit – Gee that was a good return
Count De Rupee – He might be a Provincial Championship horse. Outstanding win at Kembla


Almania – The jets need to be well and truly put on ice re Cups horse. But next prep he can win races with the right placement
Another One – He lost the plot between runners. Want to see him again
Write Your Name – He’s frustrating, but reckon a rise to the mile will suit him next time
The Globe – Pulled up lame so forgive her
Olympic Class – Don’t sack him
Kubrick – Was amazed he was backed like he was. He was looking for the mile after the last run. This run confirmed it


Lady Banff – Very disappointing after seemingly getting every chance
Plaquette – She was awful. Spelling paddock might be on the cards
Brazen Boy – He’s a speedy squib
November Dreaming – 12/10 ride. Just very plain
(At G1 level) Trekking – His G1 winning days look over. Thought he was very disappointing after receiving a perfect ride

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