The Queensland Summer Carnival warmed up at Doomben, the final major of the season was run and won at Ascot while Pakenham hosted their biggest race day. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
A Truly Great Kingston Town Win
Somewhat forgotten in betting due to the hype around Inspirational Girl, Truly Great scored a Group l win in the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot, providing jockey Chris Parnham with his first career major. He had the horse in a perfect spot just off the speed before peeling wider and he stole a winning break on Inspirational Girl, who was ridden with real patience from Pike and charged home, but it was too late.
Attorney Wins Pakenham Cup
It had been somewhat of a frustrating prep for Attorney but he got a decent race win next to his name from his Melbourne trip via the Pakenham Cup (2500m) under a lovely ride from Nash Rawiller. He found the best part of the track out wide and Nash lifted him over the line late to score. The well supported Creedence was close up nearer the inside.
Isotope Brilliant In Mode Plate
The punters thought Isotope was a good thing in the Mode Plate (1200m) at Doomben, sending her out as a $1.55 favourite and she didn’t let them down with a commanding performance and put her cards down on the table well and truly for the Magic Millions Guineas. The time didn’t stack up relative to the George Moore, but she won with real ease and is one of the main contenders for the locals in the 1400m feature in a few weeks time.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
It’s been a mixed Spring for J Mac but he showcased at Rosehill that he is still numero uno in the jockey ranks with a four timer. Several rides were absolute peaches, especially the ride aboard The Elanora in the 1800m race. He didn’t really feature in the big races but if he keeps riding like he did on Saturday, he’ll secure another premiership.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
Godolphin have produced several impressive juveniles already this season. I think Vianello can sit in the top bracket. She was electric at Newcastle on Tuesday over 900m. Ran great late splits, even allowing for the fact it was a 900m race, and if you go back to November 14 and the Max Lees Classic, Vianello ran over four lengths faster time than that race, so I think she’s very good.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
Mentioned earlier, but the steer aboard The Elanora from J Mac was a 12/10. Drew 10/10 and was three wide early, but managed to slot into the 1/1 and from that point on, it was race over and the horse duly bolted up, stamping himself as a horse potentially to watch out for in the Autumn, whether he measures up to a Derby.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
Not so much one particular ride, but just in general in recent times. Aaron Bullock is on a really good wicket being of the main riders that Kris Lees uses, as well as Cody Morgan. He had a great start to the season, with a profitable ROI in August through to October. Just the last couple of months, his numbers have dropped off significantly. Not sure whether it’s down to the warmer weather and his battle with his weight, but his last 50 rides has produced five winners, well down on his regular percentage.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Toscanini – He wants a rise in trip now
Dhakuri – Sneaky Derby prospect
Bigboyroy – He needs things to fall into place. But he should have won
Tavidance – Give him a track with juice, he can win a Stakes race
Rogue Rocker – How long before he goes to Hong Kong? He’s very smart
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Atlantic King – Ridden completely upside down
Star Of Michelin – Big track horse. Wait til he gets to Eagle Farm/Sunshine Coast
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Vegas Jewel – No more
Amercement – Two poor runs now from her
Meteorite – Speedy squib
Not Mine – He was there to win. Thought he turned it up
Starvirgo – Honest, racing well…but he’s not winning
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