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A gun sprinter secured an Everest slot, some boom horses lived up to the hype while others didn’t. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.

KEY NEWS:

Gytrash Gets Everest Slot

Lighting Stakes winner Gytrash became the third horse to cement a spot in the final field for the TAB Everest after it was announced that Inglis and connections of the Group l performer agreed to terms that would give the Gordon Richards trained star a spot in the big dance. The gelding will likely resume in the Concorde Stakes in early September.

North Pacific Brilliant At Randwick

Team Hawkes colt North Pacific blitzed them in the Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on Saturday and with that, he is now favourite for both the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas. The colt gave them a spanking, albeit beating a much inferior field to what he’ll face in the better races, but he’s in the right stable when it comes to the stallion making races.

Savatiano Wins PB Lawrence

She was helped somewhat by the race shape, but Savatiano continued her fabulous fresh record and at 1400m with a strong win in the PB Lawrence (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday, wearing down a very gallant Sirrconi. Of the beaten brigade, Mystic Journey was wide throughout so she can be forgiven, likewise Regal Power, who was out very wide, which was the no go zone. Arcadia Queen was a pass mark.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

He’s got a fair way to go to reach the top level, but Showmanship certainly wouldn’t look out of place in the Everest. He runs times of a Group l horse and he wins like a Group l horse. The track pattern was against him on Saturday at Caulfield yet he produced a brilliant finale to win. He’ll win better races for sure.

DEBUT OF THE WEEK:

The time is the only thing stopping me from declaring a Bermadez a Stakes class horse of the future. Relative to the day, the time he ran stunk, but visually, it was stunning at Geelong on Friday. Did he beat much? No, but it was the way he went through his gears in the straight was that of a really good horse. He’ll measure up in town for sure.

RIDE OF THE WEEK:

Really smart ride by J Mac aboard Varda at Randwick. Had Masked Crusader on his back and could have cuddled for a bit longer, but he pushed the button early, making sure Masked Crusader was chasing earlier than expected, and that won the race for sure. Smart ride from the best in Sydney.

SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:

Not sure the horse would have won, but fair dinkum, what was Avdulla doing on Order Again? Yes, he’s a quirky horse and does race well when he has the rail to guide him…but the inside was clearly the no go zone, and he figured that out in race one when steering Vitesse towards the outside. Strange choice of tactics.

HORSES TO FOLLOW:

North Pacific – Not sure he should be favourite, but gee he was impressive
The Closer – Replay will say it all
Showmanship – Destined for the top
Junipal – Coming winner. Excellent return
Behemoth – Bit surprised he isn’t favourite for the Memsie. Super win
Dalasan – Still wants to badly lay in, but he’ll measure up in Melbourne

ONE MORE CHANCE:

Masked Crusader – Not jumping up and down about his return. He’d want to be winning next time out to even warrant Everest/Golden Eagle talk
Raheen House – He’s better than that surely
Shared Ambition – Worrying return, but a good horse, so deserves another look
Hydro Star – Was out wide in the quicksand, be forgiving
Regal Power – Rinse and repeat with Hydro Star

NEVER EVER AGAIN:

Fresh – She sucked me in off the jumpouts. Not sucking me in at Stakes level again
Adelaide Ace – Races will only get harder now. Disappointing return

 
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