If you liked one at odds, it was a fill up on Saturday across all meetings, most notably the Australian Guineas, whilst a racing body came under scrutiny. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
What Does The Fox Say? An Almighty Guineas Upset
Lunar Fox recorded one of the biggest upsets in Australian racing history on Saturday in the Australian Guineas, winning the Group l with a SP of $301, and given he finished 13 lengths off Tagaloa in the CS Hayes, it was hard to make a case, but Mick Dee rode the perfect race and on the line, he was strongest, beating Cherry Tortoni with Tagaloa close up in third.
A Verry Special Chipping Norton
Yes, he had Winx win four, but nine Chipping Norton wins for Chris Waller is quite a feat and he achieved it on Saturday via champion mare Verry Elleegant, who had to showcase champion qualities to get the better of Colette in an epic battle, with Avilius close up in third. Waller now is one behind TJ Smith in terms of the most wins in the race.
Charges Against Laming Dropped, RV “Clarifies”
In a remarkable turn of events, charges laid against Richard Laming and a number of other racing participants were dropped during the week, without any explanation or reasoning behind the decision. It’s led to Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula wanting answers from Racing Victoria as to how/why this has occurred. The cage that is Racing Victoria hasn’t been rattled for years when it comes to integrity issues and hopefully this from Pakula is a step in the direction where questions from those high up in RV need to be answered.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
How can you go past Still A Star at Launceston on Wednesday? It was stunning the way she returned in the Vamos, her first run in a year, and it’s assured that she will head to the All Star Mile in winning form, giving trainer Bill Ryan his dying wish of seeing his good horse in a good race.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
It might be a case of when not if Starry Legend goes to Hong Kong, but off what he did on Wednesday at Sandown, he is destined for better races. It was an electric performance from near the speed, running sharp time relative to the meeting and doing it with something in reserve. According to the Racing Australia website, he is in the paddock, so might not see him again this prep, but blackbook him.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
The ride from J Mac aboard Verry Elleegant won her the Chipping Norton. Had he waited a stride longer, he gets beat. He had to get going to be within range of Colette and that was the winning move. Had he stayed in and waited, no doubt that Colette would have got the verdict. Great ride in a big race.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
It was an ordinary day at Flemington for Kerrin McEvoy and he produced a couple of poor rides. Firstly, a nothing ride on I Am Superman in terms of zero initiative. Then in the last, Yamazaki runs a place for sure with a half decent steer. Just waited too long to get going but was good late when clear. I’d have him on par with Bossy. Can be trusted in big races, but week in/week out riding, he is average at best.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Marabi – Destined for Stakes races and no limit to what level she can reach
Four Moves Ahead – Outstanding win
She’s All Class – Give her a soft gate in the Slipper and she’s a contender
Criaderas – Shocking racing pattern. If he can improve it, he’s your Doncaster winner
Montefilia – Pass mark for a filly wanting further
Sky Lab – No luck in a slowly run race. On track for Derby still
Subedar – Could he be a sneaky Doncaster chance?
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Captivant – He needs a dry deck
Shaquero – Don’t drop off from a Golden Slipper perspective
Bam’s On Fire – Ordinary steer from J Mac. Give her another look with Blinkers back on
Hungry Heart – If she was mine, I’d freshen up and focus on the SA Oaks. She isn’t up to the Sydney fillies
Skymax – Ridden upside down. Better off speed
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Nelson – Market support was there. But he’s ordinary
Sierra Sue – Amazed there was market support. Poor fresh and poor again
Mystic Journey – Mares races only or head back home
Aysar – Needs the snip before I could entertain him
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