A star mare kicked off her All Star Mile prep unsuccessfully, an old marvel dominated from the front under the lights while an in form galloper got a maiden Stakes win on the board. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Mystic Journey Disappointing First Up
Admittedly her GF is still a tick under two months away, but Mystic Journey and her defence of the All Star Mile got off to a disappointing start on Wednesday night at Launceston, when beaten as a $1.10 favourite in the Ladbrokes Stakes, beaten fair and square by Blaze Forth, a local who had been beaten comfortably in weak Melbourne races not long ago, so yes, she was first up and the leader/winner had control, but the jury is out.
Streets Of Avalon Dominant Fresh
Streets Of Avalon isn’t a noted fresh performer, but he found a thin race at Moonee Valley on Friday night in the Australia Stakes (1200m) and under Zac Spain, he was the winner a long way out once he got control outside Tavisan and booted clear late to win and win well, earning himself a crack at the Futurity/CF Orr path.
Bandersnatch Wins Carrington
Bandersnatch looks to have really turned the corner since joining Team Hawkes and that was confirmed on Saturday at Randwick with a strong win in the Carrington Stakes. Ridden a treat by an in form Tommy Berry, the gelding finished best to overhaul a gallant Quackerjack. He was fourth up there, so will be interesting to see where he goes next.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
I said after her debut over 12 months ago that April Rain was Stakes class and a Stakes winner in waiting. After what she has done in two runs/wins this date, I’ll double down on that statement. Arrogant win once again on Friday night at Canterbury, justifying the heavy support. Do they have a throw at the stumps at blacktype this prep, a race like the Triscay in a few weeks time? Or let her go through the grades and have a quality mare in the Spring? Whatever the case, follow with confidence.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
Have to take the Eagle Farm form with a grain of salt, but sometimes you just have to trust your eye. Whozyadeeler was well backed late when debuting at Eagle Farm on Thursday and the manner in which he put them away was that of a horse who will make it to Saturday grade very soon. Looks smart.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
Not so much one ride, but a day out for Stacey Metcalfe on Saturday at Gawler, riding a metro treble. Limited opportunities in NSW saw her make the trip over to SA, and with her 3kg claim, she’ll be riding plenty more winners in town provided stables throw her a bone or two, which they are starting to do.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
Most were jumping up and down about McEvoy aboard All Time Legend. Easy to say post race that it was a poor ride. I was on him, and I thought the ride was fine. I’m glad he took a sit, because the horse is best with a bunny to chase. If he gets out at the top of the straight, I dare say he wins comfortably. But the slaughter this week goes to Racing Victoria and this ridiculous policy of watering the track. It was embarrassing what eventuated at Sandown on Saturday. The inside lanes were quicksand and if you drew inside, unless you had a rider reading the play, you were done for.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
April Rain – 100% Stakes class horse/winner
Bundyandcoke – 1400m maiden at the Sunny Coast and he’d be a good thing
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Valaquenta – This ride from McEvoy was worse than the ride on All Time Legend
Rule Of Law – Copped heat on speed and bloused late by a horse who was fit and had a suck run behind
Zegalo – Too bad to be true. Want to see again
Irish Butterfly – Becoming a money muncher. One last chance
China Affair – Was in the quicksand. Forgive
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Cradle Mountain – His Stakes winning days are over. I dare say his winning days are over
Coin Collector – When you are getting out toughed by Starcaster, you’re in trouble
Oh Five Glory – Has been pretty plain her past two
Derulo – Needs to go back to North Queensland
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