Prizemoney increases for Victorian racing was the focus point for this week, along with news on a couple of riders, on completely different sides of the spectrum. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Victoria Staying Firm In Their Lane
The sandbags are well and truly in force when it comes to the battle between Racing NSW and Racing Victoria. NSW announced significant prizemoney increases last week and this week, Victoria showed their hand with $13 Million extra prizemoney, with injections to some key races, along with prizemoney on offer for riders who are the best during a respective race day across the Spring.
Jeff Lloyd Retires
It’s been a remarkable career for Jeff Lloyd and ‘Guv’ rode his final race on Saturday at Doomben, drawing the curtain on quite an amazing career in the saddle, which included 94 Group l wins along with a stack of other major achievements, none better than returning from a stroke in 2014 after suffering it 14 months prior. He’s got punters out on numerous occasions and it’s been great viewing.
Tahlia Hope’s Condition Improves
Shock news came through a couple of days ago that Tahlia Hope was in hospital fighting viral meningitis, with infection and swelling on the brain, but the last 24 hours has seen some positive news and is slowly on the improve, which is great news. She rode a couple of ripping steers last Saturday at Morphettville and was booked to ride Husson Eagle at Caulfield.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
How can you go past Pippie and what she did first up at Doomben? 34.5 first 600m and considering she was first up, entitled to drop away and tire, but she was under a hold and just won so impressively, knocking up late, but entitled to in an outstanding return. Measured up well in Melbourne last prep and I’m sure with the right placement, she could once again.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
Not sure how far he can go Spend, but he does look above average. That was an outstanding debut win at Rosehill. He was made to chase from before the turn but despite that, he kept surging and despite getting tired late, he had the momentum to beat True Detective, his splits between the 800m-200m being very good for a first starter. Keen to see where he goes.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
Love a jockey that steers a horse with sustained speed and uses it, and that is what Brodie Kirby did on the experience juvenile filly Mia Dolce in the first at Belmont. Pinged the lids to find the front rather comfortably. Could have easily fallen into the trap of stack/rack, but no, he kept the filly going at a nice gallop and gave nothing else a look in. Perfect front running ride.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Spend/True Detective: Nice horses and could run well in late Winter/early Spring features with race fitness on their side.
Kings Full: Set a near impossible task. Very good in defeat. Up in trip and ridden positively, he’s a coming winner.
Pippie: Trialled like a star, won like a star. Has to come to Melbourne surely.
Malibu Style: Clean jump and he wins. He’s flying.
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Nashian: Have to give her another look. She’s better than that surely.
Laure Me In: I reckon he wants 1600-1800m on a big track. Not sure Caulfield is his go.
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Waking Moment: Thought she was flying…her wings are clipped. The winning strike rate won’t be improving with my coin on.
Spiritual Pursuit: Interesting to note that Sam Clenton said this girl raced like a tired horse. Only third up, so that’s a concern.
Mystified: Who were the idiots that backed her? She can’t win in Adelaide, never mind Melbourne.
Drachenfels: My pockets aren’t deep enough to keep following.
Junipal: Only won the one race…can see why after that Caulfield effort.