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Blacktype racing featured in several states on Saturday, which was the main focus for the week outside a country star being kept in Australia and not to Hong Kong. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.


Trumbull Finally Jumps & Finally Wins

Trumbull had been one of the more frustrating horses in Sydney over the past couple of months given he was racing so well but couldn’t jump clean, leaving himself with too much to do. But in the Civic Stakes (1350m) at Rosehill on Saturday, he jumped beautifully, landed in the box seat and once that eventuated, it was race over, getting a deserving Stakes win next to his name.

Sure Knee Gets Blacktype Success

Sure Knee is another that was flying without luck in Sydney but it was ripping placement by Chris Waller, sending the mare to Doomben for the Sapphire Stakes (1630m) in search of blacktype and that she got, charging late to nab them near the peg to provide Luke Dittman with a near career highlight with two Stakes wins for the day.

Material Man Wins Strickland

Material Man hadn’t done a great deal for a while but back with Justin Warwick, the gelding bounced back to his brilliant best with a dominant win in the feature at Belmont on Saturday, the Strickland Stakes (2000m). Paul Harvey put him into a sweet spot just off the speed and once he peeled wide on the turn, it was race over. The Bob Peters pair of Perfect Jewel and Mississippi Delta were rather disappointing in the run to the line.


How about the win of Roheryn? Once Embracer found the front and got there comfortably, it looked race over for those behind once he found control, including Roheryn, but he got the splits and produced an amazing finale to not only win but win by a length with something in hand in an impressive return. A race like the Ramornie would be a lovely target.


The Brumby looks a city class horse if his debut win at Murray Bridge on Wednesday is any guide. He ran quicker time than the 58 race later in the day but what was impressive was the way he put them away and got better as the race went on, really attacking the line like a good horse. He can go straight to town and win.


Perfect ride from Brad Stewart aboard Soxagon. Once Thy Kingdom Come knuckled, the box seat was there for the taking and Stewart took advantage, landing in the A1 spot and from the 600m onwards, it was race over and he won accordingly, largely thanks to the ride from B Stewart. He’s one of the form riders in Brisbane at the moment and a great example of it here.


Punting hat on, the track at Canterbury, when wet, is fine because you know the pattern – fence in run is gold. But from a participants perspective, it’s absolute rubbish. If you’re not fence in run, you may as well not bother turning it up. And people complain when there are a heap of scratchings…understandable the way the track is. It needs fixing.


Dream Runner – Wait til he gets out to a trip. He’s got an engine
Embracer – He’ll improve big time off that condition wise. Coming winner
Sixties Groove – If they send him north, he’ll win the Grafton Cup
Laburnum – Coming winner with firmer footing
Power Boom – Track pattern against, forgive
Proper Rogue – Should have won. Excellent return
Price Range – He can win off that in a somewhat easier race


Ablaze – Forget he went around. That was a sit/sprint and he didn’t like it at all
South Pacific – Got a bad squeeze. Forget he went around
Chapter And Verse – Think he might be one to watch two weeks time at the Sunny Coast


Word For Word – She got her Birthday/Christmas two weeks ago
Time To Reign – Snip or retire
Crack Me Up – Had the right run. Found nothing
Night Of Power – Every chance. Very disappointing
Spencer – Dry tracks just aren’t arriving and he’s had some hard racing now. No upside left
(Beyond 1600m) Harbour Views – IMO, 1600m is his premium trip.

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