There was racing this week, but the news was dominated by the ongoing battle between NSW and Victoria as to who is numero uno in Australian racing. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
RSW v Vic Continues
In response to Racing NSW extending the Sydney Spring Carnival, the VRC made sure that the Melbourne Cup was not forgotten, with the race that stops a nation now worth $8 Million, with VRC chair Amanda Elliott saying that Peter V’Landys is a “silly little man making silly little decisions”. To her credit, in the afternoon she apologised via a phone call, but had the roles been reversed, PVL would have been sacked, so she could consider herself rather lucky. But the battle is sure to heat up in the next week or two with Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula saying that there will be announcements re prizemoney and potential new races.
Destiny’s Kiss You Beauty
Joe Pride has trained numerous Group l winners and has trained a stack of high class animals, but there is no doubt that Destiny’s Kiss holds a special place in his heart and the old marvel, winning his 10th Listed race when surging hard late then clinging on to win the Winter Cup (2400m) in an epic contest. Hush Writer took the lead upon straightening and looked home, then High Bridge out wide with momentum looked the winner. But it was Destiny’s Kiss under Sam Clipperton who got the win, just, over a gallant Yogi.
Horrendous Scenes At Nagoya
You could think of other words to use rather than horrendous, but that was the case at Nagoya in Japan on Friday, a NRA meeting, with jockey Aoi Kinomae falling from her mount shortly after the start and was still down on the track, which meant the race should have been called off, but remarkably, the race continued and fellow riders had to dodge and weave around her in just unbelievable scenes, with the result of the racing standing. Thankfully Kinomae escaped any serious injury and is likely to resume race riding on Monday.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
There is two that stood out on Saturday. Firstly it was Brutal Power at Sandown in the last. He looks a very good talent in the making. Pulled his head off in the run despite the tempo being solid yet peeled off the leaders back and just bolted to the front. You only have to look at the margins between the runners and how easily he did it, I think Michael Moroney has a Stakes class horse on his hand. The other outstanding performer was Deimos at Belmont. Been hot on him this prep and he’s 2/2, the latest coming on Saturday at Belmont. Was keen early but came back underneath Kennedy soon after and he just bolted clear. The Peters operation is pretty much alone in producing top quality animals in WA. Deimos is heading in the direction of being one of the more progressive gallopers in WA.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
Didn’t win, but I think that will change eventually with Careless Whisper. Debuted at Mornington on Monday where she was hard in the market. Showed really good speed to lead comfortably and gave a reasonable kick, but Sizzlefly was too good on the day. She looks well above average so I’d be following Careless Whisper. Right placement and she can win a race for sure.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
On one hand, could say it was a bit of a ‘Joe The Goose’ ride aboard the hotpot Kapajack, but considering he’s had 190 odd rides this season for just five wins, understandably he could have bottled it, but he made sure the fav took advantage of the inside draw and held the box seat and that sealed the fate of the race. Horse was probably too good, but kudos to a young rider who has showed talent in the past, has struggled a bit in recent times, but Team Hawkes put faith in him and they were rewarded.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
Couldn’t really find a slaughter for the day. Couple of hard luck stories, namely Clipperton aboard Zardoro in the Highway.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Asterius – He’s flying. Just couldn’t quite hold the leaders back. Up in trip next time, he’ll be winning
Mister Belvedere – He’s a nice stayer that can win up in trip
Berdibek – Rinse and repeat Mister Belvedere
Zavance – 1600m+, big track, she’ll win
Drachenfels – He is absolutely flying this horse. No luck once again
Beau Balmain – He wants further and a dry track
Buffalo River – He’s very good. How good remains to be unknown
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Sylvia’s Mother – Several jockeys stated the track was shifty, including Tommy re this girl, so have to forgive
William Thomas – Can flop out the back and win 78 races and weaker. Can’t do that in open sprints and expect to win. One more chance
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Fragonard – She’s a milk drinker
Quackerjack (beyond 1600m) – Week back probably didn’t work, but he’s not an 1800m horse
High Bridge – Given every chance by McDougall. Just weak at the end and is becoming a nonny
Voila – She’s honest, tries hard…just not winning