The locals dominated the features at Eagle Farm while a star sprinter produced an outstanding return at Randwick. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Rothfire Wins JJ Atkins…Everest Calling?
Queensland youngster Rothfire confirmed his status as the best 2YO in Queensland and one of the best in Australia with a dominant win in the JJ Atkins (1400m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday, giving his rivals a spanking and well and truly ticking the 1400m box. The question post race was put to Rob Heathcoate about potentially getting a slot for Rothfire in the Everest, with the trainer stating that MiRunners had told him that Rothfire is in the mix.
Townsville Tornado Wins Stradbroke
Tyzone went oh so close to winning the Stradbroke last year but 12 months on, he got sweet revenge and provided Toby & Trent Edmonds with a big win on the big stage in their home state by winning the 1400m Group l on Saturday, nailing Madam Rouge on the peg with another Queenslander, Niccanova, running a close third.
Classique Legend Back With A Bang
Everything is easy with hindsight…but how did Classique Legend get to $3.40? The star sprinter produced a brilliant performance in his Winter cameo in the Bob Charley AO Stakes (1100m) on Saturday at Randwick, with his class coming to the fore late to hold them out. The grey now will likely be given a break to get ready for another crack at the Everest.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
She’s a star Kay Cee and it was wonderful to see her resume and return to racing with a bang in taking out the Raconteur at Belmont, wearing down the very much in form Laverrod. The filly hadn’t raced since taking out the Kingston Town last year and has come back bigger and better than ever. Good luck beating her for the rest of Winter.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
Time was nothing special for the meeting, not sure she beat, but liked the debut win of Trojan Angel on Friday at Taree. Did a bit of early work from the wide gate but Buckley was able to get her into a nice spot and when he presented her, she was there to be run down, but found plenty when asked. Not sure she’s provincial class, but country grade, she can win again.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
The 3kg claim for Louise Day will quickly disappear over Winter. Gee her ride on Wandabaa was an absolute peace. This filly usually goes forward, but she eased back to get cover and followed a noted wet tracker, Misteed, got her back, peeled off it and finished best. She isn’t a one trick pony in that she has to lead. That was a smart ride.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
Lewis German rode really well last Saturday at Caulfield. But, and I’ll say that Dariljon looks a nutter to ride. But he just waited far too long to get going on the horse at Warrnambool on Tuesday, especially on that very testing track. Horse couldn’t sustain the run and tired late. Just thought the ride was a big negative.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Jay Jay D’Ar/Voila – They need firmer footing, but can win soon
Order Again – He’s a coming winner
Coolth – He wants 2400m already
Desert Path – He’s not far away
Mangione – Such good placement by Waller and he can keep winning up there
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Soxagon – On face value, disappointing. Not sure leading is his go though
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
The Lion – Got conditions to suit, but found nothing
Redcore – Ordinary run after getting every chance
Nobu – To best sum him up…he’s like someone on OnlyFans. Teases but to keep enjoying the tease, you have to have deep pockets
Li’l Kontra – Just not the same horse from her 2YO days
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