A memorable Group l kicked off a fabulous day at Rosehill, which included surprises with a touch of arrogance in the big one, the Golden Slipper. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Elleegant Win In Epic Ranvet
The 2020 Ranvet was a beauty of a clash between Addeybb and Verry Elleegant. The 2021 edition was better, with the latter just getting the better of the English star in a memorable finish, with the ride from James McDonald and his patience being the difference between winning and losing.
Stay Inside Arrogant In Golden Slipper
Much like the previous two Slipper winners that Tommy Berry rode, Stay Inside was absolutely arrogant in the 2021 Golden Slipper. Landed in a plum spot just off the speed and once he pushed the button 500m out to get clear air and chase Profiteer, it was race over and he was much too good. The Godolphin duo of Anamoe and Ingratiating filled the placings.
Eduardo To The Galaxy…Everest Next?
The tactics were awful in the Everest last year, but fast forward to the Autumn and Eduardo is a totally different horse, and is now a Group l winner after giving his rivals a galloping lesson in the Galaxy (1100m). The race has been awful for topweights but nobody told the horse that, confirming that the win he produced fresh when beating Nature Strip and smashing the 1000m Randwick track record was no fluke. He deserves a slot after what he has done this prep.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Has to go to Annabel Neasham and what she has done in her short career to date as a trainer. Few weeks ago won her first Stakes race in winning the Canberra Guineas, now is a Group l winning trainer thanks to Mo’Unga. She has set the three year old for this race all prep and the plan came off.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
She didn’t win, but it was a very promising debut from Yearning on the Kenso track on Thursday. Being bu Snitzel out of Rising Romance, the 1100m was going to be a query, but she was strong through the line and surged hard, just missing out on the win. She’s got quality written all over and will be winning races.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
It looked simple on paper with Jamie Kah aboard Ironclad, but it was a ripping steer when watching the replay. It could have got ugly for a couple of strides, but she played the waiting game and was able to angle wider, finishing best and was strong late. Could have been an awful watch, but she made sure there was no bad luck involved.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
He’s a gun Jye McNeil, but it wasn’t pretty aboard Chantrea. Got caught wide throughout, and I can live with that. But continually creeping forward and taking away her dash, which she showed in WA she has in spades when fresh, it was just the wrong move and it took away something from her finale. Think she wins with better luck and a touch better of a steer.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Chantrea – Really good run fresh. She’ll be winning races
Yulong Status – He’s no star, but he’s a St Leger horse I’d suggest. Luckless
She’s Ideel – The replay will say it all
Captivant/Artorious – Outstanding runs from these both. Capitvant desperately wants a dry track for the Sires
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Sir Dragonet – Much better this time in the Ranvet. Heavy track in the Queen Elizabeth, reckon he’s in with a shout
Profiteer – He’s a good colt. Just needs to relax in the run
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
Need New Friends – Flattered by a very good ride last time. Very good ride again and she found nothing
Doubtland – He was poor in suitable conditions so jury is out. It can stay out
Quick Thinker – Put into the race but he did zero. Not a Sydney Cup horse
Dadoozdart – Who are these idiots that keep backing this horse?
Colette (At WFA)- She’s not a WFA horse. Back to a handicap of the Sydney Cup
Funstar – I think she’s in the overrated side of the ledger
Haut Brion Her – She’s very much overrated
Tailleur – Not a Group l horse. Had the right set up here and she found zilch
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