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The Stradbroke picture became a bit clearer, Chris Waller doing Chris Waller things and the Hong Kong Jockey Premiership heats up. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.


Dawn Passage Books Stradbroke Start

Dawn Passage has been lethal this prep since he has found firmer footing and it’s seen graduate into a serious Stradbroke chance next Saturday, earning his way into the field via a win in the Fred Best (1350m) at Doomben on Saturday, sitting near a hot speed throughout and despite horses like Exhilarates and Subpoenaed launching late, he was too good. Exhilarates is guaranteed a start in the race should the stable elect to back up.

Waller Dominates Staying Features

More often than not, Chris Waller dominates 2000m+ races this time of year, but it was next level on Saturday. The champion horseman trained the first six across the line in the Chairmans Handicap at Doomben, with the race won by Le Juge. He backed that up a few minutes later when preparing the trifecta in the Lord Mayors Cup at Rosehill, with noted swimmer Wu Gok landing decent bets at odds.

Purton Kicks Clear In Premiership

With Joao Moreira suspended for the Wednesday night dirt meeting at Sha Tin, Zac Purton had to take advantage of that to try and get a margin in the Hong Kong Jockey Premiership and that he did, booting home a treble. Purton has now ridden 126 winners for the season and is now three clear of Moreira with 13 meetings remaining.


All concerned with Right Or Wrong at Doomben and his win. Three tendons, 1500 odd days between wins…it’s a remarkable story and one that Lindsay Gough and his team should be immensely proud of. Once upon a time a few years ago, this horse was favourite for a Stradbroke. Unfortunately won’t reach those heights again, but great to see the veteran back in the winners list.


Capital Zous was backed as if unbeatable when debuting on Tuesday at Hamilton off the back of an impressive jumpout win and the fact that Michael Rodd went to the country track for the ride. He didn’t look entirely happy on the heavy track, but he showed his class late and got better as the race went on. He looks to have an action of a horse that will get better as the distance increases.


Lachlan Neindorf has a fair bit on his counterparts in Adelaide when it comes to initiative. Gee his ride on Dixon Street was a beauty. Hunted it out to get to a forward spot but with those coming across, had to ease for cover. That cover was an outside, so Neindorf peeled three wide to stay out of trouble, he rode it like it was a good thing and it duly was. Really smart ride from a rising star.


She’s done some great things since relocating to Queensland, but the ride from Steph Thornton aboard Gotta Kiss wasn’t the best. Did the right thing in easing back because there was too much speed outside. But she should have held the box seat behind September Run instead of being three back, and no doubt that was the difference between winning and losing.


Spencer/Mr Dependable – Both coming winners. Excellent in defeat
Superium – Loomed, just condition gave out. Can win next time
Right You Are – Think he’s the Mahogany Final winner with progression
Tahitian Dancer – Was building the revs until she got chopped out
No Say In It – Bet of the month once he gets to Flemington and 1800m-2000m


Trumbull – It’s one more chance 100%. Becoming very costly
Noble Boy – One more chance despite being very disappointing
Sixties Groove – Wide no cover, total forgive
Gododdin – Not a 1200m horse
Star Of Michelin – Only a betting prospect on big tracks


Fisticuffs – Well and truly overrated
Miss Einstein – Not sure easing wide was the right move, but she was still plain when clear
Ljungberg – Needs the rating points to come down and get a win at the midweeks I think. Not a Saturday class horse
Leiter – Runs well. Just not winning
Carzoff – Thought he was very disappointing

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