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A local got a well deserved big money race win, a mare continued her purple patch at Ballarat while at Ascot. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.

KEY NEWS:

Count De Rupee Wins Gong

He was desperately close to winning the Golden Eagle but Count De Rupee got his just reward on Saturday, winning at Kembla Grange, his home track, and taking out The Gong (1600m). The ride was a 12/10 from Brock Ryan and he made sure the horse was a good thing, bolting up from a gallant Nudge with Yamazaki in third.

Zayydani Strong In Ballarat Cup

Zayydani didn’t go around a horse to win the Matriarch (2000m) during Cup Week at Flemington and history repeated itself in the Ballarat Cup (2000m) on Saturday, not going around a horse and driving hard late to win another feature, just, from a host of runners. Favourite for the race, Thought Of That, had every chance in front but tired late to run fourth.

Empire Reigns Supreme In Railway

The Railway (1600m) has all been about Western Empire for a number of weeks and it was there to see for all on Saturday with the four year old making an absolute mess of his rivals, running brilliant overall time and becoming the shortest price favourite to salute in the Group l. Hopefully he will come East for the Autumn where there are a plethora of options.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:

Brock Ryan was the star of the show at Kembla on Saturday, riding a treble on the big day on his home track, including the feature in The Gong aboard the locally trained Count De Rupee. This rider has come on in leaps and bounds the last 6-12 months and I do think one day in the future he’ll challenge for the Sydney title.

DEBUT OF THE WEEK:

He didn’t win, but follow Brent Street from Hawkesbury on Thursday. He went out hard in a 1300m maiden but looked to have pinched it early on in the straight. Last bit just found him out and was nabbed late. Stable don’t mind travelling so with the right placement, he’s a coming winner.

RIDE OF THE WEEK:

The steer from Brock Ryan aboard Count Du Rupee in The Gong will be as good as you see all Spring. Had a wide gate to negate, but after 200m, was better than midfield, one off and trucking. Once he lobbed into that spot, it was race over and the horse duly saluted. Brilliant ride from a young hoop who one day is going to challenge J Mac for the Sydney title.

SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:

I like Lee Magorrian as a rider. He stands over them, takes no BS and can really lift them. But he got one badly wrong at Gosford on Saturday in the shape of first starter Kir Royale. Whether the filly resented being between runners, not sure, but restraining the horse where the filly clearly hated it, instead of holding the spot outside the leader/eventual winner, it was a poor tactic and no doubt cost the filly the win.

HORSES TO FOLLOW:

Marabi – How good is she?
In A Twinkling – I think he’s a sneaky Pakenham Cup/Bagot horse
Quiet Michael – Hated the sit/sprint set up. Genuine tempo, 2000m+ next time, butter up
Zoustyle – He’s the one the visitors have to beat on Magic Millions Day

ONE MORE CHANCE:

Black Duke – Loomed to win, but hit the quicksand. Total forgive
Selburose – Missed the start and near the inside, forget she went around
Wheelhouse – Reckon he wants a dry track, but next start is D-Day
Enabler – Bombed the start, forgive him
Garibaldi – Market said he had three legs and ran accordingly

NEVER EVER AGAIN:

Seleque – Prepared to forgive first up. Not so much this time around. Jury is out on her
(At 1400m) Oxford Tycoon – This run well and truly confirmed that 1200m is his go in life
Fifth Position – Beware the unlucky runner. Jury is out on him 100%
Avocado Sunset – He’s not a Saturday metro horse

 
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