The Autumn Sun confirmed himself as a world class colt while the love affair between Charlie Appleby and Australia continued. All that and more in this weeks edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Appleby’s Cat For The Everest?
It could be a case of why not for Jungle Cat and The Everest after his outstanding win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on Saturday at Caulfield. He looked gone a couple of times in the straight but lifted hard late under James Doyle to win. Max Whitby has said he wants a tough 1400m horse for a brutal 1200m. Jungle Cat fits that criteria, so watch this space I’d say.
The Sun Is Only Rising
We are seeing something very special in the shape of The Autumn Sun, who sealed his career post racing with an unbelievable win in the Golden Rose (1400m), sprinting hard from last 250m out to grab them and score a memorable win. He’s clearly the horse to beat in the Caulfield Guineas, and wouldn’t look out of place in the Cox Plate.
Night’s Watch Into The Caulfield Cup
The Darren Weir trained Night’s Watch earned himself a spot in the Caulfield Cup by winning the Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on Saturday at Caulfield, and the win was remarkable for a couple of reasons. Firstly, he was spotting them a fair start in the run yet still won. The even more remarkable fact is that he was found to be lame. Of the Darren Weir contingent, if he’s fit, Night’s Watch is, IMO, his leading Caulfield Cup chance.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
How can you ignore The Autumn Sun? He looked as if he’d be unlucky again when held up behind Graff and not being able to get clear but once he did, my god he attacked the line with such purpose and was so impressive. He’s got the Caulfield Guineas at his mercy after this win because it just had to be seen to be believed.
DEBUT OF THE WEEK:
Didn’t win, but keep tabs on the Chris Waller trained Stardome. On breeding, he wants 2000m+. Was a hard favourite when debuting at Warwick Farm on Wednesday over 1100m but just had no early speed and was never in the hunt after about 100m. Closed off well late for a horse clearly wanting further and his late splits weren’t too bad. I wouldn’t sack him.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
It was a peach from Lachie King on Freehearted. To be frank, both Morphettville tracks in recent weeks have been disgraceful. Near impossible to make significant ground out wide yet King revved the mare up before the turn and got her near the speed at the top of the straight and she was there to be beaten but she got home. Ride won the race.
SLAUGHTER OF THE WEEK:
A couple from Rosehill stand out. The steer from McEvoy on Youngstar in the Shannon was pretty plain in terms of giving it every chance. Ideally, should have been trucking up behind Noire and got to her outside. The mare was very good regardless. But the gold medal goes to Bowman on Invincibella. Could have easily popped out into clear air and let down, but for some reason, he went between runners and played for luck. Strange steer.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Youngstar – Right on track for the Caulfield Cup
Savacool – That mares race over 2000m during Cup Week would be perfect for her
Lucky For All – Group l talent. Geelong Synthetic Benchmark 58 IQ
Eduardo – Run of the day in defeat
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Got beat, but I wouldn’t be dropping off Lucky For All. The market said the horse was still on a Mad Monday bender, out to nearly $5 after being as short as $2.10. He ran well, but like he did first up, he did too much wrong and threw it away when second to Al Galayel. He’s got the ability. Just needs to tighten the screws upstairs.
NEVER EVER AGAIN:
I think the jury is well and truly out on Hiyaam now after a couple of plain runs, which followed a really good resumption. Did nothing in the Dato and did much the same in the Naturalism behind Night’s Watch. Couldn’t entertain her in the Cups at all off those runs. The other one is from Queensland in the shape of Dream Kisses. She’s a cat. Just doesn’t want to win a race.