Adam Page gives us his brief look at Saturday’s 2011 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill racecourse on Golden Slipper day, view his early look at the race.
I think there are only four winning hopes here: Retrieve, Blackie, Fast Clip and Muirfield.
An out-and-out-stayer, Retrieve looks well placed to win his fifth career win from 13 starts. He ran a very solid race last week in the Rosehill Guineas when he led and was grabbed late by a dazzling Jimmy Choux. He got a bit lost in front and if McEvoy settles him midfield and waits, he will be right in the mix.
Former Kiwi Blackie has had three starts for Michael Kent for three impressive wins, including last start in the Pharlap Stakes when he seemingly was struggling but he picked the bit up late to grab Fast Clip on the line. The 2000m looks ideal for him and Brad Rawiller is back in the saddle. The Kent/Rawiller combination is a hard one to get past and is sure to be there at the finish.
Fast Clip has been in training since January but is still racing very well, winning three of his five starts this prep and finishing second on the other two occasions. In the Pharlap Stakes, he had to take the field up to the leader who was flying in front. Cruised up at the 300m and looked to have the race won before Blackie lifted late to grab him. 2000m is a niggling concern but he should control the race from the front and prove awfully hard to run down.
The blowout horse is Muirfield from the Mike Moroney yard. Hit the line strongly first up at Sandown, then was wide and out-sprinted in the Autumn Classic at Caulfield, then in the Alistar Clark at Moonee Valley it was a tragedy to see what happened to him. If he had gotten out earlier, he wins the race. Not sure if the speed will be on for him here but the stable is on fire at the moment and look for him late.
I think Fast Clip will dictate and win. Nash will roll to the lead and from there he’ll do whatever he wants in front and control the race. Retrieve for second. He’ll settle off the pace and blow the cobwebs out for the Derby next week but will still be competitive here. Blackie has plenty of upside and is drawn to get the soft run while Muirfield will be storming home if the pace is on.
Written by Adam Page
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