With the Sydney Autumn over, the focus shifted Saturday to the stand-alone provincial feature, The Hawkesbury Gold Cup, run at Rosehill…which in this current climate needs no further explanation.
Whilst Hawkesbury is traditionally an on-speed, horses for courses track, the transfer of the meeting back to Rosehill, rail True, on a Good 4, saw every horse get their chance in a day of quality black type racing.
The coming month sees upcoming feature race targets at the Gosford Cup meeting, now run at Randwick, the two-day Scone carnival where the first day will be run at Scone whilst the second day will take place at Rosehill, followed by a very different looking Brisbane carnival still on at this stage provided party pooper Premier Palaszcuk keeps the belt loose on her cranky pants.
Confused? No need to be, we’ve got you covered here. So just sit back on the couch, get out the pen and note down these runners in your little black book for the long weeks ahead.
Tactical Advantage: (Syd Race 5) High quality short courser who peaked third up. Still had his work cut out for him at the 250m before easing across heels and coming with a lightning burst to score late. Creeping up in the weights, but even that might not be enough to stop him in the Takeover Target Stakes now run at Randwick in a fortnight.
Dawn Passage: (Syd Race 6) Different horse back onto the dry and was dominant in spite of the horror draw which saw him three deep without cover for the majority of the event only to blow his rivals away at the 200m. Impressive victory, now a multiple stakes winner, he’ll no doubt be chasing more black type in three week’s time again over 1400m in the Inglis Scone Guineas at Rosehill.
Amangiri: (Syd Race 7) Tough on pace mare who was set to peak over the 1500m in the Hawkesbury Cup Saturday. Enjoyed the benefit of some cover after being put in the box seat by Tommy Berry. Overcame a check at the 300m but was able to pick herself up again to forge to the lead at the 50m and hold on to a narrow margin on the line. Hard fit now and a race like the Scone Cup over a mile looks ideal for her.
Impactful: (Syd Race 3) 3yo colt resuming. Only just out of maiden grade but stable obviously thought enough of him to give him a crack at stakes grade last prep. Still doesn’t know a lot but thought his run had plenty of merit first up Saturday against older, more experienced horses when he was doing his best work late. Would look a nice QLD Derby type under normal circumstances, but with that race pulled, maybe a Scone Guineas and onward to races like the Gunsynd and the Rough Habit.
Girl Tuesday: (Syd Race 7) Tough replay to watch for those who secured double figure odds about her second up. Secured a beautiful run in transit after dwelling at the start travelling sweetly mid field the fence until the corner. Repeatedly shifted across six sets of heels from the 300m to the 150m, then on to heels the final 100m where she remained untested to the line. Beaten less than 2L, fair case to say she probably should have won the race. Will be spot on third up with the Gosford or Scone Cups likely targets.
Etana: (Bris Race 7) High quality mare resuming. Winner of the G2 Doomben Roses last winter and picked a feature race on Magic Millions day at the Gold Coast. Settled just worse than mid-field first up over 1400m, peeled five deep into straight and let down strongly closing in on lead pair late. The Listed Wayne Wilson over a mile in a fortnight and The G3 Chairman’s Handicap over 2000m at the end of May look likely targets on what would be a traditional Doomben Cup path.
Agent Pippa: (Syd Race 2) Speedy mare who drew well with excellent fresh record. Enjoyed nice trail 3rd the fence to the corner then stopped quickly at the 300m. Bled one nostril; watch for her again when she resumes after a 3-month lay off.
Spend: (Syd Race 6) Well named, because that is what they did when purchasing this Snitzel colt for $1.5 million. Just the two age restricted handicap races to his name to date and one placing at stakes grade well into his 3yo year. Given every chance Saturday. Not up to the class.
Unforgotten: (Syd Race 7) Absolute shadow of the horse we saw at three and four. Over 600 days since her last win and hasn’t run a good race in the last 12 months. Time for the breeding barn.