Another dark week in lockdown but on the bright side, we were able to witness another week of high quality racing as round 2 of ‘The Championships’ was run and won at Royal Randwick.
And in other good news, we were able to keep finding the punters winners, once again highlighting the winner of both the Oaks and the Queen Elizabeth here in this column in recent weeks.
The final day of the Sydney carnival this week which sees the likes of Pierata line up in the Group 1 All Age Stakes, Holyfield in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes, Bottega in the Frank Packer Plate and Rubisaki in the James Carr, all horses we’ve blackbooked over the past month which can hopefully send punters out on a winning note.
In the meantime, here’s a few more to pencil as we, fingers crossed, look ahead to the Hawkesbury Cup feature meeting (now at Rosehill), maybe a Brisbane winter carnival (which much like the advice from the government, appears to be changing daily) and further afield to Spring riches.
Indy Car: (Syd Race 2) Couldn’t have been more impressive first up when coming from near last on the notorious kenso circuit to score late. Was produced earlier into clear air entering the straight Saturday and motored away to rise from maiden to stakes grade in just 5 starts. Thrived out to 1400m 2nd up and is on target for a tilt at the lucrative Hawkesbury Guineas 3rd up.
Collette: (Syd Race 6) Another who has had a rapid rise through the grades this Autumn coming from a maiden win in a Newcastle Class 1 20/8 to Group 1 glory just six weeks later in the countries premier event for 3yo fillies. One only has to look at the quality of work last years winner Verry Elleegant has produced of late to respect any future plans the Godolphin team might have for her. Worth some thought in early cups markets.
Con Te Partiro: (Syd Race 9) The stud plans going awry have proved a blessing in disguise for connections here. Now a dual Group 1 winner this Autumn and was without much luck in the Doncaster, she could certainly lay claims to being the preeminent mare at the metric mile in the country. Possible talks of returning home for a Breeder’s Cup tilt otherwise a race like the Group 1 Myer in the spring looks ideal.
Eleven Eleven: (Syd Race 5) Under rated gelding who could very well have had a couple of rich features to his name if not for one handy type by the name of Alligator Blood. Drifted back last as they strung out over the 1200m approaching the corner, circled deepest into the straight. Looked the winner at the 250m before peaking on his run first up. Another who heads to the Hawkesbury Guineas and on the back of that return, out to 1400m and with his resume, he might be the one to beat.
Master of Wine: (Syd Race 8) Far from disgraced in his first foray into weight for racing against what is probably the best middle distance field we’ve seen assembled in the post-Winx era. Never better than three deep the trip, forced deepest on the corner. His effort to run 4th and stave off the likes of Te Akau Shark and 10 time G1 winner Melody Belle in the run to the line was highly commendable with only to international stars and a flying Verry Elleegant bettering him on the day. Has to be a serious player in the spring.
Baccarat Baby: (Bris Race 8) Stakes winner who carried the grandstand under open handicap conditions when resuming at Doomben Saturday. Rider elected to hand up a mid field fence position in transit in order to cover ground and ease across four sets of heels on the bend. Was game letting down strongly under the big impost to miss by a nostril on the line. Entitled to be a bit filthy if you backed her Saturday, but you will reap the rewards if you stick solid in coming weeks.
Yao Dash: (Syd Race 2) Flopped first up, forced to trial where he had the ears ridden off him to score a victory there which got the punters in before another failure Saturday. Something clearly not right there as not the same horse he was last time in.
Alizee: (Syd Race 9) Has been sub par by her lofty standards the past couple and as a rising 6yo, connections have pulled the pin at the right time. At her brilliant best she was a genuine top liner. Multiple Group 1 winner, and a giant of a mare, sure to be a success at stud.
Happy Clapper: (Syd Race 8) What a horse! A once in a lifetime warrior for trainer Pat Webster and a real fan favourite. Three time winner at the highest level and ran 2nd to Winx in a further four Group 1’s netting connections close to $7.3 million. At rising 10yo and again, well below his best of late, connections have made the right call. Enjoy your retirement champ.