The gods were smiling on Sydney town for the last day of the Autumn carnival, showering Royal Randwick in sunshine. Just a pity no one was there to watch it.
But the fine weather saw us finally get back to a decent track turning some of the form on its head, with a few tired ones knocking up at the end of a tough campaign, whilst others seemed to grow an extra leg back on the dry.
Whilst the bad news now is that we are edging that one step closer to winter, a winter which looks set to see an abbreviated Brisbane carnival. The good news is we may be edging one step closer to the pub being re-opened so we can all get back to doing what we enjoy best of a Saturday afternoon.
Hopefully we’ve found a couple here that can get you through between now and then.
Fender: (Syd Race 1) Made it three from three with a commanding victory Saturday in his first foray into town for a Highway Handicap. Bounced out landing outside the lead and gave nothing else a look in. No doubt the Asian buyers would be circling, keen to get their hands on this lightly raced 3yo Toronado Gelding. Until that deal’s done, there looks another couple of suitable races back in town over the coming few weeks again at Class 3 Highway grade which would prove easy pickings and only enhance his sale value.
Rubisaki: (Syd Race 3) Opened well in the red during the week but was out to tasty black figure odds race morning with plenty prepared to take her on back on a drier surface and six runs in to a campaign which kicked off in late November. No heart in mouth stuff though Saturday which has bought about her only two narrow defeats, with rider Rawiller producing her into clear air early in the straight where she put pay to them quickly. Probably had enough late at the 1400m but with her turn of foot she is able to put races beyond doubt in a blink of an eye. Exciting prospect for connections in the Spring.
Kinane: (Syd Race 4) Was keen on Bottega in this race for some time, but had my confidence dented when I saw this Waller trained son of Reliable Man amongst the acceptors. Showed a sharp turn of foot winning a maiden in impressive style over a mile at Wyong less than three weeks ago, and made the quantum leap to a Stakes winner Saturday. Still had plenty to do at the 300m with the Derby winner in front of him and a tearaway leader to chase, but knuckled down like a good horse hitting the front fifty out and able to switch off late with what looked like plenty in the tank. With the QLD Derby off the table, he may pop up in Adelaide for an SA Derby where a Group 1 victory would only enhance his chances of sneaking into some feature races over the Spring.
Shared Ambition: (Syd Race 6) Interesting decision to drag him back to last in a field where they looked set to string out thanks to highballing leader Greysful Glamour. Rider Macdonald made a rare poor decision at the top of the straight when insisting for a line between runners that clearly wasn’t there before easing deepest (where he should have gone in the first place) and finishing off strongly late. Rider questioned at length in the stewards room. Stable have kept his preps short to date but a race like the Listed Gosford Cup in three weeks time looks a nice target.
Trekking: (Syd Race 8) Run of the day for mine. Never better than three deep and improving from the 800m, his effort to run leader Greyworm to 1.3L was superb. Further 1.3L back to third with a few smart ones finishing behind him who enjoyed much better runs in transit. Relished being back on the dry after a forgive run in a hot Group 1 first up. Still plenty of uncertainty around travel restrictions and the Brisbane winter carnival, but looks on target for a back-to-back tilt at a Stradbroke Handicap.
In Her Time: (Bris Race 8) Easiest race she’s contested for some time. Circled deepest the corner and was strong through the line indicating another win in the lower tier stakes grade is not far off. Amongst the noms to back up in the Hawkesbury Gold Crown this week, G3 Fillies and Mares over 1300m.
So Taken: (Syd Race 2) Showed early promise and produced a nice run first up. Form tapering off and hasn’t won for 18 months now.
Pancho: (Syd Race 4) A rung or two below them in genuine stakes company.
Cradle Mountain: (Syd Race 9) Blinkers on, 7 metre rail, found the front, back on a drying track. First horse beat. Too hard to catch for mine.