An absolute scorcher in Sydney for the first meeting of February, and although we only have one month left officially of summer, there’s every indication it’s going to be a long, drawn out one.
Some good horses resuming tells us Autumn can’t be all that far away, a couple of old favourites along with one real ‘Standout’ performance from a gifted crop of 3yo’s that just keeps on giving.
Away Game: (Syd Race 1) Millions winner resumed from brief let up, had to do a bit of work to find the front, then knuckled down like a good horse forging clear from the 200m. Didn’t beat much and the time was not flash but would certainly be a pleasing return for stable and hasn’t detracted from her chances. Right in the mix for the Slipper.
Standout: (Syd Race 7) Trapped in a sticky spot 3 deep to the corner, was entitled to peak on his run first up but instead let rip at the 300m with a mighty run leaving a quality mare like Alizee unable to eat into the margin on the line. Has strong early 3yo form through Cosmic Force and Microphone. Yet another star performer out of that crop, he is set for a big campaign.
Roheryn: (Syd Race 9) Another who did his fair share of work in transit. Sent out big odds for a noted 1st up performer. Was entitled to peak on his effort late but was able to stave off fit horses the likes of in-form Lashes and Inanup in an impressive return. The Ron Quinton trained Royal Celebration, resuming off a long injury lay-off, was eye catching, luckless from the 300m onwards.
Costello: (Syd Race 6) Had a genuine crack just continues to find one better. We’ll give him one more.
Alizee: (Syd Race 7) Couldn’t match motors with the 3yo Standout when they went for home but held the rest comfortably under soft riding once she had 2nd locked down. No doubt she is ticking along nicely, yet again.
Dalasan: (Melb Race 7) Expect this to be a very strong form race. Was probably the one you would want to be sticking with going forward out of the top 4. No solace for those that took the odds on, but you will recoup shortly.
Glenall: (Syd Race 7) Gelded now, not sure why they keep aiming so high with him. Doesn’t hold a candle to the likes of Alizee. Handy enough sprinter but needs more realistic targets.
Tony’s Reward: (Syd Race 8) Not within ‘cooee!’ of what he has shown his past couple. Been up a long time, due for a holiday.
Anything that finished behind Jungle Edge: (Melb Race 8) He’s a terrific old fella, and was big overs considering the track downgrade, but a length margin to second and beyond, you would want to be setting your sights much lower for the rest of your campaign if you were that far off him.