Pandemics are nothing new to racing folk who are by nature, a tough breed. And those old enough and grey enough to remember will recall only too well bio-security measures and lockdowns that were put in place for the 2007 Equine Influenza outbreak.
It took a while but we navigated those murky waters and came out on the other side, eventually, and for those that aren’t ‘punt drunk’ and still with sharp enough memories, they might have been recalling another sense of déjà vu at Rosehill on Saturday after the running of the Magic Night Stakes.
Thermosphere: (Syd Race 3) It seems like it was only a year ago, almost to the day, that a little Godolphin filly out of a Canny Lad mare plowed through the mud to win the Magic Night and went on to strike the same track Slipper day a week later and etched her name in the history books. That filly was Kiamichi, bred along similar lines and with a similar sense of timing about her as Thermosphere. She was bold on Saturday sitting three deep with cover the trip before working between runners to poke her head in front at the 100m and was edging clear again as they crossed the line. Was big odds Saturday and will be similar odds again next week but worth an each way ticket if the rain hangs around Sydney town.
Imaging: (Syd Race 6) The wraps on this entire had been big and he was backed accordingly first up but was left hopeless courtesy of some ordinary decision making by G. Boss. Whilst Bossy was watching from home Saturday, ‘imaging’ what it would be like to be riding Kolding in front of no fans in the All Star Mile, James Macdonald was racking up winner after winner but none more impressive than this fellow who has certainly taken no harm from the roughhouse tactics he fell prey to a fortnight prior. Raced up the chart in Doncaster markets and rightfully so.
Master of Wine: (Syd Race 8) Has been the rising star of Sydney racing for the last six months and has a real sense of timing about him also. The 2000m of the Ranvet next will be tempting for connections but, in spite of how easily he appeared to do it Saturday in the Heavy, I’d prefer him to have the week off and be kept for the Tancred in a fortnight. A race that has traditionally been an open affair over the past decade. Is a genuine top line talent ready to transition to the next level.
Quick Thinker: (Syd Race 5) Played a cameo role to the Funstar/Probabeel show Saturday but that form line ain’t a bad one to be tapping in to. Huge margin to 4th, he’s a 3yo entire by So You Think, in the masterful hands of Murray Baker, who is ticking over nicely toward an ATC Derby who we know handles the heavy. Keep safe.
Cascadian: (Syd Race 5) Has overcome his habit of bombing the start, now just needs to learn to find clear running in the straight. Got strung up on the back of old sparring partner Imaging passing the 200m and was entitled to go to the line with the first pair given even terms. He is a real thinker, but talented enough to be a lightweight knockout hope in the Donny.
Alligator Blood (Melb Race 7) Been up since Dec 14, 5 undefeated runs, and a couple of real gut busters. Overcame traffic problems (out on the road, not the track) Magic Millions day, and outlasted Catalyst in an epic C.S. Hayes. Pity he couldn’t get it done for connections Saturday but it appears they dipped in the well just one too many times. He goes back to the Sunshine State now for a break and no doubt aimed at a Stradbroke Handicap where he will take some serious beating.
El Dorado Dreaming: (Syd Race 7) One career victory, a G1, 706 days ago. Has had issues, got a wet track which she has performed on in the past, saved a tonne of ground the corner to level up but couldn’t go on with it. Sacked.
Pohutukawa: (Syd Race 7) Another who always gets you in with her run on. Hasn’t won since the Kembla Grange Classic 12 months ago, many were waiting again for the heavy track in the big race. She got that Saturday, sent out favourite, soft run to the corner, no run on. Sacked.
Angel of Truth: (Syd Race 8) Another who punters get around any time they spit on the ground. Got his genuine heavy that he won the Derby and Tulloch on, enjoyed an easy lead, and couldn’t go on with it. Sacked.