With the nation about to head in to lockdown, a bit like the recent work from Sco-Mo, it was literally a case of shutting the gate after the horse had bolted at Rosehill with a Pommy trainer sneaking through quarantine just in time to claim the spoils in a couple of features at Rosehill.
But that was just a cameo to the main act which was the Golden Slipper where it was a case of the old firm combining to claim Slipper number seven for Gai Waterhouse in what was one of the more dominant performances ever recorded in the rich feature.
Young Rascal: (Syd Race 2) Well credentialled European gelding produced a gutsy staying performance and will prove hard to topple in a Sydney Cup. A race that traditionally falls away in quality, he is the horse to beat.
Addeybb: (Syd Race 4) Looked the best bet of the weekend on paper and favourite backers were no doubt delighted to see him frank his U.K. resume the likes of which boasted a win over Magic Wand at Royal Ascot. As equally as gutsy a performance as stable mate and sure to go to the starting gates as one of the main contenders in the Queen Elizabeth.
Farnan: (Syd Race 7) One of the more dominant Slipper victories that I can recall in recent years. Was never in doubt once he found the front and was strong through the line with very few making ground from back in the field. Suggest the 1400m of the Sires will pose no problem and with many of the leading 2yo’s falling by the wayside, he looks to have that race at his mercy.
Verry Elleegant: (Syd Race 4) Has returned for her Autumn prep in career best form. Got her neck in front when she quickened passing the 300m, only took a massive effort from a very handy one to see he off late. Huge margin to 3rd. Either backs up in the Tancred at a mile and a half or is saved for a tilt at the Queen Elizabeth. Thrives in the mud and out to 2400m, can turn the tables if she gets the right track.
Shadow Hero: (Syd Race 6) Bombed the start and ended up worse than mid-field, probably two pairs further back than he mapped. Had his work cut out for him from there on a leaderish track. Was making solid ground late against that pattern and has enough quality about him to say that he can bounce back in the Derby.
Pierata (Syd Race 8) Exceptional ‘trial’ for the T.J. Smith in a fortnight. Ran the 2nd best last 400m under 59kg, only superseded by the winner who he spotted 8kgs. Back to Randwick, out to 1200m and back to WFA, he looks very hard to beat.
Avilius: (Syd Race 4) Doesn’t look likely to crack one of the WFA features coming up.
Super Seth: (Syd Race 5) Has had niggles since coming to Sydney and was one of the first beaten turning for home.
Kiamichi: (Syd Race 9) Has gone from winning a Group 1 on this day last year to finishing down the track in an ordinary Group 3 race.