One of the weirder weeks in world history and whilst racing carried on, it wasn’t immune from a scare of its own midweek which had every sports fan with their heart in their mouth as they clung desperately to the last bastion of a sporting outlet still standing.
We live to fight another day and press on deeper into the Autumn carnival even in spite of massive prize money slashes announced Sunday.
Plenty of time to do the video work this week bunkered in at home and hopefully we can continue finding you winners here in the coming weeks.
Holyfield: (Syd Race 2) Blew his rivals away with a dominant on pace performance. With just the one slipper place getter set to back up in next week’s Group 1 Sires Produce, it looks a wide-open Champagne Stakes at the 1600m a fortnight later. On the strength of Saturday’s win, this well bred colt out of Group 1 Myer winner Hurtle Myrtle, looks hard to shake in that.
Quick Thinker: (Syd Race 3) Highlighted his run in the Phar Lap here a fortnight ago and he didn’t let us down with an arrogant victory, his first beyond a mile. Backs up Saturday in the ATC Derby, peaking at the right time, in an astute yard that have won the race in the past and chances only enhanced by a wet track.
Cascadian: (Syd Race 9) Another who we flagged here a fortnight ago. Settled well back from the poor draw and came with a withering run between runners to score late. That victory qualifies him for the Doncaster Mile where he’ll carry 53.5kg. He will relish the switch back to the Randwick mile where he is already a winner at that track and distance. Genuine lightweight hope.
Kementari: (Syd Race 5) Returned to the track a gelding after a 12 month lay off and a failed stud career. Never really looked comfortable in the going and was entitled to knock up late but kept boxing on right to line. Has a ton of class about him and will strip fitter for the outing.
Probabeel: (Syd Race 7) Ridden upside down to suit track pattern, got momentarily caught up on the back of a weakening Funstar passing the 300m just as she was building momentum. Chased strongly to the line after that. No concerns out to 2400m for the Oaks, I think she is the one to beat.
Miss Fabulass (Syd Race 8) Recent runner up in the Group 1 Coolmore, she was eye catching making good ground from the back on a day where not too many made ground. Superbly bred mare racing in career best form, look for her in the Coolmore Legacy at the Randwick mile on Oaks day.
Life Less Ordinary: (Syd Race 4) Was very plain against moderate opposition.
Pohutukawa: (Syd Race 8) Just more of the same from her.
Desert Lord: (Syd Race 9) Money muncher who they all wanted to back late from the good draw and with the track pattern. $9.50 into $6.50. Got them again!