I get termed a lot of things by those who know me. Most are highly accurate, whilst some are just outright lies. But one thing I pride myself on is being a fair and reasonable man. And that means giving credit where credit’s due.
So it’s a tip of the tit for tat this week to the suits in the RNSW scheduling department who managed to fill a respectable Sydney Saturday card with some innovative programming at the end of a week where they came under a fair bit of scrutiny for some embarrassingly thin midweek fields.
Now we’ve cleared that up, on with the show.
Steel Diamond: (Syd Race 1) A nice win this to kick off the card. Connections have obviously been patient with her, rising 4yo and having just her 8th outing. Finished strongly to win at Kembla her start prior and the benefit of Rick Worthington’s steady hand was evident in the 5L turnaround on Faschanel who defeated her two back. Held the runner up comfortably and big margin to third indicates she has plenty of upside. Expect her to return to Rosehill in a fortnight for another 3yo Bm74 race where the 1500m should pose no problem.
Fulmina: (Syd Race 4) Definitely looks a nice middle-distance type in the making. She was strong through the line out to the 1800m accounting for her moderately performed opposition easily. Now posts a Saturday town win to go along with her comprehensive maiden victory over ATC Oaks winner and one of the early Caulfield Cup faves in Colette. Definitely one for the blackbook.
Inquiry: (Bris Race 7) One for the dyed in the wool Queenslanders here. Bounced back to his winning ways after a dead set carve up job at the Gold Coast prior. Allowed to race in his trademark ‘catch me if you can’ style by Ryan Wiggins Saturday and justified his strong market support. Die-hard banana bending racing fans can follow him through to the Rockhampton carnival where he returns to his home base for a crack at their Newmarket feature sprint.
Embracer: (Syd Race 5) Looks set for another good preparation. Was bold in front setting a solid tempo before being run down by a couple of handy gallopers over the final 50m. Credible effort first up and on the heavy. Certainly worth sticking with and has the ability to jag a stakes race this time in with residual fitness on his side as others resume.
Wandabaa: (Bris Race 4) A classic case of a race that appeared to have a tonne of pace on paper but was run with anything but. She carried top weight and landed in the right spot but wasn’t suited by the muddling mid race tempo and did well to close late from worse than mid field at her first go beyond 1250m. Looks a nice filly.
Baccarat Baby: (Bris Race 8) Disappointing prep overall for this mare who has a bit of quality about her. A couple of tough runs under big weights her first couple then wasn’t far off cracking another stakes victory her next two. Curious rider change Saturday and M. Hellyer probably entitled to feel a little dirty after what we witnessed Saturday. Dug up early from a horror draw then rider elected to ease and take a sit mid field three deep. It’s certainly been a mixed bag for Ryan Maloney this carnival who has been given more than his fair share of quality rides with Covid travel restrictions in place but is proving a curious conveyance for those putting their faith in him and their hard earned on his mounts. She’s there abouts if she has another run in her, but probably running out of winter targets.
Sambro: (Syd Race 7) Not the first time this milk drinker has featured at the bottom end of this page. And if people keep fronting up to back him, it won’t be the last.
Home of the Brave: (Syd Race 7) Fair indication of where we are at this time of year when an 8yo who hasn’t won for 657 days gets sent out favourite in a stakes race. Good draw, even track, easy lead, no excuses.
Crack Me Up: (Syd Race 7) See above. Just substitute 8yo for 6yo, favourite for 2nd favourite, and the number 657 for 846.