Randwick Guineas day in Sydney marking the first official meeting of Autumn in a carnival where it looks like a case of stopping the trans-Tasman invasion.
The Kiwi’s have claimed the first 3 G1’s of the Sydney racing calendar and with 2 ex-pat trainers sitting firm in the top three lines of betting for the fourth event, it seemed highly likely that the spoils would be claimed by our friends from across the ditch once more. But it wasn’t to be, with one local ‘Hero’ standing up and getting the job done for the good guys in the Guineas. NZ-3, Aus- 1.
Shadow Hero: (Syd Race 7) Hard to believe he started on the 4th line of betting at the tasty price of $6. Unbeaten second up, unbeaten on his home track and already a Group 1 winner. Perhaps the slows were put on him by his 0 from 2 on the Slow going, but reality is his two cracks on wet going were in a Derby when he was over the top, and first up over an unsuitable trip. He looks hard to topple out to 2000m at Rosehill next start en route to another crack at a Derby.
Shared Ambition: (Syd Race 8) Imported Irish galloper given a short prep in the latter part of Spring. Hit the line strongly resuming and never looked like getting beat Saturday 2nd up. Already a winner out to 2800m, he has to be a genuine lightweight Sydney Cup hope if he can put a couple more together to qualify.
Vow and Declare: (Melb Race 8) Speaking of Sydney Cup hopes, this fellow is no doubt the one to beat. Brilliant WFA return Saturday, he is going to be hard to topple in both the BMW and the Sydney Cup.
See You Soon: (Syd Race 3) The quiet achiever from an unheralded yard, she may be the dark horse in a Slipper market which has fallen away considerably over the past month. Settled 2nd last the fence off a muddling tempo and a tightly bunched field. Was bold taking inside runs and attacked the line strongly to just miss in the bob on the line. Represents value in an open race.
Alizee: (Syd Race 5) Bad draw and track pattern were against. She wasn’t knocked around once never a winning hope and pay no attention to her finishing place or the margin. Total forget run.
Youngstar: (Syd Race 8) Her best run in 18 months. Dour mare who will relish the extra trips of races leading into the Sydney Cup. Hasn’t one for sometime but attacked the line strongly on Saturday only beaten by a pretty handy one.
Mildred: (Syd Race 3) Game little mare but she just won’t see the strong 1200m out in a Slipper.
Yao Dash: (Syd Race 4) Had the right credentials for a race like this with form around Funstar and Bivouac last time in, and was backed heavily late. But offered nothing in the run home slowly yielding back through the field to finish second last. Very disappointing and vetted relatively clean post race.
Begood Toya Mother: (Syd Race 5) Welcome to sprint racing in Sydney. Kamikaze tactics to try and lead after being slow away but doubt he would have threatened this bunch even without the cavalier ride.