You know you’re up against it on the weekend when you go looking for the acceptances at smoko on Wednesday and see that there on at Kensington and Ipswich.
Of course, having a bet’s not compulsory, but there is a winner to be found in every race.
And it didn’t take long for the winning pattern to be established around the Kenso with the first three leaders coasting to the line.
Punters charged into anything mapping in the first four for mixed results. A few false favourites going down, a couple of forgotten runners lobbing at double figure odds, and the odd hard luck story. But all told it was an ever increasing charge for the lead with plenty of pressure on upfront, and for those of us that had seen it all before, we knew sooner or later something had to give, which is what it did in the last netting savvy punters a nice result in the Quaddie.
Zourhea: (Syd Race 9) Only winner to truly defy the heavy bias in a tough fought 1550m. (Home 38.48). Handy record, winning three of her first four and tried at stakes grade in the past. Just a rung below them there but certainly up to these types of races. Great wet track stats and hard fit three runs back, certainly could have another one in her at this time of year.
Giovanna Run: (Syd Race 1) Pulled out a big run first up on the back of a strong trial making good ground out in the middle of the Kensington track to just miss. Left nothing to chance Saturday, before the track pattern had been established, coasting to the corner and boxing on strongly to post his maiden win. Easy to say he was flattered by the pattern but the fact he’s proven himself to be adaptable at such a young age and the fact he’s bred to be an even better horse at late 3yo, I’m pretty impressed on what we’ve seen so far.
Space Boy: (Syd Race 7) Probably the win of the day. Gave him a wrap here after his last start and happy to double down on that again. Given no favours in a 1000m shoot out on a filthy leader bias track. Might have got nabbed late by Black Magnum if he had any luck, but when you jump and run like this bloke, you make your own, and when you are racing with this kind of heart, more often than not things will fall your way. Looks to have a few better races in his future than this.
Emeralds: (Syd Race 3) Could make a case for a few out of this race, hot favourite Tailleur included. It wasn’t her day and doubt we’ll see her again on this circuit, but if you liked Tailleur’s run you have to be impressed by Emeralds. Peeled four to five lengths off the hot favourite late, against the track pattern, in an eye-catching return. Her performances behind the likes of Funstar, Flit, and Nettoyer have been highly credible and won’t be far off a return to the winner’s circle on the back of Saturday’s effort.
Black Magnum: (Syd Race 7) Looked the one, mapping 5th the fence in a hot speed race. All was going to plan until he got shut out not once but twice when the apprentice rider angled for a couple of needle eye openings that were never there. I’m sure he finishes over the top of them if he opted to angle across heel instead. Handy sprinter when things go his way.
Le Gai Soleil: (Syd Race 9) Can’t blame connections for making use of the good draw after what they’d seen transpire throughout the afternoon but she wasn’t suited by the bustling tempo and probably best reverting to the pattern that saw her notch up a dominant win the start prior. Complete forgive run Saturday, forget she went around. Looks a progressive type, by Tavistock, rising four, she only has upside.
Dio D’Oro: (Syd Race 6) On the quick back up after drifting out of it last week. Under pressure the turn. His wet track stats suggest he should be going better than this.
Threeood: (Syd Race 8) Due for a rest.
Pelethronius: (Syd Race 9) Should be firing this time of year. Going awful.