Winter isn’t coming folks, it’s here.
And whilst the punting ‘wheat’ looks a little thin for the coming season with a heavily bastardised winter QLD carnival almost over before it’s started, we might have found a couple of nice late season two year olds, a rising three year old star and a bonny little four year old mare that can keep a quid in our coat pockets for the coming months.
Anders: (Syd Race 1) I was off to a flying start after tapping into the Peltzer form lines of recent weeks here. Unfortunately, it was all downhill after that. Impressive victory to race clear at the 300m after a couple of keen mid race sectionals. Talented colt who typical of the Not A Single Doubt breed, gets through all going. Would have had a faultless prep if not for running into Peltzer in a Kembla Grange maiden (you can be stiff!) and don’t think his winning run is done with just yet.
Adelong: (Syd Race 9) She’s a little ripper. Seven starts for five wins. Game as Ned Kelly Saturday up outside the lead, looked to be under the pump before she found again, fighting off Broken Arrows who is knocking on the door, eventually holding them off quite comfortably on the line. Great to see Brad Widdup get a nice horse after a tough year. Chance to back up in The Bob Charley Stakes Saturday. She’ll have her work cut out trying to hold off Classique Legend in that race but certainly will give him something to catch.
Dawn Passage: (Bris Race 8) Beating up on some inferior cattle than he faced last Spring, but really feel this colt has furnished this preparation and will be hot on the heels of the best of his age group once this year’s Spring sets in. Take a line through that and you have to think that another sprint feature might be going to this gun crop of three year olds.
Andermatt: (Syd Race 1) Ran a bottler of a race. Just unlucky to run into a flying Anders. But the margin to third is a pretty good indication that this well-bred son of Snitzel will post another win before his 2yo season is out.
Fituese: (Syd Race 5) No doubt she’s a talent and firmly believe she’s destined for higher honours than a Bm88 Saturday race. Connections had hinted they were thinking of tipping her out, which is always a danger sign for punters but you can’t blame them for wanting to answer the question as to whether she could get 1200m. I’d say it’s not a definitive ‘No’ given the very heavy winter ground but, I anticipate she’ll be strictly set for the short course targets when she resumes in the Spring.
Miss Einstein: (Syd Race 6) Was set to include her in the below section before I took another couple of looks. Hasn’t had much go right this prep and copped a couple of decent squeezes between the 300m to 150m which just scrapes her into the Forgive file. No doubt she is ready to win given even luck but is starting to prove costly and is on her last chance.
Noble Boy (Syd Race 5) Seemed a harsh call by connections to take the horse of a rightfully shattered Todd Blowes. Not anywhere near the horse he was under his conditioning and given the ownership group’s track record I can’t see him being in the hands of Claire Cunningham for too long.
Aliferous: (Syd Race 7) Has had way too many chances now. Without a win for 419 days.
Superium: (Syd Race 9) I’m happy to steer clear of him this prep. Has too much of a think about things for mine.