Your bitesize, blackbook-friendly review of the weekend’s racing.
Three to Follow
Time To Reign- (Syd Race 2) Name sound familiar? That’s because this 2yo Colt is the half-brother to 2017 Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign. Over-raced three deep outside lead resuming but was a dominant winner 2nd up putting pay to the well regarded Mclaren and showing too much dash for Godolphin’s Tassort who got a long way out of his ground. Has the pedigree, in the right yard, and you now know he handles rain affected going which may pop up on Grand Final Day – the 2019 version of the Group 1 Golden Slipper.
Global Exchange – (Melb Race 2) One out of the Caulfield meeting for Sydney punters to follow in coming weeks. Came out of a Bm58 at Werribee into a 3yo G2 and blew his rivals away coming from well back to win with a leg in the air. Worth sticking with heading toward a Rosehill Guineas, Australian Derby.
Classique Legend – Looking to the midweek Kenso meeting (20/2) here. Imposing 3yo Gelding out of Melbourne Cup winning trainer Les Bridge’s yard. Home the last 600m in 32.98 on debut on a yielding track to score impressively Race 2 1100m SW Mdn. Owned by HK interests, don’t expect he’ll be around too long so get in while you can. Expect he’ll be expedited to Saturday grade and possibly richer black type 3yo races over the coming weeks.
Zousain – (Melb Race 5) Just scrapes in to the Forgive file. Lack of tempo in small field amplified by the lack of initiative by rider. Hasn’t won since May 2018 which is concerning. Give one more try.
Burning Crown – (Syd Race 1) Beaten favourite in his last two appearances, both of which have been above his grade (Hwy C3) and on rain affected surfaces. Has more than fair share of ability, look for him to return to winner’s circle 2nd up back in class at either the mid weeker’s or Provincial’s and on firmer ground.
Prophet’s Thumb – (Syd Race 6) Super impressive first up, then disappointed but pulled up with cardiac arrhythmia 2nd up. Slow out, shuffled back the fence and forced to take rails run on inferior ground, still managed to finish off strongly. With better luck in running and a more positive ride may well have got the money.
Mclaren – (Syd Race 2) Was always a query whether it was all going to be a bit too much for this raw Colt having his first preparation. Looked to be spinning his wheels at times on the rain affected track but with the likelihood of yielding ground as we head in to Autumn and given the manner at which the other three runners passed him when the pressure went on, I would rather be on that trio going forward.
New Universe – (Syd Race 4) Distinct fitness edge on all his rivals heading in to this, respectable slow track form and well found in market again. Always finishing off well enough to get you in next time but suggest there were plenty of other runners with more upside coming out of that race.
Nature Strip – (Melb Race 8) Enigmatic is a very fitting term for this fellow. Went like an absolute superstar first up. Gone at the furlong in the Oakleigh Plate after finding the front easy enough. The anchor leg in several multi’s (including my own), he is banished to the never ever again file.