High quality racing again this weekend across both main states in the back end of summer gearing up toward an exciting Autumn.
On a muggy afternoon in Sydney it was, yet again, a case of the march of the ‘Blue Army’, filling the trifecta in the Group 2 Light Fingers, and the stable flag bearer claiming victory in the Group 2 Apollo.
Alizee: (Syd Race 8) Put the writing on the wall with a nice return behind the impressive Standout in the Expressway. And franked that performance with a ‘tradeperson’ like effort in the Apollo. Ultra-consistent top line mare gearing up toward some big Autumn targets.
Flit: (Syd Race 6) It looked to be a case of wanting to be on the blue turning for home with hot favourite Libertini racing precisely as she mapped, three deep, no cover. From there it was just a matter of which skull cap you were cheering for. Kiamichi produced her best run since winning the Golden Slipper proving once again a distinct love of the wet ground. Blue Diamond winner Lyre was good from a slightly worse than midfield position, finding the line strongly late and is screaming out for a genuine crack at a 1400m or mile feature. But it was Flit who would be prove to be the star racing clear of them over the final stages in an impressive return over the six furlongs for a 1000 guineas winner. Only upside to her from here in.
God of Thunder: (Syd Race 3) Trials have been super. Punters had to wait a week after missing a run due to the cancellation of the Warwick Farm meeting last week, but were treated to a generous price for their patience. Strung up momentarily into the straight but knuckled down gamely for a gutsy win. The form around him last prep is standing up and he looks to be well above average.
Cascadian: (Syd Race 5) One to forgive first up and will be easy to follow from here on in with his distinct ‘baldy’ face and flashy chestnut looks. Has a habit of falling out of the machine and getting too far out of his ground. Came out with them Saturday, but still settled well back, then came with a withering run late. Looked like he was set to get over the top of them, only a game performance by ex-Perth sprinter Special Reward saw him off. A couple of big runs at 1400m and a mile in the Spring suggest he will only improve 2nd up and worth sticking with.
Attorney: (Syd Race 6) Two from two in Oz debut campaign before injury saw him off the scene for an extended break. Happy to go back from the inside draw resuming Saturday and was eye catching making up ground deepest late. Expect to have plenty of supporters second up.
Libertini: (Syd Race 7) Had two options. Either go mad in front or be trapped three deep throughout. Once they elected not to take option A, her hopes were all but shot. Has more than her fair share of talent and the margin Satuday on the wet ground is no indication of that. Forgive her and look for her to bounce back on even terms, with a drier track, next time around.
Dame Giselle: (Syd Race 4) Can’t win the slipper on that effort.
Monsieur Sisu: (Syd Race 6) Probably not the ideal scenario leading on a wet track second up but was given every chance. Is open to improvement but reality is he’s 0 from 9 at Randwick and 420 days between wins. Not one of mine.
Nature Strip: (Melb Race 7) How can you take $1.50 about him? There’ll be excuses saying he was in the wrong part of the track etc but his record on all ground counters that argument. And the fact Loving Gaby went straight past him. Plenty of people wanted to tell me I was a mug for potting him early last prep once he won the VRC Classic so impressively, but I was the one laughing Saturday after they charged in at the short quote. He simply is not a sound betting proposition, and you won’t go broke not jumping on the bandwagon for these types on conveyances.