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The Sportsman Midweek - - Detailed Formguide For Canterbury - with Shayne O’Cass

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Soft track – 5 to 7. All horses are con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Mon­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.


CAST your mind back to Aug 19 in a Bm66 here at Can­ter­bury over the 1900m where 8. ALLISION (66) beat 6. MY GI­U­LIANO (66) by a nose. The third horse, by the way (my tip that day), was Man­da­long Kiss and she came out and won at Rose­hill next at $21 when not my tip – thanks for that. Allision has not started since she won here, My Guil­iano has – he ac­tu­ally ran 3rd in the Man­da­long Kiss race at Gar­dens. You wouldn’t think there would be much be­tween these two again, they have the same bench­mark rat­ing as it hap­pens so it’s a real toss of the coin job. I’d be sur­prised if one the pair didn’t win re­ally. Out­side them, 3. AURORA GLOW (70) has some ap­peal. She is on trial at the 1900m af­ter sit­ting 3-wide trip last Wed­nes­day here and tir­ing to fin­ish 6th of 9 but only 2.5-lens from the sta­ble­mate/win­ner.


1. RE­TAL­I­A­TION (66) is a clev­erly named colt by Preak­ness win­ner and Boban’s sire, Bernardini, out of the stakes-placed Ex­changes (by Domes­day). The 3YO colt was an odds- on de­but win­ner at Beaumont back May 7 then was tipped out. He tri­alled very well twice ahead of his Kem­bla re­turn on Aug 20 whence he won the Bm65 over 1300m by 1.8lens, a widen­ing 1.8-lens at that, last 600m in 33.68s. He should run the 1550m no wor­ries, but bar­rier 9 is a body-blow from this start for an on-pacer. 2. TU­MUL­TUOUS (63) is a Fast­net Rock filly from the Waller yard that has form (to some de­gree) around the likes of Mor­ton’s Fork, Tango Rain, Golden Or­ganic and Evac­u­a­tion. That last run at Rose­hill when 3.2-lens be­hind Evac­u­a­tion reads pretty well for a mid­weeker. 7. MOQUEEN (61) is on the back-up af­ter fin­ish­ing 3rd at Goul­burn in a mile maiden last Thurs­day at the $2.80. Early on, you would have this down as a 1000 Guineas chance, but she’s tak­ing her time to win a race. Blink­ers on first to­mor­row.


SO You Think filly 8. NAUGHTY THOUGHTS (61) tri­alled ex­ceed­ingly well ahead of her de­but here on Aug 17 where she had the ill-for­tune to bump into Spirit And Fire whom she was never go­ing to be able to beat. Waller and the filly’s own­ers, though, would have been de­lighted with the run, Naughty Thoughts was do­ing her best work late – 2.8-lens be­hind a horse like Spirit And Fire is no dis­grace, time will show, it was a great re­sult in fact. 7. PECANS (62), a daugh­ter of Wal­nut, beat sta­ble­mate Kent on de­but at Beaumont but to be fair, Kent should have won.

goes round in the 4.45 to­day and should win. As for Pecans, you can’t knock a de­but win­ner that is 1 for 1 she’s had two easy tri­als to pre­pare for this. 10. LU­CI­ENNE (60) and 9. HIGHLEIGH (60) to­gether with Naughty Thoughts ac­count for 3 of the Waller 4 in the race but not all will run, less likely ones that draw out namely Lu­ci­enne who has gate 9 of 11, 8 of 10 at the mo­ment with Faith’s En­core go­ing to line up the last. God only knows which one of Waller quar­tet run, Godol­phin’s Pecans is gate 10 of 11 so she might run – it’s a night­mare try­ing to sec­ond guess train­ers (who are prone to scratch­ing at the best of times) when you want to have a bet on the Fixed Odds.


THIS is the race of the day on pa­per, but Lon­don to a brick there are some scratch­ings on that tear it apart. I am just hop­ing my best bet 10. INVINICBELLA (N/R) is not one of them but I fear she might be with the wide-ish gate and Waller al­ready hav­ing three oth­ers in­clud­ing main dan­ger – 1.PEWTER (N/R). Both of these horses tri­alled at Rose­hill last Tues­day so you can see more on page 2 in the trial wrap, suf­fice to say that they were both 10 out of 10 per­for­mances. Pewter does too much wrong (at the start mostly) for me to have on top of Invincibella who was stakes-placed in Bris­bane at her last run Jun 11 and was beaten a nose here twice be­fore that, one time by Blow­ing Kisses who is out­stand­ing with a cap­i­tal ‘O’ by the way. I just hope she starts. 3. MIS­SILE STRIKE (N/R) was most un­lucky on de­but at Hawkes­bury at the $2. Tommy Berry had him boxseat­ing but sadly was un­able to get a run even though bravely tried to go through a slight gap but was shut down and that was it. Trust me, 7th of 9 beaten 6.4-lens is ut­terly mis­lead­ing. He prob­a­bly runs 2nd, maybe even wins with­out the bad luck.


1. UN­TAMED DI­A­MOND (77) was on the end of a Deanne Panya spe­cial when she won here on Aug 17. Panya got ex-Kiwi mare to jump fast and cross to the rails from the 9 al­ley then just travel af­ter that. Un­tamed Di­a­mond main­tained her mar­gin to the line win­ning by 2.8-lens and giv­ing her a real con­fi­dence boost no doubt. She is up to a Bm77 from a Bm71, has half kilo more and stays out in a ter­ri­ble gate (8 of 8) but I think now that she’s won, she might keep on go­ing. 4. ALLEZ CHIVAL (76) is the big fly in the oint­ment for Un­tamed Di­a­mond if in­ten­tion as to lead again be­cause there’s no way on God’s green earth that Allez Chival will be crossed from gate 2! It doesn’t mean Un­tamed Di­a­mond can’t win, not by an stretch, but Allez Chival back to the 1100m around a place like Can­ter­bury is go­ing to be one hard horse catch, let alone pass. 5. REINCARNATE (71) came of age as a geld­ing last prep win­ning his first three be­fore that 4th and 3rd at Rose­hill. I re­mem­ber at the time think­ing he was a shade dis­ap­point­ing then have look win­ner of those two races – Sir Bac­chus and think again.


7. KENT (67), the Godol­phin 3YO that we men­tioned ear­lier as the one who should have beaten Pecans that day up at New­cas­tle, drops back a lit­tle in class here! This fella ran around the G3 Up and Com­ing first-up and was 6th of 9 beaten 3.6lens by Di­vine Prophet who might just win the Golden Rose this Satur­day. Kent has a few very com­pelling fig­ures namely he is 1s 1w sec­ondup and that was here at Can­ter­bury over this trip and on soft and he won easily. Just need that ex­tra bit of luck from gate 2 – that’s the big worry. I saw Kim Waugh in­ter­viewed by Greg Radley on SKY Thor­ough­bred Cen­tral af­ter 5. TRIN­ITY RIVER (67) won so well at Wy­ong on Aug 28 and was in­ter­ested to hear her telling the story that the owner sent to Waugh for a lit­tle stint be­fore she goes to stud this spring. Waugh has obliged with 2 wins and a 3rd from the 4 runs for Mah­toum Lodge. If Waugh wins a city-race with this mare, the mare’s value will soar. Any­way, bot­tom line is she can win. Goul­burn 9. WINGS (63) was $12 to $51 and back to $11 here in a Bm67 over this trip last start and gave a real sight for her back­ers there un­til Antonio Giuseppe swept down the mid­dle of the track to spoil the party. This is a Bm72 in name only – none of the 9 run­ners rate above 69 so a 63 rater shouldn’t be easily dis­missed.


YOU don’t need a crys­tal ball to know that 11. FAITH’S EN­CORE (67) is go­ing to win stakes-race some­time, prob­a­bly within the spring pe­riod. The daugh­ter of Den­man and Faith Hill was a moral/un­beat­able at WF on de­but on May 4

she did ex­actly as ex­pected, win­ning by 2.5-lens. Her trial at Rose­hill on Aug 15 was a cracker. Sta­ble­mate 1. MARAAM (72) is an in­cred­i­bly well bred Street Cry mare (and Easy Date de­scen­dant) and 7s 2-2-1 so far and has run into some de­cent fil­lies along the way. She is a win­ner at the track beat­ing Sam­peah and Conar­chie no less and I am sold on her tri­als. She’ll be a stakes-mare (win­ner of placed) by the time she re­tires. As mat­ter of in­ter­est, Maraam’s half brother Der­ryn is not the rough­est in this week­end’s Golden Rose. 3. PAINTED FIRETAIL (69) has drawn 13 of 13 – I would be very sur­prised if she ran, she has big­ger fish to fry this cam­paign. The pos­i­tives are G3 4th in the Ty­phoon Tracy a and has been tri­alling well in re­cent weeks.

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