Star on the rise

Austin’s un­raced young­ster shows tal­ent

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

BOB Hawke had Belle Du Jour, An­drew Pea­cock Leilani and Russ Hinze owned Our Waver­ley Star – now an­other for­mer high pro­file pol­lie, Mark Latham, has his own ‘cham­pion’.

The horse in ques­tion of SPRING CREEK STAR, bred and part owned by the La­bor leader, News Corp colum­nist

breed­ing afi­cionado. Trained by Jar­rod Austin, the un­raced three-year-old son of Dubleo was the in­dis­putable stand­out per­former at last Fri­day’s War­wick Farm heats, same as he was when we first laid eyes on this mag­nif­i­cent an­i­mal at the June 16 heats at the same venue.

Make no mis­take, the way this geld­ing has won those two heats stamps him as stakesclass, he could po­ten­tially go to Mel­bourne for a race dur­ing the car­ni­val – he is sim­ply that good.

Speak­ing of Mel­bourne in the spring, that is what awaits

out­stand­ing Godol­phin stal­lion FUR­NACES who won his 794m heat by 7.3-lens.

As ut­terly im­pres­sive and em­phatic as that mar­gin would sug­gest, Fur­naces had no chasers – so much so that you could give the big tick to the next six in or­der be­hind him GOOD PROJECT, RELIGIFY, EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL (she’s fly­ing!), SLIGHTLY SWEET, NINTH LE­GION and MR MAN­HAT­TAN.

It was just about the deep­est heat you could pos­si­bly imag­ine – seven ‘horses to fol­low’ all at once.

Heat 1 went the way of Golden Rose dis­ap­point­ment YAN­KEE ROSE who trav­elled sweetly in the box seat be­fore set­ting out af­ter leader and nail­ing it right on the line.

The third horse home in the heat was HIRAPOUR who tri­alled enor­mous be­fore that last of 6 at Kem­bla on de­but straight af­ter a mas­sive trial at Rose­hill.

Hirapour, an Ex-Kiwi is ac­tu­ally a sta­ble­mate to the afore­men­tioned Latham horse in Spring Creek Star and can read­ily make amends the next time we the five-year-old geld­ing.

Shaft mare SELITA is 3s 0-1-0 first-up but her two trial wins sug­gest she is go­ing to win fresh up when the time comes.

The Bjorn Baker trained, Deanne Panya rid­den mare held a com­fort­able 1.3-lens mar­gin of RUS­SIAN REV­O­LU­TION with SPEITH a very, very good third – Bryce Heys’ gun was never, ever let rip and had plenty up the sleeve.

Selita’s Baker Rac­ing sta­ble­mate COOLRING was a pleas­ing fourth in the same trial.

Baker won sub­se­quent three heats with ROEINDA,


Roeinda was im­pres­sive beat­ing the equally poised SATIR­I­CAL MAGIC ( Craig Car­mody), Halberd was ad­e­quate but noth­ing went bet­ter all morn­ing from the Baker string than the grey Rock Forthe Ladies.

This for­mer Peter Moody trained, Darby Rac­ing syn­di­cated five-year-old geld­ing is in the most daz­zling or­der.

Bear in mind that he went out to pad­dock out con­sec­u­tive fourths to Am­mi­rata and Dan­ish Twist dur­ing April has the en­vi­able record of 11s 4-2-1.

Note that a horse named DAGNY went su­per, he was a clos­ing fourth in this heat – she’s a Chris Waller trained Darci Brahma re­cruit who was third in the Group 3 VRC Emi­rates Plate at two when with orig­i­nal trainer Sam Pritchard-Gordon.

Waller won the two-yearold heat on pro­gram with Hinch­in­brook (sire of Press State­ment) filly MADAME MOUS­TACHE who is a pre­co­cious grand­daugh­ter of AJC Sires’, Cham­pagne and Blue Di­a­mond run­ner-up Wa­ger.

Deanne Panya hardly moved a mus­cle on LEWINSKI in win­ning her 791m heat the Marc Con­ners colours.

How this daugh­ter of Marc’s dad Clarry’s for­mer Dane­hill son Olym­pus is 4s 0-0-0 is amaz­ing – she will be win­ning or plac­ing first-up some­where very soon.

Joe Pride mean­while would have been de­lighted with the ef­fort of the run­ner-up ONCE MORE A LADY – a three-yearold filly like­wise des­tined to break her maiden sta­tus at the provin­cials in com­ing days and weeks.

Speak­ing of Clarry, ditto, ditto his fully primed FAN­NING who was a bril­liant win­ner of

791m heat. THE MOSHIRE (Gary Portelli) was an eye-catch­ing sixth.

Now to Godol­phin where John O’Shea had a big team num­bers-wise that we whit­tled down to the fol­low­ing: IN­FRA DIG, OT­TER, DE­MO­LI­TION, RE­LAXED, BANUELO and WIN­TER.

Of the half dozen in the Royal Blue, we nar­rowed it down

‘best’ be­ing In­fra Dig and Win­ter.

Win­ter, by the way, is an un­raced Com­mands half-sis­ter to Bjorn Baker’s Magic Mil­lions win­ner Un­en­cum­bered and looks a re­ally nice filly.

Our ‘oth­ers’ from th­ese tri­als are AL­MOST CRYS­TAL BEL SERENE.

Fur­naces was im­pres­sive win­ning his trial at War­wick Farm last week

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