Star on the rise
Austin’s unraced youngster shows talent
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,
HALBERD and ROCK FORTHE LADIES.
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