Cup con­tender

Classy In­fer­ence early pick for spring fea­ture

The Sportsman Midweek - - Trackwork -

TWENTY-FIVE to one ($26) might not be ev­ery­one’s cup of tea about a race in the far off fu­ture, but Rand­wick Guineas win­ner IN­FER­ENCE is look­ing good for the Caulfield Cup even this far out from the big one.

That was the take out from last week’s Rose­hill tri­als where son of the 10-times Group 1 win­ner So You Think fin­ished all 6.5-lengths be­hind the very im­pres­sive Godolophin pair­ing of PEA­COCK and CREVENTINNE.

In­fer­ence has not been seen since he clocked in 6th of 13 in the ATC Derby but be­fore that won Rand­wick Guineas and was run­ner-up an­other se­ri­ous Caulfield Cup ri­val in Gunger­nuts in the Rose­hill Guineas.

Now we are not bold enough to say Caulfield AND Mel­bourne Cup win­ner were at Rose­hill last Tuesday but if Bill Hur­ley gave us say, maybe one thou­sand to one about In­fer­ence into TOM MEL­BOURNE then maybe we could find a lazy $10 or $20 for them to do the dou­ble.

Waller has Tom Mel­bourne fair dinkum fly­ing; he let down all over the top of his ri­vals, FLIP­PANT, IM­POS­ING LASS and WASH­ING­TON HEIGHTS in­cluded to win the open­ing heat over 1000m by 3.3-lengths in pretty re­spectable time of 61.04s for the 1000m.

One has to won­der where it will go UGO FUSCOLO from here on in, he’s had that one aw­ful run for Gai Water­house and Adrian Bott off a 7-lengths tri­als win (then spell).

The Group 1 win­ning Kiwi was an 8.8-lengths heat win­ner last week in a deep heat but again but how can you be con­fi­dent about him after what hap­pened last time?

Heat 7 was a very, very im­por­tant heat from a spring per­spec­tive.

It was won by Bjorn Baker’s flashy filly CHAM­PAGNE CUDDLES who is 2s 2w at present and su­per im­pres­sive both times.

Run­ner-up in the Cham­pagne Cuddles heat was TRAPEZE ARTIST who is so un­der­rated.

We are talk­ing about a horse who won the Black Opal with a leg in air then ran 6th and 3rd Slip­per/Sires’ re­spec­tively.

Big strong, he might well be a Golden Rose horse this time in.

Oh but no more than his for­mer sta­ble­mate CHAUF­FEUR who was do­ing his best work late in this same heat fin­ish­ing 1.4-lengths 5th.

Chauf­feur, the $1.6m Magic Mil­lions sale top­per in 2016 is ex Gerald Ryan now with Brad Wid­dup.

Back to Gerald Ryan him­self now and he must have been over the moon, al­though ex­pec­tant of, CON­DOR HE­ROES 6.3-lengths win in his heat.

The un­known is, how far can the son of Not A Sin­gle Doubt sus­tain that in­cred­i­ble pace over.

Ryan also sup­plied the run­ner-up in said heat in MENARI who hit the line ex­actly as his mas­ter would have wanted.

Vin­ery bosses can be well pleased with two of their spring big race hope­fuls in BAL­LET ROSE and MEROVEE.

Bal­let Rose is an un­raced Ex­ceed And Ex­cel half to King’s Rose and with supreme tal­ent while her Waller sta­ble­mate MEROVEE showed him­self to be on a Golden Rose path with a bril­liant trial.

Take note that the afore­men­tioned Bal­let Rose was a 0.3-lengths win­ner over HIS­TORY RE­PEATS who is More Than Ready / Tuesday Joy housed at Tulloch Lodge.

One filly that we have huge raps on is the Team Hawkes

trained SAVETHELASTDANCE who was a late with­drawal from her sched­uled de­but at Kem­bla last week­end.

The four-year-old mare is a daugh­ter of Red­oute’s Choice out of the Fu­ri­ous Stakes win­ner and Ar­row­field Stud Stakes run­ner-up Just Danc­ing, her 2nd Dam is Group 1 win­ner Ball­room Babe.

What a bar­gain she seems at $320,000 at the year­ling sales; 7th of 8 in her heat, it was a pearler.

Good horses cost good money and that is the case for the Hawkes sta­ble­mate FAD­ING SHAD­OWS who was sold $760,000 at the Easter Year­ling sales.

This son of Fast­net Rock and Satin Robes is a full to Saturn Rock and was 1-lengths sec­ond in her heat to JOY FOR­EVER who is a Gerry Har­vey owned and bred, Chris Waller trained High Cha­parral out of World Joy ( 4th gen­er­a­tion re­moved from Denise’s Joy).

Our other from these very im­por­tant heats are SHOW­TIME, MAHALANGUR, HOGMANAY, GRETNA, THE AVENGER, SAN MARCO, SIR PLUSH, SIR BACCHUS, BADAJOZ and PRIDE OF DARCI who looks the best of good things if he goes to that Ta­ree maiden on Thurs­day.

In­fer­ence tri­alled well at Rose­hill last week ahead of his re­turn to the track

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