Classy Inference early pick for spring feature
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