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3. GRESHAM (N/R) is $101 to win the Golden Rose and while there are a few I’d personally back ahead of him, I’ve seen a lot worse 100/1 pops. He’s come super this horse, the Kembla run was massive and then after that he the eye catcher in the Assimilate race at Randwick. He is 1200m, 1200m to 1550m which perfect, not sure Canterbury is so perfect for him though and gate 1 is a potential negative. I suspect they might ride him closer but I’ll leave that to the Waller brains trust. 8. SPEEDWAY (N/R) was 1.2-lens behind Gresham when they met at Randwick on Jul. 8. Speedway likewise had her next run on Jul. 22 only not at Rosehill but down at Kembla finishing 3rd to two city class horses in Ace High (David Payne talking VRC Derby) and the very, very smart Unforgotten. Good form that! Wants 1500m now. 1. RUNAWAY (N/R) was beaten fair and square by D’Argento at Rosehill on Jul. 29. Honest, leader, track suits.
4. FUNOON (65) and 5. REGIMEN (64) were both scratched from the first race at Randwick last Saturday to run here. I had them running second (Funoon) and third (Regimen) in that race can find no good reason to swap them around here. They are both very good fillies that I fully expect to see go in, and win/place, in stakes races this spring. Funoon is a half to Epsom winner Fat Al and won her only run for Gai Waterhouse at Beaumont last prep beating subsequent G1 winner The Mission (easily!) Funoon is now with Mark Newnham. I made her a ‘good thing’ off her trials when he resumed at Wyong but the slow start was her undoing, she was 0.3-lens 2nd and a massive run really. Gate 3, Tommy Berry sticks. Regimen is by Sepoy but she’s all Anabaa. Trials were enormously impressive before the debut win at Gosford where she won very, very impressively and basically without really being pressured. Classy stuff it was. 6. ZA ZI BA (63) is superbly bred and has always had a bit of a rap on her for good reason. She delivered in spades winning at Wyong the other day — filly, but I think she’s bumped into least one, possibly two stakes fillies tomorrow.
THE $1.6m that it took to buy 5. MEROVEE (N/R) at the Easter Yearling Sale is starting look ‘cheap’ and if this horse wins the Golden Rose or any other G1, $15m wouldn’t buy him. Reason being, he is by Frankel out of More Strawberries, a dual G2 winner and Golden Slipper placegetter. Strawberries is also a half to All American who beat So You Think in the Emirates. Merovee has raced only once and that was at Newcastle back on Mar 29 where he was the victim of gate 2. He a drifter too, $2., 10 to $3, and raced like a horse that was trying of course but was definitely going to be better after the race than before. He’s trialled twice before tomorrow and they were both excellent. Again, I am sure he’s not being aimed at a midweeker as his number one goal this prep but got to start putting a few wins in the bank so he can get into the good races ahead. 7. SMARTEDGE (N/R) is another extremely smart colt (no pun intended). He was $4 into $1.70 on the TAB Fixed Odds on debut at Newcastle on Jul. 15 and looked the winner until D’Argento ambushed him to win by a nose. Smartedge will be better for the outing, you can’t really sack him on that run — he was beaten by a good horse. Interested in 9. WILD ABOUT HER (N/R) who like the toppie was bred and raised at John Singleton’s Strawberry Hills. This filly is by Big Brown out of ATC Oaks winner Once Were Wild so she could well be there at Wakeful/VRC
time this spring. Nice filly.
THERE are two horses here that I actually tipped on top at their last starts and both happened to go around at $41 namely 2. MORE THAN FABULOUS (69) and 1. TAP THAT (71). More Than Fabulous tried his heart out as per usual when 4-lens 2nd to Vaucluse Bay at Rosehill, winner got all favs in the world folks. Granted the David Payne trained gelding has only won 3 from 39 but look at these numbers; Track 6s 1-2-1, Dist 3s 2-0-1 and t/d (same). Blake Shinn is 1-0-1 on More Than Fabulous, the win was at the t/d and they bolted in. I am giving Tap That one more chance. He’s two runs for John Thompson have been in tough grade, he’s a 71 rater a Bm70 third-up, form track, right trip, nice draw, 58.5kgs. He ticks lot of boxes except for the fact that he is 14s 2-1-0. Value in Zabeel son 4. BROGUE (67) who wasn’t beaten at all far at WF last start. He is very fit and a t/d winner. Steve Englebrecht has found a nice race for the horse Deanne Panya knows him better than anyone.
8. MALAHAT (69) only turned 3 last week and is taking on older horses. That’s a task. In saying that, he was foaled on Aug. 25 which gives him some added time to mature. He’s not just your average 3YO though, his form for a midweeker is supreme. The Godolphin colt 5s 1-0-2, the win was 2.3-lens ahead of super star stablemate Kementari here over 1200m first-up. He was 3rd to Pariah and Menari in the Canonbury 4th to Teaspoon here on debut before that. The trial when 0.5-lens 2nd Ipso Facto, was outstanding — gee whiz, not much is going better around the place than Ipso Facto! 1. HOT HIT (75) to help generate what seems a fast pace on paper. Hot Hit is 2s 0-2-0 at the t/d and has a 1:3 win ration on good tracks so he’s going to get wicket tomorrow. If there is a roughie in the race it’s 6. EMINENT DUKE (65) with the mighty Jeff Penza up. Penza almost stole it for the horse’s backers in that Jul. 26 1250m Bm72 only to be run down late by Mana who did the same thing to Alluvion at Randwick on Saturday.
ALWAYS been the massive 7. MISSILE CODA (66) fan after seeing her win on Kembla on debut way back now Apr. 2, 2016. She had the 12 months off then was so tough on-pace to win first-up at Wyng beating Vincero who came out and thumped his rivals next time out. Missile Coda was heavily backed at Canterbury on Jul. 26 when 4th of 11 but it a funny run, she was hard scrubbed to chase in a very fast run race and it could have gone either way for her on the bend. I thought she might either drop out or just stay where she was under sufferance but somehow actually picked up late and rocketing to the line. That’s a good run from a good filly. Gate 10 is awful for us though on paper. 2. JEMADAR (70) went ‘9608’ last prep which is hardly inspiring but he is trialling very well this time. Gate 5 of 10 is a good barrier, I suspect goes forward and maybe top 3 or 4 in the run. If he got one- one spot, I could see him sprinting quickly at 200m and winning. 1. COSMOPOL (70) is a big strong EDL from the Hawkes camp that has barely put foot wrong; 10s 2-4-1. He likes Canterbury, he’s good fresh, his trials have been good, he gets the firm track — he could/can/might win.
LOYALTY is a curse on the punt but I can’t sack my old mate 9. EXCITED PRINCE (63) even though he’s lost 42 of 46 and quick maths; 42 times $5 equals he owes me about $220. You have to understand that a horse with Excited Prince’s pattern just doesn’t lend itself to winning races; he needs two things, tempo and clear running. He’ll probably get both tomorrow, I am sure he gets running given he’s drawn 12 o 12 (starts 10 of 10). I like his numbers — 10s 1-3-1 at the track, 7 places from 19 starts around the 1550m mark and best of all perhaps he is 4s 0-3-0 at the t/d. 2. FOTENSKI (68) has come back in superb order this campaign as a fully mature 4YO. He is ‘122’ so far and 15500m around Canterbury is ideal. Just needs some luck early to get across. 8. BON EQUUS (63) ran a huge race here first-up then let us down big time second up at WF (I had him XXX special). He for the ship straight next time when Joe Pride took him up to Wyong where he ran a closing 0.5-lens 2nd. Major player again.