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The Sportsman Midweek - - Detailed Formguide For Canterbury - with Shayne O’Cass


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.

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