Dy­namic duo ready to win

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

THERE were some big names in ac­tion at Rand­wick last Thurs­day but could it be that two of the morn­ing’s best per­for­mances came from horses that are yet to have a start?

Heat 9 over the 1050m was taken out by four-year-old mare trained Les Bridge named FOXTROT TANGO.

She was bred at Wid­den and is the daugh­ter of Stra­tum out of Dance Girl Dance who won $250,000 and was a dual Listed placeget­ter in Bris­bane.

Foxtrot Tango (a $220,000 Easter Year­ling pur­chase) led and was throt­tled down in her Aug. 21 heat at Rand­wick but this time, it was boost­ers on — hence the 4.5-lengths win­ning mar­gin.

She ran good time and cer­tainly wasn’t get­ting tired at the end of the 1050m which is a good sign. There was al­ready a bit of boom on the Bjorn Baker trained SMARTYPY see­ing as he beat Chauf­feur et al in his first trial at Rose­hill on Aug. 18.

Smartypy ran his ri­vals off their legs this time, he was go­ing fast enough be­fore got to the 300m but af­ter that, well, just add the lengths.

No won­der he’s quick, look at the dam­sires, Luskin Star, Oen­jay Star and the Star King­dom son Os­munda.

Smartypy’s dam, of Pyr­mont, won 5 races all be­tween 810m and 1000m — that’s the ques­tion we need an­swered with this fel­low in time, can he sus­tain his speed?

Take note that when we write this, both Foxtrot Tango and Smartypy are nom­i­nated for Gos­ford on Thurs­day.

Smartpy is a dual nom, one of the races he is en­tered for would see him up against Foxtrot Tango but they’ll prob­a­bly split up.

Blue­blood colt ICON OF DUBAI will be worth lit­er­ally mil­lions if he wins a good race given that is half to Pride Of Dubai and that his dam is a half to In­vin­ci­ble Spirit, a world renowned sire.

The Snow­den Racing sta­ble res­i­dent was 4th of 7 in his heat, beaten a di­min­ish­ing 1.1-lengths and with plenty still to of­fer at the end of the 740m.

The two ‘M’s’ ME­MENTO and MANA were ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing, An­thony Cum­mings’ filly Me­mento was eat­ing up the yards late in the piece — an­other 100m and she wins while the big fel­low Mana no more than lopped around the 1050m to win his heat in very, very easy and im­pres­sive style (but he is race fit).

The morn­ing kicked off, as it usu­ally does this of the year, with a Group & Listed heat.

This one was osten­si­bly a two-horse race over the last 100m with DAYSEE DOOM just com­ing back a lit­tle on ENGLISH in the shad­ows of the post to win by mere 0.2-lens. Both mares were ex­cel­lent. Daysee Doom’s sta­ble­mate DIXIE BLOSSOMS won the sub­se­quent heat, this one over 1200m, and did it eas­ily by 1.3-lengths cov­er­ing ground and giv­ing away a start.

We all knew Dixie was go­ing to do ex­actly as she did but it was the ef­fort of the run­ner-up, LUVALUVA, that re­quires spe­cial men­tion.

She was, and thank­fully still is, on the VRC Oaks path but took a lit­tle di­ver­sion with that aw­ful run at Kem­bla last start.

John Sar­gent must have been a re­lived and thrilled trainer to see this very promis­ing filly let down like he knows, and we know, she can.

Apart from Heat 1, it was the third of the 15 heats that boasted most depth.

There was so much to like about all three placeget­ters; RAVI, KHAN and SPRIGHT but the one that caught our eye (again) was SCREAMARR (5th).

Placed in last year’s Frank Packer Plate, Screamarr is a four-year-old now and some Street Cry’s can be a shade slow to ma­ture, I am not say­ing he is one of them, but my point is, might be set for a de­cent cam­paign.

Three Godol­phin horses worth spe­cial men­tion out of the heats are; MOHER, BEA­CON and OZARK.

Ozark showed un­be­liev­able (sus­tained) pace and speed to win his 740m heat by a length in quite fast time (42.9s); he is al­ready 8s 4-1-1 and af­ter that, you’d think he’ll be 9s 5w in no time.

Our oth­ers from last week’s heats are; MISS DEBU­TANTE, HUSSTERICAL, KOOKABAA and THE HAPPY LADY.

Smart mare Daysee Doom tri­alled well at Rand­wick last Thurs­day

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