Dynamic duo ready to win
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