Kepi­tis in for a big day

The Sportsman Midweek - - Hawkesbury -

RACE 1

WINX’s part owner Deb­bie Kepi­tis can win the first two races at Hawkes­bury to­mor­row with 3. BOCHY (59) in the opener and Sa­suba in the next. More on it in a minute. Kepi­tis bred Bochy and gave him to Kris Lees to train. The son of My­boy­char­lie has a good lit­tle record 6s 2-0-0-2, the wins com­ing at the start this cam­paign at Kempsey (1250m) and Muswell­brook (1450m). The horse has been fly­ing home his last two in big fields. Few things to con­sider now – up to 1800m (tick), big track (tick) small field (tick), Blake Shinn (tick). I hon­estly ex­pected to see 1. AON­AIR (66) in the Wake­ful this year, that was what had though af­ter her Sep 6 first-up win a 1400m mid­weeker at WF. Big ques­tions mark on that form in hind­sight. Can’t say Aon­air has been daz­zling in her three runs since, granted one of them was 4.2-lens off Torvill in the Regi­nald Allen but she did only beat home by the same to­ken. Can win, might win, but I’ll take Bochy. 6. TINKEMROSA (62) is fresh horse on the scene with just the 3 runs un­der belt ‘651’. The last start win was em­phatic but Jeff Penza gave her a gem of a ride, ev­ery chance, ev­ery sin­gle pos­si­ble chance in the world.

RACE 2

5. SA­SUBA (N/R) is the other Kepi­tis horse we al­luded to, this one trained by Winx’s trainer Chris Waller. Sa­suba is a Stra­tum filly out of a stakes-placed mare named Bub­ble Below whose Se­bring son Lucky Bub­bles won Chair­man’s Sprint G1 in HK. This is a great fam­ily. Sa­suba had one run and was spelled then opened the sec­ond prepa­ra­tion with a very en­cour­ag­ing di­min­ish­ing 2.2-lens 3rd in a 1300m maiden here on Oct 26. The run­ner-up that day, Seine Net, won her maiden next start (here again) by 5.3-lens. Plenty to like about Sa­suba as a filly; she is handy. 4. MOONMO (N/R) ran a really nice race on de­but back on Jun 22 com­ing from last and down the out­skirts to clock in 1.3-lens 4th of 8. She was seen mak­ing up many lengths again when 3rd of 7 her 900m trial at Can­ter­bury on Nov 3. The 1300m on this big track is just ideal for her. I thought 8. TIKI BAR (N/R) was a good thing, nay a moral, when she re­sumes at Can­ter­bury on Oct 27. She pretty solid at $2.25, long story short ran 0.5-lens 2nd. Had her chance. I am not sack­ing her per se but per­son­ally have been a bit of a San­suba fan from her trial days. 9. TRUST IN A STAR (N/R) tri­alled really well at WF last Mon­day morn­ing.

RACE 3

THERE are two horses rac­ing at Hawkes­bury to­mor­row that I have made huge calls about in the past and they failed very soon af­ter. One is the Clarry Con­ners trained 9. STAR­RING (N/R) who I could see in the Magic Mil­lions 3YO Guineas Jan­uary and the other is Godol­phin colt Mar­ble (two races from now, read on) who I was declar­ing in the G1 Cool­more Stud Stakes be­fore he got rolled at WF in a mid­weeker. Rac­ing is all about keep­ing the faith and I have so much faith in both horses that made them Best Bet 1 and Best Bet 2 re­spec­tively. In re­spect to Star­ring’s 9 of 9 at Gosford on de­but, the race was run flat out from the start and that meant that Star­ring (who was al­ways go­ing to go back, set­tle, let down late) was forced chase the whole way. He’s been fresh­ened-up, back to trial (see trial col at the of to­day’s pa­per for full re­view). I still main­tain he is a very, very good colt. We’ll see soon enough. I really don’t think this is a ter­ri­bly strong field so much so that I can­not find a dan­ger to Star­ring. I can find run­ner-up, but no dan­ger. There­fore, 7. SPARKLY STAR (N/R) for sec­ond and 1.

DREAM I CAN bronze.

RACE 4

GOSFORD Tues­day ac­cep­tor 10. ELEAZAR (63) is the least ex­pe­ri­enced horse in the field with low­est bench­mark rat­ing but he’s most likely the most promis­ing horse of the lot. He maybe got a lit­tle tired late first-up at WF when fan­cied – he’d only had one trial re­mem­ber. What­ever the case, he came to Hawkes­bury 15-days later and won his 1000m maiden by al­most 3-lens. He ran 57.7s, last 600m in 33.85s with 56.5kgs. Up to a Bm76 but he drops a lot in weight – only 1000m I know, but bet­ter to have noth­ing on the back than the grand­stand. He is a very well bred horse with the Hawkes’ to guide him. Gate 4 is a dream. If he makes this step-up, he might be pretty good one day. 2. WANNA GET A WHAT (72) has the fine record of 10s 5-2-0. Not many horses win half their starts, cer­tainly once you get up into the dou­ble fig­ures. That shows tal­ent but also some pre­ci­sion place­ment by his trainer Gratz Vella who makes the trip up from Can­berra. Or should I say a re­turn trip given he came here on Apr 29 with Wanna Get A What who beat Ruth­less Agent in a TAB High­way. Ab­so­lutely bolted the Thun­der­bolt at Queanbeyan first-up; is 2 for 2 sec­ond-up and fly­ing! 7. TIM­ING (71) is a Joe Pride trained mare re­sum­ing here. She is 4s 0-0-0 first-up which may turn lot of peo­ple off and fair enough I guess, but I liked her trial she likes Hawkes­bury. 8. THE WASP (67) was $4.80 into $3.40 at Can­ter­bury last start but the only ones who get stung were the pun­ters. Ah, but where there is smoke there is usu­ally fire.

RACE 5

D-DAY of gi­ant pro­por­tions ap­proach­ing for 4. MAR­BLE (62) here. I was adamant that he was top 3 of the en­tire Dar­ley 2014 crop (colts di­vi­sion) go­ing into WF the other day but was rocked when he got beaten out of a place at $2. He was wide on a very fast pace and pulled up with poor post race re­cov­ery. They (horses) are not ma­chines, he had some in run­ning and mi­nor health is­sues but I con­cede yes, he was dis­ap­point­ing. I am stick­ing rock solid – ev­ery­thing have seen from him be­fore that was stakes class, big stakes class. Ques­tions will be an­swered to­mor­row about Mar­ble – is he a pretty boy morn­ing glory or is the real deal? I say the lat­ter. 7. LISDOONVARNA (60) has been a mini rev­e­la­tion since she ar­rived in Aus­tralia from NZ. She had the one run over in NZ (3rd at Ruakaka) then joined the Turner/Po­letti sta­ble at WF. Since then daugh­ter of Su­per Easy has won both starts, both at Nowra, both with com­fort­able mar­gins. We haven’t got to the bot­tom of this filly yet – it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how she goes in this deeper com­pany. 1. THE HIP­STER (63) is a chance, he’s in on Tues­day at Gosford so who knows where he goes.

RACE 6

IT wasn’t quite Shan­non in the 1946 Ep­som equiv­a­lent but gee whiz 4. GRIMOIRE (66) was some­thing licked last start at Kem­bla (when I had about 15 X’s along­side his name). He’s not the bets be­gin­ner in the busi­ness and at Kem­bla he must have missed it by 6! So here he is last with heaps to do he man­aged to run 5th of 7 beaten 2.8-lens in a 1:09 race and 33.8s last 600m. I don;t have his sectionals but they would be quick. Been back to trial by or­der of the ste­wards, jumped cleanly and ran a rip­per third. 9. LAD­DER (65) is an in­trigu­ing horse. She is a 4YO mare by Com­mands bred and raced by Dar­ley for her two ca­reer runs back in Jan (1st Beau­mont) and fen (2nd Beau­mont). sold Lad­der for $70,000 at the Inglis Au­gust Sale to clients of Jean Dubois and she has her first run for new con­nec­tions to­mor­row. Lad­der tri­alled at WF on Nov 6 and beat Tes­tashadow who wasn’t tested but don’t un­der­sell Lad­der’s ef­fort, it was a very good one. We know she goes well, hey’s she’s a Com­mands! 2. IN­VIN­CI­BLE GEORGE (68) is cer­tainly a player; I di­rect you to the Matt Jones story on the horse in to­day’s edi­tion. Of the oth­ers, Grimoire’s sta­ble­mate 3. CHARM­ING LAD (66) is al­ways a chance in any­thing he runs in.

RACE 7

AUS­TRALIAN Blood­stock are some of the best in the busi­ness in iden­ti­fy­ing mostly Euro­pean horses that will win dow­nun­der. 2. WAL­LAN­GARRA (63) is a great ex­am­ple. The son of Te­ofilo is ‘311’ in Aus­tralia. two wins have been su­per im­pres­sive too. He has gone C1, C2 and now into a Bm65. These are the best horses he raced against so far nat­u­rally enough but it seems that he hasn’t peaked yet so I think he can man­age the op­po­si­tion, per­haps not as scorn­fully though as he has in his last two. Waller has five en­tered but no one knows how many or who runs on the day. Of his 5 or 4 3 what­ever, I am with 4. BAYSA (66) as the best of them. 7. D’BEAK (61) is rac­ing so well that he can­not be left out of dis­cus­sions. This race comes to down to what price you are pre­pared take about Wal­lan­garra and un­til we know the make-up of the field, it’s hard to have an opin­ion on what’s a take and what is a pass.

Deb­bie Kepi­tis can win the first two races.

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