Ten to salute at the Farm

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NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Mon­day at 1PM. (N/R) denotes no rat­ing.


HAPPY birth­day to all the horses to­mor­row! The first Syd­ney Met­ro­pol­i­tan race of the new sea­son is for the 3YOs. It’s prob­a­bly the most im­por­tant age for a horse, 3YO that is, be­cause if they are go­ing to be any good, it will be dur­ing their 3YO ca­reer. And we also find out who are the sprint­ers, the miler and clas­sic types among the crop. This race boasts a hand­ful of 3YO’s that won’t be out of place when some of the stakesraces roll around. One of those is 10. MALOS (N/R) from the James Cum­mings sta­ble. Point of fact, James won this race last year with Piracy then took out the sec­ond race with Al­izee. Malos is a Lonhro three-quar­ter brother to Im­pend­ing. His dam is a Street Cry daugh­ter of Mnemosyne. Malos was gelded af­ter his 7 of 9 at Gos­ford on de­but. Turned in a lovely nose 2nd in

trial to Eng­land who goes well. Nice draw/K. McEvoy. 3. DANAWI (N/R) is a good colt. he is by Ex­ceed And Ex­cel out of Ep­som win­ner Se­cret Ad­mirer. Danawi breezed out­side the leader in a very fast run 1200m at HQ on de­but An­zac Day beaten only by The Au­tumn Sun. Tri­alled up nicely for the re­turn — scratched at bar­ri­ers last Wed­nes­day when reared up and got away. Very in­ter­ested to see how 5. RAN­CHO NO­TO­RI­OUS (N/R) mea­sures up against some of these nicer horses on de­but. A $100,000 year­ling, he’s by High Cha­parral out of a daugh­ter of Zeda­gal. Great pedi­gree! Tri­als were okay too. It’s hard to leave out the Waller trio 1. ADANA (N/R), 2. CHARGE (N/R) and 4. AL­TAIR (N/R) be­lieve me, any of the three could win.


IT’S not that this is a two horse race in it’s true sense, but I feel that the win­ner will be one or

other namely 8. SYLVIA’S MOTHER (N/R) or 5. QUENYA (N/R). Sylvia’s Mother is a Team Hawkes trained Snitzel out of sis­ter to G1 win­ner Bel Mer. This filly tri­alled twice back in March and was very good both. There

just as much to like about her Jul. 23 trial at Rose­hill which she won with Tommy Berry up. Quenya is a Godol­phin blue­blood be­ing by Se­poy out of El­darin whose foals in­clude Chet­wood, Mearas and Sin­darin. An­other daugh­ter threw Labur­num. This is the Grand Armee fam­ily. Quenya’s tri­als have been very good in­deed. She’s got tal­ent. The other Team Hawkes run­ner here is 4. OLIVE LEAVES (N/R) who wears the colours of two Golden Slip­per win­ners — Moss­fun and Esti­jaab. The Emi­rates Park owned filly was an eye catcher in her only trial — she was beaten 7.1-lens but there

merit what she did and how she did it. Pedi­gree buffs take note, Olive Leaves’s 4th dam is none other than Fall Aspen who we can safely say is one of the most revered brood­mares in USA breed­ing. One more — 12. TIMID (N/R) from the Richard Freed­man camp has been do­ing good things in her tri­als.


FIVE of the 9 all come through the same race, 5 of the 9 are trained by Chris Waller. It takes a brave punter to front-up and have go un­der those cir­cum­stances, these races are lot­ter­ies at the best of times but when you throw in the above sce­nario — any­thing goes! That said, I see no ob­vi­ous rea­son why 2. FOL­LOW SUIT (75) can­not re­peat his t/d win from two weeks ago where he beat a fast fin­ish­ing 6. ALLCASH (63) who got close in the end. I have been on Allcash for a while now and he’s worn me down. I can­not keep tip­ping

horse on top that has lost 37 of his 39 starts. Fol­low Suit on the other hand won 4 from 15 with 3 sec­onds and best of all he is 2s 2w at the t/d. 4. PRE­SCIENCE (65) is an­other of the Waller string here. This 7YO Ir­ish im­port came from last 10 to fin­ish 0.8-lens be­hind Fol­low Suit. That was Pre­science’s sec­ond run this cam­paign so be­ing third-up now, he should be at his ab­so­lute peak for this.


I re­spect the boom and the un­beaten record of Kim Waugh’s ex­cit­ing 4. SPRING CHARLIE (66) but I am with 2. CRAFTY TY­COON (66) to beat him to­mor­row and surely he’ll be a bet­ter price given all the love out there for the Waugh gal­loper. Crafty Ty­coon is a lo­cal re­sum­ing from a great draw with James McDon­ald to ride. The son of Writ­ten Ty­coon has some pretty deep form through­out; he is usu­ally not that far off in his races and like I say, some of the ones in front of him are bet­ter than mid­week horses. I liked his trial a lot when he ran an easy 3-lens 6 of 9 to Memes in 807m heat here on Jul. 6. Mar­ket will tell us the story with him. Spring Charlie was $1.75 when he won at Gos­ford first-up — by rights, he should have been $1.10 so much bet­ter was he. Spring Charlie was spelled af­ter win­ning his maiden there on Dec. 31 and re­sumes with a win in a C2, this skip­ping grade. If you wanted to take the glass half empty ap­proach to him, it’s that both wins are at Gos­ford over dis­tances shorter than this and in eas­ier races. Speith’s half brother 6. STAR OF THE SEAS (66) was $1.75 into $1.65 first-up when beat­ing up on much in­fe­rior horses in that 6-horse maiden here over 1200m Jul. 18. He broke 1:10s by 0.01, home in 35 and change — nice num­bers.


RON Quin­ton’s mare 2. DEVOLVING (69) has some com­pelling stats. Let’s start with the t/d where she is 2s 1-1-0, she is also 3s 1-2-0 at the Farm and 4s 1-1-1 at the trip. The daugh­ter of Your Song is third-up here off two im­proved runs. That is to say, she was quite okay first-up but much bet­ter the next time when 0.2-lens 2nd of 7 here over 1250m on Jul. 11. Bar­rier 12 is not ideal but WF has that big long straight run of 800m into the cor­ner so it’s not a deal breaker. 2. SWEET SCAN­DAL (71) was scratched from sched­uled en­gage­ment at Rose­hill last Satur­day due to the wide bar­rier I imag­ine. The daugh­ter of Se­poy has 9 here but as I said, no wor­ries re draws in most races at this place. Sweet Scan­dal is 3s 2-1-0. She beat Zonk here over 1300m on Jul. 11. She goes up from 56.5kgs to 59.5kgs af­ter the 2-off for Sam Weather­ley. That’s get­ting right up there IMO, that’s a big, big weight — bear­ing in mind she only knows 55kg (twice) and 56.5kgs (last start). 4. SEE THE SHOW (69) is a Jim Greg Lee mare who was 3rd in the 7. UN­WISE (67) race at Can­ter­bury last start. She was okay in all runs be­fore that, twice she had the mis­for­tune of bump­ing into Alas­sio. She is yet to run a re­ally bad race, that be­ing the case she is on with a live hope here.


6. TENORINO (68) is a son of the mighty Galileo. It’s happy an­niver­sary of sorts for the horse, I hope, given that to­mor­row is 12 months since his last win! Then trained by Clare Cun­ning­ham, Tenorino won on Aug. 2 last year — this ex­act same race as it hap­pens. That was his win and he’s changed sta­bles — now with Queens­land Derby win­ning trainer, Kerry Parker. For­get his WF run on Jul. 11 when he ran last, just wipe it from the slate. Go in­stead on his Jul. 18 run here when he fin­ished off strongly to run 3rd beaten 1.8-lens over 1300m. back to 1400m is per­fect for him bear­ing in mind that 4 of his 5 ca­reer wins are at 1350/1400m. Not sure if two of these emer­gen­cies will get a run but here’s hop­ing that there is room for 14. DORF STAR (62) firstly then 13. VAIN ELAINE (62). Dorf Star was 2.1-lens 4th in the same race that Tenorino was 3rd in last start so only a neck or so be­tween them. Dorf Star is 3s 1-0-0 t/d here at home and Clarry Con­ners has booked Tim Clark, a jockey whom he has quite bit of suc­cess with so I see that as re­ally pos­i­tive lead. As for Vain Elaine, she is an­other lo­cal, this one trained by Ja­son Coyle. The daugh­ter of High Cha­parral is 4s 2-0-1 fresh and same at the trip. Has two very easy tri­als, can’t re­ally tell how she went but if some­thing comes late down the out­side and wins by a nos­tril, it’s likely go­ing to be her.


GODOL­PHIN chest­nut 11. ATARAXIA (70) was fair first-up, bet­ter sec­ond-up and peaks here now. That’s the hope any­way given that his big­gest win so far came third-up last cam­paign when he won the Dul­cify over the fa­mous Rand­wick mile. The son of mile sire Te­ofilo was 10th 14 at the 400m last start here but fin­ished off quite well when 3.4-lens from the win­ner Cur­ragh that day. Ker­rin McEvoy rode Ataraxia that day and sticks with him to­mor­row. Ja­son

Coyle has 14. VALENTINO

ROSSA (68) and 19. TAKEWING (65) en­gaged here, Valentino for sure whereas Takewing will need some scratch­ings to make the field. As for Valentino Rossa, he has had the flash­ing lights on for a long time now. That’s usu­ally way with horses who get back, fly home and find traf­fic. The son of Testa Rossa also comes through the Cur­ragh race, he was 4th beaten 1.3-lens which put him 2.3-lens in front of Ataraxia at the fin­ish. Takewing is big odds to get a run and will be even big­ger odds if he does but he’s the type of horse whose next win in town he’ll be a mas­sive price!

Tenorino. Pic: Grant Guy

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