Ten to salute at the Farm
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