Smart duo the ones to watch
WHAT an incredible week it was for the stakes-winner and now celebrated broodmare Mica’s Pride.
To start off with, two of her offspring – FOLLOW ON and SIR OWEN — book ended Monday morning’s trials at Randwick then on Saturday, another of her sons, COMIN’ THROUGH, won the Tramway at the same venue.
That’s not to mention that she is also dam of the near champion Criterion.
Let it be known too that all of the above mentioned horses, including Mica’s Pride herself, are owned by Sir Owen Glenn.
Follow On was good winning the opening heat but nowhere near as impressive as Sir Owen was in the final trial.
A son of Fastnet Rock and thus a brother to Comin’ Through, Sir Owen is trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and was a great third on debut (only start) at Warwick Farm back on May 30.
It’s not impossible that he could emulate his brother’s win in the Carbine Club Stakes on Derby day if they head that way — and very well might.
Heat 2 was an important one on the day given the presence of DAYSEE DOOM, HOME OF THE BRAVE and the Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig mare FORMALITY.
All of them were good to varying degrees but the pick (if they was one) was Ron Quinton’s bonny mare Daysee Doom who finished fourth just behind the other two who were third and second respectively behind the Tulloch Lodge runner MAJOR WAGER. That said, we know from Formality’s recent closing 2.3-len second to Pierata in a Rosehill heat on Aug 20 that she is flying.
Keep in mind with this daughter of Fastnet Rock and Jolie’s Shinju that she was third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes behind Merchant Navy and Invincible Star in a very strong renewal of the Group 1 feature.
Mark Newnham would have been pleased with BURNING PASSION’S unhurried 3.4len seventh in the same heat (above) but clearly he would have been rejoicing in the performance of the flashy EXCEED THE STARS.
This son of Star Witness, bought by Darby Racing for $220,000 at the Gold Coast, won the first two-year- old trial of new season and won it like a good horse, sprinting away from his rivals to score by neat 1.8-len.
The most talked about trial of the morning was the one taken out by MAGGIE MISS from Waterhouse/Bott camp.
This unraced daughter of Medaglia D’Oro was about a length in front at the top of the straight which ballooned out to almost 13-len by end the 1050m.
Not only did she put a huge gap of her rivals but she also ran sizzling time too; 63.01s for the overall trip with a 33.90s last 600m and she wasn’t at all let rip until about the 400m either making her effort the more convincing.
Waterhouse and Bott won a later heat with their last start Group 1 winning mare PROMPT RESPONSE who was a shade too classy for WITH PURPOSE also races in the same interests.
Given that effort, and the trial prior, surely With Purpose is going to start nice short and be hard beat when trainer Edward O’Rourke opens her new campaign.
Take serious note that the fifth placed horse here was none other than EXCELLENT DESIGN who cruising along for the whole way.
She was ready to win a few weeks back first-up off brilliant trial but was a late scratching.
Take two for her will more than likely be the win that so many forecast the John Thompson-trained mare day.
One more from Bowral Street before moving on and that is SHOW SOME LEG, an unraced daughter of one the Waterhouse-trained Golden Slipper winner in Sebring.
To Godolphin now and kudos to the Royal Blue trio of SOOTHING, SPECTROSCOPE and a Helmet / Safe four-year- old by the name of WATCHDOG who is 6s 1-3- 0 south of the border.
Anthony and Edward Cummings were to the fore last Monday via WATCHING (an easy last) and PARISIANS who was noted for her late finish when 1.8len fourth of five behind Les Bridge’s THE SINNERMAN who was good.
Our others from these trials are: KNOCKED TOFF, GRANDE ROSSO, SPENDING TO WIN, REZEALIENT and THE GOLD HIND.
Prompt Response trialled well at Randwick last week.