Frazer’s Spright looks the goods
SPRIGHT, the mare who races in the same colours made famous by Marscay, Filante, Triscay, Euclase, Jetball and others, was fantastic (again) charging into third in her 1050m heat at Randwick last Thursday.
The Garry Frazer trained Spright doesn’t get the press that Winx does, nor should she, but one has to respect, admire and appreciate her if not for only that she has won a Group 3 race in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Spright had now finished third twice during September in very strong heats, one to Global Glamour and El Dorado Dreaming, this TCHAIKOVSKY and FIERCE IMPACT.
John O’Shea would have been thrilled to say the least with a few of his that went around starting with his above-average Savabeel gelding LIVE AND FREE who failed in the Queensland Derby but was pretty darn good before that.
As expected, Live And Free had an easy trial but not so easy that he didn’t really warm up late and hit the line like a good miler/stayer ought.
Three others from the O’Shea yard that impressed to varying degrees were SOUTHERN LAD who merely went around for the exercise as opposed to two Domeland three-year-old’s in SEPARATED and FARRANFORE.
Fastnet Rock/Rose of Sharon colt Farranfore was good and he will win races but he doesn’t seem to match the talent and potential of All Too Hard filly Separated, whose 3rd dam is none other than 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Jezabeel.
Separated was finished fourth at both of her runs, both Randwick, the last one ( May 26) a ripper effort to be within 2.3-lens of The Autumn Sun!
The Autumn Sun’s last 200m was 11.90s that day, O’Shea’s filly went 11.93s.
Godolphin’s best three triallers on the day all came through same heat namely the ninth which was won by ROOSEVELT, BEACON was third, OZARK 8th of the 10.
Let’s hone in solely on impressive/imposing threeyearold colt Roosevelt, also known the half-brother to Group 2 winner Renaissance and Sessions.
His dam, Seances, is a half to Unworldly who the wise heads at Woodlands always said was a champion and was going that way until her untimely demise.
Roosevelt jumped on terms and found the lead courtesy of his two alley and the fact that none one else wanted it.
He looked to be going no faster than three- quarter pace throughout winning by 1.8-lens, just the perfect trial from a rather underrated colt.
The aforementioned Tchaikovsky was outstanding winning his heat by a neck over Matthew Smith’s Deep Impact son Fierce Impact and Spright a closing third.
Tchaikovsky has the looks and pedigree to be winning big, big races – he hasn’t yet – but that doesn’t mean he won’t.
By the way, the colt was the equal top priced yearling ($1.3m) at Magic Millions Yearling Sale in 2017.
If you think that’s dear then what about the Snowden Racing stablemate METICULOUS who, at $2.4m, was second top priced lot at Easter in 2017.
The Coolmore (et al) owned colt was urged along by Kerrin McEvoy (who has ridden him in all five trials) to run a nose second the Les Bridge’s handy ZENARDINI.
Note too that Mark Mewnham’s CARNINA was inches away in third.
Back to the Snowdens now and even though SNIPPETS LAND was 6 of 7 in the Tchaikovsky heat, there was enough to like about the effort.
This old stager – he is eight now – won Listed Spear Chief at the Sunshine Coast at his 44th race start, not many have that kind of longevity.
The aforementioned Matthew Smith would have gone home happy last Thursday and not just because of Fierce Impact.
Reason being is Smith’s ultra smart mare AQUA D’VINA continued her overwhelmingly positive build up to a return to racing with a mighty 4th in the opening heat over the 1200m.
The daughter of Pierro and that bonny mare Aqua D’Amore was still last at the 200m but got going through the herd thereafter to finish 3.3-lens from the winner SHUMOOKH but make no mistake, Aqua D’Ivina was far and way the star of this heat.
Our others from last week’s action are Les Bridge duo
FLYING LEGEND and SECRET as well as ROYAL CELEBRATION, TAKAHASI and THY KINGDOM COME.
We just cannot leave off though without a special mention of BOUDDI, an unraced four-year- old gelded halfbrother to Dear Demi.
Whatever the big issues that have kept him hidden for so long are matched only by a big talent!
Spright trialled well at Randwick last week.