Frazer’s Spright looks the goods

The Sportsman Midweek - - Latest Trackwork - SHAYNE O’CASS

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


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.

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