Snow­dens to Rule at Farm

The Sportsman Midweek - - Warwick Farm Preview -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.

RACE 1

5. STARDOME (N/R) ac­cepted for Kem­bla (to­day) but surely he will run- in this race in­stead. He is very much ‘his fa­ther’s son’, gosh he is a nice colt, all Sav­abeel from nose to tail. How did

sell for only $135,000 in NZ at Karaka? Great pedi­gree too – be­ing a three-quar­ter to Bris­bane Cup and Sum­moned win­ner Flo­ria. Dam is by Pen­tire. This guy will run a mile easy one day but he also looked sharp enough in his one and only trial (a win!) to run 1100m on de­but. 3. GOLDEN SHOUL­DER (N/R) is trained by Tracey Bart­ley and looked rather a handy type when plac­ing in his two tri­als, the last one he should and could have won by a neck or half length – easy! Dam has thrown 7 to race so far, 6 win­ners, 1 sw’er, 1 sp’ed. 2. FORTIFICATION (N/R) is a Gwenda Mark­well colt by Red­oute’s Choice who was tipped out af­ter a pretty en­cour­ag­ing de­but at Kem­bla on Apr 7. Ter­rific trial at WF Aug. 24 where he closed off re­ally well late.

RACE 2

WE, the Sports­man, were all over 6. NAKEETA JANE (N/R) when she stepped out on de­but in a race at Kens­ing­ton Sep. 5. How was $20 to $21 and not $12 to $8 is any­one’s guess. Did any­one watch her tri­als?

look at pedi­gree? Any­way, she ended-up run­ning 0.5-lens 2nd charg­ing home down the out­side in the 1400m maiden. Will 1400m be too short here? That’s the only query. Oh, that, and top­pie 1. RANIER (N/R) who has a de­cent weight to carry (61kg) at this, his first run over 1400m. He has also draw 11 but the 1400m at the Farm, that’s not re­ally an is­sue to be con­cerned about. I gather his class would take him the ex­tra 100m from his last start 3rd over 1300m at HQ. Be­fore that he was 1.3-lens 2nd to Miss Fab­u­lass which reads well now af­ter her win in the Tea Rose on Satur­day. Blink­ers first time. 11. ZENARDINI (N/R) is 3s 0-0-0 which is as­ton­ish­ing when you look at what she does in her tri­als. She looks a mod­er­ately classy filly on oc­ca­sion juts not so far race­day. 8. BRING THE MAGIC (N/R) has ob­vi­ous claims. If there was a horse that gets into the medals and pays $20+ place, it might be 10. JUST PRU­DENCE (N/R).

RACE 3

MATTHEW Smith has two en­tered here in 8. LASHES (N/R) and 12. NOT A ZIN ZAN

both are ter­ri­bly in­ter­est­ing fil­lies. Lashes is a debu­tant who sold for $125,000 at the Inglis Clas­sic. Not a bad pick-up for a filly by I Am In­vin­ci­ble out of mare who won 5 races over in WA. Lashes has tri­alled 4 times, one each in March and April be­fore win­ning WF heats on Aug. 24 and Sep. 7 re­spec­tively. Ja­son Col­lett has rid­den her at 3 of the 4 tri­als he is on for the de­but. As her name sug­gests, Not A Zin Zan is a half to Zin Zan Ed­die and Zin Elsie who are by Zi­zou. This one is by Not A Sin­gle Doubt who is not only an vastly bet­ter sire than Zi­zou. but the mat­ing means that Not A Zin Zan is in-bred 3 X 3 through a son of a daugh­ter to Snip­pets. Wow, that is some ex­plo­sive in-breed­ing. Started big odds on de­but, didn’t do much, spelled, had two easy tri­als. I should say for the record that have Waller’s 12. VOILA (N/R) in for sec­ond. This Choisir filly of Denise Martin’s ran a great race when 0.2-lens 2nd to Tough Larry first-up.

RACE 4

MORE of­ten than not, I avoid these 2200m WF mid­week­ers like Kevin Coster movies but in this case, not so. It’s a fas­ci­nat­ing race on a few lev­els, one is that we get to find out how good 6. IRON DUKE (69) is. The horse has won his last cou­ple like Might And Power but there has to be a huge question mark about the op­po­si­tion. Still, you don’t see many horses run over a trip with their ears pricked look­ing like they could lit­er­ally go around again. The other ‘in­ter­est’ in the race is 4. HIGH BRIDGE (72) who made his Aussie de­but – a win­ning one – on the flat hav­ing been over hur­dles back in Eng­land for last 7 runs, all for Char­lie Ap­pleby. High Bridge has won 7 from 14 over­all and is 4 from

sec­ond-up. Will he want more than 2200m? I am hop­ing that is the case. Hav­ing set the scene for what should be a high­light to­mor­row, I am tipping 6. KEEP UP (69) to beat them all. Clare Cun­ning­ham has man­aged this horse re­ally well in the 3 starts since he came over NZ, ev­ery one of those runs was bet­ter than the last. Right race, right jockey, right ev­ery­thing.

RACE 5

THERE are two horses rac­ing at WF to­mor­row that will be in stakes-races this spring and more than likely, win­ning them, and they are both from Snow­den Rac­ing. The one here is 12. JEN RULES (66), the other is Chabreet in the next race. Jen Rules is a $500,000 Easter Year­ling by Red­oute’s Choice from the Sum­moned line. The 3YO filly was $2.60 into $2.30 on de­but when she won a nose in an 1100m Can­ter­bury maiden on heavy 9. That’s big ef­fort. Tipped out, tri­alled su­per at Rose­hill on Sep. 3. Won’t be fully wound-up that’s true. but maybe class gets her home. 11. ALNAAS (61) has ac­cepted for Kem­bla to­day and may very well go there. What­ever the case, this Joe Pride trained mare could be the dan­ger to Jen Rules based on her 3.3-lens 5th to Madam Rouge in a deep Bm71 race at Can­ter­bury last start. Third-up now, blink­ers first time, she is a player. 2. RIDICULE (72) a highly valu­able mare by So You Think out of G1 win­ner Rus­set­ing. The Brad Wid­dup trained 4YO is 7s 2-1-2 and has amaz­ingly deep firm. She beat Dark Dream one day – he won a Derby af­ter that and then there’s Ridicule’s first-up run, 3.4-lens be­hind Smart Melody at Wy­ong; Smart Melody won like Black Caviar up the straight last Satur­day!

RACE 6

SPEAK­ING of Black Caviar, 9. CHABREET (68) was an even ‘bet­ter thing’ than her or Winx or what­ever moral you care to sug­gest when she re­sumed at New­cas­tle on Aug. 25. A 4th in that Rose­hill mid­weeker to Ringerd­ingding and Wag­ner would have guar­an­teed her vic­tory not least the 4th in Writ­ten By’s Pago Pago! At New­cas­tle, Chabreet jumped from 8 of 8, sat out­side the leader, took over at the top of straight and it was bye-bye. There was zero com­pe­ti­tion for Chabreet at New­cas­tle, not so this time, 1. SU­PER EX (72) is a very good horse. The Mark Newn­ham trained 4YO is 6s 3-0-1, the un­placed runs are a 5th in Listed Gold Edi­tion

dis­ap­point­ing (end of cam­paign) 15th of 16 in the Vo Rogue. Tri­alled twice, won them both. 2. ESPERANCE (70) was out of this world im­pres­sive when a flash­ing 2nd first-up, less so the next time but hardly dis­graced with that big weight in a de­cent Bm74. 5. CHALK (66) and 8. UP TRUMPZ (65) are the mix.

RACE 7

KER­RIN McEvoy dons the Ing­ham cerise colours here to ride the bril­liantly named 12. PALMATEER (64). This daugh­ter of Fast­net Rock out of Lit­tle Surfer Girl loves the trip and in so far of the 3s 0-0-0 at the track is con­cerned, two of them were pass marks. Palmateer was a 2.2-lens win­ner at Sandown-Lake­side on Jul. 18 then came home to Syd­ney where she next ran on Aug. 25 fin­ish­ing a great 4th of 11 be­hind the re­ally handy mare All Too Soon in 1500m race at Rose­hill. I thought she is quite well weighted a race where there is noth­ing to be fright­ened off ri­val-wise. 2. EX­CEL­SIOR (69) got a great ride from Tommy Berry when he fin­ished 3rd to Zourkhan at Rose­hill on Sep. 8. he sticks to­mor­row, why not, and this is a big step off in class grade. This horse was a t/d win­ner two runs back with Tommy B in the sad­dle. Ticks all those boxes, bar the weight I guess. 8. NEW­TOWN BLUEBAG (63) can al­ways be counted on to rip home in his races. The horse has some com­pelling num­bers in­clud­ing 7s 3-2-0 at the mile and his only t/d run was a 2nd beaten 0.2-lens that day.

RACE 8

WOW, what a great race to end the day, real Get Out Stakes with a lot of horses that are go­ing to have sup­port. I thought 5. DESERT LORD (66) was a good thing last week at Can­ter­bury but he missed the cut given he was third emer­gency. Never mind, be­cause I think the horse is even bet­ter suited here at the Farm. In fact, 2 of his 4 runs are here, and they were – not to put too finer a point on it – HUUUUUGE. Tri­alled like a bomb, blink­ers first time, Tommy Berry on for the Hawkes’ – nice, nice and nice. Heaps of pos­si­bil­i­ties be­hind Desert Lord start­ing with the come­back mare 3. AQUA D’IV­INA (71) who is 4s 2-2-0 and has tri­alled nicely. She has an X-fac­tor about her and she re­sumes at home with a good al­ley and a 3kgs claim. My roughie in the race and pos­si­ble quinella, duet bet with Desert Lord is 2. HIGH­WAY (72) who was in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive beat­ing the afore­men­tioned Palmateer first-up at New­cas­tle last cam­paign then ended up 3rd to Youngstar in the Gold Bracelet at the GC. Failed on the test­ing Doomben track in Oaks af­ter that but still makes her a ‘sys­tem horse. Tri­als have been great.

Peter (left), grandaugh­ter Demi and Paul Snow­den.

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