QUEEN of SOUL
Classy mare Limbo Soul looks primed for a winning return when she resumes at home in tomorrow’s ATC Iron Jack Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill Gardens.
The Tim Martin-trained mare landed a sizeable plunge when winning at the Gardens on debut over this same trip.
At Ather her very next start start, Limbo LimboSoul Soul was a highly creditable fifth behind Tulip, Alizee and co in the Group 2 ATC Magic Night Stakes (1200m).
Fast forward almost a year and Limbo Soul was third behind Golden Slipper winner, She Will Reign, in the rich Inglis Sprint.
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a Good 4. (N/R) denotes no rating.
THE (first time) blinkers worked a treat for The Autumn Sun when he was coming back 100m in distance from the Stan Fox to the Golden Rose and his stablemate 2. ENGLAND (N/R) does
same thing tomorrow. The $900,000 yearling – who is a rig by the way – is back to 1100m from a nose loss over 1250m at Canterbury on Sep 12. Barrier 1, blinkers on, James McDonald, home track – geez, he would want to be very unlucky if loses! I find the 5. HEAVENLY THUNDER (N/R) interesting. She is a David Payne-trained filly and he just loves these Lope De Vega’s. This filly is out of a Clangalang mare – that’s French Derby and AJC Derby winner on both sides close up. She’ll run a trip no doubt, but she might also flash home here at odds – pay first, second only. 1. CHARM OFFENSIVE (N/R) was beaten a nose at Kembla last start at odds-on – ouch. 3. GOD OF THUNDER (N/R) trials like a Group 1 horse but is yet to really convince anyone.
4. SO TAKEN (65) was forced to cover a bit of extra ground thanks to wide gate when 0.5len 3rd at her Australian debut at Canterbury on Aug 29. She drew 1 there next start and got all favours to win narrowly; in fact she fell in. By rights, with the run got, she should have been going away at the end – that is a worry. Still, gate 2 James McDonald, home track, peak fitness – she has no right not to run well again. 5. I’M SO SWEET (63) is a superbly bred filly from Team Hawkes. She was a $575,000 yearling. The daughter of I Am Invincible has come back well – she was more emphatic than the margin suggests at Gosford and
good again Kensington after that finishing quite willingly despite her big weight. Got the 59.5kg again but that compare that to So Taken who goes from 57.5kg 60.5kg. 1. SHE’S FURLINE (67) beat I’m So Sweet by 1.4-len on the Kensington track 21-days ago. They meet here again at level weights courtesy of Fred Kersley’s claim. Thus there is no reason at all why She’s Furling can’t or won’t beat I’m So Sweet home again this time – I just prefer them the other way.
1. GIRL TUESDAY (70) was a dual acceptor and none of us would have had much idea where she was going to run but huge round of applause Chris Waller for the very, very early notification – it was midday on Monday, way before TAB had even starting to draw up the markets and most people hadn’t started doing their form. That is so cool of him. Bravo! Girl Tuesday’s two wins (from two starts) have been huge – you can’t mistake class when it stares you in the face. She is no Miss Fabulass, but John Singleton has a very nice horse on his hands. In case you missed her breeding – she is by Street Cry out of Tuesday Joy who had been a dud producer until this one came along. I think Waller will trifecta this race. I am sure 2. MISS SHANTI (70) is flying this prep, loved her trial and ditto her first-up run here on a heavy 8 which wouldn’t have helped
cause. Next in is 6. PALMATEER (64) who pretty consistent and usually up there.
I have always been a bit of a fan of 9. MOMENTUM TO WIN
(60) from the David Payne stable. He is an Animal Kingdom gelding out of a half-sister to Miss Finland. The horse has a poor strike rate 2 from 20 with 3 placings but stayers often have that sort of record, not all of them but some. I thought his best run of the four this campaign was his last one where he finished 7 9 at Canterbury but only 3.2-len from the winner. 6. PLAGIARIST (63) has a much better record of wins and placings than Momentum To Win being just 5s 1-1-2. The Chris Waller-trained son of Dalakhani was terrific first-up over 1580m at Canterbury and while this is first time to 1900m, I did say he was a Dalakhani but didn’t say, he’s out of a Galileo mare! Sydney’s unluckiest horse, the Jason Coyle-trained 2. VALENTINO ROSSA (670 will get win one day, barrier 10, Rosehill, Collett, ticks three boxes.
COYLE welcomes back his pretty classy mare 4. NO INTEREST (72) tomorrow. Like a lot of the trainer’s horses, this one gets back but finishes powerfully just as she did in the Listed Takeover Target one day at Gosford when 5 of 9 but 2.7-len from winning the race. My point being, she has raced again and matched it to varying degrees with better horses than midweek grade. Trialled twice, won the last one – just needs an out in straight. 11. PEMBROKE CASTLE (66) is another one of the huge chances on the card for Chris Waller tomorrow. You would think that he (Waller) has probably targeted this meeting from a while back given that it’s his home track and Rosehill is probably superior to Canterbury and WF – it (Rosehill) certainly suits a lot of the Waller horses better, pattern wise. Anyway, Pembroke Castle is a handy type in good nick and from what we have seen from him so far, his best form is his second-up form.
3. CRAFTY TYCOON (68) drew wide and got himself a wee bit too far back at Canterbury last start in the Wagner race. Can improve big time each-way odds I imagine.
SUCH a fan of 9. GODUNOV (66) and I that I tipped him on top in the Tulloch at $41 and the Packer Plate $31 in the autumn. Fair enough, he was down the order in both but 4.3-len from Levendi the Tulloch is hardly a shameful run given the winner won Derby a week later. Godunov has variety of gear changes including blinkers which he wore in his 3.5-len heat win here last Thursday morning. There is a future staying races for this $625,000 yearling bred on a Dalakhani/Galileo mare cross – the same as Plagiarist as it happens. Waller has five runners where they are all huge chances and very evenly matched. So much so that I reckon they all should be about the same price. If you go along with that, then just back the longest one of the quintet because like I say, you could make a case for any or all of them. My order is 3. OMINECA (74) then 5. MEROVEE (70). Omineca was first-up off a Brisbane classic campaign at Rosehill on Sep 8 but that heavy 8 was anything a positive for this striking black son of Makfi. It a total forgive, in fact, more than that, it is a total forget. Merovee is a bit of favourite of mine – I just love his breeding. Okay, he hasn’t lived up to it yet but he’s a talented horse – surely, he is better than the midweeks. Pretty good first-up too. RACE 7 THIS is a fair dinkum Saturday race! Look at the quality of horse on offer here. It doesn’t take a Sigmund Freud to read Tim Martin’s mind. He would have seen this race (and venue) ages ago and surely the first horse he thought of was 12. LIMBO SOUL (71). He’s got her in there on the limit weight and better still, he got the barrier (5) he wanted. This daughter of I Am Invincible has form around the likes of She Will Reign, Alizes and Tulip, etc. Had two trials – basically ‘played down’ in both. They almost broke the TAB when she won here on debut so my advice would be – watch the flucs! I was very keen 3. JETWINGS (75) at Rosehill last start when he went $21 to $41. Reason was, hates the wet and although it was a soft 5, it was a pretty dodgy old 5! Given those circumstances, he went enormous to finish 3.6-len behind 2. ZA ZI BA (80) bearing in mind that he (Jetwings) was 12 of 13 and wide at the 400m. He will get the run of race tomorrow from barrier 1. No knock on Za Zi Ba course, but I have 11. EXCELLENT DESIGN (71) ahead of her. She is a very smart mare – stakes class in fact.
ANOTHER Saturday class race to end the day. Imagine if every midweeker was like this meeting! I am making 9. REGENT (71) my best bet. The son of Lonhro and Wild Queen is a threequarter brother to his Godolphin star stablemate Kementari. A Denise’s Joy direct descendant, Regent’s best run on his six outings was that 2.4-len sixth of 14 in the Ken Russell. Trialled twice – both easy, both pleasing. 12. PIANISSIMO (70) had no luck
especially late – when fifth firstup. He should have run a place.
hasn’t won over this trip in 10 tries but he has placed six times. Probably needs it wet to win though. 2. PIRACY (77) is the second of the James Cummings runners, well, IMO opinion anyway – but I concede he does have the race fitness edge on Regent. A few other chances for the silver and bronze here not least 5. WHAT COULD BE (73) who is a mighty consistent horse. I am not taking 15. NO INTEREST (72) into account here. Treating her as a non-runner and the winner of race five.
Chris Waller (right) and James McDonald.