SASSO to hit the heights
QUALITY Newcastle mare Sasso Corbaro makes her return to racing at Warwick Farm tomorrow in a hotly contested ATC Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap over 1100m.
The Kris Lees-trained daughter of All Too Hard was beaten four lengths in the Light Fingers, Magic Millions Guineas and the Denise’s Joy at Scone to underline her obvious talent.
Sasso Corbaro, who has Metropolitan winning jockey Corey Brown onboard, looked the goods in her two recent trials.
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a Good 4. (N/R) denotes no rating.
2. CARIF (N/R) could win a Derby, perhaps not the VRC, he would have to improve over the break to win the ATC, but I’m thinking maybe Queensland version. Hey, if it happens a genius, if not, no one will remember anyway! My point is, this son of So You Think and dual Group 1 winner Norzita is a genuine talent. Make that ‘raw’ talent’. He does a few things wrong but he has big, big finish. The more racing the better and the mile is perfect. 9. ZENARDINI (N/R) is looking a bit like a trial star but with nothing delivered on race day. That’s 4s 0-0-0 so far placed in three of her five starts and looked pretty good in a few of them too. That was certainly the case again when the grand-daughter of Miss Zoe finished an unhurried 1.3-length second in her 1050m heat at Randwick on Sep 28. She was ‘race fit’ though so was entitled to impress. Has come up against the likes of Miss Fabulass, Cristobal, Nakeeta Jane, Madam Rouge. I expected a fair bit more from the Savabeel colt 8. STARDOME (N/R) here on debut, not that it was a shocker by any means. To cut long story short, I can see why he is 1100m to 1600m! Bear in mind that he is a three-quarter to Brisbane Cup winner Floria.
IF ever a horse is building up to another win it surely 3. PALMATEER (64). The Chris Waller-trained daughter of Fastnet Rock and Little Surfer Girl has run three times back in Sydney since her SandownLakeside win over this same trip on Jul 18. The first was a fourth to All Too Soon, the next a third to the in-form Excelsior then she chased home a potential superstar in Girl Tuesday. That was 1500m and she made up lots of ground. This is 1600m and she’s got the same weight after the claim. 2. NAI’A (66) was a good thing at Kembla last start. She was crying out for the 1500m on a big track after such a great return at Wyong over 1300m. It was rather emphatic win too, she had them covered a long way out even though she was last at the 400m still. She is unbeaten at mile. 1. GRAND SOLEIL
(66) and 4. ALNAAS (63) are both in the mix but to be honest, this is Palmateer’s race lose. If she does go under (and here’s praying she doesn’t), I can only see Nai’a beating her so surely it’s exacta/quinella time.
THIS race comes at the right time for the royally-bred gelding 5. TERWILLIKER (62) from the Anthony and Edward Cummings camp. The son of Pierro and Group 1 Myer Classic winner Hurtle Myrtle has only won once in 12 starts and that was secondup. It was most interesting to me that ‘The Gun’ sticks with him. Avdulla was on him firstup when he ran sixth of eight at Hawkesbury in a 1300m race on Sep 20. This horse just does not have the tactical speed to feature at anything below about a mile IMO but I will have give him credit for his trials before the first-up run, he is looking good. Anything goes in these WF midweekers over a trip, trust me. Chris Waller and Gerry Harvey team-up here with the Street Cry mare 1. SCRATCHES (71) who has a five point superior benchmark rating to the next highest rater in 3. IRON DUKE (66), something which must always be respected. Scratches has finished runner-up at her last three starts, the first in the sequence was behind her stablemate High Bridge who ran fourth in the Metropolitan on Saturday. On one hand, her form is outstanding but the other – she’s been pretty costly. Nothing wrong with Iron Duke who was fourth to High Bridge in the second of his Australian wins here at WF. Was thumping ‘walkers’ before that. 3. GO BENNY (65) his best would win this.
PROBABLY the most interesting horse in action at WF tomorrow is 3. SIZZLING ACE (67) who has joined the Waller camp from Toby Edmonds Queensland base. Waller would know the family, he trained this filly’s dam – Big Birdie for Bob Ingham. Sizzling Ace has hasn’t won in seven starts but has raced against some huge names and massive talents. Example – third to new stablemates Lean Mean Machine and Zousain in the Sires’ at Doomben then spelled after being ‘only’ 5.2-length off champion The Autumn Sun in the Atkins. No trials to speak off but she might just run over the top of them. Market will tell us story. As good as Sizzling Ace’s form reads, I don’t say that this is a ‘gimme’. have always been big fan of 10. SANGITA (62), the $800,000 Sebring filly bred by Tony Santic. The Snowden Racing filly beat El Dorado Dreaming in a Newcastle maiden on Mar 31 which was no big deal until El Dorado Dreaming came out next start and won the Group 1 Sires’ Produce. Sangita was locked up boxed in like nothing else first-up, a total forget run, then dropped out big time to run last in the Group 2 Tea Rose. I don’t think she’s a leader – she’s got a nice little turn of foot when she can be ridden to her best advantage. 9. BANDOL (62) is a dreaded dual acceptor. Lightly-raced filly who has shown talent from day one. Nice trial at Randwick on Sep 28. Massive respect for 1. TOUGH LARRY (65). He’s well named – he was courageous under fire on debut on Sep 5 and had an easy trial since. In fact, he knows WF quite well – he’s trained here.
1. SEXY EYES (73) is in two races tomorrow – she’s not alone. No way to know where she runs. If she is here, she’s on top. If not it’s 5. WILD HORIZONS (63) is a valuable mare from the Hawkes camp being by Fastnet Rock out of Kosi Bay. She is a four-year-old mare now but has only had the third runs for win and two unplaced that weren’t much to write home about. If you trust her trials, you can see that she is a pretty talented mare. You would think she’s had a few issues, her C.V reads that way – but if she turns up and ‘they’ back her, might just show what level of talent she actually has. 2. DEITY (69), the daughter of four-time Group 1 winner Divine Madonna has done little or nothing wrong to speak off being 5s 2-2-0 and almost made it a third career win but for Excellent Design’s nose finishing in front of her at Canterbury on Sep 12. Tommy Berry’s record her is two rides for a nose win and a nose loss. Respecting 7. VOILA (66) who ‘has the draw’.
THIS is the highlight of the day, I would say it’s worth price of admission but it’s free entry at the Farm tomorrow. James Cummings will need four sets of Royal Blue here and a veritable rainbow of different coloured caps – I think it goes Blue, White, Red then Black. I’ll be on the horse in the Red cap – namely 6. CATESBY (71) but fear not, he will be easy to spot. Just look for the handsome chestnut with
white markings. Gosh he is a nice horse. He is also very well bred being by Shamardal out of Mannington. Catesby was gelded sometime after Feb this year – he has run five times since winning twice. His trials have been huge. Like him a lot in a hard race tomorrow. 3. SASSO CORBARO (77) is quality mare from the Kris Lees camp. How well is he going! I mean. As for Sasso, she was beaten approximately four lengths in races including the Light Fingers, the Magic Millions Guineas and Denise’s Joy. Trialled twice both were first class. Got 8. SEXY EYES (73) in for third here if she runs. This could be a fast run race and that will suit her – in fact she’ll be finishing with the best sectionals I reckon. The big watch is 7. SIAM (70) whose form is sound as a bell and she’s deadly fresh – off nice trial too.
ROUGHIE time and when better to back a longshot than in the Get Out Stakes. I’ll give a few clues. He’s local. Half of his 10 wins are around this trip. Eight of those wins are on good tracks. Sydney’s best jockey rides him. He’s got a Group 1 winning trainer to put the polish on Give up? It’s 7. PRO CONSUL (63) of course. The downside to those otherwise rather compelling stats is that he hasn’t won since Oct 14 in 2016 and he’s getting older – aren’t we all. Still, I saw enough the big fella’s two runs at 1100m this prep to say he’s a live chance here. He’ll be huge odds and J-Mac should never go around $10+ on anything! I honestly expected 6. MAHALANGUR (63) to be a Group winner by now but as we stand today he is a provincial maiden winner. Don’t let that mislead about his talent and ability – he is a really nice horse the two trials have been exemplary. Could be in for a really good preparation this bloke – starting tomorrow. 2. BRAVISSIMO (71) and 1. METAMORPHIC (72) have claims, so too 4. DEVIL’S LAIR (65) but keen to play Pro Consul at the big odds – ‘both totes’ as Ian Craig would say.
Greg Hickman (left) and James McDonald combine in the last race at Warwick Farm.