Kaepernick ready for his next target
IF The TAB Everest had a field of 20 horses you would think some slot holder have snapped up KAEPERNICK.
Not so silly when you consider that he split two Everest runners in Redzel and Invincible Star the Concorde at his most recent outing.
John O’Shea really has got this fella up and going to a career best level, bearing in mind also that he won the Southern Cross in February and fourth to now dual Group 1 winner Viddora in the Magic Millions Sprint a month before.
Kaepernick won a trial at Randwick last Friday morning beating PERFORMER and others in what was a very deep heat.
Performer went super and could be a horse to win a good race in Melbourne this campaign.
Not sure if he is going for Coolmore Stud but strikes me as a horse who might excel up the ‘straight six’.
One other worth mentioning out of this same heat was GIBRALTAR GIRL who
fourth, a mere 1.1-len from Kaepernick.
Les Bridge’s handy BRAVISSIMO bolted in to win his heat, the margin was 1.5-len, but he was a supremely dominant winner, not surprising though given that it was the stayer EQUIPPED who responsible for the chasing in the 1200m trial.
BANDOL, a lightly-raced three-year- old filly from Tulloch Lodge, is race fit but that should not distract her excellent effort in her heat where she finished a solid 1.4-len fourth to SNIPPETS LAND who was shipshape in what he did.
James Cummings – the Epsom winning trainer would have been most pleased with BEACON who won his heat by a bare 0.2-len but was very, very good just the same.
Back to Les Bridge now, and kudos his two charges LADY LEGEND and THE SINNERMAN who finished first and fourth respectively in the same heat.
Our preference was for The Sinnerman who is going great guns ahead of his imminent return to racing.
Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott produced one of the most interesting triallers the morning in Japanese-bred four-year- old gelding WOLFE whose dam, Peace Of World, was the Champion two-yearold Filly in Japan in 2002.
This unraced chestnut was given a reasonably solid test and passed with flying colours winning by 1.3-len over the Les Bridge-trained ZENARDINI who (in my opinion anyway) was better than the winner.
How she is unplaced in her four starts a mystery, she is so much better than that.
John O’Shea played two of his aces in the same heat in LOVED ONE (second) and MERLINITE (fourth) both were outstanding.
Loved One is a filly by Ocean Park out of More To Love who daughter of three times NZ Broodmare the Year, Flying Floozie (dam of Starcraft and Forum Floozie).
Peter Paul Snowden have an extremely talented horse on the books named NAPOLEON SOLO who was fantastic winning his heat.
This brother to Hobartville and Eskimo Prince winner Man From Uncle was tipped out after his impressive debut third to Master Ash and Sneaking To Win in an uncommonly strong midweeker at Canterbury on July 4. He has a big future. First (Australian) crop sire Zebedee fast and smart colt at Tulloch Lodge with the apt name of SPEEDYCOM who won his 735m heat by almost 4-len.
Speedycom is a half-brother to Group 3 winner Eckstein and boasts the great Canny Lass as his third Dam.
Still on Waterhouse and Bott, they won a couple more two-year- old trials on the day with the insanely well-bred pair of INVINCIBLE VISION and EVENING SLIPPERS.
Invincible Vision is a half to the Golden Slipper winner Mossfun whilst Evening Slippers is a full to Sweet idea and Showtime.
Evening Slippers is very fast and won her heat by 2.8len ahead of a yet another I Am Invincible, this one called ESPAANIYAH. Our others from last week’s
heats include; CRIMSON TICKET, NATALIA (above average!), KATIE DID IT, GREMLIN (a Savabeel replica filly in the Godolphin string), LADIES’ GEM and FLYING MOJO, an Uncle Mo trained by Anthony and Edward Cummings who have a knack with the breed.
We want to end on high note and for that we hone in on KOSCIUSKO from the Pat Webster camp.
This unraced son of All Too Hard had his head on his chest the whole way – he deadset looked like a dressage horse at
Olympics his front legs taped up American style, you really should go and watch the vision, it is quite remarkable.
Kaepernick won his trial at Randwick last week. Pic: Grant Guy