Napoleon to stand tall
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a slow 7. All horses considered starters unless notified by Monday at 1 PM. (N/R) denotes no rating.
JOSH Parr is on 5. NAPOLEON SOLO (N/R) which is an opportune time to congratulate him on his five winners at Wyong
Sunday giving him bragging rights over his brother-in-law Tim Clark who bagged four at Newcastle a few days earlier! Anyway, Parr can keep the tally ticking over here via Napoleon Solo who had trialled very well indeed prior to his most encouraging 5th of 8 the super handy Roheryn on Oct 10. Not that he didn’t handle heavy 10 that day but surely most horses would prefer a slow 7 to a 10? 8. WRISTBAND (N/R) is an interesting horse. He’s $160,000 Easter Yearling by Dansili who is a sire that Chris Waller knows better than any Australian trainer would. This horse is bred to run 2400m, his first two dams are by English Derby winners Sir Percy and Nashwan. He’s had two ‘Waller trials, that is – not knocked about nor shown up – but there was a little spark about each. 1. ADANA (N/R) was a $1.1 yearling colt up until recently, he fronts-up tomorrow as gelding. Promised a lot but has failed to deliver. That said, that was a nice trial the other day.
RON Quinton will have the Dixie Blossoms silk in his briefcase tomorrow for the debut of 1. BETTY BLOOMS (N/R) who is no relation, just similar interests that’s all. One thing I have to mention to start off with is the pedigree. She is by the wonderful racehorse and sire, O’Reilly (dec) out of a Zabeel mare named Zambezi. Zambezi’s dam is Tall Poppy who won 3 Group 1’s in NZ including the Thorndon Mile 11-years after her dam, Fun On The Run won it. Betty Blooms has trialled twice this prep, the last one at Randwick last Monday morning on the heavy 9 was an absolute ripper. She ate up the mud that day. Gate 1 can be a curse at Warwick Farm when it’s wet – that’s the only potential negative. 6. PROVEN CLASS (N/R) is a Gooree filly on debut for Mark Newnham. A Smart Missile out of Sydney Cup runner-up Older Than Time, I like the 1300m for this filly first-up. I may be wrong, but I think there is some depth in and around her in those two trials. Blinkers first time, drawn well, jockey (King) and trainer (Newnham) are on fire. Godolphin filly 7. SINGING SAND (N/R) is a mile, 2000/2400m type. Would not be surprised to see her in Brisbane or SA on the Oaks path 2019. Placed heavy 8 here last prep and has trialled rather well. The 1300m is perfect for her – not too far, not too short.
GRANTED he got a Kerrin McEvoy special ride to win that 2200m Bm72 here on Oct 10 but you can’t be anything other than impressed with the win of 5. SHANGANI PATROL (60). That was his second straight win in the three starts for new trainer Matthew Dale. Taking into account that he bolted in at Canberra in a lowly Class 1 5-days earlier, the progressive nature and sheer improvement in this horse is astounding. He goes to 2400m tomorrow but he was beaten a nose at Bendigo over that trip at his last start for Jarrod Robinson. He is by the wonderful stayer Helenus which is why he stays and he’s out of a More Than Ready mare
is a heavy 10 winner. German import 2. ILWENDO (66) would appear to be the obvious danger to Shangani Patrol given that he ran him 0.3-lens in race here two weeks ago. Credit to Matthew Smith’s horse but I think Shangani Patrol was a bit more emphatic than the margin suggests. If weights are your thing, the turnaround this time is 1.5kgs in Ilwendo’s favour. 6. RED DUBAWI (58) was 4th in that same race but has almost 10-lengths to make up on both Shangani Patrol and Ilwendo if he is to win.
7. BEWARE (60) is a son of Exceed of Excel who sired his 150th individual stakeswinner when Resin won the Group 3 Nivison at Royal Randwick last Saturday. While I am on pedigrees, let me point out that Beware’s dam, Caveat, is a sister to Camarilla (Group 1 winner and dam of Guelph). Beware’s second Dam, Camarena, was a mudlark epic proportions. With all that said, Beware has been gelded since he last ran. The 3YO won at Gosford on debut then came to town and finished 7 of 8 on a heavy 9 at Randwick. Loved the trial win Warwick Farm Oct 8, he seemed to get through the heavy 8 easily that morning so we will give him a cautious tick in the conditions. Most interesting horse all day tomorrow could well be 7. REPRIMAND (62) who is coming down from Mudgee with her mighty astute trainer Cameron Crockett. Even though the mare has not raced at Warwick Farm, she would be familiar with the place to some degree given that was originally trained by Bjorn Baker. Reprimand has gone west and really made a name for herself. She won Dubbo maiden by 3.6-lens, then Class 2 straight after by 4-lens and on Sep 10 she won a Wellington Class 2 by 6.3-lens. Won an Orange trial on Oct 15 with her head on her chest and still ran 56.97s for the 1000m – wow. 6. CRIMSON TICKET (63) is a Jim and Greg Lee-trained mare who is 4s 1-1-0. Coincidentally, her win was at Gosford where she beat none other than the aforementioned Resin! Crimson Ticket is ready and able to keep that nice little fresh record of 3s 1-1-0 in good order if her recent trial win is anything to go by.
THERE seems to be rather a few ex-colts racing first-up at WF tomorrow, here’s another one that I see has been ‘gelded’ since the last outing in 1. CHAUSSURE (71) from the Chris Waller stable. There is a back-story to how we get to stage where Chaussure 5YO, now gelding as I mentioned, with just 3 starts to his name; he won 2 of them and was a huge, massive 2nd at the other! The son Jimmy Choux has trialled twice and has made really noticeable improvement from one to the other. Market will tell the story, let’s hope it’s more Exoteric than High Bridge. If Chaussure happened to blow in betting, it’s time for a switch to Godolphin’s cleverlynamed 4. WATCHDOG (67), the Helmet son of the mare Safe. Watchdog was a moral at Wyong second-up and The Gun (aka Avdulla), as he so often does, rode this horse like was the best
in the race – no mistakes, nothing cocky, just give him his chance and the margin will come. That’s Avdulla strength, consistency, no mistakes. Ready for a visit to town – got the visitors draw though! Ouch. I am assuming that 5. ANDAZ (63) runs in the last race tomorrow – hope he does, because he’ll more than likely win it, but just in case starts here, I have to give him a mention. 6. CAMPARI (67) is another of the interesting runners at WF on Wednesday. She was stakesplaced on NZ on Oct 28 in 2017, fronted up at Gosford on Oct 4, 2018 and beat subsequent winner Flamin’ Al by an easy 1.3-lens.
9. SO MAGIC (61) is a really nice filly from the Jason Coyle camp. The Esplin family-bred chestnut is a replica of her sure Magic Albert and is out the stakeswinner So Gorgeous who is a Denise’s Joy descendant. I can’t say why Magic has only has 2 runs (for a win and a luckless 3rd) as 5YO mare but I can say that she has heaps of talent – in fact I think she is at least Listed quality. Jason Coyle is like Joe Pride and Mark Newnham in that when you see one of his horses trial well once, get on, when you see them trial well twice, load up. So Magic is trialling super but hidden enough not to come out and start unders. That said, 1. PIERINA (69) has been trialling just as well. The Kris Lees trained daughter of Savabeel is 3s 2w for Lees in Australia and she has that little touch of Savabeel class and quality in how goes about things. Got a big weight even with the claim and as I said before, is gate 1 on wet Warwick Farm a curse or a blessing? Usually it’s curse. I remember declaring to anyone who would listen than Takeover Target’s ‘niece’ 6. BALLET BABY (62) was a group horse! I followed her down a well and couldn’t possibly have her on top but the trial was good the other day. 5. SWEET AVA (71) is the highest rater on the benchmark scale and is back at the midweeks after running in a Group 2 and a strong Bm72.
I WONDER if Chris Waller is going to run 7. ANDAZ (63) in the Grey’s Race at Flemington on Oaks day? Andaz’s sister, Arinosa, won the 2012 renewal while the brother, Onerous, was beaten a lip in 2016 running. Andaz would be a chance that’s for sure. The horse is dual acceptor tomorrow so we may not know until 7.30 on Wednesday morning to see where he goes but I have him top here purely on the score of this being an easier race (on paper) than the 1400m Bm70. If I am right in saying that this is not an overly deep or strong race than it really brings 14. VOILIER (60) into play. Somehow this horse has managed to win only 2 out of 42, but he has placed a dozen times and won nearly $400,000 so he’s been a money spinner. Early on, he was looking really good – he won like star at Rosehill on debut then was 2nd in the Silver Slipper to Headwater. Voilier stakes-placed a couple of times at 3 but never really went on to do as much as many us would have thought. Bottom line is; he’s not racing too badly at the moment and like I say, this is winnable if he brings his A-game and gets all favours. 10. WEEKEND AFFAIR (62) is well -placed here by Jason Coyle. The horse is a midweek class mile under the right circumstances and these – tomorrow – are precisely circumstances.