Cardiff hits the ground run­ning

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SEV­ERAL two-year- olds – all of them un­raced – gave last Fri­day’s War­wick Farm heats a boost in in­ter­est, none more than the Ger­ald Ryan-trained CARDIFF.

A $ 600,000 Easter Year­ling pur­chase, Cardiff is owned by Aquis Farm (and oth­ers) and is by Snitzel – a good enough rea­son alone to choose Ryan as the trainer.

The dam, Cariad, won two Listed races in Bris­bane.

Cardiff is a very flashy chest­nut with white blaze and socks on one of his front

hind legs. His other distin­guish­ing fea­ture was his ears – he had them pricked over the last bit even though he was run­ning time!

Chas­ing him home, two and a quar­ter lengths be­hind at the fin­ish, was MIR, who races in the Alan Bell colours.

Bell raced the sire Deep Field and paid $170,000 for this chest­nut colt at Clas­sic sale.

Mir could have got closer to Cardiff if he had wanted but one won­ders if could have beaten him.

What­ever the case, you’d like a half share in ei­ther.

Mir is sta­tioned with Team Hawkes who pro­duced the star filly among the two-yearolds on show at War­wick Farm last week.

The filly we al­lude to is GET HITCHED, a very typ­i­cal Lonhro out of Com­mands mare named Wed­ding.

The third dam is Love Dancer, a very highly re­garded Kiwi dual Group 1 win­ner.

Get Hitched was the only Lonhro on of­fer at Karaka at the NZB Year­ling sales se­ries and made $ 520,000.

When you think of Get Hitched, ready-made race­horse.

The filly in the Stu­art Ram­sey colours do­ing her best work late (in close quar­ters) was SHIN­ING EA­GLE.

The John Sar­gent-trained bay is a daugh­ter of More Than Ready’s won­der­ful US son Ver­razano out our own dual Group 1 win­ner, Dash­ing Ea­gle.

Granted, Shin­ing Ea­gle is the mare’s 14th foal but how she made just $ 30,000 is amaz­ing.

She’s worth that un­raced to breeder Ram­sey surely.

Chris Waller and Denise Martin teamed up with a re­ally nice filly named JOLIETTE.

This $205,000 Magic Mil­lions daugh­ter of Charm Spirit was a clear last but dead­set trav­el­ling so sweetly through­out.

She came across heels in the straight and flashed up late to clock in one a half lengths fifth be­hind SALLY’S DAY.

That was great trial by the Waller filly.

As for Sally’s Day, he is a Brad Wid­dup-trained filly owned and bred by John Sin­gle­ton.

Sally’s Day drew the out­side al­ley and was no bet­ter than five off the fence for the whole trial.

She has a fair bit of More Than Ready in her and her brother, Bet­ter Than Ready, could gal­lop.

Our last two-year- old for men­tion is also a Wid­dup/ Singo horse, this one with the clever name of FISTICUFFS.

The colt is a son of Red­oute’s Choice out Sucker Punch who is her­self an En­costa De Lago daugh­ter of Golden Slip­per win­ner Mer­lene.

Fisticuffs drew the out­side al­ley in the 740m heat but was able to cross over and lead on the fence for the run home win­ning by a length half.

Pretty good ef­fort for a horse to ‘do it at both ends’ like this fel­low did.

You would go a long way to find a horse with more flu­ent ac­tion than I THOUGHT SO.

The Snow­den Rac­ing colt was an un­beat­able propo­si­tion when he found him­self an un­con­tested lead in his 740m trial last week.

Now granted, it was on the syn­thetic be­cause of all rain, and so many times too much can be made of horses that do what he did purely be­cause of the sur­face but in I Thought So’s case, we are mak­ing a big ex­cep­tion.

Rea­son be­ing, he ran time, he won by good mar­gin and did it eas­ily.

Sta­ble­mate SHUDABEEN ‘could­abeen’ win­ning by five lengths if Corey Brown wanted to in their heat but he backed right off – big time, over the last 200m which is how and why CHASSURE got to within a half-length at the end.

Two horses that we must sin­gle out for spe­cial men­tion are the Ja­son Coyle pair of

RIVER BIRD and KAIWAKINI.

River Bird is stakes- class and as for Kaiwakini, we would go far as to say that she wins wher­ever she goes when­ever she goes there.

Hon­estly, noth­ing is tri­alling bet­ter than her around the place from a bet­ting point of view.

Oth­ers who went well were; MIS­TER SEA WOLF, TUNERO, VIA VENETO and IN­STANT DE REVE – all from the Waller sta­ble.

I Thought So tri­alled well on the syn­thetic last week.

SHAYNE O’CASS

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