Cardiff hits the ground running
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.