Cheri ripe for Tatt’s Cup

The Sportsman Special Issue - - RANDWICK PREVIEW -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses are con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Fri­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing. HNY de­notes Happy New Year!


WHO bet­ter to win the first race on 2018 than Chris Waller who has a tight grip on pro­ceed­ings here with

6. SAVA­COOL (65) and 7. VE­LOCITA (65) who, as you can, have ex­actly the same bench­mark rat­ing at this stage of their ca­reers. I went with Sava­cool given that he was 2nd to sta­ble­mate Se­away last time and I know that Waller has some opin­ion of that horse. Sava­cool is fourth run into the prepa­ra­tion so is fit and he has the in-run­ning ad­van­tage over Ve­locita who has been get­ting back in her races and it is just so hard to keep giv­ing away starts and hav­ing to run them down late. When you race like that, tempo and luck be­come more cru­cial than usual. On top of that, she is com­ing back 100m which while not a deal breaker on its own, most tra­di­tion­al­ists like to see a horse go­ing up in trip, more so when said horse hap­pens to be a Sav­abeel, the cham­pion NZ provider of clas­sic horses. 4. SINJAREE (63) is a Team Hawkes colt who is up from the Mel­bourne sta­bles hav­ing raced quite well down there to open his ca­reer. The way he raced at MV on Dec. 15 is sug­ges­tive that 1800m on a big track is what he is af­ter. 1.

BULL MAR­KET (67) is more than a month be­tween runs and ris­ing from 1400m to 1800m but one, he’s with the Snow­dens, and two, he is out of a Zabeel mare so fit­ness and trip is no con­cern.


4. BAS­TIA (70) and 2. HUNTER JACK (75) are both sched­uled to run in dif­fer­ent races on Satur­day at Rand­wick so three races are go­ing to change their make-up de­pend­ing on where they go. That makes it im­pos­si­ble and quite a point­less ex­er­cise to try and get this one worked out thus I’ll say no more. Bas­tia (the most likely of the two to run) to beat Hunter Jack then 1. NOTH­ING BOX (77).


A VERY in­ter­est­ing race com­ing up now, a big field, prob­a­bly ca­pac­ity, with a few first starters to­gether with some very lightly-raced 3YO’s that have a fu­ture be­yond this. Chief among those is 10. PRESS

RE­VIEW (N/R), a Street Cry half to two of Waller’s for­mer G1 win­ners in Press State­ment and Press­day. Waller has taken his time with her, her gave a mil­lion tri­als and never showed her up to any de­gree in ei­ther of them but she was ‘the eye catcher’ in pretty much ev­ery one of them. I was all over her on de­but at Can­ter­bury the other night where she was $12 to $20 which was in­dica­tive that she would need the run. That was the way it worked out but she closed off du­ti­fully to fin­ish 3.1-lens from the win­ner that evening. It was a rip­per run from a ‘next time’ per­spec­tive. She is go­ing to love swap­ping 1200m around Can­ter­bury to 1400m here at Rand­wick sec­ond run in. Whether she is num­ber 3 G1 win­ner for her mum, time will tell, but I am sure she has stakes qual­ity. 13.

VOODOO LADY (N/R) is a grey daugh­ter of Pins from the Lee Cur­tis camp. She has made ground, and fast, at her two runs ei­ther side of a spell both times run­ning around Wy­ong (1100m and 1350m). She too is go­ing to ab­so­lutely de­vour her op­por­tu­nity to run at Rand­wick and I ex­pect her to be mo­tor­ing once she tops the rise. She comes through a cou­ple of good look­ing provincial maid­ens and should not be underestimated. 14. OM­BUDS­MAN (N/R) is a Waller run­ner by Re­li­able Man whom he trained. Re­mem­ber this is the stal­lion who won a French Derby and QE 2 here and ev­ery­one I talk to over in NZ just keeps talk­ing him up, say­ing that in 12 months time, he will be a re­ally sought af­ter stal­lion. I agree whole heart­edly and I am pretty sure Waller is a big fan of the horse. Om­buds­man has al­ways looked a handy type in his tri­als and his run first-up was quite akin to his sta­ble­mate Press Re­view who was behind him in the run but beat him by 0.8-lens at the fin­ish post. He too is go­ing to love 1400m on the big track.


MY first roughie (win­ner/hope­fully) of 2018 is 9. MAGIC DAL­LAS (62) and don’t for­get this is a Tat­ter­salls meet­ing and there’s al­ways a few long­shots get up. The Ja­son Coyle trained ch­est­nut has a strike rate of 6 from 54 but he is 7s 2-2-0 fresh and all of his wins are on good and even with some rain about, hope­fully we won’t slide too far up the water ta­ble. I thought his two tri­als have been su­per, that last one in par­tic­u­lar where he ran the very, very tal­ented My Ma­her to a di­min­ish­ing 1.8-lens in a WF 801m heat on Dec. 5. He seems to like his ex­er­tions spa­ces so the 26-days break since the trial to the race (on Mon­day) is doubtlessly pre-planned by a very as­tute trainer who knows ev­ery hair on this ch­est­nut. Magic Dal­las may rate 62 these days but there was a time when he was rac­ing in much bet­ter com­pany than this on Satur­days and in mi­nor fea­tures around the State and when they put pace on, he nearly al­ways run a grandiose sec­tional. I am wor­ried about bar­rier 1 though, I would have pre­ferred 12 my­self — I don’t mind him be­ing last on the turn, but last/fence, is a to­tally dif­fer­ent story. 3. TIME OUT OF

MIND (67) is a Kris Lees 4YO with a record of 8s 2-1-1. The son of Dream Ahead came from last in the mid-stages to fin­ish 1.1-lens 2nd to the speed ball Bonita in an 1100m Scone Bm65 where they ran home the last 600m in 33.17s so good­ness only knows what this horse has clocked for his clos­ing splits. He will ap­pre­ci­ate the ex­tra 100m and Glyn Schofield has won on him. 6 PIRAPALA (67) is a Hayes/Hayes/ Dabernig Se­poy mare who used to race up here when Ger­ald Ryan had her for the China Horse Club. Her 4 runs in Vic­to­ria in­clude a Tatura Maiden win and a last start win at the Val­ley. She drew well and raced handy that day, she’s drawn 3 and I sus­pect will take ad­van­tage again.


THE ONE horse more than any in this race that is work­ing up to a win is 10. BOLLY (60). The Les Bridge trained mare is third-up on Mon­day at home over the mile af­ter two runs back over 1000m and 1400m with a trial in be­tween. Bolly was fin­ish­ing hard both times af­ter drop­ping back early in both of those races sug­gest­ing that the 1600m will suit her. The horse that fin­ished 2nd in the Hawkes­bury 1400m Bm67 last start is also here namely 6. LET­TER TO JULI­ETTE

(63) who is go­ing to strip in­or­di­nately fit­ter for the out­ing. She had tri­alled well lead­ing into the race so things seem to go­ing very well for the Garry White trained mare. That said, I have 8. MAD­DI­SON

AV­ENUE (63) ahead of her be­cause she has drawn 3 and is go­ing to go to the front or very close to it. Wi­nona Costin rides her ex­tremely well and the pair were only de­nied the win very late in pro­ceed­ings when they part­nered up at Wy­ong over the mile. I must say, I do have ma­jor con­cerns about her run­ning a Rand­wick Mile given that she was run down at Wy­ong but she raced out­side the lead that day and it may be a dif­fer­ent story if she can hold the fence and not get too much pres­sure in front. At the end of the day though, Bolly is the one that we know will be fin­ish­ing off the fastest and she does seem to be peak­ing for this as­sign­ment. Looks to me like Les Bridge has found this race for her from a while ago and got here in ca­reer best shape.

1. JAUNTY (71) is a huge player and I am ex­pect­ing a much bet­ter re­sult for 2. FOUR­NETTE (69) here from her last start 8th which ac­tu­ally wasn’t all that bad from a mare that may not ‘go’ sec­ond-up. I should also men­tion that the horse that beat both Bolly and Let­ter To Juli­ette at Hawkes­bury is here namely 5. ALLEZ BIEN (63) who did it rac­ing three wide no cover.


THIS is the fea­ture Tat­ter­sall’s Club Cup which dates back to 1886 and its most fa­mous win­ner would per­haps have to be Poitrel who won this race in 1918 and the Mel­bourne Cup two years af­ter. Last year’s win­ner is here — Des­tiny’s Kiss, one of his 10 Cup wins, an amaz­ing horse! I have him sec­ond this year behind 4. PRINCE CHERI (92) who has found a new lease on life as a 9YO un­der the care and guid­ance of John O’Shea. The French­bred geld­ing has gone ‘343’ in his last three runs and loomed big time in the Christ­mas Cup but was just out­pointed late by 3. VAS­SAL

(95) and 2. BROAD­SIDE (103) but whats 2-lens over a mile and a half ? Not much. Bear in mind too that he was 5 weeks be­tween runs and I am cer­tainly not say­ing he wasn’t fit but he’s 15-days away from his last 2400m run into this on Mon­day. He had 53.5kgs in the Christ­mas Cup and stays on that weight whereas Vas­sal goes up 2kgs, Broad­side the same 59kgs, but that still rep­re­sents 5.5kgs more than the Prince will carry in a few days time. Given what we have seen these reg­u­lar com­bat­ants, it is go­ing to be a very ab­sorb­ing race, re­ally tac­ti­cal again and will come down to who shows up best on the day, etc, etc, the usual stuff. I am with Prince Cheri (again) but I do fear the afore­men­tioned 1. DES­TINY’S KISS (107) purely on the fact that he is such a grand com­peti­tor. I re­mem­ber him win­ning last year’s Tatts Club Cup where you would have fair dinkum made origami out of your ticket on the bend, it was like he was in quick­sand, but some­how he got there — wow. He is 4 from 33 on good, 13 wins/9 plac­ings from 42 on rain af­fected tracks but he won this race on a Good 4. Re­gard­ing the weight, he has won with 60kgs but never with 61kgs. The only time he has car­ried 61 be­fore was his 3rd in the Win­ter Cup. If he pulls this one — it’ll be the per­for­mance of 2018! He he.


DEANNE Panya, 53.5kgs, gate 4, 1000m, blind­ing speed and a smash­ing trial all adds up to a win for 10.

GOLDFINCH (70) so much so that I made the Writ­ten Ty­coon filly the best bet and by a big mar­gin. Goldfinch is 4s 2-0-1 so far and there are ex­cuses for the two times she didn’t win. The de­but was she was rid­den a bit qui­eter than maybe was best for her, so said trainer Steve En­gle­brecht af­ter she won by 4-lens at Gos­ford one day and the other time (her last start on Aug. 3), she took a chunk out of her heel at the start so it was a huge ef­fort re­ally to do what she did — lead, feel the heel late but still only get beaten 2-lens. She’s back and that trial the other day where she was jogtrot­ting along­side the very nippy Se­cret Lady was the right stuff. I just hope some­thing else here doesn’t make life too dif­fi­cult for Goldfinch but I also re­mem­ber Deanne say­ing once that this filly was faster out of the gates than She Will Reign whom she rode to win on de­but at Kem­bla and re­mem­ber, she was about 5-lens in front af­ter they went a fur­long! 8. FLORID (68) is a Godolpi­hin geld­ing who fin­ished 2nd in the race that Goldfinch fal­tered in at Hawkes­bury at the end of her short sharp prep. Florid was no match what­so­ever for Sasso Cor­baro first-up but nei­ther were any of the oth­ers. Big stat vis-a-vie Florid is that he is 2s 2w sec­ond-up and they are both wins of the ca­reer so far.

3. I CAN ROCK (68) is go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate the near track record pace that I sus­pect we will see here but with that said, I fear that the horse may be run off his legs and will need to do a Chau­tauqua to win.


HOW well are Triple Crown Syn­di­ca­tions go­ing? This pa­per comes out on Satur­day morn­ing so they may have won two races at Rand­wick to­day with Brave Song and Dothraki and I can also tell you that they have a 2YO on de­but at Can­ter­bury come Fri­day night called Mis­teed who is some­thing else. Get on him when mar­kets go up, he’s a doozy. I men­tion all that be­cause I think the Triple Crown crew and their trusty train­ers, the Snow­dens, will win the first Get Out Stakes of 2018 with 3. SMART­EDGE (71). The son of Smart Mis­sile did a big job to win a Bm67 at Kem­bla on Dec. 16. Granted he is city class but he had 59kgs first-up and was 8th at the turn in a field of 10 but once he got bal­anced up and started to ex­tend, there was only go­ing to ever be one re­sult. That’s class and tal­ent. Now he comes home for a 1400m and the way he races, he has al­ways looked like a horse that would be ideally suited at this trip. He will come in to an ac­cept­able bar­rier af­ter scratch­ings and with the longish run into the sweep­ing bend, hope­fully the great Blake Shinn can do his bit and get the horse into strik­ing dis­tance one off some­where with cover, etc, etc and then bang — turn it on up the rise and hope­fully sweep to vic­tory again a la Kem­bla. Speak­ing of Kem­bla, one doubts if there are many more con­sis­tent horses down in the Illawarra than Paul Murray’s 2. CHIEF IN COM­MAND

(70) who has a record of 6 wins and 8 plac­ings from 22 starts. Whereas Smart­edge is fairly lightly-raced but on the way up, the Chief is a hard head, a sea­soned 6YO who is bat­tle fit. His draw (12) or one out­side Smart­edge po­ten­tially hurts him more than it does the Snow­den colt how­ever but if Rand­wick hap­pened to lay ‘on-pace’ it lev­els it up again. 8. MAGICAZ (68) is a good, hon­est mare from the David Pfi­ef­fer camp who is nearly al­ways com­pet­i­tive. Of the oth­ers, a big nod to 9. ECHO JET (67) — watch the mar­kets — and 11. TRAVANCORE

(63) who has drawn the out­side bar­rier but that’s okay for him, he is best rid­den cool and saved for one run. That was what he did at Kem­bla last start only Smart­edge was one po­si­tion behind him and ended up beat­ing him by a length and nose.

Vas­sal (out­side) beats Broad­side and Prince Cheri.

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