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The Sportsman Weekend - - Detailed For Mguide For Randwick - with Shayne O’Cass

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Soft 7. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM. (N.R) de­notes no rat­ing. RACE 1 2. DARHAD (N/R) is a re­ally good look­ing All Too Hard colt out of mul­ti­ple stakeswin­ner Kakakakatie. He was trained by Michael Freed­man up un­til he made the an­nounce­ment that he was off to HK and, thus, this fel­low was re­lo­cated Team Hawkes. His three runs have all con­tained merit but the best I can re­mem­ber him go­ing was in his trial win at Rose­hill on Apr 10 – it was a bobby daz­zler. Per­haps it’s an All Too Hard quinella be­cause I fancy the dan­ger might be the 1. THE MIGHTY FED (N/R) from David Payne yard. This son of stakeswin­ner Swiss Rose was okay on de­but be­hind Con­dor He­roes but stepped up a f ew rungs straight af­ter win­ning at the Farm by 2-lens. If he has i mproved again off that, he’ll be in the fin­ish to­mor­row. No knock at all on 4. DEBONAIRLY (N/) who is 3s 2w and those wins have come with hefty mar­gins a fair amount of class and qual­ity. RACE 2 SPEAK­ING of class and qual­ity, Peep­ing’s lit­tle brother 7. FRANCE (68) has both. This Snow­den Rac­ing colt

some quite deep form al­ready in his four starts and he has al­ways looked like he’d make the grade. He re­minds me a lit­tle bit of Ca­landa ac­tu­ally, maybe not yet at his level but he is headed that way. Turned in a smash­ing trial in a deep, deep heat at Rand­wick on Mar 31. 3. I THOUGHT SO (75) is as good look­ing a horse as there in Syd­ney. Man, he is stun­ner! This son of So You Think 4s 2-1-0 and that sec­ond was when beaten a nose in the Gos­ford Guineas last start. He’s been back to the tri­als since his Mar 31 plac­ing and was a pre­dictable but none­the­less su­per im­pres­sive 2-lens win­ner. Nice colt! 1. TESSERA (78) is more than likely on his way to Bris­bane for some stakes races for the 3YO’s and he won’t be out of place once he gets there. Two qui­etish tri­als, got a bit weight here I lament (61kgs). RACE 3 2. BLACK ON GOLD (74) was a moral IMO at New­cas­tle first-up off his tri­als and I hap­pily took the $8 TAB Fixed Odds a few hours be­fore his easy em­phatic win. Ku­dos to Jeff Penza, he gave it fault­less ride but, to the horse’s credit, he re­sponded and quickly put them away half way up the straight. Boom! I am sure he’s come back a bet­ter horse now and some­times with these Waller trained horses, they just go up and up keep sur­pris­ing. 3. CAERLESS CHOICE (74) went into the Coun­try Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal with 4 wins un­der the belt. The Paul Mes­sara trained brother to Metrop win­ner Tawqeet ran a tremen­dous race com­ing from 11th at the 800, 9th at the 400m to fin­ish .8-lens from Free Stand­ing. He is bred to be a su­per miler even though his only run at the 1600m be­fore this was a nose win home at Scone. 7. OK­LA­HOMA GIRL (71) is an­other of the Waller run­ners (he has three). This Ing­ham bred Fast­net Rock/Shawnee Girl got a great ride by James Doyle to win at WF on Apr 12. I didn’t have her on top that day (d’oh) but, in hind­sight, she put the writ­ing on the wall 10-foot high with New­cas­tle re­turn. Me - thinks she’s go­ing well folks. RACE 4 IN the old days when it came to tricky lit­tle 2400m races like this I used say ‘when in doubt, go Zabeel’. Times have made that vir­tu­ally i mpos­si­ble these days so I have re­fined it to ‘when in doubt, go Waller’. En­ter 8. RICHARD OF YORKE (72), a Waller im­port up Syd­ney from very prof­itable and mer­i­to­ri­ous stint down south. He is ‘43212’ in re­cent times, and plenty fit too hav­ing run in a 2500m two 2400m races at his last three ap­pear­ances in­clud

a 6-lens win at Hill­side on a Soft 6. Reads well. 5. DI­VINE SANC­TION (72) was touted as a Cups horse by some­one early on – okay, it was me. I like him as a horse but he’s too one paced to ever make it to the level that thought he would. Still, be­ing is some - thing, and he might not need much more to take this out. It’s no Caulfield Cup! 4. DOC HOL­L­I­DAY (73) is a tough and gen­uine stayer who is never far away from win­ning but he’ll have to turn the ta­bles on both 6. MORE EN­ERGY (72) and 7. PARAGON (72) who beat him home at the Farm last start. RACE 5 HIGH­WAY time and a typ­i­cally open and in­ter­est­ing af­fair. I had $20 on 5. SCHED­ULE (58) at Scone so I can re - port first hand what a mas­sive win it was. The son of High Cha­parral had plenty to do at the top of the straight but Chad Lever times run to per­fec­tion as he got there bang on the wire. Don’t be mis­lead by the mar­gin, it was a mighty ef­fort from all con­cerned – horse, j ockey and trainer who has worked won­ders with a seem­ingly prob - lem­atic geld­ing. 4. LIKE A SHOT (60) has a handy record of 7s 1-2-0 and fits the pro­file of so many pre­vi­ous High­way win­ners. He has gate 1 Tommy Berry which is a plus, more so the jockey than the bar­rier per­haps but who knows how this track will play to­mor­row. 3. NOT FOR EX­PORT (63) was un­be­liev­ably good in the Dubbo Qual­i­fier be­hind the Bourke horse Stoneyrise. He wasn’t flash at his two be­fore the Fi­nal hence 2-1 but he ran out of skin to fin­ish third. Doubt there is one with a big­ger fin­ish rac­ing all day to­mor­row. Mas­sive watch on 1. BARBASS (69) who ran around in a Group 1 last start al­beit beaten nearly 40-lens. RACE 6 IT’S hard to make a sane case for my top pick 3. HIMALAYA DREAM (82) here, more so in light of the Rose­hill first-up last of 11 when he drifted from $21 to $41. That said, let us not for­get that he is 7s 0-1-0 first-up but 6s 3w when sec­ond up. And how’s this. The horse has won 5 times okay. His runs be - fore each win were 16/16, 7/8, 6/13, 14/14 and 11/11! Hmm, maybe not so in­sane af­ter all huh? 2. MONTAUK (85) has been some­thing of a rev­e­la­tion in 2017. He went from de­spised non-win­ner to a horse that was ever so con­sis­tent and an­swered ev­ery call that Waller made on him. He last raced on Mar 4 run­ning a great fourth to Astronomos in the Listed Rand­wick City Stakes over 2000m on heavy 10 but has tri­alled since and fin­ished 0.5-lens 4th of 5 in the WF 740m heat. Tidy work from him. if not to­mor­row then soon and when up to 2000m. 8. MY PSY­CHI­A­TRIST (78) is a lightly-weighted mare from the Joe P ride camp who is 2s 1-0-1 at trip. Sec­ond-up record a con­cern but she is surely a player. RACE 7 TRIAL watch­ers will be all over 6. NI­ETA (89) here af­ter the mare’s two trial plac­ings at Rand­wick and Rose­hill in re­cent weeks. The John Thomp­son trained mare is 10s 5-1-1 1 for 1 at the t/d, 4s 3-0-1 at the 1000m. She has a bit of weight I con­cede but it is only 1000m and Blake Shinn is worth dou­ble any po­ten­tial claim. Bar­rier 6 of 10 is the clincher, she gets the good run now in be­hind the speed and un­loads late. 5. ZIGGY WIL­LIE (86) stands in con­trast to 5 of 10 horses here who are firstup and that race fit­ness could prove cru­cial on the test­ing track . Sure he hasn’t raced sine Mar 10 but he tri­alled well in a very deep heat at the Farm on Mar 30. Ziggy Wil­lie has raced 30 times and has fin­ished in plac­ings 21 times, that’s some in­duce­ment for each-way pun­ters. 7. PAINTE (83) is a Joe pride trained gal­loper who tri­alled quite well at Kem­bla the other day. On top of that, the son of Strada is 4s 1-2-0 fresh. Gun rides. RACE 8 THE Syd­ney Cup re -run and while I am sad for the loss of Al­moon­qith in the no -race, it’s great to have an op - por­tu­nity to get in­volved in a big race AF­TER the car­ni­val is over. How ironic and per­haps fit­ting then that the (hope­ful) win­ner of the Cup is Al­moon­qith’s sta­ble­mate 7. HAR­LEM (101) who has drawn Chad Schofield back home from HK to ride him. In case you didn’t know, Har­lem topped the Tatts Horses in Train­ing Sale in our spring mak­ing 525,000 guineas or a lit­tle over $1m. The press about the sale af­ter­wards in­cluded a state­ment from the agent who bought horse was that he was pur­chased by HK sta­ble client with the sin­gu­lar in­ten­tion of win­ning

Syd­ney Cup. Wow, that’s what you wanna hear! Wishin’ and hopin’ doesn’t guar­an­tee any­thing but this is has been a fair while in the plan­ning. Re the form, he was fourth a Ker­go­lay be­fore the sale, third Blamey at his Aus­tralian de­but and 20-lens be­hind Winx in the QE 2 at the other/last start. I think

dan­ger is 7. KINEMA (97) who started to at­tract some sup­port at big odds with the TAB and the cor­po­rates na­tion­wide in fi­nal min­utes of bet­ting in no -race. I backed him too be­cause once the track started to dry out, his chances soared. He ac­tu­ally has very sim­i­lar form to Grand Mar­shal who won the Syd­ney Cup a few years back at $41. Im­pos­si­ble to deny the chances of 7. BIG DUKE (104) given ex­traor­di­nar­ily com­pelling record of Man­ion and/ or Chair­man’s win­ners in the big one. RACE 9 BART Cum­mings bred last week’s All Aged win­ner Ti­vaci and he also bred my top pick here – 9. COLOS­SEUM KING (72) who is from the same fam­ily as the Cups Kings mighty mare Dane Rip - per. This John Sar­gent trained, Jess Penza rid­den geld­ing has been luck­less in some pre­vi­ous runs in town which is why it was great to see him get the well earned win at Beau­mont two runs back . he ran 9th of 14 last time but bear in mind was only 3.6-lens from the win­ner and more im­por­tantly, he was 1350m (twice) back to 1200m hence 1400m this time is far more up his al­ley. Has each-way claims at the odds. 2. ROAR­ING TO WIN (77) has been in all five runs this cam­paign bar­ing his Na­tional Sprint fail­ure. The Snow­den gal­loper turned in a mam­moth per­for­mance last start at the Farm when com­ing from to be beaten a nose in that 1400m Bm88 mid­weeks. Seems very close a win now and he thor­oughly de­serves one. 10. PIANISSIMO (71) got few favours a very good ride by Lee Magor­rian when he bolted in at the big odds at the mid­weeks. Good to see that Waller has re­warded the young fella with a city ride and a red hot chance of a Satur­day win. RACE 10 2. VIA NAPOLI (75) is a blue­blooded Fast­net Rock mare from the Waller camp who won back to back races here prior to her sec­ond last week­end’s stakeswin­ner Top of My List. Via Napoli spelled af­ter that par­tic­u­lar run and has had two easy tri­als ahead of this winnable as­sign­ment. If not to­mor­row then next time. 7. GRETNA (72) is a Waller sta­ble­mate, this Denise Martin run­ner put her best hoof for­ward with that last start 1.3-lens win at the Farm with Tommy Berry up then as he i s again this week­end. 4. COT­TAGE (74) was off her game first-up at the Farm but it was a heavy 8 that day. She’s been back to trial since and went re­ally well in deep -ish heat. Cot­tage’s best would have her in the fin­ish this week­end no fear.

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