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The Sportsman Weekend - - Detailed Form Guide For Hawkesbury - with Shayne O’Cass

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed f or a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rating.

VERY tough lit­tle race to kick the Hawkesbury stand­alone off – I have gone way wide via 8. NAPOLEON (66) who was back to his good old self when 3rd here in a 2000m Bm80 beaten 4.2lens by 5. LOOKIN’ AT YOU (71). I have to con­cede that Ker­rin McEvoy gave the horse a great ride, he saved heaps of ground stay­ing close to the inside fence so maybe the run was a bit of a ‘flat­ter’ or at very least ‘ had ev­ery chance’. Zero knock on Lookin’ At You, the horse is dead­set fly­ing but I would per­son­ally like to play 10. LAST TRY WINS (63) on the place tote if odds al­low. He is in good nick this time in. Good luck – it’s a lot­tery, dart board, hail mary race. RACE 2 5. SO SPIR­ITED (N/R) tri­alled re­ally im­pres­sively be­fore he de­buted on that Heavy 8 at WF on April 12. He was $7.50 out to $10. He drew 9 of 11 and a bit wide which is no real issue at the track but he cer­tainly cov­ered more ground than pretty much ev­ery other horse. I thought fought on re­ally well in the straight to cross over in 5th just 3.6lens from The Mighty Fed who we saw frank that form with a win at Rand­wick last week­end. 4. ICON OF DUBAI (N/R) is a High Cha­parral half to P ride Of Dubai (et al) and was very good on de­but when clos­ing 2.1-lens 6th to Re­gent and Envy of All who I reckon both go pretty darn well. This colt was a $4.80 to $6.50 drifter which can of­ten point ‘im­prove­ment out of the run’ which one would very much pre­sume given his breed­ing. I am not sure if he’s a Derby colt or not, but he’s got a hel­luva good pedi­gree and a bright fu­ture. 2. TAN­GLED (N/R) is Snitzel out of NZ Oaks win­ner Bram­ble Rose. The Waller colt was quite im­pres­sive winning firstup in a 1350m at Wy­ong in a race that surely had some depth above the usual. Can keep pro­gress­ing. RACE 3 HIGH­WAY ti me. Gayna Wil­liams from Mudgee has a very ex­cit­ing horse here in 10. I AM A COOL KID (53). This son of the mighty I Am In­vin­ci­ble is a 4YO but he’s only had that one start but, oh boy, what a start! He just ran them off their legs and wasn’t go­ing any slower at the line when he won that Bathurst 1105m maiden back on Nov 7. He went out for some rea­son, I don’t know why, but I can promise that he tri­alled like a bomb at home at Mudgee the other day. Gate 4, Ad­kins, no weight. The horse that beat I Am A Cool Kid in the Mudgee trial was 3. MOSS MY NAME (64) who also won a Nar­romine trial on April 2. Deanne Panya won a High­way the mare firstup last prep where she beat Fif­teen Sun­flow­ers no less. The two runs af­ter that were both okay. High­way experience (a winning one) will take her a long way to­mor­row but for me, I just thought I Am A Cool Kid tri­alled bet­ter than her at Mudgee and go­ing to play it on that ba­sis. 2. RUTH­LESS AGENT (65) is 6s 3-0-1 but the salient num­ber is 2 from 2 fresh. I re­ally did think for a long that this horse could fea­ture in Coun­try Cham­pi­onships Fi­nal. His­tory shows he didn’t but he is at very least good enough to win a High­way. Blink­ers off first time. RACE 4 TRIAL watch­ers are united in their stance that 9. OLD NORTH (90) is fly­ing. I go one step fur­ther and say he <i>ab­so­lutely</i> fly­ing. I was think­ing to my­self Strad­broke af­ter watch

his two trial ef­forts this time i n work. He has dropped out and just can­tered along be­fore let­ting rip at the end both times, with­out winning of course, but you don’t paid for tri­als. If this was 1200m – cer­tainty, but 1100m, is he go­ing to run out of time and ground? Time will tell I am tip­ping a mas­sive cam­paign for this un­be­liev­ably well-bred and good look­ing horse. 6. STRATURBO (94) won his 11th of 16 (life­time) tri­als be­fore he went up to Brisbane and fin­ished run­ner-up in a 1050m race. He has gate 2 to­mor­row which is a big plus I’d want no one else on leader than Deanne Panya who rode him in that trial win at WF be­fore he ven­tured in­ter­state. Suf­fice to say, will be this for a long way – it’s just how soft, or other­wise, the run is for him. 8. GRUNDERZEIT (90) is tri­alling as well as any Godol­phin horse you could point to, in­clud­ing Old North, so one has to be very wary and re­spect­ful of him. 7. BROOK ROAD (95) had a few things go wrong last prep but she’s a killer first-up horse and the pace will be on for her. RACE 5 BEST bet time. 6. AS­TARA (82) is a qual­ity NZ mare who makes her Aus­tralian de­but for the new team, Snow­den Rac­ing. This 3YO grey filly won the Listed So­lil­o­quy at Eller­slie just be­fore that 2.7-lens 5th to La Bella Diosa (re - mem­ber her?) in 1000 Guineas. As­tara’s last run at home was in the Group

1 Rail­way where she ran 11th of 13 but was only 5-lens from the win­ner. That’s

Group 1, 5-lens, down to a Bm85 and off two su­perb tri­als. Nice. 8. LANCIATO (75) is a big chance, he would have been el­e­vated to ‘dan­ger’ level had he not drawn so hor­ri­bly wide. We know he’s in good nick in view of a lovely trial, a sim­i­larly lovely trial to that one prior to his cred­itable first-up 2nd to Gam­bler’s Blues (races to­mor­row i n the last) at Rand­wick at the top of last prep. 10. YUMA DESERT (78) is a well cre­den­tialed sta­ble­mate to As­tara but I feel that her wide bar­rier has made her job a much more dif­fi­cult one. Plenty of oth­ers have claims to fin­ish close be­hind As­tara in­clud­ing 4. ENCOSTA LINE (78) and 2. INVINZABEEL (83) from the Waller yard. They’ve tri­alled well and are handy at best. RACE 6 8. DAY­SEE DOOM (99) de­serves a black-type win af­ter plac­ings i n the

Group 2 Mil­lie Fox and Eman­ci­pa­tion with a 4th in the Group 1 Cool­more in be­tween. Those are THE mares races in the Syd­ney au­tumn and she came through the el­e­va­tion from BM grade to stakes -races with fly­ing colours. She just doesn’t know how to run a bad race and her on-pace pat­tern means that she’ll be in the run­ning line no mat­ter how the race is run, fast or slow. One of her 5 wins (from 10 starts) was here at Hawkesbury and that can’t hurt. It goes with­out saying John O’Shea would dearly love to win the Godol­phin crown and he’s cer­tainly brought the right horse in 7. KINSHACHI (94). He just didn’t get the draw that you would think the spon­sor’s horse is en­ti­tled to! Nonethe­less, there is no doubt at all about this mare’s class and qual­ity. She is 11s 5-2-3 and came through the ranks in fab­u­lous style last prep, re­warded with a stakes win i n the Nudgee up in Brisbane in the summer. I have said for years and years that there is no bet­ter fresh/de­but/first-up sire than Com­mands Kinshachi is true to that, she’s 3 from 3 fresh. I saw 12. UN­EQUIV­O­CAL (85) trial here on March 28 be­hind Spright and imme - di­ately Black Booked her for this race ONLY if she was sec­ond-up; which she is to­mor­row. She is 7s 1-0-1 first-up, 6s 2-1-2 sec­ond-up, trained here of course and that Sap­phire run wasn’t all that bad re­ally, in fact, know­ing how much she im­proves with a run, I imag­ine Noel May­field-Smith was de­lighted. RACE 7 EX­TREMELY keen on 9. SALSONIC (67) here. Missed the $51 – he was $35 pretty quick af­ter they went up. More on why in a mo­ment but I am putting out there that Jason Coyle is Syd­ney’s form trainer at pre­sent and here’s why. Of his last 50 run­ners (at time of pub - lish­ing) he has pre­pared 9 win­ners and 15 placeget­ters. This bloke places his horse as well as any­one ever has there are ready and able to com­pete ev­ery time they step off the float. The other thing I say about Coyle is that he very much in the Joe Pride mould in that when you see one of his horses trial well, they in­vari­ably (al­most al­ways!) run well on race day. I have not in my life seen a bet­ter ‘last’ in a trial than Salsonic April 10 at Rose­hill then the horse comes out and “tries a bit” and runs a su­per, su­per 2nd to Tes­tashadow i n WF heat. I have him down as one of the best tri­allers in Syd­ney this month and I can guar­an­tee you that Coyle would have tar­geted race for ages ages and ages. On top of that, I can’t think of a jockey that will suit him more than Jason Col­lett who just hap­pens to have rid­den him in both of those tri­als. All over him! 1. GOOD STAND­ING (90) is the class horse in the race in terms of bench­mark and con­tested-races any one who saw his two tri­als, more so that last one, would know just how well he is trav­el­ling at the pre­sent. 13. SHAZEE LEE (71) was my bet in the P rovin­cial Qual­i­fier and for a lit­tle bit of the straight I thought I ge­nius. Alas, she ended up run­ning 7th but I am noth­ing if not loyal and di­rect you to that awe­some win in the Qual­i­fier here at home the start be­fore. RACE 8 DID you see the run of 12. RUL­ING DY­NASTY (92) first-up at Rand­wick? This from a horse who, f or a short space of time, had that look of Group

1/Group 2 chance but sadly he never re­ally reached those heights. Granted, last prep was a lit­tle down on what we should ex­pect from a horse with his un­doubted tal­ents but it hap­pens and I for one, think that the re­turn to rac­ing showed he is back where he was when every­one was talking him up. The mile suits and I am sure he is go­ing to ap­pre­ci­ate a good 4 as op­posed to a heavy 8 that he ran well in at HQ two weeks ago. 7. TES­TASHADOW (100) did me a huge favour winning the Magic Millions Cup at $31 TAB Fixed. He was one of a num­ber of fail­ures in the Don­caster at his most re­cent start but it funny race and I am go - ing to put the pen through of the beaten horses. Tri­alled enor­mous other day and re­unites with Deanne Panya who won on him at the Gold Coast. 6. SPEC­TRO­SCOPE (100) was face value dis­ap­point­ing in Don­caster but the fact that he was so well in com­mis­sion to win the fea­ture mile re­flects what he did in his two Aussie runs in the lead-up. Tri­alled since and was fan­tas­tic. RACE 9 13. GAM­BLER’S BLUES (72) is a big and strong son of Shamardal from the Tim Martin sta­ble that was 0.2-lens to Lan­i­cato first-up on Feb 22 prior his come from be­hind 4th in the Wellington Cup over 1700m af­ter that. He has not raced since March 12 so back to 1500m is per­fect, that is, he is nice and fresh for the drop in dis­tance third-up on the nice big track will play to his favour. 3. SO WIL­LIE (76) was very good first-up winning at WF. Sadly for him he has drawn poorly here and even though it is Hawkesbury, the gate makes life a wee bit harder than you’d like it for him. That said, he is a very con­sis­tent horse who has clearly come back i n great nick . 8. AN­CIENT HIS­TORY (74) is a rel­a­tively new im­port to the Godol­phin camp and has done well in the time that he’s been here. He has 3-lens to make up on So Wil­lie, gate 6 against 17 should help bridge the mar­gin this time when they meet.

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