Trapeze’s a real work of Art

The Sportsman Weekend - - Randwick Preview -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 3. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM.


JOHN Sar­gent was (and still is) think­ing about the Wake­ful/VRC Oaks with 8. LUVALUVA (57) who won like a cham­pion on de­but in that 1300m Goul­burn maiden. She went to Kem­bla 26-days later and was very or­di­nary — against all ex­pec­ta­tion. Sarge sent her back to tri­als, she ran 1.3-lens 2nd to Dixie Blos­soms in the 1200m heat. It was a su­per trial from both horses ac­tu­ally. We are go­ing to learn a lot about Luvaluva and the spring to­mor­row. Con­grats thank you to 5. MARIQUITA (70) for re­ward­ing her loyal back­ers (me!) with that win here on Aug. 26. When things go way and she’s rid­den in such a fault­less man­ner (Rachel King), that’s what Mariquita is ca­pa­ble of. No rea­son at all why she can’t re­peat the dose. 2. KARAVALI (75) was $4.20 into $3.20 at Beau­mont and won. Gee, she had good form a C2 at the provin­cials — 4th to Bon­neval in NZ! Wow.


THIS is a smash­ing High­way edi­tion; half of the field are last start win­ners. In fact, my four picks all won their last start some­where around NSW. We were all happy for Mel O’Gor­man to fi­nally get that win out of 1. SUNCRAZE (68) to break that se­quence of six sec­onds! The was at Rand­wick in a 1400m High­way — you may re­mem­ber charg­ing down the mid­dle of the track to win by 3-lens. He drew 8 10 that day and was rid­den a bot­tler by Corey Brown, I must say I am very con­cerned about bar­rier 1 this time. 4. MOSS­MAN GORGE (66) has won both runs this cam­paign 1000m then 1100m. I guess we have to give him the ben­e­fit of any doubt about 1200m. Gate 2 will help him im­mensely in that en­deav­our. 7.

DON’T GIVE A DAMN (56) had tri­alled up very nicely be­fore his pre­dictable and pop­u­lar de­but win at home at Goul­burn on Sep. 1. It is a mas­sive ef­fort from horse and trainer to lead all the way over 1300m first time to races off one 800m trial! Takes a tal­ent to do that.


11. IMANUI (73) races past the mile for the first time on 12 starts but it was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen. Prob­a­bly best too that it’s 1800m here and not 1900m or 2000m, not such a great leap to make for a horse very com­fort­able at the mile. The son of Al Ma­her is fourth-up today, his last run was Aug. 12 but Ron Quin­ton has man­aged to slip a 1200m trial (3rd to Dixie Blos­soms and Luvaluva) in be­tween then and now. 13. MAP­MAKER (68) has been very well rid­den at his last two starts, sec­ond both times to Spe­cial Mis­sile over 1500m here in Bm80’s. Blinkers off first time, TT on first time. Hon­est enough to see the 1800m out. Hard not be im­pressed with the $6 TAB Fixed Odds Met­ro­pol­i­tan favourite 1. ALWARD (78) who is a Flem­ing­ton and Rose­hill win­ner at his last runs over­came fair de g ree of dif­fi­cultly to win here the other day.


THE gen­eral con­sen­sus would be that the Stan Fox is the B-Grade or sec­ond tier 3YO’s whereas the Run to Rose A-list. Fair enough I guess, but I reckon there is a gen­uine A-lis­ter that has snuck into the party here in the shape of

2. TRAPEZE ARTIST (84). I tipped him on top in the Golden Slip­per and the Sires’, that’s how highly I rate (for what­ever that is worth). He was never, ever go­ing to win the Up and Com­ing with 61kgs but now he’s at home, up to 1500m and down to 56.5kgs level weights. His trial win here on Mon­day was sen­sa­tional. Gate 1, McEvoy will have him right there and he’d run 2400m on pure honesty alone! I was very keen 8. SANC­TIONED (70) in the Up and Com­ing. He raced out­side leader and faded a shade late to fin­ish third beaten 2.5-lens in 1300m course record time. James Cum­mings: “He looks to have taken an­other for­ward step fit­ness-wise, he’s im­prov­ing all the time.” 3.

AD­DIC­TIVE NA­TURE (77) got the all im­por­tant G3 win in the Ming Dy­nasty last start. The $775K is now paid back I’d imag­ine from a stud view much later on. Good, solid on­pacer with a lot of qual­ity to him.


HASN’T the Theo Marks got an in­ter­est­ing hon­our roll! Its in­au­gu­ral win­ner (1946) was Shan­non, Time And Tide won 3 of them, Golden Slip­per win­ner In­spired won it in 1984, Rac­ing To Win it 2006 then ag ain in 2009 and in 2015, a mare named Winx won. 4. DIXIE

BLOS­SOMS (106) is a class mare — and hon­est as the day is long. She went to pad­dock off a G1 plac­ing has come back in g reat nick ev­i­denced by those two trial wins at Rand­wick last month over 1000m then 1200m. Drawn 8 of 8 but I guess that en­sures that she will be on their out­side to un­leash her big weapon — her late sprint. Okay, I think 6. EGG TART (104) is a hel­luva good filly and she’s tri­alling well but fair dinkum, been priced to win this and other big races this spring like she’s Winx! She cer tainly sat­is­fies my Oaks/first-up cri­te­ria (Dawn Wall nearly pulled it off last week!) so I am loathe to tip ag ainst her but gee z, she’s too shor t for my bud­get.

2. GOOD PROJECT (105) is well up to win­ning a race of this na­ture. he is af­ter all G1 win­ner, he goes well fresh, he likes this t/d and has tri­alled up nicely.


GREAT to see a won­der­ful mare like Sher­aco hon­oured ev­ery year with a Group race. Sher­aco was trained by Bart Cum­mings whose g rand­son James has Ghisoni ready and able to win. Me? I am pretty keen on 2. OMEI SWORD

(99) with the Winx con­nec­tion of Waller/Bow­man be­hind her. I don’t know how this mare stayed on her feet, let alone Ker rin McEvoy didn’t go fly­ing over the han­dle­bars at the star t of the Show County. How she got beaten 2.3-lens only is an even big­ger sur prise. Tri­alled up very nicely in­deed at Rose­hill on Mon­day morn­ing. Got a few sig­nif­i­cant gear changes — all of them good. This is a dee p field, I could hap­pily bracket about four or five oth­ers be­hind Omei Sword. In fact, I found it im­pos­si­ble to split/rank 8. RAVI (94), 3. DAY­SEE DOOM (103) and 10. DENMAGIC (95). And that’s leav­ing out 1. GHISONI a good roughie in 14.

HUSTTERICAL (74). If I had $10 to be here, I would put $5 the win on Omei Sword and ex­acta Omei to beat Ravi. Ravi is 2s 1-1-0 at the t/d and tri­alling so well. She’s had some back luck this mare, she was a cer­tainty beaten be­hind Fuhryk in the Proud Miss in Ade­laide.


WHAT a race. The top four in the mar­ket for the Golden Rose go head to head in G2 to­mor­row over 1200m, GF is 1400m in two weeks time. On pa­per, this race and the Rose is Pariah V Me­nari, out­stand­ing colts. It might all go to script, maybe they are the cream of this crop but I have been a 10. KE

MENTARI (70) fan since be­fore he raced. It’s not hard to spot qual­ity and class and that’s what Ke­men­tari was show­ing even in his trial days. I like what James Cum­mings says about him. ‘He’s go­ing into the race with a rep­u­ta­tion built mainly on po­ten­tial “It’s now time for us to find out what he’s made of.” Them’s fightin’ words! Yeah Hah. I can’t not have 4, ME­NARI (88) and 5.

PARIAH (89) in the plac­ings, they are very good colts. One horse that I did fancy as a lit­tle blow out (placeget­ter only) is the ex-Kiwi, Waller trained, 6. QIJI PHOENIX (73). I am sure Waller knew who’d be in this race but he’s run­ning this horse at his first Aussie start any­way. I liked trial, not so much the sec­ond though. I am work­ing on ba­sis that Ke­men­tari wins this race, that would make him favourite for the Golden Rose, so $8 about him avail­able in that race is prob­a­bly

way to bet.


I no­ticed on Mon­day at about lunchtime that 9. MANA (80) was nom­i­nated for the Theo Marks and was pretty ex­cited about the prospect of tip­ping him and bet­ting on him at what would have been dou­ble fig­ure odds. He didn’t ac­cept for the Theo marks, he’ll run in this Bm90 in­stead so ob­vi­ously I have him on top and by some mar­gin. His form is there for all to see, Bow­man has won him rides to­mor­row. Mana won a trial at Rand­wick on Aug. 31 in what was prob­a­bly the eas­i­est win of the morn­ing in terms of en­ergy ex­pended. He is fly­ing! Drawn to in 6 al­ley. What a dis­play of sheer pace and sus­tained speed it was from 4. TANGO RAIN

(83) when he won here on Aug. 26. In terms of class, this horse ran sec­ond to Star Turn in the San Dom at two. He’s come back very well in­deed and best of all — bar­rier 2. This 16-horse field has no tail at all — on the con­trary, they are all chances from top to bot­tom. There are some nice horses down in the weights not least 12. PUMP­KIN

PIE (79) who was 2.9-lens be­hind Tango Rain first-up. The good news is that Pump­kin Pie is 2s 2w sec­ondup but the bad news gate 15. Ouch. May I add, 13. ZUMBELINA

(79) has been tri­alling like a horse guar­an­teed to run a big race fresh.


2. OK­LA­HOMA GIRL (86) is no Egg Tart but she took some big steps too last prepa­ra­tion. Con­sider this, Ok­la­homa Girl was third in a New­cas­tle Bm60 at the start of the cam­paign then ends up beaten 0.2-lens in the Doomben Roses and 1.4-lens third to Egg Tart in the Queensland Oaks. Any horse that re­sumes off a Derby/Oaks, es­pe­cially in Queensland, gets the tick of ap­proval from me un­der my sys­tem. On top of that, I have loved her tri­als, even when she ran 10 of 10 on Aug. 31. Harry Mitchell bred, Greg and Donna Ko­livos owned 7.

EBENOS (74) has rock­eted home at his last two and while he won nei­ther of them, you have to ad­mire them both. I mean, went from 1100m to 1400m in the space of 10 days and then got out of the back in a walk­ing race art Rand­wick. The win­ner (Comin’ Through) ran 33.08s last 600m) and good as Ebenos is, he’s not Winx. 13. COSMOPOL

(69) drops to 53.5kgs which will feel like a postage stamp for a big framed horse like him. Even though has some size, he has been weighed down by 60kgs and 57kgs at his last two runs. I sug­gest you maybe have a lit­tle look at the re­play of his 4.4-lens 7th to Tango Rain, it was a re­ally good run.

Trapeze Artist. Pic Grant Guy.

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