Trapeze’s a real work of Art
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.