Sin­gle Bul­let’s ready to fire

The Sportsman Weekend - - Randwick Preview -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by 1 PM on Thurs­day.


GREG Ryan doesn’t come to town for noth­ing but he’s mak­ing the trip 4. LARLABROOK (61) and it’s easy to see why. Ryan has rid­den the Dubbo based geld­ing all 3 runs, 2 wins and a nose sec­ond. Trainer Clint Lund­holm gave Larlabrook a trial at Dubbo on Aug. 28 and it was case of seeya later, he won by 5-lens and was su­per im­pres­sive. Hate the draw (11 of 11) but we’ll see how it all pans out. 5. OAK­FIELD TIME (64) is a lightly-raced Tun­cur ry mare that has 6s 2-2-1 so far. She won first-up at Muswellbrook, fair to say the third horse F loki was a tad un­lucky, still, she won and that’s all she can do. Hugh Bow­man rides and he get a High­way win­ner old Hughie! 3. SUR­PRISE PARTY

(65) has al­ways been a horse held in high enough re gard by many, Matthew Dale in­cluded I sup­pose, so it was nice to see her show us what she is ca­pa­ble off when she won at Wagg a last star t.


CHRIS Waller would dearly love to win the Shoot Out Mile (here) given it’s named af­ter a for mer sta­ble war rior. I was pretty keen on 4. VELADERO (84) first-up off some lovely tri­als but it didn’t go to plan, bar rier 7 of 8 de­liv­ered him a 3-wide on-pace run, in a race where they went 1:22.46s. He was en­ti­tled to drop out which he did. It was a much stronger field than com­pared what it is now and I note that the horse 3s 1-0-1 sec­ond-up. 1. IM­POS­ING LASS

(95) has acce pted for the Tib­bie at New­cas­tle so may well run there in­stead of here. She’ll be hard to beat if she goes to HQ. 7. REIBY

THE RED (76) is a very hon­est cus­tomer de­spite his record of 3 wins from 30 star ts. Kee p in mind that he has placed 11 times I seem to re­mem­ber him be­ing un­lucky a hand­ful of times. At last he has drawn a de­cent al­ley. 10. ROYAL

NAVY (70) is third-up now, up in class but has no weight as a re­sult. Li­able to peak.


1. SIN­GLE BUL­LET (80) is fly­ing. No other word for it. The Gary Por telli trained colt tri­alled as well as, prob­a­bly a frac­tion bet­ter than his sta­ble­mate She Will Reign in that WF heat on Aug. 25. Sin­gle Bul­let tri­alled ag ain there at home on Se p. 8 and this time he just went around closed off un­der zero pres­sure when 8-lens Ball of Mus­cle who won by 5 him­self. He might be in for a mas­sive cam­paign. Godol­phin has a very strong hand the Her­itage with three run­ners, all of which are ca­pa­ble of win­ning or plac­ing. I have them marked in the this or­der; the un­beaten 2. VIRIDINE (75) who has tri­alled well, 7. MARSUPIAL (71) who ran so well ag ainst the older horses first-up and 6. MALA­HAT

(75) is un­der rated but has had his chances dimmed by the wide g ate. If the tri­als count for any­thing, it’s Sin­gle Bul­let.


CRI­TE­RION’S half-brother 7. CO

MIN’ THROUGH (95) got a pic­nic with all the trim­mings when he won here on Aug. 19. He is just too good a race­horse to let get away with that kind of run in front and not win. He was surely a bit flat­tered but what was/is im­por tant is that the horse got that lit­tle boost in con­fi­dence. He has tri­alled ag ain since and went re­ally well. He has good num­bers at Rand­wick and at the 1400m 53kgs is 7.5 less than he car ried last star t. Granted, he is up in class but I think he’s solid G3 maybe G2 at his best. 3. TOM

MEL­BOURNE (103) acce pted for the Maybe Diva in Mel­bourne and

Winx Stakes later on but not sur pris­ingly runs here in­stead. He just couldn’t have won those G1’s. We all saw him first-up, he should have won, then he was beaten fair and square by Happy Clap­per in the Tramway. Waller has him fly­ing, he’s drawn well, no rea­son to think he won’t medal ag ain. 5.

SPECTROSCOPE (100) was down to run in the Cameron at New­cas­tle to­day, we’ll have to see where he ends up. My feel­ing is that he’ll run a place in either of the two races. You don’t ex­pect to be run in 1200m course record races first-up. Dif­fer­ent day, dif­fer­ent ev­ery­thing.


8. I AM EX­CITED (78) was un­lucky in the Run To The Rose first-up when she raced in re­stricted room for a lot of the straight. The daugh­ter Snitzel had ev­ery chance next time in Fu­ri­ous where she fought all the way to the line to fin­ish 0.3-lens 3rd For mal­ity with 2. CHAM­PAGNE

CUD­DLES (80) just ahead of her in sec­ond. If you line the two up, I am sure nine out of ten will say Cham­pagne Cud­dles was bet­ter run and I ag ree but there is a price dif­fer­en­tial to be con­sid­ered. They both go 1400m now and the way they race, they both should love it ac­tu­ally. I can’t see that Cham­pagne Cud­dles is far su­pe­rior to I Am Ex­cited that they go up $3.20 and $8.50. Don’t let me give the false im­pres­sion this is a two-horse race, far from it, it’s loaded with chances. Ob­vi­ously one of them is the race favourite 1.

TULIP (83) was beaten a nose at the Val­ley first-up. She was third in Golden Slip­per up here — in fact she races very well in Sydney. Tulip won the Magic Night like a good filly beat­ing my next line 6.

ALIZEE (78) who is just star ting to get a wee bit costly to fol­low.


OUT­SIDE of the other own­ers, train­ers and jock­eys and any­one who bets ag ainst her, there wouldn’t be a racing fan on the planet doesn’t want to see 7.

WINX (132) win her 20th race in a row. There is noth­ing re­ally to point to as a rea­son why she won’t win, she is cham­pion. Bar rier 1 might not be ideal but nor was miss­ing the star t by 4-lens or Bow­man drop­ping the whip with 200m to go and sev­eral lengths to make up. Go Winxy! I am a mas­sive 1.

HAPPY CLAP­PER (113) fan and fol­lowed him from back when he was at the mid­weeks so I reckon I am right in say­ing that has never been go­ing bet­ter. Winx had the wood on the Clap­per and I sus­pect it’ll be same ag ain but if g reat mare fal­ters, he’s the one. If 9. FOX­PLAY (112) couldn’t beat Winx in the War­wick Stakes, I can’t see how she’ll beat her this time. I still have a vague lik­ing to 5. MACK­IN­TOSH (103) in the Ep­som and think he might stand up make some sort of claim here sec­ond-up even though his fig­ures sug­gest oth­er­wise. The bet might be, Happy Clap­per in the Winx-out Tab Fixed mar­ket.


THIS is the $200,000 en­tree to a $10m race. What an awe­some line-up. 2. REDZEL (113) must be the most im­proved race­horse in Aus­tralia. He is a gen­uine Ever­est chance and some­one as smart as James Har ron ob­vi­ously thinks so too en­sur­ing the horse will get his chance come Oct. 14. I goosed my­self tip­ping Ni­eta to beat Redzel in the Con­corde, thought she was more ready than he was but got it all badly wrong. Redzel out-tri­alled my long held Ever­est tip Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion when they tri­alled to gether, that’s how well this horse is go­ing. 1. CHAUTAU

QUA (122) a cham­pion sprinter and is work­ing and tri­alling like it. He the rul­ing Ever­est favourite

it can only go two ways. He’ll be shor ter or he’ll be longer af­ter this race. He is ca­pa­ble of the ex­tra­or­di­nary on his day and his num­bers at the track, dis­tance and es­pe­cially first-up are ex­tremely good. They are go­ing to have a hel­luva time beat­ing him in the Ever­est if they can’t hold him back to­mor row. 5. ENGLISH

(113) is fly­ing and has won 3 of 4 first-up. I just can’t have her above Re zdel and Chau­tauqua though. My place roughie is 8. ECK­STEIN

(97), wher­ever she races af­ter this, she’ll be win­ning.


11. LIFE LESS OR­DI­NARY (92) is ready to peak third-up to­mor­row. Trial watch­ers knew how well he was go­ing into his first-up run here in a race that was con­trolled from the front and won by sta­ble­mate Comin’ Though but it got very close at end with LLO flash­ing up along the inside rail to get within 0.3-lens. The Ir­ish­bred geld­ing was 5th to Winx in the Chelms­ford af­ter that which is a g reat ef­for t from a hand­i­cap­per at WFA over mile sec­ond-up off such a big run. He’ll go around (sans Winx) with 55kgs this time and fur­ther 400m added. 3.

CHO­CANTE (103) is a son of Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Shock­ing and won the Bris­bane Cup on Jun. 10. He re­sumed with a crack­ing on­pace third to Winx in the Chelms­ford at the $81 af­ter open­ing at $31. He is 3s 1-0-1 sec­ond-up but we know he’s got a wealth of resid­ual fit­ness on his side. The more salient stat per­haps is that he is 2s 1-0-1 at the 2000m. 12. HARPER’S

CHOICE (89) will ap­pre­ci­ate go­ing to set weights from his three WFA runs, two against Winx. He def­i­nitely wants / needs 2000m now and Ger­ald Ryan has tin­kered with his gear for this.


WE might not see a bet­ter look­ing horse or one with ac­tion that 5. I THOUGHT SO (80) racing at Rand­wick this week­end. He is a stun­ning type by So You Think but un­like the dual Cox Plate win­ner or his dam­sire, Fu­si­achi Pe gasus, I Thought See is a 1200m spe­cial­ist. Both wins are at the dis­tance, one on slow and one on heavy. I hope he is as good good so to speak — we’ll find out soon enough, but 2s 0-0-0 on tracks be­fore to­mor row. I found him to be thor­oughly con­vinc­ing in his trial and while bar rier 12 isn’t the best, he’ll come in a few and so long as he gets cover I don’t mind him racing 3-wide and in clear air for one 200m surge at them late. Speak­ing of tri­als, 8.

IM­PROVE­MENT (81) was awe­some win­ning her WF heat the other day. She was 3-lens off leader at the 250m but ended up win­ning by 3-lens. She was a lot more switched on than what she was first-up where she just seemed to­tally dis­in­ter­ested. 15. MIS­SILE

CODA (72) is sec­ond emer­gency so she’ll need luck to make the cut but if she does, she can fig­ure. I think the bet is the quinella; I Thought So and Im­prove­ment or if you have the $$$$, back them both.

Sin­gle Bul­let

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