Single Bullet’s ready to fire
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.