The Sportsman Weekend - - Randwick Preview -


I Thought So (Race 9) - is a strik­ing son of the 10-times Gr1 win­ner, dual Cox Plate win­ner, So You Think and out of a handy mare named Cat’s P yja­mas who is her­self by the Ken­tuck y Derby win­ner, Fu­saichi Pe­ga­sus. I Thought So is how­ever a 1200m spe­cial­ist, both wins are at the six fur­longs. I am wor­ried that it might be too firm for him to­mor­row but if looks that way, he might be scratched. At the end of the day, we will have to wait and see. He is fly­ing though.


An­to­nio Giuseppe (Race 8) - is one of five Waller trained horses in the race and has been in­stalled favourite at $3. 30. While his two runs back from a spell were hard to fault be­hind Winx over unsuitable dis­tances the re­cent spate of hard tracks is def­i­nitely not in his favour. His record sug gests he at best with the sting out of the ground five of his six wins on a wet sur face. He has also drawn 12 of 12 which will make his task ver y dif­fi­cult given he has been slowly away in four of his past six star ts. There is no doubt­ing abil­ity but he’s a bit shor t IMO given the risk fac­tors.


Sin­gle Bul­let (Race 3) - has come back so well. Some 2YO’s don’t train on, some take a gi­ant leap. I reckon Sin­gle Bul­let might be in the lat­ter judg­ing on his two tri­als both of which have been ab­so­lutely su­perb. He edged out his Golden Slip­per sta­ble­mate in the first one then just went around ( good late) when 7th of 9 be­hind Ball of Mus­cle who will line in the Shor ts to­mor­row. Trainer Gar y Por telli has found the per fect race for the son of Not A Sin­gle Doubt.


Larlabrook (Race 1) - is a lightly-raced geld­ing trained at Dubbo by Clint Lund­holm. Clint has man­aged to con­vince Greg Ryan to make a rare trip to town to ride this horse but then again maybe he didn’t have to per­suade Ryan given that he’s rid­den the horse at all three runs so far for a two wins and a sec­ond. One of those wins was at home at Dubbo on Fe­bruar y 19 where he beat a handy one of Cameron Crock­ett’s named Ori On Fire run­ning 1:02.45s for the 1100m; that’s quick time.


Life Less Or­di­nar y (Race 8) - was tri­alling ex­ceed­ingly well prior to his re­turn to racing in a deep Bench­mark 90 at Rand­wick on Au­gust 19. The race was 1400m and even though the over­all time was a fast 1:21. 57s, win­ner/leader Comin’ Through got a pic­nic up front whereas LLO was at the back as ex­pected. stayed pinned to inside fence, sav­ing ground, and made it a pretty close go in the end beaten less than a neck. His last 200m of 10.94s was awe­some. Since run well; 5th to Winx in the Chelms­ford. Point is; he peaks to­mor­row.


Veladero (Race 2) - was fan­cied first-up but the bar­rier didn’t help, in fact it pretty much en­sured he was three­wide the trip, on pace to boot. On top of that he’s prob­a­bly not a gen­uine firstu­per but his sec­ond-up stats are most more com­pelling namely 3s 1-0-1.

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