TH E EARLY CROW
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.
AT THE TRIALS
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.
BEATING THE CLOCK
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.
THE STATS SPEAK
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.