Project looks Good for G2 tilt
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a Good 4. All horses considered star ters unless notified by Thursday at 1 PM.
HOW about we get Chris Waller to star t the preview this week specifically per taining to the hugely exciting 5. PARET (66). “I don’t nor mally like race a maiden winner 10 days later but it’s that time of the year. There is still a 20 per cent chance of getting to Caulfield Guineas or a Coolmore up the straight so we’ll see how he goes on Saturday. He’d have to win well,” – with thanks Brad Gray at Racing NSW. That was a massive win on debut by Paret, only good horses do what he did. I quite like 1. CHARLIE CHAP (69) as a horse. He wasn’t really suited by sit and sprint at Canterbury the other day over 1100m. Extra 200m will help. He has a good race in him sometime in the future. 2. BEAU GESTE (68) was okay first-up behind Super Ex and Merovee. Maybe they are two pretty good horses. Gate 4
The Gun — should get every chance. 6. AONAIR (66) will win the Wakeful and maybe even the VRC Oaks IMO.
AN unworthy horse is going to join an illustrious honour roll of Colin Ste phen Quality winners after tomor row? Bit hard you think? Okay, which one of these horses lining up on Saturday can be mentioned in the same breath as Carbine, Phar Lap, Wakeful, Peter Pan, F light, Redcraze, Gunsynd, etc. None. Personally, I want nothing to do with the race from a punting point of view, it’s an impossible puzzle. I came up with 3. AUVRAY (96) from the Richard Freedman yard. This French-bred 7YO has found a new lease on life since he relocated to Hawkesbury; his last three runs have been outstanding. 1. BROADSIDE (98) staged the biggest for m reversal in NSW since Glastonbury in between his 10-lens last the Premier’s’s Cup and his 0.3-lens win in the Newcastle Cup. $4.60 one day, $17 the other. No thanks. 4. ADMI
RAL JELLO (88) unlike the toppie is a ter ribly consistent horse who ‘x42333’ this campaign, his last one 1.7-lens placing in the Newcastle Cup.
DANNY Williams is a master of the art of the TAB Highway and we can hopefully add another winner to tally here via 2. DON’T GIVE A DAMN (59). The horse was masterfully tuned up, masterfully ridden to win on debut at home at Goulburn. Not easy to lead all the way on
over 1300m but he did. It’s harder again come to Sydney 8-days later for a Highway and run into Suncraze and go within a whisker of delivering that poor beast another second! Gate 4 and McEvoy, ticks all the boxes. Lonhro mare 3. MAJESTIC PE
DRILLE (61) has gate 2 and The Gun. The Muswellbrook visitor has a sterling record of 5s 2-1-1 and lost no fans with that 0.2-lens second in the Godolphin Tiara at home last star t. I wouldn’t necessarily say this is easier, but apar t from Don’t Give A Damn, frankly I am not sure it’s all that harder; no pun intended. 5. CATCH THE
CULPRIT (56) has bar rier 11 of 11 which is potentially very, very bad for him. It’s a pity because he is up to Highway class.
THIS race is probably better the Group 3 Colin Ste phen alle ged ‘Quality’ and it’s only a Benchmark 82! Reason being, but not only, for the presence of the now notorious 3. UP ‘N’ ROLLING
(78) who has been the unwitting focus of not one but two stewards inquires in his only 8 star ts! Anyhow, he’s a good horse and it will interesting to see how he copes with the inevitable ‘ste ps’ be asked take up the rungs of racing ladder — so far, he’s jumped every hurdle (sor ry about the mixed metaphors). This looks within his reach. g ate 1 tomor row like last time — let’s hope someone in front of him gets off the fence and pave the way for victory like it did last time. 4. IMANUI (74) is a capable horse that has for so long now been incapable of winning. He’ll get there one day, it could be Saturday if Up ‘N’ Rolling gets boxed in. I like 8. ROMAN
SON (70) a lot as a horse and was quite sure he’d win a decent handicap this pre paration. My confidence took a jolt first-up but he’s better than that.
THE closer I look at this race, the keener I get on 1. GOOD PROJ
ECT (104). Before that first-up run in the Theo Marks, his previous three were all in Group 1s namely VRC Emirates (7th btn 2.7-lens), WATC Railway (2nd) and BRC Stradbroke where he ran 5th to Impending only 2.8lens off the winner. He trialled really well before his Theo Marks retur n and was ke pt safe enough in the betting $13 into $11. The one thing he didn’t need was a course record over 1300m with 57.5kgs chasing the entire way but that’s exactly what he got. It’ll be a totally different kettle of fish this time over 1500m at home where he races quite well and how lucky we are that Bowman rides. 4. EURO ANGEL (101) is scratched from the Golden Pendant to run here. You have to trust the Team Hawkes judgment. I do. Everyone knows she should have won the Toy show first-up then she was one of only two horses (Egg Tar t other) who made up any g round at all when placed in the record Theo Marks. She is ready to peak (ag ain). 9. DAWN WALL (90) almost added her name the litany of horses that win first-up out a classic when she just an puff second to 5. WASHINGTON HEIGHTS (96) first-up. Natural improvement says he can’t her this time. There is a good race in Dawn Wall in Melbourne coming up. Stay tuned for more.
I CAN’T remember seeing a horse (since Black Caviar) that was going to win by panels (even before let alone during) than 8. THY KINGDOM COME (66) at Kembla the other day. Let’s not forget, he was back to a very ordinary looking provincial maiden from a series of Group races but they’ve still got a do it and boy did he do it! That was awesome stuff and it’ll wonders for his confidence. He’s a good colt this one, a colt that is bred to, and has always looked like he would come into his own beyond the mile. If (as I expect) Blake Shinn can get him to settle and into a rhythm, he has the change of foot to put these infinitely better 3YO’s away. Clearly the Godolphin pair of 3. SANC
TIONED (77) and 1. ASTORIA (77) will be hard to beat — they have been timed perfection by James Cummings for this and then the Spring Champion after that and who knows maybe even VRC Derby. Speaking of the Derby, David Payne has his sights set on the classic with
2. ACE HIGH (70) pretty much from the time he bought him at the yearling sales.
THIS is it! Grand Final day for the best 3YO’s in the land minus Royal Symphony and She Will Reign of course. Apar t from me (I tipped Kementari), the Run to the Rose was expected to be a match race, a showdown, between 2.
MENARI (94) and 3. PARIAH (92) and that’s the way it tur ned out with the two star colts finishing first second. I went and watched it again and the more I ke pt re playing that last 300m the more I was awed by Menari. He is a machine. Now we have to ponder whether or not he can run 1400m under pressure early and late? I honestly don’t know, no one does, but too many times we go looking for negatives when there are only positives. Just think of all the people out there trying to convince themselves that Winx isn’t going as well, etc, etc. I take the Chris Waller line; don’t over analyse things, judge what you see. What I see from Menari is one special colt. As for Pariah I think he is very, very good but special? Not sure that he quite has that level of ‘awesomeness’ Menari has but could all change if he (Pariah) wins and loses. Or both? I think it’s one or other quite frankly, of the rest — 7.
MERCHANT NAY (83) is a the g reat unknown being unbeaten and coming up from Melbourne. Oh, I’ll definitely find a fiver to back 5. TRAPEZE ARTIST
(84), I would have nearly had him on top as a spec but he was a bit plain in the Stan Fox.
NO doubt unlike those among us who think the Golden Rose is a two-horse race that the Golden Pendant is seen as a race far bit more open to inter pretation, but in my mind one of two horses will win and Ron Quinton trains them both. I speak his ‘D’s’ namely 1. DIXIE BLOSSOMS (106) and 4. DAYSEE
DOOM (103). Ron’s pearls are so level that even he can’t split them. I asked him on Wednesday what he’d do if had $10 to bet in the race and he said he’d have a fiver win on each of them. Hmmm, sounds like something I might do. Unlike the g reat man, have singled out Dixie Blossoms. It was said to me, by my boss, that she doesn’t win enough and that’s a fair call, but she’s been pretty unlucky a few times to been in races where she had change up her patter n. Now I see her patter n as get back and run on one last crack type of thing and talking with Ron it sounds like that’s the way she going to be ridden from her wide draw. No knock at all on Daysee, in fact, I might have to scrape up another $5 and take the quinella because she’ll be in front of her stablemate at 200m, 100m and who knows after that. I am not giving much of a chance to the others but I do think that 8. DENMAG
IC (94) is the big improver. She’ll get this run to suit.
GIVEN my long held personal system of backing horses first-up out classics I am duty bound to bet on and tip 10. IMPAVIDO
(74) tomor row. Man, I love his 53.5kgs! That’s a g reat weight for a horse with his talent; okay, he may have finished 10-lens off Jon Snow in the ATC Derby but
finished 4th in Randwick Guineas remember. His only win so far in six star ts was first-up and even though it at the provincials, it was deadset one of the best wins you would ever see. Trials have been good, like I say, weight is so amazing and 1400m first-up for a High Chapar ral out of Zabeel mare is perfect. Like him lot unless the market says wait for later into the pre paration. 9.
SCREAMARR (75) did me a massive favour first-up when he won at WF. What a ride! He’s come back in g reat nick and his only prior win came second-up so he should be okay. He’s in for a good pre paration this late maturing son of Street Cry. 2.
SOUCHEZ (87) is a classy animal and so good looking. Like all Lohnro offspring he races well fresh he was the eye-catcher in the She Will Reign trial on Tuesday at Rosehill. Bear in mind re that trial, She Will Reign ran 52.90 (wow), home 33.60s and Souche z was the only horse making up any decent g round on the Slipper winner.