Dixie’s at peak for Angst
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a Good 4. All horses considered star ters unless notified by Thursday at 1 PM. (N/R) denotes no rating.
3. CHARLIE CHAP (68) won me over with his trial so I thought he was a good thing first-up at home at Hawkesbury when he won. He then left a tad flat footed in a sit and sprint at the midweeks when third of five on Se p 13. Ten days later he was seen running on more than you’d think even though last of the 7 in the Beau Geste race at Rosehill to be beaten a diminishing 3.2lens. His up to 1400m now and with this guy, ever metre helps. I like him with the 53kgs, he’s a big fella, and that re presents 5.5kgs decrease in burden this time. Interesting he’s been in races won by Godolphin horses at his late two and that may well be the case again on Saturday with James Cummings saddling-up the eminently likable 2. REGENT (71) who is back to 3YO company after two runs this pre p ag ainst older horses – second both times, the last one by a nose. Nice horse.
4. OUR MANTRA (68) was second in the Beau Geste race last time – he’s an honest type but has to contend with the outside alley.
SMALL field, Waller has the majority of the field which is a red flag for me at least in ter ms of a bet. History has shown that it’s better to leave these races well alone. I am reluctantly with 4. UP ‘N’ ROLLING (80). He is 1 for 1 at the t/d (had all favours!!!) then was clearly unlucky not to have won when stablemate 2. ALWARD (83) beat him at Rosehill after that. Drawn 1 for the four th straight time this pre p, that’s either a blessing or a curse. If you respect your money, stay well away. of the rest, 3. VELADERO (83) who has been very, re peat, very costly in his two runs in. Lots of better ways to bet tomorrow, it’s only 1.10 PM, my advice is – see what’s doing at Newcastle!
ANOTHER dangerous race coming up here but you would think good sense and good numbers suggest that 3. INTERLOCUTER (80) is ready to notch what will be his 4th win at star t number 7. The imported son of Medaglia D’oro was smashed $4.80 into $3 first-up when 0.2-lens 2nd in a Rosehill 1400m race. Up to the Randwick mile this time and with a trial in between runs, he looks well able to take it out. 1.
HOGMANAY (82) is part owned by Ken Callander and Aussie cricket captain Steve Smith. This striking black son of the mighty Lonhro is honest and has come back in the same sor t nick that he went on. Hogmanay chased all the way last star t at Rosehill in that 1400m race won by Sir Plush who took no prisoners; that’s not really the way Hogmanay likes it, he’d prefer it a little bit down tempo early on at least. He stays on the same weight which is good but going up to the mile even better. If he doesn’t win tomor row, he’ll win a 2000m race next time for sure. 5. IMPAVIDO (74) was 7th first-up in that same race and the way Sir Plush ran cer tainly wasn’t what he wanted. Can improve big time; his only t/d run was 4th in the Randwick Guineas.
I NEVER imagined seeing one of my favourite horses, 1. SOVEREIGNAIRE (69) in a TAB Highway but here he is. You could write a book about the trials and tribulations that this has gone through in his seven years. He is on his sixth trainer (same owner) yet has only had the 17 star ts. In that time, he has won 3 and placed 7 times. I am so glad (and in no way sur prised) to see Glyn Schofield riding him on Saturday. rode him, brilliantly too, when he was 1.3-lens 5th at WF prior to that 4-lens 6th in the Dubbo Cup. Two other significant numbers are bar rier 1 and that he is 2s 0-1-1 at Randwick. 9. MAR NERO (62) is a horse with a big finish. We saw it last star t when he was 1.2-lens behind Galaxy War rior at Dubbo on Se p 29 on a hor ribly biased track – pretty much you had to lead and be the fence, Mar Nero was neither. One always has to respect Matthew Dunn stable any time but especially in Highways given he has won 11 of them. Incredible. Dunn saddlesup 4. CASCATA ROSSA (65) here, a gelding by the mighty Testa Rossa that comes off a 5.8lens win in a Gold Coast C1 over 1400m.
A HORSE who caught the eye at the Randwick trials last Monday week was 7. ALL OUR ROADS (97), a Kiwi recruit to the Waller yard. We know how much horses can improve under master and All Roads as he was known back home is already a G2 winner. He ran 3.2-lens 6th in at his last run in NZ back on Apr 22. Waller has given him the two trials and they have both been really good. The first one was a 3rd to Stonebrook who maintained his unbeaten record winning at Canterbury on Wednesday. All Our Roads is also 4s 2-1-0. Monitor market moves closely. 2.
BURNING PASSION (101) was 3rd to Comin’ Though and Epsom runner-up Tom Melbourne in the Bill Ritchie last star t. Prior to that he was 3rd beaten 0.7-lens in the Show County to Deploy who will run a $10m race in 7-days time. is 3s 1-0-1 at the t/d and even though he is a mad wet tracker, he’s won G3 on good up in Brissie and has been going well enough on the fir m tracks of late. 4. DUCA VALENTINOIS (98) is a classy conveyance who won the Scone Cup before his neck 2nd in the Lord Mayor’s Cup at Eagle Far m on May 27. Trialled twice for this, won his last one beating Lord Kingsley who himself won first-up at Kembla last Saturday.
I WAS super keen on 2. SINGLE BULLET (80) first-up in the Heritage. The Gary Por telli trained Pago Pago winner had been trialling the house down, including a win over stablemate She Will Reign, going into the race but things just didn’t quite go his way – put that down to bar rier 1. I don’t subscribe to the theory that he should have beaten the still unbeaten 3.
VIRIDINE (81) but may well have made it interesting with the same run as the winner. So what about bar rier 8 tomor row? Hard to say, it’s not ideal – never is – but at least we know he won’t be getting locked up the fence this time. Single Bullet’s problematic bar rier is in complete contrast to that of the aforementioned Viridine who jumps from gate 2. That will mean James Cummings trained son of Poet’s Voice will be right up there on the speed and unlikely to cover any extra g round. I thought Single Bullet was a good thing before the draw, still like him a lot, but he’ll need to be at his absolute best now. Of the others, 5. BEAU GESTE
(73), other Godolphin g alloper is right in there but maybe he just lacks that little bit of sheer class of his stablemate and Single Bullet at this stage.
LOVED 8. LANGLEY (64) from day one, even before that in fact. As I said last week into the Dulcify, thought he’d win Golden Rose a long time ago but time beat him. Not only that, I think the inner circle of some really smar t people worked out that Langley (whose 2nd dam won the French Oaks) is a 2000m/2400m colt and that the way it is tur ning out. I made him a special last week don’t like bagging jockeys but didn’t think he got the best ride in the world. As soon as they crossed the line , I knew who my ‘Best Bet’ was going to be this weekend. It has him, that stars have finally aligned for colt.
1. ACE HIGH (82) has been David Payne’s Spring Champion/ VRC Derby colt since the day he bought him up the Gold Coast for a mere $110,000. This son of classic supremo High Chapar ral has been beautifully managed, nay, g roomed by a true master to get him into these two big G1’s that lay ahead. Showed plenty of ticker and stamina to win the Gloaming that race has long been a good sensible guide to the Spring Champion. 2. AS
TORIA (77) needs to lift on his Gloaming run but he did win the Spring Stakes beating Frankel colt Merovee before that.
WHAT’S that saying about mares in for m? You wouldn’t find two mares in better form (and ages at a time) than Ron Quinton’s dynamic duo of 2.
DIXIE BLOSSOMS (106) and 1. DAYSEE DOOM (106). It might be a moot point of academics but you’ll see that for the first time, Daysee has a superior benchmark rating that Dixie which is a direct result of the Daysee/Dixie exacta in the G2 Golden Pendant. I was Dixie to beat Daysee that day and got it wrong but this time think I might be right and only as a result of their contrasting barrier. Dixie is in 6 whereas Daysee is out on 14. I can assure you that if Ron Quinton could somehow manage to swap them around, he would. In fact, so wor ried am I about Daysee’s draw, I promoting 6. ZENALICIOUS (83) to second selection and even a bit of a threat to Dixie. Zenalicious was on her back in the Pendant and whilst she didn’t make g round
her, really lose any either finishing 2-lens away. Can she find 2-lens in the space of two weeks? Time well tell, but I spoke to her biggest fan Tim Clark on Wednesday and he told me that work on Tuesday was probably the best of her career! Here’s a couple bits trivia; Tim rode Angst winner last year – none other than Dixie Blossoms and Zenalicious’ 2nd dam, Miss Zoe, won the race in 1998 before winning we now know as the Myer Classic.
NOW this is what every last race should be – a good old fashioned Get Out Stakes. I marked six horses as chances and still might have missed a few other possibles. After much deliberation, I landed on 4. FIRSTHAND (77) who I’d love to see win if only for the fact that Sam Clipper ton is riding him on a quick visit from Hong Kong where’s going so well. Speaking of Hong Kong, Sam will have some explained to do to Tommy Ber ry over a yum cha if he murders this one, Tommy’s wife is a par t owner! Two things made my mind up for me re Firsthand, one of that he is 4s 2w first-up and secondly, man, has trialled well. OMG! Speaking of trials, don’t think for a minute that 5 of 5 and 5 of 9 are bad trials when it comes to 9. MY COUN
TRY (75), she has actually been a real eye catcher both times and we know there is a genuine class element to her. The draw (17 of 17 minus one) blow but they will go fast enough for her if snag her back to get in. If a horse wins on Saturday at Randwick at big odds, big, big odds in fact, then it will be 7. COLOSSEUM
KING (72). The Bart Cummings-bred, John Sargent-trained galloper went back to trial after his poor first-up run at the provincials and fair dinkum won like he was going into an Everest! It was as good a trial as I can remember – I’ll definitely be having something on him each-way.