Dixie’s at peak for Angst

The Sportsman Weekend - - Randwick Preview -

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.

Dixie Blos­som

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