Moreira’s Aussie form not as magical as he’s portrayed
LIKE I’ve said all year. When it comes to Joao More ira, give me a hungry Bowman, McEvoy, Berry, Collett, Angl and and co on any day of the week, or Mark Zahra down south. nd in my opinion, U K-based Ryan Moore would have him on toast.
Of course, I’ ll co pit now. How dare Is ledge the “Magic Man .” Please, give me a spell.
Let’s face it, you can take any number of album snaps with misguided fans, one win from 49 starts down under this year for the “world’s best hoop” — Circular ($3.60) at Flemington on March 11 — is near impossible to swallow, and a cold reminder how “loungechair-like” Hong Kong racing is, especially under a ruthless stewardship that generally won’t hear of tactical changes, lack of pace, or slightest brushes and interference to another runner.
Among scores of comments that came my way last Saturday, especially after the ride on Comin’ Through in a weak Group 1 Epsom, this was the best, “bit tougher when you don’t get a clear run and everyone’ s not getting out ofr way .”
Under comparative near “free rein” here — where crowding, track bias, muddling and changing tempos, and of course ultra competitive, fierce tight rid- ing are all part of the high-pressure deal — a tale two worlds came roaring home to roost.
It could well remain one of life’ s great ironies the world’ s greatest horse Winx suffered her last defeat way back on April 15, 2 015 in the Group 1 ATC Oaks when More ira was in the saddle. Anyway, how dare I. Just some like Victorian diehards might say dare Darren Weir clam tomorrow’ s Group 1 Turn bull is over. But he’s right. As big a fan as I am of Humidor — and jumped through the ceiling when he exploded at $17 to win the Group 1 Maykbe Diva (1600m), can’ t beat Winx at 20 min a field of seven.
Sit and sprint, little bit of rain to take the edge off, and a gate to get a lovely smother. This should be a Winx barrier trial, but at $1.16, what would you expect.
The ridiculous part is how a country horse—Sky fire— at 500/1 with three wins from 28 and two starts back was thrashed eight lengths last in a modest Benchmark 64 at Geelong—can get a start.
Elsewhere, the outstanding value is Crocodile Rock ($9.50 betting. club) who fourth-up is very well placed on the 54 kgs limit in the Group 3 Bar Cummings (2500m) and finally ready to lay down a Spring marker.
BACK at Randwick, one of thebes traces is the Group 3 Angst(1600m) forthe Mares where I’m confident Dawn Wall ($7.50) can rebound off herd isap - pointing unplaced effort in the Group 2 Shannon (15 0 0m) a for t- n ight back, but she’ll have to be at her best aga inst Ron Qu inton’s professiona l “D” duo. My ANGST Tips :
1. DAWN WALL ;2. Dixie Blossoms ;3. Day see Doom
In the feature Group 1 Spring Champion (2 0 0 0m) for the 3YO’s, if Sanctioned ($4.60) gets any sort of cover and luck from the wide gate, he’s the one to beat.
I loved his run behind Ace High in the Group 3 Gloaming (18 0 0m) and bred to peak at the classic trip. The“smoky” is Langley ($14.00) suited big time getting to this trip. My SPRING CHAMPION T ips : 1. SA NCT ION ED; 2. Langley; 3. Ace H igh Good Luck @NeilEvansmail