Mor­eira’s Aussie form not as mag­i­cal as he’s por­trayed

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - NEIL EVANS

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

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