Coyle’s bring­ing the Fury

The Sportsman Weekend - - Rosehill Preview -

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.


JAMES Cum­mings holds the key to the opener with two lovely 2YO’s, one filly, the other a colt. Let’s start filly — 7.

COLOMBINA (N/R) who is by Lonhro out of the Gold Coast Silk Stock­ing win­ner Mas­careri, a Com­mands sis­ter to the late Guy Wal­ter’s beloved 4-times G1 win­ning mare Ap­pear­ance. Colombina fin­ished 3rd in her only trial to a sta­ble­mate and an­other horse but was the one of the trio that do­ing best work late. That trial was 807m, so she has an­other 300m tacked on to­mor­row which will no doubt as­sist. She has drawn 1 too so she can po­ten­tially race mod­er­ately handy, maybe one, two pairs back — to be hon­est, I am not sure of her gate speed, Av­dulla and Cum­mings/Bead­man will work out where they want her. The Godol­phin colt, 1.

RHEINGAU (N/R), has the race ex­pe­ri­ence and we know how im­por­tant that is at this time of year. Rheingau was my top pick when he was 3rd to sta­ble­mate Dy­na­mited who I must say, tri­alled very, very sim­i­larly to Rheingau — in that they were both the strong­est late when placed in their tri­als be­hind a (re­spec­tive) sta­ble­mate. Drawn 4, gets good run again. 8. MISS IN­VIN­CI­BLE (N/R) may not run here, she might go to New­cas­tle on Sun­day for the Max Lees Clas­sic. If is not here, 3. FLY­ING

PIERRO (N/R) for third — he’s a lovely Pierro colt out of the former handy mare We Betcha (a daugh­ter of Wa­ger). 5. TOULOUSE (N/R) tri­alled just as well in the same heat.


GODOL­PHIN and The Gun again I hope. They have Im­pend­ing’s sis­ter 6. EPI­DEMIC (66) on show here for the first time since her Cup Day win at Rand­wick where she beat handy Waller colt Se­away by 2-lens. Great ride that day but that was the real Epi­demic, the one that Godol­phin brains trust has al­ways has had a sig­nif­i­cant opin­ion of. I love con­fi­dence boost­ing win in horses and hers was cer­tainly that. This looks a very nice race for the daugh­ter of Mnemosyne.

2. JUNGLIZED (72) is a some­what un­der­rated seems based on the fact that he 9s 4-2-1 but went out at $7 when won a strong mid­weeker at Can­ter­bury on Nov. 22. He led through­out that day and has gate 3 so one would sus­pect he goes to the front again we can see that he is a hard horse get passed. Well, has been over 1100m so far — per­haps the 1200m might test him? 4. EQUAL BAL­ANCE

(69) may not run here but is a chance if he does. 1. CURDLED

(75) has a mas­sive weight he car­ried 2kgs more than Bon Amis and ran him down to 1.9lens first-up.


THIS is one race left well alone — any­thing can hap­pen in th­ese stay­ing races Syd­ney es­pe­cially when Chris Waller has mul­ti­ple run­ners. I have been with 5. GREAT GLEN

(76) at al­most ev­ery run this cam­paign and feel that he is get­ting closer. He has won up to 2300m that was a great ef­fort (no pun in­tended) when he led un­til late when fin­ish­ing a neck 3rd to sta­ble­mate 1. VAS­SAL (87) over 2400m here on Nov. 11. Great Glen was $7 into $6, Vas­sal was $6.50 out to $10 back into $9.50 so the mar­ket is no help to us at all — ever. I have Vas­sal for fourth this time, ahead of him are 3. IM­PE­RIAL

AVI­A­TOR (82) who al­most de­fied his $21 SP when he ran 0.3-lens 2nd to Lord Kings­ley here on Nov. 18. Third run in Aus­tralia to­day, sec­ond this prep, Water­house/Bott bone and mus­cle. 6. LAST WISH

(75) is wear­ing thin, I say that not out of dis­re­spect, quite the con­trary — I have been with him all preparation but he just hasn’t been able to get there for one rea­son or an­other. Maybe Blake Shinn can make it hap­pen — he usu­ally does.


HIGH­WAY time and a good one from a punt­ing point of view with ca­pac­ity field some quite nice horses. I am pretty keen on 16. RUGENBAU (54) if it runs of course, It may not so I’ll leave it that, it will maybe go around at Can­berra to­day. I hope it runs here though. 12.

STAR AS­PI­RA­TION (56) is an­other one drawn poorly but we get Glyn Schofield and I have said it for weeks now, he is rid­ing bet­ter than ever. His mount here has an en­vi­able de­gree of con­sis­tency and was a brave first-up 2nd in an 1100m High­way here back on Nov. 18. Like I say, the draw is the big neg­a­tive — how much will be left for last 100m when they come charg­ing? 13. BEL DI­ABLO

(55) has drawn 21 mi­nus what­ever scratch­ings so that is a big neg­a­tive. Big, bold 1.6lens 4th in the Star As­pi­ra­tion High­way last start and that was af­ter a rea­son­able 3rd to Serene Miss (un­beaten/races tonight at Can­ter­bury) and Still Un­daunted (hope­fully win at Scone on Thurs­day af­ter print­ing). Sadly, this race may look noth­ing like it does at the mo­ment so you’re guess is as good as mine — Ru­gen­brau for me, if it comes.



(70) just can’t seem to get a break this cam­paign. She needs a tempo that is fast enough to swamp them late but noth­ing so fast she run off her legs — also needs a good, sus­tained straight line to the fin­ish post and that is not al­ways as­sured when she’s try­ing to run through the herd. Bar­rier 2 is not good this time — she might have to go back to dead last again and there are some pretty handy old hard heads that she is go­ing to have to reel in then pass. Still, we know on her day that things pan out for she is good enough to be win­ning Satur­day class races es­pe­cially with 53kgs on her back. 4. CELLARMAN

(75) has gone to a new level at his last two runs, both of them wins at Can­ter­bury. My word he’s been giv­ing two world class rides by the world class Blake Shinn. Shinn hands over to The Gun to­mor­row and in­stead will ride 2. RE­DOU­BLE (80) who has been a rev­e­la­tion since join­ing the Bjorn Baker camp. Add his name to an­other horse that has gone through the roof af­ter be­ing gelded! Back to back Satur­day wins, the last one full of grit and de­ter­mi­na­tion — you have to ad­mire a horse that has so much tough­ness.

10. CHALK (69) is mas­sive player; he was scratched from a later race to run here. Keep in mind, Chalk beat Re­dou­ble when he (Re­dou­ble) was firstup.


3. GREEN SWEET (96) is such an in­ter­est­ing horse, such a global horse. He is trained by a French­man, was born in the USA (sounds like a song ti­tle), raced in France, and now lives in Goul­burn near the Aussie cap­i­tal. The son of cham­pion sire Smart Strike (sire of 125 SW’ers inc Curlin) was beaten a nose by Hog­manay at his Aus­tralian de­but at $21 on Mar 11 then went down to Al­bury and won the Cup when $7 into $5.50. His third and fi­nal run of the first dowun­der prep saw him fin­ish 8th of 10 in the JRA Plate on a heavy 8 at HQ. He has to go 2000m first-up but he tri­alled and went well and we know that his trainer Jean Dubois is some­thing akin to a mas­ter con­di­tioner like so may of his Euro­pean col­leagues are. An­drew Ad­kins does a lot of rid­ing for Dubois and was on Green Sweet at his first Aus­tralian start in that 1900m Bm83 that I al­luded to where Steve Smith and Kenny Cal­lan­der’s horse (Hog­manay) just beat him.

4. SAVAPINSKI (99) is back home in Syd­ney af­ter lead­ing through­out to win the G2 Ma­tri­ach at Flem­ing­ton by al­most 3-lens. That came straight af­ter her 2nd in the Te­sio — The Gun has a real affin­ity with this Dy­namic Syn­di­ca­tions mare who

su­perb record of 7s 4-1-0. Her Tul­loch Lodge sta­ble­mate 2.

BROADSIDE (98) is first-up at 2000m but may I re­mind ev­ery­one, he is trained by Water­house and Bott and he did show some gen­uine fight spirit to win his most re­cent trial. Note self: Broadside is first-up for only 9-weeks, that’s as short a time as pos­si­ble to be clas­si­fied a spell so is he re­ally first-up? Don’t think so.


SURELY the most in­ter­est­ing horse rac­ing in Aus­tralia this week­end (for ages!) is 9. MIS­TER SEA WOLF (95) who might be the umpteenth horse to do the Fes­ti­val/Vil­liers dou­ble be­cause it’s plain that is what he is here for. I think he can do it ac­tu­ally, he is a very well cre­den­tialed miler and when Waller gets th­ese horses un­der his roof, they go from handy to Group horses — and in a very short time. Mis­ter Sea Wolf is fas­ci­nat­ing horse. He has won at 1000m, 1400m (3 times) and twice at the 1600m so this be­ing 1500m is some­thing of a Goldilocks dis­tance for him. I loved his trial which would have just knocked off any cob­webs from the trip down — bear­ing in mind he ar­rived here (ac­cord­ing to records) on Sep. 16 hav­ing last raced in a G3 (8 of 9) in Ire­land ex­actly month prior. I am pretty con­fi­dent he’ll win this but more about him in the Vil­liers with a run un­der

belt. Ev­ery other run­ner is a dan­ger, it’s that sort of race.

7. MOHER (98) is prime among them now he has re­verted to his old form. Then there is 5.

MIGHTY LUCKY (100) who is mighty de­pend­able. I am not so much lay­ing 4. CABEZA DE

VACA (100) but surely th­ese other jockeys aren’t go­ing to serve him up the pic­nic lunch with all the trim­mings that he has some­how man­aged to de­vour at his two runs this time in.


STARLIGHT Stakes time and it’s a great field on pa­per but there is ev­ery chance we’ll go with­out

few of the dual ac­cep­tors. So with that in mind I am 5. EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL (98) if she is here to beat “cer­tain” run­ner

1. DOTHRAKI (106), 6. PALLAZIO PUBBLICO (97) — very

un­likely and 3. BIG MONEY

(100) no good thing to run. Egyp­tian Sym­bol ac­cepted for the Ge­orge Moore up in Bris­bane but I am fairly sure she will run here in­stead. The Bjorn Baker trained blue­blood (Stra­tum/Our Egyp­tian Raine) is 4s 3w fresh and there has been zero wrong with her two tri­als. I have seen

trial bet­ter but that’s not to say th­ese ones were good, it’s just some of the oth­ers have been out of this world.


DITTO to that given my best in the Get Out Stakes is 13. LEVEL

EIGHT (75) who may in­deed run at Can­berra to­day. he my best bet Rose­hill so I am declar­ing him down in the cap­i­tal. Let’s as­sume he is not here, that leaves me with 4. BET­TER NOT BLUE

(84) who a well per­formed 6YO geld­ing is 24s 4-6-4 and many of those runs have been luck­less or he’s ben his own un­do­ing. My worry with him is that he is 13s 0 wins on good, 4s 2-1-0 on heavy so if it stays hard and fast at Rose­hill as has been so far this sum­mer — he might stay at home too! 8. MACHINEGUN JUBS (83) was bril­liantly rid­den to win last start, she has some great num­bers in­clud­ing 3s 2w at the trip and drawn well. Hop­ing that Level Eight turns up here be­cause I can see him over and over again mow­ing them down late; his tri­als have been sen­sa­tional.

Trainer Ja­son Coyle’s Siren’s Fury is ca­pa­ble of break­ing her string of bad luck to­mor­row.

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