Quack­er­jack primed to fly


NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Heavy 8 – im­prov­ing. All horses are con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day 1 PM or where spec­i­fied. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.


IF PEDI­GREES mean any­thing then 3. BIVOUAC (N/R) will have no prob­lems in the wet, none at all. His dam, Daz­zler, is a More Than Ready out of Ca­mar­illa who is in turn a daugh­ter of Ca­marena. What­ever the case, we saw this Godol­phin colt han­dle a heavy 8 at War­wick Farm in his trial when a clos­ing 4th of 5 beaten 4-lens by 6.

TIME TO REIGN (N/R) – more on him in a mo­ment. It’s one thing to have pace and win by a big mar­gin over 797m in trial but some­times one has to mark ‘up’ the horse that was hit­ting

line given the high pres­sure race day sce­nario over 1000m. That’s my view any­way. Race ex­pe­ri­ence in 2YO’s in cru­cial. I don’t know how many times we see a 2YO that has been to the races and en­dured that sort of race day in­ten­sity come out and beat debu­tantes. En­ter 1.

COVERT OPS (N/R) who won his heat by 8-lens then was 2nd in the Breed­ers’ Plate to a nice colt Du­bi­ous. As for Time To Reign, he is a half She Will Reign who not only won a Golden Slip­per – she loved the slop and al­most broke the Kem­bla 1000m course record on de­but.


Mark Newn­ham-trained filly 1.

QUACK­ER­JACK (68) has been my top selec­tion in all three runs this cam­paign and fin­ished ‘849’. I can make a case for the ‘8’ be­ing a for­give run but I can­not de­fend her so stoutly next two runs. But, I am noth­ing if not loyal and giv­ing her one more chance to­mor­row. This is by far the eas­i­est race she has con­tested this prepa­ra­tion and there was enough to like about her re­cent 3rd in a de­cent trial (Ke­men­tari was 2nd) at Randwick on Mon­day morn­ing on a heavy 9 track. 3.

ORCEIN (65) was a dreaded scratch­ing from race he had ac­cepted for 2 days ear­lier when stay­ing home from that Kens­ing­ton race on Wed­nes­day. You can only as­sume this was deemed the bet­ter op­tion for him on big track and at the mile in small field. Fair enough too – he looks nicely placed here so long as the Snitzel kicks in and han­dles the slop. 4. LUCKY HEL­MET (67) is a pro­gres­sive type from John O’Shea camp. O’Shea is bat­ting at an Adam Gilchrist like strike-rate at present; 5 of his last 6 run­ners are win­ners. This filly has won her last two at the provin­cials and O’Shea has found the per­fect race to come to town bear­ing in mind she is ac­tu­ally at home to­mor­row.


7. BURN­ING CROWN (64) might be rac­ing at Sha Tin one day sooner or later. I’ve seen them buy a lot worse horses than this guy and do well out of them. If he was bought on looks alone, he’d make $1m and geez he wouldn’t be worth much less on tal­ent and po­ten­tial. Okay, he’s only a Gunnedah and Scone win­ner at the mo­ment but he’s won by 6-lens then 2-lens went maiden to C2 straight away and won like Phar Lap who he ac­tu­ally re­sem­bles a bit on the move – only with some white splashes on his im­pos­ing ch­est­nut frame. If you don’t be­lieve me, go and watch Scone trial win on the Rac­ing NSW web­site. Matthew Dunn has two in here and both can win start­ing with 3. LIFE­SAVER (66) who is one of Dunn’s mil­lion High­way win­ners. The son of Hel­met was an ex­cel­lent 3.3-lens 2nd to the speedy Sei Stella in a 1000m High­way here a lit­tle over month ago. Un­placed all three soft tracks runs but not dis­count­ing him on that alone.

14. DOC­TOR ON ICE (56) has drawn 1 com­pared to his sta­ble­mate’s 13 draw (mi­nus scratch­ings). Whether ‘in’ is bet­ter than ‘out’ on this track af­ter all the rac­ing it has taken in re­cent weeks re­mains to be seen. The Doc­tor is proven on wet ground to a small de­gree hav­ing won eas­ily on a soft 5.


3. IN­VIC­TUS PRINCE (97) is the top­i­cal tip right. Prince Harry is in town, In­vic­tus Games start to­day, the horse was bred The Queen. If omen bet­ting is not your go and you pre­fer form, how about a 2-lens 2nd to Winx at WFA at the mile. Or 3-lens off Hart­nell in Ep­som? Granted, the Prince wasn’t great in the Craven Plate last Satur­day but 2400m is right up his al­ley and there a lot to be said for horses who back 7-day on a wet track. Drawn 10 which is bit of a worry but we’ll leave that to play out as it will. 4. HIGH

BRIDGE (95) came to Aus­tralia as a hur­dler and ended up win­ning two races at the mid­week then run­ning 4th in Metrop to Pa­trick Erin who dead­set should be in the Caulfield Cup (field) to­day! How does that hap­pen? The Metrop win­ner should be ex­empt from the bal­lot full stop. Any­way, enough of that. Clearly this horse has thrived down un­der and is go­ing to be hard to hold out. I will cheer­ing for 1. DES­TINY’S KISS

(104) as much as Nick Mo­raitis and Joe Pride if it’s a close fin­ish. What an old mar­vel this bloke is. I think the Cups count for this noted mud­lark stands at 11 go­ing into this. One of them was race last year.


DAVID Payne has my Caulfield Cup pick, Ace High, in the big race to­mor­row so good luck to us both! Payne sad­dles-up

All Too Hard mare 5. ALL TOO

SOON (84) for Ace High’s owner, John Cor­dina here. The mare is quite good on wet ground ac­tu­ally un­like Ace High be­ing 7s 3-0-2. She was a cred­itable 2.1-lens be­hind I Am Se­ri­ous last start in the Group 3 Angst, in­deed she hasn’t been beaten more than about 3-lens in any of her 5 runs this time work. She was once a se­ri­ous ATC Oaks con­tender so her class have never been in ques­tion. Looks nicely set-up for a fifth ca­reer win at start 16 to­mor­row. I said it ear­lier how well John O’Shea is go­ing in re­cent weeks and he

rep­re­sented here by win­ter’s Queens­land Derby run­ner 6.

LIVE AND FREE (76) who started favourite first-up when 10th of 12 some 5.6-lens from the win­ner in a 1400m race on Kens­ing­ton track. I note that he is now 3s 0-1-0 fresh but 1 for 1 when sec­ond-up and you would think there is plenty of im­prove­ment in the son of Sav­abeel whom O’Shea knows bet­ter than most ac­tu­ally. On top of be­ing 1 for 1 for fresh, Live And Free is also 1 at the track and that was a killer win that day – just awe­some re­ally. 3. ABDON (86) has be­come a very costly horse to fol­low but he’s had a few plau­si­ble ex­cuses just the same. 4. AS­TO­RIA (82) and 10. MEROVEE (74) are in mix.


THE Brian Crow­ley has been won some very nice horses – par­tic­u­larly for a race that has held Listed sta­tus since Ubetido won it first in 1980. I can’t say for sure, but this looks to me to be one of the bet­ter and deeper re­newals race with some lovely colts, a few of them could even be in the Cool­more Stud Clas­sic on Derby day in two weeks. Chief among them is

7. ROO­SEVELT (70) who has been a favourite of mine since be­fore his de­but at War­wick Farm which he won. He is a big, strong gal­loper with beau­ti­ful ac­tion put to good use when thrash­ing the older horses in a War­wick Farm mid­weeker im­me­di­ately af­ter his quick trip to Caulfield where he was 2.1-lens be­hind Writ­ten By who is a star. Class colt. Ditto that for the $1.7m year­ling 9. DI­PLO­MATICO (67) who was a moral when he re­sumed in that 5-horse race on the Kens­ing­ton. The son of Snitzel won by 4.3-lens and had head on the chest all the way ba­si­cally. He won a trial by 6-lens be­fore win so he’s come back in fab­u­lous or­der. Ei­ther he or Roo­sevelt could win the Cool­more if they run up to ex­pec­ta­tion to­mor­row. 8. THE

TENOR (68) is an­other of the last start boom­ing win­ners in the Crow­ley to­mor­row. Granted The Tenor’s came at the provin­cials against sec­ond, third and fourth tier horses but it’s not who you beat, how you beat them – some­times.


I WAS quite keen on 4. SHAZEE

LEE (83) when I saw her en­tered here. I have al­ways liked this mare and so took the op­por­tu­nity to ring her trainer Scott Sin­gle­ton for a chat/story (see page 2). I knew she was in good nick be­cause tri­alled like a bomb the other day but man, Sin­gle­ton was very con­vinc­ing and bullish about her. You can see in the story that he said she has never been as strong and the like at start of any pre­vi­ous cam­paign. She loves the heavy, is 2 from 4 in fact, and bar­rier 13 (of 13) and Brett Preb­ble are ticks as far as I am con­cerned for the rea­son that can bring her down the out­side with no traf­fic is­sues. That’s her go. In terms of her class, bear in mind she beat Prompt Re­sponse and Spright in the Hawkes­bury Guineas. Im­pend­ing’s lit­tle sis­ter 5. EPI­DEMIC (90) won all three starts last cam­paign. She re­sumed 5-lens 10th of 13 in the Group 3 How Now at Caulfield on Sep 22 but came back home and since tri­alled re­ally well in a deep heat at War­wick Farm on Oct 8. Epi­demic is 2 for 2 soft so should be sweet on the heavy you’d imag­ine. 3. ECK­STEIN

(105) bolted in at Flem­ing­ton in a Listed race on Oct 6 straight af­ter her grand 1.4-lens 5th the Golden Pen­dant. She’s won 4 from 7 at the trip and has on heavy be­fore. 2. PECANS

(100) is right up to these mares. Chances also 9. RESIN (83),

10. DYSLEXIC (81) and 1. EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL (105)

who I made a bestie last week in the Syd­ney Stakes so am not go­ing to sack her to­tally here if she backs up.


JAMES Cum­mings is train­ing dou­bles and tre­bles all over the place he could very well train four (or five) to­mor­row un­less I have put the mock on him. Hope not. I al­ready have Bivouac win­ning the first, Roo­sevelt in the Brian Crow­ley now 4. MAR­SU­PIAL (86) here fol­lowed by my ‘Best Bet’, Beau Geste in the last race (more later). Mar­su­pial, a strik­ing son of Street Cry from Koala Bear, was once con­sid­ered Blue Di­a­mond ma­te­rial by the camp. That wasn’t to be but it speaks vol­umes of his looks, tal­ent and class, etc. The geld­ing was 5-lens off them at Caulfield on Sep 22 but came back home to Agnes Banks and won a trial at War­wick Farm by

nose but with a mile of au­thor­ity. Has han­dled slow/heavy.

2. FIRST­HAND (91) is a Team Hawkes trained geld­ing who tri­alled su­per ahead of his com­mend­able re­turn in the Tac­ti­cal Ad­van­tage 1000m Fly­ing race at Kens­ing­ton on Oct 1. First­hand was 9 of 10 in the mid­dle stages and still 7th at 400m bear­ing mind that they ran 56.96s and home on 33.80s. First­hand is 4s 2w sec­ond-up. 7. PAS­SAGE

OF TIME (83) is a Joe Pride­trained Gooree gal­loper who is 3s 2w fresh – the same as he on heavy go­ing. He has won 3 of 6 at the trip and is a Randwick win­ner. All in all, his num­bers stack up very well in­deed for a bold bid here.


STREET Cry and Godol­phin here I hope with 13. BEAU

GESTE (77) lin­ing-up for his sec­ond run this cam­paign. The horse was 9th of 14 fresh at Randwick on Sep 29 but was only beaten 3.9-lens and be­lieve me, it was a di­min­ish­ing mar­gin. You could just see this horse go­ing to peak next time over 1400m, still on a big track, and he is well in again at the weights and Rachel King to ride. Beau Geste has drawn 5 and there is a chance per­haps that he may be able to make some use of that al­ley, well, I don’t think he’ll as far back this time any­way. 5.

RIGHT OR WRONG (86) has been run­ner-up at his last two, one to Trekking then the other a mas­sive run be­hind Max­u­mus. Those two sec­onds are at 1200m, he is at 1400m this time which I see that he is un­beaten in two runs at. Soft track form is 4s 3-1-0. Gee he’s not hard to find is he!? I liked 8. ARAAJA

(86) in a mile race last week­end but she was scratched. I am less en­thused about her at 1400m but then again, I’m not Chris Waller.

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