SASSO to hit the heights

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QUAL­ITY New­cas­tle mare Sasso Cor­baro makes her re­turn to rac­ing at War­wick Farm to­mor­row in a hotly con­tested ATC Bow­er­mans Of­fice Fur­ni­ture Hand­i­cap over 1100m.

The Kris Lees-trained daugh­ter of All Too Hard was beaten four lengths in the Light Fin­gers, Magic Mil­lions Guineas and the Denise’s Joy at Scone to un­der­line her ob­vi­ous ta­lent.

Sasso Cor­baro, who has Met­ro­pol­i­tan win­ning jockey Corey Brown on­board, looked the goods in her two re­cent tri­als.

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Good 4. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.


2. CARIF (N/R) could win a Derby, per­haps not the VRC, he would have to im­prove over the break to win the ATC, but I’m think­ing maybe Queens­land ver­sion. Hey, if it hap­pens a ge­nius, if not, no one will re­mem­ber any­way! My point is, this son of So You Think and dual Group 1 win­ner Norzita is a gen­uine ta­lent. Make that ‘raw’ ta­lent’. He does a few things wrong but he has big, big fin­ish. The more rac­ing the bet­ter and the mile is per­fect. 9. ZENARDINI (N/R) is look­ing a bit like a trial star but with noth­ing de­liv­ered on race day. That’s 4s 0-0-0 so far placed in three of her five starts and looked pretty good in a few of them too. That was cer­tainly the case again when the grand-daugh­ter of Miss Zoe fin­ished an un­hur­ried 1.3-length se­cond in her 1050m heat at Randwick on Sep 28. She was ‘race fit’ though so was en­ti­tled to im­press. Has come up against the likes of Miss Fab­u­lass, Cris­to­bal, Na­keeta Jane, Madam Rouge. I ex­pected a fair bit more from the Sav­abeel colt 8. STARDOME (N/R) here on de­but, not that it was a shocker by any means. To cut long story short, I can see why he is 1100m to 1600m! Bear in mind that he is a three-quar­ter to Bris­bane Cup win­ner Flo­ria.


IF ever a horse is build­ing up to an­other win it surely 3. PAL­MA­TEER (64). The Chris Waller-trained daugh­ter of Fast­net Rock and Lit­tle Surfer Girl has run three times back in Syd­ney since her SandownLake­side win over this same trip on Jul 18. The first was a fourth to All Too Soon, the next a third to the in-form Ex­cel­sior then she chased home a po­ten­tial su­per­star in Girl Tues­day. That was 1500m and she made up lots of ground. This is 1600m and she’s got the same weight af­ter the claim. 2. NAI’A (66) was a good thing at Kem­bla last start. She was cry­ing out for the 1500m on a big track af­ter such a great re­turn at Wy­ong over 1300m. It was rather em­phatic win too, she had them cov­ered a long way out even though she was last at the 400m still. She is un­beaten at mile. 1. GRAND SOLEIL

(66) and 4. ALNAAS (63) are both in the mix but to be hon­est, this is Pal­ma­teer’s race lose. If she does go un­der (and here’s pray­ing she doesn’t), I can only see Nai’a beat­ing her so surely it’s ex­acta/quinella time.


THIS race comes at the right time for the roy­ally-bred geld­ing 5. TERWILLIKER (62) from the An­thony and Ed­ward Cum­mings camp. The son of Pierro and Group 1 Myer Clas­sic win­ner Hur­tle Myr­tle has only won once in 12 starts and that was sec­ondup. It was most in­ter­est­ing to me that ‘The Gun’ sticks with him. Av­dulla was on him firstup when he ran sixth of eight at Hawkes­bury in a 1300m race on Sep 20. This horse just does not have the tac­ti­cal speed to fea­ture at any­thing be­low about a mile IMO but I will have give him credit for his tri­als be­fore the first-up run, he is look­ing good. Any­thing goes in these WF mid­week­ers over a trip, trust me. Chris Waller and Gerry Har­vey team-up here with the Street Cry mare 1. SCRATCHES (71) who has a five point su­pe­rior bench­mark rat­ing to the next high­est rater in 3. IRON DUKE (66), some­thing which must al­ways be re­spected. Scratches has fin­ished run­ner-up at her last three starts, the first in the se­quence was be­hind her sta­ble­mate High Bridge who ran fourth in the Met­ro­pol­i­tan on Sat­ur­day. On one hand, her form is out­stand­ing but the other – she’s been pretty costly. Noth­ing wrong with Iron Duke who was fourth to High Bridge in the se­cond of his Aus­tralian wins here at WF. Was thump­ing ‘walk­ers’ be­fore that. 3. GO BENNY (65) his best would win this.


PROB­A­BLY the most in­ter­est­ing horse in ac­tion at WF to­mor­row is 3. SIZ­ZLING ACE (67) who has joined the Waller camp from Toby Ed­monds Queens­land base. Waller would know the fam­ily, he trained this filly’s dam – Big Birdie for Bob Ing­ham. Siz­zling Ace has hasn’t won in seven starts but has raced against some huge names and mas­sive tal­ents. Ex­am­ple – third to new stable­mates Lean Mean Ma­chine and Zou­sain in the Sires’ at Doomben then spelled af­ter be­ing ‘only’ 5.2-length off cham­pion The Au­tumn Sun in the Atkins. No tri­als to speak off but she might just run over the top of them. Mar­ket will tell us story. As good as Siz­zling Ace’s form reads, I don’t say that this is a ‘gimme’. have al­ways been big fan of 10. SANGITA (62), the $800,000 Se­bring filly bred by Tony San­tic. The Snow­den Rac­ing filly beat El Do­rado Dream­ing in a New­cas­tle maiden on Mar 31 which was no big deal un­til El Do­rado Dream­ing came out next start and won the Group 1 Sires’ Pro­duce. Sangita was locked up boxed in like noth­ing else first-up, a to­tal for­get run, then dropped out big time to run last in the Group 2 Tea Rose. I don’t think she’s a leader – she’s got a nice lit­tle turn of foot when she can be rid­den to her best ad­van­tage. 9. BANDOL (62) is a dreaded dual ac­cep­tor. Lightly-raced filly who has shown ta­lent from day one. Nice trial at Randwick on Sep 28. Mas­sive re­spect for 1. TOUGH LARRY (65). He’s well named – he was coura­geous un­der fire on de­but on Sep 5 and had an easy trial since. In fact, he knows WF quite well – he’s trained here.


1. SEXY EYES (73) is in two races to­mor­row – she’s not alone. No way to know where she runs. If she is here, she’s on top. If not it’s 5. WILD HORI­ZONS (63) is a valu­able mare from the Hawkes camp be­ing by Fast­net Rock out of Kosi Bay. She is a four-year-old mare now but has only had the third runs for win and two un­placed that weren’t much to write home about. If you trust her tri­als, you can see that she is a pretty ta­lented mare. You would think she’s had a few is­sues, her C.V reads that way – but if she turns up and ‘they’ back her, might just show what level of ta­lent she ac­tu­ally has. 2. DE­ITY (69), the daugh­ter of four-time Group 1 win­ner Divine Madonna has done lit­tle or noth­ing wrong to speak off be­ing 5s 2-2-0 and al­most made it a third ca­reer win but for Ex­cel­lent De­sign’s nose fin­ish­ing in front of her at Can­ter­bury on Sep 12. Tommy Berry’s record her is two rides for a nose win and a nose loss. Re­spect­ing 7. VOILA (66) who ‘has the draw’.


THIS is the high­light of the day, I would say it’s worth price of ad­mis­sion but it’s free en­try at the Farm to­mor­row. James Cum­mings will need four sets of Royal Blue here and a ver­i­ta­ble rain­bow of dif­fer­ent coloured caps – I think it goes Blue, White, Red then Black. I’ll be on the horse in the Red cap – namely 6. CATESBY (71) but fear not, he will be easy to spot. Just look for the hand­some chest­nut with

white mark­ings. Gosh he is a nice horse. He is also very well bred be­ing by Shamardal out of Man­ning­ton. Catesby was gelded some­time af­ter Feb this year – he has run five times since win­ning twice. His tri­als have been huge. Like him a lot in a hard race to­mor­row. 3. SASSO COR­BARO (77) is qual­ity mare from the Kris Lees camp. How well is he go­ing! I mean. As for Sasso, she was beaten ap­prox­i­mately four lengths in races in­clud­ing the Light Fin­gers, the Magic Mil­lions Guineas and Denise’s Joy. Tri­alled twice both were first class. Got 8. SEXY EYES (73) in for third here if she runs. This could be a fast run race and that will suit her – in fact she’ll be fin­ish­ing with the best sec­tion­als I reckon. The big watch is 7. SIAM (70) whose form is sound as a bell and she’s deadly fresh – off nice trial too.


ROUGHIE time and when bet­ter to back a long­shot than in the Get Out Stakes. I’ll give a few clues. He’s lo­cal. Half of his 10 wins are around this trip. Eight of those wins are on good tracks. Syd­ney’s best jockey rides him. He’s got a Group 1 win­ning trainer to put the pol­ish on Give up? It’s 7. PRO CON­SUL (63) of course. The down­side to those oth­er­wise rather com­pelling stats is that he hasn’t won since Oct 14 in 2016 and he’s get­ting older – aren’t we all. Still, I saw enough the big fella’s two runs at 1100m this prep to say he’s a live chance here. He’ll be huge odds and J-Mac should never go around $10+ on any­thing! I hon­estly ex­pected 6. MAHALANGUR (63) to be a Group win­ner by now but as we stand to­day he is a pro­vin­cial maiden win­ner. Don’t let that mis­lead about his ta­lent and abil­ity – he is a re­ally nice horse the two tri­als have been ex­em­plary. Could be in for a re­ally good prepa­ra­tion this bloke – start­ing to­mor­row. 2. BRAVISSIMO (71) and 1. META­MOR­PHIC (72) have claims, so too 4. DEVIL’S LAIR (65) but keen to play Pro Con­sul at the big odds – ‘both totes’ as Ian Craig would say.

Greg Hick­man (left) and James McDon­ald com­bine in the last race at War­wick Farm.

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