Waller stacks Syd­ney

The Sportsman Midweek - - Randwick Kensington Preview - WITH SHAYNE O’CASS

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Heavy 8. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Mon­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing. RACE 1

DEB­BIE Kepi­tis’ $120,000 Karaka Year­ling buy 4. RITMICO (60) didn’t ex­actly trial like Winx ahead of his New­cas­tle de­but which is why he was $21 to $31. The win was very im­pres­sive though. There a lot to like about the way he put the race

bed with a no­tice­able turn of foot. His trainer Chris Waller knows fam­ily well as Rit­mi­cos’ dam is a half-sis­ter to the mother of four­time Group 1 win­ner Prefer­ment. Harder here for Ritmico course, but he’s got a fair amount of scope. 3. JEN RULES (66) is the $500k Fast­net Rock filly from Snow­den Rac­ing. She won on a heavy 9 on de­but then re­sumed with fight­ing on-pace, close-up third at War­wick Farm. Fit­ter for the out­ing, han­dles the wet, 1300m no is­sue all. Makes pretty ob­vi­ous ap­peal. 2. SO TAKEN (67) fell in to win at Can­ter­bury sec­ond-up and was run down late when she should have been win­ning. Not say­ing she is ‘weak’ but that was hard to for­give at the $2.60 last time.


5. FIGHT FOR LOVE (N/R) was bought at the same sale at Karaka in 2017. In this case, $75,000 to Jamie Wal­ter (Proven T’breds) and given to Joe Pride. The filly is by Fight­ing Sun who I still say might have won the Golden Slip­per had he not bro­ken down. The mare is a Fast­net Rock who has thrown a two-time Group 2 win­ner in South Africa. Of more sig­nif­i­cance is the trial, or tri­als, to be pre­cise. They may not jump off the screen at first glance, but I have seen heaps of Joe Pride-trained horses trial like that and come out and win. 1. ADANA (N/R) has ap­par­ently been gelded since he last ran here on Sep 5. Adana was a $1.1m year­ling so has to win it all back the track now given the stud op­tion is gone. Has shown glimpses of be­ing a de­cent horse – trial the other day was a rip­per be­hind a highly ta­lented

in Nordi­cus (Dun­deel – Miss Fin­land). Should love the wet. Sta­ble­mate 4. BRAZILICA (N/R) might just beat them all on pedi­gree and abil­ity. She’s a Red­oute’s Choice of the VRC Oaks win­ner Brazil­ian Pulse has tri­alled great. Bet­ter later and over longer than 1100m but too well bred to fail.


4. MISS SHANTI (69) is a dual ac­cep­tor but one would imag­ine she races here where she has drawn bet­ter if it’s just a pure mat­ter of bar­ri­ers? I am not sure she’s any­thing even ap­proach­ing a mud­lark so maybe she might not run in ei­ther? I do like her though as horse and

am cer­tain has come back well. Just one last word on the wet – be­cause that is the cru­cial point – she hasn’t hated it per se and be­ing a Pierro, she has ev­ery right to at least get through it. One horse that we knows gets through it is 6. THE IRON MAIDEN (67) from up at Wy­ong. Con­sider this folks – she has lost 55 times out of 60 runs on good but is 7s 3-1-2 on heavy. Back­ing up from a huge run at War­wick Farm last Wed­nes­day a heavy 10. What

marvel she is too, 94th start com­ing up to­mor­row and she’s won 10 and placed 23. 2. SAVACOOL (76) was ter­rific first-up at Rose­hill when she got too far back but fin­ished just one and a half lengths off Tip Top

com­pany. She came here on Oct 1 ran one and a quar­ter length sec­ond to In­vic­tus Dom­ina in a race where the proven wet tracker 1. FEELIN THE LOVE (76) ran third. Hats off to Greg McFar­lane and his mare 3. OUR WIN­NIE (73), she is aim­ing for her sixth straight win – the pre­vi­ous five are all at dif­fer­ent tracks; the last one New­cas­tle where he beat The Iron Maiden – but shouldn’t have IMO.


WALLER and Snitzel com­bine (again) here via the three-year-old geld­ing 9. ORCEIN (65) who has The Au­tumn Sun from last prep. Sure he was beaten four and a half lengths that day but The Au­tumn Sun won a Group 1 by that mar­gin on the week­end. Fast for­ward to re­cent times and Orcein has re­ally hit his straps fast into this new cam­paign. There was a fair de­gree of author­ity in the way he won at the Farm sec­ond-up. Snitzel/Zabeel mare – should han­dle the slop. 1. NICOCHET (69) is a Nic­coni geld­ing from the Ja­son Coyle yard. The dam is Tan­ger­ine, daugh­ter of En­costa De Lago and look at the race name – the ATC Farewells En­costa

Hand­i­cap (1550m) – now there’s an omen tip for pun­ters. This fel­low is 12s 3-1-4 and one of those wins was on a heavy track. Ran a fan­tas­tic fourth beaten two lengths by Sig­nore Fox et al in a 1400m Oct 1 here. Rather and un­der­rated horse – I just won­der how he copes with the 60.5kg on the slop? 2. SKY BOY (68) was a half length in front of Nicochet at fin­ish of the Sig­nore Fox race here two weeks back. That was Sky Boy’s sec­ond-up run and be­lieve me when I say, he is cry­ing out for 1550m. He is quite a ta­lented race­horse. Ran fourth to Kaonic and Lu­vlu­ava one day and was third in a Listed race at Flem­ing­ton on Oaks day too.


JEFF Penza is the story here. He is one of the big rea­sons why 11. DOLLY’S DUE (60) can win to­mor­row. Penza has rid­den her at 13 of her 21 starts. The mare has won five times, on at all of them. She’s placed eight times, Penza on at of those. He rode the Nowra-based daugh­ter of Du­porth when she ran a huge race be­hind De­ity at War­wick­Farm last start on Oct 3. Can’t see any is­sues with her in the wet. Lit­tle note for the breed­ing buffs – Dolly’s Due’s third dam is Sud­den, dam of Burst. 10. KATHAIRE (61) has been an eye-catcher in her last two runs at Hawkesbury over the 1100m. She’s been off speed, ex­tri­cated mid­stretch and fin­ished off hard enough each time. That would sug­gest that the 1300m might be in her favour to­mor­row. Soft track num­bers are very good, un­known on heavy, but have to give her the ben­e­fit of the doubt un­til proven oth­er­wise. Speak­ing of jockey who like / suit horses – Chad Lever knows Kathaire in­side and out. Heaps of chances in the race, I just went look­ing for some value but that’s not to dele­git­imise

prospects of some of the more fan­cied types from the pow­er­house sta­bles namely 8. HIGH LOW BET (62) and 4. NAI’A (66). If it was dry, 2. NO IN­TER­EST (71) would have been close to a good thing but the wet?


I might re­gret this but I am go­ing to take on Girl Tues­day ONLY IF IT IS A FULL FIELD OF 11. If there are scratch­ings, all bets are off. I am look­ing at the field as it stands on Mon­day morn­ing noon time. Any­way for what it is worth, my logic is that even though Girl Tues­day has been smash­ing her ri­vals in those three straight wins, I have doubts on the qual­ity of the races, un­like what 7. KEEP UP (67) has been go­ing around in since Clare Cun­ning­ham took con­trol of the ex-Kiwi. He’s been very well man­aged by her and re that ‘0’ from last start when he was favourite, Cun­ning­ham pointed out (right­fully) that the jockey should have got go­ing a bit ear­lier and left it too late with too much to do. You watch Ja­son Col­lett pull off a beauty here! This is his type of horse to ride. 11. LADY EVE­LYN (64) beat Scratches at Rose­hill two runs back then went to Port Mac and was a dis­tant third in the Cup bear­ing in mind she was a dis­tant sev­enth at the 400m. Ja­son Deamer has had her tick­ing over nicely this whole cam­paign – she’s run a cred­itable race to vary­ing de­grees at just about ev­ery run. I am not silly enough to leave 2. GIRL TUES­DAY (76) out com­pletely. She’s won by big mar­gins at all three runs but like I was say­ing, for the price she is com­pared to the price I think Keep Up will be, I’ll have hav­ing my lit­tle fiver on Cun­ning­ham geld­ing.


‘LOV­ING horses’ is a fast way to the poor house when they don’t win much but you won’t hear of dump­ing them no mat­ter. En­ter 11. THY KING­DOM COME (69) who is just the most im­pres­sive looker you would see. His ac­tion is so flu­ent – early days I was think­ing Group horse. The day he won his maiden by six lengths at Kem­bla Grange, you’d be agree­ing! The long story short is that he re­sumes here to­mor­row with two tri­als, both quite ac­cept­able, and rac­ing at the 1300m which is not too far nor too short. The wet? No idea. James Cum­mings could tri­fecta this race with his trio (ranked only by me) 4. SCHU­BERT (750, 8. DE­ITY (74) and 9. Ke­men­tari’s three-quar­ter-brother RE­GENT (70). My first thoughts among the three were for Schu­bert who had no luck when a length fifth of eight be­hind Catesby in that handy lit­tle Bm76 at War­wick Farm on Oct 3. Schu­bert has tri­alled well be­fore­hand and he good num­bers at the trip on slow. One has to ac­knowl­edge the pres­ence of 1. CONARCHIE (79) who to­gether with the afore­men­tioned The Iron Maiden is quite pos­si­bly the best ‘mud­die’ on the whole card to­mor­row.


WHEN mak­ing your lists of ‘cer­tainty beaten’ at the end the sea­son, make sure you don’t for­get 2. AND SO IT GOES (73). Dear oh dear oh dear. Disas­ter from start to fin­ish. Should have won. Not hav­ing a crack at J-Mac be­cause he’s

freak, but Corey Brown is back on to­mor­row as you would ex­pect, he rides heaps for Garry White but was un­avail­able the Oct 1 ride on the mare. As much as I think she’ll win this time, I have at least five oth­ers than wish was rich enough to back namely 8. EX­CEL­LENT DE­SIGN (71) who has drawn bar­rier 3 and has Hugh Bow­man rid­ing,

5. REG­I­MEN (73) tri­alled su­per, 11. SEE THE SHOW (68) who is a tal­ent and even 9. FOX SWIFT (71) who is first run for John O’Shea. O’Shea fly­ing at the mo­ment and this mare is a stakeswin­ner who han­dles the soft. She is the mar­ket watch of day IMO. I am sure she’s go­ing to run a race but at the end the – all roads to lead to And So It Goes with even luck.

Trainer Chris Waller (left) and jockey Hugh Bow­man re­act after Winx won the Turn­bull Stakes.

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