Napoleon to stand tall

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NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a slow 7. All horses con­sid­ered starters un­less no­ti­fied by Mon­day at 1 PM. (N/R) de­notes no rat­ing.


JOSH Parr is on 5. NAPOLEON SOLO (N/R) which is an op­por­tune time to con­grat­u­late him on his five win­ners at Wy­ong

Sun­day giv­ing him brag­ging rights over his brother-in-law Tim Clark who bagged four at New­cas­tle a few days ear­lier! Any­way, Parr can keep the tally tick­ing over here via Napoleon Solo who had tri­alled very well in­deed prior to his most en­cour­ag­ing 5th of 8 the su­per handy Ro­h­eryn on Oct 10. Not that he didn’t han­dle heavy 10 that day but surely most horses would pre­fer a slow 7 to a 10? 8. WRIST­BAND (N/R) is an in­ter­est­ing horse. He’s $160,000 Easter Year­ling by Dan­sili who is a sire that Chris Waller knows bet­ter than any Aus­tralian trainer would. This horse is bred to run 2400m, his first two dams are by Eng­lish Derby win­ners Sir Percy and Nash­wan. He’s had two ‘Waller tri­als, that is – not knocked about nor shown up – but there was a lit­tle spark about each. 1. ADANA (N/R) was a $1.1 year­ling colt up un­til re­cently, he fronts-up to­mor­row as geld­ing. Promised a lot but has failed to de­liver. That said, that was a nice trial the other day.


RON Quin­ton will have the Dixie Blos­soms silk in his brief­case to­mor­row for the de­but of 1. BETTY BLOOMS (N/R) who is no re­la­tion, just sim­i­lar in­ter­ests that’s all. One thing I have to men­tion to start off with is the pedi­gree. She is by the won­der­ful race­horse and sire, O’Reilly (dec) out of a Zabeel mare named Zambezi. Zambezi’s dam is Tall Poppy who won 3 Group 1’s in NZ in­clud­ing the Thorn­don Mile 11-years after her dam, Fun On The Run won it. Betty Blooms has tri­alled twice this prep, the last one at Rand­wick last Mon­day morn­ing on the heavy 9 was an ab­so­lute rip­per. She ate up the mud that day. Gate 1 can be a curse at War­wick Farm when it’s wet – that’s the only po­ten­tial neg­a­tive. 6. PROVEN CLASS (N/R) is a Gooree filly on de­but for Mark Newn­ham. A Smart Mis­sile out of Syd­ney Cup run­ner-up Older Than Time, I like the 1300m for this filly first-up. I may be wrong, but I think there is some depth in and around her in those two tri­als. Blink­ers first time, drawn well, jockey (King) and trainer (Newn­ham) are on fire. Godol­phin filly 7. SINGING SAND (N/R) is a mile, 2000/2400m type. Would not be sur­prised to see her in Bris­bane or SA on the Oaks path 2019. Placed heavy 8 here last prep and has tri­alled rather well. The 1300m is per­fect for her – not too far, not too short.


GRANTED he got a Ker­rin McEvoy spe­cial ride to win that 2200m Bm72 here on Oct 10 but you can’t be any­thing other than im­pressed with the win of 5. SHANGANI PA­TROL (60). That was his sec­ond straight win in the three starts for new trainer Matthew Dale. Tak­ing into ac­count that he bolted in at Can­berra in a lowly Class 1 5-days ear­lier, the pro­gres­sive na­ture and sheer im­prove­ment in this horse is as­tound­ing. He goes to 2400m to­mor­row but he was beaten a nose at Bendigo over that trip at his last start for Jar­rod Robin­son. He is by the won­der­ful stayer He­lenus which is why he stays and he’s out of a More Than Ready mare

is a heavy 10 win­ner. Ger­man im­port 2. ILWENDO (66) would ap­pear to be the ob­vi­ous dan­ger to Shangani Pa­trol given that he ran him 0.3-lens in race here two weeks ago. Credit to Matthew Smith’s horse but I think Shangani Pa­trol was a bit more em­phatic than the mar­gin sug­gests. If weights are your thing, the turn­around this time is 1.5kgs in Ilwendo’s favour. 6. RED DUBAWI (58) was 4th in that same race but has al­most 10-lengths to make up on both Shangani Pa­trol and Ilwendo if he is to win.


7. BE­WARE (60) is a son of Ex­ceed of Ex­cel who sired his 150th in­di­vid­ual stakeswin­ner when Resin won the Group 3 Nivi­son at Royal Rand­wick last Satur­day. While I am on pedi­grees, let me point out that Be­ware’s dam, Caveat, is a sis­ter to Ca­mar­illa (Group 1 win­ner and dam of Guelph). Be­ware’s sec­ond Dam, Ca­marena, was a mud­lark epic pro­por­tions. With all that said, Be­ware has been gelded since he last ran. The 3YO won at Gos­ford on de­but then came to town and fin­ished 7 of 8 on a heavy 9 at Rand­wick. Loved the trial win War­wick Farm Oct 8, he seemed to get through the heavy 8 eas­ily that morn­ing so we will give him a cau­tious tick in the con­di­tions. Most in­ter­est­ing horse all day to­mor­row could well be 7. REP­RI­MAND (62) who is com­ing down from Mudgee with her mighty as­tute trainer Cameron Crock­ett. Even though the mare has not raced at War­wick Farm, she would be fa­mil­iar with the place to some de­gree given that was orig­i­nally trained by Bjorn Baker. Rep­ri­mand has gone west and re­ally made a name for her­self. She won Dubbo maiden by 3.6-lens, then Class 2 straight after by 4-lens and on Sep 10 she won a Welling­ton Class 2 by 6.3-lens. Won an Orange trial on Oct 15 with her head on her chest and still ran 56.97s for the 1000m – wow. 6. CRIM­SON TICKET (63) is a Jim and Greg Lee-trained mare who is 4s 1-1-0. Co­in­ci­den­tally, her win was at Gos­ford where she beat none other than the afore­men­tioned Resin! Crim­son Ticket is ready and able to keep that nice lit­tle fresh record of 3s 1-1-0 in good or­der if her re­cent trial win is any­thing to go by.


THERE seems to be rather a few ex-colts rac­ing first-up at WF to­mor­row, here’s an­other one that I see has been ‘gelded’ since the last out­ing in 1. CHAUSSURE (71) from the Chris Waller sta­ble. There is a back-story to how we get to stage where Chaussure 5YO, now geld­ing as I men­tioned, with just 3 starts to his name; he won 2 of them and was a huge, mas­sive 2nd at the other! The son Jimmy Choux has tri­alled twice and has made re­ally no­tice­able im­prove­ment from one to the other. Mar­ket will tell the story, let’s hope it’s more Ex­o­teric than High Bridge. If Chaussure hap­pened to blow in bet­ting, it’s time for a switch to Godol­phin’s clev­er­ly­named 4. WATCH­DOG (67), the Hel­met son of the mare Safe. Watch­dog was a moral at Wy­ong sec­ond-up and The Gun (aka Av­dulla), as he so of­ten does, rode this horse like was the best

in the race – no mis­takes, noth­ing cocky, just give him his chance and the mar­gin will come. That’s Av­dulla strength, con­sis­tency, no mis­takes. Ready for a visit to town – got the vis­i­tors draw though! Ouch. I am as­sum­ing that 5. AN­DAZ (63) runs in the last race to­mor­row – hope he does, be­cause he’ll more than likely win it, but just in case starts here, I have to give him a men­tion. 6. CAM­PARI (67) is an­other of the in­ter­est­ing run­ners at WF on Wednes­day. She was stake­splaced on NZ on Oct 28 in 2017, fronted up at Gos­ford on Oct 4, 2018 and beat sub­se­quent win­ner Flamin’ Al by an easy 1.3-lens.


9. SO MAGIC (61) is a re­ally nice filly from the Ja­son Coyle camp. The Es­plin fam­ily-bred chest­nut is a replica of her sure Magic Al­bert and is out the stakeswin­ner So Gor­geous who is a Denise’s Joy de­scen­dant. I can’t say why Magic has only has 2 runs (for a win and a luck­less 3rd) as 5YO mare but I can say that she has heaps of tal­ent – in fact I think she is at least Listed qual­ity. Ja­son Coyle is like Joe Pride and Mark Newn­ham in that when you see one of his horses trial well once, get on, when you see them trial well twice, load up. So Magic is tri­alling su­per but hid­den enough not to come out and start un­ders. That said, 1. PIERINA (69) has been tri­alling just as well. The Kris Lees trained daugh­ter of Sav­abeel is 3s 2w for Lees in Aus­tralia and she has that lit­tle touch of Sav­abeel class and qual­ity in how goes about things. Got a big weight even with the claim and as I said be­fore, is gate 1 on wet War­wick Farm a curse or a bless­ing? Usu­ally it’s curse. I re­mem­ber declar­ing to any­one who would lis­ten than Takeover Tar­get’s ‘niece’ 6. BAL­LET BABY (62) was a group horse! I fol­lowed her down a well and couldn’t pos­si­bly have her on top but the trial was good the other day. 5. SWEET AVA (71) is the high­est rater on the bench­mark scale and is back at the mid­weeks after run­ning in a Group 2 and a strong Bm72.


I WON­DER if Chris Waller is go­ing to run 7. AN­DAZ (63) in the Grey’s Race at Flem­ing­ton on Oaks day? An­daz’s sis­ter, Ari­nosa, won the 2012 re­newal while the brother, Oner­ous, was beaten a lip in 2016 run­ning. An­daz would be a chance that’s for sure. The horse is dual ac­cep­tor to­mor­row so we may not know un­til 7.30 on Wednes­day morn­ing to see where he goes but I have him top here purely on the score of this be­ing an eas­ier race (on pa­per) than the 1400m Bm70. If I am right in say­ing that this is not an overly deep or strong race than it re­ally brings 14. VOILIER (60) into play. Some­how this horse has man­aged to win only 2 out of 42, but he has placed a dozen times and won nearly $400,000 so he’s been a money spin­ner. Early on, he was look­ing re­ally good – he won like star at Rose­hill on de­but then was 2nd in the Sil­ver Slip­per to Head­wa­ter. Voilier stakes-placed a cou­ple of times at 3 but never re­ally went on to do as much as many us would have thought. Bot­tom line is; he’s not rac­ing too badly at the mo­ment and like I say, this is winnable if he brings his A-game and gets all favours. 10. WEEK­END AF­FAIR (62) is well -placed here by Ja­son Coyle. The horse is a mid­week class mile un­der the right cir­cum­stances and these – to­mor­row – are pre­cisely cir­cum­stances.

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