Bowman to have a day out
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a Good 4. All horses considered starters unless notified by Monday at 1 PM. (N/R) denotes no rating.
THE Snowden’s could quinella this race with their two runners 3. ESTROVERTO (N/R) and 10. SNIPPETSEED who are vaguely similar horses in that they had two runs each at their first campaigns, then went out, have come and trialled twice respectively. Estroverto is a Greg and Donna Kolivos colt by Pierro out of their own multiple Group winning mare Majestic Music. This colt will get 2000m easily, maybe 2400m too, so 1400m firstup is the best possible trip for him. As for Snippetspeed, he is a $105,000 Inglis Classic yearling. He was fourth to subsequent Melbourne Cup day stakeswinner Pohutukawa on debut at Hawkesbury then was a neck second in town at the midweeks. Was most impressive when he won that 1100m trial at Canterbury by 2.3-lens on Nov 13. 6. KASHIWA (N/R) is a Chris Waller/Denise Martin gelding who has been an eye catcher in three of his four runs including his Randwick sixth to Nordicus on Cup Day.
THERE are some fillies here that will go well beyond the midweeks in time. Chris Waller has five of the 11 here including my best bet – 11. WORD FOR
WORD (N/R) – but she is long odds to run from that barrier. I have seen the camp scratch for less. A little about her anyway for the record, she is a $200,000 Easter yearling who was bred in partnership by Anthony Cummings. Anthony’s father, Bart, trained the sire So You Think while Anthony trained the dam Wordplay who split Savvy Nature and Happy Clapper in the Group 3 Spring Stakes. She is also a half to Anthony’s dual
1 winner Fiveandahalfstar. Trialled like a good filly this one, very good! If she stays home, then I am more than happy to be with the stablemate 6. RE EDIT (N/R) is also stakes class IMO. She is a $340,000 Katsumi Yoshida (Delta Blues, etc) Easter buy with 3 X 3 double cross of Sadler’s Wells. Her dam is by High Chaparral, the second dam is a sister to Military Plume. Both she and Word For Word will be 1600m+ fillies and mares later on but they are just so classy. 4. JAZETTE (N/R) was beaten by a wide barrier on debut at Canterbury. She went back so as not to be three wide but it was too far back as it turned out. Got home really well over the last bit. 7. SIZZLING ACE (N/R) is a major player if she actually runs from that gate.
CHRIS Waller could have a big day at the Farm tomorrow. I like him to win three in-a-row, this being middle leg as it were. Waller has two here namely 1. SURE KNEE (65) and 3. SELES (60) and that is my order but it could go the other way, given that Seles has had the run back and won – and won really well. As for Sure Knee, she was excellent at the first preparation. Kicked off with a fast closing fourth to Ready To Prophet (led) then 20 days later Sure Knee leads and hangs on to win by a nose. That’s both runs at Warwick Farm. She hasn’t trialled but she worked with the Hong Kong bound Comin’ Through in an exhibition gallop on Kensington Track last Thursday and looked good. Seles meanwhile cake from 10th of 11 to win at Newcastle over 1200m on Nov 3. Just followed the field around in a Nov 21 trial here. Kris Lees has the grey 8. TARTUFO BIANCO (53) coming to town for the first time. She probably should have won on debut at Newcastle, then she did win Taree and was last seen finishing a disappointing ninth of 13 at Tuncurry. Trialled twice since, the last one was very good behind Star Crossed. No knock at all on 2. THE ART OF THE BAR (63) who should lead and be very hard to run down. That was a super win at Kembla on Cup Day.
CHRIS Waller has four of the 11 here too minus any scratchings that come on race morning. I think he will go one-two again but my one-two is not going to be the market’s choice I am sure. I have 6. DEVIL’S LAIR (64) ahead of the stablemate 3. MISS SHANTI (73). Devil’s Lair is a very typical Pierro to look at. This is his fifth run of the campaign so it is safe to say he is very fit. His form this preparation includes a 1.5-lens fourth to 1. GODUNOV (71) and a third Keep Up who won the Cessnock Cup last Wednesday at Newcastle. That said, Miss Shanti has much deeper form again; Savacool, Sky Boy and then there is her easy win over Rapture Miss on Oct 31 on the Kensington track. She is down in class but up in weight – 59.5kg over 2130m is not an easy task by any means. The aforementioned Godunov was good at Canterbury the other night and he’ll stay all day. If there is a scratching and 11. MOMENTUM TO WIN (58) made the start, I would certainly be keeping an eye on what he paying for the place, he’s just that sort of horse that bobs up somewhere in these deadly Warwick Farm midweek staying races.
I HOPE barrier 1 doesn’t beat 10. LADY ELIZABETH (59). It might, it’s the worst possible draw but I guess she goes back (as she was going to anyway) and Kathy O’Hara has decide, up the rails for luck or come around them. Hopefully they just open up her and she can dive through the gap. Look, who knows what will happen but I am pretty confident she is there to run a good race. The typical Magic Albert mare has a misleading first-up record of 3s 0-0-0. She’s probably clocked the best sectionals every time. Jason Coyle has given her two trials and they were both really good. Resumes at home with a light weight compared to some of her rivals. Coyle’s big obstacles are Cummings and Waller, specifically 5. TANIKO (66) and 6. BELLA SUCCESS (66). Godolphin mate Taniko was something licked at Canterbury the other night. Nothing the Gun could do about it, it happens in this sport but let’s just mark her down as ‘unbeaten’ this campaign. As for Bella Success, she is a Saturday class mare resuming at the midweeks. Goes well fresh, trialled very nicely, James McDonald rides – a few of these will need some tempo on – here’s hoping there is.
6. DEPRIVE (70) is a good horse. There is bit of X-factor about him, his 2 wins have both been above those the usual midweeker. Got way too far back at MV when he went down then in March and wrapped up the brief campaign with a closing fifth the VOBIS Dash. You know he is going to get back from 10 tomorrow and I am worried that might miss the boat over 1000m but if Hugh Bowman can get the timing right, I do think he’ll charge over the top and arrive late. A nose will – not greedy. Oh by way what a trial! Speaking of trials, avid watchers will have been waiting for 11. LEGERITY (65) to make his long awaited ‘debut’ for the Clare Cunningham stable. The son of Snitzel last raced at Gilgandra on Jan 7 when bolting in by almost 4-lens for the champion bloke Peter Nestor who is now enjoying retirement but is still in the ownership of this gelding. Like I said, those trial wins have been great. 4. SIKHING GLORY (74) was off a long break when a highly creditable third to Bon Amis in Nov 10 Rosehill 1100m Bm78. All four of this fellow’s win are at 1000m and one of them was his only start here at home where he ran 56.90s – that’s quick!
KEMENTARI’S three-quarterbrother 3. REGENT (69) has been the Black Booker at each and every one of his three runs this time in. I just hope that he isn’t the horses always looks amazing over the last 200m but never wins. I am not saying he is that, because I like him so much here tomorrow given that swaps those three 1300m runs for 1400m at Warwick Farm and has the blinkers on and has trialled like he was Kementari! Again, and a lot like Deprive, he is going to need perfectly timed ride by Bowman or both horses will flash home but lose. 9. COTERIE (69) is a Gerald Ryan-trained threeyear-old by Your Song with the rock solid record of 7s 2-2-1 and was 1-len fourth here to Royal Celebration at the unplaced run. Coterie met up with
again as recently as Nov 10 and was a mere 0.2-len behind him we know that he (Royal Celebration) has The Autumn Sun form so if it’s not drawing too long a bow, then so does Coterie. If there was a blow out here, I am convinced it is 13. SCHOOLMATES (59) who mere Wyong Maiden winner at this stage, not flash for a $310,000 Redoute’s Choice/ EDL mare yearling but maybe he’s late maturer, I don’t know, but I tell you what, his 0.2-len second in a Nov 10 trial to – wait for it, Regent … no less, was pretty darn compelling me anyway.
Hugh Bowman has a great book of rides at Warwick Farm.