Taken to debut a winner
NOTE: RACES are assessed for a Good 4. All horses considered starters unless notified by Monday at 1 PM. (N/R) denotes no rating.
HOPEFULLY John Sargent will have a couple of winners at Wyong tomorrow starting off with 4. IKARA MISS (N/R). This Gooree-bred filly is close to being a three-quarter-sister
their Group 1 winner, Your Song. Ikara Miss was sold for $70,000 as a yearling. The 4YO Smart Missile mare ran fourth at Warwick Farm on debut, spelled, returned with a third
Gosford which accounts for her lone placing to date. ‘Sarge’ would have been pretty happy with the return at Newcastle where she finished fifth to two handy ones in Charretera and Jazette. This is a much, much inferior line-up. 1. APIDAE (N/R) is a Kris Lees 4YO on debut in the Australian Bloodstock colours. This son of Commands (a great fresh sire) has had four trials, the two recent ones were quite good bearing in mind he had 1.4-lengths on the runner-up in a 1000m heat here 16-days ago. Market the guide for him. 2. FIRST READING (N/R) may never get herself a better opportunity to shed the maiden status. The Gabby Englebrecht-trained mare has placed at six of her eight starts, four of them are seconds including both runs this preparation. Blinkers first time — could easily win this but she’s been a bit too costly for most.
THERE are three horses in this race that all have the same benchmark rating of 66 and I would presume then that trio fight out the finish. I went for 2. FUCHU (66) on top being the local and last start winner of three. The Kim Waugh-trained son of All Too Hard has a rock solid C.V of 7s 2-2-1 and he is 6s 2-2-0 around the trip. Fuchu would have won in a another stride or two first-up at Newcastle but not to worry, he charged down the middle there at his next start and got the prize. If this was Newcastle again — you’d have a decent whack but gee, I am not sure Wyong suits his patter. Time will tell on that. 1. CUBA (66) was a dual acceptor, I am very much assuming that he runs here instead of the other race. There are three All Too hard sons in this race — Cuba is one of them. Anyone who knows this horse will know that early on, he looked like he might be something a bit special but all is known for now is being another of racing’s great enigmas. Granted, two wins from 16 starts is nothing to get excited about but Cuba’s numbers at Wyong are much more favourable; 4s 1-2-1 and 2s 0-1-1 the track/distance. Here’s the problem maybe — he is unplaced all three second-up. 3. SNITZEL DAY (66) would only have to pull out some of his old city form and he’d win this. He is third-up in the ‘easiest’ race he has run for a fair while. Major player.
THIS is a very good Class 1 with some promising horses engaged. One of them is 3. INTENSE FOCUS (62) who returns to racing tomorrow as a gelding. This handsome and flashy chestnut son of Mossman was 5th to subsequent Group winner Master Ash in a deep midweeker at Canterbury on debut then went down to Kembla and won a 1400m maiden. Only 16-days after that, he found himself in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty — was $41 and ran seven lengths 10th of 11. Intense Focus trialled very well at Rosehill on Dec. 4 finishing a neck 3rd to Sylvia’s Mother who won without raising a sweat at Hawkesbury on Sunday. 5. KNIGHT ARROW (60) wasn’t disgraced at Canterbury at the last run when he sat outside the leader and ‘faded’ to finish sixth of nine beaten 2.3-lens to Southern Lad. This horse has always had a bit of talent from the outset. Not thrilled by his nine of 10 barrier but he is absolutely good enough to win the race, just needs things work for him. Interesting see how market plays 4. LADY OF SHALOTT (66) from the Kris Lees yard. This filly is by Camelot and was retained Coolmore/Tom Magnier. She was a booming winner on debut at Muswellbrook ($5 into $3.90) then not more than two weeks later she ran a neck third in the Listed Woodlands at Scone — big effort that! Spelled after a neck 3rd here in a C2 on Aug. 31. Trialled twice, never let rip in either.
13. TAKEN EVERYTHING (N/R) is a Team Hawkes debutante with Tommy Berry to ride. She by Snitzel out of an EDL mare named Acceleration who was runner-up on a Listed race in Brisbane. The 3YO won a trial at Rosehill Dec. 4. She was fast out, went to the lead, got away a little bit on them in the straight and was doing it well within herself at the end. It was a tidy effort and one that would have you quite confident that she was ready to go the races and acquit herself. There is not much else turn to at Wyong tomorrow so I ended up just backing the Hawkes/Berry/ Snitze/’trial win scenario and made her best bet. Not sure what odds they’ll offer about 4. SON OF ELLA (N/R) but he could be an obstacle for the Hawkes’ filly. He is lovely looking horse from what I saw on the screen and that trial win up at home at Hawkesbury was rather impressive albeit in not exactly warp speed time. He’s by Pluck who was a Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Turf winner and the dam quite fast too. 9. DECOR (N/R) is a Godolphin debutante. A flashy chestnut, she’s a half-brother to Federal. Her dad is the Queen’s old horse, Carlton House, the dam is a Danehill granddaughter of Doncaster winner, My Gold Hope. The trial? Was third beaten 2.1-lengths by Taken Everything. I know it doesn’t always work out this way — but to me, I can’t see Decor beating Taken Everything on that.
THIS is a nightmare to predict, anything could happen. I was therefore happy scout a little bit wide and ended up with 8. CONDUCTRESS (51) from the Jeff Englebrecht stable so she starts off with some home ground advantage. The daughter of Commands has only won 1 from 19 but she placed nine times, eight of them were thirds though. She ran a great race when third here in very decent Class 1. That inspired Englebrecht to see how she would go over the mile and even though she ran fifth of eight beaten 3.4-lens, I didn’t see her going backwards at the line nor was she puncturing to any visible degree. They always reckon a horse that a horse runs better at their second run over the mile — here’s hoping they are right. 2. ZEPPELIN (59) won Bong Bong Cup for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott on Nov. 23 then went to Warwick Farm on Dec. 5 held his ground throughout clocking in sixth of the 12 beaten 5.6-lens. He is 6s 1-2-1 at the mile and was an on-pace third here (1600m) when 2.7-lens to Waller pair Velocita and Plagiarist who you would have the house on either if they were here. 3. LADIES’ GEM (58) is another of the John Sargent team at Wyong tomorrow — the one that I alluded to earlier as a potential second winner for him was not him, it’s in the next, but that’s to say Ladies’ Gem can’t or won’t win. Take note, the Helmet son was 3.3-lens third to Zeppelin when they bumped into each at Goulburn. Ladies’ Gem won here 19-days after that placing.
NOW for the Sargent horse that I have been mentioning all over the place — big build I know but hopefully he doesn’t disappoint. The horse is 7. COME ALONG (62), who has barrier 11 of 12 but Glyn Schofield in the saddle. This 3YO was bred by Sir Patrick Hogan and is Power out of mares by Montjeu and then Zabeel. Come Along’s third Dam is Group 1 winner Marquise who is herself out of Eight Carat. Come Along is 5s 1-1-0. He spelled after running eighth of 15 in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle. He got a gun run third fence but was still only 2.7-lens off the winner, Aramayo, at the end. Good effort considering he was coming off his Wyong maiden win 19-days prior. The 1100m way, way short of his first-up at the Farm where he was pretty much last the whole way behind Rosina Kojonup. If sectionals matter to you, I saw that Come Along ran the quickest 600m to 400m portion of the race and was home
last in 33.84s — a bit to work with there I would have thought. 9. SIZZLED (60) is 3YO colt from the Brad Widdup camp. A son of Sizzled (naturally), this Kambula Stud bred galloper is 4s 1-1-1. He was $1.28 to $1.45 first-up at Newcastle and looked to be a spot of bother at times in the straight but Corey Brown coaxed him over the line. To his credit, margin was 0.8-lens so it’s not like he fell in. 6. SPANISH DREAM (67) is a consistent mare with a record of 10s 2 — 1-4. She was beaten nose at Canterbury on Nov. 16 then had the misfortune to run into Bella Success in a Warwick Farm Bm70 where she (Spanish Dream) ended up third beaten 1.7-lens. Given has carried 59kg and 59.5kg in town at her last two, she seems very well weighted tomorrow on 57.5kg for Tommy Berry.
JIM and Greg Lee have found the perfect race for 7. CRIMSON TICKET (62) to post what will be her second win if it comes off for her. The daughter of Tickets has been to Wyong for a 1000m Class 1 once before and finished 0.5-lens second to Happy Mo but ahead of Progression the others. Crimson Ticket has raced three times this campaign, two in town, the middle run at Kembla where she bumped into the handy Rare Episode. Granted she ran six of seven at Canterbury at her most recent outing but that was a city Bm70 and this is a (barely) provincial standard Bm64. 5. BATTLE ANTHEM (60) has done some good things for owner/trainer Donna Grisedale winning once and placing at four of his six starts. Battle Anthem beat Archedemus at the last run on Nov. 6 at Kembla. Archedemus has won his next two starts. Drawn out in 10 — that’s not the best place for him I would have thought. 2. ANNA’S JOY (68) comes off a last start win over 1100m beating handy enough field, certainly better than your average Class 2. I didn’t tip her that day but guess in hindsight she might have been overs at $21 given that she was 3-lens off Bella Success at Warwick Farm eight days prior.
Glyn Schofield has a great book of rides at Wyong tomorrow.