Taken to de­but a win­ner

The Sportsman Midweek - - Wyong Preview -

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.

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