Vic­torem to taste suc­cess

NOTE: RACES are as­sessed for a Soft 7 or worse. All horses are con­sid­ers starters un­less no­ti­fied by Thurs­day at 1 PM. (N/R) denotes no rat­ing.

The Sportsman Weekend - - Randwick Preview - WITH SHAYNE O’CASS


THE She Will Reign con­nec­tion, Portelli, Mel­ham and Darby Blood­stock have a very, very nice colt in 2. DIS­RUP­TOR

(N/R) who looks to me like he has She Will Reign’s abil­ity to han­dle wet tracks. He has the trial form to win this and al­most be the best of the day. ran sec­ond Breed­ers’ Plate win­ner Du­bi­ous at of­fi­cial heats then was a big win­ner in his next heat and beat him­self that last one by hang­ing but was plough­ing late. Grand­son of heavy track Slip­per win­ner Se­bring out of wet sire Snitzel. Love him! 7.

ZOUSHACK (N/R) beat Dis­rup­tor on the heavy 8 in that last trial af­ter hav­ing run a great fourth to him the pre­vi­ous heat. If you want one sire’s name in the pedi­gree on a wet track, it’s this one’s dam-sire Canny Lad. 9. ANAHEED (N/R) has im­pressed at the tri­als. She is a lovely, big, strong Fast­net Rock out of Group 1 win­ner Ros­tova.


2. MEDITER­RANEAN (N/R) should re­ally be called Mediter­rain­ing given his Rough Habit like abil­ity on wet tracks. Lis­ten to this – he is 2s 1-1-0 on heavy yet 9s 0-0-0 good. Those two heavy runs in­clude the best win at Can­ter­bury I can re­mem­ber and a 0.2-len sec­ond (heavy 10) in the Rose­bud. He’s 100/1 on good, big chance on slow, just about wins if it’s heavy 9 or 10. The Danny Wil­liams-trained

6. MY BLUE JEANS (N/R) is well equipped on the slop and peak­ing now fourth-up off cou­ple of rea­son­able runs in High­ways at her last two. Drawn 15 but Col­lett is a mas­ter of find­ing fast lanes, the bloke is the best track walker in busi­ness. 18.

THINK LIKE A FOX (N/R) is an­other of the Danny Wil­liams run­ners here. She is a light­lyraced mare who has placed on a soft 5, never seen any­thing like this but she is not with­out claims. 13. THE FRICK (N/R) is first-up on a test­ing track in a de­cent High­way but he is bred to han­dle, and is proven on, wet tracks. Has no weight to speak of and that is al­ways an ad­van­tage in th­ese con­di­tions.


IT COULD be a huge day for Bert Vieira and Ger­ald Ryan to­mor­row with Trapeze Artist go­ing around in the Ever­est. They have 7. I LIKE IT EASY (65) re­sum­ing here off some puz­zling tri­als, that is to say, they are not the su­per im­pres­sive burst through line head on the chest that nor­mally at­tracts eye. But the last one was bet­ter than it looked, even though she was be­ing reeled in big time af­ter set­ting up a huge lead. I am sure that was her just idling down not stop­ping. Her form is rock solid, notably the de­but sec­ond to Graff at Rose­hill in a mid­weeker back on Apr 2. Hasn’t seen any­thing other than good but it by Pierro (mud­die) out of a Gen­eral Nediym mare.

1. CRISTOBAL (73) has 59kg which is 6kg more than I Like It Easy. I am sure Cristobal is a bet­ter filly and her record shows that but 6kg on this sort of track is quite sub­stan­tial. In Cristobal’s favour though, she has won of soft beat­ing guess who? Miss Fab­u­lass. 9. EVALINA (60) is a Kris Lees-trained filly who looks a lot like dam-sire Lonhro and was ex­tremely con­vinc­ing when she won at Wyong in a 1200m maiden last start. Much harder here but is pro­gres­sive.


QUITE keen on Tom Mel­bourne and Al­ward’s sib­ling and sta­ble­mate 12. ARAAJA (86) here. One other pedi­gree note, her dam is a half to Fiorente so she is worth for­tune at stud. The Chris Waller trained chest­nut

first-up from not a bad first Aus­tralian cam­paign where she ended up plac­ing in the 2400m Win­ter Cup. She has won at the trip and goes well enough on slow/heavy to get a tick. She has been run­ning through the line in her two 900m tri­als and

a feath­er­weight of 52kg. Well worth a look each-way. 14. FIERCE IM­PACT (76)

is an­other horse weighted on 52kg. This Ja­panese -bred and GB -raced im­port should prob­a­bly al­most be two for two first prep in Aus­tralia but even if you dis­pute that, you would have to agree that he was su­per im­pres­sive when won here at his sec­ond run. He re­sumed with a most en­cour­ag­ing 2nd to Tip Top over 1400m and is 2s 1-1-0 sec­ond-up. Is one for one on slow. 10. GOODFELLA (90) a smash­ing wet tracker be­ing for one on both slow and heavy. The Bjorn Baker trained gal­loper is back in class from his 15th of 20 the Ep­som when beaten 6.2-len by Hart­nell. Has a lovely set num­bers to be com­pet­i­tive. 6. SONS OF JOHN (96) is a player.


JENNY Gra­ham can pair 5. VIC­TOREM (92) and 12. AWE­SOME PLUCK (93) ran one-two in a Coun­try Cham­pi­onship Qual­i­fier at Port Mac and I think they can run one-two here in the in­au­gu­ral Kosciuszko. Vic­torem was in­cred­i­bly dom­i­nant when he won the Coun­try Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal in the au­tumn thanks in no small part to Ben Looker who is to him what Bow­man is to Winx. He is at one with this horse. Vic­torem is 7s 5-1-0 over­all and one of those wins was on a heavy 10 and he won by a minute. Awe­some Pluck like­wise has mas­sive win on a heavy 9 on his C.V and fair dinkum you would not see a bet­ter trial win than 8.2-len in heat af­ter the races at Port the other day. He is pretty raw and does a few things wrong but he is ma­chine. 1. THE MON­STAR (104) is the class horse in the race and could just about have been a re­serve for the Ever­est such is his form. I mean, he did run 3rd to Pier­ata and Ke­men­tari in the Mis­sile then was 4-lens off Redzel in the Con­corde and 2-len off Ball of Mus­cle in The Shorts. Loves wet as much as any­thing in this race and more than most.


THE Syd­ney Stakes is the Ever­est con­so­la­tion. Last year it was won by In Her Time, she and the run­ner-up Im­pend­ing both went faster than Redzel did when he won the Ever­est. In her Time may yet win the sec­ond Ever­est. This field is now worse than last year – it’s an ab­so­lute cracker. That said, the stars have aligned for 15. EGYP­TIAN SYM­BOL

(105). This Bjorn Baker-trained mare is 6s 4w fresh and is at her best on wet track. Baker has a habit of tim­ing horses for big races and I know that this is a tar­get race for the daugh­ter of 8-times Group 1 placed Our Egyp­tian Raine. He has ticked the jockey box – Ryan Moore! Wow. Tri­als have been as good as ever. There are wet track­ers and then there is 3. JUN­GLE

EDGE (108). Holy smokes look at his record on good and wet and as that lit­tle meerkat says ‘com­pare the air’. No wins from 21 on good, seven 14

heavy, from 21 on soft. Has 10 plac­ings com­bined on the slow/heavy. Drawn 2 so he will be nailed to the rails, I am just hop­ing my mare storms down the mid­dle and beats him. 13.

KEMONO (100) is a fas­ci­nat­ing run­ner. The Ja­panese mare from the Weir camp has fab­u­lous cre­den­tials. Big shout out to 9. TAC­TI­CAL AD­VAN­TAGE (99) and 8. BURN­ING PAS­SION (100).


THIS is it – Ever­est time. What a build-up. The last time I looked it was $7 for four favourites in a 12 horse race where you just can’t say they don’t all have a chance and yes I am in­clud­ing the re­serve, Bada­joz in that. If it was dry – I was Trapeze to beat Redzel and the rest can fight out for third but with the state of play as it cur­rently is, I went for Chau­tauqua. Just kid­ding. I like

10. SHOALS (114) and her a fair but too now. Seems a good draw (2), she loves the wet, she loves Rand­wick, she loves 1200m. The run in the Pre­miere was as good as win­ner (Santa Ana Lane) and run­ner-up (In Her Time) she is just as deadly, if not more so when sec­ond-up. Just so long as she doesn’t get boxed in ‘third fence’, I think she’ll be the fin­ish. 5.

VEGA MAGIC (115) has been to the t/d once and that was his luck­less 2nd in the Ever­est last year. It was a mas­sive run on part. He is top-notch (they all are) and comes here with the big gear change – it’s a huge gear change in fact, those blink­ers go­ing on. Is he bet­ter on dry than wet? To be hon­est I don’t know but is hardly what you call a duf­fer. Can’t leave 1.

REDZEL (118) out of the medals. He is su­per­star sprinter who drew what seems like a pos­i­tive draw for him in bar­rier. Surely he leads here and he has su­perb heavy track fig­ures. I just won­der that last lit­tle bit if it’s su­per and he’s been pres­sured. If he gets a soft run, he’ll be sweet as though. My roughie is the three-year-old 12.

GRAFF (94). I am work­ing on The Au­tumn Sun be­ing the best three-year-old in ages and it took him to beat Graff Golden Rose.


11. DIXIE BLOS­SOMS (108) is cry­ing out for 2000m even though it will her first time to the ten fur­longs to­mor­row against some pretty re­spectable horses. She should have won the Tramway on protest, was pinned up on the rails but clos­ing off in the Golden Pen­dant then showed in Angst that she wants more ground now as an older mare. Four of her six ca­reer wins are here at home and she is 2s 1-0-1 on heavy. Can maybe travel a wee-bit closer now hope­fully still fin­ish off with that turn of foot she is known for. 12. EGG

TART (108) has the con­di­tions to suit be­ing three for three on heavy. She run 3rd at her last two runs, one to Winx, the other to my Caulfield and Mel­bourne Cup horse Ace High. That last run was on a good 3 bear­ing in mind she is three from 15 on top of the ground but as I say, she’s un­beaten in the slop. 4. MOSS ‘N’ DALE (106) is a Peter Ge­lago­tis-trained geld­ing who won his last at MV then SA, the last one was the Tokyo City Cup in very em­phatic order. This guy is for one at HQ and his wet track abil­ity is re­flected in his record of 5s 3-2-0. I am sure 1. WHO SHOT THE­BAR­MAN (114) will be rid­den dif­fer­ently to­mor­row than what he was in the Hill Stakes. He could have a hand in the fin­ish if thing go his way.


CHRIS Waller has the two

aces here in 5. ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (106) and 1. PATRICK ERIN (106). One Foot In Heaven is fourth-up now at 2600m com­ing off two runs 2000m in the Kingston Town (to Avil­lius) and Ace High in the Hill Stakes. He is up to 2600m now but that no worry with this trainer (ob­vi­ously) and bear in mind four of his six wins are at the 2400m. He is rac­ing like a horse who wants this trip too. The Ir­ish-bred Fast­net Rock son of three-times Group 1 win­ning Eu­ro­pean Cham­pion Mare Pride is 9s 4-1-2 on slow so he has to get a tick heavy with­out re­ally know­ing first, if will han­dle it, or if in­deed the track will be heavy. Tommy Berry sticks. Patrick Erin was ter­rific in the Metrop aided by a won­der­ful ride by Corey Brown re­tains

as you would ex­pect. He goes up from 51kg to 59.5kg but he car­ried 59kg when he ran well in the Welling­ton Cup over two miles. Dyed in the wool stayer.

RED CAR­DI­NAL (105) is a Dar­ren 2. Weir-trained who peaks on the day like all of Weir’s horses can and do. Untested in wet ground but he is by Mon­t­jeu so you’d think ‘yes’. Up from 2000m to 2600m two time 3200m win­ner.


GET Out Stakes to end Ever­est day – that is, a race with a host of chances. Those of you/us who fancy trial watch­ing will have three horses to back to­mor­row; Dis­rup­tor, Egyp­tian Sym­bol and

8. BEA­CON (74). This son of Lonhro has been su­perb in his two heats – one of them was a 3rd to his sta­ble­mate Roo­sevelt who pumped his ri­vals to win the last at WF on Wed­nes­day. Bea­con is 2s 1w fresh and whilst he has never seen it wet, Lonhro and Fast­net Rock (mare) is a com­pelling mix. Drawn 2 for ‘The Gun’. The dan­ger the sta­ble­mate 2. REVENIRE (78) who is also first-up and has like­wise tri­alled ex­tremely well. He proven on slow heavy and is 3s 2-1-0 fresh. 5. BROOK

MAGIC (79) has some won­der­ful num­bers as well for a 1000m race first-up on rain soaked turf. 4. BLUE TY­COON (76) is a watch, His trial was good the other day. Think he is a top of the ground horse maybe. 9. FAN­NING (74) is best of the rest at odds.


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