Gibbo’s Wrap Up

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Well it was a crazy week leading into the weekend and it was a tough day as expected. Full credit goes to Bill Shuck and his staff for turning the Doomben track out in a super order! A great job all round.

I do apologise for ‘The Punt’ section and the set up this week, but I was trying to do what was best for all and simply run out of time trying to guess what would happen. Don’t worry, all will be back to normal next week, and hopefully we may have a dry track to work with.

Hard to know where to start in the wrap up. I guess I should mention the Blue Diamond previews. I was really taken by the win of the filly MALASUN. She was very good for a debut performance, and she will measure up in the next month or so for sure. I thought that the fillies’ race was stronger than the colts, but that will play out over the next few weeks. It was a shame that the Caulfield track yet again had a bias. There are some of the best judges out there who claim to know what each day will throw up at the track, but most of them are half way through the day. That is fine, but it is not good enough for the poor punters who just enjoy a casual punt each week and can’t put time into what the wind direction, rail movement and track surface may or may not play out like! It is just an ordinary situation when tracks are constantly biased. They can’t be perfect all the time, and I understand that, but Caulfield has more tricks than Houdini! Our QLD tracks have been really good for a long time now, (mainly Doomben) and we should be wrapped with what we have to work with.

Enough of the spiel. What I was getting to was the fact a few horse ran really well and made ground out wide on a day that it was impossible to win once you peeled out more than five wide. BIANCON ROSE, UNPRETENTIOUS and HUEGILL were all very good and you can expect to see them in this week’s blackbookers article.

At Sandown yesterday the best run of the day was UNDER THE HAT for Malua Racing. They felt the horse would need the run, but with any luck from the barriers it would have won easily. You can follow that horse with plenty of confidence, but so will every other punter in Australia!

The last race turned out as expected with PAGO ROCK and LIKE AN EAGLE running the quinella and only a nose separated them at the finish. Although PAGO ROCK got the chocolates this time, you can expect LIKE AN EAGLE to be winning his fair share of races in Melbourne this time in work.

*Brisbane raced on a heavy 10 and there were plenty of horses feeling the pinch at the 400m in a lot of races!! LADY COLOURS was simply outstanding in the first. She looked lengths above them and that is how it played out. She simply jumped to the lead and ran them ragged. I’d predict she will have a break and come back for the winter carnival, but I’m not sure if that is locked in as yet or not.

I guess the other race that is worth going over was the Listed Nudgee. The mudlark VIPERA GOLD came from a long way back to blouse WHATEVERWHENEVER right on the line. There was heavy rain before and during the race which was significant, and they did run it hard. The race was set up for the first two, but they did great jobs to finish as well as they did. CHEAP THRILLS got into a great spot and looked the winner on straightening but faded the last 100m. SKATING ON ICE was pretty disappointing and that may come down to the heavy 10. JASMINKA played up in the barriers, missed the start and run horrible. She is a real handful and I’m not sure what they do with her now?

*The sales are on in New Zealand this week and a couple of QLD’s top trainers are over there to purchase a few nice horses, so I will try to catch up with them to see what they thought of the sales.

 

*This week on the site we will have a big list of Blackbookers, as well as news, interviews and we should have our next ‘One on One’ interview. So be sure to check in mid-week!