Gibbo’s Wrap Up!

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Let’s get straight to some of the features and start interstate.

MELBOURNE

We saw Snitzerland step out first and was dominant in the 1st. She is a high class horse and Gerald Ryan said after the race that she is his best two year old and he has a bloody good juvenile team! She can be competitive in the slipper for sure.

Not long after All Too Hard, the little half-brother to Black Caviar stepped out and added millions of dollars to both their value by being absolutely outstanding and thrashing some pretty handy horses. He sat back and pretty much cantered up to the leaders and won as he liked. The big question is whether to run in the slipper or not? It would be a terrific training effort to pull it off, but I love a horse who can run a strong 1400m and goes into the slipper fresh. If team Hawkes decides to go there and he drew a gate you would have to think he is the one they all have to beat. If you haven’t seen the race, try to find it because it is well worth a look. He is special.

The Newmarket lived up to all expectations. It had the champ prevail, our QLD ‘bulldog’ Buffering trying his heart out again to run a huge 2nd, and the young gun Foxwedge running 3rd. But the story was the battle between the leading four. On the inside section Buffering monstered Rain Affair and broke his heart, while Hay List did the same job to Foxwedge. Don’t take anything away from those horses as they will mature from the effort and be really good horses next prep. Just as it looked Buffering would hang on, Hay List stuck his head out and won by a head.  They ran 1:08:72.

The fundamentals of punting is to do your form. Line up which form is the strongest and that is the simplest  form you can do. Hay List, Buffering and Foxwedge who ran the trifecta were the three horses that finished behind the world’s best sprinter a fortnight ago. Is there any better form than that? People continue to ask connections of Hay List if they can beat her… GIVE IT A REST- NO THEY CANT, move on and give us all a spell! Ask if they want to go take the world on like she is. Imaginne those two horses winning at the same time in opposite parts of the world.

In the Australian Cup Americain was really good in my eyes. He sat last and as expected come the widest on straightening. He worked home well and is on track for the BMW, even though I personally feel he may be a bit better the Melbourne way of racing. Manighar and Southern Speed settled down and had a battle to remember. There is no doubt she was a different horse today, but it is damn hard to match these UK stayers and again they prevailed albeit by a nose. I thought old Efficient did enough to warrant another couple of starts, but I’m sure they will do what’s best for the horse.

BRISBANE

I broke a golden rule when making the first best bet in a staying race at Brisbane! Shamardashing got very close in the end, but no chocolates! Even though he nearly won, I get the feeling he may not be as good or tough as I rated him.

The other Best Bet Mystical Grey is simply a tough bugger and as I always say ‘underrated’. Even though he only won by about a half head I was always confident of him winning after Wilkinson gave him a terrific ride throughout. He will probably step to around 1500m next start and he likes EF, so he can win again soon.

The unluckiest horse in Australia was Wonderful Jester. He was easy in the market, his stablemates  were backed, but I still thought he would cover them. That is until Tim Bell got could three wide the whole trip and then lost ground when coming about six wide on the turn, but he still flew late and went down in a photo! He’s a damn good young jockey, but that was a shocker..

The best win was The Ringmaster. As I mentioned in the wrap up few weeks ago I thought he would be a far better chaser and that was definitely the case here. He unleashes beautifully when he has a ‘bunny’ to catch. I believe he will be heading to the Weetwood at Toowoomba where he will be hard to beat.

I know a lot of people respect my opinion and there would be a few trying to knit pick some of my thoughts, so it was good for The Reveller get the right ride and show people that he is as good as I have been saying. He may not have won, but his last 400m would have been nearly the best of the day and to do what he did shows he is a horse with exceptional ability. Unfortunately his racing pattern means he needs luck and he needs to get to the outside. Eagle Farm will help him, but he will notch a lot more wins over his next few preps. Paris Blu was the winner of the race at $41. David Fowler and Steve Hewlett mentioned on RadioTab that there was money for it in the morning and it seems the punters got it right.

 

**All in all a great day everywhere!

*Depending on time I will try my best to get some mail up for Adelaide Cup day, and of course the latest news and interviews will be up through the week. I also have a lot of blackbookers Im very keen to add!