Gibbo’s Wrap Up

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I guess we should just brush over the 2 yr olds to start. ALL TOO HARD was again awesome and if they run in the slipper I think he simply wins. He is push button and as long as he doesn’t draw a horror gate it all points to him! God knows what he’s worth if he wins, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter as he will never be sold and Patinack will keep him and it’s just a matter of what his service fee will be down the track.

Niagara was outstanding and stamped himself as a real Doncaster hope when he demolished the field and raced to an easy victory. He is almost the perfect horse. He is young, he can sit on pace and he can sprint off it and break the hearts of the opposition. He doesn’t have to lead either as he could sit just off the pace and still be effective. As far as the Doncaster goes I couldn’t see anything from race turning the tables on him.

The Guineas was won by the heavily backed Laser Hawk and it is also an outstanding prospect. How good he is exactly is unknown. There is no doubt he will be better off next prep and everything he does now is on raw ability, but he can win the derby. Of course barriers will play a part in that puzzle and no matter what anyone says, that was the difference today. Laser Hawk got a great run and come along the rail while the two kiwi’s Ocean Park and Silent Achiever both come 8-9 wide on the turn and their efforts were very very good. Ambidexter was also worth noting, but it’s hard to see anything else troubling them in the derby out of this race. I do have a wrap on Ethiopia who missed a start.

A lot of people wanted to talk about how unlucky Bel Sprinter was in the sprint and that’s right to a certain extent. He did start slow and flew late but he should never have got close to Rain Affair and I think the winner has lengths on all those horses. He was taken on is a stupid speed battle by Winter King (who was beaten a mile!!) and still fought on to win. It was a super run and if he gets any peace early he would have won by 4. The horse has mixed distances of late and that is very difficult to cope with, especially a fair way into a preparation. The horse is a star and I can’t see any of those behind him giving him any grief in the near future.

*While we start on Brisbane I guess we should start on The Reveller. Yes I understand punters frustration. He needs a lot of things to go his way and when they don’t your ticket is confetti.  He has been ridden right once this prep where he can get to the outside and he looked awesome. I was filthy on Patrick Keane at first glance, but on doing the replay I felt that he may have been a victim of circumstances so I don’t want to bag him. The horse is simply like a little kid who does not like getting bullied and must get to the outside. I understand if people jump off now, but I think he can measure up to races like the Ramornie if he goes to a race like that after a freshen up. (if that’s what the team think he is up too) Any horse with that pattern will need luck, but I guess it doesn’t help he is still learning. Let’s just say he want be a best bet again this prep, but personally I’m happy to be on if conditions suit.

Morning Captain was very strong in the three year old race and has always been a touch underrated. He was by far the best in that race and will win again soon. Hidden Jewel was very game and is in for a cracking campaign. She did exactly what I thought she would and was ridden beautifully by Colless, but she just found ½ L less than I expected when she let down. Her goals are a while off yet and when she gets to around 1600m we will see a very smart filly.


**For those who follow our ‘The Punt’ preview it was a bit of a mixed day. The first 4 in race 2 paid $915 and was the highlight. Other than that we had two winners and unfortunately three 2nd’s.  I think a few people said they got the Guineas trifecta too. Onwards and upwards to next week!

*I will do my best to catch up with Bradley Herne who has notched up a couple of winners this week, and also Toby Edmonds after Vaarwel made it back to back wins.



*I also said I would put a photo up of the horse the syndicate I am in with mates got a slice of from the Qtis sales. I put the photos on Facebook and the guys seemed to enjoy it. So here is the Jet Spur colt are hopes are pinned on. He’s a beauty!