Gibbo’s Wrap up

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20 from 20, we are truly blessed. It was by no means her best win, but she will take a lot of benefit from it and it’s simply incredible to watch. The call by Terry McAuliffe for RadioTab was outstanding and he did a great job on what would be a nerve racking time for the callers around Australia.

In Sydney we were treated to a real day out! More Joyous, Pierro, Fat Al, Atlantic Jewel and Niwot were just some of the outstanding winners on the day. The Sydney Cup was nowhere near the strongest cup we have seen, but the horses with the best credentials stood up and were counted. Niwot had the perfect preparation coming off really solid WFA form and running through the line at 2400m. He dropped to 55.5kg over the 3200m and Dunn rode him a treat. The story of the race was Efficient who missed the race a fortnight ago but produced his best run in a very long time with the top weight. Unfortunately Permit was eased out of the race around the 1000m mark.

Pierro joined the very elite 2 year olds and took out the triple crown by winning the 1600m Champagne. Nash sat him closer to the speed, outside stable mate Raceway and he took control after straightening to win easily. The son of Lohnro is now one of the highest priced horses in Australasia.


More Joyous was ridden a treat Nash yet again! Her turn of foot over the 2000m made her impossible to beat when she got a cheap lead. She will head to the Cox plate, and why not? Manighar was awesome again. He really has stepped it up this time in work and he will be in for a huge spring. He got too far back, but his effort to burst through and put his head out to chase the mare was really good. I thought Rekindled Interest was ridden far too close even though the pace wasn’t hot. Jimmy Choux may have needed the run, but on face value he looked pretty ordinary and he has now been retired to go to a stud farm they will work on a deal with.

Atlantic Jewel was breathtaking in running down the very game Rain Affair. To my eye it was almost identical to the Black Caviar- Hay List race in the T.J.Smith last year. Rain Affair led easy then booted on straightening to put about three lengths on the super filly, but at the 200m you got the feeling she would win, and then you could enjoy the last 100m where she was too strong. She will go to the paddock now and god help anything that runs into her over the spring!!

**With Brisbane being called off it will have an effect on a lot of horses’ preparations. Even though many would not have liked a heavy track, they would have run to keep the prep on track. It also throws a bit of form off with horses missing runs, and possibly work as the rain is still pouring late Saturday night.

*There has been a re-scheduling of races and the Victory stakes runners will run on Wednesday in a similar race.


I will of course go over all the replays and find some Blackbookers that will be up midweek, so make sure you jump on and add them to your book.