Late wrap up..

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What a pleasure it was to see racing get back to Royal Randwick and it really heats up now heading into a big carnival.

I just want to clear up the ‘potting’ of Manawanui on an interview I did with Steve Hewlett on RadioTab last week. I’ve had a few people joke with me that I was saying the horse was no good. For those who missed it I was simply saying we may just have gone a little over the top on the Caulfield Guineas form of last year. Helmet ran unplaced in two runs back, while Manawanui was also beaten twice (albeit narrowly and he did run well) If that form was as outstanding and world beating as we thought that simply shouldn’t happen. For that reason I thought he was under the odds and a horse like Mosheen seemed to have his measure.

There has been excuses made for the horse all three runs this time in, but I don’t think there was an excuse at all on Saturday. He got a good run in front where you wanted to be on a track playing that way and was simply beaten by better horses on the day. Don’t get me wrong, he is very good and will win a stack more races, I just think we slightly over-rated that form from Caulfield that was run on a mad leader bias track. (For the record I know they ran time that day so you don’t have to let me know that.)

On the Guineas, Mosheen was simply outstanding. Whichever direction they go with her she can compete in anything and be hard to beat! I wanted to see her in the Doncaster but am thinking she may now need a bit further, but with Robert Smerdon training and Nikolic riding anything seems possible at the moment. There were a stack of good runs behind and this is going to be a great form race and the first nine over the line only had 2.4L between them.

**In Brisbane we were again struck with another wet track. It really did help to be on pace, but wasn’t impossible to come from behind. You often find on the real wet tracks that the horses that handle it usually put themselves in those positions and are hard to run down, and that was the case again.

Boys On Tour seems to have come back a far more consistent galloper and has relished the wet tracks he has struck up here. He can be followed, but stable mate Another Superior is also nearing a win and it was a great quinella result for Patinack.

The old stager Border Rebel returned beautifully to win well and he showed he is still a force to be reckoned with. He was ridden by Anthony Allen who has a damn big future in this game! He again rode a double after a terrific ride on Lucky Songs and he just seems to keep riding bags of winners. I know Tim Bell has been one of the best apprentices we have seen for a while, but 3kg claimers don’t usually ride as well as this bloke. He will improve more with time and you can expect to see more winners adding to his tally!