Millions Wrap Up

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Here’s just a quick wrap up from the weekend.

Firstly I want to comment on the track at the Gold Coast. Last year on this day it was really bad and biased. This year was the best I have ever seen it race and it is a credit to all involved!

We might as well kick off with one of our selections that finished out of the placing’s, but with good reason. NOISY OCEAN is a horse that races midfield or a little worse. On this occasion the horse was pushed out of ther gates to go forward and sit right on a HOT tempo. The horse was given no chance what so ever and I think it is best to forget it went around. He could improve 10 lengths if ridden correctly. KINNERSLEY deserved the win and was given the best ride in the race. Great to see the locals Luke and David Henderson getting a win on our feature day.

BENNETTA was a real talking point. She was outstanding and probably the best win of the day. She would have been a force in the 3 year old race if she got a start but connections can be happy with picking up $100k+ here anyway. They were talking Coolmore Classic G1 after the race and I wouldn’t doubt she is up to that company if she can continue improving next preparation.

SALUTER has been racing in great style lately but caused an upset in the 3 yr old guineas beating SIZZLING which was the hard luck story. Not trying to take away from the winner (money is in the bank) but SIZZLING’s effort being wide the whole way and getting checked around the 700m was terrific. I also thought DRIEFONTEIN was very good, along with HOSS AMOR who had a torrid run but finished off well.

SWEET IDEA and REAL SURREAL were the superior 2 year olds and fought out the feature race on the card. They are completely different horses but I believe both will go onto bigger and better things. SWEET IDEA was up on pace and fought as we expected she would, while REAL SURREAL almost looked to be struggling on the corner only to lift late and prove too good. CLEVADUDE was spruiked all week but as a hell of a lot of Victorian horses have done over time, he simply didn’t handle the tight GC track from the outside gate and to top it off he suffered heat stress (as did the punters who backed him). CERTITUDE also showed signs of heat stress.

 

*As usual the BLACKBOOKERS will be up later in the week so be sure to check in for them.