Straddy wrap up

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Just a brief wrap up today as I’d like to get a quick preview of a few races on the card tomorrow.

The day didn’t start out to well for ‘The Punt’ followers with our best bet FIREBOLT being extremely unlucky and did look as though it should have beaten the favourite SOLZHENITSYN. In saying that Rodd simply outrode Bowman and that was the difference between the two. That’s racing!

We have had a good run, but when you get things wrong you have to admit it. I could not see BRAMBLES leading all the way and being successful. He proved me wrong and stamped himself as a pretty serious horse along the way. That was an outstanding effort! QUINTESSENTIAL was as tough as nails and I do think she can continue to improve. VATUVEI was probably a touch unlucky and his run was full of merit. TOHUNGA is another horse who can improve over his next prep.

*All honours to the winner.


In the Stradbroke there were a heap of disappointing runs. VARENNA MISS never seemed to be in the race. WEALTH PRINCESS looked horrible but was reported to have the ‘thumps’ after the race. LISTEN SON, TIGER TEES, SEA SIREN and BUFFERING set a red hot pace as expected and it was always going to tell us a lot about the hyped TIGER TEES. There is no doubt he is a good horse but under that pressure he simply couldn’t match it with a tough star like BUFFERING. BUFFERING ended up beating the other leaders by a few lengths and showed once again how far class will carry you. MID SUMMER MUSIC however was simply too good for them all and in the end won easy. PINWHEEL, TEMPLE OF BOOM and HAPPY ZERO were all very solid.


The Brisbane Cup winning owners would have wanted to sling Nolen after a master ride. He is without doubt one of the best riders in the country and to get LIGHTS OF HEAVEN 5th one of the fence in the run was brilliant.

**The day belonged to MOODY + NOLEN and they deserve every accolade they receive.


**I will try to get a small preview up for the Monday race card, so check in tomorrow morning.