The weekend wrap up

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It was an interesting day at Eagle Farm to say the least Saturday. The tracks have raced ok lately but there is no doubt recently that it helps to be somewhere on pace and that was the case again Saturday. By the time race 8 rolled around DREAM’N’IGNITE was one of the best bets in a long time with the track playing into his hands.

Don’t get me wrong horses could make some ground but the further you were off the fence the harder it was and not many of them could actually win. That makes it hard when you’re trying to steer people into horses on a Friday!

What I am saying is the form can be thrown out by days like that. Some horses on pace will be flattered by the bias and others who looked ordinary out wide were probably not so bad after all.

The day kicked off with the well backed SIR ILLUMINAR leading all the way in a good display on debut. He was very impressive. LONDAHERO was well backed but finished 3rd 3.9L off the winner. I know he is a better horse than that and when he returns in Autumn he may show his best. That’s the problem backing 2 year old colts, you never know if their mind will be on the job.

MISSY LONGSTOCKING held on to win the fillies race but was not as impressive as punters thought it would be, and ran slower time than the boys. I’m not sure what to make of it but I’d be surprised if the Millions winner went around Saturday…

MR LIGHT BLUE got back in the winner’s circle by leading and sticking to the fence. CARRY ME BLUEY was a very good run in the race and the horse I’m prepared to follow out of it.

As expected at set weights SIZZLING was exactly that! He was given time to settle and was the one horse who made ground to win (and win well). He has lengths on all of them and is the horse to beat over the 1400m of the Millions guineas race. A couple of other good runs and hard luck stories from this race so you must check in to the BLACKBOOKERS later in the week.

The Listed JUST NOW 1300m race for fillies and mares was another race where it is hard to work out if the frontrunners were huge in the effort to keep kicking or if horses simply didn’t have a chance peeling out wide? I thought AMALFI DREAMS was terrific on pace and then taking over on straightening and just getting rolled the last 20m. FIRE UP FIFI deserved to break through in a good race and she continues to improve.

 

*It’s worth noting out of the meeting that LUCKY SOUND was found to be sore after it’s run and I believe L.Cassidy said it didn’t feel good during the run. That is the reason for its poor performance. I do understand why a lot of punters on social media were upset when it drifted so alarmingly late and for the well backed runner to beat it, but that’s racing I guess.