The ‘Wrap Up’

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As expected it was a great days racing at Eagle Farm. It was also good to get the three best bets up for the followers of ‘The Punt’.

Again there was a touch of controversy over one of the races. Young apprentice Patrick Keane rode a great front running ride on Gold Rating to win by a head over the favourite Mr Light Blue, only to lose the race when he weighed in light on return to the scales. It was very upsetting for the young bloke as it was said that he weighed out at 55.60kg, but weighed back in with the same gear at 54.76kg. Both the stewards and Keane were at a loss to explain the weight loss, although Keane felt the hot and humid conditions could have played a part. It was just one of those things you wouldn’t wish on any owners/connections/jockey’s, and I hope they can get some back with a victory shortly. As far as the stewards go, it seems they had no option as the rules of racing were breached and they had to disqualify Gold Rating.

In other highlights I was impressed by some of the runs in Race 4. I think all the first four horses over the line can be winning over the next few weeks. Empress Me put the writing on the wall first preparation and had trialled well leading into the first up assignment. A lot of the Jet Spur’s who show something early seem to really improve during their second prep and that was the case again here. Kilwinning Option jumped awkwardly and had to be ridden cold which probably didn’t suit. He is a really nice horse who will improve when he can be ridden on pace. Chew The Fat and Kahui were also runs full of merit and will be in our ‘blackbookers’ later in the week.

Tomboy was a very good win and was ridden an absolute treat by Ric McMahon. He sat her just off the pace and got her off the rail to peel to the outside and run over the top of them. Lucky Luna ran well under the big weight and is nearing a victory, while Prost again ran a solid race to finish 3rd.


Ride of the day: Ric McMahon (TOMBOY)

Run of the day: EMPRESS ME