The ‘Wrap Up’

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What about that as a day’s racing!!

Where to start? No better place than Sydney. The Doncaster looked open and my mistake was letting More Joyous out in early markets but when the track got to slow and was favouring front runners she was going to be very hard to beat.. It was a great ride and a deserved win. Shoot Out was exceptional  as was Yosei and Happy Trails. It never fails to entertain but all credit goes to the mare who had to carry 57.5kg! She is a super horse and Gai has done a great job with her.

LANDING was in an earlier race and you can bet he has a big future. The way the track was playing meant he had a few favours but there is no doubt he will have a few group wins in him.

STREAMA won the oaks and although it was close she always looked the winner. Hugh got her in a nice spot and when they took off he produced her and it looked as though she would lengthen and win easy, but she had to dig in and I’m sure she will be a very nice four year old over a mile.

TEMPLE OF BOOM was a great win for not only Tony Gollan, but also QLD! Again this horse just lined them up and mowed them down! Many think he is just a mudlark. To a degree he is, but the big tracks really help. He needs the sting out, but Eagle Farm, Flemington and Randwick are open spaces that he loves. Congrats to all involved!!

 

In Brisbane we were also treated to a warm up to our carnival and we seen some very nice horses step up. Better Than Ready was backed Australia wide and after missing the start was jujst awesome in rounding them up and putting them away. He will be targeted at the majors over our carnival for sure. He looked to be very promising!

When I twitted that EASY RUNNING was a very good horse and well worth following I even got laughs back, but I am sure he will measure up. Many people don’t follow our horses up here and just write them off, but he was beaten a nose in the Magic Millions guineas last preparation and I think he will be better this time in. He has now won $398,000 in 12 starts, so in my books that’s a very, very good horse and well worth following. Maybe his owners will have the last laugh..

METALLURGICAL got the money for ‘The Punt’ followers and was a deserved winner, but CARRY ME BLUEY has come back a treat and his run was simply outstanding. Both those horses will be competitive over the winter. I’m not sure if the Stradbroke plans are a bit high for both horses, but Norm Hilton has a lot of time for CARRY ME BLUEY and he has been late to mature and keeps improving.

HIDDEN JEWEL also got the job done for us and stamped herself as a carnival horse. Matt Dunn was telling me she will probably head to the 1800m race at the Gold Coast and that will tell him whether to push on to the Oaks or keep her to 1600m. She has great tactical speed and that is the biggest asset you can have.

The last race of the day seen a few war horses do battle. GINGA DUDE who is a genuine group horse showed he is in for a great prep with a strong win. Rob Heathcote has got TRIPLE HONOUR going really well and it’s a credit to him after the horse left the Waller stable after a few ordinary preparations. I thought SCENIC SHOT may well have had enough, but he proved me wrong with a really nice finish. Could he possibly dominate the staying races again this winter?? At worst he can be competitive and may well pick one up.

 

**I will be catching up with Michael Lakey in regards to Risk Aversion, so I will save that race review for that article. What a run!

**Hoping to also catch, Rob Heathcote and possibly Tony Gollan or Matt Dunn on their winners also. So be sure to check in through the week.. And let your friends know to get on brissyraces too!