The Wrap Up

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I do have a few replays to go over before I post the Blackbookers, but let’s look at what happened on the weekend. Hopefully Belltone helped out in the last and ‘The Prophet’s’ Unchain My Heart was also a good win in Melbourne at nice odds.

I felt it took a while to warm up but by the time race 4 came around things started to heat up. The two fav’s missed the Doomben Cup because of admin errors and this was built as a battle in two. SOLZHENITSYN (M.Rodd) and TRANSPORTER (M.Cahill) went head to head in a 1600m war most expected. I thought both rides were great but Cahill flinched first. Both horses strengths are exactly that, their strength to make long sustained runs, not there acceleration. In knowing that whichever horse had the rails and the lead was in the best position, and I thought Cahill should have held that position no matter what and when he handed up the race was over. He did make Rodd work a little bit but probably should have kicked up and held the rails. It was a great race to watch!

The Oaks lead-up, The Roses over 2000m was also a brilliant race with DEAR DEMI surviving a protest to keep the race. She had the wide gate and made a long wide run to just hold of GONDOKORO who sprouted wings late! At first glance I thought DEAR DEMI’s run was just as good as she had to cover a lot of ground on the home corner. They are the two to beat in the Oaks but I’m not conceding to them at this stage with a couple of improving fillies about. VAQUERA was ridden much better and is a horse on the way up. Worth noting EXPRESS POWER was found to be lame.The Wrap Up

The Fred Best classic is a great guide for better races during the carnival but I’m not sure about the form. A few back in the field had no luck and it would not surprise to see a few of them improve sharply around Eagle Farm.

Taking nothing away from BEATEN UP but the stablemate FORETELLER didn’t handle the Doomben corner very well and probably cost itself the race. It just shows how important barriers are in all races and you swap the barriers and the result is different. Both horses will be hard to beat in the Brisbane Cup. I was amazed HIPPOPUS started around $10? He was taking on genuine Group 1 older horses and for mine he is a long way off proving himself.

The last seen BELLTONE do as expected (god bless him!) and get the chocolates with a great C.Munce ride. Again the barrier was the difference as MAHISARA was posted wide the entire trip and his run was fantastic to only be beaten a length. Can they win a Stradbroke? Very hard to say yes but they should both take improvement from that run. LISTEN SON is right back at the top of his game for Gollan and MORNING CAPTAIN can win a similar race over the carnival.


*As I said the replays will be done tonight and the all-important BLACKBOOK will be up in the next day or two. Plenty of other articles through the week leading into the Doomben 10,000 so be sure to check into Brissyraces for all the latest!