Weekend wrap up

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What a day’s racing! ‘The Prophet’s’ followers can count themselves unlucky. They got a $3.50 winner but Crucial’s saddle slipped and it should have gone very close. For those who follow ‘The Punt’ section it was a tough day and I’d have liked to find a few more other than Meet George, More Joyous and King’s Rose ew, but as you would have read I thought it was a day to take it very easy. The rain makes a tough job even harder, so let’s hope it dries out soon!!!

I’m not sure about the radio stations down south, but it really helps if you get give yourself every chance by getting all the details. This week on RadioTab Steve Hewlett interviewed Mick Price and asked his best bet Australia wide and for those that listened you would have got $4.50 early on Sheila’s Star.

*In BRISBANE all the talk was Cape Kidnappers and there was a stack of money for it. Even though we had it on top, I mentioned if the pace was a s stupid as I thought that there may be a blowout. Unfortunately I didn’t see it being Norocos who is a good horse on its day. The favourite however was very good under the circumstances and I’d be very surprised if it wasn’t winning next time it steps out.

*SYDNEY was filled with good races, it is just a shame they were 6 off the fence for nearly the whole day which can make it hard when assessing form down the track.

I thought the two year old races where interesting.  Pierro and Samaready were the two fav’s and both got the job done. They are the standout’s early and both will enjoy the pace being on in the slipper. I do however think All Too Hard is the one to beat if they run in the slipper, and I would love to see the horse go straight in without another run. The trainers know their horses far better than I do, but I think a horse like him would be well suited fresh dropping back from a big 1400m race at Flemington. It shapes as a great contest!

The Coolmore 1500m was a terrific race. Ofcourseican is simply flying now and was a deserved winner, but the runs of Secret Admirer and King’s Rose were outstanding with their big weights and they will be very hard to beat for the rest of their preparations. A few bubbles burst, but I would not be writing off a few of the beaten brigade and a horse like Foxstar may back-up this weekend, and on its run should just about win.

More Joyous was tough and any doubt that she still wants to race was put to bed early! I have stated numerous times that she is simply lengths better the Sydney was of going. She can win in Melbourne, but it is always hard work for her and it is class that gets her through. She will improve a lot from the run and she will shake the hell out of the Doncaster if she gets the right run in transit.


**There will be blackbookers galore this week and they should be up in the next day or so. I’ll also be getting the usual interviews up and looking towards next weekend’s racing and depending on track conditions there may be a bit of midweek mail.


**There has been a change of government and a lot of talk about change that would lead to our racing going forward instead of staying stagnant. Fingers crossed that it happens, but I am keen to see exactly how it plays out before the back patting starts.