Wrap up from 10,000 day

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It was a guessing game all week about the amount of rain that would come, and in the end it was bugger all. The racing surface was terrific and we were treated to some great racing.

It was a pretty tough day with a lot of big priced winners including the ‘quaddie killer’ Fantastic Blue at $97. We found a couple of winners in the first and last races and hopefully Shezahotshot at $17 helped the day out.

Race 1: It would have been a crying shame if Shezahotshot had lost the race on protest. Not because ‘The Punt’ had it on top, but because it was one of the best efforts I’ve seen in a fair while. To circle the entire field four wide from the 650m and still win simply doesn’t happen. She deserved her win, and the placegetters AUSWORLD and LOVINGTHELIMELIGHT are both nearing wins.

Race 2: KELBENJAR and VOLKHERE had it their own way in front and were always going to fight it out. Nolen’s early move to push forward was a winning move. The best runs were a few back in the pack. DIVINE CITY and VIKING HEART didn’t have a lot of room early in the straight and both finished off well. Eagle Farm will suit those two.

Race 3: All honours to the winner. I think I have said on the site before that BOBAN is a very nice horse but I thought he would be far better at E-F. I still have that opinion which makes it scary to think what he’d do to them on a bigger track. He sat back and rounded them up easy.

Race 4: Not sure what to make of this race? It was a bit rough and tumble and horses were everywhere! It will take a fair time to go over this race a dozen times, so make sure you check out the blackbookers article during the week after I dissect it a bit more. Some punters were angry with EMVOSS but when he missed the start and McDonald revved him up a bit he didn’t settle at all the whole run and was no chance.

Race 5: BRAMBLES ran them into the ground and surprised me along the way. There was a bit of interference back in the field, but Brambles was the best horse on the day. Where does that leave MARGINS who should have beaten Brambles easily last start? Was that a lucky run or should it be the derby fav?? I think if we happened to get some rain before the Derby VATUVEI should simply win. He is the best stayer in that field. E-F 2400m is a lot harder than 2200m around Doomben and any rain would make it tougher again which would suit VATUVEI.

Race 6: Again another race I will need more time to go right over before finding Blackbookers (if there is any). FANTASTIC BLUE at $97 upset them all! ABSOLUTELY was wide and was set an impossible task by Rawiller. I’d wait for rain before I jump on her again, although her effort was good considering the ride. SHAMARDASHING is a new horse and his run was outstanding. IRONSTEIN had every chance and again couldn’t get the job done.

Race 7: Well SEA SIREN is a freak!! She didn’t just beat the field, she beat history along the way! She may or may not run in the Stradbroke as O’Shea said last week if she got penalised again they may consider not running. Cassidy rode her a treat and she is one right out of the box. BUFFERING showed that class horses are always competitive and the big question is did missing the BTC run through injury cost him victory? It probably did, but Heathcote deserves a hell of a lot of credit for presenting the horse in such good shape after the setback. Bring on the Straddie as far as he is concerned. The BOOM brothers were good again. There has to be a question on TEMPLE OF BOOM at the 1400m of the straddy and he’d need a heavy track to figure in my opinion. SPIRIT is the opposite and doesn’t want it worse than dead to figure. Really hard to make a case for many others in the race.

Race 8: This race was tailor made for EXCELLANTES and class prevailed. McDonald rode the horse exactly how Browne would have and the key is to keep this horse to races of 1200m and below. ROCKER is an improving type who can win soon.



*For those who backed the Blackbooker ALTAI WARRIOR you have to be a bit forgiving. Kathy O’Hara obviously doesn’t know the horse that well and it was ridden upside down. It was about 2-3 closer than you would have wanted, she then run up the back of them and too top it off was the only horse to stay on the worst part of the track. He can win again soon if you are forgiving.

*If you were on JOHANNAPINE in allups etc you have been very harshly treated. BOSS went for a run which closed. That cost him at least a length and momentum. The horse then lost by a nose! Enough said!

*SOFT SAND was dominant and heads to the Tatts Tiara. I’d love to see her run in the Stradbroke on the way there, but that is undecided.

*LUCKYGRAY over in the West was superb! He is right up to a Group 1 over the Spring on his run yesterday..

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