Wrap Up from a great weekend

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A terrific weekend on the punt, but fair dinkum, where do we start?

As you would expect I know some very good judges in the game. One of them being Steve Hewlett from RadioTab and we often contact each other in regards to racing topics. Steve has thought for a while that the second best horse in Australia is Atlantic Jewel and I tell you what,he is spot on the mark! Personally I hate people comparing horses with Black Caviar (especially Hay List!) but this filly is right up there and is well worth talking about in a similar way to the great champ.

People get carried away too fast when we spot a good horse, but on this occasion we are spotting a superstar and I hope we are not underrating her because she is in the same era as Black Caviar. This filly is as exciting as any I’ve seen. She set a race record (on a track that was inductive of running fast times) but she was awesome after being posted wide throughout!

In my opinion Black Caviar may have a length on the filly at 1400m set weights, but like most race lovers I’d love to see it happen (it won’t)

**For those close to the site you would know I’m never one to go over the top with winning selections, but thanks to those who contacted me about Ethiopia and Polish Knight and appreciated the value and the mentions over the last few weeks. They were the horses on the up and looked to be the ones who may jump out of the ground, and that’s what happened. They were exceptional and you want to back those improving horses in these types of races. They did not go that hard which makes the win exceptional. He’s pretty damn good, as is the runner up who will improve with racing. Laser Hawk was terrific in his first prep and may well be a cox plate horse.

**I look at the site as a way to help punters and others looking forward to other races etc in the future. Polish Knight was pretty raw but beat Rekindled Alliance easily last week and actually was running away on the line. That is a great pointer to the Derby (an extra 400m) and it was extremely hard to understand how punters could think that could swing around in a week when Polish Knight had the obvious improvement in it. These are little things that can help in the future, but as I say it’s a matter of learning and picking up on little things like that..

**Let’s touch on the ‘Match races’. I was well off the mark in the sprint race and I thought Rain Affair was a good thing. WRONG! Even though I thought Corey Brown rode him differently and cuddled him for too long, the deserved winner was Master Of Design and all credit goes to him!

Pierro was simply too good on the day and I was one of the mugs that backed him in the slipper and jumped off yesterday. He is the best two year old colt without a question now.

**I have thought for about a month that the Sydney cup was a two horse race and I’m feeling even more confident that it is going to be the case. Permit was super yesterday and the extra trip looks as though it will suit. He nearly halved his Sydney Cup price after yesterday’s race, but there will be a great challenge thrown out by Niwot who I feel has had a perfect preparation leading into the two mile race. It shapes as a beauty.

** For all the keen form students I throw out a warning on the Doomben form. When you get rain on the morning of a race day at Doomben it often means you will get a track that is hard to make ground on. That can obviously throw form out over the next couple of weeks, and there were a few horses that ran well below their best and may be worth forgiving.

Adebisi was exceptional and as soon as the rain hit the track he looked a good thing and the punters loaded up for a good result. Spirit Of Boom went enormous on an unsuitable track and he will be a major player in the upcoming feature races.

 

  • I don’t know about you guys but I always feel there is something very special about the feature days in Sydney at one of the best tracks in the country and we have the Doncaster and Oaks to look forward to this weekend! There are showers predicted each day this week in Sydney and we may have to deal with a wet track. BRING IT ON!