Racing was at ROSEHILL on Saturday with five Group 1 races.
The track was rated a SOFT-6 early then upgraded to a SOFT-5 by race 3. It was a very tough day to run-on, unless you were in a couple of lanes nearer the inside, however, you could not be hard on that inside rail either. Tough track. Tough for punters!
This did not stop some fabulous racing but I would certainly be forgiving of anything that tried to come wide and make his/ her run!
Run of the Day
Punters went with CASTELVECCHIO narrowly from FARNAN and ADDEYBB.
CASTELVECCHIO finally drew a gate and was able to take up a spot (crucial this day!). It was a brilliant ride no doubt. He relished the rise to 2000m, joined in at the right time and kept going too well for PRINCE FAWAZ who also had a gun trail. The split came for him and he fought the winner hard, clearly it was a case of drier round the better for him.
RELOADED settled further back than these two just off midfield. J-Mac made ground before the turn and was just off the winner into the straight. It was also a brilliant ride but the horse was just no match for the quinella. He held off SHADOW HERO for fourth.
Shadow Hero has lost no respect with this punter. He didn’t quicken at a key stage and came to the outside (against the pattern) yet still found the line nicely. In fact, his 11.63 last 200m was race-fastest out there. He was 1/100ths of second quicker home than the winner with Prince Fawaz home 11.67.
WARNING was hard ridden before the turn, saved ground and just got stronger as the race went (home 11.73). He clearly needs 2400m. These five gapped the rest headed by PANCHO. Time: 2-04.09 off a strong 1-29.1 1st-1400m. That first 1400m split would have had this field some 14L ahead of world-class import ADDEYBB with 600m to run, if races were run together.
ADDEYBB led in 1-31.49 which certainly was not fast by G1 standard. His rider then upped the ante riding him hard 700m from home. This was, key to this horse’s success on the day. He made use of his superior endurance relative to VERRY ELLEEGANT and just kept kicking! They both ran a slick last 600m (33.27 VS 33.29) and raced away from a genuine A-grader in AVILIUS (33.67) who was some 5.3L astern on the line,
Avilius did manage the race-fastest last 200m, however he was thrashed. The winner ran 2-04.90. His stable openly said he is much better on wetter also. Of course this likely also applies to VERRY ELLEEGANT who has (finally) become a ‘proper’ racehorse. She is now able to put herself in a race, quicken and, she can stay.
FARNAN led all the way to win the G1 Golden Slipper and he again ran an exceptional overall time relative to older horses on the day. It has been a feature of his relatively short CV to date.
He went 35.87 1st-600m, racing well off the inside rail and simply kept running! I mean, he runs quite fast early, then, he was race-fastest late sectionals. It’s a good recipe to win any race, anytime, anywhere I would have thought. He ran 1-10.19 for the 1200m so, he has run 0.23 faster than 3yo filly California Zimbol on the day despite the race being run .29 slower early! Yes, he was running later in the day on an improving track however, he has also run just .08 slower than older mare Miss Exfactor (who ran in Race 9) despite a 0.38 slower 1st-600m.
Runner-up was AWAY GAME and she was certainly given a gun ride. She looked a big hope 200m out but the winner then kicked into another gear leaving her 1.8L away on the line.
MARMARAN was only having start two. He sat off them on the inside and saved ground (but off the rail) and battled very well. It is rare for such an inexperienced horse to run so well in this race however, he was in a very good spot relative to the day.
TAALOA was hard at it before the bend and looked gone yet responded and battled on well into fourth with HUNGRY HEART finishing off nicely without threat, into fifth. Those back in the field here were never a threat.
The G1 Galaxy was Race 8 and I AM EXCITED was able to win coming from midfield on the rail. She made ground (well off the rail) then charged late to nail MISS LEONIDAS who may well have cost herself a G1 win by drifting out late. She led in 29.23 1st-500m and kept kicking but yep, was nutted.
TOFANE had her chance coming between them. She was strong late and only just missed them.
DEPRIVE was some 2L away. He made good ground himself from the back which was a task on the day. He was just off the winner mid race and was closest inside rail so, suspect he has run very well.
PIERATA was excellent fresh with 59kg, forced to hook out wide past middle versus the pattern yet really attacked the wire.
IN HER TIME was next putting in a solid performance.
They ran 1-3.17 which is a slick gallop on Soft-5 but they are Group 1 horses.
The final Group 1 race was the George Ryder and DREAMFORCE was able to lead, and, add less pressure than what we saw at Randwick. He is better suited here at 1500m, and on drier ground. So given all that, and the track pattern, he was able to kick clear and hold off THE BOSTONIAN who has become a genuine G1 racehorse. he had his chance sure but he only just missed.
TE AKAU SHARK was back and wide versus the bias and raced keen. His effort to still run on strongly out there was excellent. Don’t sack him!
BRANDENBURG was an honest fourth, he kept coming. They had nearly 2L on ALIZEE (kept closing in-between runners/ sound effort) and BEST OF DAYS. They ran 1-30.15 for 1500m here.
YOUNG RASCAL was another import to win on the day and yes he had good run. He was hard ridden 600m out but responded to that.
Runner-up MUGATOO loomed up and looked to be going better but the winner just kept fighting him off and he was giving him 5kg, so hard to knock.
SUPERNOVA made very good ground from way back on a tough day for same. His 33.58 last 600m was over 2L faster than anything else in this race.
THINK IT OVER led and fought well when headed but was no match.
The Forgive File
DAWN PASSAGE (bit stiff),
DESIGNED (bias against),
YOGI (blew start),
LUVALUVA (had task this track),
CRYPTIC JEWEL (too wide),
BEST OF DAYS (bad start/ too far back),
SUPER SETH (back/ wide versus pattern),
HAPPY CLAPPER (never in the right spot),
SHERWOOD FOREST (not given much hope),
CHENIER (blew start),
THE HOLY ONE (worked mid race),
PRAGUE (pattern against),
MUNTASEERA (too far back),
MINHAAJ (too wide),
PIERATA (very good versus pattern),
FASIKA (forced wide/ lost ground/ came again/ ran very well),