4/4/20 David Gately The Championships Day 1 Review
Randwick Racing Review: The Championships Day 1
Racing was at RANDWICK on Saturday for Day-1 of The Championships. Track was rated HEAVY-8 throughout the day and there was no mad pattern evident. Most avoided being hard on the inside rail.
Run of the Day
Well NATURE STRIP is no stranger to winning these polls and with 56% of your vote he had nice margin on NETTOYER (34%) with daylight to the others.
NATURE STRIP has become the horse many of us thought (hoped) he would be, and that is, probably the best sprinter in the world. He has won four of his last six, three at G1 level. In one of the misses he was an enormous fourth in the Everest. To put it simply on Saturday he was just too fast for them! I mean, we do forget sometimes, it is simply a foot race !!
He went 34.92 1st-600m on Heavy-8 and kept running, stopping the clock at 1-11.18. As referenced here a while back, his final 200m splits are now much closer to those of his closing rivals which backs-up what you are seeing visually. He is a much stronger horse now, he is harnessing his immense energy better. A great credit to his stable!
SANTA ANA LANE closed strongly to grab REDZEL for second prize, he ran home 35.36/ 12.28 (600m/ 200m) but could only run the mighty NATURE STRIP to 2L.
REDZEL looked in strife straightening but gave his all to keep third from PIERATA (home hard - 35.32/ 12.26) with TOFANE the pick of the closers from back and wide, her 35.24/ 12.10 splits were, yep, race-fastest.
BIVOUAC ended up way back? He hit line 12.37 but had no hope from there. His big wins come when he has been able to control things near the speed (even a fast speed !!).
EXCEEDANCE was below his best, fifth-fastest home. At his top he has always been not only race-fastest home but generally, fastest horse all day in the run to the line. Reports are he has become very ‘’colt’’ so perhaps he has just lost that zest for racing at present ??
The G1 DONCASTER Handicap was Race 9 and there was no crawling up front here. They went 60.57 1st-1000m (would have led Carbine Club field over 10L with 600m to run) and no shock the race was dominated by run-on horses.
Winner NETTOYER was slow out, near last still turning then unleashed her big finish down the middle. She was the only horse to break 36-seconds last 600m (and smashed it - 35.74) then sustained enough (12.16 last 200m) to hold off STAR OF THE SEAS who had weaved through from off midfield. His 12.08 was actually race-fastest home (36.07 last 600m).
BRANDENBURG was given a great ride with no weight and also weaved through, he went down 0.6L into third.
MELODY BELLE was fourth and clearly the run of the race for mine. Midfield and 4-wide no cover mostly, forced wider turning with no cart into it yet still loomed as the winner. Her 12.48 last 200m says she peaked late which she was clearly entitled to do, and she had 57kg!
KINGS WILL DREAM followed the third-horse through and also kept closing (12.26) with CON TE PARTIRO battling well outside. There were others who were stronger late but her effort was good.
MR QUICKIE hit the line 12.41. YULONG PRINCE used his speed at the wrong part of the race (quickest mid-sections) but had little left over the last 200m. They ran 1-37.77
Race 6 was the Inglis Sires and KING’S LEGACY relished the 1400m sitting back off a strong (48.78 1st-800m) speed with Bowman saving ground on him, then securing runs through before really knuckling down late to nail PRAGUE who did look home. He had been up second on that solid clip and took over straightening but was grabbed late.
MAMARAGAN was back near the winner mid race but was forced very wide turning and all of a sudden, he was 4L off the winner. He charged late to be beaten 1.8L. Ouch.
OLE KIRK was back with them also. He had a good run through and also ran home nicely. these five had a margin on AIM (even effort) in fifth. Time: 1-26.46
They were a bit quicker early than older horses in the Country Champs. GRACIE BELLE won that in 1-26.48 off 48.97 1st-800m so 2yo’s have gone 2/100ths quicker overall than them.
The other Group 1 race was the ATC Derby and this was a brutal test of stamina. Speed was on early then one took off mid-race so the pressure was on all the way.
The winner QUICK THINKER was part of the speed early but his rider was onto it and quickly took a sit to give him the gun run. They did join in a long way out given the tempo but this horse just kept responding! It was a very tough staying effort.
Runner-up ZEBROWSKI was midfield on the rail and keen and then settled better midway with the hot speed. He secured a good run through and had the last crack at the winner but was just no match. They had 1.3L on ERIC THE EEL who ran home hard from the back and they in-turn had 6L on the fourth horse,
SHADOW HERO who was back with ‘Eric’ but was left behind on the heavy ground, still finished off well but yeah, was beaten 7.5L.
SACRAMENTO held on well. Time: 2-34.24 for 2400m on a Heavy-9.
RUBISAKI is a gun filly and she won the last easily, running 1-12.74 off 36.76 1st-600m and the rider was soft on her late, class act. She was the only horse all day to break 12-seconds home (11.97).
WAYUPINTHESKY was second and given the perfect run, winner was imply too good.
AKARI did a good job back sharply in trip here, she was under pressure before the bend but responded/ kept closing for third.
KIAMICHI went through to hit lead straightening but couldn’t hold off the trifecta but beat the fifth place getter well.
ST COVET’S SPIRIT who was best closer (from tail) for easier race.
Race 4 was Oaks lead-up Adrian Knox Stakes and COLETTE was most impressive. She settled midfield between runners, had some traffic issues but just quickened like a good filly and put the race away in a few strides. She ended up putting 2.8L on runner-up TOFFEE TONGUE who actually settled near said winner. She came wide and was no match but ran home 12.64 (winner 12.34).
QUINTESSA held third after racing handy and going clear a long way out, ran well.
BETCHA FLYING kept closing.
STICK ‘EM UP did rush late (12.62) when finally outside them all. Time: 2-07.10 for 2000m off 1-29.18 1st-1400m.
RAHEEN HOUSE turned his form around out to 2600m at his first go on Heavy ground and ran down CARIF after tracking him all the way (great ride). CARIF did look the winner after joining in at the ‘right’ time but couldn’t hold off said winner.
MIRAGE DANCER (finally ridden cold) was back his his best/ home hard with 59kg into 3rd giving weight to all.
GALLIC CHIEFTAIN was an honest fourth cutting back to the inside.
ANGEL OF TRUTH was wide/ gallant.
YOGI did his best work late.. He’s just a stayer these days.
The Forgive File
DAMAGED (poor recovery),
KUBRICK (too wet),
PARADEE (wide no cover),
ELISA CARLOLINA (worked early),
ANGEL OF TRUTH (wide/ good),
THE CHOSEN ONE (better drier),
YOUNGSTAR (poor recovery),
PIONEER RIVER (wide),
SACRAMENTO (went hard/ attacked 1100m out/ ran well),