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Gibbo's EF review Feb 1

3 weeks ago


Gibbo’s EF review.


This track really looked to be playing to the fence early but seemed to even out. Some horses look the winner and it might just be they don’t let down on the harder surface. There are still big margins throughout which is a little puzzling.




Race 1:


UNCLE FRANK was able to lead again and to be fair he never looked liked being beaten. The Kirkwood stable is flying and this horse has the good on speed pattern so he will always be up in the firing line. MISHANI FRAUDSTER and MISHANI MISS were both pass marks and good through the line. LOOMING LARGE did exactly that but punctured late.




Race 2:


I guess you could say SHALWA won easily, it was a 1.5L margin but I have to admit you’d have had a few worrying moments. At the 250m she didn’t sprint as you’d have liked and it looked as a few might have made a race of it. At the 100m she found a little more and punters were able to rest easy from there on. DENMAN UNLIMITED appreciated the big track and can win an easier race soon. LASHONI looked a little weak late, I’d be forgiving as she loomed and condition might have gave way late.




Race 3:


Horrible ride on the odds on pop TREVELYAN. He sat 3 wide and last for 500-600m on a walking tempo. (They went more than 10L slower than the benchmark to the 600m) The race was over at the 1200m mark (for him anyway). He may have also trained off, hard to tell as he was set a massive task. The trainer also stated the jock rode against instructions when interviewed by stewards. GRESHAM sat behind the leader, smoked his pipe before ducking back to the fence and sprinted away from this lot.




Race 4:


Fair run race and they all got their chance. COOL CHAP sat midfield, found the right spot, got clear air in the straight and made it back to back wins. JUGE shot through between horses and was a clear 2nd. MASTER ZEPHYR was a pass mark and OUR MANTRA should be better for the run. All decent runs but no real blackbookers.




Race 5:


DITMAS was smashed in the market here. From the inside gate he missed the start and got to a horrible spot back in running. Not a lot went right but he let rip the last 100m and with a better run in transit he would have won. PIZONIE is just a track/trip specialist, a great ride on I’VE GOTTA NEL looked as though they’d pinched the race until Nothdurft got stuck into the fav who reeled in the leader late.




Race 6:


Gee Fradd can miss a start. He got IMPASSE into an ordinary position in between horse and back in the field. They fanned as they do at EF and the horse was able to go through his gears and it was good to see him get it done for punters. Has promised to win a few for a while now and he ran the quickest L400m and 200m of the meeting.. MAGNUFIGHTER had every chance but might have knocked up late, happy to follow him next time out.




Race 7:


SLOW HANDS and THE KINGDOM both jumped up in weight but it didn’t matter as they dominated this race. SLOW HANDS got the perfect run in transit and was able to go under the leaders and shot for home early. He looked the winner and the effort was great, just not good enough to hold off THE KINGDOM. I liked the fact Mallyon was one of the last to ask his mount for the supreme effort. I feel that’s the way to ride this track and I feel too often horse are hitting the front too soon and stopping from ill timed rides.




Race 8:


What were they thinking. MISHANI EL LOBO was able to lead easily and was going 8.5L slower than the benchmark to the 600m? Obviously the others were trying but you couldn’t tell by the numbers. They gave themselves no hope so MISHANI EL LOBO simply gave a kick and won. SOVEREIGN NATION ran 2nd and was very good spotting them all weight. Not much to take out of this.




Race 9:


I’ll start by saying BARODA is simply a better and stronger horse than I thought. I heard Toby say after the race “How’d Ryan get beat on her in a maiden at the coast?” That’s probably the reason I haven’t rated her this highly, I was on in the maiden defeat. She was very strong here and a good win. INGEAR is the horse I’ve always rated and to be fair I have probably over rated her. She was ok but had every possible chance. STAR OF MICHELIN was good last prep and the last 100m here was exceptional. He will be the one looking for more ground and could be in for a good prep. His 11.72 L200m was good and he was the only one to break 12 for that split.