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The Sultan's Randwick Review Jan 11

7 months ago

Racing at Randwick again and despite the big rail move, this track played fairly as it has done all summer, credit to them!

 

Race 1 - This 1000m race was won by SPLINTEX and he got gutsy late after being headed. Both he and Acquitane had the drop on the leaders Omar and Witherspoon and they went hard (10.81 / 10.85 / 10.93) between the 800-200m. That set it up for the two that had the drop on the speed. WITHERSPOON stepped slow and had to muster hard to eventually sit OSL and she completely blew up, very disappointing. She has to lead in order to win. Thought OMAR is the one to follow heading forward. He was off a long break and lead at a very fast tempo but held on well. A similar affair or an 1100m race next start should see him go close. 

HTF: OMAR

 

Race 2 - This 1200m Hwy was won by all the way leader ASSAULT’N’BATHORY and he was impressive. He is proven over further, so looks in for a good prep. LADY DEMI was the clear eye catcher. She was snagged back from the wide draw but ran home in the race fastest L600m and clear R F L200m split. She found her mojo last prep and looks set for another fruitful prep. She has proven she can be ridden forward from a good gate, too. They are both being set to run over 1400m at Nowra next start in the Country Champs qualifier. Barriers and tempo will be important! ALTERNATIVE FACTS tracked into it well, but unfortunately didn’t run out the 1200m. Peg her as a 1000/1100m specialist now.

HTF: LADY DEMI & ASSAULT’N’BATHORY

 

Race 3 - SOUTHERN LAD and SPECIAL REWARD both cleared out from the rest by some 5 lengths and despite being a shade disappointing when the sprint went on, I think Special Reward will be winning his next start. He found the lead, but led at a moderate tempo and was simply out sprinted by a fitter horse late. His strength is a high rolling tempo and kicking off that, so fitter 2nd up he should roll that little bit faster and prove hard to beat. Nothing in the Stewards report for CRADLE MOUNTAIN, who was beaten by 8.5L, is a concern for him moving forward.

HTF: SPECIAL REWARD at 1200m 2nd up

 

Race 4 - LUVALUVA repeated the dose here. Jennings rode her like the best horse in the race, hooking out of trouble and covering ground from the 800m, and it never looked in doubt. In behind, MR GARCIA ran on well in a race fastest L600m. He doesn’t win out of turn, but he’s got the grounding now to find a winnable race over 2000/2200m.

 

Race 5 - Not the best race on paper, and was won by all the way leader MAN OF PEACE. The one I thought was building towards something was NICCOCHET and he only narrowly missed after running a clear race F L600m. He runs well deep into a prep. I’d like to see him out to 1600m next start and hopefully drawing a gate.

HTF: NICCOCHET in the same class up to 1600m

 

Race 6 - Not much to write home about here. ROCHA CLOCK was way too good and put them away late. WAR BARON staying at 1600m was always a knock, but you’d have to think that’s in his plan and they will be targeting a 2000m race 3rd up. He was hard ridden a long way out but closed off well and ran a R F L200m split. Back as a gelding now and if placed well, he can win up in trip. 

HTF: WAR BARON can win up in trip 3rd up if placed to advantage

 

Race 7 - HELGA landed the big plunge here and her win was dominant. Stepping from 1200m to 1500m, she sat OSL and kicked a long way from home and it was never in doubt. There is no reason to suggest she cannot go on with it now and the stable have a high opinion. PINUP MISS bled and will incur a 3 month ban. Forgive. 

HTF: HELGA

 

Race 8 - PHAISTOS had the gun run here and he smoked his pipe while everything in front of him chopped at each other and he was too strong late. CHARETERRA looked to never settle when OSL and in between runners, but he was awful nonetheless. ALL TOO SOON endured a terrible run in transit when forward and wide, then back and wide no cover. Her L200m was only bettered by the winner who had a much softer run. She gets further, so may have a win in her coming this prep over further.

HTF: ALL TOO SOON over further

 

Race 9 - I must admit, I thought MR DEPENDABLE looked unbeateable here. Rider stated in the Stewards report that if he had his time again, he wouldn’t have gone as hard in the middle stages, and it’s hard not to agree. A horse with a sharp turn of foot like that doesn’t need roll so hard then shoot 6L clear at the 400m. He ran out of gas and walked his L200m in 12.70. DABIYR is the obvious to follow, as he won the race and was the strongest late, but he’s proven up to 2500m, so looks in for a good prep.

 

HTF: The winner DABIYR is a proven stayer and looks in for a good prep.