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The Sydney Review 12/9

9 months ago

The track played really well. As always at Rosehill, you didn't want to be way back and sustaining a wide run, but no real bias evident. They seemed to want to get off the running rail a touch in the straight, but then Discharged came out and hugged it to win the last. Outstanding track in my opinion, lovely to see. 


He was rolled at short odds, but a clear forgive for CADRE DU NOIR. Horses aren't machines, so when an animal is asked to quicken, then slow, quicken again, slow and then finally sustain a sprint, they just can't. Think of a human running a 2.4km time trial. If they did the same thing, they wouldn't be as effective. Could forgive a few given the race shape, but really wouldn't want to be followng anything else from this.


YONKERS was given none and he has the flashing light all over him for 2000m next start. Snicked immediately from the gate in a race that lacked tempo. Not sure why you'd use the claim if you're going to adopt such negative tactics. Got way out of his ground, but hammered home in the F L6/200m splits OTR. He's very hard to beat 3rd up.


How good is FITUESE!? Oustanding ride from King to sum up the race so quickly. How can you not love a horse that can do it all? She can lead, travel OSL, be ridden for cover on speed or even go back like she did today. Fantastic Mare and there's a black type win in her this Spring. 1200m on a dry track will be no issue. Follow, particularly in Mares grade. 

Clear forgive from MASKED CRUSADER. Talk of him for The Everest may have been premature, but he most certainly wants further than 1100m, and may even find himself most effective over 1400m. He was very wide without cover throughout and his effort was very gallant. Wouldn't be sacking off that.

ELECTRIC GIRL staying at 1100m was merely a tick over run. Definitely want to be on her side when she gets to 1400m this prep.


Outstanding win from MO'UNGA! Justified his short quote with a withering turn of foot and let down even after copping interference. A very good Colt and he seems to know it! Cannot wait for him to meet up with LOVE TAP in the Gloaming and Spring Champion Stakes! 

Very good return from GLOBAL QUEST given he was first up to 1500m. May lack the very top end quality of the winner, but a nice return nonetheless. I wouldn't want to be backing anything from this race to turn the tables.


Without doubt the biggest discussion point of the day was The Run to the Rose, the performance of ROTHFIRE and the ride on FARNAN. It's easy to sit on the fence here regarding the ride on FARNAN. Yes, when you match the sectional times up with that of HAUT BRION HER in the Sherraco, there isn't a stack of difference, but there's also circumstances within a race that make them very hard to contrast. At the end of the day, Hugh didn't need to be leading by 5L at the 600m and the ride was poorly judged, but I expected a little more from the horse. FARNAN ran 1:09.16 for the 1200m, and that would have run 2nd in the Sherraco. The horse hasn't gone as bad as it looks on the eye and conserving some energy mid race couldn't have hurt. Having said that, the winner ROTHFIRE is an absolute beast and you cannot take anything away from him. He's nearly broken the track record and it's so good that he's a Gelding, so we can continue to see him race. He's well and truly into The Everest calculations off that. I thought maybe FARNAN could be a rarity that goes on with it from his 2yo season, and that certainly can't be penned off this first up effort. Do I want to back him next start though? Maybe not? Proper fence sit job from me this, but sometimes you just need to watch and learn.

Of the others, OLE KIRK has ripped home in the F L600m OTD in 32.84 and that is scary good (forgive the Dwayne Russell reference). He now enters calculations going forward. I can forgive MAMARAGAN. He has now had to chase two extremely hot tempos in his first two runs this prep and for a horse that I think wants the mile, that isn't easy to do. I couldn't pen anything out of this race and it's a tough one to dissect. 


WILD PLANET proved that the old Synthetic Hoof Filler ain't always a pen job. Never love seeing the concussion plates go on, but the hoof filler is becoming more and more common these days. It didn't stop GYTRASH first up! Good win by WP. Held up, but savaged the line. He goes to The Epsom now. He's a good horse, but up against it at the mile. For me, FUNSTAR is again a forgive and she's on track to run well in The Epsom. Being trained as a miler potentially and her run here was good. Covered ground, travelled deep without cover and hit the front way too early. I was surprised that SPECIAL REWARD was ridden for cover. He may well back up at Newcastle this Friday. 


HAUT BRION HER - Wow! This was a simply outstanding performance. First up off an extended spell, sat outside a strong tempo and kept going. A run like this sees a horse enter Everest Calculations and I wouldn't be surprised if she got a slot. I think she will be even more effective over 1400m, so clearly relishes a strong 1200m.

JEN RULES ran an absolute bottler at odds. She goes well fresh. I'd be looking to space her runs and go again. SEASONS was very good in 3rd. Copped some interference in the straight, but ran on well. In the right race 3rd up she can go well. She is quite forward, so would need to strike soon. FASIKA I thought was ridden a little conservatively. She needs to be close to the speed bowling along.