Race 1 – Auckland Racing Club Trophy (2000m)
Notes – Dark Eyes was given the race on a plate and should have won by that margin. Don’t be sucked into a short quote next start. Montauk was solid enough again, considering the track and tempo of the race, and was a drifter in betting. Most Exalted didn’t look like he handled the conditions. Forgive.
Race 2 – Highway Plate (1600m)
Nothing of note in this race.
Race 3 – Sweet Embrace (1200m)
Teaspoon (3rd) – Settled midfield and wide which was not the place to be at this stage of the meeting. The only horse off the fence to make up significant ground up the straight. Excellent effort and looks a real swimmer if it races on a wet track again.
Race 4 – Skyline Stakes (1200m)
Notes – Don’t think we have seen the Slipper winner in this race going forward. Diamond Tathagata & Colesburg look real wet trackers, both went well on debut and again hit the line strongly in the heavy conditions. Can be followed strongly again should they face these conditions again.
Race 5 – Liverpool City Cup (1300m)
McCreery (1st) – First up from a break and settled last. Was a long way back on the turn, however unleashed a slashing final 200m to overhaul the leaders and record a soft victory. Can be followed this preparation and very strongly on heavily rain affected tracks. Looks to have come back in very good order.
Race 6 – Surround Stakes (1400m)
Omei Sword (2nd) – First up after a marked drifter in betting. Settled last in the run and never really a winning hope, however she hit the line in very strong fashion and was arguably a bit unlucky to not win. She is a very high class filly and I would be following strongly from now on. Although our price will be a lot shorter next start unfortunately.
Race 7 – Chipping Norton Stakes (1400m)
Lasqueti Spirit (2nd) – Second up after winning the VRC Oaks and ran a slashing race. Leading heading into the straight, and the majority of them had folded in the final 200m. She was no match for Winx but she did beat the rest on her merits and at 150/1. Looks like the Oaks / Sydney Cup will be at her mercy should she keep producing these efforts.
Race 8 – Guy Walter Stakes (1400m)
Dixie Blossoms (1st) – Found an easy lead and kicked strongly at the 200m to put them away very quickly and record a 6.5 length victory. Looks like you can follow her very confidently on slow/heavy tracks in the future. Very impressive.
Race 9 – Byron Thomas Recruitment Handicap (1200m)
Notes – Race of very little depth with the four horse field. Kudero was very sound in running second and happy to forgive Lofty’s Menu as he was first up and off the scene for quite a while. I wouldn’t read to much into distances of any horses getting beaten throughout the day as some would have just not handled the very heavy track.