Blackbookers: Race 2 – ALWARD.
Race 1: TAB Highway Hcp Class 2 1100m.
Notes: SHE KNOWS (2nd) was resuming, had been good in these Highway’s previously and was up on the speed. She had to sit three-wide without cover outside the leaders, booted clear at the top of the straight before being collared late. She really was brave in defeat after doing all the work. TRY A LIL HARDER (1st) was the well supported favourite, she was beautifully ridden just off the speed before angling into the clear at the top of the straight, ran on hard and was clearly doing the best on the line after doing no work. GOLDEN LEGACY (unplaced) was a little disappointing, he may have found the class rise a little too hard. He had his chance to run on but was a little wayward.
Race 2: #slipperstyle Handicap 1500m.
What a return to racing for ALWARD (3rd), it was hard to miss. He was last at the turn, was ridden for luck and got none, an understatement that may be. He ran into dead-end after dead-end, finally out the last 50 and got through for 3rd. he looks to be set for a big Autumn.
Notes: Take nothing away from the winner CELLARMAN (1st) who won professionally, sat back and eased wide, ran on well but did appear all out on the line. SHOW A STAR (2nd) was gallant in defeat as favourite, after jumping well from out wide he couldn’t cross and had to it the tradie’s way. He was left in front after not getting his own way, was also peaking on the line. Clearly the one to follow going forward and over further is ALWARD.
Race 3: TAB Silver Slipper Stakes 2YO 1100m.
Notes: The Sydney lead-up to the Golden Slipper and it looked a race in two and that is exactly how it panned out. ESTIJAAB (2nd) led initially but was pressured by NEUTRALITY (unplaced) in the middle stages, Avdulla elected to continue kicking through and hold out the challenge. SUNLIGHT (1st) was beautifully ridden, sat off those two leaders before peeling wide at the turn and running over the top of the game ESTIJAAB late. They gapped the rest of the field, and although many will blame the mid-race pressure for the favourite getting nabbed late, the jock in my opinion should have eased off and sat outside, she still would have had the acceleration to boot clear at the top of the lane. This will shorten her for the Slipper no doubt, which will make those wanting to be on SUNLIGHT even happier. I am one of those.
Race 4: Spark Of Life Handicap 1100m.
Notes: I AM EXCITED (1st) settled down well back and took an eternity to win-dup, but when she hit top gear over the last furlong she was clearly doing best in what was a great finish. ZA ZI BA (3rd) was the early leader, was only collared late and the two Godolphin runners were both good in defeat, the other on pacers were not sighted. TREKKING (unplaced) was forced to take the wide route whilst the stablemate MARSUPIAL (2nd) saved ground at the turn and ran on well in between runners. All four of them had their chances to win.
Race 5: Vinery Stud Millie Fox Stakes 1300m.
Notes: DAYSEE DOOM (1st) was resuming, she hadn’t raced since the Myer Classic at Flemington in Cup week, sat outside the leader and in a race where nothing made significant ground, she wore down the leader GIRL SUNDAY (2nd) in the shadows of the post. That leader did a great job, just came one off the fence in the straight to present the run for PROMPT RESPONSE (unplaced) who had the sit on the leaders, but she didn’t run on well enough. She got close late over the last 50m but was very one paced. FOXPLAY (3rd) was similar, she had every chance after having the sit on the winner, kept coming in the straight but was one paced. She had her chance to run over the top of them.
Race 6: Parramatta Advertiser Cup 1900m.
Notes: MORE ENERGY (1st) was huge odds, sat behind the leader/favourite SUPPLY AND DEMAND (2nd) and had the run of the race. The leader travelled well to the turn, kicked 3 length sinto the straight before the winner eased around heels at the 300, took it all of the straight to get there and nailed the Waterhouse/Bolt runner on the line. SINGING (unplaced) was three-wide the trip and under the persuader a long way from home and was tailed off. Read the steward’s report for more there. LIAPARI (3rd) was the eye-catcher from the back and very wide, ran through the line hard going down less than half a length.
Race 7: Hobartville Stakes 1400m.
Notes: KEMENTARI asserted his class, sat outside the leader on the speed, travelled well to the turn before Schofield put the foot down when they straightened. He got past the leader TRAPEZE ARTIST (unplaced) at the furlong marker, that leader found nothing whilst the winner showed his class extending and not looking in any danger the last 200m. PIERATA (2nd) and D’ARGENTO (3rd) both ran on hard from the back, but the winner did all the work on a fair track and looks a star, he has really come back well this prep and the stable is flying.
Race 8: Schweppes Handicap 1100m.
Notes: PERIZADA (1st) was too strong with the light weight in the run home here, struggled to pick them up early in the straight after a perfect run in transit, but really got going the last furlong to edge away. Tim Clark is really riding at a new level this season. FICKLE FOLLY (2nd) controlled the race from outside the leader and had every chance, NEW UNIVERSE (unplaced) was held-up behind the leader early in the straight and never got warm when the run presented. There have been a couple that have not gone well hard against the rail in the straight, the track seems to be playing fair apart from possibly that position.
Race 9: Triple M Marquee Handicap 1350m.
Notes: LOFTY’S MENU (1st) led, looked to be clearly headed by the horse outside the leader in the straight but rallied under the heavy riding of Jean van Overmeire late in the straight to stick on well and get the win. UP ‘N’ ROLLING (2nd) was resuming, sat outside the leader and clearly hit the front in the straight. It layed in and may have just run out of condition late as the leader rallied underneath him. BRATISLAVA (unplaced) was flat, looked to have every chance after the run of the race and was grinding home ok before tiring late. I think the second horse is the one to follow going forward into the Autumn the further he gets into his campaign.