Sunshine Coast and Rosehill Reviews

Sunshine Coast compiled by Rick Williams Race 5 XXXX SUNSHINE COAST GUINEAS (1600 METRES) SHENZHOU STEEDS       Chad Ormsby $7.50 UNDER THE EIFFEL       Jamie Mott $7 BENNY’S BUTTONS        Chris Munce $4.60 Shenzou Steeds made it three in a row with his impressive win in the Guineas. He was given an absolute gem of a ride by Ormsby from a wide barrier and proved too good for them in the closing stages. He only won his maiden in NZ 6 weeks ago and continues to improve each start. Yesterday at the Sunshine Coast a mare who ran third behind him last start came out and won very easily so it’s certainly worth tracking the form. Under The Eiffel ran on really well for what looked to be one of his better runs since the early Autumn. He was competitive in the G1 Cadbury Guineas at Flemington. Benny’s Buttons is a consistent type who ran well again in a hard race. Race 6 NUMBER ONE QUALITY HOMES CALOUNDRA CUP (2400 METRES) SPECHENKA            Ryan Wiggins $12 GOLD IN DUBAI     Michael Walker $8 TINSELTOWN         Chad Ormsby $4.80F Spechenka found his form today and just gave us all a little reminder that he is a very consistent stayer and he will most likely have a spell now and head south for the riches of the Spring. He has now won 11 times from 28 starts and if he kept racing into this campaign he would definitely have plenty improvement to come from that run. That was his third win over 2400m from four starts. The run of Gold In Dubai was very good. For a horse with a huge knock regarding the distance and conditions he ran super. Walker never seamed to give him any peace either, he shot him around at the start of the race and he was on pace the trip before kicking again on the turn. He will head to Grafton now from all accounts. Tinseltown had a nice run throughout and ran on well for third. He had been racing in much better races but was unable to find sufficient when asked. Race 7 REED PROPERTY GROUP GLASSHOUSE HANDICAP (1400 METRES) WOORIM                    Damian Browne $6 MEET GEORGE         Scott Seamer $21 PHELAN READY     Brad Rawiller $9 Woorim was a very dominant winner here. He got back like he does and when asked he was able to level up and put a space on them. Had the track been good or on the good side of dead who knows har far he would have won by. 12 months ago he won this race by 1 length with 53kg and on the weekend it was 1.3 lengths with 58.5kg on a slow track which is certainly not his favoured conditions. They will put him away now and providing they get some decent tracks in the Spring he should be winning more races. Meet George has been racing very well this campaign without winning. This was an excellent effort for him to run into second and I’m sure there is a race for him very soon. Phelan Ready ran on well also. He doesn’t win much but does look to be racing in pretty good form. The wetter the better for him. Race 8 YALUMBA WINES Handicap (1300 METRES) BALAVAN                       Glen Colless $3.60F GOLDEN CASH               Joe Bowditchg $7.50 GENERAL PURPLE       Ryan Wiggins $6 Balavan jumped well, raced on the pace and was far too strong for them here. It really was a impressive win and a top ride from Colless who had to overcome the car park when they jumped. That is 6 wins from 10 starts for Balavan now and his first this campaign after excellent runs behind Adnocon and Gundy Son. Golden Cash did well to run into second. He has a terrible habit of stuffing up out of the gates but it all went well and it was a career best run from him. General Purple was beaten by Mystical Grey and Metallurgical in his lead ups to this and ran well again. He looks to me to be ready to go and at his top he will be winning races soon. Solzenitsyn was one horse who was unable to navigate the wide barrier and he found himself well back through before running on really strongly for fourth. Follow: Meet George, General Purple, Solzenitsyn, Brayroan. ——————————————————————

Rosehill review completed by Todd Burmester

Track: Slow 6

Race 1 – Pace: Good Rain Melody: Sat back off a pretty good pace in a race that was probably set up for something from the back to win.  Got the job done. Recorido: Sat in “the death” on a fairly good pace and fought on well to just go under on the line Single Play: Set a good pace and didn’t completely stop.  A pass mark. Hide n Dash: Again missed the kick slightly, ran on well but was entitled to.  Not really a betting proposition for mine at the moment. Redhandedjill: Cushy run behind the pace, stopped badly.  Ordinary. Follow: Recorrido Race 2 – Pace: Average Security Sam: Came out 10 lengths behind them, forget it ran. Hurrara: Got to the front reasonably easily, slowed in the middle and kicked well in the straight as often they do at Rosehill. Unanimously: Got well back and basically missed the boat as the winner had sprinted away just after straightening.  Worked home well. Follow: Unanimously Race 3 – Pace: Slow Queenian: Good initiative by Rawiller to find the font in a race devoid of pace and that was the end of it.  Best lead up form, and got the job done in a canter Tallat: No pace in this race today, it jumped well unlike last start sat 3rd the fence but did nothing in the straight.  Bette with pace on and getting back?  Don’t sack yet. Extraceed: Had the runs reversed today, it had to come wide, Queenian on the fence and also had the result comprehensively reversed. Australian Star: Was running on well late – good for further. Western Classic: Sat outside the pace, kept whacking away but no match for the winner. Follow: Queenian, Tallat, Australian Star Race 4 – Pace: Good Testarythm: Pretty good pace in this race today, didn’t lead but got the perfect smother and it was another good win. Big Bonanza: Matched Valdhez for pace and was a much improved effort today. Valdhez: Never really got across to the fence in leading, kept fighting on but others with easier runs passed it in the straight.  I passable run. Coup Ay Tee: Never on the track, still an ok run Lotus Flower: Got back near last ran on well Kerchings: Always cramped for room and did a good job to get into 3rd.  Possibly should have finished closer. Follow: Testarythm, Kerchings, Lotus Flower (think there are some good consistent horses in this race and you can follow most of the field in all honesty). Race 5 – Pace: Fast Rain Affair: Brilliant from the gates again.  Race over after 200m, but does do well to burn the candle at both ends.  How far can it go? Sikka: Easily second best with not the clearest run in the straight, but no match for the winner Girls Go Racing: Tried hard running on well down the outside, again no match for the winner. Follow: Rain Affair, Sikka Race 6 – Pace: Average Little Surfer Girl: Tipped as a special last week and we were giggling on the corner again when she pulled to the outside.  Impressive last 300m. Group Horse? Title:  Had an easy enough run, and just doesn’t run 1400m for mine. Onthelookout:  Did its best to match it with the winner, but essentially was given a cold as she went past.  A good run none the less. Madibagold: Made fair ground after trying to come with the winner at the 300m, but simply couldn’t. Follow: Little Surfer Girl Race 7 – Pace: Average Crossbow: Led, and gave up fairly easily. Irish Love and Carnegies Crusin: Missed Start and both made up good ground Status Quo: Ridden closer, better ridden back and let run on. Wazn: Bolting on the bend, took a while to find a run across heels, sprinted away when clear, good win. Our Cannavaro: Good run, tried hard again as always. Follow: Wazn, Carnegies Cruzin Race 8 –  Pace: Good Brayroan: Missed the start, forget the run. Mutawarath: Clear last around the bend, won running away.  Good win, more in store. Romanus: Made ground down the outside but no match for the winner. More Than Royal: Gave up meekly again Follow: Mutawarath Summary of runners to follow: Recorrido, Unanimously, Queenian, Tallat, Australian Star, Testarythm, Kerchings, Lotus Flower, Rain Affair, Sikka, Little Surfer Girl, Wazn, Carnegies Cruzin, Mutawarath Specials: Kerchings, Rain Affair, Sikka, Little Surfer Girl, Mutawarath