Race 3. 2600M SCHWEPPES CHAIRMAN’S HANDICAP
ONCE WERE WILD NASH RAWILLER 1st $8
ANUDJAWUN CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $10
C’EST LA GUERRE MICHAEL RODD 3rd $1
A bold front running ride from Nash was good enough here to see last years Oaks winner win in similar circumstances. Once Were Wild jumped well from the gate and Nash went straight to the front and set a solid tempo. He continued to extend his lead rounding the turn and then by the 200m it looked evident that the rest of the field were struggling to bridge the gap and she scored a strong all the way win. Jessicabeel won this race last year before winning the Sydney Cup and it has been a good form line in the past.Anudjawun is still learning and his effort was very good chasing. He will mature over the Winter and come back a better stayer in the Spring. C’est La Guerre made a dash along the inside late to finish third. The rest went no good.
Race 4. 1600M EMIRATES DONCASTER MILE PRELUDE
MY KINGDOM OF FIFE DWAYNE DUNN 1st $151
HIDDEN WONDER BRENTON AVDULLA 2nd $15
BOLD GLANCE SCOTT SEAMER 3rd $1
My Kingdom Of Fife was a English horse having his first start here for Waller and wins at 150-1. This Waller guys seems to not just win each week but have a really good story behind most of the winners. This horse obviously has loads of talent, this was a strong field and he won very well and I’m sure he has lengths to come. Waller said they are off to QLD. Hidden Wonder is going really well. She was able to get herself into a winning position over the concluding stages and in the end wasn’t beaten far at all. Hard to beat back against the mares. Bold Glance had a good run and did well to finish third. Glintz went far too hard in front and punctured severely in the straight as did Brilliant Light. They can bounce back on a more modest tempo, although Glintz is becoming hard to trust.
Race 5. 1200M DARLEY T J SMITH STAKES
BLACK CAVIAR LUKE NOLEN 1st $1.14F
HAY LIST GLYN SCHOFIELD 2nd $21
TRIPLE HONOUR JIM CASSIDY 3rd $15
Pretty hard to find the words to describe Black Caviar as most of them have already been used. Personally this was the win of hers that I gained the most enjoyment out of and the one that has given her a rubber stamp of a genuine bona fide super star. It was her first race the Sydney way, she didn’t jump as well as she could have and at the top of the straight Hay List was going like a bullet and she was some 4 lengths off him. Once she was able to straighten and balance up she really let down and was in full stride and was able to pull away for what will look on paper a pretty comfortable win but it was only a win that could be managed by a star. Hay List has been in the media recently for mostly the wrong reasons with injuries etc. I don’t think he has ever gone so good. He ran out of his skin and it took a freak to beat him. Triple Honour did really well to finish third considering some of the other horses he beat have been going very well lately. He looks like he will be in for a good Winter campaign.
Race 6. 1400M INGLIS SIRES PRODUCE STAKES
HELMET KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $4.60
UATE NASH RAWILLER 2nd $14
PANE IN THE GLASS JIM BYRNE 3rd $1
Just how good is this horse Helmet? He was scratched at the barrier in the Victorian edition of the Sires at Flemington and then had some 5 weeks off before coming out here and racing on pace and scoring a good win. They really are starting pump out lots of very good horses this Darley operation and he is certainly no exception. Uate is the interesting one for Lees. He will certainly continue to improve as he gets over more ground and is well bred and related. Pane In The Glass went back and hit the line really well for a good third which is a big tick for the breeding interests of Patinack heading forward. Elite Falls started favourite and was ridden closer to the speed but failed to find that turn of foot she had previously displayed and I feel she is a filly that needs to be ridden cold to show her best. Do You Think was posted wide and Bowman rode him like he was So You Think and he also finished towards the tail of the field.
Race 7. 2400M DAVID JONES 150TH AJC AUSTRALIAN DERBY
SHAMROCKER GLEN BOSS 1st $5
RETRIEVE KERRIN MCEVOY 2nd $8
ANACHEEVA LUKE NOLEN 3rd $21
It is very hard to knock anything that Shamrocker has done this campaign. She started her highlight reel by winning the Australian Guineas at Flemington and has now gone on to beat the boys again by winning the Derby and winning it very well. She will head to the Oaks now and take on Brazilian Pulse who had the better of her in the Spring. It is setup to be one of the classics. Shamrocker is another you just hope comes through her 3yo career and is able to perform at the top level as a mare. We have seen a lot unable to do so and I would love to see her back and in fine form contesting the Cups throughout the Spring. Retrieve was super the way he raced. His performance was more like his run two starts back when he was able to run along in front and really grind home. He made sure Shamrocker had to fight tooth and nail to get past him and his effort was very gallant. Anacheeva again just did enough to suggest he isn’t dead in the water yet after a somewhat disappointing campaign. He is a Caulfield Guineas winner and a Derby placegetter and they will be trying desperately to get another group 1 on his resume for his stud career. Jimmy Choux just came to the end of his campaign and was unable to get up for another win. Don’t be too hard on him as he is a super 3yo and should be judged on his Rosehill Guineas win. He is a group 1 winner over a mile on a good track and 2400m on a heavy and I’m sure he will be back here in a few months to contest the Spring.
Horses to Follow: Vivid Vixen, Helmet, Uate, Triple Honour