The Sydney equestrian ratings are on track to get stronger, one veteran claimed another Bet win while speed demons came out ahead of The Valley. All that and more in this week’s edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Pike brought Sydney home
With the mission to vaccinate WA racers shortly before starting, gunman William Pike made the decision to move to Sydney, where currently racehorses are not required to be vaccinated since Covid. Some sections of the jury don’t know if the move worked, but Pike has said that Team Hawkes, James Cummings/Godolphin and Annabel Neasham told him they wanted him to ride their horses.
The Upset King Special Reward
His odds aren’t great compared to his Razor Sharp win, but it’s still somewhat of a surprise that Special Rewards won again, this time eliminating Carrington Stakes at Randwick on Saturday. Victory is akin to Sharp razor. There is a slow run behind speed, corners are clearly late and finished overhead.
Lawn of the Valley Burning Speed Ghost
It’s rare to see a subway track, any track really, claimed to be Company 2, but that was the case in Moonee Valley on Saturday and with that, the horses ran fast, speed horses in particular, with the most impressive wins coming from Unflinching, Yulong Command and In The Boat, all three of which are heading towards blacktype.
EFFICIENCY OF THE WEEK:
It was a stellar win from the Green Belt at Sandown on Wednesday. He could easily take the lead because of the heat near the top of the pitch. The other speed horse, Seonee, was hit almost seven yards. This guy showed great courage to fight them and win. He has the Ayrton/I Am Thunderstruck look of him. I dare say that run will destroy him because of this preparation. Just conjecture, but he may have rested, arriving at the end of Autumn ala Ayrton and preparing for a spring assault.
WOMEN OF THE WEEK:
It was a big win over the Counttheheadlights at Moonee Valley on Saturday. Not too worried that he has Blue Diamond qualities because as far as the meeting is concerned, his timings are fair, but the way he puts them away is impressive and has a Maher/Eustace polish.
I’m not alone in thinking Sha Tin is at the top of the tree when it comes to slingshots honored in the equestrian race, but Joao Moreira received the nod from last Sunday. His ride on Sight Spirit was elite. There was already a gate on 11/13 but after 250m-300m there was a box seat and from there the race ended. I still doubt he will conquer Australia, but in tournaments like Sha Tin, Singapore, etc., he is just number one. On Saturday, it was Ron Stewart for his October 12 aboard Kingston’s Here at Doomben.
CHAT OF THE WEEK:
Something that is creeping into some riders is the preference to keep their position and stay in, rather than give up the neck/half length, which is easier to widen and get some air in. Make no mistake, Zac Purton is a world-class racer, but glad he did some casual racing at Sha Tin on Sunday, choosing to stay out of the fence instead of confining to a stride or two. Step, go into the wide third row to clear the air.
THE FOLLOWING HORTS:
Desert Symbol – How… how did he not win
Fundraising – Great effort failed
Waitere Falls – He’s ready to win
Winsum – 2/4 of the leg was lame, this didn’t help
Moridan – Poor race recovery. Give him another chance
Waihaha Falls – Clash with a rabbit to chase him would be better
Intuition – Honest, the good horse you want to own… just don’t win
Grand Rock – Wouldn’t be shocked to see him in an online sale
Tamilaide – He is mine…meaning he is mine. Never repeat
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