Horse Racing

Golden Rose day in review

The Autumn Sun was simply awesome, Hughie put in a shocker in the Golden Pendant, and Jungle Cat left the locals in his wake in the Caulfield feature race.

Here is our comprehensive review of racing around the country today. 

Star Performer

The Autumn Sun (G1 Golden Rose Stakes)
This colt is an absolute beast. Last at the 400m and spotting some smart horses a big start, The Autumn Sun got off heels to be the widest runner passing the 300m before unleashing a devastating finishing burst. Waller stablemate Zousain was brave, but he was just beaten by a better galloper.

“He had to do it all, he was still last at the 300m but what a powerful engine he’s got. To do that in what I really think is below his best trip shows how classy he is,” winning rider Kerrin McEvoy said.

Front Bar Fodder

ROSEHILL

Lees with another smart one
Newcastle trainer Kris Lees is absolutely flying this season and his hot run of form continued with Gem Song taking out the Rosehill opener. The son of Your Song looked like being ‘a good thing beaten’ before launching late to salute by the barest of margins. The victory was Gem Song’s third from four starts, with Lees now eyeing off Group One glory with the colt.

“He is a progressive type and might back up next week in the Dulcify over a mile and depending on how he goes he might head to the Caulfield GuineasHe will also be nominated for the (Victoria) Derby on Tuesday,” Lees said.

Waterhouse/Bott thinking big with Thinkin’ Big
Gai certainly isn’t one to shy away from talking up her own horses and she was talking a big game after Thinkin’ Big’s dominant victory in the G3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m). 

“He is nominated for the Melbourne Cup. 
He reminds me so much of Nothin’ Leica Dane and he is also in his family,” Waterhouse said.

Thinkin’ Big is likely to tackle the Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick in two weeks before venturing south for the Derby. 

State switch pays off for Price
Mick Price originally wanted to run Miss Admiration in The MRC Foundation Cup at Caulfield but instead lodged a late nomination for the JRA Trophy (2400m) at Rosehill. The move paid handsome dividends, with the promising mare charging from beyond midfield to score by nearly two lengths. Jockey Jay Ford was on the receiving end of plenty of praise post-race.

“It was a great ride, perfect 10 out of 10 for what she needed to do – she was jumping up from 1600m to 2400m so she’s come a long way and done a good job,” stable foreman Patrick Kearney said. 

Miss Admiration is set to stay in Sydney for the G1 Metropolitan at Randwick next Saturday.

Youngstar beaten by her stablemate
The Waller-trained Noire swooped home to take out the G2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) but it was the run of her stablemate Youngstar that had punters talking post-race. The Queensland Oaks winner was second-last and seemingly flat at the 400m before running up behind a wall of horses passing the 300m. She was crowded for room over the final furlong and brushed with a couple of rivals but her last 100m was most encouraging.and she’ll relish getting out over a bit more ground. 

The winner Noire could head down to Melbourne for the G1 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.

Derby favourite may not go there
The Autumn Sun holds favouritism for both the Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and the Victoria Derby (2500m) but he may not line up in the latter, according to trainer Chris Waller. 

“He is a Derby horse and the owners are hell-bent on winning a Derby so that obviously comes first and foremost. His value however has fortunately skyrocketed again today (after winning the G1 Golden Rose). I’ll be pushing not to rush him to the spring Derby because it’s so quick. It’s a long way for a young horse,” Waller said.

Clark takes riding honours 
Tim Clark continues to get the job done, booting home a treble at Rosehill. Clark enjoyed an armchair ride on Thinkin’ Big in the Gloaming Stakes, before saluting on the Waterhouse and Bott-trained Shumookh in a blanket finish to the Golden Pendant. Tip Top was the one for Clark in the penultimate event, making it back-to-back wins on the consistent Bridge-trained gelding.

CAULFIELD

Jungle Cat pounces in the G1 feature
It was an incredibly busy finish to the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) but it was the Charlie Appleby-trained Jungle Cat who got the cream. The international raider, first-up in Australia off a hat-trick of wins in Dubai, settled midfield under James Doyle before peeling to the middle of the track in the straight. He took plenty of urging with his big weight and looked in trouble at times, but the entire lifted at the business end to grab Dollar for Dollar right on the line. The Weir-trained Land of Plenty loomed ominously but couldn’t reel in the quinella pair, finishing 0.2L away in third. 

“Group Ones over seven furlongs in Europe are few and far between and generally they are in France and the ground is usually on the easy side which doesn’t suit him. He loves to hear his feet rattling. This was always the plan to come here and it’s nice when it comes off,” Appleby said post-race.

Could he be a chance to secure the final Everest slot? He’s a $ 21 chance with BetEasy. 

Night’s Watch locks in Caulfield Cup spot
Progressive Weir stayer Night’s Watch secured a spot in this year’s Caulfield Cup with a barnstorming win in the MRC Foundation Cup (2000m). The former Kiwi-trained galloper was 12th passing the 400m but rattled down the outside of the track to prevail over Rising Red who stayed close to the inside. Night’s Watch pulled up lame after the win, but Weir is confident it won’t effect the horse’s Caulfield Cup preparation.


Prebble cops 20-meeting ban
Jockey Brett Prebble copped a 20-meeting ban for improper riding aboard Cross Legend in race six at Caulfield – the Listed Jim Moloney Stakes (1400m). After making the first turn, Prebble shifted out abruptly on the Lindsay Park filly, bumping heavily with Krone, who ended up five-wide. Cross Legend went on to finish eighth, beaten 5.1L, while Krone battled on gamely for fourth after a wide run. The Adam Trinder-trained Mystic Journey was a surprise winner at $ 18, finishing 2.25L clear of Spanish Whisper. Prebble’s suspension will start on October 1, with the jockey free to return to the saddle on October 19.


Doyle suspended for Folkswood ride
James Doyle was handed a seven-meeting suspension for careless riding when piloting Folkswood in the MRC Foundation Cup. The Appleby-trained galloper started as the second-favourite behind Night’s Watch but was the first horse beaten, knocking up to finish last, beaten nearly 10L.

Monster drift on Lucky For All
Race two at Caulfield – the Fight Cancer Foundation Handicap (1800m) – was an odd betting race, with the Weir-trained Lucky For All backed from $ 2.90 into $ 2.10 early before drifting right out to $ 5 on raceday. He ran better than the betting suggested he would, working home solidly, albeit waywardly, to finish second to Al Galayel. Weir and jockey John Allen have got some work to do to straighten out the runner-up’s racing manners. 

Written By returns a winner
Last year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner took his record to five victories from six starts with a workmanlike win in the Skyline Education Foundation Plate (1000m). The Grahame Begg-trained colt settled up on the speed with his big weight (59.5kg) and had to fight hard to see off a spirited challenge from Gytrash but his class prevailed in a tight finish. A drifter in betting from $ 1.55 out to $ 2.25, Written By was only 85% fit and will take significant benefit from the run, according to Begg. The Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield on October 17 looms as Written By’s next assignment before the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on November 3.

Spending to Win a model of consistency
He just never runs a bad race this Snowden-trained grey. The son of Snitzel, who now boasts 17 placings from 19 starts, was too strong for his race five rivals after enjoying a gun run in transit thanks to Regan Bayliss. Promising gelding Eduardo lost no admirers in second, while Bryan continued his remarkable preparation, finishing third. Bons Away will no doubt enter plenty of black books after charging home from 14th at the 400m to finish fourth.

Mixed fortunes for Edmonds
Whypeeo punctured badly in the fifth and pulled up lame in both forelegs and things didn’t get much better for Toby Edmonds in the following event, with Granny Red Shoes finishing 10th, beaten 6.5L. However, Winter Bride sent the team home on a winning note with a strong swooping victory in race nine. The result was a good one for punters given the Queensland mare was sensationally-backed from $ 13 into $ 5. Third-placegetter Platinum Angel showed she’s in for a big campaign, charging home right down the outside of the track after straightening up in last place. 


AROUND THE GROUNDS

Edmonds mare bolts in 
In-form mare From Within was sent out as a $ 1.30 favourite in a Class 3 Plate (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast and far out, she certainly justified the price. With leading hoop Jeff Lloyd piloting, the former Sydney galloper led from start to finish and crossed the line 4L clear of nearest chaser Scorcha ($ 26). To quote caller Josh Fleming, it was a “fair dinkum barrier trial” for the Toby Edmonds-trained four-year-old, who has now won three straight.

From Within had plenty on her rivals at the Sunshine Coast. 

 
Victorians raid Adelaide features
Two Victorian horses pinched the main prizes on offer at Morphettville today – and yes, unsurprisingly, one of them was trained by Darren Weir. The Weir-trained Holy Blade ($ 11) won a close edition of the Listed WH Wylie Handicap (1100m) while Peter Gelagotis-trained gelding Moss ‘n’ Dale ($ 2.35) justified his favouritism for the Listed Tokyo City Cup (1800m) with a 1.9L win. Weir also won the last race on the card with $ 2.80 favourite Freehearted.

Adelaide shorty fails to fire 
Domination ($ 2.30) was the shortest-priced runner of the day in Adelaide but he failed to live up to his SP. Stepping out in R4 – an 1100m BM64 Handicap – the Tony McEvoy-trained gelding was weak late before crossing the line 6.7L off winner Fill The Flute ($ 5) in ninth. A post-race vet report revealed an abnormal upper respiratory noise. 

Melody Belle waaay too good in NZ G1
Kiwi mare Melody Belle, a horse who has previously campaigned in Australia, continued her outstanding run of form across the Tasman with a convincing victory in the G1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings. It was the four-year-old’s third win in succession and her second straight at G1 level.

Punters Pearler

Lachlan King on Freehearted (R8 at Morphettville)
King, a 3kg-claimer, summed up the situation beautifully in the last in Adelaide aboard the Weir-trained Freehearted. On a day where it was difficult to make ground from the back, King revved up the favourite early to build momentum before runners straightened for home. She’s a horse who generally gets well back in her races but King made sure Freehearted wasn’t spotting the leaders too big a margin on a track favouring on-pacers.

*King also saved our man Dave Hocking from going in the sea for crimes against tipping. 

Saturday Slaughter

Hugh Bowman on Invincibella (Rosehill R6)
This was a strange, strange steer from the champion jockey.

Bowman unsurprisingly drifted back on Invincibella from the wide draw, settling one-off the fence with cover. The Waller mare appeared to be travelling quite strongly in the run to the home turn, with Bowman sitting motionless behind Eckstein. Instead of following Eckstein to the outside, Bowman elected to play for luck closer to the inside – which backfired badly. Invincibella was held-up in behind runners for most of the straight, crossing the line in fourth, 1.3L off the winner Shumookh. The lack of urgency was unusual for a jockey of Bowman’s experience and talent. 

Get in the Sea

Melbourne FC
Zero goals in a half of footy says it all. 💩

Belgravia
Beaten by Snipfit and Ayers Rock – that’s probably not Melbourne Cup-winning form.

Folkswood
Awful. Maybe we’ll hear more…? 

Seabrook
Appropriately-named based on today’s stinky showing in the Golden Rose. 

Shinju (Kembla Grange R3)
This bloke has become a money-muncher. Today, in a Kembla maiden, he was beaten 4.1L in fifth after jumping as a $ 2.05 favourite. It followed two previous starts this prep where he was rolled at $ 2 and $ 3.50. Yuck.

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