Sectional stars week ending 3/8/14
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Keep a close eye on these suggested horses, they are either in form or about to reach it.
Atarartzi (Eagle Farm 30/7/14 Race 2)
Lightly raced colt from the Brian Smith stable who was having his second start back from a 9 week break when finishing off strongly over the 1400m. The leaders certainly didn’t set any records here carving out a leisurely tempo up front with Atarartzi improving from 10 lengths off the lead to 5 lengths on the home turn, from that point on he clocked the fastest last 400m with closing splits of 400-200 (11.36), 200-Finish (11.64). Should be ready to peak now.
Hot Saga (Eagle Farm 30/7/14 Race 3)
Real Saga gelding trained out at the Sunshine Coast who ran home strongly from last in a race which developed into a sprint home. His closing sectionals of 400-200 (11.16, Rank 2), 200-Finish (11.32, Rank 1) were terrific making up 4 lengths from the top of the straight and almost 2 lengths from the 200m. Wasn’t far away from Oak ‘n’ Arthur in Saturday grade the run prior & looks very close to another win.
Pretty Face (Eagle Farm 2/8/14 Race 4)
Steven O’Dea trained mare who was having her first run back from a break when although finishing 8th behind the winner Epsilon was only just over 2 lengths away. She was the only runner to break 22 seconds (21.98) for her last 400m with closing splits of 400-200 (10.60, Rank 1), 200-Finish (11.38, Rank 4). Importantly it’s worth nothing she has won second up over 1200m at her last two preparations at Eagle Farm & Ipswich. Given a genuine tempo up front & over further she’s going to be hard to hold out next time around.
Big Decision (Eagle Farm 2/8/14 Race 8)
Racing very consistently this time in for the Rob Heathcote yard having won first up & filling a place at his only other outing. This race was run at a good tempo up front which resulted in him giving away 12 lengths start early on, he began to improve well before the home turn being the only runner in the race to get anywhere near breaking 46 seconds for his final 800m clocking 46.02. He closed off in the straight running his last 400-200 (11.40, Rank 2), 200-Finish (11.70, Rank 1). Sticking around the 1300 – 1400m range should see him in the thick of the action again in coming starts.