Week ending 18/1/2015
Welcome to a new page on the site which will basically cover ‘the week that was’. As we had no racing on Saturday I have posted the prior weeks round-up. Next post will cover the week ending 1st February 2015 however I may add some blackbookers from the Wednesday Doomben meeting 21/1 somewhere on the site later this week. I will be adding more information as I go however if there’s something you’d like me to include please just drop me a line & I’ll see what I can do.
Punters had to wait until the last race at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday to get a favourite home with the two equal top picks Locks Legend & Eight’s A Party fighting out the finish. It didn’t end there though as Eight’s A Party’s jockey Tim Bell fired in a protest which was subsequently dismissed. If you get a chance to watch the replay I’d suggest it’s worth a look as to my eye Tim Bell & Eight’s A Party were stiff not to have the result overturned, Larry Cassidy definitely shifted ground rounding the home turn on Lock’s Legend however stewards deemed Eight’s A Party had not obtained clear running at the time, I’m still not convinced… The days feature was the inaugural running of the Racing Ministers 2yo Classic for the 2yo’s over 1200m. The winner Mishani Honcho just keeps on flying under the radar, after accounting for Wicked Intent at the Gold Coast 3 weeks earlier at ridiculous odds up he bobs here storming down the outside to win running away at the luxury price of $5.50.
BLACKBOOKERS (as heard every Monday morning on 1008 RadioTAB 8.15am Qld time)
BANKSY (Race 3) Lightly raced gelding from the Brian Wakefield stable who was having his 3rd career start when running on from last to beat all bar the winner Elitist. He had won a 1300m Maiden here at his previous outing so the effort to rise 500m & place in a stronger race suggests he’s got ability, my only fear is he could be a dead set backmarker which will make things hard for him away from this track. However at this early stage of his career it would be unfair to put him into that category.
STAR OF NIGHT (Race 6) Wicked Style filly trained by David Kelly on the Gold Coast. Some fancied her chances in the Magic Millions however she was unable to secure a start there & had to settle for this race in which she must have given the leaders 9 lengths at the 400m mark before flashing to the line over the latter stages. Unfortunately the winner Mishani Honcho had stolen a break however her run was just as good as the winners. Whether she presses on or goes to the paddock I’d be looking out for her in races 1400 – 1600m & keep her marked down as one of the major local hopes in races such as the Sires Produce & J J Atkins.
Nothing of real note stood out from the Gold Coast meeting however I spotted three nice debut efforts at Toowoomba & these are worth keeping an eye out for in coming weeks.
NOW LISTEN (Race 4) Outback Prince gelding trained by Michael Frappell who drew a wide gate & was taken back 11 lengths off the lead as they settled down. He cut that margin back to 4 lengths on the home turn & kept on finding the line doing his best work over the concluding stages to be beaten under 3 lengths. He’d run a solid 2nd in a recent trial & should keep on improving with racing.
ROCK ON IVY (Race 4) Road To Rock filly from the Donald Baker stable who actually beat Outback Prince in the trial before finishing half a length behind him on Saturday night. She raced wide nearly all the way & was entitled to tire in the straight however was still there battling on well on the line. With better luck in running a she could quickly find herself in the winners circle.
WILL TO RULE (Race 5) Tycoon Ruler gelding trained by Michael Nolan who hadn’t been to the trials prior. Caught wide without cover early on he managed to find the fence before the home turn, giving the leaders 4 lengths start into the straight he cut that margin back to less than 3 lengths on the line. Will no doubt derive plenty of benefit from the experience.
The team at TattsBet report that one very lucky punter had a day out at the Sunshine Coast he won’t be forgetting in a hurry.
His winning bets were – Race 2 – Smart Cash $3000 @ $5.50 = $16,500
Race 3 – Elitist $1000 @ $15 = $15,000
Race 5 – Diamond Fund $3000 @ $8.00 = $24,000
He also invested $10,000 on Elmantosh in Race 4 @ $10.00, unfortunately for him it ran 2nd beaten less than 2 lengths, I’m sure he was still dining that night on lobster & caviar though..!
Another punter had a lazy $5 on Facile Tigre in Race 7 @ $19.00 resulting in a collect of $9,500.
Yes, there were losing punters too with a couple of decent bets biting the dust.
Gold Coast Race 8 – Harbor Springs $2,400 @ $5.00
Sunshine Coast Race 1 – Try Four $2,500 @ $8.00
Race 2 ZABEEL GLORY – Began awkwardly and then forced wider and obliged to restrain from heels. Unable to obtain clear running after entering the home straight and went to the post without being fully tested.
EX FIFTEEN – Slow to begin. Raced wide throughout. A post race veterinary examination revealed lacerations to both hind fetlocks.
Race 3 APEGASUS – Rider R. Wiggins dropped his whip near the 300m. Hung in under pressure in the home straight.
Race 4 OOSTHUIZEN – Stewards questioned rider G. Colless regarding his riding of the gelding rounding the home turn and in the early part of the home straight. Whilst noting his explanation stewards advised jockey Colless that in their opinion he could have shown more vigour in the early stages of the home straight.
Race 6 WRITE CHEEK – Held up for clear running from entering the home straight until a point approaching the 100m.
DOCTOR DAVID – Galloped on the off side knee.
MR AHLBERONI – Broke down off fore tendon.
Race 7 GREAT TOUCH – Attempted to buck shortly after the start and was retired from the race. Trainer M. Goodair was advised that the horse must trial satisfactorily in an official trial prior to being permitted to race again.
MISSING PAGE – Raced wide for the majority of the race. Bled from both nostrils during the race. As this was the second occasion on which the horse has bled, it will now incur a life-time bar from racing.
Race 8 PHOTOBOMB – Raced wide for the majority of the race. A post race veterinary examination of the horse, which raced disappointingly, was found to be lame in the off foreleg.
Gold Coast 24/1
Race 5 ASTRADAS – Stood flat-footed as the start was effected, then began awkwardly, shifted in and bumped another runner resulting in it losing ground at the start of the race. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be lame in the near fore leg.
Sunshine Coast 24/1
Race 2 CRAIGLEA CRUZ – Hung in under pressure in the home straight, placing its rider at a disadvantage in fully testing the horse.
Race 7 EXCELLANTES – Rider A. Collett reported that on jumping away her mount made contact with the starting gate and as a result she lost the use of her off-side stirrup, becoming unbalanced and being dislodged. Following the event, the horse made contact with a gate near the 1800m chute and suffered lacerations and abrasions, which required treatment from the veterinary surgeon.
Race 8 On return to scale a protest was lodged by T. Bell, rider of the 2nd placegetter, Eight’s A Party, against Lock’s Legend being declared the winner, alleging interference rounding the home turn. After taking evidence from the parties concerned and viewing the stewards’ patrol video, stewards found at this stage of the event EIGHT’S A PARTY, when steadying, shifted to the inside of LOCK’S LEGEND, whereby EIGHTY’S A PARTY became unbalanced and got its head up. Stewards could not be satisfied that EIGHT’S A PARTY had obtained the run between NOT TOO SURE and LOCK’S LEGEND and therefore dismissed the objection and correct weight was semaphored on the Judge’s placings.
HOT JOCKEYS Winners were fairly evenly spread over the week with only Alanah Fancourt & Emma Ljung (3), Tiffani Brooker, Terry Treichel, Chris Whiteley, Matthew McGillivray & Jim Byrne (2) recording more than the solitary single win in South East Queensland. The story was a little different further North though where Adrian Coombe topped the list with 4 winners heading Justin Stanley with 3, Matthew McGillivray, Peter Cullen & Andrew Spinks all rode 2 winners for the week.