Nature Strip proved to be Australia’s best, with Anamoe winning his fifth Group l, while at Caulfield the well-traveled jockey claimed his first Group l victory. All that and more in this week’s edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.
Nature Strip Dominant In Shorts
Fresh from his Royal Ascot exploits, Nature Strip established himself as the best sprinter in the world and the best in Australia when he dominated his rivals in The Shorts (1100m) elimination at Randwick on Saturday. He pulled past Eduardo, leaned in and finished best to take a good win. He is the dominant favorite for the Everest and it is hard to see him being beaten.
Anamoe wins George Main
With Zaaki scratched on Friday, the George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday looked like a parade for Anamoe and he duly saluted, taking control of the speed and cruising to a strong win, his fifth at the top level, beating Icebath with Hinged. in the third.
Jamie Mott gets his first group l
Enough people are talking to say that Jamie Mott is a really good guy and a first Group I win is not to be envied when he lifted Callsign Mav to win the Sir Rupert Clarke (1400m), finishing best in terrible conditions ahead of a gallant I. I’m Superman and third is Tuvalu. Danny O’Brien has had a poor start to the season but this win could be the kick he needs for the rest of the carnival.
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
He was competitively gifted but Durston moves like a good horse and was arrogant in the Newcastle Cup on Friday. Jury was out after a couple of easy rides to start the build but J Mac came on, he’s in better condition and he spanked them in his last two, establishing himself as one of the toughest to beat at The Metropolitan.
DEBIT OF THE WEEK:
I liked the ticker that showed the Deputy to victory on debut at Sandown on Wednesday. He looked like he was running fourth/fifth midway through the straight, but really worked his way through the runners and rode hard late to take the win in a close finish. I’m not sure where he’ll go after this, but with a spell I think he’ll come back as a really nice horse next time.
RIDE OF THE WEEK:
I think there are a few quality 3kg apprentices in town. Bright is Dylan Gibbons and his claim is seemingly a steal at this point. But shout out to Logan McNeil and his coxswain aboard Sixbysixtythree in Morphettville. Drew wide but took bad luck out of the equation by going forward, gaining control and was the winner after 200m. I think it will be quite valuable in the city in the winter.
BEAT OF THE WEEK:
I understand Jesse Eaton’s thought process on Taunting. Tight fit, in shape, down in the weights, try running them ragged. But she overdid it. He just went too hard at the front and with a strong headwind in the straight he always wobbled after an early burn. If only she could control it better, I think the horse wins.
HORSES TO FOLLOW:
Arnold – Next time lift up to a mile and with patient driving it will be more efficient
Renaissance Woman – I think she is an Oaks filly. Nice comeback
KIn – Playback will tell a story
Amenable – He is on the right track to Guinea
ONE MORE CHANCE:
Blaze A Trail – Wet trail, break between runs, forgive and forget
Profondo – You want to see him on a dry track
Classique Legend – The next premiere will be on D-Day
Surefire – Dry deck next time
Silent Impact – That’s two bad rides, so the jury is out
O’President – Who were the idiots who supported this horse?
Converge – He’s done
Benaud – I thought he was there to win… nothing more for me
Head of State – He has become a donkey
Earlswood – He did not return
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