Horse racing The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 5/11/2022

The Melbourne Cup was won again by one of the class racers, Nature Strip again lowered the colors and Zaaki bounced back onto the winners list. All this and more in this week’s edition of ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’.


Gold Trip won the Melbourne Cup

He’s only won one race before but you can’t replace class and Gold Trip had it in spades which brought it to the fore and he was too good for them in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) on Tuesday which was right. competition to stay and finished top stayer for Emissary with Bendigo Cup winner High Emocean in third.

Roch N Horse spoils another party

Roch N Horse was $101 when winning at Newmarket earlier this year in a big surprise and spoiled the party again at Flemington, this time winning the Champions Sprint (1200m) and showing at the WFA, lowering the colors of champion sprinter Nature Strip, while Everest Winner Giga Kick was unlucky. The win secured both horse and rider Jamie Mott their second Group l.

Zaaki wins the Champions Stakes

Zaaki made it two wins in a row in the Champion Stakes (2,000m) at Flemington on Saturday and led as he did last year, albeit with a different rider this time. James McDonald won on it last year and rode Anamoe who was a struggling fourth so it was left to Jamie Kah who was in control at the front and was never beaten.


How to get around Soulcombe. The Australian debut came at the Queens Cup on Saturday. At one stage he gave them more than 10 lengths but he was trucking in the run before presenting himself wider and coming up with a well-timed one to win and win impressively. He looks like a cup horse for next year. It’s just a matter of getting it there in one piece.


Unravel didn’t beat much on his debut at Muswellbrook on Cup Day, but he won like a proper horse. I’m not sure he was 100% happy on the turf but he won with a bit of class and the big advantage was that he set a good time for the meeting. You can follow him with confidence.


When the leader breaks away, some riders get nervous and want to chase it down early. Josh Parr didn’t force the issue aboard Joyful Fortune at Flemington on Thursday. Yulong Command was buzzing in front and Parr was just waiting for him to tire, sliding towards him and finishing best. Patient driving won the race. This is the perfect ride when it comes to chasing the leader.


There were some really bad rides at Flemington on Derby Day but the defeat has to go to Jamie Spencer aboard Light Infantry in Golden Eagle. The overseas raider showed little or no initiative and when he awoke it was race over. A good thing defeated? No, but it should have ended up much closer. He is a class rider, but his worst is a lot.


Fast pace – it was set to go on Cup Day at Randwick
Solar Apex – Flying
White Marlin – trophy horse for next year


Eponymous – He took off his head. Don’t write him
Castlereagh Kid – Races best when you’re going for speed
Honeycreeper – Needs a wet runway


Sir Ravanelli – No more road racing for me
Ayrton – Not the same horse
Bella Rouge – Had an ideal run but came late
Maximal – Not very good

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