Godolphin continued their hot streak of feature wins, this time at Newcastle on Saturday via Vilana, who was too good for them in The Hunter (1300m).
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Racehorse Rating 2022
1. Vilana: I sat beautifully on the carry behind the speed before Nash presented him wider on the turn, with clean air and timed the run to perfection to beat the very game in the Congo. Ride won the race.
2. In Congo: The boy is a fighter. He led and put up a huge fight in a straight line to try to fend off Vilana. Another 100m and they will probably defend and beat Vilan. Excellent effort.
3. Gravina: He used the inside gate to advantage and chased In The Kongo through. He thought he had a chance to beat him, but at this level he was probably just exposed, but he ran a very credible race.
4. Apache Chase: I walked over and sat outside in the Congo relatively comfortably. He tried his guts but couldn’t quite finish and had to settle for a solid fourth, not too beaten.
5. Aramayo: It was a real pace/fence advantage affair and he was actually following the fence so maybe that flattered him? But it was the first run for the new stable, he was given no hope in the betting and he well and truly beat market expectations. Nice comeback.
6. Sky Lab: From Villiers’ point of view, it was the best run of the race. The race didn’t run to suit, back in the field, he held on but got moving and I liked how he found the line. Great comeback and is on track for this race.
7. Sky Man: I would say he passed the mark. He had a good run in transit, although back in the race he didn’t run to suit. He couldn’t quite sprint when he needed to, but he was fine on and over the line. He is on his way to Villiers.
8. Swats That: He had an aspiration to run from the back between the runners and was held up slightly at the wrong time. He got clear and was good on the line in a race that didn’t run to suit. Not sure where to go with her, potentially Zipping Classic Day? Maybe you can find a race there? But she is doing well.
9. Brutality: There’s not enough rain forecast for this week to declare him morale at The Gong, but he’s absolutely flying with this horse. Seven days before that mile race, you’d assume that with the Blinkers on, regardless of track grade, he’d be hard to beat.
10. Overpass: It was a very busy and rather fruitful preparation. But that was the end of the practice run. The race didn’t really run according to where he was in the run, but he still expected more.
11. Bandersnatch: He had the winner’s back before going into clear air to disappoint. He didn’t finish his race at all and I think as he gets older, with some juice on the track he could be better.
12. Gem Song: A very disappointing run, I thought. He had the back of Lion’s Roar, three wide with cover, and showed something positive in the straight, but was very clean for the last 200 metres. The jury is out on him.
13. Ingratiating: He got into a pretty respectable place, three back over the fence on the back of stablemate Gravina. He got out in plenty of time but didn’t fire when asked and was again disappointing.
14. Tycoonist: He returned to almost last place in the run and didn’t really improve his position. Another horse where the jury finds out how well it actually rides.
15. Lion’s Roar: It was openly said that this was a preparatory run before competition jumping. Wide no cover for the way, he was a beaten horse on the turn. Want to see it again before writing it completely. But the positive was that given the long time between runs, it showed zip.
LR.Eleven Eleven: He came back and got unstuck on the corner but was no threat and threw Tommy Berry about 100m out.
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