Horses to Follow: Week Ending 13/10/2018
A long list of runners go in our black book after a bumper week’s racing, including two elite 2yo’s, two imports who’ll start hard in the Cup’s markets and a 9yo country Gelding in the form of his life.
Zarlu – Warwick Farm Race 7: 2nd ($21): From the parade, the old stager didn’t look out of place at all in metropolitan grade on the back of a Cootamundra Cup placing. After jumping ok, he struggled to keep up with the field through the middle – more than 4 lengths off the second last horse. However, he’s rocketed to the line late to run past all bar $1.90 favourite and highly regarded Aqua D’Ivina. With the rain sticking around in Sydney, surely there’s a win around the corner for this gelding.
Possible Targets: Provincial or Metropolitan BM64-70 over 1600m.
Anaheed – Randwick Race 1: 1st ($5F): Regally bred Fastnet Rock filly out of G1 winner Rostova. She’s a typically stylish type who presented at her top and put a solid field to the sword by 4L. She’s run quality time for the day (even considering first use of a wet track) and wasn’t fully tested at any stage. Considering how forward she was here, we’re expecting her to be put out and come back in the Autumn as a serious features prospect. Proven on very wet ground with her mum a Sires’ Produce winner she ticks plenty of boxes.
Possible Targets: Likely to be put away for the Autumn.
The Cliffsofmoher – Caulfield Race 7: 4th ($17): After not presenting near his top the son of Galileo flopped out the gates as usual to settle last. Relishing the strong tempo, he’s flown home from more than 2L off the last horse at the 600m (in marginally worse ground) to finish 4th behind the Godolphin pair Benbatl and Blair House and Humidor in 3rd. The 5yo has ran the fastest last 1800, 1600, 1400, 1200, 1000, 800, 600, 400 and 200m sectionals of the race and in doing so recorded the 7th best last 600m of the day (over 2000m!). He’s also recorded these times after spitting his tongue tie and getting his tongue over the bit, which can’t be a positive. He might be the forgotten import after the weekend.
Yucatan – Caulfield Race 10: 1st ($6.50): Despite boasting some lower international form lines, the late money was spot on for this import $10-$6.50. Set alight from a 3-wide-no-cover position at the 700m mark he put 7 lengths on them in the straight to win eased down. Due to the theatre of this win he could come up a short favourite for the Caulfield Cup this weekend. However, with the connections there’s no doubt a Melbourne Cup is what they have in mind after thriving in Australia.
Anaheed: Already $17 for the 2019 Slipper. Couldn’t touch that price. Prior to her return there’ll be plenty of other horses putting their hands up.
The Cliffsofmoher: $9 for this weekend’s Caulfield Cup. Seems an acceptable price comparative to the stable mate. Could have a small bet there. Similar story with the Melbourne Cup where he has been installed at $17 in early markets. Bowman booked for both rides already.
Yucatan: $6.50 for the Caulfield Cup already. Can’t dive in knowing the stable will be targeting the Melbourne Cup. Sits at $10 for the afore mentioned Melbourne Cup. Expecting this price to ease slightly after a ‘preparation’ run this weekend.