Horses to Follow from C F Orr Stakes Weekend

A consistent gelding, a 3YO on the rise, a sharp 2yo and a Group 1 winner in waiting comprise this week’s horses to follow.

Laura Slobodniuk
Sun, 10 Feb, 6:00 PM


Boomstock – Sandown Race 4: 3rd ($7.50): The ex-Weir 3yo was unwanted in the betting, drifting from $5.50 to $7.50 on race day. He’s an absolute stunner in the yard, glowing coat and perfect disposition he looked very close to top second-up over a mile.


Unfortunately, he ran into an extremely un-favourable race shape. After jumping on terms, Mott took him back to second last shading Florida Dream. The first three in run ran it to suit themselves and finished 1st, 2nd and 4th. Boomstock made up significant ground between runners late without any room to wind up. He’ll be way too good for them in similar grade next start.


Record: 2:1-0-1


Possible Targets: BM70 over 1600m.  


Captain Rhett – Sandown Race 7: 5th ($91): Huge SP given how well this bloke paraded off an 8-week let-up. He certainly ran to his looks, working home nicely into 5th as the widest runner behind a very smart first-four who all look Saturday class horses at minimum.


Given how forward he was first-up, 1600m looks ideal next start on his way to 2000m. Ideally he’ll get a fast tempo and a track conducive to running on but he has shown in the past he can settle on speed over the further trips.


Record: 29:2-7-4


Possible Targets: BM70 over 1600m.


Super Oasis – Randwick (Kensington) Race 1: 2nd ($9.50): This race will rate well above mid-week standard with plenty of very sharp types going around. The winner Sun Patch was huge charging up the inside with Adkins luckily finding enough breaks to keep up momentum and so was Badia storming home as the widest runner. However, Super Oasis was the run of the race for us.


He jumper well from the widest gate, but Shinn wisely elected to take him back and not get caught in what was a strong speed battle. Unfortunately, Shinn came unstuck from there as Schofield on Badia worked up around him and kept Shinn in a pocket starving the horse of all-important momentum around the Kensington circuit. The 2yo picked himself up off the canvas late to run down Badia and almost grab the race. Thinking the price discrepancy between Super Oasis and Sun Patch might be incorrect next start.


Record: 1:0-1-0


Possible Targets: 2yo over 1100m.     


Castelvecchio – Warwick Farm Race 7: 1st ($21): How did this guy go around $21? Very easy to say after the fact. However, he showed some serious talent on debut running on against a savage bias to win at Canterbury. Though the time wasn’t outstanding he ticked the 1200m box from his first start. 


Usually sales restricted races are rather hollow on form, however the Inglis Millennium defied that trend with well-credentialed gallopers Accession and Dawn Passage fighting out favouritism. But Castelvecchio would go straight by them (and the rest of the field) like he was $1.50, putting paid to Accession by 2 lengths on the post. Parr was at work a long way out and the son of Dundeel was responding constantly. Looks a ready-made 1400m-1600m type the way he’s savaged the line twice over 1200m.


Record: 2:2-0-0


Possible Targets: 2YO Triple Crown Golden Slipper (1200m), Sire’s Produce (1400m) and Champagne Stakes (1600m)    


Suggested Bets:

Castelvecchio: Given the sales restricted race prize money he earned winning the Inglis Millennium does not count towards making the Slipper field, he’ll likely get balloted out so we couldn’t suggest a bet at $15. However, both $10 for the Sire’s Produce and $9 for the Champagne Stakes look excellent value. Suggesting strong bets in both markets.

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