Horses to Follow from Australian Guineas Weekend
Two quality debutants and an injury-prone gelding looking to re-capture his old form are the newest editions to our black book.
Mo’s Crown – Rosehill Race 1: 2nd ($5.50): Showed them a clean pair of heels in his only trial, leading all the way in good time for the morning. Off that trial form this Colt and second place-getter True Detective would both start hard in the market here. Both expected to be suited on-speed.
Unfortunately for Mo’s Crown he missed the kick badly and had to work over-time to get up on speed (all real advantageous position for the day). Despite the early work the son of Uncle Mo matched motors with True Detective (spent nothing in run) for most of the straight to yield only in the last few strides. Off that there’s little chance True Detective would beat this galloper again, yet True Detective has now come into Sires’ Produce market at $51.
Possible Targets: 2YO maiden over 1100-1200m.
Secretly Discreet – Sandown (Hillside) Race 2: 3rd ($5.50): This filly was well-supported from the moment markets opened her as much as $8.50. By Lonhro out of the Group 1 winning mare Maybe Discreet for an in-form Stokes yard she paraded a little big, but carried herself immaculately and walked beautifully – really stretching out, she’ll eat up more ground in time.
From barrier 4 Crowther somehow found herself 3 wide no cover for the entire trip. The run would eventually lead to her demise as, although she was travelling like the winner cornering, she didn’t let down. The lack of extreme vigour late was the right thing by the horse as she’ll really bounce off this effort rather than being flat.
Possible Targets: 3YO maiden over 1400m.
Zebulon – Flemington Race 6: 3rd ($16): Could he be back? It’s been well-publicised the 7YO has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, now with Purcell he looks the soundest he has in years. In typical fashion he trialled like a jet at Geelong before running on fairly first-up at Flemington last month. He’s improved on that effort here despite still parading with plenty of condition (such is the predicament with working injury-prone horses).
From barrier 1 Currie was always going to have a tough time extricating him to the outside, especially given the running line to inside fence was hot real-estate, and that’s how it played out. Currie checked off the heels of the plodding Grunt and savaged the line in a race fastest 11.34s final 200m to finish just over a length astern to two in-form conveyances: Streets of Avalon and Violate.
Possible Targets: Super Saturday Stakes (1400m, Flemington 16/03).