Horses to follow from The Championships day 2 weekend

A 2yo who defied bias at the mid-weeks, a Japanese import who looks set to fire second-up and a 3yo Queenslander who looks set to stamp his authority in his home carnival comprise our horses to follow this week.

Jack Zuber
Mon, 15 Apr, 12:00 AM

Kooweerup– Sandown (Hillside) Race 1: 1st ($3.30F): On type, she certainly looked city class, head and shoulders above these. Although she paraded and trotted out in professional order, she became fractious in the barriers, leading to her eventually being taken out. Perhaps there was only a slight slip of her cross-over noseband because she certainly didn’t race with any issues. 

Settling near the rear of a race in which the first two outran 2nd and 3rd (4th was also on-pace) she defied what was to become a distinct pattern on the day and came right over the top of them late to score by 0.2L going away from them on the line. Her late sectionals were outstanding, she ran the fastest last 600 (33.6s), 400 (22.24s) and 200m (11.62s) of the entire meeting which included a BM84 over the same distance. Looks ready to step up to Saturday grade now.

Record: 1:1-0-0

Possible Targets: 2yo Fillies Handicap over 1100m.    


Bass – Sandown (Hillside) Race 8: 2nd ($6): This Japanese import for team Williams really hit the ground running in his Australian debut. Courtesy of a trial win at Cranbourne (uncommon for the stable) he started hard in the market at $6 and ran right up to market expectation. Settling back last in the field of 12, eventual winner J. Allen rode the race to suit himself up front (catching many jockeys unaware as was the order of the day) and just pinched it from this bloke who savaged the line late.

However, it’s the numbers that tell a deeper story. He came into the race like a jet rounding the bend, recording a 10.70s split form the 400-200m (4th fastest of the meeting over 1800m is highly impressive) but just flattened out in the final furlong running 12.29s. Although it was the fastest split of the race he slowed significantly. His international profile screams 2000m, hence we believe he’s open to plenty of improvement when fitter possibly over further.

Record: 6:1-2-0

Possible Targets: 1700m Handicap (Flemington 25/04) or 2000m VOBIS Handicap (Caulfield 27/04).   


Millard Reaction – Randwick Race 2: 2nd ($6): They put up $12 about this undefeated Queenslander in the early markets and the punters promptly stepped in, slashing the price from $12 into $6 within a matter of minutes. The computer pricing was undoubtedly due to the lack of depth in the opposition he beat in the sunshine state, however, he’s certainly proven himself now placing in what we believe to be a high-rating edition of the Listed South Pacific Classic.

Most who watched the race will know how unlucky this guy was after Clipperton was held up significantly by a weakening Green Aeon and winner Fasika after electing to take runs back to the inside. Beaten 0.1L, with a clear run he likely wins although he and Fasika were locked past the post. Given how much time we have for the winner, this son of Fastnet Rock should be back to his winning ways in no time.

Record: 3:2-1-0

Possible Targets: Queensland Day Stakes (Restricted 3yo Listed race over 1350m on 11/05).  

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