Racing in review - top jocks lay down gauntlet ahead of Brisbane Carnival

Laura Slobodniuk
Sat, 27 Apr, 12:00 AM

Two of Australia’s premier jockeys made big statements yesterday ahead of the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

Blake Shinn and James McDonald rode seven winners between them and each ride was perfect in its precision to get their respective mounts over the line.

Firstly, Shinn registered a winning treble at Eagle Farm thanks to Le Juge, Gem Song and I Am Excited while it could have easily been five as he was narrowly beaten on Deep Sea and So Spirited. McDonald then went one better at Hawkesbury’s standalone card with four of his own with Creator, Major Danger, Military Zone and Signore Fox while he was beaten a lip on the hot favourite Tactical Advantage too.

They are two of the country’s best hoops and when it comes to the big occasions, such as the Brisbane Carnival, they are going to be heavily in demand and the way they are riding suggests you would be foolish not to entrust your hard earned with them when the time comes.

Speaking of big occasions, have we seen the last of one of Australia’s favourite horses?

Champion sprinter REDZEL was a beaten odds-on favourite in the TAB Victory Stakes at Eagle Farm yesterday and has now gone five races (four this season) without a win – his longest losing sequence since his two-year-old days. With all due respect to the winner I Am Excited, she isn’t in the same class as Redzel who has won numerous Group Ones and been rated the best sprinter in Australia for two years but the way the David Pfieffer mare went straight past him down the running was alarming for those who took the shorts.


Redzel made his name at the Brisbane Winter Carnival two years ago when he cracked it for his first Group One, the Doomben 10000, and since then has gone on to win another two Group Ones along with two Everests but have we seen the best of him? Judging by his performances during The Championships recently and yesterday’s effort, the answer to that question might be yes. Team Snowden did report the gelding pulled up with an issue so hopefully, we haven’t seen the end of him just yet.

JAGGED EDGE, a few races earlier, landed one of the better betting moves at Eagle Farm yesterday when it went $10-$6.50 late and nosed out the unlucky Deep Sea, which was wide throughout, and Oh Five Glory with Jimmy Orman throwing everything at the winner to get him over the line.

It was a favourites day out at Caulfield and especially so during the legs of the Quaddie with Prince Of Sussex, Mr Quickie, Widgee Turf and Iconoclasm all getting the cash at short prices. MR QUICKIE could be on a path to the South Australian Derby where he is a $4* favourite with bet365 while WIDGEE TURF is going to be extremely hard to beat in the Stradbroke Handicap should he go down that path.


Speaking of the Stradbroke Handicap, CHAPTER AND VERSE appears to be a leading contender for the locals going off its sensational win in the final event in Brisbane yesterday. The son of Rothesay was emphatic in winning by three lengths and while it was only a Class 6 event, the manner in which he savaged the line suggests the Straddie could be within reach. Sportsbet have him currently listed as a $10* chance for the race, while TAB slashed his odds of winning the event from $15-$8* after yesterday’s effort after $51, was available earlier.

Finally, don’t underestimate the win of TARWIN earlier in the day either. The Mick Kent runner has a big future and after doing plenty wrong and racing near last, still swept past his rivals in the straight to score for Beau Mertens.


RIDE OF THE DAY: Blake Shinn on Gem Song. Showed great composure when the leader booted clear and he had the odds-on favourite some four lengths off on straightening in the Gunsynd Classic. Knew what he had under him and judged his finish perfectly!

FLOP OF THE DAY: Mandela Effect. The heavily backed Tasmanian sat midfield and was immediately under pressure when the whips were cracking in the second from Caulfield. Only plodded to the line and was very costly for favourite-backers. An honourable mention goes to New Age which was smashed in betting in the final race at Ascot. Those banking on Willy Pike getting them out of jail were bitterly disappointed after the favourite finished near after sitting rearward throughout.


*Odds correct at time of publishing

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