Horses to follow: Weekend Ending 30/06/2019
A green 3yo destined for Spring racing, a resumer who lumped 61.5kg on a heavy 10, a mare in form ready to add black-type to her CV and mare who was unlucky not to win at $41 comprise our black bookers from this week’s racing.
Covert Operation – Randwick (Kensington) Race 2: 1st ($2.50F): Backed as if unbeatable on debut for Jason Coyle. This 3yo son of Epaulette tumbled into $2.50 come jump after trading at a high of $3.50 on race day. Those behind the move would’ve had their hearts in their mouths as the gelding was restrained back to the tail of the field after failing to get cover outside Olorin ($2.35-$$3) over racing with his mouth open.
He eventually got his mind on the job and ran on strongly from the rear to score by 0.3L going away from them on the line. Given momentum is key on the Kensington surface there’s a lot to like about this win as Collett had a stop-start sort of run due to his racing manners. The stable has said he’ll have one more run prior to spelling. If they mess around with his gear and he races more generously, it’ll take something special to beat him.
Possible Targets: 1200m race for 3yos.
Cyber Intervention – Randwick (Kensington) Race 3: 3rd ($5.50): Some kind of first-up effort this. Given the 4yo had won two Saturday city races in the past, he’d earned every gram of the 61.5kg he had to lump around Kensington. Despite being asked a bit in his 1250m Hawkesbury trial prior to this run, he still seemed a run or two off-peak condition.
After settling in a nice position three back one off, he just took an age to wind up with the big weight. When the whips began cracking, he was standing flat-footed until about 100m to go when he charged into 2nd. Despite the 1.5 length beaten margin he was clearly ahead another 50m past the post. Although that should bring him right on, his second-up record is concerning, meaning we couldn’t take short odds. Third-up and fourth-up is when he should come into his own.
Possible Targets: Winter Challenge, 1500m, Rosehill 27/07 (Third-up).
Nicci’s Gold – Rosehill Race 7: 4th ($5.50): There was good money around for this mare from the moment markets went up right until the death – always a potent sign moving forward. She bottomed out at her SP of $5.50 and ran right up to that mark, unlucky not to snare black-type in her first attempt. She drew another tricky inside gate and just didn’t receive the luck in running she did in her previous outing when winning at BM78 level.
Collett just couldn’t find anything to take him into the race from a handy position and was forced to switch sharply off heels to get the mare into the clear. She ran on stoutly in the limited space she had left and would’ve snagged 3rd if it weren’t for T.Clark throwing New Tipperary over the line. Given she came on a few lengths in the parade form last-start fourth-up into the Winter Stakes looks ideal.
Possible Targets: Winter Stakes, 1400m, Rosehill 13/07.
All About Nicci – Caulfield Race 8: 2nd ($41): Although she can mix her form, it’s about high time we added this mare into our black book as she out-performs her SP time and time again. She always catches the eye in the yard both on type and with her walk. It was no different this time in, still holding herself nicely sixth-up courtesy of good time off between runs.
Although she’s most potent from the back, Mallyon had no choice as the missed the kick from barrier 1 (can draw better next start), lading her in all sorts of trouble. It’s all about momentum at Caulfield over the 1200m, especially when the ground is wet, and unfortunately, she had none whereas the winner had plenty of time to build up revs. The way she picked up through the field late was more than admirable. It only seems a matter of time before she steals another city win this campaign at big odds.
Possible Targets: Mares Handicap, 1200m, Caulfield, 13/07.
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