DAY RACING HORSES TO FOLLOW: FLEMINGTON: 18-03-2017
Racing stayed at Flemington this week and the rail came out 3m so the fast lane on the inside was covered. This produced much more even racing with most runners coming down the center of the track after having some cover from the strong head wind in the many straight races on the day.
It was an unfortunate day for our black book runners with hot pot Tosen Stardom racing very flat second up, hanging on for second after running a sharp 1400m first up, don’t jump off! Portman also raced a lot closer this time in but only found backsides in the straight, still finishing a close up (0.2L) third, again warranting another chance.
OBLIGATORY 2YO SELECTION – SHOALS: Boy didn’t this filly record a strong win! Sat up on a strong pace 2L behind the leaders and sprinted very strongly when asked the question at around the 400m mark to win by 0.5L on the line.
The avalanche of money was spot on for this un-beaten daughter of Fastnet Rock, being backed from as much as $6.50 when markets first opened into $2.60 at the jump. Favourite punters never really looked in trouble either.
Clocking a sizzling 11.85s final 200m, she looks set to take on some of the 2YO classics as her next stepping stones. Namely, the Sires’ produce stakes in Sydney, where she has been smashed $51 into $15 on the back of this impressive performance.
We’ll be adding her into our ever-growing stable of 2YO black bookers on the condition that she (somehow) finds dry ground in Sydney. Since she’s a Fastnet Rock, (Dam never ran on heavy either) I wouldn’t be taking the chance that she gets through a bog against those who have already been proven on it.
Or if she stays in Melbourne, watch out.
Where to next? Sires’ Produce Stakes, 1400m, Randwick, 01/04.
RIGHT STABLE SELECTION – HARLEM: The British bred, French raced Harlem is now under the care of Ben and David Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Carrying the colours of Mr M B Lee who also owns Redkirk Warrior, you’d think he knows a thing or two about how to place them given that galloper recent success.
Furthermore, David Hayes is also listed in the ownership which is a good enough push in itself. Pre-race Hayes was full of praise for the import but said he mile is well short of his best distance, having won twice over 2400m and even stretching out to 3000m for a 4th in France.
The Blamey was a small but elite field this year so to run as well has he did is a credit to his ability. Also, for a galloper looking for further the slow tempo set by Sir Isaac Newton up front definitely didn’t suit him adding further merit to his performance.
He is nominated for both the Queen Elizabeth and the Sydney cup. Obviously I couldn’t see him troubling Winx but he could run a drum at huge odds perhaps. Having a 2:0-0-0 record on the heavy is an obvious concern heading to Sydney but he did run 3rd in a group 2 on the soft going so if it’s not a bog then he’s certainly one to keep in mind.
Where to next? Perhaps The Chairman’s, 2600m, Randwick, 01/04 wouldn’t be bad since he’s raced well fresh over long distances in France