Another feature day off Broadway in Melbourne over the weekend for the Bendigo guineas and golden mile day. With plenty of good wins on the day it was tough to select the stand out runs in and around them. But some fast times may provide winners in the coming weeks.
The track played ok, the fence seemed the place to be, however there were many races with absolutely hectic tempos offsetting any possible bias and allowing the swoopers to really come to fruition.
Our lone black book runner, Burning Front, was one cause of a break-neck speed in the gold mile. Doing his thing, jumping to the front and rolling along, he was probably his own worst enemy this time in, probably setting a tempo that not even he could quicken off and weakening in the final 100m to finish 4th.
OFF-SEASON 3YO SELECTION – BLUE TYCOON: Have always had plenty of time for this 3 year old out of boom sire written tycoon. He resumed with a bang last Saturday running on strongly from well back for second.
A significant drifter in betting: $7.50-$12 he defied the drift and arguably should’ve won. Visibly hampered by the eventual winner Board De Gain near the 200m when shifting in without clear room, causing Blue Tycoon to have to change path and come off his heels.
Due to the 1 length margin on the line the result was not changed. However in my mind, the way Blue tycoon quickened when he got to the outside it would’ve been extremely close.
He’s previously been tried at group level in the McNeil Stakes over 1200m and ran 7th behind Defcon. Having a rating of only 68 he certainly doesn’t have to contest this grade any time soon, so keeping to races against his own age in the coming months he should provide return for followers.
Where to next? 3YO BM70-80 1000-1100m
ANOTHER 3YO SELECTION – MILWAUKEE: Probably found the best ground in front on the rails but made light work of some pretty smart 3 year olds, namely the well performed Sword of Light who was second the whole way and ended up 2.25L behind on the line.
Opening at in excess of $20 when the hot pot Theanswermyfriend was still in the field, but then quickly wound in to $9 after the ley scratching. Jumping at $8 he was on the receiving end of some significant investment and never looked in trouble.
He looks to have really turned a corner this preparation, running second first up over 1200m and now putting two space job wins together in fast time over 1400m. With a rating of still only 61 he won’t be too hard to place for the Moroney camp and should continue to run well.
Where to next? OPEN 3YO 1400m