Sydney certainly turned it on for the first day of the championships, a soggy sticky heavy track certainly made it difficult for punters with many, many well backed runners failing to find much throughout the day.
But pockets full or not there were some amazing scenes on one of the biggest days of racing in Sydney, the top of which had to be a record breaking effort from the grey flash Chautauqua with another performance that seriously needed to be seen to be believed! I for one will put my hand up and say I wrote him off, but I’ve never been happier to be wrong.
Another day where it was close to impossible to make ground through the middle of the track saw many winners emerge from the first few in the run. Tempo was certainly an influencing factor in the on pace wins however.
It was a lack lustre day for our black book with many of our runners finding the worst part of the ground or not handling the questionable track. A shining light for us was Big Duke however, who won the Chairman’s handicap in good fashion and is now $4.60 to $2.80 (favourite) for the Sydney Cup next week.
KIWI CUPS SELECTION – GINGERNUTS: Don’t get it wrong, this bloke is a serious race horse. May have let the punters down a touch on the weekend being absolutely steamrolled from $3 into $2.60, which had been shortening ever since his Rosehill guineas win. However in hindsight he certainly didn’t get anything go his way in the run and finished 5th.
Jumped slightly awkwardly and Opie Bosson definitely had to settle further back than he would’ve liked. The troubles only compounded further when there was absolutely no speed on up front, giving him no tow into the race. Meaning he had to get out wide and working well before the turn whilst the leaders were still plodding along, never really had a chance.
He’ll go back home for a well-earned rest and I’m sure he’ll be back out for the cups come spring time where I’ll be certainly looking to make some money back off this cult-hero kiwi.
Where to next? Caulfield and Melbourne Cups
WALLER FILLY SELECTION – INVINCIBELLA: Probably another victim of the way her race was run, the Waller filly had to settle back from a wide barrier in a capacity field off another slow tempo in the PJ Bell.
Jumping at $18, she held her price give or take throughout betting and ended up running 6th, beaten 6L. Margin was probably not an accurate indicator of how she ran given the afore mentioned pattern and that she was checked numerous times when trying to peel out around the turn.
She put a picket fence together last preparation being a punters pal throughout and I’m sure she’ll be kicking off similar proceedings soon!
Where to next? Open 3YO fillies 1400m-1600m