Melbourne racing was back to the punters’ favourite city circuit at Caulfield last weekend and once again it played quite well as winners came from all parts of the track. Race tempo was by far the most influential factor of the races that were run.
However it certainly wasn’t all good news as only 6 of the 9 scheduled races were run on the day due to extreme weather forcing stewards to abandon the remainder of the meeting. Which was some sight as what was originally a hard good 3 surface became soaked down to a soft 5 before continual lightning forced the meeting off.
The JRA Cup over 2400m will now be run as a 2400m Handicap at Caulfield this coming Saturday, allowing adequate preparation for any 3YO’s heading to the VRC St. Ledger on ANZAC day.
The Melbourne black bookers flag was carried by well backed $4-$2.80 favourite Rockstar Rebel who 2.15L 5th second to what I believe to be a very smart one (see below).
He did make his run with the winner, however post race data has revealed he’s covered an extra 5m in the run so we’re definitely not dropping off him yet despite being beaten as favourite in his last two.
Only a single horse to follow from this meeting – quality over quantity.
DEFINITELY NOT ORDINARY SELECTION – LIFE LESS ORDINARY: There was money around for this Waller import having his Austrlian debut, backed from $17 early into $11 at the jump.
The money was spot on as he stormed from the back of the field to score by 0.5L on the line over the 1800m journey after settling mid-field for D.Dunn and peeling out at the turn with 400m to go, some 7L off the leaders.
The problem with a lot of imports is that they cannot adapt to the sit sprint tempos of Austrlian racing, but this gelding certainly doesn’t fall into that category as he clocked a 10.79s final 200m and 22.71s final 400m sectional.
This final 200m was in-fact the fastest of the day, edging out Crystal Dreamer’s 10.89s in a 100m race! That’s just about as fast as horses run, even on a good 3.
Just watch the second up syndrome as he could be over-bet off such a brilliant win. But having won over 3218m at Ascot prior to arriving down under he’s certainly a stayer to watch out for. Look for him to progress through the distances in his first preparation to see where the ceiling is.
Where to next? 2400m Handicap