Metro racing was off to Sandown for a mixed flat and jumps program last Saturday. The track played excellently and typically of the surface. With the sharper turn (than hill side) giving some slight advantage to those handier to the speed but the right gallopers could certainly make ground.
With plenty of huge performances on the day it was hard to select anything that really went under the radar. On the plus side, in contrast to Flemington last week, most punters would’ve had a good day with plenty of well supported gallopers getting the job done: Rillito ($5.50) and Renew ($2.25-$2.10) were both the subject of very good support.
Of our black book runners, Coldstone ran 3rd behind the very promising Plein Ciel (see below) at the juicy price of $3.30, whilst Great Glenn finished 5th over 2400m beaten just over 3L. He never settled throughout the run, so I’d want to see him calm down before jumping back on. Still has obvious talent.
Almost wrote his own name into the black book after notching up his 5th Australian win at only his 6th start in the country. With the lone miss being on a heavy Warrnambool where he still managed to run into third.
It was an easy watch if you dived into the well supported $2.10 favourite as he settled some 5L off the speed two wide then unleashed when asked in the straight to dash away and win by 1.75L on the line not fully tested.
Only possible knock is that the second horse was the enigma Petrology, but he has been racing very well this prep (without winning of course). Running home with such a good turn of speed, smashing the clock with a 32.40s last 600m his racing style very much suits the Australian middle distance race patterns.
was another heavily backed galloper to get the cash on the day, starting the day at a quote of $6 and back into as low as $4.60 by the jump. Admittedly the son of Canny Lad did get the absolute perfect run, sitting some 6L off the good pace set by Thelburg with cover and was able to peel out without trouble rounding the bend to win by 1.5L on the post not fully tested.
Despite getting the favours, the post-race interview with David Hayes revealed that there was plenty of stable confidence around for him and you could certainly do worse than take a tip from the Hayes yard.
He won this event with 59.5kg, so if he is kept in a similar grade with his benchmark now reaching 83 you can be confident that he is a proven weight carrier. His record suggests he’s an out and out winner and there could be a stakes race around the corner whilst he remains down in the weights.