Racing returned to another rain affected Randwick surface on Saturday. Bias was a hot topic of discussion amongst the punters during the week and the track certainly didn’t play as poorly as it did over the carnival but it was still very difficult to make a run out wide from back in the field.
We had two black book runners carrying the flag for us in Sydney last weekend. Heartlings ($9.50) ran well from the back of the field to make it into 7th placing, beaten 2.8L. If she can settle closer in a similar grade on a day more conducive to run-on horse she’ll be winning again.
Machinegun Jubs ($4.60-$6.50) was the second of our black bookers and was a touch disappointing. Battling in the straight after sitting closer to the speed and managing a 3L 6th. Hoping it was a mix of second up syndrome after a huge first run and not being able get back and run on (as preferred) due to the pattern on the day.
A rare highway addition to our black book is the Melanie O’Gorman-trained 3YO who despite showing the bridesmaid tendency is racing in brilliant form of late. Sent out at $4.60 the gelding rocketed home into second beaten 1.5L.
Despite the lower grade of race, this galloper scorched the turf coming home with a final 200m of 11.42s. This was in-fact the fastest final 200m of the meeting by a massive 0.42s margin. With times like that alone he’ll be breaking through sooner than later.
The obvious knock is his racing pattern, often slow out of the gates meaning he must drift back to the tail and give the leaders a good start. But only having had the 5 career starts his early speed could improve allowing him to take up a more tactical positon.
Notching up a record of 5:2-1-1 this preparation, the Marc Conners Husson mare is having a stellar preparation and is showing no signs of slowing down after her run last Saturday.
Hovering around the $21 quote after opening at $31, there was certainly some money floating around for the ever-consistent mare and she gave punters a valiant effort for their money running a 2.3L 5th behind a smart galloper In Time for War.
Jockey Rachael Murray settled her just off the pace for much of the 1200m journey and seemed to be bolting rounding the turn when borked for a run between the leading pair. The gap eventually came up on the inside but her momentum was lost. However, she picked herself up off the canvas once again and ran through the line as well as anything.
Stepping back up to the 1350m around Rosehill in 3 weeks’ times looks ideal.