DAY RACING HORSES TO FOLLOW: ROSEHILL: 17-06-2017
Saturday racing was on a visibly rain affected Rosehill (heavy 8) surface over the past weekend. Despite the rail being in the true position, the fence was almost a no-go zone from the very first race onwards.
It was no disadvantage to be up on speed as long as your runner could find its way out into the running line about 6+ lanes off the fence, where almost all winners on the day came from. Ideally, travelling mid-field with cover then hooking out was the way to go as it seemed difficult to sustain a long run form the back of the field.
We’ve identified two runners which ran well against this perceived pattern and look to have their hoof on the till.
STAKES 2YO SLECTION – HUALALAI: With some drastic movement in the market for the first race of the day: Gaulois starting the day in the red at $1.85F then drifting almost a full point to $2.80F before the jump before getting the cash, this galloper held his $.380 quote throughout, both punters and bookies keeping the son of Street Cry safe.
He has been a massive spruik horse after bolting in a trial by 10L prior to his debut where he went under as a $1.40 chance, but is just starting to bring this form to game day. Having been given a kill at Kembla first up and winning a trial prior to this impressive second placing.
Jumping with the field, he was visibly restrained out of the gates to settle close to the tail by Tommy Berry. In-turn forcing him to make a sustained move around the field prior to the turn. Looked to be well held late, going under by 1L on the line, but with the extremely cheap sectionals Gaulois stole in front he was entitled to be.
Seemingly now teaching this galloper to settle, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him over longer (1400m) possibly on a better track. But dropping back to the 1200m hard fit on rain effected going would see him very competitive as well, especially allowed to stride forward.
Where to next? 2YO 1200-1400m
OFF THE RAILS SLECTION – FRANCESCO: Gained a run as an emergency in the last and poked up along the inside section well to finish 1.3L away from the winner in the last. By this stage of the day, the rail was treated line quicksand so all things being even that 1.3L could easily be accounted for.
On the back of a good trial win it was no surprise to see some money for the gelded son of Wanted, backed into what was still a good price at $8.50. Those who backed him should be getting a return if they stay on.
Stepping up in trip looks ideal now, perhaps one moreover 1400-1500m prior to the mile. Evidently likes the wet: 6:2-0-2, so racing around this time of year should suit as well. Looks to be in for a good preparation with plenty of winnable races in the coming weeks.
Where to next? BM78 1400-1500m