This Week’s Horses to Follow:
Roman Son – Hawkesbury Race 9: 1st ($1.85F): Looked the good thing of the day and duly saluted to the cheer of almost the whole country in the last. As soon as the field fanned out around the straight the 4YO put them to bed within a few strides, romping away by 2.2L in quick time (saying track record but un-verified times are often wrong at this venue).
Richard Freedman’s boutique stable is absolutely flying at present and this up and comer he obtained from Anthony Cummings is an ode to his success. There’s no reason he couldn’t travel up to QLD and make his presence felt. The way he ran through the line over 2100m suggest 2400m shan’t be an issue.
Where to Next? Possibly the G1 Doomben Cup over 2000m into the ($13) G2 Brisbane Cup over 2200m.
Impending – Doomben Race 8: 1st ($2.50F): After running sizzling time in a trial between races during The Championships, the 4YO justified favouritism with a close but tough win in the 1200m Victory Stakes. Enjoying the strong tempo 2 pairs back the fence, D.Browne had a lap full of horse and was disappointed for runs on two occasions in the straight. Once he got out his class prevailed over Most Important who had the complete drop on him.
The son of Lohnro has hit the ground running in the sunshine state once again. Expecting this form to continue into another tilt at the QLD sprint classics; Doomben 10,000, Kingsford-Smith (BTC) Cup and Stradbroke. He’s yet to win second-up from 4 attempts, so a blow out next start in the Doomben 10,000 could be on the cards.
Where to Next? G1 Doomben 10,000 ($11), Stradbroke Handicap over 1350m ($8)
Sun Quan – Caulfield Race 5: 2nd ($8): Looks to have come back in exceptional order on the back of a long 23-week spell. Stamped himself as a horse with ability in his last start at Pakenham where he won by 1.5L in solid time despite having the thumps. He’s lead at a solid clip here and it took a very smart one in William Thomas to nab him late by less than 1 length on the line.
He strung 3 wins together last preparation starting with a second-up 5 length romp at Tatura and so improves with racing. Coupling this with his excellent early speed gives him a lethal combo moving into the late Autumn. If he can learn to settle even a touch more he’ll take a power of beating in the coming month(s).
Where to Next? Super Vobis 3YO Handicap over 1200m Caulfield 12/05.
At $13 Roman Son is worth a small ticket in the Doomben Cup with Gailo Chop taking up a massive percentage of the market at $2.50 after a long Autumn prep.
Expecting him to start shorter than $11 in the Doomben 10,000 but with Redzel a likely starter and his second-up record, I’m letting that one go through to the keeper. Looking for his price in both the Kingsford-Smith Cup and the Stradbroke to subsequently lengthen and backing him on those events then.