The first wave of international horses have landed and are under work at Werribee. We will see the first of those horses appearing on the race-track this week and Drew Patchell has previewed all of the runners to give you an edge betting into those races.
Chief Ironside – 110m Timeform Rating
A nicely bred import for Australian Bloodstock, Chief Ironside has won two races to date, both over 2000m. His only run worthy of watching from last prep was when he ran 3rd in a Group 3 at Epsom Downs behind Zaaki. Holding a 110 Timeform rating from that Group 3 placing, he would measure up to any and all Listed grade races in Australia over 2000m+.
Sweet Thomas – 110m Timeform Rating
A german import that has seen two races in Australia to date, Sweet Thomas won a Group 3 St Leger in Germany over 2800m by 4.5 lengths recording a 110m Timeform Rating. J Mac took the ride in the Newcastle Cup for a reason – I think you just have to ignore that run and remember this horse is at his right distance range.
True Self – 116 Timeform Rating
An OTI Racing Import, True Self ran a very solid 6th in the Ebor Handicap. Previously, he has won twice in listed grade on softer tracks and placed third at Haydock in a Group 3 over 2400m. He handles Good tracks just fine and will stay the distance trained by the Willy Mullins yard. Ran a 116+ Timeform Rating in the fast run Ebor last start and prior to that had recorded a 110+ Timeform rating
Haky – 111 Timeform Rating
Coming off a successful distance campaign over in France, Haky won a Handicap over 2400m before placing in the G2 Kergolay over 3000m behind Marmelo and then ran second at Longchamp over 3100m in the Group 3 Gladiateur. Has won on soft or good tracks and handles Heavy. Has won his last two races over 2400m by 3L and 1.3L. Comes to Australia with a 111 Timeform Rating.
Raheen House – 115 Timeform Rating
A move to the William Haggas yard saw this horse record two career peak 115 Timeform Ratings first and second up this prep before regressing in the Ebor in a race that didn’t suit speed wise. Out and out stayer that has not run below 2400m the last 12 runs that started favourite last start in the Ebor.
Suzuka Devious – 112 Timeform Rating
A winner on a Good track (not firm which is important) over in Japan first up this prep over the 1800m, he doesn’t seem to be able to stay injury free with many poor runs on the record. He seems to either finish right in the finish or stone cold out the back in his career, and you just never know which is going to occur on the day. Best seen over 1800-2000m.
Cape of Good Hope – 112 Timeform Rating
A listed grade winner at Epsom Downs first up last prep and 4th in a Group 1 behind Sottass at Chantilly, he failed to fire at Royal Ascot and in the Belmont Derby before running a decent third in the Saratoga Derby. A bit of a nutter, he has a long way to go before i’ll be backing him in a top level grade race.
Dream Castle – 118 Timeform Rating
A Group 1 winner over in Dubai, Dream Castle for the most part had been a bit of a cat until last preperation where he progressed through the grades to win Group 3, 2 and 1 grade races before starting $3.50 second favourite behind Almond Eye in the Dubai Turf.
He ran a reasonable 1.5L 5th at Longchamp in the D’Ispahan on a Soft track but failed to finish off in the Queen Anne after that.
His races run at Longchamp and Meydan would measure up well here if ready to fire.
Danceteria – 118 Timeform Rating
A consistent performer this prep, he has recorded 116, 118 and 117 Timeform Ratings including a last start Group 1 win in Germany. He ran 4th in the Eclipse behind Enable which is a fair measuring stick to suggest he is top grade. Take him on in any race at your own peril.
So how do these imports measure up overall? Avilius has multiple 120+ timeform ratings on his record with a 125 Timeform rating peak.