What a tragic week in racing as the reality of the dangers jockeys deal with daily smacked us all in the face; twice. I never know what to say or not say in situations like this, I feel uncomfortable tweeting about it. So I’ll be donating to The National Jockey Trust https://njt.org.au/donation/donation/
Caulfield for G1 racing and the day was very good for Melbourne weather-wise. The sun was shining but the wind was up, a 20km Northerly which impacted the majority of the races run at Caulfield. As did the aeration carried out on the track to get it soft enough for the powers that be. These two factors caused a bias. Caulfield is run by a talented, experienced and well funded team. I fear what the extra watering will do on the more regional tracks with less money to spend on track management. I personally love the extra watering as it has the potential to give me a little edge. I just know that it will make the sport even harder for any new, young punters.
The lowlight of my day was r1 over in the city of churches. I backed Lady Loire at $2.5 who was slaughtered the previous start at Sandown. Young Lewis let the now $1.8 shot be crossed and then he snicked. We were still a very good chance turning and the horse wasn’t up to it in the straight. I’d have preferred to see him force the eventual winner to either sit 3 wide or really work to cross him, not just snick and let her in. Lewis German gave Aagas a peach in r3, of course, I watched but wasn’t on.
The rest of the day was a pretty strong, Got well in front early, backing Another Coldie and Dawn Dawn and landed a speculative half court bomb on Crystal Dreamer to make it a fat day. I did back Sebrekate (spew) Qafila and Nights Watch (double spew). The highlight of the day outside of backing Crystal Dreamer at $80s was Rosco announcing loudly he was getting sausage rolls. It was new for me to see a bloke celebrate a giant collect by devouring some party pies. No sauce too, is he sweet?
The Memsie was run at a brutal tempo. 16 lengths fast to the 600m! The leader BeGood ToYa Mother went 2.9 lengths fast to the 600m at its previous start, so that’s 13 lengths FASTER. The start prior it went 10.6 lengths fast. 16 is BRUTAL. Wow. If it hasn’t broken the horse mentally and/or physically It will win the Rupert Clarke, which D.Bowman says is the goal. All credit to both it and Despatch who finished off strongly considering, those midfield and worse were entitled to be strong late vs the leading horses. 18.3 lengths above recorded by Scales Of Justice is elite Group 1 time. Elite. The winner Scales is thriving for Lindsay in the magical waters of TheBool. 2 of his last 3 starts have been career peaks, as a 7yo.
D.Lane rode Age Of Chivarly to perfection in race 9, gently increasing the sectionals which makes it almost impossible for good horses to be caught. The horse paraded like it had an easy week at home which I’m told it did have, so I expect we haven’t seen it’s best yet. Race 9 was run to suit the leader regardless of the wind, those who made good runs from midfield or worse can all be followed, a deep race with plenty of “coming winners”.
Benny GladWrap Melham gave Pippie the perfect ride too, as if he & D.Lane were wearing stopwatches, perfection.
There will be plenty of fat to come from this meeting, I think most of it is towards the back of the card. Only 2 leaders held on all day and both SP’d south of $3 and were ridden perfectly. Yet not many won from the back either. I reckon opinions on where was best and worst to be in run will vary and that’s good news for us all.
The fastest L600m and L400m day was Qafila. The fastest L200m of the day was Mighty Lucky. Both in race 9.
The best overall figure was Scales Of Justice and it went 18.3 lengths above benchmark, ELITE. Improving 7+ lengths on his Morphettville performance.
Horse to follow from the meeting is Amphitrite who clocked the 3rd fastest L600m, and 4th fastest L4 and 200m of the day.
Yours in racing,