Hauraki came from the clouds to pinch the Epsom Handicap from Dibayani and Mackintosh in the final stride. While Sir John Hawkwood took out The Metrop, giving jockey Blake Spriggs his first Group One victory. Global Glamour improved her barrier manners to jump cleanly and lead all the way in the Flight Stakes, holding off Yankee Rose. In another boilover, Russian Revolution held off the late charge of hot pot Astern in the Roman Consul.
Cheeky Babe (Caulfield, Race 4)
Ameristralia was brilliant in winning the race and looks a mare destined for bigger and better things for the typical patient Hawkes stable. However, there’s money to be made following the second horse Cheeky Babe. It was her first start for the Darren Weir yard having formerly plied her trade in NSW and she worked nicely through the line. We’ve seen most recently with Hellbent that Weir can get take horses to new levels. There’s a win for Cheeky Babe just around the corner.
Nemrud (Randwick, Race 4)
It was a messy edition of the Dulcify Quality and although on paper, it doesn’t look a particularly deep field either The Wolf is confident that Nemrud will be winning next start out to 2000m. Could be the Geelong Classic or The Vase. Godolphin have him pegged as one of their leading Derby hopes. He couldn’t reel in the winner Moqueen but his work through the line was impressive. As it has been in most of his runs to date. Has a ground foundation and he’ll relish the step out in trip now.
Torgersen (Randwick, Race 7)
This four-year-old has taken his game to a new level this preparation. Still yet to record a victory but The Wolf will be chipping up on him the next time he steps out, assuming it is over 2000m. He just missed to Sons Of John prior to the Epsom where he ran a very credible eight. He kept finding the line despite being ripped out of his comfort zone by Fabrizio. Has 2000m form around the likes of He’s Our Rokkii and Old North.
Star Of The Day
Hauraki (Randwick, Race 7)
The race was set up for something to zip home but he was dead-set spotting Fabrizio 20 lengths at the top of the straight! A nice fifth looked likely at the 200m but at the 100m mark he really started lifting to record an improbable win. The racecaller didn’t even pick him up until he lunged on the line. It was an enormous effort from a galloper in career-best form. She didn’t need the extra nudge, but it makes the Winx form look handy.
Miss Vista (Caulfield, Race 4)
The bubble burst for this flashy filly with the big baldy face. She showed her customary dash to lead the field up comfortably but Ameristralia went past her like she was nailed to the fence. She’ll strip fitter for that effort but it doesn’t leave many options when she can only tackle 1000m assignments. It was a good ride while it lasted but if she wants to win again next start, her best bet might be a 955m at The Valley.
Off The Map
Jorda (Randwick, Race 1)
Punters started the day at Randwick in the best possible way, backing Jorda for a stack in the Gimcrack. She opened $2.45 on Wednesday before a steady stream of support all week forced her into a low of $1.70 on Saturday. She trickled back out to $1.95 but the damage had already been done. J-Mac gave the filly a perfect ride and despite wanting to wobble about in the straight, she got the job done comfortably.
Johan Victoire on Fabrizio (Randwick, Race 7)
This galloper was so impressive in his run prior to the Epsom Handicap and no doubt the instructions from Gai Waterhouse would have been to break them up again. However, French hoop Johan Victoire had his foot to the floor from the 1000m. After booting clear at the top of the straight it soon became obvious that the tank was flashing on empty. He was a $6 chance, starting equal favourite. Calm your farm Johan.