Godolphin and James McDonald went back-to-back in the Group One Golden Rose, with Astern taking the mantle off Exosphere. Omei Sword didn’t have a clear path and finished off powerfully to grad second off Impending.
At Flemington, Palentino sprinted past his stablemate Black Heart Bart to give Darren Weir the quinella in the Group One Makybe Diva Stakes. It just wasn’t the way punters expected it to go with Black Heart Bart hammered into an even-money favourite.
Rosaleisha (Rosehill, Race 1)
This mare is ready to win next start. She was an eye-catcher first-up at the provincials before making a wide, sustained run at Rosehill. It was only a rails hugging ride on You Are Golden that proved the difference in the end. Bjorn Baker is very astute at finding winnable races for his runners. Expect that to be the case when she is next produced. The Wolf will be betting up over a mile, especially if it’s a wet track.
Archives (Flemington, Race 5)
This son of Helmet in the Godolphin blue still has so much to learn. He’s a big lump of a colt and The Wolf likes what he has seen from him in three career starts. He kicked off his preparation in the Danehill and although he couldn’t quite reel in the winner Saracino, he is the horse to follow going towards the Guineas Prelude. He’ll learn a little more from the outing and can’t wait to see him out to 1400m.
Denmagic (Rosehill, Race 8)
It was a very deep mares race with punters sending Ravi out a $4 favourite but she was nailed on the post by Heavens Above. It was a blanket finish but don’t let that fool you. There’ll be a stack of winners come out of this race. The one The Wolf was really taken was Denmagic. She settled second last from the wide gate and did a monster job to finish as close as she did. The other run of note in the race was the luckless Dixie Blossoms but she is already in The Wolf’s blackbook.
Star Of The Day
Astern (Rosehill, Race 6)
James McDonald was gushing with praise for this colt after his dominant Golden Rose win. First he called out Winx. Then he declared him a better horse than Exosphere. The wide gate turned out to be a positive as it afforded J-Mac plenty of room to wind him up down the outside while his main rival Omei Sword had to duck and weave through the pack. Proved his Run To The Rose win was no fluke. Serious animal!
Rising Romance (Flemington, Race 7)
The Wolf has been telling punters for near a year now. This mare has simply forgotten how to win. She teased again first-up behind Black Heart Bart before failing to back that up in the Makybe Diva Stakes, plodding her way to the line. The breeding barn isn’t far away for her but if she sees out the spring carnival, don’t be fooled. She’s been a terrific mare for her connections but has lost her desire to stick her neck out.
Off The Map
Kentucky Miss (Flemington, Race 2)
Had the best exposed form in the race so it wasn’t so much a surprise to see her win, but how long it took punters to chime in at the odds. After opening $8.50 on Wednesday she was trimmed into $7 on Saturday morning but a few hours before jump, the flood of money came forcing her into a low of $3.70. She started at $4.20 but did the right thing by the punters, holding off the $201 bolter Beyond The Dream.
Hugh Bowman on Counterattack (Rosehill, Race 7)
This four-year-old was a moral licked in the Theo Marks Stakes. Hugh Bowman ran out of options behind a wall of horses before pushing out too late. He flashed behind stablemate Mackintosh but the bird had flown. His trials prior to his resumption suggested he’d come back in magnificent order and his resumption confirmed that. He has fallen short in the big league in the past but now he is fully mature, expect him to be right there in some big sprint races.