The Snowden stable scratched the headline runner of the day at Randwick, Golden Slipper winner Capitalist, from the G2 Missile Stakes due to the heavy track but they still walked away with the trophy courtesy of new recruit Tycoon Tara (pictured below). Meanwhile, Thronum held off a luckless Mediterranean in the Rosebud.
At Flemington, the boogie man Sooboog broke a run of outs to take out the Aurie’s Star. Who’d have thought!
Tycoon Tara (Race 5, Randwick)
No disrespect to Symon Wilde but the change to the Snowden stable produced immediate results. Blake Shinn produced a well judged ride out in front to get her home in the G2 Missile Stakes. It was first-up on a bottomless Randwick track so there was plenty of merit to the victory. She emptied out the last 100m but did enough. The stable are very good at placing their horses, so doubt it’ll be her last win this campaign.
Pilote D’Essai (Race 5, Flemington)
All honours to the winner Ulman but if there’s a horse you want to be with over the spring from the race, it’s this French import. Impressed on his Aussie debut at Bendigo before Hayes tipped him out and gelded him with carnival ambitions. He travelled wide at Flemington but still kept finding the line. Look out for him when he gets out to a mile and beyond.
Viaductress (Race 8, Randwick)
She wasn’t sighted in the race after missing the start but The Wolf liked the way she loomed down the outside against the bias at Randwick. It was very hard going on a bottomless track and hard to make ground on the leaders. She generally settles closer to the speed herself. It will go unnoticed by most punters but scribble her down in the book for next start. She’s ready to win again.
Star Of The Day
Hidden Pearl (Race 3, Eagle Farm)
This slick filly launched her spring campaign with a brilliant Eagle Farm win. She jumped straight to the front, travelled sweetly and at the top of the long straight, the race was as good as over. She booted clear to win by a space. The Shorts in Sydney was on the radar for Barry Lockwood and given the manner of her first-up romp, that’s probably no longer pencilled in, but circled with a thick texter.
Rebel Dane (Race 5, Randwick)
Sooboog, Dubaiiinstyle and Edgewood all chalked up wins despite an allergy to the winning post but Rebel Dane couldn’t make it an unlikely quartet. He tagged the back of Tycoon Tara and had every chance to run her down. Yes he was first-up but so was the winner. And you can’t really blame the track either as his heavy track form is strong. Could the double kicker be that this proves to be a gut buster for the spring too.
Off The Map
Decorated Soldier (Race 2, Flemington)
It looked the perfect race for this Snitzel three-year-old but the leader Zunbaqa controlled the race from the front and looked the winner a long way out, making it four straight. Decorated Soldier was never in the hunt from back in the field and despite looming to run on into an eye-catching second he peaked on his run late and had to settle for third. He had excuses but the jury is out on him. Didn’t get 1400m, a wet tracker or it too immature? Tipping he’ll be in the paddock next week.
Blake Shinn on Mediterranean (Race 6, Randwick)
This progressive colt made a late lunge at Thronum in the Rosebud but it turned out to be in vein. He clearly should have won with Blake Shinn missing the boat. He was awkwardly placed in the run and didn’t get to build momentum in the straight which is critical on bottomless tracks. When he saw clear air he worked through his gears nicely, doing his best work across the line.