Yard to the Post @ Golden Slipper Day
Race Day: Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 18 March 2017
Flying filly SHE WILL REIGN dominated the Golden Slipper today on a Rosehill Gardens track that looked more like a farmer's field than the firm turf we're used to seeing in Sydney's west.
Some doubted her after she was beaten by FROLIC last start, but the form from that race was obviously strong, FROLIC running home up the inside for a clear second. Fillies too good for the boys this year, TULIP getting 3rd on protest after MENARI pushed her wider on the track.
There were four other Group Ones on the day too, WINX winning the George Ryder easily, OUR IVANHOWE (Ranvet) and RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (Galaxy) returning first-up to win, while GINGERNUTS' Guineas win was greeted with a big cheer from the Kiwis that had travelled over to support him.
A full review of the Golden Slipper is provided below. All other reviews will be on-line Monday 9am.
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Duke lands the final punch
|1||Big Duke||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||6||54.0|
|2||Our Century||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||2||54.0|
|3||Allergic||James Cummings||William Buick||7||58.0|
In The Running
CAFE SOCIETY took up the running from SHALMANESER at a STEADY tempo. OUR CENTURY and BIG DUKE just behind them. A STEADY tempo set up and CAFE SOCIETY got rolling into the turn.
OUR CENTURY (2nd on protest, 0.1L) and BIG DUKE (1st) both came right away from the pack in a two horse duel. OUR CENTURY put his head out on the line, but not before pushing BIG DUKE wider on the track. ALLERGIC (3rd, 12.6L) and KINEMA (4th, 15.3L) grinding home.
Big margins suggest these are both quality stayers from down south, 12.5L to the one-paced ALLERGIC in 3rd! BIG DUKE and OUR CENTURY with scope to improve and they handle all track conditions. Follow OUR CENTURY and BIG DUKE.
Everything pointed towards the royal blue
|1||Raiment||John O'Shea||Craig Williams||9||53.0|
|2||Samantha||Gerald Ryan||Andrew Adkins||8||53.0|
|3||Nancy||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||7||58.5|
In The Running
ZESTFUL took up the running from RAIMENT at a STEADY tempo. SAMANTHA wider out in midfield. HIEROGLYPHICS came 3W into the straight to start it's run.
RAIMENT (1st) sprinted right away from SAMANTHA (2nd, 3.3L) chasing honestly and NANCY (3rd, 4.3L) doing the same.
She had HEAVY track form and some of the best form-lines in Sydney for mares, running an unlucky 2nd to In Her Time. RAIMENT looked a good thing on paper and that's the way it worked out, especially when they dropped anchor in-front and she was in control outside the lead. SAMANTHA and NANCY always honest. Don't be too harsh on ZESTFUL (5th, 5.6L) or TEMPT ME NOT (7th, 8.7L). They can both improve in different conditions. Follow RAIMENT.
Swooping home in the mud
|1||Derryn||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Regan Bayliss||10||56.0|
|2||Crafty Cop||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3||56.0|
|3||Tactical Advantage||Joseph Pride||Glyn Schofield||9||57.0|
In The Running
CONCHITA and IMPROVEMENT came across from out wide and set a STRONG tempo. CRAFT COP in the box seat. TACTICAL ADVANTAGE in midfield with DERRYN behind him.
DERRYN (1st) wound up down the outside to win from CRAFT COP (2nd), who fought on bravely. TACTICAL ADVANTAGE (3rd, 3.1L) kept on to the line late and grabbed IMPROVEMENT (4th, 3.4L) for a place.
The fillies fired across and made this a real test, DERRYN finding the right spot and taking advantage. The runs of CRAFTY COP (closer to strong speed) and TACTICAL ADVANTAGE (looked awkward in wet) probably every bit as good though. STAR OF MONSOON (6th, 4.6L) did well enough in the mud on return and COGLIERE (10th, 7.8L) just had a warm-up for the Country Championships. No Follows or Forgives.
The Freedmans finally find the right track
|1||Our Ivanhowe||Anthony Freedman||Kerrin McEvoy||5||59.0|
|2||Hartnell||James Cummings||William Buick||6||59.0|
|3||The United States||Robert Hickmott||Ben Melham||3||59.0|
In The Running
ANTONIO GIUSEPPE took up the running from SOFIA ROSA at a FAIR tempo (on steady side). OUR IVANHOWE back in the pack with HARTNELL on his back.
OUR IVANHOWE (1st) came wider with HARNTELL (2nd), OUR IVANHOWE much too strong to the line. THE UNITED STATES (3rd, 4.1L) got past ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (4th, 5L) late.
He's had foot problems and the Freedman stable have had a bog track on their Christmas list for this talented stayer for the last couple of years. Finally he got it and the effort to have him fit enough first-up over 2000m was first class. HARTNELL better ridden quieter today and should improve on better ground. THE UNITED STATES probably has some upside too. OUR IVANHOWE unfortunately dipped after the post [vet: lame in the off-foreleg]. No Follows or Forgives.
A standing ovation for a special horse
|1||Winx||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||57.0|
|2||Le Romain||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||7||59.0|
|3||Chautauqua||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||1||59.0|
In The Running
LEEBAZ led from LE ROMAIN at a STEADY tempo, getting rolling before the turn. WINX slow to begin and tracked up wide no cover mid-race staking behind them.
WINX (1st) joined in at the 300m and strode right away from LE ROMAIN (2nd, 7.3L) and CHAUTAUQUA (3rd, 8.6L).
There's not much to say apart from wow! The crowd cheered for the length of the straight in a special moment for racing. LE ROMAIN honest as always and it turns out CHAUTAUQUA does see out the 1500m pretty well, just not as well as the champ! Follow WINX.
Kiwis trounce the Aussie 3yos again
|1||Gingernuts||Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards||Opie Bosson||4||56.5|
|2||Inference||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3||56.5|
|3||So Si Bon||Robbie Laing||Kerrin McEvoy||9||56.5|
In The Running
HARPER'S CHOICE led COMIN' THROUGH and SEABURGE out wider. He rolled along and got going for home early, setting a STRONG tempo overall. GINGERNUTS well back in the field. IMPAVIDO back wide and lost a length when they kicked on the turn,
GINGERNUTS (1st) looped the field and broke clear from INFERENCE (2nd, 2.3L) and SO SI BON (3rd, 2.4L) fighting on. ANAHEIM (4th, 4.3L) running on out wider.
He was a hard fit G1 winner that handles the wet, this slog of a race like this set-up well for the super tough NZ Derby winner GINGERNUTS. He hits the line hard every time, producing big wins at this last three starts over 2000m+. INFERENCE and SO SI BON brave, INFERENCE probably better suited to the 2400m of the Derby. ANAHEIM and IMPAVIDO (6th, 5.9L) did enough to be Derby contenders too. Follow GINGERNUTS and INFERENCE.
Speed, heart and the perfect ride
|1||She Will Reign||Gary Portelli||Ben Melham||13||54.5|
|2||Frolic||Michael Freedman||Tommy Berry||17||54.5|
|3||Tulip||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Kerrin McEvoy||10||54.5|
In The Running
HOUTZEN sped to the lead at a STRONG tempo and TEASPOON worked up on her outside. TRAPEZE ARTIST took the trail behind them, followed by MENARI and SHE WILL REIGN, who was taken back from the barrier and snuck up the inside mid-race. In the early stages, SHE WILL REIGN got in-front of FROLIC and caused minor interference, leaving FROLIC right at the back of the field. TULIP was stuck very wide midfield.
SHE WILL REIGN (1st) moved up nearer the inside and drove to the lead to win easily from FROLIC (2nd, 2.3L), who ran on up the rails. MENARI (4th on protest, 5.2L) pushed TULIP (3rd, 5.1L) wider on the track as they both fought on. HOUTZEN (5th, 5.7L) tiring late.
She was underestimated after her last start loss to FROLIC and in the end that was simply the form-line to follow. Melham produced a gem from an outside barrier to put SHE WILL REIGN in the perfect spot, just keeping himself on the right side of the stewards with a slight check to FROLIC early. Both fillies producing huge runs! While Melham found the rails from barrier 11, McEvoy somehow got stuck four wide no cover on TULIP, who was very strong too. No love lost for MENARI on HOUTZEN, who could still be two of the best horses in this race on a dry track. Blue Diamond quinella PARIAH (11th, 17.4L) and CATCHY (16th, 26.5L) didn't handle the HEAVY. A few in the report; MADEENATY [vet: shifted plate], CATCHY [vet: cardiac arrhythmia] and [vet: small laceration]. Follow SHE WILL REIGN, FROLIC, TULIP, MENARI and HOUTZEN.
The Snowdens land a big betting plunge
|1||Russian Revolution||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||14||50.5|
|2||Redzel||Peter & Paul Snowden||Dwayne Dunn||11||54.5|
|3||Jungle Edge||Mick Bell||Kevin Forrester||2||51.0|
In The Running
JUNGLE EDGE led MISS PROMISCUITY and REDZEL striding up three wide with RUSSIAN REVOLUTION even wider. HEATHERLY slowish to begin and out wide in midfield. A STRONG tempo was set up.
In a three-way slog to the finish, RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (1st) edged out REDZEL (2nd, 0.2L) and JUNGLE EDGE (3rd, 0.4L). A big gap back to GLENALL (4th, 5.5L) running on out wider.
An exciting finish to watch and for the Snowdens the right result, the betting plunge on an expensive colt showed that they thought RUSSIAN REVOLUTION would be too strong for REDZEL, and he was after covering more ground. A few nervous moments for favourite backers before the race when he cast a plate and sweated up. JUNGLE EDGE a brave mudlark. GLENALL (out of grade), FELINES (5th, 5.6L, prefers Randwick) and FELL SWOOP (6th, 6.6L) all solid runs. FELL SWOOP never touched with the whip at any stage and good through the line. Follow RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, REDZEL and FELL SWOOP.
|1||Consommateur||Michael Kent||Dwayne Dunn||12||54.0|
|2||Ambience||John O'Shea||William Buick||11||57.0|
|3||Top of My List||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Regan Bayliss||13||54.0|
Big improvement up in distance for CONSOMMATEUR, a real staying type that proved she can handle the mud too. The tempo wasn't strong and she really dug in late. ALEGRIA probably wanted more tempo and is ready for further now. VANDANCER drifted in the market and only plain. The track was in pretty bad shape by this stage of the day. No Follows or Forgives.
|1||Pomelo||Gwenda Markwell||Chad Lever||10||54.0|
|2||Heavenly Anna||Kerry Parker||Jay Ford||11||54.0|
|3||Dream Lane||Nick Mitchell||Christian Reith||19||54.0|