Yard to the Post @ Hawkesbury

Race Day: Hawkesbury on Saturday, 29 April 2017

The big long straight didn't stop there being plenty of hard luck stories at Hawkesbury today for 'stand-alone Saturday' at the north-west Sydney club.

Overall it was a successful day under sunny skies on a GOOD surface, the first time the feature meeting in NSW had been on a dry track for two months. And after the shifty track last year and strong OFF RAILS bias, punters were pleased to see a FAIR track throughout the day.

Those unlucky runners were hard to watch though, Bowman steering the well-backed ARTISTRY up behind DAYSEE DOOM (2nd) as SHILLELAGH stormed down the outside to win the Group 3 Godolphin Crown for mares.

One race later it was Hugh Bowman in the wrong spot again as CALANDA couldn't get clear in the Group 3 Guineas, with GENERALISSIMO getting stuck between horses too. Local filly SHAZEE LEE was perfectly ridden by Jay Ford, held up out the back before storming home at the big odds of $61.

The Group 3 Gold Cup was won by bold front-runner FABRIZIO and earlier in the day Waller unveiled two more promising stayers in GREAT GLEN and MORTAR PLATOON, who got the quinella in the opening event.

A full review will be on-line Monday 11am.




Track Info

ConditionsGOOD 3


Waller stayers have too much upside

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 74830 Great Glen Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2 54.0
2 1644 Mortar Platoon Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1 56.0
3 7579 Lookin' At You Anthony & Edward Cummings Brenton Avdulla 9 54.5

In The Running

LOOKIN' AT YOU led at a STEADY TEMPO only. GREAT GLEN in midfield, MORTAR PLATOON on his inside, LAST TRY WINS got back.

The Result

GREAT GLEN $2.7F (1st) came wider with MORTAR PLATOON $6 (2nd 0.1L) and they drove to the line together in a close finish. Slight interference from GREAT GLEN not costing him the win. LOOKIN' AT YOU $3.5 (3rd 3.59L) just held on for a place in-front of a wall of them.

The Interest

Two progressive imported stayers for Waller and they proved much too good for these. GREAT GLEN getting up in distance for the first time in Aus and MORTAR PLATOON trying a middle-distance for the first time ever. They both handled it well and watch out for them in another staying race soon. Follow GREAT GLEN and MORTAR PLATOON.


Cummings sneaks the win in a messy finish

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 74548 Go Daddy Go Anthony & Edward Cummings Jason Collett 6 54.5
2 10584 Fifth Affair Garry White Corey Brown 1 53.0
3 11261 Charlie Chap Mike Van Gestel Johan Victoire 5 53.0

In The Running

SERENA BAY slid across to lead from DRAGONEIGHT back in the box seat and SO BIZZARE outside of her. CHARLIE CHAP pushed ICON OF DUBAI wider on the turn just behind them. A FAIR tempo set-up

The Result

GO DADDY GO $21 (1st) ran on a touch wider with FIFTH AFFAIR $11 (2nd 0.04L) nearer the inside and there was nothing between them. CHARLIE CHAP $8 (3rd 0.07L) and ICON OF DUBAI $3.5 (0.44L) both right in the finish too as SERENA BAY $2.2F (5th 1.85L) tired slightly over the final 200m.

The Interest

A blanket finish and a rough result, it's hard to know how much to trust this form given SERENA BAY was a touch soft in the market and below her best up in distance. Anthony Cummings' Uncle Mo colt GO DADDY GO had the blinkers on and they seemed to work. FIFTH AFFAIR and CHARLIE CHAP have similar form ratings, which put them below good class Saturday races. ICON OF DUBAI favoured in the market and not bad at his second start after racing a big wide. Follow ICON OF DUBAI.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 35944 Wanna Get a What Gratz Vella Tommy Berry 7 59.0
2 6126 Ruthless Agent Kurt Goldman Hugh Bowman 2 58.0
3 55599 Major Sharpe Joseph Ible Jay Ford 3 56.0


Bowman pounces on the win

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 9825 Felines Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 4 57.0
2 66034 That's a Good Idea Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 9 58.5
2 9825 Palazzo Pubblico Matthew Smith Jason Collett 5 55.0

In The Running

THAT'S A GOOD IDEA led from COOLRING. FELINES just behind them with PALAZZO PUBBLICO stuck three wide no cover. CLEARLY INNOCENT and OLD NORTH out the back. Only a STEADY tempo for the first couple of furlongs.

The Result

In a bunched finish, FELINES $4.2F (1st) pushed out past PALAZZO PUBLICO $12 (2nd DH 0.62L) and went on to get the win. THAT'S A GOOD IDEA $10 (2nd DH 0.62L) held on for a dead-heat as runner-up, with COOLRING $26 (4th 0.68L) a whisker away.

The Interest

She came into this with the best form-lines and her stamina wasn't tested in this 1100m race. The STEADY early sections playing into the hands of FELINES and Bowman rode her perfectly. Nothing between the top nine horses, CLEARLY INNOCENT $6 (9th 2.54L) hitting the line OK. But OLD NORTH $6 (7th 1.72L) might have been a touch better if you are looking for an early Stradbroke bet. BURNING PASSION worth a mention too, he didn't get much room. Follow OLD NORTH.


Off to Scone for new trainer Newnham

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 72130 Lanciato Mark Newnham Tommy Berry 17 56.0
2 73251 Liapari Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 10 58.5
3 11143 Il Mio Destino Richard Litt Ms Deanne Panya (a2) 6 53.5

In The Running

IL MIO DESTINO led at an honest FAIR tempo from VOILIER and ASTARA. SPY DECODER stuck three wide. LANCIATO well back at the tail of the field. ININZABEEL and BETTER NOT BLUE found plenty of trouble as they made their runs in the straight.

The Result

IL MIO DESTINO $15 (3rd 0.07L) got clear of the other on-pacers, but was grabbed late by LANCIATO $5EF (1st) and LIAPARI $8 (2nd 0.05L) down the outside. ENCOSTA LINE $20 (1.04L) and BETTER NOT BLUE $8.5 (5th 1.58L) running on just behind them.

The Interest

What a great ride on IL MIO DESTINO and even better win by LANCIATO. The light-weight mare really got rolling and looked like she had pinched it, only for Mark Newnham's Scone Cup contender to descend from the heavens late and win. The NZ import ASTARA only fair, but she was in the report [vet: minor lacerations to its near-hind leg]. Forgive runs for both BETTER NOT BLUE and INVINZABEEL $8.5 (12th 3.68L).


Dodgy rides and form reversals

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 46750 Shillelagh Chris Waller Tye Angland 10 56.0
2 68301 Daysee Doom Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 12 56.0
3 9422 Kinshachi James Cummings Corey Brown 17 57.0

In The Running

SWEET REDEMPTION took up the running from DAYSEE DOOM. ARTISTRY in midfield and SHILLELAGH back in the back three wide after jumping OK (she can jump very slowly). KINSACHI stuck three wide near the pace. ARTISTRY badly blocked looking for a run in the straight as her jockey Hugh Bowman made a move back into the pack.

The Result

DAYSEE DOOM $2.7F (2nd 0.71L) drove the lead, but SHILLELAGH $11 (1st) swept home best to win. KINSACHI $17 (3rd 1.93) fought on solidly to the line.

The Interest

The money had poured in for ARTISTRY all week and Bowman somehow butchered it. He had the left indicator on, was ready to move out wider 300m from home, but decided to switch back in as he "wasn't travelling well enough". An appropriate excuse 500m or 600m out, but there is no need to ride cute that close to home. A strange ride indeed. SHILLELAGH was close-up to ARTISTRY in the spring and proved that was no fluke with her first good run for Waller back to a GOOD track (..and she jumped better this time!). DAYSEE DOOM did all she could and placed again. Forgive ARTISTRY.


The local girl sinks the flashy favourites

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 63271 Shazee Lee Scott Singleton Jay Ford 4 54.0
2 10059 Prompt Response Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tye Angland 11 55.0
3 6351 Salsonic Jason Coyle Jason Collett 8 56.0

In The Running

GOOD STANDING worked to the lead from ROSA CAROLINA and PROMPT RESPONSE pushed three wide. A FAIR tempo set up. TYCOON MAR out four wide. CALANDA and GENERALISSIMO behind the leaders and couldn't get much room in the straight. SHAZEE LEE out the back weaving clear.

The Result

SHAZEE LEE $51 (1st) burst through the pack late to beat PROMPT RESPONSE $3 (2nd 0.36L). SALSONIC $26 (3rd 0.4L) ran on OK.

The Interest

Class runners GOOD STANDING $9 (7th 1.8L) and SPRIGHT $5 (8th 2.44L) disappointed, CALANDA $3.9F (10th 3.69L) and GENERALISSIMO $19 (5th 1.49L) had no luck, and PROMPT RESPONSE was left three wide, leaving local mare SHAZEE LEE to take advantage. She's an underrated mare that likes to make one short run at them in her races and did the job in style here. What about TYCOON MAR $71 (6th 1.56L) too, trapped four wide the whole way and right in the finish. Forgive CALANDA, GENERALISSIMO and TYCOON MAR.


Waterhouse bounces back in style

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 6747 Fabrizio Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jason Collett 1 56.5
2 9422 Moher James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2 53.0
3 50708 Testashadow Gary Portelli Ms Deanne Panya (a2) 7 56.5

In The Running

FABRIZIO jumped nicely and rolled to the lead from FAMOUS SEAMOUS, MOHER and TESTASHADOW. An honest FAIR tempo set up. DUCA VALENTINOIS stuck wide in midfield.

The Result

FABRIZIO $9 (1st) kept rolling to get the win from MOHER $11 (2nd 0.96L) and TESTASHADOW $18 (3rd 1.01L) in a race where not many horses made ground.

The Interest

He was so poor first-up that some may have written him off, Waterhouse's FABRIZIO turning it all around today with a bold all-the-way win. MOHER just couldn't muster the last 100m to get past the leader. Notable runs from the back included AUVRAY $101 (5th 1.16L) who kept on well and MIGHTY LUCKY $16 (7th 2.56L) brave as always. Forgive DUCA VALENTINOIS.


Tommy times his run to perfection

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 69740 So Willie Chris Waller Tommy Berry 15 58.0
2 7181 Louie Sea Kay Gwenda Markwell Corey Brown 4 57.0
3 3410 Gambler's Blues Tim Martin Joshua Parr 2 56.0

In The Running

HAMMOND LANE led from BROADSIDE and CLASSIC RECORDS up wider. GAMBLER'S BLUES and ANCIENT HISTORY behind them. BERETTA stuck wide no cover when CLASSIC RECORDS rolled to the lead. A STRONG tempo set up with SO WILLIE and ZIGANUI jagged to the back. ANCIENT HISTORY couldn't find room in the straight.

The Result

SO WILLIE $10 (1st) weaved through the pack, came wider and ran on best to beat LOUIE SEA KAY $11 (2nd 0.75L), who ran on from midfield. GAMBLER'S BLUES $6.5 (3rd 1.14L) fought on well from nearer the pace.

The Interest

A perfect ride on SO WILLIE from Tommy Berry, back off the STRONG tempo and coming home late. He was in the ideal POSITION IN RUN given how fast the leaders were going. GAMBLER'S BLUES and ANCIENT HISTORY (no luck in straight) the best of the on-pace runners. Follow GAMBLER'S BLUES and ANCIENT HISTORY. Forgive ANCIENT HISTORY.

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