Yard to the Post @ Royal Randwick
Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 27 May 2017
Group One racing in Queensland took most of the attention today, even for the few punters that gathered in the Randwick betting ring. The popular CLEARLY INNOCENT was dominant in the feature Kingsford-Smith Cup after winning at Scone. He'll now be a short-priced favourite for the Stradbroke in a couple of weeks time.
In Sydney, wet off-season Randwick turf was a real test for gallopers, the type of track we can expect a lot more of as winter looms.
The day started with a very impressive win by Godolphin two-year-old KEMENTARI, who will head north to the Queensland Carnival now after out-classing a strong field over 1,400 metres. He was a touch green on debut and showed big improvement today. An exciting horse.
Later in Race 7, the Waller stable played a big hand in another Godolphin galloper winning the Listed McKell Cup. Before the race, favourite BROADSIDE seemed destined to get a good on-pace run near a FAIR tempo, but Waller's BEYOND THANKFUL changed that by putting pressure on the lead. Second-favourite ALLERGIC relished the tempo up-front and stormed home late for a much needed win.
The Quaddie had started with favourite IN TIMES OF WAR winning Race 6, but ended with longer-priced chances KUDERO and MAGICAL STANCE knocking punters out in the last two legs.
A full review will be on-line Wednesday 9am.
Jump to Races
Serious class on show in the first
|1||Kementari||James Cummings||Tye Angland||6||56.0|
|2||Easy Go Easy Win||John Sargent||Tim Clark||9||56.0|
|3||Sambro||Chris Waller||Joshua Parr||11||56.0|
In The Running
SAMBRO took up the running from EASY GO EASY WIN at a STEADY tempo. KEMENTARI in the box sea, ARRESTAR was stuck wide with no cover, AFRICAN RAINBOW a touch keen back in the pack.
KEMENTARI (1st) came off heels and strode right away from the pack late. EASY GO EASY WIN (2nd 4L) and SAMBRO (3rd 5.3L) held their spot. HELIOSPHERE (4th 5.3L) and ICON OF DUBAI (5th 5.4L) made ground.
KEMENTARI much too good, as the others peaked on their sprint, he really charged to the line and broke well clear of the chasing pack. HELIOSPHERE and ICON OF DUBAI good too. A hint of bias towards the horses on the inside early in the day, so maybe some forgiveness for horses like AFRICAN RAINBOW (7.6L 8th) and PADRAIG (8.3L 10th). Follow KEMENTARI.
|1||Clipper||Matthew Dale||Tim Clark||2||53.5|
|2||Suncraze||Melanie O'gorman||Jason Collett||10||54.0|
|3||Major Sharpe||Joseph Ible||Jay Ford||5||55.0|
UNDER THE THUMB in the vets report [vet: poor post-race recovery].
Lever leverages the inside running
|1||Monasterio||Chris Waller||Chad Lever||9||55.0|
|2||Cross Stitch||Chris Waller||Christian Reith||2||53.0|
|3||Lord Kingsley||Lauri Wray||Jay Ford||12||53.0|
In The Running
LORD MACAU took up the running at an honest FAIR tempo. GARBHAN behind them looking for room on the turn and LORD KINGSLEY a bit tight at the back too. MONASTERIO took the inside runs on the rails.
MONASTERIO (1st) snuck up the inside to win from CROSS STITCH (2nd 0.5L) fighting on. LORD KINGSLEY (3rd 0.6L) and MANDALAY BAY (4th 0.7L) ran on.
A sneaky ride from Chad Lever got this Waller galloper home. A nice horse, but no world-beater. LORD KINGSLEY better this time after some 'up-and-down' form and MANDALAY BAY good at his first start in Sydney. In an even finish, it was an odd run from GARBHAN (7th 3.7L), who seemed to peak on this run, but could be worth forgiving (held up, tightened). Forgive GARBHAN.
Another swooper flies up the inside
|1||So Willie||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||11||57.5|
|2||Supply And Demand||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Joshua Parr||7||56.0|
|3||Kingsguard||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Christian Reith||2||55.0|
In The Running
KINGSGUARD led from PIRATE BEN. SUPPLY AND DEMAND behind the leaders and came wider on the turn. SO WILLIE snagged back to the tail of the field. CHANDANA stuck three wide no cover. A FAIR tempo set up.
SUPPLY AND DEMAND (2nd 0.8L) took over, but SO WILLIE (1st) ran home hard from the back to win well on the line. KINGSGUARD (3rd 2.1L) fighting on and SALSONIC (4th 2.2L) running on.
Two in-form gallopers battled this one out, the patient ride on SO WILLIE and a few breaks on the inside paying off in the end. They can continue to race well and KINGSGUARD will be ready next start third-up too. SIGNPOSTED (5th 3L) also in that category after a much better run here. CHANDANA in the report and stuck wide [vet: speedy cut to the off-hind fetlock]. Follow KINGSGUARD and SIGNPOSTED. Forgive CHANDANA.
|1||My True Love||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||4||60.0|
|2||Our Belisa||John P Thompson||Luke Currie||17||57.0|
|3||Nettoyer||Wendy Roche||Jay Ford||1||54.5|
MY TRUE LOVE absolutely dominated the tempo in this and dashed clear of them. The fastest final 200m sectionals came from SEEBLUME, HITTITE and NETTOYER, who all could be worth following in the future, along with the winner. Follow MY TRUE LOVE and SEEBLUME.
|1||In Times of War||Chris Waller||Tim Clark||11||54.5|
|2||Love's a Fantasy||Gerald Ryan||Jay Ford||12||53.5|
|3||Feelin the Love||Kris Lees||Tye Angland||13||56.5|
IN TIMES OF WAR did peak on her run late, but good power to the 200m got her the win despite being wide. This race set-up well for her, especially with SISKEN not showing the dash she needed back from 1300m to 1200m. Follow her up in distance and IN TIMES OF WAR around the 1100m to 1200m mark. LOVE'S A FANTASY has come back well. MAGIC OF DREAMS in the report and out for three months [vet: bled]. Follow IN TIMES OF WAR, SISKEN and LOVE'S A FANTASY.
|1||Allergic||James Cummings||Joshua Parr||9||59.0|
|2||Broadside||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||10||53.0|
|3||Soviet Courage||Chris Waller||Christian Reith||7||53.0|
The two favourites fought this one out, BROADSIDE ever so brave on-pace and ALLERGIC showing his class from the back. Judging by the sectionals from BROADSIDE the distance was no concern and he can turn the tables next time with the right weight. SLOW PACE in the vets report [vet: poor post-race recovery]. Follow BROADSIDE.
|1||Kudero||Clarry Conners||Jason Collett||8||54.5|
|2||Badajoz||James Cummings||Michael Dee||1||53.0|
|3||The Monstar||Brett Cavanough||Tye Angland||11||60.0|
|1||Magical Stance||Ron Quinton||Andrew Adkins||8||61.5|
|2||Imperator Augustus||Darren Weir||Michael Dee||4||58.5|
|3||Level Eight||Peter & Paul Snowden||Koby Jennings||16||59.0|
The Bull (Race 9) – apost-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be displaying a poor post-race recovery and respiratory distress.