Yard to the Post @ Tancred Stakes Day

Race Day: Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 31 March 2018

Jockey skills and stamina were on display in the feature Group 1 Tancred Stakes over 2,400 metres at Rosehill Gardens today, Kerrin McEvoy combining with 2016 Melbourne Cup winner ALMANDIN to out-stay GAILO CHOP in a driving finish. The crowd roared as favourites GAILO CHOP and ALMANDIN hit the top of the straight together, McEvoy's ride digging in for the fight best over the final furlong to beat Japanese import AMBITIOUS and a surging WHO SHOT THEBARMAN. GAILO CHOP only 1.6 lengths away in fourth.

There was less pressure in the next Group 1, but still as much jockey skill on show. Michael Dee controlled the Vinery Stakes for three-year-old fillies over 2,000 metres from the start, booting for home early to hold a margin on the very brave chasers UNFORGOTTEN and ALOISIA. All three fillies are huge chances for the Oaks in two week’s time.

Other performances of note came from CELLERMAN in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude, winning his first Group race in his 14th start this campaign (has been racing since last July!), and OSBORNE BULLS in the last race, a progressive sprinter that relished the 1,400 metres to win for the fifth time in seven starts.

PROMPT RESPONSE prevailed in the expected Group 2 Emancipation blanket finish (0.8 lengths from 1st to 6th) and ARBEITSAM earned himself a run in the Doncaster next week by leading all the way in the Group 3 Neville Sellwood over 2,000 metres.

A full review is still to be updated.

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Track Info

ConditionsGOOD 4
BiasOFF RAILS 4W+ (tbc)


Corey stays clear of trouble

fair tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Irukandji Bjorn Baker Corey Brown 12 56.5
2 Aristocratic Miss Tony & Calvin McEvoy Luke Currie 16 54.5
3 Spin Peter & Paul Snowden 6 58.0

In The Running

OSORNO led early at a stop-start tempo, IRUKANDJI taking over early on 2W while OSORNO kicked up on the inside. SWEET AVA moving into it 3W on the turn and RINGERDINGDING out 4W NC. A FAIR tempo set up overall (on the steady side).

The Result

IRUKANDJI (1st) fought on best to win, holding off ARISTOCRATIC MISS (2nd 0.5L), who rocketed home out wider. SPIN *(rider dropped whip 300m) (3rd 1.5L) loomed and peaked.

The Interest

Bred by Dundeel, IRUKANDJI had the pedigree to relisht the 1400m and he paraded in perfect order before the race. A strong run, but also good efforts from ARISTOCRATIC MISS, ONTHETAKE (5th 2.2L) (came from way back), RINGERDINGDING (6th 2.3L) **(stuck very wide), PERFECT PITCH (7th 2.5L) *(blocked final 50m), RAGGED RASCAL (8th 2.6L) *(held up), FUTOOH (11th 3.8L) **(held up, blocked) and AKKADIAN (14th 4.8L) **(held up, checked).


In control from start to finish

slow tempo : long sprint

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Arbeitsam Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 7 55.0
2 Maurus John Thompson Corey Brown 3 55.0
3 Almost Court Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones Christian Reith 5 55.0

In The Running

ARBEITSAM took up the running and controlled a SLOW tempo early, booting for home in a LONG SPRINT home before the turn. ALMOST COURT settled just off him.

The Result

ARBEITSAM (1st) sustained his run to hold off MAURUS (2nd 0.5L), who sprinted well from the pack. ALMOST COURT (3rd 1.3L) held off MCCREERY (4th 2.6L) and there was a gap to 5th.

The Interest

Tim Clark knows how to ride ARBEITSAM, a horse that loves a steady early tempo before booting for home a long way out and sustaining a sprint. He heads to the Doncaster now, which will be a much different (and much harder) set-up for him. MAURUS, ALMOST COURT and MCCREERY (ridden upside down, did well) all very solid. It was a race that just didn't suit the import ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (6th 6L) +(lame) first-up, he tends to peak on his run fresh and was asked to sprint from a long way out. HARLOW GOLD (10th 8.5L) not at her best today ++(thumps).


This high class mare is back with a bang!

slow tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Spright Garry Frazer Jay Ford 3 53.0
2 Dothraki Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 11 59.0
3 Bolero King Clarry Conners Tim Clark 10 53.0

In The Running

ISORICH led at a SLOW tempo from DOTHRAKI on his outside, controlling a 12 second+ section from the 800m to the 600m. BOLERO KING moved up 3W NC and FELL SWOOP was 4W NC outside him.

The Result

SPRIGHT (1st) edged to the outside and powered home from last in rapid sectionals. DOTHRAKI (2nd 0.4L) just beating home BOLERO KING (3rd 0.5L) in a tussle to the line.

The Interest

Her name is SPRIGHT, but maybe it should be 'Sprint' after this amazing effort. SPRIGHT produced final sections of 11.32, 10.77 and 10.98 to power past them from an impossible position. She'll go on to better things now. Lots of OK runs in a muddling race, NEW UNIVERSE (5th 1.5L) and BURNING PASSION (6th 1.6L) better with more tempo next time. BOLERO KING going well and NIETA better back to 1100m it seems.


Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Prompt Response Chris Waller Damien Oliver 4 57.0
2 Oregon's Day Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 3 55.0
3 Dixie Blossoms Ron Quinton Corey Brown 9 57.0


Melbourne raiders take the Tulloch

steady tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Levendi Peter Gelagotis Mark Zahra 6 56.0
2 Astoria James Cummings Christian Reith 5 56.0
3 Weather With You Joseph Waldron Jason Collett 15 56.0

In The Running

WEATHER WITH YOU was urged forward to lead from YURALLA BOY before controlling a STEADY tempo in the mid sections and accelerating from the 700m for home. ASTORIA and LEVENDI were just off the leaders.

The Result

LEVENDI (1st) out-fought ASTORIA (2nd 0.1L) and WEATHER WITH YOU (3rd 0.3L) in a close finish. MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (4th 2.1L) not far off and BELFAST (5th 2.2L) winding up late through the line.

The Interest

Not bad runs from the top 5 here, but it's hard to be confident they will measure up in the Derby based on both form and times (they ran slower than the fillies in the Vinery). Perhaps the scope of LEVENDI and BELFAST up to 2400m for the first time is the only thing that could get them into the G1 next week, they do seem like two horses that could relish it. PRIMOTIVO had no luck out wide.


The Melbourne Cup winner stays on best

fair tempo : long sprint

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Almandin Liam Howley Kerrin McEvoy 10 59.0
2 Ambitious Anthony Freedman Craig Williams 3 59.0
3 Who Shot Thebarman Chris Waller Tye Angland 9 59.0

In The Running

LASQUETI SPIRIT led up from GAILO CHOP at an honest FAIR tempo, setting a LONG SPRINT for home. They didn't slow down much in their final sectionals so not a STRONG tempo.

The Result

ALMANDIN (1st) stayed on best late from AMBITIOUS (2nd 1.3L) running on solidly and WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (3rd 1.4L) surging late out wider.

The Interest

ALMANDIN and GAILO CHOP (4th 1.6L) were in a dog fight at the top of the straight and the superior stayer won out in the end. A big run from AMBITIOUS (better back to 2000m too?) and WHO SHOT THEBARMAN is winding up nicely for the Sydney Cup!


steady tempo : long sprint

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Hiyaam Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Dee 1 56.0
2 Unforgotten Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.0
3 Aloisia Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 14 56.0


steady tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Cellarman Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 54.5
2 Ecuador Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 6 58.0
3 Mister Sea Wolf Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 9 55.5


fair tempo

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Osborne Bulls James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2 58.0
2 Miss Que Kris Lees Corey Brown 11 53.5
3 Special Missile Richard & Michael Freedman Blaike McDougall 9 58.5

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