Yard to the Post | Championships Day One

Race Day: Royal Randwick on Saturday, 04 April 2020


The theatre of Championship racing went ahead without an audience today, some of the world’s best gallopers clapped back into the winner’s stall by just a handful of stable staff and media.

That may have tempered the post-race celebrations, but the on-track action was as exciting as ever. An early morning downpour and strong headwind created testing conditions and the thoroughbreds were pushed to their limits across the ten-race card.

In the Group One TJ Smith over 1,200 metres, NATURE STRIP’s electric speed broke the hearts of those chasing from the back. The hulking Chris Waller-trained sprinter was kept relaxed by jockey James MacDonald for the first part of the race as he pushed up to lead. He tired late, but none of the chasers had the energy to catch him.

In the other Group Ones, KING’S LEGACY won the Sires’ and QUICK THINKER stayed on best for a narrow win in the Derby. It was the final feature that provided the most exciting finish though, NETTOYER swooping down the outside to win the Doncaster Mile at big odds. Post-race tears from jockey James Innes Jnr and excitement from trainer Wendy Roche after they both won their first Group Ones warmed the hearts of punters stuck at home around the country.

A full review will be on-line Monday 5pm.



Track Info

RailTRUE
ConditionsHEAVY 8
WeatherFINE, swirling headwind
BiasFAIR

Race 1 WIDDEN KINDERGARTEN STAKES

Way too tough in the mud

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Doubtland Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 5 56.5
2 Jerle James Cummings Ms Rachel King 6 56.5
3 Not An Option Richard & Michael Freedman Opie Bosson 12 56.5

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

NEVER NEVER NEVER led, HARMONIUM 2nd 2W, DAMAGED 3rd 3W NC. DOUBTLAND jumped slowish and back in the pack.

The Result

DOUBTLAND (1st) came wider and surged past for a big win. JERLE (2nd 4L) chased OK and NOT AN OPTION (3rd 4.5L) ran on down the outisde.

The Interest

The leaders went hard and the super tough colt DOUBTLAND put them to the sword. He has the ability to sustain a strong run right to the line, which will win him a lot of races. The time sharp enough to suggest he's a talented horse. DAMAGED (7th 11.9L) wide and slow to recover.


Race 2 QUINCY SELTZER CARBINE CLUB STAKES

Tim Clark controls, kicks and wins

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Entente Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 56.0
2 Bottega Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 5 56.0
3 Power Scheme David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 8 57.0

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

ENTENTE led, POWER SCHEME 2nd 2W, GRAND PIANO 3rd 2W, RELOADED 4th rails and BOTTEGA out the back. A FAIR tempo set up, on the steady side.

The Result

ENTENTE (1st) kicked well to win, just holding on from BOTTEGA (2nd 0.2L) running on. POWER SCHEME (3rd 1.7L) edged out GRAND PIANO (4th 1.8L) for a place ahead of a disappointing RELOADED (5th 3.1L).

The Interest

We've seen this headline before, Tim Clark timing his run to perfection on a Waterhouse Bott runner. Coming back from 1800m, ENTENTE proved he is an under-rated type when fit. BOTTEGA settling better back in the pack and finishing strongly this prep. Fav's GRAND PIANO and RELOADED just plain. KUBRICK (8th 5.5L) never asked on the wet track.


Race 3 NEWHAVEN PARK COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Gracie Belle Matthew Dunn Kerrin McEvoy 3 55.5
2 Al Mah Haha Tash Burleigh Sam Clipperton 5 56.0
3 Plonka Warren Gavenlock Jason Collett 12 56.0


Race 4 TAB ADRIAN KNOX STAKES

A huge talent in a pint-sized package

fair tempo : long sprint
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Colette James Cummings James McDonald 4 54.5
2 Toffee Tongue Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 2 53.5
3 Quintessa Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 8 53.5

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

DOROTHY OF OZ led, ELISA CAROLINA worked up to 2nd 2W, QUINTESSA behind them in 3rd. COLETTE midfield and TOFFEE TONGUE back in the pack too. A FAIR tempo set up with DOROTHY OF OZ kicking early for a LONG SPRINT home.

The Result

COLETTE (1st) got clear and stormed past for a dominant win. TOFFEE TONGUE (2nd 2.8L) ran on well to get past QUINTESSA (3rd 3.6L) who had hit the lead 300m out.

The Interest

Wow. This filly isn't the biggest and she doesn't seem like an obvious stayer either, but all of that doesn't matter when she hits the track, COLETTE a huge talent that will challenge in the Oaks next week. TOFFEE TONGUE and STICK 'EM UP (5th 5.1L) decent Oaks trials without being in the same league. QUINTESSA so honest after her form-line had been stamped by Entente in the Carbine Club earlier in the day.


Race 5 SCHWEPPES CHAIRMAN'S QUALITY

A stout Irish-bred stays on best

fair tempo : long sprint
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Raheen House Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 7 56.0
2 Carif Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 5 55.5
3 Mirage Dancer Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Opie Bosson 14 59.0

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

THINK IT OVER led, HOUSE OF CARTIER 2nd 2W, ANGEL OF TRUTH worked hard to a spot 3rd 2W, CARIF in midfield and RAHEEN HOUSE just behind midfield on the rails.

The Result

RAHEEN HOUSE (1st) wound up best to run down CARIF (2nd 1.3L). MIRAGE DANCER (3rd 1.7L) ran on and GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (4th 2.4L) kept chasing up the inside.

The Interest

A testing race in the mud and genuine stayer RAHEEN HOUSE had too much stamina. CARIF honest as always, MIRAGE DANCER impressed (better on dry), GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (4th 2.4L) found the line and ANGEL OF TRUTH (5th 3.3L) was brave after covering ground early. YOGI (6th 3.5L) did enough to be a chance in the Sydney Cup too.


Race 6 INGLIS SIRES'

Bowman threads the needle to land another G1

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 King's Legacy Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 10 56.5
2 Prague Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Brenton Avdulla 15 56.5
3 Mamaragan John Thompson Nash Rawiller 2 56.5

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

CULTURAL AMNESIA led at a STRONG tempo. PRAGUE 2nd 2W. PIONEER RIVER 3W NC in midfield. MAMARAGAN midfield, shuffled back and pushed wide on the home turn. KING'S LEGACY (inside) and OLE KIRK (outside) at the back running on.

The Result

KING'S LEGACY (1st) ran down a brave PRAGUE (2nd 0.5L), who had hit the lead 325m from home. MAMARAGAN (3rd 1.8L) running on well with OLE KIRK (4th 1.9L).

The Interest

The best run was probably MAMARAGAN after getting pushed wide on the turn, but PRAGUE was't far off after riding a STRONG tempo and hitting the lead too early. In the end a brilliant ride from Bowman got the job done on KING'S LEGACY, who progressed from his plain Golden Slipper run fresh. PIONEER RIVER (9th 11.4L) not asked much a the back after a wide run.


Race 7 BENTLEY AUSTRALIAN DERBY

The Kiwis take out the Derby again

fair tempo : long sprint
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Quick Thinker Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Opie Bosson 6 56.5
2 Zebrowski Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 4 56.5
3 Eric The Eel Stuart Kendrick Nash Rawiller 11 56.5

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

A rush for spots early. SACRAMENTO led, SHERWOOD FOREST worked hard to get on-pace with WARNING working also to get near the pace. QUICK THINKER behind 2W, ZEBROWSKI midfield on the rails.

The Result

QUICK THINKER (1st) moved up and fought hard with ZEBROWSKI (2nd 0.2L) in a arm-wrestle down the straight. ERIC THE EEL (3rd 1.5L) ran on well from the back with a gap back to SHADOW HERO (4th 7.5L).

The Interest

The Frank Packer form wins the Derby again. Murray Baker's QUICK THINKER and ZEBROWSKI were primed for this race and were simply too strong, both enjoying the testing conditions. ERIC THE EEL came from Qld form-lines and produced a mighty effort. SHADOW HERO doesn't like the wet, WARNING (6th 9L) laid in and looks flat, CASTELVECCHIO (9th 21.5L) (slow to recover) doesn't stay on heavy ground.


Race 8 TAB T J SMITH STAKES

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Nature Strip Chris Waller James McDonald 1 58.5
2 Santa Ana Lane Anthony Freedman Tim Clark 2 58.5
3 Redzel Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5


Race 9 THE STAR DONCASTER MILE

James Innes swoops to his first Group One

strong tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Nettoyer Wendy Roche James Innes Jnr 10 51.5
2 Star of the Seas Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 16 53.0
3 Brandenburg John Sargent Glen Boss 7 50.5

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

The leaders went hard, QUACKERJACK (rails), HOMESMAN (3W NC) and IMAGING (2W NC) all pushing on to ensure a STRONG tempo. MELODY BELLE out 4W NC midfield with BRANDENBURG inside her. NETTOYER and STAR OF THE SEAS at the back.

The Result

NETTOYER (1st) swept over the top to beat STAR OF THE SEAS (2nd 0.5L) running on up the inside and BRANDENBURG (3rd 0.6L) fighting on. A brave MELODY BELLE (4th 1.4L) not far away.

The Interest

Wendy Roche and James Innes Jnr get their first G1 with NETTOYER! She was good late off the rapid tempo, those on-pace giving themselves no chance running hard into the wind. STAR OF THE SEAS got the inside runs and BRANDENBURG was brave, but MELODY BELLE was the run of the race after coursing out 4W the whole way. CASCADIAN (9th 3.4L) unlucky too and should have been right in the finish (blocked final 150m).


Race 10 DE BORTOLI WINES P J BELL STAKES

Class shows over the final furlong

fair tempo
Bias: Fair

Place Silk Horse Trainer Jockey Gate Kgs
1 Rubisaki Patrick Payne Nash Rawiller 2 57.0
2 Wayupinthesky Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 3 55.0
3 Akari Brad Widdup Tim Clark 4 55.5

In The Yard

No yard notes available.

In The Running

SANGRIA led at an honest FAIR to STRONG tempo. RUBISAKI back in the pack.

The Result

RUBISAKI (1st) weaved through and was too strong late, a dominant win. WAYUPINTHESKY (2nd 1.5L) chased well from a good position near pace and AKARI (3rd 2.3L) ran on OK.

The Interest

RUBISAKI was well weighted under the Set Weights conditions and won easily here. WAYUPINTHESKY going well this prep and AKARI ready for 1400m again now. Not much else to report, there were margins back to the rest.



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