Canberra Racing Review 21 June 2019
Simon Miller continued a good run of form riding a double, as did Brendan Ward. Nick Olive trained a double. The track advantaged horses racing away from the inside.
The market got it right in the opening event with OLD TRAFFORD ($2.70) beating OPPOSITE ($4.0). It was a moderate gallop before they quickened before the turn and fanned out. Old Trafford came hard down the centre to get the better of Opposite near the line. Both of these can go on. BREATH OF WIND ($13) finished it off well in third. IMANACHEEVA ($6.50) knuckled at the start and had to be hustled along to trail. He was well-placed at the turn, but faded mid-straight after briefly reaching the lead.
A number in this race were slow away: Withorn, Jellies, and Starskin. WE COULD BE HEROES ($2.00) was the medium of strong support, but found SWEET KNUCKLE ($15) too good on the day. Sweet Knuckle had placed resuming at Wagga in stronger grade and had taken plenty of improvement. It was the charge of the light brigade early, and it was no surprise to see the leading division run over. Sweet Knuckle settled a clear last at the 800m and was behind a bunch of horses on turning. It was a gem of a ride by Brendan Ward to ease him around heels, and deliver storming finish down the outside. We Could Be Heroes settled midfield and looked to have every chance. Not for the first time JELLIES ($18) hit the line hard and will be better for the run. BOOM QUEEN ($6.0) raced well again and WITHORN ($5.50) toughed it out okay after working early to sit outside the lead.
It looked a two horse race on paper and that’s how it transpired. CONTAMINATED ($1.90) had come off a big win and went straight to the lead. He has three lengths on them at the 800m and had increased that margin before the turn. He ran it right out to win comfortably from THE SENATOR ($4.60), who had a good run and finished off strongly. He just got by GENTLE ANNIE ($6.0) who was tough. PALAMEDES ($12) finished the race off well and would have pleased connections. Contaminated looks a promising stayer and The Senator wouldn’t have lost any admirers.
FARTHING WOOD ($4.60) surprisingly ran second favourite and again proved too good, building on the first-up win also at this venue. The filly again settled back and was the widest runner on turning. She flew down the outside overwhelming IREVOLVER ($7.0) and SERIOUS DOUBTS ($9.0). Revolver worked to lead and ran them along at a good tempo. He fought like a tiger, as did Serious Doubt, who sat outside the gelding throughout. MOTIME ($4.20) ran favourite and wasn’t disgraced hitting the line okay. Farthing Wood still looks like she has more to give, and there may be a Highway in line for her.
STAR OF THE CLAN ($3.30) raced favourite and again disappointed. The mare pulled up with an issue and trainer Nick Olive said she would be off to the spelling paddock. CLASSIC CONQUEST ($19) won the race first-up and defied a big betting drift. It was busy early, and Classic Conquest was another winner on the day to sit back and smoke her pipe. She was last on the turn and made up many lengths to win running away. SKY MISSION ($31) sat four or five wide on the speed and led (still wide) when turning for home. It was a big effort from the gelding to run second. The stewards inquired into the apprentice’s ride and determined the galloper raced unnecessarily deep. EXAGGERATE ($4.0) held the rail and had to absorb pressure. His third placing held plenty of merit. STARS OF GALAWE ($13) finished the race off well.
From first markets it was evident that this could be the day for THE DREAM GIVER ($2.90), and so it was. He presented third-up off a soft-track run. He worked off the wide gate and sat out midfield before coming hard down the centre to just hold off the second favourite BONITAS ($3.80), who straightened on his outside and would have had him in another few strides. KATATONIC ($5.00) also impressed. TRAPPER TOM ($26) has led by a space and they only got to him just before the 100m. The Stewards advised the apprentice that he should have eased during the middle stages on the race. There will be a race for the gelding with the extra fitness.
OUR FINVARRA ($12) got the weight drop and proved too good for the favourite PRINCE JACO ($3.50). Our Finvarra had good support here at the meeting prior without luck, and he was another winner on the day to settle back and burst down the outside. It was a big effort, as was that of Prince Jaco who was wide all the way and turned just in front of Our Finvara. He just keeps on giving. TERRITORIAL ($4.40) and LOGAN RIVER ($4.40) were close-up and also finished pleasingly. The inside wasn’t the place to be on the day, and consequently there was merit in POLAR STAR’S ($8.0) effort; trying to lead throughout. Our Finvarra can win again on that.
The Nick Olive debutant SUCCESSFUL DAY ($1.80) had trialled well in Open grade and, heavily-supported, made short work of this field. She sat out and then worked into it three wide from the 600m and never looked like missing coming down the centre of the track. The mare is sure to improve off that and Olive has another good one on his hands. SECRET WORK ($3.40) raced on the inside and did well to hold for second, and DASHING BADGER ($26) finished it off nicely, though well beaten. The first and second placegetters dominated the market.
Jockey Kayla Nisbet Can Make History
With only two Canberra meetings remaining in the 2018-2019 racing season, a new bunch of ACT Jockey premiership contenders has emerged to challenge the ‘old’ guard.
Billy Owen (16) holds a two win lead, but is currently overseas and unlikely to ride again before the new season.
That leaves the opportunity for Kayla Nisbet (14) to create history by being the first female rider to win the ACT premiership.
She holds a two win advantage over Simon Miller (12) who has booted home five winners at the last two meetings.
Shaun Guymer and multiple premiership victor Brendan Ward, both sit on 11 wins.
In the ACT Trainer Premiership, Nick Olive (17) can bounce back after finishing runner-up last season to the dominant Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership.
Olive has a four win lead over Matt Dale (13) and with a space to the rest.