Canberra Racing Review 7 June 2019
The Acton synthetic raced true as expected, and a number of favourites won on the day. Riding honours went to Simon Miller who recorded a hat-trick.
Two gallopers were given a winning chance by the mark and it was the favourite GYPSY MISS ($1.90) who prevailed in the small field. The Denman mare made it five on the trot getting a nice run on the rail behind the leader. She got into an awkward spot of the turn, but managed to get a split late and just prevailed in a blanket finish. It was an improved effort by CRYFOWL ($12). DREAM BUILDER ($2.80) worked into it three wide on the turn, but couldn’t find the extra length or so with the big weight. Gypsy Miss knows how to find the line and keeps giving.
They started $4.00 the field and MISS FARLOO ($14) surprised winning in a good finish. She had disappointed second-up after a strong soft track placing and clearly enjoyed the synthetic surface, back a touch in grade. She was bustled along early from the rail to hold a prominent spot and found herself behind a group of horses on turning. She came determinedly to just beat BOOM QUEEN ($5.0), who looked an all-over winner given a nice ride by Guymer. BOY SCOUT ($15) came home well to place third and there’s a win in him. JAR OF HEARTS ($6.0) was bunched-up in the straight and the 4kg apprentice reported that the mare resented the kickback. ALPINE KING (4.00) started favourite and led as expected, but was run over. The stable says she will be suited by a step up in distance. INVINCIBLE QUEEN ($5.00) had no luck in the straight and will keep.
FARTHING WOOD (2.90) was backed into favourite and recorded a strong effort in winning. The filly was a touch slow out of the gates and settled a clear last. She was a mile off them at the turn and powered down the outside to just nudge out the second favourite WE COULD BE HEROES ($3.30), who also sat back and came wide to motor to the lead in the shadows of the post. There was a lot to like about that effort as well. There were a bunch of three vying for third behind them with LUCID KISS ($10) putting the head out.
The market suggested that SEARCH AND DESTROY ($2.50) and STARS GALAWE ($3.1) were the ones to beat, with the latter getting the job done. Stars Galawe led with Search And Destroy sitting on her. She burnt him off at the 300m and led clearly at the 100m, holding off strong finishing efforts by SILENT HALO ($15) and MANILA THRILLER ($8.0). The effort of Manila Thriller was notable. The filly was slow out of the gates and settled a clear last and a mile from the lead. She came down the outside with Silent Halo; both hitting the line hard. They go in the blackbook for sure. LUCID DREAMER ($5.00) was having his first start outside of Victoria and the jockey said he may not have appreciated the clockwise way of going. No excuses could be offered for Search and Destroy's disappointing effort.
WITHORN ($2.60) was heavily backed and was cleverly taken to the lead at the 600m and came away to win by a space, running right through the line. It was a much improved effort by the winner with the visors going on and can win more based on that. OPPOSITE ($4.40) was slow to begin and settled back. He was the widest on the turn and hit the line encouragingly in second. Another to definitely follow. JERSEY ROSE ($5.50) battled on well to fill the third spot.
THE SENATOR ($1.90) looked the best of the day and that’s how it transpired. He had to work hard to sit outside the leader. He took the lead at the 400m and simply outstayed them to win by more than 3L from FUTURE TIME ($5.50) who was given a nice ride on the rail behind the lead and had every chance. The rest were well beaten. The Senator shows good staying qualities and will no doubt be placed to advantage by trainer Matt Dale.
The $40,000 Federal looked deep on paper and a number were given a chance in an even market. The winner Price Jacko ($5.00) found a lovely spot in the run sitting just behind the speed and was presented into it perfectly at the turn by McDougal, and he was able to hold off gritty finishing efforts by EMERALD FORTUNE ($15), ONS VIER ($4.40) (dead heat second) and FASHION TIP ($14). Ons Vier raced favourite and was crowded soon after the start and didn’t have the best of it. The finishing effort was good and she’s one to stay with.
The scratchings left a small but competitive field. ZAMBADA ($9.0) surprised working up to lead three-wide at the turn and under vigorous riding held off DENMAN DIVA ($9.0) and STAR OF THE CLAN ($4.0). The favourite OUR FINVARRA ($2.40) was crowded on jumping and settled last on the rail and had difficulty obtaining clear running and the 200m and again at the 100m, when he looked to have plenty to offer. Stick with him. Star of The Clan raced wide throughout. LIVING DOLL ($4.40) held the inside, but was pressured and couldn’t muster in the straight. Zambada was found to have bled after the race and has incurred a mandatory three month ban from racing.