Canberra Racing Review Friday 26 July 2019

An entertaining race day with a number of keen finishes. Billy Owen took out both the Jockey and Apprentice Jockey Premiership for the 2018-19 season despite being out of the saddle for a couple of months.


Kayla Nisbet fell short by one win to match Owen – booting home one winner on the day, and just missing on two others.


Nick Olive won the Trainer Premiership by six wins over Matt Dale.  


Race 1


Suneeze, got its head up on jumping and struck its rider in the mouth. Denman Diva raced three wide and has to be eased at the 100m. The winner Eve’s Miss lost its right hind plate and a significant section of hoof wall.


As we pointed out in the meeting preview, there were positive signs EVE’S MISS ($2.80F) was ready to perform off the long break and she met with strong market support. McDougal gave her a perfect sit behind the speed and she came hard down the middle to just hold off FARTHING WOOD ($5.0), who flashed home from a mile back and would have been in front in a few strides. OUR REVENUE ($21) was a big drifter, but was also just beaten in a pleasing return to racing. SUNEEZE ($4.80) got caught behind traffic and didn’t have the best in the straight. She wouldn’t have lost any admirers. TOOTZ ($6.0) sat outside the leader and looked to have every chance.


Race 2


Gironde raced wide throughout, as did Done Right.  Bronson Beast was slow to begin.


It looked a two horse race on paper and the heavily supported RECRUITING TO WIN ($1.55F) prevailed by a lip over FOXY FREE ($4.0) who was a drifter as the money kept coming for the winner. Foxy Free worked to sit outside the leader and looked the winner at the 100m before succumbing to Recruiting To Win’s spirited late finish. He was given a sweet midfield ride by Lever and came into it at the right time. There was a stack of merit in SPICY MO’S ($21) run. She led with some pressure and fought on like a Tiger to be beaten less that a length. HAIRBRUSH ($18) and GIRONDE (5) finished the race off well.


Race 3


More Ransom bounded on jumping and Opposite overraced in the early and middle stages. Ruler Of All pulled up lame in its off-foreleg.


STRATUM’S ROSE ($2.50) was the one the money came for and she led and won in emphatic fashion. She was wide from the jump and Nesbit elected to take her to the front somewhat surprising. She raced keen until given a little more rein at the 1000m. She skipped away at the turn and didn’t look like being beaten. REIGN OVER ME ($12) finished the race off well into second in a nice return to form, and OPPOSITE ($5.50) also hit the line well.  IMANACHEEVA ($3.80) was backed in from $6.0 and made a sharp forward move at the 800m and stuck on well behind the placegetters. Stratum’s Rose impressed and can go on from this.


Race 4


Tule Mist was slow to begin. Terminal was bumped on jumping and the saddled slipped resulting in the horse racing more prominently in the lead. Katatonic was three wide throughout and Poincon was deemed uncompetitive by the stewards. 


VELLICHOR ($6) was firm in the market and improved sharply on the first-up run to get up in a good finish. She was given a cosy ride behind mid-field by Guymer before improving to be the widest runner on the turn. She knuckled down and managed to  hold off KATATONIC ($2.40F) and EUROSAY ($4.60) with a space to the rest. Eurosay sat outside the leader and was tough and  Katatonic worked three wide to be outside him on the turn. All recorded strong efforts. TERMINAL ($8.00) has excuses as previously noted.


Race 5


Vici was slow to begin and Robingurra raced wide throughout. Casino Time was very disappointing and will go to the spelling paddock.


After the scratching it shaped like a two horse race between VICI ($4.60) and KUZCO LAD ($1.60), with the former defying the market to win by 7.2L with more in the tank. Kuzco Lad led but was pressured by TIZ WAR BRO ($10) and they scooted along. Vici had the perfect run just behind them and burst by when asked for an effort in the straight. The well bred gelding has put the writing on the wall when finishing the race off well at Kembla Grange and will win more races. The money just kept coming for Kuzco Lad who’d placed on debut at Kembla. He was softened up, but doubt he’d have been any match for the winner regardless. The remainder were well beaten.


Race 6


Grasp began awkwardly and Smiling At Shadows was a bit keen early.


After the scratchings there was only two horses the punters wanted and the quinelled, though not quite in market order. CONFIDENT LAD ($2.50F) led and O’PRINCESS (42.90) sat just behind him both racing comfortably. The claimer did a good job to work a gap for O’Princess on the turn on the turn and she took the lead at the 200m and came away to win by a widening 3.7L. SHE EXCITES ($26) came home like a train to get up for third and she’s one for the black-book. It was an impressive effort by the winner.


Race 7


Luga Lad and Rhomlo were crowded on jumping and the jockey of the latter advised the gelding may have resented the kick back.


The four best-backed in the market ran the first-four in the Federal with EMERALD FORTUNE ($6.) getting the chocolates over the firm favourite PRINCE JACKO ($2.50F). The winner had the figures to feature strongly, but had been a bit flat the previous two outings. There was plenty of money to suggest he could turn things around. He was second last and about 12L off the lead at the 800m. He weaved a passage on straightening and powered home on the inside of Prince Jacko to win the bob. Prince Jacko got a sweet run in transit and did every thing but win, and the Ible pair ONS VIER ($8.0) and MANZANA (1) were also good filling the minors. The latter has sat outside the leader, but took over after the 800m and skipped away on the turn. He only gave it away at the 50m carrying the big weight. There’s not much between these.


Race 8


This was a rough and tumble affair. At the 700m All Talk broke down and went back through the field causing Spicy Menu to be severely checked and lose its rider. Cosimo had to be eased and shifted out abruptly to avoid the injured horse. The well-supported Hez Arrived was also caught up in the incident and the jockey reported he lost interest at that point.


DRIFTER ($1:90F) was backing up after a run at Kembla the day prior. He was passed fit to start but didn’t finish the race off.  It was left to two locals to fight the race out. FABULOUS FRAN ($9.50) set them a merry chase with EOKALIO (3) on her hammer. Fabulous Fran was still in front in the shadows of the post and was just nabbed by the determined Eokalio. The other effort of note was that of the third-placegetter POWERSCOURT ($26) who flew home and he’s one to follow over a bit further. The first two have good upside.