Canberra Racing Review Wednesday 3 July 2019
Four favourites won on the day and another just went under to a well-supported second favourite. There was one genuine upset with Casino Time winning the 2yo Handicap with $140 available round the traps. Unlike at the last meeting, the inside played well. Nick Heywood and Chad Lever both rode doubles.
(1900m) CONFIDENTIAL LAD ($3.10F) was backed in from $7.00 and led comfortably from the rail. He quickened before the turn and was strong to the line holding off a determined IMANACHEEVA ($8.0) who sat right on him throughout with a 4kg claim. The well supported OLD TRAFFORD ($3.60) and OPPOSITE ($3.20) both sat back, but with the inside playing well they couldn’t make up the ground coming down the centre. The former pulled hard in the early and middle stages. It was a good return to form by Confidential Lad and there’s a win in Imanacheeva, who was disadvantaged by a slow start the previous run.
(1206m) CASINO TIME ($101) pulled off a big upset for local trainer Gratz Vella in the 2yo handicap. The Team Joseph FEVER TREE ($2.40F) was heavily-backed on debut and there was also good support for Team Snowden’s ROCKETING TO WIN ($3.40) and ENRAGED ($5.0). Casino Time sat midfield and was the widest on the turn. He rattled home to come over the top of VULPES ($9.0) who had led one off the rail. They bunched up behind the front runners on turning and a number didn’t obtain clear running, including Shooting To Win and Enraged. Fever Tree also didn’t have the best of it in the straight and was inclined to over-race in the early and middle stages. He looks a nice galloper in the making and will have taken learning. When questioned about the winner’s improved performance, Vella said he was advantaged by sitting closer.
(1280m) JELLIES ($11.0) had put the writing on the wall at the previous meeting and proved too good for WE COULD BE HERO’S ($4.00) and SUCCESSFUL DAY ($1.75F). Jellies sat midfield today and Guymer did a good job to present him in clear running in the straight and he finished hard as he’s done the previous outing. We Could Be Hero’s was back throughout and did a good job weaving through the field to finish second. Successful Day raced three wide throughout and it was a good effort finishing the race off into third. A dominant debut winner prior, she left a lot of money in the bookies bags. Jellies deserved the win and can go on from that.
(1750m) CONTAMINATED ($2.0F) presented off big wins and proved too good again as the market expected. He worked over to lead, again travelling well. He had three or four lengths on them at the 200m and cruised to the line. CAPTAIN AMERICAINE ($41) came from the long way back to hit the line well in second, courtesy of a good McDougal ride weaving a passage. GENTLE ANNIE ($6.50) made ground along the inside and there was also merit in that. Contaminated improved his figures again and they look very solid for a Highway handicap at least. Captain Americain had come off wet track runs at the provincials and clearly enjoyed the better surface.
(1080m) The first and second favourites fought it out with DRIFTER ($4.0) winning from FLIGHT COMMANDRER ($3.40F). MR ALOYSIUS ($6.0) led with Flight Commander sitting out side him. It was a ding-dong battle in the straight with Drifter getting the upper hand late with a brave Mr Aloysius just nudged out of second. Drifter was resuming off a strong Warwick Farm trial and it was a gutsy win. The Olive stable will be delighted with the efforts of the placed pair. Flight Commander was resuming after 467 days and the debutant Mr Aloysius showed a ton of courage in front with pressure. VELLICHOR (21) and AGUIAS (8) were both making ground at the line, although well beaten. SECRET WORK ($5.50) disappointed and the jockey could offer no excusses.
($1280) Team Snowden’s BULLET MASTER ($1.95) was heavily-backed and the money proved right on the mark. The 2yo colt sat three wide on speed and came away in the straight to record an impressive win. He’d trialled well before debuting on the Kensington slow and clearly appreciated the extra fitness and firmer surface. CARIBBEAN KISSES ($10) and KATATONIC ($7.5) were both good to the line, with the latter held up passing the 300m. CANBERRA TRAM ($19) caught the eye late in fourth. Not sure BONITAS ($4.80) enjoyed the hustle on the rail in the straight and he is worth another chance. Bullet Master had plenty on these.
(1260m) The ever constant Prince Jacko was backed into a firm favourite taking out the Federal after just having been nudged out the one before. He was wide all the way in that, but McDougal got him into the perfect one-out-one-back spot in this. He challenged in the straight before coming away to win from the leader MANZANA ($4.60), with ON VIER ((10) just nudging YOUSAY BOLT ($4.40) out of third. With the inside playing well all day, FARTHING WOOD ($9.50) was unable to make up enough ground and repeat his previous two deeds. TERRITORIAL ($9.0) was well positioned on speed, but folded at the business end. It was a determined win by Prince Jacko and Manzana will be better for the outing.
(1080m) The final event looked open on paper and so it proved The favourite TICKED OFF ($3.50F) raced wide throughout and weakened over the last 200m. The winner TERRA REIGN ($12) sat midfield and the gaps opened for Heywood and he finished too strongly for CHOICE HARVEST ($31) who finished hard down the outside, and SKY MISSION ($12), who stuck on well after leading. LUGA LAD ($21) and BALLISTA ($9.0) were both slow off. Hard to find an excuse for the others. Not the strongest BM 60.