Racing and Sports Canberra Racing Review Friday 24 July
The local Gratz Vella Yard bookended the program and took out the training honours. The jockey spoils were spread around. They raced on a Soft 5 and it raced fairly. Three favourites won on the day
Race 1 (2000m) BM60
Little Arnie was bumped on jumping by Havaduel which shifted out. The rider of Little Annie was questioned about the disappointing run and said the gelding was stepping up in distance and would benefit from the outing. Havaduel pulled up with a laceration and lameness. Street Cred pulled up with an abrasion to the bridge of its nose. Colesberg was solidly bumped by Casino Time passing the 300m when the latter shifted out. Colesberg was unbalanced in the incident. Casino Time also laid-in passing the 150m making contact with Duchess Of Windsor.
CASINO TIME $3.40 was favourite throughout betting with four runners around $5.00 on the second-line.
Casino Time was just beaten at Goulburn and built on that winning this contest. He sat back following a strong early tempo set by Little Arnie and Havaduel. Duchess Of Windsor emerged three-wide before the turn. Casino Time worked out to the centre of the track and after bumping through went on for a good win. PRINCE CAMELOT finished the race off hard to just nab second from DUCHESS OF WINDSOR who toughed it out well. The former is knocking on the door. All honours with the winner, given a patient ride and running it right out.
Race 2 (1300m) Maiden SW
Jack The Brumby began awkwardly and laid out in the straight. Basel Maestro also began awkwardly. You Hoffner was slow to begin and was taken out soon after by Luvumate which shifted out.
The market was dominated by two horses — CALIFORNIA AUGUST $1.65 and JACK THE BRUMBY $3.50 — and they ran the quinella. It was $17 and longer the remainder.
Jack The Brumby worked over to lead before the 800m and at the 600m California August moved up to settle just off him. The former held an advantage until inside the 100m when California August just got to him winning a whisker. They were very tough efforts and there was also merit in the finishing runs of the next two across the line — DAMOOD $20 and BOMBARDEO $61. Jack The Brumby was brave and the lightly-raced gelding will go on.
Race 3 (1000m) Maiden
Jesta Diva was contacted on jumping by Biz Mo which shifted in and raced wide throughout. Biz Mo began awkwardly, shifted in and also raced wide throughout. Pandering was slow to begin, as was Dashing Badger, No Doubt A Star and Fangela. Passing the 250m the latter was inconvenienced by Another Rort which shifted out when racing greenly. The rider of Antonio (in the market beaten 9.8L) reported that while his mount had a wide run throughout, he was disappointing in his view. A vet examination post race found no abnormality. Following the race, Another Rort was found to have bled from both nostrils.
MUSTANG SUZY $3.0 just ran favourite from the Dryden-trained debutant FANGELA $3.1 and the winner NO DOUBT A STAR who was a drifting $6.0.
It was busy early with three in line sharing the speed. Mustang Suzy held the rail with JESTA DIVA $19 sitting outside her and ANTONIO $7.50 three and four wide. No Doubt A Star sat behind them and came into it strongly at the 250m. She came on to win comfortably after beating off Jesta Diva, with the others speedsters falling way. Fangela impressed on debut running on strongly into third. He sat back and had trouble getting a clear go at them in the straight. The way he finished suggests he has a good future. The winner brought solid form and race experience and it was a good win.
Race 4 (1200m) Open 2
Salute To The Sun was very slow to begin. Propose A Toast was taken out at the start by Showtime Lady which was taken out by Little Krakatoa. Propose A toast never travelled at any stage of the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to have a speedy cut to its right hind leg. Showtime Lady raced wide throughout. Crucial Witness and Maharaj were both slow to begin.
The market was dominated by two runners — MARSANNAY $2.45 and AWAKINO $2.30 with SHOWTIME LADY $9.0 the next best supported. These three ran the trifecta with Marsannay prevailing over Showtime Lady.
It was busy early with three gallopers sharing the lead. Marsannay held the rail from LITTLE KRAKATOA $41 with Showtime Lady out wider. Awakino sat inside right behind them. Marsannay kicked strongly at the turn and Awakino worked off his back with Showtime Lady sticking strongly after the wide run. Marsannay came away to win by 2.13L with nothing between the other two and there was plenty of merit in their runs. A mention for the fourth placegetter SALUTE THE SUN $100 who met trouble at the start and did a sterling job to cover the others.
Race 5 (1600m) CL1
Cosmic King was slow to begin. Oaksastar was unsettled in the barriers prior to the start and was then slow to begin. Lord Desanimaux was slow to muster speed after the start and consequently settled back.
TAPICONIC $2.25 and OAKSASTAR $3.90 were best bet and COSMIC KING $7.0 and LORD DESANIMAUX $5.0 also had some support.
GRACE AUGUSTA $19 sprung a surprise beating home the two most favoured runners. She led with Tapiconic getting a nice sit one off the rail. Oaksastar got a nice run midfield on the rail with Cosmic King on her outside. Grace Augusta still held the lead at the 200m but they were coming. She fought on strongly and came away in the end to deliver by nearly two lengths. Tapiconic finished best of the others just pipping Oaksastar and Cosmic King who all had their chance. Grace Augusta came off a Muswellbrook Maiden win and looks capable of taking the next step.
Race 6 (1300m) CL1
Chelsea Reign missed the start by 3L. A subsequent investigation revealed the barrier attendant incorrectly tailed the filly prior to the start which was likely the cause of the filly being unsettled in the gates. The rider of High Advice (4th) lodged an unsuccessful protest against 3rd placegetter Bro alleging interference passing the 50m. Say Goodbye was held up rounding the home turn and met some trouble after.
It was an open betting race with CHELSEA REIGN $3.50 running favourite from HIGH ADVICE $4.40, EARP $5.50 and the winner SAY GOODBYE $7.50.
It was a messy race with Oriental Gift leading comfortably from Bro with a gap back to the rest of them running fairly bunched. The leader started to feel the pinch after the 350m and Bro took over still clear of the chasers. They came in a rush with Say Goodbye shooting through inside of Bro and Earp coming hard down the outside. High Advice was also hitting the line with Sir Winzalot, and that pair didn’t have the best of it late in the race. Doubt there’s much between most of these and certainly the favourite had genuine excuses.
Race 7 (1300m) BM70 Federal
Sennacherib, Terra Reign and Balonne were all slow to begin.
There were three late scratchings leaving a field on eight. TERRA REIGN $2.70 and FLORA BEL $3.70 were clearly the best bet.
AWAY SHE GOES $17 upset the applecart storming home to win. KATIE DID IT $9.50 led and was joined at the 800m by Sennacherib. The field bunched up prior to the turn and on straightening Flora Belle took over, sprinting quickly down the middle of the track. Terra Reign came out of the ruck to challenge on her inside and they fought hammer and tong before Away She Goes dropped on them in the shadows of the post. She had sat last and was presenting off a 9 week break down in the weights. It was a top effort. The first three home were clearly better.
Race 8 (1000m) BM65
Redazzity was very slow to begin. The rider of Galaxy Force said his mount raced wide but did not travel at any stage in the event. Eve’s Miss disappointed and the rider felt that being small in stature the mare was disadvantaged by its big weight.
BRASH SAMMY was backed into a $3.20 favourite, but plenty were given a chance including GALAXY FORCE $6.0, SHORES OF AVALON $6.0 and THE UNKNOWN FACTOR ($8.0).
Shores Of Avalon fired out of the wide gate and was still in front on the turn, powering along. She still had a gap on them straightening drifting to the middle of the track. The winner The Unknown Factor had sat at the back and stuck hard to the rail. He showed a sharp turn of foot using the cutaway and thundered by at the 200m to go on and win easily. Shores Of Avalon was tough sticking on for second from Dizzy Miss Lizzy and Brash Sammy — who was doing his best work on the line. The winner took the next step in dominant fashion and will win more races based on that.