Derby Day used to be the pinnacle for the Australian punter.
How bloody good is The Bool?
I’m running on empty on the morning of the third day of this carnival, but I’m sure I’ll be up and about by the time the Grand Annual jumps this afternoon.
Yesterday we saw a ten out of ten ride in the Wangoom Handicap (1200m) by Dean Holland, who gave I Am Someone a saloon passage along the fence to claim victory in the Listed race.
Not a bad effort for a horse that drew near the car park.
The four-year-old gelding, who was tipped to win here, is likely to head off to The Goodwood in Adelaide later this month for a crack at Group 1 glory.
“Full credit to Dean (Holland), things didn’t go to plan and he came out with one of the better rides,” trainer Paul Preusker said.
“He is starting to settle a little bit too good in his trackwork and now we’re dealing with a different horse.
“If he stood up today he’s good enough for there (Adelaide) so that’s now the plan.”
The other big winner on the day was Big Blue for the Maher/Eustace stable.
The former French galloper was given a peach of a ride by John Allen to win the Galleywood Hurdle (3200m).
“Ciaron (Maher) was pretty confident beforehand and just told me to have faith in his toughness, his fitness and told me not to be afraid to make use of him if he was travelling well,” Allen said.
“He rode a nice gallop without them going overly quick and then jumped his way into it down the side when Gai’s (Goodwood Zodiac) was jumping out.
“Down the back, I took it up and made it a true test. These Galileos, that’s their forte – their toughness – and he showed that.”
The Australian Hurdle at Sandown is Big Blue’s likely next target.
It could have been a big day for followers as I Am Someone was tipped, but the horse I also suggested backing ran second at much big bigger odds. I hope someone took the quinella, which paid $50.
The track is still racing well at Warrnambool so here’s a look at today’s feature races, followed by some quaddie numbers. Good luck.
Track: Soft 6 at time of writing.
Rail: Out 4m 1200m – 300m, True Remainder.
Race 7 at 2.30pm – $350,000 Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m)
Only four winning hopes in this race, but in reality, there should only be one if Zed Em brings his best.
The Patrick Payne-trained veteran ran second in this race last year and was flawless at Oakbank over Easter, winning the Von Doussa and the Great Eastern Steeplechase.
Provided he’s in good order today, he should be winning.
Gold Medals was slightly disappointing on Tuesday and needs to bounce back, while Bit of a Lad is good enough, but a query over the 5500 metres.
Keep an eye on Slowpoke Rodriguez, a stablemate of Zed Em, but reasonably unknown in this company. He could be the one to put in all of your exotics.
Suggested bet: Zed Em to win.
Race 9 at 3.55pm – $250,000 Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m)
The topweight Furrion should win the race based on class as he’s been racing in better company than this with success.
He wins 50 per cent of his races so you don’t have to worry about him squibbing it in the finish, either.
The best value in the race could be the Tony McEvoy-trained Light The Waves. This up-and-coming mare has been in superb form in Adelaide and this might be the perfect race for her to get a Listed race under her belt.
The other horse I’d consider is Sheezdashing from the Ellerton/Zahra stable. She’s had four runs this preparation and is ready to peak.
Suggested bet: Box quinella (1-4-12). $20 pays 6.66 x dividend.
The Quaddie (Races 7-10)
Race 7: 1-2-3-6
Race 8: 8-9-10-11
Race 9: 1-4-12
Race 10: 5-7-10-11-20
$50 to pay 20.83% of dividend
Results to date
Total spend in 2019: $520
Total return in 2019: $650
Total spend in 2018: $1000
Total return in 2018: $1445
* Based on $20 per selection and $50 per quaddie