Racing on Tuesday was at Newcastle and Hamilton, highlighted by an impressive debut winner, so down below is a review of the two meetings and a horse or two to follow.
Impressive debut: Godolphin and James Cummings have produced some slick juveniles already this season, and I feel that Vianello sits in the top tier after what she produced on Tuesday at Newcastle. 900m maidens are fraught with danger, but visually she looked impressive and the clock agreed.
Ran very sharp time for a first starter and if you compare to the Max Lees over the same track/distance from November 14, the time Vianello ran compared to the winner of that race, stablemate Sliders, Vianello ran over four lengths faster time. Would love to see her in town before the Autumn to see if she’s a one hit wonder or not.
I’m confident she’s the latter.
Follow: Thought the run of Oakfield Cherokee from the second was very good. The tempo of the race was a crawl, so those behind really had no chance, including this guy, so the merit in the run of Oakfield Cherokee was significant.
Spent his petrol tickets between the 800m-200m before flattening out late when second to Seduction Queen. Was $4.20 to $6 as the money came hard for the winner ($1.65-$1.5 after being $2+ when markets first opened). Oakfield Charokee, I’d love to see him go to an 1800m-2000m race back at country level. He’ll win if that eventuates.
Hamilton Track: Was officially rated a Soft5, but I reckon as the afternoon progressed and the wind playing its part, the track got into the Good4 range, so be wary of that when doing the form from this meeting.
Follow: Spring Break won the third. Looked a good thing on paper and duly saluted under Dean Yendall, who had a fat day. Was a good ride because got this horse some cover from the breeze before making a good thing of it on the turn by getting clear air, building the revs and safely holding a margin to the line. He’s got upside and progression this guy.
Can win again with the right placement, ideally on the country tracks and not at the Provincials ie Ballarat, Bendigo etc.
Coming Winner: Paul Preusker has had Agosto for a few runs now and I think he has finally figured him out. Market agreed.
He was well into double figures when betting was first opened, but race day was $9 to $6 and in another few strides, I think he wins the race. Race was run in solid time as well, so if the stable can find a 2400m Benchmark 58 race in the coming weeks, I think he can win.