Randwick and Moonee Valley played host to metro meetings on Friday and think the form from both programs will stand up over the coming weeks, so down below is a review of the meetings and a horse or two to follow.
Randwick – Kensington
Race Three: This is a race you can follow with confidence. They’ve gone out hard yet still come home in solid enough time.
The winner was Lennon and #TeamThey knew with him. Was $15+ when markets opened Wednesday. On race day was $10 into $8.50 before officially starting $9. He chased the strong tempo yet despite that, he was able to produce the best 400m-200m and the best last 200m of the race.
Exoboom was enormous. Three wide chasing that speed yet still had the hide to find the line in second. Would want to see a few weeks break because this was a hard run, but placed to advantage they can win next start.
Sustained Speed: Sustained speed from the front will win you more races than lose them. Saw it at Coffs Harbour on Thursday and Lillemor produced it here on Friday.
Controlled the race from the outset and produced a last 600m of 33.60, so those from behind were pretty much no chance of running her down.
Sally’s Day was super. 33.14 for her last 600m with the 400m-200m split of 10.63 being very sharp but the last 200m, her condition gave out, with a drop off of 11.60. With natural improvement from that run, she can win next time.
Impressive Maiden Winner: It’s always a good sign when a maiden race runs quicker time than the benchmark races on the same program and that is what Sayumi did. Looked impressive at the jumpouts and confirmed it with a sharp win here. To the eye it was good and the clock agrees.
Ran 4.5L faster than the three-year-old benchmark race and over 6L faster than the benchmark race in the last. She did it with something in hand as well, so she can go through her grades.
Bad Habits: Sophie’s Revenge is flying. She just doesn’t help herself and Friday night was the perfect example. Had her head in the opposite stall and wanted to have a chat with Brimm.
While that was going on, the gates opened and she ended up missing the kick by five lengths, losing all hope. Still, produced some good late splits. She’s knocking on the door to win one. Just needs to put it all together.
955m Race With Substance: Most of the time, these 955m races can go through to the keeper. I think this heat though is a race that can be a good form reference going forward. Two horses mainly, firstly Goolagong Rose. Was first up since Oaks Day 2019 and she was good in a fast run race.
Kept chasing and finding the line, so that bodes well for the prep. Loved the return of Gold Spark for Nick Ryan. First run for Nick Ryan and he was unwanted, out to $12 from $7.50.
He was under pressure before the turn but ran through the pain barrier and produced some of the best late splits of the race. He’s a coming winner off this effort.