Thought there were a couple of standout performances at tricky programs on Sunday held at Hawkesbury and Werribee, so down below is a review of the meetings and a horse or two to follow.
A Jockey Out Of Form: He was a form jockey during the Spring, but there has been a significant drop off in the form of Jason Collett in recent weeks.
He rode a double at Rosehill on Saturday and that helped him improve his numbers somewhat, with his last 50 rides producing three winners.
Couple of his rides at this meeting were negative and ordinary re: tactically. I’m sure he’ll bounce back somewhat but as it stands at the moment in NSW around the metro region, it’s J Mac then daylight.
Outstanding Return: Win of the meeting I thought from Awesome Lad at Hawkesbury. Formerly with Kris Lees, had his first run for Jason Deamer and he absolutely bolted in.
Ran very fast time relative to the meeting and seemingly had more to offer. It was an excellent return and he could go to midweek metro level, or find a race at the Canterbury Friday night meetings and be competitive. Deamer has had four winners from his last ten runners, so his stable is starting to fire.
Werribee Track: Even allowing for the wind, this track has had some level of juice in it. Official rating was a Good 4, but on times, even allowing for the wind, it raced as a Soft 5 on times. The inside was a no go zone, as is usually the case at Werribee, so give bonus credit to those who were good nearer the fence.
Maiden Winner That Can Win Again Next Start: I think with respect to the beaten brigade, Star Ines didn’t take care of much. I’d say this lot behind would struggle in Highweight maidens, but Star Ines has given them an absolute spanking.
He won by six, but he could have won by 10+ had Lane been fair dinkum. Needs to be placed right, so ideally they find a 58/64 2000m race next time and he can win again for sure, preferably at the provincials.
Beware The “Unlucky” Runner: We see it so often and I’m guilty of it as well. Putting an unlucky runner into the blackbook after being held up or flashing at the line late. Johandough will likely be in the blackbook of some after race five.
Now yes, she has really good form around her, the likes of Persan and Lunar Flare are there. The problem with her is that she doesn’t win. Pulled her head off in the run here yes, and to the eye, she charged home, but the winner was turning it up and wanting to be run down and she was surrounded by some real plodders.
Likely goes around short again next time…I’d be happy to risk her, especially if she’s $1.50.