The focus for this review will be Randwick and Flemington on Saturday, along with an early look towards the Magic Millions this Saturday.
Not a strong Highway
Pinnacle Prince does have a boom on him, but from what I saw on Saturday, he might be better suited over the short course. He won, but just, and the horse that was taking ground off was Portuguese Tart, a winner of three from 36. The last 400 metres was 23.89 and the last 200 metres was 12.35 and relative to the day, that was ordinary. I don’t want to be following this lot should they run in a similar Highway soon.
Not a Classique, but this Legend is good
I hope All Time Legend stays in Australia, because he is a really good horse who is destined for blacktype. To what level? Not sure.
This race rated through the roof relative to the day. A last 400 metres of 22.93 and last 200 metres of 11.77 was clearly the the best of the meeting race-wise and the winner did it from the front, which isn’t his ideal racing style. He is the only horse I want from this race. Subedar was good, but entitled to run on and he did run past some average gallopers.
The worst race of the day came in the last event, won by Betcha Flying, who had been knocking on the door to win one. Last 400 metres of 24.29 and a last 200 metres of 12.61 was the worst of the meeting, but they did go at a solid clip early on in the race. Majority of these are just battling at the moment or hard to catch, so this can go through to the keeper as a form reference in the future.
My only guess is that there was a decent wind right into their faces in the straight, because for the most, they have come average compared to recent meetings at the track. In terms of the way the track played, it played fine once again and every horse got their chance.
No Blue Diamond/Slipper winner
This two-year-old race on the meeting has produced some subsequent Group l winners, but on times, I don’t think the 2021 edition will be doing that. Last 400 metres of 23.46 and a last 200m of 12.29 was rather average and the jury is well and truly out on how strong this race will be. It won’t be strong.
Race five worries me. It was won by Zesty Belle, but given they didn’t go that hard early on in the race, the fact they have come home just fair is a concern. The winner has come back well and looked the winner a fair way out, but they do look a pretty plain bunch and once the Spring fillies return, you can follow that lot rather than the lot that ran on the weekend.
On face value, Defibrillate is flying for Patrick Payne, winning two on the bounce, including a Lord Stakes and is on track for a likely trip to Tasmania, but have some caution before diving in next time.
Yes, he has won the past two, but both races have been pretty much been barrier trials. The race on Saturday produced the best last 400 metres and last 200 metres of the meeting, quite comfortably, and given the mid-race anchor drop, that was to be expected. If he finds a high pressure race next time, he could be vulnerable.
Magic Millions early look
From the two two-year-old races run last weekend at the Gold Coast, the Pearl is the race to be followed and namely Swift Witness. She smashed the clock compared to the boys and on raw times, she ran much faster time than Exhilarates at the same meeting a couple of years ago and was only a couple of lengths off the time Sunlight ran in the year prior.
She’s right in the mix as a leading chance, but if you like her, then you have to respect She’s All Class.