The famous racehorse ownership roller coaster was in full swing this week with the NSW Tycoons sending The Sherpa into enemy territory for a midweek raid at Doomben in Brisbane. It wasn’t quite the result (5th) we wanted, but The Sherpa has pulled up well after “grabbing the bit and taking off in a lightning speed battle, we’ll head home now to Scone with a nice horse that will provide plenty of thrills for the owners” said Brett Cavanough.
Eagle Farm – Winter Heats Up
This weekend’s racing spotlight is certainly on Brisbane with the carnival switching from Doomben to Eagle Farm for the running of the Kingsford Smith Cup and the Queensland Derby among other stunning races. Queensland Rogues trainer Tony Gollan has a three pronged attack in the Kingsford Smith (Race 8) with Jonker, Outback Barbie and Vega One. “Jonker will go forward, Vega One is awkwardly drawn but has Jamie Kah on board, he’s best work was on Tuesday morning and I reckon he’ll run really well for Jamie” said Gollan
Tony’s thoughts on his other key runners:
Snitch – Race 2: “Races well at Eagle Farm, but is getting older and may be better later in the preparation”.
Tiger Heart – Sires Produce (Race 6) “Tiger Heart is coming off two wins, worked great on Tuesday and I like him”
Palladas – Race 3 “Loves Eagle Farm, is at big odds but should run well, if he causes a boilover we’d go to the Straddy”
Socialising -Race 9 “Thought she was brilliant in getting beat the other day, I rate her a good chance”
BET: Tiger Heart – Eachway
BET: Socialising – Eachway
MARK NEWNHAM – STRONG HAND
NSW Tycoons trainer Mark Newnham is confident that Marway can go back to back when he lines up in Race 6 at Royal Randwick this Saturday. Marway was fantastic in winning the Town Plate over the Wagga Wagga carnival last start and is dropping back to 1100m. “It was a great win in the Town Plate and the horse has done well since and should be hard to beat” said Newnham. Mark also rates Spirit Ridge at Eagle Farm (Race 5 ) “He’s done well since Gosford and stepping up to the mile should suit”.
BET: Marway – WIN (Randwick)
BET: Spirit Ridge – Eachway (Eagle Farm)
DABERNIG HAS CONCERNS OVER BARRIER DRAW
Tom Dabernig’s time as part of the Lindsay Park team is drawing to a close but he’s determined to go out a winner before going out on his own. Lindsay Park has two key runners on Saturday split between Eagle Farm and Caulfield. Warhorse So Si Bonn will be ridden by the always in-form Craig Willams in the Kingsford Smith Stakes (Race 8) at Eagle Farm. “You’d normally be happy with drawing barrier 3, but So Si Bonn will get back and need some luck, regardless he’s on target for the Straddy” said Dabernig. “The Stables’ best chance on Saturday would be Biometric at Caulfield (Race 5) who’s been racing well, might need a little bit of luck from barrier 1, but should finish in the money” added Dabernig.
BET: Biometric – Each Way (Caulfield)
Our WA Black Heart owners are now back for week two of winter racing at Belmont which is just a stones throw from the CBD and even closer to Optus Stadium and the Crown complex. Leading trainer Adam Durrant has some great value chances in the Belmont Sprint (Race 8). Money Matters surprised many with a gutsy win in the Roma Cup, camping up on the speed and fighting off all challenges. While Massimo has been racing without any luck, in particular last start in the Roma Cup where he was blocked for a run and still hasn’t got out.
BET: Massimo – Eachway