This Weekend In Racing: Wow, What a Weekend!

Feb 18, 2022

By Terry Kennedy

WOW – WHAT A WEEKEND OF RACING

The Golden Slipper picture may become a lot clearer on Saturday after many of the headline acts turn out to see if the shoe fits in the Group 2 Silver Slipper with the winner automatically qualifying for the richest two-year-old race in the world. 

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At Flemington, the world’s best sprinters line-up in a cracking edition of the Lightning Stakes with Eduardo trained by our very own Joe Pride resuming his tussle with Nature Strip. 

Let’s find some winners from our TRL trainers. 

PRIDE ON THE LINE IN TWO STATES

NSW Tycoons trainer Joe Pride may be in for a new career highlight. 

His champion sprinter Eduardo will again challenge Nature Strip in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes down the famous Flemington straight. Eduardo, a $4.20 chance with Sportsbet has beaten Nature Strip the last two times when he’s been fresh, he can notch up the hat-trick. 

At Rosehill, Joe has the very talented youngster Shalatin looking to qualify for the Golden Slipper. He was very good running second to Serjardan last start and is ready to rock first-up this campaign according to the stable. 

Invinciano is third-up now, much fitter and on top of the ground shouldl thrive over the 1400m. 

BET: Eduardo – Each Way (Flemington Race 7)

BET: Shalatin – Each Way (Rosehill Race 6)

BET: Invinciano – Each Way (Rosehill Race 9)

GAI TO CONVERGE ON HOBARTVILLE

The Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott stable looked to be in for a strong day at Rosehill Gardens. 

Group One winner Converge was great first-up, he will be a long way in front of Anamoe with 200 meters remaining and if the Rosehill track is leader bias (as it normally is) will take a ton of catching. 

Entente, is first-up over 1900m but has been tuned up with two solid trials, he’ll go forward and on the Rosehill track will give a great sight (Sportsbet $6.50)

Don’t forget about Darjaan in the last for Adrian and Gai. He was forced to carry a massive weight last start and beat a weaker field. He can improve off that and win the last at Rosehill. 

BET: Entente – Each Way (Rosehill Race 6)

BET: Converge – Each Way (Rosehill Race 7)

BET: Darjaan – Win (Rosehill Race 10)

CUMANI TO STRIKE EARLY

With Team Captain enjoying his spell before starting a Melbourne Cup campaign, trainer Matt Cumani should be able to keep the bank manager happy with Tycoon Bec in the first race at Flemington. 

She got a bit lost last start over 2000m but was strong through the line, fitness won’t be an excuse and with an ounce of luck we’ll start the day with a winner. 

BET: Tycoon Bec – Each Way (Flemington Race 1)

MICK PRICE IN A LOVIN’ MOOD

The Mick Price/Michael Kent Junior trained I’mlovin’ya appeals at the $6 on offer at Sportsbet in Race 4. 

This beautiful bay filly found trouble on debut but reeled off the third best final 400 meters of the day to catch the eye. Stick with her. 

BET: I’mlovin’ya – Each Way (Flemington Race 4)

MAHER SUPPORTS SOCIALIST

To be honest, not sure of Ciaron Maher’s political persuasion but he’ll be cheering for Socialist in Race 5 at Flemington. He’s now rock hard fit after a trip to the Gold Coast where he ran well and has Jamie Kah in the saddle. 

Ciaron and Dave Eustace have a couple at big odds who I’m prepared to speculate on. Grandslam (Race 8) and The Big Easy (Race 9). Grand Slam has never won first-up but watch the Sportsbet market movers. While The Big Easy had no luck last time, pulled up lame and I’m happy to stick around that $16. 

BET: Socialist – Each Way (Flemington Race 5)

BET: Grand Slam – Each Way (Flemington Race 8)

BET: The Big Easy – Each Way (Flemington Race 9)

GOLLAN TO SHINE AT SUNNY COAST

Good luck to our Qld Rogues trainer Tony Gollan with Krone in the feature at Rosehill Gardens tomorrow the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes, but we’ll concentrate on his runners at the Sunshine Coast. 

There are no medals handed out for tipping Palladas as the best bet of the day. He was unlucky last start, is a class above the opposition and excluding bad luck – looks a good thing. 

Brentwood (Race 7) has Sam Collett in the saddle, he was good at Ipswich first-up but fitness just found him out late, sticking with him. 

Shamrock Lu (Race 8) there’s been some specking for this bloke on Sportsbet $7.50, he’s drawn terribly in barrier 14, but if he can get an easy run out the back, he should finish off strongly. 

BET: Palladas – WIN – (Sunny Coast Race 2)

BET: Brentwood – Each Way (Sunny Coast Race 7)

BET: Shamrock Lu – Each Way (Sunny Coast Race 8)

HEATHCOTE GIVES US A LEG UP. 

We were lucky enough to spend some time with Qld Rogues trainer Rob Heathcote during the week and he said “don’t forget about Deep Sceiva on Saturday”.

Deep Sceiva was a really good first-up at Doomben where her fitness just told late. She’ll go forward and be extremely hard to beat. 

BET: Deep Sceiva – Each Way (Sunny Coast Race 5). 

Good luck and good punting. 

Terry Kennedy