Just a fortnight after riding a career high four winners in town, it’s all about Rachel King again this week after bagging a race-to-race feature double with a pair of brilliant tactical rides.
Rifling across to camp outside speedster Spaceboy, King quickly negated the poor draw and had the Razor Sharp feature sprint in her keeping after a furlong aboard Athiri.
Just forty minutes later, in as good a front running riding display as you’re ever likely to see, King again partnered with the ghostly Greysful Glamour, rating it to perfection over the testing Randwick mile to claim the Group 2 Villiers.
Overall the punters got it right on the day with the vast majority of winners being well found in the betting on a track which appeared to be on the firm side and no winners coming from the back half of the field.
Quality fields again in Brisbane which remarkably avoided the barrage of rain that swept through the Gold Coast and Northern Rivers as they pressed on through their Summer Series hosting feature events on both Friday and Saturday.
Plenty of nice wins among them and plenty of future winners to be found so let’s get into it.
Ballistic Boy (Doomben Fri Race 5)
Big win this in Friday’s feature, The Doomben Mile. Has really furnished into a top class middle distance horse this preparation. Has an explosive turn of foot and looks well and truly on target for the 2400m staying event on Magic Millions day.
Good Soize (Bris Race 2)
‘Not Bhed’ this filly. Looked impressive winning her maiden at start two and was stiff to just miss out last start at her first crack in town. Relished the step up in trip for The Eagle Way feature and expertly handled by master pilot of stayers G Boss who gave this daughter of Cox Plate winner Adelaide a big push as a genuine Oaks contender in 2021. Likely heads for a spell but will pay to follow her progression next time in.
Acrobat (Syd Race 5)
Would like to know what price about the Maher and Eustace team bagging the 2021 Golden Slipper? An absolute wealth of juvenile talent in the barn at the minute and no doubt more to come as we edge into the new year. Whether this Fastnet Rock colt is up to the likes of stablemate Enthaar we will have to wait a while to see. Ran time but fast times were the order of the day and not sure what he beat in this sales restricted race, but he did beat them very easily. Shows a lot of promise.
Travest (Syd Race 3)
Scrapes into the ‘Forgive’ file after a reasonably plain first up effort. Began only moderately and got along way out of his ground, far from ideal for a horse still very much learning his racing craft. Looked six months off last prep and has returned looking like he needs six more, which is somewhat typical of the breed. Did work home well late but would want to see something more genuine next time.
Criaderas (Syd Race 8)
Game effort coming from last after drawing 14 and having to cover ground into the straight on a day where nothing won coming from the back to win one. To run an in-form and much more seasoned horse like Greysful Glamour to half a length in a Group 2 at just start number eight is a pretty fair indication of this bloke’s future. Will get his chance.
Spirit Ridge (Syd Race 9)
Knocking on the door, just found one better again Saturday but had a bit on the rest of them. His three runs down under have been pretty faultless. Will get a result out of him shortly.
Intrepidacious (Syd Race 6)
Vulnerable late 2nd up when worked across from wide draw. Given every conceivable on Saturday. Sacked.
Military Zone (Syd Race 8)
Going awful. Spell.
Sambro (Syd Race 8)
Put the red pen through any tipster who had him in their numbers. A non-winner.