MICK SHARKIE is back for another big year of the Saturday Hangover!
OOH AAH (GLENN) ENTHAAR
Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace have done it again, confirming that their 2YO filly Enthaar is indeed the primo juvenile in the country with a cruise control victory in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield.
The reigning Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper favourite firmed in markets for both majors as she strolled around Caulfield, leading from the front to smack up a good colt in Ingratiating, in what was ultimately a pipe opener for bigger contests to come.
“I trialled her at Werribee and I said she’s going to have to clam down a bit, she was a bit keen in her work, but a cross over (noseband) and ear muffs on and she was perfect,” said jockey Mark Zahra.
“I had harder work pulling her up than I did in the race….I definitely think there was a bit (more) there.”
Now two from two, Enthaar – a powerhouse filly more in the shape of a colt – is now a $2.25 favourite for the Blue Diamond on February 20th.
Good luck to her rivals.
OOH AAH JIMMY MCGRATH
Bucks and Hens days go hand in hand with picnic race meetings like Bunnings and a snag in bread, and at Healesville on Saturday a young rooster named Jimmy McGrath was the centre of attention as he celebrated his big day out before matrimonial duties.
Ably supported by a crack team of hydration specialists – minus Special from Noosa who was refused an entry permit to Victoria due to “past indiscretions” – and professional punters like big bad Tommy Brown, McGrath was all over the punt to the point of being barred by local bookmakers on course.
Dressed as Santa Claus, “I’m the gift that keeps giving” McGrath hit a final hurdle when the on course COVID-safe officer removed him from the bar area for “repeated loitering”, he was last seen headed towards the Grand Hotel for “bulk dog quads” – we salute you Jimmy.
SAVATIANO SLAYS THEM
James Cummings must dream nightly of mares like Savatiano, the seven-time stakes winner that returned with an arrogant win in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday.
A winner of more than $2.3million in prize money and a flagship mare for the Godolphin squad, Savatiano has one last box left to tick before the breeding barn opens its doors – to jag that elusive Group 1 win.
“Well, there’s every likelihood – she’s probably going to be kept fresh for the Canterbury Stakes which is in March,” said Cummings.
“She takes control of these sorts of races and she’s very mature now. I’d like to think she’d be very hard to beat in the Canterbury Stakes.”
With Hugh Bowman controlling the race from the front, five-time Group 2 winner Savatiano carved up a small but strong field of rivals and is definitely a horse to follow for the rest of the Sydney carnival.
BEHEMOTH BACK WITH A BANG
And the good horse parade continued in Adelaide as Group 1 winner Behemoth returned for an All Star Mile campaign with a powerful win in the Listed Durbridge Stakes where he’s an $8.00 chance.
Crowd favourite Behemoth captures 6th SW in the Listed Durbridge S. at Morphettville. Winner of over $2.1 million, Behemoth – by @VineryStud’s All Too Hard – Behemoth was sold by @Riversdale_nick for $6,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast @mmsnippets National YS. #ItPaysToBuyAustralian pic.twitter.com/rgXsF8y0cy
— Aushorse (@Aushorse_TBA) January 30, 2021
Already well up the voting for Victoria’s multi-million dollar novelty race, Behemoth is maturing like a good bottle of wine – can the same be said of his managing owner Sam Lyons? We hope so.
We’re off to Sale for the Sunday Special and Race 5 where TERAMIA returns from a break. She was scratched on Friday from a winnable race at Flemington but takes her place here on the back of a very good jump out. I expect she will go very close.