If something seems too good to be true, it generally is. Particularly when it comes to all matters of the punt.
Plenty of chatter about Friday afternoon regarding the tasty odds available at Royal Randwick for the three leg Team Hawkes all up and there were plenty of rookie punters working out how they were going to spend it all after the first of the three-year-olds saluted in good style in Race 3.
Not much went to script for the ‘shorties’ on the back half of the card though, with the deep fields, the dodgy arvo forecast, and a bit of match practice all playing their roles in dismantling plenty of punters best laid plans as the meeting wore on.
The big winner for the day though was undoubtedly So You Think who sired the feature double in Peltzer and promising type Rocketing By, ensuring it would have been one hell of a bus ride back down the highway for his army of vocal South Coast-based owners.
Some quality racing across the card, the hardest task now being to narrow it down into packets of three.
April Rain (Race 4)
Could have gone with any one of half a dozen winners on the day but really loved the way she switched off in transit and then gathered them in down the running. Typical Waller stuff. Impeccably bred and a big robust type of mare. Imagine a look at stakes grade isn’t far off, possibly even a race like the Guy Walter on Chipping Norton Day.
Peltzer (Race 6)
Unbeaten at Randwick and unbeaten with his toe in the ground. His brilliance somewhat defies his pedigree. Imagine the two big Randwick miles are his target but I doubt they’ll stretch him much further than that at this stage. The return of Prime Star franked his mile form at the backend of last prep. A cracking crop of 3yo’s for the Sydney Autumn again.
Rocketing By (Race 7)
Plenty of the old man about this bloke with the head on the side and the effortless stride. Was basically level pegging between the first four across the line at the 300m and this bloke put a length on them not long after that. That’s nothing to do with match fitness, that’s just class but there’s no doubt the three runs in helped maintain in the run to the line. Not sure if it was the presence of the star colt and the filly or Bowman jumping off that saw the silly price go up, but I was reaching for the pumpkin and giving myself an uppercut when he hit the line. Seriously underrated colt in very good hands. Right in the mix with the best of the 3yo’s.
Prague (Syd Race 6)
Far from ideal prep last time in. Not asked to show anything early for the new barn and loved the way he finished off and found the line. His best run since the Sires. Will test the best of his age group in the coming weeks. Could be the big improver.
Ole Kirk (Syd Race 7)
Certainly couldn’t sack him off that but he’s going to need to be at the peak of his powers if he wants to keep his crown by the end of the Autumn. A solid return.
Mount Popa (Syd Race 8)
Backed Mount Popa for the win, Dame Kiri each way (at 50s!). Both ran out of their skin, and I got a doughnut! Was buoyed by the fact they scratched him race morning last week indicating they thought he had legitimate claims first up and although I didn’t collect Saturday, I’m tipping I will shortly. Exciting staying prospect worth some thought in a Sydney Cup market.
Osamu (Syd Race 7)
Never on the track Saturday in the Inglis race but has been well-tried around this level and still a maiden. Deserves a look at something a lot easier.
All Time Legend (Syd Race 8)
Given no peace up front but has been beaten odds on his past two. Starting to prove costly and they aren’t going to get any easier from here on in.
Derbari (Syd Race 9)
First horse beaten turning for home after a cushy run. A strong mile and this grade a big query.