The Racing Weekend that was
The racing promised a lot heading into last week, and it duly delivered.
Rawiller runs hot at Randwick, bagging four.
Nash Rawiller has had a day out at Randwick today, winning four races, highlighted by Dreamforce’s comprehensive victory in the G2 Tramway Stakes.
“That was my first win in a Group race since I have been back, so it’s very exciting,” Rawiller said after dismounting from Dreamforce.
As with each of Rawiller’s winnings ride today, he had Dreamforce rolling on the speed, an advantageous place to be given the way the track played, before the 7yo gelding kicked clear over the Randwick rise to record a comfortable three length win, much to the delight of punters who had backed heavily ($4.6 - $3.3)
“All roads lead to the Epsom as his main goal,” Trainer John Thompson declared after victory.
“He is such a professional. He’s a gun horse and does everything right and a pleasure to train.”
Boom New Zealand galloper Te Akau Shark finished second but was a notable drifter ($2.8 - $3.8) after it was evident in the day’s earlier races, that horses coming from off the pace had been finding it hard to make ground.
“He’s run a really good race,” said James McDonald of his mount’s effort.
“He hit the line strongly but it’s a pity the track is in leaderish condition.”
Redzel ready to climb Everest again after Concorde victory.
Redzel’s love the of the Randwick racetrack continued today, leading all the way in the 1000m Concorde Stakes today.
It was his ninth win from sixteen starts at Randwick and signalled that he’s on track to defend his Everest title for a third time come October 19.
After a somewhat disappointing Autumn campaign by his high standards, some were questioning whether the now 7yo would be able to maintain his competitiveness at the elite level, but, there was no questions in the mind of co-trainer, Paul Snowden.
“You can’t hide the excitement we have in the morning on how he’s going,”
“It’s all about getting back to where we were. I feel that we’ve got him there.”
Redzel’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy, will now have a tough decision to make - either stick with Redzel, whom he has partnered with successfully in the past two Everest victories or, ride exciting young galloper Classique Legend.
Finishing second with an eye-catching performance was Pierata, who stormed home to run Redzel to within a neck.
“That’s the first time over 1000m so it’s not too bad,” Trainer Greg Hickman understated after the race.
“I’m very excited about the rest of the spring.”
Redzel is back!— 7HorseRacing (@7horseracing) September 7, 2019
Three in a row in the Concorde. pic.twitter.com/I8WZp4mBAX
Homesman sets sights on Cox Plate after Feehan victory.
Homesman has made amends for a narrow second in last year’s edition, with a comprehensive victory in the Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley, today.
The Lloyd Williams-owned galloper bolted in, winning by two-and-a-half-lengths, after being eased down inside the final fifty metres.
“The leader (Trap For Fools) was a bit eager to get over to the rails and it worked out well for me,” jockey Ben Melham said after the race.
“We got a beautiful cart of him – he rolled at a nice tempo but I just travelled sweetly the whole way and his class shone through.”
The win earns Homesman a start in the Cox Plate, a race that the Williams family would love to win.
“I can tell you that nothing in racing would mean more to us than getting our hands on a Cox Plate.” Nick Williams declared.
Mahamedeis and Best Of Days filled the placings whilst Fifty Stars, who was very heavily back into favouritism $7.5 - $4.4, finished seventh.
Sikandarabad, who settled back in the run and circled the field rounding the turn, caught the eye hitting the line for sixth.
A textbook ride from Ben Melham.— 7HorseRacing (@7horseracing) September 7, 2019
Homesman romps it in to win the Feehan Stakes.
Cox plate bound. pic.twitter.com/XvOq1inTsp
Better things still to come from Tasmanian galloper, The Inevitable.
When Trainer Scott Brunton told the connections of The Inevitable – “I don’t think he’s right,” prior to the Bendigo Bank Stakes at Moonee Valley today, it must have left them, and the trainer, somewhat perplexed to watch their charge produce an outstanding four lengths, win.
“I thought he was a little off,” Brunton declared after the race.
“His bloods say there is improvement to come and hence why I worried so much when he tucked up.”
In an ominous sign to future rivals, Brunton went on to state, “There’s still work to be done and I say we got away with it today.”
“We were thinking about going to the Sir Rupert Clarke, but this has really tucked him up this trip so I think we might have to be a bit conservative.”
“I think the horse is capable of doing anything that we set him for.”
Purchased at the Magic Millions Adelaide Sales for $90,000, the son of Dundeel has won six of his eight starts and amassed $305,000.00 in prizemoney.
It capped another good day for his sire, with Profits winning at Eagle Farm, making it two wins from as many starts for the Heathcote/Anderson training camp.