Here’s a wrap of the betting action at Palmerbet and key talking points from all the big races over the weekend.
CREAM RISES TO THE TOP IN THREE YEAR-OLD FEATURES!
We saw some very classy last season two year olds return to the races at Rosehill on Saturday and none were more impressive than the Peter and Paul Snowden trained colt Pariah ($2.80-$2.10), who shot to the top of Golden Rose betting with a dynamic win in the Group 3 $150,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m). Aided by a magnificent steer from jockey Blake Shinn, Pariah let down powerfully when presented at the top of the straight to streak away from his rivals and announce himself as a serious player for the upcoming spring features. Chauffeur ($12-$10) pleased in his first run for the Hawkes stable finishing fast for second, as did the Godolphin filly Jorda in third ($5.00-$8.50) who endured a luckless run in the straight. Pariah was all the rage though for punters, firming from $2.50 to $2.10 late and landing several significant bets in the process.
Speaking to the media post race, Peter Snowden was full of praise for Pariah but said he should only improve as he makes his way to the Golden Rose (1400m) on September 23.
“Blake did get a perfect run from the draw, followed the right horse and the gap came for him on the turn but it was still a very good effort from the colt,” Snowden said.
“This was a very fast run race and during the run Pariah was only just there. But when he gets to 1400m the tempo will suit him and then he will show an even better turn of foot.”
On the back of Pariah’s dominant first up display he’s now $4.80 and favourite with Palmerbet for the Golden Rose.
In the other three-year-old feature of the day it was Addictive Nature for Bjorn Baker who bounced back from a plain effort at Randwick to record a tough win in the Group 3 $150,000 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m). After easing from $3.40-$4.20 during the week, punters zeroed in on Addictive Nature late backing the colt into $3.10 favoritism by the jump. The win was awarded further merit as Addictive Nature overraced for much of the race, but was still able to repel the challenges of the surging Assimilate ($3.40-$5.00) with Astoria back in third ($11 and steady).
Trainer Bjorn Baker labeled Addictive Nature an exciting horse for the future saying there is likely much more to come from this flashy looking son of Savabeel.
“Addictive Nature has untapped potential,” Baker said. “He is still going a bit wrong in his races so we definitely haven’t seen the best of him yet.”
“He was an expensive yearling ($775,000) and is probably the best looking horse I have ever trained. He has always shown us a lot so it was great to see him win like that.”
Baker will now weigh up whether to aim Addictive Nature at the Golden Rose or stretch him out over further with the Caulfield Guineas or the Caulfield Classic the two viable options.
South of the border, all eyes were on the Golden Slipper place getter Tulip who commenced her three-year-old campaign in the Johnnie Walker Plate over the 1200m. Sent out the resounding $2.20 favourite, Tulip couldn’t quite get the job done, having to settle for second going down a nose to the Tony McEvoy trained filly Roomooz ($10-$7.00). It was a welcome return for Roomooz, a $480,000 yearling purchased by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa at the 2016 Inglis Easter Yearling Sales. The Sheikh will no doubt he hoping Roomooz can go right on with the job as a three year old, with the Caulfield or Thousand Guineas the likely aim. Tulip was brave in defeat and no doubt will be aided by the first up run. It should pay to follow both fillies heading into the spring.
MIXED BAG FOR HUGHIE
Sydney’s premier hoop Hugh Bowman produced a mix bag of rides with his two best chances on Saturday. In Race 2 (Pro IT Handicap, 1500m), Bowman showed he is human after all with a less than desirable steer on the Chris Waller trained Awoke. Sent out as the $2.40 favourite (in from an opening price of $2.80), Hugh was unable to slot in on Awoke causing the mare to race in a three wide position for much of the race. Despite covering ground, Awoke still looked the winner at the furlong but was eventually gobbled up late by the ever-consistent Mariquita ($5.50-$6.50).
Punters didn’t have to wait long though for the faith to be restored as Bowman produced a perfectly patient ride on long odds on favourite Alward in Race 4 (Pacific Boating Handicap, 2000m). Also trained by Chris Waller, Alward was comfortably the best-backed horse on the program eventually sent out deep into the red at $1.65. Best backed to beat the favourite was Chatelard ($11-$7.00) who with Blake Shinn on board showed daring tactics to take off at the 700m mark, forcing a number of runners off the bit and chasing a long way from home. Bowman didn’t panic though, easing Alward off the heels of the tiring Meet and Greet at the 500m before the gaps came at the top of the straight. It took the length of the straight to reel them in but Alward justified the short quote to arrive just in time, much to the delight of favourite backers. Chris Waller said Alward would now be aimed at the Group 1 Metropolitan at Randwick on September 30th.
BONNY MARE WINS AGAIN
Wouldn’t you love to own a horse like Bonny O’Reilly. The ever-consistent sprinter added to her already impressive record (8 wins from 12 starts) with a gutsy return win in the last at Rosehill on Saturday. Backed into $3.50 on race morning, Bonny O’Reilly eased slightly to $3.90 come race time but was still comfortably best backed. Although burdened with the top weight of 59.5kg, Bonny showed her class to remain unbeaten at Rosehill whilst also giving trainer Bjorn Baker a Saturday double. No Doubt ($9.00-$9.50) again showed that he’s not far away from a win with a sound effort in second, with the Kim Waugh trained Supreme Effort ($13 unchanged) rounding out the minors. The flops in the race were the well-supported Mogador ($7.00-$5.00) and Sir Bacchus ($6.00-$5.00), who both failed to fire a shot in the run to the wire.
MISSROCK GOES BANG FRESH
The feature at Moonee Valley on Saturday was the $120,000 Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) and it was the four-year-old mare Missrock who produced a scintillating turn of foot to claim the prize. First up since running second to touted sprinter Vega Magic in the Group 1 Goodwood, Missrock ($8.50-$7.00) overpowered the fancied Heatherly ($2.30-$2.10) in the shadows of the post to record a most satisfying win for trainer Robbie Laing. Ben Melham produced a well-timed ride on Missrock, following Heatherly in the run before peeling off her back and gaining the upper hand late.
“I was pretty happy when we landed on the back of Heatherly and she relaxed for me,” said Melham. “She gave me a good kick and I thought I was going to run a good second but she really dug in for me. It was a good win.”
Heatherly’s co-trainer Simon Zahra could offer no excuses for the short priced favourite’s defeat, simply stating that she will be better for the run. Heatherly played up in the barriers and was vetted behind the barriers but Zahra said he had no issues with Heatherly being passed fit to race.