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The Run Home with Alex Nolan

The Run Home with Sky Racing's Alex Nolan - a national thoroughbred racing wrap of Saturday's racing.

KROGH HAS RIVALS’ NUMBER

A JOCKEY who once piloted his own plane to avoid being late to the races was today flying high aboard one of the biggest upsets of the day, recording a career first in the process.

Quayde Krogh rode his first winner at Royal Randwick when ROOM NUMBER jumped out of the ground to record an upset victory in the City Tattersall’s Handicap (Race 4) for Barbara Joseph, Paul and Matt Jones.

While punters were cheering home the well-supported AND WE DANCED ($3.40), Room Number loomed up at $61, took the lead and drew clear to win by a comfortable 1.5 lengths.

It was a surprise victory for most, except Krogh, who has partnered the mare at her three most recent runs, including a last start win at BM60 level at Canberra.

“She’s been working well all week and it was an exceptional run last week in Canberra,” he said.

“She thrived off the confidence of that win.

“I knew what I had under me at the top of the straight and as soon as she got her nose in front of Kerrin (McEvoy on And We Danced) she kept going.”

The win was Room Number’s fifth overall and took her prizemoney beyond $140,000.

Krogh commenced his career in Queensland before rounding out his apprenticeship with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and now plies his trade in New South Wales’ Southern Districts.  

In 2017 when learning to fly planes, Krogh made headlines when he booked a flying lesson after his flight from Rockhampton to Townsville was delayed.

Krogh told The Courier Mail at the time: “We were told there was going to be a delay and I just thought ‘that’s not going to work’. The same thing happened the previous week and I missed four rides.”

Today’s win was Krogh’s fourth of 2022, following earlier successes at Canberra and Wagga.

Earlier, Tim Clark recorded an early riding double when he guided SILENT IMPACT from near last to an impressive first-up win in the opener, then followed it up with a win aboard Godolphin debutant PLYMSTOCK, a half-sister to multiple G1 winner TREKKING.  

Clark would end the day with a winning treble after he guided home another Godolphin runner in LACKEEN to win the Ranvet Handicap (Race 9).

Clark sits fifth on the Sydney Metropolitan Jockeys’ Premiership with 29 wins.

James McDonald (57 wins) remains well clear of nearest rival Jason Collett (36 wins), who enjoyed a winning double with MARKWELL DREAMER (Race 3) and Toomuchtobear (Race 6).  

SPECIAL REWARD 

GLYN SCHOFIELD’S affinity with SPECIAL REWARD is reaping rewards for his Australian Bloodstock connections and trainer Kris Lees.

Schofield and Special Reward combined for their second stakes win in as many months when they took out the Listed Carrington Stakes (Race 8) at Randwick.

The pair combined to win the Listed Razor Sharp Handicap at huge odds in December before he ran a luckless second in the Listed Christmas Classic at Canterbury with James McDonald on board.

Schofield and Special Reward ($9.50) were again sent out at close to double-figure odds for today’s 1400m assignment but burst through late to beat the well-backed THROUGH THE CRACKS ($4.60), with NO COMPROMISE ($41) a close-up third.

Lees said the now six-year-old galloper was starting to show the consistency he had early in his career.  
“He had excuses at Canterbury where he ran well and he looked like he’d be in the finish a long way from home, Glyn rides him really well,” he said.

“You just can’t expose him too early. If you didn’t know him and exposed him at the top of the straight, he could be found wanting over the last 100m.

“Glyn just kept him covered up as long as he could, exposed him at the right time and got the job done.”

Schofield, who won the 2010 Carrington Stakes aboard the Clarry Conners trained COURT, backed up Lees’ comments about how to ride the gelding.

“It’s a credit to Kris … he’s got him in a good frame of mind,” Schofield said.

“He wants to compete, which is very important for these older horses. 

“He sprinted well. I put him under a little more pressure a little earlier today and I was glad to see him really respond and find the line for me.”

Special Reward now boasts 10 career victories from 29 starts and boats $244,000 in stakes.

In the race prior, apprentice Tom Sherry kept his boss Mark Newnham happy when he guided SHADOW CRUSH to a breakthrough win this preparation.

Shadow Crush got a long way back at Randwick on Boxing Day and ran home well despite finishing ninth.
Although last at the turn, Sherry had Shadow Crush close enough to launch his attack late and run down a brave LANCASTER BOMBER.

“He’s been going really well all preparation,” Sherry said.

“We struck a wet track first up… had no luck the next start.

“Credit to the boss. He gave him a really nice freshen-up of three weeks between runs and he was well placed here today.

“He’s a handy sprinter and when he’s on song he can do that.”

Sherry has recorded 12 metropolitan wins for the season and sits six wins adrift of leading apprentice Tyler Schiller on 18 wins.

Schiller recorded winning double at Randwick with WHITE BOOTS for Kim Waugh in the Midway and BRING THE RANSOM in the last for Bjorn Baker.  

Schiller recorded winning double at Randwick with WHITE BOOTS for Kim Waugh in the Midway and BRING THE RANSOM in the last for Bjorn Baker.  

COLLETT FINDING FEET IN QUEENSLAND

Jockey Samantha Collett grabbed another opportunity to ride for Brisbane’s premier trainer Tony Gollan with both hands when she produced a near textbook ride on SELF INDULGENT to win the Three Year Old Fillies Handicap (Race 6).

The win continued Collett’s good form from the Sunshine Coast on Friday night, where she recorded a winning double with SERENADE THE CAT and GINJA.

The win aboard Self Indulgent was Collett’s seventh for the year and her second for the Gollan stable since relocating to Brisbane from New Zealand in 2021.

“This little filly is probably a pick-up ride for me with Georgie (Cartwright) being suspended … her recent runs have had a lot of merit,” Collett said.

“What I liked most about her today was when I asked her for an effort over the last 150m she really dug deep and wanted to draw away from them over the last bit.

“I’m only a very small part of it and Tony does a great job so it’s really nice to be part of it.”

Gollan was rapt with the performance of both Self Indulgent and runner-up FROSTY MANGO and was full of praise for Collett’s ride.

“I thought Samantha rode her really well,” Gollan said.

“She jumped well, found the one-one really comfortably and I thought the favourite did enough in the early and middle stages to be vulnerable late and that’s how it panned out.”

Gollan was confident Self Indulgent could now go on with the job.

“She put the writing on the wall her first start. Even though it was an off-season maiden she won it really dominantly,” Gollan said.

“I’ve got no doubt she will develop into better races than what we’ve seen here.”

In the Doomben opener, POMADE headed a Sydney trifecta when he won the Gallopers Sports Club 2YO Handicap.

Despite doing plenty wrong, Pomade held off a late challenge from the Annabel Neasham trained BESSMATI, who finished ahead of stablemate GOOD GIRL. Read more in our ‘Three To Follow’ segment.

ALF WEAVE’S SOME NORTHERN RIVERS MAGIC 

WE HAVEN’T seen the last of ALF’S MAGIC in Brisbane according to Grafton trainer Dwayne Schmidt.

The $55,000 Magic Millions colt notched his third career win with an all-the-way performance in the Three-Year-Old Colts & Geldings Handicap (Race 5) at Doomben.

A son of Rubick, Alf’s Magic bounced to the front under jockey Jim Byrne and held off a game Pentito to win by three quarters of a length in 1.11.05 seconds.

Schmidt said Alf’s Magic had been forced to overcome plenty in his young career to-date.

“He was a little weak in the hocks and we gave him a bit of time, patience and it’s paid off,” he said.  

“He probably shouldn’t be unbeaten in all of his starts.

“He possibly should’ve won his first start at Ipswich when he drew the outside gate and couldn’t clear them.

“He came back and ran an average race in the Grafton Carnival but we found he had Ross River Fever … he had a lot of treatment and TLC.

“He’s just really getting better each time he goes to the races and is now a more mature colt.”  

It was Byrne’s first ride for Schmidt since 2017.

“It was a really good performance,” Byrne said.

Earlier, trainer John Gilmore and larrikin jockey Noel Callow combined to give SEA RAIDER back-to-back Saturday wins.

Sea Raider toughed it out to win a BM85 on The TAB Wave Day and was well supported to bring up career win number 10 in the BM90 Handicap (Race 3).

Callow, who plied his trade in Victoria and overseas before relocating to Queensland, is now two from two aboard Sea Raider for Gilmore and has racked up 35 wins this season at a strike-rate of 27.8%.

“John used to train in Macau you know,” Callow told Sky Racing’s Bernadette Cooper post-race.

“We didn’t get to ride for him, we weren’t famous enough.

“We had to come back to Queensland and now we’re right, well, one of us is.”

In the final event, ROMAN AUREUS returned to the winner’s list for the first time in a year (almost to the day) when he was given a Larry Cassidy special to win the Class 6 Plate.

It was a well-deserved win for Roman Aureus, who had been racing consistently without winning, including a last-start second to Sea Raider at the Gold Coast.

Roman Aureus held off Black Soil Bloodstock pair PALLADAS and GLITTER STRIP to round out a good week for his trainer Brian Wakefield, who scored a win at Ipswich on Wednesday with promising galloper MILIARENSE.  

The win rounded out a winning double for Cassidy, who earlier partnered the Brain 'BJ' Smith trained Sciconic to win the BM78 Handicap over 2000m. 

NEED FOR SPEED AT THE VALLEY

TRACK records were threatened as the speedsters revelled in dry conditions when racing returned to Moonee Valley for the first time since New Year’s Eve.

The Lindsay Smith-trained IN THE BOAT gave HEY DOC’s 1200m track-record a massive fright when he won the Dominant Sanitation Solutions Handicap (Race 8) in 1:08.86 seconds.

Ridden by apprentice Alana Kelly, In The Boat ($2.30) extended his winning streak to four, which started with a win at Warrnambool in October and back-to-back Caulfield wins in December and January.

Earlier, YULONG COMMAND returned to the winner’s list and built on his impressive Moonee Valley resume when he cannoned out of the gates en route to winning the BM78 Handicap (Race 5).

Yulong Command arrived at Moonee Valley following a second to smart filly SCORCHED EARTH and a Listed placing behind sharp sprinter ENTHAAR.

The WRITTEN TYCOON gelding found the front with ease and now boasts four wins from five starts at the tight-turning circuit.

Early on the card, Ciaron Maher and David Eustace presented another smart two-year-old to the races one week after their Magic Millions 2YO Classic triumph with Coolangatta.

COUNTTHEHEADLIGHTS had his odds slashed for the G1 Blue Diamond ($51 to $15) when he recorded a one-and-a-quarter length debut win over SUMATRA in the Dominant Cleaning Solutions Handicap.

Maher said the I AM INVINCIBLE colt would have one more run before his grand final assignment, for which the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jr trained JACQUINOT is now a $5 All In favourite.

Coolangatta ($6) is listed as doubtful for Victoria’s blue riband two-year-old race with connections sights set on the G1 Golden Slipper, while Ebhaar holds down the third line of betting at $8.  

TAB WRAP 

Randwick Race 8 – LR Carrington Stakes 
Special Reward ($9.50) was just that for punters who stayed loyal to the Kris Lees gelding in the after he had drifted from $7 today and an opening quote of $5.50. PURPLE SECTOR was the $3.50 favourite but THROUGH THE CRACKS was best backed at $4.60.
BETS: Special Reward - $2,000 @ $10, $1,400 @ $9.50

Moonee Valley Race 2 – 2YO Handicap 
After opening at $8 during the week, Counttheheadlights started $4.60 joint favourite with the drifting Sumatra, despite the latter taking twice as much money. Counttheheadlights tightened from $101 into $34 in the Golden Slipper futures following the win.
BETS: Counttheheadlights - $5,000 @ $4.20

FUTURES MOVERS 

G1 BLUE DIAMOND STAKES
Counttheheadlights $51 to $15 
Sumatra $21 to $17 
Eros $26 to $34

G1 GOLDEN SLIPPER 
Counttheheadlights $101 to $34
Plymstock $101 to $34 

THREE TO FOLLOW 

Randwick Race 8 – No.12 NO COMPROMISE 
Railed through to run third at huge odds ($11 place) suggesting he has come back in good shape. Finished third in last year’s G3 Newcastle Cup and was three lengths off Montefilia in the G1 Metropolitan. A lightly raced five-year-old who can make his presence felt over the staying trips this Autumn.

Doomben Race 1 – No.2 POMADE 
Did plenty wrong but natural ability got him home in the opener. The colt by STAR TURN took the corner like a drunken sailor before booting clear, then ducked out again in the shadows of the post. Got the job done today on ability alone but looks to have a nice future when he matures. 

Doomben Race 5 – No.5 PENTITO
Said he has a nice win in him this campaign after the first-up run. Was likely to find this too short but did well to stick on for second after sitting outside eventual winner ALF’S MAGIC throughout. Like the way he ran through the line and can make his presence felt out to 1300/1400m next start. 

SUNDAY SPECIAL 

Sunshine Coast Race 5 - No.11 MELISMA 
Joins Hi Hi Hi as one of two former southerners on debut for the Tony Gollan yard. A now four-year-old mare who won on debut over 1000m at Stony Creek then failed to fire in subsequent runs. Like the way she's closed off in three trials, when not asked to do a lot, including a recent third behind STARTANTES. Ben Thompson takes the ride down in the weights and she looks to represent each-way value.  

   
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