Form guru PAUL JOICE assesses the Sydney Saturday meeting and looks ahead to the big Spring events.
TAB EVEREST DAY
Classique became a legend, the crowds were back on course and Randwick was the only place to be for the running of the 2020 TAB Everest.
MY TOP 3 TO FOLLOW
CAPTIVANT – Peter and Paul Snowden’s two-year-old colt bolted in the Victory Vein Plate (1000m) and looks to be the real deal. Zipped home in 33.53 seconds which was the fastest of the race and only bettered by a handful of runners in the TAB Everest. Can go right on with it.
HAUT BRION HER – A fifth place finish in the TAB Everest (1200m) was an outstanding result for Chris Waller’s five-year-old mare. In a brutally run affair, Haut Brion Her was the last girl standing of the on pace brigade, beating home stablemate NATURE STRIP and leader EDUARDO. Lightly raced there will be plenty of options for her going forward.
TRUMBULL – Raced three wide without cover yet still proved too sharp in winning the G3 Sydney Stakes (1200m). Kim Waugh produced the five-year-old gelding first-up and whilst clearly forward in condition can surely win another race or two this campaign.
PLEASE FORGIVE ME
TESTIMONIAL – The outside gate over the 1000m proved too difficult for this James Cummings-trained first starter. Restrained back to last and forced widest into the straight, the daughter of Medaglia D’Oro closed strongly, splitting 33.58 seconds for the final 600m – the second fastest split outside winner Captivant.
ELIZABEEL – Finished third in the Listed Reginald Allen (1400m) but should have gone close to winning. Held-up in the straight and flew home once clear. She was unlucky.
STANDOUT – Good thing licked in the Sydney Stakes (1200m). Was in the gun trailing spot but when SPECIAL REWARD rolled in at the top of the straight, Standout was forced to check, getting out too late and flashing into second.
Kerrin McEvoy and Classique Legend, picture Sportpix.com.au
TAB EVEREST RESULTS – TOP 5
CLASSIQUE LEGEND – Stunning victory. Camped back off a hot tempo before unleashing a withering sprint in the straight. Final 600 – 33.29 secs.
BIVOUAC – Ridden quietly off the wide gate. Appreciate the hot tempo and closed off strongly to claim second. Final 600 – 33.46 secs.
GYTRASH – Didn’t ping the lids as expected, Jason Collett riding quietly back on the fence. Had some trouble getting clear and dived through late to snare third. Final 600 – 33.63 secs.
TREKKING – Midfield one out trailing the hot speed. Had clear air in the straight and chased right to the line. Solid performance. Final 600 – 34.03 secs.
HAUT BRION HER – Ran out of her skin. Trailed a brutal speed and was the last one standing of the on-pace brigade. Final 600 – 34.77 secs.
RIDE OF THE DAY
THE TAB Highway (1100m) was a frantically run affair and a cool Tommy Berry saved his charge for the final stages. Burst through the ruck aboard AIR MARSHAL for a surprise win. Great ride.
A BIG thumbs up to trainer Chris Waller. Due to COVID restrictions, the media had limited access to trainers at Randwick. Waller made the time after winning the Caulfield Cup to speak to the Sydney media, answer questions on all his runners and managed to do this whilst WU GOK and BRIMHAM ROCKS were competing in the St Leger Stakes – never missing a beat. That’s above and beyond.
Thumbs up Chris.
1 - THE Kosciuszko, Sydney Stakes and TAB Everest were all run over 1200m. Rank them in terms of fastest overall times.
2- CHRIS Waller won his first Caulfield Cup with VERRY ELLEEGANT. Which trainer has won the most Caulfield Cups?
Answers at bottom of page.
TAB FUTURES MOVERS
VERRY ELLEEGANT firmed from $17 into $11 for the Melbourne Cup.
ANTHONY VAN DYCK firmed from $17 into $13 for the Melbourne Cup.
CLASSIQUE LEGEND firmed from $6 into $3.50 for the Darley Classic.
IT’S ME firmed from $26 into $15 for the Golden Eagle.
FROM THE STEWARDS’ ROOM
A SUPRISINGLY quiet day in the Stewards’ Room with no suspensions.
WALKING THE TRACK
THE Randwick track was rated a Good 4 with the rail true. Winners came from everywhere along most parts of the track.
WHETTING THE APPETITE
IT’S only natural to feel a touch flat after the climax of TAB Everest day. But it’s Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley this weekend whilst Sydney punters will be back at headquarters for the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m) along with the G3 Nivison and Listed Brian Crowley Stakes. The spring showcase rolls on.
RACING TRIVIA (answers)
1. Everest (1.08.27) / Kosciuszko (1.09.60) / Sydney Stakes (1.09.79)
2. Bart Cummings - 7
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