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Weighing In with Paul Joice

Form guru PAUL JOICE assesses the Sydney Saturday meeting and looks ahead to the big meetings coming up.

GOLDEN ROSE DAY

ROSEHILL is a speed circuit so it was no surprise that speed runners dominated a thrilling Golden Rose raceday. I found a few horses to follow as well as a few it may pay to forgive.

MY TOP 3 TO FOLLOW

ICEBATH – Any rain arriving late this week will set up the TAB Epsom (1600m) for this tough mare. Closed off late to grab fourth in the G2 Golden Pendant (1400m) after being held-up for a run into the straight. A final 200m split of 10.76 secs was the fastest final furlong of the entire meeting! Has come up agonizingly short in a couple of majors to date but surely her turn isn’t far away.

ARTORIUS – A wide barrier and get back racing pattern conspired against the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained three-year-old in the Golden Rose, but boy oh boy – what a run. Settled a long way back before angling deep on the turn. Wayward galloper MORIDAN hampered ARTORIUS midway down the straight before a final sizzling charge rewarded him with fourth place. Final splits of 32.96 secs (final 600m) and 10.93 secs (final 200m) were unsurprisingly the quickest of the race. Look out when this fellow gets to a mile.

KIKU – This was a more disguised effort than the two above so hopefully we secure a price about Chris Waller’s mare when she next steps out. James McDonald found himself behind the wrong horse, stablemate BULLFINCH failing to take him into the race when he needed to. In a lengthy stewards report, McDonald explained his predicament and upon watching the replay it was clear that KIKU should have finished much closer.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME

ENTRIVIERE – I could confidently argue this was the run of the day. Jamie Richards’ mare found to be in-season prior to the race whilst also having to contend with an outside barrier on an on-pace track. A slightly slow jump sealed her fate, James McDonald forced back to last before making a sustained run from the 600m. The sectionals tell the story. ENTRIVIERE clocked the fastest final 600m of the day at 32.50 secs. That is low-flying. Don’t drop off.

PAULELE – A wide gate and on-pace dominated track conspired to beat PAULELE in the Heritage Stakes (1100m) but the run had plenty of merit. James McDonald went back early before finding a three-wide trail and appeared close enough to them on the turn. But HOME AFFAIRS didn’t come back to them, powering on for a strong all-the-way win. PAULELE clocked 32.77 (final 600m) and 10.97 secs (final 200m) so you can’t ask for much more than that.

CATAPULT – I promise this is the final time CATAPULT will find himself here. After a luckless performance in a Midway two weeks’ back, the big odds were tempting this time around. But once again luck deserted Richard Litt’s six-year-old gelding, held-up for a run over the final 250m. If you’re game, give him one more chance but if not, I don’t blame you.

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RIDE OF THE DAY

TIM Clark bagged a winning treble with two of those three winners’ courtesy of masterful front-running rides. The pressure involved in securing a G1 win aboard IN THE CONGO was intense, and his controlled aggression in getting every inch of the 1400m certainly deserves ride of the day honours.

THE BIG WINNER

PUNTERS who bet early on ZAAKI to win the Cox Plate were the big winners on Saturday with TAB already paying out all-in wagers on Annabel Neasham’s new racing superstar. As usual, the Sydney BIG6 paid well - $57,519.30 to be exact. YONKERS was the one you needed. A $51 Starting Price knocking most punters out early.

THE TAB MARKET MOVERS

HOME AFFAIRS - $34 into $17 for the TAB Everest.
IN THE CONGO - $51 into $21 for the TAB Everest.
HEAD OF STATE - $11 into $4.50 for the Spring Champion Stakes.
PROFONDO - $6 into $4 for the Spring Champion Stakes.
ENTENTE – $51 into $17 for the Metropolitan.
FANGIRL - $26 into $15 for the Flight Stakes.
ELLSBERG - $26 into $15 for the Golden Eagle.

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RACING TRIVIA

1-How many Golden Rose wins had Gai Waterhouse secured prior to In The Congo?
2-Helen Page took out the 2004 edition of the Golden Rose with which horse – a bonus point if you can name the jockey?
Answers below.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ ROOM

BROCK Ryan was the only jockey suspended out of Golden Rose day. Ryan was given six-days for failing to ride his mount CRIMINAL CODE out in the Colin Stephen Quality (2400m). Ryan won’t miss a Saturday meeting. YULONG BASE pulled-up 2/5 lame from the TAB Highway whilst REMARQUE was reported to be making a respiratory noise after failing in the Golden Rose (1400m). REMARQUE will require a vet certificate and has been ordered to barrier trial before racing again.

WALKING THE TRACK

ROSEHILL (rail true) was upgraded to a Good 3 retrospectively after the first race. The times were fast and on pace runners had a significant advantage.

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WHETTING THE APPETITE

IT doesn’t get much better than next Saturday at Randwick. Seven Stakes races, three of those G1’s. The TAB Epsom (1600m), the Metropolitan (2400m), the Flight Stakes (1600m) along with the G2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) will have punters salivating at the prospect. Bring it on!

RACING TRIVIA (answers)

1-None
2-Doonan (Hugh Bowman)

Paul Joice can be seen on Sky Thoroughbred Central and the Sky Racing Active app throughout the week. Catch Paul on Tuesday Formline Extra, metropolitan racing Wednesday, Formline and Blackbookers on Thursday’s, with all of his tips available via the Sky Racing website and the TAB App.

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