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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.

RUN TO THE ROSE DAY

SPRING racing doesn’t get much better than what punters witnessed at Kembla Grange on Saturday. ANAMOE blew his rivals away in the Run To The Rose whilst Kiwi mare ENTRIVIERE was electric in taking out the Sheraco Stakes. Gun apprentice Brock Ryan made it two Group victories in two weeks when steering CHAT to an upset win in the Theo Marks.

MY TOP 3 TO FOLLOW

COUNT DE RUPEE – I don’t make a habit of steering punters into last start winners but am willing to make an exception with this exciting four-year-old from the Robert and Luke Price stable. His ability to take a up a handy position then sprint when asked will continue to propel him through the grades. Saturday’s first-up success makes it five wins from only 12 starts with plenty of improvement to come. 

NIMALEE – Matt Smith’s consistent mare was terrific first-up against the boys in the Theo Marks (1300m). Got a long way back in a furiously run affair yet closed off stronger than any of her rivals despite being first-up into her campaign. Her final 200m split off 11.33 secs was even quicker than PRIVATE EYE. Follow this mare as she steps up in trip and maybe an ‘Invitation’ will be awaiting her shortly.

CATAPULT – This Richard Litt-trained six-year-old hardly fits the bill as my typical horse to follow but with a disguised seventh in the formguide he may just provide a value bet next time out. Ridden quietly in the 1200m Midway, the four-time winner found nothing but dead-ends for the entire length of the straight – and it’s a long straight at Kembla.

PLEASE FORGIVE ME

PESTO – Met with support second-up in the Benchmark 78 (2000m) but under a big weight found himself buried away back on the rails in a race which developed into a sprint home. Never got into the hunt yet did manage to reel off the fastest final 200m of the race at 11.56 secs. Could be a sneaky improver out to 2400m next start.

ARNAQUEUR – In a race dominated by runners on speed, Jean Dubois’ three-year-old was last turning for home and stuck behind a wall of horses. Eventually found clear passage and wound-up strongly through the pack late – finishing fourth. His final 600m and 200m were clearly the quickest of the race and expect improvement over further next start. 

PRIVATE EYE – Lacked tactical speed second-up after a brilliant first-up win in the Show County. Finished seventh beaten 2.3 lengths in the Theo Marks (1300m) but the sectionals tell the story. Charged-up late with a final 600m of 33.24 secs which was not only the fastest of the race, but the second fastest final 600m of the meeting, bettered only by FITUESE in the Sheraco Stakes.

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RIDE OF THE DAY

JAMES McDonald was at his clinical best again booting home two stakes winners amongst his treble whilst apprentice Brock Ryan once again matched it with the seniors, scoring a double and another Group win. But ride of the day goes to Rachel King for her steer aboard PHILIPSBURG in the opener. Punters want to see their horse given it’s chance and that’s exactly what King did aboard James Ponsonby’s four-year-old in the TAB Highway. A far cry from the luckless run prior.

THE BIG WINNER

THE multis once again provided some huge results with the Sydney Quaddie clocking in at $15,177.60. Rank outsider CHAT knocked most out in the opening leg but if you managed to scrape through it was fairly plain sailing from there. No surprise the Big6 also paid well – a whopping $45,295.40 to be precise.

THE TAB MARKET MOVERS

ANAMOE - $3.50 into $2.50 for the Golden Rose.
ANAMOE - $6 into $2.80 for the Caulfield Guineas.
MO’UNGA - $7 into $5 for the Epsom.
ENTRIVIERE - $51 into $26 for the TAB Everest.
GIANNIS – $11 into $6 for the Spring Champion Stakes.
GLENEAGLES - $51 into $15 for the Spring Champion Stakes.
RANCH HAND - $51 into $26 for the Golden Rose.

Don’t miss ‘Joicy’ and Ben Way on Black Bookers every Thursday night.

RACING TRIVIA

1-KERRIN McEvoy scored his second success in the Dulcify when guiding GIANNIS to victory. His previous winner was for Peter Snowden in 2012. Can you name the horse? 

2-JAMES Cummings landed the Run To The Rose with ANAMOE on Saturday but can you name his legendary grandfather Bart Cummings’ winner of the same race back in 2014?
ANSWERS BELOW.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ ROOM

IN-form apprentice Brock Ryan earned a six-day suspension and copped a $2,500 fine for an over-aggressive winning ride aboard CHAT in the Theo Marks (1300m). Ryan won’t miss a Saturday meeting. OFF SHAW was found to be suffering from cardiac arrhythmia whilst OXFORD TYCOON pulled-up 1/5 lame. Both gallopers will require a vet certificate prior to racing again.

WALKING THE TRACK

THE Kembla Grange circuit once again raced remarkably well and is doing a stellar job during this Covid period. The times were consistent with a Good 4 surface and winners came from everywhere.

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WHETTING THE APPETITE

FIVE Stakes races are on the program at Randwick next Saturday headed by the G1 George Main Stakes (1600m). VERRY ELLEEGANT is expected to start favourite there whilst it looks a mini-Everest taking shape in the G2 The Shorts (1100m) with NATURE STRIP (perhaps), MASKED CRUSADER, ROTHFIRE, LOST AND RUNNING, CLASSIQUE LEGEND, GYTRASH and EDUARDO expected to line-up.

RACING TRIVIA (answers)

1-Proverb
2-Hallowed Crown

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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