Race 6 – 3:45PM COLGATE OPTIC WHITE STAKES (REGISTERED AS GEORGE MAIN) (1600 METRES)
Of $500,000.1st $300,000, 2nd $100,000, 3rd $50,000, 4th $25,000, 5th $10,000, 6th $5,000, 7th $5,000, 8th $5,000 GROUP 1
Standard Weight for Age, Three-Years-Old and Upwards, Apprentices cannot claim.Field Limit: 20 + 4 EM
# Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 141x6857x0 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees Christian Reith 2 59kg 114
2 x951511x26 PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 9 59kg 112
3 315x4700x1 HOOKED John P Thompson Tye Angland 6 59kg 108
4 1x80429x00 MORIARTY (IRE) Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 1 59kg 107
5 1x43431x52 KERMADEC (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 58.5kg 112
6 138x2240x9 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea James McDonald 4 58.5kg 101
7 11x60212x0 HAURAKI John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 10 58.5kg 96
8 20x7433x13 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 7 57kg 115
9 30x49376x6 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3 57kg 111
10 11x6650x55 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent Tommy Berry 8 57kg 103

1.PROTECTIONIST

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Comes here 2nd up (2nd up Record: 4:1-2-0).

Resumed in the Tramway with a pleasing effort for stayer resuming, 13th but beaten under 5L on the line. He jumped well and switched off nicely at the back of the ruck and as you’d expect he was left flat footed when the sharper horses put the sprint on but he kept working to the line nicely the whole way, without showing any flash turn of foot. Ran the 5th fastest closing 600, 400 & 200m sectionals out of the Gr 2 1400m event at this venue. So the effort was sound.

Is the horse back to his brilliant best which we saw in last year’s Melbourne Cup demolition win? That’s impossible to tell at this stage…..He certainly didn’t come up to that level in his Autumn campaign, but that could be forgiven. His first up effort was pleasing without being brilliant, but he’s being set for another Melbourne Cup (where it was announced this week he’ll be forced to lug top weight of 58kg if he’s to repeat last year’s win) so it was definitely a pass mark.

They’ll be way too sharp for him here, he’s not a winning or even a place hope in the race, but watch him late and see how he’s finishing off the race. It’ll provide a further guide as to his Spring prospects.

2.PORNICHET

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I’ve decided to take a real set against this horse this Spring as i just don’t think he’s Gr1 WFA material in Sydney or Melbourne. I declared him my lay of the day in the Chelmsford Stakes, only to see him backed pre-race as though unbeatable firming from $4.80 into $3.50 late in betting.

But after enjoying a soft run in transit, he was soon under pressure after cornering and only ever whacked away before fading out late in the final furlong. He ran exactly how I expected and the weight of money combined with his physical appearance pre-race suggested he was as fit as Gai could get, so he can’t really use that as an excuse for the below par run. Maybe he’s waiting to get out over a longer journey.

MAYBE? But he sticks to the mile here, and although I have seen Gai turn them around miraculously I’m going to continue my set against him this carnival and make him my best lay in the race again at the $5.50 early quote. I just don’t think he’s up to this level.

3.HOOKED

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Was very heavily backed when resuming into the Gr2 1400m Tramway at Randwick, and duly saluted to land some big bets with official flucs showing him firming from $18 into $8.50 before going off at an SP of $9. It was a clear career personal best first up run from the lovely, big & strong son of Casino Prince, having only previously won 1st up once from 5 goes – an open handicap win at Eagle Farm.

Has always shown terrific promise and he’s a lovely big entire who might just be getting better with maturity and still be building to career best form.

From gate 6, he looks as though he’ll be able to lead at his own leisure, with no other pace in the race at all. I believe he’s at his best when able to lead and dictate terms from the top, then try and kick away on straightening. He’ll do that here.

Has shown he’s up to this class of race previously, particularly last Spring. He was 3rd in last year’s Epsom just 1.6L off He’s Your Man. He then led all the way to win the Gr2 Crystal Mile on Cox Plate Day at Moonee Valley, before finishing a close-up 5th in the Gr1 Emirates Mile at Flemington behind Hucklebuck.

I’ve always had a big opinion of the horse and still think he’s a star on the rise as a 5yo entire. He’ll get a soft lead and judging on his first up win, is going better than ever before. I think he’ll lead them up and prove too big and strong to run down. A great value bet at $13.

4.MORIARTY

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Chris Waller trained winner of the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic in Perth last Summer. That’s his level Perth WFA….. He’s not up to the best WFA horses in Sydney and Melbourne and he also does prefer racing over further than the mile. I think at 30/1 he’s massive under’s, I’ve rated him at least 3 times that winning price.

5.KERMADEC

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Up & coming star Chris Waller trained miler, who was devastating winning the Doncaster in the Autumn, after only originally being a emergency to run in the race.

His two runs back when, 5th beaten 2L fresh-up in the Warwick Stakes and then a lovely 2nd in the Chelmsford Stakes 2nd run back, have both been terrific and it’s looked on both occasions as though the horse has had plenty of improvement to come physically, so he’ll be somewhere near his fitness peak 3rd run back from a spell. I have no doubt on his 2 runs this prep he’s made the progression from star 3 yo handicapper to open Gr1 WFA quality.

He’s a deserved favourite in the race I just thought the likely lack of pace in the affair might be a slight concern to his hopes. He’ll be charging home & take a mountain of beating. i think he’ll stand up and show us just how good he is in his 1st attempt at Gr1 WFA grade.

6.SWEYNESSE

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Star juvenile trying to make the progression from a restricted 3yo Gr1 grade to open Gr1 WFA. It’s always a quantum rise in grade for any young horse and very few have what it takes to make the progression and stamp their authority versed against all-comers.

Resumed in the Gr2 Tramway behind Hooked with a nice effort in a run that looked like it would bring him along in leaps and spades fitness wise. He was 9th in the event but was beaten just over 3L. So it was a good return by a horse not noted as a first up performer.

Historically he improves sharply 2nd up (2nd up record: 2:1-1-0). No doubt that’ll be the case in this but still has to prove himself this grade and he’ll also be better over further, later in the prep so happy to risk here.

A nice horse in the making.

7.HAURAKI

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Lightly raced 4yo who showed his potential as a future staying star when 2nd in the Gr1 2400m BMW behind Kiwi Mongolian Khan at The Championships at Royal Randwick during the Sydney Autumn Carnival as a 3yo after bolting in the Gr2 2000m Tulloch Stakes in the lead in.

Resumed for his Spring campaign in the 1400m Gr2 Tramway Stakes at Royal Randwick, running a nice enough race, working home well late to get within 4.2L of winner Hooked.

He’ll be much improved from that run, but will still be a run or two away from producing his best. That’ll be saved for when he gets out over a longer staying trip.

Very progressive stayer, keep an eye on him this Spring!

8.ROYAL DESCENT

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Star mare who finally broke through and halted a 19 race run of outs spanning 2+ years 1st up when resuming to win the Gr2 Warwick Stakes over 1400m at Royal Randwick. She was dominant winning by a length and a half, really putting her rivals away in a short space of time.

2nd up stepping up to the mile I really thought she’d go right on with the job from her first up win, so although only 3rd beaten 2.8L by Complacent, who led and won, I was a bit disappointed with Royal Descent, I thought she’d dash home faster, but she only really ground away in the straight. Maybe a bit of that failure could be attributed to her huge 1st up win and she was just a little flat 2nd up, her 2nd up record (6:1-1-2) isn’t terrific by any stretch. In any case I’m totally prepared to forgive what I consider to be a below par effort, as she still ran as honestly as ever.

Will settle handy I’d suggest from gate 7 for Bowman, in a race devoid of any genuine speed.

Sure to run well, she always does. Will she win again? I’m still a little deflated after her 2nd up effort after really thinking she’d taken the step to another level by storming away to win fresh…So I’ll drop off her this time around, she’s good enough to make me rue a decision like that though. Place.

9.LUCIA VALENTINA

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Star Gr1 winning mare, who was terrific as usual resuming in the Gr 1400m Tramway at Randwick 1st up behind Hooked. That’s her historical racing pattern though…..Run a huge race fresh, then put in a flat one 2nd up (2nd up record: 3:0-0-0).

In the Tramway, she clearly clocked the fastest last 600, 400 & 200m sectional times in the race, despite the leaders running it along slowly, in fact about some 6L slower than average. So she’s come back as well as ever and appears in for another great prep, she’s a super mare.

I’m happy enough to risk her 2nd up though, having never even placed in 3 previous 2nd up runs. Might sneak a place.

10.KIRRAMOSA

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Won the VRC Oaks as a 3yo filly, but due mainly to injury has only had 5 runs in the 2 years since the Gr1 success.

She made a very pleasing return from a 308 day break, in a 1200m BM90 race at Rosehill running home nicely. She surely would have derived plenty of benefit from that first hit out after a lengthy spell.

She then ran 2nd up in the Tramway behind Hooked, working to the line very nicely to get within a length and a half of the race winner on the line. She showed she’s comeback in nice order and will only keep getting fitter.

The longer the trip she get’s out over and the deeper into this prep she gets, the better she’ll be. She still might reach her best form again seen as a 3yo filly, but wait for her to get to 2000m minimum.

GEORGE MAIN STAKES TIPS

3.HOOKED

5.KERMADEC

8.ROYAL DESCENT

9.LUCIA VALENTINA

2.PORNICHET

SUGGESTED BETS

3.HOOKED EACH / WAY @ $13 & $3.30

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