THE KING TIP

THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2018

5 STAR SPECIAL

5 STAR

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5 STAR

BENDIGO

RACE 1

#7

PRINCE OF CAVIAR

$1.70

5 STAR SPECIAL

5 STAR

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JOCKEY: LUKE NOLEN

TRAINERS: MICHAEL, WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES

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SOME MIGHT SAY THIS BLUE-BLOODED COLTS, THE 2ND FOAL OF LEGEND BLACK CAVIAR, IS TOO SHORT OR NO VALUE AT THE $1.70 BUT I LOOK AT IT IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT & THINK THAT THE $1.70 READILY AVAILABLE IS GRET VALUE.

HE REALLY IS ENTITLED TO BE THE ODDS OF HIS FAMOUS MOTHER AT MOST OF HER STARTS AT AROUND THE $1.08 – $1.10 MARK, THAT’S HOW MUCH OF A GOOD THING HE IS HERE!

ON DEBUT AS A 2 YEAR OLD HE GOT A MILE OUT OF HIS GROUND BUT CHARGED HOME RUNNING TERRIFIC SECTIONALS FOR THE LAST 600M. HE WAS THEN TIPPED STRAIGHT OUT FOR A SPELL WITH THE IDEA OF BRINGING HIM BACK TO TARGET THIS FEATURES IN HIS SPRING 3 YEAR OLD SEASON.

HE RESUMED AT SANDOWN-HILLSIDE ON AUGUST 29 OVER 1300M IN A METRO MIDWEEK MAIDEN. HE JUMPED WELL & DRIFTED BACK BUT DIDN’T SETTLE IN THE RUN, RACING A BIT FRESH. IN THE STRAIGHT THOUGH HE PICKED UP THE BIT AND CHARGED AND MIGHT HAVE EVEN GOT HIS NOSE IN FRONT OF WINNER EXTRA BRUT, BUT WEIR’S HORSE KICKED BACK AS PRINCE OF CAVIAR’S CONDITION PROBABLY GAVE WAY IN THE LAST 50-100M AND IN THE END HE WAS 2ND BEATEN A NECK, IN A PLEASING YET FRUSTRATING RETURN. EXTRA BRUT HAS HAD ONE START SINCE AND THAT FORM REALLY HAS BEEN FRANKED AS HE WENT STRAIGHT TO SATURDAY METROPOLITAN 3 YEAR OLD OPEN GRADE CARRYING 57KG LAST SATURDAY AT CAULFIELD AND WON AGAIN. IS WAS A VERY GOOD / TOUGH EFFORT, SO IT WAS NO DISGRACE THAT PRINCE OF CAVIAR WAS NARROWLY BEATEN BY EXTRA BRUT 1ST UP AT SANDOWN-HILLSIDE, WHEN DOING A FEW THINGS WRONG AND NOWHERE NEAR FULLY FIT.

2ND UP ON THE 12TH OF SEPTEMBER, PRINCE OF CAVIAR DROPPED BACK TO COUNTRY MAIDEN GRADE OVER 1300M AT BENDIGO, FOR WHAT WAS SEEN TO BE AN EASY KILL BY MANY WITH THE BLINKERS BEING APPLIED BY THE HAWKES TEAM. HE WAS SMASHED IN BETTING FROM $1.90 TO SP $1.70. NOLEN RODE HIM LIKE THE BEST HORSE IN THE RACE (WHICH HE PROBABLY WAS / STILL IS) & HE SHOT RIGHT AWAY ON THE CORNER TO SET UP WHAT LOOKED LIKE A WINNING LEAD, HOWEVER HE WAS A SITTING DUCK THE LAST 50M & LINDSAY PARK’S MICKEY BLUE EYES NAILED HIM RIGHT ON THE LINE TO DEFEAT PRINCE OF CAVIAR INTO 2ND SPOT AGAIN, THIS TIME BY A NOSE MARGIN. HE MAY HAVE DISAPPOINTED PLENTY WITH HIS DEFEAT, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO TOOK THE ODDS-ON, BUT LOOKING AT MICKEY BLUE EYES’ FORM, IT WAS CERTAINLY NOT DISAPPOINTING GOING DOWN TO HIM AT ALL.

MICKEY BLUE EYES BEAT PRINCE OF CAVIAR AT START #4, ON DEBUT, HE RAN LAST WEEKEND’S GOLDEN ROSE FAVOURITE, WHO FINISHED 3RD IN THE GR1 RACE (& RAN TERRIFICALLY!) – GRAFF, TO A SHORT HALF-HEAD AT HAWKESBURY OVER 1300M ON DEBUT……

BOY HOW THAT FORM HAS STACKED UP. THAT’S ELITE FORM IN FACT!! IT’S THE ELITE 3 YEAR OLD FORM ANYWHERE IN AUSTRALIA BY A MILE & THAT WAS ONLY HIS DEBUT……

AT START #2, MICKEY BLUE EYES, CHARGED HOME AFTER BEING BADLY CHECKED IN A METRO MIDWEEK RACE AT WARWICK FAR TO FINISH 4TH BEATEN JUST 1.4L – 3RD IN THAT RACE WAS SUBSEQUENT GROUP WINNER TARKA WHO WILL BE ONE OF THE FAVOURITE’S FOR THE GR1 SPRING CHAMPION STAKES AND GR1 VRC DERBY. AGAIN, ELITE FORM LINES………

AT START #3 HE WAS BEATEN SOUNDLY BY BUDDING SUPER STAR / ALREADY DUEL GR1 WINNER / SHORT PRICED CAULFIELD GUINEAS FAVOURITE — THE AUTUMN SUN, BUT EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG DID GO WRONG! IN A VERY HIGH QUALITY SATURDAY OPEN 3 YEAR OLD RACE. HE CAST A PLATE BEFRE THE START AND PLAYED UP ON THE WAY TO THE STALLS & HAD TO BE VETTED. HE WAS TRAPPED 3 & 4 WIDE THE TRIPS WITHOUT COVER, THEN TO TOP IT ALL OFF HE PULLED UP WITH A SLOW RECOVERY RATE. ALL THIS AND HE WS STILL ONLY 9L OFF AUSTRALIA’S BEST 3 YEAR OLD & A HORSE THAT’S BEING TOUTED AS A GENUINE THREAT TO THE ALMIGHTY WINX……..

SO AS YOU CAN SEE IT WAS FAR FROM DISGRACEFUL FOR PRINCE OF CAVIAR TO GET BEATEN BY A PIMPLE IN THE LAST STRIDE TO MICKEY AS HE HAS THE BEST FORM LINES OF MOST 3 YEAR OLDS IN THE COUNTRY! MICKEY BLUE EYES ALSO HAS A CAULFIELD GUINEAS NOMINATION WHERE HE IS WELL IN COMMISSION TO RUN WELL IN THE ELITE 3 YEAR OLD MILE OF THE SEASON. 

THERE’S NOTHING IN THIS RACE THAT COMES CLOSE TO THE CALIBRE OF THE HORSES LIKE EXTRA BRUT & MICKEY BLUE EYES! THE BLINKERS REMAIN ON & IT’S A SET WEIGHTS RACE SO HE DOESN’T HAVE TO CARRY ANY PENALTY FOR HIS TWO VERY GOOD 2NDS THIS PREP. FROM BARRIER 8, I EXPET NOLEN TO JUST LET HIM FIND HIS FEET EARLY AND SETTLE DOWN ON THE OUTSIDE MAYBE JUST WORSE THAN MIDFIELD OUT OF TRAFFIC. I’M SURE LUKE WILL BE A BIT MORE PATIENT THIS TIME & WON’T TAKE ANY RISKS BY GOING TO SOON.

HE’S SIMPLY A MILE TOO GOOD HERE, PRINCE OF CAVIAR! IT’S LIKE PUTTING A FORMULA 1 MERCEDES CAR IN A PUSH BIKE RACE…….! I KNOW I’D HAPPILY TAKE $1.70 ABOUT THE MERC TO WIN THAT ONE, & SO I’LL BE HAVING A HUGE LASH AT PRINCE OF CAVIAR HERE TO BREAK HIS MAIDEN AT START 4. HE’S THE BEST OF GOOD THINGS – AND WHOEVER SAID “ODDS ON LOOK ON” DIDN’T APPRECIATE THE FACT IF YOU CAN GET $1.70 ABOUT A $1.08 CHANCE YOU SHOULD UNLEASH!

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