THE KING TIP

SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2018

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SANDOWN (HILLSIDE)

RACE 8 

(GR2 ZIPPING CLASSIC)

#8

OUR LIBRETTO

$6.00

(ODDS BOOST – LADBROKES)

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J: DAMIAN LANE

T: GRAHAME BEGG

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WINNER OF 4 OUT OF 5 AUSTRALIAN STARTS SINCE JOINING THE GRAHAME BEGG STABLE AS AN IMPORT FOR NEW ZEALAND, INCLUDING A DOMINANT WIN AT THIS TRACK BACK IN AUGUST IN BM70 GRADE WHERE SHE CAME FROM LAST ON THE CORNER TO ROCKET HOME & WIN EASED DOWN. THIS PREP SHE’S WON AT 1400M, 1600M, 1800M & 2025M & HAS THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THE STEP UP IN DISTANCE ON EACH OCCASION.

LAST SATURDAY IN THE GR2 MATRIACH STAKES OVER 2000M FOR FILLIES & MARES, ON THE FINAL DAY OF THE FLEMINGTON MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL, A RACE WHICH ON PAPER DIDN’T SEEM TO SUIT STAYING AT 2000M, WHEN IT WAS CLEAR SHE WAS WANTING FURTHER, SHE TURNED IN A SUPER BUT LUCKLESS EFFORT. AND THE WAY THE RACE PANNED OUT SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO HOPE.

SHE WAS 12TH OF 15 AT THE 600M MARK & $61 LEADER SILENT ROAR RAN THE 1ST 1400M TO THE 600M MARK IN A PEDESTRIAN 10.1L SLOWER THAN THE BENCHMARK, MAKING THOSE LIKE OUR LIBRETTO WHO WERE WELL BACK A MATHEMATICAL CERTAINLY NOT TO BE WINNING.

SHE RAN A RACE FASTEST SPLIT FROM THE 400M-200M OF 11.28 MAKING UP A STACK OF GROUND BUT IN THE END SHE RAN OUT OF ROOM & COULDN’T GET A CLEAR CRACK AT THEM INSIDE THE LAST 125M. 

IN THE END SHE WAS 7TH BEATEN JUST 1.3L IN THE FINISH, WHICH I THINK WAS A SUPERB EFFORT ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. 

HERE SHE STEPS UP TO WHAT APPEARS TO BE HER IDEAL TRIP OF 2400M WHICH IS A HUGE TICK. SHE ALSO DRAWS BARRIER 1, WHICH IN A FIELD OF 8 IS PERFECT AS SHE WON’T HAVE TO SPEND A PENNY IN THE RUN AND WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR LANE TO PULL THE TRIGGER HE SHOULDN’T HAVE ANY DIFFICULTY GETTING CLEAR RUNNING ON THE WIDE OPEN EXPANSES OF THE SANDOWN HILLSIDE TRACK. 

THE TAJ MAHAL ($4.20) & LIBRAN ($6.50) ARE PROBABLY THE TWO HARDEST HORSES TO BEAT. THE TAJ MAHAL WHO THIS RACE 12 MONTHS AGO & LIBRAN WHO ALWAYS CARRIERS TOP-WEIGHT IN HIS RACES WILL APPRECIATE THE WEIGHT RELIEF HE GETS UNDER THE WFA CONDITIONS.

THAT SAID I’VE ALWAYS HAD A HUGE WRAP ON OUR LIBRETTO & GRAHAME BEGG HAS SAID IT WAS LITTLE MORE THAN A BARRIER TRIAL LAST WEEK IN THE MATRIACH – GIVEN THE WAY THE RACE WAS RUN & THE FACT SHE WAS BADLY HELD UP FOR A RUN IN THE FINAL STAGES WITHOUT EVER BEING TESTED. 

I’M EXCITED TO SEE HER OUT TO 2400M & I THINK SHE’LL BE MIGHTY HARD TO BEAT!

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