4 YEAR OLD LINDSAY PARK TRAINED MARE, BY COX PLATE WINNER OCEAN PARK, RESUMING HERE FRESH OFF A 221 DAY BREAK.
NO PUBLIC BARRIER TRIAL LEADING IN.
KICKED OFF HER CAREER WINNING A 1212M MAIDEN AT KILMORE IN NOVEMBER 2017. RAN PRETTY GOOD OVERALL TIME IN PROCESS.
MADE IT 2 FROM 2 WHEN COMING STRAIGHT TO MIDWEEK 3YO FILLIES BM64 GRADE (OVER TODAY’S COURSE / DISTANCE – 1200M SANDOWN-LAKESIDE), ONLY WON BY A NOSE IN A 6 HORSE RACE BUT THE FORM OUT OF THAT RACE HAS SUBSEQUENTLY BEEN RED-HOT.
RUNNER-UP KARDASHING STRUGGLES TO WIN OFTEN BUT IS STAKES PLACED AND HAS MEASURED UP OK IN GROUP 3 GRADE.
3RD IN THE RACE WAS BELLA MARTINI, THE ULTRA SMART TEAM HAWKES MARE. AFTER BEING BEATEN BY OCEAN DEEP CARRYING LEVEL WEIGHTS FIRST UB SHE SUBSEQUENTLY WENT ON TO WIN THE LISTED GOSFORD GUINEAS & GROUP 2 KEWNEY STAKES AT FLEMINGTON ALL IN THAT VERY SAME PREP, SO IT SHOWS YOU JUST HOW GOOD OCEAN DEEP’S WINNING EFFORT WAS BEATING A HORSE LIKE BELLA MARTINI JUST A TICK UNDER A LENGTH CARRYING IDENTICAL WEIGHTS (59.5KG). BELLA MARTINI WENT ON WITH HER BRILLIANT FORM FURTHER THIS SPRING, SHE WAS 2ND BEATEN A NOSTRIL IN THE GROUP 2 LET’S ELOPE STAKES AT FLEMINGTON. THEN LAST START IN THE GROUP 1, WFA, EMPIRE ROSE STAKES ON DERBY DAY – MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL WEEK, SHE RAN A BRILLIANT 4TH BEATEN JUST A LENGTH & A HALF AGAINST AUSTRALIA’S VERY BEST FILLIES & MARES. FOR OCEAN DEEP TO HAVE BEATEN BELLA MARTINI A LENGTH AT LEVEL WEIGHTS, SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR THE QUALITY OF OCEAN DEEP, GIVEN BELLA’S DEEDS SINCE THAT DEFEAT!
AFTER THE SANDOWN WIN SHE WAS TIPPED OUT FOR A 94 DAY SPELL.
THE LINDSAY PARK TEAM THEN THROUGH HER STRAIGHT INTO THE DEEP END RESUMING HER 1ST UP IN THE GROUP 2 ANGUS ARMANASCO STAKES OVER 1400M AT CAULFIELD. SHE DREW BARRIER 11 OF 11 & WAS SNAGGED RIGHT BACK TO LAST TO GET IN. SHE DRIFTED A LONG WAY OUT OF HER GROUND AND COULD ONLY MANGE 10TH OF 11 BEATEN 7.8L BUT THE RUN WAS A MILE BETTER THAN IT LOOKED ON PAPER. SHE RAN THE 6TH FASTEST LAST 600M SPLIT OF THE RACE, COMING HOME 1.2L FASTER THAN THE BENCHMARK AVERAGE.
SHE THEN DROPPED IN GRADE BACK TO OPEN 3YO CLASS OVER 1200M AGAIN AT CAULFIELD. BUT AGAIN SHE DREW POORLY IN GATE 8 / 12. FRED KERSLEY RODE HER THAT DAY AND SHE HAD ZERO LUCK BEING TRAPPED 4 & 5 WIDE THE TRIP & SHE STRUCK TROUBLE ROUNDING THE CORNER WHEN BADLY HAMPERED (KERSLEY WAS LATER SUSPENDED FOR INCIDENT), BUT SHE STILL MANAGED TO PICK UP THE PIECES & WORK HOME IN LOVELY FASHION, RUNNING HER LAST 600M IN 6.7L FASTER THAN THE ALL BENCHMARK AVERAGE. AGAIN IT WAS A GUN FORM RACE, SHE FINISHED RIGHT ALONGSIDE DARREN WEIR’S SPRING REVELATION ICONOCLASM, THE WINNER OF 7 OF HIS 13 CAREER RUNS & WHO FINISHED A TERRIFIC 8TH BEATEN JUST 2.7L IN THE GROUP 1 KENNEDY MILE AGAINST AUSTRALIA’S VERY BEST MILERS.
OCEAN DEEP THEN WENT FOR A LONG 221 DAY SPELL & HASN’T RACED SINCE APRIL. SHE’S FIRST UP IN A LOWLY RATING BM64 RACE, THAT LACKS ANY DEPTH OF QUALITY, OVER THE 1200M – A DISTANCE SHE’S WON AT TWICE & RUN VERY WELL AT IN OPEN 3YO GRADE WHEN SHE HAD PLENTY OF EXCUSES.
THE WINKERS & LUGGING BIT STAY ON AND SHE’S FINALLY DRAWN AN OK GATE IN 5 OF 20. WITH FRED KERSLEY WHO KNOWS THE HORSE WELL TAKING THE 2KG OFF HER BACK SHE GETS IN ON THE MINIMUM WEIGHT OF 58KG.
EXPECT HER TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT HANDY GATE IN THE BIG FIELD & BE RIDDEN POSITIVELY TO BE IN THE FIRST 6 OR 8 IN THE RUN.
SHE’S BY FAR THE CLASS MATERIAL IN THIS RACE & I HAVE LITTLE DOUBT DAVID WILL HAVE HER WELL AND TRULY FORWARD ENOUGH TO BE WINNING DESPITE NOT TRIALLING PUBLICLY.
THE WET GROUND IS NO ISSUE HER LAST RUN BEFORE THE BREAK WAS ON SOFT GOING & SHE HANDLED IT WELL SPRINTING HOME IN GOOD SECTIONALS TO SHOW SHE WAS CAPABLE IN THOSE CONDITIONS.
AT $5.00 SHE’S ENORMOUS VALUE. I HAVE LITTLE DOUBT SHE’LL GO ON AT MEASURE UP IN GROUP CLASS & I THINK THIS ISN’T MUCH MORE THAN A SOFT KILL FRESH BEFORE BEING STEPPED UP TO TACKLE BETTER CLASSES OF RACES & MAYBE EVEN A RACE LIKE THE MAGIC MILLIONS FILLIES & MARES RACE OVER 1300M FOR $1,000,000 IN JANUARY.
GREAT BET, SHOULD GO VERY CLOSE. CLEAR CLASS EDGE!
COMMENT: He is a relatively lightly raced rock hard stayer from the Saeed Bin Suroor camp. He comes into the Caulfield Cup after back to back wins in some strong overseas races. He will love the 2400m and can handle a dry or rain affected track. A very versatile horse who will be hard to beat.
COMMENT: Finished off with the fastest sectionals in the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday and looks primed to run a very good 2400m in the Caulfield Cup. Has strong overseas form and the Internationals again look very hard to beat in the majors this year. Should go close.
COMMENT: A Japanese raider so he has to be respected in this. His last two starts have been very good in strong overseas races. Having his first up run in Australia and on his overseas form will probably need a bit further than the 2400m. Watch for a strong finish and a better run in the Melbourne Cup.
COMMENT: Thought his three runs this time in have had a lot of merit without really pressing for a win. Comes through the Turnbull which should be a good form race into the Caulfield Cup but he will likely need it to be wet to be winning.
COMMENT: A German galloper so he has to be respected in this as German horses have always ran well in Australia. He probably was a little unlucky at his last two starts and he is pretty well weighted in this. He looks a very good horse and needs to be included. Danger
COMMENT: Returned to winning form in the Hill Stakes last start which was good to see after knocking on the door for some time. Goes into the Caulfield Cup rock hard fit and we know he will run a strong 2400m. Yet to race at Caulfield which is a bit of a query as is the Hill Stakes form but he must be included unless it is a rain affected track.
COMMENT: Was a strong winner of the JRA Cup last start but this looks a lot tougher on paper. Will likely be one of the leaders and will make his own luck and with the Caulfield track favouring leaders lately he could be a knock out hope.
COMMENT: Comes into the Caulfield Cup with okay International form. He won pretty impressively last start although the form from that race doesn’t look too exciting. He is weighted well in this and will run a good 2400m but i am happy to risk in a quality addition of the race.
COMMENT: Has good form from overseas although i think some of the other International raiders look stronger. The 2400m should be the perfect distance for him so a win would not surprise so he should be added to multiples although i think there are a handful of others that are stronger. Each way claims
COMMENT: Is yet to win in Australia after plenty of racing so there is a massive query around his ability to win a race like this however he has been racing well this preparation and should be included in the multiples.
COMMENT: He was a bit disappointing in the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday after some very good runs at WFA. He drops a lot of weight in this and he will likely take up the running and with some easy sectionals i think he could give a massive sight. Keep safe
COMMENT: Topped the Caulfield Cup market for a long time until his run in the Turnbull Stakes which was a little disappointing to the eye. Thought it was better than what it looked and he gets a good drop in weight in this. His runs before thr Turnbull all suggested he was going to be very hard to beat in this and i still think he will. One of the big dangers.
COMMENT: Being a Japanese horse you have to respect him in the race although he is first up in five months so on that i am happy to risk him here. Will need the run so look out for him wherever he goes next.
COMMENT: Had been racing very well until what was probably a disappointing run in G1 company in the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday. He drops a lot of weight on that run but I’m not sure he has the class to win a major such as the Caulfield Cup. Prefer him in G2/G3 class.
COMMENT: Outside of Winx she put in the best run in the Turnbull Stakes and arguably the meeting at Flemington that day. Her two starts before that throughout this preparation have both been very good and she is ticking along nicely for the Caulfield Cup on Saturday and with only 51.5kg on her back she is going to be very hard to hold out. The one to beat
Vega Magic returned to winning ways with a dominant performance in the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) last month at Caulfield.
The three-length victory over subsequent Aurie’s Star Handicap winner Voodoo Lad was enough for Vega Magic to show off his Everest credentials and clinch a slot for the second running of the world’s richest race on turf in October at Randwick.
Vega Magic, second in the inaugural Everest last spring, will be out to make it back-to-back Memsie Stakes wins at Caulfield on Saturday after claiming the 1400m weight-for-age race by 1-3/4-lengths last year.
Vega Magic had a solo race day gallop under jockey Damien Oliver last Saturday week at Caulfield and Hayes, who trains in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, can’t fault the gelding.
“He’s going great,” Hayes said.
“He had a cruisy gallop on Thursday and he’ll have another gallop on Monday.
“I think he’s very similar to last year, if not better.
“His form, you won’t get better than the other day, the way he won. And nothing has gone wrong since.”
Melbourne’s first Group One race of the season is set to attract a star-studded line-up.
Trainer Darren Weir’s representation is likely to include Kings Will Dream, Black Heart Bart, Humidor and Danon Liberty while Hawkes Racing’s P B Lawrence Stakes winner Showtime is also expected to run.
Sydneysiders Kementari and Happy Clapper are among the others who will be entered.
Along with Vega Magic in the Memsie, the Lindsay Park stable is set to have chances in a host of stakes races on Saturday.
In the Group Three McNeil Stakes (1200m) the stable is planning to run Tony Nicconi and new stable addition Aylmerton.
Place a Fixed-Odds Win bet on Races 1-5 at Randwick this Saturday and if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you’ll get your stake back as a matched Bonus Bet up to $50.
($151,500 – JRA PLATE)
JOCKEY: DAMIEN OLIVER
TRAINERS: TEAM DAVID HAYES
THIS TALENTED GALLOPER HAS GONE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL SINCE JOINING TEAM DAVID HAYES AT LINDSAY PARK LAST SEASON.
HE WAS SEEN AS A STAYER PREVIOUSLY, BUT HAYES IN ALL HIS WISDOM HAYES HAS NOW EARMARKED HIM AS A 1600M / 2000M HORSE. SINCE BEING TRAINED IN ACCORDANCE TO THAT THEORY HE’S REALLY SKYROCKETED IN FORM.
1ST UP OVER 1400M THIS PREP, IN THE GROUP 3 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE STAKES, HE SETTLED BACK IN THE FIELD BUT RAN HOME STRONGLY TO JUST MISS OUT OF WINNING IN A 3 WAY DRIVE TO THE LINE. THE MARGINS WERE A SHORT HALF HEAD X A NOSE. HE WAS 3RD. BUT IT SHOWED THAT HE’D RETURNED TO RACING IN GREAT ORDER.
2ND UP HE STEPPED UP TO A MILE AND IN TO GROUP 2 GRADE IN THE $200,000 BLAMEY STAKES AT FLEMINGTON. A RACE THAT IS ALWAYS A GOOD GUIDE FOR HORSES HEADING TO SYDNEY FOR THE AUTUMN CARNIVAL. ONLY 4 OTHERS RAN IN THE RACE BUT IT WAS A RED-HOT FIELD, THE 4 OPPONENTS FOR COOL CHAP WERE:
ODEON– LISTED WINNER, GROUP 1 PLACED.
HELLOVA STREET– GROUP 3 WINNER (MELBOURNE CUP WEEK), OVERALL GROUP & LISTED RACE RECORD OF 21 STARTS – 9 WINS: 4 SECONDS: 3 THIRDS
TOSEN STARDOM– JAPANESE IMPORT. DUAL GR1 WINNER IN AUSTRALIA OF THE $2 MILLION MACKINNON STAKES & THE TOORAK HANDICAP CARRYING 57.5KG. OVERALL GROUP & LISTED RACE RECORD 28 STARTS – 6 WINS: 4 SECONDS: 1 THIRD
HUMIDOR– KIWI IMPORT. DUAL GROUP 1 WINNER OF THE GR1 $1.5 MILLION AUSTRALIA CUP & GR1 $750,000 MAKYBE DIVA STAKES, BOTH AT FLEMINGTON. RUNNER UP IN 2017 COX PLATE JUST HALF A LENGTH OFF LEGEND WINX, WHOM HE GAVE A HUGE FRIGHT TOO. GROUP & LISTED RECORD OF 20 STARTS – 4 WINS: 5 SECONDS: 1 THIRD.
COOL CHAP ON PAPER SEEMED OUTCLASSED & WAS SENT OUT THE 18/1 OUTSIDER IN THE FIELD OF 5. HOWEVER HE DEFIED ALL ODDS AND LOOKED THE WINNER AT THE 75M MARK, BEFORE BEING REELED IN BY THE HORSE WHO MIXED IT WITH WINX JUST MONTHS BEFORE, HUMIDOR. COOL CHAP RAN A TERRIFIC 2ND, PROVING HE WAS IN CAREER BEST FORM.
2018 BLAMEY STAKES REPLAY (COOL CHAP 2ND):
DAVID HAYES WAS THRILLED HOW THE HORSE WAS GOING AND DECIDED TO RUN 3RD UP IN THE GR1 $2.94 MILLION DONCASTER HANDICAP, AUSTRALIA’S FEATURE MILE RACE EVERY YEAR. ON THE SAME DAY THE LISTED GOLDEN NUGGET ALSO OVER THE MILE WAS ON AT BENDIGO, BUT SUCH WAS HAYES’ VIEW ON HOW WELL COOL CHAP WAS GOING HE DECIDED TO THROW HIM IN THE VER,Y VERY DEEP END, THINKING HE COULD MEASURE UP!
HAYES WASN’T WRONG ABOUT COOL CHAP & HE MEASURED RIGHT UP IN THE TOUGHEST GRADE IN AUSTRALIA! HE RAN 6TH OF 16 RUNNERS & PICKED UP A HANDY $30,000. HE WAS BEATEN JUST 3 LENGTHS BY HAPPY CLAPPER.
2018 DONCASTER MILE REPLAY (COOL CHAP 6TH):
THE JRA PLATE ON SATURDAY LOOKS THE PERFECT RACE FOR COOL CHAP, AS HE DROPS DRAMATICALLY FROM THE DONCASTER, DRAWS WELL, GETS A CHAMPION IN-FORM JOCKEY AND RISES TO 2000M, WHICH DAVID HAYES THINKS IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT FOR THE HORSE AT THIS STAGE OF HIS PREPARATION.
HE HAS TO CARRY JUST 54.5KG & ALONG WITH RACE FAVOURITE #1 ARBEITSAM ($4.40), THEY ARE THE ONLY TWO HORSES IN THE RACE COMING THROUGH THE DONCASTER, WHICH IS BY FAR AND AWAY THE STRONGEST FORM LINE IN THIS RACE. ARBEITSAM WAS 3RD IN THE DONCASTER CARRYING 51KG, COOL CHAP WAS 6TH CARRYING 50KG THAT DAY BUT WAS JUST 3/4 OF A LENGTH BEHIND THE GAI WATERHOUSE / ADRIAN BOTT TRAINED RUNNER. IN THIS RACE ARBEITSAM GOES TO 58KG (UP 7KG) & COOL CHAP GOES TO 54.5KG (UP 4.5KG), MEANING COOL CHAP MEETS ARBEITSAM A HUGE 2.5KG BETTER AT THE WEIGHTS FOR ONLY BEING BEATEN 3/4L BY HIM IN THE DONCASTER.
COOL CHAP HAS DRAWN ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY IN BARRIER 6 & WITH THE SERVICES OF HALL OF FAME JOCKEY DAMIEN OLIVER, HE’LL SETTLE UP JUST IN BEHIND THE SPEED AND GET WHAT LOOKS LIKE A PERFECT RUN IN THE RACE.
$8.50 LOOKS A BRILLIANT BET & AT THOSE ODDS I’D SUGGEST YOU PLAY EACH WAY JUST AS AN INSURANCE POLICY (ALTHOUGH I THINK HE’LL BE WINNING)!