J: Mark Du Plessis
T: Anderson Heathcote Racing
(Neds Boosted Odds)
The Championships, Day 2, 2019
RECOGNITION STAKES (LISTED)
$5.00 (TAB.COM.AU) – Thursday 8:30am, was $9.00
J: LUKE TARRANT
T: DESLEIGH FORSTER
ULTRA TALENTED 4 YEAR OLD GELDING RESUMING HERE FRESH UP.
HAS A TERRIFIC FRESH RECORD INCLUDING A WIN 1ST UP LAST START IN THE GROUP 3 GUNSYND CLASSIC AT DOOMBEN, WHEN HE ROCKETED HOME TO SCORE OVER THE 1350M.
IF THAT’S NOT A CLEAR BAROMETER OF HIS CLASS, WELL THAN HIS 2 YEAR OLD FORM UNDOUBTEDLY IS.
HE WAS 3RD IN THE 2015 GROUP 2 SIRES PRODUCE STAKES AT DOOMBEN BEATING HOME CHRIS WALLER’S HIGHLY TALENTED COUNTERATTACK.
NEXT START IN THE GROUP 1 JJ ATKINS OVER THE MILE, HE SETTLED LAST IN A 12 HORSE FIELD AND FLEW HOME TO FINISH 4TH, BEATEN JUST 2L BEHIND CHRIS WALLER’S SUPER STAR PRESS STATEMENT, WHO IN HIS NEXT PREP WON AUSTRALIA’S PREMIER 3 YEAR OLD & STALLION MAKING RACE, THE GROUP 1 CAULFIELD GUINEAS.
HE’S ALWAYS HAD ENORMOUS TALENT AND HIS BEST RACES TO DATE HAVE ALL BEEN WHEN 1ST UP, LIKE HE IS HERE.
DRAWN PERFECTLY TO GET A GUN RUN AND SUITED BY THE OPEN, EXPANSIVE EAGLE FARM STRAIGHT DOWN TO A TEE.
TO ADD TO ALL THAT, HE GETS A BIG CHUNK OFF WEIGHT RELIEF OFF THE TOP 3 IN THE RACE WHO LOOK THE HORSES TO BEAT AND ARE DEFINITELY THE CLASS RUNNERS. HE CARRIES THE RACE MINIMUM WEIGHT OF JUST 54KG.
HAS PLEASED IN EAGLE FARM TRACK WORK AND AN UNOFFICIAL JUMP-OUT WHICH HE WON UNDER A ‘VICE LIKE’ GRIP FROM LUKE TARRANT WHO PILOTED HIM THAT DAY AND STICKS WITH HIM HERE.
ULTRA HARD TO BEAT.
BET UP NOW AT THE $4.60 AS I’M VERY CONFIDENT THAT PRICE WON’T LAST AND HE COULD START EVEN AS LOW AS $3 AS THE STABLE LOVE A BET AND THEY’VE GOT A GREAT BETTING PROPOSITION HERE! HE’S THE ONE ALL THE MONEY WILL COME FOR.
ROB Heathcote has told his owners he has no idea what to expect from his big team of runners at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
The multiple premiership-winning trainer is usually frank in assessing his horses but with the way Eagle Farm has been in its first two months since returning, he has no confidence in how his runners will perform.
“On paper it looks like I’m taking a strong team to the races, but how would you know how they will handle this track?” Heathcote said.
“It’s a mystery. It’s disappointing the way the track has raced and I just hope it comes good in the next few months so we can have some consistency.’’
Oberland is the most fancied of Heathcote’s 10 Eagle Farm acceptors and the trainer feels he should be unbeaten this time in.
“Hopefully Sairyn (Fawke) can have him two off the fence in the run and then just bring him to the outside,” he said.
Kelly Doughty’s Flamboyer is on trial for a start in Newcastle’s Cameron Handicap when he runs in the Chairman’s Club Handicap.
He will be ridden by apprentice Matt McGillivray, who intends to take Saturday rides in Brisbane during Sydney’s spring carnival.
Two-state premiership winner Larry Cassidy will make a low-key return when he takes the mount on Les Kelly’s Forbidden Kisses at the Gold Coast (Race 7) on Saturday in his first ride since June last year.