We’ve scoured over all the replays from Saturday July 8 to find a few coming winners.
Flemington Race 7: Count Da Vinci
If you took the each way odds about this bloke, you’d know how unlucky he was. Rounding the Flemington straight, jockey Anthony Darmanin had his charge travelling beautifully as he clicked him up through his gears. Unfortunately the runs didn’t open up for this son of Faltaat, once they did, he couldn’t sit and sprint. The Brunton stable have noted that he’s possibly the best stayer that they’ve brought to the mainland, so he’s one to follow over the next few months before the big spring guns return.
Flemington Race 8: Duke Of Brunswick
Looks to have come back in really nice order this son of Magnus. Was held up slightly at a crucial stage as Oliver was trying to find an out, he was then able to latch onto the back of the impressive winner Ability who was dominant again. He probably wasn’t going to beat the winner, but with clear air he would of made it interesting. This bloke really appreciates the sting out of the track, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him string a couple of victories together over the coming months.
Warwick Farm Race 5: Suncraze
Can you forgive him for being beaten as a $1.65 favourite? I can, I think he’s a horse with a tonne of ability, keeps doing plenty wrong, but I actually thought his run on Saturday was the best of the day. He was slowly away and settled near last on the inside, rounding the turn when they sprinted he was left a touch flat footed, before building through his gears. Because of his tardy get away, jockey Corey Brown had no choice but to attempt to save ground along the inside, which was certainly the worst part of the track all day. He almost roped in the winner on the line, had he had the chance to come around them, on the better part of the track, I think he would of blown them away. Stick with him, maybe just not at short odds!
Warwick Farm Race 8: Embley
I was really taken with this son of High Chaparral who was having his first run for the preparation. Couldn’t keep up with them for a lot of the journey, but he saved plenty of ground sticking to the inside and built through his gears really nicely, was in a threatening position at the furlong pole, but had to check off the heels of his stablemate Sangiovese. Don’t think he would have won, but he would have run in the first three with clear running. Bjorn Baker obviously has some longer races in mind for this 5yo gelding, we think he’s in for a very good prep.
Doomben Race 8: Tap This
This girl competed in the Queensland Oaks last year, so they’ve obviously had an opinion of her. She really balanced up and hit the line really nicely on Saturday. As she gets back up in trip she’ll be sure to string a few wins together.
Gawler Race 2: Craven Image
Had to lug the 59kg and was mighty brave all the way up the straight chasing eventual winner Bon Elise who only had 54kg. I think Weiry will have a race in mind where he can get some weight of this 4yo gelding and get him back in the winners stall.
Belmont Race 1: Noir De Rue
I was really taken with this 2yo son of Blackfriars first outing at the races. Travelled sweetly one out, one back, as they sprinted at the top of the straight, he couldn’t quite go with them, but once he balance up he really attacked the line nicely. He’s last 200m was probably the best of the race and it gave the impression that he’ll be even better over the mile. He’s a coming winner.