OUR experts look back at their metropolitan meetings in their respective backyards on Saturday and give us their assessment of the best and worst performers.
Shayne O’Cass (The Daily Telegraph)
Blake Shinn at his best has no peer. How he got over to the fence and then got off it again — all from barrier 10 — aboard Pariah in the San Domenico was one of the best pieces of riding you’d see. To those of who worried that Pariah would be three-wide no cover in a fast run race, next time, we will know better — lesson learned, Shinn’s the man.
Here’s another lesson badly learned last Saturday. When Chris Waller has one in the race that basically nearly broke the TAB (Alward), don’t back the one that drifts like Cyclone Tracy (Vaucluse Bay). Alward one, Vaucluse Bay nil.
Gerald Ryan trained a double and kudos earned there but one has to salute John Thompson for his efforts with Special Missile. You don’t see many horses winning five on the trot anywhere, much less in Sydney. That’s why he (Thompson) is more a conditioner than a trainer.
Broadside is a son of a stallion named Raise The Flag — how appropriate. He drifted like he only had three legs, sat three wide for a good portion of the race and duly folded like a banana lounge beaten 10-lens last. Tish, tish.
Nathan Exelby (The Courier Mail)
Blake Shinn, Pariah, Rosehill, Race 7: Universally regarded as a 10/10 in getting the heavily backed colt across from the tricky gate and then biding his time before asking for the supreme effort. Pretty to watch — especially for those that backed him!
Of The Day, Doomben, Race 1: She’s been a real late winter discovery. Will keep going through the grades and then be a force in those Queensland stakes races for fillies and mares later in the year.
Tap This, Gold Coast, Race 4: Had a big blow after this, where she just peaked on her run after a minor injury setback.
Marsupial, Rosehill, Race 3: Found the winner a shade sharp but this was an eye-catching return for a colt capable of getting over more ground.
Alward, Rosehill, Race 4: Promoted to favouritism for the Metrop off the back of this win, but he was given a brilliant ride and only fell in. Needs to improve sharply to measure up to stakes grade.
Sarajevo, Gold Coast, Race 3: Just a non-winner. Attracted betting support again but he’s knocking on the door of 1000 days since his last win.
Condor Heroes, Rosehill, Race 7: UBET must be kidding having him at $16 for the Golden Rose. Surely they have missed a zero. Trials like Black Caviar, but gets found out when the pressure goes on in a real race.
Rosehill, September 23
$11 Merchant Navy
$13 Catchy, Beau Geste, Invader
$14 Addictive Nature
$16 Chauffeur, Condor Heroes
$18 Siege Of Quebec, Jorda
Randwick, October 14
$6 She Will Reign
$13 Vega Magic, Menari
$14 Limato, Redzel
$15 Russian Revolution, Pariah
Tuesday: Tamworth, Mildura
Wednesday: Ipswich, Canterbury, Sandown Hillside, Murray Bridge, Belmont
Thursday: Rockhampton, Wagga, Pakenham (Synth), Northam
Friday: Cairns, Wyong, Goulburn, Bendigo, Carnarvon
Saturday: Doomben, Randwick, Caulfield, Morphettville Parks, Belmont, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Cairns, Hawkesbury, Grafton, Warracknabeal, Darwin
Sunday: Sunshine Coast, Moree, Mudgee, Geelong, Bordertown, Kalgoorlie, Devonport (Synth), Alice Springs
“Hopefully the good rides keep coming.”
— In-form apprentice Matt McGillivray as he tries to outride his claim in the twilight of his apprenticeship. A Gold Coast treble brought him to within single figures of achieving the feat.
THE TALKING POINT
The return of Melbourne Cup winner Almandin. Did a power of work in the run and battled on strongly. The $16 for him to win another Cup is rock bottom odds given only five horses have managed to repeat in 156 years, but still good to have the Cup winner back in competitive form
Originally published as Monday Rewind: Shinn shines
Source: sports dailytelegraph