Sicario beats a brother to Fly Like an Eagle in APG semi-6th stable win for the weekend (The Goss)
And Ashley Locaz and Major Hippie make it 8 at Invercargill.
18 GROUP ONES -THIS SEASON!-SO FAR!
TWO GI'S -TWO TRIFECTAS -JONNY COX'S FIRST PACING G1-ANOTHER FEISS GI !
THE CHAMP LAZARUS -PLUS CASH N FLOW FOR TIM-PARTY ON FOR NATALIE-AND MOTU PREMIER AT BANKSTOWN FOR LUKEMcCARTHY
BUSINESS AS USUAL ON PREMIER NIGHT FOR ALL STARS
*Chase the Dream goes down gamely in last stride in Rangiora Classic
*First the Chariots now the Taylor Mile-Trevor Casey has G1 quinella with Lazarus and Waikiki Beach
*Next target for Heaven Rocks-getting off the Unruly list for the Jewels
**Update on the Racing team (The Racing Team)
RACING THIS WEEK:
2.58: Chase the Dream (7) Piccadilly Princess )(9
11.15 Ashley Locaz (6 0f 6) Matt-4.54: Major Hippie (14) Matt
APG SERIES ( Sicario, Make Mine Diamonds)
(Sicario) Semi-final: Menangle April 22. Final: $350,000 Menangle April 29
Fillies (Make Mine Diamonds) Heat: April 18 Menangle. Semi-final: Melton April 28. Final: $350,000 Melton May 6
THE GOSS :
*Sicario had it tough in his APG semi final on Saturday night at Menanglebut was still too good for Higherthananeagle, a high priced brother to former All Stars highlighter FLY LIKE AN EAGLE.
From his wider draw Sicario had to be used to get to be parked but Chris Alford was not giving up the front with the inside drawn Higherthananeagleleaving Sicario parked. He launched at the turn and had a sharp tussle before coming out on top breaking 27 for his last 400m and clocking a 1.54. mile. The $350,000 APG Final is next Saturday, the night after Make Mine Diamonds runs in the filly APG semi at Melton.
*Natalie made two confident predictions about racing at Addington on Friday and was spot on both times. They were that The Devil's Own and Partyon would both be driven aggressively and both would improve on their last runs. Both won, The Devil's Own clocking a scorching 2.19.9 for the 1950 and Partyon, wanting to qualify for the Nevele R final and having to run first or second to do so dictated the race and won with something in hand. The Devil's Own had to do the same thing so it was a good night.
*The All Stars team were a little circumspect about the outcome of the Caduceus Classic G1 because of draw and travelling considerations butnobody told Elle Mac and Jonny Cox, posting his first G1 since the Dominion Handicap with Jaccka Justy in 2014. Elle Mac could hardly have been more impressive, sprinting hard up to lead, sprinting hard again at the corner to put a winning break on her rivals and holding on res0lutely. Shenandoah fought on well for third but A Lister appeared as if the big trip north had taken the edge off her. Jonny was pinch hitting for Natalie who had important cards to play at Addington and certainly made the most of it.
*Lazarus won the Taylor Mile with an authority which proved he still has a margin over his rivals including a good one in Waikiki Beach who fought on well and Golden Goddess who completed the trifecta. The last two are likely headed back to Australia for winter racing
STATS CORNER (1)
***OUR MILLIONAIRES - 1.Smolda $2.55m- 2--Lazarus -$2.04m +3=Auckland Reactor $1.837m 4-Adore Me $1.677m 5-Il Vicolo $1.588m --6-I Can Doosit (T)-$1,455m-7-Have Faith In Me -$1,407m 8-Young Rufus $1,082m 9 Highview Tommy $1.021m (Dream About Me $997,000)
Natalie Nails the Form -and some administrators !
We have had a good week and of course it is all go over the weekend but there is a lot coming up overall.
Our original plan was to run Heaven Rocks in the Rangiora Classic but we had a rethink with a couple of good races coming up at Premier meetings in May. We want to get him off the Unruly before the Jewels if we can. We just don't think he can give a horse like Waikiki Beach a start over a mile at Ashburton. He is a terrific horse and I just hope his manners don't let him down in the big stuff. No matter how good you are you can't afford to give them a start.
Chase The Dream was a later addition to the Rangiora field and he may not start. He is under offer and has been vetted. I am not expecting any problems there but in case there was any issueI put him in. I will withdraw him if the sale is confirmed.
Piccadilly Princess will go a very good race in the Rangiora Classic. She did well in the Easter Cup after that early break and she is training really well. She is seasoned a tough racing mare and even if it doesn't look that easy for her I am confident she will be in the finish.
Cash n Flow missed a trial before he went north but he is a good horse and I am sure he hasdone enough to be a major player. The difference between President Roydon and Regal Love is probably the draw.
Mark was pleased with MAKE MINE DIAMONDS and everything seems good there and we have Ashley Locaz and Major Hippie in at Invercargill on Sunday. They will be staying down there for the big meeting next week. Ashley Locazwas not entered for the Sires Stakes and there is a nice race for him down there next week. I expect them both to be hard to beat and the 14 draw will be good for him. He will learn a bit from racing from there and he hasn't had a lot of experience.
Tim's drives this week are in Auckland where he is managing the visiting team They are CASH N FLOW, REGAL LOVE, SHENANDOAH, WAIKIKI BEACH.Check back here Friday for his thoughts.
"I came up with the team on Sunday when we went out the gate at 5 am after a big night at Addington. They all seem to have done well this week and the fillies have picked up a bit later in the week but if it is tough for us you can imagine what it would be like for three two year old fillies and what they have to do. It is not easy to pick one out because they all have bad draws and it is a big field. So they will all need a bit of luck in the running. They are good enough but after the travelling you would say running on well and being in the placings is more than a pass mark. Cash n Flow missed that trial but he has worked well during the week and he usually gets by on little racing. He's got to begin first but he is a strong chance. Regal Love has to run against the boys which is some disadvantage but a nice trotting filly as we know and I would say an each way hope. Waikiki Beach looks well suited in the Taylor Mile. He's got the speed early and if he finishes like he did in the Miracle Mile he'll keep Lazarus honest. Mark has put the half blinds on this week though and that will sharpen Lazarus up. He's the better one at the moment but there is not much between them and with a good horse you are always a chance. Cash n Flow is probably my best to win but the Taylor Mile will be an interesting race
Matt has a busy weekend. On Thursday at Forbury he drives KIWI CRUSHER, REV ME UP , MR MAJESTIC, CHANGE IT and THE BOYZTOY and On Friday at Addington he drives ALL U NEED IS FAITH, and SPANISH ARMADA, HESTIA FRANCOand GOOD TIME GAMBLE as well as ASHLEY LOCAZ, OAUSEANNE LASS AND ENVIOUS at Invercargill on Sunday.
"I would say my Forbury drives are just runner's chances really with The Boyztoy the best of them. All U Need is Faith should be interesting at Addington on Friday. He will be put in the race and given his chance and his recent runs have been good enough if he has the right run and is on his game. Spanish Armada is a good drive by anyone's standards but I don't think she will be beating Partyon this week from the draws. Goodtime Gamble the trotter could make an impression if he does things right but that is not a given.
My best drives on Sunday at Invercargill is obviously Ashley Locaz and Major Hippie and both should be very hard to beat even if Major Hippie has to go around most of them but Envious is a horse who can make his own luck and could be a danger
Highview Justice and Lanikai are my two best at Forbury I would say. Highview Justice just got cuffed last time and Lanikai is pretty smart when things go its way. Machie Mark has an eacy way chance too.
At Auckland Elle Mac is probably the best drive but that draw makes it tricky and you have to bear that ion mind B D Khaosan took a while to settle in at Auckland Tom (Bagrie) tells me but has been fine later in the week. It's his first time around that way which can trick some horses. It is good he is not up against the guns of his age while he finds his feet with the Derby next week and he has the ability to win. Gee Up Neddy is in the same boat. He hasn't been around there before but he is not far from them in ability. Mark is driving King Denny and to be fair I thought it wasn't a bad run last time parked on a hot pace. He prefers a soft run at those speeds. Golden Goddess is a good drive obviously though maybe third would still be a good result at this stage of her prep. Its new ground for Break Dance too but I don't think she is out of it even from the draw. It would be a boost for Amber to win a race up there with her. She has a bigger assignment next week but I couldn't count her out.
I have two of my own in at Rangiora on Sunday, both at the early stages of their preps. Franco Saxon went nice at the trials (sliding blinds on) and is about at the same level as these ones. Its All Over Now we just gave a quiet workout between races. She will improve a bit but if she got the right run from that draw might get some of it. Piccadilly Princess is a good drive in the Classic. If you have a look at her Easter Cup run it was real good as she missed away, they went quick sectionals and she wasn't far away. There are a couple of tough ones in it like Field Marshall and Franco Nelson but you would have to respect her. Jayceekay is capable on its best day too.
ROY AND HIS RUNNERS
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS
fSTATS CORNER (2) -THE LEADING AUSTRALASIAN STAKES EARNERS
1 Black's a Fake $4.575m 2 Im Themightyquinn $4.567m 3-Smoken Up $3.66m 4-Mr Feelgood* $3.36m 6- Monkey King $3.33 m 7 Lennytheshark $2.56 8 Smolda $2.4om-9Terror To Love $2.377m 10 Changeover $2.32m 11-Shakamaker $2.29m
*Mr Feelgood earned the bulk of his stakes in the USA
Other horses we have found to have won over $A2m in descending order- Our Sir Vancelot, Lyell Creek*, Christen Me, Beautide, Village Kid, and Westburn Grant.
NZ ONLY -Elsu won over $NZ2m while Luxury Liner, Christopher Vance, Chokin, Auckland Reactor, Master Musician, Holmes D G and Yulestar won between$1.7m and $1.9m each.
*Lyell Creekwon over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list