*Alta Ronaldo Retired
*Big Team Headed to Addington Trials on Monday including Waikiki Beach
RACING THIS WEEK
7.33 Riccardo (3) Michelle "He is still on the Derby radar and looking for some of those features in Australia. He will go a good race but he is first up and will improve with it. It looks like they will be going along a bit. He's a chance but look for improvement if he gets beat"
1.30 All U Need is Faith (5) Speech is Silver(9) -nb inside second row (Jonny)
Elle Mac, Bare Knuckle, Shenandoah, Make Mine Diamonds, Waikiki Beach, Piccadilly Princess, Major Hippie, President Roydon, Sicario, Ohmzee.
* ALTA RONALDO's brave fight back from bouts of injury has ended after he went amiss again in training last week after being outpaced at Addington on the comeback rail. The best was never seen of the Mach Three gelding another successful purchase by the notably successful "Major Mark" Syndicate who currently race Ultimate Machete . Until his current campaign he had been in the money in 13 of 15 starts, five of them wins.He was held in high regard hence several attempts were made to get him back to his best on the track. He will be a sport horse from now on and leaves the stable on Saturday.
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)
SMOLDA is out of the Easter Cup after a little setback but although it is a disappointment in the short term it could work better for him in the longer term. It was a minor leg thing but we were going to be working overtime to get him there and my advice was to call it a season and spell him. It is a shame he won't be there but a good break now makes it easier for him in the spring and though he is rising nine he could be in for another good season. He is a wonderful old horse and still very well in himself.
We will be nominating most of our leading four year olds for the Superstars next week. There is LAZARUS , HEAVEN ROCKS and CHASE THE DREAMSas obvious ones but I am still weighing up WAIKIKI BEACH and I am not leaning his way for that just at the moment. His work is ok but not more than that so I am tempted to wait for him a little longer. A race like the Easter Cup is on his radar. We were quite happy with his run at Auckland and he is still a good chance in several races to come.
GLASS HALF FULL has not had such good luck. He has been on the easy list and the test results on him are not that good so he is a wait and seeIt is good to see GOLDEN GODDESS come back so well and she went well this morning. Just a shame she couldn't get back in time for some of those big races over the last couple of months
Natalie and I had a good break, six days in Brisbane which I really enjoyed and then four days in Sydney. The problem there was rain. 11 inches in 24 hours. I had never seen rain like it and you couldn't drive anywhere while it was going. We hit the ground running on Monday morning and it will be all go from now on, My main concern is the lack of racing for two year olds. We have owners investing good money in yearlings who now find few racing opportunities. I think the next one here is the Welcome Stakes which is a feature event and you need horses with some experience to get the best result and that is difficult
Tim is enjoying a well earned break in Queensland this week.
STATS 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 Creek seems a little short changed in Australian records at $2.25m.. He won over $2.9m according to his New Zealand record which would place him 7th on our overall(unofficial) list
I have seven drives at Addington Friday and the best is probably BENECIO . It is an even field but I think Locharburn might be a touch short at the odds and we should get a nice trip from the draw. He is due to crack one and this could be it KATIKI LAD is still learning but the second line draw could actually help him. Ricky said he got things real wrong first up because he panicked between horses while he might be safer following them out and with a little gear change. MADDISON'S DESIRE went good on the grass but the the 1.55.8 mile rate was too tough here last time. Might get some if run race to suit. MRS BROWN'S BOY is a funny one. At his best he could beat a field like this easily but you are never quite sure if he has turned up to do that. Back to a mobile is a big help. He has been messing it up from the stand lately. KING DENNY is a wee bit of an enigma too. I probably feel that if they run around in 3.20 he will handle that but this field could run 3.15 if they go hard. He is ok though I would like to see a step up here. HAPPY HEIDI does go well fresh and could get some of it but there are some smart ones in it and a lot depends on what run she gets. RUM IN THE SUNis a bit like King Denny in that at his best he could win this. When he's doing things right he is fairly smart and the mobile should help here. He might be some value.
At Wairio I am on SPEECH IS SILVER. I hope its the best one ! No he has come to it quite well lately and his trial run was pretty good last time. I am not too worried about the draw. Ideally he wil get the right run just in behind the lead and be too good. RAPHOE is a bit limited but is in the right field. Ok when freshened but winning a mile from the unruly is an ask. LIVING GLORY is honest but a bit one paced. If they go the mile real hard and she is somewhere near them at the turn you know she will keep going. I guess Speech is Silver is the best of them
At Motukarara HIGHVIEW JUSTICE looks an each way chance. We led them last time at Addington and just couldn't hold on but has gone well on the grass and this is a field he could handle with his best effort. HE'S FAST AND FURIOUS is a little the same. He went ok on the grass at Reefton and can place. BACARDI N COKE is in the same position with the ability to figure but he has a few tricks
ROY AND HIS RUNNERS
-MASTER TRAINER ROY PURDON LOOKS BACK ON THE HORSES AND TIMES THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS
I had a lovely trip over to the Miracle Mile and it was great to catch up with some old friends over there after a long time away. It all went smoothly. The family had me well organised I got a good look around Sydney as well. It was a great effort of Mark and Natalie's team to run second third and fourth in the Miracle Mile when you consider you are racing the best horses in Australasia. But I would take nothing away from the winner Lennytheshark. He sat parked and did the job. I though for a second Pilch's horse (Smolda) had got up but it was not to be. Youget beaten in those sort of races a lot more than you win them. That's racing. But it was exciting stuff. Now I am off to Auckland tonight for the Derby with More the Better our hope. I think he is a good chance if he gets the right run from the draw though it looks like the prediction for rain which didn't happen yesterday is going to happen today. It is an interesting Derby field but our horse at his best is up with them. It won't be wet where Neil I are as guests of the club so it should be a good night. Australia went so well I have decided to make the effort to get to Christchurch for the New Zealand Derby later on. That's the intention anyway but one step at a time.