By Brad Gray
At Warwick Farm
Make ‘Em Cry A Mystery
Make ‘Em Cry, who was well supported in the opener at Warwick Farm, was beaten 20 lengths but there were no issues veterinary-wise after the race.
Jockey Tim Clark was none the wiser after dismounting either.
All honours went to the brave Sandbar though with Brad Widdup boasting that the youngster is "a real fighter”.
“He has a great attitude and a great brain. He is a winner. He dug deep,” said Widdop.
“He still has improvement but all he can do is win.”
Widdup was non-committal on a Golden Slipper berth but it certainly won’t be the last time we see the son of Snitzel this campaign.
The two placegetters are worth following next time out with Satin Slipper sure to improve from the run, while Oxford Tycoon gave cheek on debut.
Blake Shinn (Satin Slipper): “Good run. Just the last 50m she peaked on her run. The winner kicked but take nothing away from my horse, she ran great.”
Josh Parr (Oxford Tycoon): “Lovely horse but it could be happening a little too soon for him. He has got the makings of a nice horse though.”
First look at @kimwaugh6’s first starter Oxford Tycoon.
Has impressed in his trials. pic.twitter.com/nIsyfITCTC
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) February 10, 2018
Aqcume Could’ve Ended Reign
Aqcume came closest to spoiling the party for She Will Reign and Corey Brown revealed he thought he was half a chance at the 150m.
“She has a slight breathing problem and she wouldn’t change her lead leg. She wouldn’t change it all the way down the straight and because of the problem I think she is a bit reluctant to let go but if she changed I reckon I would’ve challenged her,” Brown said.
“They went quicker earlier than I thought. I knew they would be positive on She Will Reign but how positive I wasn’t sure. She boxed on well though and is a nice horse.”
Brad Widdup said the stable have pencilled in the $125,000 Listed Fireball Stakes (1100m) on March 10 at Royal Randwick as a target race.
She Will Reign getting the job done fresh
Country Championships Taking Shape
We’re only a week out from the first qualifying heat of the Country Championships and the fields are slowly starting to take shape.
One stable that was always going to be a force was the Matthew Dunn yard and assistant trainer Keira Dunn revealed that Saturday’s Doomben winner Snitz is currently the top seed.
“He was super today,” Dunn said, “There are a couple of others but in my opinion Snitz is the pick of them. He’ll probably have one more run but the further we space his runs out the better, as there isn’t much of him.”
Dunn also mentioned that Lifesaver, who ran second at Doomben in an earlier race, is also a leading chance but needs racing to tighten up.
The pair will be targeting the Northern Rivers Grafton qualifying heat on Sunday, March 11.
Meanwhile, Brett Cavanough said all options are still on the table for Warwick Farm’s TAB Highway Handicap winner Star Boy.
“He is only a baby and we’ll let the dust settle. He probably has to win one more to get in (to the Scone Country Championships heat) but if he does, away he goes. They have that race again next year – or he might be better than that. Who knows, he might have bigger fish to fry. He might want a break now too.”
Don’t expect to see Another Sin in the Scone Qualifier though with Cavanough likely to send the three-year-old to the paddock after his failure in the Eskimo Prince Stakes.
Bjorn Shooting For The Stars
Bjorn Baker revealed the $3m Doncaster Mile on Day One of The Championships is a potential target for Show A Star.
“He is a good horse. I’ve underrated him,” Baker said after the six-year-old made it back-to-back wins.
“We’ll see what happens. The Doncaster nominations close on Monday and you’ve got to dream. One step at a time but he can’t do any more than what he is doing.”
Tim Clark broke the field up in the middle stages before coming back to the pack and then booting home half way down the straight. It worked but wasn’t necessarily the plan.
“He was able to dictate. He was a little bit keen for me but that’s why I held on to him for a bit longer but once he was challenged he responded really well,” Clark said.
“He’s a good strong galloper with a good action.”