She stunned everyone with her Sires’ Produce win but El Dorado Dreaming confirmed herself a potential classic filly for next season with a slashing effort at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
Stepping out over the Randwick mile in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes, the filly caught the eye coming from the back running the second fastest last 600m in 33.88 and the fastest last 200m of 11.53.
The Punters Intel data can’t allow for the horse being held up for a run between the 400m and the 200m so that adds weight to her 11.07 (second fastest) for that section.
The winner Seabrook had a largely unimpeded run and was able to reel off 33.57 for her last 600m.
The telling sectionals for Seabrook were from the 600m to the 200m, she was the only horse to run sub-11 second splits for the 600m-400m (10.98) and 400m-200m (10.89).,
Both fillies clearly have a bright future and with some Zabeel on her dam side, El Dorado Dreaming is a likely Oaks contender for next season.
Fast times, therefore fast sectionals, were the order of the day at Randwick with two track records set.
This was evident in the 2000m JRA Plate won by Tally but we’ll focus on the runner-up Nettoyer and the luckless Arbeitsam.
Nettoyer, for the second week running, produced a smart last 600m of 33.18, the fastest of the race, and was closing fast on the winner with an 11.15 last 200m.
She’s a natural backmarker, and a noted wet tracker, while Arbeitsam is a free running horse who unfortunately blew the start and that cost him his advantage.
He still ran the second fastest last 600m of the race in 33.48 and the third fastest last 200m of 11.36 suggesting he’s in great form and this could have been one that got away for him.
Of the track record to go under was the 1200m mark which now belongs to Anatola who was always going to be impossible to catch as she sat second then ran the fastest last 200m in 11.36.
The run of third placed Dissolute is well worth a mention. He’s usually an on pacer but settled back and wide before a last 600m of 11.47.
The significant section was the 400m-200m where he ran 10.70 but he’d conceded too much start and you’d think he was going about as fast as they can in his class.
Firsthand showed he’s in for a good preparation with a fast-finishing fourth in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes (1200m).
Like Dissolute, he settled near the tail and was off the track but he wound up with a last 600m of 33.06 and the fastest 400m-200m in 10.69 and 200m-post in 11.20 for the race.
Last but definitely not least was the performance of Osborne Bulls in going down narrowly in the final event over the 1400m.
He produced an amazing last 600m of 32.35 and, naturally, broke 11 seconds for each of his final three 200m sections.
He ran 10.86, a sizzling 10.54, and a final 200m of 10.95 – even on a fast day his work was out of this world.
A shout out too to New Tipperary, a middle distance performer, resuming with an excellent effort in fifth, though he surely appreciated the fast run race.
He ran 32.75 for his last 600m including 10.66 from the 400m-200m and 11.15 home.
Fastest last 600m: Osborne Bulls 32.35
Most ground covered (to place): Holy Snow +11.8m
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