By Brad Gray
Roosevelt Too Bad To Be True
Tye Angland was at a loss to explain the disappointing run from boom colt Roosevelt in the opener at Rosehill Gardens.
“The vets will have to find something because I couldn’t. He travelled strong, travelled good, travelled like the winner but was gone around the corner,” Angland said.
The vets subsequently found Roosevelt to be 3/5 lame so punters, you’ll have to try to forget he ever ran.
Certainly don’t overlook the merit of the win from Gem Song though, showing his versatility to come from back in the field having won on debut sitting outside of the leader.
“Dropping back in trip wasn’t ideal and he came off the bridal approaching the corner but once he got a bit of daylight he let down,” trainer Kris Lees said.
“He has always shown enough. I rarely bring them to town for their first start.”
Jason Collett has no doubt that the Your Song colt is very smart. Punters' Intel reveals Gem Song ran his last 200m in 11.51s – which was about 2.5L quicker than anything else over the finals stages. How he comes through the run will decide for Lees if he’ll push on to Queensland or head to the paddock.
Roosevelt has been crunched all week in betting!
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You Just Got Litt Up
The ups and downs of racing.
A week after Richard Litt lost Mackintosh, having broken down at Hawkesbury, the Warwick Farm-based trainer brought up his first Saturday winner in New South Wales with ex-Godolphin galloper Sedition.
“I’ll tell you what, it’s a good feeling,” Litt said.
“You’ve got to really look after (Sedition). He is quite soft to be honest so I think that falls into our favour. He is happy where he is and doing well.”
Litt currently has “about 10 horses” in work as well as a few pre-trainers and a couple of yearlings.
Meanwhile, Goldfinch, who opened up a big mid-race lead was brave to be beaten less than half a length at the finish.
“I was quite happy with her run,” said Deanne Panya, “She stuck on well. She just loses focus down the straight when she is out there by herself but that’s how she likes to race.”
Impending Black Type Winner
She’s got a long way to go to match big brother Impending but there’s some chance Epidemic heads north to join him in Queensland having won impressively first up.
The three-year-old filly prevailed in a tight photo over O’Rachael, to beat the older mares, and although she tends to come to hand quickly and paraded a fit horse, there’s still more to come from the daughter if Mnemosyne.
“I think she can springboard from this. She has black typewritten all over her, we just need to find the right race,” said James Cummings.
“I like her at 1100 and 1200m so that’s what I’ll target. There are not too many fillies who’d fight as hard as that.”
Punters' Intel reveals Epidemic ran her last two 200m splits in 10.82s and 11.15s with a slick final 600m of 33.43s.
Brenton Avdulla added, “I thought I was going to get there but half way up I wasn’t sure before she knuckled down late. To her credit she is still improving and is on the up.”
Mission Accomplished For Waller Import
When an import performs well at their first Australian start, as a general rule, it means they are well above average.
It wasn't a particularly deep race but Solo Mission is a name worth jotting down in your blackbook after a rails hugging Tye Angland ride got him home at Rosehill.
"It was an enormous win today. Much of his form in Europe was over further so to see him have a turn of foot shows what class he must have," said Chris Waller's stable rep Charlie Duckworth.
"Often they take a full preparation but the good ones don't. He has obviously got plenty in the locker."
The four-year-old son of Sea The Stars was doing his best work past the post, not in front of it, with Punters' Intel revealing a final 200m of 11.76s. He was the only horse to break 12s home.
Duckworth compared Solo Mission to Weary who took no time settling into Sydney life, winning the Doncaster Prelude at just his third Australian start.
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