It’s a sign of a very nice horse when they can be hopelessly outsprinted but still recover in time to win and that was the story of Toulouse at Rosehill on Saturday.
Sure, he dead-heated but the fact he was able to is a testament to his promise and Punters Intel data illustrates where lesser horses probably would have lost the race.
Toulouse sat up on the pace, a small surprise to most, and his overall last 600m (35.57) was the third fastest of the five runners while his last 200m (11.98) was the fastest of the race and the fourth fastest all day.
It was from the 600m-400m and 400m-200m where the gelding struggled as he clocked the second slowest splits of the race for those two furlongs.
Despite that he was able to keep in touch thanks to being close to the speed and while his fellow dead heater Dio D’Oro easily ran the fastest last 600m (35.29) of the race his late surge showed both his class and his desire for more ground than the 1400m.
The old marvel Destiny’s Kiss produced another herculean effort, and one that probably deserved a win, to finish as close as he did to Harper’s Choice in the Winter Cup (2400m).
He was 16m off the winner at the 400m with the 61kg on his back yet he still ran the fastest last 600m (36.82) by 0.51 seconds and again easily the best last 200m (12.53) to run a very close second.
There’s another promising three-year-old in the Chris Waller yard in the shape of Asterius.
He stepped out over 1500m on the back of a first-up Kembla Grange win and hurtled home in 35.64, the only horse in the race to better 36 seconds for the last 600m.
His last 200m in 12.20 was 0.12 seconds quicker than any other runner as well.
Also from the Waller yard, lightly raced import Raqeeq signalled he’s back in fantastic order and close to a win with a close up fifth when resuming over 1500m.
While his race was run in slower time than the three-year-olds over the same trip, the gelding conceded some 29.7m at the 600m before charging home in 35.08 with his last 200m of 11.99 the fifth best of the day.
He won over 2400m in Europe and he did win second-up last prep over a mile at Warwick Farm.
Also in the ready to win file is Redouble, who backed up his excellent return over the same course last month with a closing third on Saturday.
His last 600m of 35 seconds was the second fastest of the race behind Akasaki (34.93) while he shared the best final 200m with that horse running 12.06.
The Bjorn Baker trained gelding wants further than the 1100m now and did win third and fourth-up last time in.
This coming Sunday would have been a year since Liapari’s last win had he not jumped out of the ground to claim the Civic Stakes (1350m).
Sent out a $41 chance, he was the only horse in the Civic to break 35 seconds (34.99) for the last 600m and the only one under 12 seconds for the last 200m (11.97) as he swamped Dreamforce late.
Fastest last 600m: Gala Moshea 34.65
Most ground covered (to win): Realing (+10.7m).
Don’t miss Punters Intel with Gerard Middleton, Brad Davidson and Brad Gray on Sky Thoroughbred Central evert Tuesday at 7pm.