It’s a points decision to the colts in the two-year-old ranks after stablemates Prague and Away Game took the first major Golden Slipper lead-ups at Randwick on Saturday.
Punter’s Intelligence sectional data shows Prague’s Canonbury Stakes (1100m) was run three lengths faster than Magic Millions winner Away Game’s Widden Stakes over the same trip.
The fillies were quickest off the mark with the first 500m run in 28.86 (compared to 29.21) but the colts sprinted home much faster – Prague ran a final 600m of 34.47 to Away Game’s 35.44 (six lengths difference).
The first three across the line in the Canonbury would all have beaten Away Game home comfortably.
It should be noted Away Game backed off significantly after finding the front, she ran the 800m-600m in 10.65 but the 600m-400m in 11.63.
Both winners produced the fastest last 200m of their races, Prague running 11.83 and Away Game 12.23.
The Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) announced Standout a new member of the three-year-old big guns as the colt demolished a very handy group at his first attempt at weight-for-age.
After positioning off the speed Standout let rip with a dash from the 600m-400m of 11.04 and his final two 200m splits were just 0.01 off the race’s best for those sections.
Runner-up Alizee posted the fastest 400m-200m of 10.78 (Standout 10.79) and last 200m of 11.68 (11.69) but the winner’s last 600m of 33.52 was superior by more than half a length so that midrace dash proved decisive.
Alizee’s final 600m was 33.61 and it was hard to miss Epsom and Golden Eagle winner Kolding as he ran 33.74 for his last 600m and matched Standout’s last 200m of 11.69.
Promising mare Romani Girl overcame a moderately run race to come from last in the 50 Years ATC Members Recognition (1500m).
The first 500m of her race was covered in 30.40 while the TAB Highway over the same trip put the first 500m behind them in 29.12 (about seven lengths faster).
The overall time difference was 0.24 in favour of Romani Girl but that also tells you the win of Greenspan, after sitting wide throughout, had a heap of merit and he announced himself as a Country Championships hope in the process.
Romani Girl had to post the fastest last 600m by a margin to win and she did just that running 33.91 which is getting close to two lengths superior to her rivals.
The flashing light to come out of that race, though, was third placed Mongolian Wolf whose final 200m of 11.57 was the quickest and he did it without the benefit of momentum as he was held up for much of the first half of the straight.
That explains his last 600m of 34.28, he’s a horse that will only improve as he gets to 2000m and beyond and looks in for a very good prep.
Dawn Dawn also stamped herself as a coming winner with an eye-catching first-up third in the closer over 1200m.
While she only ran the second fastest last 600m of the race (33.80) she didn’t see clear air until inside the last 200m. So for her to post the day’s best final 200m of 11.51 is a huge effort.
She won second-up last preparation at 1200m and was Group 3 placed third-up.
Fastest last 600m: Inanup 33.39
Most ground covered (to win): Greenspan +12.9m
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