There was no beating Stay Inside in Saturday’s G1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill with the Richard and Michael-Freedman trained colt displaying his customary acceleration but nobody missed the effort of the runner up Anamoe.
Particularly from an Inglis Sires’ perspective in a fortnight’s time.
Anamoe clocked a last 600m of 34.33s, after Profiteer ran along in the early stages. That was four lengths faster than the second quickest, which was Blue Diamond winner Artorious (34.93s). Take nothing away from the winner but the general consensus was what could have been had Anamoe drawn a barrier.
On Artorius, he did well to finish sixth after he looked sure to run closer to last turning for home. His most noteworthy sectional was his last, clocking a 11.90s, which compared well to that of Anamoe (11.77s).
Joe Pride’s tongue-in-cheek comment that Eduardo is now the ‘world’s best sprinter’ seemed a little outlandish at the time but digging into the numbers from his evergreen seven-year-old’s Galaxy win, maybe he isn’t that far off the mark!
On the back of smashing the Randwick 1000m track record first up, Eduardo broke the clock again to land his first Group One with another display of sustained speed. Despite making the running, Eduardo’s last 200m of 11.89s was the quickest in the race. Good luck running him down.
If Eduardo can now win the TJ Smith Stakes knocking off the likes of Nature Strip (again) and Bivouac, he could very well be officially crowned the world’s best.
Fellow seven-year-old Avilius has the opposite racing pattern to Eduardo and it proved costly but the backmarker produced a monster finish in the G1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) behind Think It Over, clocking the fastest last 600m split of the entire meeting (33.93s).
James Cummings will be hoping for a wet track come the Doncaster Mile, with the $3 million feature a handy stage to break a 19 month winning drought.
The effort of stablemate Cascadian deserves praise too. The race wasn’t run as quickly as it looked it would be on paper and Cascadian was forced to loop the entire field, running the fastest 400m and last 200m across the Rosehill card.
Verry Elleegant had the measure of Addeybb this time in the G1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m), with the local mare winning her eighth Group One courtesy of a last 400m of 23.73s, a length and a half superior to what the international star could muster (23.98s).
The stage is set for round four in the G1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
Meanwhile, Mo’unga claimed a fast run Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and although the winner, and placegetters, Sky Lab and Montefilia, hogged the post-race plaudits, don’t undersell the effort of Khoekhoe, the only on speed survivor from an Australian Derby viewpoint.
With an eye on the Sydney Cup, Realm Of Flowers continues to impress in her lead up runs with the mare powering to the line in the Manion Cup (2400m) despite covering a stack of ground.
She clocked an 11.96s last 200m, over a length quicker than anything else in the race and travelled a whopping 13.1 metres further than the winner Favourite Moon.
She’s Ideel didn’t have much luck herself, flashing home to run third in the Epona Stakes (1900m). Again, it was her superior last 200m that stands out when assessing her race splits. She’s also on track for her two mile grand final.
Bookending the Rosehill meeting was Isotope, who had a superior turn of foot in the Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) with a last 600m of 34.59s, with the runner up Odeum clocking the next best at 34.96, and Les Bridge's underrated mare Seasons, who produced a career-best performance.
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