By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens
The Secret Is Out For Slick Filly
Dynamited won with a bit of authority in the opener at Rosehill Gardens but there was plenty to like about the second-placed Secret Lady who won’t be a maiden for long.
The speedy Choisir filly had little trouble establishing a lead under Lee Magorrian and after being headed by Dynamited served it up to the colt to fight on. An admirable trait for a two-year-old.
Trainer Gary Portelli liked what he saw from Secret Lady suggesting she’d now be one of the better fillies in Sydney at the moment.
Magorrian added, “It was a really nice run from the horse. She couldn’t have done much more she just got beat by the horse that had the drop on her.”
All honours to Dynamited though, for prolific two-year-old sire Exceed And Excel, with Tye Angland suggesting there is still plenty more to come from him.
“He was on and off the bridle for most of the day but when I asked him to quicken he quickened well and still had plenty left late. The feel of him is like he is going to improve mentally too. Really nice horse,” the winning jockey said.
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Bon Amis Takes No Prisoners
“From barrier 1 I said to Rory (Hutchings) to take any trouble out of the race. If he jumps well just take him to the front. If you take the box seat behind the leaders they’ll be looking for you and try to keep you in,” Deamer explained.
The race was as good as over once the short-priced favourite Bon Amis relaxed in front, with TAB Fixed Odds closing his odds at $1.30. Bon Amis, according to Punters’ Intel, ran sustained splits of 11.05, 11.34, 11.21, 10.86, 11.01.
Hutchings reported post race, “He just toyed with them the whole way and he was waiting for them up the straight and that’s why I gave him a few. It would be nice to see him chasing next time. He’s a very promising horse heading in the right direction. He keeps stepping up to the plate.”
Bon Amis is now four from four which isn’t bad for a $4000 purchase with owner Gary Sheppard finding him online.
“I went surfing on the net. Found him on a bloodstock site and had a vet to have a look at him. There wasn’t a whole lot of risk because he was pretty cheap. We liked the dam Nothin’ Leica Dane and out previous horse we just retired was by Nothin’ Leica Dane (Nevagotavote),” Sheppard said before ducking off to the winners’ room.
Bon Amis remained unbeaten
No Shortcuts For Highway Winner
Tiger By The Tale certainly earned his TAB Highway Handicap victory having previously run in 15 of them! Considering he has only had 30 starts in his career, for 16 of them to now have been in Highway Handicaps is pretty remarkable!
Further to that the now six-year-old ran in the first ever running of the Highway Handicap, back in October of 2015, where he ran ninth behind Grand Proposal.
“He has been unlucky not to win two of three of these Highways. Where we go now I’m not sure but it definitely won’t be a Highway as he is not eligible any more. He has had more starts in Highways than any horses to date. It’s been a long time coming,” said Williams.
“For the last 12 months he has been racing with no wind. Since his first operation his larynx had collapsed completely so he was actually choking himself down so he has had genuine excuses.”
As for the more fancied stablemate Highway Sixtysix, she’ll head to the paddock with Williams estimating that she’s a “sixth length better horse” than Tiger By The Tale.
Favourite Dropped Like A Stone
Stonebrook laboured into fifth after jumping even money in the Australian Turf Club Handicap (1500m) with Josh Parr suggesting we forgive the run on the firm ground.
“He was gone a long way from home. He was under pressure and wasn’t able to get from a working gallop into top speed and when I tried to he got on the inside reign and lugged off. Just a classic example of a horse feeling the hard ground,” explained Parr.
That left Just Dreaming to make it five wins from her 12 starts and it was perhaps her best yet, with the four-year-old showing a nice turn of speed after being baulked for a run in the straight.
“I was hoping for a gap but I wasn’t too worried because I knew I still had plenty of horse underneath me,” said winning hoop Rachel King, “As soon as I got out I knew she would run them down.”
“She is very adaptable and makes my job easier. She has done it pretty easily. She got a run of a few wins on the board last preparation and hopefully she can go onto better things.”
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