By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens
He’s One Heliosphere Of A Horse
The question mark hanging over Heliosphere’s return was whether he would find the 1200m too sharp first up against a couple of slick, race fit sprinters. It turned out to be the case but there is no question he’s the horse you want to be following from the race.
The Sebring colt settled last in the field of six before running the eventual winner Pretty Fast to less than a length. Punters’ Intel reveals he ran splits of 10.99, 10.81, 11.07 over his final 600m (which totalled 32.87s).
“He went terrific, it was just too short,” Avdulla reported before heading into the jockey’s room.
At this time of year, he should be winning over 1400m next time he steps out.
Check out the run of Heliosphere - November 18
A Win For Bookies Or Punters With Sedanzer?
Punters weren’t sure whether they were coming or going with Sedanzer.
The Waterhouse and Bott-trained mare opened $6.50 with TAB Fixed Odds on Wednesday before being backed into a low of $2.80 on Saturday morning. She was friendless before jump, drifting out to $6.
“Despite being unwanted in betting late, Sedanzer was the worst result for TAB.com.au and held just over 40 per cent of investments,” said TAB’s Marc Ohlmus.
Rachel King had the four-year-old in a lovely stalking position and the mare did the rest, reeling in the brave Slow Burn.
“She is pretty sharp. The more you can travel on her, and I ride her a lot at home so I know what she is like, she is pretty instant when you let her go. It’s a good feeling!” King said.
“She is only going to get better. I knew how she would let down – she just got a bit tired on the post.”
Co-trainer Adrian Bott said there were “no big plans” for Sedanzer but she would be kept to the 1400m-1600m trips for her next couple of starts.
Interlocuter Ready To Go Extra Mile
It’s been slowly, slowy for Interlocuter but now the five-year-old import has a picket fence next to his name the time is right to target richer races.
“He has earned his place in a stakes race now. James will have a look at what’s next for him,” said Godolphin’s Nacim Dilmi.
“His best trip will be over the mile and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up in the Epsom or Doncaster.”
Next month’s Villiers Stakes, which would set up a showdown with Cabeza De Vaca, would be a lovely race for him off a month’s freshen back to the mile and the stable confirmed it’s certainly an option.
Tye Angland echoed Dilmi’s thoughts suggesting, “He loses that really good turn of foot once he get up over further in trip so my thoughts are that he is a really good miler.”
Quote Of The Day – Bjorn Baker
What was Bjorn Baker thinking when Redouble wasn’t able to find any cover in #TheRaces Handicap (1400m)?
“I was looking up a few other’s jockey’s agents,” Baker, a renowned jokester, laughed.
To Rory Hutching’s credit, he kept the four-year-old balanced and relaxed before making his move at the right time.
“It was a very good win,” Hutching’s reported post race, “He didn’t have any luck three wide without any cover but they stacked us up from the 600 to the 400 and I was able to come up outside the leader without doing any work.”
“He always kept his head in front of Flow but she kept coming with us and he was able to see her. Had he had something coming down the outside it may have been a little too late for him to go again.”
— Racing NSW (@racing_nsw) November 18, 2017