By Brad Gray
At Rosehill Gardens
Watch Out For Orcein
All honours to Secret Lady and thoughts with those still mulling over the rawness that cost Plague Stone on debut, but don’t overlook the run of the third horse Orcein.
The Chris Waller-trained two-year-old took some winding up but ducked back to the inside running his last 200m in 11.40s, according to Punters' Intel.
“He has just kept improving from that first trial. We worked him here with some older horses and he held his own which is always a good sign. He is just very straightforward,” said Waller’s Racing Manager Charlie Duckworth.
“I’d like to have money on him beating the winner and the second horse if they raced again in two weeks.”
“All that syndicate, who have Performer as well, were bought at the Magic Millions last year trying to get five or six colts to get a stallion.”
Kerrin McEvoy was equally impressed with the debut of Orcein commenting on the way he “really powered the last 150 yards.”
On the subject of Performer, the Breeders’ Plate winner is currently back in pre-training ahead of a Golden Slipper campaign.
Throw the Team Hawkes’ colt Wild Planet into your blackbook too with Punters' Intel revealing a fast 600-400m split of 10.95s.
Watch the runs of Orcein and Wild Planet
Miss Dubios’ Country Classic Triumph
Miss Dubios made it back-to-back Country Classic wins for the Matt Dunn stable after Flitero scored in the race last year.
“She has been racing against better class of horses the entire time this preparation,” said Keira Dunn.
“Kathy (O’Hara) got off her last start and said she’ll stay all day and fortunately she got a very good ride from Kerrin (McEvoy) to get the job done.”
It was an excellent piece of riding from McEvoy to find cover midfield from the wide draw and the seven-year-old mare did the rest.
“She went around to the post really lovely. It worked out nice early and went a bit pear shaped from the 600-700m on but I had the horse to get the job done,” McEvoy said.
The connections of Wildflower will be left to think what could have been had the $26 shot got clear air coming into the straight.
“Super run. I used my last bit of petrol just getting out at the top of the turn and it probably decided where we finished,” lamented jockey Blaike McDougall.
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Nothing Lost For Bon Amis
A brilliant front-running ride from Rachel Hunt on Don’t Tease Me saw Bon Amis lose his undefeated tag but it’s done nothing to change Rory Hutchings’ opinion of the horse.
The four-year-old was posted throughout from the wide draw before being asked to chase the tearaway leader only to fall half a length short. It was a case of him jumping too well with Hutchings going into the race wanting to settle further back.
“Super run. You can’t be disappointed with that. He was just a bit unlucky. The winner ran 100 miles an hour and it had 50kg (50.5) on its back and we had 56kg (56.5),” said Hutchings.
“They didn’t let me in and after leading the other day he was just a little bit keen. It would have been nice if we got cover. Still haven’t lost any of the expectations we have of him.”
All credit to the winner though with Hunt rating the Muswellbrook-based six-year-old perfectly. Even if you’re not on the winner, there are few better sights in racing than seeing a free-wheeling leader hold on.
“He’s a horse that runs well if he leads. I knew I had them covered until about 200m out then I could hear them coming but I hadn’t actually done anything on him so I still had a lot of horse left to kick once they started to reach us,” Hunt said.