By Brad Gray
Waller Filly Not A Forgettable Type
If there was a market on a subsequent Group winner to come out of Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, tipping Unforgotten would be a very short-priced favourite.
The Fastnet Rock three-year-old rounded up her male rivals in stunning fashion backing up her impressive first up maiden win at Canterbury.
Given she is out of Galileo mare Memories Of You, the Chris Waller stable will aim her up at an Oaks campaign in the autumn adding further merit to her wins over 1250m and then 1300m.
“We were lucky to get her to the races as a two-year-old. She has always been a backward type of horse but we were able to get her to the races on raw ability and that’s probably what got her beat last preparation,” explained stable Racing Manager Charlie Duckworth.
“Now she is bigger and stronger and will be again (next time in), when she’ll step up to much nicer races.”
As for Marsupial who still ran third despite reefing his way to the front, expect him to return a gelding next campaign.
O’Lordy Check The Run Of Reeling
All honours to O’Lordy in the TAB Highway Handicap but the run of the second-placed Reeling for the Matthew Dunn yard was outstanding.
The four-year-old gave his rivals a huge start after a slow getaway before thundering home right down the outside to run second, peaking on his run 50m from home.
“He got poleaxed at the start and had to race from the tail of the field. It was an exceptional effort to run second,” said Reeling’s hoop Josh Parr.
Still on the Dunn stable, Mediterranean has found a new home in the Northern Rivers. The now four-year-old ran eighth behind Astern in last year’s Golden Rose before a drop in form saw him moved on from the Snowden yard.
Assistant trainer Keira Dunn has ridden Mediterranean in a couple of gallops and reported he is giving her a nice feel. Keep an eye out for him.
Watch the run of Reeling
Slow Rise For Stakes Class Mare
Les Bridge has no doubt that Slow Burn is a stakes winner in waiting and having trained Hot Danish, he has a reasonable benchmark.
“I like this one,” Bridge said.
Despite wearing his signature shades, there was surely a glint in his eye as he said it.
“I’ve had a lot of good mares. I would suspect that she will get 1400m.”
Bridge also has plenty of faith in apprentice Blaike McDougall, who was nearly lost from racing. He rode Slow Burn expertly, allowing Victorian visitor Gwenneth (who was decked out in Mitch Beer’s leopard print silks!) to cross him before sitting on her shoulder.
“He is a good kid. He just needs his confidence built up and that will do it,” said Bridge.
Meanwhile, In Times Of War didn’t endear herself any further to punters after stepping away slowly before darting along the fence to run a luckless fourth.
“She just blew the start and that was race over for her,” Charlie Duckworth lamented before confirming that we’ll see her out in trip before too long.
Nothing slow about this girl!
Slow Burn is a stakes winner in waiting according to Les Bridge. pic.twitter.com/Sx3kq1PwQ3
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