Stable star Generalissimo resumes this weekend, but Hawkesbury trainer Garry White’s immediate focus is on his home track meeting on Tuesday.
White stole the show at Hawkesbury’s new year opener on January 24, and has weight in numbers again. Having landed his first treble in five and a half years from only four runners, he backs up this time with five representatives.
Obviously, repeating such a feat is a difficult assignment, but he is going to the races with sound reasons to be confident the quintet will run well. Four of White’s Hawkesbury representatives (Dunatun is the exception) are raced by his long-standing client, Hobartville Stud’s Grahame Mapp, who also owns Generalissimo.
The talented four-year-old, a winner during The Championships at Royal Randwick last April and then very unlucky at home in the Group 3 Blacktown Workers Club Hawkesbury Guineas, begins a new campaign at Randwick on Saturday in the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1200m). Tye Angland, successful on him in two of his four wins so far, has the mount.
Two of White’s recent Hawkesbury winners, Fifth Affair and Dunatun, return along with stablemates Lady Chalfont, Redemption Road and Paris In May. Prior to attending the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale being held for the first time at the magnificent Riverside complex at Warwick Farm, White this morning discussed his five runners and named Redemption Road as the pick of the bunch.
With Corey Brown suspended, White has called up Tim Clark to ride four of his horses, with stable apprentice Ashleigh Borg partnering Lady Chalfont in the Blakes Marine Provincial Sprint Class 4 Handicap (1100m). These are his thoughts on his representatives:
LADY CHALFONT: “Hasn’t raced since last July, and trialled well when second (to class sprinter Ball Of Muscle) at Hawkesbury on January 30 over 760m. Both her wins have been at home, but has never won first-up. Would prefer cut out of the ground, but comes in with only 50kg after Ashleigh’s claim. Will definitely take improvement from this run, but has got a chance in a small field.”
REDEMPTION ROAD (1300m Clarendon Tavern Maiden Handicap): “Raced only twice and went up to win last time at Hawkesbury but got lost and floated before finishing sixth. Fitter for that run and coming back from 1500m is a plus. Definitely a good chance.”
PARIS IN MAY (1100m Lander Toyota 3 Or Less Starts Maiden Plate): “A Duporth three-year-old having his first start, and has trialled alright, finishing second both times here over 760m last month. Still learning, but shows ability and has drawn favourably.”
FIFTH AFFAIR (1100m Buttsworth Industrial Supplies Class 1 Handicap): “Finally broke through at home last month after five placings. Never easy to go straight to a Class 1 and win again, but she has raced in better class. Drawn awkwardly, but I can say she hasn’t gone backwards. Team Hawkes’ horse Tarabai (also an acceptor for Warwick Farm on Wednesday) looks the one to beat.”
DUNATUN (1400m Hawkesbury Race Club Motel Benchmark 71 Handicap): “Hasn’t gone backwards either, and going for a hat-trick after winning his last two starts here in December and again in January. Still a work in progress and it’s going to be tougher going up in class, but keeps improving and the 1400m shouldn’t be a problem.”
Co-trainers Peter and Paul Snowden also have The Everest winner Redzel resuming at Flemington on Saturday in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes (1000m), and have called on the crack sprinter’s jockey Kerrin McEvoy to help them get them a double in the opening two races.
McEvoy’s only two rides at the meeting are on Kathmandu (International Animal Health Maiden Plate, 1600m) and Bullet Shot (Stylemaster Patios Class 1 Handicap, 1600m). Blinkers go on on Kathamandu, placed at his two starts to date at Kembla Grange and Hawkesbury, and who races in the Redzel colours of Triple Crown Syndications.
Redoute’s Choice three-year-old Bullet Shot broke through over 2000m at Kembla Grange last September before spelling, and will find this an easier task than his recent first-up seventh in a 1400m Benchmark 75 Handicap at Warwick Farm on Australia Day.
The rail is in the TRUE position for tomorrow’s meeting, and the track this morning was rated a Good 4 with a penetrometer reading of 4.87. Only 1mm of rain (nil in last 24 hours) has fallen in the last seven days, and 30mm of irrigation has been put on that track in that period.
PAUL JOICE'S SELECTIONS
RACE 1: KATHMANDU, Attracted, Cool Dude Ausbred
RACE 2: BULLET SHOT, Wedgie, Dream Builder
RACE 3: SQUAW PEAK, Cloudless Sky, Impurity
RACE 4: OLD MAN SAM, Cockles, Never Out
RACE 5: NAI’A, Cavellton, Redemption Road
RACE 6: ESCHARA, Zaffirina, Image Neat
RACE 7: TARABAI, Catesby, Fifth Affair
RACE 8: DUNATUN, Absolute, Manhattan Mist
SPECIALS: SQUAW PEAK, ESCHARA, DUNATUN