By Brad Gray
Forgive Cradle Mountain
Some punters were crowing that the bubble had burst for Cradle Mountain but after the boom gelding struggled into ninth in the Vinery Stud Benchmark 80 Handicap (1100m) at Scone, he was subsequently to be found 3/5 lame.
You’ll have to do your best to pen the run when we next assessing him. That wasn’t the same horse that gave the track record a shake at Randwick the start prior.
Thank you to all for the concerning messages about cradle. Thankfully we are on our way home from the vet centre after clearing a pelvis issue. He will need rehab for an acute hamstring strain
Character building day but at least we are in one piece 😔💖
— Clare Cunningham (@ClareCRacing) May 12, 2018
All honours to the winner Akasaki though, having still carried 59.5kg even after the claim of Blaike McDougall.
“He has really proved himself today he has been a great horse to me I don’t know what I’d do without him,” said trainer Stephen Jones.
“It’s onwards and upwards from here.”
O'Shea Tickled Pink
John O’Shea looks to have a very smart filly on his hands in the shape of Pretty Of Pink.
The daughter of Sebring gave her rivals a start and a beating in the Segenhoe Stud Woodlands Stakes (1100m). It was a tip in itself that O’Shea had specifically targeted the race with the Segenhoe-bred, owned and raced filly and he was quick to pay credit to the stud's chairman Kevin Maloney.
“(He) gave me a horse as soon as I came back training and it’s a nice way to reward them,” O’Shea said.
“She has got a great will to be a race horse and that helps, as well as a nice bit of ability. She is a nice filly with a bright future and we’ll look after her now.”
O’Shea will send the two-year-old to the paddock with the G3 Champagne Stakes at Moonee Valley over the spring already on his radar.
— Segenhoe Group (@SegenhoeGroup) May 12, 2018
'She's Our Winx'
Undefeated filly In Good Time was bought for just $10,000 for a group of first time owners and has now won six on the bounce to kick start her career, with the Emirates Park Denise's Joy Stakes (1100m) at Scone her latest triumph.
"She is our Winx, I keep telling everyone at home," gushed trainer Tracey Bartley.
"We have traveled her everywhere but placed her beautifully and to reach that level in this preparation is outstanding."
Bartley revealed that the owners saw Tears Of Heaven run at the races one day and decided to take the plunge into ownership. Having seen photo of In Good Time, they liked what they saw and "the rest is history".
Bartley plans to tip out the daughter of Time Thief and aim up at the spring. It was a big Scone carnival for the Wyong-based trainer with three winners, the others being Bare Naked Lady and In Excess. Not bad for a trainer with 14 horses in work!
Osborne Bulls Continues To Rage
Osborne Bull's record is now seven wins from 10 starts but Rachel King's record riding for Godolphin head trainer James Cummings is just as impressive this season with four wins from six rides.
King showed great patience to weave a path on Osborne Bulls, with Darren Beadman revealing after the race the instructions were to treat him with tender, love and care.
"(Rachel) is riding in great form. I asked her if (Osborne Bulls' regular rider) Brenton (Avdulla) gave her any tips and she said no, so he isn't a team player," Beadman laughed.
"I said just treat him with a little bit of TLC. As long as you can keep one off the fence and with a horse inside of you. If you need to be a length further back to travel, he has got an explosive turn of foot which he showed today."
The four-year-old has been expertly placed to date and having measured up in Listed company, the stable will be out to raise the bar again next time. Where that will be, remains to be seen.
"He has been in scintillating form and it was really encouraging to see him get to that next level. There were some pretty handy gallopers in that event and he has proved to us he is worthy of something bigger and better," said Beadman.
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