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What You Missed - Villiers Stakes Day

By Brad Gray
At Royal Randwick

Lessons All Round From Seasons
"A good trainer always learns from his mistakes."

Les Bridge admitted to running Seasons in the wrong race first up at Kembla Grange but the classy mare bounced back second up out to 1200m, reeling in Kylease with Misteed getting home into second.

Seasons holding off Misteed (Pic: Steve Hart)

"They all gave her away off one run. She is a good mare. She could get to a Group Three," said a typically succinct Bridge.

I was guilty of commuting a punting cardinal sin, in sacking a good horse off one bad run. Punters should always be learning from their mistakes too.

"You'll learn," Bridge quipped to me after the race, tongue in cheek. Lesson learnt.

Kerrin McEvoy added, "She is genuine and honest and gave me a nice kick, as soon as I asked she was up and ready to go for me."

Punters Intelligence shows that Kylease ran her first 600m in a very quick 34.10s and was entitled to knock up late. The overall time of the race was a slick 1:08.67.

Kembla Winner As Good As Wild Ruler
Wild Ruler will steal the headlines having taken out the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) but don't let the Snowden stable's two-year-old winner at Kembla Grange, Bartley, slip under your guard.

Trainer Paul Snowden (Pic: Bradley Photos)

"He is probably as good as what this guy is," said co-trainer Paul Snowden having just witness Wild Ruler make a winning debut.

"We thought (Bartley) would go there, win quite comfortably and do everything right and although he did win quite comfortably, he did everything wrong. It's a good thing and you don't know how much they will learn from that but we'll find out in a couple of weeks."

Kerrin McEvoy is regarded as good a judge as any when it comes to two-year-olds so it's worth punters committing his comments to the memory bank.

"He has got a nice way about him, he has got speed but we were a little outsped for the first 100m, took a sit and I like the way he picked up when I asked. He gave me a really good feel," said McEvoy.

Flying Fox Wins Razor Sharp
You get the impression that this is just the beginning for Signore Fox.

Signore Fox launches to beat a brave Oriental Runner (Pic: Steve Hart)

The Razor Sharp Stakes was the four-year-old's second Listed success and the Snowden stable will now raise the bar again, eyeing off Group races in the autumn.

"I think he has a good race in him and can definitely measure up to Group class," said co-trainer Paul Snowden.

"He used to be very aggressive early on and was always ridden back over shorter trips to get him to relax and get his head right but now he doesn't have to got that far back. He got shunted back there today but he is a horse than can take advantage of a gate. He has a really good turn of foot."

On that turn of foot, Punters Intelligence reveals Signore Fox clocked 33.38s for his last 600m and 11.09s for the final 200m, which was a length quicker than the next best (Firsthand 11.27s).

"His preparation has been skewiff but he has been going extremely well, he got balloted out of The Hunter, he got a temp the day before the Golden Eagle. Things haven't been going to plan," Snowden said of Signore Fox's unconventional campaign.

Big Plans For Something Fast
Jean Van Overmeire's first words to the media after jumping off Something Fast were really all you need to know.

Trainer Anthony Cummings (Pic: Bradley Photos)

"That was a track gallop for him, he really made easy work of it. He was a class above his opposition," gushed the jockey.

Anthony Cummings had toyed with the idea of throwing the five-year-old into the Villiers Stakes but decided against it.

"We tossed up going to the mile race today and maybe on that it was a blue but at the end of the day, winning is winning and that's what he is doing," said Cummings.

"It's a tricky time of year but I want to get his rating up, he is helping himself in that regard. He probably has one more run, there is a Benchmark 88 coming up in a couple of weeks so we'll have a look at that and then come back for the Doncaster."

Meanwhile, Cummings said last year's Villiers winner Sky Boy, unsighted since then having injured a tendon, is back in light work but it'll be a slow build up with next spring the aim.

Check out the results and replays for Randwick on Saturday.


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