Premierships and Chris Waller are very much the focal points of Saturday’s racing. Perhaps he’s broken the Sydney training record but he is now chasing the national title in which Peter Snowden leads.
Of course, Waller also holds the key to the Sydney jockeys’ premiership as Nash Rawiller makes a bold bid to cut the 7½-win lead held by Hugh Bowman, who has recently been spelling abroad.
Australia-wide, Waller has prepared 212 winners this season. Snowden heads him by 4½ but the New Zealander has a good chance of cutting him back, particularly at Warwick Farm.
Snowden figures in the main race at Caulfield, the Sir John Monash Stakes, with Skytrain and has other chances on that program, where Waller has Done Nothin’ Wrong in the 2000 metre fifth race.
Alas, Done Nothin’ Wrong takes on Harry Trimbole, which received the ”moral beaten” tag last start. Harry Trimbole will have the services of Glen Boss to help make amends.
Skytrain has a chance on the score of hard racing condition, taking on the more brilliant Happy Galaxy and Mrs Onassis, which are resuming.
Skytrain was beaten less than three lengths in the Healy Stakes at Eagle Farm on June 22 when trapped in slow ground. Still, Happy Galaxy has won his past four, including the Expressway at Warwick Farm in which he downed Skytrain by a half-length in February.
Skytrain meets him on 2.5 kilogram better terms this time but, being a three-year-old, Happy Galaxy is the likely improver.
Mrs Onassis, too, is an established group 1 sprinter, having won the Oakleigh Plate, and is an accomplished fresh performer.
Gerard Twomey of IASbet warned punters about the dominance of three-year-olds this season as a pointer to Happy Galaxy.
”The year of the three-year-olds will continue here,” he wrote on the Racenet poll of leading betting houses. ”Kept improving last prep and has already won at weight-for-age. Class horse that should go on to bigger and better things.”
Verdict: Harry Trimbole and Happy Galaxy.
In the third at Warwick Farm, Bowman, on Titbit, and Rawiller (Acapela) will be out to give Waller more success. Rawiller was on Titbit when the import went down to Bugaboo at Rosehill last start, replacing Bowman, who scored on her previously. Acapela is a New Zealander that did enough when a four-length eighth of nine to stablemate Eigelstein at Rosehill last Saturday to indicate she can win in this class. Bugaboo goes around here, too, and while Delzera was behind Bugaboo and Titbit last start, she is handicapped attractively against them.
Waller (Clever Boy and Loch Leven) and Snowden (La Pieta) clash in the fourth at the Farm, with Rawiller handling Clever Boy. The enforcer quality of Rawiller will be required for what looks a demanding assignment for his mount. Perhaps La Pieta (Kerrin McEvoy) is rising in class but can improve, while the Gai Waterhouse three-year-old Masahiko is the hardest to beat. Masahiko was wide throughout when downed narrowly last start.
Fall for Gullible
Bowman takes over on Gullible for Waller in the 1300m benchmark 75 (fifth race) against Snowden’s Bousquet. Gullible began slowly when a reasonable sixth to Bugaboo over the Rosehill 1500m on July 1. It was a stronger race than Bousquet’s last-start Gosford opposition but the Snowden three-year-old Bousquet gets four kilograms from Gullible. Waller also has Sweet Little Lies supporting the loose favourite Gullible.
Relaxed And Happy, a Waller three-year-old, was early favourite for the 1200m benchmark 85 (eighth) despite a weak effort last start. Relaxed and Happy, the $2.80 favourite, disputed the lead with Big Bonanza but wilted over the final stages to go down by more than four lengths. Snowden has Emblems, which is fit, well and consistent, against him in an open race. Zakynthos Imprintz, resuming but dropping in class, could surprise at odds.
Verdict: Zakynthos Imprintz.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.