Welcome to the latest issue of The Wrap.
Samaready was brilliant in winning the Blue Diamond Stakes, while Woorim came with the latest of late runs to pip Elite Falls in the Oakleigh Plate. Sepoy, equal favourite with Bel Sprinter, gave it a good shake but the 58kg was too much. In the Futurity Stakes, Craig Williams tried to repeat his Cox Plate rails run success with Pinker Pinker but favourite King Mufhasa was too strong.
At Rosehill, Rain Affair led all the way in the Apollo Stakes to make it nine in a row. Dystopia took the rails run in the next to edge out Alberton Park, and No Evidence Needed also took the short way home to win the Southern Cross Stakes. Mark Kavanagh’s Morphettville hit-and-run mission returned three winners, including two-from-two for Michael Rodd, but punters were awake to it, with Celebrity Girl and Set And Forget each starting short-priced favourites.
Australia sealed a place in the ODI finals, with India relying on the Aussies to beat Sri Lanka. Super Rugby is underway, with close games boding well for an exciting season.
Shoot Out [Rosehill Gardens, Saturday, Race 6]
Trainer Chris Waller looks to have fixed his long-standing back problems and he has produced two great runs back from a spell, chasing home star sprinter Rain Affair who is headed to Melbourne for the Newmarket. Look for Shoot Out next start when he gets to 1600m and beyond.
Upbeat [Caulfield, Saturday, Race 3]
The 3yo son of Strategic controlled the Autumn Classic from the front and never looked like getting run down. Trainer Anthony Cummings added blinkers and it looks to have switched the horse on. He should be very hard to beat next start in the Alistair Clark Stakes around the tight Moonee Valley circuit.
Triple Tee [Morphettville, Saturday, Race 6]
Stepping out to 1600m for the first time was the query with Triple Tee but it proved to be a non-issue as the in-form South Australian galloper bolted in by 3.8 lengths untouched. He’s flying at the moment and if the stable can keep placing him well there should be more wins in store in the near future.
Southern Speed [Caulfield, Saturday, Race 8]
Her two runs back from a spell were rather flattering against a weak field first-up, and then being gapped by Black Caviar second-up. Despite being the Caulfield Cup winner, there has to be a serious doubt about her being a legitimate weight-for-age horse, as her run yesterday and last preparation in the McKinnon Stakes have shown. Take her on if she keeps going around in this company as she just can’t match it with the big boys.
Celebrity Girl [Morphettville, Saturday, Race 7]
The corporate bookmakers opened up this promising filly at $2.90 earlier in the week and the punters kept stepping in, backing her all the way into red figures. They weren’t done there though: when she opened up $1.80 on track there was another wave of money and she firmed into $1.60. Despite being wide throughout she proved too strong and held off a late charge from Go The Knuckle to land the plunge.
On The Drift
Spirit Song [Caulfield, Saturday, Race 1]
Punters took a set against the Aaron Purcell-trained mare to kick off the day and she was friendless in betting, opening up $2.15 and getting all the way out to $2.80. Again punters got it right and she couldn’t run down the well-backed Rock of Ages in the final 200m.
Woorim [Caulfield, Saturday, Race 6]
Despite being completely friendless in betting and a length off the last horse at the 300m, the Robert Heathcote-trained Woorim reeled off another of his trademark sizzling sectionals to nab Elite Falls right on the line at a Best Tote price of $22.70 and steal the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate. The supposed match race between Sepoy and Bel Sprinter never eventuated as the placegetters started $21, $51 and $26 respectively on track, making it a blowout for punters.
Rain Affair [Rosehill Gardens, Saturday, Race 6]
He keeps popping up but this potential superstar opened up at $1.40, and drifted slightly to $1.50 by start time. His supporters however had little worry again in the run as he went to the front and destroyed a field of quality gallopers. All eyes will be on him as he makes the trip down to Melbourne for Super Saturday.
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