Herald Sun form analyst Leo Schlink runs the rule over the Mornington program as he looks to kickstart the week in style.
PRIDE OF JENNI (Race 9, No 12, $1.90)
Ploughed through heavy conditions to lead most of the way and win comfortably over this course and trip. Rated highly by its stable.
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VIOLINIST (Race 3, No 12, $1.60)
Has been smashed in betting into an almost unbackable quote on the back of last start Group 3 third when raced erratically. Spelled since and blinkers and stallion chain removed for this race.
BOBSLED (Race 4, No 9, $2.40)
Raced greenly on debut at Murtoa and only just caught. Certain to be improved.
HUMMALONG (Race 7, No 6, $3.80)
Racing in great form for a proven trainer-jockey combination. Will be hard to run down again.
In supreme form, Kah heads to the seaside track for just three rides. They are LOCALCHELLA (Race 2, No 5, $9), TRANSPOLAR (Race 3, No 8, $11) and PRIDE OF JENNI (Race 9, No 12, $1.85).
MORE RACING NEWS
Mark Zahra and Chris Waller combined with Verry Elleegant in a stirring Caulfield Cup triumph. Zahra rode four winners on a day when a biting south-westerly tested horse and rider. Zahra handled the conditions with Aplomb. There were few excuses in the Caulfield Cup with only two incidents of note. The first involved Declan Bates shifting ground on True Self at the 650m mark, causing Mirage Dancer to lose his position. Bates was outed for 10 meetings. No action was taken against any rider for the buffeting Avilius received in the straight.
Anthony Van Dyck produced a blinder in the Cup, steaming from 16th at the 600m mark to go within a neck of catching Verry Elleegant to ridicule those who questioned his European form. His English Derby victory was dismissed as substandard. The egg was well and truly on his critics’ faces post-race.
Anthony Van Dyck, Prince Of Arran, The Chosen One, Verry Elleegant, Hit The Shot, Fifty Stars.
Madame Rouge erased the disappointment of her Flemington failure with a devastating Tristarc Stakes win, clocking the slickest last 400m (22.13) and 200m (11.17) splits of the meeting. On a day when a headwind in the straight made the going tough, the Caulfield Cup produced some cracking sectionals. Anthony Van Dyck produced the fastest splits from the 1600m to the 600m, clocking 22.50 between the 800 to the 400m. Prince Of Arran blasted home in 23.55 and 11.92 for the last 400m and 200m.
The Geelong Cup will host the latest batch of internationals from Werribee. Ashrun’s work at the quarantine station has been eye-catching to say the least. He’ll attempt to emulate a string of international winners, including Media Puzzle, Americain, Dunaden and Prince Of Arran in Wednesday’s Cup.
Plenty of excuses at Caulfield on Saturday with Miraitowa, Salto Angel, Starelle and Alfa Oro displaying post-race lameness. Caulfield Cup runners Prince Of Arran (lacerated leg) and Toffee Tongue (small abrasion on leg) also figured in the stewards report. Sahar (irregular heart rhythm), Uniquely (lacerated leg and lost a plate) and The Pres (internal bleed) also drew the attention of vets.
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“When he heard us and saw us coming he started pointing at his ball to show us what he was doing there.”
— Shaun Fannin after winning the Great Northern Steeplechase at Ellerslie, where horses and jockeys had to avoid a stray golfer playing pitch and putt on the inside of the course.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Racing resumes at Mornington with a nine-race card before action switches to Wodonga on Tuesday before the Geelong Cup on Wednesday. Racing continues at Ballarat on Thursday before Benalla (day) precedes The Valley’s staging of the Group 1 Manikato Stakes. The Group 1 Cox Plate at The Valley on Saturday is the week’s headline event. Yarra Valley also races on Saturday. Sale and St Arnaud share Sunday’s double billing.