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Quirindi preview: Look for another Sharp performance

Rodney Northam bred, owned and trained filly Very Sharp is set to make her return to the winner’s stall at Quirindi on Sunday after a mighty effort in defeat at the ‘Randwick of the west’ a fortnight ago.The daughter of Magic Millions Sale topper and subsequent Golden Rose runner-up Bull Point lost no admirers with…

Rodney Northam bred, owned and trained filly Very Sharp is set to make her return to the winner’s stall at Quirindi on Sunday after a mighty effort in defeat at the ‘Randwick of the west’ a fortnight ago.

The daughter of Magic Millions Sale topper and subsequent Golden Rose runner-up Bull Point lost no admirers with her run at Warren on the Cotton Cup Day.

Very Sharp drew barrier 12 of 12 in the 1000m race which was won by the leader, Maria Elisa, who ran a sizzling 56.67sec.

Instead of the outside barrier which was the case out west, Very Sharp has come up with a box three which can only assist.

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‘’She ran very well at Warren,’’ Northam says. “Greg (Ryan) thought she was probably going to win at the furlong but she just felt the hard track. She pulled up well since and has drawn nicely on Sunday.

‘’We will see if we can just race her through her grades and pick up a bit of prizemoney.’’

Very Sharp has already won $26,725, a good slice of which was handed over to Northam after her slick debut win in a 900m maiden at Newcastle back on January 14.

Northam also saddles-up the somewhat enigmatic mare Wickmo who has been mixing her form of late but not with excuses.

The daughter of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo wasn’t seen at her best in two TAB Highways either side of her barnstorming win at Muswellbrook where she charged past Mark Minervini’s Super no less.

‘’She has mentally been her own worst enemy the last few starts, outside of the win,’’ Northam said.

“She over-raced at Randwick in the Highway last start so we have just made a few gear changes and hopefully she will jump away cleanly and settle.

“Reece (Jones) has trialled her since and she relaxed really well for him. She has drawn the outside gate but it is not really a negative for her because she is not very good in the gates and (barrier) one was not a positive for her last start at Randwick.’’

Wickmo’s keenness ensured she was never going to see out 1800m at Royal Randwick on October 24 but comes back to the mile today, a distance that she has won over.

Another of the Northam trained Quirindi bound team on Sunday is Chastise who races in the familiar Frampton family colours and is part-owned by Hugh Bowman’s parents, Jim and.

Mandy.

‘’We scratched him last week because he drew wide,’’ Northam explained. “He is an honest horse but he needs an alley to get the right run and with that alley on Sunday, I think he can race really well and shouldn’t be too far away.’’

GRILLS WINNING THE SHAME GAME

Sue Grills chose one horse out of almost 850 at the Inglis Classic Yearling sale in 2019.

Paid $15,000 for it and now has herself a potential Country Championships contender in 2021.

The horse in question is named Without Shame and has all eyes directed his way when he resumes in the Perrett’s Taxi Cabs Maiden Plate (1000m) at Quirindi.

Without Shame was deemed by most to be a certainty beaten on debut on May 31 in what was one of the strongest maidens run at Tamworth this year.

‘’He ran a nice race at his first start and the winner (Never Talk) is pretty promising so hopefully he can do the same,’’ Grills said.

Grills has booked champion jockey Greg Ryan to partner Without Shame.

The pair boast some incredible ‘numbers’; for starters they have a 16 per cent winning strike-rate which increases to 49 per cent when placings are added.

Without Shame will have paid for himself if successful on Sunday and earn Grills some well deserved kudos for finding him at Sale time.

‘’He is a nice horse and he had a nice family and I have always really liked Shamus Award,’’ Grills said.

Not only is Without Shame by a Cox Plate winner, his dam Withoutme is a city winning daughter of Lonhro.

The gelding’s third dam is Shindig who was one of five Coolmore Classic winners trained by the legendary Max Lees.

Another of Grill’s major players at Quirindi on Sunday is Mandalong Tapit who was foaled in Kentucky.

A grey like his three-times Champion USA Stallion Tapit, Mandalong Tapit is in-bred to the immortal Seattle Slew.

Mandalong Tapit has raced 29 times but only four of them have been under Grill’s care including that dominant win at Coonabarabran on October 25.

The horse was given arguably the best ride of the day by Yvettte Lewis who made amends for a luckless run at Muswellbrook 20-days earlier.

‘’She let him get too far at Muswellbrook then got into all sorts of trouble on him,’’ Grills said.

“He would probably appreciate it if we got a bit of rain but he is going well.’’

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