2020 Racing Results
2020 STRADBROKE HANDICAP
Not the result we were looking for; simply the Model got this one wrong. In the end the tempo was key. Barriers 16, 9, 12 and 15 filled the first 4 and all were near last on the turn.
It is hard to bet with confidence at Eagle Farm. When they returned to racing, it was chopping up and many horse didn’t handle it. Consequently they were too frightened to water during the week and the track ended up like bitumen which many horse simply don’t handle. Let’s hope they find the right recipe and until they do we will by shy about betting at the track.
2020 SYDNEY CUP
Well we were close to a decent payday here. It was a race that lacked quality and most horses either didn’t get the trip or didn’t handle the conditions.
Raheen House – travelled well and loomed like the winner approaching the turn. The bumping duel with its stablemate early home straight certainly didn’t help.
The Chosen One – tried its guts out but just couldn’t get the job done. Missed by 0.2L after two miles. It can be a game of inches!
Saunter Boy – an SP of $126 told the story. Doesn’t enjoy race day this one!
The Winner – Etah James came across to the Maher stable leading into the Cup due to COVID restrictions. The NZ stable it came from had bagged 3 winners from 78 over the last 4 seasons with very limited form above 2000m. Maher had it for a matter of weeks gave it one trial over 1250m and it did the job. Everything they touch turns to gold at the moment. We can rightly feel aggrieved running 2nd and 3rd!
The each way stakes in this race again paid dividend and just unfortunate we didn’t land the big fish. The trifecta was never in the hunt with a few of the long shots failing. Taking on the favourite was a sound play. A small profit from the race as the Model continues to dissect the 2 mile races well. Bring on the Melbourne Cup!
2020 DONCASTER HANDICAP
No chocolates on Saturday. On paper it was our worst performing race to date. Upon further inspection we were very close to a payday, with lady luck against us. Nettoyer the winner enjoys pizza, chicken snitzels and champagne. Not the trainer, the horse! A great story.
Melody Belle – Extremely gallant. 3/4 wide the trip with top weight and finished just off them. Given an even run in transit she wins. Jockey was a victim of circumstance but would have liked to see an early move whether forward or back to find some cover. Had the quality to burn at both ends, but wide no cover the trip was too big an ask…
Shared Ambition – Our disappointment of the race. With 7 Waller runners engaged the market was going to be a good indicator. While the official flucs were about $12 into $8.5 some sharp money was holding the price up late, very happy to lay. Too wet, not up to it, setback during the week? Never travelled in the run anyway.
Our quinella threw up some ordinary results with the younger horses running on pace compounding in the pressure cooker environment. Still, Cascadian was a tragedy in the straight, never had a crack at them. Could have gone very close to winning. Some luck to him and Melody Belle, with Star of the Seas second – a juicy quinella was nigh.
The pizza eater might still have had the final say…!
2020 NEWMARKET HANDICAP
With Bivouac and Exceedance we were always relying on the exotics to land to hit a decent profit from the race. Still Despatch apparently didn’t breathe properly through the race and Zoutori was unlucky, the subject of an unconfident ride so it could have been a sizeable quinella.
2020 RANDWICK GUINEAS
The plan came off with our biggest price runner saluting. A decent result.