Weregoingtogetcha looks a very good bet in race 4 at Hawera tomorrow, he has run some really cracking races last season with the best being at Awapuni on Manawatu Cup day 21st December where he easily defeated Kawi. Most of Weregoingtogetcha’s races have been in Group & listed races where he has run well on occasions but away from that class he seldom runs a bad race. He handles all ground conditions and this looks his race for the taking. Other horses which look good chances are Tiemedown in race 2 at Hawera and Lady Kalimara in race 1 at Matamata.
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One horse which I believe is worth following is Scratchy Bottom once she steps out over more ground and although both her wins were over sprint distances she can really stay and has the potential to win a good middle distance race. In the Autumn Scratchy Bottom finished 3rd in the South Australian Oaks and 2nd in the South Australian Derby (2500 metres). One for the black book.
Side Glance shouldn’t be underestimated in this Saturday’s Caulfield Stakes where he will be ridden by Jamie Spencer, the successful rider aboard when he won the McKinnon Stakes last year. Prior to the McKinnon Stakes Side Glance raced in the Cox Plate where he tended to over race and finished 4 lengths from the winner. Although now an eight year old, the horse is expected to acquit himself well on Saturday.
The former Roger James horse Lady Cumquat being currently trained by Darren Weir will come into her own once she is stepped up to a middle distance and that is likely to be at her next two starts. In the Autumn she easily accounted for an average field in the Group three Manawatu Classic in first middle distance race then finished third in Australia next time out in the Adrian Knox Stakes but ran very well finishing less than two lengths behind the winner after being hampered in the early stages and getting too far out of her ground. She has had two runs at 1400 metres this time in, the most recent being the Blazer Stakes at Flemington 4/09. Lady Cumquat seems to handle all going types.
The German trained horse Seismos is to start his Melbourne Cup campaign in the Caulfield Cup, a race he cannot be ruled out in. Seismos who won his last race in the Group three Geoffrey Greer Stakes at Newbury in England (2700 metres) is trained by Andreas Wohler. Seismos has won seven times in all types of going from Good to Heavy and from distances 2000 metres-3200 metres. He is a well travelled horse but five of his seven wins have been in his home country Germany with the other two in England and France. His record in Group one races is six starts, one win, one second, and one third. It is understood that Craig Hewett will take the mount on Seismos at Caulfield.
The Epsom Handicap takes place tomorrow and how many people actually know that a Greymouth trained galloper won the race in 1934. IT was no other than SILVER RING who was trained by James Stewart (no relation). Mr Stewart had a training track at the end of Syd’s road at coal Creek. He won a string of major races in NZ and Aussie with Silver Ring so when you are watching the Epsom tomorrow spare a thought for Silver Ring who was victorious in the 1934 running of the race.
Waikaha looks set to win first up in race 4 at Hastings providing she gets a decent track. She is unbeaten in non listed races and the stable tends to set their good horses up for major races. Also from the stable is Tainui in race 10 and he must have a great show also. His last race was in group three company and he is a progressive type. The days bolter could be Designer in race 2. HE won on debut last October but has struggled since but three of his races were in group company. Two things to remember is Dezigner is unbeaten at 1200 metres and has been gelded since his last race. Oh and another thing, his trainer Wayne Hillis has a habit of winning on premier days at Hastings. Designer was scratched today at Te Rapa in favour of Hastings.
English galloper Van Percy is in Australia for a tilt at the Melbourne Cup and guess where his final lead-up race before the big one could be? The Geelong Cup, a race which has been used successfully by other European raiders before they won the Melbourne Cup. Van Percy is trained by Andrew Balding and has been in consistently for this year gaining three wins and a second. His last race was in the Ebor at York, this is a group one race in August. A spokes person for the stable says “Van Percy always gives his best”.
He looks a genuine Cup chance at this stage.
Dandino is in Aussie for another crack at the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. He finished second behind Fawkner in last years Caulfield Cup then fifth in the Melbourne Cup. Trainer states that he travelled well on the trip and gave an ominous warning; Dandino is better prepared this time. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. He is now an 8 year old though but it will not be the first time an 8 year old wins a group one race in Australasia this spring after Pure Champion won at Hastings last month.