Race 4 – Patty’s Fortune
Continually under-rated in the market and we were able to get some cash out of him each-way on Saturday at $5+ the place. He was snagged back to last from the wide gate and picked his way through the field to rocket home and run third. If he’d drawn a better gate, there’s every chance he finishes a lot closer to the winner, and perhaps even fights out the finish. This was a high quality BM72 and if he can draw a gate in something slightly easier as he likely steps up in distance, I’m confident he’ll be ultra-competitive.
Race 5 – Tycoon Evie
Tycoon Evie further confirmed her standing as a filly of high quality – arguably the most talented female in the state. She was solid in the market back from a freshen up as she kicked off a likely Oaks campaign. After settling a clear last on the fence she weaved a passage through the small field to win impressively, running home the last 600m in sub-34. She’s only lightly-raced but appears to be getting better with racing and should be competitive in any upcoming race assignments.
Race 7 – Akage
Another galloper who flies under the radar and goes around at big prices because of an unheralded trainer-jockey combo. This 7yo mare has produced three huge runs in succession and is capable of winning again. Admittedly she had barrier one and a soft run on Saturday, but if she gets conditions to suit, she’s proven to be a real line chaser once she get a sniff of winning. It’ll be interesting to see if they step her up to the mile (a distance she has won at in the past) next start or stay around the 1400m mark.
Race 9 – Bold Style
A bit of a horror show from start-to-finish for this Garnett Taylor-trained 4yo. He’s a versatile type who can sit handy if needed, and it appeared that was the intention despite beginning awkwardly. He was bustled up early in an attempt to hold a midfield spot after the tardy beginning, and from there he ran into trouble at around the 800m mark when he found a tight spot to the inside of Defence Missile. It meant Bold Style was forced three wide and that was where he was planted for the race. He finished off nicely out wide (where very few were making ground on the day) and was still going as good as anything on the line to grab fifth. He’s certainly worth following in similar grade.