Summary Of Our Trainers’ Tips For Bookmakers Recognition Day

From Tim Donnelly

Horse: Lunar Shoes
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 1, ATC Bookmakers Recognition Day Hcp) Lunar Shoes heads to Rosehill after breaking his maiden when he led throughout on his home track of Wagga last start. It was his first time in blinkers, and they will stay on for his city test. Lunar Shoes has continued to please at home, earning himself a shot at Saturday’s Sydney meeting. Obviously he is coming up in a lot stronger race, he is running against horses who have already won in the city. But he is improving, and we may as well give him a crack at it now.

Horse: Miss Kirribilli
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 2, Highway Hcp) Miss Kirribilli has shown promise to win two of her first three starts and while her victories have been on rain-affected tracks, the stable is keen to see how she measures up on a good surface in the Highway Handicap.

Horse: Dolphina
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 4, Furphy Hcp) Dolphina is the rank outsider of the field, but it would not be shocked to see her figure in the placings. The mare has not missed a top-three finish at her past five starts in the bush and she is racing better than ever. She is only a tiny little thing, but she absolutely tries her heart out.

From Bill Perrett

Horse: Lady Mofeed
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 2, Highway Hcp) My word we’re a chance, leased this mare off Luke Morgan at Tamworth, won for us straight away, drops so much weight (will carry 51kg on Saturday after the claim) – the way she won and turn of foot (last start win at Inverell). And she’s got natural early speed, so hopefully that and the weight pull might get us across.

From Richard Litt

Horse: Marnix
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 3, Midway Hcp) It’s something different. He works well enough in the blinkers. Whether that’s the difference between winning or losing I don’t know. But it is just keeping him on his toes and a bit sharp. He’s deep into his preparation now and it’s something that’s worth a try to see if we can get that one per cent over the line that he needs. He stepped away a bit tardy the other day and got back and made a little bit of hard work for himself but he still ran a very good race. He likes to take more of a forward position in his races which he hasn’t been able to do without doing a bit of work, and he was tardy the other day. If he can lob and be third or fourth, or fourth or fifth, and just smoke his pipe in behind them that would be ideal. He has the aid of Tyler Schiller, who has ridden him before, and a couple of kilos off his back. He will run really well.

From Kris Lees

Horse: Miracle Day
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 6, NSW Bookmakers Co-op Handicap) He’s coming up well. Last preparation he went from a maiden to midweek company and now he’s starting in Saturday grade. I’m a little guarded from that perspective, but it’s the right time of year for that style of horse. He’s pleased in a couple of soft trials and looks really well, to be fair I haven’t got him screwed down like he was last preparation so there’s improvement in him.

Horse: Per Inaway
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 9, Robert Patricks Hcp) Per Inaway created a big impression with her first-up win a fortnight ago. She’s not a big filly so I elected to put Dylan on to get 3kg off her back which I think will be beneficial for her. She got a lovely run in transit (last start) from Brenton (Avdulla) and put them away nicely and she’s suited up in trip. She pleased us since she’s been with us, a nice purchase from Australian Bloodstock. She’ll get seven furlongs to a mile in time. She’s a three-year-old filly who can handle all ground so it’s the right time of year for her. I think she will react well on top of the ground.

Horse: French Marine
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 10, Barry Cook Hcp) I’m a little guarded now going on firm ground at Saturday level but prior to this preparation I didn’t consider him a wet tracker. He’s a tough little fellow and he’s coped really well with it. He puts himself on speed, he has a low draw (5) and no weight so he gets a few ticks from that perspective. To be fair to the horse he’s done a remarkable job, he’s been in work a long time, but I never considered him to be a Sydney Saturday grade horse. But he ran very well in the Provincial Final, albeit on a heavy track, and the form around him has stood up to proper company with Kiss Sum and Rustic Steel in the finish with him.

From Mark Newnham

Horse: Spirit Ridge
Message: (Saturday, Rosehill Race 7, McKell Cup) Spirit Ridge finished second last and almost 40 lengths from winner Splendiferous last start at Eagle Farm. Spirit Ridge was lacking his usual spark, so I decided to send the horse over a few jumps. He has been jumping probably three or four times and he will jump again on Friday. It seems to have put a bit of a spring in his step so we will see come Saturday. His previous run in the Wagga Cup was a bit of a return to form but he is at that stage of his career where he is hard to place. He is probably a length or two below where he was when he was winning a lot of those races, although he does prefer dry ground, that (good) four to (soft) five ground which he will get on Saturday. Spirit Ridge is yet to salute in four starts at Rosehill, but he was Group 3 placed behind Toffee Tongue over the McKell Cup course and distance last year.

From The Editor

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