Saturday Review 20 April 2019
The Championships at Royal Randwick drew to a close with some very close finishes indicating form may not stand up in a few of the races. A monstrously heavy track at Doomben where little or
nothing could make up ground in the straight all day, so again, form may not stand from this meeting. Almost a winter meeting at Caulfield, while Oakbank is a terrific spectacle, usually a difficult
day for punters with some horses handling the circuit and others floundering.
Win of the day was without fear of contradiction Castelvecchio. Exclusively selected for Gallopers subscribers as a good thing, we expected him to appreciate the 1600m, which he did, we
expected him to beat Loving Gaby, which he did, and we expected him to stamp himself as a high quality Group 1 horse, which he also did. Follow him, he could be a Spring Champion/VRC Derby
horse in the Spring.
The heavily supported Pierata was a little too good in the other Group 1, the time honoured All Aged Stakes. Perfectly ridden by Tommy Berry, the gelding staved off a late challenge from the
perennial runner up Osborne Bulls, who has now run second in four successive Group 1 events, surely his time in the limelight cannot be too far away. He arguably should have won after being
held up for a run in the straight, narrowly going down once again.
Trekking from the Godolphin yard was very good winning the Hall Mark Stakes. He has bigger fish to fry in Brisbane during the Winter, a Doomben 10,000 or Stradbroke not beyond him. Not
sure what to make of stable mate Home Of The Brave, punters should wait to see him perform before jumping on him in the near future.
As predicted in Gallopers Victoria Handicap Preview, Streets Of Avalon continued his good from and was a little too good for his rivals in the Group 3 at Caulfield. He is very consistent and rarely
runs a poor race.
Plein Ciel has always promised plenty, however up to the 2000m in the Easter Cup was perfect and off an outstanding Craig Williams ride, he was too good. Gallopers Subscribers reaped the
rewards with the win which was also predicted in the Gallopers Easter Cup Preview. The import has thrived since transferring to Anthony Freedman, has now won 7 from 16, the Hollindale Stakes
on the Gold Coast might be a nice race for him.
Hawkesbury stand alone Saturday metropolitan meeting next Saturday which is always a great day, as is Scone a fortnight later, along with both the Adelaide and Brisbane carnivals hotting up
also, so plenty for punters to look forward to.
Good luck and profitable punting to all.