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Saturday Post Mortem - November 11

Chris Scholtz reviews racing around Australia on November 11.

Saturday Post Mortem - November 11

Chris Scholtz reviews racing around Australia on November 11.

THE STARS

REDZEL Horseform: Another superb display of pure sprinting talent by Australian racing’s new pin-up horse. Of course it’s all due to the skill and prowess of the men behind the horse – Peter and Paul Snowden and Kerrin Mc Evoy.


GAI WATERHOUSE/ADRIAN BOTT: Well and truly silenced those consistent Melbourne critics with a superb spring that ended with Savapinski making it 10 wins for the carnival including five in Cup Week. They were fitting winners of the JB Cummings Excellence Award presented by the VRC.

DAMIAN LANE: Ride of the day to get out of a pocket and land the Emirates Stakes on Tosen Stardom, a ride the clinched him the carnival’s Ron Hutchinson Excellence Award. He is leading the Melbourne and Victorian premierships – get him on him now to still be there at the end of the season.

TOSEN STARDOM Horseform: It took some perseverance from Darren Weir but this top class Japanese import is now a dual G1 winner in Australia. Local studs should be queuing for the son of Deep Impact.

LLOYD KENNEWELL: His treble at Morphettville made him the only trainer to win three metro races on the day.

JASON DEAMER: Young Newcastle trainer has a talented prospect in the unbeaten Bon Amis.

BJORN BAKER/GREG RYAN: The Warwick Farm trainer and the champion country jock have won 14 races together at the last four race meetings at Bathurst, including five of the eight races on Friday. It’s an extraordinary strike rate.

TALKING POINTS

REDZEL 1: Royal Ascot will move heaven and earth to get our new sprint king to the UK next year but the Snowdens have already declared The Everest will be first and foremost in their planning for 2018. And why not, now that it is going up another $2 million to $12 million! The message is now loud and clear to Royal Ascot and anybody with a decent sprinter north of the Equator – Sydney has the race and the prizemoney, so come on down!

REDZEL 2: What an advertisement he has become for syndication, and what a ride he is giving his big syndicate brought together by the Triple Crown boys.

GINGERNUTS: At the other end of the emotional scale to Redzel was the tragic breakdown of the Kiwi star at Flemington. What devastation for his big syndicate of owners who had come from NZ with such high expectations only to see him seriously injured in such a freakish way while cantering to the barrier. A sad reminder of the fragility that surrounds thoroughbreds every day.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

• "I knew if she used her speed they would not run her down. She just skipped away from them - she was like a little bunny rabbit." – Gai Waterhouse on her Flemington bunny Savapinski Horseform.

THEY SAID IT

• “He keeps stepping up and keeps proving all the doubters wrong. It's about the horse - he's so easy to train. He does everything we ask. He's a gelding and he's only five so hopefully he can keep racing, stay sound and the owners will have a great deal of fun.” - Peter Snowden sums up Redzel.

• "He is an unassuming horse, it's surprised us where he has got to but he has taken it all before him. He's so reliable, you know he's going to turn up and have a show. He just keeps achieving with what's put in front of him.” - Kerrin McEvoy’s praise for Redzel.

• “He's the best older sprinter I've ridden." - the McEvoy quote that says it all.

• “Everything that could go wrong with the horse went wrong. They were never serious problems, it wasn't a knee, a fetlock or a tendon or gone in the wind, they were niggling problems." – Darren Weir and his past frustrations with Tosen Stardom.

• "I had one run close on me, it really stopped my momentum. To switch across heels and still win was just massive.” – Damian Lane on his Tosen Stardom ride.

• "Gai and Adrian's horses are flying at the moment. That gives you the confidence to ride them like fit horses and she wasn't going to stop.” – Brenton Avdulla after his win aboard Savapinski.

• “The disappointment for us is that we didn't make the Melbourne Cup. I really felt he would have really run well but we just missed out. I think next year he's going to be better again.” – trainer Mike Moroney’s disappointment and future hopes for Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Vengeur Masque Horseform.

• We've taken the easy steps, baby steps, to get here. Today was the day that he had to really show up and put his foot down," – Jason Deamer, the Newcastle trainer of the unbeaten Bon Amis Horseform.

• "He was a mad colt at the time so I took him back to our farm, ended up gelding him and he relaxed really nicely," – Levi Kavanagh and how things turned around for Flemington winner Kentucky Breeze.

BOUQUETS AND BRICKBATS

DAMIAN LANE: Anybody who backed Tosen Stardom would call it the ride of the year!

MICHAEL DEE: His negative tactics on Gallic Chieftain Horseform would have suited a six-day bike race! Set him an impossible task from last.

BLAIKE McDOUGALL: Showed why he is Sydney’s most improved apprentice with his determination to take the split and lift Machinegun Jubs Horseform over the line at Rosehill.

JAY FORD: Well-judged but contrasting rides on Unforgotten Horseform from behind and Intueri Horseform in front landed him a deserving Rosehill double.

RACHEL KING: Showed maturity beyond her experience to get the job done after being held up on Just Dreaming Horseform.

THE SACK FILE

TREKKING Horseform: First in line to be the next Tom Melbourne!

IN TIMES OF WAR Horseform: Too costly. Astute form expert and commentator Mark Shean said it all in a tweet:-

SPIETH Horseform He’s been a big disappointment. They will need to start over with him.

BLACKBOOK

IT'S SOMEWHAT Horseform: Godolphin should be confident about his chances in Perth.

TAMASA Horseform: A lingering nightmare for his backers. Still trying to get a run.

GALLIC CHIEFTAIN Horseform: Negative ride gave him little chance. Stay with him.

CURDLED Horseform: Sure to benefit from sound first-up effort.

DREAMFORCE Horseform: Strong return. Took a fit horse to run him down.

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