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The Randwick Wrap: Epsom Day – Sep 29

The Randwick Timeform Wrap featuring a ratings overview of key races held during Epsom Day on September 29.

The Randwick Wrap: Epsom Day – Sep 29

Some enthralling finishes captivated crowds through a bumper Group 1 program at Randwick on Saturday headlined by Hartnell winning the Epsom Handicap.

Nine races, all of which were stakes races bar one were conducted at Randwick on Saturday spearheaded by the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

Hartnell
Hartnell Picture:Racing and Sports


For the second time in three years, it was the Godolphin Blue silks that reigned supreme courtesy of the versatile Hartnell Horseform.

The UK import returned to Sydney after commencing his prep well in Melbourne contesting the PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and the Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m).

A multiple Group 1 winner, Hartnell was ideally placed in a race which on paper possessed four genuine weight for age types with D’Argento, Unforgotten and Pierata the others.

Weights of the prestigious handicap were noticeably compressed with only a 4kg spread and a majority of the class runners (Bar Pierata) capitalised.

Hartnell was positioned ideally by Hugh Bowman, settled midfield one off the fence on the outside of a main rival in D’Argento.

The son of Authorized was moved off heels on straightening while D’argento had found clear running after staying close to the inside.

D’Argento hit the front 200m from home with Hartnell in pursuit.

The pair drew clear of their nearest rivals with Hartnell prevailing by a slender margin over D’Argento with Unforgotten closing well into third.

Hartnell delivered a Timeform rating of 125 for the win, two pounds shy of Happy Clapper Horseform in 2017 who boasts the highest winning figure of the race since Filante (1996).

It continues the latest trend of Epsom winners having their final lead up runs at Weight For Age level after Hauraki Horseform and Happy Clapper each placed in the George Main Stakes.

It remains to be seen which direction James Cummings will go with Hartnell for the rest of the spring however there are options available to him in both Sydney and Melbourne for Hartnell’s next start.

The Group 3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick or the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) both on October 13 profile as suitable options for the stable stalwart.

Whilst the Caulfield Stakes is worth twice as much money, it is likely to attract a far stronger field as evidenced by its past handful of winners - genuine spring feature race players, Atlantic Jewel Horseform (2013), Fawkner Horseform (2014), Criterion Horseform (2015), Winx Horseform (2016) and Gailo Chop Horseform (2017).

Winx winning 2016 Caulfield Stakes
Winx winning 2016 Caulfield Stakes Picture:Racing and Sports

Sydney’s Craven Plate was upgraded in 2017 as part of The Everest Day program.

It is now worth an impressive $500,000 which was essentially stolen last year by Classic Uniform with a performance given a Timeform rating of 115, modest in comparison to the current five year winning average of the Caulfield Stakes which sits at 126.

A Group 1 Day in Sydney doesn’t go by without Chris Waller being well represented.

The leading Sydney trainer endured narrow defeats in both the Epsom Handicap and the Flight Stakes with Fiesta however celebrated a Group 1 quinella in The Metropolitan (2400m).

Waller saddled up almost half the Metropolitan field, a race he had won twice previously courtesy of The Verminator Horseform (2011) and Opinion Horseform (2014).

From barrier 4, Patrick Erin Horseform was able to settle midfield as his well fancied stablemate Brimham Rocks Horseform was forced to work early from a wide gate to take up a forward spot.

Brimham Rocks struck the front 300m from home and held his challengers at bay until Patrick Erin collared the favourite in the shadows of the post.

Patrick Erin
Patrick Erin Picture:Racing and Sports

Patrick Erin and Brimham Rocks returned Timeform ratings of 111 and 110 respectively.

Chris Waller has an abundance of options for his Metropolitan runners moving forward and suggested Patrick Erin could remain in Sydney for the $500,000 St Leger Stakes (2600m), another lucrative race held on Everest Day won last year by Big Duke Horseform.

It took ten starts however Oohood Horseform finally shed her maiden tag in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).

A Group 1 placegetter in the Blue Diamond Stakes, the Golden Slipper and the Sires’ Produce as a two-year-old, the Flight Stakes was an overdue and deserved top level victory for Tony McEvoy’s consistent filly.

Attempting the Flight Stakes/Thousand Guineas double is the logical path for most winners of the Flight Stakes.

Oohood
Oohood Picture:Steve Hart

Guelph Horseform in 2013 and Global Glamour Horseform in 2016 each claimed the double.

Following the Flight Stakes however, Tony McEvoy suggested he will be aiming the daughter of I Am Invincible up against the boys in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, a race which is largely expected to be dominated by The Autumn Sun Horseform.

Oohood’s Flight Stakes performance returned a Timeform rating of 114, down on both her master figure of 117 achieved when second to Estijaab Horseform in the Golden Slipper and also the 120+ Caulfield Guineas favourite The Autumn Sun returned when winning the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on September 22.

Randwick played host to other impressive displays even outside of the three Group 1’s conducted through the afternoon.

Santa Ana Lane
Santa Ana Lane Picture:Racing and Sports

Santa Ana Lane Horseform worked further into Everest calculations by winning the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m), running a pound below his master Timeform rating of 124 achieved claiming the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) last year.

The remaining Group 2 on the card was claimed by Ace High Horseform who was well supported and ran accordingly in the Hill Stakes (2000m).

Saturday’s Hill Stakes was the High Chaparral entire’s first win as an older horse.

Ace High
Ace High Picture:Racing and Sports

Assessed at 122 it is considered a career best display for the David Payne-trained stayer who will now head to Melbourne for his next start in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 20.

The last horse to claim the Hill Stakes/Caulfield Cup double was Descarado Horseform, another son of High Chaparral in 2010.

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R7 RANDWICK 29 September 2018
Epsom Hcp 3U , 1600m
Race Synopsis: Godolphin's Hartnell showed his quality in scoring here in this Group 1 handicap under his 57kg top weight and is now the winner of four at Group 1 level from 1400m to 2400m. He settled in eighth place before tracking up nicely coming to the home turn. Hugh Bowman brought him with a well-timed run from the 200m and he responded to score a narrow but strong win on the post. D'Argento had a good trip in seventh place on the rails from his inside barrier (1), looked the winner when he took the lead at the 200m, only to be caught on the post for (half head) second. Unforgotten raced back in 12th place, improved (between runners) from the 300m and kept running on well for a good third, perhaps finding the 1600m trip a shade short of her preferred distances. Shillelagh raced back in 15th place and ran on in very good style for (1.2 lengths) fourth at her second run back. Muraaqeb was handy all the way and did well in this class in fighting on for (1.6 lengths) fifth while Arbeitsam was a fast pace, only tiring from the 200m for (1.9 lengths) sixth in a very good effort.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. HARTNELL (GB)
7yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
HUGH BOWMAN
57.0
$21.00
 
AUTHORIZED (IRE) - DEBONNAIRE (GB)
Godolphin
2nd  
3. D'ARGENTO (AUS)
4yo H
CHRIS WALLER
JAMES MCDONALD
53.5
$4.50
 
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - FULLAZZ (AUS)
Paramount Racing (Mgr: Ms K M Wood), R Cummins, Mrs H L Cummins, J W Roe, D N Wilson, Mrs G Robertson, Ms J A Coleman, M Woodcroft, Mrs J Woodcroft, M Azzopardi, Mrs L Azzopardi, R B T Aurisch, Mrs H A Aurisch & P A Aquino
Jan 16, 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Widden Valley, $135000, Star Thoroughbreds, NSW
 
3rd  
7. UNFORGOTTEN (AUS)
4yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
KERRIN MCEVOY
52.5
$4.50
 
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - MEMORIES OF YOU (IRE)
 Magic Bloodstock Racing (Mgr: P G Tighe), C J Waller, F W Cook, Mrs C M Cook, N A Greenhalgh, Mrs M T Greenhalgh, R Shrimpton, Mrs C Shrimpton, I Bruce, R Smith, P Y W Ng, K H Warriner, J T C Lake & B L Mathieson
4th  4. SHILLELAGH (NZ)
7yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL WALKER
53.0
$26.00
5th  19. MURAAQEB (AUS)
4yo H
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
CORY PARISH
50.0
$26.00
6th  9. ARBEITSAM (AUS)
5yo Gelding
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
TIM CLARK
52.5
$31.00
7th  16. SIEGE OF QUEBEC (AUS)
4yo H
G WATERHOUSE & A BOTT
JAMES P INNES
50.0
$21.00
8th  8. MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE)
6yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
JASON COLLETT
52.5
$15.00
9th  2. PIERATA (AUS)
4yo H
GREGORY HICKMAN
COREY BROWN
54.0
$6.00
10th  17. INVICTUS PRINCE (GB)
5yo Gelding
MATTHEW SMITH
ANDREW ADKINS
50.0
$31.00
11th  11. LANCIATO (NZ)
6yo Gelding
MARK NEWNHAM
MS RACHEL KING
52.0
$26.00
12th  12. TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)
7yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
DEAN YENDALL
51.5
$17.00
13th  14. RED EXCITEMENT (AUS)
9yo Gelding
GERALD RYAN
DAMIEN THORNTON
51.0
$151.00
14th  13. CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES (AUS)
4yo Mare
BJORN BAKER
CRAIG NEWITT
51.0
$31.00
15th  20. GOODFELLA (AUS)
4yo H
BJORN BAKER
JEAN VAN OVERMEIRE
50.0
$101.00
16th  15. NEW TIPPERARY (AUS)
6yo Gelding
JOSEPH PRIDE
CRAIG WILLIAMS
51.0
$51.00
17th  5. DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE)
6yo Gelding
JAMES CUMMINGS
GLYN SCHOFIELD
53.5
$101.00
18th  22. PARET (AUS)
4yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
MICHAEL DEE
50.0
$81.00
19th  10. RELIGIFY (AUS)
8yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
JAY FORD
52.5
$101.00
20th  6. SINGLE GAZE (AUS)
6yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
KATHY O'HARA
52.5
$61.00


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