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Timeform Recap - 2017 Hollindale Stakes

Timeform review of 2017 Group 2 Hollindale Stakes, It's Somewhat.

Timeform Recap - 2017 Hollindale Stakes

It’s Somewhat has secured his third win in as many starts this campaign when taking out the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

It's Somewhat
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Coming off an all the way win in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile the start prior, It’s Somewhat went forward again to lead, and proved too strong for Single Gaze Horseform who was also on speed with Maurus Horseform running on well for third.

The Godolphin runner returned a Timeform figure of 118, four pounds below his Doncaster win and the same figure he ran to when winning the Ajax Stakes first up.


It’s Somewhat ran to the same figure as Leebaz who won in both 2016 and 2015 with 2014 winner Streama running to 113.

Likely to head towards the Doomben Cup in two weeks time, It’s Somewhat looks very hard to beat again with the Hollindale genuinely a strong lead up race some 10 horses having completed the Hollindale – Brisbane Cup double since 1991.

Among those are the likes of Rough Habit and Might And Power with Streama Horseform the last to complete the double in 2014.

Of the beaten runners Single Gaze continues to run well and ran to a new career peak Timeform figure of 113, four pounds above her last start win in the Mandate Tails Quality the start prior. And one pound above her Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes win last year.

Maurus in third was also good with the 59kg and ran to 116, his highest since winning the Ipswich Cup last year and is certainly one to keep an eye on throughout the carnival.

Earlier in the programme Religify Horseform returned in good order when taking out the Listed Prime Minister’s Cup (1400m), his 11th career win from only 27 starts.

Settling up on the speed with Hugh Bowman on board, Religify made good ground the final 200m to edge out Siegfried Horseform over the concluding stages with Federal Horseform over two lengths away in third.

Religify ran to a Timeform figure of 112, his highest since running to 116 when winning at Randwick in early February.

The Chris Waller-trained runner ran two pounds above 2016 winner Coolring and is the highest rated winner of the race since The Jackal in 2007 who also ran to 112 when beating Daunting Lad.

Siegfried in second ran to a new career peak figure of 103, one pound above his win at Doomben the start prior over Sir Moments.

The local galloper has been racing in terrific form this campaign with Federal in third running to 100, well below the 107 he ran to the start prior in the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes.

Another big winners of the day came from Savanna Amour Horseform in the final race of the day who claimed the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas.

Settling off the leaders in fourth, Savanna Amour found space in the early part of the straight before running on strongly to grab a narrow win from Heroic Valour Horseform who fought back strongly on the inside and Tessera Horseform not far away in third.

The queensland-trained galloper returned a career peak Timeform figure of 101, two pounds above his Group 2 Armanasco Stakes win at Caulfield before a spell.

Savanna Amour is the lowest rated winner of the race since it’s inception in 2008 with 2016 winner Takedown running to 109p but is the first filly to win since Florentina in 2012 who ran to 104.

The highest rated runner of the race was Heroic Valour in second who ran to 105, seven pounds below his fourth placing in Group 1 company at Te Rapa before a spell.

Tessera in third followed up her strong returning effort at Randwick and ran to 104, five pounds lower than her first up run but looks an improving type on the rise.

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R7 GOLD COAST 6 May 2017
Hollindale Stakes , 1800m
Race Synopsis: Godolphin’s import It’s Somewhat is now unbeaten in all three starts this preparation, following his win in the Doncaster Mile (Gr 1, 1600m) at Randwick on 1 April with another good win here. He again went to the lead and was able to steady the mid-race tempo (first 1200m in 1:14.94) before lifting the pace when challenged at the 600m. He then kept fighting back gamely, holding on to win well. Single Gaze raced outside the leader, put pressure on him nearing the home turn and battled strongly in the straight for second. Maurus raced in second last place in the ten-horse field, moved up (deep) at the 600m, challenged at the 200m and did well in the sprint home in fighting on to take a good third. Of the others, Preferment raced behind the leader and held on well in the sprint home for (2 lengths) fourth while Sense Of Occasion was shuffled back in the straight and ran on well late for (2.9 lengths) sixth, looking somewhat unlucky.

FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. IT'S SOMEWHAT (USA)
6yo Gelding
JOHN O'SHEA
TYE ANGLAND
59.0
$2.25
 
DYNAFORMER (USA) - SOMETIME (IRE)
Godolphin
2nd  
11. SINGLE GAZE (AUS)
5yo Mare
NICK OLIVE
KATHY O'HARA
57.0
$6.50
 
NOT A SINGLE DOUBT (AUS) - REDALUCA'S GAZE (AUS)
N Olive, M P Hay, D E Tout, W P Oxford, M Notaras, R P Keeley, P Kouvelis, N Keeley, M J Obrien, R A Stuart & Redbank North Pty Ltd
Jan 14, 2014 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, $70000, NICK OLIVE, NSW
 
3rd  
6. MAURUS (GB)
6yo Gelding
JOHN P THOMPSON
DAMIAN BROWNE
59.0
$21.00
 
MEDICEAN (GB) - SHASTYE (IRE)
 Waratah Thoroughbreds (Mgr: P G Fudge)
4th  2. PREFERMENT (NZ)
6yo H
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
59.0
$16.00
5th  7. RUDY (AUS)
7yo Gelding
HELEN PAGE
R FRADD
59.0
$31.00
6th  3. SENSE OF OCCASION (AUS)
7yo Gelding
KRIS LEES
COREY BROWN
59.0
$11.00
7th  5. CYLINDER BEACH (NZ)
5yo Gelding
DESLEIGH FORSTER
JIM BYRNE
59.0
$13.00
8th  10. SAKHEE'S SOLDIER (NZ)
7yo Gelding
DAVID KELLY
LUKE DITTMAN
59.0
$151.00
9th  4. MCCREERY (GB)
5yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
J LLOYD
59.0
$5.50
10th  12. COL 'N' LIL (AUS)
6yo Mare
BEN CURRIE
JOSHUA OLIVER
57.0
$21.00


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