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Gold class: Ratings guru smells Blood in the water

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Form is temporary, class is permanent.

Online article taken from 'Racenet'.
Online article taken from "Racenet".

Rating guru Gary Crispe could be adopting this mantra after predicting Alligator Blood and Funstar will fight out the finish of the $7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Crispe said Alligator Blood, who boasts a lofty Timeform rating of 123, and Funstar (117) haven't been able to return to those peak performances this spring but he anticipates the outstanding duo are poised to return to their best in the Golden Eagle.

"Alligator Blood has always been set for this and after closing off well fresh over an unsuitable trip, he improved to run 118 in the Silver Eagle when second to Flit last start,'' Racing And Sports' Crispe said.

"He never really looked entirely comfortable in that event, but in the end was only narrowly beaten. A winner of nine of his 14 starts, he has only missed the money once in his career when failing as favourite in the All-Star Mile.

"Apart from the unplaced run, he has been a model of consistency, at a level which leaves him well placed in the Golden Eagle.

"The step up to 1500m should suit and he should be right at his peak third-up from a spell.''

Crispe conceded the big question is whether Alligator Blood can handle the expected heavy track conditions at Rosehill. The track was rated a heavy 9 late on Thursday.

"He has only seen a rain-affected track once, which came when leading throughout in the CS Hayes Stakes,'' Crispe said.

"While it was raining during the race, it was far from a wet-track and it remains up in the air whether he will handle it. Conversely, the wide draw looks a plus as it should keep him out of trouble and out onto the fresh ground.

"At his peak he looks to hold an edge on his rivals and if he runs up to that level on Saturday, he is the one to beat.''

Funstar is among four Golden Eagle runners to have won at Group 1 level – the others being Alligator Blood, Colette and Flit.

The Chris Waller– trained Funstar has only won once since taking out the Flight Stakes last year but she dos get preferred wet track conditions on Saturday.

"Funstar brings arguably the best form, too,'' Crispe said.

"While no match for her sparring partner Probabeel in the Epsom, her effort to finish second was still very good and leaves her well placed for the Golden Eagle.

"She has been given almost the same preparation as stablemate Kolding last year who won the Epsom Handicap-Golden Eagle double.

"I like the fact Chris has kept this mare fresh with 28 days between runs and a soft trial in-between. Her wide draw results in us getting a better price and with a bit of luck early she is sure to make her presence felt.''

Crispe used his exclusive Timeform ratings to declare Perth raider Superstorm as one of the hardest to beat.

The Grant and Alana Williams-trained Superstorm has had a luckless preparation in Melbourne this spring but Crispe is added he has the talent to be right in the finish.

"Superstorm's rated 119 by Timeform, his form ties in well with Alligator Blood and he showed he was back on track last start when third in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap,'' Crispe said.

"He's never been tested on a heavy track, however being by Sebring, you'd be surprised if he didn't handle it. The wide draw sees him get a fair way back, but he should be very strong late.''

Crispe felt the James Cummings-trained Colette's chances would be enhanced by a very heavy track as he described the mare as an "absolute duck" in the going.

"Colette closed off well to run sixth in the Epsom last start and although the drop back in trip is some query as she is better over further, the testing conditions help her,'' he said.

"Her Oaks win last season sees her rated 113 and while she still has to improve to beat the top three, she shouldn't be far off.''



2. Funstar

3. Superstorm

4. Colette

5. Brandenburg

6. Flit


Online article taken from Racenet, published on Friday, 29th October 2021, Author, Ray Thomas.

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