FLR's imposing GOLDEN ARCHER colt struts his stuff (above) while our ROTHESAY & DOMESDAY fillies (below) show off their class
Get the post race low down on our leading Spring contenders!
Smart Coupe Result: 8th in the 1200m Benchmark 80 Handicap, Moe - An unexpected disappointing result from Smart Coupe on Thursday - she was never comfortable and maybe didn't appreciate being ridden a bit close to the speed but otherwise a bit of a head-scratcher - she's much better than that.
Love And Rock It Result: 5th in the 1200m Benchmark 70 Handicap, Doomben - Whilst only 5th in the race, wow, what a 5th it was! LARI really smashed the line and a stride or 2 more, he's in the thick end of things. Draws a decent gate he could even have won but a super competitive run and he'll be hard to beat next start.
Aristia Result: 2nd in the 2000m Group 3 Ethereal Stakes, Caulfield - A superb effort from Aristia on Saturday who showed her real class and ability for a close 2nd. She hit the front early at the top of the straight and probably got a bit lost so is bound to improve again at her next go over 2000m - bring on the Group 2 Wakeful on Derby Day!
Scottish Rogue Result: 8th in the 1050m Benchmark 70 Handicap, Morphettville - A touch disappointing result but the race didn't go to plan. Run off his feet a bit early after being slow away but we know he's a horse wanting much more ground and will only improve from the hit-out. He'll now head back to Melbourne to prepare for the 1400m Listed Hilton Stakes at Flemington on Stakes Day.
A big Cox Plate week coming up!
What A Shock What's next: $30,000 1200m Benchmark 70 Handicap, Geelong, this Wednesday 24 October - Looking forward to the return of What A Shock on Wednesday. He didn't quite capture his best form last preparation but has come back from a break in great order and his jump outs have been pleasing. Will find the trip a touch short but we'll expect to see him doing his best work late.
Black Sail What's next: $120,000 1500m Benchmark 84 Handicap, Manikato Stakes Night @ Moonee Valley, this Friday 26 October - Having come through his epic return to the winners stall in great order, Black Sail heads to the Valley on Manikato Stakes night and this looks a nice race for him. Fingers crossed for a good barrier - he's a horse that improves with more racing!
Nasdex What's next: $120,000 955m Handicap, Cox Plate Day @ Moonee Valley, this Saturday 27 October - The Champ is back! After a little freshen up, Nasdex kicks off on Cox Plate Day over the 955m sprint - he's trialled very nicely and his record first up over the short trips is very good.
Savvy Oak What's next: $200,000 2040m Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase, Cox Plate Day @ Moonee Valley, this Saturday 27 October - Last start eye-catcher Savvy Oak steps up to a trip that he should really appreciate. Has raced well here before albeit from a bad gate so fingers crossed he draws well as he's on the Derby path and is ready to give this a shake.
WINX What's next: $5,000,000 2040m Group 1 Cox Plate, Cox Plate Day @ Moonee Valley, this Saturday 27 October - JUST WINS! Get to the Valley and enjoy history being made!