Thursday, August 16

Ten horses to follow this spring carnival

Please note text is by Brad Gray from WWOS (http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au)

Rock 'n' Pop

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Already a Group One winner in New Zealand, this Fastnet Rock four-year-old finished midfield in the Rosehill Guineas in autumn at his first start in Australia. He has since been transferred to Gai Waterhouse who, if his trials to date are anything to go by, has him flying ahead of his spring targets, culminating in the Epsom Handicap.

Commanding Jewel

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As this three-year-old filly's name suggests, Commanding Jewel is a close relation to Atlantic Jewel – she is a three-quarter sister in fact. Trained by Leon Corstens, she is still unraced, yet is nominated for a maiden at Swan Hill next Monday for an easy kill before the already bullish connections raise the bar. If she is even half as talented as her sister she's one to watch on her march towards the Thousand Guineas.

Fat Al

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This Gai Waterhouse gelding went from midweek winner to dual Group-winner last preparation in taking out the Frank Packer Plate and Carbine Club Stakes. He has won five of his seven starts and with his front-running style, is bound to pick up where he left off this spring.

Howmuchdoyouloveme

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This Con Karakatsanis-trained three-year-old is a big lump of a horse but has furnished into an exciting prospect in his five starts to date, the latest of which was a dominant win in Grafton's Romornie Handicap. The Salinger Stakes at Flemington has been penciled in as a spring launch pad for this bargain $5000 gelding.

Hoylonny

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The penny still hadn't dropped for this Chris Waller-trained son of Lohnro last preparation, still racing erratically even after eight starts. Connections tried to stretch him out to 2400m in the AJC Derby yet he didn't stay the trip. He's got the talent so if he comes back more mature, we could see a different horse.

Kabayan

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Boy does this Haradasun three-year-old have some raw ability. In three starts he went from winning a maiden at Wyong to almost pinching the Group One TJ Smith where it took Sizzling the length of the Eagle Farm straight to out bob him on the line. Such is the faith Gai Waterhouse has in this horse, she may bypass the Golden Rose with Pierro and leave Kabayan to fly the stable's flag.

Elite Elle

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Undefeated after three starts, this Tony Vasil-trained three-year-old is set to start her spring campaign in Saturday week's Quezette Stakes at Caulfield. The astute Vasil already has an eye on the Thousand Guineas but she's bound to add to her win tally before then, particularly if she can strike any wet tracks.

Lucky Penny

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Also undefeated, this lightly raced four-year-old is set to tackle Group assignments this preparation. She'll have no problem running out a strong 2000m according to her trainer Peter Morgan, who will have a strong spring team consisting of Dusty Star, Amah Rock, newcomer Thankgodyou'rehere and lightly-raced stayer Oasis Bloom.

Pampelonne

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It will only be a light spring for this talented gelding with trainer Tim Martin eyeing off Sydney's autumn riches. Earlier in his career, in one of Rosehill's hottest ever benchmark 75s, Pampelonne split Mental and Said Com, who both who also look set for strong spring campaigns themselves, but Pampelonne's tactical speed gives him an edge.

Snitzerland

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The blinkers were put on this Gerald Ryan-trained sprinter for the first time in the Golden Slipper and she responded by looking like she'd pinched it only for Pierro to wear her down. There was a space to third and it was as near as any horse got to Pierro in achieving his triple crown. Snitzerland has since trialled impressively alongside All Too Hard, and is set to kick-off her campaign in Rosehill's San Domenico Stakes before tackling Melbourne's riches.
 
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