Royal Randwick mounting yard report… By Matthew Howard and intro by Jamie Stumer

Royal Randwick mounting yard report… By Matthew Howard and intro by Jamie Stumer

Whispered Secret is this week's horse to follow by Matthew Howard. Photo courtesy Daryl Duckworth.

Whispered Secret is this week’s horse to follow by Matthew Howard. Photo courtesy Daryl Duckworth.

The thoughts of all the racing community go out to the family and friends of Darren Jones who sadly passed in horror three-horse fall at Warialda on Saturday that’s left the horse racing industry in a state of shock and disbelief. Darren Jones leaves behind his wife Sheridan and two teenage sons. Also, injured in the fall were Melanie Bolwell who is currently in a Gold Coast Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in a serious condition. The third rider involved in the fall was Leanne Henry who suffered a fractured collarbone in the fall and was transported to Tamworth Hospital. Let’s hope that there is positive news today on the state of Melanie Bolwell. It just goes to show the risks faced by jockeys each time they head to the office.

There was drama also at Randwick with the running of the Sydney Cup being declared a no race with the breakdown of Almoonqith just past the winning post the first time around who unfortunately had to be euthanised. The breakdown led to Who Shot Thebarman losing its rider Blake Shinn, so there was a prone horse near the finish line and another runner lose leaving the stewards no option but to declare a no race. The issue that seriously needs to be looked at is how they communicate this to the riders still in the race as it isn’t good enough that 6 of the riders didn’t know that the race had been called off? A few leading jockeys made some comments in the heat of the moment that I would hope they would now be regretting.

Winx once again provided the positive news story over the week end with another demolition job in the Queen Elizabeth stakes on Saturday with the official margin of 5.3 lengths back to Hartnell who is currently rated the third best horse in the world and she keeps gapping him. It will be great to see how Hartnell goes if he heads to Hong Kong in 3 weeks’ time.

Below is Matthew Howard’s weekly just racing mounting yard live report which you can also read live Matthew’s thoughts on his Facebook page each Saturday prior to the race to assist with backing winners each Saturday:

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Royal Randwick: Australian Turf Club Saturday 08, April 2017      
       
Race 1 – 11:30AM ADINA APARTMENT HOTELS FERNHILL HANDICAP (1600 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
MURAAHIB Neither No real improvement between runs for this horse. 8th
ALL TOO HUIYING Neither Paraded on top last start and parades in good order again here today. 3rd
TOGA PICTA 1st I’ve seen There are others that parade like the mile will suit more than this horse. 2nd
COULTHARD 1st I’ve seen getting quite warm in the mounting yard here. 5th
MEDAL KUN 1st I’ve seen this prep Too big for a heavy track. 9th
ACE HIGH Missed last start Quite plain in the coat here. Looking at others. 6th
ZEPPELIN Missed last 2 starts Not suited on this track. Looking for firmer footing. 10th
EARTH ANGEL 1st I’ve seen Like this horse. Probably the best walker, has a lovely long stride on her. Coat looks great. 4th
WHISPERED SECRET Ist I’ve seen this prep Think this is a nice horse in the making. Love a High Chap as they are generally great movers and this is also. 1st
YORKSHIRE ROCK (NZ) 1st I’ve seen is fit however not focusing at all in the yard. Outclassed also type wise. 7th
       
Race 2 – 12:10PM TCL SOUTH PACIFIC CLASSIC (1400 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
ECHO EFFECT SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
BEZEL Backwards 5 lengths Looked fantastic last start in the yard. Plain today. 11th
PEACOCK 1st I’ve seen this prep 2nd pick of the Godolphin runners however think the stablemate parades better. 6th
BRYNEICH Neither At peak fitness now. Wet track type however I would prefer on a tighter turning track. 4th
GENERALISSIMO improved 3 lengths This is the best this horse has looked. Would prefer on drier surface but rock hard fit today. 1st
HUSSTERICAL Backwards 2 lengths Money coming for this horse on course but has gone backwards since I saw it two starts ago. Very plain in the coat today. 12th
ALLITERATE 1st I’ve seen some time Not moving freely today. 13th
ROSA CAROLINA (NZ) 1st I’ve seen in two starts Parading very well today. This wet track should really suit the horse. Looks great in the coat also. 2nd
UBATUBA 1st I’ve seen some time At the top of its game now fitness wise. No improvement to come after today. 9th
SIREN’S FURY 1st I’ve seen some time Really patchy in the coat, prefer others. 3rd
RED HEARTS 1st I’ve seen in a few starts Really like this horse however wont like the heavy track today. 10th
APIATA (NZ) 1st I’ve seen Athletic type but I’ve got others parading much better. 8th
SCREAMARR 1st I’ve seen in 3 starts Awful 5th
TRAVANCORE (NZ) Improved 1 length in 2 starts Good in the coat and the horse is fit. Just outside my main chances. 7th
       
Race 3 – 12:45PM IG SHARE TRADING PERCY SYKES STAKES (1200 METRES)      
       
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
FORMALITY Backwards 4 lengths Horse has put on a lot of condition since last start. 2nd
TEASPOON Improved 1 length Strange to see but this horse has actually improved slightly since last start. Wearing the dappled coat today. 6th
SHOALS 1st I’ve seen this prep Nice horse this but will show its best on a drier track. 1st
SERENA BAY 1st I’ve seen this prep Fit, relaxed, focused. No major knocks. 3rd
VILLA CARLOTTA Improved 1 length Horse normally plays right up in the yard. Double handlers helping to relax the horse. 4th
ALMANZORA Improved 2 lengths Looks fitter today, and great in the coat. Top selection. 5th
DIDN’T MENTION IT 1st I’ve seen this prep No chance. 7th
       
Race 4 – 1:20PM THE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FINAL (1400 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
NOBLE JOEY Improved 2 lengths since last city run fitness wise ok but is displaying some behavioural issues. 5th
BETTER NOT BLUE 1st I’ve seen this prep Up on the toe again in the yard as per usual but carrying more condition than usual. 2nd
ZIGANUI 1st I’ve seen this prep Top selection here at $30. Coat looks fantastic and horse presents in great fashion today. 3rd
BUDDEROO KNIGHT Neither Haas the dappled coat on today however not 100% focused. 12th
CALABASAS 1st I’ve seen this prep Wet track should present no issue, very fit horse. 6th
PACIFIC REIGN 1st I’ve seen this prep Nope. 14th
VIRGILIO Missed last few starts Not walking the best and avoiding Corey brown like the plague now. 15th
MARYORE Improved 4 lengths in 2 starts Looks great in the yard, definite winning chance. 1st
POMELO Improved 2 lengths Horse normally falls to pieces in the yard. Much more relaxed today. Is that a positive or not? We will see. 4th
DREAM LANE Improved 1.5 lengths Fit today however hard to see it winning based on the yard. 11th
CLEVEDON BAY 1st I’ve seen this prep Getting warm and has improvement to come in the coat. 13th
HEAVENLY ANNA Improved 2 lengths Classic wet track type should appreciate conditions today. 8th
PRINCESS POSH 1st I’ve seen this prep This horse could not present better. Coat looks great but I do have a query on the form. 10th
REIBY RAMPART 1st I’ve seen this prep Not on a wet track. 9th
SHAZEE LEE 1st I’ve seen this prep Tall leggy animal, fit but not staying focused the whole time. 7th
KNIT ‘N’ PURL SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
WHAT COULD BE SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
APPOINT PERCY (NZ) SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
HAMMOND LANE SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
       
       
Race 5 – 1:55PM ARROWFIELD 3YO SPRINT (1200 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
SARACINO (NZ) 1st I’ve seen Looks great in the coat here and is quite fit. Query on class against some of these. 6th
IMPENDING Improved 1 length Getting a bit sick of this horse now. Always presents well and today is no different. I’m off though. 3rd
DEFCON 1st up Will improve with this run. 5th
DERRYN improved 3 lengths Top selection here. Parades best I’ve seen this preparation. 1st
GLENALL Improved 2 lengths Like this horse. The upgrade of the track helps the horse as I do feel it will be better suited on a drier track. 7th
TACTICAL ADVANTAGE Neither Holding condition remarkably well. Has the dappled coat on today. 8th
CRAFTY COP Improved 3 lengths Very good improvement between runs for the horse. Overs based on how it presents in the yard. 11th
TRIBAL WISDOM 1st I’ve seen Needs the run. Next run should be fit. 10th
INTO ORBIT improved 2 lengths No major knocks on this horse from a yard perspective. 9th
STAR OF MONSOON Improved 1 length Coat looks great and horse looks healthy and happy. 12th
GLOBAL GLAMOUR Improved 1 length Fair play to Gai for keeping this horse up so long and to be honest presents better today than prior start. 2nd
SPRIGHT Neither Getting warm in the yard here. 4th
       
Race 6 – 2:35PM JAMES BOAG’S PREMIUM AUSTRALIAN OAKS (2400 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
LASQUETI SPIRIT Neither Personally not a fan of the horse. Races better than it parades 3rd
LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) Backwards 2 lengths Small and not sure it will run the 2400m 13th
BONNEVAL (NZ) 1st I’ve seen Top selection here. Parades in great order and should appreciate sting out 1st
NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) Improved 3 lengths The biggest improver between runs coming into this race. Keen to get out and race 6th
HARLOW GOLD (NZ) Improved 2 lengths No knocks on this horse today. Coat shows a healthy horse 4th
DEVISE (NZ) 1st Up Condition wise ok however doing too many wrong things in the yard. Cant have it 8th
LUBITON Improved 1 length Looks slightly better today than last start but I personably have queries it runs the distance 12th
WAKING MOMENT Improved 2 lengths Good improvement between runs, should run well 7th
PERFECT RHYME Improved 2.5 lengths Best of the roughies in the race. Coat looks great and horse is focused 2nd
WHEAL LEISURE 1st I’ve seen Wet track should be ok however I think others parade better 5th
CAMBAGE Backwards 1 length No. 10th
HIGH IMPULSE Improved 2.5 lengths Think this could be a very nice horse in the making but needs to learn manners in the mounting yard 9th
LAMMA HILTON Backwards 3 lengths Little thing and parading very ordinary. Zero chance 11th
ZAMBESIA SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
       
Race 7 – 3:15PM LONGINES QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES (2000 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
HARTNELL (GB) Improved 3 lengths This is the best he has paraded this preparation. 2nd
EXOSPHERIC (GB) Improved 2 lengths Cant beat here but for this horse this is the best it can parade. 7th
HAPPY CLAPPER Improved 2 lengths Love this horse. Parades in great fashion. Should run a place. 5th
THE UNITED STATES (IRE) Backwards 1 length Can get a little hot and bothered sometimes in the yard and looks like he is reacting to the big crowd around the yard. 4th
SENSE OF OCCASION Improved 2 lengths My favourite wet track horse. Parades in great order today. 3rd
HARLEM (GB) 1st I’ve seen dappled coat on however for mine needs firmer footing. 8th
SINGING (FR) Improved 1 length Very coltish in the yard. Cant blame the bloke. He is in the mounting yard with Winx!! 9th
NO DOUBT Neither Outclassed here. 6th
WINX Improved 2 lengths Wins, by how far? 1st
       
Race 8 – 3:55PM SCHWEPPES SYDNEY CUP (3200 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Neither No real improvement between runs. Others preferred. ABANDONED
LIBRAN (IRE) Improved 3 lengths Very good improvement between runs. Looks trained to the minute for this. ABANDONED
ALMOONQITH (USA) 1st I’ve seen this prep Don’t think this horse will appreciate the wet track here today. ABANDONED
TALLY 1st I’ve seen this prep In very good order here. Expecting a bold performance. ABANDONED
ASSIGN (IRE) Backwards 1 length Actually thought it paraded slightly better last start than today. ABANDONED
CHANCE TO DANCE (IRE) 1st I’ve seen In good order condition wise however I think the horse would prefer a much drier track. ABANDONED
BIG DUKE (IRE) Neither Holding condition well. Should relish these conditions today. The one to beat. ABANDONED
ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) 1st I’ve seen Looks awful. ABANDONED
MISTER IMPATIENCE (GB) 1st I’ve seen Should get through the ground, looks ok in the coat but lacks class. ABANDONED
PENGLAI PAVILION (USA) 1st I’ve seen Getting quite warm in the yard. ABANDONED
KINEMA (IRE) Improved 1 length Slightly better today than last start but I still give it none. ABANDONED
PENTATHLON (NZ) Improved 3 lengths Parades better than it has been running. Nice striding gelding. Could run a place. ABANDONED
VENGEUR MASQUE (IRE) 1st I’ve seen No chance. ABANDONED
POLARISATION (GB) 1st I’ve seen Overs based on how this horse parades. Has a long barrel on it, no issue running the distance first up. Looks fit. ABANDONED
       
Race 9 – 4:35PM COOLMORE LEGACY STAKES (1600 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
SILENT SEDITION Improved 1 length In great order, no knocks from the mounting yard. 4th
FIRST SEAL Improved 2 lengths Still carrying a little excess despite this being her third start this preparation. 6th
HEAVENS ABOVE improved 2.5 lengths She has shown good improvement since her win in the Coolmore. Not sure she maps well here though. 10th
REAL LOVE 1st I’ve seen this prep Think this horse needs a drier surface. 11th
ZANBAGH Improved 2 lengths Fit and happy now. Took a few runs to reach peak fitness but has that today. 2nd
DIXIE BLOSSOMS Improved 1 length Continues to parade in good order. Hope they go forward today. 3rd
DANISH TWIST Neither She has the dappled coat on today. Known to get a little anxious in the yard sometimes, today looks focused. 13th
RISING ROMANCE (NZ) 1st I’ve seen this prep Still to big to be competitive today. 17th
EURO ANGEL (NZ) Improved 3 lengths Walking much better today and finally taking that excess condition off. 7th
ELLE LOU Backwards 6 lengths I usually have a great handle on this horse. Looks tired today, needs the paddock. 16th
JESSY BELLE 1st I’ve seen this prep Still has much improvement to come in the coat. 9th
ABBEY MARIE 1st I’ve seen this prep Wont like this shifty track. 12th
EXTENSIBLE Improved 2 lengths Class query but at least this horse now looks spot on from a fitness perspective. 15th
PURE PRIDE (NZ) 1st I’ve seen this prep Fit horse but another that wont like these track conditions. 14th
ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
DIAMOND MADE Improved 4 lengths Possibly the biggest improver between runs here. Query the class but expecting better run today. 8th
FOXPLAY Neither Always parades well. I do have others that parade better today however she will love these sting out conditions. 1st
OREGON’S DAY 1st I’ve seen this prep Horse looks good in conditioning however displays 3 key behavioural negatives. 5th
       
Race 10 – 5:15PM TAB SAPPHIRE STAKES (1200 METRES)      
HORSE NAME IMPROVED/BACKWARDS BETWEEN RUNS NOTES FINISHING POSITION
TYCOON TARA 1st Up Big fan of this horse but still carrying a bit of excess condition. Will improve with the run. 12th
ARTISTRY Improved 2.5 lengths Slight lean to this horse in a competitive race. 3rd
SECRET AGENDA 1st I’ve seen this prep in good shape for this and should appreciate conditions. 1st
OCEAN EMBERS 1st I’ve seen this prep Parades in good order here. Coat looks a treat and nice and relaxed and focused. 14th
THAMES COURT Improved 2.5 lengths looks much better in the yard today than prior start. Should run well. 6th
ZESTFUL Backwards 2 lengths Thought the horse paraded better last start than today. May need a freshen up. 10th
SAVOUREUX Improved 2.5 lengths good improvement between runs. Expecting better performance today. 5th
SERENE MAJESTY SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
TEMPT ME NOT 1st I’ve seen this prep Not really a horse I follow but must say the horse looks pretty good today. 9th
DENMAGIC SCRATCHED SCRATCHED SCRATCHED
RAVI 1st up half a run short for this and also getting a little warm here. 4th
HIEROGLYPHICS backwards 1 length Looked better last start. 7th
MISSROCK Improved 3 lengths Solid improvement between runs, can run a cheeky race here. 2nd
UNEQUIVOCAL 1st up 2 runs short. 8th
PAINTED FIRETAIL 1st up Stack of improvement to come in the coat for this horse. 11th
LEAMI ASTRAY Backwards 3 lengths No good today. 13th
       
HORSE TO FOLLOW WHISPERED SECRET