Royal Randwick Mounting Yard Report.. By Matthew Howard with intro by Jamie Stumer

Chris Waller trainer of Matthew Howard’s Horse To Follow Omei Sword

Chris Waller trainer of Matthew Howard’s Horse To Follow Omei Sword

One of the biggest talking points over the week end was the scratching of 1 of the race favourites Jukebox on the eve of the Blue Diamond. Was it the correct decision or was it the incorrect decision? Is the process currently in place the right way of doing it or should the process be looked at? I certainly know from an owners point of view if the trainer was happy with the horse’s action and said that is his normal action then you would be devastated to have your plans come undone on race eve especially after you reportedly knocked back a big money offer. What happens now when he next goes to the races? Do the stewards scratch again and say he is lame? What if it is the Golden Slipper, will the stewards in NSW have the same opinion?

Talking of owners point of view I have a very small share in Tosen Stardom and it was fantastic to see him come out and perform so well against arguably 1 of Australia’s best horses in Black Heart Bart.  After a very well publicised Spring that unfortunately went pear shaped with Tosen having no luck in the Dato' Tan Chin Nam Stakes then sustaining a cut to his leg on the float heading up the Hume Highway to take on Winx. The cut unfortunately became infected and after another false start with being scratched the day before the Toorak the Spring that had looked so promising was over before he had his chance to show what as an ownership group we were very hopeful of showing to the Australian racing public. Fingers crossed he can have a smooth preparation and we get to see the best of him.

Talking of Tosen Stardom the man who purchased the horse and syndicated him, Luke Murrell who contributes with Friday night previews on Just Racing each Friday night foreshadowed with his overview of the Futurity the level of ability he believes Tosen possesses. He also just missed in the Oakleigh Plate with 1 of his selections Fattinah running a very game 2nd at 40/1 so you still would have won on the race backing each way but it could have been a great result.

Here is this week’s 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 25, February 2017   
    
Race 1 - 12:45PM AUCKLAND RACING CLUB TROPHY (2000 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
MONTAUKNeitherAlarming drift here mostly due to the up in the weights on a rain affected track. Horse however parades in good order.2nd
DARK EYESimproved 1 lengthVery fit horse, due to the milder conditions is not getting warm today in the yard.1st
HOGMANAYImproved 2 lengthsSlight lean to this horse in the yard despite a few parading within a few lengths of one another. Fit, relaxed and focused.3rd
KING'S OFFICERNeitherClassic wet track type, not much to look at but gets conditions to suit today.5th
ZAUNKONIGNeitherLike this horse but doesn't parade like a horse that will get the distance nor appreciate the heavy conditions here.4th
MOST EXALTEDHaven't seen since Canterbury winHorse is well in the market here but not for me. Prefer on drier surface.6th
    
Race 2 - 1:25PM TAB HIGHWAY PLATE (1600 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
GLITRA (NZ)1st I've seenBig drifter here but horse is a light walking gelding that should be ok in the going.9th
GRAND ROUGENeitherBig strong gelding this, has good wet form but personally don't like him in these conditions.4th
RUTHLESS AGENTBackwards 1 length from 2 starts agoStrange walk on this horse.3rd
DREADLOCK1st I've seenNot a wet track type, will sink in the mud.7th
MEDIEVALImproved 1 lengthLooks classic wet track animal. In good order. Top pick.10th
MISTER MARMALADESCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
TRYING1st I've seen this prepAnother wet track horse. Doesn't have great form but will enjoy these conditions.2nd
MR SPINNeitherHorse is fit but that about the only thing I can say nice.1st
LIPPY AND PEARLS1st I've seen this prepRough chance in an average race.5th
KISS IN THE DARKImproved 1 lengthlooks like she will handle the conditions today. Good order.6th
HALBERDBackwards 1 lengthLooks plain today.8th
DIA DE REYESSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
    
Race 3 - 2:00PM VALE EDGAR BRITT OAM SWEET EMBRACE STAKES (1200 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
TEASPOONNeitherLightly framed Snitzel filly. Wet track suits. No knocks, top selection.3rd
ARCTIC ANGEL1st I've seen3rd pick from the yard. Horse is in good order and should get through the ground.2nd
EXCEEDSImproved 1 lengthNice horse this. She's the strongest of this bunch. Would prefer her on slightly firmer though.7th
ONE MORE HONEYNeitherLike this horse and continues to parade well. Would prefer on firmer surface.1st
DELAGO THUNDER1st I've seenStill needs this run.8th
SAVATIANOImproved 2 lengthsLight walking filly should get through ground. Lots of money coming late on course.5th
MELIBOEABackwards 3 lengthsLooks outclassed.10th
GREATER GOOD1st upWon't like these conditions.9th
SHUDABEENLATE SCRATCHINGLATE SCRATCHINGLATE SCRATCHING
SMOOTH LANDING1st upNice horse this but needs a few runs.6th
SONGLIKE1st upTrailed ok coming into this. Has the frame to say she will get through conditions but this is a tough ask on a heavy track 1st up.11th
TORVILL1st upShould handle conditions but I have others parading better.4th
    
Race 4 - 2:35PM SCHWEPPES SKYLINE STAKES (1200 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
DIAMOND TATHAGATAFirst run since DecemberProbably 90% fit, moves well.1st
MENARISCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
SINGLE BULLETImproved 3 lengthsLike this horse. It's the best moving animal in this race.3rd
COLESBERGImproved 3 lengthsSolid improvement between runs. Looks good6th
EDEN ROCNeitherVery fit but not focused in the mounting yard.4th
EPHESIAN1st I've seenThis horse out of all of them will hate these track conditions today. Needs firm.9th
CORUSCATEImproved 2 lengthsMoving particularly well today.2nd
DRACARYSImproved 3 lengthsHorse parades in great order today. Moves well, very athletic. No knocks.5th
CUBASCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
ALL DAY1st upGood moving animal, but others parade much better.7th
SOUFFRANT1st upToo light, needs a meal.8th
    
Race 5 - 3:10PM OPENMARKETS & BMYG LIVERPOOL CITY CUP (1300 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
LEEBAZNeitherStill quite fat in the yard. Needs the run.7th
AROD1st I've seenType wise he is a nice horse but don't think he will like these heavy conditions.2nd
CHETWOOD1st I've seen this prepClear top pick here. Looks fantastic. He is great order, very fit, good muscle definition.5th
BIG MONEYSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
MCCREERY1st upLooks to have returned in good order. Doesn't carry a lot of excess condition and gets conditions suit. 2nd pick from the yard.1st
SNIPPETS LANDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
TESTASHADOWimproved 1 lengthHe is a great walker this bloke but I'd prefer his horse on soft going rather than heavy.3rd
NEW TIPPERARY1st upNot the fittest of the Waller runners but this horse has returned a much better horse this preparation. Has the dappled coat on and strengthened up nicely.6th
WOULDN'T IT BE NICENeitherNever been a great walker this horse. Loves the wet so gets a tick there but that's about it.4th
    
Race 6 - 3:50PM THERACES.COM.AU SURROUND STAKES (1400 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
GLOBAL GLAMOURNeitherCondition wise looks great however she can play up a bit in the yard and she is doing that again today.3rd
FOXPLAYImproved 2 lengthsDoesn't carry much condition but she a very fluent walker and these wet track conditions suit.4th
LA BELLA DIOSA1st I've seenShould get through conditions, 85% fit.1st
OMEI SWORD1st upShe looks much better today than what she did her exhibition gallop last week but she displays some behavioural negatives today.2nd
SPRIGHTNeitherNeeds firmer and don't think this horse will run the distance.8th
FRENCH FERNImproved 2 lengthsLong striding filly, don't think she will like conditions today though.10th
SEZANNEBackwards 1 lengthNot walking well today.6th
PUMPKIN PIE1st I've seen for a few runsLooks outclassed here, light and playing up.9th
ZENALICIOUSImproved 1 lengthCoat is pretty good but needs this run. Still quite big.7th
LUBITONImproved 2 lengthsShe's in good order today.5th
    
Race 7 - 4:30PM TAB CHIPPING NORTON STAKES (1600 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
HARTNELLimproved 1 lengthhow many races would this gelding have won without Winx around. Looks great in the yard today as usual.8th
PREFERMENT (NZ)1st upStill carrying excess but geez he is a cracking looking animal.10th
GRAND MARSHALL (GB)1st upStill quite fat here.9th
WHO SHOT THE BARMAN (NZ)1st upProbably only 75% fit at this stage.3rd
LIBRAN (IRE)1st upNice stayer this. Doesn't carry a lot of excess condition but looks to have returned well.7th
MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE)Improved 2 lengthsStill waiting to see that Magic Hurricane from a few preps ago walk into the yard.4th
TAVAGO (NZ)1st upReally quite agitated in the yard here. Has the double handlers and still carrying fair bit of excess.5th
ENDLESS DRAMA (IRE)NeitherHaven't really seen much improvement between runs. Others better.6th
WINXImproved 2 lengthsSuch a good moving animal she is. Sometimes can get a little worked up in the mounting yard buts he looks super focused today. Just wins.1st
LASQUETI SPIRIT1st up.About 85% fit. Looking for further.2nd
    
Race 8 - 5:10PM GUY WALTER STAKES (1400 METRES0   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
FIRST SEALSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
ZANBAGH1st upNot fit at all, needs a couple runs.2nd
DANISH TWISTimproved 1 lengthParades well today. 2nd pick from the yard.7th
DIXIE BLOSSOMSimproved 2 lengthsLike this horse, have a lot of time for her. Parades great and top selection from the yard.1st
THAMES COURTSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
FLIPPANTNeitherI give this horse no chance today. Don't think it will run the distance nor not build for heavy tracks.3rd
HAPPY HANNAHSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
SHILLELAGH (NZ)Improved 2 lengthsGood improvement between runs for this horse. No heavy form but parades like it will get through the ground. 3rd pick.4th
PRESS REPORTSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
I TOLD GEORGIENeitherBeing an absolute pig in the yard today. Double handlers can't even control it.5th
MALI ROSE1st I've seen this prepOne thing it's got going is it's a real wet track type however looks outclassed here.6th
    
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
MERSAULTSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
KUDERONeitherI know this horse has no real wet track form but I think he will get through it. 2nd pick.2nd
GRANDE PUNTOImproved 1 lengthI know this horse had wet track form but geez, looks plain.3rd
DENPURRSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
LOFTY'S MENU1st upThe fattest horse in the yard all day.4tg
ENCONSTANATISCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
QUATRONICSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
YOUR WAYImproved 2 lengthsShould win. Clear top pick.1st
MACHINEGUN JUBSSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
ZARA BAYSCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
    
HORSE TO FOLLOW: OMEI SWORD