Rosehill Gardens Mounting Yard Review... By Matthew Howard and Intro By Jamie Stumer

Kris Lees trainer of this weeks horse to follow.

Kris Lees trainer of this weeks horse to follow.

Well the whip rule reared its ugly head again on Saturday with the winners of two of Saturday’s Group races being fined for overuse of the whip. Firstly. Ben Melham upon his late arrival on the course was fined $1,000 for overuse of the whip for his winning ride on She Will Reign in the Golden Slipper 7 days earlier. With that fresh in his mind Melham goes out and wins aboard Assign and is fined $2,000 for using the whip 15 times prior to the 100m which is 10 more than the allowed 5. Stewards noted due to the margin they declined to exercise their power to lodge a protest due to the margin of ¾ of a length.

Then in race 8 after a brilliant ride by H Bowman he was also fined $1,000 for overuse of the whip prior to the 100m whereby he struck his horse 10 times which is 5 over the allowed limit. Once again stewards declined to exercise their power due to the margin. Now, what if the margin was a nose? Would they have still taken the same view? This was a constant issue throughout the Spring and it is now here again. I have no doubt that sometime in the future stewards will reverse the result of a big race for overuse of the whip. People will say it is subjective to how the margin was affected which is correct but what is the point of having a rule in place if it isn’t going to be used. Personally, I think they have to change the rule but until they do it is going to cause problems and I really feel sorry for the first lot of connections who bear the cost of a protest being upheld.

After The Vinery, we had a brilliant interview with Noel Callow and Bruce McAvaney where Callow showed character and was very engaging which is a great advertisement and attracts people to racing. But what happened during the race was a different story where Noel Callow showed little regard for his fellow riders which is very similar to his ride on Ducimus 5 weeks earlier where he almost put Craig Williams over the fence. He was charged with reckless riding and given a 1 month suspension which he will be appealing. Jockeys have a dangerous enough job as it is going out to ride and putting their lives on the line without another jockey having little regard for other rider’s safety. Everybody wants your jock to be doing their absolute best to win for you but it must be measured with ensuring everyone gets to go home safely.

Our Mounting Yard Man hit the mark again with his horse to follow Silent Sedition getting home in the William Reid Stakes on Friday night giving Katelyn Mallyon her first G1 win. Matt was also on the mark in the mounting yard at Rosehill again on Saturday with 2 of his on top selections getting home including Montoya’s Secret at an SP of $12. A great week end for followers.

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:

https://www.facebook.com/MountingYardlive/

Rosehill Gardens: Australian Turf Club Saturday 25, March 2017    
    
Race 1 - 12:20PM THE SCHWEPPERVESCENCE (1400 METRES)   
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
MURAAHIB 1st I've seenNice horse. Condition wise looks spot on, tiny bit warm.3rd
ALBUMIN Backwards 4 lengthsLiked this horse in the yard last start. Looks like they have put zero work into the horse, fat now.9th
ASTORIA 1st I've seenNice horse. Not a fan of the 1100 to 1400 but well put together colt. 2nd
MARSUPIAL 1st I've seen since JanWhat a weird prep for this horse. Canterbury to Melbourne to Canberra and back home. Lovely moving animal.6th
ALL TOO HUIYING Improved 3 lengthsIn terrific order this horse, moving very well and fit and ready to race.5th
THE MISSION NeitherHasn't improved between runs but is 4th up today. Getting warm in the yard.1st
BIDWEE 1st I've seen not focusing at all in the yard. Mind elsewhere.Late Scratching
MERCHANT NAVY SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
REFLECTIVITY SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
VILLA CARLOTTA Backwards 2 lengthsThis horse is melting in the yard. No chance.7th
FAEGER SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
SHE'S ON QUE NeitherThink this horse will be better suited on firmer footing.8th
SMOOTH LANDING Improved 2 lengthsGreat moving horse this, wet track should be ok.4th
WHISPERED SECRET SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
    
Race 2 - 1:00PM E-GROUP SECURITY STAR KINGDOM STAKES (1200 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
ARTISTRY SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
DANISH TWIST Improved 2.5 lengthsThis is the best this horse has looked in some time. Step back in distance a query but she's in great order.5th
IMPENDING Improved 1.5 lengthsNice and relaxed and moving well. No knocks.3rd
JUNGLE EDGE Improved 2 lengthClassic wet track horse that gets a lot of favours today on the map. Cool calm and collected today.1st
SAVOUREUX SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
SORT AFTER 1st upMoney coming for this horse on course however too fat to be competitive today.7th
DAL CIELO (NZ) Improved 1 lengthCan get quite worked up in the yard, much better today.2nd
KUDERO Backwards 1 lengthRock hard fit now. Was slightly better in the coat last time I saw.4th
WOULDNT IT BE NICE NeitherFunny walking horse this, I give it none. 6th
    
Race 3 - 1:35PM THE DAILY TELEGRAPH NEVILLE SELLWOOD STAKES (2000 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
ASSIGN (IRE) 1st I've seen In great order. Can win for sure.1st
SINGLE GAZE Improved 2 lengthsHorse is fit and focused. Coat still has marginal improvement. 3rd
ASTRONOMOS (GB) Improved 4 lengthsSolid improvement between runs. Coat looks great. The one to beat.2nd
CLASSIC UNIFORM Backwards 3 lengthsHorse looks awful today compared to the last time I saw it 2 starts ago.4th
SLOW PACE (USA) Improved 3 lengthsHas shown considerable improvement between runs. Has the dappled coat on today. 6th
FLOODLIGHT (USA) Backwards 1 lengthToo heavy set this horse to be competitive in these conditions.7th
LORD DE AIR Missed last startPretty good order today however I do feel more of a tighten turning track type of horse.9th
AMBIENCE NeitherAgain quite patchy in the coat today.8th
ZASORCERESS (NZ) 1st I've seen Really nice moving Zabeel mare. Presents well today.5th
    
Race 4 - 2:15PM RYDGES PARRAMATTA DONCASTER PRELUDE (1500 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
PORNICHET (FR) 1st UpMore forward than I was expecting. Best type in the race and he is def forward enough. Big effort to win 1st up here.7th
LEEBAZ (NZ) Improved 2 lengthsHas actually improved a bit between runs this start however not a we track type.8th
KENJORWOOD 1st I've seen this prepIs probably the most dappled horse I've seen in some time. 6th
RUDY 1st I've seen this prepin good order but normally parades well enough. Bit of a non-winner though.4th
MARENOSTRO (NZ) 1st upNot fit yet and coat quite dull and patchy.3rd
NEW TIPPERARY SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
SPECTROSCOPE (USA) Improved 2.5 lengthsNice horse this who has shown solid improvement between runs. John says concerned we track, I'm not.1st
ECHO EFFECT NeitherGets all hot and bothered in the yard and today is the same. Nice horse this if they could get it to settle.5th
NO DOUBT Improved 1 lengthStill has improvement to come and would prefer on something a little firmer.2nd
LANCIATO (NZ) SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
    
Race 5 - 2:50PM POWER DISTRIBUTION AUSTRALIA TULLOCH STAKES (2000 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
PRIZED ICON Improved 1 lengthIn good order this horse but I have my doubts on heavy tracks.2nd
JON SNOW (NZ) 1st I've seen Top selection here. The horse is a tall leggy stayer who should relish conditions. Fit as a fiddle and coat looks great.1st
RISING RED (NZ) SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
ACATOUR SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
CAPTAIN DUFFY Improved 3 lengthsHasn't shown much this prep but horse is parading better than that.3rd
HONEYWINE Improved 3 lengthsWet track type who has shown nothing this prep. Should handle conditions.11th
WINE BUSH Improved 1 lengthPersonally would prefer this horse on a drier track.9th
RIGHTEOUS MATE (NZ) Missed last startBred to handle conditions however on appearance would prefer on slightly firmer surface.8th
ROCK AND SWING NeitherHasn't really shown an improvement between runs, is in good order but not sure heavy track is its go.5th
GARBHAN 1st I've seen in some timeReally patchy in the coat today, nope.4th
MY KIND Missed last startDef wet track type however I think is outclassed here. Prefer on tighter tracks too.7th
HOLLYWOOD MO Improved 2.5 lengths Prefer on slightly firmer however the horse presents the best I've seen it.6th
NOBLE TRUTH 1st I've seen in some timeToo big.10th
    
Race 6 - 3:30PM THE BMW (2400 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
OUR IVANHOWE (GER) SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
EXOSPHERIC (GB) 1st I've seenfit and focused, I think we track wont be an issue.3rd
WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) NeitherHasn't really shown any improvement between runs. 4th
GRAND MARSHAL (GB)  Frothing at the mouth a no no for mine.7th
LIBRAN (IRE) Improved 1.5 lengthsGood in the coat and is fit now. Think outclassed here though.6th
HUMIDOR (NZ) 1st I've seenNice horse but he has no manners in the mounting yard. Bundle of nerves.2nd
TAVAGO (NZ) Improved 3 lengthsLooks spot on for this. Great improvement between runs.8th
JAMEKA 1st I've seen this prepLovely horse this, fit, focused and very relaxed. No knocks.1st
LASQUETI SPIRIT NeitherI give this horse none.5th
    
Race 7 - 4:10PM VINERY STUD STAKES (2000 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) Improved 2 lengthsLight little thing. These are the only conditions I could entertain backing this horse.9th
FOXPLAY Improved 1 lengthStep up in distance has to be a query but the horse again parades well.4th
HARLOW GOLD (NZ) 1st I've seen this prepGreat in the coat this horse, will be competitive if the yards right.3rd
DAWN WALL Missed its last startVery nice horse this but not suited on this type of surface.6th
NURSE KITCHEN (NZ) 1st I've seen this prepGood order this horse, no major knocks. Doesn't bring much form into the race but should get the distance.2nd
SMART AS YOU THINK 1st I've seen this prepNot focusing at all in the yard. 7th
LUBITON Missed its last startRelaxed and in good order, wet track OK.5th
CASSADEE SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
MOQUEEN NeitherLight wet track type but I think the horse is outclassed here.11th
MONTOYA'S SECRET 1st I've seen this prepLike this horse in the yard. To mine it's the one that will both handle the sting out and also enjoy the distance. Top selection1st
CONCESSIONS 1st I've seen for some time Not a fluent walker. Not stretching oy well in the yard. 8th
SHE'S MAGICAL 1st I've seen in some time Simply outclassed.10th
KAMILI 1st I've seen Melting in the yard. Hopeless.12th
    
Race 8 - 4:50PM ASCEND SALES TROPHIES EMANCIPATION STAKES (1500 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
FIRST SEAL SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
DIXIE BLOSSOMS Improved 1 lengthContinues to parade well, hopefully they take her forward. Top selection.3rd
ZANBAGH Improved 2.5 lengthsHas carried excess condition last two starts but today finally looks fit.1st
EURO ANGEL (NZ) Improved 2 lengthsHad put on condition last start, today looks fitter. 4th
ROCKET COMMANDER NeitherClassic wet track horse this one.8th
DIAMOND MADE 1st I've seen this prepStill not fit and I don't think this horse is up to this class. 10th
DAYSEE DOOM Improved 1.5 lengths Doesn't carry a lot of excess condition but actually has shown some improvement between runs. Genuine winning chance.2nd
HAPPY HANNAH 1st I've seen this prepLots of spruiking over this horse but its not one I give much time to. Always well in the market and due to its racing action I bet against it. 7th
EXTENSIBLE Improved 2 lengthsWas still quite big in the yard 1st up. Fitter today and has Spectroscope form!6th
ALASKAN ROSE (NZ) 1st I've seen this prepNot really what I would call a Heavy track horse. Looking to others here.5th
PINDAN PEARL Missed last startThis is too wet for this horse. Hopeless in these conditions.9th
ANISHA Missed last startClassic wet track horse however generally gets right back which is not suited toda 11th
ZENALICIOUS SCRATCHEDSCRATCHEDSCRATCHED
    
Race 9 - 5:30PM EFM LOGISTICS HANDICAP (1400 METRES)   
    
HORSE NAMEIMPROVED/BACKWARDSCOMMENTSFINISHING POSITION
HANDFAST Improved 3 lengths since 18 FebBig weight to carry on this track but the horse is finally fit here. 4th
SERENE MAJESTY  The step up in distance suits this horse, expecting better today than prior start7th
MR INDIVIDUAL 1st I've seen this prepParading portly today, no chance 10th
HIMALAYA DREAM (FR) 1st upWont handle these conditions.11th
SPY DECODER (NZ) 1st up Zero chance today, dry tracker will hate these conditions9th
XEBEC (USA) 1st I've seen Not fit and already looking for further.8th
VOILIER Improved 1 lengthGets favours today with track bias yet still think the horse is a myth. 3rd
BRING LUCK Improved 1 lengthNice wet track horse. 6th
ROARING TO WIN Improved 2.5 lengths Good improvement since I last saw at Rosehill. Chance at odds2nd
ANCIENT HISTORY (IRE) 1st I've seen Still has improvement to come in the coat and carrying excess condition. 5th
BE LIKE DAD 1st I've seen this prepOn pace horse so gets some favours here. 90% fit. 1st
    
HORSE TO FOLLOWDANISH TWISTHorse paraded best I've seen fo some time. Step back in distance didn't suit. Do yourself a favour and watch the replay of the race and watch her past the post. Will be very competitive stepping back up in distance.