By Shayne Montgomery TVN Friday, July 20, 2012 - 9:00 AM
The best sectional times recorded in Melbourne and Sydney from last weekend’s racing..
A break of six weeks between starts was not enough to dissuade smart punters from stepping in and taking double figure odds about her at Caulfield 14/7. After steadying to midfield early she proved far too good.
PROPER MADAM 24.15
A sluggish start and subsequent early trouble were not enough to deny this very lightly raced two-year-old at Caulfield 14/7. After recovering from the early trouble she clearly hit the line best over 1200m.
SERENE STAR 24.18
She is a very lightly raced five-year-old mare who has never been tried on firm ground but that will not concern connections in the slightest. She maintained her great strike rate with her Caulfield win 14/7.
She was taking on older opposition at what was her toughest test so far when she won at Black Type level at Caulfield 14/7. She is still yet to finish any further back than in fourth place. A credit to all concerned.
She has been in work for some time but she is continuing to hold her consistent form on soft ground. She easily accounted for all except the winner at Caulfield 14/7 and she’ll remain suited on wet tracks.
CATALINA SOUNDS 24.51
She was stepping up to tackle 2000m for the first time on her home track, Caulfield 14/7when she steadied back early from a wide gate. After settling at the tail of the field she became totally unsuited.
WHITE HOUSE 24.52
After winning on debut he was spelled before resuming again at Caulfield 14/7 over 1200m. On the day he covered ground throughout without a trail up on the speed and he can improve soon in similar class.
LE SOCIETE 24.61
She was a noted drifter in betting when as was the case with the winner Platelet, she was taking on older opposition at Caulfield 14/7. After settling down close enough to threaten, she found room to move too late.
SHINY BUTTONS 25.74
His wide barrier proved to be very costly at Caulfield 14/7 when he needed to settle at the tail of the field to avoid a wide run whilst the eventual winner Bianmik was running the race to suit himself in front.
I had her leading on my map in Race Three at Warwick Farm 14/7 but she settled at the tail of the field. She was looking to make it four wins straight but she easily faced her toughest test and wasn’t disgraced.
She hadn’t been to the races since May 2011 but it is hard to make excuses for the beaten brigade behind her at Warwick Farm 14/7. She simply finished off a dominant winner in what was a top return.
The main query with her pre race at Warwick Farm 14/7 over 1300m was as to how far back she may settle and whether she would find room to move in time. She eventually saw daylight and was too good.
He wore Blinkers for the first time when he was beaten by Windswept first up at his previous start but despite racing wide all the way at Warwick Farm 14/7 he was good enough to reverse the placings.
HAVANA REY 24.12
He returned home (Warwick Farm) with Blinkers back on 14/7 when he stepped back from 1900m at his last start to lead all the way over 1600m. He gave nothing else a chance and he can hold this form now.
She took three starts to open her winning account and when she did, she did so with great authority, winning by a “space” at Canterbury 11/7 over 1250m. She looks almost certain to shortly progress in stronger class.
Yes he has most certainly had his opportunities in the past since he has been gelded but he cannot be blamed for his beaten margin on his home ground Warwick Farm 14/7. He had no luck whatsoever. Forgive him.
He was resuming from a spell at Warwick Farm 14/7 over 1200m when he was made plenty of use of early to press forward and overcome a wide gate. Expect him to improve soon once drawn more favourably.
After transferring from New Zealand he had had two barrier trials for Chris Waller before he immediately broke through in midweek class at Canterbury 11/7 over 1250m. More ground looks most likely to suit.