What the Cup chances did: Saturday, 2nd September 2017

What the Cup chances did: Saturday, 2nd September 2017

Did the Melbourne Cup winner run on Saturday, September 2nd? Let’s take a look!


Memsie Stakes

Jon Snow – 6th
Jon Snow returned about as well as you could ask for, and was on the speed early which surprised. Is he more likely a Caulfield Cup horse though?

Jockey said: “Went super, he ran very well and he’ll be better for the run and over further.”

Humidor – 8th
Humidor jumped last and finished well enough after that.

Jockey said: “He ran super – he was that relaxed I nearly had to wake him up in the gates. I reckon his last 200m was pretty slick.”

Yankee Rose – 9th
Didn’t pass anything and not going too well, but first-up.

Jockey said: “She went good.”

Single Gaze – 10th
Unsighted down the straight. Finished 8.4 lengths off Vega Magic, but the jockey was happy enough?

Jockey said: “Really happy with her the way the race was run. It didn’t suit her but happy with her run.”

Heatherlie Stakes

Guardini – 2nd
Amelie’s Star – 3rd
Tally – 4th
Harlem – 5th
Ventura Storm – 7th
Montoya’s Secret – 8th
Fanatic – 12th
Amralah – 13th
Assign – 14th
Don Doremo – last

Mixed results here from a bit of a strange race, where they went very fast in the opening 400m before settling down. Those that did work weakened right out of it, including Assign who worked very hard early and took up the running to fall back into second-last, but was first-up. Amralah was right up there too with a softer run and also weakened – second-up for Team Williams after that very long time away. Montoya’s Secret held on a bit better.

Those that finished late impressively included Guardini through the middle, Amelie’s Star and Tally down the outside. Harlem’s run was good too first-up after the Sydney Cup, copping a check or two in traffic but finishing well. Ventura’s Storm was on the extreme outside and closed ok. Vengeur Masque was similar. Fanatic had an inside run but wasn’t pushed.

Don Doremo was last, and very flat first-up.


Chelmsford Stakes

Tricky race as the focus all on Winx and Red Excitement up front. Chocante resumed very well!

Chocante – 3rd
Great run first-up. Ideal performance.

Jockey said: “It was a super run first up. He ran the race out strongly. The only way I’d be happier is if he had won the race.”

Antonio Giuseppe – 4th
Had the second-fasted finishing sectionals.

Jockey said: “It was a really good run. He’s just starting to look for a little bit further now.”

Life Less Ordinary – 5th
A favourite of plenty, he was decent back in the pack. First-up he got the stitch, second up needed further. Waller hinted he does look like a 3200m horse so stay watching him.

Jockey said: “It was a nice run from him. He is coming along nicely. He might of just peaked in that last bit so there should be natural improvement from today.”

Libran – 6th
First-up, wasn’t bad.

Jockey said: “It was a little too short for him but I think he resumed very well.”

Harper’s Choice – 7th
Another first-up run without much to say.

Jockey said: “I thought he ran well. When Red Excitement put the speed into the race we became one paced. My immediate focus came to Winx and watched Hughie. It was nice.”

Sense Of Occasion – 8th
Led Winx but couldn’t track her – did ok considering.

“He ran good. He’s a stayer resuming. He had to do the donkey work up until about the 600m and drag the rest of the field up. When Winx came on the scene I tried to grab a hold of her and go with her but she was just too good.”

Who Shot Thebarman – 9th
The old boy resumed and whacked away.

Jockey said: “It was a good return. The horse feels good and looks to be in store for a good preparation.”

Sarrasin – 11th
Flat performance. Gone a mile from home.

Jockey said: “I followed the champion mare everywhere she went but I was gone before the straight.”

Lasqueti Spirit – last

Jockey said: “She’s not the same horse I was riding last prep. She obviously hasn’t come up.”

National Jockeys Trust Handicap (2000m)

Up ‘N’ Rolling – 1st
Won well and should head towards the Metropolitan.

Admiral Jello – 3rd
Possibly the worst named horse in the world was third but four and a half lengths off the winner.


Penny Edition

Gailo Chop – 1st
Won this race very well, fresh off his last in the PB Lawrence. He was tucked away, finally got out, and booted home well. Is he a 3200m horse?

New Zealand – Hastings

Group 1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m)

Gingernuts – 5th

Very fine effort from the Kiwi in a Group 1 over 1400m, and first-up! He copped a severe check on the corner, and still flew late down the outside to be fifth.

2 Replies to “What the Cup chances did: Saturday, 2nd September 2017”

    1. It’s neither! Not seen until past the finishing post. Wasn’t near the front runners but that’s a resuming stayer over 1400m for you I guess? Long way to go from there.

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