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  • Monday, 18 December 2017

Mud lark salutes, favourite flops & Group 1 glory


What punters got right & wrong...and more

It was tough going for punters on Saturday as the weather wreaked havoc in the eastern states. Sandown was a battle of attrition as runners were faced with a Heavy 8, whilst Rosehill had perfect racing conditions at the start of the day before an afternoon downpour turned the track into a swamp.

The sun was shining in the west however, as Ascot played beautifully for the feature race meeting on Saturday. The track played fair, with winners coming from behind and from the leading group, with tempo proving to be the key factor for on-pace winners.

Punters got it right

The Bjorn Baker trained Egyptian Symbol was met with heavy support in race seven at Rosehill, backed late in the piece from $7.50 into $4.40 at the jump. The mare returned in her usual fashion, winning first up for the fourth time in five starts to leave the bookies reeling.

Jungle Edge proved to punters yet again that he loves the mud. The Mick Bell trained gelding opened at $3.60 for race seven at Sandown, however punters began to jump on as soon as the Melbourne weather deteriorated. As the heavens opened the swimmer cruised to a 2.5L win paying $2.30.

In the last at Rosehill, punters didn't want a bar of Best Guess when the rain came. The early price of $2.80 was long gone come the jump as the gelding blew out to $6.50 on course. The Waller trained galloper ran accordingly, finishing way back in 9th place.

Punters got it wrong

Colombina became the latest 2-year-old favourite to fail in Sydney after a disappointing fourth in the first race at Rosehill. The Godolphin filly opened at $5 and received early market support as well as plenty of attention on course to jump at $2.60. There wasn't a clear standout in the seven horse field with 2.5L separating first and last. Trainer James Cummings will be hoping for improvement in her next start.

Hats off

The formidable Waterhouse-Bott training duo were at it again on Saturday with three winners at Rosehill. Imperial Aviator was well ridden by Josh Parr in race three, Sedanzer then had a dominant win in the fifth whilst Broadside was a class above his rivals in race six. That effort marks a sustained winning run with the stable going from strength-to-strength since their successful Spring Carnival campaign.

Jason Collett, Brenton Avdulla and Rachel King all had a great day out on Saturday as they each bagged a double at Rosehill. Their talents were on full display throughout the day in challenging conditions, as they proved to be the difference to their mounts' winning chances.

Track stars

Pre-race favourite Viddora stormed to victory in the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot giving trainer Lloyd Kennewell his maiden Group One win. After jumping well, the mare settled back in the field before finding clear room at the top of the straight and producing a dominant turn of foot. The victory was well deserved after a narrow defeat to She Will Reign in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in her first-up start.

Sedanzer improved on her first up winning effort with an even easier victory on Saturday, cruising to a 1.5L win at Rosehill to make it three on the trot for this exciting 4-year-old. With Sedanzer proving her ability at this level, expect the Waterhouse-Bott stable to look towards more challenging races in the future.

One to watch

Toulouse ran a lovely race in the first at Rosehill, flashing home late to grab third. This colt is certainly one to keep an eye on, especially over a little more ground than he got on Saturday.

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