Hard to split classy colts after strong returns

Saturday, 26 August 2017, 04:21:45 PM. MENARI or Pariah? Both have made super returns to racing this month, with Pariah living up to a monster betting move to land the San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Menari had less betting confidence around him, but was equally as impressive under a big weight in the Rosebud.


It was one-all between the pair as two-year-olds, but Menari was stiff as a board the day Pariah beat him. The pair are on target to clash in the Run to the Rose in a fortnight, which may decide Golden Rose favouritism. The one splitting the dynamic duo in the Golden Rose market is Godolphin’s Kementari, who was a soft trial winner at Randwick last week.

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Pariah moved to the top of Golden Rose betting after his win in the San Domenico Stakes.Source:AAP


SYDNEY winner Alward was promoted to the top of Metropolitan betting at $8 after falling in to win at Rosehill. He also trimmed up to $35 in the Caulfield Cup. The latter is just fanciful and based on what we saw on Saturday, he needs to find a good many lengths if his connections are to be lifting the Metrop trophy.


TRAINER Les Ross was left fuming when Red Colour was declared a late scratching at the Gold Coast. With marquees for the upcoming Gold Coast show taking up space on the turf club grounds, there was no room in the float car park for Red Colour when it arrived. With the longer walk to the track, Red Colour took fright and was ruled unfit to start by vets.


MORPHETTVILLE winner Unscopeable is well named.

Magic Millions media man Greg Irvine reported the filly went berserk when vets attempted to scope her after selling for $17,000 in Adelaide. “The vets will tell you she’s one of the worst ones they’ve ever seen,” Irvine said. Eventually the Duporth filly was sedated and passed the scope, but the event obviously stuck in the minds of her new owners.


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BOURBON Road improved off a last start third at the Exhibition to land yesterday’s $30,000 Rating 70 at the Gold Coast.

Trainer Tony Gollan revealed Bourbon Road was a recent entrance in the show horse section at the Royal Queensland Show. “He’s a professional placegetter. We took him to the show and he ran third. He couldn’t even win there, so he was due today,” Gollan said.

Star Echo dawdles before glory dash

IT WASN’T just Murwillumbah where jockeys had their hands full on Friday.

Jeff Lloyd earned every cent of his percentage on Star Echo, who showed no interest in being a part of his 2210m maiden for the first three quarters of the race at Ipswich. Despite Lloyd’s urgings, Star Echo settled six lengths behind the second last horse.

“I think it was the blinkers,’’ Lloyd said. ‘‘He just didn’t want to go in them.’’

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Star Echo gave jockey Jeff Lloyd a tough ride at Ipswichon Friday. Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside PhotographySource:Supplied

Asked at what point Star Echo picked up, Lloyd said deadpan: “He didn’t. The others stopped.”

The Toby Edmonds-trained gelding tacked on from about the 800m and circled the field to win, with the official sectional being a dawdling 38.82 seconds. Edmonds’ son Trent tweeted about Star Echo’s behavioural patterns after the win, describing him as “the naughtiest horse we have ever had, real bugger of an animal” and “a real nut”. “Dropped riders, ducked gaps every day on track, stops at a full gallop (you) name it,” Edmonds wrote.

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