Away from all the negative stuff going on, there was some great bloodstock on show at Canterbury today.
In Race 1 I thought Balmain Boy
's improvement between his first and second starts, and the fact he was held up at a vital stage, indicate he will be winning his maiden race very soon. Trained by Les Bridge who races his horses in his beloved Souths colours so I'm sure they are having a chuckle down at the stable.
The winner Devil Hawk
is a full brother to Hawkspur who has just turned 3. I would keep him in mind for races like the Spring Champion or the VRC Derby.
Race 2 was a maiden and the Snowden horse Serene Majesty
was obliged to race 3 deep early yet won the race by 5.3 lengths first up and at only it's second start in a race. Mum Custard was a Stakes winner in SA as was a half to Custard called Russian Caravan. Also closely related to Irish 1000 Guineas/Moyglare Stud Stks winner Tarascon. I'd be following this horse.
Chris Waller also had an impressive 3yo winner in Race 4 called Laucala
which came from well back to overhaul the two leaders. Races in the famous all cerise of the Inghams and mum is a half to the G1 and multi stakes winning Victorian mare of the 90's Marble Halls. Won like a horse that will win a few more and in much better grade than this. Has now had only 3 starts for a 1-1-1 record.
Race 5 (BM 65 1100m) was taken out by the unbeaten Lucky Can Be
who defeated Thorsborne
(now 4:2-1-0) and the very unlucky Upscale
who was beaten by a wide barrier (2:1-0-1). Lucky Can Be is a half to the Coolmore Stks winner Ofcourseican and a Sth African G1 winner called Gimmethegreenlight. Upscale is closely related to the G1 winner Onemorenomore now standing at stud in NZ.
I think the form to come out of this race will hold up as the horses progress to the next class.
The 4yo Snowden mare Artistry
who won Race 7 now has a 6:2-1-1 record (unlucky to run into Najoom in two of those races) and will perform well in mares class races. 2nd horse Burning Passion
came home well in the Gooree colours. His mum Dearness was handy and produced G1 Brisbane winner Romantic Touch. Was having only it's seventh start today for Bart and James record is now 7:1-2-1.