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Offline westie

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O.P. « 2009-Jan-14, 06:58 PM »
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14-01-09


The two top-ranked Australian horses in the 2008 World Thoroughbred Rankings – Weekend Hussler and Apache Cat - are set to provide racegoers with a classic showdown when they meet for the first time in the Group 1 Coolmore Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on January 31.

Weekend Hussler was rated the best three-year-old sprinter in the world for his win in the 2008 Newmarket Handicap while Apache Cat ranked highly amongst the older aged sprinters for his consistent performance at the elite level.

The first ever racetrack clash of Australia’s two most popular racehorses is a “promoter’s dream” and racegoers are likely to flock to Flemington to “fly the flag” for their respective “champ” and the 20 year old Flemington 1000-metre record of 55.5secs set by Special  in the 1988 Lightning Stakes could be in danger.

The Coolmore Lightning Stakes is the first leg of the Global Sprint Challenge and the connections of both Weekend Hussler and Apache Cat are using the race as a stepping stone for international campaigns.

Apache Cat Horse Weekend Hussler
33 Starts 17
16 Wins 12
$3,640,055 Prizemoney $3,068,900
Won 2008 Coolmore Lightning Stakes At Flemington Won 2008 Newmarket Handicap
121 2008 World Thoroughbred Ranking 122
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Offline arakaan

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« 2009-Jan-14, 07:28 PM Reply #1 »
can't wait for it.  8-)

Offline Ascot

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« 2009-Jan-14, 07:32 PM Reply #2 »
Ascot is going to Flemington that day.

Any Vic forumites who want to catch up, give me a hoy.

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« 2009-Jan-14, 07:53 PM Reply #3 »
Lucky the champ TT isn't there to give the Cat and the false idol a lesson.


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« 2009-Jan-14, 07:56 PM Reply #4 »
Now that would be a race TCE.

Offline The Carnegie Express

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« 2009-Jan-14, 08:26 PM Reply #5 »
It would actually. I love the Cat, but TT will always hold a special place in my heart. I was lucky enough to cheer him down the Randwick straight.

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« 2009-Jan-14, 08:46 PM Reply #6 »
A colt will blow them both away.   8-)

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« 2009-Jan-14, 08:47 PM Reply #7 »
Agree, TIME THIEF   8-)

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« 2009-Jan-14, 08:52 PM Reply #8 »
Yes unfortunatley the only time I have seen TT in the flesh was Donny day last year when he probably wasn't fully wound up and the cat dealt with him fairly easily.

I have however been on hand to see Apache and the Hussler destroy fields in Melbourne on numerous occassions.

Hope this is good as the battle between the girls at Caulfield a few years back.

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« 2009-Jan-14, 08:55 PM Reply #9 »
Swiss Ace set for big Melbourne sprints
Tuesday, 13 January 2009:

Talented Queensland sprinter Swiss Ace could be a surprise Melbourne visitor for the Group One Lightning Stakes and Newmarket Handicap at Flemington.

Trainer Mick Mair expects to make a decision soon on whether Swiss Ace will start in the Lightning Stakes (1000m) on January 31 and the Newmarket Handicap (1200m) on March 7.

Mair is undecided whether the entire may also contest the Group One Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 21.

"I'm not sure about the Oakleigh Plate at this stage. He hasn't raced that way yet and I'm not sure how he'll handle the corners whereas the other two races are down the straight," Mair said.

Swiss Ace won an 1100-metre jumpout on his home track at Caloundra on Tuesday but Mair is unsure when the four-year-old will resume following a long break.

The son of Secret Savings hasn't raced since finishing 15th to Mr Baritone in the Group One Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm last June.

Despite his Stradbroke failure, Swiss Ace emerged from restricted ranks last year to become a major force during the Brisbane winter carnival.

He won three consecutive races, twice at Listed level in the Chief De Beers (1110m) at Doomben last March and Weetwood Handicap (1300m) at Toowoomba in April before his biggest victory in the Group Two Sir Byrne Hart Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm in April.

It was his ninth career victory before finishing third to Apache Cat in the Group One BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on May 10 prior to his Stradbroke defeat.

Mair gave Swiss Ace a lengthy spell to recover from his tough winter campaign and was keen for him to make a comeback at Eagle Farm on Wednesday.

"I didn't accept with him after he got 63 kilos in the Open but he probably deserved it for a midweek race," Mair said.

"I was planning to run him tomorrow but I might take him straight to Melbourne instead.

"If he stays here he might resume on Australia Day at Doomben but in the meantime I'll sleep on it about taking him straight to Melbourne.

"He had a good spell and has come back well and I'd like to take him away.

"He only had six runs last winter but they were all tough runs and he did a good job.

"Apache Cat only beat him one length when he ran third in the BTC Cup."

Apache Cat subsequently won last year's Group One Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in May before returning in the spring and campaigning overseas when third in the Group One Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin last month.

Apache Cat won the Lightning-Australia Stakes double in Melbourne last autumn.


 
 
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« 2009-Jan-14, 09:16 PM Reply #10 »
Calgary, the Cat was in his prime that day but TT just doesn't age. The Cat was beaten by him recently which proves my point. TT has won in each state other than SA as well as aborad.

I was in Melbourne DURING EI to see the Hussler beat sub par fields. Very good horse but no champion. 

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« 2009-Jan-14, 09:19 PM Reply #11 »
What about when The Hussler won in the Autumn?

What about when he beat Racing To Win in the Ryder?

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« 2009-Jan-15, 07:46 AM Reply #12 »
Does anybody else think that they are both vulnerable at 1000m?  I see them both as 1200-1600m horses, if there is a really top flight 1000m horse around he could easily knock them both off.

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« 2009-Jan-15, 10:10 AM Reply #13 »
I have absolutely no doubt that there are a few top flight 1000m horses going for it and i have absolutely no doubt they will beat the two champs.

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« 2009-Jan-15, 01:02 PM Reply #14 »
I  always look for a 1200m horse in the Lightning.I think Weekend Hussler is much better suited here than Apache Cat.Apache Cat has at times hit a flat spot in his races between the 400m to the 200m.Cannot afford to do that against the Hussler.Of course Weekend Hussler will be evens favourite or shorter but it just might be the best bet of the year to date.

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« 2009-Jan-15, 01:10 PM Reply #15 »
with about 61.5kgs WH look the lay of the year Pinhead

edit; of course in the Newmarket.  my dumb..
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« 2009-Jan-15, 01:11 PM Reply #16 »
if only it was hcp at wfa you probably right;)

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« 2009-Jan-15, 06:18 PM Reply #17 »
Calgary, the Cat was in his prime that day but TT just doesn't age. The Cat was beaten by him recently which proves my point. TT has won in each state other than SA as well as aborad.

I was in Melbourne DURING EI to see the Hussler beat sub par fields. Very good horse but no champion. 

Just a correction, TT hasn't won in Tassie either.  Give the Hussler a chance, he beat some pretty good horses in the Autumn last year.

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« 2009-Jan-16, 06:57 AM Reply #18 »
Ooops, how could I forget Tassie. He did beat some good horses in the Sydney carnival but I noticed he was missing in the Doncaster.

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« 2009-Jan-16, 09:46 AM Reply #19 »
I think the weight he got in the Doncaster was a factor there, recent history has .  As well as the idea if he won that he'd get even more weight in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, which they were targeting in the spring.

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« 2009-Jan-30, 11:01 PM Reply #20 »
The champ ..... that's right .. he is a champ ... Weekend Hussler will blitz them ......... Big Ross made a huge mistake last Spring by setting the horse for the Caulfield Cup.

Now that he knows exactly what he has he will be set to win almost every run he has ......... and i reckon he is up to it ......

Sure Apache Cat is good but on level terms I can't see him holding out a powerful finish from Weekend Hussler.

The smokey is definately Wilander. He is a magnificent looking horse and has the right breeding to go close in a race like this especially at WFA.

The visiting South African horse, Seventh Rock, has an imposing record and it's interesting that Marcus has come over for the ride.

1. Weekend Hussler, 2. Apache Cat, 3. Wilander, 4. Seventh Rock

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« 2009-Jan-30, 11:05 PM Reply #21 »
That Swick does OK up the straight. Rodd only has one ride for the day and it is trained by the King. May surprise a few today. Did run second to the Cat in this race last year.

Win strike rate is only 19%; however, it is 50% at Flemington and 33% first up.

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« 2009-Jan-30, 11:42 PM Reply #22 »
Does anybody else think that they are both vulnerable at 1000m?  I see them both as 1200-1600m horses, if there is a really top flight 1000m horse around he could easily knock them both off.

Agree. Keen on Wilander.

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« 2009-Jan-31, 06:46 AM Reply #23 »
lots of queries in the race, im gonna have a decent go at typhoon zed. super consistent, won down the straight....and the right price....$25 on betfair at the moment....but wait till after scratchings.

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« 2009-Jan-31, 07:15 AM Reply #24 »
Go the Apache, kick their brains in son  :noteworthy:

Has a good base fitness after that short prep. Normally the 1000m would be too short but he's fresh and they'll expect that flat spot and be prepared


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