Randwick Race Four – Altivo:
In Race Four at Randwick, Altivo’s performance leaves little room for doubt. This Hawkes gelding, only four years old, appeared to be a surefire contender, but circumstances conspired against him. With limited maneuverability behind the leading horses, Altivo found himself trapped on the inner rail. Jockey Zac Lloyd had to maintain a tight hold throughout the race, with Altivo never truly finding an opening. Despite these obstacles, he entered the race as the solid favorite in his first outing and, with a fair share of luck, is poised to secure victory in the same class next time around.
Race Five – Just Fine:
Race Five showcased the exceptional talents of Just Fine, a European import making waves on the Australian racing scene. His initial performance impressed, but the lingering question was whether he could handle the step up in class. Well, the answer is a resounding yes! Just Fine displayed tremendous resilience, absorbing immense pressure at the front of the pack, and ultimately pulled away for a well-deserved triumph.
Race Six – Tutta La Vita:
Tutta La Vita is a name that shouldn’t be forgotten in the context of the Flight Stakes. The Chris Waller-trained filly showcased her prowess in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes by delivering a remarkable performance from the rear of the field. Her late surge was nothing short of spectacular, considering her seemingly impossible position. The 1400m race was run at a crawl, setting the stage for a dramatic shift in the upcoming Flight Stakes. Tutta La Vita’s explosive 400m-200m acceleration has certainly turned heads, and if she draws a favorable gate in the forthcoming race, the competition better watch out!
Race Eight – Buenos Noches:
Buenos Noches is a horse impossible to overlook, currently in peak form. Trained by Matthew Smith, this four-year-old boasts an impressive racing record, consistently competing against top-tier competition. His first-up victory was nothing short of impressive, and he reaffirmed his prowess with another strong performance on Saturday. Arguably, he should have emerged victorious in that race and is likely to thrive when tested over six furlongs. Some even argue he deserves a spot in The Everest, given his outstanding form.
Nowra Race Seven – Panic:
In Race Seven at Nowra, Panic, the Freedman-trained gelding, garnered significant attention, and for good reason. While ridden forward, Panic delivered a strong performance and secured the victory. However, it’s worth noting that he seems to have the qualities of a true chaser. The son of Time Test was heavily backed into odds of $1.50 and ultimately pulled away for a dominant win. His exceptional last 200 meters showcased his true potential, leaving fans eager to see him tackle longer distances on larger tracks, particularly over 1400m.