From the Commentary Box – 2 February 2016

Cambridge trained horses have been on a winning spree recently.

Several have caught the eye, and from that perspective, here are six of the best, according to yours truly.

TURN ME LOOSE | The dual Group One winner hasn’t started since his brilliant all the way win in the $1m Emirates Stakes at Flemington in November. That win completed a memorable Spring campaign which included success in the Group Two Crystal Mile on Cox Plate day. Reports emanating from the Cambridge centre indicate that TURN ME LOOSE is absolutely flying and there is a fair bit of confidence in his upcoming Australian campaign. He will head shortly to Melbourne to contest further Group One spoils and then, all things going well, will head to Sydney.

KOENIGSEGG ONE | This lightly raced SWISS ACE gelding is headed for the top. His win on Karaka Million night at Ellerslie was as good as they come. Prepared by Tony Pike, KOENIGSEGG ONE blew his rivals off the track with a dazzling turn of foot. Just keep putting it on when he lines up next.

TAVAGO | Yet another of the progeny of TAVISTOCK, TAVAGO was unlucky not to win on Karaka Million night. The current NZ Derby favourite had a chequered run over the final stages to finish third, just a nose and a head from the winner. His final sectional times were the best of any runner that night and he’s my tip to win the NZ Derby in March. Trained by the Busuttin and Young partnership, TAVAGO is currently at 8 to 1 on fixed odds for the NZ Derby and I suggest that will shorten considerably as the race gets closer.

SACRED MASTER | An off track at Ellerslie cost him his chance in the Dunstan Championship Final on New Years Day. He was sent out favourite after a ridiculously easy win at his previous start. Last Saturday at Matamata, he overcame a track that favoured the on pace runners, to win narrowly over 2000m. Although there wasn’t much in it at the finish, SACRED MASTER did enough to convince me he’s a huge chance in the Auckland Cup in March. He is a seriously talented stayer.

LEWIS CAROLL | Only an obsession with big horses has prevented LEWIS CAROLL from being sold to Hong Kong. Trainer and co-owner Ngaire Fraser related that information after LEWIS CAROLL maintained his unbeaten record with a stunning win over 1200m at Matamata last Saturday. If proof was ever needed that size is an over rated commodity in horses, LEWIS CAROLL is living proof. He’s not very big, to state the obvious, but gee he’s got some gears, I kid you not!

JESSABEEL | She scored at Te Teko on Monday in a lowly rating 65, but I think this Roger James’ trained filly has NZ Oaks written all over her. She obviously has a way to go, but I believe she’s got the necessary qualities to be a contender, especially when she steps out over ground.

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Catch you next week.