Track Work 26 September 2019

A quiet morning of gallops took place at the Cambridge Jockey Club after Trials earlier in the week and over 50mls of rain in the past 48 hours.

The pick of the work was produced on a slow No. 2 grass track, with markers out 10 meters.

Last start Group I placed MONGOLIAN MARSHAL, accompanied by highly promising stablemate LADYLAX, worked impressively over 1200, keeping up a strong gallop throughout to produce the quickest time of the morning, clocking 1.16 and home in 36.6. MONGOLIAN MARSHAL looks spot on to contest the third and final leg of the triple crown, the Livamol Classic.

The Stephen Marsh trained three year old filly SORRENTINA, who ran a superb race for third in the O’Leary Stakes at Wanganui, looks a horse of real ability and that will be put to the test when she lines up in the Bill Sattler Memorial 1300 at Ellerslie.

She meets a small but tidy field, but looks to be right in it, with the only small concern being how the track plays after the recent weather. She completed her prep with a nice tidy 600 on the sand, not asked for time, in 43.2.

Stablemate MOLTO VELOCE, a winner on the course at Ellerslie, also went a three-quarter 600, in 43.6. Again the track is a slight query but looks a chance in an open contest.

AMASTAR also went alone over 600, home in 44.1. She heads to New Plymouth to contest a handy field of fillies and mares.

ELLE EYE ARE, who ran second last time at Ellerslie, worked alongside one of the country’s best maiden horses in stablemate CLEMENTINA. They completed a tidy 1200 in 1.17, home in 37.2.

If ELLE EYE ARE handles a potentially puggy track, she’s fit enough to be right in it.

Grand campaigner ZACADA gets his chance to return again to the Winners’ Circle when he contests the Barfoot and Thompson Open Handicap over 2200 at Ellerslie. Having been in the money 10 of his 17 starts at the course, he’ll get his chance again on the weekend. He went 1200 in 1.20, home in 42.

The Chris Wood trained PACORUS is in a similar boat, he competes in the same race and is another who has been a while out of the Winners’ Circle, but a tidy last start second and two nice pieces of work this week means he’s also in contention on Saturday. He galloped over 1400, timed in 1.39, 39.3.

SCUTAR and SHE’S A LADY went together over 1200 also, running home in a brisk 37.2. SHE’S A LADY contests the Bill Sattler Memorial 1300 – Race 2. She went a tidy race for fourth and should take benefit and be ready to go a bold race second up.

The Tony Pike trained BOUNDTOBEHONORED did his weekend prospects no harm when rolling home in 49.8 for his 800. The DARCI BRAHMA mare certainly looks ready on footing that shouldn’t worry her. Although only a winner once over 1200, all indicators suggest the six furlongs won’t be an issue this weekend.

Stablemate and race rival WALKIN’ BY completed similar work, going 800 in 51.7, home in 38.

On the sand, LUCETTA looked comfortable whilst rounding off her weekend preparation, working over 7 furlongs, before cruising through the line under a nice hold, home in 42.5.

Cambridge trained horses also feature heavily across the Tasman on Saturday.

On Friday RONDINELLA is in Race 3, the Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley.

On Saturday QUICK THINKER and RHAEGAR contest the Gloaming Stakes over 1800, Race 8.

On Sunday at Caulfield THE CHOSEN ONE lines up in the Underwood Stakes over 1800, Race 7.

Good luck to all trainers and connections.