For the developing 3yo stayers, the Gloaming Stakes as attracting an interesting field of twelve runners for this year’s edition including one filly, Daisy’s Joy. The daughter of champion mare Tuesday Joy will have her work cut out for here against the boys according to punters and is $21 were first posted on Wednesday in an otherwise very open market when prices. Vanbrugh is the $3.00 favourite from Man Of Choice ($4.80) with a further three runners – Devil Hawk ($7.50), Tatoosh ($8.00) and Gold Ambition ($8.00), under double figure odds. Godolphin has won the past two editions of this race with Sweynesse and Complacent but will not have a runner this year.
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1. DEVIL HAWK – T Angland (10)
Well ridden when upsetting his more fancied rivals in last week’s G3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle, his second win from three starts this prep. The full brother to Hawkspur, who also blossomed as a 3yo, beat them fair and square last star and would expect further improvement still to come.
2. TATOOSH – T Huet (12)
He registered his fourth placing from his past six starts when finishing a narrow second to Devil Hawk in the G3 Spring Stakes at Newcastle last start. Devil Hawk shouldered him out of the way at the top of the straight last start before the Paul Perry trained galloper came again to miss out by a head on the line. Certainly been competitive this class but is finding it hard to break through, maybe the 1800m is what he needs?
3. INTREPID WAY – T Berry (8)
Resumed from a seven week let up with a fifth placing (3.3 lengths) behind Red Dynamite and Murvate (an impressive mid-week winner since) at Warwick Farm before catching the eye late when sixth (1.8 lengths) to Metallic Crown in the Ming Dynasty. The Postponed gelding was a clear last at the 200m but was winding up nicely late in a race that favoured those closer to the speed. Improving type who showed enough last start; that combined with the step up to 1800m, he can be a threat here.
4. VANBRUGH – J Bowman (5)
He repaid those supporters who stuck with him after he was rolled as the $2.60 favourite in a BM 68 (1580m) at Canterbury, with an impressive 2.3 length win at Warwick Farm a fortnight ago in a BM 70 (1600m). The Encosta de Lago colt has always showed good ability and last start’s victory will serve as a good confidence booster plus, he will get every chance in facing the rise in class with Hugh Bowman and a good barrier draw in his favour.
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5. GOLD AMBITION – B Avdulla (4)
Winding up well before being blocked for a run in the G3 Ming Dynasty Stakes two starts back, and should’ve finished closer than the 3.3 lengths he did behind Metallic Crown. The Bjorn Baker colt than came wide and from last on the turn to finish a neck behind Devil Hawk in the G3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle. Is progressing well and plenty to like about his most recent efforts.
6. MAN OF CHOICE – S Clipperton (3)
Only held his ground in the run home when contesting the G3 Up And Coming Stakes, finishing seventh (3.4 lengths) behind Shards. Taken back to the provincials after that by trainer Luke Price and got the chocolates in good order, winning the Class 2 mile by almost four lengths. Strong effort last time out and stable obviously have an opinion of him. Will be able to position-up close to the lead from gate three and stays under notice.
7. CLASH OF CLANS – J Parr (6)
Jumped from a Newcastle Class 1, where he finished second (2 lengths) to the G3 company when contesting the Spring Stakes (1600m) at his most recent start. He Gai Waterhouse trained galloper led the field to the 100m mark before finishing fifth, 1.6 lengths behind Devil Hawk. Not a bad effort last time out as the three place-getters all came down the centre of the track and from the second half of the field. Can improve again but tempo crucial to his chances.
8. OVER THE AIR – J Collett (9)
Had his chance when second to Battle Of Hastings at Newcastle two starts back before taking up the running in the 1500m maiden at Kembla Grange when run down on the line by Ooh La La – who has since finished fourth Flying Achilles. Placed his last four starts but in much weaker company than this and to be successful here, would have to be winning those events in good style.
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9. BATTLE OF HASTINGS – G Schofield (2)
Surprise winner on debut, started $18.00, at Newcastle when accounting for Over The Air and Flying Achilles. Followed that up with a disappointing effort in a Class 1 before an improved effort when third (1.4 lengths) to Flying Achilles in the same grade over 1600m last week. Have expected improvement after debut effort but it has only been moderate and not enough to be winning here.
10. MAVIN WHIZ – T Clark (7)
Got home well on debut from well back in the field to run 4th (3 lengths) in a 1200m at Kembla Grange before finishing eighth (4.5 lengths) at his following start, a Warwick Farm maiden (1400m) a fortnight ago. Only held is ground last time out behind winner Flying Achilles and whilst that horse has gone on to win again, can’t see how it’s possible that this Anthony Cummings trained galloper wins this on his efforts.
11. GOBSTOPPER – J Riddell (11)
A New Zealand galloper who was only having his second career start when resuming from a six month spell with a fast-finishing sixth (1.6 lengths) in the Listed Wanganui (1340m) on heavy surface. First go in Australia, jumps from 1350m to 1800m and drawn wide. Enough there to let him go.
12. DAISY’S JOY – (1)
Impeccably bred filly from the Snowden Racing yard that finished strongly for a close-up third (neck) to Balmain Boy in a Canterbury Maiden last week. Has shown good signs and will win races however, hard to see one of this quality being one of them at this stage.
RACE OVERVIEW –
All runners step beyond the mile for the first time here so we are into unchartered territory however, Man Of Choice and Vanbrugh did give every indication with their respective last start mile wins that they’ll see the trip right out. Both are drawn well and will be placed to advantage from the jump. Couple to look for swooping home will be Intrepid Way at good value and as always, Tatoosh.
1. MAN OF CHOICE
3. INTREPID WAY