Around The Benz with Andrew Bensley 16/03/2020

Sky Racing’s resident newshound, ANDREW BENSLEY, brings you up to date after another action-packed weekend of racing around Australia.

 

CHALLENGES AHEAD BUT RACING ALWAYS FINDS A WAY

There is no doubt the Australian racing fraternity are dealing with an unprecedented situation due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and subsequent quarantine restrictions.

It has been overwhelming keeping up with all the announcements impacting the industry and while we may be disappointed with crowd lockouts or loss of meetings, we must remember that in comparison to what is unfolding worldwide, racing is a small cog in a big wheel.

The decision that the Golden Slipper raceday will go ahead at Rosehill without crowds will be very unusual for the jockeys riding in five G1 races but at least the action will take place.

The final ‘Slipper’ field and barriers will be released on Tuesday morning and the Sky Racing coverage on Saturday will see the likes of FARNAN, HANSEATIC, DAME GISELLE, TAGALOA and SEE YOU SOON clash in the $3.5 million race.

Racing always finds a way to produce excitement that can’t been matched and Saturday is likely to be no different, albeit for some, watching on a screen instead of at the track.

 

TAGALOA JUST FINE HOW HE IS

Tagaloa is one interesting runner particularly with the likelihood of a soft surface at Rosehill on Saturday.

Having his first run In the Sydney direction in the Todman Stakes, Tagaloa kept finding the line nicely under the soft 7 conditions.

Trainer Trent Busuttin considered using blinkers on Tagaloa in the Slipper but feels the youngster with the experience of the run will improve greatly without the addition of the gear.

 

Check out the latest Golden Slipper TAB market here.

 

NECK AND NECK BATTLE A SUB PLOT IN SLIPPER

It has been proven this season on multiple occasions that there’s not a lot between Dame Giselle and See You Soon (pictured). So far in three clashes Dame Giselle has two wins and See You Soon one victory and two runner-up cheques.

The Snowden stable have the knack of timing things perfectly but they would like an improving track on Saturday for Dame Giselle .

It could be the same for Goulburn trainer Jean Dubois who is happy to keep See You Soon to one run leading into the Slipper. See You Soon finished off strongly along the inside in the Reisling after being last on the home turn.

 

SMART MONEY IS SHIFTING TOWARD FARNAN

A lot of the ‘smarties’ think that Farnan is the two-year-old they all have to beat on Saturday.

On Sky Sports Radio the morning of the Todman, form analyst Simon Dinopolous said ‘if a colt stands up today he’ll be clear Slipper favourite’.

Farnan’s subsequent win couldn’t have been more impressive after leading from an ideal barrier and finding gears on soft ground. The barriers are crucial in the helter-skelter Golden Slipper sprint but Farnan appears to have all the attributes to get the job done.

When you hear Hugh Bowman talking about Farnan you can’t help but take in his confidence.

 

CAN HUGHIE SCOOP THE POOL

Before we get to Golden Slipper day at Rosehill, all eyes will be on Moonee Valley Friday night for the G1 William Reid.

Hugh Bowman could kick off a big 24 hours when he rides Newmarket winner BIVOUAC (pictured). The horse let down with a huge rush at Flemington to blow his rivals away and that form is hard to ignore.

Personally I can’t wait to see PIPPIE at this level again after claiming the Oakleigh Plate. The mare is capable of a high cruising speed and with a kick around the bend they may not catch her. All reports from trainer Chris Meagher have been positive around Pippie’s trackwork in lead up to Friday night’s clash.

 

Click here for the latest William Reid TAB market

 

HARD TO STOP THE BEST FROM THE WEST

Following the recent success of Perth gallopers REGAL POWER and FABERGINO in Melbourne, punters will be keeping VITAL SILVER or ROCK MAGIC under notice in the William Reid.

Vital Silver is a proven Moonee Valley performer, storming home for second behind LOVING GABY in the Manikato last October. Trainers Dan and Ben Pearce have aimed the six-year-old toward this race and say Vital Silver is spot on after a jump-out last Monday.

 

Andrew Bensley can be heard on Sky Sports Radio, Tuesday to Friday mornings with all the breaking carnival news, plus Saturday mornings from 6.30am on Racing HQ.

Stay in touch around the clock via social media @skyracingau and @AndrewBensley

Back to Our Columnists