Chetwood looks the goods at Randwick


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Chetwood. Picture: Ian Currie

Shayne O’CassSportsman

HUGH Bowman had his first sit on Godolphin galloper CHETWOOD at last Friday’s truncated heats at Randwick and it was the proverbial armchair ride for the champion jockey.

Chetwood won the 1050m heat in a breeze, have you ever seen a horse able to cover this much ground with so little exertion?

Wouldn’t you love some expert to calculate Chetwood’s stride – it must be huge!

One of the horse’s that shone through the gloom in the Chetwood trial was TARGET IN SIGHT who seems to flying ahead of his return.

He dropped out and ran under no pressure here – just like he did at Warwick Farm on December 19.

We should point out here before moving on, heavy rain and poor visibility, meant that only 9 of the scheduled 17 heats were completed with the rest held over to yesterday morning.

Such was the downpour on Friday that the track started off a Soft 5 but was a Heavy 8 by the time they pulled the pin two hours after beginning.

James Cummings has a busy and production morning even with the early finish.

Cummings trained 1st, 2nd and 4th in the opening heat via HIGH MIDNIGHT, MOST EXALTED and stable recruit PLYMOUTH ROAD.

The trio were all good, but out of the three, Most Exalted was the best and by a bit of a margin too.

Chetwood. Picture: Ian Currie

Chetwood. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

Hard to believe Most Exalted has lost 14 of his 15 races!

Cummings led in the trifecta in Heat 2, this time it was SOHO ROCK beating ONLY TIGER and the cleverly named CLEESE (out of Wit Beyond Measure).

Soho Rock is back for his second racing preparation and seemingly is great good shape judging by the win.

The close relation to 5-times G1 winner Divine Madonna has poor form in his two starts to date but let’s agree to wipe the slate clean again and start again.

Anthony Cummings meanwhile delivered a few of the highlights starting with TOP OF MY LIST.

This impeccably bred daughter of High Chaparral and Beauty Watch has always been held in very high esteem by her trainer.

Cummings’ judgment was proved spot on – immediately – with Top Of My List winning on debut at Warwick Farm.

She was fourth to Imposing Lass after that then second to the same filly (and ahead of Moher) at her third and final run of the first campaign.

Top Of My List trialled very well indeed when eased down late to clock in fourth at Randwick’s Dec 13 heats behind France and co.

This time she won beating a deep field and while it was real jump out stuff up the straight (i.e. no pressure from anywhere).

That said, Top Of My List could easily develop into a Listed/G3 mare this autumn and beyond’ she’s a cracking good type with a massive pedigree.

Kudos to the runner-up here, TAJ MAHAL, who was back the end if the herd but managed to make up significant ground down the outside portion of the track.

High Midnight (middle) won his heat. Picture: Wayne Ludbey

High Midnight (middle) won his heat. Picture: Wayne LudbeySource:News Corp Australia

One other from the Anthony Cummings yard that really impressed was NO DOUBT.

This 4YO entire is by Not A Single Doubt and has the rock solid record of 4s 2-1-0.

The wins were at starts one and two, both at Kembla and both pretty darn easy at it turned out.

No Doubt spelled after finishing second at Warwick Farm in between Royal Tudor and Not A Gypsy (nice form).

No Doubt was sixth of the nine runners in Heat – no doubt (pardon the pun) the best in said trial but there was some other noteworthy efforts.

Take the second placed horse, PIONEERING, as an example.

The Denise Martin syndicated, Chris Waller trained, Hugh Bowman ridden mare finished fast enough to get within a half-length of the winner, LORD MACAU.

Nobody could have missed the third-placed BADAJOZ (Commands – Jerezana) in the royal blue blue really hitting the line hard in third.

Still on Godolphin, what a lovely trial from Telperion’s Lonhro half brother KEMENTARI who got home big time from the back to finish second to an equally impressive and pleasing CONQUEST.

Conquest is an Uncle Mo owned by the China Horse Club and others and trained by Michael Freedman at Randwick.

Ron Quinton absolutely dominated Heat 7 with VICTORIA DAWN beating CHICQUITA and TEXAS SPUR.

Stablemate BAYAMO was 2.1-lens fifth.

The whole quartet were excellent – one little point of interest, a name – Chicquita, who shares her name with that incredible filly/mare as in ‘they run past Chicquita Lodge…..etc etc’

Out final two for mention comes from the final heat – EUSEBIO (John O’Shea) and ROYALTY RISING (Anthony Cummings).


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