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Monday Musings for July 17

The Racenet team managed to pick up three winners on what was a tough day for punters, with plenty of well-supported runners the victim of bad luck.

Calculated is a horse to stick with. Photo: Steve Hart

Money talks all language and the money was there to suggest that the Greg Eurell-trained I Did It Again would be terribly hard to beat on debut at Caulfield on Saturday.

The two-year-old was smashed from as much as $16 into a starting price of $4.60 and Weekend Winners followed the money trail and got the cash.

The son of Nicconi proved too good for Godolphin's Bandipur and stamped himself as horse to follow after a professional display.

The team's next winner came from Ben Dorries on top selection in the No More Than Two Metro Wins Handicap (1000m).

Ben rated Barry Lockwood's Tumbler clearly the class horse of the race, while identifying John Symons and Sheila Laxon's Irish Constabulary as the only possible danger.

The race panned out as Dorries expected with Tumbler bursting between horses late to edge out Irish Constabulary which had all the momentum down the outside.

Weekend Winners second winner came in the sixth event at the Sunshine Coast.

Stella Ombra was clearly the best weighted horse under the set weight the Pool Pro - Simply A Better Choice Class 6 Plate (1200m).

The Kelly Schweida-trained galloper proved too classy after settling behind to speed to forge clear for a comfortable 1-1/4 length win.


Yes, he was beaten fair and square on Saturday but that's no reason to be jumping off Calculated. Siege Of Quebec controlled the race and was entitled to have a kick. He won convincingly and looks to have plenty of talent but I'm still keen to follow Calculated, especially in a high-pressure race. I think this son of So You Think may have been a victim of circumstance and could easily turn the tables given a more genuine tempo when the pair next meet.


Washington Heights scored a dominant victory upon his return to Australian racing after a stint in Hong Kong. He has come back a bigger, stronger and more furnished horse and can be followed with confidence.


Kiwia It was a horror watch for favourite backers in the Laming Racing Handicap (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Kiwia was climbing all over the leaders' backs looking for an opening and when the gap finally came the race was all but over. I have no doubt this Darren Weir-trained galloper is the best horse in the race and would have won with even luck.

Revolving Door It was an outstanding effort to fight out the finish after getting caught three-wide throughout. Although many were critical of Brandon Stockdale's ride I'm not sure there was much he could do and the horse is clearly going well enough to be winning next start.

Gold Symphony Hugh Bowman did an excellent job to get in from the wide barrier on the Winter Stakes favourite Gold Symphony but things quickly went wrong coming into the home straight. Bowman ended up strung up between and behind tiring horses with plenty left to give. No doubt he would have been fighting out the finish with a clear passage and can return to the winner's stall next start.

Monday, 17 July 2017