Saturday Review 22 September 2018
A brilliant return at Caulfield by Written By the Blue Diamond winner. He did all the hard work early fighting for the
lead, kicked clear at the top of the straight and held on well over the final 100m. The 3yo colt was Gallopers Free Best
Bet for the day and din’t let supporters down, more wins in store for him over the Spring.
The Darren Weir trained Nights Watch conformed Caulfiel Cup favouritism by winning over 2000m at Group 3 level.
The fats pace suited the import with jockey Damien Lane brining him wide, against the previous leader bias, around the
turn and storming down the middle of the track to win narrowly but convincingly. With any luck in 3 weeks time, he
looks hard to beat in the big one.
The Autumn Sun, with blinkers on for the first time looked like a world beater winning the Golden Rose at Group 1
level at Rosehill Gardens. The Caulfield Guineas is at his mercy, as is the VRC Derby if aimed in that direction.
Charlie Appleby has a real knack of finding the right horse for Australian conditions to win at the elite level, and he had
Jungle Cat perfect on the day to win the Sir Rupert Clarke at Caulfield on Saturday. Punters again neglected the gelding,
who did win at Group 1 level in the UAE this year, and he paid well over the $13 mark. We suggest punters should
underestimate any of Appleby’s runners through this and future Springs.
And it would be most remiss of us not to give a specail mention to the Peter Gelagotis trained Moss ‘n’ Dale. One of the
most consistent horses in training, the 6yo gelding won the Tokyo City Cup at Morphettville at Listed evel, following a
great Moonee Valley win prior. Not sure wher he is going, however the EMirates on the final day of the Flemington
carnival could be his Group 1, punters dismiss him at their own peril.
Good luck and profitable punting to all.