Gollan likes the look of Cat

Trainer Tony Gollan is hoping rising star Looks Like The Cat can help fill the void left by the departure of Spirit Of Boom.
The sprinter, who has won two Group 1 races, amassing $2.4million in the process, will be retired to stud after finishing fourth in the Stradbroke on Saturday.
A trip away to Melbourne could really bring this horse on.Tony Gollan
It was not quite the fairytale ending Gollan was after, but he is convinced that Looks Like The Cat can go on to be a star of the future following his luckless third in the Group 1 JJ Atkins.
The two-year-old colt is set for a spring carnival campaign, but Gollan is torn between two different paths for the horse.
The first option is a crack at the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) and the VRC Derby (2500m) at Flemington.
Or he could have a longer break in the paddock and return for the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).
“Nothing will ever take the place of Spirit Of Boom but life has to go on,” Gollan said.
“I think Looks Like The Cat has a big future. A trip away to Melbourne could really bring this horse on and I will talk to the owners at the end of the week about which path is the right one for him.”

Ryan retains Charlie Boy formula

Trainer Gerald Ryan is sticking with a tried and tested formula regards Charlie Boy and believes the three-year-old will be a major player in the $1million Magic Millions.
Ryan says Charlie Boy races best when fresh as his record of two wins and a third from three campaigns prove, so the preparation has been exactly the same.
I’ve given him the exact same lead-up to the Guineas and I’m confident it will suit him perfectly.Gerald Ryan
Charlie Boy came off two trials to win the Listed Danehill Stakes at Flemington in September and Ryan will stick with the same winning formula.
“I’m using the same pattern this time. I always intended to run him fresh. He had two trials, with eight days between the second trail and the race, to win the Danehill,” Ryan said.
“I’ve given him the exact same lead-up to the Guineas and I’m confident it will suit him perfectly.”
Meanwhile, trainer Ryan says Charlie Boy has matured since his spring campaign, which culminated with a mid-field finish in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
“He looks bigger and he is fitter, better than ever,” Ryan added. “He will get 1400m no worries. He will jump from barrier 11 or 12 but I don’t mind that because I’d prefer he is not boxed in because he doesn’t like horses around him.
“If he gets any luck he’ll be right in the thick of it.”

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Full Of Spirit to race at Rosehill

Trainer Peter Moody has opted against taking Full Of Spirit to Queensland for the Ipswich Cup and will race her at Rosehill instead.
Full Of Sprit was an acceptor for both the Freshmark Handicap and the Ipswich Cup but Moody has opted for Rosehill, a decision that has been welcomed by Clare Cunningham, who oversees his Sydney satellite operation.
The consistent mare finished third behind Transonic over 1800m at Rosehill last start, and was second to Cameo in the Scone Cup the race before that. Moody is now hoping the addition of blinkers will help Full Of Spirit convert her brace of minor placings into a victory on Saturday afternoon.
She has also been crying out for 2000 metres and she gets it on Saturday.Clare Cunningham
“She’s got the blinkers on for Saturday. We just thought she wasn’t quite finishing off as well as we expected,” Cunningham said. “She has been looming up on the turn and while she hasn’t been far off she just needs that little bit more. Hopefully the blinkers will help.
“She has also been crying out for 2000 metres and she gets it on Saturday.”
Full Of Sprit may be staying in Sydney but the opposite is happening for Ironstein after connections scratched him from the race in favour of an Ipswich Cup start. The Rosehill track was rated in the slow range on Wednesday, so Ironstein’s connections have opted to head north in the hope of a firmer surface.
“He drew well in both places, the track was the thing that swayed it,” said Blake Ryan, representing his father and trainer Gerald.
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Melbourne goal for Hucklebuck

Trainer Peter Moody has opted against taking Full Of Spirit to Queensland for the Ipswich Cup and will race her at Rosehill instead.
Full Of Sprit was an acceptor for both the Freshmark Handicap and the Ipswich Cup but Moody has opted for Rosehill, a decision that has been welcomed by Clare Cunningham, who oversees his Sydney satellite operation.
The consistent mare finished third behind Transonic over 1800m at Rosehill last start, and was second to Cameo in the Scone Cup the race before that. Moody is now hoping the addition of blinkers will help Full Of Spirit convert her brace of minor placings into a victory on Saturday afternoon.
She has also been crying out for 2000 metres and she gets it on Saturday.Clare Cunningham
“She’s got the blinkers on for Saturday. We just thought she wasn’t quite finishing off as well as we expected,” Cunningham said. “She has been looming up on the turn and while she hasn’t been far off she just needs that little bit more. Hopefully the blinkers will help.
“She has also been crying out for 2000 metres and she gets it on Saturday.”
Full Of Sprit may be staying in Sydney but the opposite is happening for Ironstein after connections scratched him from the race in favour of an Ipswich Cup start. The Rosehill track was rated in the slow range on Wednesday, so Ironstein’s connections have opted to head north in the hope of a firmer surface.
“He drew well in both places, the track was the thing that swayed it,” said Blake Ryan, representing his father and trainer Gerald.

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Waller picks Strong Boy out for glory

Top trainer Chris Waller says he is not out to ‘gang up on his rivals’ as he again prepares to dominate another Sydney racecard on Saturday.
Waller has picked up 134 Sydney winners so far and, with 14 meetings to go, he has a chance of beating the magical figure that he set last season.
He needs to pick up another 33 winners and could make significant inroads into that tomorrow as he has more than one runner in five different races, including five acceptors in the Sydney Markets Limited Handicap over 1400m.
I started from the bottom, and I’d like to think I’ve earned some respect.Chris Waller
Waller is the first to admit that his large presence on race day may not impress some of his rivals, but he says with such a large stable with many inform horses, it is impossible not to overlap in some races.
“If I was a young trainer or a small owner not connected with our stable, it would be easy to say, ‘bloody Waller, he’s got too many horses’,” he revealed.
“But I started from the bottom, and I’d like to think I’ve earned some respect. I’ve now got multiple runners in races, but we’re not trying to gang up on anyone.
“Every horse is given a specific set of instructions, stewards are notified about how we’ll ride each horse, and the jockeys are under pressure to get a winning result.
“Sure, favourites don’t always win, but each horse is out there doing their best. We don’t show favouritism to any horse, we don’t start one horse because it’s working better than the other.
“We give them all their chance to run and pick up some good prize money. That’s why we’ve picked up $20million in prize money this year.”
Waller says Strong Boy, who won at Rosehill two weeks ago, is one of his better hopes tomorrow.

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Dan Excel set for Cox Plate

Hong Kong star Dan Excel is heading over to Australia for the first time after it was confirmed he will run in the Cox Plate.
Dan Excel should have featured in the Sydney Championships last autumn, but quarantine protocol prevented him from doing so, and it is hoped there will be no such problems ahead of the Cox Plate.
“Dan Excel was pencilled in for The Championships, and the owner was keen, but it was all to do with the quarantine protocol,” trainer John Moore revealed.
“We tossed the coin and ended up going to Singapore. The Championships was run on a bog, and Singapore was perfect, and the (International Cup) was worth US$3 million, so we pulled the right rein.
“Dan Excel will leave here on June 29, travel to Eastern Creek (inwestern Sydney), then Muskoka Farm before he goes into (brother) Gary’s stables at Rosehill on August 1st.
“With Gary starting there in August, it will make a big difference to the way we do things in respect to Hong Kong and Australia and competing during the carnivals.”
Military Attack and Designs On Rome, who are also trained by Moore, have been invited to join Dan Excel in the $3million weight-for-age showdown.
However Moore says only Dan Excel will run.
Meanwhile, the world’s best horse, Japanese star Just A Way, and French pin-up Cirrus Des Aigles, have also been sounded out by the Moonee Valley Racing Club when they released their first invites.

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Waller success with Sacred Flyer

Sydney’s champion trainer Chris Waller recorded his 200th win of the season when Sacred Flyer won his heat of the 2014 Banjo Patterson Series (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday afternoon.
Waller started the day with 195 winners but landed a treble at Rosehill and also a winner at Newcastle, before his stayer Sacred Flyer came home in Melbourne.
Sacred Flyer defeated Hannaford by a half length with Tampere a long head away third, and Waller’s stable foreman Justine Hales says they will return to Flemington to contest the Banjo Patterson Series again on June 28.
Meanwhile, Sense And Reason was one of Waller’s winners at Rosehill when jockey Jason Collet showed exactly why he is tipped to become one of the top riders in Sydney.
Sense And Reason darted along the fence from midfield to touch out Zuccherina with the heavily backed First Class Ticket a close third.
23-year-old Collett is currently eighth in the jockeys’ premiership but Waller says he is destined to go higher, as Saturday proved.
“It was a gem of a ride as we have come to expect from Jason; he is a serious rider who is continuing to mature,” Waller said.
“In five years, he will be in the top three Sydney riders and if it happens before I won’t be surprised.”

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Coyle eyes more success

Trainer Jason Coyle is convinced Scream Machine can be a dominant force through the winter after he picked up a win at Rosehill on Saturday.
Coyle was left hugely disappointed last week when his five-year-old did not get a start in the $1.3million Stradbroke Handicap as he was left stranded as fifth emergency.
However after picking themselves up to win the $48,750 first prize yesterday, Coyle said they would remain in Sydney where he is convinced more victories are on the horizon.
“I’m not going back to Queensland, there’s a couple of Listed races in the next four or five weeks and the way he is racing if we keep him fresh they would be at his mercy,” Coyle said.
“He has definitely paid his way, he wasn’t a million dollar horse. I love this horse, every time he comes into the stable he runs well.”
There is a 1500m race at Rosehill in two weeks but Coyle said races like the Listed Civic Stakes on July 5 and the Listed Winter Stakes two weeks later are appealing and they are likely to head there.
“When you are taking up a benchmark 91 horse to get into a Stradbroke you have to accept it when you don’t get a run,” he said.
“It’s a big-money race and we accepted it and there’s a couple of nice races here for him.”
However Coyle has ruled out heading to the Glasshouse Handicap on the Sunshine Coast, despite its $200,000 purse.

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Cassidy to ride Steps In Time

Jockey Jim Cassidy will ride Steps In Time in the final Group 1 race of the season, the $500,000 Tatt’s Tiaraat Eagle Farm next Saturday, but could then take an extended break.
It is no surprise that the Hall of Fame jockey will take a break over the winter, he usually does to give his body a chance to recover, but this time it could be extended.
The 51-year-old is keen to spend more time with his family and, although he cannot put a date on his return to action, he will be back for the spring carnival.
I must say she probably trialled every bit as good as she did prior to going into the Coolmore Classic.Jim Cassidy
“I will go up to ride Steps In Time next week and then probably have a bit of a holiday after that,” Cassidy said. “I’m not sure exactly when I will return to the saddle, it might not be until mid-August but I will be back for the spring.”
Cassidy is in good form after riding his 46th city winner on Sniper Fire at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday and he is also confident ahead of the Tatt’s Tiara and believes Steps In Time can add to his Group 1 record after she trialled brilliantly at Warwick Farm last Friday.
“She ‘trucked’ around, her trial was very good,” Cassidy said. “I must say she probably trialled every bit as good as she did prior to going into the Coolmore Classic.
“She trialled like I expected her to and I wanted her to do that going into a Group 1 race.”

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Pride pleased with Steps In Time

Trainer Joe Pride says he could not be happier with Steps In Time ahead of the final Group 1 of the season.
Pride will not be trackside at Eagle Farm for the Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara (1400m) as he is unable to fly to Queensland after undergoing a knee operation just a few weeks ago.
Her trial the other day indicated she’s in really good order.Joe Pride
However, his horse is in much better shape and Pride says he is feeling confident after Steps In Time impressed during his latest barrier trial.
“I’m really pleased with her, she’s freshened up nicely. I had a good chat with the (owners) when I first took over this mare and said if we’re going to travel her (interstate), we need her fresh for it – we need to take a horse with speed in her legs.
“It looked like one of the most conclusive things about her, that she raced best fresh, and you wouldn’t get any more than three or four runs out of her each preparation – you could, but she wouldn’t be at her optimum.
“Her form is hard to assess because she hasn’t raced in a while, but her trial the other day indicated she’s in really good order.”
Steps In Time is up against some formidable opposition including Chris Waller’s star duo Red Tracer and Catkins, along with Gai Waterhouse’s Cosmic Endeavour and Driefontein.
However Pride feels Steps In Time is the horse to beat if she is at her best.
“I’m not terrified about the opposition, I think we can beat them all, but she needs to be at the top of her game,” Pride added.
Meanwhile, Brown Panther is 21.00 to win the Melbourne Cup, with Win Variation 26.00 and Very Nice Name 26.00.

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