The Australian Spring Guineas – 16th July 2016 – Sydney Harbour Racecourse


The Australian Spring Guineas

Just Add Ice

Angel’s Flight struck gold last season in the Champagne Cup with his smart 3yo filly, and he could follow up at Sydney Harbour Racecourse on Saturday. The stable saddles the Dancin filly Bayakoa in The Australian Spring Guineas Cup – a race in which he enjoys a stranglehold. He was victorious in S33 and S35 with the two smart colts Kingston Eclipse and Bozo The Clown, and he will be feeling bullish about pulling it off again with Bayakoa. The progressive Lara Blitzen colt Lump Of Ice scored a facile post maiden win at his last start and could be the main danger to Bayakoa. He is also drawn against the paint and looks to be going about things the right way. He looks like a colt with a rosy future.

The son of Straight Liner Absolutely Square drops down in distance and could threaten if they go very fast. DR Stables has enjoyed a season of emotional highs. He adopted a ‘let my horses do the talking’ approach prior to the The Great Sphinx Cup – to eventually actually winning the Triple Crown at the end of June. His runner Nyquist has enjoyed success over longer distances, is loaded with ability and has plenty in his favour. The beautiful bred Cold Turkey campaigns out of Pugstable’s yard, looks well above average with a very bright future. Keane Coney warrants respect after a solid performance in the heats.



Final Result
Pos Gate Horse Stable Jockey Time
1 2 Lump Of Ice Sootie Milo Sinon 1:38.311
2 1 Bayakoa Angel’s Flight Chantel Paolello 1:38.614
3 14 Ascari Bandana Talisman’s Titans Tashia Bichoupan 1:38.929
4 5 Nyquist DR Stables Ferdinand Blixt 1:39.085
5 4 Absolutely Square Get Square Lodge Prince Bicker 1:39.149

1. Bayakoa

3yo filly from Angel’s Flight, Career earnings: $978,150
Overall rating: Acceptable(43) – Mud-lark

Stable comments: – “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Basically what it mean is we start at the developmental stages of a young horse; and metaphorically you put in the necessary time and effort and toil that one must exert, to achieve greatness!”

2. Lump Of Ice

3yo colt from Sootie, Career earnings: $409,111
Overall rating: Satisfactory(47) – Mud-lark

Stable comments: – “Having missed out on the 2yo series Champagne cup end of last season by forgetting to send the jockey to the track I’m hoping I don’t make that mistake again. Seeing the track getting wetter I like my chances and it’s nice to see another one of my bred horses Novuspur in the race.”

3. Modern Times

3yo filly from trouble racing, Career earnings: $142,875
Overall rating: Satisfactory(46) – Competitive

Stable comments: – “Going to be a tough race with so many muddies up and about so I give myself a outside chance at best. The step up in distance will suit but the query will be if she can sustain her run long enough? Bayakoa, Lump Of Ice and Nyquist will be the ones to beat.”

4. Absolutely Square

3yo colt from Get Square Lodge, Career earnings: $451,355
Overall rating: Acceptable(42) – Mud-lark

Stable comments: – “To be completely honest….Absolutely Square is just making up the numbers. If he can run with in a couple of seconds of the winner I will be happy.
Nyquist, Cold Turkey and Lump Of Ice look the ones to beat, but then again… is a funny game!!!”

5. Nyquist

3yo colt from DR Stables, Career earnings: $859,422
Overall rating: Acceptable(42) – Mud-lark

Stable comments: – “Wasn’t even sure if he would qualify for the final, since the qualifier was at a short distance. Nyquist should find the medium distance more to his liking and should be in the mix be at the end of the race. He will have to run down Bayakoa from Angel and Lump Of Ice from Sootie. Top 3 isn’t out of the question and the winner could be one of these 3 horses.”

6. Cold Turkey

3yo filly from Pugstable, Career earnings: $393,200
Overall rating: Satisfactory(47) – Competitive

Stable comments: – “Cold Turkey my competitive filly named after I gave up smoking is a real chance to give me my second world cup. She has been blessed being born in the top raters and having excellent muscle for her size. She had 4 holds in the lead up, and with the same jockey on board this week I am hoping to go one better. She will miss vets having to travel from Africa but there will be no excuses. I hope to be right up with the leaders at the business end of the race and hopefully can out sprint and out stay Sootie’s Lump of Ice who I feel we could have beaten last start. There will be a few others from champion trainers like Nyquist from DR Stables and Angel’s Bayakoa who no doubt will be hard to beat as well. I will box all 4 and keep my fingers crossed for a good ride. I have played around with my race instructions bit and hope that its a good change. Bound to be a good race and may the best horse win. Wishing everyone some good luck in the final.”

7. Comanche Run

3yo colt from Cape Hall, Career earnings: $108,981
Overall rating: Acceptable(43) – Natural champion

Stable comments: – “Don’t give my chances much hope”

8. Novuspur

3yo filly from JM Racing, Career earnings: $103,156
Overall rating: Acceptable(44) – Fast finisher

Stable comments: – “I’m confident the Guineas winner will come from the top 4 place-getters in the first Guineas Prelude where my classy filly Novuspur finished a tiring 4th after leading in the home straight. As a Fast Finisher she was ridden upside-down on that occasion but still ran quicker time than the Competitive type Bayakoa – winner of Prelude #2. And a change in riding tactics should see a big improvement in Saturdays final.
Bred by champion stable Sootie, Novuspur cost over $4M and won her first two races. She goes into Saturdays race 4th-up and ready to peak.
Clearly the one to beat is another Sootie-bred-3yo in Lump Of Ice. This 3yo colt flashed home to win Prelude #1 in slashing style plus being a Mud Lark he’ll appreciate the wet track
Cold Turkey also ran a great race in Prelude #1 (2nd), as did DR Stables runner Nyquist (3rd), and being Mud Larks both runners must be respected in the going.

1 Lump Of Ice
2 Novuspur
3 Cold Turkey
4 Nyquist
5 Bayakoa

9. Keane Coney

3yo colt from Rawhide, Career earnings: $235,500
Overall rating: Satisfactory(46) – Mud-lark

Stable comments: – “Keane Coney‘s trainer spent his entire 2 year old career targeting this cup and he should have an excellent chance at a win. Unfortunately the owner had a big night out on Saturday and forgot to enter early – a bad draw will hamper his chances.”

10. Great-Da General

3yo colt from Greatest Stable Ever, Career earnings: $100,000
Overall rating: Adequate(38) – Mud-lark

Stable comments: – “

11. Rupert Dennis

3yo filly from countrry boy, Career earnings: $0
Overall rating: Acceptable(42) – Competitive

Stable comments: – “Arjay Megaboom is the best of my two runners. Rupert Dennis is a filler both a extreme long-shots their times are not good enough to place in top 5, but they both have new jockeys with AI morale 🙂 . If one should win I will do a nudie run down my street shouting TK is the best game in the world 🙂 ”

12. Arjay Megaboom

3yo colt from countrry boy, Career earnings: $289,050
Overall rating: Acceptable(40)

Stable comments: – ” See comments Rupert Dennis

13. Blitzkrieg

3yo colt from DoubleJ Ranch, Career earnings: $261,800
Overall rating: Satisfactory(46) – Fast finisher

Stable comments: – “

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