The Great Sphinx – 18th March 2017

Great Sphinx

Great Competitors!!!

Fascinating sparring sessions between a couple of top stables awaits us on Saturday. 

Pierre Strydom takes the ride on Secret Domination, who found the mudlark of Karaka Breeders too good on the day in his previous cup run, where he finished third. Secret Domination is loaded with class and speed. Creme Fraiche prep run was decent enough to suggest he could blitz this lot if coming out fresh. His trainer knows how to travel them!

Bodrum ran a decent race in the heat and could play a role. A interesting runner is the recently Ascot Vale cup winner. The daughter of Mellins, Flights, – has had six starts, for two wins, ran well in the heat on Saturday, and given that, she may have improved further, and comes into the picture.

The daughter of Mchippy Have, Concerto Sycamore, has some decent form to the likes of Secret Domination, and has been a model of consistency.

Race field

# Form Horse Stable Jockey Final Odds
1 2,2,2,5,1 Creme Fraiche Angel’s Flight Wayne Kinker N/A
2 1,3,1,3,1 Secret Domination Dixon Racing Pierre Strydom N/A
3 4 Bodrum BODRUMLUCK Andree Pottinger N/A
4   (scratched)     N/A
5 8,3,1,1,2 Flights Whispering Death Sandy Novik N/A
6 4,5,4,4 Kings Sin Sin666 Sammie Wardrop N/A
7 3 Christmas Cramp O Buadhaigh Felicita Ludeke N/A
8 1,2,1,2,2 Concerto Sycamore Racing Stripes !Elli Weingard! N/A
9 2,3,1,2,1 Sunday Silence Priceless Speedsters !Leoma Gordley! N/A


1. Creme Fraiche

3yo colt from Angel’s Flight, Career earnings: $899,200
Overall rating: Satisfactory(49) – Competitive
Born:Fri 7th Oct 2016, bred by Sootie
Lineage:By Zig And Zag out of Blackstar

Stable comments: – “Been looking forward to this race since losing the Sires Produce by a whisker last season. Some very nice horse in the race with Sires Produce Champion Secret Domination and a very skilled but lightly raced Bodrum…Good luck everyone!”

2. Secret Domination

3yo colt from Dixon Racing, Career earnings: $1,551,511
Overall rating: Reasonable(52) – Stalker
Born:Fri 7th Oct 2016, bred by Dixon Racing
Lineage:By Lord Snowdon out of Secret Sovereign

Stable comments: – “Domination being a stalker, is an enigma and as such I’ve given up having any kind of hope with him in finals. On his day he could blitz the field but smart betters will be placing their hopes on Angel’s Creme Fraiche who put up a new world record time on the conditions in the heats. Bodrum has all the numbers in the right places and could give the favorite elect a big challenge on the day.”

3. Bodrum

3yo filly from BODRUMLUCK, Career earnings: $47,500
Overall rating: Reasonable(53) – Natural champion
Born:Fri 7th Oct 2016, bred by Reds Breeding Stud

Stable comments: – “Bodrum ran a fair heat, considering the slow going was a major drawback. Still, in the final we should have dead going which is going to be great advantage for us since Bodrum will cherish that condition. My only worry is Secret Domination, to be honest. If he is thereabouts in forth quarter he will be hard to stop. I don’t see any other contender, its either Bodrum or Pedantic’s colt. May the best trained horse win.”

5. Flights

3yo filly from Whispering Death, Career earnings: $1,063,000
Overall rating: Reasonable(50) – Competitive
Born:Fri 7th Oct 2016, bred by Whispering Death
Lineage:By Melins out of Stammer Ztips

Stable comments: – “Not really Flights distance but she has a glint in her eye….”

6. Kings Sin

3yo colt from Sin666, Career earnings: $115,066
Overall rating: Satisfactory(49) – Competitive
Born:Fri 7th Oct 2016, bred by Sin666
Lineage:By Kingsman out of Binoomea

Stable comments: – “

7. Christmas Cramp

3yo filly from O Buadhaigh, Career earnings: $95,000
Overall rating: Satisfactory(48)
Bred by:Unknown origins, birthdate Sat 15th Oct 2016
Lineage:Breeding history unknown

Stable comments: – “My biggest fear is Secret Domination. Bred for short racing.. the young colt has a ton of experience at this distance. As if that was not enough his rider Pierre Strydom is a rock star. Best long shot in my opinion is Bodrum. She has the most experience out of the bunch. Assuming she’s in shape by race time well worth a long shot bet. For my young filly Christmas Cramp she’s a long shot for sure. Her physical attributes are well rounded but I fear not nearly enough experience for this class of runners.”

8. Concerto Sycamore

3yo filly from Racing Stripes, Career earnings: $751,455
Overall rating: Reasonable(51) – Fast finisher
Born:Fri 7th Oct 2016, bred by Racing Stripes
Lineage:By Mchippy Have out of Healthy

Stable comments: – “Concerto is a very nice filly but the distance might be a bit long for her.”

9. Sunday Silence

3yo colt from Priceless Speedsters, Career earnings: $623,422
Overall rating: Satisfactory(45)
Born:Fri 7th Oct 2016, bred by Priceless Speedsters
Lineage:By Froop Gear out of Priceless Stroker

Stable comments: – “Sunday Silence looks to have an outside chance but will be lucky to crack the top 3. I’ll go out on a limb with Secret Domination to win followed by Bodrum and Creme Fraiche. SS will need a personal best to hang with this field.”

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