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There is no doubt this one has ability but I think primarily on soft tracks. A check of his record shows the two wins were on soft and out of five runs on soft. On good, five runs, four placings no wins. In fairness the stewards report yesterday is interesting: Kazio - second placegetter; prior to correct weight connections viewed the patrol film before deciding not to lodge an objection. It was established that passing the 600m Kazio was taken out off its course by Heptagon (NZ), which shifted out and obtained neat running to the outside of Crystal Pistol. Apprentice Raquel Clark reported that in hindsight she should have been more vigorous between the 400m and the 300m, but had in mind at the time the long straight and that the gelding became a little unbalanced rounding the latter states of the home turn.
Forget it went around at Mornington. Was about to make a sharp forward move when things happened and quite frankly how Nolen stayed in saddle let alone keep the horse from gong down completely was noticeable. Here is first of stewards report (incidentally the race caller did not see it obviously and just said horse finished down track...bit poor) Kazio - Near the 50 metres clipped the heels of Sunday Pray and blundered badly when improving to the inside of Miss Clooney, which shifted in under pressure. Then this: Beau Mertens (Miss Clooney) pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding under the provision of AR137(a) in that approaching the 100 metres he permitted his mount to shift in when not clear, resulting in Kazio being carried in onto the heels of Sunday Pray near the 50 metres, resulting in Kazio clipping the heels of Sunday Pray and blundering badly. Beau Mertens licence to ride in races was suspended for a total of fourteen meetings to commence midnight 2 April, 2018 and to expire 13 April, 2018 after the day meeting at Wangaratta (2 metro, 12 provincial). In assessing penalty, Stewards were of the view the carelessness was in the high range and took into account his guilty plea. good record and that Kazio had made ground quickly to the inside.
He is no world beater but I think this time in can continue to win a few more. When he began well yesterday at Sandown, Callow had no option but to go forward or be trapped 3 wide. Once he decided to lead the horse relaxed underneath him and you could tell on corner even though challenged he had plenty left in the tank. Of course he only won by a short margin but to lead on corner and continue to give all the way down straight is testament to Callow's judgement when in front and the form the horse is in. Methinks Col has got his head switched on as in earlier in his career.
Gallant second behind a handy horse at Flemington today. Considering he was going from a Benchmark 70 to an 84 it was the effort of a horse who can win in lower grade. Have to give Ben Thompson 10/10 for the ride. Gave it every possible chance and head on down the straight it appeared the winner came in a bit on Kazio. Got a lot of time for this jock, particularly on horses that can race in the lead or near to it.
Nice win at Sandown today. Think kept to 1400 he will win more races. Good ride by young King but it seems to me the horse just takes about 50m to really decide to unleash his strong finishing run. Has now won nearly$160,00 so you would have to think he has just about paid his way.
Gutsy effort at Sandown yesterday. Young Spain did a good job and did not panic when on rails behind runners in straight. Appears to me to have a burst of about 50-100m then slugs it out but has done so well in just 20 starts five wins and eight placings. Seems to relish Sandown and the 1400 and possibly can go on and win a Benchmark 84 but beyond that is a question mark. Think most owners and trainers would like to have one who is so honest.
Proof of how well this bloke is going was an unplaced run! Yep on Saturday he finished fourth over 1600 at Caulfield but a close check on his form to then would reveal (a) he does not exactly like Caulfield and (b) 1600m is probably a bit beyond him on past form. I actually steered well clear of him for those reasons so to finish fourth and look a chance in straight says he is definitely going well. Back to 1400 he would take a power of beating and we know he loves Sandown.