Vegas Knight

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Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:17 pm

Been watching this bloke for a while in jump outs and trials and felt he had more than average ability. Very green first start but still wanted to find line late then over raced next start but again wanted to find line. Today at Pakenham sensible ride by Nugent to take horse to front to eliminate any chance of kick back from loose surface and at same time being allowed to bowl along negated any chance of horse over racing. The way he responded in straight showed just how good he can be and will be when he matures. In fact close look at about 50 metres after finish and he still wanted to go on with job and was probably 7 0r 8 lengths in front. Think he won't be long in going for a spell and should mature into a very very nice horse.

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Re: Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:09 pm

Wow. What an enormous run today at Flemington. Wasn't sure how it would handle a soft/heavy after a win on synthetic but fact Col ran it suggests it has perhaps shown a liking for sting out during trackwork. Also wasn't sure whether the plan would be to try and lead or take close possy up near lead. Instead Nugent opted to drop back and thought horse handled that well albeit I thought it got head up a bit near 800-600 for a fraction. Then on straightening up horse racing with it at rear also trying to make run may or appeared to take Vegas Knight out and baulk it for a run. When Nugent got Vegas Knight into clear it fair dinkum finished faster than Usain Bolt...so fast it managed to get third narrowly beaten by winner but 50m past post was a good two lengths in front and wanting to go on with it. I think myself the Autumn will be this bloke's go and the Australian Guineas would be perfect because we know now he can handle heavy or firm and he can handle the track. PS: Wonder how many noted his coat. Considering it is winter he looked a picture.

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Re: Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Sat Aug 10, 2019 7:34 pm

Stewards Report from today's run at Flemington.
Vegas Knight Began awkwardly. Raced keenly passing the 1000 metres when the tempo eased. Held up for clear running from the 500 metres until near the 400 metres.
The head on in straight of Stewards vision shows 50m past post VK is in front and 100m past at least two lengths and surging further in front. Great signs

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Re: Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:20 am

Sheez the difference less than half a length makes. Vegas Knight gets within half a length of Heirborn on Saturday and according to Raceform coverage of race for VK said "Should've won". So perhaps good thing Heirborn gets all the plaudits and they lay off VK but here is more ammo for you.
The released sectionals show VK has easily the best figures coming over last 600 on a heavy in 35.10, the last 400 in 23.32 and the last 200 in 11.92. That much shows he can handle a soft 7-Heavy 8 and I think allowed galloping room by coming on the outside at Flemington he has a real motor. Any horse who can break 12 for the last 200 on such conditions has put in a great run.

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Re: Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:46 am

At my age (not telling) I could be accused of seeing things but for mine this bloke was looking for 1600m on Saturday. He was still wanting to go on with it as usual 50-100 past the post. And the other thing is do I detect that he takes perhaps 50m to begin a finish whereas others seem to get onto the bridle quicker. He was left a bit on straightening when they accelerated. Good thing is he did not seem to over race. Whatever you do do not give up on him on Saturday's run.

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Re: Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Fri Sep 27, 2019 8:12 pm

This bloke has cost himself possibly a place in the Caulfield Guineas. Not sure of the balloting conditions but he has now won I reckon $65,000 which puts him further up in the field but quite a number above have won more. Maybe second in a G2 counts for something? Anyway his greenness and inability to settle when no pace on saw him pull and reef and give Williams a torrid time for about 800m. Williams I think had no option but to move forward quickly to stop the horse over-racing and so when they got to turn and the leader had skipped away it was a matter of had VK had enough ot could he pull something out with others making runs with him. As it was to be beaten only half a length was a great effort and 50-100m past the post he was a good two lengths in front again. Love to see the stewards report on race as well.

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Re: Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Sat Sep 28, 2019 7:07 am

"Vegas Knight Raced ungenerously through the early stages before being allowed to stride forward passing the 1200m, then raced three wide without cover. Became unbalanced upon straightening when brushed by Conqueror which shifted out." At one stage it appeared he might have almost got on heels the way I saw it and Williams had to reef him away. Where to now?

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Re: Vegas Knight

Post by Darwin Scribe » Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:23 pm

Not disgraced. Finished seventh beaten 4.8 lengths and was certainly further back than that at 800m. Just could accelerate immediately like some of others but when found a bit of room hit the line well and again I reckon 100-200m past post he was with leaders. Just wants more distance as Col has always said and looks the making of a very good horse in Autumn and next Spring.

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