There was high drama and then tragedy in the mounting yard at Caulfield on Saturday as three-year-old Kiss A Rose collapsed and died after running in the $120,000 W.J. Adams Stakes. The Peter Moody-trained filly had finished unplaced behind the mare Shamal Wind in the feature event over 1000 metres. As she was brought in to be unsaddled in the enclosure directly in front of the stands she collapsed. Her strapper and stable and Racing Victoria staff vainly showered her with water and ice. The Racing Victoria veterinary surgeon on duty, Grace Forbes, said her death was not related to the heat. Racing Victoria’s heat policy comes into play when ”the wet bulb”, which measures humidity, registers 28 or above or the temperature tops 35 degrees. A Racing Victoria spokesman said the highest point the wet bulb reached on Saturday was 27.7 and the temperature 31.5 degrees. Champion jockey Glen Boss, who rode the heavily backed but well beaten favourite Lord of the Sky in the race, was fuming at the length of time the horses were left waiting at the barriers in warm temperatures before the event got under way. ”We were down there seven minutes before we jumped. My horse was gone before we even ran,” an angry Boss said afterwards. An autopsy will be conducted.
OLIVER GETS IT RIGHT
After having the choice of the plum rides on race favourites Bull Point and Prince Harada, it was no surprise to see Damien Oliver sporting a big smile after Australian Guineas aspirant Bull Point scored a resounding first-up win in the group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. ”They are both good colts and were hard to split,” Oliver said. ”I rode them in consecutive days a couple of weeks ago and this bloke [Bull Point] really pleased me, the way he worked with the blinkers on.” On Saturday, Oliver was able to settle Bull Point ($3.70) behind the speed, just ahead of Prince Harada (the $2.80 favourite) which was raced a little keenly in the early stages. Oliver eased Bull Point out three wide as the field came around the turn and after grabbing the leader, Worth A Ransom ($20), at the 150m, drew away to win by 1¼ lengths. ”He put himself into a good position and then showed good acceleration,” Olive said. Prince Harada came wide with his run in the straight but failed to finish off the race and was photo-finished out of third placing by The Quarterback ($11). While Cox Plate winner Shamus Award remains the $8 favourite for the $500,000 group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington on March 1, Sportsbet wound Bull Point from $13 into $9 second favourite for the race.
WALLER TO CODDLE CERISE
Chris Waller plans to use a softly-softly approach with All Cerise in a bid to emulate the success of Australian Oaks heroine Royal Descent. ”The autumn’s obviously upon us, but what we learnt with Royal Descent last time [is] if you look after them you can still get them to some big targets as well,” Waller said after All Cerise’s win at Rosehill on Saturday. ”We’ll take small steps and try to keep her winning and we’ll sneak her up in distances.” The Redoute’s Choice filly towed Hugh Bowman into the 1400m restricted race for three-year-olds at the turn and quickly sped by Gai Waterhouse’s Forever Loved ($4.40), which stuck on for second from Casino Dancer ($31). Quizzed about what trip All Cerise, the $2.20 favourite, would relish, Waller said: ”Hopefully 2400m [of the Oaks] … We’ve nursed her and are getting the benefit of that now. She looked very strong coming into the race and that’s obviously a positive sign.”
SEASIDE ENDS DROUGHT
Peter Snowden hailed Darley mare Seaside’s transformation from a ”speedy squib” to a more settled racehorse. The four-year-old charged home off a slow tempo to end a 14-month winless drought in the fillies and mares benchmark 77, prompting Snowden to hint he will go in search of black type. ”She used to be a bit of a speedy squib before, but she settles better now,” he said. ”That was a good effort today because they went steady and then sprinted. She’s had to come from 2½ lengths off that speed. When you’re not winning you’re going for lesser races all the time, but when you can win you can aim a little bit higher. There might be a nice stakes race in her this time in.” Tommy Berry warmed the saddle for a hurt Kerrin McEvoy as Seaside ($2.50 favourite) collared Watabout ($4) in the last 100m.
John O’Shea will be doing his best to keep sprinter Kencella at Rosehill following a dominant win. The four-year-old led all the way to make it five wins from eight starts. And O’Shea said that while Rosehill suited him perfectly, the horse could be exposed in a more hotly run race. ”He appreciates having his runs spaced and at the moment he’s eating up this 1100m at Rosehill and I’ll probably try and keep him here if I can … if he got into a race where they got running from the start then that would provide him with some issues, but at the moment he can get out and travel easily without being gassed.”
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