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Flemington or Randwick, that’s the decision Henry Dwyer has to make for promising filly Leotie, as to where she will race next.

The state of the track will be the deciding factor, Dwyer does not want to run the filly on a bog track, naturally the big wet at Randwick is causing problems and it may not be abating just yet.

The Golden Rose, with its $1 million stake is attractive, while a suitable race at Flemington is worth much less.

Leotie looks a smart filly, she is lightly raced having had just the four starts, after winning a maiden race at Sale, she really showed up well in the Quezette Stakes running second to Sebrikka, she reversed the placings on Saturday over the extra distance.    

Leotie looks the potential staying filly at this stage, she was really running away on Saturday over 1400 metres, she will get 1600 metres at least, her pedigree suggests that and she is bred to get that trip.

Leotie 127 Jack CustomLeotie first city win

Sydney trained Redzel led his rivals a merry dance, leading all the way to win the Group 3 Resimax Stakes over 1100 metres.

He has become a specialist at the distance having now won four races, all at the same trip.

It was a bit of a hit and run trip as he was back on the truck to Sydney that evening, with his stable mate Defcon, who won the following race.

He certainly doesn’t get much further than 1100 metres; he led by three lengths when heads were turned for home, but there was only a long neck in the finish.

Drawing the outside was the decided advantage; he was able to cross the field with a minimum of fuss, with the result he was freewheeling around the turn for home.

The favourite, Under The Louvre, came from second last to get within a long neck of the winner, Peter Snowden described Redzel, “a very genuine horse but purely a sprinter.”

Redzel 031 Jack CustomRedzel ridden by Mark Zahra

Defcon was the second leg of a winning double for the Sydney training partnership of Peter and Paul Snowden, when the good looking chestnut won the McNeil Stakes.

The colt by Choisir has been off the scene since March after contesting the Golden Slipper Stakes, won by his stable mate Capitalist, this was his second win from five starts after winning the Black Opal Stakes at Canberra.

 Peter Snowden praised Dwayne Dunn, described it as a great ride, “ what we asked of him he did, railed perfectly and showed plenty of dash, we are working him out at present, he is lethal when he unwinds his run, he can improve on that, we are now going into the Danehill in a couple of weeks time.”

Defcon 046 Jack CustomDefcon completes a double for the Snowdon team

Defcon settled in behind the scorching pace set by I’m Too Hot, Dwayne Dunn was prepared to bide his time, he was in no hurry, he never left the fence, he didn’t need to, he had a lap of horse underneath him.

On what was seen of Defcon in the McNeil Stakes, it will take a smart colt to lower his colours, he will be improved greatly by the outing.

Peter Snowden CustomPeter Snowdon happy with the double

Black Heart Bart is ready to meet all challengers, even Winx is on the short list, but that will have to wait until the Cox Plate.

The Perth raider is among the stars in the strong team under the care of Darren Weir.

He looks to be the major player, and the biggest threat for Winx to retain her current record intact.

Black Heart Bart is bound to improve; he was relatively first up in the Memsie since finishing second to UnderThe Louvre in the Stradbroke Handicap, at Eagle Farm in June.

He is bred to get much further, his sire, Blackfriars by Danehill, won the Derby, yet had to go to Western Australia to gain recognition as a sire, where he has since become a major source of siring winners, while his dam, Sister Theresa is by At Talaq, whose major win was the Melbourne Cup.

Palentino was running on well in the Memsie Stakes, as was Tarzino, both will be greatly improved by the run, they are likely to match up in the Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600 metres at Flemington.

Black Heart Bart 067 Jack CustomBlack Heart Bart wins the Memsie

The jumps can wait for a while, Great Esteem is in a winning mood on the flat, this was his second win in as many starts at Caulfield, where he is trained.

Originally the gelding was sent down to Stuart Webb to be educated for jumping, but that has been put on hold after his two brilliant wins on the flat.

The gelding was given a great ride by Katelyn Mallyon, she excels on a free goer, as she was seen at her best in the time honoured Heatherlie Handicap, at Caulfield.

In all possibility we will see Great Esteem jumping next season, if he can show the same dashing ability over the jumps as he has on the flat, we are in for some exciting times.

Great Esteem 030 Jack CustomGreat Esteem under Katelyn Mallyon


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