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Attitude good as gold
Fractious filly Sheezallattitude will
take her place in the second round of
Australian Pacing Gold heats at
Albion Park on Saturday night after
trialling successfully at the same
track earlier in the week.
Driver Jimmy Brown flew to
Queensland to drive the Art Major two-
year-old in the trial and got the speedy
youngster around without incident.
Stewards had forced Sheezall-
attitude to trial at the 1019-metre
circuit after she had galloped three
times in races previously -- twice in
the Linden Huntley Little Memorial
series at Bulli and again in the
Bathurst Gold Crown final.
Trainer Felicity Gallagher said the
problem was not with her horse's
manners, but it just was not used to
''It's just the tight turns,''' she said.
''It's not her size, she's actually quite
small, but it's just her speed.
''There's quite a few two-year-olds
that are trained at Menangle that
''They're going faster earlier, then
you shrink the size of the track and
they don't know.
''They wonder where all of the
track has gone.'''
Sheezallattitude easily won her
heat at Menangle Park on April 1 and
will start favourite on Saturday
despite drawing barrier eight.
Lining up against Sheezallattitude
will be Queensland heat winner Miss
Worthy Whitby for John McCarthy,
and Lombo Littlecharma and Queena
Harts Lombo could also provide stiff
Bathurst Gold Crown winner
Aussie Made Lombo will line up in the
second heat and trainer Jane Davies
said it had settled in well.
Aussie Made Lombo finished
second in her round-one heat after
going back from the start, something
Davies said will definitely not happen
this time after her filly drew pole.
In the first heat of the night, the
Peter Manning-trained Leilani Lombo
will be hard to beat after her
impressive win at Bendigo.
Manning will have seven runners in
the three heats and is basing himself
at the Warwick stables of Darrel
The $300,000 final for the two-
year-old fillies will be on April 24 at
Albion Park. The second round of
heats for the colts are this Monday at
Menangle Park and the final next
Lady Lexus on target
Leading trainer Paul Fitzpatrick said
his star mare Lady Lexus is spot on
heading into the $20,000 Teeny
Teeny Stakes (1760 metres) at
Harold Park on Friday night.
Lady Lexus has been successful
at four of her past five outings,
including the Robin Dundee Stakes
at Harold Park on February 19.
Since then she has finished
quickly to win at Newcastle on
February 27 and again stormed
down the outside to claim the Gold
Pendant Mares Classic at Bathurst
on March 27.
Fitzpatrick has targeted the
$100,000 group 1 Ladyship Mile at
Menangle on April 23 for Lady Lexus.
Even though she automatically
qualified when she won the Robin
Dundee it was always his intention to
run her on Friday night.
JOHN GILMOUR AND
34 the form Friday, April 16, 2010
Be at Royal Randwick tomorrow to win a $50K bet with the TAB on the Doncaster
Sprint campaign . . . regular rider Steven King on Rostova at trackwork at Flemington. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
Rostova back to her best
'We will get the right run
and I think it will come
down to whether she can
produce a sprint like she
did last start.'
Steve Richards on Rostova
STEVE RICHARDS admits starting
to wish group 1-winning filly
Rostova came along a year later.
He keeps looking back at last
year's Golden Slipper, in which she
ran 11th, and shaking his head.
''Last year's Slipper might be the
best ever,'' Richards said.
''We just ran into a hot year on a
bottomless track. We finished just be-
hind Melito, which won the [group 1]
TJ [Smith last weekend] and a head
from Wanted, which went on to win
the Newmarket [Handicap].
''You go through the field. [Slipper
winner] Phelan Ready was group 1-
placed at weight-for-age this season
before going amiss, Headway won a
group 1 sprint [the Coolmore
Stakes] and Manhattan Rain was
second in a Cox Plate.
''The form from the race is amaz-
ing and this filly only added to it
when she won [the Robert Sangster
Stakes] in Adelaide last start. I
looked at this year's Slipper and
thought what might have been.''
Richards believes the best is still to
come from Rostova, the only last-
start group 1 winner in Saturday's
group 1 The Galaxy at Randwick, after
a decision to restrict her to sprints. A
couple of failures at 1400 metres at
the start of this campaign convinced
Richards where her future lay.
''She won the [VRC] Sires' Pro-
duce Stakes [over 1400m] as a two-
year-old but probably did it beating
inferior horses and the fact is she
just doesn't get 1400m,'' he said.
''We tried to stretch her out but
she just didn't quite get it against
fillies, so it was back to sprints.
''We dropped back to 1200m in
Adelaide and she won very well, so
why not have a crack at The Galaxy?
''With the right horse it is a nice
race and I think it will suit Rostova.''
The way The Galaxy is expected
to be run is right up Rostova's alley
with flying machines Gold Trail,
Definitely Ready, Seeking Atten-
tion and De Lightning Ridge all set
to push forward.
Richards noted that her best runs
had come when she had been able to
take a sit and use her dazzling
sprint. ''There is plenty of speed in
the race, that is for sure,'' he said.
''There are quite a few horses
which will want to lead and from our
good draw we should be able to get a
spot just behind them. We will get
the right run and I think it will come
down to whether she can produce a
sprint like she did last start.''
Richards admitted he was sur-
prised that the Mark Kavanagh-
trained Definitely Ready opened
favourite for The Galaxy. The More
Than Ready gelding has eased from
$3.70 to $4.20 with TAB Sportsbet
after a flood of money has lifted
another Victorian, Ortensia, to the
$4 top elect in betting.
''I would think it is a very big test
for Definitely Ready,'' Richards said.
''He is stepping right up in class
from what he has been beating in
Melbourne and I would have
thought that my filly would have
been a lot closer in betting. Ortensia
has always been a horse that has
promised a lot, so I'm not surprised
they came for her [in the betting].''
Rostova is on the sixth line of bet-
ting at $13 and is remarkably the
first of only three group 1 sprint
winners in betting with Gold Trail at
$18 and Typhoon Zed at $31.
''I think she is a great each-way
chance,'' Richards said. ''I'm just
glad no one is paying that much
attention to her.''
TRAINER Joe Pride left Tuesday's
Doncaster Mile barrier draw with a
smile, but it was erased when he
arrived home that evening.
Pride was happy when his
Doncaster Mile winner of last year
Vision And Power once again drew
gate eight and stablemate Miss
He walked out of the barrier draw
in the Emirates marquee at
Randwick carrying a toy plane
which he plucked from a table to
reveal Miss Marielle's gate.
''My four-year-old Brave loved it,
he took it to show and tell,'' Pride said.
''My daughter Alice wanted to know,
'Where is mine', it wasn't good.''
This time last year Vision And
Power was thriving on wet tracks
and went into the Doncaster after
winning the group 1 George Ryder
Stakes, but this time round the
form is not as good.
''It has been good breaking the
mental barrier with him,'' Pride
said. ''Physically he is in as good a
condition as he was in last year. I've
given him the right preparation, I've
sat down and had a good chat, we've
had a couple of crisis meetings.
''I've consulted the senior
playing group, as you do, and he has
been very co-operative, although
he doesn't believe he is at fault
which is always the way.''
Pride was not overly concerned
about the barrier for Vision And
Power but was adamant Miss
Marielle had to draw inside. ''That's
why I went to the draw, what do they
say, if you want a job done properly,''
Pride said with a laugh. ''The barrier
does matter for her, she needs a soft
draw, needs to get cover.''
Miss Marielle earned a shot at the
Doncaster when beaten 4.4 lengths
into fifth place behind Typhoon
Tracy in the Queen Of The Turf
Stakes at Rosehill on April 3.
Typhoon Tracy is the $2.90
favourite for the Doncaster, and
Miss Marielle meets her
5.5 kilograms better for the
Rosehill defeat. ''Going back to her
last preparation she hit her peak
fourth run in,'' Pride said.
Pride has engaged leading
apprentice Tommy Berry for the ride.
''He has been a good rider for me,''
Pride said. ''He has won on my mares
like Bejewelled, Patronyme, and
Imtops, and I thought he'd make the
51kg easier than a senior jockey.''
In the group 1 The Galaxy, Pride
saddles up De Lightning Ridge
which is coming off a last-start
Randwick track record-breaking
win. ''She is good, nice and fresh,''
Pride said. ''She has no weight on
her back and we've got Blake Shinn
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