Our beloved Miller Street (of whom we own about 1 and a half legs) is set to have his first run of his second prep today at Sale after six months off the track. The track is currently a Dead 5 and we are hopefully there will be no downgrade to Slow today with the sun out and no real rain on the radar. Miller Street has been up against some very progressive types in the past and his form lines are solid. We have been trying to get him to run for about 2-3 weeks now as he surprised us in his first private trial, he was ready to race, he wasn’t 100%, but he was ready to race… well the rain has been around, so this is the first chance we have had to get him to a race. I have included the private trial in this post as well to show you how well he is going.. he jumps well, leads and is never given a hit with the whip, so won well untested. Does he win today? As you can read by the form below, this is a tough race with some progressive types. We thought he was up for testing these though and if my thoughts of how far I think he can go is any indication, i’ll probably be having a fair whack today.
I have also included the YouTube video taken 11 days ago from a private trial, he is the horse who leads all the way.
Sale Race 6
El Capo: Impressive enough win first up in maiden graed and then spelled. Back to the races after 5 months and from barrier 6 should get the right run today.
Golfing: Lost the rider last start at Cualfield. Did alot wrong at Cranbourne when overracing but still won his maiden fairly easy. Two back in similar company didn’t lead and went for a sit and just didn’t finish off well enough. 59kg today from a very poor barrier, will need a gem of a ride from Rodd to win this.
Scapa Cove: Average maiden win, the time was not that good. Last start at Cranbourne slowish tempo out front and had every chance to win it but couldn’t. Barrier 1 means will get a positive position again today, but has to improve to beat these.
Alternative Choice: A few runs this prep and always goes out the back. Ignore last start and look to two and three back when flew home but just couldn’t get a place on either occasion. Probably has to improve again in this race.
Burning Front: The one to beat today, his first up maiden win was in a great time on a slow track and he gets a barrier as positive again today.. will be taking a sit and will be getting out at the right time.
Gallant Express: Finally got his maiden at Cranbourne 2nd up this prep but the time was only fair. Since then been going back in the runs and hasn’t been finishing off well enough to suggest he wins this today… yes he is down in class but weight has his measure I reckon.
Hot Mama: Strong winner at course and distance two runs back on a Heavy track… just. Before that ran 5L behind Tangos Daughter which puts her well enough in this I reckon. Barrier 17 a horror though.
Magnus Opus: Showed absolutely nothing first up. Last prep didn’t show much either outside of the maiden win in a only fair time. Can’t have.
Choice Princess: Ran ok first up winning a fairly rated maiden from midfield. The times there weren’t really great though. Barrier gives her a chance.
Ardelle: Seemed to have every chance last start. Previous run also.. can’t have here and poor barrier.
Beirut: Ran home nicely enough last start at Sandown after being very disappointing first up. D Oliver keeps the ride is interesting.. barrier 11 will be coming from far back… probably too far back?
Princess Tamika: Maiden win was in a fairly average time really… not good enough time to win this today for mine and barrier is horrible.
Cocklebiddy: Ran home ok first up but then last start went backwards. Others have better form lines than her.
Spinning Light: First up forgive didn’t handle heavy.. previous form from last prep the times were fairly average including the maiden win on good. Can’t have.
Shadow Image: Only shown up for maiden win, outside that shown nothing exciting.. did have breathing issues in one. Need to improve here.
Majestic Artie: Ran home well to win his maiden at Kilmore first up from out the front. Barrier 9, may not get such an easy time today with that run being won in 1:05.4 and I’d take him on at the weights.
Miller Street: Yes, we part own him. His first prep trial was blistering from the back and eye-catching.. his first up run, he simply didn’t handle the slow and was wayyyy to worked up after a 7 hour drive. The 3.5 hours drive to Bairnsdale 2nd up treated him much better. He overraced a little but got the perfect spot in run, got a clear run at the top of the straight, got given two hits with the whip and put 2 lengths on them.. he only won by 0.3L but wasn’t exactly ridden out and had a small stumble in action at the 100m. The horse who came home for 3rd won next start at Cranbourne beating a $1.40 pop and the horse who came home from 2nd called Roop All ran home for 2nd on Caulfield Cup day behind Suavito in a 3YO-F race… then went onto run a very big 2nd in the Lexus Hybrid on Melb Cup day.. Politeness was 3rd. Miller Street’s last start was at Seymour, he was having a few breathing issues which prevented him from running at the Caulfield Cup meeting and with some treatment, he was a little better, but I wouldn’t say clear of it… He got the perfect 1/1 spot but then decided to over-race and pulled himself out of it, giving up the spot to Topkapi.. Miller then raced 3-wide the whole trip (did get some cover from the 900-600m) before the horse infront of him started falling away, so he was forced 4 wide from the 600m… most importantly, he was actually hitting the line hard making up ground late and finished only 1.5L 5th. TopKapi has run 3rd at Caulfield in a BM-70 since.. Great Lane who ran 2nd won the Koroit Cup at the Bool next start and ran a 2nd to Are There Any at Flemington.. Priority Road who ran 3rd went on to win his BM-64 at Caulfield three runs later and has won since also.