An old stager and a newcomer with some scope join our list of black bookers out of a steady Wednesday night at Happy Valley on a C+3 track which raced about as well as that rail can race.
First of all, we’re black booking Rocket Let Win, a seven-year-old who was eligible for Class Five even before Wednesday night but was dropped another two points for finishing in the ruck here.
There was never much danger the gelding performing after a slow getaway in the 1,200m Class Four was soon followed by him being poleaxed on the first turn, spat out the back and that was that.
Trainer Derek Cruz experimented unsuccessfully with Rocket Let Win over 1,650m during the season, it didn’t work but his two efforts at the Valley since he went back to sprints have both been quite sound in Class Four.
Last weekend, we saw the Cruz-trained Bossiee hack up with a drop to the bottom class and Rocket Let Win is at a very dangerous mark now on 38 – for a horse who has won twice in Class Four within the past 18 months – and, with the right draw, he might follow Bossiee’s example when he steps out in Class Five next time.
The other horse worth a closer look is Ever Strong, a Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained three-year-old, who did enough behind Best Step to think there is an engine there – but for a run or two down the track.
Ever Strong has a pedigree to be a decent galloper, by Savabeel out of a mare who won a Group Two 1,200m sprint in Sydney, but he is throwing more to the sire’s side.
His trials in New Zealand and here indicated that Ever Strong is not a short course sprinter and will benefit from a step in distance, but he closed well enough over 1,000m to suggest we will see something better from him before the season is out.
He might be able to run well at 1,200m but perhaps beyond that is where we’ll start to see what he’s made of and 1,400m or further should be the chance to cash a ticket.