-by Anfield Road
Previous Winner: Pope in Heels, Bob Baffert
With the field having won over $2400 this is a quality race and the result will come down to small details. Really looking forward to this one!!! There are just 4lbs between top and bottom weight, but the field are so closely matched it be the deeming factor.
5 yr Quality Hat Bob Baffert 1 - 2 - 6 - 7 – 6
In the money in 4 of his 5 qualifying races, winning one along the way. Not quite on the same level of consistency as a couple of these and appears that additional weight goes against his running style, so he may miss out on top prize. However, he holds his form right up to the line and has swapped places with several of these so can easily come out on top with a decent run. Loves to run up with the pace, he will give himself a chance come the end.
4 yr Top Cat Bob Baffert 1 - 6 - 4 - 2 – 3
Not felt the winning feeling since October last season but has still amassed a nice $370 in prize money. This seasons form has dropped a level and he doesn’t look like he will be competing at the end. He may be retiring after this race if he doesn’t pick his form up again.
4 yr One Fast Cat Lanes End Farm 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 – 1
Winner of the 3-year-old final, this is a top-quality animal carrying top weight. Won an amazing $660, winning 9 out of 14 races. To confirm this horses’ stature, she is the 5th ranked horse currently running on the site. Won her last race by just a neck last time out, over this distance and going, will the 1lb make a difference this time around? A few of these finalists have beaten each other over the season, but I would make her my favourite today.
4 yr Kookoolachoo Lanes End Farm 3 - 7 - 1 - 5 – 2
Winning over $400, this mare has talent and over this distance and going has the beating of some of these. So closely matched with the rest, she will challenge One Fast Cat for the lead, where I hope they don’t blow each other out as I am expecting a blanket finish and a possible dead heat. This race really does depend on who leads and sets the fractions and who can handle just a little more weight.
4 yr Dominator Nemesis Stud 3 - 3 - 2 - 2 – 1
Only finished out of the money on 1 occasion in 14 races, earning over $350. Again, his recent form has seen him take on the same horses and proving to be among the best of them at this level. His trainer has given him every chance of a win by getting him to the final off bottom weight and that could quite easily be the difference between these animals. Has the endurance to run further so his stamina wont be tested but will he use it to his benefit? Will sit mid pack and close like the preverbal express train, almost a half second faster than some of the others, will he be close enough to benefit from that kick?
4 yr Tango Kat Nemesis Stud 1 - 7 - 3 - 2 – 5
$554 in earnings and an overall rank of 8th shows just what a top-quality mare this is. Her trainer has once again been astute and run her in just 3 races this season and more importantly ensuring she doesn’t carry any additional weight in the final. She won last season turf sprint final, her trainer chose to go the classic route this season. I don’t think she is quite as good at 1600 as some of these and may be tapped for speed at the end.
Wow how hard is this race to predict!!!!
One Fast Cat