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Gai & Adrian TV 23/2/24

This weekend Espionage and Straight Charge resume in the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes. The last time these colts ran into each other was in the Group 3 Breeders' Plate where they finished 1st and 2nd respectively so it’s going to be a very exciting rematch.

Gai's Tip Sheet

SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY – ROSEHILL GARDENSRail Position: RAIL - TrueESPIONAGE (Race 4, 2.15pm, 1100m, N Rawiller, 56.5kg)Espionage is thriving ahead of his reappearance. He has two super trials under his belt and looks terrific. These trials have given him a good level of fitness and he appears to have taken another step forward in his trackwork since. We were delighted with his gallop in the lead up to the race and he is firing on all cylinders ahead of Saturday. He was brilliant on debut in the Group 3 Breeders’ Plate and Nash will be positive from barrier 3 to get him rolling along into a prominent position, on or just behind the pace. This looks a competitive race on paper, but he’s a quality colt and we think it will take a good one to run him down.STRAIGHT CHARGE (Race 4, 2.15pm, 1100m, T Clark, 56.5kg)Straight Charge is delighting us ahead of his reappearance. His most recent trial at Warwick Farm was excellent and he quickened through the line very impressively. His sectionals were super and he hasn’t missed a beat since. He has had a trip away to the beach this week where he enjoyed stretching his legs in the ocean and having a roll in the sand. We were delighted with his gallop in the lead up to the race and he is firing on all cylinders ahead of Saturday. Tim will be positive from barrier 9 and try to take luck out of the equation. This looks a competitive race on paper, but he’s a quality colt and with even luck in running we expect him to be fighting out the finish.ENTENTE (Race 5, 2.50pm, 1900m, T Clark, 56.5kg)Entente is in super shape ahead of his reappearance on Saturday. He has been handling his work very well and looks fantastic at this stage in his preparation. He has three very pleasing trials under his belt this time in and he has progressed nicely with each outing. These trials have given him a good fitness foundation and he has been pleasing us with his trackwork ahead of this intended assignment. The 1900 metres here looks a good starting point and Tim will be positive from the barriers to get him rolling along into the lead, or close to it as he’ll be well suited by a genuine end to end gallop. We expect him to continue to improve with the benefit of a run under his belt and as he stretches out over further this preparation. With that said, he is fit enough to do himself justice and he will be doing his best work through the line.SO UNITED (Race 5, 2.50pm, 1900m, R Bayliss, 54.5kg)So United looks terrific ahead of his reappearance on Saturday. He is a gentleman to train and is as tough as old boots. He thrives in work and we were delighted with his gallop in the lead up to the race. We were extremely pleased with his trial two weeks ago following his awesome display in the Gold Coast, and he has taken good improvement in his trackwork since. Regan will be positive from barrier 12 to try and dictate a tempo that will suit himself from the front. He’s in super shape and will give them all something to catch.VRENELI (Race 6, 3.25pm, 1400m, A McLucas, 54.5kg)Vreneli is in fantastic shape ahead of his return on Saturday. We have been extremely pleased with his two trials this time in at Randwick and Rosehill Gardens. These trials have given him a good fitness foundation and he has been delighting us with his trackwork ahead of this intended assignment. Amy will be positive from barrier 4 and get him rolling along into the lead, or close to it as he’ll be well suited by a genuine end to end gallop. He’s down at the bottom of the weights and Amy’s additional two kilo claim could prove to be a huge advantage. He has shown that he can handle softer underfoot conditions and with even luck in running we expect him to be challenging at the finish.HOWGOODAREYOU (Race 7, 4pm, 1300m, R Bayliss, 54kg)Howgoodareyou is thriving after her very encouraging first-up effort, when knuckling down in the straight and battling away to not be beaten far at the line over a distance short of her best. She hasn’t missed a beat since and is holding her condition well. She remains at 1300 metres here as the program simply isn’t there to step her up in distance at this stage in her preparation. Nevertheless, she is open to plenty of improvement second-up and Regan will be positive from barrier 7 and get her rolling along into a prominent position, on or just behind the speed. This looks a competitive race on paper, but she’s in good order and we expect her to competitive for a long way en route to more suitable contests moving forward.GANBARE (Race 8, 4.35pm, 1400m, T Clark, 56.5kg)Ganbare is in great shape ahead of his return on Saturday. He was super last preparation, winning twice and placing at Group 1 level. We were very pleased with his most recent trial this time in at Randwick and he has been delighting us with his trackwork ahead of this intended assignment. He schooled over the hurdles on Thursday morning, which we often use to alter the horse’s routines and to stimulate them mentally. It really seemed to have the desired effect as he was full of himself afterwards and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the experience. Tim will be positive from barrier 7 and get him rolling along into the lead, or close to it as he’ll be well suited by a genuine end to end gallop. We expect him to continue to improve with the benefit of a run under his belt and as he stretches out over further this preparation. With that said, he is fit enough to do himself justice and we expect him to be competitive for a long way.LES VAMPIRES (Race 8, 4.35pm, 1400m, J Parr, 56.5kg)Les Vampires ran a super race first-up at Canterbury two weeks ago to win in dominant fashion. He hasn’t missed a beat since and looks terrific. He appears to have taken great confidence from that impressive performance and has been bouncing around the stables since. We expect him to relish the step up in distance to 1400 metres and Joshua will be positive from the barrier 1 to look to try and set the fractions to suit himself from the front. This looks a competitive race on paper, but he remains in terrific order and we are hopeful that he can strike again in this valuable Group 2 contest.RAF ATTACK (Race 8, 4.35pm, 1400m, T Clark, 56.5kg)Raf Attack is in fantastic shape ahead of his return on Saturday. He was brilliant last preparation, progressing to win at Group 3 level and is nicely muscled ahead of this intended start. We have been extremely pleased with his two trials this time in at Rosehill Gardens and Randwick. These trials have given him a good fitness foundation and he has been delighting us with his trackwork ahead of this intended assignment. He has the gate speed to overcome his wide draw in barrier 13 and Regan will get him rolling along into the lead, or close to it. We expect him to continue to improve with the benefit of a run under his belt and as he stretches out over further this preparation. With that said, he is sharp enough to do himself justice and he will be doing his best work through the line.OMNI MAN (Race 9, 5.15pm, 1100m, T Clark, 59kg)Omni Man ran a very creditable race first-up at Randwick and wasn’t beaten far on the line. He has taken nice improvement in his trackwork since and he is sharper and tighter in condition. He settled well in the early stages first-up and is now giving himself every chance of stretching out over slightly further this preparation. Tim will be positive from barrier 8 to get him rolling along into a prominent position, on or just behind the speed. This looks a competitive race on paper, but he’s open to plenty of improvement second-up and we expect him to be challenging at the finish.SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY – CAULFIEDRail Position: RAIL - Out 4m Entire CircuitLADY OF CAMELOT (Race 8, 4.15pm, 1200m, A Hyeronimus, 55kg)Lady Of Camelot is delighting us ahead of Saturday’s race. She made a huge impression to win the Group 3 Widden Stakes first up in blistering time. She hasn’t missed a beat since and we have been delighted with her recent gallops going the ‘Melbourne way’ here at Randwick. She has settled in to her new surroundings at Flemington extremely well this week and looks terrific. Adam will be positive from barrier 4 to try and take luck out of the equation. This looks a strong renewal on paper but she is a lovely filly and we think it will take a good one to run her down.SATURDAY 24TH FEBRUARY – GOSFORDRail Position: RAIL - +3m 1100m-300m, True RemainderWELLERMAN (Race 2, 2.26pm, 1600m, L Magorrian, 56.5kg)Wellerman was disappointing first-up and the sit and sprint nature of the race didn’t suit him. You can put a line through that performance and the 1600 metres here should enable him to get into a much better rhythm. He schooled over the hurdles on Thursday morning, which we often use to alter the horse’s routines and to stimulate them mentally. It really seemed to have the desired effect as he was full of himself afterwards and appeared to thoroughly enjoy the experience. We were pleased with his gallop in the lead up to the race and Lee will be positive from the barrier 1 to get him rolling along into the lead, or close to it as he’ll be well suited by and genuine end to end gallop. We expect to see a much better showing second-up here and with even luck in running he will be doing his best work through the line.SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY – LAUNCESTONRail Position: RAIL - TrueVERY SEWREEL (Race 7, 3.59pm, 2100m, W Costin, 56kg)Very Sewreel ran a tenacious race in her last start in her first attempt over 2100 metres to battle gamely down the straight and finish third. She wasn’t beaten far on the line and collected valuable Black Type with her gritty performance. She is open to further improvement in only her second attempt over a trip this far and she has been pleasing us with her trackwork in the lead up to the race. She has settled in very well into Tanya Hanson’s stable in Longford and we have been extremely happy with her since her arrival. Winona will be positive from barrier 8 and try to take luck out of the equation. The top three finishers from her last start clash again here and we are hopeful that she can turn the tables and get her head in front in this valuable contest.SUNDAY 25TH FEBRUARY – BALLARATRail Position: RAIL - Out 1m 400m - WP, True RemainderMURETTO (Race 1, 1.30pm, 1100m, B Shinn, 56kg)Muretto is in super shape ahead of her debut. She been handling her work very well and looks fantastic at this stage in her preparation. She has three trials under her belt and has progressed nicely with each outing. These trials have given her a good fitness foundation and she has been pleasing us with her trackwork ahead of this intended assignment. We have managed to secure the assistance of Blake Shinn here which is fantastic news for her first racecourse start. The 1100 metres looks a good starting point and Blake will be positive from barrier 5 and get her rolling along into the lead, or close to it. We expect her to continue to improve with the benefit of further race experience and as she stretches out over further this preparation. With that said, she is fit enough to do herself justice and we expect her to be challenging at the finish.

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RSVP: Tulloch Lodge Yearling Parade at Evergreen Stud

Our not to be missed annual Tulloch Lodge Yearling Parade is set for Friday 8th March at 11am followed by 1pm lunch at Merewether Surfhouse.

This is a great opportunity to meet first hand the Magic Millions, Karaka and Classic yearlings we have shares available in, with Adrian, our bloodstock team and our breaker Johnny Butler on hand to talk through each of them.

Last year at the corresponding event we paraded eight yearlings for existing owners:

  1. STORM BOY (Justify x Pelican) - $3m Magic Millions winner and current Group 1 Golden Slipper favourite
  2. SHANGRI LA EXPRESS (Alabama Express x Sent From Above) - winner of the $1m Golden Gift and Kirkham Stakes and third favourite for the Group 1 Golden Slipper
  3. SHIVERMEPINK (Zoustar x Pretty In Pink) - Close second to Too Darn Lizzie in a trial a week ago, will trial again before racing in the Autumn.
  4. SHANGRI LA SPRING (Castelvecchio x Opportunity)- looked sharp in his jump-outs before a spell. Returns to the stable with a view to racing through the back end of the Autumn and Winter.
  5. I AM A ROCKSTAR (Fastnet Rock x I Am A Star) - trialled for the first time with a nice 2nd placing a fortnight ago. He has since been spelled. A horse to follow, looks progressive.
  6. CAPITALIST X ESPAANIYAH colt - he had a set back in January. Showed good speed before that. Returns to work in the Autumn. 
  7. PARIS TYCOON (Written Tycoon x Paris Match) - jumped out last preparation before a spell. Returns to work later this month. Expect to see more of her this preparation. 
  8. INVINCIBLE DUCHESS (I Am Invincible x Ben's Duchess) - returns to work later this month. Has been well educated, just physically has not been ready to trial in earlier preparations. 

As you can see, attending this parade can be very worthwhile, and the group of 8 are still relatively unexposed so who knows what other race wins we can add to the CVs of these current 2YOs over the next 12 months. 

VIDEO: Skip to 8.57 to hear what Adrian and Bruce had to say at last year's parade about STORM BOY in the video below.



Date

Friday 8th March

Time

11am - Yearling Parade at Evergreen Stud

1pm - Lunch at Merewether Surfhouse

 

Address

Evergreen Stud

2163 Pacific Hwy, Heatherbrae, NSW, 2324

Merewether Surfhouse 

5 Henderson Parade, Merewether, NSW, 2291

RSVP for our 2024 Tulloch Lodge Yearling Parade to Emma Coleman at ecoleman@gaiwaterhouse.com.au by Wednesday 28th February. Please also note if you would like to join us for lunch overlooking the famous Merewether Beach (pro-rata cost per head).

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