The Oscietra push was always FWD but at least helped get a few through the Flemington gates (when they were belatedly opened to huge queues for one ticket window) and her run was quite encouraging – though the odds were criminal. She ran like they do in trials; fast out and impressive. Trials don’t test the bottom and, left hanging in front, she found nowt when pressured. As is so often the case in juvenile races, one with a run under the belt was too strong. When will we learn? Not this week it seems, because I’m ready to butter up on debutante Siam (MR1, 1100m, 2yo, SWP) against Hayes’ ultra impressive spruik Valley winner Catchy – which beat Limesstone, Oscietra’s conqueror, that night. Foolhardy I know, with Lindsay Park’s youngsters firing, but it’ll be odds on and mine about 7/1.
When that strategy unravels, I’ll need help getting out.