The Dismount (by Thoroheads) is a comprehensive race-by-race meeting review, answering the big questions and providing key takeaways. Who’s hot, who’s not, the how, the why and the why not is all available in this edition of The Dismount.

The Dismount (by Thoroheads) is a comprehensive race-by-race meeting review, answering the big questions and providing key takeaways. Who’s hot, who’s not, the how, the why and the why not is all available in this edition of The Dismount.

All fixed odds quoted in The Dismount courtesy of TABtouch.

RACE 1 PITCH BLACK ANGUS MAIDEN 12:54 PM (1200M) View Result

Winner, Winner …
The well-supported ALL SETTLED ($8 – $3.80) made the most of a comfortable run off the pace to overhaul the game PACK OF STARS and win by a neck. The $28,000 yearling purchase, a half-brother to multiple stakes winning sprinter Settled Strada and the handy King of Wu, had competed well at each of his four starts prior to this maiden victory, and was Peter and Matt Giadresco’s sixth winner for the Bunbury 2015/16 season.

ALL SETTLED is certainly a competitor and while inner-provincial grade would suit best he would not look out of place in metro-midweek company next start.

RACE 2 BUNDABERG DISTILLING COMPANY MAIDEN 1:34 PM (2000M) View Result

Winner, Winner …
The Chris Gangemi-trained CALL NINE ONE ONE ($2.40 – $2.90 – $2.70) scored a deserved maiden win, lifted over the line by a determined Jarrad Noske. The Kiwi-bred four-year-old looked in a little trouble when losing momentum after the field bunched on the turn, but Noske was able to get CALL NINE ONE ONE to pick up in the straight and hold out HAKUNA MATATA in a driving finish. The team at Gangemi Racing have taken a patient approach with this former $155,000 NZ yearling purchase and he rewarded them with an encouraging staying display here.

CALL NINE ONE ONE will continue to improve with maturity and will no doubt be a far superior stayer this time next year. We’ll be watching his development with interest.

RACE 3 MASTERS DISTILLERS COLLECTION MAIDEN 2:14 PM (1000M) View Result

Winner, Winner …
The $1.45 favourite MISS ICONIC was all the rage pre-race, however, she was no match for fellow debutante SCOTTY BEAU ($11 – $23 – $17) who flew home with a wet sail to salute in impressive fashion. Even with the fast tempo in the early and middle stages, SCOTTY BEAU travelled strongly and jockey Jason Whiting had a handful of horse swinging for home. ‘The Fish’ got him out into the clear at the top of the straight and he powered down the middle of the straight. The Blackfriars four-year-old hails from the same family as world champion sprinter Miss Andretti, and stakes winners Danny Beau and Peggie’s Dream.

Now this was an impressive win and Bruce Watkins, who has enjoyed so much success with this family, appears to have another very smart customer in the form of SCOTTY BEAU.

RACE 4 BUNDABERG SELECT VAT HANDICAP 2:54 PM (1200M) View Result

Winner, Winner …
In a spirited betting race and one that will prove to be an important form reference it was the heavily supported THREESUN ($9 to $3.80), who strode clear late to score a soft first-up win. The Vaughn Sigley-trained four-year-old was the only horse to emerge from the pack to tackle tearaway leader WAR IN PARIS and it was hard not to be impressed with the smooth-moving daughter of Haradasun.

THREESUN and the second-placed WAR IN PARIS gapped the rest of the opposition, and are both horses to follow. And don’t be surprised to see THREESUN get over a bit of ground as she does hail from the same family as former champion kiwi Stayer Count Chivas, a Sydney Cup and South Australian Derby winner in the mid-1990s.

RACE 5 TENDER RIDGE HANDICAP 3:30 PM (2000M)​ View Result

Winner, Winner …
Rejuvenated gelding SASSENACH ($7 – $10 – $9) continued his remarkable form for new trainer Dave Hopperton with a short half-head victory, his third win in four starts for the stable. The seven-year-old son of Saxon was well handled by Shaun McGruddy, with the experienced hoop making the race-winning move when sliding forward to take the lead from SAXAPAK when the pace slowed down the back straight. SAXAPAK made a late dive but SASSENACH did enough.

The new and improved SASSENACH is doing a tremendous job and we envisage he will be competitive in whatever middle-distance event he competes in next start.

RACE 6 TALK ABOUT TASTE DBC SOUTH WEST SUMMER SIZZLE 4:06 PM (1200M) View Result

Winner, Winner …
The lightly-raced five-year-old DISTANT MEMORY ($10 – $6) scored the best win of her 17-start career with a quality display in the 2016 edition of the South West Summer Sizzle. The Tom Widdeson-trained mare, a daughter of multiple stakes winning sprinter Grasspatch Girl, enjoyed a perfect run in transit directly behind the leading division, and Glenn Smith produced her with a sweetly-timed winning run to work past FURIOUS DAME late to score by a three-quarter length.

DISTANT MEMORY has always shown ability, however, has been hampered by soundess issues. Tom Widdeon appears to have her happy and healthy, and the way she dismantled this field suggests she’s a genuine Saturday-grade mare with plenty more wins in store.

RACE 7 JOHN BRAY MEMORIAL 4:45 PM (1675M) View Result

Winner, Winner …
FLIGHT OF FANCY ($16 – $18 – $14) thumbed her nose at an unconventional lead-up program to score well and record first-season trainer Paul Chandler’s very first winner. The Danehill Express five-year-old showed promise as an autumn three-year-old when trained by Ben Pearce, but lost form in subsequent preparations and eventually ended up in Chandler’s Yallingup stable. FLIGHT OF FANCY ran out of her skin first up for her new stable over 1705 metres at Bunbury on December 2 and had not started since before this victory.

There if a reasonable query on the strength of the field but the win of FLIGHT OF FANCY was full of merit considering she did all the work outside the leader in running and she showed some promising staying qualities in the straight.

RACE 8 VALLEY SPRING LAMB HANDICAP 5:25 PM (1400M) View Result

Winner, Winner …
In comfortably the biggest upset result of Bunbury’s 2015/16 season the Matt Daqui-trained HOLLYWOOD ROCK ($51 to $91) jumped well from barrier 13, worked his way to the lead and never looked like losing. The five-year-old (a $74.70 outsider on WA tote) was rated to perfection by veteran jockey Mark Forder, when allowed to establish a big mid-race lead (3.3 lengths at the 600 metres) and cruising home to win by two lengths on the line. Despite appearing to be a tearaway leader, sectional times suggest Forder simply outfoxed his fellow riders, who paid HOLLYWOOD ROCK no respect and gave themselves too much work to do late in the race.

A veteran of only 18 starts, HOLLYWOOD ROCK showed promise early in his career but this win was his first since breaking maiden status in November 2014 and he had not been placed in his previous 11 outings. Hats off to anyone that was clever enough to have something on HOLLYWOOD ROCK and to anyone who shared in the whopping $221,023.60 Quaddie dividend.


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