Yogi heads an ATB push towards 50
Jul 17, 2019
During recent seasons, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock's Darren & Liz Dance have set the mark of 50 winners for their popular syndicating business.
While not always reaching that target, its a realistic target as the numbers have grown during the past six or seven years.
Earlier this decade 20 to 30 winners at a strike rate around 13% matched the numbers and quality of horse.
Since the 2012/13 season the number of winners has not dropped below 40, with a record high of 69 during 2014/15 the benchmark when grand galloper Taiyoo was at the peak of his powers.
The following season 50 winners was achieved once again, other seasons before and after this hot spell yielding totals of 47, 46, 49 and 44.
This season ATB winners currently sit at 45 with two weeks to go.
While it looks a bit of a stretch to find another five winners, this weekend the 'fluro' brigade saddle up seven metropolitan runners across three states.
Heading the charge is everyone's favourite Yogi, topweight in the Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm.
Now under the care of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, the rising 7YO will need to break a 20 year record where no horse has carried more than 58kg in winning the race.
Yogi, with former Victorian jockey Ryan Maloney in the saddle, will carry 60kg in the field of twelve.
A winner over 3200m in last year's Sandown Cup, the 'Bear' has been installed $3.20 second favourite behind stablemate Azuro at $2.90.
If he produces anything near his last start narrow second placing in the Winter Cup at Rosehill, he will go very close to landing that much deserved win.
Maloney is no stranger to success in the fluro colours, winning on ill-fated sprinter Uxorious in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville in 2011.
It's ironic that Matthew Williams who trained Uxorious, can help narrow the gap to 50 when he saddles up that sprinter's full brother Mai Shiny Choice in the BM70 over 1400m at the same track almost eight years later.
A revelation since arriving at his stable late last year, the 6YO will be looking for his third win from nine starts since arriving at his Wangoom base.
Leading local rider Todd Pannell takes the ride, and his early price of $4 is a good reflection of his chances.
At Flemington the bulk of the Saturday's runners, five in total, will strut their stuff.
Sirius Suspect is knocking on the door for a win and back to BM78 class over 1200m down the straight, he looks hard to beat despite a 60kg impost.
Trained on track by Saab Hasan, the 4YO homebred son of Wanted will be reunited with jockey Brad Rawiller.
Rawiller has won on the gelding twice and has a great understanding of his racing style.
Dropping back from an unlucky Listed class fourth placing last start here, he has been installed early favourite in most markets around $4.40.
Robbie Griffith's saddles up three of our next four runners.
Robe De Fete's last two runs have yielded disappointing results, albeit with excuses.
Back to headquarters over 1200m, he could pull out a run at around $50. He did finish fifth here in May beaten two lengths first-up over 1100m and with Dean Yendall riding could sneak a place.
Collectable is a very smart filly, but tackles the boys over 1600m from a wide gate.
Dean Yendall rode the filly to a strong finishing 3rd a fortnight ago, but will need to find a good trailing position early to give her a chance of upsetting her male counterparts over the same trip.
At $19 she looks a solid each way hope if luck plays its part.
The final race on the program sees two very good gallopers resuming, albeit with different racing programs in place.
Mr Money Bags is the third of Griffith's three runners and while he is ready for the races, he will take huge improvement out of this run over 1000m.
Jye McNeil takes the ride, but at $12 in early markets, that price might be a touch under the odds.
His long range plan is the Aurie's Star next month, and while he did run a bottler first-up down the straight last preparation, he isn't quite as forward for the weekend's assignment.
On the flipside, our classy 3YO filly Crack The Code is ready to roll for the Mick Price & Michael Kent jnr stable.
Scratched from the Sir John Monash last Saturday, this assignment looks a more realistic option, especially at the weights compared to last week.
With Lachie King's claim, she gets in really well and with two fresh wins next to her name, including a debut win down the straight, she looks a leading chance in the 1000m scamper.
A $4.20 chance, hopefully she ends a memorable day for not only ATB's legion of owners, but for the business itself as the half century mark is eyed off.
Article: Peter Morganti
Photo: Racing Photos
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