Stablemates collide to work for Joe Pride in final race at Rosehill


Following on from recent successes with Taksu and Titanium Power against stable mates, trainer Joe Pride is going to repeat the dose in Rosehill on Saturday.

The inevitable clash of Joe Pride’s trio Titanium Power, Silent Agenda and Opacity at the Rosehill Gardens closer could work in the trainer’s favor on Saturday.

The three stable mates are the top three in the weights for the Schweppes Handicap (1300m).

“I have a pretty good track record when I bump my horses,” noted Pride.

“I don’t like to do it, but we often come out with a good result.

“Our stable has a few horses in that benchmark range, so they’re more likely to race each other I’m afraid.”

The results of the recent Saturday meetings in Sydney underscore Pride’s thinking. Just seven days ago, his sprinter Taksu won the Listed Civic Stakes with stable mate Mariamia a close fourth.

There was further evidence at the Rosehill meeting two weeks ago, when Titanium Power defeated Silent Agenda, also in a 79-rated benchmark race over the 1,300-meter track.

Titanium Power is the choice of the three runners of the Pride in the latest TAB Fixed Odds at $5 with Silent Agenda valued at $26 and new stable recruit Opacity at $41.

“The tough track is probably not ideal for Titanium Power or Silent Agenda,” said Pride.

“Titanium Power has ridden it five times for a few placings, but he likes it soft and he is in the best shape of his career. I think the 62.5kg becomes a bigger task if the track gets too heavy.

“Silent Agenda is going well, but he often takes a dip in second and his next two runs are very good.

“Opacity is a very nice horse who was in good form earlier in his career. He could be a sneaky opportunity because he likes wet tracks.”

Pride has also entered Dehorned Unicorn in the Ned Australia Whiskey Handicap (1300m), King Kapa in the Bisley Workwear Handicap (1100m) and Invinciano in the Vale Nick Moraitis Handicap (1500m), but admitted all three are unlikely starters if track conditions deteriorate.

“When the track gets tough, Dehorned Unicorn won’t run, which is such a shame because he absolutely blows his mind,” said Pride.

“King Kapa races well, but he wouldn’t run if it was tough. We tried him on tough tracks in Randwick and Canterbury but he failed so he’s made it clear that he doesn’t like wet weather.

“Invinciano is absolutely hopeless on a wet surface. She was very good in backup and my plan was to run this Saturday and then again next week in the Pam O’Neill Stakes in Brisbane.

“But the weather forecast is for rain next week, so I don’t think she will get a chance to run in both races.”

Trainer Ron Quinton’s tree filly, De An Andretti, is slated to make her comeback at the Rosehill Gardens gathering.

The An Andretti, super bred by champion sire I Am Invincible from Aloha, has the great sire Tennessee Morn as her grandmother.

Tennessee Morn was a daughter of Bletchingly, famous as the sire of the legendary Kingston Town who drove Quinton to win the 1981 Cox Plate.

Bletchingly also the sire of Emancipation, the champion mare Quinton rode for most of her celebrated career.

As a racehorse, Bletchingly had only five starts and won four races with Quinton in the saddle when he won the 1975 The Galaxy on his maiden race start.

Dutch coach Alison Smith brings improving filly Billabong Isle to Sydney for the TAB Highway Handicap.

One of Billabong Isle’s main rivals is another up and coming young sprinter, Well In Sight, who will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey, Hugh Bowman.

In a twist of fate, Smith actually raced Bowman when he won his very first race – at Slatts in Wellington in 1996.

Since those humble beginnings in Wellington, Bowman has evolved into one of the greatest jockeys of all time, riding his 2,500th career winner at Eagle Farm last Saturday, including 102 Group 1 successes.

Champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy will be eager to capture a rare losing streak at the Rosehill meeting.

Considered a future Hall of Famer, McEvoy has six chances to break a 56-ride winless drought dating back a month when he raced a double in Wyong on June 2.

His best Rosehill rides include Black Queen ($3.40 favourite) in the Fujitsu General Handicap (2400m) and Irish Legend ($7.50) for the Vale Nick Moraitis Handicap (1500m).

The Australian Turf Club will host the inaugural Wests Tigers Legends Race Day at the Rosehill gathering.

A number of Wests Tigers stars, including former Kangaroos Tim Brasher and Chris Lawrence and teammate Shane Walker, will be among the players on course to meet fans.

Players will be available for a meet and greet with fans from 12:15pm at the new Legends Sports Bar in the public areas of the ground floor of the JR Fleming Tribune.

Wests Tigers, partners, members and guests will also enjoy a function at Rosehill Gardens’ award-winning Grand Pavilion.

Admission to Rosehill for the 10-race ticket is free to all Wests Tigers members who present proof of membership at the gates, which open from 10am.

The $5 million Longines Golden Slipper may be nine months away, but the countdown to the world’s richest two-year race is about to begin.

The nominations for the Golden Slipper close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. If connections miss this deadline, the only way to get into the Slipper field is with $150,000 late entry fees.


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Monsieur Gustave followed his win in the Eye Liner Stakes by knocking out the Glasshouse Handicap on the Sunshine Coast. Jockey Adam Hyeronimus drove Monsieur Gustave to a half win over Snippets Land. The heavy supply and demand led to the Caloundra City Cup winning. Tshahitsi won the Winter Championship final in Flemington.

10 years ago

Belltone also hit a purple mold spot during the winter of 2012, completing the Eye Liner Stakes-Glasshouse Handicap double. Champion jockey Chris Munce rode Belltone to both wins, including his Sunshine Coast effort when he easily beat Jetset Lad. Shenzhou Ever followed his Ipswich Cup win by romping home in the Caloundra City Cup, scoring by seven lengths. Glaneuse scored his second consecutive win in the Winter Championship Final.

20 years ago

Scenic Peak, a double winner of Group 3 earlier in the season, took a dynamic win in the Glasshouse Handicap, beating Super Impressive by more than four lengths. Later in the year, Scenic Peak made a career best attempt to win the Group 1 Emirates Stakes. Victory Smile finished quickly to win the Caloundra Cup and later that year he also won at Group 1 level at The Metropolitan. The Big Ask won the Winter Championship final.

Originally published as Trainer Joe Pride who is out to continue winning run as stable mates clash at a closer encounter