Twelve months ago the curtain came down on the Broadmeadow course proper with the running of the “battler’s” carnival leg, conducted on the Saturday following Friday’s Cup meeting.
The opener on 2015’s Saturday card fell away to 5 starters in a Class 2 over 1400m, 4 mares and a gelding. All 5 were last-start winners. The roughie of the field, Ruling Queen, was driven to the lead from her death-seat in-running position, and held the others at bay. Last matched price on the exchange was $19. Her lead-up was victory in a Kempsey Class 1 over 1450m.
Fast forward a year and the nightcap on battler’s day was a Class 2 over 1350m, The Beaumont inner track’s maximum back straight distance. On this occasion the race was restricted to fillies and mares, and only one contestant was a last-start victor, the roughie Lady Corelli, a narrow winner of a Kempsey Class 1 over 1450m. Matched at “the off” at $80, her rider Jeff Penza seized the initiative, driving the mare to the lead. Lady Corelli “made all” staving off the strongly fancied local Clevedon Bay in a gritty display.
I’m proud to say that my Beaumont Assessments suggested backing Lady Corelli, as shown below
In my pre-race study, I was unfamiliar with Lady Corelli, as her career had been restricted to country events. However, I had noted in processing recent results, that the runner-up, Mosaytion, had won since. I use and recommend the Ratings2Win database, so analysis of subsequent performances is but one-click away:
Yes, Mosaytion had won off his runner-up performance, and the favourite, Lippy and Pearls, had also won her next run. Furthermore, the 5th and 6th horses had placed at their next starts.
My interest in this lowly Kempsey race was seriously piqued after Lady Corelli’s brave performance. Who, I wondered, is Jeewan, the 4th placegetter in this now infamous event, and when is he stepping out next.
Again, a single click in my trusty R2W shows:
Jeewan is a maiden 4yo who began his career with Hayes and Dabernig, soon migrated to south-east Queensland, and is now based at Newcastle, in the care of Grant Marshall, of Slots fame. His Kempsey 4th was his first run for his new trainer and at his next start Jeewan will be second-up in his second preparation, an ideal scenario.
Racing&Sports Horseform is another handy reference point, on this occasion, informing me if Jeewan is an acceptor in an upcoming race:
He is set to run in a mile Class 1 on Monday September 19 in what appears a thick race on paper, to be conducted on sodden ground.
We await the denouement of this tale with bated breath.