"I ONLY needed half a run, he [Orca] would have done the rest," jockey Hugh Bowman told Racing NSW stewards after yesterday’s Frank Packer Plate at Randwick.
Orca was sent out a $2.90 favourite and was tragically beaten into second place by stablemate Yallingup, with both trained by Guy Walter.
Bowman settled at the rear on Orca and reckons "it just opened up" passing the 600m.
Orca was sent through the field but the run ended on straightening, with the leader Rollins compounding along with All American.
"My horse’s nostril is on their back," Bowman said. He was "coming back". Orca was being anchored. "I’m just pulling up, coming off heels," he said.
"You certainly look unlucky," said Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy, who wanted to know if Rollins had been "roughed up" when Orca shifted in.
Rollins’s jockey, Peter Robl, said: "I grab up for one stride and they were two strides in front after that."
Walter said Yallingup had come a long way in its first preparation and would be spelled.
Of Orca, he said: "Being a colt, we may think about taking him to Brisbane for the carnival." O’SHEA MARE ON SONG
Racing NSW stewards wanted an explanation about a perceived form reversal from Music Review, and trainer John O’Shea was to the fore. The imported mare has well and truly returned her $120,000 purchase price fee, cutting down favourite Joku in yesterday’s opening race for another win Down Under.
"She bogged down on the inside first-up," O’Shea told stewards.
"A drier track today – second-up last time in, she improved dramatically."
Chief steward Ray Murrihy then asked O’Shea about Music Review being fitted with racing plates instead of glue-on shoes.
"We’ve only used them [glue-on] through necessity – she has shocking feet," O’Shea said. "She pulled one off yesterday. I said [to the farrier] ‘put a decent set of shoes on’."
As for racing forward outside the leader, O’Shea said it had been Music Review’s racing style, but when she resumed at Rosehill she had not been able to muster pace on the bog track. O’Shea is aiming Music Review at the Brisbane Cup.
"I think her staying pedigree got her home today," Music Review’s jockey, Tim Clark, told connections.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained Joku battled on for second, with jockey Nash Rawiller saying the favourite, which dictated from the front, was responsible for "another honest effort". CLOSE CALL
International jockey Kerrin McEvoy gave favourite backers heart palpitations on Fravashi in the second race. But supporters of the untapped three-year-old got to cheer right on the post in the South Pacific Classic, with Fravashi collaring Over The Wicket to score by half a head.
Caught three wide early from barrier four in the seven-horse race, Fravashi was eased back and then caught up behind runners when Centennial Park whipped round on the home bend.
Up the straight Fravashi looked in a spot of bother but then roared along the inside.
"Today when he charged through the pack he really concentrated," McEvoy said.
Trainer Peter Snowden reckons Fravashi "is learning his trade now" and that it "was a professional effort".
"He probably wasn’t entitled to win, he found himself in a place where we didn’t want to be," Snowden said. "He had to pick up a couple of lengths over the last 200m and he did it."
Snowden has always had a healthy opinion of Fravashi and plans to give the colt a break and return for some of the big spring races.