Trainer Claire Lever will take the opportunity of a home-town maiden to take the wrapping off a blue-blooded gelding and star trialler Another Fortune at Hawkesbury on Sunday.
Lever’s three-year-old is a son of the Cox Plate winner Adelaide of a Sneaky Tsu whose five wins include one each at Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Rosehill.
Another Fortune is Sneaky Tsu’s fifth foal.
Her third born was former Hong Kong flyer Joyful Fortune who won the Listed VRC Century Stakes (1000m) immediately following his 2022 Everest attempt.
Another Fortune couldn’t have done any more to please Lever when winning his one and only trial at home at Hawkesbury on November 13.
“We didn’t ask him to do a lot in his trial,’’ Lever said.
“We just said to be neutral out of the gates and teach him something and he did. He trialled really well.
“Generally, I would probably given them another trial but he did everything right (in the trial) and we thought that he is probably going to learn more going to the races now.’’
For the record, Another Fortune settled off the speed in his six-horse heat before letting rip down the middle to win without being fully tested by jockey Brett Prebble.
“He has definitely got a good turn of foot,’’ says Lever. “But you would think too as he matures and works it out, he is probably going to want a little bit further as times go on.
“But I feel having the one trial, he is probably sharp enough now and can get away with 1000m.’’
Another Fortune is scheduled to step-out in the XXXX Gold Provincial Maiden Handicap (1000m) with Tyler Schiller in the saddle.
Grant Buckley, meanwhile, is booked to steer Lever’s other two Hawkesbury combatants – Wild Canary and Russian Zarina.
Buckley steered Wild Canary (for the first time) when a close fifth at Hawkesbury in a 1500m maiden.
“Wild Canary will roll to the front because he is pretty one-paced,’’ said Lever.
“His last run was pretty good on the speed. Grant knows him now so hopefully he can get the right kind of run and just stick on this time.”
Star Legacy is a Gary Portelli trained gelding who has been consistent from day one. He was building up to that maiden win at Gosford on November 2 and simply could not have been more empathic on the day. Lost no admirers, surely, in defeat the next time out when a closing fourth in a very deep Class 2 at Kembla. Jaex has had the last five of his 13 career starts for Stephen O’Halloaran and is ‘32212’ in that time, including a November 24 second at Canterbury. Just has to run the 1500m now. Regatta is on an upward trajectory.
Bet: Star Legacy to win
Prince Of Arendelle was scratched from a race at Newcastle on Saturday and with the likely make-up of the field here, this one is a much, much easier assignment for the son of Dundeel. Granted, his resume reads as six runs for nothing, but some of those runs – the majority in fact IMHO, have been passable. Stand Guard is 7 and 0 on the C.V but he too has turned in some reasonable performances at times. Wild Canary might well be hard to catch this time. Greg Hickman trained Farriage is well-bred and the 1500m on debut suits.
Bet: Prince Of Arendelle to win
Monte Supreme is the most interesting horse racing anywhere on Sunday if you ask me. The Robert and Luke Price trained filly is by I Am Invincible out of two-year-old NZ stakes-winner Sassy ‘N’ Smart. No wonder this one cost $800,000 at the yearlings sales and matter of fact, she has looked a million dollars in her trials. Speaking of trials, Claire Lever’s first starter Another Fortune did everything right when he won a heat here at home on November 13. Bred to run; his half brother is Joyful Fortune. Battlefield has the form and the experience.
Bet: Monte Supreme to win, Another Fortune to place, box trifecta 1,2,3,8
Little Cointreau is a son of the very underrated racehorse and sire Contributer. The dam, Little Haast, was runner-up in the Listed 2000m Warstep Stakes in New Zealand. A $65,000 Classic Yearling in 2021, this Pride/Proven gelding has placed at four of his five starts and is only going to get better with each passing day. Midnight Affair is bound to be better for that first-up fourth at Gosford. Get the impression the extra 100m on the bigger track weighs heavily in her favour. Community is a close relation to Dundeel and gets his chance given this is 1300m.
Bet: Little Cointreau to win, Midnight Affair each-way
Imezaaki’s trainer Bjoirn Baker and connections should be both pleased and encouraged with what the son of Ocean Park has done this campaign. His win at Goulburn stamped him as a horse that will win races. Granted he was beaten in his Class 1 after that, but it was a good run in a good field. Me? I think he wants this trip big time now. That goes same for Futtaim who is a dead-ringer for his dam Jiayugaun whose deeds include a couple of 2400m Rosehill wins and nose second to Sir John Hawkwood Christmas Cup.
Bet: Imezakki to win, quinella 3,10
Misty Legend is a Richard and Will Freedman trained three-year-old by I Am Invincible. The Bon Ho owned gelding has talent well beyond provincial racing but this is such a good race for the horse, who drew one and gets Tyler Schiller – so why not? Not saying he is a moral but he should just win off his talent and trials. London gas raced well in his two starts for Jarrod Austin. Barrier 14 reads poorly on paper but he could end up coming in a whole lot closer with scratchings. Russian Assassin was a ‘very good last’ in town on November 22.
Bet: Misty Legend to win, Russian Assassin to place
World Alliance is unbeaten in his two starts to date. The Matthew Smith trained son of Rubick was an easy winner at Muswellbrook in a 900m maiden on June 4. He resumed on the Beaumont track on October 30 and was a shade too good for Deceive who goes quite well. Barrier one, hopefully is a blessing and not a curse. Zac Lloyd is backing up on Shiffrin who sent out very good signs indeed when fifth at Warwick Farm first-up. Noble Attack is a last start winner who races well at this venue. True Blue and Lichester have claims.
Bet: World Alliance to win, Box First 4 : Nos. 2,9,10,12,17
Race 1 No.3: Star Legacy
Commanding winner at Gosford, lost zero admirers when beaten at Kembla in a deep Class 1.
Race 3 No.8: Monte Supreme
I Am Invincible/Sassy ‘N’ Smart filly who was sold for $800,000 as a yearling and has looked a million dollars ar the trials.
Race 5 No.10: Imezaaki
Bolted in at Goulburn then closed off really well to finish third in quite a respectable Class 1 affair at Scone.
Race 4: 3,4,13
Race 5: 3,10
Race 6: 6
Race 7: 2,9,12
JOCKEY TO FOLLOW
Rachel King has a (high) 17.7 per cent winning strike-rate at Hawkesbury which leaps to 37 per cent with placings added.
Originally published as Hawkesbury tips, preview for Sunday: Trainer Claire Lever hopes for good fortune