Sizzling Cat set to atone at Albury after luckless run in Wagga Guineas run

Gary Colvin is surmising that a luckless run in arguably the strongest Wagga Guineas on record last start will be enough to see Sizzling Cat back in the winner’s stall at Albury on Monday.

Sizzling Cat finished third in the Guineas Prelude three weeks prior to the main event which attracted a hitherto unparalleled level of quality three-year-olds.

Chief among them was in fact the winner, Maranoa, the son of VRC Oaks winner Faint Perfume who franked the form with a brave city placing at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.

Colvin’s chestnut had the deck stacked against him from the outset owing to his wide draw but it was the tempo of the race, or lack thereof, that proved his downfall.

‘’He never got a chance,’’ Colvin said.

‘’He went back from the wide gate and they crawled, I think they went home the last 600m in 33 something so you don’t get much of a chance do you. It was disappointing but that’s the way it goes.

‘’It’s a lot easier race on Monday so I expect him to run well. It’s his grade of race so he should acquit himself very well.’’

Sizzling Cat has bumped into some smart horses inside of his 10 starts including at the top of the campaign when a creditable five-lengths off his high profile stablemate Another One in the SDRA Championship Qualifier at Wagga.

Colvin’s other runner at Albury is Bonvalante whom he bred, part owns and trains.

The lightly-raced four-year-old has placed at two of his five career starts but caught the eye first-up at the big odds finishing only four-lengths off the winner Catanzero in the 1200m maiden on Wagga Gold Cup Day

‘’I was pretty happy with his run at Wagga. He was first-up and I think with a bit of fitness on his side for this, he should run a nice race,’’ said Colvin.

‘’His out of a good mare called Kapvalante, she won about seven or eight races.’’

Kapvalante is a daughter of Filante, her third dam is Vaindarra who was runner-up to another Geoff and Beryl White chestnut champion, Marscay, in the 1982 Golden Slipper.

‘’Bonvalante has just taken a bit of time. He had a few issues early so we just gave him a bit of time. I think he will win a few races for us.’’

Colvin meanwhile was rightfully pleased with the run of his promising Zariz son Monterey Zar in the TAB Highway at Rosehill on the weekend.

‘’There is a Class 3 1200m Highway and the week after there is a Class 2 1400m so I am tossing up between those two races, we’ll just see how he goes in the next couple of weeks,’’ Colvin says.

The trainer is more firm in his objectives when it comes to Country Championships runner-up Another One who is exactly 145-days off a return to Royal Randwick for the $1.3m Kosciuskzo.

‘’He’s back in work,’’ Colvin reported. “He has come back really good and feels terrific.

‘We’ll give him a campaign consisting of a couple of three-year-old races and he’ll be set for the Kosciuszko.’’


Promising two-year-old Dasvidaniya can sign off his short, sharp first preparation with a win against the older horses in Monday’s Taree Cup November 21 Maiden Handicap (1400m).

The Ken Lantry trained bay, whose name is the Russian word for ‘goodbye’, was purchased for $25,000 at the Inglis Scone Yearling sale in 2020.

That made the son of Wandjina eligible to contest the $200,000 Inglis 2YO Challenge (1100m) at Scone on Cup Day, May 14.

Dasvidaniya’s task was made all the more difficult given his 14 barrier which resulted in him being at the tail of the 16-horse field turning for home.

In that short time, Dasvidaniya managed to pass several runners and end up as close as a diminishing four lengths from the winner.

“We thought they might be a little bit nippy for him over that journey but I thought he went well,’’ Lantry said.

‘’His last fifty yards was his best work so we were happy enough with his performance.

“He is still a little bit lost but he is certainly getting better each time. He’ll go for a nice break after (Monday) and I expect him to come back OK.’’

The step up in trip can only assist Dasvidaniya’s prospects but the great unknown is how the youngster will cope with the heavy track for the first time.

‘’You won’t know until you go through it and all the others have got to go through it,’’ said Lantry.

If pedigree counts for anything, Dasvidaniya should be a swimmer as a grandson of Snitzel and better yet, being in-bred to Lunchtime.

The soft ground meanwhile shouldn’t prevent stablemate Hillandale from finishing in his rightful place in the Kennards Hire Benchmark Handicap over the mile.

The Albrecht gelding ran one of his best races yet at his most recent outing at Tuncurry on a Heavy 9.

‘’The track certainly won’t worry him but he hasn’t had much luck with the barriers again,’’ Lantry said.

‘’There are certainly another couple of wins in him but he needs things to go his way.’’

That shouldn’t be a problem for either of Lantry’s Taree bound pair given that they have Louise Day to steer them around.

Originally published asLuckless Guineas runner set to sizzle at Albury

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