TWO massive offers have been turned down for Gosford’s Napayshini, which starts his Golden Slipper preparation tomorrow.
Napayshini turned in an amazing effort when coming from last to finish second to All The Talk on debut last year.
The Grant Allard-trained Napayshini resumes in the listed $100,000 Canonbury Stakes over 1100metres at Rosehill tomorrow.
‘‘We did have a couple of offers this week for him, but he won’t be going anywhere right now,’’ Allard said. ‘‘As the owner said, we have come this far with Napayshini so we might as well see how far we can go with him.’’
Napayshini, a $57,500 purchase at the Inglis Classic sales last year, is not nominated for the Slipper.
‘‘If he is as good as we think he is, then he will earn his late-entry fee [$150,000] and his right to be there on Slipper day by winning a lead-up race,’’ Allard said.
Napayshini worked on the course proper at Gosford on Sunday in an exhibition gallop.
Respected racing official Peter Noud clocked Napayshini at a sizzling 33.06 seconds for his final 600m.
Course manager Steve Scollard had the youngster running about the same time.
‘‘It was an amazing gallop as he looked to be doing it so easy but ran such a fast time,’’ Noud said.
Allard said he was more than happy with the way Napayshini had worked and pulled up after that gallop.
‘‘Funny thing was I watched the gallop from the stand and thought he hadn’t done enough,’’ he said.
‘‘He did it so easy, and when the clockers told me what he ran I was floored. He is not screwed down yet; there is a lot of improvement in him. But he is ready for a big first-up run on Saturday and I will be disappointed if he doesn’t run well – really well.’’
■ In racing there have been plenty of bargain buys – then there is Taree’s Youthful Jack.
The win of Youthful Jack in the Thomas Lyons Stakes in Hobart on Sunday took the seven-year-old to over a million dollars in prizemoney from 17 wins and 12 placings from just 56 starts.
‘‘That is not a bad effort for a $5000 buy,’’ jockey Robert Thompson, who rides Youthful Jack, said. ‘‘He has been a marvel for Ross Stitt and looking at him before the race on Sunday I could see he was ready to improve.
‘‘He won this race last year, and now he has won it again he will now chase another win in the George Adams over a mile on Launceston Cup day.’’
■ Obviously Black Caviar will be named in the Australian Racing Hall Of Fame next week.
So will two jockeys.
One of the inductees will be an old-time Melbourne Cup winner, and will the other be our own icon Robert Thompson?
Let’s hope so.
■ An important jockey change could be the factor in Wyong filly Ichihara returning to winning form tomorrow.
Ichihara was ridden by apprentice Serg Lisnyy when taken on in front when sixth first up.
Tomorrow, Australia’s most in-form jockey, Hugh Bowman, takes over in the $175,000 group3 Light Fingers Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill.
■ From running last in a trial to winning the prestigious Newcastle Newmarket first up in Australia.
Now that would be a fair feat, but it could be the aim for French import Pirate Bay, which is now with the Kris Lees stable.
Lees revealed he is seriously contemplating tackling the $120,000 group3 Newmarket (1400m) at Broadmeadow on March 20 with the latest of his overseas acquisitions.
Pirate Bay made his first public outing for his new connections in an unsuitable 800m barrier trial on the Broadmeadow course proper on Monday.
He finished last in the seven-horse trial won by dual group1 winner Atomic Force.
But he impressed Lees with the way he ran on.
‘‘He was very strong through the line, and that is a good sign,’’ Lees said. ‘‘Pirate Bay is a nice horse and has acclimatised well.
‘‘I’m giving serious thought to running him in the Newmarket.’’
Pirate Bay has raced only nine times for three wins, two over 2000m and the other over 2100m in France. Two of those victories were by decisive margins.
■ Plans for another imported galloper at Newcastle are ambitious.
German import Hathras was an eye-catching third on debut over an unsuitable distance of 1500m at Newcastle last Saturday.
He is now headed to Sydney to run at Rosehill over 1800m in a benchmark 75 on March 2.
Do not let Hathras get under your guard, punters, as it seems he has the ability to match his stunning looks.
■ Newcastle jockey Dale Spriggs resumes riding at Muswellbrook tomorrow after a frightening barrier incident on Monday.
Spriggs suffered severe bruising from the incident at the trials at Broadmeadow.
‘‘The one I was riding was standing in the barriers as good as gold when she did a backflip,’’ Spriggs said. ‘‘I was caught between the two gates and the barrier boys had to get me out.
‘‘The ambulance officers thought I had done bad damage, but luckily that wasn’t the case.’’
■ Gosford jockey Josh Parr’s listed riding weight is 55 kilos.
Last Saturday he got down to 54 to ride Frozen Rope, which finished fourth over 1600m at Warwick Farm.
Parr will ride the same horse at the same weight over 1800m tomorrow at Rosehill.
Losing weight and keeping it off just to ride one of his many mounts tomorrow – now that sounds like a decent tip for Frozen Rope, which turned in a super run coming from the tail of the field just a week ago.
It could be a huge day for Parr as he also rides Gimcrack Stakes winner Brilliant Bisc in the group3 Widden Stakes at Rosehill tomorrow.
He also has last-start winner Bello in race seven.
‘‘The only thing I am worried about with Brilliant Bisc is that she is small and has 56 kilos and gate 11, but she is going really well,’’ Parr said.
■ There was a good performer in action at the Newcastle trials on Monday. One with a difference.
Edward Sadler, the son of Melbourne trainer John Sadler, called the trials and did a great job. He is a lad with a future in the calling caper.
■ Hong Kong-based Australian jockey Tim Clark was on a busman’s holiday at the Gosford races yesterday.
Clark headed home to Australia for a few days with his family in between riding commitments in Hong Kong, where he is going so well.
He wanted to catch up with his brother-in-law and good mate jockey Josh Parr, who rode a winning double in consecutive races.
■ There will be plenty of surf lifesavers on duty on the Central Coast on Sunday, but many will be at the races.
The Soldiers Beach Surf Club is a sponsor at the Wyong meeting.
They are trying to raise money for a special project.
The club hopes to take a surf boat and crew to Gallipoli in 2015 for the Anzac celebrations.
■ Gosford has come up with a way of promoting its Saturday meeting tomorrow week.
Gosford takes the slot normally filled by Newcastle.
Gosford Race Club will promote a twenty/40 day.
‘‘The meeting will be a twenty/40 with the aim of providing value for money for on-course patrons,’’ Gosford chief James Heddo said.
‘‘Patrons will be able to pay $20 at the main entrance and get $40 worth of benefits.
‘‘The twenty/40 package includes gate entry, racebook, two middies of beer or two glasses of wine or two middies of soft drink.
‘‘As well they will receive a food voucher to the value of $10 and a TAB bet voucher for $5.’’
■ Some things just do not work out in racing.
Newcastle’s premier trainer, Kris Lees, celebrated his birthday yesterday.
On Wednesday family and friends had planned a big bash after Lees’s horse Award Season ran in the Mornington Cup in Victoria but only managed to finish sixth.
A few birthday drinks helped ease the pain.