The Internationals: True Self and Haky


She started her career over hurdles but don’t be fooled, True Self has plenty of pace that brings her into contention when racing over 2400m.

Her recent form is positive and as travelling foreman David Casey outlined last week, connections believe if she was held up longer before producing her run in the Ebor Handicap she could have finished top three, rather than wilting into sixth over the final 200m.

True Self has settled in well to Werribee but there’s a desire to head straight to the Caulfield Cup with this Northern Hemisphere six-year-old mare.


View True Self’s form below:



Haky has only raced four times during 2019, he led throughout over 2400m at Compiegne on soft ground on July 23, winning a mid-tier handicap for horses aged five or older. Haky clearly emerged the strongest in the race, crossing the field from gate 15 of 16, rolling along with an uncontested lead and maintaining his advantage up the straight under Gerald Mosse to win by 1.25 lengths.

Haky was then tossed into the deep end, the G2 Prix Kergorlay (3000m) at Deauville on August 18 – when the race attracted just nine runners. Mosse again rolled forward on Haky but his lead was contested with Mille Et Mille alongside throughout, ensuring the tempo was solid. He was no match for last year’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Marmelo in the straight but stayed on gamely for third.

Haky then tried to lead throughout in the G3 Prix Gladiateur (3100m) at ParisLongchamp on September 8 but was overrun by the Group 1-performed Called To The Bar.

You really do get an appreciation of Haky’s racetrack persona when watching him at Werribee. He is a gangly sort that hasn’t been asked to do anything strenuous because the horse seems to want to go quicker all the time himself.

His recent French performances have shown him to be a free-rolling on-pacer that likes to go at a solid clip and maintain a full head of steam for longer than most.’

View Haky’s form below:



Article: – Carl Di Lorio
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Night’s Watch Second in the G1 Toorak

Chris Waller-trained Night’s Watch was close to seeing the stars align in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap on Saturday, running on gamely to finish second to Sydney raider and Japanese-bred Fierce Impact.

The son of Redwood went into the race as his third run back from a spell (and since joining Chris Waller). Night’s Watch had his first run for the Waller stable when he finished an unlucky fifth over 1400m at Caulfield when badly inconvenienced over the final 400m and only beaten 1.7 lengths by Age of Chivalry. The gelding went to Flemington two weeks later in the Group 1 Makybe Diva over 1600m at Weight-for-Age and again finished off well for ninth beaten just 3.6 lengths behind Gatting, Mystic Journey, and Mr Quickie.

The original intention had been to run Night’s Watch in the Turnbull stakes over 2000m the previous Saturday at Flemington but when analysing his previous form, it was felt Night’s Watch had good form at 1600m and his course stats at Caulfield were impressive, allowing the decision to be made to keep him for the Toorak Handicap Group 1.

Another factor in Night’s Watch favour was the booking for James McDonald who has been in exceptional form of late, riding four winners at Randwick the previous weekend, including the Breeder’s Plate Gr.3 (Global Quest), Flight Stakes Gr.1 (Funstar), Hill Stakes Gr.2 (Verry Ellegant) and a narrow defeat in the Epsom Handicap Gr.1 upon Te Akau Shark.

Post-race in the Toorak, James McDonald was left to rue a lack of early speed from Night’s Watch after the galloper finished a frustrating second. McDonald said Night’s Watch, who was slow to begin and settled near last before pinching inside runs over the final 300m, had a racing style that was conducive to heartbreak for both connections and punters.

Night’s Watch started the $7 equal favourite and while he finished powerfully, he could only get within two lengths of Fierce Impact.

“He ran super but he’s not going to win Group 1 races by missing the kick like he does,” McDonald said.

“He was very slow away, he never mustered ground and he finished with a wet sail but it was all too late.”


A very promising son of Redwood, we hope to see Night’s Watch gain his well earned Group 1 win this spring!


To view Night’s Watch in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap, please CLICK HERE.

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