In the Patinack, Apache Cat went early to the lead, but then struggled, and finished well out of the money (in eighth), as Swick ($36.50 win) nosed out Turffontein ($19.60 place) with Sunburnt Land ($3.90 show) fleshing out the $2,033.20 trifecta. Sunburnt Land looked a winner, but once again lost a squeaker in the last steps. I ignored Swick (at my peril, I now realize) based on his extremely poor outing in last weekend’s Salinger—he finished tenth of thirteen, six lengths back behind Hot Danish, so difficult to understand his turn-around, except that Bart Cummings is a master trainer; Swick was his 251st G1 win.
You have to wonder if 6-year-old Apache Cat has lost a step, as he has never finished this badly in the past two years—maybe a barrier trial would have helped his fitness level. Very disappointing. It was announced after the race that he will not race in Hong Kong as previously announced, but will head for the Summer Carnival at Perth (where he may now meet up with Takeover Target).
All Silent ($14.70 win) backed up after his victory last week to rather easily win the G1 Emirates, with Sea Battle ($6.30 place) taking second, the mare Mimi Lebrock ($7.70 show) third, and Bank Robber fourth. In winning his first G1, All Silent emerges from the shadow of 1/2 sister Private Steer, a multiple-G1 winner (Stradbroke, Doncaster).
Can I say once again how much I hate Twinspires at times? At 12:30 a.m. EST, just as I went to place my trifecta bet on the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes their site went down so I missed on cashing when Capecover beat Light Vision and Baughurst, paying $108.90. Urgh!