Flemington Review from Rick Williams
 
Race 1.     2000M    2011 Asian Young Guns Challenge – Leg 1

DIAMONDSONDINSIDE JORDAN MALLYON 1st $6.50
DANCE WITH HER RYO TAKAKURA 2nd $3.30
MOVIE MOGUL RIZUAN SHAFIQ 3rd $8.50

Diamondsondinside was scratched through the week to run here and it was a good choice by the stable. In a race with just five runners The Tiger took up the running and set a somewhat slow tempo throughout and it was evident early in the straight that despite the slow run he wasn’t going to be one of the runners figuring in the finish. Dance With Her was yet again gallant and put up a brave effort but she was unable to get the money. Worth noting: Diamondsondinsise was last in running and was able to win off a slow tempo. Dance With Her was caught three wide the trip and probably should have won had she not been. Race 2.     1410M    Olive Curtis & Andrew Denadic Handicap

THAT’S THE ONE CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $8
CLUB COMMAND LUKE NOLEN 2nd $3.50
JOLLYWOOD STEVEN KING 3rd $51

That’s The One backed up his debut win at Sandown with an outstanding win here over 1410m. He was pretty much last all of the way and when they were rounding the final turn he wobbled around it. You will then notice that although he didn’t do much wrong in his final run home he didn’t do everything right either and he just wanted to duck in a couple of times but he was far too good and stormed home to win. Moody runner Club Command was also excellent. He was on pace the trip and besides the winner nothing else got close to him. Worth noting: That’s The One final 600m sectional was 33.86. Take a look at the field Club Command beat on debut at Seymour, I’m sure you will find a winner. Race 3.     1800M    2011 Asian Young Guns Challenge – Leg 2  

THERE’S ONLY ONE VINCENT HO 1st $2.60F
MARAASEEM JAMES MCDONALD 2nd $3.70
COURT YAD RYO TAKAKURA 3rd $19

Moody produced yet another winner here with up and coming mare There’s Only One. She was coming off some excellent wins mid week and on wet tracks and kept the wins coming with a great effort here on the dead. She was a little slow out but quickly found her rhythm and ended up getting the box seat run in behind the leaders. Rounding the turn young rider Ho was looking everywhere for runs on the mare and finally got one by the 200m when he switched back to the inside and she let down really well with clear room. Maraseem was gallant with her big weight and kept her consistent form going. Worth noting: There’s Only One last 200m was 11.99 and during the run she was galloped on and got an 18 inch gash on her leg making the win look even better. Race 4.     1410M    June Price & Anthony O’Donoghue Handicap  

MR GRISWOLD DAMIAN LANE 1st $3.50EF
PINNACLES CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $7.50
NOBLE PARK LISA CROPP 3rd $3.50EF

Mr Griswold was excellent yet again and young Lane won this race in the first 200m when he was able to get him from the outside barrier to outside the leader without any real hassle. “Clark” as they call him in the stable has been in great form this prep and his only blemish was in the Winter Championship Final which was just a bit too hard for him over the mile. He is very honest and never gives up and he dig have to dig deep to hold off the fast finishing Pinnacles. Noble Park wasn’t able to get a real crack at them but I’m not sure it mattered in the end. He will certainly derive benefit from that run and he is the best horse in the race on potential. Worth noting: That was Mr Griswold’s 6th run in, they can’t keep going forever. Pinnacles was excellent second up and has very sound sectionals.   Race 5.     1000M    2011 Asian Young Guns Challenge – Leg 3

CHOSEN TO FLY ADAM MCCABE 1st $9
HAPPY ANGEL KATELYN MALLYON 2nd $4.60
SARGE IN CHARGE JORDAN MALLYON 3rd $4F

In what was considered by many to be a race with many winning hopes it was two runners here that cleared out from the middle stages of the race and nothing else at any stage was able to get close to them. Chosen To Fly was resuming for the Aldersons after racing as a 3yo in QLD. It was the third time he had won first up and over 1000m and was his fifth win from 12 starts. Happy Angel was gallant at around the 300m it looked like she was going to run straight past him but she was unable  to get her head on front. Sarge In Charge ran on again for another placing and continued to disappoint his followers. Worth noting: Happy Angel protested against Chosen To Fly and it was dismissed. Chosen To Fly and Happy Angels last 600m were almost identical with 33.15 and 33.14. Race 6.     1200M    Aurie’s Star Handicap  

TEMPLE OF BOOM JAMES MCDONALD 1st $8
REKINDLED INTEREST DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $13
OFFENDERS CRAIG NEWITT 3rd $7

Temple Of Boom pulled off a win down the straight during the Spring and got the money down the straight again here. He has now won seven from 21 and he looks like he still has a few more wins in him this campaign judging by that performance. Rekindled Interest resumed with a fast finishing second after a long spell. He has some longer distance goals in place for the Spring but I wouldn’t write him off over his next few runs either. Offenders had a good run in transit and just wasn’t good enough. Perturbo was well backed and started favourite and I thought that he was ridden too close to the speed and that didn’t allow him to finish off like he has been. He is best suited by a dead cold run throughout and that didn’t happen. Worth noting: Rekindled Interest best 6000m in 34.35. Temple Of Boom was fourth at the 600m and 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th at the same point all faded on their runs.   Race 7.     1710M    Mark Roberts & David Rowell Handicap

WHITE UNIVERSE LUKE NOLEN 1st $2.50F
LETHAL ARROW DANIEL STACKHOUSE 2nd $6
PRINCE OF CAPERS CRAIG WILLIAMS 3rd $13

A Peter Moody quinella here with White Universe and Lethal Arrow going down to the line in a close one. White Universe won the race by the way he was able to jump and position himself in the running behind the leader and stablemate Lethal Arrow. Had he not got that run I don’t think he would have won. It was a good effort all the same and to go from a RB68 to Flemington on a Saturday is always a top effort. Lethal Arrow was able to get a good run on the pace in transit and he kept fighting on really well. He was coming off mid week runs on heavy tracks and like the winner I thought he was excellent in going down by half a neck or so.   Worth noting:Lethal Arrow ran a faster final 200m than White Universe by 0.01 of a second after White Universe had the better of him over 600/400. Prince Of Capers and They Won’t Last finished off really well and need to be followed in a race with genuine tempo.   Race 8.     1410M    Rosemarie Yates & Andrew Cason Handicap

FASHION BLACK DWAYNE DUNN 1st $11
LITTLE TYCOON CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $4.20F
MODEL TO NITE MICHAEL WALKER 3rd $11

Fashion Black has been a difficult horse to gauge at times but I think O’Brien summed it up in his post race interview when he said that he has worked out she can’t stay and that a dry track, 1600m and Flemington is her go. It was an excellent win by the mare on her home track and I can see her having a good campaign. Little Tycoon had no excuses, she was given a gun run by Craig Williams but she was just unable to exhibit a turn of foot great enough to pinch a break on the winner. Model To Nite flashed home to run third and did enough to suggest she will be competitive in similar company next start. Worth noting: Fashion Black clearly ran the fastest last 200m (12.08) and she is undefeated at her next start after a win. Look for her over 1600m at her next run. Follow: That’s The One, Club Command, Pinnacles, Noble Park, Fashion Black  

 
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Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1 There were no real surprised here with Phenomenal Lass getting the money.  She put the writing on the wall when she led and ran 4th first up where she just was not quite fit enough.  She obviously derived the necessary benefit from that run for the win here. The second horse French Rose is building a fairly good record for herself and ran well at fairly long odds first up and could be the one to follow from the race. Race 2 Never Doubt Me travelled sweetly in the run and had really put the issue beyond doubt soon after straightening. Shuswap got home well down the outside to be the best of the rest and can win races. Alcancia failed for the second time in a row and there would have to be a big question mark over her now. Race 3 Bereft got home well down the outside for a good win here, to make it two straight. River Jordan was another to finish the race off very well and is worth following. Much like Alcancia in the previous, Beltane was another costly defeat, again starting favourite.  Punters may think twice next time. Mum’s Lad showed pace again but knocked up quickly, again racing like all is not right. Nice And Neat couldn’t repeat his last win, but perhaps don’t sack him on this run.   Race 4   Home On A Winghad been a horse of ours to follow lately and there was plenty of money to say he would get the job done here and he did not disappoint. Essence Of Success was sent out favourite off the back of a string of victories but it is fair to say that he didn’t seem to get the 2000m. Our Cannavaro ran his usual honest race Timetable on face value was disappointing.   Race 5 Aeronautical certainly proved himself to be a possible top liner with a super win swooping down the outside and coming away by over 3 lengths in the end to make it two straight. Bello again ran very well and it was no disgrace to run second to the winner here. Queenian perhaps just peaked on its run but can be one to follow out of this race now with a bit more fitness under its belt. Race 6 Some may say Rain Affair fell in, and only beat Winter King, but I think the step up to this grade is not to be sneezed at.  He did get the job done and don’t forget we are talking about a horse who is still fairly inexperienced. Winter King is honest as the day is long and almost got the money here.  You’ll always get a good run if you follow him. Neeson had been off the scene for a while and did well to run 3rd after previously trialling well and can be followed. Race 7 I had been saying lately that Othello would get away with one of these races using his front running tactics.  Interestingly he didn’t lead by as far this time but did put a nice gap on them early in the straight.  He can be followed now that he has broken through. Whisperossa who I thought would win this race perhaps was not suited by a slower pace and being closer to the lead.  He is getting a little costly but don’t sack him. One Way Ticket and Letchworth ran well at big odds but their form may not stack up due to the slow pace.   Race 8 Not sure what to say about the last other than the fact Superior Instinct showed a good sprint in the straight and won fairly well. Zakynthos Imprintz is finding plenty of admirers in the betting ring lately and should be followed as  I think a win is near. Mutawarath showed no run on at all today, very disappointing. Specials from the meeting: Never Doubt Me, Aeronautical, Othello, Zakynthos Imprintz