Race reviews: Flemington, November 9th
Track: Good 3. Rail: out 3m.
Race 2 – Mr. Garcia. Import that cruised to victory in a BM90, bigger things in store now he will stay in Australia with D Weir. Should go through the higher grades in the middle distance ranks with ease off that.
Race 1: Drinkwise Plate 1700m
The pattern of on-pace runners for the carnival continued with LINGUIST (1st). She kicked clear at the top of the straight after leading and gave nothing else a chance. Linda Meech once again proving her strength is when knowing how to rate them in front.
Notes: The best of the back-markers was clearly the runner-up SO SPLENDID (2nd) for the Waller team, she was super from the back in a race where first and third were leader and behind leader. Back on a track that is favouring those from the back with a decent tempo, she will be winning again soon.
Race 2: Twitter Trophy 1800m
Import MR GARCIA (1st) looked the most interesting runner of the day, he was dropping back to a BM90 at his first Australian start and had a beautiful run until the pace slackened mid-race and he looked to over-race a little. Once he found the gap in the straight he really accelerated and asserted his class. He will go to Weir from here and would not be surprised if the master turns him into one of the best middle distance runners in Oz.
Notes: Plenty of one-pacers back in the pack, CARRAIG AONAIR (2nd) was good attempting to lead throughout but had its chance with the muddling speed. HOGMANAY (3rd) saved ground and ran on well from the back, but the winner looks the one to follow going forward especially with the change of stable.
Race 3: Off The Track Subzero Hcp 1400m
Notes: Not willing to follow anything out of this in a race restricted to the colour of the horse! Maybe best to pot those that were most disappointing, that includes URBAN RULER (unplaced) who had every chance, and SILVERA (unplaced) who tracked up wide and didn’t run on as well as others. Happy to forget this race as any type of positive in regards to a form line.
Race 4: Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Final 1600m
Notes: Country final that saw Weir have only two runners, both who qualified via the last chance heat, and they ran the quinella. They didn’t appear to have much between them before Bendigo, NIGHTS WATCH (2nd) was the winner that day and looked to have lengths on ANOTHER COLDIE (1st). But today the result was reversed and it is hard to make excuses for the rest. The winner didn’t come as wide but was slightly held-up at the top of the straight but was clearly holding the 2nd horse on the line. The runner-up may have the more upside, at least according to D K Weir, so watch out for him in the Spring.
Race 5: TCL TV Stakes 1400m
SUPPLY AND DEMAND (2nd) had a shocking second-up record, and halfway up the straight he looked as if that pattern would continue, but the way he picked up off the canvas and ran on the last 100m was very encouraging for later in the prep. He was in super form before the spell, looks set for another win soon. Hard to stop this stable at the moment!
Notes: HELLOVA STREET (1st) was rated a treat by Avdulla in front and was another all the way victory for those that got the map right. Take nothing away from the winner but the second horse looks the one going forward.
Race 6: Absolut Stakes 1000m
As expected they came down the outside and the classy BALL OF MUSCLE (1st) was simply too fast. He bought his best Sydney form here today and really gave nothing else a chance. We saw later in the day that the inside was not off as they all came wide here, but the Joe Pride gelding gave nothing else a chance. Not too many excuses behind him, he will probably go out no, so we will have to wait to see him again.
Notes: CRYSTAL DREAMER (2nd) made good ground, BADAJOZ (unplaced) found the class rise too much. Sometimes these straight races are only good form lines for, these straight races. THE QUARTERBACK (unplaced) was last throughout, surely something amiss but he won’t be getting any of mine ever again.
Race 7: Seppelt Wines Stakes 1800m
Notes: Winner ALL TOO HUIYING (1st) has come a long way since winning his maiden at Wyong a month ago, may have been in the right place on the rail in front, but the way he rallied in the straight showed his toughness after BLACK SAIL (2nd) loomed and looked like running straight past at the 300m mark. If able to control races and keep that one pace rolling along he will get further no doubt. Well backed favourite SAMBRO (unplaced) was never in the race, still going to be hard to know whether it is the track or the performance, there has just been so many on-pacers dominating here this week.
Race 8: Kennedy Oaks 2500m
The more replays I watch of the race the more I am impressed by PINOT (1st). She had to work to get on the speed, hit the front under a hold at the top of the straight and when the runs came she looked threatened but was pulled away again at the furlong and was strong through the line. She was clearly the best stayer in the race, did all the work and was way too good.
Notes: BRING ME ROSES (2nd) showed that she is better than her last start failure, the blinkers coming off seemed to settle her better. HIYAAM (3rd) was the eye-catcher flashing late and grabbing third. ALOISIA (unplaced) had every possible chance, she loomed to share the lead early and the straight and seemed to travel well but found nothing when Luke Nolen asked her. Clearly the trip was not ideal for her.
Race 9: Kennedy Plate 1100m
They split up the straight unlike earlier in the day and a close photo ensued between inside and out. JORDA (1st) was unlucky at the Valley and showed that she is the real deal, hard up against the inside rail and outlasting the fast finishing I AM EXCITED (2nd) who came down the outside rail. She had been racing in better races in Sydney and would have got up in another stride. Gaps to the rest, 3rd and 4th also being split between inside and out.