Race 1: Marathon Series Final (4000m)
Note – a surprisingly exciting finish to a rare staying contest with Refectory finishing on from last to pick up Bayanova in the last 100m with Shampion weakening late after dashing for home on the bend.
Race 2: Thomas North Handicap (1600m)
Note – basically a procession with Kapset rolling to the lead and controlling the race. Unbreakable had his back and made a move at the right time but was only able to get within about a long neck. Elite Tiger tried hard and had his chance. Disappointments were Pay Up Bro and Mr Churchill.
Race 3: VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m)
Note – Burning Front was a weighted certainty in this event and that’s how it panned out. He was gifted an easy lead and was never going to be run down. They queued up for the minors a bit over a length away with Bel Burgess holding on for second right behind him and Mr Individual a close third. Zebrinz ran on as he always does.
Race 4: VOBIS Gold Heath (2000m)
Ruthven (2nd): victim of circumstance, was in a perfect trail when the horse in front of him (Hard Call) veered off the track at the 800m. From there he was exposed three wide and forced to improve, hitting the front well before the turn. Sitting shot from there and the horse on his back ran him down. Total forgive run.
Note – Toffee Nose is a promising filly and she was gifted a perfect run, tracking Ruthven when the race changed complexion and finishing over the top of him. Tarquin was always handy with cover and boxed on okay. They were clear of the rest.
Race 5: Swear at Spendthrift Sires (1200m)
Silverhawk (4th): not the best away and out the back in the early stages. Under some riding well before the bend but kept coming and closed off his race nicely just behind them. On debut and looks to have plenty of upside, he might be the best horse to come out of this race.
Note – Pure Scot and Seized raced together during the run and made their runs at the same time in the straight with the former just getting the better. Danger Deal ran on quite well without being a threat to grab third.
Race 6: VOBIS Gold Distaff (1400m)
Note – A touch of class allowed French Emotion to overcome plenty of traffic and trouble and burst along the rails to deny Whistle Baby, who had a clear run home, while professional placegetter Devilishly collected another minor placing. Winner far too good.
Race 7: Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m)
Note – Perth sprinter Malibu Style left all bar one of his rivals with no excuses after sitting three wide near the speed and dashing clear early in the straight. Legless Veuve arrived in time to snatch second from a luckless Crystal Dreamer who sat four wide without cover, loomed up but couldn’t go on. Faatinah was a big disappointment.
Race 8: VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m)
Lucky Liberty (3rd): settled last in a moderately run race, widest on the turn and made a dash from the 300m to the 100m before his run flattened out and he claimed third. First-up and a likely big improver on this effort.
Note – The under rated Rich Charm made it three on end with a big finish from the second half of the field to run down Ken’s Dream who looked the winner early in the straight with Lucky Liberty cutting A Lotta Love out of third.
Race 9: VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m)
Greviste (5th): only fairly out and drifted back well into the second half. The pace backed right off and they bunched midrace, he was shuffled out to last. Left flat footed but when pulled wide on the turn he ran on quite nicely. Promising type worth sticking with.
Note – Sword Of Light was the highest rated horse in this race and by a fair way, and she proved a bit too good, running down Think Babe and edging away late. Ana Royale worked home quite well into third.