Race reviews: Flemington, August 5th
Race 1: VRC Members Pavillion Hcp 1000m
In a race that was run at a farcical speed up front, FRANKEL MY DEAR (5th) did well on debut to get so close. He settled back in the field and ran through the line well when not entitled to, running into a dead end the last 50. Looks to have a bit of a future and there was money there for him from double figures in.
Notes: CAO CAO (3rd) resented the slow tempo and pulled its head off for the first half of the race, resulting in him not finishing it off. Don’t sack him. WAIT FOR NO ONE (2nd) travelled well in front well held, had every chance in a ridiculously slowly run race. Jock may have been better to let him go earlier.
Race 2: New Season Handicap 1700m
HELL OR HGHWATER (1st) was always going to be on the speed here and although he over raced a little, he was able to control the tempo from outside the leader. Kicked clear and looked vulnerable at the top of the straight but was strong through the line.
Notes: DULVERTON (2nd) was given a lovely ride by young Stockdale, saved ground on the turn before getting to the best part of the track, may have just struggled under the weight late. Every chance.
Race 3: Winter Lodge Handicap 1000m
MADEENATY (2nd) unlike the first race where the 3yo’s walked, set a hot tempo in front after jumping well. She was fired-up for this, did a good job to stick on so well late. She looks to have good 3yo season ahead of her, wait for her around the bend.
Notes: The race was run at breakneck speed and proved hard for those back in the field to make any ground? CROWN WITNESS (1st) also showed speed and may have over-raced a little early, had the good sit but still had to face the breeze and finished off well. They beat the rest comfortably
Race 4: The Nursery Hcp 2000m
SECOND BULLET (2nd) had 11 weeks off prior to this and in a race where nothing really made ground, he was finishing well out wide when not entitled to. Has the ability to settle closer also so look for him next time with that run under his belt.
Notes: ALOFT (1st) had the perfect run in transit and was entitled to win the way the race was run. He was strong through the line and although the margin wasn’t huge, he looks suited over further where he can keep grinding it out. BONDI BEACH (unplaced) was poor at first glance fresh, but had excuses. Was wide and the saddle shifted mid-race, and although well beaten he went to the line ok late suggesting he will be on target for another Melb Cup raid.
Race 5: The Stayers Lounge Handicap 1200m
Notes: At the 400m mark in the small field you couldn’t pick the winner, with all 6 runners fanned across the track. The outsider of the field got up after being the strongest through the line. Not sure that this form will hold-up at all, they all seemed to have their chance. Happy to let this lot go around next time without any of mine on. The winner was good fresh and will get out in trip but I think that shows how this form won’t hold up.
Race 6: 1 Oliver St Plate 2500m
The winner YOGI (1st) would have traded at huge odds when they were at the 800m mark. He was under severe pressure, caught 3 and 4 wide and giving his main danger many lengths. The ride of John Allen was superb, he was into him from that point and although wanting to run about he picked up well in the straight.
Notes: As expected it turned out to be a match race with CHEQUERED FLAG (2nd) beating the rest of the field comfortably. The Weir stablemates look the only two to possibly follow going forward. He may have hit the front too early and actually stuck on well when the winner loomed and headed him at the furlong.
Race 7: Jockey Celebration Day Plate 1600m
REBELLIOUS LORD (2nd) was well favoured here, the pace was strong and he was forced to do all the chasing. He was giving the leaders 5 or 6 lengths approaching the straight and had to cart the rest of the field into it, allowing the swoopers to finish too well. Give him another chance.
Notes: JAMINZAH (1st) sat back and let it all unfold, ran on too well. SPUNLAGO (3rd) was next to the winner approaching the straight, was slightly held-up, before getting back towards the rail and running on well. Peaked on the line.
Race 8: John and Denise Cobcroft Recognition Hcp 1600m
RHYTHM TO SPARE (1st) had the perfect run in transit after a patient ride. The leaders were quickly gathered in after setting a solid tempo, a perfect ride where he just got all the favours. Didn’t have to go until well into the straight, ran on strongly and showed more dash after having a month off. Needs all the favours but showed what he can do when right.
Notes: AMOVATIO (2nd) ran an honest race but was no match for the winner whilst bolter MAGNAPAL (3rd) ran a super race, was under pressure on the inside turning for home but picked up again in what was the inferior part of the track in the straight. Happy to say that this won’t be a good race to follow the form out of in the near future.
Race 9: The Rails handicap 1400m
The Quaddie killer for many and hard to say that anything but the 100/1 winner NOZOMI (1st) could be anything to follow. There didn’t appear to be any hard luck stories, he had to carry 61kg and ran on well along what appeared to be the worse going. He was back in grade, but the others seemed disappointing and need to see them improve before they appear as a horse to follow.
Notes: DIVINE MR ARTIE (2nd) was held-up at the top of the straight and looked to change course a couple of times. He got clear in plenty of time, took a while to wind-up but ran through the line well. He looks the only positive out of the beaten brigade.
Race 10: The Domain Hcp 2000m.
A race dominated by the on-pacers after setting a slow tempo up front. The top two in the run ran the quinella and never looked like doing anything different. PRESSCOTT (5th) from the Waller stable may be one to follow. He is only into his second preparation here, got held-up approaching the straight then made good ground along the inside. Peaked on the line but should be improved going forward, maybe into the Autumn.
Notes: Hard to take much away from the race as the winner EUREKA STREET (1st) and SPANISH REEF (2nd) controlled the tempo and kicked well clear in the straight and always looked like running the quinella. The winner certainly the one to follow of the two.