Race reviews: Flemington, September 16th
Race 4: SCALES OF JUSTICE (2nd). He was well beaten and may not have the same end target as the winner today, but he showed he has class and after doing a stack wrong, still had the audacity to run second. No doubt they will tinker with his gear a little but he looks to have a motor.
Race 9: AMOVATIO (unplaced). He was held-up badly and gave them an impossible start at the top of the straight, accelerated when clear and then held-up again at the 100m. Ran through the line well, will be winning one soon when able to hook wide and run on hard.
Race 1: Cap D’Antibes Stakes 1100m
Notes: The 3yo fillies down the straight was a great spectacle but it is doubtful that it will be a super race to follow going forward, a blanket finish combined with roughies filling the placings usually indicates this. The flop of JORDA (unplaced) may have been the story as she appeared to have every chance up on the speed. ROOMOOZ (unplaced) underwent a pre-race vet test after hitting the fence in the mounting yard, she never got going.
Race 2: Pin and Win Plate 1400m
Notes: Caulfield Guineas favourite ROYAL SYMPHONY (1st) was simply mind-boggling in this. He was resuming off a couple of months off, got well back on the inside and found a lot of trouble in the run and seemingly under pressure on the turn. Runs just simply were not appearing until the 200 when Dunn followed ÉCLAIR SUNSHINE (2nd) through and still gave that horse 2L at the 100m. He showed an unbelievable amount of acceleration and actually won by almost half a length! BREATHTAKING. The ride of the second placegetter appeared to be a gem but he was later given a 7-meeeting suspension. Just follow him going forward, McEvoy has a star.
Race 3: The Sofitel 1400m
Notes: THEANSWEERMYFRIEND (1st) was heavily backed for the Smerdon yard, and that usually results in one thing. He rolled straight to the front, appeared to over-race badly but when they let down he kicked 4-5L clear at the top of the straight and was never in danger. Those behind appeared to be bobbing in the one spot, a sign usually that the winner has gone enormous? Nothing at all flashed late.
Race 4: Bobbie Lewis Quality 1200m
What a return from REDKIRK WARRIOR (1st). He sat up on the speed down the middle of the straight with the rest of the field, just continued to accelerate from the 400 and really put them away before the furlong pole. Looks set for a big Spring.
Notes: SCALES OF JUSTICE (2nd) came here as a Group winner in the West, was having his first look at the Straight Six, and didn’t it show, B Rawiller was lucky to stay on he was that wayward over the last 300m, staggering that he was still coming in the end. He will be winning in his next two starts, he looks to have class.
Race 5: Danehill Stakes 1200m
Blue Diamond winner CATCHY (1st) was good resuming and showed that he had come on from that with a great turn of foot up the straight here. He was poorly away and was squeezed out the back early, tracked nicely into the event before accelerating hard from the furlong and running away.
Notes: LIMESTONE (unplaced) failed to finish the race after falling near the line. She was held-up at vital stages from about the 500-300, burst through a gap before running into shifting leaders and falling. The horse was reportedly ok, she should have finished in the placings. Watch how she comes back but she looks to be flying.
Race 6: Let’S Elope Stakes 1400m
Notes: SWAMPLAND (2nd) had no luck in the straight and raced tight for the majority of it. He was looking for runs in behind the eventual winner SWORD OF LIGHT (1st), eventually got a thin gap and really ran through the line hard. Take nothing away from the winner who controlled the tempo outside the leader, but the second horse should have probably won.
Race 7: PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes 1600m
All about HUMIDOR (1st) in this. He sat back last in the run, peeled to the center of the track and from the 400-200 layed in and proved difficult to ride as he was accelerating so hard. Simply ran away from class runners over the last furlong. Showed that when he is saved for one run he has a devastating turn of foot, he was already a Group 1 winner here at HQ and will only firm up in the Cups market now.
NOTES: Was keen to take on HARTNELL (2nd) and he really appeared to race flat. His last start win was good but they weren’t making ground that day. Not sure whether to sack him or just forget the run, but he looks like a horse that will always be layable wherever he races. BLACK HEART BART (3rd) ran his usual honest race, was stuck 3-wide the journey and still finished within 1/2L of Hartnell.
Race 8: Japan Racing Association Trophy 2500m
Notes: Hard to say that anything behind ALMANDIN (1st) didn’t have their chances, but the ride of Oliver was a pearler and the reigning Melbourne Cup winner looks right on track. He was held-up approaching the straight on the rail when the runs were coming and most of the field fanned wide, but when the horse on the leaders back got off the fence and the leader rolled off, he was presented with a dream run and put them away in a few strides. Impressive! He did admittedly get all the favours and with the Lloyd Williams team having 6 runners it was no surprise to see the roughy of the lot GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (6th) as the pace maker, he actually did well to stick on for 6th.
Race 9: Sofitel Girls’ Day Out Handicap 1700m
AMOVATIO (unplaced) was super in defeat. He was last at the top of the straight and held-up badly, saw daylight soon after, made many lengths before running into another dead-end inside the furlong. Ran through the line well again when out. Just didn’t get any luck, will be winning a race soon when the tempo is right and can pull to the centre of the track and run on.
Notes: JACQUINOT BAY (3rd) was 3-wide without cover on the speed throughout, didn’t shirk the task late. Although he was outsprinted early in the straight by the winner who had the softer run and got out underneath him, the old boy is more suited when they roll along and he can keep up the speed throughout, as he showed late when he was coming again. Still racing well at 10. The winner HARDHAM (1st) was beautifully ridden and showed a good turn of foot early in the straight.