Eagle Farm Group race review

Race 4.     2400M    AUSTRALIAN SPECIAL METALS BRISBANE CUP TULLAMORE                CHRIS MUNCE   1st     $8 GLASS HARMONIUM   LISA CROPP      2nd    $1.75F DE FINE LAGO             JIM BYRNE         3rd     $10

Here we witnessed a classic case of a horse being way under the odds and getting done. No doubt thatGlass Harmonium was a valid favourite but his SP of $1.75 was way to short for a horse giving away so much weight and having his first start over 2400m. He put up a gallant effort but it was fairly apparent halfway down the straight that he was unable to go with Tullamore and batted to the line to finish second. He seems to not like to settle and still does a few things wrong, I am sure that Moroney will be able to iron out a few of his bad habits and he will be competitive in the Spring. Tullamore found the right race here and was well placed on the limit and carried 4.5kg less than the runner up. This was his 11th run for the campaign and his 9th over 2000m+. Gai certainly had him rock hard fit and he provided Savabeel with another Group win. De Fine Lago has the ability to reel off some very good sectio nals and was unlucky not to register a couple of wins earlier this campaign. He gets too far back but he did hit the line strongly and i’m sure they will place him in another race up North where he will be competitive yet again.

Race 5.     1600M    PATINACK FARM T.J. SMITH BENFICA            KERRIN MCEVOY            1st      $4.60 HOT SNITZEL    HUGH BOWMAN              2nd     $2.20F PLAYTIME          SCOTT SEAMER              3rd     $10

Benfica ended a wonderful run for Darley in the 2yo races with yet another Grp1 win. Not all good 2yos are able to find the same form as a 3yo but Snowden has that many good ones that he is certain to feature heavily in the 3yo races in the Spring. Benfica was brilliant first up at Doomben before not all went well in the Sires when beaten 6 lengths by Hot Snitzel. He turned that around here after he was able to jump well, get a gun ride from McKevoy and just be far too strong to the line. Hot Snitzel didn’t do much wrong here. He jumped from barrier 10, pushed forward and raced on pace and was super in finishing second. Still worth noting he was beaten 8.5 lengths by Sepoy in the Golden Slipper so the strength of these Grp1’s needs to made note of for your future form. Playtime looks to be a handy filly who registered another Grp1 placing.

Race 6.     2400M    CHANNEL SEVEN QUEENSLAND DERBY SHOOTOFF                 MICHAEL RODD     1st       $3.60F SHEZ SINSATIONAL   OPIE BOSSON       2nd      $6 HEIDILICIOUS             JIM BYRNE             3rd       $4.20

Shootoff was able to hold off the two fast finishing fillies here to hold on and take out his first Grp1 and add another to the collection of Rogersons who not only won the Derby but also took out the Oaks with the week prior. Interestingly the sires of his two wins were both formerly trained by him, Savabeel and Duelled. Shootoff had won two races in Sydney in dominant fashion before he was beaten by not far at all behind Scenic Shot at Grp1 WFA which was excellent form when returning to a set weights 3yo race. He was given a great ride throughout and gave them a chance to get him on the shadows of the post but he dug deep and held on.Shez Sinsational and Heidilicious were the two fillies that were coming hard in the closing stages. Shez Sinsational was driven hard on the outside by Bosson and just couldn’t get there. Heidilicious has a lovely run throughout and really started to stride out when she seen daylight late. She is the one I think can go right on with it in the Spring. The Derby was just her 7th race start and I think she was a run short before she went to Brisbane, most likely due to the really wet tracks we had in Melbourne at that stage. She is a daughter of Zabeel and will only improve with age. Sadler is astute and she is worth a few little early Cups bets.

Race 7.     1400M    AAMI STRADBROKE HANDICAP SINCERO        JASON TAYLOR        1st     $7.50 BEADED          KERRIN MCEVOY     2nd    $6.50 ZERO ROCK   TIM CLARK                3rd     $31

I don’t think I have ever seen a bad Stradbroke and this one was no exception. Love Conquers All was really well backed from late in the week until jump time and he let punters down big time. Munce stated that he was just a little slow out and when he seen the wall of horses in front of him he decided he didn’t want to go! Black Piranha who was going for three Stradbrokes in a row just was unable to replicate his big finish that was able to get him the money in the previous years. Listen Son jumped and ran and I thought his effort was really good. He had every right to kick the bucket. Buffering showed that his shocker of a run the start prior was just that, a shocker. He is a good type but just needs to find another length to be able to mix it consistently with the big boys. Thought Zero Rock was tough as nails. Her performance the start prior when she led and was nailed by Hurtle Myrtle was super and it stood up here. Beaded who was coming off her first Grp1 win in the 10,000 looked like she had another one in the bag after a gem of a ride from McKevoy. Once they passed the 100m though it was pretty clear that Sincero was going to have his chance to win if he was good enough and good he was. The 3yo who had a feather on his back bounced back from a so so effort the week earlier and he went bang once he got to the outside and seen the line. It really was an excellent win, I’m pretty sure that 1400m isn’t anywhere near his best distance. Farley is talking Cox Plates and Cups in the Spring which is exciting. He still has a fair bit of improvement he needs to find to win a Cox Plate, but if he can possess his trademark sprint over those staying distances he is going to be very competitive.

Follow: Spurcific, Heidilicious, Playtime, Frozone, Squamosa

Randwick Review Venue: Randwick        Date: 11/06/2011    Track Rating: Heavy 8 Race Number: 1 Pace overview: Even/Fast Individual Runners of Note: Startreusse: Missed the start slightly, mustered pace quickly and the issue was never in doubt Strike the Stars: Made good ground on the eased down winner in the last 200m and ran away from the rest of the field.  Will win races. Sonic Blast: Ran off on the home turn and you have to forget it ever ran. Follow:  Startreusse, Strike The Stars Race Number: 2 Pace overview: Slow/Even Individual Runners of Note: Crowssbow: Got its own way in front and kicked strongly enough to win. Gogra Gogra: Missed the start, settled last on what was a slowish pace and made decent ground in the straight. Endor: Sat wide all the way and battled on ok Ranchero: Jockey didn’t look comfortable in the straight or the horse was racing ungenerously, but made good ground all the same Follow: Gogra Gogra, Ranchero Race Number: 3 Pace overview: Slow

Individual Runners of Note:Scarf: Worked a bit early, then sat outside the leader, sprinted well under a big weight for a good win She Must Be Obeyed: Found an easy lead as expected but folded up badly.  Not one that will be carrying any money of mine any time soon. Giresun:  Made good ground from the back in a race that was always looked an on pace affair. Follow: Scarf, Giresun Race Number: 4 Pace overview: Good/Fast Individual Runners of Note: Squamosa: A flying machine.  Crossed to an easy lead but went fairly quickly and kicked a mile clear when asked for the effort in the straight.  Easily the win of the day. Lady’s Angel: Settled second and stayed there all the way.  Probably unlucky to run into Squamosa, and will win its fair share of races. Skytrain: Took a little while to get fully clear in the straight, but I thought was entitled to work home better than it did. Just Crewsin: Sat 3 wide most of the way and kept going well to run third when it was entitled to stop Follow: Squamosa, Just Crewsin Race Number: 5 Pace overview: Even Individual Runners of Note: Codeword: Came from well back and sprinted very well in the straight to gap these.  Looks capable of more wins Ruben Percival: Started favourite in the race, found the front at a fairly even gallop but was never going to win in the straight.  A bit average today. Danefox: Sustained a fairly long run out wide from before the home turn to run second.  Should pick up one of these middle distance races.

Follow: Codeword, DanefoxRace Number: 6 Pace overview: Good/Fast Individual Runners of Note: Chameleon: Seems to save his best for wet tracks, and the pace here no doubt helped but he did hit the line strongly all the same Timetable: A stayer second up, who all but won the race with a fast finishing burst and may have been slightly impeded for a run close to the line.  Follow. Quick Peek: Probably one with the most ‘upside’ in this race.  Found the front and almost held on, bar the last bit. Devil’s Arcade: Blew the start and had to work to find second position in running.  Boxed on well and is ready to win a race. Delago Star: Blew the start even worse than Devil’s Arcade, settled last, still there on the turn but passed some in the straight.  Got a pass mark for this run. Follow: Timetable, Quick Peek, Devil’s Arcade Race Number: 7 Pace: Good/Fast Individual Runners of Note: Single Play: Set a pretty fast pace after working over from a wide gate which set it up for the backmarkers, but was only just run down late.  Follow. Girls Go Racing: Got the win, but had everything to suit including a fast pace and being able to save a lot of ground around the bend. Cheap Thrills: Came from a long way back, flattered by the fast pace but did make up good ground late. Sixtyfour: Was back with Cheap Thrills, and arguably would have finished along side it with clearer running in the last bit.  Should have finished closer Electric Dreams: First one beaten in the straight after settling second.  Injured? Didn’t handle the ground? Trilione: A much improved run on last week.  Might be back on track. Follow:  Single Play, Sixtyfour Race Number: 8 Pace: Good Individual Runners of note: Recoup De Fortune: Almost a beautifully judged ride by Cassidy.  Took off 600m out, nailed 1 stride from the line.  Will get away with a race soon. Title: Had to take the field up and managed to bob for the win on the line. Kimberly Kid: Always runs well, and was again making up good ground here but was entitled to after the fast pace. Follow:  Recoup De Fortune, Title Summary of runners to follow from all races at the meeting Startreusse Strike The Stars Gogra Gogra Ranchero Scarf Giresun Squamosa Just Crewsin Codeword Danefox Timetable Quick Peek Devil’s Arcade Single Play Sixtyfour Recoup De Fortune Title Specials Strike The Stars: Unlucky to bump into a smart win.  Get on next time. Squamosa: Looks a group horse, but I won’t be the only one to tell you that Scarf: Big weight, good win, consistent horse. Timetable: Will be ready next time after two runs back now. Single Play: Great run on pace where most in the finish came from the back.