Eagle Farm and Rosehill weekend reviews

Eagle Farm review from Rick Williams Race 5     2200M    CARLTON DRAUGHT TATTERSALL’S CUP IRONSTEIN                    BRENTON AVDULLA   1st     $8.50 SHUFFLE THE CASH    LUKE NOLEN               2nd    $6EF LITTLE STRANGER       EDDIE WILKINSON     3rd     $14

Ironstein survived a protest here from Shuffle The Cash and won his second race in three starts. He has had an interesting campaign Ironstein and didn’t break through until he was 10th up at Rosehill and of course on Saturday when he was 12th up. He was given a gun ride by Avdulla and was able to dig deep with the 58kg when it counted. Shuffle The Cash was also given a lovely ride by Luke Nolen. Halfway down the straight he and Ironstein were going head to head and it looked at one stage that he was going to get the best of that battle but he was outstayed in the concluding stages. Ironstein did get out up the straight and that’s why Nolen protested but it was to no avail. Little Stranger who had been coming off a shocker at Ipswich bounced back with a run that is more reflective of his abilities.

Race 6     1200M    W.J. HEALY STAKES PINWHEEL                DAMIAN BROWNE      1st     $2.90F METALLURGICAL     SCOTT GALLOWAY    2nd    $7.50 SWISS ROSE            LUKE NOLEN               3rd     $21

The money came for Pinwheel here and it was spot on. I found him a little hard to line up in this race but more times than not the money doesn’t lie. This was his ninth win from 22 starts and there is still more to come by the look of the way he hit the line. The other fancied runner Buffering raced on pace and was gone halfway up the straight when he was headed by Metallurgical. I thought his run was a little disappointing as I expected he would be able to find a little more. They did run along though so maybe I am being a little harsh. Metallurgical has really worked his way through the grades well this prep. He kicked off in a mid week Cl6 at Eagle Farm and four runs later he now has a Gr3 placing to his name. Swiss Rose did well to finish third for P Moody. She is a very consistent type in regards to effort but hasn’t won since Dec 2009. Pinwheel certainly the one to follow here though, he gave them windburn with 58kg and still looks to be getting a little better each prep.

Race 7    1400M    SKY RACING TATTERSALL’S TIARA YOSEI                      MICHELLE PAYNE    1st     $15 BEADED                  COREY BROWN        2nd    $1.95F BORN TO ROCK     CHAD ORMSBY         3rd     $31

This was an excellent win for Yosei who notched up her third Grp1 victory after a lovely ride by Michelle Payne. She has notched up Grp1 as a 2yo (1) and 3yop (2). This was clearly her best win though at WFA against the best mare going around outside of Black Caviar and More Joyous. They ensured the speed was on here and did set it up for something to come from behind. Beaded found herself midfield and near the fence throughout and once they straightened Brown was able to find some room and she picked them up pretty quickly once balanced and looked to be home. She isn’t as brilliant over 1400m as she is over the 1200/1300 though and she just slowed up enough over the concluding stages for Yosei who is a winner at a mile to over run her before the post. Born To Rock who won really well at listed level last week ran third. Her effort was very good after the run she had. She has won 4 from 12 and can set the pace and still dig deep and kick when it counts which isn’t easy. Not sure where Moroney goes from here but she is one to keep an eye on for sure.

Race 8     1600M    TATTERSALL’S RACING CLUB MILE FROZONE                SCOTT SEAMER          1st     $8 DEVILS ARCADE     CHRIS MUNCE             2nd    $12 ATOM CAT               JAMES MCDONALD     3rd     $12

Frozone put the writing on the wall for a win last start but I thought that it would be a win over more ground. The stable elected to stick to the 1600m and he didn’t let the stable or his punting fans down. He had a lovely run throughout from the inside barrier and Seamer saved every inch he could through. He angled off the back of the runner up Devil’s Arcade and was just too strong for her. Frozone has won twice over 1800m once at 2100m and is only going to continue to improve this campaign once he gets out over that ground. Devils Arcade was very brave. She jumped from the car park, ran them along, kicked in the straight and was not disgraced at all. Her form has been patchy recently but she really appreciated getting back on to a good surface. That was her fourth run this campaign and she looks as if she will be winning a race pretty soon if she can repeat that performance and get suitable conditions. Atom Cat ran into third and like Frozone came through the Willy Jimmy race the start prior. Firebolt ran near to last and put in one of the shockers he tends to put in when he feels like it.

Follow: Born To Rock, Pinwheel, Frozone (1800m+), Devils Arcade


Rosehill review by Todd Burmester Track: Dead 5 Race 1 – Pace: Fast Individual Runners of Note:
Pink Power: Led at a good pace, and tried hard in the straight, hung on pretty well for third. Proctorville: Sat outside Pink Power but didn’t fight on as well in the straight Velrosso and Able Fast: These two had the easiest runs behind the speed and fought it out in the straight.  Velrosso fell in to win but will be improved for the run.Follow: Velrosso, Pink Power Race 2 – Pace: Fast Individual Runners of Note:
Peck: Sat well back in a fast run race, sprinted well in the straight for a good win, but does need the pace on Tuxedo Royale: Set a fast pace and held on reasonably well Escholido: Had a cushy run, but did pick up nicely in the straightFollow: Tuxedo Royale Race 3 – Pace: Good Individual Runners of Note:
Miss Marx and Upon This Rock: These two set a fairly good pace and were sitting shots for those with easier runs.  Miss Marx fought on the best of these two and is a very genuine horse. Next The Universe: Had every chance in behind the speed and was only a fair run in all honesty Beg: Came from behind the pace, had the race set up for it, but did sprint well in the straight Ptyreon, Brightest and Platinum Red: These all made ground in the straight with Ptyreon the best of the group.Follow: Miss Marx Race 4 – Pace: Good/Fast Indvidual Runners of Note:
Divya: Took them up to the leader and hung on for a decent win My Sabeel: Found the line hard and a win is close Dublette: Took off before acceptances, got tired in the straight but still hung on for third.  There was money for it in the ring to suggest it’s worth following.Follow: My Sabeel, Dublette Race 5 – Pace: Average Individual Runners of Note:
Gybe: Had a great run just behind the speed, sprinted early in the straight and held on.  Is building a fair record. Othello: Let them up and wasn’t beaten far – A fair run overall Storm Kite: Ran on hard but just missed – does often seem to find one or two betterFollow: Gybe Race 6 – Pace: Good Individual Runners of Note:
The Verminator: The best ride won the race.  Saved ground along the fence and got the split in the straight.  D Oliver, well done! Our Cannavaro: Huge run.  Worked wide, and then outside the leader, went for broke in the straight and had the cheek to still be in front 200m out. Codeword: Came with its big finishing run down the outside again but found one that had an easier run today.  Good effort.Follow: Our Cannavaro, Codeword Race 7 – Pace: Fair Individual Runners of Note:
Daintree Road: Led and was disappointing for mine. Future Solution: Went before the bend and was a sitting shot for the winner.  Good run. Hidden Gem: Good, patient ride won the race, but the second horse was as good a run. Valhussle and Jimmy Fortunes: These both made good ground late and are worth following, in particular Valhussle who had trouble getting clear running.Follow: Future Solution, Valhussle, Jimmy Fortunes Race 8 – Pace: Good Individual Runners of Note:
Little Surfer Girl: Had a good run, but was the run of the day for mine.  Have a look at the jockey just sitting giggling to himself for the first half of the straight.  Once let go, sprinted quickly to win well. Khas Kura: Second best run in the race making good ground to the line. O’Crikey: Led on its own, kicked for a bit in the straight but then folded up. Scarf: Wide all the way and never in the hunt today.  Pay to forget the run, they are not machines!Follow: Little Surfer Girl, Khas Kura Summary of all runners to follow from the meeting Velorosso, Pink Power, Tuxedo Royale, Miss Marx, My Sabeel, Dublette, Gybe, Our Cannavaro, Codeword, Future Solution, Jimmy Fortunes, Valhussle, Little Surfer Girl, Khas Kura Specials: My Sabeel, Our Cannavaro, Valhussle, Little Surfer Girl