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