Flemington Review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: Eugene Gorman Handicap (1400m) 1st Vuelta – Michael Walker 2nd Roundabout – Luke Nolen 3rd Callahan – Glen Boss Callahan broke best and was sent forward to the front, kept off the fence by Vuelta for a while and Japanese Slipper sat three wide. Justaway didn’t settle that well between Jinx and Roundabout as Callahan found the fence and pulled up. Well before the turn Justaway moved out three wide and strode forward and joined Callahan in front at the top of the straight. Callahan was travelling better and he saw off that challenge but then Roundabout emerged with his run. At the 200m Roundabout took a narrow lead from Callahan and Vuelta was getting across heels about to take a split between them. Justaway was battling on and the rest were well back. Vuelta finished the race off best and just got the better of Roundabout. Callahan had every chance in third. Justaway wasn’t disgraced after refusing to settle.
Follow: remember the first four home in the short and long term. Race 2: All Victorian Sprint Series Heat (1100m) 1st The Thief – Dean Yendall 2nd Shanghai Warrior – Michael Rodd 3rd Doubtfilly – Glen Boss Good line out and nobody seemed overly keen to take it up. Big Buddie led towards the centre of the track with Nearest To Pin not far off. Broken had cover behind him. Shanghai Warrior tracked the leader. Out wider was The Minister and The Thief was being held up for a run. Nearest To Pin took over about 600m out but was immediately under pressure. Shanghai Warrior made ground closer to the inside and he hit the lead a long way from home. The Thief worked his way clear and sprinted very quickly from the 300m, General Truce tried to go with him. The Thief claimed Shanghai Warrior and forged clear in the last furlong for a dominant win, ridden differently than has been the case in his past few. Shanghai Warrior stuck on bravely for second at his first run for 66 weeks and Doubtfilly stormed home from last to snatch third from Nearest To Pin. General Truce just battled and was most disappointing.
Follow: there’s improvement in Shanghai Warrior. Race 3: Ken Cox Handicap (1400m) 1st Dig A Pony – Linda Meech 2nd Vivi Veloce – Ben Melham 3rd Good Music – Chris Symons Liming was on the back foot at the start and conceded a couple of lengths. A charge for the lead with Young Tigers Jeuny, Cobblestones and Written all wanting the front. Young Tigers Jeuny eased and let the other two go and they set up a solid tempo. Davarick settled fourth and Vivi Veloce not far behind then a big gap to the rest of the field. Cobblestones and Written were still at it on the turn and led past the 300m having put a lot of the chasers off the bit. Davarick was first to come out after them and you could see Dig A Pony winding up out wide from last. Good Music made her run at the same time but couldn’t match it and Vivi Veloce steadily made ground. Dig A Pony sprinted so fast she was already a length in front at the 100m and put a big gap on the field. Vivi Veloce just lasted to just second from Good Music and Davarick, who did a lot of the chasing, narrowly missed a place. The two leaders finished next so no excuses for anything in this race. Fantome Gris was a big disappointment, she did nothing and was never a threat.
Follow: Dig A Pony Race 4: Banjo Paterson Series Heat (2500m) 1st Sacred Flyer – Chris Symons 2nd Hannaford – Dean Yendall 3rd Tampere – Steven King McNulty took up the running at the post the first time but had plenty of company with Hannaford keeping him off the fence and Tampere and Permit pressing on wider. Zabeelionaire settled in behind them and Sacred Flyerenjoyed an easy passage. Permit eventually found the front and loped along ahead of Tampere and Hannaford with McNulty winding up one out and one back. No real change for quite a while as they all seemed to wait for something to happen. Laconic Lad made a move from last and ran to fourth coming to the turn, flushing McNulty out and causing the field to bunch. The riders came well away from the fence on the bend and Tampere took the lead from Permit and Hannaford gained a run on the inside. Sacred Flyer ran up behind them and Zabeelionaire was struggling to reach them. Old Crafty Cruiser made a dash at the at clock tower as well. Hannaford stuck his head in front at the 50m but Sacred Flyer got the run through and arrived in time to give Chris Waller his 200th winner for the season. Tampere held on for third just ahead of Crafty Cruiser. Nice run in behind them from the steeplechaser Krase who made some late ground.
Follow: these stayers take turns, stick with Krase over the jumps. Race 5: Rod Johnson Handicap (2000m) 1st Word Of Mouth – Michael Rodd 2nd Leventi – Ibrahim Gundogdu 3rd Sure You Can – Glen Boss Medcaut and Boombuster showed out early before Sasenkile sped over from a wide gate to take the lead. Madam Gangster was handy with Leventi. Our Kapow was caught wide and pressed on, Tre Dieci copped a check and lost a few lengths and started to over race. Sasenkile opened up a big lead midrace before coming back to the field by the 800m. Our Kapow eventually got up into second but was pushed wider by Medcaut getting off the fence and Boombuster and Madam Gangster loomed up wide on the turn. Leventi tracked into it well and looked for a run. Word Of Mouth was the widest at the top of the straight and being tracked by Theodora. Leventi sprinted quickly to grab Medcaut at the 400m as Sasenkile dropped off. Sure You Can got a dream rails run as they all left the fence and Word Of Mouth unwound down the outside. Leventi was joined by Word Of Mouth at the 200m but he fought very hard, only just conceding in the last stride. Big gap top Sure You Can and Medcaut boxed on well. Handy run from Amortise who was slowly away to get into fifth. Miss Maggiebeel followed Leventi for much of the race but didn’t hit the line at all.
Follow: none Race 6: Winter Championship Heat (1400m) 1st Tried And Tired – Steven King 2nd Eximius – Daniel Moor 3rd Decircles – Ben Melham Half His Luck stood there at the start and missed it. Limes jumped well and was first to the fence then eased allowing Post D’France then Decircles to whip around and lead. Tried And Tired worked into fourth from Dany The Foxand Tristram’s Sun. Henwood and Eximius were back in the second half. Decircles ran along in the lead as he often does and he was about six horses off the fence as far out as the 800m. Post D’France had his back. Limes went to the inside of him and Tried And Tired came to his outside to run on. Eximius made sharp ground and was also looming up. Dany The Fox and Henwood couldn’t match them early in the straight. Decircles looked to be holding them for a while but started to roll back towards the rail and Tried And Tired and Eximius claimed him and went on to fight it out with Tried And Tired hanging on. The next few home Dany The Fox, Henwood and Post D’France get pass marks and Limes can be forgiven as well. General Peekay and Red Corner were virtually unsighted but both pulled up with issues.
Follow: none, but don’t sack anything. Race 7: Creswick Series Heat (1000m) 1st Il Cavallo – Luke Nolen 2nd Kraftwerk – Daniel Moor 3rd Bring A Ring – Kayla Nisbet West Africa jumped okay and was restrained to get cover behind horses. Il Cavallo showed his customary speed to lead from Moroon Bay wider out. They were a few lengths clear of Bring A Ring, Kraftwerk and Oh So Assertive. West Africa settled behind them with Melrose Place. Il Cavallo broke away from Maroon Bay and beat that filly off. Bring A Ring tried to chase with Kraftwerk. West Africa went back to the inside and was struggling to pick them up. Nothing was making any ground on Il Cavallo and he booted well clear at the 200m and simply ran them off their legs. Kraftwerk did a good job to keep going and hold second from Bring A Ring. Maroon Bay, who was gone at the 500m, stuck on for fourth. Beleeup was the only one to make a little ground but was still well beaten. West Africa had a slow recovery rate but on face value went poorly.
Follow: Il Cavallo might be ready to live up to early promise. Bring A Ring wasn’t disgraced. Race 8: LV Lachal Handicap (1800m) 1st Wrotham Heath – Steven King 2nd Aeratus – Glen Boss 3rd Shenzhou Steeds – Steven Arnold Reasonable line out. Wrotham Heath took advantage of an inside gate to be on the speed and Aeratus moved up outside him. Shenzhou Steeds held the box seat and Tax Evader landed in a perfect spot. A line of three next withLive For Today inside Pepin Hoaks and Get Out Of Town. Blue Ribbon ran up four wide outside them. Wrotham Heath seemed comfortably in front with Aeratus next to him and Blue Ribbon kept the wide run going to move up to challenge at the 600m. Tax Evader was being held together and Get Out Of Town followed Blue Ribbon. Again they got away from the fence and Wrotham Heath and Aeratus turned in front having had a pretty easy time. Tax Evader was in the clear to chase but immediately put under pressure. Shenzhou Steeds held the leader’s back and was boxing on. Get Out Of Town ran into fourth a long way off the first three and along with Ali Vital was the only one to make any real ground. Tax Evader had every possible chance, post race a minor issue was found but he was still disappointed.
Follow: Ali Vital. Specials from the meeting: Dig A Pony, Il Cavallo, Shanghai Warrior
Rosehill Review by Todd Burmester
Race 1: Freshworld 2yo Plate (1500m)
1st Sniper Fire – Jim Cassidy
2nd Brazen Moss – Nash Rawiller
3rd Joadja – Jason Collett
I often subscribe to a theory of “same horses, same weights, same result” and that certainly rung true in the first. Brazen Moss wasn’t great to begin, Sniper Fire certainly was. That’s what happened last start, and that’s what happened today. Sniper Fire kicked up on the inside of Exalted Warrior and Brazen Moss gathered some pace to rail through into third with Mumbai Rock outside of it. Mid race Sniper Fire was leading them a merry dance, and Cassidy just got going on him a little bit before the turn, which put Exalted Warrior off the bit. Into the straight Sniper Fire kicked with Brazen Moss railing into second to see if it could come out after the leader. It tried and did make some ground late, but was never going to catch the leader. The run of Joadja in third was good as it gapped the rest of the field after coming from well back.
Follow: The winner is the obvious, but Joadja was good.
Race 2: Eric Kime 3yo Benchmark 75 (1200m)
1st Amovatio – Serg Lisnyy
2nd Encostanati – Jason Collett
3rd Ball Of Muscle – Tim Clark
Amovatio and Black Revolver were the two that were slowest to begin and they paired off at the rear early on. In front, Ball Of Muscle ran past El Toranado and took it up, with Encostanatisettling third, although settling may not be the word as it did throw its head about a bit. Up to and around the turn, the field was very tightly packed and in the early part of the straight Amovatio was all over their backs looking for a run. Encostanati had come down the outside to be challening for the lead, but at about the 150m mark the run came for Amovatio and he took it well and picked up the two leaders close to home for what was a very good win and there will be more in store.
Follow: Amovatio is putting it all together now
Race 3: Sydney Markets Foundation BM 75 (1500m)
1st Dowdstown Charlie – Jeff Lloyd
2nd Vite Loni – Sam Clipperton
3rd Romantic Moon – Lester Grace
Dowdstown Charlie was a bit slow to begin as he was last time. Oxford Poet went straight to the front with Sabino Speed coming across to race in second. The pace looked ok, andTarangower got posted three wide just behind the leaders. After they went around the first turn, the saddle slipped on Oxford Poet which left Taylor Marshall in a very difficult position basically sitting on the horses neck. You have to say, this you fella can certainly ride a horse, last week it was a great effort on Astro Avalanche to almost lead all the way, today he managed to get Oxfort Poet to the 250m mark still in front despite the difficulty. Back to the action, Dowdstown Charlie and Mamwaazel had swept down the outside at about the 250m to hit the front. Dowdstown Charlie was the one coming with the stronger run and he swept clear and then held off Vite Loni who did a good job to come through a scrimage at the 200m mark and chase the winner and close the margin significantly. Romantic Moon got going late into third.
Follow: Vite Loni
Race 4: Adrossan Batlow Apples 3yo F&M BM 84 (1400m)
1st Sense And Reason – Jason Collett
2nd Zuccherina – Brodie Loy
3rd First Class Ticket – Taylor Marshall
When they settled Caesar’s Princess took it up from Arrowette who came across into second, which gave Express Power a nice trail in third, and First Class Ticket settled just outside of it in fourth. Back in the field, Bouzy Rouge was caught wide. Sense And Reason got well back to be third last on the fence mid race. Caesar’s Princess took off and dropped Arrowette before the turn which gave Express Power the run and in turn allowed Sense And Reason to rail all the way up to be behind the leader inside the 300m mark. They were all over the shop at the 200m mark, but the run that Sense And Reason got through the field made the difference and it held off Zuccherina who claimed second from First Class Ticket. Acapela finished off strongly down the outside also at its first run from a spell.
Follow: None to follow
Race 5: Sydney Markets Limited Open Handicap (1400m)
1st Scream Machine – Tye Angland
2nd Taxmeifyoucan – Sam Clipperton
3rd Single – Winona Costin
Scream Machine was last to begin and settled in a rearward position. Tougher Than Ever took it up from Tromso and Said Com who was coming across from out wide. Tromso ended up easing back into third and let the other two pair off in front. Taxmeifyoucan was caught deep in midfield. The eventual winner Scream Machine ended up in a very similar position to the previous winner, about third last on the fence. Tougher Than Ever had a good kick into the straight and led inside the 200m mark, but if you were watching the winner, Scream Machine you could see it was traveling full of running just needing clear room. The run came at about the 150m mark once he was pulled across heals by Angland and he simply finished off too well for this class of horse. Taxmeifyoucan did a good job in second after being wide throughout. Single Ran well in third also. All credit to the winner here coming off a good run in the Doomben 10,000.
Race 6: Gaypak United Fruit 3yo+ BM85 (1350m)
1st Generalife – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd You’ll Never – Jason Collett
3rd Burbero – Nash Rawiller
They took a while to sort themselves out here as it was a good competition for the lead. Aghamore worked around the outside and took it up from Burbero and Absalon, with Generalife settling just behind them. Lofty Ambition didn’t begin all that well and found himself three deep. You’ll Never was also three wide trailing up Lofty Ambition. As they ran the corner, Generalife was coming up three wide to put in its run, with Lofty Ambition then four wide, and You’ll Never eventually pulled five wide. Burbero had the measure of Aghamore at the 200m mark but Generalife also had it covered. He ran to the front at the 150m, with You’ll never trying to chase and Sir Berus coming with a run from near last down the outside. In the run to the line, Generalife held off You’ll Never who ran yet another good race here, an Burbero fought on ok to hold third.
Follow: None to follow
Race 7: The Million Dollar Mango BM 85 (1100m)
1st Green Beret – Josh Parr
2nd Earnest Ernest – Nash Rawiller
3rd Lady Of Harrods – Tye Angland
Furious Jet was a bit slow to begin here. There was no shortage of pace up front with Texan Lad using the inside to hold out Beckon, with Green Beret caught three wide and had to stay parked there as Kudero kicked up along the fence. Despite a wide run, once they turned for home, Green Beret was throwing out the challenge to the leaders and struck the front at the 200m mark. Earnest Ernest finished off nicely in the final part as it often does, but realistically was never going to pick up Green Beret who recorded a very nice win. There were no excuses I could see for the beaten brigade here although Lady Of Harrods did finish off nicely after initially running in behind the winner mid way up the straight and needing to get rebalanced so she may be worth another chance.
Follow: Green Beret, Lady Of Harrods
Race 8: Freshmark Open Handicap (2000m)
1st Keep Cool – Josh Parr
2nd Dream Folk – Sam Clipperton
3rd Excess Knowledge – Nash Rawiller
I found it difficult to get excited about the 2000m event to finish the day, and was surprised to see Excess Knowledge so short in betting given it was stepping up from 1400m straight to 2000m second up. Keep Cool ran straight to the front, with Flying Bay going up into second. Mulaqen had the run third on the fence and Excess Knowledge settled outside of it in fourth. Keep Cool set up a good break in front and there was another good break to third, indicating that the pace was ok mid race, although he did look to have a breather in front not long after, before taking off inside the 800m mark. Around the turn, Keep Cool had about a fourth length break, and plenty of them back in the field looked to be in a some “Barney Rubble”. In the run to the line, Keep Cool did get a bit tired, but they were never going to pick him up. Excess Knowledge kept grinding to the line, and I think will be improved for this run, so if you did your money on him today, follow up again. Dream Folk finished off nicely in the run to the line after getting the similar runs through on the fence that we saw a couple of earlier winners get.
Follow: Excess Knowledge, Dream Folk
Specials from the meeting: Amovatio, Vite Loni