Flemington Review Saturday 3rd September

Flemington Review from Rick Williams Race 1.     1100M    Cap D’Antibes Stakes    CELEBRITY GIRL     MICHAEL RODD     1st     $2.40F STAR SALUTE          LUKE NOLEN          2nd     $5.50 PLATELET                MICHELLE PAYNE   3rd     $18 Kavanagh trained Celebrity Girl resumed here and was subject to some heavy support, the money was spot on and the trainer was glowing in his praises for this filly. On debut she showed she was above average with a blistering final 600m and on Saturday she again showed up the opposition against the clock in a dominant performance. She jumped and ran and by the time they hit the 400m she was leading the charge and just kept going to the line. Her sectionals were far superior to any other filly here and being that she was first up there is no doubt that she will improve leaps and bounds. Worth noting: Celebrity Girl can be followed with confidence anywhere this Spring, she is A-Grade. Race 2.     1400M    Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes SPECTER                           NICHOLAS HALL   1st     $16 CHASE THE RAINBOW     DEAN YENDALL     2nd   $11 SECRET HILLS                  CRAIG NEWITT      3rd    $10 This race was turned a little on its head when the favourite That’s The One was scratched at the gates. Specter was coming out of a RB72 at Geelong and was midfield throughout before unleashing a strong run late to knock off the leader Secret Hills and then hold off a fast finishing Chase The Rainbow. Specter showed good improvement between runs. Chase The Rainbow beat Specter last start in that RB72 at Geelong and he went back from a poor gate and rocketed home whilst registering some fairly slick sectionals. The third runner Secret Hills looked home for all money at one stage and he was nailed late. Really like the style of him and although third his run was excellent and he will be winning races. Worth noting: Have a look at the other runners who came out of the RB72 at Geelong. Race 3.     1400M    The Sofitel  NIBLICK               STEVEN KING       1st     $7 ROCKPECKER    CLARE LINDOP     2nd   $26 UTAH SAINTS     CHRIS SYMONS    3rd    $3.80F Lloyd Williams stable is running along pretty well at present and he certainly looks to have much more depth than I can remember. Niblick was super here and he is only going to get better as he gets further into his campaign. It was a lovely ride by King who made all of the right decisions at the right times. Once this big guy got clear he was able to scoot home and his final 400m in 23.03 which was the quickest for the runners that were mid or on pace. Utah Saints should have finished second but not sure he would have won. He was given a gem of a ride by Symons but he was unable to get any running room for most of the straight and when he got out it wasn’t with ease. He picked up once he got out and ran his last 200m in 11.88. Rockpecker is travelling along very nicely this campaign and is close to a win. Worth noting: You can follow the first three here and forgive Adnocon who was wide and fought on pretty well. Race 4.     1200M    Danehill Stakes    SEPOY                          KERRIN MCEVOY     1st      $1.14F HALLOWELL BELLE     LUKE NOLEN             2nd    $12 UNIQUE QUALITY        PETER MERTENS     3rd     $61 Bit of debate around to how good the run of Sepoy was and it was one of his best I thought. This was a SWP race and he was away more weight than he has had to in the past and the overall time of the race was quicker than the Bobbie Lewis that was ran later in the day. He jumped and ran like we know he can and he was under a good hold until he was asked to go by McEvoy. Unique Quality gave a bit of cheek at the 200m but he was no match for the champ over the concluding stages. Thought that the Moody mare Hallowell Belle ran on well for third but she was entitled to after sitting off of them and carrying 5kg less than Sepoy. Worth noting: when assessing the form for this race in future just keep in mind the weight conditions Sepoy raced and won under. He will be much better suited under set weights. Race 5.     1400M    Let’s Elope Stakes PINKER PINKER             GLEN BOSS            1st     $6.50 MID SUMMER MUSIC     BEN MELHAM          2nd  $6 PARABLES                      KERRIN MCEVOY     3rd  $3.40F This was an excellent race and a deserved winner in the Eurell trained Pinker Pinker. This mare has a bright future and I like the way that she can just sit off them, sprint hard and fight off any challengers. Her run the start prior was excellent and she can be followed with confidence. Mid Summer Music went back from a poor gate and worked home really well along the inside and she recorded the best sectionals of the race. Parables was backed off the map due to the ‘should have won last start’ syndrome and was unders. Lady Lynette finished off well for fourth and there was a big gap back to the rest of the mares who looked outclassed or need more ground. Worth noting: Pinker Pinker has a big race in her and Lady Lynette does also. Race 6.     1600M    Makybe Diva Stakes    LITTORIO                        CRAIG WILLIAMS    1st     $41 GLASS HARMONIUM     LISA CROPP            2nd     $5 MIDAS TOUCH                NICHOLAS HALL     3rd     $81 This was an interesting race and a awesome return to racing from injury for Littorio. We all knew that he could run but most thought that he would more than likely need a couple under his belt before he would show his best but that wasn’t the case. He was given a patient ride by Williams at the tail of the field and unleashed a powerful finish to register 22.26 for his final 400m and 11.37 for his 200m. Besides the winner I thought that Glass Harmonium was the run of the race. He was three wide and on the pace all of the way and he kept fighting off all challengers that were racing in the leading group. He is proven at WFA, tough as nails and looks a good Cox Plate horse. The disappointment was the run of heavily backed Moody runner Lights Of Heaven who looked to get a gun run and was unable to finish off. Midas Touch and Playing God ran good races also. Worth noting: Very impressed with the run of Glass Harmonium and the QLD Winter WFA form looks to be very solid. Race 7.     1200M    Bobbie Lewis Quality    LONE ROCK         MARK ZAHRA      1st     $21 BEL SPRINTER     BEN MELHAM     2nd    $3.70F DANZYLUM           LUKE CURRIE     3rd     $151 Lone Rock produced one of the best final 600m splits of the day to pounce on Bel Sprinter in the shadows of the post and take out the Bobbie Lewis. It was an excellent run by the mare as no other runner was able to make any ground on the leaders from the 200m. She looks to be very good on her day and keeps winning at a big price. Bel Sprinter was super. That was his first defeat and he did it the hard way facing the breeze the trip and he looked home but was unable to hold off Lone Rock. Not sure what to make of the rest of them. Danzylum ran third and paid $40 a place and Toorak Toff looked pretty good having his first run back. Worth noting: Hard race to assess with many doing well against he clock, follow closely. Race 8.     2000M    Sofitel Girls’ Day Out Handicap    DECEMBER DRAW     MICHAEL RODD       1st     $1.85F GREEN MOON            MICHELLE PAYNE    2nd    $13 WHITE UNIVERSE      LUKE NOLEN            3rd     $6.50 Kavanagh produced another winner here with the highly impressive December Draw. After being knocked off first up by Philda at Moonee Valley over 1500m he came out here and was given a gun ride in the box seat by Rodd and extended over the last 200m to win very easily. It was only an Open HCP but this guy has lots more to give and he will be a real contender in the staying races this year down around the limit.Green Moon ran on really well late and White Universe ran as good as he can but was just no match for December Draw. Worth noting: Follow December Draw he is very good. Follow:December Draw, Secret Hills, Glass Harmonium, Pinker Pinker, Celebrity Girl.