Flemington/Randwick Reviews

FLEMINGTON REVIEW Race 1: Sainty Handicap (1400m) 1st Lazumba – Steven King 2nd Palace Tycoon – Daniel Stackhouse 3rd Dawn Of Hope – Damian Lane Top Me Up was first to break the line but couldn’t cross Overstay and was forced to sit outside. Palace Tycoon was fresh and went forward to be three deep on the speed with Song One on the fence and Dawn Of Hope with them. Lazumba was next in the clear a couple of lengths back. Palace Tycoon strode up outside the leaders nearing the turn and was the first under some pressure. Overstay stole a length on Top Me Up and pulling wider were Dawn Of Hope and Lazumba. Top Me Up took forever to get past Overstay and as soon as he did Lazumba swept on by and put the race away. Palace Tycoon started to rally with Dawn Of Hope also coming again after they sprinted. But Lazumba had a better turn of foot and was too strong. Huge run Palace Tycoon first-up and and even effort Dawn Of Hope. You’d have to say Top Me Up was disappointing. Follow: Palace Tycoon is a handy stayer and looks in for a good prep. Race 2: Festival Of Racing Handicap (1000m) 1st Selenia – Jye McNeil 2nd Alter Call – Damien Oliver 3rd Creativity – Katelyn Mallyon The field split with four horses staying on the fence, Alter Call leading Selenia with Legless Veuve and Dezuri behind them. On the outsideThyme For Roses led Creativity and they stole a break on Queen MagdaleneSword Of Light and None At All, the latter pushed along a fair way out. Derryn, who copped a bump at the start, was warming up from the 400m. Selenia made her move before the 200m and took over from Alter Call, they were in front of the outside brigade and Creativity had headed Thyme For Roses. Derryn and Emphatically were closing on that pair. Selenia just edged away from Alter Call in the last bit for a deserved win. Alter Call didn’t give it up, though, at her debut. On the outside Creativity clung on for third over the fast-finishing Emphatically, Thyme For Roses battled on strongly and Derryn was also very close up. Nothing else got near them. Follow: Derryn didn’t have a lot of luck and his debut was promising. Race 3: Mrs Mac’s Family Bakery Sprint (1100m) 1st Miss Seton Sands – Nick Hall 2nd Exclusive Lass – Luke Currie 3rd Hijack Hussy – Brad Rawiller Estaminet was only fairly out again but pushed forward with Exclusive Lass who took up the running. Scratchy Lass was up outside them and Afleet Esprit tucked in for a trail inside CeleritasScarlet Billows was in that group and Miss Steele sat further out. Exclusive Lass was running along in front and by the 300m opened up a few lengths on Estaminet who was having trouble staying in touch. Scratchy Lass and Afleet Esprit also tapped up and wider out Miss Seton Sands was getting across the heels of Miss Steele. Exclusive Lass went for home and was looking pretty good but Miss Seton Sands chased her down and finished just a bit the better to arrive in the last few strides. Hijack Hussy made her run down the outside as well and ran into third while Scratchy Lass kept battling on. Estaminet disappointed while not a bad finish from Scarlet Billows to be in that bunch behind the placings. Afleet Esprit seemed to have every chance. Follow: Scarlet Billows in a 1400m race. Race 4: Roy Higgins Quality (2600m) 1st Real Love – Brad Rawiller 2nd Dandy Gent – Luke Currie 3rd Black Jag – Dwayne Dunn Assign was allowed to stride forward to lead and Black Jag was happy to sit outside. Dandy Gent slotted in behind and Real Love worked over into a trail around Like A CarouselVilanova was happy to take the back of Real Love. Assign had his own way in the lead though looked to be overdoing it a little in the middle stages. No change at all in the order until inside the 800m where Real Love just moved out three wide to stay in the clear. Despite having a pretty easy run Assign had to be dug up early in the straight as Black Jag put the pressure on. Real Love was there on their outside and joined in passing the 300m. Dandy Gent had to do some waiting for her to go to get across heels and Vilanova couldn’t sprint with them. Real Love got away from Black Jag but Dandy Gent was looming as a big threat and she had to dig in over the last 100m. But she responded and had about a head to spare. Much improved effort from Dandy Gent and you could argue he was a little unlucky while Black Jag did what he does. Assign seemingly had every chance. Follow:  none in particular, though Real Love will be hard to beat in the Adelaide Cup. Race 5: TAB Rewards Stakes (1400m) 1st Red Bomber – Damian Lane 2nd Burning Front – Brad Rawiller 3rd Puccini – Mark Zahra Mighty Like continued his habit of missing the start and he settled last. Burning Front beat them out and led over Leebaz coming across from out wide. Dan Zephyr found the box seat again and Red Bomber settled handy. Puccini was next in the clear. Henwood was wider out around General Groove with Big Memory between them. Burning Front was able to get a cheap 200m or two in the mid stages and cornered going well. Leebaz was flat and Dan Zephyr was getting room underneath him. Red Bomber and Puccini were warming up while General Groove was held up for a run and Zebrinz started to dash. Burning Front looked to be holding them off though most of the field were in hot pursuit. In the last couple of strides Red Bomber stuck his head out and downed Burning Front. Puccini was only a half head away and Zebrinz was breathing down his neck. In a blanket finish General Groove hit the line well after switching back to the fence but only about three lengths covered the entire field. Nice run the stayer Big Memory first-up in the bunch behind the placings. Follow: none, too bunched. Race 6: Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) 1st Malaguerra – Ben Melham 2nd Grane – Jye McNeil 3rd Thermal Current – Damian Lane They decided to come down the middle of the track here and Tawteen tried to match it with Bullpit while General Jackson took the sit behind them. Headwater worked into a spot a length or two away and Malaguerra settled inside him. Grane and Thermal Current were the next pair and Lumosty sat just off them to their outside. Bullpit went for home about 300m out and shook off Tawteen. General Jackson and Headwater were there to have their chance while Malaguerra ducked to the inside. Grane went past Headwater while further out Thermal Current and Lumosty were trying to wind up.  Bullpit’s run had ended 100m out and Malaguerra darted through underneath and kicked away for a strong win. Grane kept coming and ran into second with Thermal Current trying hard and Miss Promiscuity winding up from the back. Lumosty didn’t run and she wasn’t able to beat Bullpit home which is a worry for the campaign ahead. Follow: Malaguerra is a progressive type and he’s even better beyond 1000m. Race 7: Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) 1st Palentino – Mark Zahra 2nd Tarzino – Craig Newitt 3rd Risqué – Damian Lane Xtravagant was ridden out of the gates to lead and got there fairly easily while Mahuta moved up into second. Sailing By let him go andPerfect Reflection had the fence. Snoopy was on the move ahead of River Wild, who jumped with them this time, and Vanbrugh andRisqué were there. Ready For Victory and Jameka were the next pair. Further back Palentino settled near the tail with Tivaci andTarzino. Xtravagant had them stacked up so from the back Tarzino made a quick move and put some pressure on with Mahuta. Snoopy was the first horse beaten. Risqué let Tivaci go while Jameka with Palentino and Tarzino were moving around them wide out too. Xtravagant had a kick at the 400m and Tivaci tried to go with him. Perfect Reflection was a shot duck and was eased out of it. Risqué and Jameka started to run on while Tarzino and Palentino had a bit of a bumping duel. River Wild was weaving through with Ready For Victory. Xtravagant was still the one to catch at the 200m, Tivaci had run his race but Risqué was the first to go out after him. Palentino and Tarzino were winding up too, getting past Jameka, and River Wild was closing. Palentino and Tarzino got very close in the last 20m or so and Palentino just held him off to win. Risqué held on well for third and River Wild just sprinted better than Jameka late. Vanbrugh ran an improved race. A protest against the winner was dismissed. Of the beaten horses, Xtravagant had his chance, Perfect Reflection had a slow recovery on pulling up. Follow: Tarzino and Jameka are coming along well for Sydney targets. Race 8: France’s Tressady Stakes (1400m) 1st Wawail – Damien Oliver 2nd Whistle Baby – Katelyn Mallyon 3rd Choose – Craig Newitt Shakespearean Lass took it up but was kept off the fence early by ChooseWawail only jumped fairly but made it to third cheaply aroundWhistle BabyJessy Belle was in the clear behind them and Abohar settled on her outside clear of Mossbeat and Boundary. Shakespearean Lass eventually found the fence but choose kept her honest coming away from the rail to be outside. Wawail had the drop on them. Whistle Baby and Jessy Belle also enjoyed good runs though the latter was being dug up on the turn. Wawail swept to the lead at the 400m and for a few strides it looked as though she’d gone a bit early as Whistle Baby loomed alongside. Choose couldn’t do any better while Jessy Belle was still a couple of lengths away with Abohar wider out. Wawail had a bit up her sleeve though and edged clear in the last 100m. Whistle Baby and Choose battled on well in the placings and Jessy Belle scrambled into fourth but didn’t run to expectation considering the run she had. Mossbeat, Abohar and My Sister Lil were close up but never a real chance. Follow: none. Race 9: Antler Luggage Trophy (1800m) 1st Tom Melbourne – Glen Boss 2nd Divan – Damien Oliver 3rd Berisha – Mark Zahra Spreadeagled was first out but immediately handed up to Great EsteemHimalaya Dream and NevisTom Melbourne came over from the outside gate into fourth with ease ahead of Spreadeagled. Divan was on his back with Abbasso and Falago behind him. Nevis ran to the front and broke the field right up with a big lead by the 1000m. Himalaya Dream had to do the carting and Great Esteem was another four lengths from him. Tom Melbourne travelled well ahead of Spreadeagled and Divan. Himalaya Dream had reeled Nevis in by the turn but both were gone. Tom Melbourne and Great Esteem pounced on them and Divan was there in plenty of time. Spreadeagled stayed on the fence. Further out Falago was running on with Berisha from the back. Tom Melbourne was there to be run down at the 200m but Divan was flat and couldn’t match him. Spreadeagled also battled on the fence while they were also making hard work of it from the back and Berisha was finishing best of them. Tom Melbourne proved far too strong though and easily accounted for Divan and Berisha an improved third. Close up were Falago, Spreadeagled, Transfer Allowance running on, and Abbasso. Follow: none. Specials from the meeting: Palace Tycoon, Derryn, Scarlet Billows, Tarzino. —– RANDWICK REVIEW – SATURDAY MARCH 5 2016 Race 1 – REISLING STAKES (1200M) 1st FRENCH FERN – Blake Shinn 2nd QUICK FEET – Kerrin McEvoy 3rd MOQUEEN – Hugh Bowman Uneven start as Zelady’s Night Out shot off to a flyer from out wide and immediately took the lead, whilst hot favourite on the inside Honesty Prevails left the gate slowly but made up some ground to sit behind Super Too, who found the rail just off the leader. French Fern was right there with Super Too, with a gap back to the trio settled back in Honesty Prevails, Quick Feet and Moqueen. Moving toward the side of the course and Clark on the leader slowed them up and let the field bunch. Around the turn French Fern probably had it toughest, caught three wide, whilst Honesty Prevails was able to stalk up on the rail. Zelady’s Night Out stopped in the straight, clearly not up to it, and was immediately passed by Honesty Prevails, Super Too and French Fern. Honesty Prevails didn’t respond and French Fern was by far the strongest, kicking on for the win, with Quick Feet and Moqueen scooting down the outside to grab the minor placings. Watch: French Fern – the winner didn’t always get a great run but overcame it. Race 2 – UNSW TODMAN STAKES (1200m) 1st KISS AND MAKE UP – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd CAPITALIST – Blake Shinn 3rd WEATHERLY – Craig Williams Minuscule field of just four runners – for a $300k Group 2 – and Weatherly missed the start as Kiss And Make Up and hot favourite Capitalist leapt to the front. The former had the inside running and set a fairly strong pace, Shinn on Capitalist sitting just off him, with the gap to Tessera and Weatherly. McEvoy relaxed the speed a little around the side and Shinn stayed with him despite the favourite looking pretty keen to get moving. Into the straight and there really wasn’t too much else to it – the story probably being more about what didn’t happen. Capitalist jumped at $1.22 but didn’t fire a shot down the straight as Kiss And Make Up streamed away for an easy win and a major boilover. Weatherly looked somewhat threatening, very briefly, but was never in the finish. Watch: Kiss And Make Up, purely for how underrated he was. Race 3 – GIRVAN WAUGH RANDWICK CITY STAKES (2000m) 1st LIBRAN – Brenton Avdulla 2nd ALLERGIC – James McDonald 3rd MAURUS – Jason Collett Marenostro was out of the gates best and went to the lead with Bohemian Lily coming across to meet him. Bowman on Beyond Thankful tried to do similar from wider but remained caught deep. Libran was up with the leaders on the fence with Auvrey just off him, whilst McDonald had taken hot favourite Allergic back to settle with only Rio Perdido and Maurus trailing him. The leader was away whilst Beyond Thankful finally made it across to join him, likewise Café Society who had come across to join the next group, with Libran still sitting pretty and fairly relaxed on the rail. From there it was Auvrey with a decent gap to Allergic the best of the rest. Bowman kept pressing on Beyond Thankful and took the lead for himself, Café Society behind doing likewise, with others led by Libran more content to cruise along. Bowman stretched it right out to four to five lengths along the side of the course, with Maurus the significant mover of the trailing pack, Collett pushing him up midfield to improve his position. Into the straight and the leader was caught, Libran leading the charge with Allergic caught behind and attempting to follow him through. They walked past but Allergic was slightly delayed before finding his run, which would prove decisive, giving chase hard but Libran was too tough to hold him off. Maurus had a fair journey to make and finished off nicely for third. Watch: none. Race 4 – CITY FORD GROUP ASPIRATION QUALITY (1600m) 1st HEAVENS ABOVE – Christian Reith 2nd ALL CERISE – Hugh Bowman 3rd ALEGRIA – James McDonald Starter caught them well with Skyline Blush, All Cerise and Adorabeel out hardest, whilst fancied runners Heavens Above and Alegria were allowed to drift back and find their feet. All Cerise settled into the lead whilst Collett had brought Mary Lou across to be second, with Skyline Blush and Adorabeel comfortable next. Reasonably orderly going around the side with the major mover Heavens Above, Reith electing to improve position down the side of the track and moving her out from near last to midfield, with McDonald tagging along on Alegria. Bowman had had the race his own way as they straightened and still held onto All Cerise, but shifted across and handed the rails run to Adorabeel. Heavens Above and Alegria had completed their positioning and were coming hardest in the centre of the track, with Bowman eventually waking his mount up and demanding the run. It was all Heavens Above however, as he moved up to All Cerise and stole the momentum for a solid win, Alegria claiming third. Watch: none. Race 5 – CANTERBURY STAKES (1300m) 1st HOLLER – James McDonald 2nd FIRST SEAL – Blake Shinn 3rd KERMADEC – Hugh Bowman Field was out fairly slowly apart from Holler, who shot straight to the front, with Kermadec having missed the start the worst. Berry on Our Boy Malachi definitely weren’t where he wanted to be, and he booted around the outside until they were with Holler. Ecuador settled just behind them followed by First Seal with Kermadec coming up to join him, whilst Happy Clapper and Criterion drifted back. Around the side Holler held the lead all the way and didn’t shift off the fence, Our Boy Malachi trailing him, whilst Ecuador and Kermadec were shifted out for a wider finish. As they straightened McDonald moved out marginally and went for home, handing First Seal the inside running, which Shinn took briefly before again shifting out. McDonald just kept shifting through the gears and First Seal had no meaningful response, Kermadec running on the best of the rest as Our Boy Malachi dropped off. Watch: Holler – commanding performance – controlled proceedings before slaying them in the straight. Race 6 – FIREBALL STAKES (1100m) 1st REDZEL – Hugh Bowman 2nd TAKEDOWN – Tim Clark 3rd EGYPTIAN SYMBOL – Brenton Avdulla Best out was the favourite Furnaces from wide, whilst Redzel on the inside also started strongly. Takedown and Lady Sniper were just behind them with a gap to the chasing pack, Egyptian Symbol caught wide and noticeably moved back to last. Orderly running around the bend and into the straight, Bowman then letting Redzel go and opening up a handy lead, whilst all was not right with Furnaces who pulled right up and eventually finished last. Takedown kept giving but was no match for Redzel who was never in doubt, with a handy run from Eqyptian Symbol down the middle of the track from well back. Watch: none Race 7 – GIRVAN WAUGH RANDWICK GUINEAS (1600m) 1st LE ROMAIN – Christian Reith 2nd PRESS STATEMENT – Hugh Bowman 3rd GOLD AMBITION – Tye Angland Hot contest to take the lead with Press Statement jumping out well but many others wanting the front too. Dal Cielo was in the thick of it with Balmain Boy, Shards, Man Of Choice and Mackintosh, so Bowman eased Press Statement back to sit behind them with Le Romain on his outer flank and Stay With Me on the inside. Balmain Boy led them around the side with Dal Cielo right on his hammer, Mackintosh caught very wide from Shards and Man Of Choice, with Stay With Me, Press Statement behind and Le Romain caught deep with them. They straightened and Bowman had got himself into a lot of trouble on Press Statement, hopelessly stuck in traffic, whilst Reith on his outside pulled the trigger with perfect timing to make his run. This let Press Statement out, yet he still faced a minor wrestle with Gold Ambition before getting genuine clear air. Those three were all over the finish, though Stay With Me from inside ran on well. Press Statement’s run was left too late and he couldn’t claim Le Romain, who held on for a very tough win. Watch: Le Romain, Press Statement – the winner finally got the big victory he’s richly deserved for some weeks, whilst Press Statement could have won given better tactics and luck. Race 8 – HYLAND RACE COLOURS CHALLENGE STAKES (1000m) 1st ENGLISH – Tommy Berry 2nd KINGLIKE – Craig Williams 3rd BOSS LANE – Christian Reith Felines jumped best from the wide barrier and came across to join Ball Of Muscle in front, with Lord Of The Sky going with them and Speak Fondly just behind. From there it was Rule The River on the fence from Kinglike, Ottoman and then a gap to Shiraz, Boss Lane and English last of all. Ball Of Muscle continued to control things, as further back Kinglike and Shiraz both took wide runs and Boss Lane and English remained well back into the straight. It was a tight pack down the straight which somehow Berry weaved through with the utmost skill and timing, threading the needle to emerge on the fence and in the lead. Boss Lane, Kinglike and Shiraz were flashing down the outside but couldn’t catch English, who held on for a tight win. Watch: English – took every chance she had. Kinglike hit the line full of running. Race 9 – CHI-X AUSTRALIA WENONA GIRL HANDICAP (1200m) 1st SAVOUREUX – Tommy Berry 2nd PRIVATE SECRETARY – Brenton Avdulla 3rd FLASHING SPEED – James McDonald Even start with Press Report out well along with Flashing Speed and I’ve Got The Looks, followed by Lucky Can Be and Artistry caught a little wide. Likewise Savoureux behind him with Cradle Me on his inside, with a gap back to Supara, Thunder Lady and Private Secretary last of all. Fairly pedestrian pace in the run with a wall of horses across the track emerging from the turn to make their run. Flashing Speed continued to lead them but came under heavy pressure from Artistry on his outside and Savoureux wider still. The latter would have the pace to burn them all off and claim the win, whilst Private Secretary flashed home down the centre of the track from well back. Watch: Savoureux, Private Secretary – both finished all over the line. Horses to follow: French Fern, Holler, Le Romain, English.