Flemington/Rosehill Reviews


Race 1: Throughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m)

1st Thyme For Roses – Ben Melham
2nd Emphatically – Michelle Payne
3rd Soviet Secret – Damien Oliver

They all headed towards the outside rail and Joan Constance shared the lead with Thyme For Roses before the latter took over clearly.Emphatically was right on her back and Selenia on the inside of them. Concealer and Sister Sylvia were the next pair and Vaingloriouswas in that line. Soviet Secret may have been checked early on as she jumped well but settled last. Thyme For Roses travelled well and those around her were under pressure to keep up. Joan Constance was first to crack and Emphatically took the run underneath the leader while Selenia was closest to the inside. Concealer was being called on and couldn’t match them while Soviet Secret was starting to look dangerous wider out. Thyme For Roses sprinted hard from the 200m and left them standing, running out a very easy winner. Selenia was going to finish a clear second 50m out but she was swamped late by Emphatically, coming again after looking beaten, and Soviet Secret getting up for third. So Serene was only getting warm at the finish and charged late to cut Concealer out of fifth.

Follow: perhaps So Serene is worth another look.

Race 2: Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)

1st Seaburge – Mark Zahra
2nd Detective – Blake Shinn
3rd Revolving Door – Hugh Bowman

Battle Order bounded in the air at the start and was squeezed out. Detective was ridden with purpose to cross and lead from Power Tripand the Tasmanian filly Hot Dipped landed in the box seat. The next pair were Seaburge three back on the fence inside Revolving Door.Attenborough wanted to over race and Jackson didn’t seem to like being bailed up behind them. Detective seemed to have things his own way with Power Trip staying at his quarters. Hot Dipped came off the inside coming to the turn and that allowed Seaburge to take her spot. That allowed him to steal a length on Revolving Door while Attenborough came to the outside. Hot Dipped was first under pressure and Detective rolled off the inside which allowed Seaburge a saloon run. Jackson tried to follow him through but couldn’t sprint and Revolving Door started to get going down the outside with the battling Hot Dipped. Seaburge wanted to roll out a bit in the last 50m but safely held Detective to the line. Revolving Door had his chance in running third keeping Jackson at bay. Hot Dipped had her chance and simply wasn’t good enough on the day.

Follow: none in particular.

Race 3: Goodwood Racecourse Trophy (1100m)

1st Super Cash – Luke Currie
2nd Sooboog – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Stellar Collision – Brad Rawiller

The field split with the inside six gates heading towards the inside fence until Brockhofff switched course to the outside after about 50m.Grey Street led that inside group from Tiz My ViewCertain Ellie and Sandrelli. On the grandstand side Sooboog led clearly over Super Cash while Bassett took a trail this time behind them. Gibbon and Stellar Collision were wider out and Brockhoff settled three horses back behind the leader and was under pressure 400m out. At that point there was nothing between the two divisions. By the 200m the outside had the led and Super Cash was tackling Sooboog. Grey Street and Sandrelli had paired off on the inside fence. As the race went on the outside started to draw away and Super Cash just outgunned Sooboog, a much improved performance from him, and the broke well clear of Stellar Collision just getting the better of Bassett. Grey Street was first home on the flat side, and by several lengths, as Sandrelli dropped off. Brockhoff was never in the race once he switched sides and you’d have to mark him as disappointing.

Follow: none here.

Race 4: Blamey Stakes (1600m)

1st He Or She – Craig Williams
2nd The United States – Hugh Bowman
3rd Stratum Star – Mark Zahra

Kenjorwood was pumped along early to hold the fence and the lead but pressure came from out wide with Trust In A Gust pushing on from the outside gate. Entirely Platinum and Stratum Star were with them in the first 100m before easing out of it. The United States settled about four lengths astern as the field strung out with He Or She on his outside. The pace understandably dropped a bit from the 1000m but Kenjorwood still strode along freely. Trust In A Gust was a spent force by the home turn as Entirely Platinum and Stratum Star eased out to try and chase. The United States saved ground along the fence and was quickly into third place by the 400m. He Or She ran up behind a wall of horses and had to wait and Guardini loomed up looking some kind of threat. Kenjorwood was still giving a sight but The United States ducked up on the fence to claim him nearing the 200m. Stratum Star was there to chase him down but it was left to He Or She, who finally found room, to unleash a sprint and arrive in time for a good win. The United States ran well second-up though had his chance and Stratum Star was honest as usual but probably not suited by the hectic tempo. Nice run too from Kenjorwood while Guardini wasn’t disgraced first-up. Trust In A Gust dropped right out.

Follow: like another look at Guardini.

Race 5: Kewney Stakes (1400m)

1st Badawiya – Craig Newitt
2nd Don’t Doubt Mamma – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Egypt – Craig Williams

Egypt and Jacqui’s Joy were a bit slow and Don’t Doubt Mamma eased from the outside gate. Pasadena Girl took no part after rearing at the start. Mossin’ Around was first out with Badawiya then Daniela Rosa and Bengal Cat improved up onto the speed. Catch A Firelanded in a good spot while Labdien was caught three wide around Indarra and Egypt getting up on the fence. Mossin’ Around and Bengal Cat shared the lead when they settled and Badawiya had a drop on them. Daniela Rosa was next and Labdien crept on wider out. Egypt kept her move along the rails going when Catch A Fire came off. Mossin’ Around and Bengal Cat were still at it down to the 300m where Mossin’ Around found a length but Badawiya was stalking and soon after she chimed in. Egypt was still there on the inside and wider out Labdien and Don’t Doubt Mamma were running on. Jacqui’s Joy ran up into a dead end at the clock tower. Badawiya sprinted away from about the 150m and romped home. Don’t Doubt Mamma gave away too much start but hit the line strongly again and Egypt scrambled into third from Labdien who was game after a wide run. Outside them be a little forgiving of Jacqui’s Joy.

Follow: Badawiya is in for a good prep but don’t undersell Don’t Doubt Mamma either.

Race 6: Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m)

1st The Quarterback – Craig Newitt
2nd Black Heart Bart – Damian Lane
3rd Chautauqua – Dwayne Dunn

Charmed Harmony went out on his own towards the inside of the track. A bit of bumping out of the gates with Japonisme and Delectationsqueezing The Quarterback out, while Chautauqua copped a bit of a bump in that scrimmage. Secret Agenda ended up in front with Keen Array inside and Japonisme to her outer before he tucked in behind the filly. Churchill Dancer was in the middle and Chautauqua had Japonisme’s back. Black Heart Bart settled behind Keen Array while Delectation and The Quarterback were out the back. Charmed Harmony was still up there with them at the 400m despite being solo down the middle. Japonisme was trying to reel in Secret Agenda and Keen Array while Churchill Dancer was strung up behind them. Black Heart Bart burst up inside that group just as Chautauqua looked to be closing in on them and The Quarterback was also winding up from the back. They were coming from everywhere at the 100m with Black Heart Bart hitting the lead, The Quarterback went straight past Chautauqua while Churchill Dancer and Japonisme were battling on. The Quarterback arrived in the last couple of strides to down Black Heart Bart, both excellent efforts, with Chautauqua third and looking to have every chance. Did 58kg bring him undone? Perhaps, but he was there to win. Japonisme didn’t quite run up to his Lightning performance with Churchill Dancer getting the better of him.

Follow: Black Heart Bart was excellent first-up and tends to improve with racing.

Race 7: Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m)

1st Preferment – Hugh Bowman
2nd Awesome Rock – Stephen Baster
3rd Rising Romance – Craig Williams

Bow Creek missed the start again and settled a clear last. Awesome Rock and Preferment went forward from out wide but had to work a little as Our Ivanhowe held his place on the fence and Rising Romance and Suavito were handy too. Extra Zero and Fenway were on the back of them. Nobody seemed to want to lead early and pace was farcical but Awesome Rock eventually crossed passing the 1200m and Preferment sat up in second. Rising Romance tucked in third and Suavito ran past Our Ivanhowe into the one-one. They pulled right up in the middle stages with the leaders getting away with murder up front. Awesome Rock had about a length on Preferment coming to the turn but they were bunched up and Fenway and Suavito pulled out to start a forward move. Rising Romance was still behind them and Our Ivanhowe was working to the outside. Bow Creek was still well back and looking to steal some ground through the pack. Awesome Rock had a kick past the 400m, as he was entitled to, and started to move away from the fence with Preferment just to his outside following him out. Rising Romance ran to third but the leaders were getting out past the centre of the track. Out wide Fenway, Our Ivanhowe and Happy Trails from the back were running on. Awesome Rock was all out with 50m to run but just held off a driving Preferment. Rising Romance clung on for third but there was nothing between six of them as Fenway, Our Ivanhowe, Happy Trails, Extra Zero and Bow Creek were all close up. A protest by the runner-up Preferment for interference in the last 400m with stewards citing the 300m-200m as the area they felt Preferment was denied his chance. Controversial decision, yet again.

Follow: Our Ivanhowe is coming along nicely for the Sydney carnival.

Race 8: Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m)

1st Felicienne – Harry Coffey
2nd Metaphorical – Luke Currie
3rd Alaskan Rose – Glen Boss

Noble Protector reared as the gates opened and dumped the rider. Anaphora was a surprise early leader with Miss Rose De Lago working forward and eventually running to the front. Mossbeat was up handy and Alaskan Rose also a lot closer on the fence, Metaphorical just behind her. Felicienne was four back on the inside as the speed slowed. Vital Importance was exposed wide out when the pace went off too. Miss Rose De Lago was racing about four off the inside with Anaphora staying in and Mossbeat easing wider to run on. Felicienne had a bump with Alaskan Rose as the riderless Noble Protector hugged the fence, causing some tightening. Metaphorical loomed up with Redasunmaking a dash from the back. Anyone’s race at the 300m with Miss Rose De Lago looking in trouble as Metaphorical joined her and Felicienne went right back up against the rail to avoid the riderless horse. Felicienne hit the front 200m out and held a comfortable margin of over a length on Metaphorical to the line. Alaskan Rose got going again to run into third from the tiring Miss Rose De Lago and Redasun.

Follow: bit of a messy race but Alaskan Rose’s run was an improved one.

Race 9: My Kitchen Rules Stakes (1400m)

1st Tried And Tired – Mark Zahra
2nd Yesterday’s Songs – Damien Oliver
3rd Coronation Shallan – Daniel Stackhouse

Coronation Shallan showed speed to lead and found it pretty easily. Tried And Tired moved into second with Jimando in the box seat andPetrology pulling his way up three wide. Yesterday’s Songs had a nice run while Jessy Belle was improving wider out too as they bunched. Coronation Shallan was the first to be asked for an effort as Tried And Tired looked to travel well. Petrology was the first beaten as Jessy Belle and Yesterday’s Songs on either side were running on. Jimando was bailed away on the fence. Tried And Tired went for home at the 300m and Yesterday’s Songs was the only one going out after him. Coronation Shallan was still there with Jimando and Jessy Belle. Tried And Tired held about a length in the concluding stages over Yesterday’s Songs who had every chance. Coronation Shallan stuck on well to stave off Jimando while Jessy Belle again loomed and didn’t go on with it. The others were in a different race.

Follow: Coronation Shallan will be fitter and she’ll be hard to beat in mares races.

Specials from the meeting: Badawiya, Don’t Doubt Mamma, Our Ivanhowe, Coronation Shallan.



Race 1 – SKY HIGH STAKES (2000m)

1st SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD – Blake Spriggs
2nd MESSENE – Tommy Berry
3rd WHO SHOT THEBARMAN – Christian Reith

Slow start at the 2000m with Collett taking Grand Marshall straight back, whilst up front there was little jostling with Messene eventually coming across to lead from a handier Who Shot Thebarman. Sir John Hawkwood was next on the fence with Destiny’s Kiss on his outside, then back to Magic Hurricane and Grand Marshall content to trail.

Friendly gallop along the back on the course with little movement from anybody and Berry setting a reasonable pace. They bunched up into the side of the course as the speed picked up, Destiny’s Kiss stepped out for a run with Magic Hurricane going wider still.

Messene maintained the lead into the straight with Who Shot Thebarman still stalking and Sir John Hawkwood stepping out off the fence to move between them. Messene looked the strongest until the final furlong when Spriggs really got the foot down on Sir John Hawkwood and got the response. He dived at the leader to take it late, Who Shot thebarman holding on for third with Destiny’s Kiss and Grand Marshall finishing reasonably.

Watch: none


1st SOUCHEZ – James McDonald
2nd CHIMBORAA – Sam Clipperton
3rd MOUNT PANORAMA – Brett Prebble

Lionhearted from out wide got the best of the start, coming across to lead with Souchez moving up on the inside. The Reverend Demon settled next from Mount Panorama well placed on the rails, Chimboraa and Potent Force caught wide.

McDonald and Souchez controlled things around the turn with Lionhearted still outside, Mount Panorama stalking the rail and The Reverend Demon not far off. Further back Potent Force, Chimboraa and Mediterranean were still caught very deep. The two leaders got going in the straight whilst Prebble shifted Mount Panorama outside both of them to make a run. Lionhearted fell away and it looked to be only Mount Panorama laying down the challenge until Chimborra came flashing down the outside, but Souchez too was strong and held them both off.

Watch: Chimboraa – hit the line full of running


1st CALLIOPE – James McDonald
2nd OMEI SWORD – Brenton Avdulla
3rd TWIST TOPS – Corey Brown

The favourite Calliope the story of the start, missing an otherwise even jump and spending a fair bit of petrol regaining position from there. They set a very solid pace with Meridien Star and Super Too going to the front from Suspenders, Prompt Response and Kentucky Miss. Next was Twist Tops and Calliope, having recovered to mid-field and on the fence, then a further gap to the trailing pack headed by Omei Sword.

Fairly orderly going round the turn with Super Too and Meridien Star holding the lead into the straight, Prompt Response with the rails run behind and Suspenders, Calliope and Kentucky Miss stepped wider, and Twist Tops wider again. They formed a bit of a line until Calliope’s pace told out and McDonald sprinted away easily, with only Twist Tops and to a lesser extent Prompt Response offering anything. On the outside, Omei Sword came from nowhere to shoot home down the centre of the course in very impressive fashion, but it was too late to claim Calliope.

Watch: Calliope, Omei Sword. The winner missed the start and had to use a lot of juice, but stlll had plenty left to hold them off. Omei Sword hit the line in stunning style.


1st GHOST PROTOCOL – Thomas Huet
2nd SELF ESTEEM – Winona Costin (a1.5/50kg)
3rd OFF THE RAILS – James Innes Jr (a3/50kg)

Even start and the leaders struggled to get in order, from the fence Heirarchal, Fira, Self Esteem and Off The Rails forming a wall of horses with the latter two caught deep. Eventually they fell into line with Costin pushing forward on Self Esteem, Off The Rails moved up to second, Fira well placed on the fence with Word of Mouth on his outside, a gap to Heirarchal and Another Cocktail, and a further gap to Hursley, Slow Pace, Napoleon and Ghost Protocol at the back.

Self Esteem set a reasonably pedestrian pace along the back of the course, until Clipperton on Word of Mouth decided to up the tempo and stepped out from fourth for a run. There was plenty of reaction, Self Esteem going up a notch to hold the lead from Off The Rails, and Another Cocktail who followed Word of Mouth’s lead to push forward, albeit quite wide. Pace continued through the turn and they cornered in a line, Another Cocktail deepest caught four wide. Up the straight they spaced right out with all runners getting room – Self Esteem battled hard and held the lead from a number of challengers, until Huet on Ghost Protocol, having ridden quietly at the back and inside, found the fence and shot forward. He would prove the strongest, Self Esteem manfully holding off Off The Rails, Another Cocktail and Hursley.

Watch: none


1st ALBERTO MAGIC – Jason Collett
2nd ANGELS BEACH – Tim Clark
3rd BACHMAN – Kerrin McEvoy

Hard start at the 1100m with On a Shining Star and Tahitian Black missing it by a half-length, and some pace up the front as Angels Beach led from Craftiness, relentlessly pushed forward from wide by Corey Brown to take up second. Barbed was next followed by the favourite Alberto Magic well placed on the fence, with a gap to a recovering On a Shining Star wanting to be further forward. Behind them was Eminent Duke, Decision Time, The Monstar caught deep, and Backman and Tahitian Black trailing them along.

Collett controlled it through the turn and emerged with a keen Craftiness on his flank, whilst Alberto Magic was still nicely placed on the rails, and Barbed out wide giving it to Craftiness. Angels Beach kept giving all the way to the line but Collett has stepped out on Alberto Magic and made his run, the pair going to the line with the favourite just having too much momentum in the end. Bachman flashed home impressively from well back to grab third, having had to go quite wide to find a run from the rear.

Watch: Bachman – hit the line full of running after getting out.


1st HATTORI HANZO – Noel Collow
2nd MAN OF CHOICE – Tim Clark
3rd BELIEVE – Kerrin McEvoy

Believe bounded out of the gates whilst favourite Old North missed it by half a length, however he went straight past Tatoosh and Italy who were both determined to be at the rear. Hattori Hanzo raced up the outside to be second but caught a little deep, with Sacred Eye and Man Of Choice next, whilst Torgensen fell back to level up with Old North.

Orderly racing through the turn with Collett taking Torgensen out wide for a run as they emerged. Believe stuck hard to the fence and had Man Of Choice move up his outside, with Hattori Hanzo still right there, with Old North Caught behind him and unable to get out with Sacred Eye boxing him in. He eventually squeezed out and went for the line on Hattori Hanzo’s outside, whilst Believe and Man Of Choice continued to drive to the line as well. They hit the line in a wall, an extremely close go with only a head bob between the four of them. Hattori Hanzo would claim the photo.

Watch: none

Race 7 – COOLMORE CLASSIC (1500m)

1st PEEPING – Sam Clipperton
2nd AZKADELLIA – Brett Prebble
3rd SOLICIT – Kerrin McEvoy

Settled start with most tactics seemingly realized – McEvoy took Solicit to the front to lead from Ghisoni, followed by a slight gap to Vergara, Pearls and a further length to Peeping. Zanbagh was next with Azkadellia outside, then back to Politeness caught wide outside Telepathic and Lucia Valentina, and Amicus and Slightly Sweet last of all.

Solicit led them all the way around the turn with Brown on Ghisoni content to trail quietly, with Pearls behind on the fence chasing hard. Vergara initially led the remaining pursuers but was quickly claimed by a fast finishing pair from wider in Peeping and Azkadellia. Both then claimed Ghisoni for the lead and had all the momentum as they also took Solicit and claimed the quinella, Lucia Valentina and Zanbagh also finishing hard.

Watch: Peeping, Azkadellia – can’t go past either runs from a high quality field.

Race 8 – AJAX STAKES (1500m)

1st IT’S SOMEWHAT – Sam Clipperton
2nd EXCESS KNOWLEDGE – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd DANCES ON STARS – Christian Reith

Good Project led them out of the gates, almost going head over heels, and was joined from wider by Casino Dancer to take up the early running. Angland pushed Kool Kompany through to sit right behind them with It’s Somewhat coming up on his outside. Slight gap then to Puccini, Rudy and Excess Knowledge, then Rock Sturdy, Generalife, Alpha Beat and Dances on Stars at the rear of the field.

Good Project kept them in order at a fairly average pace through most of the run, Avdulla going early out of the turn to ask the question of the leader. It’s Somewhat looked extremely solid as it bounded past with authority to take the lead, with Kool Kompany boxing on behind but not making a huge amount of progress. It’s Somewhat was very strong in the run to the line, challenged only by a fast finishing Excess Knowledge and Dances On Stars, who’d stepped back from almost last to rattle down the outside. Both were eye-catching but neither could get to It’s Somewhat in time.

Watch: It’s Somewhat, Dances On Stars – commanding performance by the winner, whilst Dances On Stars attacked the line with gusto.


1st HIGH MIDNIGHT – Glyn Schofield
2nd LOFTY’S MENU – Paul King
3rd DRAGON FLYER – Tye Angland

Genuine battle for the lead here with a mob of runners wanting it, Nite Rocker out hardest from Open Book, Harry Hotspur and El Doute, but it was High Midnight who would get it as Schofield brought him across from the wide gate. Parked behind them were Dragon Flyer and Bold Circle more content to trail, followed by Lofty’s Menu, Disclaimer and Hollywood Bound.

Good speed on as the field strung right out across about fifteen lengths, High Midnight dictating terms with Harry Hotspur, Nite Rocker, El Dout and an improving Dragon Flyer in pursuit, the latter running into some traffic as Angland tried to find a run. They would battle on but High Midnight never looked in danger, Lofty’s Menu coming down the middle from back to run on, and Dragon Flyer finishing well when he finally got out.

Watch: High Midnight – looked a class above.

Horses to follow: Calliope, Omei Sword, Peeping, Azkadellia, It’s Somewhat, High Midnight.