Race 5. 2000M JAPAN RACING ASSOCIATION PLATE
HAWK ISLAND GLYN SCHOFIELD 1st $3.70F
GALIZANI JIM CASSIDY 2nd $5
VINTEDGE DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $9
Super win this one from Hawk Island. He was coming off two solid performances in Group 1’s and had good form on the heavy with 5 wins from 8 starts. He had to do it carrying 8kg over the limit though and that was the impressive thing, the way he was able to win with the big weight. Lots of horses are down in class each week and they are not all able to handle the extra lead. Galizani went well and she had some minor excuses and was unable to get a run at a vital stage and was held up. She missed the run in the Chairmans the week prior so her effort was really good considering she was 21 days between runs. Vintedge loves wet tracks and went well again. She is certainly getting very close to a win.
Race 6. 2400M PATINACK FARM 100TH AJC OAKS
ABSOLUTELY BRAD RAWILLER 1st $31
SHAMROCKER GLEN BOSS 2nd $3.50F
PINKER PINKER DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $8.50
All week everyone was talking up the chances of all the Melbourne visitors here and they figured in the trifecta but not really the way anyone thought. No doubt the results would have been different on a dry track but it wasn’t dry and the record books have been written. Mick Kent is a really good trainer and it’s good to see him get a win like this under his belt. Absolutely was a maiden going into the race but she had contested quality races throughout her short career that were listed or better after her first run. She came through the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide where she ran second behind the highly promising Moody runner Lights Of Heaven. She was able to get a lovely run in transit and when they all worked away from the rail in the straight they left an opening for Brad Rawiller who shot through along the rails and sprinted to victory.Shamrocker enjoyed a lovely run also and Boss couldn’t have done much better. H e managed to get her to where she needed to be when rounding the turn and she looked to be the winner at one stage and her effort to finish second was really good. Looking forward to seeing her in the Spring. Pinker Pinker who is also trained at Cranbourne like the winner Absolutely ran in to third for trainer Greg Eurell. She is a really promising type and I expect she will be a really big improver between now and her next preparation.Brazilian Pulse the other favoured runner finished well back in the field after being in a good spot throughout. A combination of the wet track and a really hard run prior were probably the contributing factors for her failure.
Race 7. 1600M EMIRATES DONCASTER MILE
SACRED CHOICE TIM CLARK 1st $8
LOVE CONQUERS ALL CHRIS MUNCE 2nd $8
BOLD GLANCE SCOTT SEAMER 3rd $41
Sacred Choice proved that she is the best wet tracker in the country around the middle distances at the top level. She was able to win in similar conditions last Spring at Flemington when she beat Typhoon Tracy and her performance here adding another group 1 to her record was even better. The Pride trained mare was able to sit wide for the trip but it didn’t seem to bother her when straightening and her ability to get through the track better than the rest of the field made up in the end for ant extra ground that she had to cover. Love Conquers All has taken a while to get going this campaign but his last two group 1 seconds have been excellent. He has an excellent record on wet tracks and the query on him was his ability to run a strong 1600m as it was his first shot at the distance. Bold Glance had two career wins against his name on the heavy prior to the race and was able to enjoy a cosy run from one of the inside barrier s and did really well to finish third. He came through the Doncaster Preview race that was won last year by Brilliant Light who also ran well in the 2010 edition of the race. He was a little hard to have though and a few others looked to be better credentialed. Syreon ended up being the best of the Waller runners and he had three wins from six on the heavy. He was also dropping back from 2000m to 1600m which is what Sacred Choice did and last years winner Rangirangdoo did also. Syreon was certainly aided by the wet track here but he has always been a promising type also and Waller has turned him around. I would expect that they will push on to the QLD carnival with him and he looks like he is ready to continue to race at the top level. Ilovethiscity got back and ran on well. Thought he was weighted poorly against the older runners here and he did a good job to get home the way he did. Aloha jumped brilliantly for Boss and to ok up the lead. Thought that she looked to be travelling well at the top of the straight and that she was going to give a good kick but with a mix of the wet ground and the work that she did throughout the race she punctured around the 200m and ended up running home in 6th position. More Joyous was always going to struggle giving away so much weight in these conditions and she was unable to really offer anything after enjoying a good run. She can certainly be forgiven for her performance. Triple Elegance looked to be jogging at the turn and I thought to the eye he was going better than anything else but when they straightened he was unable to go in the ground and just began to spin wheels as they say.
Race 8. 1100M THE JAMES BOAG GALAXY
ATOMIC FORCE TIM CLARK 1st $10
THANKGODYOU’REHERE ROD QUINN 2nd $7
CARDINAL VIRTUE JOSH ADAMS 3rd $31
Winner here was Atomic Force and he has certainly now come a long way since he resumed in a BM95 this campaign. The good thing about being on Atomic Force in his races is his ability to sit just off the speed and unleash a really powerful sprint over 100m and put the race in doubt just like that. He has been able to win in that fashion most of his career starts but did look like he was up against it on paper here in a group 1. Certainly aided a little by the heavy track which bought him right into the race here but still someone has to win and it was him. The win also bought up a group 1 double for Tim Clark who also won on Sacred Choice in the Doncaster the race prior. Thankgodyou’rehere ran on well from the back of the field to finish second. It was a really good effort from him first up here in a group 1 and he looks as if he will be in for a good campaign. His only other start on the heavy was his first start at Gosford where he finished 5.6 lengths 6th.Cardinal Virtue rocketed home last start from last with some blistering sectionals. When horses come from last it’s not always a good indication that they will again run well next start but he certainly did and his effort was very good. He had previously had two runs on the heavy for a third and a 8th. Thought News Alert did ok in running on and Avenue was brave as usual with her efforts. She had good slow track form but that was her first try on the heavy. Swift Alliance ran well and was always going to struggle giving the rest so much weight. Ortensia blew the start and worked home down the outside but never threatened. She is starting to cement herself in as a money burner now and hasn’t won since November 2009.
Horses to follow: Thankgodyou’rehere, Galizani, Highly Recommended, Eclair Flyer, Vintedge