Runners to watch: Flemington, 28th January

Race 1: Doriemus Stakes (1100m)

Jennifer Lynn (2nd): raced fresh and was a lot handier than expected, left a sitting shot over the last 100m and was duly run down. However she was first-up, conceded weight and will be even better over more ground.

Note – Navagio enjoyed plenty of cover at the back of the field and peeled out wide before finishing over the top of Jennifer Lynn in a nice performance.  Unique Lovely hit the line okay at big odds into third.

Race 2: Handicap. (1400m)

Note – Diamond Baroness was allowed to cruise across from the outside and lead at her leisure, wasn’t taken on and she kicked away. Basically had a procession before holding off Ma Jones, running a much improved race, and Cruising Speed solid enough in third.

Race 3: ATA Celebrates 50 Years Handicap (1400m)

Oak Door (4th): wasn’t the best away and was made to work to get across to lead. Didn’t have a lot of time to take a breather but fought on bravely, only dipping out of the placings late. Huge performance, he’s a smart 3yo and well worth another chance.

Widgee Turf (2nd): either lacked speed or little initiative shown to hold a spot from an inside gate and he found himself buried near last on the fence. Produced a strong finish to get within half a length but gave too much start. Needs to find some tactical speed to be a reliable punting medium going forward.

Note – Knowable enjoyed a perfect run behind the speed and sprinted quickly to put the race away at the 200m, he held off a slightly unlucky Widgee Turf and Mr Sneaky who both made ground.

Race 4: @FlemingtonVRC Handicap (1600m)

Note – Portman always looked the one to beat in the run and that’s how it panned out, he chimed in at the 300m and was pulling away late. Jest For The Road and Hokkaido were solid on the pace and had their chance.

Race 5: Bitalli Handicap (2000m)

Note – Goldstream was gifted the lead and some easy sectionals and unsurprisingly held on to break a long run of outs. Master Zephyr had his chance following the leader while Chance To Dance and Master Of Arts ran on to be close up. Stay with Master Of Arts, yet another fourth but had excuses from about the 700m to the 200m.

Race 6: Inglis Dash (1100m)

Shadow Fighter (12th): completely forget he went around. Slow out, checked a number of times and went to the line untested. Beaten a fair way but wasn’t touched in the last 100m or so and certainly had excuses.

Note – Messy race with several hard luck stories. Roughie Perpetual Crisis got up inside most of the field to win and regain his best form downing Ebenos who was game up on the speed and Land Of Plenty just cutting out Fuhryk for third.

Race 7: Kensington Stakes (1000m)

Hellbent (3rd): found himself in a tricky spot behind the leader and was strung up for runs at a few stages before pushing into the clear. When he did he took a few strides to wind up and looked unlucky.

Note – Tivaci was having his first try at the 1000m and stretched out impressively after working to the outside of the leading bunch. He finished too well for El Divino who looked the winner at the 100m and the luckless Hellbent.

Race 8: Patrobas Handicap (1400m)

Entre Nous (2nd): left a bit flat footed when the sprint went on from the turn and had to check off heels 200m out. Attacked the line hard late into second in a top first-up effort. Has a strong second-up record.

Note – Mubakkir controlled the race from outside the lead and had enough of a kick to hold off a wall of horses chasing, withEntre Nous arriving for second ahead of a luckless Divine Mr Artie (he is a backmarker so can be unlucky) who probably would have won had a run come earlier.

Race 9: VRC Young Members Handicap (1800m)

Note – Hipparchus was a class above his rivals and ran right up to a nice effort a week earlier. He was held up for a while in the straight but when the gap came he broke clear. Gervais continued his good form in second and Battlecamp had every possible chance in the run though did play up a bit in the gates.