Race 1: Melbourne Cup Carnival On Sale (1400m)
Note – Top Me Up led all the way after jumping well, he had a bit of company but wasn’t overly pressured. King’s Command came off his back to close in late while Sadaqa (third) and Battlecamp ran on from the back without threatening. Cannyescent loomed up and didn’t go on while Dusty Jack had a three wide run and knocked up.
Race 2: My Kitchen Rules Handicap (1800m)
Hursley (2nd): horror show if you backed him, tracked the leader and went to push out on the turn but was put back in. Cut out again about 250m out and made a late dive along the fence to get within half a length or so. Should have won.
Note – Basically a procession with Aloft leading all the way from the luckless Hursley and Dodging Bullets who sat outside the leader and battled on. Nothing made any ground at all here.
Race 3: Incognitus Stakes (1100m)
Sweet Sherry (4th): either this was a massive first-up run for a new stable from a smart filly or there wasn’t too much between the inside and outside of the track. She did all the work on the grandstand side and broke right away from those out there and was only beaten 1.7 lengths.
Note – Falcool did quite a good job to win after being buried back in the field, he worked into the clear and showed a nice turn of foot to pick up the leaders and edge away. Ken’s Dream had his chance but a solid return and Sheriff John Stone ran a nice enough race up in class.
Race 4: VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m)
Note – another procession with Sircconi leading and Aspect sitting outside, they battled it out all the way down the straight with Sircconi just scraping in. Feng Chu was behind the leader and kicked on for third just ahead of Toga Picta who raced with him throughout. Again, not much ground was made.
Race 5: Kewney Stakes (1400m)
Kenedna (3rd): drifted out to the tailenders and had a checkered passage through in the straight. She worked into the inferior ground about six off the fence and attacked the line strongly into a place. Super effort, she’s racing very well.
Oregon’s Day (8th): bombed the start by three or four lengths and under the conditions on the day her chance was gone then. She sailed down the outside in the last 200m and another stride or two and she runs fifth. Massive forgive run.
Note – short priced favourite I Am A Star made hard work of it but she peeled out three wide and chased down Ellicazoom, who sat outside the leader, and her class got her home. Kenedna ran on as mentioned into third.
Race 6: Schweppervescene Trophy (1600m)
Note – Circluar followed the leader throughout and came off the fence at the right time, hit the front and held off the fast finishingZasorceress. The runner-up was held up at a vital stage and while it was a big effort she can do that at times. Miss Rose De Lago led and held on for third, despite the bias she stuck on well considering she ran a few very quick sectionals early on.
Race 7: Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m)
Note – one time Hong Kong Derby favourite Redkirk Warrior ran right up to his jump out as he enjoyed a nice run on the speed and powered away late. Voodoo Lad was the one making good ground from off the pace late and ran his usual honest race into second while Star Turn battled on after leading. Of the others Tivaci hit the line strongly down the outside while Spieth was a little disappointing but forgivable.
Race 8: Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m)
Note – against the pattern of the day, Humidor stormed home from near the tail and wide on the turn to run down a gallant Jameka who did plenty of early work. She’s racing in great style at present. Exospheric worked through the field and eventually got up on the fence into third.
Race 9: James Boag’s Premium (1000m)
Note – another all the way win down the straight for Rocket Tommy. He jumped from the outside gate and finished it one off the fence as he outran them. Bullpit copped a midrace check but picked himself up to battle on well and Lonrockstar did his thing getting along the fence into a place. Nice enough run in behind them from Pretty Possum who made some nice late ground to be just off the placings.
Overall note – due to the bias, be a little careful with the form particularly with horses that were off the speed and off the fence in the circle races (around the bend).