Runners to watch: Mornington, March 25th

Race 1: Windows Warehouse (1000m)

El Sicario (2nd): has been a bit costly in his career but a super effort to claim second after being held up badly and forced out to last at the 100m. Launched at them late and should have finished a lot closer.

Note – Schism took advantage of an inside alley and booted through to lead, she controlled the race and when asked to sprint put the race away easily. As mentioned El Sicario was the eye-catcher in a blanket finish for the placings with Gibbon grabbing the minor money.

Race 2: No Fuss Event Hire (1200m)

Miles Of Krishan (2nd): may have been aided a bit by the strong pace but hit the line very hard down the outside late in a nice first-up effort. Honest type and looks in for a good preparation.

Note – Sullivan Bay took a sit behind the fast pace and gained an inside run soon after straightening where she sprinted and was able to hold off the closers. Miles Of Krishan and Florelle were both first-up and will improve on their nice efforts. Stylish Miss also made some late ground fresh.

Race 3: Progress Signs (2000m)

Note – Snitzelwood led all the way and was never really threatened after winning an early speed battle. The jumper Angelology ran on well from the back and Lucques showed some improvement on a couple of ordinary efforts to hold third. Golden Mane did his usual thing and ran on late, the big flop was Try Four who was the first beaten.

Race 4: Mornington Sires’ (1500m)

Aberro (2nd): only having his second start and he looks a nice miler/middle distance type in the making. Had the winner’s back most of the way and while he had his chance he kept coming in a very promising performance straight out of a maiden.

Note – Eshtiraak always travelled well with cover and while he had to dig in to fight off Aberro he did enough to win. Stay with Aberro while a nice effort from Paseeto who pulled many lengths off them in the straight to grab third. Toga Picta led, maybe that’s not his go but seemed to have his chance.

Race 5: Mitavite Challenge (1600m)

Note – Hokkaido made it back to back wins in this race and was on the back up from a defeat midweek at Sandown. He bounced straight to the lead, controlled it and easily held Strike Force, who chased him all the way, and Nova Joe ran into third. Time to jump off Backstreet Lover who looked to have her chance.

Race 6: Hareeba Stakes (1200m)

Secret Agenda (5th): went back into the second half from a wide gate and was well back and wide coming to the turn. Plenty to like about the way she attacked the line and she made up a heap of ground first-up just behind the placegetters.

Note – an on pace race with Bassett continuing his great form, he sat just off the leader Prussian Vixen and got the better of her late to make it three straight. Well Sprung settled a lot closer this time and ran on well into the minor money.

Race 7: Mornington Cup (2400m)

Note – Tally appreciated coming out of weight-for-age company and he enjoyed a run with cover better than midfield, loomed up and after a struggle with early leader Vengeur Masque stuck his head out to win. Tasmanian Settler’s Stone got up in time for third ahead of a brave The Gold Trail who had sat three deep on the pace throughout. Unfortunately The Gold Trail broke down past the line.

Race 8: Mornington Guineas (1600m)

Note – A very promising type in Odeon bounded away for a very easy win here. He sat just off the pace, took off before the turn and asserted his authority late. Star Patriot was three lengths last midrace but rocketed home and Red Is The Rose was always on the speed and battled on. Cliff Hanger had every possible chance and didn’t let down at all, still think he is a wet tracker or at least prefers the sting out.

Race 9: Cleanaway Handicap (1200m)

Moss ‘N’ Dale (4th): landed in a good spot and started his run early, looming before the turn. Run flattened out then he surged again late. First-up here, consistent type and will only be improved.

Maternal (5th): behind Moss ‘N’ Dale in the run and also wasn’t able to sprint when required as the leaders controlled things but she knuckled down well late and will be better up to 1400m.

Note – another on pace dominated sprint and despite sweating up badly Sir Mask sat outside the speed and was able to get the better of leader Spreadeagled while Sahara Chill snatched second after racing in behind them.