Race reviews: Flemington, June 24th
Race 1: Gippsland Region Handicap (1400m)
Royal Symphony (1st): best to remember this fellow come the spring after he absolutely hammered his rivals, coming from last and rounding them up with ease. Looks to have a big future.
Note – As mentioned Royal Symphony made them look ordinary with his exciting turn of foot, an improved showing fromWhoomph running home into second while Sully stuck on quite well after racing wide with cover in the first half.
Race 2: Barwon South Region Handicap (1100m)
Note – Overstep was just able to turn the tables on Invincible Al from their meeting two weeks earlier. They were the last pair at the 400m but by the 200m Overstep had sprinted to the lead and established a big enough break to hold Invincible Al by a narrow margin. Blue Tycoon was never a threat but ran into third.
Race 3: Loddon Mallee Region (1400m)
Note – A nice ride from Beau Mertens put Schism in a perfect spot in running and she pounced on Mamzelle Tess, who carted her into the race then fought on to hold a place, and kicked away inside the 200m. Tsaritsa ran her race in patches but found the line okay late to claim second.
Race 4: Grampians Region (2000m)
Xebec (3rd): no real surprise to see a form reversal from this import who was having his first Melbourne run and first in Australia on a dry track. He made good ground from last on the turn and while his run flattened out late he’s back on track.
Note – A Chris Waller trifecta, which isn’t common in Melbourne, with the enigmatic Encosta Line very strong late to get the better of Sayed. They kicked a few lengths clear of Xebec running on.
Race 5: North East Region Handicap (2520m)
Note – The blinkers did the trick with Charlevoix who was put into a winning position early and the runs opened up for him as he dashed away early in the straight and held a clear margin over Hursley into another placing while Bullish Stock kept coming into third.
Race 6: Country Achiever Gerald Egan (1100m)
Note – Ability showed his first-up run was a true pointer to his talent as he backed it up with another strong finishing victory down the straight. Not as clear cut this time but he picked up Husson Eagle, who looked the winner 150m out, and Rough Justice was very game again up on the pace.
Race 7: Provincial Plate (1600m)
Rewarding Effort (3rd): had his chance but he’s ready to fire at a mile next time around after looming as the winner 200m out before dying on the run late.
Note – Riyadh proved he’s not just a wet tracker as he backed up a second-up win on heavy ground with a very nice performance, getting up along the inside, to beat a game Zagaya with Rewarding Effort holding on for third.
Race 8: Brian Beattie Handicap (1400m)
Bling Dynasty (6th): eye-catching effort from a middle distance type coming off a six week break and only second-up. Stretched out stylishly in the last 300m and made plenty of ground to be right on their heels. Might be one run away from a win.
Note – Cannyescent continued his excellent form this time in riding the speed and dashing away then held off Mio Dio running on from well back and Tshahitsi stayed on for third after leading.
Race 9: Bay and Ranges Haandicap (1600m)
Note – Lightly raced Thaad switched states with success here, weaving through from the second half of the field to finish over the top of What A Shock and Atlantic Express, who were on the speed all the way.