Runners to watch: Flemington, June 9th

Luke Krahe race reviews, notes and blackbookers from Saturday's Melbourne metro meeting at Flemington.

Blackbookers: Race 1: GOOD ‘N’ FAST

Race 1: Handicap 2YO 1100m.

Notes: THE AUGUST (1st) was in behind the leaders settling as they came down the middle of the track with the rail out. He was a good winner on debut but was stepping up in class, he accelerated well once he found the gap and although the runner-up was finishing hard, he had done enough. GOOD ‘N’ FAST (2nd) was clearly the unlucky runner. The Hayes/Hayes/Dabernig trained colt was super on debut, was held-up from the 400-200 before rallying and clearly finishing the best. He looks to have a future. SCOTTISH ROGUE (3rd) led them up but was no match over the concluding stages. The first two are the ones to follow out of the race.

Race 2: Handicap 2500m.

CHOYSA (1st) showed again what a marvel he is, brilliantly ridden by Kate Walters he opened up a 20 length lead mid-race and never looked like stopping. He can do this on occasions and it is a marvellous sight, he gave nothing else a chance with the daring ride.

Notes: LYCURGUS (2nd) on the other hand was wide throughout in the small field and had to do all the chasing. Ben Thompson was near last and had to take the field up to the winner and although briefly looking like chasing down the brave winner, he wasn’t taking enough ground off him over the concluding stages. Brave in defeat, he is still one to follow. TWO HATS (unplaced) and SWACADELIC (unplaced) both looked under pressure a long way out but were string through the line when well beaten.

Race 3: BM78 Handicap 3YO Fillies 1400m.

Notes: ABSOLUTE HEAVEN (2nd) was brave in defeat after sitting outside the leader in an evenly run race. She looked under pressure at the furlong after hitting the front but responded and was coming again on the line after being headed, missing in a head bobber. REMEMBER THE NAME (1st) was good after the perfect run, she was camped in behind the leaders before getting the split, but she was all out at the end of the 1400m. MINTHA (3rd) was good, she was last at the 400 and very wide, she got going late but never looked the winner. LADY OF CREBILLY (unplaced) was also good late, finishing off in some fast, last sectionals.

Race 4: BM90 Handicap 1800m.

Notes: What a finish with 5 horses finishing within a half length. JAMINZAH (1st) and BALCAZAR (2nd) came from last to get up on the line, SPANNER HEAD (3rd) began well but took a sit and was run down late. MA JONES (unplaced) didn’t have a lot of luck getting clear but once it did, was good through the line. QUICK DEFENCE (unplaced) was the other horse close up. Not sure how the form will stack up out this, the on pacers struggled late.

Race 5: Handicap 1000m.

Loved the win of ROCKET TOMMY (1st) here. He had to chase the tearaway leader hard and was a couple of lengths clear of the third horse throughout, reeled in that leader at the 200m mark and was strong through the line. He had to do all the work but was still too good.

Notes: BULLPIT (unplaced) just went too hard in front after jumping well, he charged over and set up a couple of length break early on the winner but was gone at the clock tower. SAXOPHONE (2nd) and LABUAN STAR (3rd) both had there chances and were coming late but had no excuses. MALIBU STYLE (unplaced) really hit the line hard, SUNDAY ESCAPE (unplaced) was the one horse to come down the outside, stuck on well enough in what seemed the worst part of the track.

Race 6: Handicap BM78 1400m.

OVERSTEP (unplaced) was the run of the race, he got way too far back from the wide gate in the big field and got completely lost. Still near last well into the straight, he really let down well late and was an eye-catcher out wide although never a winning hope.

Notes: BARTHELONA (1st) won well after sitting up outside the leader in a moderate tempo, MILES OF KRISHAN (2nd) was beautifully ridden to get cover behind the winner on the speed from the wide gate but had every chance thereafter and was a little disappointing. MANTASTIC (3rd) was very one paced after settling mid-field, he looks a horse to follow getting out in trip in what was a nice Australian debut.

Race 7: Handicap 1400m.

What a ride from Dean Yendall on OZI CHOICE (1st). He worked early to get up on the speed before settling nicely outside the leader, got the sit before exploding to the front at the top of the straight. He was strong through the line in what was the ride of the day.

Notes: COOL CHAP (2nd) and MISS GUNPOWDER (3rd) had there chances and the former was closing late but they both looked to be all out on the line and the winner was doing as well as either of them. The speed was good enough from the leader SARACINO (unplaced) for the back markers to get into it but the winner was simply too good for them.

Race 8: 3YO Handicap 2000m.

Notes: MASCULINO (1st) deserved his win after sitting wide throughout, but there appeared to be a couple of hard luck stories in the race. Both the place getters behind him were solid without any luck, MAZZURO (3rd) was hampered by the winner when he went by in the straight and lost all momentum, he was still coming through the line and should have been right in the finish. BEA TEMPTED (2nd) also ran on well but had to take very tight lines and runs where she didn’t have much room to work with. FREE FLY TOO (unplaced) was the best of the on-pacers but had its chance, the speed up front was only fair, and the leaders had been ok during the day.

Race 9: 3YO Handicap 1000m.

Notes: Another blanket finish and wouldn’t be surprised if this is not a great race to follow going forward. They came down in two sections, the winner DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1st) came down the middle of the track and was the leader of that contingent, diving late to get MISS LEONIDAS (3rd) who was on the speed on the rail. DUCIMAS (2nd) sprouted wings from a mile back, coming the widest and just missing after rattling over the latter sectionals. VILLA SARCHI (unplaced) should have finished closer, had no room over the last furlong and the jock almost sat up. He and the runner-up are the horses to follow out of the race.