Runners to watch: Flemington, March 10th

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

Blackbookers: Race 5 – SEANNIE.

Race 1: The Melbourne Cup Carnival On Sale Handicap BM90 1000m.

DEMONSTRATE (1st) broke through for a deserved win at the Valley, followed it up with a good win here out to the 1000m. He sat in behind the leaders, got the gap at the 200m mark and once again showed his good closing speed. A professional win.

Notes: CONCEALER (2nd) was on the speed, got the run underneath the winner, and although he was strong enough through the line, was no match for the winner. SUNDAY ESCAPE (3rd) was the widest of those in the money which proved to be the slower part of the track, did a nice job. The winner will always be a threat in a race run like that.

Race 2: Club Stand Handicap BM90 1800m.

KING’S WILL DREAM (1st) remained undefeated since arriving in Australia, he was beautifully ridden by the in-form Mark Zahra after he jumped well. He popped in behind the leader, got the split early in the straight and showed great acceleration and put them away in a few strides.

Notes: RIYADH (2nd) and SIN TO WIN (3rd) were ok from the back behind the impressive winner but had every chance. WILLI WILLI (unplaced) wasn’t able to find the rail and was poor. All honours with the winner. A big Spring ahead later in the year it would seem.

Race 3: HKJC Trophy 1400m.

KINGS COMMAND (1st) was dominant with an all-the-way win, he jumped fairly before mustering early speed and leading, rolled them along with a decent tempo. Around the bend and into the straight, he kicked strongly, and the gap just widened the closer they got to the post. He was never in doubt.

Notes: PORTMAN (unplaced) was the well supported favourite, from the wide gate he was wide throughout and well back, circled them to be five-wide and a couple of lengths back at the top of the straight but that was as close as he got tiring badly in the straight. NOTIO (3rd) and TIANO GRACE (2nd) got home well enough but it is hard to follow anything behind the winner with how far he won by.

Race 4: MSS Security Sires’ Produce Stakes 2YO 1400m.

Notes: SEBERATE (2nd) had to work early and was ridden along to get outside the leader. He levelled up to the leader and it took until the 100m mark to get the better of it, stuck on well only being nabbed late. NOT A SINGLE CENT (1st) came through between runners one off the fence then ran on strongly the last 150m. He was along the fast lane but finished off well to get his maiden win. AKKADIAN (3rd) was back towards the inner before running on well 4 or 5 off the fence, a run full of merit.

Race 5: TAB Kewney Stakes 3YO Fillies 1400m.

Notes: BELLA MARTINI (1st) sat behind the leader, got the run early in the straight and was dominant. It proved to be the fast lane throughout the meeting along the inside so most of these races I have tried to pinpoint those that made ground on the tougher part of the track. The unbeaten SUMMER SHAM (unplaced) had her bubble burst big time after leading and knocking up badly. SEANNIE (unplaced) made up a stack of ground out wide and looks one to follow, PALAZZO VECCHIO (3rd) was down in the fast lane and made up many lengths from the back. SHOKORA (2nd) was good in defeat but may have just been hurt by the fact she was three off the fence.

Race 6: Lexus Newmarket Handicap 1200m.

Notes: Interestingly they divided into two groups, with the inside clearly the fast lane. An interesting overhead view showed the outside brigade a good 5 lengths in front at that stage. REDKIRK WARRIOR (1st) made it back-to-back Newmarket’s, he led the outside division and fell in by a half head. The win was even better considering the part of the track he was in. BRAVE SMASH (2nd) was huge, flashed late but just missed along the inside. MERCHANT NAVY (3rd) was good in clearly his toughest test. SUPIDO (unplaced) officially finished 6th beaten just over a length, a good effort considering the margin to third horse down the outside.

Race 7: Schweppervescence Trophy Fillies and Mares 1600m.

Notes: The first three in the run ran the trifecta in this, SPANISH REEF (1st) sat outside the leader, she was too good for JESTER HALO (3rd) who led but had every chance. SAMOVARE (2nd) was the unlucky runner, not sure she would have won but she went for a rails run that closed at the 300m mark, then lost momentum when angling around the winner and rally found the line well. She would have gone mighty close. Nothing to see behind these three, SHILLELAGH (unplaced) was wide and well back throughout, a combination that was not advantageous here today.

Race 8: TAB Australian Cup WFA 2000m.

Notes: With the jockeys now firmly knowing that the inside on the speed was the place to be, a couple may have gone overboard here and the pace was ridiculous. GAILO CHOP (2nd) jumped well and wanted the lead, THE TAJ MAHAL (unplaced) then booted up and held him out before SUPPLY AND DEMAND (unplaced) at any old odds attacked for the majority of the first 1200m. The two leaders where the first beaten, GAILO CHOP was brave after being tested early, he got to the front but was run down late by HARLEM (1st) who ran on hard getting inside runs late. Not sure what to make of the race, with the breakneck speed, although GAILO CHOP got a sit mid-race he was huge in defeat. ALMANDIN (unplaced) ran on well along the inside, SINGLE GAZE (unplaced) may have been the run of the race, she kept coming out wide and wasn’t beaten far.

Race 9: Incognitus Stakes 3YO 1100m.

Surprisingly to some, 3 horses came down the outside fence here after there was all-but a fast lane painted close to the inside rail. SHE’S SO HIGH (1st) showed a dazzling turn-of-foot and burst through a gap and exploded away after a soft run in behind them. Forget that PRETTY FAST (unplaced), I’LL HAVE A BIT (unplaced) and STREETS OF AVALON (unplaced) all went around after the jockeys had what can only be described as a brain fade coming down the outside fence. Everything that was on the rails had their chance, the winner demolished them.