Runners to watch: Flemington, March 3rd

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

Blackbookers: Race 6 – AMOVATIO

Race 1: 3AW is Football Stakes 2YO 1000m.

The babies went up the straight here, NOMOTHAJ (1st) was resuming after a poor showing in the Magic Millions when not having much luck in an incident filled race. She jumped well, sat up outside the speed and was string through the line, never more than a length away throughout.

Notes: AKKA’S METEOR (unplaced) finished well down the track but looks to have speed, the jockey couldn’t hold him for the first couple of furlongs. He trialed ok but obviously has a few things to learn. IRUKANDJI (2nd) resumed with the blinkers on, was up on the speed but was all out late. VIRTUAL INSANITY (3rd) won’t be a maiden for long, he didn’t have much room over the last couple of furlongs before getting out at the 100m mark and making very good ground. OLLIVANDER (unplaced) led but tired badly.

Race 2: 3AW Roy Higgins Quality 2600m.

ALOFT (1st) showed his class resuming today, he had the perfect run in the small field, eased three wide at the 700 and just kept grinding away in the straight. He was threatened early in the straight but was clearly going the best on the line and further trips are on the cards.

Notes: The small field of six all had their chances. ORMITO (3rd) tracked the fave and loomed out wider early in the straight but the further they went the further he was going to get beat. FANATIC (2nd) didn’t have a lot of room between horses early in the straight but didn’t really accelerate when asked. DOUBLE BLUFF (unplaced) was outside the leader and never looked likely.

Race 3: Mittys Handicap Fillies and Mares BM84 1100m.

Notes: HEAR THE CHANT (1st) jumped awkwardly but was quickly on the bunny, took a sit, eased up beside the leader at the 400, kept going to the line and was never really in danger. A professional win. FRAGONARD (2nd) was just in behind the leaders, hit a flat spot at the 400 but kept coming again late. ESSENCE OF TERROR (3rd) was the best of the run-on horses, after jumping awkwardly she didn’t have a lot of room before running on hard the last furlong. WORKING FROM HOME (unplaced) carved across from the outside to lead them up but was headed at the 250m and continued to lose ground.

Race 4: Frances Tressady Stakes Fillies and Mares 1400m.

Notes: FLIPPANT (1st) jumped ok and went forward, was able to hold the front, kicked well into the straight and was strong to the line. She was benefited by having the fitness edge on the runner-up. OREGON’S DAY (2nd) resumed, over-raced a little eased three-wide before running on well. She was there to pounce but the leader kept kicking and she may have just run out of condition a little. SOHO RUBY (3rd) was good from a mile back, was not travelling the best at the top of the straight, got to the outside and ran on hard. That was her first run in 7 weeks, she will probably take benefit from that. HARLOW GOLD (unplaced) was ok resuming, looks better suited back out to a longer trip later in the prep.

Race 5: JDRF Australia Handicap BM70 2000m.

Notes: Hard not to be impressed by the winner BIG SUR (1st) who was widening the official 3.75 length margin the further they went. It was his first win out of maiden grade, sat back worse than midfield and when he got to the outside in the straight he showed a dazzling turn of foot. MAHALANGUR (unplaced) was well supported down in the weights but was afforded every opportunity back closer to the inside and failed to run on. VENGERS (unplaced) raced up on the speed but was gone at the furlong. SEATTLE PARK (unplaced) was briefly held-up but did nothing over the last 300m. The race was set up for the swoopers and although it was a dominant win, I just think the race was run exactly how he needed it to be.

Race 6: TAB Multiplier Autumn Handicap 1400m.

AMOVATIO (unplaced) is the one to follow. He was resuming, got well back near last and was wide throughout, we know you can’t do that here at the 1400m start. He got to the outside but was a mile off them, really liked the way he ran through the line.

Notes: TSHAHITSI (unplaced) missed the kick and was heavily ridden to kick through and lead. They got to the leaders quickly in the straight and a wall of them charged. ODEON (unplaced) was disappointing after getting the perfect run behind the leader and the rails gap at the top of the straight. NOZOMI (1st) was beautifully ridden patiently back on the inside before running on hard between runners in the straight. VIOLATE (2nd) took the same running as the winner and came back underneath the last furlong but had every chance. COOL CHAP (3rd) also ran on well but got to the outside and wanted to lay in a little when the pressure was on late.

Race 7: Australian Guineas 3YO 1600m.

Notes: The big talking point was the ride of Regan Bayliss on MAIN STAGE (unplaced). After settling back he initially came wide at the top of the straight before diving back sharply towards the inner, completely flattening a couple in the process, including ALOISIA (unplaced) who appeared to be travelling well at the time. He got 25 meeting’s for his actions, really lucky that a couple of jocks didn’t come down. CLIFF’S EDGE (unplaced) went forward and set up a good tempo, dashed 4 lengths clear at the top of the straight and seemed to be travelling well. He was quickly under pressure though and by the 200 was all but gone and weakened. GRUNT (1st) had the perfect run after a great ride from a tough barrier, he loomed up and kept going one paced through the line. Still not convinced on him. PEACEFUL STATE (2nd) followed the winner everywhere he went, had its chance to run him down but was good in defeat. BRING ME ROSES (3rd) was good again and showed that she is good for further.

Race 8: ATA Bob Hoysted Handicap 1000m.

SECRET AGENDA (1st) was super resuming here and looks in for a huge Autumn. She sat back, burst through a gap late and was doing best on the line. She was a Group One winner last campaign, follow her.

Notes: I’M WESLEY (2nd) was brave in defeat, sat up on the speed and was clearly the best of the on-pacers. CRYSTAL DREAMER (3rd) led and weakened very late, as always showed good speed. The class runner FELL SWOOP (unplaced) had every chance, sat just off them a little wider but was very one paced.

Race 9: Saintly Handicap 3YO 1400m.

Notes: SCARECROW (1st) was three-wide without cover early before obtaining cover for the second half of the long turn, took a while to wind-up but ran on well out four-wide. MURAAHIB (2nd) was super at huge odds, was a couple of horses further back than the winner in the run and was closing better than anything. INDERNILE (3rd) was also super from the back at 20/1, he charged home out wide from near last on the turn. CAO CAO (unplaced) was there to strike after a perfect ride, travelled well and would have traded short in the run, but found little over the last furlong. HOLBEIN (unplaced) was the early leader and did ok to stay on for fourth.