Race reviews: Flemington, November 11th
CLIFF’S EDGE Race 8 Unplaced. He was against the older horses at WFA for the first time and looked the winner at the 100m mark before fading late. The early workload showed late but he looks set to be a star of the future. A win in next years Cox Plate not out of the question if the mare isn’t there!
Race 1: AAMI Maribyrnong Plate 1000m.
RUN NAAN (1st) was one of only three raced 2YO competing, he won on debut and the way he ran on hard here today suggests there is more in store. They went hard but he gave them a huge start and was finishing two to their one.
Notes: BELZELLA (3rd) showed plenty of speed on debut, she will win soon back in easier grade, especially if pitted against the girls. BIONICS (unplaced) obviously has ability but was all over the shop and it looks like some gear adjustments will be needed with him.
Race 2: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Plate 2000m.
Once again KNOWABLE (2nd) just found one better for his third consecutive runner-up finish. He had to work early, took a sit and chased hard off a fast tempo before hitting the lead at the top of the straight. He looked to travel well but was a sitting duck for the back markers who hadn’t worked in the race. He stuck on very well, sure to break through soon although that may have been his last run this time in.
Notes: The winner was good but is a little one paced. The back markers had all the favours with the leaders working very hard early. Happy to forget this race with only the runner-up as one to follow.
Race 3: Melbourne’s Own 3AW Trophy 1600m.
Although I was keen on the winner, clearly the run of the race was RAW IMPULSE (2nd) for the Weir camp. He sat back, went for runs between horses at the top of the straight, was badly held-up and had to change his course a couple of times in the straight when the winner had all the momentum down the outside. When he finally got out and balanced, he was really string through the line and should have won the race.
Notes: FASTNET TEMPEST (1st) showed a good turn-of-foot approaching the straight when he pulled out and rounded them up quickly, but once he travelled to the front he didn’t really put them away as you would have liked. Had it not been for bad luck on the second horse he wouldn’t have won. JACQUINOT BAY (3rd) was clearly the best of the on-pacers.
Race 4: Sensis Digital Trophy 1400m.
Notes: Not sure what to make of this race with the blanket finish. BASSETT (unplaced) had absolutely no luck in the straight, was held-up, had to switch around heels and lost all momentum early on in the straight. He was still running up behind them late, maybe a win around the corner for him.
Race 5: Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2500m.
Geelong Cup winner VENGEUR MASQUE (1st) showed he was the best stayer in the field, ran them along in front and looked to be headed at the top of the straight but rallied and was clearly doing the best late. The placegetters had the sit behind leader and three back the rails so they had the runs to beat him, they just didn’t run the trip as well as the winner.
Notes: The Bendigo Cup form line went horribly in this with QEWY (unplaced) and KIWIA (unplaced) both going enormous in track record time there, but here had every chance and showed nothing at the back-end. That Bendigo run seemed to have flattened them, although Kiwia had been up a long time and surely goes to the paddock now and Qewy has now been retired.
Race 6: 7News Matriarch Stakes 2000m.
SAVAPINSKI (1st) continued the brilliant carnival for the Waterhouse/Bott team. She didn’t begin well from the wide draw and had to work to find the front. Once she got there she ran them along at an even tempo, showed once again that there horses are fast and fit and always hard to run down. She rkicked two clear at the top of the straight and was never in danger.
Notes: A couple of them that came wide made ground approaching the straight but never looked likely. No excuses the winner ran a tempo that enabled them to run on but she was just way too good and was heavily backed.
Race 7: Darley Classic 1200m.
REDZEL (1st) is the best sprinter we have, hard to believe after his Everest win there was upwards of $4 available today. He simply showed too much speed, was rated perfectly by McEvoy and was still holding them on the line. Looks set for a huge Autumn.
Notes: CHAUTAUQUA (unplaced) finished off only fairy, not the brilliant closing speed we are used to with him. CLEARLY INNOCENT (unplaced) found them a little sharp over the 6 furlongs but was encouraging the way it ran through the line for further. VEGA MAGIC (unplaced) looks to have come to the end of his prep after coming down the inside part of the track. SPIETH (last) just looks average at best. TERRAVISTA (2nd) ran a huge race and almost looked back to his best. Was closing late but looked to have peaked on the line.
Race 8: Emirates Stakes 2000m.
Loved the run of the 3YO CLIFF’S EDGE (unplaced). He was taking on the older horses at WFA so had a good pull in the weights but this was clearly his biggest test to date. He worked on the speed early, travelled well into the straight where he dashed to the front, tired the last 75m but was entitled to after doing the work he did. He looks set for a bright Autumn.
Notes: TOSEN STARDOM (1st) showed what he can do when saved for one run. On the back-up from last Saturday where he never got into after swinging wide, got the split through the middle of them and exploded the last furlong. He really can be electrifying when right. HAPPY CLAPPER (2nd) was good again, he is as honest as they come. Bunched finish with 2nd to 11th only separated by 2 lengths.
Race 9: Emirates Airline Hcp 1400m.
Notes: Another bunched finish with the first 5 across the line within 0.8 of a length. TEMASA (unplaced) looked the unlucky runner after not getting a run the entire straight and was untested the last furlong when beaten just over a length. Should have been right in the finish. SIRRCONI (3rd) was good up on the speed and MURAAQEB (2nd) flashed home form last at the top of the straight. Not sure there are any stars in this.