Race reviews: Flemington, November 7th
Race 8 – LIFE LESS ORDINARY. Freshened up and back in distance, he ran on better than anything all day after getting a mile back. Back up to the 2000m and on a big track, get on him.
Race 1: Emirates 100th A380 Stakes 1000m.
Notes: SETSUNA (1st) was one of only two horses that had previously raced, she jumped well from the inside and gave nothing else a chance leading throughout. With her natural speed she will be winning plenty of races. ROOBEENA (11) ran on well as did the only other horse that had previously had a start, QAFILA (unplaced). No doubt plenty of these will go on to win races and the experience is the key. Watch the form line out of this race going forward.
Race 2: tab.com.au Trophy 1700m.
Everything seemed to have their chance in this, TAHANEE (1st) was simply too good. She began well and wanted to run early but Williams restrained her and she looked to over race for the first couple of furlongs before settling second. She loomed up at the top of the straight and once she balanced up she simply ran away from them. There maybe one more win for her this Spring, loved the toughness at the end of the 1700m.
Notes: No excuses for those behind her, INVINCIBELLA (2nd) got well back but was into the clear between horses early in the straight and although she ran on ok, she had every conceivable. Don’t bother going any further back.
Race 3: Lavazza Short Black 1400m.
NEW UNIVERSE (unplaced) was officially beaten 7.6 lengths but there were encouraging signs. The first two both came along the rails in this, he got a mile back and when the runs came he was held-up early in the straight. He lost all momentum, had to switch around heels and gave the winner an impossible start. He only balanced up late and ran through the line well. Hopefully he backs up again soon and can settle closer.
Notes: The first two were good DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR (1st) and LAND OF PLENTY (2) although they got the charmed runs along the inside and effectively ran the shortest way home. The former continued the successful association that Jamie Kah is having with Tony McEvoy. The on-pacers all seemed to have their chances.
Race 4: Ronal McDonald House Charities Plate 2800m.
Notes: The pace was on from the get-go in this, as was probably expected with GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (unplaced) running them along after not getting it’s own way early. The stablemate SHERLOCK HOLMES (2nd) had the run of the race camped on the leader, pushed off the rails at the 800 to get outside the leader, and travelled well. He may have hit the front too early. He kept grinding but appeared to have every chance, a very one paced type. The winner FANATIC (1st) saved all the ground along the rails before getting a split at the 300 and ran on hard. Not sure about these, not a lot of these type races around apart from carnival time.
Race 5: Schweppes Flemington Fling 1000m.
PREZADO (1st) was the most impressive winner of the day. Coming into this a maiden, he sat back at the rear when the field once again came a few horses off the fence down the straight. When Symons asked him to go, he accelerated like a good horse and put them away in a few strides. Loved the way he ran through the line.
NOTES: BANDIPUR (2nd) was good up on the speed, as was WILLIAM THOMAS (3rd) but the winner was the one to follow.
Race 6: Lexus Hybrid Plate 1400m.
Notes: The Waterhouse/Bott juggernaut rolled on, OUR CROWN MISTRESS (1st) was on the speed throughout, got it easy in the middle stages after initially being challenged for the lead. She was all out at the end of the 7 furlongs after dashing clear early in the straight, but once again showed the stable can get them fit and race on the speed, a successful combination. The runner-up LAQYAA (2nd) was super from the back, gave the winner about 6 lengths at the top of the straight, loomed at the furlong but was also spent on the line.
Race 7: Melbourne Cup 2017 3200m.
Notes: The three placegetters gapped the rest in the Cup. All three also raced the majority of the two miles on the fence as well. JOHANNES VERMEER (2nd) hit the lead at the top of the straight and dashed away. Stuck on well but the lighter weight on REKINDLING (1st) may have been the difference as outstayed them. MAX DYNAMITE (3rd) was good again, placing for the second time in the Cup and the gap to 4th was a big one. BIG DUKE (4th) was good finishing in that position up in this grade. TIBERIAN (unplaced) was good after making a mid-race move three wide, hit the lead and travelled well but just may not have stayed the trip. After having the soft runs the top three were clearly the best staying performances in the race.
Race 8: James Boags Premium Stakes 1800m.
Notes: It was hard not to notice the huge run of the Chris Waller trained LIFE LESS ORDIANRY (2nd). He had a month off after a disappointing Metrop, was back in trip and gave the winner about 10+ lengths into the straight. He just couldn’t keep up early with the breakneck speed up front, Hughie stuck towards the inner and he ran home better than anything all day. The winner and third once again had the suck runs on the fence around the long sweeping bend, both beautifully ridden.
Race 9: MSS Security Sprint 1200m.
Notes: For the first time in the carnival, they split in a straight race and we saw the grandstand side of the track get the better of those racing closer to the used inside section of the track. Hard to say if the outside was an advantage but no doubt on Oaks Day we will see them coming down that side again if drawn out. OCEAN EMBERS (1st) was strong through the line, FAATINAH (2nd) and I THOUGHT SO (3rd) also came down the outside rail. I would be staying away from those draw towards the inside in these straight races for the rest of the carnival.
Race 10: Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes 1400m.
Notes: The speed was on with at least four horses wanting to lead early. PEDRANA (1st) jumped well, had the perfect three-wide trail before easing wide at the top of the straight. Ran on well, seemed to switch off once it hit the lead but held the runner-up safely when it loomed. The winner was strong through the line but just looked as though it puts in more when challenged or is racing around other horses. FUHRYK (unplaced) was most disappointing after having a soft run. She may have come to the end of her prep.