Runners to watch: Flemington, October 6th

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

Blackbookers:

Race 2 – RANIER

Race 3 – SIR JOHN LAVERY

Race 9 – SAVATIANO

Race 1: Maribyrnong Trial Stakes 2YO 1000m

Notes: A full field of babies facing the starter for the first time. UNITE AND CONQUER (1st) showed good natural speed, led the field as they all came over to the inside fence, and he was simply too quick. AS usual with this stable they have them ready to fire first-up, he found another gear over the last furlong and was never in danger. Nothing really made any ground, SUN CITY (2nd) was a drifter in the betting but was a good debut, THE ASTROLOGIST (unplaced) was on the speed not far off the leader but found nothing in the straight. Obviously plenty of these will improve, but off this run the winner looks to be the one to follow.

Race 2: Poseidon Stakes 3YO 1400m.

Well, we all knew that Hugh Bowman would be in the spotlight today, but we didn’t expect that it would be this early in the day! His ride on RANIER (2nd) was “luckless”, he was jog-trotting the entire straight only a couple of lengths off the front-runners but could not get a crack. He finally got clear at the 50, finished powerfully and only went under narrowly. It is not often I will say that something certainly should have won, but he RANIER (2nd) should no longer be a maiden!

Notes: Take nothing away from the win of WILD PLANET (1st). He was caught three-wide without cover before moving forward mid-race. He continued to make the long run and was still strong enough on the line. They are all talking about the lack of luck that the second horse had, he had to do all the work!

Race 3: Paris Lane Stakes 1400m.

Notes: ECKSTEIN (1st) couldn’t have been more impressive winning, she sat back mid-field with cover before peeling out and bolting in. SPANNER HEAD (2nd) sat up outside the speed, she may have hit the front too early half way down the straight but stuck on well. PLEAIN CIEL (3rd) appeared to have every chance but the winner went past him too easily in the straight. SOVEREIGN NATION (unplaced) ran on well between runners, I’M WESLEY (unplaced) had every chance and CRACK ME UP (unplaced) ran on ok. SIR JOHN LAVERY (unplaced) is one to keep an eye on, he was first-up in Australia and hadn’t raced for a year, he had no luck all the way down the straight in behind the leader.

Race 4: UCI Stakes 1800m.

Notes: EXTRA BRUT (1st) was eased early, sat back off them a fair way back at least 8 or 10 lengths. He got into the clear but still had at least 6 to make up in the straight, dashed up and was strong through the line winning by more than a length. SIKORSKY (2nd) sat outside the speed, the leader was SAVOIE (3rd) and they both stuck ono ok, but 3 of the first four in the run finished there, so maybe the winner deserves more credit? LOUIE THE LEGEND (4th) wasn’t far off them in the run and finished close-up, he was huge odds so the back markers may have had a task. Nothing else from the back of the field got with 4.5 lengths of the winner, willing to put it out there that this is has been the win of the day (so far).

Race 5: Turnbull Stakes 2000m.

Just WOW. When you thought you had seen it all, she produces what we saw today. It certainly wasn’t her biggest winning margin, we are talking about WINX (1st) of course, there was a nation of nervous punters half way up the straight but what she produced late could have been the best win of her career. According to reliable info, she ran her last 800m more than 40 lengths quicker than her first 800m. Think about that. She was last on the inside, Hughie rode her for luck which you usually get up the long straight here (yes, I know he murdered one in similar fashion earlier). Her last 200m was 10.87! Her acceleration when into clear running at the back-end of races is like nothing we have every seen! Speechless…

Notes: YOUNGSTAR (2nd) was terrific, KINGS WILL DREAM (3rd) had every chance and looks a lot better off under handicap conditions but hard to see him turning the tables on the runner-up next time they meet. Enough of this, let’s watch the replay again!

Race 6: Gilgai Stakes 1200m.

Notes: What a cracking straight race. I AM EXCITED (1st) came from last and a seemingly impossible position late before running over the top late. He had no luck at Caulfield and made up for that with a driving win here late. EDUARDO (2nd) is a star in the making, the lightly raced 5YO was on the speed throughout, looked a little green at his first look up the straight but just kept finding over the last furlong. He will improve a stack off that. BONS AWAY (3rd) ran some slashing sectionals fresh and when he let down and loomed he looked the winner but just wasn’t able to get past the second horse over the last furlong. FIRST AMONG EQUALS (unplaced) was well in the betting but very plain after having every chance.

Race 7: The Bart Cummings 2500m.

AVILIUS (1st) booked his place in the Melbourne Cup, but connections had to survive a protest which live looked a fair play and a good chance but the deeper into the protest hearing they got, the more it was apparent that it would be dismissed. Glyn Schofield on the winner settled him a little closer, got to the outside in the straight and was bolting. Once he went for him he started to lay in badly and Glyn continued with the whip in the right hand, he eventually rolled all the way in to one off the fence before he straightened him close to the line. Had he straightened earlier he would have had a greater margin.

Notes: JAAMEH (2nd) was super, he was ridden for luck and got it and went through along the inside and although he was only beaten a short margin, he certainly had his chance. YOGI (3rd) looked to be left a little flat footed when they quickened but he worked home really nicely over the last furlong. NORTHWEST PASSAGE (unplaced) was very brave in defeat, he had to do all the chasing of the Lloyd Williams horse that had taken off mid-race.

Race 8: Edward Manifold Stakes 3YO Fillies 1600m.

Notes: Many of these on a path to the Oaks, the winner AMPHITRITE (1st) was having her first go out to the mile but lapped it up! She was midfield in the run but Williams hooked her out approaching the straight you could she that she was bolting. She cruised up before what appeared to be a dip in the straight, balanced up again and was strong through the line! KRONE (2nd) was also good but no match for the winner, she had her back into the straight and looked like going by her but the winner found another gear. Although others made ground and may improve over further, they were certainly the two in the run that travelled best. The winner was super.

Race 9: Blazer Stakes Mares 1400m.

It looked a tough race on paper, but the big guns didn’t see it that way with INVINCIBELLA (1st) very well backed. Hugh Bowman had her worse than mid-field, was looking for runs early in the straight before angling into the clear and bolting in. It was dejavu for the blue brigade after Ranier earlier in the day, this time it was Kerrin McEvoy on SAVATIANO (2) having no luck. She was held-up most of the straight, lost all momentum when the winner was running on out wide, before getting out late and rattling into second. The first two over the line are the ones to follow.