Race 1 – Richmond Club Provincial Stayers (2100m)
Notes: I’ll be happy to take on Great Glen next start if it comes up favourite in a similar race. Given the run of the race and beat only a moderate bunch – he took all day to get the job done and had to win it again in the stewards room after second lodged a protest. Don’t go rushing into the short quote next start.
Race 2 – TAB Clarendon Stakes (1300m)
Notes: Happy to give Serena Bay another chance, she was a betting drifter and had to do a bit of work to find the lead, and just failed to see out the 1300m. Back to 1200m and given a softer run can figure in the finish again.
Race 3 – TAB Highway Handicap (1100m)
Ruthless Agent (2nd) – Ridden stone-cold in the run, on turning he pulled him out to the middle of the track and ran on well to finish second behind the all-the-way winner. Fitter for that effort and will be winning a race this preparation. Keep following.
Race 4 – Hawkesbury Gold Rush Handicap (1100m)
Grunderzeit (6th) – Settled well back in the field and was going to need a lot of luck to win for his position. Down the straight he checked off heels at least twice and wasn’t fully tested crossing the line. He was only first-up and has a good second-up record. Look for a big run next start.
Race 5 – Blakes Marine Handicap (1300m)
Il Mio Destino (3rd) – Very brave run. Lead at a good clip and on the turn gave a strong kick and looked to be home. In the final 100m the hard run told, and was picked up by two swoopers late. The time was very good and although limited in ability can be backed with confidence at his next start.
Race 6 – Goldolphin Crown (1300m)
Notes: A few of note in this event, Daysee Doom was very good again and is not far away from a win. Artistry should have finished a lot closer as was badly held up at critical stage, and Shillelagh finally cracked it for a victory. Blessed with a lot of ability and can be winning again. Fast race time and should be a good form reference.
Race 7 – Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m)
Notes: Rough-house affair and a blowout result. I could list a lot of hard luck stories. Stick with Calanda going forward, was looking like it would be in the finish until being flattened at the 200m mark. Has ability and will be winning again this preparation.
Race 8 – Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m)
Moher (2nd) – Ready to win now. Has had two good runs this preparation. Settled just behind a good speed and was just outgunned in the last 100m. A touch weaker in grade next start and able to find the lead should see him winning very soon. Keep following.
Race 9 – All State Shopfitting Handicap (1500m)
Nothing of note in this event.