Race reviews: Moonee Valley, October 28th
EPTIMUM – Race 3. Took the class rise with ease today as he showed his customary speed and gave nothing else a chance. Looks to have a future.
GLAM GURU – Race 7. She was the best of the on-pacers in a race where the speed was good and she had to sit three-wide the race. No chance the way the race was run but with cover next time on the speed, will be hard to beat.
TOUCH OF MINK – Race 7. Sat back near last and although the tempo favoured her, she showed a dazzling sprint from the 600-200 where she peaked. Saved for one run on a bigger track, look out.
RELIGIFY – Race 8. Crazy pace was injected into the race and he did a sterling job to stick on after he was attacked throughout. He and Burning Front set up a huge lead mid-race, if she gets a better run in front next time he will be winning.
Race 1: Inglis Banner 1000m.
SETSUNA (1st) continued the impressive form out of the Waterhouse/Bott yard. Their horses are going enormous and this daughter of Choisir backed up her impressive debut with a dominant win after sitting wide. She was not closer than three-wide the journey and was easily the strongest through the line. Bigger things in store for her.
Notes: BIONICS (2nd) couldn’t have been much more impressive on debut, he was the one facing the breeze three wide on a hot speed, the margin to third was clear and he looks to have a big future also. There were a few that ran on nicely but they had there chance with the hot tempo set by MISS BLUMENTHAL (unplaced). She finished well down the track but with her speed she will be winning a race soon.
Race 2: Strathmore Commmunity Bendigo Bank Hcp 955m.
Notes: BADAJOZ (3rd) was most unlucky in this jump and run affair. He ran right up behind the leaders approaching the turn and was forced to ease and switch wide before running through the line hard. Take nothing away from GUN CASE (1st) who had to sit three and four wide the trip, he jumped well, looked for cover didn’t get it then pushed forward again. Showed a stack of strength late after sitting wide aver thus short trip where they always go hard.
Race 3: Telstra Phonewords Stakes 1200m.
EPTIMUM (1st) has a stack of natural speed, rolled forward and continued on his winning ways. He was stepping up in grade here after winning at BM70 level last start, simply found the front and gave nothing else a chance. The way he accelerated at the 400 and ran away in the straight was impressive.
Notes: SINGLE BULLET (2nd) had its chance but couldn’t match the winner when he quickened approaching the straight. TREKKING (3rd) had a tough wide run and attacked the leader, but was the first beaten and the margin to the winner was worrying. That pressure mid-race may just make the winners effort look even better?
Race 4: Ladbrokes Crockett Stakes 1200m.
Notes: Leader wins again here. BLONDIE (1st) had to work early, was pressured by the favourite DEMERARA (3rd) on the outside but eventually settled into the lead. Kicking hard around the bend, the winner railed and found a couple of lengths, was all out on the line but had done enough. TARCOOLA SPIRIT (2nd) was clearly the best of the run-on horses, looked to wobble around the turn but once balanced, hit the line hard one off the fence. The favourite was brave in defeat, just lost momentum at the top of the straight when the leader railed and found a length or two.
Race 5: Powerflo Solutions Stakes 1600m.
Notes: A race dominated by the on-pacers. Leader LUBITON (1st) wasn’t pressured in front and stole a break down the side and although there wasn’t a lot left at the finish, had done enough. The placegetters were 2nd and 4th the rails in the run. Don’t sack OREGON’S DAY (unplaced) she was wide and well back without cover again, hopefully soon she can draw a barrier.
Race 6: McCafe Moonee Valley Gold Cup 2500m.
Notes: WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (1st) looks to be on target for another Melbourne Cup, as usual the 9yo running an honest race in what looked a much easier race than what he will face in 10 days time. He sat back 2nd last and finished best and looks a top 10 chance again in the Cup. BIG DUKE (unplaced) was sent out in red figures but never really got warmed up, was caught up on the inside of horses and never really got a crack at them. Willing to forgive that run. LIBRAN (2nd) ran on well but had every chance and there were certainly no excuses for CISMONTANE (3rd) who led them up and had his own way in front.
Race 7: italktravel Fillies Classic 1600m.
TOUCH OF MINK (3rd) showed a great turn of foot to go from near last at the 600 to in front and wide approaching the straight. She struggled the last 100m understandably after such a quick move, but saved for one run at them next time on a bigger track, she will be winning soon.
Notes: BANISH (1st) was ridden beautifully, responded when the runs came and pulled wide and was too strong. I’LL HAVE A BIT (2nd) was ridden patiently and finished off well, although appearing to have every chance the way the race was run. They went hard enough early and there were no on-pacers left at the finish. GLAM GURU (unplaced) may be the one to follow as she was clearly the best of those on the speed, and she had to sit three-wide the trip.
Race 8: Schweppes Crystal Mile 1600m.
Notes: Class came to the top here with LUCKY HUSSLER (1st) appreciating getting back in this class of race. The speed was hectic as RELIGIFY (2nd) and BURNING FRONT (unplaced) went crazy 6 lengths clear of third throughout. The second horse did a good job to stick on as well as it did, the winner was beautifully ridden as it ambled up approaching the straight. Dashed to the front and was never in doubt. Stick with the runner-up, was a huge run under the circumstances.
Race 9: Ladbrokes Cox Plate 2040m.
What needs to be said. WINX (1st) is a champion. Nothing more needed. HUMIDOR (2nd) showed that he is better than how he raced last time, today ridden quietly. He has rocketed to the top of betting for the Cup, if he is ridden that way, settles well again with the blinkers on he will be hard to beat in the big one. I am still sure that ROYAL SYMPHONY (unplaced) is a potential superstar, he was the widest when the runs came, just couldn’t match it with his more experienced rivals but stick with him in the Autumn.
Race 10: Drummond Golf Vase 2040m.
This race looked over once ALOISIA (1st) got the back of CLIFF’S EDGE (2nd) early in the piece. They were clearly the two to beat and the only danger was the filly was going to caught back along the inside too far back, but once she lobbed the back of her rival, she was always going to be hard to hold out. The acceleration she showed at the top of the straight was breathtaking, no excuses for the runner-up who was honest again, just beaten by a star. She is in the red to with the Oaks now, if she settles and gets cover how will they beat her?