Runners to watch: Pakenham, December 9th

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

Blackbookers: WISE HERO – Race 4. Sat outside the leader resuming, lost a little ground early in the straight before hitting the line hard behind the all-the-way winner.

Race 1: O’Connor Beef 3YO BM70 Handicap 1000m.

Notes: BEL SONIC (1st) was resuming for Jason Warren, sat back last and saw the whole field when entering the long straight. He saved ground and didn’t go around a horse as he got inside runs, sprinted well along the rails and hit the lead inside the 100 and continued to run through the line strong. Super run resuming. The speed was genuine and none of the on-pacers figured, BOOM CHICKA BOOM (unplaced) was down the track as favourite after setting the tempo, SPIRIT OF AQUADA (2nd) was also well back and came the widest, looked the winner coming to the furlong mark but was no match for the winner late.

Race 2: Momentum Gaming F&M BM70 Hcp. 1400m.

EVIL LIL (1st) was held-up badly early in the long straight when the others were gaining momentum out wide. She got clear in plenty of time but the runner-up had gone by at this stage, she rallied and was doing best over the last furlong.

Notes: Once again the first two were run on types, BONUS D’ORO (2nd) was super beating third by a margin, she loomed and hit the front before the furlong pole but just couldn’t match the winner late. WHYOUASK (unplaced) was unwanted in the betting and made little impact in the straight after going for inside runs before switching wider. SOHO RUBY (unplaced) was good over the last 200 after getting shuffled out to last at the 300.

Race 3: Hanson BM78 Hcp 2000m.

All honours with the winner O’LONERA (1st) after he had a good run in transit but the way he accelerated at the 600m was impressive. He eased three-wide and quickly put the leaders under pressure, ran to the top by three lengths at the top of the straight and the margin never looked like being decreased.

Notes: CASTA (2nd) was disappointing after trailing the winner in the run but couldn’t match his speed when they were approaching the turn. He kept grinding away but was entitled to get closer with the run he had. FONTEIN LAD (unplaced) was at the top of betting, controlled the race outside the leader but was headed at the top of the straight by the winner and just raced evenly, a little one-paced.

Race 4: John Duff & Co BM78 1000m.

Notes: The first two in the run were the first two across the line. NASDEX (1st) show good speed to lead and ran them along, put a two length margin on them early in the straight and although he was all out on the line, was simply too fast. WISE HERO (2nd) sat outside him in the run and lost a little ground at the top of the straight but was clearly doing best late. He looks set for a good campaign over the summer, probably better suited at the 1200? Those in behind really just ran up the straight with every chance not really changing their positions. The second horse looks the one going forward.

Race 5: Stabil-Lime Group Hcp 1200m.

Notes: JUNGLE EDGE (3rd) has his own way in front but didn’t run out a strong 1200m and after travelling well early in the straight, tired badly late and probably needed more sting out of the ground. TRIED AND TIRED (1st) and PROUD WOLF (2nd) both ran on well after soft runs, the beauty of this track they didn’t have to pull out until well into the long straight. ONEROUS (unplaced) was an eye-catching run, was last early before running on hard and not getting much room in behind the winner the last 100m.

Race 6: Schweppes David Bourke Memorial Hcp 1600m.

Where has this MASTER RESET (1st) been this spring? The Cranbourne cup winner from the Autumn hasn’t been firing this time in but today sat outside the leader, put the foot on the throttle at the top of the straight and ran away in the most dominant performance of the day. Did all the work and still ran away from his rivals.

Notes: JACQUINOT BAY (2nd) got well back and was clearly the best of the run-on horses but never looked likely. OUR BOTTINO (unplaced) was gone early in the straight after leading and having no excuses. SILVERA (unplaced) jumped favourite but was disappointing and didn’t run on as well as expected.

Race 7: Sportsbet Pakenham Cup 2500m.

Tough to watch if you were on ONCIDIUM RULER (3rd). He ran all over the back of them early in the straight when there was a line of 5 up front, tried to change course and again ran into a dead-end, finally got clear and once balanced ran through the line well. Clearly should have finished a lot closer if not have won the race.

Notes: GREY LION (unplaced) very disappointing, he simply didn’t run the trip, loomed up after a nice run and lead early in the straight but was very weak over the final furlong. LIKE A CAROUSEL (1st) was huge odds, had to make a long sustained run five-wide approaching the straight and kept coming out wide to just edge out KHARTOUM (2nd), who was game in defeat after looking all but gone early in the straight, he kept finding.

Race 8: Racing.com VOBIS Gold Bullion 1400m.

Notes: AMADEUS (1st) was dominant late after having the perfect run, eased to the middle of the track at the top of the straight and ran away from them. Dominant. BURNING FRONT (3rd) was good in defeat, jumped well and controlled the tempo from outside the lead, put the leader away and put three lengths on the field early in the straight but just didn’t run out the 1400m. WALL STREET WOLF (unplaced) was brave after sitting three-wide without cover on the speed throughout.

Race 9: Sportsbet Power Play BM70 Hcp 1600m.

Notes: Although the tempo seemed ok, the back-markers never got into it in the last once again. HUNAMOSA (2nd) led them a merry dance, led 3 lengths approaching the turn. PARRALEL WORLD (1st) had to do all the chasing of the leader and when by at the 100m and continued to run on hard through the line. 3rd and 4th were also in those positions in the run. The winner was impressive after chasing hard. She over-raced a little early but was dominant late.