Race 1 – Merry Xmas ATC Members Handicap (1100m)
Note – Punters got off on the right note with hot pot Gongs saluting. After attempting to cross and lead she found herself a touch deep in the run however kicked strongly in the straight to win well. Keep following her. Orcein dropped out to the tail and rattled home to run second and put a good gap between himself and third in another good performance. Charge was third and found himself a touch worse than midfield and ran on soundly to finish third and will be improved from that debut effort. I wouldn’t be looking any further back than the placegetters. Going forward stick with the winner that’s now 2 from 2 and both wins have been very good.
Race 2 – Golden Slipper Trophy Tour (1400m)
Note – Sparky Lad got there…just! After having a very good run in the race he peeled to the middle and let down well enough to score over race favourite Heliosphere. The favourite sat three wide and pulled in the run, did kick well however the winner just had a better run. Star Sensation was every chance on pace running third and had a nice run in transit. Same can be said for Poetic Charmer who had a soft on pace run and knocked up in the straight. Going forward I would be sticking with Heliosphere fitter for two runs back from a spell and looks ready to win.
Race 3 – TAB Highway Handicap (1400m)
Note – Another tight and competitive highway event. Magic Choir saluted after having a nice run behind the leaders. Found the gaps at the right time and was a little too strong in the straight to score. Gitan was the run of the race in second after sitting three wide the trip and kicked on strongly to hold second. Forever Newyork was every chance running third after having a good run in transit. Race favourite Divine Unicorn sat wide and midfield in the run and was strong late. I would be forgiving on that effort. Volpe just got to far back in the run and did run home well in the straight. Going forward with can follow both Gitan & Divine Unicorn with confidence next start after their good runs today.
Race 4 – ATC Owners Benefit Card (1400m)
Note – Punters got this one right with race favourite Noire having the best run and scored in solid fashion. Sitting behind a good early speed she found daylight in the straight and proved too strong. Miss Ballantine the stable mate was second and had a nice run midfield and was solid enough to the line. Queen Misty sat outside the race winner and was every chance in running third. Positive Problems was best of the rest leading at a good clip a dn finish just outside the placings. Not a race I am overly excited about from a form reference going forward.
Race 5 – National Jockeys Trust (2000m)
Note – Good win in this event by Gambler’s Blues who had a nice run in transit however was held up twice in the final 800m and still proved too strong. Good effort. Lead Choreographer was sound in running second however every chance for mine after having a good run. Carzoff ran on very well to finish third. Settled well back in the run and hit the line in good fashion. Race favourite Mornington was a close fourth and did have a nice run however pulled for the jockey in the run. I wouldn’t be looking any further back than the first four in this event as they beat the rest comfortably. Going forward good job from the winner and is a very honest type and Carzoff continues to race well hitting the line hard and looks like another win is not far away this preparation.
Race 6 – Beanie For Brain Cancer (1400m)
Note – Strong effort here from Invinzabeel was in an early speed battle and eventually took a sit behind the two leaders. He kicked strongly in the straight to hold off the swoopers to make it two in a row. Good run from Voilier in second sitting last in the run and running home well. Good effort for something easier next start. New Universe was every chance in running third with the good early speed up front. Race favourite Flow was in an early speed battle with Firsthand and probably did his chances after 800m. He stuck on well to just miss the placings and can be continued to follow. I would also be slightly forgiving to Firsthand on his run. Going forward I would be sticking with Flow was used up early and stuck on well to just miss the placings.
Race 7 – Mark Hughes Foundation (1100m)
Note –Good win by Test The World who had a nice run behind the leaders and sprinted to well in the straight to score. Time and sectional both very good. Bon Amis was game in running second. Had a nice run behind the speed and tried hard just found the winner to good. To Excess ran on very well from back in the field to run third and continues to hold form. I would putting down a forget to Ozark & Single Bullet who struck interference in the run. Ozark did really well to finish as close as he did. Going forward I would be putting a tick next to runs coming out of this race the figures were strong. The three placegetters all ran well and can be followed with confidence at their next starts and big forgives to Single Bullet who almost fell. Good race.
Race 8 – ATC Membership Open Now (1200m)
Note – Tight finish and Drachenfels got the job done sitting midfield and sprinted well to score. He made it two in a row with that victory and continues to race well. Overall time was very good. Pipeline was the run of the race in second. Sitting outside the leader on a strong pace and kicked well in the straight to narrowly go down. Keep following him. Lanicato finished third and ran on well from back in the field. Race favourite The Hipster was every chance and just missed the placings after having a nice run behind the speed. To put Pipeline’s run in perspective he sat outside Waitandwatch on pace and beat it home by almost 7 lengths. Going forward stick with the winner who continues to race well and Pipeline who was game in running second.
Race 9 – Golden Slipper 24 March (1500m)
Note – Excellent ride on King Darci got him home in the last. Lead and controlled the speed in the run and kicked strongly to hold of the challenges. Bastia was good in running second, sitting just behind the leaders and getting the gaps at the right time, however every chance to beat the winner. Cellarman ran on hard from the tail in a race that was going to suit the backmarkers. He is another who continues to hold his form well this preparation. The placegetters cleared out from the rest of the field. Going forward I would be sticking with Cellarman out of this race who was the only one to make up ground with the race not being run to suit.