Runners to watch: Warwick Farm, December 22nd

Luke Krahe race reviews, blackbookers and race notes from Saturday's Sydney metro meeting at Warwick Farm.

Blackbookers: Race 1 – WAR BARON

Race 1: 2YO Handicap 1200m.

Notes: AEECEE VINCO (3rd) was the well supported favourite and looked to have every chance in front. He was joined early on by GIRLS ARE READY (1st) and that filly got the better of him early in the straight and was far too good. SEBRAKATE (2nd) settled near last and although under pressure when coming wide at the top of the straight, he ran on well when balanced up. The real eye-catcher was the David Payne colt WAR BARON (unplaced) having his second start. He was held-up last at the top of the straight, really accelerated at the furlong pole and was finishing best of them all. He looks like he needs a mile. Second favourite DETERGE (unplaced) had the perfect run, although he did over-race a little, he was not entitled to drop out like he did and the steward’s report will tell us more.

Race 2: Highway Handicap Class 3 1600m.

Notes: MOOBI (1st) settled down in the second half of the field in what looked a genuine tempo. Greg Ryan got him cover but looked to be under pressure when asking the gelding to get on the move. He picked up when balanced and ran on strongly out in the middle of the straight. The favourite HEMMERLE (2nd) looked to have every chance, held up ever so slightly when forcing into the clear, he ran on well but just found one better on the day. SAARIM (3rd) was huge odds, he led them up and although headed early upon straightening, he fought on ok after looking like dropping out, and was actually coming again on the line.

Race 3: BM78 Handicap 1000m.

HEART CONQUERED (1st) put on a professional display making it 2/2 here at the Farm. It was about as professional as you can get, he jumped well with Tommy Berrry steering today, led, showed sustained speed and when he angled a few horses off the fence at the top of the straight and accelerated, the race was over. The margin was officially 3.5 lengths but the trading would have been $1.01 more than a furlong from home. No sweat at all for the favourite punters.

Notes: REVENIRE (2nd) and GHOSTLY (3rd) both ran on ok from the back but weren’t in the same class, and on the heavy track giving away a start, never looked likely. The winner was simply too quick.

Race 4: BM88 Handicap 2110m.

Notes: It looked one of the most open races of the card on paper and the betting told a similar storyline, with 7 of the 9 runners in single figures. Chriss Waller had five in the race, and amazingly they were the first five across the line. NAVAL WARFARE (1st) was beautifully ridden by JMac, as is often with the mid-distance affairs, the horses can be very one paced so if you do have one that can show a kick, it needs to be used at the right time. MCDonald settled outside of the leader and put it away before straightening, using his turn-of-foot to open up a 3-length lead and although he was all out on the line, he never looked in danger in the run home. MUTARAKEM (2nd) had every chance after following the winner into the straight, SOLO MISSION (3rd) was doing its best work late also. ARAAJA (unplaced) had every possible chance, FOLLOW SUIT (unplaced) ran on well before tiring late in what was a good return to the track.

Race 5: BM78 Handicap 1600m.

Notes: MONSIEUR SISU (1st) had to work early to eventually cross and lead, he looked all out early in the straight and there was a wall of chasers. He responded well and really gave a good kick for 100m when Collett changed hands and gave him a couple in the left hand. All out on the line he had done enough though. ASORIA (2nd) was closing all the time but had every chance, INTUERI (3rd) sat outside the winner, hit a little flat spot early in the straight but kept whacking away. DALMATIA PRINCE (unplaced) made good ground late but not sure this is going to be much of a form reference going forward.

Race 6: Fillies and Mares BM78 Handicap 1400m.

Notes: THE ART OF THE BAR (2nd) started at flip of the coin odds for Waterhouse/Bott after leading all the way in her two previous wins here at the track at her last two starts. She was getting out to the 1400m for the first time, she led easily and the jock elected to stay very wide on the track, it is only one turn though from the 1400m start there at the farm, she straightened with a couple of lengths up her sleeve but it was always going to be a tough ask seeing out the 7 furlongs on the heavy track. She was quickly under pressure and although she stuck on ok, NICCI’S GOLD (1st) wound up strongly and put her away in a powerful finish from the back in what was the better going out wide. STROME (unplaced) ran on well early in the straight after cutting corners back along the rail, SWEET VICTORY (3rd) was doing her best work late.

Race 7: Handicap 1400m.

Notes: CONARCHIE (3rd) led and once again the jock elected to scout wide from the 1400m start, Jay Ford was three and four horses off the fence into the straight and he stuck on well. Although he got an easy lead, the pace only appeared to be muddling, I think the times will back that up and the runs of the first two across the line were full of merit. SIR BACCHUS (1st) and SPECTRISCOPE (2nd) both were well back in the run, the runner-up had to come with a wider run but both finished off far too well. INVINZABEEL (unplaced) had every chance, PECANS (unplaced) didn’t seem to travel in the going.

Race 8: 3&4YO BM72 Handicap 1300m.

Notes: Where to look at the 200m mark here. There must have been 6 or 7 chances as they spread across the track. LET’S PARTY MARTY (2nd) was not closer than three-wide the trip without cover and was a super effort to stick on for second. GONGS (1st) was near last settling and came wide on the track, circled them and ran on hard out wide. SKYRAY (3rd) made its run with the winner but looked to be all out on the line and may not have run out a string 1300m on the wet track. KAPAJACK (unplaced) started favourite, after bounding at the start, he was caught four-wide without cover throughout. He loomed early in the straight but the 3kg claimer had to straighten him and although not beaten far, never looked a real chance. He may have just been a little flat second-up, certainly don’t sack him.

Race 9: BM88 Handicap 1200m.

Notes: All honours with the winner EASY EDDIE (1st). After jumping well, he was forced to sit no closer than three-wide without cover up ono the speed when the pace was good. SAMADOUBT (unplaced) set the pace and when he kicked three lengths clear approaching the straight, it was EASY EDDIE (1st) who was forced to do all the chasing. He travelled beautifully and quickly reeled in the leader, was strong through the last furlong and never really looked in doubt once he took the lead. BEL SONIC (2nd) was clearly the unlucky runner, although he didn’t do any work early whilst the winner was chasing hard, he was held-up approaching the straight, got the split before charging through the line. REDOUBLE (3rd) was also good, he had to come about 10-wide at the top of the lane and made good ground. The first three across the line are clearly the ones to follow.