Flemington review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Leadwest Plate(1000m)

1st I Am The General – Jake Noonan 2nd Chivalry – Michael Rodd 3rd Notonyourlife – Glen Boss

Reasonable line out and I Am The General showed speed to cross to the fence in the lead. Notonyourlife raced handy to him before Armageddon On It moved up to match strides with the leader. Chivalry drifted a few lengths off the speed and onto the rail. As they can in straight races the field was very bunched down to the 400m. I Am The General had them stacked up nicely at that point and most were under pressure to chase. Chivalry got around his heels passing the 200m and simply took too long to wind up, but he did close the margin gradually. Notonyourlife stuck on pretty well without threatening. Behind them For Lulu and It’s About You duelled for a fair way down the straight, costing It’s About You up to a length. Nothing else showed up.

Follow: Chivalry will improve (though he was odds-on here).

Race 2: Nowicki Carbone Handicap (1410m) 1st Kiss Me Ketut – Jye McNeil 2nd Hamam – Brad Rawiller 3rd Melting Moment – Jamie Mott

Spellrocker was slow out by a couple of lengths. Sinhala wasted no time crossing from a wide alley to lead and ran them along. Melting Moment lobbed into her slipstream for a trail. Spirit Of Soul raced handy with Federica andHamam forced to sit three wide without cover. Spellrocker recovered to race midfield, keeping Sunset In Venice wide. Sinhala held a decent lead on the turn but Melting Moment swept past her early in the straight. Hamam was boxing on and the chasers were coming out wide. Kiss Me Ketut sustained a long run from near the tail and had Melting Moment covered 100m out, Hamam tried to go with the winner and claimed second in a huge performance. First Bloomand St Issey also ran on nicely out wide but couldn’t match the winner, who was far too good. Sunset In Venice and Spellrocker weren’t disgraced after having hard runs.

Follow: Hamam, Sunset In Venice.

Race 3: Lanec Services Handicap (1000m)

1st Kaiser Sun – Chris Symons 2nd Nicholls Court – Mark Zahra 3rd Eight Bills – Jye McNeil

Flamberge and Schumacher were a little awkward out of the gates. Kaiser Sun sprung out from the outside and quickly crossed to the centre of the straight and held a couple of lengths lead. About a line of seven behind him with Schumacher picking up to follow him with Impulse BuyGeneral Jackson and Flamberge to his outside and Nicholls Court and Reel Way inside. Eight Bills raced on Schumacher’s back to the 400m. Kaiser Sun maintained his break all the way to the line and nothing really made any ground on him. Nicholls Court and Eight Bills did the chasing as Schumacher weakened. General Jackson and Flamberge just battled home in a race completely dominated on the speed by the winner. Flamberge might have had excuses, he wasn’t the best away and was coming back in trip.

Follow: Kaiser Sun was first-up and could have some improvement.

Race 4: Johnstaff Projects Handicap (1410m)

1st The Peak – Chad Schofield 2nd Amaethon – Damian Lane 3rd Eraset – Oisin Murphy

Too Deadly walked out and settled a couple of lengths last. The New Boy jumped best and he took up the running. Amaethon followed him forward and lobbed along outside him. Outlandish Lad had a three wide run on the speed whereas The Peak enjoyed the run of the race in the box seat. Loot ‘N’ Run, who led when winning last start, settled off the speed in that bunch. They didn’t appear to go overly fast and The New Boy seemingly travelled okay to the turn. But he was quickly put under pressure when Amaethon attacked him at the 400m. The Peak pushed Outlandish Lad out of the way to get into the clear soon after and they beat The New Boy off. The Peak raced past Amaethon and drew clear for his first Australian win. Out wide Eraset and Too Deadly ran on but both are notorious for doing that and Outlandish Lad boxed on strongly after his tough run. The New Boy had every possible chance and he and everything else proved disappointing. Follow: Stick with The Peak, Outlandish Lad had no luck.

Race 5: Dorevitch Pathology Handicap (1720m)

1st Backstedt – Chad Schofield 2nd Chile Express – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Minnie Downs – Craig Newitt

A good line out apart from Waterford Hill who blew it by a few lengths. Backstedt crossed over from his wide alley and was uncontested for the lead. Freshwater Storm and Post D’France settled next and Chile Express was trapped wide so pressed forward to sit up second. Stratigraphy raced a few lengths off them in the clear. Not too much changed in the run. Backstedt held a lead of two or three on the turn and was travelling better than anything. Chile Express did his best to chase the leader down but made no impression. Freshwater Storm whacked away but was cut out of third by Minnie Downs who was the only one to make any significant ground from the second half of the field. Stratigraphy had every chance and all the others were unsighted.

Follow: None, they tend to take turns.

Race 6: Isis Handicap (1200m)

1st Decircles – Glen Boss 2nd Morant – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Like Bolt – Harry Coffey

Decircles jumped the best from the outside and he was taken to the centre of the track in a clear lead. They settled in a strange bunch, virtually two single file lines. Alert The Jeweller raced inside the leader and Like Bolt followed Decircles. Infinite Energy settled back in the field. Decircles had them under pressure passing the 300m and he skipped away. Morant began to run on from the back through the field and Like Bolt battled on without threatening. Decircles wanted to run in towards the fence and wound up hard against the paint, doing his best to throw the race away but he held on. Aside from Morant nothing made significant ground and the likes of Infinite Energy just worked home fairly while Tycoon Express picked up a few to run fourth.

Follow: you’re brave to follow any of these.

Race 7: Zouki Western Health Handicap (2000m).

1st Electric Fusion – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Gottino – Glen Boss 3rd Keep Cool – Oisin Murphy

Fieldmaster had no early speed and Multilateral was held back towards the tail this time around. Angola crossed over to lead as was suggested pre-race and he ran along. Keep Cool sat up second ahead of Constant Force andElectric Fusion in a strung out field. Flashy FellaGottino and Whisper Downs were on the latter’s back. Angola and Keep Cool established a decent break past the 800m and that put Constant Force under pressure. Coming to the turn Electric Fusion moved three wide and ambled up to Keep Cool at the 300m. He wasn’t let go until about 150m out and he spaced them. Keep Cool tried hard after chasing the leader and his effort was good but he was just denied second place by Gottino who worked home well late. There was a bunch of them around second place, Flashy Fella just battled, Outback Joe was spotted getting home nicely late, Multilateral was never a chance and he might be at the end of his prep, Whisper Downs was honest and Prizum passed a few late.

Follow: Gottino might be close to a win, but only if Electric Fusion isn’t there.

Race 8: Western Health Handicap (1410m)

1st Sistine Demon – Brad Rawiller 2nd Longeron – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Floatmyboat – Ryan Maloney

Even line away and Sistine Demon rushed across to take up the running comfortably ahead of Floatmyboat who followed him over. Churchill Dancer took the box seat and Longeron enjoyed a nice run on his outside. Grand Slam Eagle settled three back on the fence. Prince Of Penzance endured a wide run out four deep and Nautical settled well off the speed. Sistine Demon was clear early in he straight and had a kick left at the 200m when it look like he might be paddling. But he kept coming and proved too strong. Longeron took a long time to get going but he did his best work late to grab Floatmyboat near the line and Edgewood did a good job to work through the field and take fourth. Nautical was set a big task and ran on fairly and Prince Of Penzance attacked the line well considering the ground he covered, he’s a stayer and has plenty of upside.

Follow: Prince Of Penzance is in for a good prep. Longeron ran well.

Specials from the meeting: Chivalry, Sunset In Venice, Prince Of Penzance.

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Randwick review from Todd Burmester Race 1 1st                    Frespanol                              Tommy Berry 2nd                   The Alfonso                           Glyn Schofield 3rd                    Lofty Ambition                       Tim Clark

Frespanol was keen to lead from the outside in the first and did so without any trouble.  Lofty Ambition went to second with Black Revolver settling in third.  Riocetto was fourth but caught three wide.  Around the turn, Fespanol looked to travel as good as anything and kept finding when asked in the straight.  Nothing really looked like running him down.  Black Revolver put in a short burst but couldn’t come on, and late in the piece The Alfonso closed nicely after being last on the turn.  The way he found the line indicates he has a win in him soon.

Follow: The Alfonso

Race 2 1st                    Mossfun                                  James McDonald 2nd                   Dual Star                                 Christian Reith 3rd                    Baio                                       Nash Rawiller

Mossfun was well supported in betting and began very well and looked to drive up and lead on the fence.  Dual Star had a bit more pace however and held the fence, with Baio making a line of three up front.  Around the turn, these three in front had it between them, with Baio dropping off a little bit after its wide run.  Mossfun and Dual Star went stride for stride with Mossfun just getting the upper hand in the last 100m to go on and win.  Baio managed to hold onto third but was a fair way behind the first two.  Princess Command got to the line well for fourth as did Super Willie in fifth after being well back early.

Follow: Super Willie

Race 3 1st                    Koroibete                                Brenton Avdulla 2nd                   Rule Book                               Adam Hyeronimus 3rd                    Chestnut Road                        Christian Reith

Rule Book led up in race three, from Chestnut Road, Blowin Your Mind and Koroibete.  They stayed in this order throughout, until the home turn where Koroibete was let stride up three wide and was in a challenging position when they straightened.  When he was let go inside the 200m mark it was evident that the race was over.  It’s worth noting that he was difficult to load again today, but came out of the barriers cleanly, which made the difference in comparison to last start.  Can’t say a lot about the beaten brigade here.

Follow: Koroibete

Race 4

1st                    Permit                                    Hugh Bowman 2nd                   Martinvast                               Damien Thornton 3rd                    Hoylonny                                Peter Robl

A mile and a half for race 4, and Martinvast was slow to begin, missing the kick by about 2 lengths.  Secessioambled across from a wide gate, to lead going out of the straight at a pretty slow pace, from Permit andMaluckyday.  Hoylonny settled second last and Martinvast tacked on at the rear and then took off around them and ended up leading.  In the back straight, Martinvast put up about a six length lead.  At the 600m mark, the lead had been cut back, with basically four of them in line.  Hoylonny was the only one not up contesting the lead but he was not far away.  In the slog to the line, Permit did best, beating Martinvast which ran well and Hoylonny closed off for third.  Secessio was disappointing, pulling up a clear last.

Follow: None to follow

Race 5

1st                    Holy Delusions                      Yusuke Ichikawa 2nd                   Maysoon                               Tommy Berry 3rd                    Breakfast In Bed                    James McDonald

A pretty good race out of the gates with Dream Empress kicking up along the inside to hold out MaysoonCannery Row and Amarachi both went around very wide and moved up towards the lead as they came to the turn.  Maysoon hit the front at the 100m mark, but in what was a blanket finish, Holy Delusions hit the front out wide right near the line and got the money.  Breakfast In Bed and I’ve Got The Looks were also very close up in the finish, along with Dark Brown Sugar who was just off them back towards the fence.  Kristy Lee never figured today but was finishing off well at the end to wind up about midfield.

Follow: I’ve Got The Looks

Race 6

1st                    Ninth Legion                           Peter Robl 2nd                   Limes                                     Kerrin McEvoy 3rd                    Alma’s Fury                            Blake Shinn

The big one of the day was The Villiers and it was a good line out.  Listen Son showed his usual pace to head them off, with Ninth Legion going up on his outside.  Limes and Monton got nice runs just behind the speed. Sysmo was caught wide a bit further back.  Around the turn, Ninth Legion had the measure of Listen Son, and when he was asked to go, he put about a length or so on them, and from there it was catch me if you can.  Plenty tried, but none could get past him.  Limes and Alma’s Fury ran into the minor placings but were never going to get the leader.  Destiny’s Kiss ran another good race.  Scream Machine was making good ground late after being near last on the turn, but will always find it difficult coming from that far back.  Taxmeifyoucan was the flop of the race finishing back near the tail.

Follow: Destiny’s Kiss

Race 7

1st                    King Cobia                              Nash Rawiller 2nd                   Reflectance                             Jason Collett 3rd                    Forarainyday                           Blake Shinn

One More Grand took it up in race 7 from King Cobia who was on its outside.  Reflectance and New Day Rising got nice runs in third and fourth.  At the 800m mark, Kaypers which had been wide all the way took off with a long searching run.  Before the turn, King Cobia was serving it up to the leader, and Kaypers and now made its way up towards the lead.  With 250 metres to run, King Cobia hit the front, but looked in all sorts as Reflectance came at it along the inside and Forarainyday was launching down the outside.  Somehow King Cobia kept finding and found the post first in what was a tough win.  Smart Moochi closed off very nicely from last down the outside.  La Pieta was very disappointing.

Follow: Forarainyday

Race 8

1st                    Aeronautical                            Hugh Bowman 2nd                   Heart Testa                             Jason Collett 3rd                    Pampelonne                            Chad Lever

Zaratone knows only one pace and that is flat out.  He flew across from an outside gate and took up the running. Pampelonne railed up into second from Heart Testa, with Hidden Warrior easing back to fourth to get in closer to the fence.  The eventual winner, Aeronautical missed the kick and went back to near last.  Zaratone still led them around the turn, but was claimed by Pampelonne on the inside and Heart Testa on the outside. Aeronautical had made ground and was probing for a run back along the inside.  Heart Testa looked like it might get past Pampelonne, but in the end it was Hugh Bowman on Aeronautical along the inside that claimed a narrow victory.  The finishing effort of Straight Albert was good although beaten a fair way.  He will win another race once he gets out over more ground.  Safeguard did very little.

Follow: Straight Albert

Specials from the meeting: The Alfonso, Super Willie