Weekend racing review – Saturday 18th February

Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1100M    Talindert Stakes  ALL TOO HARD     DWAYNE DUNN     1st     $2.90F LIBERTY ROCK     LUKE NOLEN         2nd    $6 TIMELY TRUCE     DAMIEN OLIVER     3rd     $13 All Too Hard was all too good for this field. The half to Black Caviar was on debut and was given a 10/10 ride by the in form Dwayne Dunn. He was allowed to settle well in the middle stages of the race and just kept producing the further he got. By the 150m it was evident that he had them all beaten and cleared out to win well. Not sure if they will push onto the Diamond but Dunn suggested it was the best 2yo he has ridden and he has ridden some good ones. Worth noting: If it runs in Blue Diamond it has to be seriously considered. Race 2.     2000M    Gurner’s Lane Handicap   CHEVIOT BEACH      MICHAEL WALKER      1st     $17 PRIZUM                    KATELYN MALLYON     2nd    $5.50 PERSIAN STAR         GLEN BOSS                3rd     $6.50 Cheviot Beach has been travelling really well and he appreciated a good tempo and the 2000m here. He settled well off the pace and as he loomed up at the 200m it was pretty clear that he had them covered and he pulled away well. The favourite was Sidecar who got a lovely run in transit but was held up at the turn, that didn’t cost him the race though as he was average to the line. Prizum went well with the claim and Kallogg did well at his first try over 2000m. Worth noting: Winner won really well and looks pretty progressive, keep an eye on him. Race 3.     1720M    Festival Of Racing Handicap   UNDER THE HAT     JAKE NOONAN        1st     $5.50 CHASSE                 MARK ZAHRA          2nd    $4F OVER QUOTA         PETER MERTENS    3rd     $16 Under The Hat didn’t present very well prior to the race and John Sadler also voiced some concerns over the horse but he was just far too good for them here. They ran pretty solidly and he was able to sit off  them before edging around them on the turn and letting down really well. He is a very nice horse who has a lot of potential and is still on the up. Chasse did what he does and he ran excellent but he just isn’t in the same class as the winner. Worth noting: In good hands Under The Hat and nice races ahead for him. Race 4.     1410M    The Vanity   SHOPAHOLIC            DWAYNE DUNN     1st     $14 MOSHEEN                DANNY NIKOLIC     2nd    $1.45F ANGEL OF MERCY   CRAIG WILLIAMS    3rd    $21 Mosheen got rolled and looked to have a great run but just didn’t finish off. She looked to be travelling but when she was asked to go she was just unable to find enough. Not sure where they go with her now, either she had a bad one or she just isn’t that good, I am thinking she isn’t that good. Shopaholic really let down well. Her effort was really good as she did look flat at one stage down the straight but got going again late to hit the line well and win. Sydney visitor Angel Of Mercy bounced back after her last start and she is very handy, follow. Worth noting: Angel Of Mercy is very good, probably the most improvement of the three. Race 5.     1410M    CS Hayes Stakes   THAT’S THE ONE    CRAIG WILLIAMS    1st     $7.50 DECIRCLES            GLEN BOSS           2nd    $7.50 INSTINCTION           CRAIG NEWITT       3rd     $12 I don’t generally lay the boots in and had Helmet have rolled along in front he may not have won but we should have been given the opportunity to know but we didn’t get that chance and Helmet was slaughtered by McEvoy. Watch his replays and you don’t need to have a degree to work out the best way to ride this horse. I can’t comprehend what he was thinking. Had he led he may have got rolled but he would have at least been ridden to his strengths as us punters expected. The winner has always promised to win a good race and he got a nice win. He really hits the line well and likes the big tracks. He should appreciate the mile in the Guineas. Worth noting: Forgive Helmet Race 6.     1000M    Coolmore Lightning Stakes  BLACK CAVIAR    LUKE NOLEN          1st    $1.10F HAY LIST             GLYN SCHOFIELD   2nd    $12 BUFFERING         MICHAEL RODD      3rd    $71 Dropping back from 1400m to 1000m in seven days wasn’t enough to beat the champ. In what was her toughest test to date she had Hay List put the acid on her for most of the race before she got the upper hand and pulled away from him in the straight. Surely after that performance the knockers will note that she certainly is a champion and give her the credit she deserves. Hopefully she pulls up well, heads overseas and keeps winning.  Hay List was super, he really put her to the test but just was unable to keep going. He is clearly a level above anything else here in Australia, hopefully he can stay sound and he can rack up a couple of much deserved Group 1 wins. Worth noting: Follow Hay List if he pulls up well, nothing will beat him. Race 7.     1410M    TAB Sportsbet   SPEEDINESS    GLEN BOSS               1st   $5 PAGO ROCK      LUKE NOLEN             2nd   $4F AGRIPPA           KATELYN MALLYON   3rd    $5 Speed was setup early through Still Me who went forward and the Moody runner Pago Rock. They rolled along here and it was a super effort from Pago Rock who was just nailed on the line by the winner Speediness. He really fought on hard and it was a top effort over 1400m. Speediness was kept out of trouble the trip and was given every chance to balance up and stretched out great. Great ride by Boss as they got there on the line. Agrippa should have won the race but he had no luck at any stage as they entered the straight and was probably ridden a little far back. Once he got going again late he made excellent ground and finished strongly for third. Worth noting: Follow Speediness, Pago Rock and Agrippa with confidence. Race 8.     1200M    Heron Bridge Handicap   LIVEANDLETDIE     DAMIEN OLIVER    1st     $5.50F BIGELOW              DANNY NIKOLIC     2nd    $6 CHASM                 NASH RAWILLER    3rd     $14 The day ended with a lovely ride from Oliver on Liveandletdie. He settled midfield in the run and looked to have a few little problems trying to get clear but eventually the gaps opened and he took them. It was an excellent return and a great effort to pick up Bigelow who had already had the run back. He is a Flemington straight specialist and can keep winning. Bigelow did well over an unsuitable trip. Yes he is flying but he is a more effective 1400/1600m horse so that being the case he is going to just about win whatever he runs in next time out in suitable. Worth noting: Bigelow should be winning his next run.  
Warwick Farm review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester


Race 1
1st    Mangaroa Flyer    Hugh Bowman 2nd   Palasport           Kathy O’Hara 3rd    Tropicana Girl    Corey BrownMangaroa Flyer came across from out wide to lead from Moonstones and Palasport. They stayed that way pretty much until the 500m when just about every jockey decided to make their run. After they straightened however, most had dropped off and it was evident Mangaroa Flyer and Palasport would fight it out. It was a decent grinding win by Mangaroa Flyer over Palasport with a big gap back to Tropicana Girl which again just ground home. Diamond Jim which showed promise early in its campaign flopped again and you can sack it until it shows something better. Follow: None to follow here (they take turns in these distance races, but that’s two in a row for Mangaroa Flyer) Race 2 1st    Driefontein   Tom Berry 2nd   Agueda        Peter Robl 3rd    Hussousa    Joao Moreira Driefontein missed it a couple of lengths and that is usually very costly for two-year-olds. She showed that she is a quality animal though by sticking to the task for a narrow victory. The inside barrier ultimately was what allowed her to still win but I don’t really want to keep backing her given her peak was probably in the Magic Millions. Agueda showed good pace to lead and still found plenty in the straight also. Hussousa got home very well from the back and will be improved for the run. Follow: Hussousa Race 3 1st    Raceway     Hugh Bowman 2nd   Shelford       Blake Shinn 3rd    Narcissus    Chris Reith Raceway was sent out long odds on here. He began about midfield and then worked up to sit outside the leader Shelford. Before the turn everything was going to script for favourite backers with Raceway seemingly coasting and going to win easily. On the turn he didn’t corner as well as expected however and Shelford kicked and kept fighting all the way down the straight. In the end, if you look at the urgings from both jockeys, Bowman was only hands and heels the last little bit where as Shinn on Shelford was going hammer and tongs. Raceway was superior in terms of the race time to Driefontein in the previous. I thought the run of both horses were good with Shelford only at its first race start so it obviously will win one soon. Narcissus also did enough on debut to suggest a win is in store soon. Follow: Raceway, Shelford, Narcissus Race 4 1st    Hardbreak Hotel   Nathan Berry 2nd   Mr Edison            Blake Shinn 3rd    Sienna Red          Corey Brown It was a bit of a patchy start here. Rolling Pin however worked to the front from its inside gate but failed again today and really wants a spell I think. Again there was plenty of jockeys on their bikes before the turn and they quickly got to Rolling Pin. Thumbtacks was one of the first challengers but his run was also short lived. Hardbreak Hotel and Sienna Red looked the two to fight it out and then all of a sudden Mr Edison came from the clouds. Hardbreak Hotel just held on but the sprint of Mr Edison was impressive and if you watch the replay he was about the only horse not under pressure early in the straight. Sandberg does not win often, but ran well without a whole lot of room in the straight. Follow: Mr Edison Race 5 1st    Steps In Time    Jim Cassidy 2nd   Beaded             Corey Brown 3rd    Red Tracer        Hugh Bowman A quality horse here with Steps In Time leading all the way again for Jim Cassidy. Doesn’t he love to ride a front runner? The quality mares Beaded and Red Tracer ran second and third and neither disgraced themselves particularly Beaded for which a case could be made that she was unlucky, having to change course in the straight to come around the eventual winner. Alberton Park, which realistically is probably not up to this class, ran out of its skin and is a coming winner. Follow: Beaded, Alberton Park Race 6 1st    Hot Snitzel        Hugh Bowman 2nd   Manawanui        Tom Berry 3rd    Moment Of Change    Blake Shinn The big three in the betting looked to have a class edge on these and that is how it turned out in the end – Bowman chalked up a treble, gee that man can ride. Moment Of Change found the front from Hot Snitzel with Manawanui camping on the fence behind them. For Hot Snitzel to be the first under pressure and to hold on for the win, you have to say it was a pretty fair effort.  Manawanui was a bit wayward in the straight and ultimately that is what cost in the win. Once balanced in the last bit, he got home very well. Moment Of Change either isn’t as good as the first two or needed the run and will be fitter next time. Nobody will have missed the run of Rekindled Alliance which flew home for fourth and should be in for a good preparation as the distances increase. Follow: Manawanui, Rekindled Alliance Race 7 1st    Sea Siren           Jim Cassidy 2nd   Streama             Hugh Bowman 3rd    Hallowell Belle    Corey Brown Karuta Queen again didn’t begin well and you’d have to have a real question mark over her from here on. Schiffer led the race from Altar and Sea Siren posted 3 wide. The short priced favourite Streama was about midfield. All credit here to Sea Siren which sprinted best after being wide and Streama who was a bit flat footed early in the straight could not run her down. I expect the form from this race to hold up strongly, and look for the trifecta here to be the key to further three-year-old fillies races in the Autumn. The one we do not have a real line on now however is Nocturnelle which was scratched from this race. Follow: Sea Siren, Streama Race 8 1st    Onthelookout       Adam Hyeronimous 2nd   Bereft                  Peter Robl 3rd    Hood                   Hugh Bowman No replay was available of this race at the time of writing, however, from my notes made, it’s worth highlighting that Stratford was disappointing. There is no doubt the horse has ability, but always finds itself short in the market and is often a good risk. Onthelookout put the writing on the wall last time running second to Steps In Time, and after that horse franked the form earlier in the day, I was shocked that Onthelookout could start around the $10 mark. Don’t be surprised if it repeats the dose next start. Follow: None to follow Specials from the meeting: Hussousa, Manawanui, Rekindled Alliance, Sea Siren and keep an eye on these three from the Doomben meeting at their next starts: Chipp’n Away, Snip ‘n’ Duck and Puerretan.