Weekend racing review – Saturday 21st December

Flemington review from Ray Hickson
Race 1: Primacy Handicap (1420m) 1st Gracious Prospect – Katelyn Mallyon 2nd Star Beauty – Jye McNeil 3rd Adirondack – Vlad Duric Even line away and Gracious Prospect was first to break it with Star Beauty kicking up on the inside early. Our Kapow crossed from his wide alley and sat up second.  Adirondack took a trail behind him and Bring Back found himself three wide. Stone In His Shoe  drifted right back to last and they didn’t go that hard. Gracious Prospect shook off Our Kapow at the top of the straight and kicked away, allowing Star Beauty to come off his back and chase. Adirondack eased out to make his run but he was a bit one paced at the 400m. Gracious Prospect began to paddle 100m out but had a big enough lead and held off a closing Star Beauty and Adirondack. Nothing made significant ground from the back so the run of Stone In His Shoe is worth forgiving.
Follow: Adirondack would appreciate a bit more pace. Race 2: Red Tempo Handicap (1000m) 1st Esprit De Bullet – Vlad Duric 2nd Fab Fevola – Stephen Baster 3rd Lady Of Harrods – Jake Noonan Esprit De Bullet jumped poorly, appearing to knuckle slightly, and drifted back though he usually settles well off them. Rescue Mission was out quickly and led the main group in the middle of the course with Lady of Harrods tracking him.  The Minister and Flash Of Doubt were just off them. Fab Fevola  also showed pace and headed to the outside rail where he eventually took up the overall lead at the 400m and he looked the winner at that point. Lady Of Harrods claimed Rescue Mission to set out after the leader and Esprit De Bullet began to work through the field. Fab Fevola was over a length in front passing the 100m but Esprit De Bullet wore him down and arrived in time to win. Some horses just know where the post is. Lady Of Harrods stuck on for third and Flash Of Doubt poked up on the inside to finish fourth. Something must be amiss with The Minister who dropped out and was tailed off after racing handy.
Follow: Couldn’t follow anything outside the winner. Race 3: Bitalli Handicap (2540m) 1st Instrumentalist – Damien Oliver 2nd McNulty – Jye McNeil 3rd Suspended Gem – Dwayne Dunn Val Mondo was slow out by a few lengths and was dug up to join Pretty Adamant at the tail of the field. Handsome took them past the post the first time with Bono Vox  over racing to his outside. Suspended Gem moved up wider around McNulty and Blazing DragonInstrumentalist  trailed them midfield. Suspended Gem kept the run going to move into second as the pace slowed. As soon as they dropped anchor Damien Oliver made a move on Instrumentalist and he worked around them to hit the lead with 1200m to run. That didn’t look to raise the tempo at all and Instrumentalist had them stacked up coming to the turn. Handsome was under pressure at the 600m as Bono Vox moved up three wide and Blazing Dragon started her run. Instrumentalist had a wall chasing him at the 300m and McNulty appeared to be the one to run him down as he burst through and Suspended Gem gained an inside run. Instrumentalist fought them all off and is another that knows how to win. Blazing Dragon had every chance and didn’t show a turn of foot, Bono Vox stuck on and was just found wanting late.
Follow: these stayers take turns. Race 4: Fiesta Star Handicap (1200m) 1st Salute To Jude – Chad Schofield 2nd Innocent Hero – Stephen Baster 3rd Oltre Finito – Glen Boss The field split into two divisions with Innocent Hero leading on the inside rail from Oltre Finito to his flank. About Square had nice cover behind them and  Right To Roam was happy to race in the clear outside him. Salute To Judewas three back on the fence. To the outside rail side and Pillar Of Creation led Prince Hussar and  Are There AnyChow Meow drifted toward the middle of the track and Spending , who was checked out of the gates, was the widest runner. By the 300m the inside division was clearly in front and Innocent Hero was doing his best to fight off Oltre Finito with About Square making his move. Salute To Jude improved along the inside and really pinned the ears back to chase, picking up Innocent Hero at the 100m and raced right away. Innocent Hero held on for second from Oltre Finito and About Square. The outside division were never in the contest and Prince Hussar finished best there from Are There Any and Spending. Tooleybuc Kid, who trailed the inside division, picked up good late ground in a handy first-up effort.
Follow: Tooleybuc Kid can improve from this. Race 5: Skipton Handicap (1620m) 1st Sistine Demon – Brad Rawiller 2nd Quick Snitzel – Vlad Duric 3rd Gig – Dwayne Dunn Bashan didn’t get a great start and Chile Express was eased back from the outside alley with Quick Snitzel also drifting back. Sistine Demon  jumped straight on the lead and held a clear margin over Quick Shakes who tucked in behind. Looklook and Defiant Angel settled a few length back and Lord Pyrus  was next in the clear until he slid up three wide midrace. Chile Express found himself three wide at that stage and having a tough run. Sistine Demon turned with a three length break and nothing looked like making any ground on him down to the 300m. Defiant Angel moved to second but he didn’t threaten and Gig  followed him through. Quick Snitzel was last on the turn and he emerged as a danger at the 200m with a turn of foot. Sistine Demon didn’t look to be stopping but Quick Snitzel was mowing him down with every stride and only just failed. Gig arrived in time for third ahead of Defiant Angel. Chile Express had no chance in the run and his run is forgivable. The rest were well beaten.
Follow: Quick Snitzel is ready to win. Race 6: Chanteclair Handicap (1420m) 1st Free Of Doubt – Vlad Duric 2nd Hirad – Stephen Baster 3rd Mister John – Glen Boss Carnage at the start with General Offer jumping awkwardly and he seriously hampered Anlon and Dash For Viz who were forced to settle a clear last.  Hirad jumped quickly to lead from Free Of Doubt, who sat in his slipstream, while Mister John and Dance For Cash raced handy.  Road Trippin’  settled three back on the fence and General Offer improved after causing the interference at the start to be midfield. Anlon found himself last on the fence at the turn. Hirad cornered with Free Of Doubt breathing down his neck and they were a few lengths clear of the pack led by Road Trippin’, who got through on the fence, and Mister John. General Offer made his run between that pair. By the 300m Anlon was still at the tail on the fence. Free Of Doubt got the better of Hirad with 50m to go and just had enough in hand to score. General Offer ground away for third, tipping out Mister John, and Anlon burst through for an unlucky fifth. Road Trippin’ just battled. In the stewards room, Anlon was promoted ahead of General Offer for the interference at the start. That handed Mister John third place and the connections of Anlon are left to wonder what might have been.
Follow: Anlon should have won, stick with him. Race 7: Comic Court Handicap (2000m) 1st Index Linked – Glen Boss 2nd Angelology – Michelle Payne 3rd Prizum – Tom Sadler Fair line out aside from King’s A StarExtra Zero was best away and took up the lead early on from Leveraction.  Ali Vital quickly took the box seat from Prizum on his outside and Angelology behind them. Leveraction rolled to the lead after 400m and backed off the tempo. Not much changed until about the 800m where the field bunched up very tightly and there was a line of five in the lead coming to the turn.  Index Linked found himself boxed up for a run and Glen Boss had to work his way to the outside, which he did by the 400m. Extra Zero and Prizum got the better of Leveraction with Angelology looking for a run in between. Index Linked descended on them and had the field covered passing the 200m and sailed away. Angelology did his best but was no match and Prizum ran an improved race to run third. Nice run behind them from Canonized but he can do that. Extra Zero was a disappointment. The win of Index Linked was Chris Waller’s 100th winner for the season.
Follow: Angelology is close to a win. Race 8: Beachside Handicap (1000m) 1st Awasita – Damian Lane 2nd Mrs Hadlee – Jackie Beriman 3rd Zeffiretta – Vlad Duric Truffle skewed at the start and it cost her a length or so. Awasita broke cleanly and took up the running a few horses off the fence. Sweet Agi sat on her outside. Three horses broke away to come down the outside rail with Young Girl leading Royal Scandal and Excel Shoes. Awasita came to the 300m in front but looked vulnerable as they queued up to chase her. Easy To Look At and  Rubyone were under pressure inside her and Truffle loomed up to the outside with Mrs Hadlee looking for a run and Zeffiretta  starting to warm up from the back. The outside fence division were well beaten off by this stage. Awasita kept fighting and she was quite strong late and began pulling clear of Mrs Hadlee, who wasn’t disgraced chasing her home, and Zeffiretta nailed Truffle for third. Winner was too fast.
Follow: Mrs Hadlee, Truffle. Specials from the meeting: Quick Snitzel, Anlon, Truffle