Weekend racing review

Eagle Farm review Race 1. 1800M MITTYS Class 6 Plate HEARTSHAKER     LUKE NOLEN            1st $4.80 LEGISLATURE       TIMOTHY BELL        2nd $11 WORLD WIDE         LARRY CASSIDY     3rd $4F Heartshaker is a horse who normally gets well back in his races but Nolen ensured he was closer to the speed and it was a winning move. Ghost In The Darkness set up a good solid tempo throughout and the second and third placegetters were second and fourth in the run. Once they rounded the turn it all opened up for Heartshaker. Nolen angled off the rail and by the time they hit the 300m it was very evident he was home. Nothing really made ground in the run. Danagaze was too far back from a poor barrier and ran on as good as anything from well back, he is worth keeping an eye on still. Race 2. 2200M AL BASTI EQUIWORLD EAGLE FARM CUP GLASS HARMONIUM       LISA CROPP                1st $2.20F SHOOT OUT                          GLEN COLLESS           2nd $4 SCENIC SHOT                      SHANE SCRIVEN       3rd $4 Here we had a the smallest line up of the day and what was a really good go also with the winner Glass Harmonium who was $3.50 into $2.20. He was coming off a couple of excellent runs and in particular his effort last start when he bolted and was a mile in front and still almost won a Group 1. They let him jump and run again today but Cropp seemed to always have the upper hand over him. He jumped well from barrier one to lead and was able to out grind them in the straight. It was a excellent win. Shoot Out box seated in on the rail for the entire trip and he was hard ridden and looked gone on the turn. Under hard riding though he did respond and picked up again to finish second without ever threatening. He seems to have lost that brilliant turn of foot he is well known for. Like to see him trained to run a mile. Scenic Shot was too far back on turning and put in for 200m in the straight but then had enough. Impossible to knock him. Race 3. 1500M AMERICAN HONEY SPEAR CHIEF HANDICAP MYSTICAL GREY           EDDIE WILKINSON   1st $10 SILENT MOVIE               SCOTT SEAMER           2nd $15 TAMPIKO                          LUKE NOLEN               3rd $5.50 Born To Rock and Emblem Of Liberty ensured a good clip here throughout and went head to head until the turn when Emblem Of Liberty went in reverse. It was an excellent run by Born To Rock who was beaten just on three lengths. Silent Movie got the run up along the fence in an effort from Seamer to save ground and ran well. Moody runner Tampiko had a good run throughout and looked to be the one that was going to win when she loomed up at the 100m but she was unable to show a turn of foot and finish off. Pay to be pretty lenient on her when assessing as the pace was right on and they all looked flat bar the winner, she was just less flat than most. Mystical Grey was well backed at a price prior to the run and just camped out the back while the rest of them were chasing. He was bought wide at the turn and allowed to balance up and let down. His win was good but it was a race that was setup for him. Race 4. 1400M AL BASTI EQUIWORLD BRC SIRES’ PRODUCE STAKES HOT SNITZEL            HUGH BOWMAN     1st $4 PLAYTIME                SCOTT SEAMER        2nd $51 MAHISARA               JIM BYRNE               3rd $13 This race has been a talking point as Free Wheeling reared up before the gates were open and took no part in the race. He was $4.40 third favourite and did look a non started if ever you’d seen one but the stewards had a different opinion, punters lost out and the rest is history. This was as dominant a win for Hot Snitzel as his win two starts back was. He got a lovely run in transit and when they straightened Bowman said go boy and he just put some space on them and pulled away for a excellent victory. It’s hard to see anything out of that race challenging him out to the mile and he will be a short priced favourite next start. Favourite from the Snowden team Benfica never looked a winning hope on turning and the NZ 2yo Dowager was just ok. Race 5. 1400M PATINACK FARM DANE RIPPER STAKES HURTLE MYRTLE      BRENTON AVDULLA        1st $11 ZERO ROCK                   CHRIS MUNCE                    2nd $4.60F PONTIANA                   JASON TAYLOR                  3rd $19 We will start with the winner here Hurtle Myrtle. She was coming off some good and bad runs in the Autumn and really sprinted well today at the end of the 1400m. It was an excellent ride by Avdulla as he was happy to just sit in behind the main group and he timed his run to perfection. Zero Rock was well backed over 24 hours and almost halved her quote. I thought she was clearly the run of the race and certainly gallant in defeat. They worked early to cross from the car park and set the pace. At the 200m she looked to be gone but she just kept digging deep and trying to win, she fell short. Pontiana keeps running good races and looks to be one coming through the grades well. She is pretty lightly raced and looks for her in the Spring in a similar class, we will get a price. Culminate box seated throughout and her effort was also really good considering she lumped 58.5kg. Race 6. 1300M ALBION JEEP QTC CUP VARENNA MISS              DWAYNE DUNN     1st $13 PHELAN READY              SHANE SCRIVEN   2nd $31 ZINGALING                       TIMOTHY BELL     3rd $26 Varenna Miss is a quality mare. This was an excellent win and her fifth from nine race starts. Take away her win first up in a R2 at Doomben and she was beaten 4.4 lengths by Response in Grp1, 1.7 lengths behind Eagle Falls in a Grp1 and 1.5 lengths behind Beaded in a Grp3. Beaded has since won at Grp1 WFA level. It was amazing she was able to start almost $20 best tote, this was one the market had very wrong. Credit to Dwayne Dunn, it was a gem of a ride from barrier 17 and he was able to ensure she got in and when she was asked to go she certainly did that. We know Phelan Ready can run but he has not shown his best for some time now. He ran on really well from the tail and if he can improve second up and bring his A-game he is a winning chance in anything suitable. Zingaling didn’t have all go her way in running and her effort to hit the line well for third was very good. Sincero who was a drifting favourite lost for all the reasons that were bought up against him. 1600 to 1300, barrier 1, big field and tougher seasoned horses were his downfall. In hindsight he has been beating up small fields in low pressure races. Curtana loomed up to win but couldn’t go on with it. It was her first attempt beyond 1200m and may be her last, she just didn’t run the trip out. Listen Son was gallant crossing from the wide gate, doing all of the work and just being caught in the concluding stages. Race 7. 2400M TREASURY CASINO QUEENSLAND OAKS SCARLETT LADY            JAMES MCDONALD    1st $3.90F BECERRA                           DWAYNE DUNN           2nd $26 SHEZ SINSATIONAL     OPIE BOSSON                3rd $5.50 This was a fairly straight forward Oaks except for Alan Thomas calling the winner by the wrong name over the line. She looks to be a very good filly this Scarlett Lady. She had a picket fence lined up coming over to Australia and she has added the two main fillies staying races to her CV. It was a great ride by McDonald and like the start prior when he asked her to go she was able to display a brilliant turn of foot and put some space between them. Freedman filly Becerra who was 2 lengths away last start looked to stay on pretty well and came second. The other visitor from NZ Shez Sinsational rounded out the placings to finish third. The rest of them did all look to have a winning chance coming to the turn and they tried but as is the go with these Oaks/Derby races most are found wanting over the last 400m and can’t stay. Race 8. 1400M TREASURY CASINO DAYBREAK LOVER STEPS IN TIME           COREY BROWN        1st $14 HAVATRYST                LARRY CASSIDY   2nd $26 BENNY’S BUTTONS    CHRIS MUNCE        3rd $11 Couldn’t have been more impressed with the win here of Steps In Time at just her fourth race start, we need to keep an eye on her because I think she is certainly going places. These huge field 3yo races in Brisbane are hard to win and they are a tough lot. From the wide draw they pinged to the front where she was set up a lead with the help of Corey Brown and she was able to hold on. Just to make the win look even better she was coming off a 5 week let up and to win like that over 1400m is great. Certain to further improve again at her next run and under these set weigh conditions for 3yos she will be hard to beat. Thought the place getters ran on well, they certainly got close but not close enough. Horses to follow: Steps In Time, La Societte, Meet George, Zero Rock, Listen Son —————————————————————————————————————-

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Rosehill review
Race Number: 1

Pace overview: Pace appeared average but it was fair to assume all had their chance Individual Runners of Note: Galah: The eventual winner of the race, perhaps the smartest ride, the jockey made up his mind quickly and settled the horse midfield, it finished hard to win, a good effort. Subarc: Over raced for a good portion of the race and found itself wide, which was perhaps less of a disadvantage that usual however due to the wet ground.  Couldn’t finish off as well as some expected due to over racing.  Perphaps wants a race with a fast pace on Swerte Bella: Settled well back along the fence and ran on well in the straight.  It’s either looking for further, or may settle closer on a dryer track. Queenian: Looked the winner at the 100m but ran out of condition.  Might be best kept to shorter distances Abbotslon: Was in the market, but ran very disappointingly after having the run of the race.  Perhaps didn’t handle the ground? Follow: Galah and Subarc Race Number: 2 Pace overview: Didn’t seem to be a great deal of pace with the leader getting its own way Individual Runners of Note: Coup Ay Tee: Posted wide for most of the trip, but again, the wet conditions probably made this less of a disadvantage.  Seemed to handle the wet better than the second horse in the fight to the line. Spot The Rock: Came from behind the winner, and looked like it may run past it, but I am not convinced it was comfortable in the wet as it ran around a little when winding up which may have proved costly.  Watch for a dryer track. Dream Supreme: A very good run making up ground late in a race that didn’t seem to be run all that quickly.  Good for further. Circle Of Power: Got its own way in front and stuck on ok, but not one to follow for mine. Follow: Spot The Rock on dry tracks, Dream Supreme over more ground Race Number: 3 Pace overview: Pace was fast here thanks to Hurrara which was ridden with urgency out of the gate Individual Runners of Note: Hurrara: Went too hard in front, might pay to forget, but did fold up badly all the same Night Fever: Virtually matched it with Hurrara for pace and fought on much better than it.  A good run. Big Bonanza: The run and win of the day without a doubt.  Took off 600m out, wide on the track and ended up winning virtually running away.  Good horse in the making. No Hesitation: Not liked in the market but was possibly going to run into it on the inside in the straight after having a cosy run, didn’t get a lot of room and basically wasn’t tested in the run to the line. Bereft: Fast pace set it up for something to run on, and this one was the best of the run on group coming from last to run third. Oh My Papa: Best work was happening late, earned a pass mark for this run. Follow: Big Bonanza (a standout), Night Fever, No Hesitation Race Number: 4 Pace overview: Pace looked to be a cracker with 3 and 4 runners disputing the lead most of the way.  This set it up for those at the back. Individual Runners of Note: My Vegas: I have an opinion of him on his day, and today was his day.  He made a mess of them, but was flattered by the face pace I would say Foxstar: Came from back with My Vegas, a good run but like the winner, flattered by the pace. Miss Independent: Certainly the best of the on pace runners, and for mine one of the best runs of the race. Title: Had a cushy run in behind the pace and was entitled to do more in my opinion. Mumslad: Either looked to be hurt or not handling the ground in the straight.  Not sure for next time? Devils Arcade: Worked home well the last bit after not looking comfortable in the ground Baci Amore: Missed the start and would pay to forget the run O’Crikey: Got a pass mark after being in the speed battle, but needs a race where he can lead on his own Follow: Miss Independent, Devils Arcade (dry) Race Number: 5 Pace overview: Even Individual Runners of Note: Legsman: Ring a ding ding Pumper’s the King.  Jimmy Cassidy with a beautifully judged ride found the front on Legsman and wound up the pace just when necessary to get away with the win. Tullamore: Had the job of chasing the leader, and did ok, but couldn’t catch him Indikator and Strike Run: Finished off ok from the back Follow: You are braver than me if you follow horses from this race! Race Number: 6 Pace overview: Even Individual Runners of Note: First Look: Got the run of the race on the fence behind the leaders and made use of this for a narrow victory We Betcha: Saves it’s best for the wet, and was the unlucky runner of the race virtually running into the back of the winner in the straight before coming around it and missing narrowly Divya: Led but perhaps didn’t look like it wanted to be there.  Ride with cover? Rain Melody: Made good ground down the outside, a good run Hide N Dash: Missed the start as it often does but made no ground. Hatton Garden: I am not convinced is a Saturday grade horse, did very little Mysterious Light: Worked home ok as a well beaten runner at big odds Trilione: Found absolutely nothing in the straight, query wet or injury? Mambo Flyer: Covered more ground than Burke and Wills Follow: We Betcha (wet), Mysterious Light at big oods Race Number: 7 Pace: The pace looked strong set by Slick Sniper and the field strung out Individual Runners of Note: Irish Love: Got well back but saved plenty of ground along the fence and always travelled kindly for the win Kontiki Park: Raced second on what looked like a strong pace, and held on well to run second, one to follow Status Quo: Ran on from well back, but in all honesty was entitled to run past Kontiki Park Telesmon: Ambled out from a wide gate, got a mile back on the fence then managed to switch wide and made good ground all the way to the line.  Good run Patrician’s Glory: Regular honest run making ground, may have been tightened a bit for room late, but does not win often Martin Place: Gave up before the bend Oforawesome: Might want another lap? Got a mile back. Contract Caterer: Tailed off, query wet? Follow: Kontiki Park, Telesmon Race Number: 8 Pace: Good, field strung out and all should have had their chance but in the end the race was leader dominated, which does not say much for others in the field Individual Runners of note: Daintree Road: Was able to cross from the wide gate to possie up second and narrowly got the job done Dunrossil: Had an easy run and probably was entitled to have run down the leader Prince Monashee: Honest as the day is long, led as usual and tried hard but the others were better on the day Adroitly and Black Fix: The best of those coming from the back in a race where they were entitled to make up ground Follow:  Daintree Road and Black Fix Summary of runners to follow from all races at the meeting: Galah Subarc Spot The Rock (dry track) Dream Supreme Big Bonanza (Run of the day) Night Fever No Hesitation Miss Independent Devils Arcade We Betcha (wet track) Mysterious Light Kontiki Park Telesmon Daintree Road Black Fix Specials Big Bonanza – Long wide run, won running away.  Bigger things in store. We Betcha (wet track) – Unluckiest runner of the day, great wet record. Kontiki Park – Strong on pace run, consistent horse. Telesmon – Has a good record and will be ready to win next start.