Weekend racing reviews – December 17th

Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1000M    Spotless Plate   (Time 56.81/600m 32.87) SAMAREADY     CRAIG NEWITT     1st     $6.50 MRS GRAY         LUKE NOLEN        2nd   $8 ALZORA              DEAN HOLLAND   3rd    $31 Early speed was setup by General Hap who ran last and Absolute Spirit who managed to hold on for fourth. First and second Samaready and Mrs Gray both were able to box seat in the run and both finished the race off well. The winner Samaready looked very impressive over the final 200m and got a good rap from trainer Mick Price after the race. A short break is on the cards now before a shot at the Blue Diamond. Worth noting: Samaready was the only runner to break 22s for the final 400m (21.98) Race 2.     1200M    Fiesta Star Handicap   (Time 1:07.88/600m 33.59) JUGAHLATION     BEN MELHAM              1st     $7 RORKE’S DRIFT   KATELYN MALLYON     2nd    $8.50 BEAU VALLON     CHRIS SYMONS          3rd     $4.60 Another small field and Nicholls Court was well fancied and started favourite,led the field along but by the 600m it was quite evident he wasn’t travelling and he ran last. The horses that were second and third at that stage of the race were Rorke’s Drift and Beau Vallon and they managed to finish second and third. Jugahlation was the eventual winner and he was able to sit towards the tail throughout and come with a really good sprint from the 600m and won quite comfortably in the end. Worth noting: Pay to forgive Nicholls Court. Jugahlation and Rorke’s Drift only two to break 23s for the final 400m. Race 3.     2540M    Bitalli (Time2:39.41/600m 34.78) SHEZATEN     STEPHEN BASTER     1st     $7 SUPREMACY     CRAIG NEWITT        2nd     $4 APPREHEND     JORDAN MALLYON  3rd     $3.50F Staying race of the day and here we seen a strong on pace effort from the winner Shezaten. Shezaten led all of the way except for a moment towards the end of the race when headed by Apprehend who had been second in the run throughout. Apprehend just ran out of petrol however as Shezaten fought back and Supremacy who took an eternity to wind up hit the line to make it a close photo but the ex NZ runner just missed. The race was on pace dominated and on the sectionals everything in the race ran pretty well. Worth noting: Supremacy, Count Lotus and Mr Riggs were the only runners to break 12s for the final 200m (11.86), (11.91) and (11.92). Race 4.     1630M    Skipton (Time 1:39.33/600m33.25) SNOW COVER            CRAIG NEWITT         1st     $5 TURNITUP                    LUKE NOLEN           2nd    $3.20F DOWN UNDER BOY     STEVEN ARNOLD    3rd     $13 Sylvan Lodge played up early here and that through the speed map out of the window a little and left Turnitup in front early before Port Vell dashed around the field but later felt the effects of that effort and was no challenge at the business end. Turnitup ended up getting a nice run and he fought on well to be beaten a length. The winner Snow Cover raced closer to the speed than usual and stalked Turnitup into the straight and was just too good for him over the final 400m. Worth noting: Snow Cover was the only horse to break 33s for the final 600m (32.93) Race 5.     1420M    Beachside Handicap   (Time 1:23.60/600m 34.68) VINTAGE TRIUMPH    BRAD RAWILLER     1st     $21 TERPSICHORE          MICHELLE PAYNE     2nd     $5 WHAT A BEAUTY       DAMIAN LANE     3rd     $4.40F They came from everywhere to contest this race but it was Hayes who managed to walk away the winner when Vintage Triumph who enjoyed a nice run from on the pace got the money. She is no world beater but was just given a good ride and that is what got the job done. Of the two leaders Creed managed to hold on for fourth while Riverina’s Girl was 11th. Terpischore and What A Beauty were working home well from the tail but the task was just a bit big for them and they fell short. Congratulations to an old mate of mine Crotts who strapped the winner, his first in the city. Worth noting: God Help Her ran fifth and she is a nice type, a win is pretty close if they can find a suitable race, maybe mid week. Race 6.     1420M    Cleanevent Handicap   (Time 1:22.91/600m 34.69) BY THE WAY                      JASON BENBOW          1st     $13 CONQUERING JOURNEY     LUKE NOLEN               2nd    $5.50F OUR SPIRITS BAY               STEPHEN BASTER       3rd     $17 Early speed was set here by Jungle Ruler who ran last and Produced who ran third last. Alpha Proxima was third throughout and I thought his effort was pretty good to hold on for fifth. Conquering Journey and Our Spirits Bay raced fourth/fifth throughout and finished off pretty well but they were just close enough throughout the run but they didn’t have that zip at the end. The winner By The Way clearly had the zip on his side. He was last throughout and as the passage opened up for him in the straight he let down really well. His sectionals were miles better than the rest. Worth noting:  All a pretty consistent bunch. Happy to back any of the first five in suitable. Race 7.     1000M    Red Tempo (Time 56.06/600m 32.15) THE SOLDIER          MICHAEL WALKER   1st     $3.40F FALCO STAR           CRAIG NEWITT          2nd    $4 JOHNNY FIASCO     MICHELLE PAYNE     3rd     $11 Not a great deal to write about here. The winner was exceptional I thought. He jumped well sat on the pace and he never at one stage looked in trouble, in fact had you backed him you were counting the money pretty early here as he extended his lead at the midway point of the race and then let down over the final 400m like a good horse and put it beyond doubt. Falco Star did his best work late and ran well into second but he was no match for The Soldier. Johnny Fiasco held on well for third after being second in the run. Worth noting: The Soldier looked a class above them here, best last 400m (21.78) Race 8.     2000M    Comic Court Handicap   (Time 2:02.06/600m 34.61) ELUSIVE KING           BRAD RAWILLER     1st     $2.70F THE BIG STEEL          BEN MELHAM          2nd    $3.50 COLDENS CHOICE     CHRIS SYMONS       3rd     $7 The market suggested this was a two horse race all week and that’s the way it played out. The Big Steel was looking to turn around a 3L defeat handed out by Elusive King last start and he may well have done so had he not raced all over the place over the final 200m. As he was in the lead Elusive King was looking for a run and took a run up the inside before The Big Steel shifted in and made contact with Elusive King before they got going again to the line where he held on. It didn’t take long for the siren to sound and after seeing the replay it was quite clear he would lose the race on protest, and he did. I look forward to Elusive King V The Big Steel 3 in a couple of weeks. Persian Star is a nice mare who finished the race off well and that suggests she is getting back to her best. Worth noting: Worth following Persian Star over further on her run here.
Warwick Farm review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
1st    Daymo            Glyn Schofield 2nd   Racing Eight    Nash Rawiller 3rd    Burnout           Hugh BowmanBlended set a fast pace.Senta D’Amour and Racing Eight ensured the pace got even quicker. Daymo had a dream run. Burnout couldn’t really keep up and got too far out of its ground. Daymo took advantage of the good run for the win. Blended dropped out badly. Racing Eight fought on very well, whilst Burnout ran on fairly. Follow: Racing Eight Race 2 1st    Straight Albert    Hugh Bowman 2nd   Irish Jig           Corey Brown 3rd    Al’s Gold        Adam Hyeronimus Al’s Gold and Flying Empress both were slow to go. St Beune bolted in front and was gone on the turn. Straight Albert had a good run midfield, sprinted on the point of the turn and went on for a pretty good win. The two who missed the start ran on ok but were entitled to. None to follow Race 3 1st    Diamond Earth  Peter Robl 2nd   De Shamekh     Nash Rawiller 3rd    Flying Snitzel    Tom Berry Diamond Earth made its intentions clear right from the get go and was pretty impressive in leading all the way here. De Shemekh stuck to its guns chasing all the way and was making ground on the line as the winner was stopping. Flying Snitzel was a mile out of its ground and also ran on well. In all honesty I think all credit goes to the winner however who did it at both ends. Follow: De Shamekh Race 4 1st    Permit               Nash Rawilller 2nd   Scouting Wide   Sam Clipperton 3rd    Saint Saiala       Nathan Berry Shawnee Girl was slow to begin but in a 2200m event I don’t think this mattered. Mikiyama worked hard and wide all the way before eventually finding the lead and you can forget it ran. Permit got the smuggle all the way and took advantage of this good run when the split came in the straight to record a fair win. Scouting Wide and Saint Saiala took off wide before the bend and both kept coming to the line. Given the runs they had in transit they were the equal of the winner, in particular Scouting Wide, who is the one to follow. Follow: Scouting Wide Race 5 1st    News Alert    Hugh Bowman 2nd   Rarefied        Nash Rawiller 3rd    Stratana       Corey Brown Stratana was able to set an even pace here and wasn’t beaten that far but perhaps wants something just slightly easier. Rarefied got a good run in transit and was only narrowly beaten on the line whilst Catapulted and Recorrido got back. In a blanket finish News Alert who had been smoking its pipe midfield got the bob in. Catapulted was pushed very wide on the bend and that left a bit flat footed but it did finish off very well in the last 100m, whilst Recorrdio went looking for inside runs but it didn’t seem to finish off. After it was so impressive last start, the jury is out in regards to it. Follow: Catapulted Race 6 1st    Monton              Hugh Bowman 2nd   Kontiki Park       Brenton Avdulla 3rd    King Lionheart    Nash Rawiller Erewhon won the battle for the lead with Zara Dancer sitting outside of it. Erewhon is yet another horse with promising three-year-old form not going on with it at this stage. Viva Las was stuck wide so eventually worked to the position outside the leader. Shadowfax, who is simply not up to this grade, got well out the back and was never a chance. Monton was similar to its last start where it simply sprinted too well for them in the straight. And in hindsight was sent around over the odds. There could be bigger things ahead. Kontiki Park was clearly the second best run in the race and thus finished second. Fibrillation may have confirmed its “gunna” status by getting a mile back and making fair ground in the straight. More ground is its only hope I would say. Follow: Kontiki Park Race 7 1st    Capital Commander     Nash Rawiller 2nd   Rose Of Peace            Brenton Avdulla 3rd    Next The Universe        Hugh Bowman Capital Commander found the lead as expected. It didn’t set a breakneck speed and that allowed it to hang on for the win even thought it looked as if it may be beaten 10 times in the straight. The first up run of Rose Of Peace was excellent and there is a win not too far away for sure. Next The Universe also finished its race off well and can be followed. Gunawati had the beautiful run behind the leader but could not take advantage of it. We Betcha did nothing today and it’s worth noting that he can only be backed reliably on slow or heavy going. Follow: Rose Of Peace, Next The Universe Race 8 1st    Eight Bills          Hugh Bowman 2nd   Lady La Douce   Chris Reith 3rd    Shamus             Corey Brown Good pace here with Platinum Choice, Jackpot Queen and Floral Insight all wanting to argue over the lead. Something from the back probably had to win and it was H Bowman at his best on Eight Bills that made the difference. He tracked them through closer to the fence after doing nothing for most of the race and that gave him the win over Lady La Douce. Key West was another to also work home well. Shamus had a good run in transit but wasn’t good enough in the end. Not a great deal can be said about the rest. Follow: Lady La Douce Specials from the meeting: Racing Eight, Scouting Wide, Catapulted, Kontiki Park, Rose Of Peace