Flemington Review by Ray Hickson 

Race 1: Murray Cox Handicap (1410m)

1st Zebulon – Linda Meech 2nd Profit Share – Dean Yendall 3rd Allergic – Steven Arnold

Nobody wanted to lead early and there was a line of five up front before Skellig eventually found the fence. What A Hoot, who probably jumped best, sat on his outside ahead of O’Fennessy  who was three ride around Roundaboutand CraftyProfit Share had plenty of cover behind them. Heavy  was forced out four wide a long way out and Zebulon was on his back. Allergic and Total Control  were held up for runs in the bunched field. Skellig turned in front of What A Hoot and they’d had a pretty easy time. O’Fennessy was under pressure as Profit Share made his move at the top of the straight. Roundabout also started to struggle as a run opened for him between the leaders and Crafty also got into the clear in plenty of time. Profit Share loomed to the leaders at the 300m but you could see Zebulon was about to swamp him and he did passing the 200m and raced well clear. Nice performance and left the others with no excuses. Allergic worked home very well late, lacking the sprint of the first two home, and La Cicciolina  hit the line okay without being a serious threat. Crafty had every chance. Roundabout proved disappointing though did pull up with an issue.

Follow: Allergic appears to have some upside.

Race 2: Creswick Series Heat (1100m)

1st Beleeup – Chris Symons 2nd Handsome Tycoon – Linda Meech 3rd The Monstar – Jye McNeil

Melrose Place missed it after jumping as the gates opened. As usual down the straight it was hard to find a leader but Handsome Tycoon and Majestic Cheval , who was over racing, led them up beyond the centre of the track. Out wider The Monstar was handy and Allez Eagle and Hay One in behind them.  Under The Louvre had plenty of cover but at the same time was being niggled at a long way out. Allez Eagle made a move about 400m out to join the leaders but wanted to hang, The Monstar went with him and Handsome Tycoon was being held together. Majestic Cheval was the first to crack and Beleeup switched inside the leaders. Pilly’s Wish  made a short dash and Mio Diotried hard out wide. Under The Louvre had no clear running but got out when Allez Eagle had to check severely when The Monstar rolled in and took his running. That put paid to Allez Eagle and he dropped out. While all this happened Handsome Tycoon kicked in and regained the lead and Beleeup continued to make ground inside him and they settled down to fight it out. Beleeup just got the better late to post an upset win. The Monstar held on for third ahead of Under The Louvre and Pilly’s Wish. Hay One was outclassed at his debut and have to forgive Allez Eagle a little.

Follow: none – won by a $61 chance who hadn’t been placed in five starts (though his last run was sound) so query on the form.

Race 3: Brian Beattie Handicap (1610m)

1st Refulgent – Brad Rawiller 2nd Dig A Pony – Linda Meech 3rd Pharrell – Josh Cartwright

Gold Cufflinks made a beeline for the front and got there pretty easily though refused to be restrained and ran along. El Capo landed second from Kareeming and  Second Bullet was able to get across from his wide alley without any trouble. Next were Speed Gonzales and French Hussler with Pit Boss  sitting wide. The favourites Dig A Pony and Refulgent  were in the second half in a strung out field. Gold Cufflinks led by about five at the 600m and El Capo was a couple clear of the rest chasing him. Second Bullet seemed to be tracking into it well on his back. Kareeming was a bit one paced as he took a gap at the 400m. The leader caved in soon after and El Capo hit the front but was a sitting shot having done all the chasing. Dig A Pony had worked clear and started to wind up and she let Refulgent out to her inside. They descended on El Capo with 200m left and raced well clear with Refulgent sticking his head out to score a deserved win, having been unlucky twice this time in, over a game filly. The spaced the rest with Pharrell  poking up on the fence ahead of Kareeming and an eye-catching finish from KwanzaZebrinz also made some late ground. Second Bullet pulled up with a nasal discharge but on face value had every chance.

Follow: aside from the first two home, Kwanza has another win in him.

Race 4: Banjo Paterson Series (2520m)

1st Crafty Cruiser – Jye McNeil 2nd King Of Dudes – Jackie Beriman 3rd Zuma Roc – Dwayne Dunn

This race was decimated by scratchings and, in my view, should be ignored as a form reference in flat races. No early speed and HannafordKing Of Dudes and Zuma Roc  were left in front from Sacred Flyer who was betweenTampere and an easing Crafty Cruiser. Not long after going back he was allowed to stride forward and wound up third without cover. Then  Supremacy  took off and went to the front in the back straight. Sacred Flyer was being shuffled back with all these runs happening. While Supremacy settled in front the pace didn’t pick up much and Zuma Roc continued to pull. Crafty Cruiser was still three wide around Hannaford and King Of Dudes. Sacred Flyer got on to Crafty Cruiser’s back but was the first one under pressure at the top of the straight. Supremacy gave in quickly and King Of Dudes and Hannaford took over. Zuma Roc was sticking on and Crafty Cruiser kept coming out wide. Hannaford gave in quickly and left the other three to fight it out with Crafty Cruiser getting his nose down on the line (first win in 18 Flemington starts) to beat King Of Dudes with Zuma Roc close up between them. Big gap to the rest. Sacred Flyer wasn’t the same horse that won a similar race a couple of weeks early. Supremacy bled.

Follow: none

Race 5: David Bourke Provincial Plate (1610m)

1st Aeratus – Dean Yendall 2nd Harveys True Heart – Dale Smith 3rd Tiny’s Legacy – Dwayne Dunn

The favourite Charmed Harmony jumped best and found the lead without any worries. Faith ‘n’ Belief did a bit of work to get up outside the leader. Tristram’s Sun  held the box seat with Commemorate outside him and Aeratus in the clear a couple of lengths away. Flyingconi and Tiny’s Legacy were midfield. Charmed Harmony was kept a little busy in front by Faith ‘n’ Belief but that horse was under pressure well before the turn. Tristram’s Sun was also ridden along and Commemorate and Aeratus were pulled out to start their runs on the bend. Tiny’s Legacy was travelling nicely behind Aeratus. Charmed Harmony kicked away and was four in front at the 400m but being shaken up. Tristram’s Sun was running about and couldn’t get to him but Aeratus wound up strongly and went straight past Charmed Harmony with 200m to go. Tiny’s Legacy couldn’t go with him but stuck on and  Harveys True Heart worked his way through the field to set out after his stablemate. Aeratus was far too strong and continued his excellent form this time in with a dominant win. Harveys True Heart ran well but that’s his level and Tiny’s Legacy had his chance. OnyaKeithy claimed fourth but was never a chance. Charmed Harmony pulled up with the thumps and it’s worth noting the horse that took him on was tailed off last. Well worth forgiving him.

Follow: most of these are well exposed, give Charmed Harmony another chance.

Race 6: Winter Championship Series (1410m)

1st Akavoroun – Michelle Payne 2nd Ringo – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Road Warrior – Josh Cartwright

Number One Gun wasted little time in finding the lead from Adjuster early before Shadow Ninja moved up second.  Ringo found a nice spot fourth on the fence. Constant Force was better than midfield but three wide aroundDurnford and Said Com.  Akavoroun was four back on the fence early and pinched a few runs along the inside. For some reason they wanted to leave the fence and Shadow Ninja took over out wide on the turn with Constant Force striding up as well. Ringo got into the clear outside Number One Gun and Said Com was trying to push between them. Akavoroun stuck to the fence and hit the front at the 400m under a hold and by the 300m he and Ringo had squared off to fight the race out. Shadow Ninja battled on and Said Com and Road Warrior were running on back towards the inside. Out wider Anlon  made a short lived dash and was passed by Thunderbird One and Henwood who stormed home out wide late. Akavoroun fought off Ringo in the run home and had about half a length to spare. Smart horse who went around silly odds after one defeat (where he ran second). Good effort the Kiwi Ringo at his local debut and Road Warrior just grabbed third ahead of Thunderbird One. Nice run in behind them from  Lord Of Brazil who might be getting back to his best. Both Anlon and Jimando, who was never in it, pulled up lame.

Follow: Aside from the first two home, Thunderbird One and Lord Of Brazil.

Race 7: All Victorian Sprint Series (1100m)

1st Vain Queen – Katelyn Mallyon 2nd The Thief – Dean Yendall 3rd Shanghai Warrior – Michael Rodd

Pampelonne showed speed from his outside ngate to join Vain Queen in the lead and this time they raced closer to the inside rail. Don’t Get Excited was outside the leaders and  Impulse Buy and Daytona Grey inside them. The Thief was closest to the rail with cover and Shanghai Warrior and  General Truce in that bunch. Al Aneed  was one of the widest. By the 400m Vain Queen was travelling easily and when asked to sprint she put paid to Pamelonne, who to his credit stuck on. The Thief got the inside run and hit the line nicely and Daytona Grey struggled. Shanghai Warrior ran on but took a long time to really wind up. Don’t Get Excited and Al Aneed couldn’t make any ground and dropped off the pace. Vain Queen opened right up in the last 200m and really smashed them. The Thief had a big margin on Shanghai Warrior who eventually got going to grab third from Pampelonne. General Truce and Daytona Grey were next but were never a chance. Vain Queen is back in the groove now and she’s unbeaten down the straight. No excuses for anything except Pampelonne who bled and his run was excellent under those circumstances.

Follow: hard to get off Vain Queen.Race

8: Leilani Series (1410m)

1st Nautical – Jackie Beriman 2nd Galway Warrior – Linda Meech 3rd Lady Melksham – Tom Sadler

Nautical didn’t jump well and was near the tail early on. Kimiko found the lead froom Angelic Lass and Sinhala  stuck out three wide. Evie Rose had a nice run on the fence inside of Ravir and Balaclava Lady three wide with cover. Jolie Blonde was three back on the fence. Kimiko was claimed by Angelic Lass early in the straight and nothing else around those in the early lead could go on. From the back Balaclava Lady pulled out wide and forced Nadhima to over-react and in turn pushed Nautical and Galway Warrior  right off the track on the turn. Nadhima got to Angelic Lass inside the 300m but Nautical and Galway Warrior were in hot pursuit. Lady Melksham started to run on behind them. Nautical showed a lot of fight to keep Galway Warrior about three-quarters of a length away in the last furlong and given she missed the start and copped the check on the turn it was a big win. Lady Melksham ran her best race in a long time but would like to see her do it again. Nadhima was fair and wouldn’t be too hard on Angelic Lass who was the best of the on pacers.

Follow: stick with Nautical.Specials from the meeting: Allergic, Kwanza, Vain Queen.

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Rosehill Review by Todd Burmester

 

Race 1 – 2yo Hcp

1st Winx – Jason Collett 2nd Inz’n’Out – Brenton Avdulla 3rd Anothe Al – Winona Costin

Winx was backed as if unbeatable in the first and came out a little bit slowly, settling second or third last. Inz’n’Out found the front from Another Al and they set up a pretty good pace. Win For Levigot a lovely run in third behind the pace. The pace looked to slow mid race, which gave Inz’n’Out every chance in front. As they turned, Winx had run up behind them and was probing for inside runs which didn’t come, so he had to switch around the two leaders and wind up. For a few strides she looked in a bit of trouble but once she built momentum, she went to Inz’n’Out and came away for a pretty easy win in the end. Another Al held third from Joadja.

Follow: The winner looks very smart

Race 2 – 3yo BM 74 Hcp

1st Abbasso – Tye Angland 2nd Black Revolver – Jason Collett 3rd Mamwaazel Serg – Lisnyy

Abouttogobang came out a clear last in the second. Mamwaazel on the other hand was ridden with intent and led them easily from Coolring and In A Knot which found itself third on the fence from Truly Ready in the one out one back trail. Mamwaazel tried to drop Coolring around the turn and did set up about a length and a half break at the 300m mark. She held the front until about the 100m mark when Abbasso joined it down the outside. In the final 100m, Abbasso did enough to hold off the fast finishing Black Revolver. In A Knot was entitled to do more here after an easy run in transit. He was found flat footed after turning for home but did get going a bit in the last 50m.

Follow: None to follow

Race 3 – Fillies and Mares BM 83 Hcp

1st Romantic Moon – Blake Shinn 2nd Adorabeel Sam – Clipperton 3rd Express Power – James McDonald

A good line out in the third with Romantic Moon running to the front clearly before being joined by Zuccherina. This gave Express Power a nice run in third with Acapela inside of it. Sense And Reason got back to second last. When they turned, Romantic Moon looked to be traveling best of those on the speed. Sense And Reason was taken widest at the back to try and run on. At the 300m mark Adorabeel was trying to work into the clear but was being hampered for clear running. In the run to the line, Romantic Moon kept kicking on, with Adorabeel getting into the clear late and coming with a run but realistically was never going to pick up the winner.

Follow: Adorabeel

Race 4 – 2&3yo Plate

1st Pajaro Josh – Parr 2nd The Alfonso – Tye Angland 3rd Tarangower – Sam Clipperton

1900m for the fourth race, with Sun Force, the only two-year-old of the field jumping best. Sky Clip was the one that took it up soon after however, with Pajaro running into second from a wide gate. This put Sun Force third on the fence with Tarangower outside of it as they went into the back straight. The Alfonso was three pairs back along the fence. Around the turn Pajaro was asked to go up and challenge Sky Clip and did so, running to the front just inside the 400m mark. The Alfonso had found its way off the fence and was coming with a run down the outside along with Enormous Honour. In the run to the line, nothing was going to beat Pajaro who just kept finding. The Alfonso came into second with Tarangower running third ahead of a tiring Enormous Honour.

Follow: Pajaro

Race 5 – Winter Cup

1st Secessio – Tye Angland 2nd Hoylonny – Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Mulaqen – Jason Collett

Race 5 was the winter cup over the mile and a half, with Zabeelionaire and Hoylonny going back to the tail early on, before Zabeelionaire made up some ground to settle fourth. Sir Bigglesworthled Permit out of the straight, with Mulaqen getting a nice run on the fence behind them. Into the back straight there was no change in the order with Sir Bigglesworth getting its own way in front. Permit had its head very low to the ground in second place. Just before the 1000m mark Hoylonny was sent forward and took up the running soon after. Hoylonny still had it around the turn, but was being urged along by the rider, as were his rivals that were chasing. At about the 300m mark, Destiny’s Kiss was running on strongly between runners before Sir Bigglesworth hung in and almost caused Destiny’s Kiss to fall. This meant that Destiny’s Kiss lost all chance. Whilst this was going on, Secessio was looking for clear running, and eventually found this inside the 100m mark along with Mulaqen who came off the heals of Hoylonny. Both of these put in their claim for victory late, and it was Secessio who got a deserved victory as he would have been unlucky to be beaten after taking so long to get clear. Destiny’s Kiss picked itself up after the scrimage and got going again, and I believe would have won the race with a clear run at them when required.

Follow: Hoylonny, Destiny’s Kiss

Race 6 – Open Hcp

1st Scream Machine – Tye Angland 2nd Bagman – Serg Lisnyy 3rd Single – Winona Costin

Tromso came out and led as many would have expected. Scream Machine jibbed a bit at the start and went straight back to last. Merlin Mustang settled second outside of Tromso, which gaveDisciple a good run third on the fence, with Eigelstein outside of it. Tromso picked up the pace at the 600m mark and had a two length break as they came to the turn. Into the straight, Tromso kicked, with Scream Machine pulled widest by Ty Angland and started to build momentum. Single tried to come with Scream Machine, but couldn’t sprint as quickly, and in the last 50m Scream Machine hit the front and won the race from Bagman who flew late in the piece to take second away from Single and the tiring Tromso. An impressive win by Scream Machine given the pace didn’t look to suit, but Angland did get him to settle nicely today.

Follow: The first 3 home all will hold their form

Race 7 – BM 85 Hcp

1st Done Nothin’ Wrong – Tye Angland 2nd Saigon Tea – Jason Collett 3rd Animoso – Kerrin McEvoy

Back to the 1900m for race 7, with Senta Desert not the best to begin and going back to the rear. Once they settled down, Tohunga had the front from Absolon who strode around them to find the position outside the leader. Done Nothin’ Wrong settled in third outside of AnimosoSaigon Tea who was well in betting contention went back to the rear along with Senta Desert. With 700m to go the two leaders had clapped on the speed and set up about a four length break over Done Nothin’ Wrong. Done Nothin’ Wrong claimed the front with about 300m to go, but Dream Folk looked to be coming with a winning run down the outside at the same time. Animoso was splitting those two and there was very little between them at the 300m mark. By the time they came to the 100m they were still fighting it out, along with Saigon Tea who had come down the outside. In the run to the line, Done Nothin’ Wrong just kept kicking and held off Saigon Tea, with Animoso running third ahead of the weakening Dream Folk.

Follow: Saigon Tea

Race 8 – BM 85 Hcp

1st Skip Town – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Serg Lisnyy 3rd No Bad Blood – Brenton Avdulla

Cleansing Ale and Earnest Ernest were slow to begin and went back to the rear. No Bad Blood came out quickly and crossed from an outside gate to lead with Field Mashall running up on his outside in to second. Inside Job settled down in a good spot third. The eventual winner, Skip Town appeared to be wide all the way. Just before the turn, Burbero who had enjoyed a good run came away from the fence to look for clear running. No Bad Blood held the front up to the 200m mark with Casual Choice trying to come through along the inside, and Skip Town and Wouldn’t It Be Nice putting in strong runs down the outside. In the run to the line it was a tough win by Skip Town, who had been wide and looked likely to run a minor placing behind Wouldn’t It Be Nice who perhaps just died a bit on its run in the final stages. He ended up running second from No Bad Blood who held third. Skip Town has often run well without luck, and may put a couple together now that he was chalked up a win.

Follow: Skip Town

Specials from the meeting: Winx, Hoylonny, Destiny’s Kiss