Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1. 1200M TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes SNITZERLAND COREY BROWN 1st $2.70F EXTREME IMPACT DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $51 COINS KERRIN MCEVOY 3rd $14 Big wraps on Snitzerland who was coming off an impressive win at Mornington on Cup day. She got control of the race pretty early here and was just too good. Taking the line through Mrs Gray who was beaten in the Magic Millions by two lengths and of course Armed For Action In the Blue Diamond this form and this win stacks up very well as the connections head towards the Slipper. Worth noting: Winner is well above average and the only one worth following to Sydney Race 2. 1100M MSS Security Stakes INSTALMENT MICHAEL RODD 1st $15 SHARNEE ROSE DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $8 AMERICAN DREAM COREY BROWN 3rd $21 The money came early in the week for Halle Rocks and kept coming on race day but she didn’t fire. Instalment won on his home track and he just got under the guard of punters. He hasn’t done a great deal wrong this campaign and won at a decent price. Glows was gallant and fought hard to narrowly miss a place. Sharnee Rose was yet again beaten, surely she has a win in her soon, pretty handy maiden. American Dream kept fighting well also but no match for winner. Worth noting: Blanket finish with some good horses.Straight doesn’t suit lots of horses so pay to be a little forgiving. Race 3. 1400M Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes ALL TOO HARD DWAYNE DUNN 1st $4.60F PRONTO PRONTO JAMES WINKS 2nd $7 ROAD TRIPPIN PETER MERTENS 3rd $31 He was a little slow out of the gates and ended up a little further back than they anticipated but that didn’t stop All Too Hard smashing this field. Once they got around the turn and he was able to balance up he really made up a lot of ground very quickly and was able to pull away and win with ease. Really looks as if the sky is the limit for this horse. Stable will no doubt look after him and he is going to be very hard to beat wherever he goes. Worth noting: Won really well, follow him, not sure the rest are any good though. Race 4. 1600M Blamey Stakes GREEN MOON CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $11 PIED A TERRE KERRIN MCEVOY 2nd $6 WALL STREET DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $7.50 Green Moon had the runs on the board in the Spring and bounced straight back into winning form here first up thanks to an excellent ride by Craig Williams. He is a very nice horse and no doubt he will only get better as they get over further. Speediness who was backed off of the map early in the week blew it at the start and his effort was as good as he could have produced under the circumstances. Pied A Terre led them up and he fought on really well but was no match for the winner. Wall Street held on for third. Worth noting: Forgive Speediness, he is a group class horse who blew it at the start. Race 5. 1400M TAB Sportsbet Kewney Stakes EMPRESS ROCK STEVEN ARNOLD 1st $13 ASSERTIVE EAGLE NASH RAWILLER 2nd $51 BLISS STREET CRAIG NEWITT 3rd $21 Angel Of Mercy pushed forward from the gate and was ridden upside down. She is better ridden back in the field and I am inclined to forgive her for that run. Shopaholic settled into a good spot but just copped some interference and was restrained which in turn caused Soft Sand to be restrained. Shopaholic just was put off her game and never recovered. Soft Sand was jogging and Oliver was looking for an inside run but he was never able to get clear running. The winner was good, yes she had the luck and the good run but just liked the way she was able to put them away. Both runs after a break were really good and she is certainly worth following. Worth noting: Forgive – Soft Sand, Shopaholic, Angel Of Mercy Race 6. 1200M Lexus Newmarket Handicap HAY LIST GLYN SCHOFIELD 1st $3.80F BUFFERING MICHAEL RODD 2nd $21 FOXWEDGE CRAIG WILLIAMS 3rd $7.50 Just a super effort and win by Hay List. He has been chasing Black Caviar for the last year and finally got his chance to win one of the big ones but had to do so with 58.5kg. He was up the middle of the track and by the 100m he had ground to make up on Buffering who was flying and had the big weight pull. He dug really deep over the final stages and won by a long neck. He is a champ in his own right and a much deserved win. Rain Affair just looked to race keenly and he did nothing. Foxwedge ran on well for third and Phelan Ready flashed into fourth and injected some serious value into the first 4. Worth noting: Just a super win by Hay List. Race 7. 2000M Dubai Australian Cup MANIGHAR LUKE NOLEN 1st $7.00 SOUTHERN SPEED CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $8.00 AMERICAIN STEVEN ARNOLD 3rd $2.50 Glass Harmonium missed the start and had to work hard to get across and that was the end of him. At the same time Illo who had the blinkers on just went too hard in the run and was gone in the straight. Southern Speed had the sit midfield and she loomed into the race really well and got into a fight to the line with the eventual winner Manighar. It was a super run by Southern Speed. Manighar was headed by Southern Speed and looked gone but to his credit he was able to really dig deep when it mattered and he stuck his nose out on the line. Americain was back as we all expected and he looked pretty flat halfway down the straight but started doing his best work late. Had the race been an extra 50m he would have no doubt won. Worth noting: Follow Americain, he needs further and will be better on softer. Race 8. 1600M Schweppervescence Trophy SPIRIT SONG BEN MELHAM 1st $5.00 MARVEEN MICHAEL WALKER 2nd $11 SEDUCED GLYN SCHOFIELD 3rd $26 Cute Emily pushed forward here with Eternal Sunshine and they ran along but really were unable to find much when they got to the business end of proceedings. Hi Belle drew a little awkwardly and Williams had to go back. She loomed up in the straight and her effort was excellent but she was just unable to run them down. Marveen loomed up and took the lead in the straight and looked the winner nut it was a gallant fight back along the inside from Spirit Song under hard riding from Ben Melham that got the money. It was a great training performance and the run she had prior over 2000m helped with the win here as she was just too tough and fit. Worth noting: Forgive Hi Belle and follow Marveen who is very close. Race 9. 1400M Super Saturday Stakes SMOKIN JOEY CRAIG NEWITT 1st $5.50 PAGO ROCK LUKE NOLEN 2nd $2.90 LIFE TO THE FULL MICHAEL GUTHRIE 3rd $81 Good speed early with a few horses showing some speed to cross Pago Rock who ended up with a great run in transit. He is a really genuine horse and he hit the lead and kept working hard to the line but was just unable to hold off the winner Smokin Joey. He has taken the next step Smokin Joey and he settled towards the tail end of the field before looming up to them upon straightening and he really put in the hard yards to fight off Pago Rock and win well. Both horses performed really well and you can confidently follow both of them in suitable grade. Worth noting: Smokin Joey will continue to improve, on a big upward spiral
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 1 1st Ichihara Brenton Avdulla 2nd Narcissus Peter Robl 3rd Knockabout Kathy O’Hara Pure Hussle was slow to begin and settled second last. Emperor Of Rome showed its usual gate speed but did not cross Ichihara which began well from a good gate. Ciao sat outside the leader which put Emperor Of Rome three wide and it was no surprise to see it drop out. Catkins and Kristy Lee had good runs in transit. Catkins perhaps didn’t handle the track, whilst Kristy Lee went ok without threatening. The two running on late were Narcissus and to a lesser degree Pure Hussle. The most “professional” horse got the money. Follow: Narcissus Race 2 1st Kinnersley Adam Hyeronimous 2nd Marden Hugh Bowman 3rd Watertight Jay Ford Merchandise was the second favourite of the day to miss the start but in the end it didn’t make a difference as he had a good run in transit but can only be described as disappointing. Kinnersley led them up and all credit to it to keep fighting in the straight for the win. In all honesty, these stayers tend to take turns winning and there is not a lot one can say about any of the beaten brigade however it is worth noting that Frozen Rope was wide all the way but all the same, did drop out to run last and won’t be carrying any of mine any time soon. Follow: Marden Race 3 1st Hurrara Rod Quinn 2nd Potions Joao Moreira 3rd La Remlap Jim Cassidy La Remlap was another favourite to miss the start! In this case it was only marginally but it did mean she had to work harder than she would have liked to. Hurrara held the fence and a share of the lead and in the end had too much fight for them in the straight. Potions did its best to close late but just missed, whilst the early effort from La Remlap told and she died on the run – perhaps she is a non winner. Celts didn’t seem to handle the ground as it was under pressure on the turn but kept plugging to the line. Follow: Potions, Celts Race 4 1st Streama Hugh Bowman 2nd Sea Siren Jim Cassidy 3rd Hallowell Belle Tom Berry This time it was Hallowell Belle that missed the start. On the other hand, the favourite Streama went straight to the front and looked like getting it all its own way until Hallowell Belle had other ideas and was used up to go around to the front. Streama immediately came off the fence and really always looked to have the race under control but you have to give credit to Sea Siren who certainly made her work for it. Both of these fillies are very good in my opinion. Follow: Sea Siren Race 5 1st Al Dhafra Josh Parr 2nd Brayroan Jim Cassidy 3rd Thumbtacks Hugh Bowman A good even start this time! Hardbreak Hotel after being very wide, worked to the front from Agent Bauer and Thumbtacks. Al Dhafra’s last couple of runs were pleasing and this was an indicator that he was ready to find some of his earlier career form. His win here was impressive albeit in the right part of the track by this part of the day. On the turn he went around them and looked to be jogging early in the straight as he found the front. Brayroan, the favourite in the race, is not a horse that can be relied upon for mine – happy to lay it whenever it runs favourite. He was shuffled back before the turn and made reasonable ground on the inside, but was never going to win. Reuben Percival was pleasing from the point of view of longer races and Delago Star ran on again. Follow: Al Dhafra, Ruben Percival, Delago Star Race 6 1st Shoot Out Hugh Bowman 2nd Danleigh Jim Cassidy 3rd Trusting Joao Moreira Shoot Out had the form recently behind Rain Affair in unsuitable races, so it was no surprise at all to see him successful out to this distance. I think he is a mile horse and should be kept to this distance and we will continue to see the best of him. Pinker Pinker was back and wide the whole way and although she tried to latch onto Shoot Out’s back turning for home, I don’t think she ever really looked comfortable in the ground. I am not sacking her yet – you don’t fluke a Cox Plate win. The old boy, Rangirangdoo ran exceptionally well here after copping a bump early in the straight, he regained his balance and ran on well. Follow: Rangirangdoo, Herculian Prince Race 7 1st Ofcourseican Kathy O’Hara 2nd Somepin Anypin Jim Cassidy 3rd Fast Clip Tom Berry Somepin Anypin is one of those boom horses that always starts short and no doubt has ability but was always a question mark first up on this track in my opinion. He led, jointly with Neeson which found good support in the betting ring. The eventual winner, Ofcourseican, which has been going very well lately, took the sit and sprinted very well in the straight for an easy win. I thought the effort of All Silent was very good from last. Follow: All Silent (particularly if it gets a dry track) Race 8 1st Steps In Time Jim Cassidy 2nd Foxstar Hugh Bowman 3rd Lady’s Angel Jay Ford Well, you choose whichever superlatives you would like to apply to this ride but there is no doubt it was an absolute gem from Jim Cassidy. Steps In Time, led on its ear and Cassidy tracked through the best ground the whole way, rating the speed of the race to absolute perfection. Every step they went it became more and more obvious she would win as she liked and she did. Secret Admirer, similar to Pinker Pinker earlier in the day, was back and wide and when the race was run as it was, she was never a winning chance. Again I would encourage you not to sack her yet. This race simply demonstrated the importance of understanding pace and tactical speed when doing the form and it played out exactly as it looked on paper. Foxstar was good in second. Follow: Steps In Time, Secret Admirer, Foxstar Specials From The Meeting: Narcissus, Potions, Sea Siren, Delago Star and Todd has put together a quick wrap on the The Black Opal from Canberra on Sunday. The Black Opal was a competitve event in Canberra today, with 4 main chances in betting adding a fair bit of interest. Finding the favourite at the jump was difficult, but Epaulette, a Commands colt trained by Peter Snowden held top billing, despite good support for Cavalary Rose in the ring. The Gai Waterhouse trained Later Gator was the third pick with Faustus rounding out the top 4. In the run, Later Gator began brilliantly to lead. The other 3 in the betting were second third and fourth in the run. When they straightened, Later Gator briefly got away with Epaulette and Cavalry Rose looking the immediate dangers. Epaulette struck the front inside the 200m and looked all over a winner when Faustus started to get a move on. Faustus made the finish interesting but realistically was never going to pick up the winner. It was a good win by Epaulette and realistically the first four over the line all have ability but I would be surprised to see The Golden Slipper winner come from this race.