Flemington review from Rick Williams
Race 1. 1600M Inglis Carbine Club (Time 1:37.84/600m 36.39)GALAH KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $1.50F HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LUKE NOLEN 2nd $14 SAINT ETIENNE DANNY NIKOLIC 3rd $61Galah (35.98) was one of the shortest priced runners of the day and one of the narrowest winners. At no stage did it look like he was going to win but he somehow got there and nailed the Moody trained Highly Recommended on the line. He raced like he was looking for further and I wouldn’t be in a rush to take that sort of price should he start in the Sandown Guineas. Highly Recommended (36.20) had a good run and he continues to improve. He looks like he will be even better in the Autumn and he is worth following although he has only one win which isn’t too common with a Moody runner. Saint Etienne (36.36) was very good also. Jumped well and raced on pace and is worth following. Worth noting: Galah best 800/600/400/200 sectionals. Race 2. 2500M The Lexus (2:37.53/600m 37.92) NIWOT DEAN YENDALL 1st $9 MACEDONIAN LUKE NOLEN 2nd $10 ANUDJAWUN COREY BROWN 3rd $13 Caulfield Cup runner up Green Moon (41.99) was very well supported and was the second horse beaten, Midnight Martini (47.03) was the first. Thought Nick Hall was far too aggressive and he didn’t need to lead when he could have just taken a sit. Reported that he pulled up with a case of the thumps, maybe they should have examined the jockey also. All three horses that set the speed here were well tailed off which suggests very poor tactics. Niwot (37.24) is the story here though. I didn’t know what to make of him but he clearly won in a dominant fashion and over recent years the winners of this race can go into the Cup and be extremely competitive. He looks an excellent light weight hope, has won over 3200m at Flemington and needs to be included in everything you do. Worth noting: Macedonian and Anudjawun ran on well and they can be followed. Race 3. 2000M Wakeful (Tome 2:04.98/600m 35.34) ATLANTIC JEWEL MICHAEL RODD 1st $1.26F RAHVEEL DAMIEN OLIVER 2nd $71 DOWAGER QUEEN CRAIG WILLIAMS 3rd $9 No doubting that Atlantic Jewel (34.78) is an absolute gun filly after the performance she displayed. She ran her final 600m and 400m 6L quicker than any of the others before being put into a headlock and beating eased down over the concluding stages. It was one of the most dominant displays I have seen and it’s worth remembering that she was carrying a penalty here and going around with more weight than her opponents. Unfortunately she has injured herself and won’t go on to contest the Oaks, which she would have won by a very long way. Rahveel (36.20) did well to run into second but at this stage I would be pretty confident that the third placegetter Dowager Queen (12.37) is the one to follow to the Oaks. The 2500mm will be perfect for her and although she was dominated by Atlantic Jewel she was clearly much stronger to the line than the others. Worth noting: Very confident Dowager Queen on Thursday Race 4. 1200M Coolmore Stud Stakes (Time 1:10.49/600m 35.64) SEPOY KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $1.30F FOXWEDGE NASH RAWILLER 2nd $16 SATIN SHOES JAMES MCDONALD 3rd $61 Sepoy (35.52) was again well backed and he won again but it wasn’t as easy as we are used to. To be fair to him however he was at the end of a long campaign and he probably peaked in the Manikato which was two runs prior to this race. He has been a star and it’s so good to be able to see the dominant 2yo come back and win more Grp 1 races against older horses and his own age group. Foxwedge (35.37) had a good run in behind Sepoy and once he got out he dashed well but was unable to get the champ. The blinkers switched him on but I think he was at his best while Sepoy wasn’t at his best. Satin Shoes (35.88) did really well to hold on for third. She is better when racing under 1200m and may have another race in her this prep. Worth noting: They ran 0.08 slower than the Salinger but raced four races prior so we will call it evens. With the dry out factor. Race 5. 2000M Longines Mackinnon Stakes (Time 2:02.72/600m 36.57) GLASS HARMONIUM DAMIEN OLIVER 1st $7 MOURAYAN HUGH BOWMAN 2nd $17 REKINDLED INTEREST DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $6.50EF Just like a week prior Glass Harmonium (36.57) was playing up at the gates but this time he jumped really well and Oliver was able to settle him in a prominent position and he took up his regular role as the pace maker. Like we witnessed during the QLD Winter carnival and in the Turnbull when he was nailed by December Draw late he can really roll along and has enough of a tank to just keep going. It was an excellent win and it makes me think what My Kingdom Of Fife would have done this Spring had injury not interrupted his campaign as he is better than Glass Harmonium. Mourayan (36.42) had some good support at odds and he hit the line really well and heads to the cup in good shape. Rekindled Interest (36.16) ran on pretty well again but over 2000m he struggles over the final 200m at Flemington. Worth noting: Mourayan ran the best final 200m and was third throughout, a very good Cup hit out. Race 6. 2500M AAMI Victoria (Time 2:40.33/600m 37.25) SANGSTER HUGH BOWMAN 1st $13 INDUNA KERRIN MCEVOY 2nd $5.50 SABRAGE DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $16 This was a pretty rough Derby and if you backed the second horse Induna (36.57) you were very stiff. He had no luck at the start and was forced well back and it didn’t get much better for him throughout. He is clearly the best 3yo stayer in the race but that doesn’t always mean you are the winner. Sangster (36.83) was given a gun run by Bowman. He managed to stay out of trouble whilst settling mid field and he hit the front at the 400m and managed to win narrowly. The best run won him the race. Sabrage (37.01) ran into third but he just didn’t have the zip over the last 600m. Zabeelionaire (36.63)hit the line really well from the back and he is worth keeping an eye on in future campaigns as is Isopach (36.73)who worked home well from the tail of the field. Manawanui (37.44) tried his best but he just isn’t a 2500m horse, hopefully he comes through the run well and we can enjoy seeing him race at his best in future. Eagle Command (38.41) had a horrible run, nothing went right and he somehow managed to run the 6th best final 200m and finished 10th, keep an eye on him. Worth noting: Always back the horses you know will stay in a Derby Race 7. 1600M Myer Classic (Time 1:37.50/600m 35.82) HURTLE MYRTLE DAMIEN OLIVER 1st $16 SACRED CHOICE COREY BROWN 2nd $26 DYSPHONIA KERRIN MCEVOY 3rd $26 Sydney glamour mare More Joyous (37.00) was sent around favourite and after the first 300m it was evident she couldn’t win when she was unable to cross the field and was left out wide before working hard to cross. 3yo filly Mosheen (36.57) who was well backed continued a run of outs for the fillies in this race. The winner Hurtle Myrtle (35.33) was just super here. She came through a really hot race when she finished behind Love Conquers All and Albert the Fat and over the final 800m her performance was excellent. She dominated the clock and was the only mare to break 24s for her final 400m and clocked the best 200m in 12.44 to overcome the second place getter Sacred Choice (12.63). Dysphonia and Skyerush worked home really well from the back but they just weren’t good enough. Worth noting: Hurtle Myrtle was back to her own sex after two excellent runs behind the boys, always a good indicator. Race 8. 1200M Seppelt Salinger (Time 1:10.41/600m 34.56) SISTER MADLY DAMIEN OLIVER 1st $4F RAREFIED KERRIN MCEVOY 2nd $15 TEMPLE OF BOOM JAMES MCDONALD 3rd $7 Sister Madly (34.56) was just too good for them. She jumped and didn’t quite settle but it didn’t matter because she had enough in the tank to hold them off at the end after leading all of the way. There was plenty of excellent runs behind her and I’m sure that there will be some winners come through here. Only two horses were able to break 23s for the final 400m and they were Temple Of Boom 34.07) and Mid Summer Music (34.03). Only one horse was able to break 34s for the final 600m and that was Stirling Grove who clocked 33.93. Only two runners that were on pace were unable to run top 5 and they were Ego’s Dare and Neeson. Worth noting: Follow Stirling Grove he is flying Race 9. 1400M tab.com.au WOORIM MICHAEL RODD 1st $12 THANKGODYOU’REHERE DAMIEN OLIVER 2nd $10 TOORAK TOFF CRAIG WILLIAMS 3rd $8 They rolled along here and horses that were 11/12/13/14th at the 600m ran in the first 4. It was a very good win by Woorim who has all of the ability in the world but he needs everything to fall into place and he got that here. He ran his final 1000m in 57.82 and was the only one to break 58 in the race. He also had the quickest 600 and 400 (34.53/23.34) and he looks in very good shape to line up in the Emirates next Saturday afternoon. Thankgodyourehere ran the fastest final 200 (12.13) and he will derive lots of benefit from that run. Toorak Toff (35.35) Spacecraft (35.56) and Amaethon (35.82) did well but were no match for the other two. Thought Largo Lad ran pretty well and he should take lots of benefit from that run and he may have another race in him yet. Worth noting: Really liked the way Thankgodyourehere finished off. Follow: Niwot, Dowager Queen, Mourayan, Stirling Grove, Thankgodyourehere
By Guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 11st Pure Hustle Tom Berry 2nd Report Chris Reith 3rd Peakhurst Girl Nathan BerryAn impressive winner to start the day in the shape of Pure Hustle. He wasn’t great to begin but then showed great speed to get up inside Emperor Of Rome and took a clear lead. He kicked well clear after turning for home and although getting a bit tired late,was never in doubt. A very good debut. Emperor Of Rome looked the other pace in the race but not being able to lead on his own was his undoing. He stopped in the straight for a bad last. Report ran on very well of the beaten brigade and can win races based on this. Brilliant Snitzel didn’t do much to raise the hopes of his backers and won’t carry my money any time soon. Follow: Pure Hustle Race 2 1st Revolt Rod Quinn 2nd Hamburg Tom Berry 3rd Druid Jeff Penza Lost For Words missed the start a couple of lengths and never got in the call. Scouting Wide led them up and kept going ok. Prince Braeman was outside the leader and also fought on ok in the straight. The winner Revolt came from well back but sprinted well in the straight and looked like a horse with a fair bit of upside. Hamburg had an easy run on the fence and got out to run second whilst Druid ran on well to claim third. Follow: Revolt Race 3 1st Star Mystery Chad Schofield 2nd Howmuchdoyouloveme Jay Ford 3rd Ever The Same Nathan Berry Howmuchdoyouloveme led with Star Mystery outside of it. The race was leader dominated with these two quickly clearing out after turning for home with Star Mystery outgunning Howmuchdoyouloveme in the run to the line. Ever The Same ran on very well into third. Rolston was very wide in the run and dropped out but should be forgiven. All in all there was not a lot to say about this race. None to follow Race 4 1st Savannah’s Choice Jason Collett 2nd Winner Take All Adam Hyeronimus 3rd Hide N Dash Blake Spriggs Winner Take All led them early, Blurred Vision eventually worked around it to the lead however used up plenty of petrol in the mean time. Based on this the run of Blurred Vision was quite good. The winner, Savannah’s Choice missed the start a bit but got going fairly well along the fence to secure a good run just off the pace. It was able to grind away for the win in the straight whilst Triple Six was running on well and should be followed over further ground. Hide N Dash ran on well but has a habit of doing this. Follow: Triple Six Race 5 1st Adashim Josh Parr 2nd Latin News Nathan Berry 3rd Tromso Jason Collett A good quality race with Adashim securing a good run in transit which ultimately proved the difference in the end. Latin News was very good first up after being wide all the way – he just failed on the line. Tromso made good ground into third but is a bit of a costly commodity for mine. The run of Atomic Force was excellent. He was wide all the way but his class carried him a long way. Phenomenal Lass which was in the market was pretty average. Follow: Latin News, Atomic Force Race 6 1st Asertive Billy Shaun Guymer 2nd Guderian Adam Hyeronimus 3rd Merensky Reef Tom Berry Well, this was a blow out result for punters but Assertive Billy ran one heck of a race. He was wide early and then worked to the lead 700m from home and had the audacity to fight back and win when it looked like Guderian would get the money 100m from home. I’m inclined to believe what I saw and suggest the horse can win again. In the race, Fiscal missed the start and was never sighted after that. Merchandise and Landlocked found their admirers in betting but never threatened, whilst Letchworth over raced and copped some bad interference in the straight but didn’t give up, it’s run was good. None to follow Race 7 1st Stratana Adam Hyeronimus 2nd Embarrassed Kathy O’Hara 3rd Lohengrin Chris Reith Another leader dominated race here with Embarrassed leading them up and Stratana sitting outside of it. In similar fashion to Star Mystery sitting outside the lead earlier in the day, Stratana was able to wear down Embarrassed and chalk up the win. Lohengrin ran third and wasn’t great out of the gates and looked to me like a horse wanting more ground. Merconman was a 30/1 chance in betting but its worth noting that it was extremely wide all the way and its run should be forgotten. Follow: Lohengrin Race 8 1st Riva De Lago Jay Ford 2nd Coup Ay Tee Jason Collett 3rd Lightinthenite Chris Reith Last start Riva De Lago was marked as a special to follow and did not disappoint yesterday. He settled a fair way back in the run but shows a fantastic turn of foot when asked to go and put the issue beyond doubt here very quickly. Coup Ay Tee is a very honest horse but simply just bumped into a smart one on the day. There was nothing wrong with its effort to run second whilst Lightinthenite was ridden cold and that might be the best way to ride him as he found the line quite nicely. Circle Of Power was a long way back but worked to the line well suggesting further ground will help its cause. Follow: Riva De Lago, Coup Ay Tee Specials from the meeting: Revolt, Pure Hustle, Triple Six, Latin News, Atomic Force.