Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams   Race 2.     1600M    Momentum Energy Trophy  GOOD VALUE                             MICHAEL WALKER     1st      $14 GALAH                                          KERRIN MCEVOY        2nd    $3.20F STRIKE THE STARS(NZ)          VLAD DURIC                  3rd     $10

Dead 5 ground for the last day of the Flemington carnival. In a race where there didn’t look to be a lot of speed, Williams went forward on Morant to sit outside the leader. Good Value got the perfect suck run behind Galahthanks to a great pick-up ride from Michael Walker. His last start win was his first since June 2010, but he had been quite consistent since knee surgery last year. Galah had a good run in transit but was just got bloused in the photo. Strike The Stars was a little slow away but ran home solidly with the big weight to nail the tiring Morant. Why Not did enough

Worth noting: Tough week for punters so far and a tough start to Emirates Stakes Day. Race 3.     2000M    Antler Luggage Handicap   SERTORIUS             RYAN MALONEY        1st       $3.30F HOYLONNY              JIM CASSIDY                2nd     $3.50 TURNITUP                COREY BROWN           3rd      $15

Everything pointed to Sertorius being really hard to beat yet again. It was a patient ride from a low profile jockey and Sertorious was good enough to find another gear when challenged. Horses like him that can do it at both ends have a fantastic betting profile. Great training effort as well to progress this horse from a BM78 first up this campaign and score 5 straight wins. Hoylonny got well back and made up lots of grond but never looked likely.Turnitup was good 3rd up and his form around 2000m is very consistent.

Worth noting: It took until race 3 on Day 4 of the carnival for a horse to lead all the way.

Race 4.     1400M    Hilton Hotels Stakes  

 EXIMIUS                             GLEN BOSS                1st      $26 LIMES                                    COREY BROWN       2nd    $14 GOLD MEDALS(NZ)          MICHAEL RODD       3rd     $17

Track now upgraded to a Dead 4. Cool God took up the running from Limes and Essay Raider. First half of the race was an average tempo but they slowed noticeably from the 800m to the 400m. The race turned into a 400m sprint home and backmarkers were basically no chance. Eximius withstood the challenge of Limes and both were well away from the fence. Gold Medals was specked at odds and finished off quite well for 3rd in an on-pace dominated race. Arguably the run of the race. Generalife was quite plain. Lampedusa didn’t finish off. Academus performed well considering the big weight.

Worth noting: Another roughy gets up and even the trainer was surprised. Race 5.     1200M    Patinack Farm Classic MENTAL                               KERRIN MCEVOY          1st        $7 SEA SIREN                           JIM CASSIDY                  2nd       $4F HALLOWELL BELLE          CRAIG WILLIAMS         3rd       $14

The G1 WFA Manikato form stood up here in the Patinack with a repeat of that quinella, albeit in reverse order. They gapped the rest of the field who appeared to be labouring a long way from home due to a solid pressure throughout. McEvoy stalked Sea Siren in the run, got the last crack at her and Mental did the rest. Sea Sirenwas gallant in defeat and still ran excellent time. Hallowell Belle powered home late but was no match for the first two. Buffering had a tough task on his own near the outside rail and was later found to be lame.

Worth noting: Mental heads off overseas in the best possible way and will go really well in those testing 1200m races or anything else around 1400m-1600m. Race 6.     1600M    Emirates Stakes  HAPPY TRAILS                    DAMIEN OLIVER               1st        $13 FAWKNER                            NICHOLAS HALL               2nd      $4.80F SECRET ADMIRER            BRENTON AVDULLA         3rd        $14

Lots of depth to this field with Fawkner the clear favourite but all other runners double figures. There was plenty of speed in the race with Rolling Pin leading and Fat Al sitting just off him. Unsurprisingly, both were under pressure at the turn. Happy Trails was dropping back from the Cox Plate and Oliver got everything out of him. Massive run by Fawkner who saved some ground but was definitely forced to race on the worst part of the track. Huge effort also by Secret Admirer to run 3rd beaten not far at all. Wall Street ran well as did Yosei.

Worth notingOllie doesn’t lose too many photos. Race 7.     2000M    Matriarch Stakes   MIDNIGHT MARTINI             MICHAEL RODD            1st      $8 LAKE SENTENTIA               GLEN BOSS                      2nd    $7.50 CRAFTY IRNA                       DAMIEN OLIVER             3rd     $8

Kandallah found the front pretty comfortably and it was only a moderate tempo until the 800m where the speed slowed quite dramatically. That turned the race into a sprint home making it hard work for a backmarker like Silent Achiever. Another favourite goes under and surely it was one of the best ever Spring carnivals for the bookies.Midnight Martini hit the front in the straight under a hold and went on with it. She’s another horse that stays out of trouble and races consistently.

Worth noting: For whatever reason Bowman’s record on Silent Achiever is terrible. Race 8.     2600M    Queen Elizabeth Stakes   PUISSANCE DE LUNE(IRE)            GLEN BOSS                          1st      $3F IRONSTEIN                                           BRENTON AVDULLA       2nd     $26 TANBY                                                    HUGH BOWMAN                 3rd      $21

Puissance de Lune had the early lead and then relaxed beautifully to take a sit and really control the race. He Took off without being asked for an effort and just dominated a decent Group 3 field. He won with with ridiculous ease and without Boss moving at any stage. Luckily horses don’t hear the hype because he will carry the hopes of a nation for the next 12 months. Can’t say much for the beaten brigade – they were obliterated.

Worth noting: Wow – the most arrogant win you’ll see. Race 9.     1400M    Emirates Airline Handicap   LAUNAY                     STEVEN ARNOLD           1st       $7.50 REGALMANIA          JIM CASSIDY                       2nd     $21 TOKUGAWA               DAMIEN OLIVER               3rd      $4.40F

Launay hadn’t won for 20 months but had plenty of market support at his favourite track and enjoyed a lovely run in the box seat. Regalmania was big odds but don’t file his effort as a fluke. He ran well here following a good effort with 59kg at Sale when the winner ran the fastest L200/L100 of the day. Shamardashing isn’t a noted first upper but ran well without luck. Backmarkers were disadvantaged by the lack of pace. Down Under Boy put in a sustained run. Instinction’s had enough this campaign.

Worth notingLaunay is something of a Flemington specialist.   ———————————————————— Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester Race 1 1st            Golden Sunshine             Peter Robl 2nd            Benedictus                        Blake Shinn 3rd            Kochamma                        Jenny Duggan

In the first, Soapy Star missed the kick about a length.  Golden Sunshine went straight to the front from the well supported Kochamma.  They didn’t go real quickly, and on the home turn, Robl steered Golden Sunshine a bit away from the fence and it kicked away from Kochamma and had them covered.  Benedictus got past Kochamma for second, and the other two in the race did very little.  In what appeared a slowly run race, the form may not hold up.

Follow: Benedictus Race 2 1st                Cantonese                 Jenny Duggan 2nd              Kukri                              Blake Shinn 3rd               Watertight                      Kathy O’Hara

2200m for the second event and Tenby Lady led them up early.  Past the 1600m, Cantonese, the drifting favourite started to make a move and pulled its way up outside Tenby Lady by the time they reached the 1000m.  Kukriwhich was well supported in betting was ridden a treat, and worked its way through the field between the 800m and the 400m, to be there ready to strike on the home turn.  Cantonese dropped Tenby Lady and was then challenged by Kukri.  In the run to the line, it was a combination of Cantonese kicking on well and Kukri not racing genuinely, that allowed Cantonese to get a way for a strong win.

Follow: Cantonese Race 3 1st              Assail                                  Anthony Allen 2nd            In Cahoots                            Blake Shinn 3rd             Chilly Prediction                 Jason Collett

In Cahoots sprung straight to the front in the two-year-old event.  Assail was his main rival in betting, and didn’t begin brilliantly, but went very fast mid race to take a clear lead from In Cahoots.  On the point of the turn, these two had a good lead and the rest were under pressure.  There was a big pull in the weights in favour of Assail, and maybe that told the story and she held a margin the whole way up the straight.  There was about 6 length back toChilli Prediction in third.  Raffinato who found support in betting, played up before the start and was never sighted in this.

Follow: In Cahoots Race 4 1st              Soros                    Josh Parr 2nd            Purrfect                  Blake Shinn 3rd             I Think I Do            Sam Clipperton

Odin’s Hammer, I Think I Do and Nat King Cu were equally best to begin here, with Nat King Cu taking up the running from I Think I Do.  The eventual winner, Soros, found itself in an awful position settling down, well back and three wide.  Josh Parr took the initiative and wizzed around the field to take up the running 600m from home and established a clear lead around the turn.  Purrfect and I Think I Do were the chasers in the straight, but it was to no avail, and Soros went home for what I thought was the win and ride of the day.

Follow: Soros Race 5 1st              Harada Bay            Rod Quinn 2nd            Cleansing Ale        Jay Ford 3rd             Double Power       Jenny Duggan

Mount Nebo began well out wide, as did Swift Succession who used its better draw to go through and lead.  Emblems got a nice run behind them on the fence, whilst Double Power ended up three wide.  At the 600m Specific Choice, which had a nice run one out and one back started to make its move up three wide, which pushed Double Power four wide.  Harada Bay tracked these up nicely into the race, and went straight past them in the straight.  Cleansing Ale was the other to make good ground.  Emblems was the disappointing runner here, who was beaten as soon as they turned for home despite some betting support.

Follow: Cleansing Ale Race 6 1st           Holy Moly            Glyn Schofield 2nd         Pentasia                Blake Spriggs 3rd          Zauberflote         Blake Shinn

Good pace here with Trlione leading from Pentasia, which gave Holy Moly a nice run in third.    They were all over the shop once they turned for home, with Pentasia taking the lead, and Holy Moly and Zauberflote looking the dangers.  The three of them went to the line locked together with Holy Moly getting a narrow victory off the back of a nice run in transit. Trilione was very disappointing dropping out to run last, and Leviosa had a nice enough run in transit so was entitled to do more.

Follow: Pentasia Race 7 1st               Brightest                              Rod Quinn 2nd             Rose Of Scotland               Jenny Duggan 3rd              Forarainyday                        Blake Shinn

They took a little while to sort themselves out here with Potluck finding the fence in front from Matiya’s Pride outside of it.  Rose Pattern and Euphorbia got nice runs in third and fourth.  Two big chances in betting, Berrimilla and Forarainyday found themselves in bad positions back near the rear and in the case of Berrimilla, she was also jammed against the fence.  In the straight, Brightest came from about midfield with the best sprint to get the victory, but the noticeable run was Rose Of Scotland who really pinged home the last bit to grab second from Forarainyday who peaked on its run inside the 100m after coming from well back but deserves another chance.

Follow: Forarainyday Race 8 1st             Reigning                  Kathy O’Hara 2nd            Brown Doubt          Sam Clipperton 3rd             Randall                     Blake Shinn

In the last, A Real Prince led them up early from Randall outside of it.  Privately got a nice run behind them in third.  Before the turn, A Real Prince had given up leaving Randall well clear early in the straight.  At the 200m it appeared obvious that Randall was starting to shorten stride, and Brown Doubt and Reigning were coming quickly, from last.  Reigning went to the line slightly stronger than Brown Doubt to get the money narrowly at a big odds.  The effort of Randall to still hold on for third was good.

Follow: Brown Doubt, Randall Specials from the meeting: Cantonese, Soros, Pentasia