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 noting: Ollie 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 noting: Launay 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