Weekend Racing Reviews – Saturday 12th January

Flemington review compiled by David Carr
Race 1 – 12:35PM Better Beyond Plate (1000 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 0:56.97 Last 600m: 0:32.67

1            MS FUNOVITS                        John Sadler               Glen Boss                  $7
2            THERMAL CURRENT             Peter G Moody          Brad Rawiller           $3.80F
3            MOUNT ZERO                         David Hayes              Jake Noonan (a)      $4.20

A seven horse field of 2 year olds to start the day and the market had 5 of them priced between $3.80 and $7. They jumped in a pretty even line but shortly after the start Mount Zero raced greenly and wanted to roll about. When they found their positions Ms Funovits had the lead on the inside just in front of Minaj and Mount Zero. Approaching the 300m Ms Funovits had shaken off Minaj who was under pressure and Mount Zero loomed up to run past Ms Funovits and hit the front. Thermal Current was allowed time to balance up and come down the outside for the last shot at the leading pair. Inside the final 100m Ms Funovits traded at $8.60 on betfair when she kicked back to reclaim the lead from Mount Zero and hold off the fast finishing Thermal Current.

Worth Noting: The first three put 5 lengths on the rest of the field and should all be followed. Thermal Currentran the fastest 600m, 400m and 200m of the day and looks a nice type. Back Mount Zero when she races around a turn with a shorter straight. Track is racing very fast.

Race 2 – 1:15PM Jezabeel Handicap (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 2:01.47 Last 600m: 0:34.48

1        LUCKY ANGEL                      Tony Vasil             Vlad Duric                               $6.50
2        MANILA JEWEL                      David Hayes          Steven Arnold                      $13
3        STREETS OF SEATTLE        John Moloney      Damien Thornton (a3)        $4.60

Streets of Seattle and Manila Jewel won the start with Manila Jewel easing to allow Streets of Seattle to cross and take up the running. After the leaders walked the first 400m Be Tolerant whipped around the outside to run to the front and crank up the pace. Genuine Spin found a nice spot in the run 3 pairs back one off the fence. Lucky Angel dropped out the back and was suited by the early move of Be Tolerant. On the swing for home the field bunched up as Be Tolerant called it a day and dropped out. Genuine Spin came around them 4 wide hit the front at the top of the straight but was found wanting shortly after. Manila Jewel kicked through on the rail to claim the lead from Streets of Seattle and the flat Genuine Spin. But the strong pace in the middle of the race allowed Lucky Angel to wind up and come down the outside with a big run to win comfortably.

Worth Noting: The race changed complexion when Be Tolerant took off and turned it into a staying contest.Lucky Angel was dropping back in distance and best suited by the tempo.

Race 3 – 1:55PM Rain Lover Handicap (2500 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:38.33 Last 600m: 0:34.99

1          TUSCAN FIRE                 Dan O’Sullivan            Glen Boss                                  $2.05F
2         CRAFTY CRUISER         Bryce Stanaway            Reece Wheeler                        $8
3         MODULE (NZ)                  Peter Gelagotis            Damien Thornton (a3)        $8.50

The well supported Tuscan Fire jumped straight to the front from the gates but I’m Jake was determined to lead and punched up on the inside to hold the front. Tuscan Fire seemed to over race slightly for a few strides until he found the back of I’m Jake. Almodovar box seated and enjoyed a nice run. Once they found their positions they remained that way until Linda Meech sent Almodovar for home at the 800m. Bossy didn’t panic on Tuscan Fire and just allowed him to chase Almodovar under his own steam. When they entered the straight Almodovar’s sprint was short lived as Tuscan Fire claimed the lead under a hold. Crafty Cruiser and Module ran on late down the outside but it was all Tuscan Fire.

Worth Noting: Another strong performance by Tuscan Fire who will most likely contest the Adelaide Cup over 3200m on March 11. If you want an easy guide on how strong today’s performance was just take a look at whereI’m Jake and Almodovar finished.

Race 4 – 2:35PM Nouvelle Star Handicap (1000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:56.63 Last 600m: 0:33.19

1            SPENDING (NZ)          Danny O’Brien             James Winks                   $8
2           AGULHAS                      Peter Snowden           Vlad Duric                          $26
3           OCTAVIA                         Michael Moroney      Thomas Sadler (a3)        $2.50F

The late betting plunge came for Octavia and she was backed at the exclusion of all others. When they jumped Good and Hot, Agulhas and the green Lamingtons shared the lead. Thomas Sadler noticed Lamingtons was rolling about and elected to move to her inside on the favourite Octavia. This turned out to be a good move as Lamingtons continued to shift out towards the grandstand. Approaching the 400m Agulhas kicked strongly and Octavia was sent out after her. For a fleeting moment Octavia looked the winner but died on her run. Spendingwas second last at the 400m but was able to chase the tail of Octavia with an unimpeded run to overhaul the leaders late and win the race. Double Dee and Legcut ran on well running the fastest 800m splits of the day.

Worth Noting: Follow Spending who will be better suited when she gets out to 1400m+.

Race 5 – 3:15PM Comedy King Handicap (1600 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:35.15 Last 600m: 0:35.12

1            ZABISCO (NZ)                Michael Moroney          Glen Boss                        $8.50
2            SUSSURO                         Tony Noonan                  Vlad Duric                      $7.50
3           BOOM ’N’ ZOOM             Ken Keys                           Andrew Stead (a2)      $20

Over Quota and Spacecraft won the jump but they didn’t have the lead for long as Sadalbari crossed over from the outside stall to take up the running. Galileo Gold was caught wide early and circled the field to take over the role as pacemaker and set up a good tempo. As they turned for home Spacecraft was hard ridden on the inside and not responding. A line of 5 shared the front at the 200m when Sussuro got the split and hit the front but not to be outdone Bossy balanced up Zabisco and grabbed Sussuro inside the final 50m. Nice return by Boom ‘n’ Zoomwho found the line well.

Worth Noting: The first leg of the Quaddie continued the weekly theme of being a wide open betting market with many chances.

Race 6 – 3:55PM Chester Manifold Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:21.46 Last 600m: 0:34.08

1            BRITISH GENERAL              Dan O’Sullivan            Glen Boss               $2.10F
2           DASH FOR VIZ                        Robbie Griffiths         Dean Yendall       $10
3           UNDER THE EIFFEL             Tony Vasil                   Vlad Duric             $8

British General bounced straight to an uncontested lead. Big Buddie was caught wide early and worked around them to sit second. The way the race was run it looked like they would struggle to catch British General a long way from home. Dash for Viz enjoyed a nice cart into the race by Future Solution and loomed emulously passing the clock tower but British General was too strong and held Dash for Viz comfortably on the line. Under the Eiffelfound the line well and By the Way ran some quick sectionals to make up many lengths as he always does but he rarely wins.

Worth NotingBossy gets his 4th winner for the day in a well rated ride in front and opened up a 15-win lead in the Melbourne jockeys’ championship.

Race 7 – 4:35PM Tauto Handicap (1200 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:09.58 Last 600m: 0:33.58

1            DECEIVER                    Danny Williams             Vlad Duric                   $4.80EF
2           AASHIQ                         David Hayes                    Craig Robertson       $81
3           CAVALLO NERO        Nick Harnett                   Noel Callow                 $11

A fairly even betting race with the Sydney visitor Deceiver the best tried late. They jumped in a good line and while many speed maps would have had It is Written in front she seemed to get a bit lost up the straight and Posen shared the early lead with King’s Paradon, Cavallo Nero and Baron Douro. Approaching the 300m Cavallo Nero had fought off the other leaders and went for home but the well supported Deceiver came with a big finish down the middle of the track to draw away for a soft win. Aashiq made late ground to grab second and Red Rain ran on well again. Gig and It is Written were disappointing.

Worth Noting: Vlad Duric is riding very well especially in races down the straight.

Race 8 – 5:20PM Straight Draw Handicap (1800 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:50.86 Last 600m: 0:33.85

1          BACKBONE                         Michael Kent                 Brad Rawiller               $8
2         ADJUSTER Byron             Cozamanis                     Jake Duffy (a2)            $12
3         QUICK SNITZEL                Peter G Moody             Ms Linda Meech         $16

He’s a Steal worked across to lead in a moderate tempo from Quick Snitzel. Angelology couldn’t get in and pushed forward to take over the running but couldn’t cross He’s a Steal and had to stay one away from the fence. Classic Elle and Quick Snitzel had the gun runs and looked like the ones you wanted to be on mid race asBackbone was three wide back in the field and Girl Gone Rockin was buried on the fence with nowhere to go. On the swing for home Backbone continued his 3 wide run and worked around the field to settle down and fight out the finish with Quick Snitzel. Classic Elle couldn’t run out the 1800m and Girl Gone Rockin had to ease around the heels of almost every horse in the field. Backbone toughed out a good victory over Adjuster who was strong late and Quick Snitzel held on for third from a wall of horses. Follow Girl Gone Rockin who ran one of the quickest last 200m splits of the day and only got clear with 100m to go.

Worth Noting: Senior jockeys dominated today and won every race on the card. Glen Boss and Vlad Duric stole the show.


Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st          Calming Influence          Jason Collett
2nd          Dream Forward             Kathy O’Hara
3rd          Miniature                          Kerrin McEvoy

An 1100m two-year-old sprint to start the day, and Cool Days blew its chances with a slow beginning.  The favourite in the race, Calming Influence led fairly easily, from Zipity Zou which moved up on its outside andDream Forward took the sit behind the leader.  Around the turn, Calming Influence traveled better than its rivals and looked to have the race won soon after.  Miniature tried to run on down the outside but its effort was short lived, whilst Dream Forward rallied late to not make it a complete walk over for Calming Influence.

Follow: None to follow

Race 2

1st           Royal Descent              Brenton Avdulla
2nd          Fine Bubbles                Sam Clipperton
3rd          Queen’s Elect                Jenny Duggan

An even line out in the second, and they took a while to sort themselves out.  It was Jamie’s Star taking them up from Royal Descent, which left Queen’s Elect three wide.  The pace slowed in front, and you have to wonder why Queen’s Elect wasn’t let slide after being caught three wide.  Jamie’s Star was beaten before the turn, which left Royal Descent in front and going for home on the point of the turn.  Such was the nature of the race that all it had to do was sprint the last 300m or so, and victory was assured.  Fine Bubbles worked home ok down the outside.

Follow: Fine Bubbles

Race 3

1st           Natch Catch                   Jeff Penza
2nd          Caesar’s Princess        Brenton Avdulla
3rd          Flying Bay                      Jason Collett

Winter Rain missed the kick a bit here.  Caesar’s Princess came across to lead as she did last time, with Flying Bay outside of it and Silk Pins in behind the speed.  Caesar’s Princess got running before the turn, which strung the field out.  As they came around the turn, Caesar’s Princess seemed to be going ok, but Natch Catch was quickly on the scene and Silk Pins hung very badly to end up right out in the middle of the course.  Natch Catch won well after a decent run in transit, but I thought the effort of Silk Pins to keep coming to the line after hanging was the run worth noting.

Follow: Silk Pins

Race 4

1st           Ferment                      Nathan Berry
2nd          Southern Skye         Kathy O’Hara
3rd          Havana Rey               Brenton Avdulla

Slick Sniper was not good to begin here and settled a clear last.  High On Believing began very well, but as expected, Havana Rey led them up, with Southern Skye outside it and High On Believing settling third.  Around the turn, Havana Rey hung off the track a bit, which presented room to High On Believing on the inside, andFerment was coming with its run down the outside.  Passing the 200m, those three were all there, and Southern Skye was also still chipping away with its bid for victory.  As we mentioned last start, Ferment is hard and fit, and did slugged it out here to get victory in the shadows of the post.  High On Believing dropped away a little in the last bit, and overall I thought was disappointing and can be risked for now.

Follow: Ferment (winning form is good form)

Race 5

1st           Happy Galaxy                      Jay Ford
2nd          Taxmeifyoucan                  Jason Collett
3rd          Relaxed And Happy          Brenton Avdulla

A pretty good go early for the lead, but Happy Galaxy had clearly more pace than his rivals and ran to the lead and set up a break early.  Hunter Jack had no favours at the start being out very wide and then copping a bump, and had to go well back.  If you backed Happy Galaxy here, you were always on very good terms with yourself and he literally bolted in at the finish after being under a good hold early in the straight.  The run ofTaxmeifyoucan was very good to work its way off the inside and finish off for second, and Hunter Jack went better than it’s run on paper will show.

Follow: Taxmeifyoucan, Hunter Jack

Race 6

1st           Kukri                          Josh Parr
2nd          Lucripetous            Brenton Avdulla
3rd          Marden                      Alysha Collett

Lucripetous was taken straight back to last and over to the fence in this.  Kukri led early at what looked a very slow pace.  In Excess sat outside the leader but put no pressure on it through the middle stages of the race.  Fortunefivehundred and Al’s Gold got nice runs just in behind the speed.  With 1000m to go it seemed as if you would keep up with them on foot.  On the point of the turn, Josh Parr let Kukri sprint hard and fast and that put the issue beyond doubt.  Lucripetous did what it does and finished off well along the inside, and the ever consistentMarden came home into third.  Fortunefivehundred battled on, but just doesn’t try all that hard in my opinion.

Follow: Marden

Race 7

1st           Hadronica                          Josh Parr
2nd          I’m Mary Too                   Sam Clipperton
3rd          Emerald Downs                Kerrin McEvoy

Melburg led them up here from Sherocksmyworld and Hadronica.  Matignon went back to near last and raced with its head in the air in the early stages.  Around the home turn, Hadronica was being angled into the clear after a nice run in transit and sprinted well enough in the straight to go on for victory.  Those chasing were all racing at close quarters which helped the winner get home.  Principally Emerald Downs and Matignon were the ones in the straight that didn’t have as clear running as they would have liked.  Both should be followed, but Matignon will need to improve its racing manners.  I’m Mary Too worked home well into second.

Follow: Emerald Downs, Matignon

Race 8

1st           Skip Town                Y Ichikawa
2nd         Kirinata                    R Murray
3rd          War Charm             Jason Collett

A pretty even start in the last with Colonel Light crossing over from out wide to look for the lead but Kirinatamaintained the inside advantage to kick up and go with it early.  Balzac and Skip Town got lovely runs just behind the speed in third and fourth respectively.  In the straight, Kirinata shook off Colonel Light, but was quickly claimed by Skip Town which went on to just do enough for victory.  War Charm flashed home from well back, and was an eye catcher just as it was last time, but I am now wondering if this horse will always make a habit of doing this?  Zedlion was consistent again today and can win one of these races soon.

Follow: Kirinata, Zedlion

Specials From The Meeting: Silk Pins, Taxmeifyoucan