Weekend racing reviews – Saturday 14th January

Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1000M    Better Beyond Plate   (Time 57.53/600m 32.95) FORMIDABLE             CHRIS SYMONS      1st     $18 IF I COULD                  DAMIEN OLIVER     2nd    $1.90F POPULAR ACCLAIM    DWAYNE DUNN      3rd     $16 Ellerton filly Formidable (32.95) jumped well and was able to do it at both ends and saluted with an all of the way victory. It continues an excellent run for the stable who look to have a good little group of youngsters. Once she got to the 200m she drifted off the fence and she felt the pinch but had too much in the tank. Runner up and favourite If I Could (32.72) was doing his best work late and he will get better as he gets out past the 1000m. Popular Acclaim (32.84) made good late ground along the inside and is well related and worth keeping an eye on. The rest didn’t do much at all. Worth noting: If I Could just wouldn’t go straight at a vital stage. Race 2.     1400M    Elms Handicap   (Time 1:22.37/600m 34.47) INSTALMENT     STEPHEN BASTER    1st     $5 CANONIZED      NOEL CALLOW          2nd    $6 DEDUCTIBLE     BEN MELHAM           3rd     $9 The betting suggested a good run was on the cards for the debut runner Henwood (34.30) and although he enjoyed a good run he was unable to really get a crack at them when it counted. Lovely win by Instalment (34.47) who crossed them from a wide gate, stacked them up and had enough left in the tank. He was 1100 to 1400 and only second up. He looks a nice type of 3yo that can keep winning. Canonized (33.62) just settled too far back in the run, saved some ground and presented late along the fence. It was a good performance for the Mick Kent trained runner who showed he can mix it on a Saturday. Worth noting: I think this will be a pretty good form race. Worth keeping an eye on these. Race 3.     1000M    Tauto Handicap   (Time 57.08/600m 33.14) RAVENOUS LASS    KATELYN MALLYON     1st     $6 JOHANNAPINE         DWAYNE DUNN           2nd    $2.70F RORKE’S DRIFT       ASHLEY THOMPSON   3rd     $10 Another excellent effort by Ravenous Lass (33.14). This mare really thrives over 1000m and loves the straight. She looked really well placed with the claim for Mallyon and got a good run on the pace. As the rest were doing it hard around the 200m it was evident that she was going to keep going and she dug deep and held off Johannapine (32.81). Johannapine didn’t do too much wrong. She had a pretty good run throughout and maybe Dunn was a little too patient on her because by the time she was wound up she ran out of time. Worth noting: Certainly follow the runner up, she will improve. Race 4.     2500M    Rain Lover Handicap   (Time 2:36.59/600m 34.42) MR RIGGS              CHRIS SYMONS     1st    $11 STAR OF JEUNE     MICHELLE PAYNE  2nd    $10 FLYING HULA          BEN MELHAM        3rd    $7 It looked a tough race and it was. Jeuneys End (38.01) rolled along and was really given no hope but while doing that the horses that were chasing him to keep up spent too much petrol and they were gone by the 200m. Star Of Jeune (35.79) and Flying Hula (35.83) both settled towards the tail and ran on well late but it was Mr Riggs (35.94) who enjoyed a good run throughout and was then given a rails passage from the 200m and with all of the ground he saved he was just too good. Worth noting: Pretty hard to follow these ones, they take it in turns. Race 5.     1600M    Comedy King Handicap   (Time 1:36.27/600m 34.36) OVER QUOTA     PETER MERTENS     1st     $61 LA ROCKET     STEPHEN BASTER     2nd     $11 PLATAMONE CASTLE     DALE SMITH     3rd     $8.50 This race was identified early in the week as lacking speed and the two that pushed forward La Rocket (34.46) and Over Quota (34.17) managed to quinella the race. It was a good effort by Over Quota and the move to push forward was a winning one. La Rocket battled on well but just couldn’t dig deep enough over the last 200m. Favourite Giresun (34.32) raced closer to the speed but was no match and the unlucky runner was Belgietto (34.20). He was working nicely into the race but ran out of room along the fence and Oliver had to stop riding. Worth noting:  Plenty of good runs here in a race dictated by a modest tempo. Race 6.     1400M    Chester Manifold Stakes   (Time 1:22.75/600m 34.22) AT THE HEADS         JAMES WINKS     1st     $10 PIED A TERRE          MARK ZAHRA       2nd    $2.35F SECOND EFFORT     DANNY NIKOLIC   3rd     $9.50 At The Heads (33.88) is one of those horses and he found his best form back at his home track. He appreciated a better run in transit this time and was able to hit the line well. The heavily backed favourite Pied A Terre (33.96) managed to get in from a wide draw and settled midfield. He made a run at the top of the straight with By The Way (33.96) and did well. He didn’t get the win but it was certainly a good effort against the older horses and he can be followed. Second Effort (34.25) was pretty close to the speed all of the way and he did well for third. He needs a little break now and will be better suited back to the 1200m. Worth noting: Follow Pied A Terre and Second Effort with confidence next time in suitable. Race 7.     1000M    Nouvelle Star Handicap   (Time 58.04/600m 34.06) LEONCITA                   JAKE NOONAN         1st     $8 LADY ANTEBELLUM   KATELYN MALLYON  2nd    $9.50 CHINNI                        JARROD FRY           3rd     $18 Like the other 1000m races Leoncita (34.06) led from start to finish and registered an impressive win. It was a good ride by Noonan and the claim was very handy in the end as she got the wobbles. She is a nice speedy type and around these distances she will be worth following in suitable. Lady Antebellum (33.67) and Chinni (33.78) got out late and they worked home well but the winner had too much of a break. The favoured runners were get back types and they got back and stayed back. I wouldn’t sack them as the pattern of the day has suited horses on the speed. Worth noting: Slowest 1000m race of the day Race 8.     2000M    Jezabeel (Time 2:03.39/600m 34.33) POWER O’RAYLEE     LUKE NOLEN             1st     $3.10F MYTHICAL                  DWAYNE DUNN          2nd    $17 PLACEMENT              KATELYN MALLYON    3rd     $11 Winged Charm (34.97) was attempting the 2000m for the first time and she was ridden forward out of the gates. It was a nice effort by the mare who is generally better with a sit and was only third up. Power O’raylee (34.21) managed to work across from the wide gate easily upon settling and was just too good. She is a nice stayer on the way through and had lengths on this field. Late in the race Mythical (34.35) and Placement (34.19) started to work home well and they are progressing well also. Worth noting: Follow Winged Charm she has a nice little race in her.
Rosehill review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 1
1st    De Shamekh    Hugh Bowman 2nd   Treaty              Kerrin McEvoy 3rd    Party Rocker     Y IchikawaDe Shamekh used its good draw to kick up and lead from Party Rocker. It was evident before the turn the winner was going well and it sprinted away in the run to the line. Party Rocker tried to hold second but was passed late by Treaty which was a good run coming from last although it did save ground on the fence. Follow: Treaty Race 2 1st    Permit            Hugh Bowman 2nd   Planetarium     Adam Hyeronimous 3rd    Peck              Kerrin McEvoy Double Crescent led again as expected. The pace looked even and the eventual winner Permit got the gun run in third on the fence. Did I say last week that Hugh Bowman was the best jockey in Australia? He proved it again yesterday.  At the 200m this horse was trotting but was hideously held up for a run. Anyone else on board you would have thought was in all sorts – not Bowman. Cool, calm and collected he waited to switch across heals and Permit did the rest. Not much can be said for the beaten brigade based on this although Planetarium ran well for second. Follow: Planetarium Race 3 1st    Chivvy                Hugh Bowman 2nd   Tabasco Kitten    Shaun Guymer 3rd    Debelle              Adam Hyeronimous Tabasco Kitten had the speed to lead clearly and I will admit to having my money on it but when Chivvy stalked it the whole way, I was worried. Chivvy seems to be the horse with the most upside in this race although Tabasco Kitten will improve for the outing also. These two cleared out and nothing else looked like threatening them to run the quinella the whole way. Khurein can perform well in a race with more pace on. Follow: Chivvy Race 4 1st    Upbeat               Peter Robl 2nd   Senta D’Amour    Blake Shinn 3rd    The Owl              Kerrin McEvoy Another on pace dominated race as they so often are at Rosehill. Senta D’Amor set an average clip here and the pace was wound up before the turn. It was almost a lovely judged ride by Blake Shinn but Upbeat had been camped second and third in the run was able to wear it down on the line. The favourite in the race, The Owl, shouldn’t be sacked on this run, he ground away well in the race for third and may be suited over a bit further now. Follow: The Owl Race 5 1st    Alma’s Fury          Peter Robl 2nd   Parthian               Kerrin McEvoy 3rd    New Day Rising    Blake Shinn The pace on paper in this race looked obvious and it turned out that way with New Day Rising using it’s inside barrier to lead Parthian. It was a slow pace but the eventual winner Alma’s Fury was left smoking its pipe behind the leader. Despite a few brief concerns in the straight when looking for room it turned out Alma’s Fury had them covered easily enough in the last 100m and you had to be impressed with its sprint off the slow pace. That makes it three from three this campaign and perhaps bigger things are ahead for it down the track?  Parthian and New Day Rising had no excuses whatsoever. Due to the slow pace, the runs of the others should basically be forgotten. Follow: Alma’s Fury Race 6 1st    Key West  Hugh Bowman 2nd   Bereft        Peter Robl 3rd    Bello         Kerrin McEvoy Bereft missed the kick here and given the ground it made up late, the run was very good. Duke Of Cornwall assumed the lead as he often does which left Bello out wide all the way. Great jockeys make decisions and it was that man again, Hugh Bowman who made a decision to let Key West go to the front mid race and from there he had them covered and that gave him half the card. Bello ground away and I suppose can be excused given it was wide in the run and as already mentioned the run of Bereft was full of merit. Follow: Bereft Race 7 1st    Upon This Rock    Adam Hyeronimous 2nd   Cabernet              Andrew Stead 3rd    Oakfield Comet    Sam Clipperton By this time of course people were talking about the leader bias of the track  As I keep saying however, if you do not start your day with this approach at Rosehill, you have missed the boat.  Upon This Rock did here what it had threatened to do last campaign in a string of minor placings.  It found the lead and had great acceleration in the straight to bolt in. The recent spell it has had looks to have improved it. Cabernet ran on as it always does and can win one if you find it in a race with good speed. Again not a lot made ground from the back. Follow: Cabernet Race 8 1st    Maules Creek  Blake Shinn 2nd   Diamond Jim    Chad Schofield 3rd    Druid               Andrew Stead More Than Irish missed the kick and that was the end of it. Quick Peek set its own pace in front but was being stalked by the short priced favourite, Maules Creek. The run presented on the fence and it took the short way home for a narrow but comfortable enough win. Diamond Jim ran a huge race fresh with a big weight and Okane was one of a few horses all day to make good ground in the run to the line. Mon Soleil was never really sighted despite being well in commission in the betting ring. Follow: Diamond Jim, Okane Specials From The Meeting: Treaty, Alma’s Fury, Diamond Jim, Okane
We also have a follow up review on the Magic Millions 2yr old classic that Todd previewed in Friday’s newsletter for you below.
The protest will be talked about forever and it will go down as the most controversial Magic Millions in history but regardless of whether you think it should have been upheld or not, if you backed Driefontein you got the money and if you backed No Looking Back your ticket is confetti. What the Magic Millions did prove once again however was the advantage of backing horses racing on the speed. Driefontein led the race whilst No Looking Back got a cosy run in behind it all the way. Alezean Thunder which ran third, also found itself on the speed the whole way. The fourth horse, Sizzling who I still think is loaded with a ability had the disadvantage in this race of not having the speed to be right up there. On the turn, the three in front sprinted and made it too difficult for anything from behind to catch them. This is so often the case in racing and I really feel  you must back horses with early tactical speed! So, for the record, should the protest have been upheld in my opinion? I don’t really think so. It’s evident that No Looking Back cost Driefontein ground but can we definitely say that it was enough to cost it the race? Surely that still has to be questionable. It seems to me of late that the nature of protests is changing somewhat from a stance where you had to prove beyond doubt that your horse would have won the race barring interference to a stance that is, if you breach the rules of racing, you’ll lose the race. On that grounds, there is no doubt in my mind that Nash Rawiller did breach the rules of racing by allowing his mount to shift and come into contact with Driefontein. As I said in opening however, it matters not, as the number is in the frame.