Eagle Farm review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1. 1200M SOUTHBANK INSURANCE BROKERS Class 6 Handicap SIGNIFIED ROSIE MYERS 1st $4F TAHITIAN BLACK JAY FORD 2nd $6 CAPTAIN CLAYTON JIM BYRNE 3rd $7 Tahitian Black railed through and took up the lead. It looked like he was going very well into the straight when he kicked away but he was just unable to hold on. Signified had a good run off the speed and he came with one final sprint to get over the top of Tahitian Black. Captain Clayton ran along well up the inside but never looked a winning hope, nor did Dux Bellorum who just looked to plug away into fourth. Worth noting: Tahitian Black is close but he needs 1200 and a decent track. Race 2. 1200M HARDY BROTHERS JEWELLERS QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME BRENTON AVDULLA 1st $3.30F ALDINI DANIEL GRIFFIN 2nd $26 STRADON RYAN WIGGINS 3rd $4.40 Lightly raced NSW visitor Howmuchdoyouloveme registered a city win with a good on pace effort. After jumping well he worked across to sit outside the Toowoomba horse Mazzano. Rounding the turn he got the better Mazzano and kicked away. Aldini worked home hard out of the pack to challenge but he ran out of room and Stradon worked home well into third. Worth noting: Winner looks handy, he is worth following Race 3. 1400M HAMILTON HOTEL BENCHMARK 85 Handicap FIRE UP FIFI KIRK MATHESON 1st $5 SYMPOSIUM RYAN HURDLE 2nd $14 BIANCA JEWEL RYAN WIGGINS 3rd $5.50 Fire Up Fifi was well in after the claim for the very good apprentice Kirk Matheson. They sat just off the speed throughout, got to the outside and really knuckled down late to claim victory. Bianca Jewel gave a good kick at the top of the straight but was just giving away too much weight to the winner in the end. Dusty Gold was unplaced but he had no luck early on and did well. Symposium worked home well into second. Worth noting: Liked the effort of Bianca Jewel and a forgive for Dusty Gold Race 4. 1400M CENTENARY CLASSIC MERCEDES-BENZ STAKES HOSS AMOR CHRIS MUNCE 1st $2F CALIENTE LARRY CASSIDY 2nd $18 SALUTER HUGH BOWMAN 3rd $26 Hoss Amor was well supported and got the job done well for his followers. He was put into a good spot by Munce and was able to extend well when asked and was just too good for them. Not sure how far the horse can go in the future but he has done a good job up in QLD this prep. Caliente got out of the pack and ran on strongly late. Worth noting: Nothing to really note here Race 5. 1600M CARLTON MID-TATTERSALL’S RACING CLUB MILE FIREBOLT HUGH BOWMAN 1st $2.60F JETSET LAD RIC MCMAHON 2nd $3.30 LISTEN SON CHRIS MUNCE 3rd $8 As expected Listen Son took up the lead and he did a great job to hold on for third. He can get a mile well but just found a couple of better horses. Firebolt was given a gem of a ride by Bowman and he did just enough to get the money and hold off the fast finishing Jetset Lad. Jetset Lad lost the race at the start when he jumped awkwardly and they tried to protest also but that was dismissed. Had he not made that mistake at the start he more than likely would have beaten Firebolt. Worth noting: Not sure where the first three go from here but they are the ones to keep an eye on. Race 6. 2200M CARLTON DRAUGHT TATTERSALL’S CUP GINGA DUDE HUGH BOWMAN 1st $6 BOOMING DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $21 WARRIOR WITHIN TIMOTHY BELL 3rd $21 The real class form of the Winter held up here with Ginga Dude winning. He is a great old horse and was just too good for them here. Another great ride by Bowman and a great effort by the trainer to have the horse right and to carry the weight. Booming was excellent behind Mawingo and Lights Of Heaven a few back and was able to repeat that effort here and worked home really well at a big price for second. Worth noting: Not sure where most of these will head, Booming looks ready. Race 7. 1400M SKY RACING TATTERSALL’S TIARA PEAR TART JEFF LLOYD 1st $15 SKYERUSH BRENTON AVDULLA 2nd $41 GAI’S CHOICE JAY FORD 3rd $9 Great effort by Pear Tart who showed us she wasn’t just a heavy tracker at this level. She just had a better kick than the rest and was able to do enough to fight off the others. Looks to be a promising future for this filly who will no doubt continue to improve. Skyerush has always looked like she has a big race in her but she just fell a little short here. Gais Choice continued her excellent form with a third nosing out Red Tracer who was gallant but just couldn’t go with them. Risk Aversion didn’t have all the luck and looks to have taken the next step. Worth noting: Soft Sand and Shopaholic were well beaten, interesting to see how all of this 3yo form goes in the Spring. Race 8. 1200M W J HEALY STAKES RIVER LAD TIMOTHY BELL 1st $17 EXCELLANTES HUGH BOWMAN 2nd $6 GRIFFON JIM BYRNE 3rd $4.60 They didn’t hold back here with the speed and Colless let Audacious Spirit rip but with the long straight here he always looked in trouble although he did offer a bit of a kick. Excellantes took a sit off of the speed and was able to work home well into second place, another good ride by Bowman who had a great day. Griffon made a run along the inside but he was unable to challenge the winner. The winner River Lad returned with an excellent performance. He is in for a good campaign and was very strong. Certainly helped by the really strong tempo here. Worth noting: Most of these are very good, this race was decided by tempo so thats your form pointer next time they run.
Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester
Race 1 1st Secret Delight Blake Spriggs 2nd Headless Corey Brown 3rd Zin Zan Eddie Rod Quinn Agulhas from the Snowden stable had good trial form and began brilliantly in this. Headless and Secret Delight were second and third in running. Around the turn Aghulhas gave some sort of kick but realistically looked in trouble fairly soon after straightening. Secret Delight ended up getting the bob on the line but Zin Zan Eddie was a big run to almost pick them up on the line. Agulhas might improve further with the race fitness under its belt. Follow: Zin Zan Eddie, Agulhas Race 2 1st Your Song Peter Robl 2nd She’s A Stalker Corey Brown 3rd Forever Crazy Shaun Guymer Forever Crazy which was notified as racing in a forward position missed the kick a length and a half. Weepu led She’s A Stalker in this, with Your Song getting the run on the fence. On the turn the jockey on Your Song had George Moore’s whistle and got the best run you’ve ever seen to hit the front. In the run to the line that proved enough to hold off She’s A Stalker. Forever Crazy and Zar Zar Binks both made good ground from the back here to finish third and fourth respectively. I had expected more from Nikody in this but it did nothing. Follow: Zar Zar Binks Race 3 1st Soledad Josh Parr 2nd Malavio Nathan Berry 3rd Kuhreihen Peter Robl Number One Gun which had support in betting found the front from Green Beret in the third with Soledad getting a good run one out one back and Blue Lion on the fence in third. At about the 600m, it is definitely worth noting that Blue Lion didn’t appear to handle the turn and hit the running rail, going close to unseating the jockey. He was straight off the bit after that. In the straight, Soledad pulled out around the leaders and hit the front at the 100m. Malavio ran about a bit but came after the winner to just fail, with Kuhreihen also finishing off well. Follow: Kuhreihen Race 4 1st Erewhon Rod Quinn 2nd Glintz Peter Robl 3rd World Wide Blake Spriggs The pace looked to be genuine here with O’Crikey taking it up from San Zaim. Cosmonaut and Erewhon were getting gun runs just behind the pace. All Legal was caught wide all the way here. On the turn Erewhon came three deep with its run. With 100m to go I thought Erewhon was going to get a comfortable win but Glintz absolutely flew long the fence and World Wide finished hard on the outside. Although the margin for Erewhon was narrow, I think it will again take further improvement from this. Follow: Erewhon, Glintz Race 5
1st Sour Mash Corey Brown 2nd Southern Shimmer Robert Thompson 3rd Harry Trimbole Chris ReithMost would have expected Sour Mash to find the front here and it did so. Dawnfire Dancer settled second, Southern Skye third and not a lot changed for a long while. Just before the 600, those back in the field realised they would be in some strife if they didn’t get on their bike and the field packed up. On straightening, Harry Trimbole had a go at taking on Sour Mash but that was short lived and then it was left to Southern Shimmer down the outside. The damage had been done with an uncontested lead however and Sour Mash was always going to stave them off. The run of Southern Shimmer was pretty good after coming wide from last on a long run. Follow: Southern Shimmer Race 6 1st Zakynthos Imprintz Lauri Wray 2nd From The Vault Chris Reith 3rd Nothing Like Luca Josh Adams Theophorus led here from Coup Ay Tee which was an easing favourite in betting. Zakynthos Imprintz took advantage of its inside draw and settled third on the fence. When they turned, Coup Ay Tee made a very brief bid for victory and then was the first horse beaten. They were basically all across the track at the 200m and it was anyone’s race. In the end, the easy run that Zakynthos Imprintz had told the difference and he got a narrow victory. I again liked the run of From The Vault and it appears to have a win in store soon. Nothing Like Luca can also be put in that category. Follow: From The Vault, Nothing Like Luca Race 7 1st Girls Go Racing J Matthews 2nd Earnest Ernest Chris Reith 3rd Urgent Bells Sam Clipperton Plenty of pace here from Shamus and Mighty Obvious. Notably, although Girls Go Racing, the eventual winner, settled last, it actually came out with the body of the field which it has often failed to do lately. Plenty of them came wide on the turn, but the two that cut through the middle ended up running the quinella, they were Girls Go Racing and Earnest Ernest. Of those that did come wide, you had to be impressed with the run on of Urgent Bells, who should be followed.
Follow: Urgent Bells Race 8 1st Cannery Row Nathan Berry 2nd Fashion Peter Robl 3rd General’s Sniper Adam Hyeronimus In the last, Rushing To Win used its inside gate to go forward and lead. In contrast, Magnolia Lane from the outside began terribly and went back to last. The pace was genuine enough that nothing really happened until the home turn, where General’s Sniper made its run three wide. The winner Cannery Row came from a few lengths off them and realistically just out sprinted the rest in the run to the line. “Blind Freddy” himself wouldn’t have missed the run of Avarelli down the outside at huge odds. I’d be careful of it starting shorter than it deserves next time due to this run however. Follow: None to follow Specials From The Meeting: Zin Zan Eddie, Southern Shimmer, Urgent Bells