Weekend Racing Reviews – Saturday 2nd March

Flemington review compiled by David Carr

Race 1 – 12:15PM Festival of Racing 1000 (1000 METRES) Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:56.67 Last 600m: 0:32.61

1         EXCITABLE BOY          Danny O’Brien          Noel Callow         $7
2         MOUNT ZERO          David Hayes          Nicholas Hall         $3.6
3         SANOSUKE          David Hayes          Chad Schofield (a)         $18

race favourite Indulgence knuckled badly at the start and lost ground. This is War and Mount Zero got away well and shared the early lead until This Is War tried to jump a shadow and shifted in abruptly. This resulted in Mount Zero having to be checked and shifted in inconveniencing Indulgence. So by this stage a lot had unfolded and they had only travelled 200m. Excitable Boy avoided the ealry trouble and found a nice spot out wide on the track just off the leading bunch. Mount Zero claimed the lead at the 400m from the green This Is War and looked to be trvelling well, but it looked like Hall had pushed the button a bit early as Mount Zero only has a short sprint. Excitable Boy was the only danger and had no trouble running down Mount Zero inside the finl 100m. Sanosukefound the line well for third.

Worth NotingMount Zero only has a short sprint and is better suited to Mooney Valley. Nicholas Hall probably pushed the button too soon on Mount Zero.

Race 2 – 12:50PM Jeune Handicap (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:03.19 Last 600m: 0:33.84

1          KEEP COOL (NZ)        Danny O’Brien          Craig Williams        $2.60F
2          WHISPER DOWNS        David Hayes          Chad Schofield (a)        $8
3          ZLATAN        Leigh Childs           Jake Duffy (a)        $10

Zlatan was again the first horse out of the barriers and immediately claimed the lead from Keep Cool. Elusive King settled down in the box seat with Shewan a length away and Whisper Downs at the tail end of the field. The pace was reasonable early but Jake Duffy dropped the pace around the back of the course and then tried to quicken around the turn. In the straight Keep Cool claimed the lead under a hold and Craig Williams held him together until 250m from home. Whisper Downs got to the outside and looked half a chance but once Craig Williams asked Keep Cool for the efforthe responded well and kicked away. Zlatan held third with Shewan and Elusive King not being suited by the start and stop tactics of Zlatan.

Worth Noting: What a difference a senior jockey makes! Craig Williams kept his cool and waiting until the 250m mark to push the button.

Race 3 – 1:30PM Mrs Mac’s Beef Pie Sprint (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:02.15 Last 600m: 0:32.97

1        LOVEYAMADLY       Mick Price          Dale Smith        $3F
2        AVOID LIGHTNING       David Jolly          Craig Williams        $3.2
3        GLOWS       Peter Snowden          Kerrin McEvoy        $7

Punters narrowed this down to a two horse race between Loveyamadly and Avoid Lightning. Avoid Lightning ran straight to the front and set up a cracking pace in front of Formidable with Loveyamadly and Glows not far behind. They went hell for leather for the majority of the race and Avoid Lightning looked to be under pressure at the 300m as Glows moved up on her inside to issue a challenge. Loveyamadly was ridden patiently up until this point and was able to peel of the back of Avoid Lightning to take the lead. Despite the early pressure, Avoid Lightning kept fighting to re-claim the lead inside the final 50m and it came down to the bob of the head with the two favourites split across the track. The bob went Loveyamadlys’ way in a thrilling finish. Glows finished 3rd a couple of lengths behind.

Worth Noting: New track record goes the way of Loveyamadly who can probably thank Avoid Lightning for setting the strong early pace. Both are flying this prep and will be hard to beat in this grade.

Race 4 – 2:10PM Frances Tressady Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:22.32 Last 600m: 0:33.35

1        TAVARNELLE          Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes       Glen Boss          $12
2        SHEILA’S STAR          Mick Price       Dwayne Dunn          $3.50
3        KOONOOMOO          Rod Grantley       Steven Arnold          $6.50

Another small field for the fourth race with only 7 runners. Bonnie Mac missed the start on the inside which allowed Sheila’s Star and Tavarnelle to cross from the outside. Sheila’s Star went on with it to lead by a couple of lengths to Tavarnelle. Koonoomoo and There’s Only One settled at the rear of the field. Around the turn, Sheila’s Star looked to be travelling well and was held together by Dunn until the 300m but Tavarnelle wasn’t going away without a fight. Koonoomoo and Jolie Blonde were trying to catch the leading pair who had sprinted away off a small early pace. Tavarnelle ground her way to the front to beat Sheila’s Star. Koonoomoo wasn’t beaten far and was only beaten by the early pace. There’s Only One wasn’t suited by the sit and sprint tactics and can be forgiven.

Worth NotingTavarnelle was well placed by the Hawkes team. As the Sydney carnival heats up look for some Sydney horses heading south in search of easier races.

Race 5 – 2:50PM Roy Higgins Quality (2600 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:42.47 Last 600m: 0:34.97

1       KUTCHINSKY        Danny O’Brien       Craig Williams         $6.50
2       DAME CLAIRE (NZ)        Pat Carey       Peter Mertens         $10
3       TUSCAN FIRE        Dan O’Sullivan       Glen Boss         $2.45F

Tuscan Fire and Heaven’s Riches won the start. Dame Claire was slow to begin and given a crack with the whip to run up and pester Tuscan Fire in front. Tuscan Fire was a little bit fired up today and didn’t settle as well as he usually does. He had the field stretched out around the back. With 1000m to go Bossy looked like he wanted to drop the tempo and give Tuscan Fire a breather but Dame Claire continued to be a pest. It even looked like Boss gave Mertens a look around the turn as if to say ‘Bugger off’. Into the straight Tuscan Fire and Dame Claire had the rest of the field chasing and looked as though they would fight it out until Kutchinsky emerged from the pack with a big run. Inside the final 100m Kutchinsky claimed Tuscan Fire and went on to win by a couple of lengths. Dame Claire who softened up Tuscan Fire kicked back after looking like dropping out of it to grab 2nd on the line.

Worth NotingKutchinsky and Tuscan Fire both head towards the Adelaide Cup. Forgive Tuscan Fire who was softened up by Dame Claire while carrying 59kgs today. The conditions will be better in the Adelaide Cup and he will be very hard to beat.

Race 6 – 3:30PM TAB Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:21.87 Last 600m: 0:32.99

1       LAUNAY           Peter Snowden        Kerrin McEvoy           $5
2       BRITISH GENERAL           Dan O’Sullivan        Glen Boss           $4.60
3       CALLANISH (NZ)           Mick Price        Dale Smith           $2.80F

Shout Out Loud won the start but didn’t like being restrained and began to buck uncontrollably and was eased out of the race. This gave Callanish an easy lead in front of British General with Launay a length away in the box seat. Once they found their positions they remained unchanged until the top of the straight where British General moved up to challenge Callanish. Launay peeled off their backs with a strong run. These three cleared away from the rest of the field and shared a good battle down the straight. Launay and British General eventually got the better of Callanish pulling away to fight out the finish with the result going to Launay with a bob of the head. Eraset hit the line well and is looking for more ground.

Worth Noting: Impressive win by Launay breaking 22 seconds for the final 400m. He’s a much better horse with galloping room and looks to be suited at Flemington.

Race 7 – 4:10PM Australian Guineas (1600 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:35.09 Last 600m: 0:33.91

1       FERLAX (NZ)       Jim Conlan        Stephen Baster        $17
2       YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ)       Nigel Blackiston        Vlad Duric        $9.50
3       SHEER TALENT       Mark Kavanagh        Michael Rodd        $9

A full field for the Australian Guineas despite the star 3 year old All Too Hard being a late withdrawl. This really opened up the race with Ajeeb starting as $6 favourite. Lots of drama early on in the race as Ferlax shifted in causing interference to High Esteem and Albrecht. Race favourite Ajeeb found the lead from Sheer Talent. After the early interference Ferlax found a nice position trailing the leaders. Disappointing tactics on Philippi with Brad Rawiller showing no urgency to take up a position from a good gate and drifitng right back to last. Hvasstan and Albrecht were back there with him. Your So Good and Force Command were caught wide and had to cover ground. Around the turn Ajeeb still had the lead but Sheer Talent was going better and quickly took over. Ferlax waited for a run inside of Ajeeb and when the gap opened he sprinted quickly through. Your So Good wound up strong down the outside and made up many lengths but Ferlax was too strong after having the run of the race. Hvasstan circled the field and hit the line well to finish 4th. Bass Strait also made good ground late. Philippi had little luck from the tail of the field but finished the race off well depite a checkered passage down the straight.

Worth Noting: Beautiful ride by Stephen Baster but he will spend some time on the sidelines because of the early interference he caused while trying to take up a position. From a punters perspective you’d much rather see that than the tactics of Brad Rawiller on Philippi. Congratulations to Jim Conlan on the Group 1 victory, it’s been awhile between drinks.

Race 8 – 4:50PM ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:56.17 Last 600m: 0:32.35

1       ISABELLA SNOWFLAKE         Mick Price        Craig Newitt        $2.80F
2       READY TO RIP         Peter G Moody        Brad Rawiller        $9
3       KARUTA QUEEN         Peter G Moody        Luke Nolen        $5.50

The well tried favourite Isabella Snowflake knuckled at the start but picked up her feet quickly to right up near the speed early. Karuta Queen soon ran to the lead and put a couple lengths on the field as she normally does in her bold front running style. Spirit Cent and Canali were the next pair with Isabella Snowflake just behind them enjoying a nice run tracking Karuta Queen. With 300m to go Karuta Queen was coming back to the field and looked a sitting shot. Isabella Snowflake was warming up well behind her and Ready To Rip was putting in some big bounds on the far side. General Truce looked to be winding up strongly but ran out of room when the gap between Carry To Fortune and Canali closed. Karuta Queen shifted under pressure causing interference to Eight Bills. While this was happening Ready To Rip shifted in from the far side and also caused interference to Canali, Eight Bills and General Truce. Inside the final furlong Isabella Snowflake avoided the trouble on the grandstand side and went away for a nice win. Ready To Rip recorded some very quick closing fractions to finish 2nd. Perturbo also recorded some quick closing fractions and looks to have a win install this prep. Forgive General Truce who had no luck late in the race.

Worth Noting: Lots of trouble with both Rawiller and Nolen coping suspensions but the winner does appear to be a smart one and one worth following.

Race 9 – 5:30PM Saintly Handicap (1700 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:41.57 Last 600m: 0:34.29

1      AULD BURNS (GB)       David Hayes         Chad Schofield (a)          $10
2      PRACTICED       Robert Hickmott         Craig Williams          $3.20F
3      CAPTURA       Colin & Cindy Alderson         Stephen Baster          $21

Practiced started a well tried favourite for the last race on the card just infront of Gail. Practiced jumped well and rolled forward with Scottish Border on the inside retaining the lead. Under The Hat found the box seat in 3rd trailing the favourite. Langridge Steet wasn’t far away in 4th. Gail settled 2nd last about 8 lengths away from the leader. When they entered the straight There was only two horses you wanted to be on. The first was Langridge Steet who took an inside gap to claim the lead quickly and the other was Auld Burns who circled the field and was winding up very strong. Langridge Street’s sprint was short lived as Practiced kicked back and settled down to fight out the finish with Auld Burns. Auld Burns had the momentum and won by a half length on the line. Capturamade good ground to grab 3rd.

Worth Noting: Follow Practiced who will get better with race fitness as the distance increases.


Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st                   Bello                        Josh Parr
2nd                 Hoylonny              Jim Cassidy
3rd                 Fibrillation            Brenton Avdulla

A heavy track and rain to open the card with a 1500m event.  Hoylonny again came out poorly and went straight back to last.  Bello led them up from Vadashan on its outside.  Said Com and Fibrillation got good runs behind the speed.  Single went back to second last with Hoylonny.  The speed looked pretty slow.  When they turned and Bello kicked, that was basically the end of it, and he was never in doubt from there.  They queued up for the minors and it was Hoylonny that worked home best into second, to take that spot ahead of Fibrillation.  Single was the disappointment of the race and I have a big question mark over it now.

Follow: Hoylonny

Race 2

1st                  Hathras                     Christian Reith
2nd                Thebigiam                Shaun Guymer
3rd                 Rivalled                     Sam Clipperton

The rain and temporarily cleared for the second, where Testaguy was cut out at the start.  Rivalled led fromHathras and the pace looked ok early.  Midrace the pace got stronger as Rivalled took off and set up a 3 or 4 length lead.  At the 600m Hathras was setting out after Rivalled.  Around the turn he had basically drawn level and in the end went on for a decisive win over Thebigiam which ran on and Rivalled which held on ok for third.  Coup Acclaim was disappointing here and I can’t find any excuses for him.

Follow: Hathras

Race 3

1st                  Pelicano                     Glyn Schofield
2nd                Kaypers                      Tommy Berry
3rd                 Frozen Rope             Josh Parr

Driving rain again for the third, and Frozen Rope temporarily went to the front early before Pelicano booted through to take it up.  Carry Me Bluey lobbed into third with Permit on the fence in fourth.  They dropped the pace along the back straight and Gazza Guru took off around them into second.  They started to pack a bit before the turn with Frozen Rope and Carry Me Bluey taking off three and four wide with their runs, being tracked up byKaypers.  Permit was immediately off the bit as they turned.  There was almost a line of 4 soon after, but Pelicano kept finding and went on to win by over a length from Kaypers that finished off well and Court Connection which also made ground.  Permit kept plugging away ok suggesting he can win again soon.  Carry Me Bluey was disappointing today.

Follow: Permit, Kaypers

Race 4

1st              Catkins                                    Corey Brown
2nd            Golden Sunshine                 Peter Robl
3rd             Villa Splendido                    Brenton Avdulla

Thr rain had let up again for the fourth, and coincidentally, Golden Sunshine went straight to the front.  Charge Account went up into second with Chiaramonte caught three wide and looking to drop back to try and get in.  Catkins and Villa Splendido got good runs behind the speed.  Knight Examplar went back to last.  Golden Sunshine kicked early in the straight and looked hard to get past, but Catkins knuckled down and came through on the inside to go on and win it.  Knight Exemplar looked as if it may run into third but its condition gave out and Villa Splendido took that position.  Charge Account and Chiaramonte dropped out to the rear.  Chiaramonte can be forgiven after a tough run but I can offer no reason why Charge Account went poorly.

Follow: Knight Exemplar will be fitter next time

Race 5

1st            Sweet Idea                             Jim Cassidy
2nd          Whiskey Allround              Rick McMahon
3rd          Charlie Boy                            Glyn Schofield

Kurishio came out well in the Silver Slipper, with All The Talk going up on the outside to share the lead.  Those two cleared out in front with Sweet Idea trailing up in third.  Charlie Boy didn’t show much pace out of the gates and got back to midfield and beyond.  Around the turn, Sweet Idea was hooked out wide to come after the leaders that were starting to stop.  Whiskey Allround railed up along the inside and then came around the leaders to go with Sweet Idea and they fought out a close finish with Sweet Idea getting it by about a head.  Charlie Boy worked to the line well, more like a horse that will be better as a three-year-old.

Follow: Whiskey Allround

Race 6

1st              Pierro                         Nash Rawiller
2nd            Rebel Dane               Jason Collett
3rd            Proisir                        Hugh Bowman

Mulaazem came out very quickly and set up an early lead.  Rebel Dane went straight back to last.  When they settled down it was Mulaazem from Proisir, Ashokan and Pierro.  Rebel Dane moved up a bit along the fence into fifth, whilst Tatra was caught wide.  It’s A Dundeel got back to third last and was scrubbed along 600m out.  Mulaazem went for home before the turn but when the acid was applied, those out wider had him easily covered.  Pierro stuck the front at the 200m, with Rebel Dane going past Proisir and chasing Pierro.  In the end Rebel Dane got within a head but couldn’t get past Pierro.  Proisir held on well in third and It’s A Dundeel finished off very nicely after being under pressure so far out.  Mulaazem went too hard in front and probably isn’t up to this class.

Follow: Rebel Dane, It’s A Dundeel (over further later)

Race 7

1st             Red Tracer                    Nash Rawiller
2nd           Risk Aversion              Rick McMahon
3rd           Lady’s Angel                  Jason Collett

Driefontein led up here from Alesteem, giving Red Tracer and Lady’s Angel good runs behind the speed as expected.  They slowed right up and didn’t change their order throughout the race until they came to the turn, where the heavens opened for Red Tracer to come through inside Driefontein.  She looked set for an easy enough victory, and its hard to know if she switched off a little or Risk Aversion really got going, but either way, the margin on the line was just enough to swear by.  Either way it was a very good run by Risk Aversion, which will be improved for the run.  Lady’s Angle went ok for third.

Follow: Risk Averson

Race 8

1st              Altered Boy                     Jim Cassidy
2nd            Australian Star              Glyn Schofield
3rd             Joku                                   Peter Wells

Unfortunately no replay was available of the last race, however it was Jim Cassidy at his best, using the shortest way home along the fence to win on Altered Boy, from Australian Star which may be ready to win now and Jokuin third.

Follow: Australian Star

Specials from the meeting: Hoylonny, Hatras

Note: Several horses failed on the day, which may be due to the very wet ground, so the form may be inconsistent from this meeting if tracks become dryer.