Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1.     1000M    Victorian Carbine Club Plate

STRALIA                        DAMIAN OLIVER           1st          $10 DANCE CARD               DAMIAN LANE                2nd        $12 PERSECUTION             JAMES WINKS                 3rd         $12 HAPPY GALAXY         DEAN HOLLAND             3rd      $3.80

Sweetener had support before the race and started a $3.40 favourite but completely blew her chances by messing up the start and really didn’t take any part in the race. Couple of first-starters in the field (Stralia and Heroic Tale) and although weren’t heavily supported both showed some dash.

Dance Card was travelling well enough to win at the 200m but the run appeared to end in the final 50m with Happy Galaxy, Persecution and Stralia all diving late and in the driving finish any of the four could have won.

Worth noting: First four cleared out, Stralia will get over further Race 2.     1800M    National Patient Transport Rising Stars Final BANCA MO          BEN KNOBEL          1st    $6.50 SISTER NORMA      D. THORNTON         2nd    $5.50 FORTY THIRTY      BRADLEY WALLACE     3rd    $4F

Upon settling Forty Thirty took up the running ahead of Philda, Kuitpo Lad and Sister Norma at a very fast clip. As expected, he came back to the field around the turn with the chasers Banca Mo, Sister Norma and New York. At the 300m Banca Mo swept past and quickly put 4 lengths on the field and kept going away to the line and won by 8 lengths in a super impressive performance.

Worth noting: Tasmanian Banca Mo seems to have been up all year but racing as well as ever.

Race 3.     1200M    Australian Lamb Company Handicap BARON DOURO         JAKE DUFFY        1st    $8 CAVALLO NERO        PETER MERTENS     2nd    $6.50 SHANGHAI WARRIOR    STEVEN ARNOLD     3rd    $3.70F

Cyclone Andy looked to be right in the race but his run ended about 100m out from the finish just as Cavallo Nero was running into it. Although first-up, Shanghai Warrior was backed like a winner but only whacked away when I (and others) probably expected him to finish it off a little better, did find some trouble early in the race. Baron Douro stayed out of trouble and finished too well for everything.

Worth noting: Baron Douro had them covered a long way out and showed a great turn of foot.

Race 4.     1600M    Slickpix/TVN Silver Bowl Series Final INFINITE ENERGY    DANIEL STACKHOUSE     1st         $21 CLUB COMMAND       LUKE NOLEN                        2nd        $2.60F HE’S A STEAL       CRAIG NEWITT                           3rd         $13

Chile Express was slowly away and was shuffled back to the fence just in front of the leaders. Club Command led under a good hold with He’s A Steal in the niggling position ¾ length back on his outside. De Triomphe and Praesentia trailed 2 lengths further back and Infinite Energy sitting 7th. Infinite Energy peeled out at the 450m and gradually reeled them in before shooting clear at the 150m to win by 3 ¼ lengths eased down to give Moody the Quinella.

Worth noting: Club Command did well with the 60kg and stuck on well for 2nd.

Race 5.     2600M    Banjo Patterson Series Final  EXCEPTIONALLY       DEAN YENDALL       1st     $4.80 STREAKY FELLA        MICHAEL RODD       2nd     $4.60F CRAFTY CRUISER      CHRIS SYMONS       3rd     $8

Crafty Cruiser led at a good clip with Exceptionally sitting 8th out 3-wide but with cover. Geejayhaitch raced very wide and went to the lead at the half-way mark being trailed by Crabs. The runs came at the 800m where it was really on and by the 550m Exceptionally had swept to the front with a brilliant turn of foot. Streaky Fella looked a chance at the 300m but Exceptionally was clearly the best stayer in the race and went on to win easily.

Worth noting: Was tailor-made for Exceptionally with only 1.5kgs over the minimum. Crafty Cruiser stuck on pretty well for 3rd, although well-beaten.

Race 6.     1600M    TROA/Luxbet Winter Championship Series Final  GLANEUSE                      LINDA MEECH                      1st     $31 GALILEO GOLD              DEAN YENDALL                 2nd     $11 THERE’S ONLY ONE     DANIEL STACKHOUSE     3rd     $6.50

Doubtful Jack ran straight to the lead at breakneck speed and was leading by 5 lengths at the 1000m. Galileo Gold was carted into the race by Sophrosyne. Rounding the home turn There’s Only One and Future Solution were last and 2nd last with Glaneuse just in front of them. Doubtful Jack came back to them pretty quickly upon straightening and then the backmarkers all came with their runs and Glaneuse prevailed in a driving finish to win at big odds.

Worth noting: Effort of Galileo Gold to run 2nd was outstanding as the other three in the finish all came from a long way off in a race run to suit only the backmarkers

Race 7.     1600M    All Victorian Sprint Series Final  READY TO RIP     LUKE NOLEN      1st       $2.40F GOSSIP GIRL        GLEN BOSS           2nd       $7.50 DEL PALIO            STEVEN KING     3rd       $8.50

Gossip Girl and Beyond Pardon led the field up the centre of track which was a shift from the earlier straight races. Ready to Rip sat behind the two leaders and took the split when Beyond Pardon hung out under pressure at the 200m. Good finish with Del Palio and Prince Obama both chiming in late and Gossip Girl sticking on well.

Worth noting: Great tough win from Ready to Rip, backed from $12 earlier in the week.

Race 8.     1200M    Rivette Series Final IMOTO       DAMIAN OLIVER        1st      $8 ALIBERANI   LUKE NOLEN           2nd      $6.50 DAYITA      JASON BENBOW         3rd      $6F

Suite Success led them at a solid clip with Angela’s Dream trailing. Some great riding from Oliver saw Imoto sit 3rd out of harm’s way.  He took him to the front upon straightening and left the others to fight out the minor placings with Alberani running on best for 2nd just ahead of Dayita. Query on Dayita was the inside gate and she did get shuffled back at the 800m so her effort to run 3rd was solid although was never going to beat the winner.

Worth noting: Imoto is unbeaten over a mile with 2 wins this prep, very fit horse.

———————————————————————————————- Race 1 1st      Sherocksmyworld     Nash Rawiller 2nd     Soapbox                       Blake Shinn 3rd     Agulhas                         Chris Reith

A level start in the first for the two-year-olds.  Agulhas showed great speed again to cross the field, whilst Soapbox which found support in betting was taken back to the tail of the field by design.  Agulhas managed to lead them to the 200m, but was under attack at that point from Soapbox which had made a long run down the outside, and Sherocksmyworld that had a cushy run in behind them on the fence.  In the end it was the easier run that Sherocksmyworld had that proved the difference, and also the fact that Soapbox was a bit wayward in the last 100m.  The run of Soapbox was very good however and it will learn from the experience.  The placegetters gapped the rest.

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Race 2 1st          Your Song              Peter Robl 2nd         Forever Crazy      Glyn Schofield 3rd        She’s A Girl              Nathan Berry

Another very even line out in the second, with Your Song, the short priced favourite crossing them early, but then handing up to Forever Crazy.  Your Song was easy in betting where as Forever Crazy was the firmer.  They stayed in their order until they came into the straight, where Your Song pushed out off the fence and the race was quickly over.  It showed a good turn of foot to win well.  Forever Crazy held on for second, whilst She’s A Girl ran on well into third.

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Race 3 1st       Soledad             Josh Parr 2nd     Nocturnelle     Glyn Schofield 3rd      Bello                   Hugh Bowman

Three-year-olds in the third event, and another great start.  They took a while to dispute the lead, but Soledad eventually crossed from the outside to take it up.  Nocturnelle, the favourite in the race, was one out one back but didn’t settle all that well.  Bello got a lovely run, third on the fence behind the leader.  Around the turn, Bello looked in strife when the sprint went on, and Nocturnelle came out after Soledad.  It appeared to me that Nocturnelle was a big chance of going past Soledad, but the fact Soledad had travelled better in running told the story in the end.  Nocturnelle will improve for the run.  Bello managed to fight on for third.

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Race 4 1st           Mr Tipsy                  Lauri Wray 2nd        Shawnee Girl           Blake Shinn 3rd         Piazza San Pietro   Blake Spriggs

2400m here, and Le Moussier, after jumping out a bit at the start, was taken straight to the front by Corey Brown.  There was any amount of money in the ring to suggest it would win as it liked.  Red Eye Special settled second in running from Piazza San Pietro, and they went along at a fair pace.  The leader slowed them up in the middle stages, and appeared to have every chance, but as soon as they turned for home, favourite backers were heading for the bar.  Piazza San Pietro took advantage of the easy run it had to sprint to the front, but then it was Mr Tipsy and Shawnee girl sailing down the outside to fight it out.  Mr Tipsy got there narrowly from Shawnee Girl with Piazzo San Pietro holding on for third.

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Race 5 1st        World Wide        Blake Spriggs 2nd       Euryale              Nathan Berry 3rd        Palasport          Lester Grace

1800m this time, and another good start with O’Crikey heading for the top as it usually does.  Brave The Way and Palasport were keen to ensure a genuine tempo.  Dunrossil got a nice run one out and one back.  The favourite Euryale was about 6 lengths off the lead, one off the fence.  Dunrossil made its bid for victory on the home turn, and held the lead until about the 200m, but then they were coming from everywhere.  Euryale had sailed down the outside to jointly hit the front with World Wide that came through the middle.  World Wide was the one that went to the line strongest, with Euryale finishing closer to the outside fence than the inside.  From this race, I am marking down NTBBA against Dunrossil, which stands for Never To Be Backed Again.

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Race 6 1st        Stout Hearted      Nathan Berry 2nd      Kelinni                    Glyn Schofield 3rd       Kuhreihen             Peter Robl No Replay Available. Follow: None to follow Race 7 1st      Madam Nash       Glyn Schofield 2nd    Saramenha           Sean Guymer 3rd     First Look             Nash Rawiller

Disputes missed the kick about 5 lengths in race 7, and that was the end of its chances.  Madam Nash which found some support at longer odds ran straight to the front from out wide here.  It was a clever ride to stack them up and then noticeably quicken just before the 600m mark.  On the home turn she was rolling, and it was catch me if you can.  Plenty were off the bit trying to do so.  Saramenha right out wide, and First Look back towards the fence did the best of the chasing, but realistically it was all credit to horse and jockey here for a good win.  The ride of the day for mine, from Glyn Schofield.

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Race 8 1st       See The World     Chris Reith 2nd     Skytrain                 Peter Robl 3rd      Welkom Gold       Sean Guymer

In the last, Eight Bills was a bit slow out, and surprise surprise, Girls Go Racing was a clear last out.  There was a fair bit of pace, with Spectacular I Am showing them a clean pair of heels.  The pace was strong, which set it up for those at the back to have their chance.  On the home turn, the eventual winner See The World was traveling big time, but had a wall of horses in front, with the jockey, Chris Reith, looking everywhere for a run.  He brought it right to the outside after they straightened, and it was an impressive finishing burst, however those in front certainly did come back to them also.  Sky Train took the short cuts through the inside to finish second from a fair way back.  Welkom Gold was a good run from the on pace brigade, holding on for third.

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Specials From The Meeting:  Soapbox, Nocturnelle