Weekend racing reviews – Saturday December 10th

Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams

Race 2.     1610M    Johnstaff Projects Handicap   

LET’S BE HAPPY     JACK HILL                1st     $9.50
BLUE RIBBON         MICHELLE PAYNE     2nd    $2.20F
PLACEMENT           BEN MELHAM           3rd     $5.50

Always Discreet jumped well and set the speed but was unable to kick on when it mattered. Let’s Be Happy balanced up well down the outside and continued her winning run. Blue Ribbon was well backed but quite poorly ridden. She got too far back and was looking for runs but ran up behind them early in the straight while Let’s Be Happy had already established a winning break. Although it must be said even when Blue Ribbon found clear running room she struggled to show the same turn of foot she had in recent starts.

Worth noting – Great effort by little known trainer Mick Clark to register six wins this year with Let’s Be Happy.

Race 3.     1410M    Victoria University Handicap   

LONHREIGN      LUKE NOLEN      1st     $8
CHASSE           MARK ZAHRA      3rd     $18

Both favoured and well backed runners Motorised and Better Be Sure looked to have good runs but were very poor. Lonhreign sat back, relaxed nicely and gathered them in very easily. Marcellus worked home well over the final 200m in his first start for 12 months.

Worth noting – the winner looks well suited to a mile.

Race 4.     1720M    Lanec Services

TOKEN OF HONOUR     DWAYNE DUNN     1st     $8
MAGIC ME                    LUKE NOLEN         2nd    $2.90F
LORD WIMBLE              DANNY NIKOLIC     3rd    $3.40

With Magic Me coming over from Adelaide and Lord Wimble stepping up from the country/provincial circuits punters thought this was close to a race in two. Both enjoyed great runs as did Token of Honour who enjoyed a nice sit just off the speed with Dunn getting cover which was crucial due to the heavy wind. He worked home well for his first win for a while and confirmed the middle of the track was the place to be. Token of Honour is no world-beater though and Hayes had believed he was a wet tracker and a jumper. Unlikely to be a strong form race.

Worth noting – The win continued the rejuvenation of David Hayes’ training career since the move to Euroa.

Race 5.     1200M    Dorevitch Pathology

CASCABEL         CRAIG NEWITT            2nd    $8
THAT’S NOT IT     CHRIS SYMONS          3rd     $5.50EF

Looked a difficult race on paper with little pace and many winning chances. That’s how it panned out with an outsider getting up and just a head separating the first three over the line. They slowed the tempo down mid race and it was the old timer Translation that raced on his own along the inside that had the best of it. He is more of a 1400m horse but appreciated the dry track and a clever ride by Walker. Like all backmarkers Cascabel is a horse that always needs luck and he was just unable to get going early but hit the line well.

Worth noting – you don’t have to race around a bend to have luck in running play a part in a race.

Race 6.     2000M    Zouki Western Health Cup   

FULL PEAL                       BEN MELHAM      1st     $1.70F
CHEERFUL JURY              DWAYNE DUNN    3rd     $81

Full Peal continued on his winning ways and enjoyed a nice run in behind the pace maker Abitofado. Once he got clear halfway down the straight he was still on the bit and went to the line in a headlock. Excellent ride by Melham and a very nice horse. Stayers who can put themselves in the right spot just off the speed and then quicken are always going to be hard to beat.

Worth noting – plenty of Cups talk about this horse, but whether that’s the Hobart, Perth or even bigger Cups is yet to be decided.

Race 7.     1410M    Del Re National Food Group

AGRIPPA                       DWAYNE DUNN         1st     $6
AT THE HEADS              BEN MELHAM            2nd   $4.60EF

Wealthy Lad raced quite keenly while At The Heads enjoyed the gun run. To the line this was a two horse fight between Agrippa and At The Heads, with Agrippa got the better of the local galloper on the line to bring up a double for the in-form Dwayne Dunn. At The Heads was very good and he will improve second up. Cuban Sunday is ticking over nicely and once he gets to 1800m+ back him in suitable company.

Worth noting – Trainer John Sadler notched up a double here and two Flemington-trained horses fought out the finish. Home-track horses often find a length.

Race 8.     1000M    Kane Constructions

DELEGANCE            MICHAEL WALKER     1st     $8
BEAU VALLON          CHRIS SYMONS         3rd     $13

Second of the straight races and they were both won by Michael Walker rides up along the rail. Delegance was ready to with the blinkers off and fought on well for a tough win. Ravenous Lass and Beau Vallon worked home well for the placings. Star Salute copped a check at the 300m and should have finished closer but still wouldn’t have won.

Worth noting – another winner for a Flemington trainer.


Rosehill review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st    Bello                          Nash Rawiller
2nd   Pink Power                 Chad Schofield
3rd    Diamond To Pegasus   Nathan Berry

The first event of the day for the three-year-olds I believe came down to class. Peter Snowden sent out the virtually equal favourites in the shape of Bello and Barbados. Barbados had a fitness edge on paper over its stablemate but Bello in the end had the class edge. It did boast a 3.5 length second to Aeronautical last campaign and he would have taken care of these fairly easily had he been in the race. Pink Power was on the pace all the way and tried very hard whilst Diamond To Pegasus got a long way back and ran on fairly into third. After doing a bit of work and leading Barbados dropped out badly.

Follow: Bello, Pink Power

Race 2

1st    Embark         Josh Adams
2nd   Happy Hussy Chad Schofield
3rd    Sindarin        Nash Rawiller

You are probably sick of me saying it but leading at Rosehill is a clear advantage. Embark led here and led them a merry dance indeed at a moderate pace. Whilst Happy Hussy looked to have Embark on toast several times in the straight, Embark kept finding and found too much on the line. Sindarin was a good run into third.

Follow: Sindarin

Race 3

1st    Titbit               Glyn Schofield
2nd   Fill The Page   Tom Berry
3rd    Lycra Lass      Blake Spriggs

Genuine pace here with General’s Sniper and Oakfield Beauty in front. Titbit was traveling well on the turn and peeled wide. In the end it only plugged away for the win however. The run of Lycra Lass was good in this after switching path in the straight and Dreamworker made good ground down the outside also.

Follow: Lycra Lass

Race 4

1st    King Gladiator     Hugh Bowman
2nd   Tropicana Girl      Corey Brown
3rd    Winning Glory     Nash Rawiller

In the end this was finally the race to suit King Gladiator. There has been no doubting the horse has ability but he has been a frustrating punting proposition always running on from the back. In this race the pace was genuine and he travelled sweetly at the back of the pack. When asked for an effort he let down nicely. Not much can truly be said for those finishing behind him given he gave them a start and a beaten. Winning Glory was somehow sent out around about 7/4 favourite and I can only presume that’s because he gets on the pace and generally looks a winning chance in the straight most times. The problem is, most times he also does not go on with it! Tom’s Rocket probably went a bit too hard in front but perhaps can get away with one of these races soon. The jockey on Tropicana Girl was outridden on the turn and the run was good under the circumstances.

Follow: Tropicana Girl, Tom’s Rocket

Race 5

1st    New Day Rising     Chad Schofield
2nd   Tromso                 Hugh Bowman
3rd    Kontiki Park          Tom Berry

There were a few that were keen to contest the lead here. Strumming finally found that role with Scarf outside it. New Day Rising got the suck along behind them and moved into the clear early in the straight. The result of having this easy run was that he quickly moved past Scarf in the straight and then it was left to Tromso and Kontiki Park to chase. Chase they did but realistically were no chance of picking up the winner.

Follow: Kontiki Park

Race 6

1st    Sea Galleon       Glyn Schofield
2nd   Nextanix             Jeff Penza
3rd    Count Encosta    Brenton Avdulla

As expected Sea Galleon recorded a fairly easy win here. He has been the horse on the way up and when they went fairly crazy in front, Glyn Schofield must have been giggling to himself. So much so that he let the horse slide before the home turn and established a winning break. Usually you wouldn’t like your jockey going this far from home but when the others have spent their bikkies and you are still traveling this well, it was a good move. Nextanix and Count Encosta are frustrating horses as they seem to run in in whatever they are put in and they did the same here. Assertive Billy didn’t measure up to the mark here after back to back wins in weaker grade.

Follow: None to follow

Race 7

1st    Wazn                   Chad Schofield
2nd   One Way Ticket    Sam Clipperton
3rd    Regal Banter         Josh Adams

The market suggested Wazn was the one to beat here, its record of 4 wins from 13 for about $160,000 in prizemoney also suggested it had a class edge. Throw in the claim for the talented Chad Schofield and if it was fit it was going to be hard to beat. It was a confident and almost arrogant ride as he let the horse make ground of its own accord only giving it a tap early in the straight to remind him he had a job to do and then didn’t really go for it until 100m out when it really found the line. The second, third and fourth horses were all credible runs but were just outclassed, where as Peck, in my opinion was a false favourite and ran accordingly. Bookies will be happy to send it around favourite again if they are allowed I would imagine.

Follow: Wazn

Race 8

1st    So So Sure      Corey Brown
2nd   Rocker             Glyn Schofield
3rd    Liechtenstein    Sam Clipperton

O’Crikey led as he usually does with So So Sure outside him. Liechtenstein got the run on the fence behind them and got out at the top of the straight to challenge. The short favourite, Rocker, was basically one out one back. When Rocker presented its run in the straight, I thought it was about to go bang and win easily. It in fact then started to struggle, only working to a very narrow lead before being worried out of it by So So Sure. It was hard to miss the run of the old boy Mustard. He made up many lengths in the last bit of the race and dare I say another city win is on the cards for the 14-year-old?

Follow: Mustard (yes, even at 14, in a race with strong pace!!)

Specials from the meeting: Bello, Tropicana Girl, Kontiki Park, Wazn