Weekend racing reviews – Saturday June 16th

Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1200M    Programmed Property Services Handicap FLAMBERGE          BEN MELHAM      1st     $4.20F KING KROVANH     LUKE NOLEN        2nd    $4.40 WIN DIXIE              DWAYNE DUNN     3rd    $10 Flamberge was too good for them in the first. It was a good performance and worth noting that they ran a faster time here than Platelet did in the following race. Looks to have a very bright future and is well related. King Krovanh raced without cover and he did very well also. The Elite Elle form from his debut has been good and you would expect that he will be breaking through soon. Stars In The Sky was very good last week but couldn’t do it here. Happy to forgive. Worth noting: Follow the first two, they are above average and Moody flying. Race 2.     1200M    Tattsbet.com.au Handicap PLATELET              DAMIAN LANE     1st     $2.40F REIGNING LASS    JAKE NOONAN     2nd    $6 HANDCUT              CRAIG NEWITT     3rd     $16 Platelet just can’t get a strong enough 1200 against the higher quality 3yos but she got it well enough here. Still believe she is a better 1100m horse but can’t knock her performance here. Reigning Lass and Handcut were both coming through the Lady Melksham race at Sandown and did very well to run second and third. They will find themselves in easier races going forward and can be followed with confidence. Worth Noting: Grecian Melody has been going well, look for her to work up in distance again as she was 1600 to 1200 here. Race 3.     2000M    Chandler Macleod Handicap    AERONWY             LUKE NOLEN     1st     $2.90F STORM BURST      GLEN BOSS        2nd    $4.40 THE NIGHT’S HOT  DAMIAN LANE     3rd     $4.60 Manila Jewel was a massive drifter and although her run wasn’t a shocker the drift was spot on as she box seated in the run and failed to do anything. They dropped anchor early and went slowly so halfway the back markers looked like they may have been a little up against it but the winner Aeronwy made a good sustained run and was too strong for them. She is on a big upward spiral and backed up that excellent performance at Sale. Worth noting:  They ran about 5.5L slower than the next race won by My Bentley Race 4.     2000M    Swift Signs Handicap    MY BENTLEY                LUKE NOLEN       1st     $12 LANGRIDGE STREET    DARREN GAUCI    2nd    $4.80 TURNITUP                     JAKE DUFFY        3rd     $4F Blinkers and a great ride by L Nolen did the job here for the Kent trained My Bentley. We know that he has heaps of ability on his day he just doesn’t have many days! He is a hard horse to back with confidence but he is also a hard horse to risk so just assess him week by week. Langridge Street was good and he fought on well for second. The next two were Turnitup and Model To Nite, I think they both need firm tracks to be at their absolute best so the effort was good. Worth noting: Magnifique Soleil has had enough and he needs a spell. Race 5.     1200M    Cafetto Sprint    VERDASCO            CRAIG NEWITT     1st     $7.50 SHOCK VALUE       BEN KNOBEL        2nd    $8 PRINCE OBAMA     DEAN YENDALL    3rd     $41 Rue Maple always looked a risk at the price and although not beaten far at all she was beaten. She just doesn’t appeal as a straight tracker. No doubt she is going very well but much prefer her around a bend. The winner Verdasco had the momentum down the outside and only made it narrowly. Newitt knows the horse well and he always performs well down the straight. Shock Value fought on very well, he looks another to me that needs a good track to show his best so a performance like that on a dead 5 suggests to me the horse is flying. Prince Obama bounced back to form and nearly caused a boil over. Worth noting: You can follow the first four here with confidence under suitable race conditions. Race 6.     1600M    Dominant Torney Cup    ERASET               BEN MELHAM       1st     $2.45F SISTER NORMA   DWAYNE DUNN     2nd    $10 LORD PYRUS       SALLY WYNNE      3rd     $8 Eraset was given a gem of a ride from Ben Melham who worked him off the fence at just the right time and he kicked away to win well. He was well supported and bounced back after his unlucky run in the Swan Hill Cup. Not sure where to for him now as he has done a bit of racing. Sister Norma really came on from her first up effort. Have backed her with success in the past and looking forward to following up again with her this prep in suitable. She gets through the wet and finds herself box seating in her runs. Lord Pyrus was again very good, he is close to a win and Our Pride and Joy held on for fourth. She can drop back to mares grade and win very soon. Worth noting: Sister Norma the one to follow here Race 7.     1410M    City Jeep ‘Don’t Hold Back’ Handicap    CLUB COMMAND       JAKE DUFFY     1st     $4 MANHATTAN MAID     JACOB RULE     2nd    $9 DAYITA                      LUKE NOLEN     3rd     $2.50F Club Command did it again and it’s very hard to knock the horse. He worked across from the outside to take up the lead and when Manhattan Maid looked to have him cold at the 200m he was able to produce another kick to hold her out. He doesn’t look like he can get any further than 1400 and prefers a firm track despite winning on soft, would be happy to back him again in suitable but he will be creeping up in the weights even more now. Manhattan Maid was excellent, she races very well at Flemington. Dayita just didn’t have the kick we seen at Sale, she is looking for a little further or prefers it wet? Worth noting: Not in a hurry to follow any of these, just assess as they come through Race 8.     1200M    City Jeep ‘I Bought a Jeep’ Handicap  GOSSIP GIRL              GLEN BOSS             1st     $6.50 CHARLOTTES MINT     PETER MERTENS     2nd    $9 SPURCIFIC                  STEVEN KING          3rd     $5EF Gossip Girl won here and she looks to be in for a really good prep. She can get through the really wet tracks so her effort to win here on a dead 5 was excellent. She just appeals as a horse I want to follow through the winter as she leads and kicks in those conditions. Spurcific was disappointing, she looked to have a really good run but she just isn’t producing like she used to. Not sure where to with her from here but not in a hurry to back her. Worth noting: Big follow here with Gossip Girl, can keep winning


Rosehill review by Todd Burmester
This meeting was run on a very wet track, and it is difficult to assess a number of runners due to this. Race 1 1st    Hurricane Henny     Peter Robl 2nd   Hawkspur               Hugh Bowman 3rd    Queen’s Elect        Glyn Schofield The two-year-olds got the day under way on a very wet track and over a distance of 1800m that none of them had seen before. The favourite Hawkspur began well to lead early but Hurricane Henny came across from the deep to soon take up the running. Mid race Hurricane Henny was getting its own way and it looked like this may make it hard to run down. Chez Harmony which was in the market got a nice run behind the leader. Before the turn, Hawkspur which had settled one out one back came up three wide. Hurricane Henny kicked into the straight but it did look like Hawkspur may have its measure, however in the run to the line, the easy lead Hurricane Henny got told the story and it fought on to win. Queen’s Elect came home reasonably for third. The rest did nothing. Follow: None to follow Race 2 1st    Eight Straight   Hugh Bowman 2nd   Nikody             Blake Spriggs 3rd    De La Dilo        Nathan Berry Two-year-olds again in race 2, this time over the 1500m. Kobi Sun and Be Kind To Me were slow out. Masahiko led Eight Straight, with Sacred Star out three wide. Hugh Bowman came three wide on Eight Straight on the point of the turn and he looked the winner. Nikody came through on the inside to hit the front but Eight Straight fought on too well in the run to the line to get the win. It was a slog to the line. Follow: Nikody Race 3 1st    Rushing To Win      Corey Brown 2nd   Embark                  Brenton Avdulla 3rd    Divya                     Hugh Bowman Think Mink missed the kick in the third, which is a bit of a habit. It was a bit of a race for the lead, one which was won by Rushing To Win, with Sea Gem outside of it and Matiya’s Pride three deep. Embark got a nice run on the fence behind the leaders. Rushing To win kept finding in the straight to hold off Embark and Divya on the inside. Arguably, Divya was now on worse going and the run was good. Follow: Divya Race 4 1st    Eucumbene        Hugh Bowman 2nd   Bello                  Kerrin McEvoy 3rd    Irish Dream        Josh Parr Eucumbene was always going to be hard to beat here after its impressive last start win and again it jumped very well to find the lead. It basically ran the race to suit itself and that was that. Bello got a nice run on the fence all the way and tried to chase Eucumbene in the straight but realistically was never going to get there. Irish Dream did the best of the rest but was a long way away. Something to note out of this was that Mecir that was previously unbeaten, just did not handle the ground and the run should be forgotten. Follow: Eucumbene, Bello Race 5 1st    Adroitly           Kerrin McEvoy 2nd   Roi D’jeu          Brenton Avdulla 3rd    Reigning          Glyn Schofield The Stayers Cup, over 2 miles on a bog track. This was always going to be a slog fest and that is how it turned out. Star Hawk took up the running early from Roi D’Jeu. The short priced favourite in the race, Adroitly, was getting a nice run in fourth or fifth spot. They went slowly mid race and there was no change in the order until the 1600m when Roi D’Jeu decided to take the lead, with Ashwahgandha moving to second. Adroitly made a move at around the 700m and appeared the winner on the turn. In the straight, Roi D’jeu did a good job to keep fighting him off but in the last 50m Adroitly dug in and got the win. The best of the rest was 10 lengths away. Adroitly, although the winner, is not a great betting proposition! Follow: Roi D’Jeu Race 6 1st    Australian Star   Tommy Berry 2nd   Saramenha        Josh Adams 3rd    Flying Zero        Brenton Avdulla Australian Star which was the eventual winner was slowly out here. Conroy’s Gap took the lead, from Flying Zero and Skip Town was out wide. As it turned out, they all fanned on the turn looking for better ground and Australian Star got the saloon run through to hit the front. The rider on Saramena went bush looking for better ground and ended up almost on the outside fence. It was somewhat of a ‘Veandercross’ ride and whether he needed to come that wide, who knows? But in the end Australian Star that had saved all the ground held on for a narrow victory. I thought the run of Sindarin was quite good here, running on from well back. Follow: Saramenha Race 7 1st    Thumbtacks       Chad Schofield 2nd   Dunrossil            Brenton Avdulla 3rd    Slick Sniper        Lauri Wray It was a bit of a charge for the lead here with Kaypers finding it from Calvo and Dunrossil getting a cosy run on the fence behind them. Thumbtacks ended up in the one out one back position, although the rider moved wide at the 600m and he was challenging for the lead on the point of the turn. Dunrossil kept coming on the inside in the run to the line and the run of Slick Sniper was very good running on out wide. Follow: Dunrossil Race 8 1st    Euryale         Kerrin McEvoy 2nd   Thebigiam     Chad Schofield 3rd    Peck            Corey Brown 1900m for race 8 on a track that was now a heavy 10. The Zeebac took up the lead from Caroun which worked around Euryale into second. Just before the turn, the rider on Euryale got going, which seemed to be a winning pattern here today. Inside the 400m Euryale had established what looked like a winning break. Thebigiam made good ground in the straight, although Euryale was tiring due to making a fairly long run for home. On the line Euryale prevailed narrowly from Thebigiam, with Peck and Dancing Attendant running on well down the outside. Follow: Peck, Dancing Attendant Race 9 1st    Famous Seamus    Robyn Freeman-Key 2nd   Turf Hero                Glyn Schofield 3rd    Nash Rambler        Brenton Avdulla Girls Go Racing, which can have bad barrier manners missed the start badly here and settled a few lengths behind the body of the field. At the top end, there were basically four across the track with Nash Rambler on the fence, leading Famous Seamus, Hurrara and Pimpala Secret. Nash Rambler stuck closest to the fence, but was headed by Famous Seamus. In the final 200m, these three basically drew alongside one another and it looked like Turf Ruler may come through in the middle for victory, but Famous Seamus fought on and got the win narrowly. I liked the run of Martin Place which was getting to the line well in the concluding stages, this being its first run back for 12 months, it was very encouraging. Follow: Nash Rambler, Martin Place Specials From The Meeting: Divya, Bellow, Peck, Martin Place