Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams

Race 1.     1400M    Murray Cox Handicap   STEEP              AARON SPITERI    1st     $10 HAUSSMANN    JAMES WINKS      2nd    $5 ESCADO           BEN MELHAM       3rd     $15 The track was rated a Dead 5 at scratching time but downgraded to a Slow 6 before the first. This was an open race to open proceedings with the Kavanagh trained filly All About The Coin starting a slight favourite. There was only a moderate pace on here set by Haussmann and Steep sat on his outside following a mid-race move. Those two fought it out and it took most of the long Flemington straight for Patinack’s Steep to get the upper hand. Escado ran home well for 3rd. All About Coin got back in running again but lost a plate and never came into it. Worth noting: Smart ride from Spiteri who was 5th on settling before going forward shortly after. Race 2.     1400M    Hilton Nicholas Handicap MANHATTAN MAID    JAKE DUFFY                    1st    $8 KASMAHER              DANIEL STACKHOUSE     2nd    $13 BARBIE DAZZLER     THOMAS SADLER            3rd     $41 10 runners here but two of those were heavily fancied in Roses In The Glen and Family Crest. Roses In The Glen found the front easily enough but was then softened up by rank outsider Autilla. Roses In The Glen was gone at the 200m and was actually beaten home by Autilla. Manhattan Maid is a good tough type and had the blinkers back on, was back to her own sex and goes well at Flemington. Family Crest appeared to have every chance, although her rider said she didn’t handle the track condition. Houston Benefactor has a habit of being tardily out and that was the case again today. Worth noting: Backmarkers dominated this race. The first 4 across the line were 6th to 9th at the 400m Race 3.     1000M    2012 All Victorian Sprint Series Heat 6 BEYOND PARDON   NICHOLAS HALL   1st     $3.20F DASH FOR VIZ         LINDA MEECH      2nd    $5 DEL PALIO               STEVEN KING      3rd     $4.60 Johnny Fiasco took up the running down the straight to lead from the favourite Beyond Pardon. Dash For Viz was well supported but didn’t begin all that well and got back.Beyond Pardon travelled sweetly outside the leader, revelled in the slow ground. The Alpha Proxima form is quite strong. Del Palio got 3rd but is another horse with no tactical speed. Worth noting: Good placement from Smerdon having scratched Beyond Pardon from Swan Hill on Friday. Race 4.     1700M    L.V. Lachal Handicap    GAIL              NICHOLAS HALL         1st     $5.50 BANCA MO    BRENDON MCCOULL  2nd    $2.90F LASPIEL        CHRIS SYMONS          3rd     $5.50 Dangarway ran them along at a solid clip from Laspiel and Banco Mo. Nick Hall rode a race that perfectly suited Gail. He let her relax early and find her rhythm before coming into it at the turn. She is in form, had a weight pull and is another horse that likes Flemington. Banca Mo was OK. Laspiel is ultra consistent and wasn’t suited by the wet track. The first three in the market fought it out. Chord got a long way back 2nd up but ran home OK. Worth noting: Gail is booked in to Reset later this year but if she keeps racing like this she may just have another season of racing in her. Race 5.     1200M    A.R. Creswick Stakes    RIZIZ                         CHRIS SYMONS     1st     $20 ZAMORAR                STEVEN ARNOLD   2nd    $3.10 LADY MELKSHAM    JAMIE MOTT           3rd     $2F Lady Melksham was solidly backed as soon as markets were put up during the week. Her trainer John Sadler didn’t sound so confident pre-race though, mainly due to the likelihood of getting back from barrier 1. Even though she won untouched last start that was possibly a peak performance. Riziz didn’t have many admirers in the market but had run good time last start at Morphettville (5.5 lengths better than the average). He is now a perfect 4 from 4 on Dead and Slow tracks. Zamoroar doesn’t have great acceleration and is a little over-rated. Worth noting: Get back horses drawn the inside are poor punting propositions down the straight or around a bend. Race 6.     1400M    2012 TROA/Luxbet Winter Championship Series Heat 4 CHOSEN TO FLY        DANNY NIKOLIC              1st     $5.50F STONEBLACK            DALE SMITH                   2nd     $26 FUTURE SOLUTION    DANIEL STACKHOUSE    3rd     $21 Looked to be a very hard race on paper at basically $6 the field. Jungle Ruler took up the lead as usual but was gone at the 400m. Population loomed up at the 300m but wilted on his run. Chosen To Fly kept finding and is just a good tough horse that can race on-pace and give himself every chance. Future Solution always runs well fresh. Worth noting: Luck in running makes all the difference in these even races. Race 7.     2000M    Rod Johnson Handicap TURNER BAYOU    STEVEN ARNOLD    1st     $11 ROCK MUSICIAN    NICHOLAS HALL      2nd    $8.50 BURNOUT              CHRIS SYMONS      3rd     $10 The lightly raced Turner Bayou was last early and only 4th at the 100m but proved too strong in the concluding stages to get up here. Arnold took off at the 600m and he just kept grinding away while the others tired. Turner Bayou is a big Zabeel horse that will continue to get better in the good hands of Patty Payne. The favourite Outback Ranger didn’t get as far back as many thought but was never going to win. Rock Musician ran well but now has 8 minor placings (and just one win) from 13 starts. Worth noting: Good strong win from a big-track horse. Race 8.     2500M    2012 Banjo Paterson Series Heat 3  SWOOPER                   NICHOLAS HALL     1st     $9.50 CRABS                         THOMAS SADLER   2nd    $9 HURDY GURDY MAN    BEN MELHAM         3rd     $2.80F Quite a bit of action in the run. Crafty Cruiser had the early lead but the apprentice Sadler was caught three-wide on Crabs so he pushed forward and took over at the 1400m. That was short-lived though as Fastizio hit the front 600m out. At the 200m there were 4 across the track but Swooper just out stayed them. Big day for Nick Hall with a treble. Worth noting: Race 1 leader Haussmann fought on well for a close 2nd but after that the leaders all struggled. Roses In The Glen – 8th Johnny Fiaso – 4th Dangarway – 10th Artic Flight – 4th Jungle Ruler – 13th Eldami – 4th Crafty Cruiser – 4th

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester  

Race 1 1st    Raise The Level     Blake Spriggs 2nd   Target In Sight       Peter Robl 3rd    Santa Fe Sun        Josh Parr An even line out in the first, with Raise The Level working across to the lead and Greek Island sitting outside of it. Leaders at Rosehill are always a great proposition to be on and before the turn it was obvious this one was travelling well. As they came into the straight, Raise The Level had the measure of Greek Island. Santa Fe Sun looked some chance of coming after the winner but that challenge was short lived and then it was Target In Sight that came from back on the fence to do the chasing but was never going to get near the winner. Ptolemy and Brunner were disappointing in this race. Follow: Target In Sight Race 2 1st    Choice Words   Blake Spriggs 2nd   Malavio             Nathan Berry 3rd    Soledad            Sam Clipperton Another fair start here with the exception of Malavio that didn’t begin all that well and found itself second last. There was a pretty good pace early from Battant and Not a Dancer. Soledad got a lovely run third on the fence. The eventual winner, Choice Words got a good run midfield one off the fence. When pulled out in the straight, she had enough in reserve to sprint to the lead and hold off a fast finishing Malavio, who was under the whip on the turn, but found the line resolutely. Air Comet also worked home well but was entitled to off the fast pace early. Although beaten at the time, Not A Dancer was smashed at the 200m when Hendricus worked through between horses and finished off ok. Follow: Malavio Race 3 1st    Censor            Nathan Berry 2nd   Sour Mash       Chad Schofield 3rd    Kim Warrior      Peter Robl This time over the 2000m, Southern Shimmer came out a clear last with Sour Mash running to the front. Charing Cross raced in second spot and they strung out a bit. Circle Of Power was over racing and worked around to second. Before the turn, Sour Mash travelled well and kicked early in the straight, looking the goods. The winner, Censor then came with a big run down the outside and picked up Sour Mash right on the line, in what was a quality win. Kim Warrior ran third, after being slightly held up for clear running in the straight. Southern Skye also ran well. Follow: Sour Mash Race 4 1st    Ideal Position      Greg Ryan 2nd   Green Beret        Nathan Berry 3rd    Dunrossil            Brenton Avdulla Green Beret found the lead here without doing too much work. O’Crikey was ridden along a bit to move up to second outside the leader. They raced in a clump behind the leaders, with the eventual winner Ideal Position pretty much finding itself in exactly that, midfield one off the fence. In the straight, he worked through a run in the centre very strongly and ran to the leader for a good win. Dunrossil found the line well also after being three wide with cover and Let Them Have It was the other one trapped wide, that fought on ok. Follow: Ideal Position, Dunrossil Race 5 1st    San Zaim      Lauri Wray 2nd   Disputes       Josh Parr 3rd    Fashion        Peter Robl Outofafrika missed the kick clearly here. Fox took up the running from Madam Nash and Moorings Capital three deep. San Zaim got a lovely run, fourth on the fence. They stayed in this order until Lauri Wray blew the whistle early in the straight for the rails run. San Zaim took about 50m to pick up and really sprint, but then raced away from them for an impressive win. Disputes and Fashion both hit the line fairly well in this. I get the feeling that Fox is a speedy squib and won’t carry any of my money any time soon. Follow: Disputes Race 6 1st    Alberton Park    Tommy Berry 2nd   Stratana            Nathan Berry 3rd    Skytrain            Josh Parr My Vegas was slow out here but there was pace to burn as expected with Zaratone and SpectacularIam going like last weeks pay. Alberton Park was well backed, and found itself in a lovely spot, fifth on the fence. Coming to the turn you could tell she was bolting and it was a matter of getting clear. At the 200m Stratana bolted to the front in what possibly looked a winning run but Alberton Park was working across its heals. It was a lovely display of patience from Tommy Berry who obviously knew he had a lap full of horse. Once clear she hit the line very well for the win. Skytrain also looked a hope at the 200m but died slightly on its run, whilst See The World came flashing to the line, but was entitled to off the hot pace. Emotional Circus made up ground from near last, but again, was entitled to do so. Follow: Alberton Park Race 7 1st    Winning Glory   Chad Schofield 2nd   Izababe             Kody Nestor 3rd    Quidnunc          Josh Parr They took the best part of 500m to sort themselves out here, but Winning Glory worked its way to the lead from out wide and that turned out to be a winning move. Lethal Arrow settled second from Samui Lad and Erewhon. Winning Glory was let slide early in the straight and put the issue beyond doubt. Izababe was the only one to raise any sort of challenge in the straight but was never going to make up the ground. Quidnunc found the line well and I liked the run of Erewhon here, indicating it is getting fitter and might be ready to win next time. I am happy to sack Do You Think on this poor effort. Follow: Quidnunc Race 8 1st    Irish Jig              Peter Robl 2nd   Radar                 Tommy Berry 3rd    Magic Cassius    Jay Ford A good start in the last with the eventual winner Irish Jig the best out but was quickly taken on by Magic Cassius. Due to the genuine pace, they stayed in their order and Magic Cassius had clearly burnt them off before the turn. Into the straight and Magic Cassius still seemed to travel well but Irish Jig was just starting to get it in its sights. In the run to the line, Irish Jig went past Magic Cassius and it was up to Radar to chase and chase she did but came up short on the line. Coup Ay Tee which had support in betting worked to the line fairly, but was never a winning chance and I think wants a dryer track to show its best. Follow: Radar Specials from the meeting: Malavio, Sour Mash, Radar