Weekend racing reviews – Saturday March 3rd

Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1000M    Streets Ice Cream Stakes  FIRE THUNDERBOLT     CRAIG WILLIAMS  1st     $7 MANDLA                       CRAIG NEWITT      2nd    $13 IMPRIMIS                      DWAYNE DUNN     3rd    $6.50 Imprimis took up the early lead with Lady Of Harrods and Mandla. By about the 350m all of the horses on the speed looked to be going up and down on the spot and the winner Fire Thunderbolt who was ridden by Craig Williams came with a good run along the inside of horses and pulled away to win well. Rhandara got too far back and worked home ok. Worth noting: Winner was clearly the best horse, would need to see the others again before I backed any of them. Race 2.     2600M    Roy Higgins Quality    DRUNKEN SAILOR     DAMIEN OLIVER     1st     $3.70EF OUR SERENA            LUKE NOLEN          2nd    $11 ROWLAND                 JAKE NOONAN       3rd     $11 Good strong win by Drunken Sailor with the 60kg and a very gutsy ride by Oliver who looked in all sorts of trouble Friday night. In a race with little speed he was able to settle mid field in the run and really worked home well. Oliver took the option to use an inside run which helped the horse conserve lots of energy and won the race. Our Serena was gallant and she fought hard in the straight to hold on for second but just doesn’t have the class of the winner. Worth noting: Drunken Sailor should be very hard to beat in the Adelaide Cup. Race 3.     1100M    Mrs Mac’s Beef Pie Sprint  MISS OCTOPUSSY     CRAIG WILLIAMS     1st    $3.70F JESSICA ROSE           DAMIAN LANE         2nd    $26 BOLISIMO MISS          MARK ZAHRA          3rd     $9 Miss Octopussy has been around the mark for a while now but seems to always do something a little wrong or find one better but there was no mistakes here with Craig Williams on board. She handled the conditions and the straight better than the rest and won really well. At no stage was she tested over the concluding stages and that win will do her confidence a world of good. Jessica Rose did well and ran on quite well to hold second spot with Bolisimo Miss doing well for third. Worth noting: Happy to forgive Silkstone Special and Dark Sun, not straight horses. Race 4.     2000M    Mittys Handicap    COLDENS CHOICE    CHRIS SYMONS     1st     $12 UNDER THE HAT       JAKE NOONAN       2nd    $2.20F CHASSE                   KERRIN MCEVOY   3rd     $7 Coldens Choice was able to get himself in a prominent position throughout and was just too strong for them in the run home. It was a massive turnaround on his last start where he was beaten 13L by Under The Hat. He dropped 6kg on that run and looked to appreciate the sting out. Under The Hat looked to get a bit too far back but he did work home quite well. Chasse was in a similar position and worked home ok. Both horses gave the impression to the eye that they will appreciate further but I am not to sure about that. Just be careful with them. Worth noting: Be careful when assessing Under The Hat at his next start. Would prefer him down in distance  than up. Race 5.     1400M    VIC TAB Guaranteed $2m Quaddie  ROCKPECKER     CRAIG WILLIAMS    1st     $12 PLAYWRIGHT       MATT PUMPA          2nd    $61 HAPPY TRAILS     DAMIEN OLIVER     3rd     $8.50 It had been a while between wins for Rockpecker but some gear changes, a suitable race and yet another quality Craig Williams ride was enough to get him across the line. Rockpecker was in a perfect position at the 600m while the horses that came 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th were all midfield or worse. Worth noting: Luck in running plays such an important part in races like these. Run the race another 5 times and you might get 5 different winners. Race 6.     1600M    Australian Guineas  MOSHEEN                   DANNY NIKOLIC    1st     $5 STRIKE THE STARS     NICHOLAS HALL    2nd    $17 MISTER MILTON           BEN MELHAM       3rd     $91 Mosheen brained them thanks in no small part to a Nikolic special. He got her across from the wide gate and in a perfect spot midfield. She burst through to hit the front about 300 metres out and won very comfortably. Strike The Stars was excellent 2nd up, beating the rest of the field easily and is well on track for the AJC Derby. Helmet reared in the air just as the gates opened. Everyone knows he’s a horse that needs to be on pace and rolling so he was never a winning hope. That’s The One got checked just after settling and ran OK but never threatened. Worth noting: A clash between Mosheen and Manawanui would be well worth watching. Race 7.     1000M    ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap    PANIPIQUE              MICHAEL WALKER    1st     $7 QUEEN DELIGHT     CRAIG NEWITT           2nd    $8.50 GRAN SASSO          NOEL CALLOW          3rd     $13 Queen Delight led as usual and fought on very well first up. Panipique was well rated by Michael Walker who has now ridden the horse 6 times for 3 wins. The ex-Kiwi champion hoop has a great recent record down the straight at Flemington. Moody believes Panipique’s ideal race is a fast run 1000m-1100m with the sting out of the ground so she’s off to Sydney for the Galaxy. The old fella Gran Sasso is going well this campaign and held 3rd from the fast finishing Arinos. Happy Angel jumped a little awkwardly and struggled throughout. Worth noting: Happy Angel is winless in her last 10 starts at Melbourne which have been at odds of $2.80, $6.00, $6.00, $21, $4.50, $9.00, $5.50, $2.80, $2.10 and $5.00. Race 8.     1400M    PFD Food Services Stakes    RASPBERRIES     KERRIN MCEVOY     1st     $13 BIANCON ROSE   STEVEN KING           2nd    $8.50 BOOKLET             DWAYNE DUNN        3rd     $5.50 Raspberries did what many expected Helmet to do – roll along on pace, kick clear and be too strong. The ironic thing is she was very nearly scratched after the track downgrades as Peter Snowden didn’t think the wet track would suit her. Biancon Rose ran OK and Booklet was one of the few horses in the race to make up ground. The favourite Golden Penny didn’t handle the wet track according to Damien Oliver. Worth noting: Raspberries will be even better suited on a drier track next time out, but did get an easy time up front here.


Rosehill review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester


Race 1
1st    Detours      Hugh Bowman 2nd   Aerobatics  Corey Brown 3rd    Revolt         Rod QuinnRevolt missed the kick about a length and settled a clear last. On the other hand Big Bonanza led for Cassidy. Detours got the suck along behind the leader with the stable mate Aerobatics following it. Early in the straight it was obvious the two Snowden runners would fight it out and it did appear Aerobatics was getting the better of Detours but Detours fought hard to the line to win, which made a liar of my assessment last start that she perhaps was not completely genuine. Revolt ran on well showing he is on track for another good campaign but watch out for those barrier manners to repeat (it may have just been a once off). Follow: Revolt Race 2 1st    Merlin Mustang    Brenton Avdulla 2nd   On Every Level     Tom Berry 3rd    Iron Lace             Glyn Schofield Merlin Mustang found the lead here and was the first of a couple of leaders to get home on the day. I keep saying they are always advantaged at Rosehill. There was not a lot to say about this race as they didn’t really change their positions throughout and even in the straight, On Every Level was the only one to make any ground on Merlin Mustang. It got very close on the line but the winner had been well rated and just had enough in reserve to fall in. Follow: On Every Level Race 3 1st    Nobby Snip      Tom Berry 2nd   Didntcostalot    Jeff Penza 3rd    Velrosso          Jim Cassidy Didntcostalot made good use of its inside barrier here and led easily unlike last start when pressured by La Remlap. Nobby Snip took the sit on him in second place. In the end Nobby Snip had a pretty comfortable and soft win but it certainly did look in trouble around the turn and early in the straight where Didntcostalot kicked well clear. Perhaps the jockey on Didntcostalot went a little too soon or perhaps the 1100m in this company is a bit too much for it. Velrosso which missed the kick made good ground along the fence to run into third. Follow: Velrosso Race 4 1st    Praecido             Glyn Schofield 2nd   Jimmy Fortunes   Corey Brown 3rd    Maules Creek      Jim Cassidy They took a little while to sort themselves out here but Sharp Princess led at what looked a reasonably genuine tempo. King Lionheart sat outside the lead and Maules Creek was getting a very nice run on the fence in behind them. Early in the straight Maules Creek was the first one to challenge with King Lionheart quickly beaten. Whilst all this was going on, the eventual winner, Praecido was doing nothing well back in the field. It was a great ride by Glyn Schofield, to get a tow into the race before the turn and then sprint well in the straight. The horse does not win often but full marks to the jockey here. Jimmy Fortunes again did a great job to come from a clear last on the turn to only go under a half length. Kontiki Park clearly did not handle the wet and Stand To Gain was tailed off. Follow: Jimmy Fortunes Race 5        1st    Pierro         Nash Rawiller 2nd   Hussousa   Hugh Bowman 3rd    Kyria          Brenton Avdulla Collect led them here but Hussousa ensured it kept the fence and share of the lead which put Assassinate three wide and it dropped out badly. The eventual winner, Pierro missed the start, which is something he needs to fix prior to Golden Slipper time. Having said that, you have to say it was a good win and he looked strong to the line and first up for 5 months. Nediym’s Quest was a first starter here who ended up back and wide and although beaten a long way, could be the big improver out of this, maybe back on a dry track. Follow: Hussousa, Nediym’s Quest Race 6    1st    Wild And Proud          Nash Rawiller 2nd   Manawanui                 Glyn Schofield 3rd    Moments Of Change    Linda Meech Wild And Proud led them up here with Manawanui on its outside. Hot Snitzel held the fence and basically a share of the lead. Moment Of Change got a nice run about fifth on the fence and got the split at the top of the straight but was not quite good enough to go with the first two. Manawanui was of course the first one over the line but Wild And Proud gained the decision on protest. No doubt Manawanui shifted in but was it enough to cost Wild And Proud the race? You be the judge, I don’t think so personally. I mentioned first up that Manawanui was a bit wayward and I put it down to fitness, it worries me a bit to see him that way this time out also. I’m not sure I could take short odds next time. Doctor Doom ran well and could be value in future and everyone saw Hot Snitzel have to check late in the piece due to the interference. Rekindled Alliance can be forgiven due to the wet track. Follow: Rekindled Alliance Race 7 1st    Red Tracer            Hugh Bowman 2nd   Crafty Irna             Sam Clipperton 3rd    Older Than Time    Peter Robl This race really did seem a benefit to Red Tracer and she had the race under control the whole way, just sitting off Montana Flyer and working to the lead on the turn under a tight grip. From there she won as she liked. Crafty Irna went very well for second and the run of Galizani was pleasing second up from a spell. The disappointment of the race was definitely Jersey Lily who ran a clear last. Follow: Crafty Irna, Galizani Race 8 1st    Mr Make Believe       Linda Meech 2nd   Brightest                  Rod Quinn 3rd    All Legal                  J Matthews We finished the day with another all the way leader in the shape of Mr Make Believe. This horse had good form last campaign but had failed to find it of late. The fact the market had kept him very safe here was a good indication he was going to be in form today and is likely now to hold it. He set his own pace in front, found a good part of the track in the straight and really was never under threat. All Legal and Brightest ran well for the placings. While back in the field a little, Beijing Boy went ok as did Nextanix. Rolling Pin again had no excuse, and I really feel the horse is asking for a spell. Darci Be Good was another that failed without an obvious excuse. Follow: Mr Make believe, Brightest Specials From The Meeting: Revolt, Crafty Irna, Mr Make Believe, Brightest