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.
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
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