Flemington Review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m)
1st Petits Filous – Damien Oliver
2nd Super Cash – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Take Pride – Glyn Schofield
Strykum from the inside held the early lead with Take Pride and Petits Filous outside her. A bunch in behind that trio with Super Cash, Lycia, Grey Street and Thurlow, and My Poppette as well. Parcel raced solo on the outside fence but was never a factor. Petits Filous went straight past the other two leaders at the 300m with Strykum the first beaten. Super Cash came off her heels to run on and My Poppette and Serenade were winding up. Wider out Miss Iydillic was the only one making any ground from off the speed. But Petits Filous was untroubled as she broke away and made it four from four in a canter. Super Cash finished on well for second and Take Pride just held off My Poppette for the minor place. Serenade and Miss Iydillic weren’t far away and they were well clear of the rest of the field. The winner was far too good for these fillies and anything less than a win would have been disappointing.
Follow: aside from the winner, My Poppette’s effort first-up was solid and she’ll want 1400m.
Race 2: Girls’ Day Out Handicap (2500m)
1st Albonetti – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Sir Mako – Craig Newitt
3rd Crafty Cruiser – Ben Melham
Sir Laszlo led them up until Ruscello kicked up from out wide and ran to the lead out of the straight. Albonetti landed third, much closer than she has been in a long time, with Prizum and Kareeming next. Crafty Cruiser and At First Sight raced in midfield. There wasn’t a lot of action until about 1200m left when Reigning started to edge around them three wide from the back and he kept going until hitting the lead near the 800m. Ruscello fired up a bit and they went a few clear of Albonetti and Sir Laszlo. Crafty Cruiser started his move forward before the turn putting Kareeming in a pocket. Ruscello fainted early in the straight and Reigning momentarily regained the lead but Albonetti claimed him at the 300m. Crafty Cruiser loomed up as he always does and Kareeming was boxing on. Albonetti sprinted away to score impressively and if she can sit handier in all her races she’ll win a lot more of them. Sir Makocharged from the back through the field and grabbed second from Crafty Cruiser and At First Sight just battling away.
Follow: none.

Race 3: Pin & Win Stakes (1400m)
1st Bon Aurum – Mark Zahra
2nd Lizard Island – Blake Shinn
3rd El Greco – Vlad Duric
Gold Busker went looking for the lead with Snoopy holding his spot from a good gate and Lizard Island coming over. A bunched field in behind them, Prince Of Brooklyn was also handy as War Legend and Ragazzo Del Corsarushed around them wide out. Bon Aurum was three wide with a trail around Odyssey Moon about midfield but still in a pack. Ragazzo Del Corsa made it up outside Gold Busker but spent a lot of petrol in doing so. Lizard Island and Snoopy were afforded good trails. Bon Aurum switched out wider before the turn, tracked by Odyssey Moon, Luchador was ridden along in traffic and Snoopy and Prince Of Brooklyn held up on the rails. Bon Aurum kept his run going and took the lead with Lizard Island at the 300m, Odyssey Moon tried to run them down with El Greco and Sovereign Nation warming up down the outside. Snoopy was checked right out of the race and Prince Of Brooklyn also struck trouble. Bon Aurum refused to give in after a wide run and was too strong for Lizard Island. El Greco got up for third with Patch Adams running on and a strong finishing Tulsa close up. Odyssey Moon had his chance. Snoopy’s run can be forgiven, less so Prince Of Brooklyn despite his check.
Follow: Tulsa is looking for more ground.
Race 4: Danehill Stakes (1200m)
1st Kinglike – Glen Boss
2nd Raphael’s Cat – Blake Shinn
3rd Ready For Victory – Damien Oliver
Black Vanquish took up early down on the inside with Brockhoff handy and Raphael’s Cat going forward to join them. Headwater was further out with Kinglike right behind him. Somehow Ready For Victory found his way onto the fence from a middle gate and Boston Light was with him. Raphael’s Cat went straight past Black Vanquish inside the 300m and shot away, Headwater had nothing to give and Ready For Victory ran up behind the weakening leader before having to switch course. Kinglike started to chime in further out, Brockhoff inside him tried hard and behind him Puritan was having trouble getting into the clear. Raphael’s Cat was all out at the 100m and Kinglike charged alongside and went on by, Ready For Victory got out to chase too but Kinglike had the momentum and posted a strong first-up win. Raphael’s Cat just held Ready For Victory, who should have at least run second, and Puritan ran on well a couple of lengths away. Black Vanquish disappointed and of the others Reemah made late ground without threatening and Well Sprung was never in it.
Follow: Kinglike, obviously, but Ready For Victory is looking for more ground now.
Race 5: The Sofitel (1400m)
1st Disposition – Damien Oliver
2nd Akavoroun – Mark Zahra
3rd Pressing – Michael Dee
Leebaz jumped quickly to lead with Jacquinot Bay and Pressing up outside him. Disposition took a trail with Mighty Like, who knuckled over at the start, recovering on the rail. Yesterday’s Songs was trapped three wide and over raced noticeably around Akavoroun and Mister Milton. Leebaz ran a couple clear in the middle stages, stretching them out a bit, with Jacquinot Bay doing the chasing. Pressing eased out around them near the turn and Disposition followed. Mister Milton ran up behind the leading bunch and into a pocket early in the straight. Disposition sprinted quickly at the 200m and started to edge away. Pressing battles on well with Akavoroun hitting the line into second but no match for Disposition. When Mister Milton got out there was nothing there and Sir Andrew made a late dash to claim him for fourth. Zebrinz again worked home when it was all over and Yesterday’s Songs beat himself a long way out by over racing out wide. Jacquinot Bay stuck on fairly well after doing all the chasing.
Follow: Disposition is a smart one and a Toorak or Emirates would suit him. Stay with Pressing too.
Race 6: Bobbie Lewis Quality (1400m)
1st Churchill Dancer – Michael Dee
2nd Under The Louvre – Mark Zahra
3rd Gregers – Damian Lane
Under The Louvre was a shade slow out and Rich Enuff found the lead with Gregers on his outside. Sterling City held the fence and Lucky Hussler, Setinum and Churchill Dancer were all behind that leading duo. Further outRiziz while Il Cavallo was on his own near the centre of the track, tracked by Jabali. Rich Enuff was under pressure before they joined the course proper and Gregers travelled much better in taking over at the 400m. Churchill Dancer was first to set out after her and Lucky Hussler snuck up along the fence. Behind them were Amorino and Worthy Cause, Kaepernick couldn’t run on and Under The Louvre made it to the outside and started to win up at the 200m. Gregers was still in front at that point but Churchill Dancer was wearing her down and stuck his head out in the last few strides to win narrowly, though a couple more bounds and Under The Louvre nabs him. Gregers was game and Lucky Hussler a pass mark first-up. Amorino managed to get past Rich Enuff who was very plain, be wary about sticking with him, and the others had no excuses.
Follow: Under The Louvre is coming along nicely.
Race 7: Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m)
1st Fawkner – Damien Oliver
2nd Rising Romance – Damian Lane
3rd Entirely Platinum – Dwayne Dunn
Weary had no pace again and settled last. Entirely Platinum wasn’t the best out and was worse than midfield early. Volkstok’n’barrell rolled to the lead with Hi World coming over from out wide. Mongolian Khan and Rising Romance were behind them and Entirely Platinum kept improving to be up outside Hi World who took over. A couple of lengths to Fawkner getting a sweet trail around Magicool with Happy Trails behind him. Awesome Rock was three wide and Boban and Dandino were inside him with Alpine Eagle and Gust Of Wind behind them. Entirely Platinum travelled better than Hi World at the 300m, Volkstok’n’barrell went back to the fence and Mongolian Khan was a bit flat footed as Fawkner move alongside him, Rising Romance was looking for a run and Alpine Eagle was right down the outside after taking off before the turn. Fawkner joined Entirely Platinum with Happy Trails emerging to run on, Rising Romance finally got through and Boban likewise, while Alpine Eagle kept coming wider out. A very bunched finish with Fawkner just doing enough to stave off Rising Romance and a gallant Entirely Platinum just held third from Boban, Happy Trails and Alpine Eagle. Mongolian Khan was an even return and Gust Of Wind caught the eye getting through late, Dandino didn’t have much luck either. The disappointment was Volkstok’n’barrell though he was tightened a bit and not pushed out late. Perhaps forgive and assess him next time.
Follow: none in particular but just about all of them ran well.
Race 8: Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m)
1st Amicus – Craig Newitt
2nd Precious Gem – Chris Parnham
3rd May’s Dream – John Allen
Madam Gangster bombed the start badly with the rider almost losing an iron. Platinum Rocker jumped well and Noble Protector kicked up on the inside but didn’t want the lead. Tawteen improved wider out to take over soon after.Vezalay found plenty of cover this time around Fenway with Miss Rose De Lago and Cosmic Endeavour wider out in that group. May’s Dream and Niminypiminy were around midfield. Tawteen had them chasing a long way from home and Platinum Rocker stayed with her. Noble Protector and Vezalay were camped behind them coming to the turn. As the runs came Noble Protector was left looking for a run and no chance of getting clear but she didn’t look to be picking up either as the leaders got away from her. Tawteen was joined by Vezalay at the 250m with Platinum Rocker between them, Miss Rose De Lago chiming in with Cosmic Endeavour and May’s Dream squeezing through. Wider out Precious Gem and Amicus were winding up. In a very tight finish, Amicus ambushed them late to score with nothing between Precious Gem, May’s Dream and Miss Rose De Lago with Cosmic Endeavour and Vezalay beaten less than half a length. They got away from the rest. Noble Protector was a big flop, she gave nothing. Whether she was outsprinted it’s not so clear but she is much better than that.
Follow: Cosmic Endeavour is just about ready to win now.
Race 9: Spring Is The Season Handicap (1700m)
1st Iggimacool – Glen Boss
2nd He Or She – Chris Parnham
3rd Garud – Ryan Maloney
Don Doremo and Garud found the top fairly easily ahead of Taiyoo trapped wide around Bondeiger and Escado. Set Square was also caught wide with Iggimacool and Mutual Regard on the fence, He Or She had the trail behind Set Square. Taiyoo whipped up to hit the lead and he kept running, opening up about three clear of Don Doremo midrace. Garud settled well in third. Taiyoo was being collared everywhere by the 400m as Don Doremo grabbed him and Iggimacool switched back to the inside to save ground. Garud was still there, Bondeiger couldn’t sprint and neither could Escado. He Or She was the one coming out of the pack to chase the leaders and went straight past Set Square. Iggimacool took the lead inside the 300m and sprinted clear. He Or She looked a danger at the clock tower but his run ended as he got to about a length off Iggimacool who finally broke through. Much better run from He Or She and he can pick up a race in the right grade. Garud stayed on well for third with Extra Zero getting through the field next. Set Square came again after looking beaten and De Little Engine snuck along the fence in a handy first-up run.
Follow: stay with Set Square.
Specials from the meeting: Tulsa, Disposition, Under The Louvre, Cosmic Endeavour.

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Herne’s Oak – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Dance Of Heroes – Tye Angland 3rd Karigara – Tommy Berry

Herne’s Oak popped out of the gates first in the opening event, but when they settled it was Karigara in front from Marenostro, and they settled a couple in front of Herne’s Oak and Rio Perdido. Mid race Slivovitz was up three wide moving forward into third spot, and before the 600m mark Dance Of Heroes was off four deep to get closer. Around the turn, Marenstro was up to tackle Karigara, with Herne’s Oak coming off the fence to challenge and Dance Of Heroes was on the scene and trying to hold Herne’s Oak in. In the final part of the race, Herne’s Oak did a really good job to dig in and get the bob over Dance Of Heroes. Karigara help onto third from the fast finishing Piamimi.

Follow: Herne’s Oak, Piamimi

Race 2

1st Silverball – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Maurus – Jason Collett 3rd Foundry – James McDonald

Race 2 was over the 2000m and Skyline Blush found a clear lead early on until King Kinshasa strode up and around it to the front. There was a break of about three lengths to Kingdoms and the favourite Silverball was in fourth on the outside of Foundry. The pace looked pretty moderate mid race and there was no change in the order. Before the turn, Skyline Blush moved closer to the leader, and after they came into the straight, Silverball was hooked wide to come with its run. King Kinshasa had a kick in the straight and held the lead up to the 100m mark, but Silverball thereafter hit the line very nicely and came away to beat Maurus who finished well and Foundry back over on the fence from the tiring King Kinshasa.

Follow: Silverball

Race 3

1st Something Secret – Kathy O’Hara 2nd Sweet Fire – Tye Angland 3rd Muy Bien – Tommy Berry

When they got going in race three, Rockolicious had any amount of speed and crossed to lead, but then Danish Twist took up the running with Passion Flower as Rockolicious took the sit in behind them. Muy Bien had a nice run in the one out and one back trail. Around the turn and into the straight, Rockolicious pushed off the fence to challenge the two leaders and Something Sweet came with its run down the outside. Inside the furlong, Something Secret ran to the front, and it was the charge of the light brigade coming after it, however Something Secret kept finding and held on to win from a blanket finish where Sweet Fire got second and Muy Bien ran third. Given Sweet Fire came from well back and wide, it was a pretty fair effort to finish second.

Follow: Sweet Fire

Race 4

1st Good Project – James McDonald 2nd Inz’n’Out – Josh Parr 3rd Music Magnate – Brenton Avdulla

It was a good line out in race four with four horses all challenging for early supremacy. They looked to go like last weeks pay early on with Princefamous burning along the inside to lead from Slate On Edge and Havana out three wide. Inz’n’Out and Good Project got nice runs behind the speed. Around the bend for home Princefamous still had the front with Good Project coming off its back to challenge. Inz’n’Out was also coming with its run and Music Magnate was widest coming on from the back. Inside the furlong, Good Project and Inz’n’Out had come away from Music Magnate to fight it out and Good Project took advantage of a cushy run throughout to show good fight to hold off Inz’n’Out for the victory. Sultry Feeling got going late to finish in fourth spot and is worth following.

Follow: Sultry Feeling

Race 5

1st Catkins – James McDonald 2nd Echo Gal – Tim Clark 3rd Bounding – Brenton Avdulla

Echo Gal was the first to show out in race five, and Bounding who was sent out and odds on favourite was poking through along its inside and Fine Mist up on the outside. Echo Gal and Fine mist cleared out in front with Bounding taking the sit outside of Peeping. Around the bend, Echo Gal showed a good kick and not long after, those who backed Bounding were reaching for the roseary beads as Catkins came with a big run and went straight past it. Catkins got to Echo Gal at the 50m mark and came away on the line for a very nice victory. Bounding held onto third in what was a very disappointing effort. Slightly Sweet finished its race off well to nearly knock the favourite out of a place. Peeping dropped right out to run last, and you would have to question injury.

Follow: Catkins

Race 6

1st Exosphere – James McDonald 2nd Speak Fondly – Brett Prebble 3rd Sebring Sun – Jim Cassidy

The Golden Rose was race six on the card and Speak Fondly led them up from Holler, with Press Statement in third, but staying away from the fence and holding Let’s Make It Rain wide. Exosphere too advantage of Press Statement being off the fence and drove through into a prominent spot. The field was packed up mid race and the pace didn’t look strong. On the point of the home turn and early in the straight Tye Angland on Press Statement appeared to be outridden by James McDonald on Exosphere as the gap opened for Exosphere and Press Statment was in bother looking for a run. Thereafter, Exosphere claimed Speak Fondly and raced away for an impressive victory. Sebring Sun finished off well enough for third. I am inclined to forgive Press Statement as nothing went right for him from the point of the turn onwards.

Follow: Exosphere

Race 7

1st Winx – James McDonald 2nd Sons Of John – Jeff Penza 3rd Ninth Legion – Tye Angland

It has to be said up front that the win of the day clearly came in race seven from Winx, and it doesn’t take me to tell you that. For the record, Strawberry Boy led them up from Decision Time. Mesene, Ninth Legion and Vashka all got nice runs behind the speed, and Winx was back at the rear, where she remained until well into the straight. Strawberry Boy was kicking in front with a furlong to go as Ninth Legion struggled to get on terms. Winx was giving them about eight lengths turning into the straight and still about five or six lengths with 200m to run. Thereafter she let rip with a boomer of a run and got up to nab them in the shadows of the post. She’s clearly a very good racehorse and it will be interesting to see how far she can go this campaign. It has to also be noted that the roughie, Sons Of John ran a very good race in second spot, and can win an easier race.

Follow: Winx, Sons Of John

Race 8

1st God’s In Him – Tommy Berry 2nd Nevagotavote – Samantha Clenton 3rd Berrimilla James – McDonald

To the last and it was Nevagotavote who ran to the front from God’s In Him who crossed from out wide. Song And Laughter got a nice run on the fence behind the speed with Paederos outside of it. Nancy was sent out favourite and was in about fifth spot but three wide with no hope of getting in. Into the straight, Nevagotavote had the lead and was off the fence with Song And Laughter looking to come through and God’s In Him traveling up nicely on the outside. The rest looked to be under a fair bit of pressure. God’s In Him was let go at the furlong pole and looked set for victory, but Nevagotavote made him work for it. When they hit the line there was about a head margin in favour of God’s In Him. Berrimilla and Holy Delusions ran their usual honest race in third and fourth spots respectively. Nancy gets a pass mark for its run here after being trapped wide.

Follow: Nancy

Specials from the meeting: Silverball, Sweet Fire