Flemington review from Rick Williams
Race 2.     1400M    Westfield Doncaster Stakes COLLAR      NICHOLAS HALL       1st     $5F FIRST COURSE     MICHELLE PAYNE  2nd     $31 HELL’S KITCHEN     JAMES WINKS       3rd     $41The Hickmott runner Collar was able to race handy here throughout and kick away strongly to win in the straight. He looks to be a very promising type and the stable have a high opinion of him. He won really well on debut and was then too far back the start prior. First Course worked hard early and crossed to lead and she just kept kicking all of the way up the straight on the fence. She has a win in her very soon looking at that run. Thought the rest were ok but nothing really stood out. Worth noting: The winner won the same race as Haradasun/Elvstroem on debut at Swan Hill. He looks the goods Collar, follow him. Race 3.     2500M    The Bart Cummings  MOURAYAN     HUGH BOWMAN     1st     $6.50 NIWOT                   DEAN YENDALL     2nd     $3.80F SHOWCAUSE     LUKE NOLEN     3rd     $31 Mourayan had been running pretty well in Sydney without winning and he was certainly on his game here. Bowman rode him a treat and the Hickmott trained stayer extended his record to three wins from 25 starts. When they came around the turn it did look for a while that they may catch him but he relished the 2500m, dug deep and kicked away to win really well. Niwot looked to have a pretty easy run and he was unable to really find and Black And Bent was very one paced. Swooper is ticking along nicely and she loves Flemington. Worth noting: Best I’ve seen Mourayan go and he may well go on with it. Race 4.     1400M    Blazer Stakes  LADY LYNETTE     NICHOLAS HALL     1st     $8 BOOKLET     DWAYNE DUNN     2nd     $11 DYSPHONIA     MARK ZAHRA     3rd     $31 The Stock Stakes form stood up again here and this time it was Lady Lynette who saluted. It was a gun ride by Nick Hall who did an excellent job from a wide gate and was able to camp her in the box seat. At about the 200m she finally gained control and kicked away to register another really good win. Booklet is going really well and she ran on really well as did Dysphonia who had been poor first up. I’m Discreet was super on pace, she worked early and kept trying and is close to another win. Worth noting: Parables is now a confirmed money guzzler. Race 5.     1600M    Tabcorp Edward Manifold Stakes  MOSHEEN     DANNY NIKOLIC      1st     $5 BLISS STREET     STEVEN ARNOLD  2nd     $5.50 CELEBRITY GIRL     MICHAEL RODD      3rd     $2.50F Blinkers went onto Mosheen here and they worked a treat. After they jumped and settled Mosheen ended up sitting outside the leader throughout. It was very evident once they rounded the turn that she was travelling really well and then by the 200m she really put in and put the race beyond doubt. It was an excellent win. Celebrity Girl and Bliss Street had good runs in the box seat but they were unable to come off the fair tempo to catch the winner. Celebrity Girl looked a little one paced and flat and I thought Bliss Street ran really well as she prefers it to be rock hard which it wasn’t here. Worth noting: Fitness and the blinkers really helped Mosheen today. Atlantic Jewel still the one to beat but of the Victorian challengers Mosheen next best. Race 6.     1200M    Gilgai Stakes TEMPLE OF BOOM   JAMES MCDONALD     1st     $11 SISTINE ANGEL          MICHELLE PAYNE     2nd     $31 RESPONSE          DWAYNE DUNN     3rd     $8.50 Big win here by Temple Of Boom. He is a Flemington straight specialist and loves the sting out of the ground and he was gifted both. He wasn’t gifted the win though as he was stuck behind a wall of horses and at one stage in the concluding stages he wasn’t visible on the TV and then he made up a stack of ground late. Curtana was brave and she got nailed on the line late to hold on for fourth. She is ticking over well and looking for mares grade at set weights. Sistine Angel and Response worked home well but were no match for the fast finishing winner. Worth noting: Varenna Miss can be forgiven, she needed the run. Race 7.     2000M    Turnbull Stakes DECEMBER DRAW     MICHAEL RODD                  1st     $2.15F GLASS HARMONIUM     KERRIN MCEVOY     2nd     $8 PLAYING GOD                   STEVEN PARNHAM     3rd     $16 December Draw was hammered in the betting and he started well under the odds but was still able to win. Rodd was able to settle him just in behind the speed and when it was time to go in the straight he cornered, balanced up and let down really well. Unlike his other runs he really needed to dig deep here and he was able to just get the better of Glass Harmonium. Glass Harmonium had a gear change and I thought his run was excellent. He carried 1kg more than the winner and I love the way he can roll along at a good clip and keep going. He will more than likely head straight to the Cox Plate and I think that he is a great each way hope. Playing God continued to tick along and he hit the line well for third. I don’t think he has been as forward fitness wise as some of the others and we expect he will be right at his peak when it counts over the next month or so. Southern Speed had a good run and did well for fourth but she couldn’t recapture her form from last start. Plenty of other stories here and some poor runs. Worth noting: December Draw now looks a moral in the Caulfield Cup if he can run the 2400m. Only danger may well be Americain. Race 8.     1800M    UCI Stakes  ISOPACH         DANNY NIKOLIC     1st     $12 EAGLE COMMAND     DEAN YENDALL     2nd     $51 COSTLY COMMITMENT     CRAIG NEWITT     3rd     $4.40F Ispoach certainly appreciated the step from 1400m to 1800m and handled the quick back up without issue. He was given a lovely ride by Nikolic and showed a good dash when it mattered. Looks a promising type and they will push on to the Derby I think. Eagle Command showed good improvement to run home for second at big odds. Costly Commitment found himself just a bit far back here and his effort was really good. Newitt wound him up for a long sustained effort and he hit the line well and will stay. Worth noting: Trump lost momentum when he hit the fence at the turn. Look for him back to a mile. Follow: Trump, Glass Harmonium, I’m Discreet (mares grade), Curtana (mares grade)
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Randwick Review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Epsom Day at Royal Randwick didn’t disappoint in terms of quality racing.Overall as we have been seeing in Sydney of late, the class runners came to the fore, with very little in terms of surprises. The first two races were for unraced two-year-olds, and I won’t get involved in betting on two-year-olds until the new year. In the Roman Consul for three-year-olds, Foxwedge got the job done in tradesman like fashion, although he seemed to want to switch off a bit in the straight.Masthead found the line very well and a win is in store shortly for him. The Craven Plate was always going to be at the mercy of My Kingdom Of Fife,and it was a very confident ride by Rawiller. It was pleasing here to see Shootoff return to form and beat the others comprehensively. Placed in a race just short of the top liners he can win one soon. The Spring Champion Stakes was a disappointment to those who supported the short priced favourite Strike The Stars and looking at the run I think he will now benefit from a spell and still win good races next prep. Doctor Doom led them a merry dance in front and got away with it following a lovely ride. I thought the run of Darci Be Good was the best run of the race and it is a horse to follow. Secret Admirer got the cash in the Epsom and proving she certainly is one of the best going around at the moment. Sincero was disappointing on face value but he can turn in an ordinary one from time to time as he did before the Stradbroke. Don’t give up on him yet, he is still a Cox Plate chance. Pinker Pinker will be very hard to beat if she lines up in something against mares only in Melbourne, I am not sure she is a Cox Plate horse though as is being talked about. The three-year-old fillies went around in the Furious and what a win by Streama. She clearly has the wood on these horses and went even better ridden with a sit than she has been in front. I thought the run of Dowager Queen was quite good and she will win a race in Australia in the not too distant future. The Metropolitan went the way of The Verminator and he probably deserved the win as he has been consistent. The stable is talking bigger races but in my opinion this might be about his limit. I have the same opinion of Hawk Island who is also being talked up for better races. The fall nearing the home turn upset the field somewhat and one of the unluckier runners out of this was Lamasery who did very well to pick itself up and still run third and is the horse to follow in my opinion. Specials from the meeting: Masthead Shootoff Darci Be Good Dowager Queen Lamasery