Flemington review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)

1st Kermadec – Blake Shinn 2nd Stratum Star – Brad Rawiller 3rd Manhattan Avenue – Craig Newitt

Justaway and Careless were eased at the start while Kermadec bounced quickly. He was taken hold of as Our Vespa booted up on the fence and Burning Passion came across. Manhattan Avenue found a good spot whileStratum Star was exposed three wide. Tahni Dancer between those and Kapset and Hi World were next. Azkadellia settled last. Our Vespa ran along in front but they were reeling him in by the 600m. Stratum Star strode up deep on the turn and hit the lead a long way from home. Kermadec waited just behind him and Manhattan Avenue was also looking for runs. Kapset loomed up momentarily with Hi World and Azkadellia got into the clear 300m out but didn’t run on. Stratum Star held a length break on Kermadec with a furlong left but the tougher run began to tell and Kermadec reeled him in late to score narrowly. They beat Manhattan Avenue by a few lengths with Hi World next and Careless getting home when it was all over with Tahni Dancer. Akzadellia was set a task but she didn’t do much. The winner is a promising horse, the runner-up is tough and consistent.

Follow: Stratum Star if he goes to Sandown Guineas.

Race 2: Wakeful Stakes (2000m)

1st Thunder Lady – Blake Shinn 2nd Abduction – Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Fenway – Damien Oliver

Veuvelicious was on the of the best out with Muscovado, Savage Coup and Fontein Ruby coming across from the outside. Yesterjoy improved to midfield around Abduction who landed in a good spot. Candelara next then a couple of lengths to Fenway and Hipster Girl. Fontein Ruby rolled to the front eventually and passing the 1000m Yesterjoy moved into second around Veuvelicious and Abduction found herself one out, one back. Hipster Girl was flushed out three wide and Fenway got off the fence and into midfield. Abduction moved ominously to the leaders past the 600m to avoid being pocketed by Hipster Girl and she travelled strongly. Fontein Ruby was still there as usual but was under pressure soon after straightening. Yesterjoy claimed her but Abduction went for home at the 300m. Thunder Lady came off her back to throw out a challenge. Abduction looked to be holding Thunder Lady momentarily but by the 50m Thunder Lady gained the upper hand and had just over half a length to spare. Every chance Abduction, though she may have had to go a shade early. Fenway closed late to grab third from a much improved Golconda. They got away from Yesterjoy and Fontein Ruby (forgive her).

Follow: not sure the Oaks winner is in this race.

Race 3: Yellowglen Stakes (1400m)

1st Hucklebuck – Dominic Tourneur 2nd Alma’s Fury – Michael Rodd 3rd Generalife – Kerrin McEvoy

Limes showed his usual gate speed to lead them though there was a bit of competition early. Hucklebuck jumped fairly but rushed through to be in a group on the pace with Alma’s Fury on the fence and Turquoise King out wider.Generalife eased in just behind them. Mecir was stuck three deep as Taddei Tondo kicked up on the inside of Pornichet, who didn’t settle for quite a while. A good gap to Woodbine, Smokin’ Joey and Velrosso. Limes didn’t have much left when he went for home at the 400m, Turquoise King got to him but just battled. Hucklbuck swept on them quickly as Alma’s Fury went looking to get off the inside. Generalife had to push Mecir out of the way to get clear and Pornichet was held up. Hucklebuck established a lead of about a length and held it to the line over Alma’s Fury who nosed out Generalife and the fast-finishing Pornichet. Turquoise King stuck on okay next and Woodbine hit the line well without ever looking a chance. Right race, right time for the winner who was too strong.

Follow: Pornichet produced an excellent Australian debut.

Race 4: Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)

1st Brazen Beau – Joao Moriera 2nd Delectation – Damien Oliver 3rd Kuro – Blake Shinn

Time For War stumbled as the gates opened but it was otherwise a good line. Rubick, Earthquake, Nostradamus and Inkling all stayed towards the inside rail while the rest of the field headed grandstand side. Eloping led them up with Time For War recovering to be on the speed. Scissor Kick was closest to the inside of the ground and Rich Enuff had some cover. Armada followed the leader and Brazen Beau had his back. Husson Eagle was in that bunch while Kuro was nearer the tail. On the inside Earthquake put paid to Rubick at the 300m while the other two near the rails were beaten off. Out wide Brazen Beau sprinted quickly to take over from Eloping while Rich Enuff couldn’t match them. Delectation was weaving through the field from the back and Kuro started to wind up. Brazen Beau put the race away by the 200m and held his stablemate Delectation at bay with Kuro just dying on the run a little late. Armada battled on pretty well to snatch fourth from a very brave Eloping, who did all the work up front, Husson Eagle and Rich Enuff. Earthquake wasn’t disgraced but the barrier draw robbed her of any chance. The winner is a handy colt who was aided by the barrier and a smother, runner-up is limited and ran out of his skin while Kuro is in great form and he ran to his best. Of the others Armada isn’t a Group 1 1200m horse but there’s a win in him, Eloping is very smart and her run was enormous. Forgive those that drew the inside.

Follow: short term Armada in lesser grade; long term Eloping.

Race 5: Lexus Stakes (2500m)

1st Signoff – Joao Moriera 2nd Big Memory – Corey Brown 3rd La Amistad – Dwayne Dunn

Let’s Make Adeal was slowly out and Like A Carousel settled back. Shoreham jumped well and went looking for the lead in a line of four out of the straight with Big Memory, Thunderbird One and Signoff all up there. Caravan Rolls On and La Amistad were in behind them. The field strung out a bit as they sorted out the lead and Thunderbird One took it up from Shoreham. Big Memory took the box seat and Signoff followed. Caravan Rolls On was followed by Like A Carousel who improved past La Amistad and worked his way to fourth midrace. Shoreham put the pressure on a long way out and went for home on the turn. Big Memory had his back as Thunderbird One dropped off. Signoff loomed strongly as the field bunched up. Like A Carousel was held up, Caravan Rolls On and La Amistad tried to make their runs together and the widest was More Than Sacred. Signoff hit the front 300m out and Big Memory was trying to match him. La Amistad ran to third and Let’s Make Adeal and Wish Come True were in the mix. Signoff burst away in the closing stages and did it pretty easily from Big Memory. La Amistad was brave running third. Wish Come True every chance and Let’s Make Adeal seems destined never to make the Cup. Shoreham was ridden upside down.

Follow: Signoff has an each-way chance in the Melbourne Cup.

Race 6: Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)

1st Happy Trails – Damien Oliver 2nd He’s Your Man – Joao Moriera 3rd Farraaj – Andrea Azteni

Hawkspur broke quickly and was among the leaders early with Brambles and Mourinho coming over from out wide. Criterion held his place on the fence and Amralah and Star Rolling were handy. Farraaj was three wide behind them around He’s Your Man and Costume. Brambles and Mourinho eventually got across ahead of Star Rolling and Amralah and that left Farraaj stuck deep so he pressed on. Hawkspur and Criterion wound up midfield. He’s Your Man ended up three wide with some cover outside Rising Romance and Costume. Farraaj kept creeping forward out wide and he moved alongside the leaders before the turn and took over with Mourinho. That pair had a bump at the 400m before Farraaj got the better of him. Criterion and He’s Your Man were running on and out wider Happy Trails started to emerge as well. Rising Romance hot underneath those horses but couldn’t match them and Brambles was one paced. He’s Your Man and Happy Trails joined Farraaj inside the 200m, but the import refused to give in, and that trio broke away with Happy Trails getting his head down on the line to nose out He’s Your Man and the gallant Farraaj was right with them. Spillway charged home from the back to grab fourth then Criterion and Rising Romance. No excuses for anything else behind them. Amralah is yet another highly touted horse to come here and fail for Team Williams.

Follow: most of these will go to the paddock.

Race 7: Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m)

1st Preferment – Damien Oliver 2nd Bondeiger – James Winks 3rd Nozomi – Dwayne Dunn

Hampton Court copped a bump out of the gates and he went forward with Royal Standing and Firehouse Rock. The Mighty Jrod also pressed on and Prentice held the fence. Nozomi and Magicool were next followed byGouldian and Bondeiger, Preferment was three wide early on behind those. Royal Standing loped along in front from Hampton Court in the clear. Prentice and The Mighty Jrod enjoyed nice runs as did Nozomi three back on the fence. Not a lot of change until they started to bunch up about 700m out. Hampton Court was being niggled at but moved alongside Royal Standing on the turn. Nozomi worked into the clear and Magicool made a run out wider. Preferment started to work home down the outside and Bondeiger made his run at the same time. Hampton Court was gone at the 300m and Nozomi hit the lead from Magicool, Firehouse Rock weakened and Bondeiger and Preferment were hitting top gear down the centre. Light Up Manhattan worked his way through the pack and was running on behind those. Preferment rolled in a bit in the last 100m or so but just had enough in hand to down Bondeiger, and break his maiden in the Derby, with Nozomi a game third and Light Up Manhattan just missing him in a photo. Magicool was next then a gap to the rest headed by San Padre, Gouldian and Hampton Court. He was possibly ridden too close but didn’t stay.

Follow: always wary of the Victoria Derby form going forward so we’ll just wait and see.

Race 8: Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m)

1st Bonaria – Michael Rodd 2nd Sweet Idea – Tommy Berry 3rd Catkins – Damien Oliver

Sweet Idea jumped well but didn’t contest the lead. You’re So Good scooted over from out wide to lead and Girl Guide got across with her. Forever Loved also gained a cart across to land third ahead of Sweet Idea and Catkins.May’s Dream was stuck out wide with Viadana and Solicit was in that bunch with Diamond Drille on the rail. You’re So Good and Girl Guide broke away from the pack well before the turn with Forever Loved under pressure to chase. Sweet Idea also looked in trouble and Catkins was in the clear. Out wider May’s Dream and Estonian Princess were trying to run on, Solicit looked for gap through and had to come back towards the inside, Neena Rockhugged the rail and had her chance. At the 200m they were spread across the track like a straight race and Girl Guide hit the front with Solicit, Sweet Idea and Catkins trying hard. Politeness got into the clear out wide and Bonarialaunched from the back. While that happened Estonian Princess was checked. Bonaria picked them up out wide and proved too good. Sweet Idea was gone 400m out but kept coming to snatch second from Catkins and Solicit. A bunch of them were close up including Estonian Princess, who was unlucky, and a very brave Girl Guide. Politeness was fair, May’s Dream raced a little wide but didn’t run on.

Follow: Estonian Princess has only had four runs back and there might be a race for her.

Race 9: tab.com.au Stakes (1200m)

1st Deep Field – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Driefontein – Vlad Duric 3rd In Cahoots – Damien Oliver

Bel Sprinter was back to his old habits and missed it by a few lengths. Deep Field drew the outside and stayed right up near the grandstand rail while the rest were closer to the centre of the track led by That’s A Good Idea andAdamantium. A Time For Julia was closest to the inside and Driefontein followed the leaders. Big Money tried to improve on the rail ride as well. In Cahoots was being held up trying to get to the outside. Deep Field looked to be in trouble passing the 300m though he hadn’t be asked for the big effort. Driefontein on his inside and In Cahoots on his outside were challenging. That trio broke away and were being chased by Charlie Boy who started to pick up from the back. Adamantium dropped off quickly. Deep Field dug deep in the closing stages and held Driefontein at bay to win and In Cahoots ran his usual honest race to get into the placings, especially considering he was vetted before the start. Charlie Boy wasn’t far away and they were a minute in front of the rest headed by Nearest To Pin and Bel Sprinter. Winner was too good but not dominant.

Follow: Driefontein was a super effort and in the right race she could break through.

Specials from the meeting: Stratum Star, Pornichet, Armada, Estonian Princess.

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Rosehill review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Single Gaze Kathy O’Hara 2nd Zulu Royal Adam Hyeronimus 3rd Counterattack Josh Parr

Exosphere was sent out a short priced favourite and did some work early before crossing over to lead clearly from Brooklyn and Counterattack. The field was well spread out and as they came up towards the turn Exosphere led by three or four lengths. He still had a margin inside the 300m mark but by the time they got to the 200m, if you were on the favourite you were in trouble. Counterattack was making a bid for victory out wide as was Zulu Royal along the fence. In the closing stages however it was Single Gaze at big odds that finished brilliantly to get up and win it running away from them on the line. On face value, all credit goes to the winner here who gave them a start and a beating. Exosphere was very disappointing indeed.

Follow: None to follow

Race 2

1st Mohave Winona Costin 2nd Confederate Thomas Huet 3rd Rhodin Drive Glyn Schofield

Confederate and Mohave led the second at what looked like a fairly slow pace early on. Mohave kicked through to make sure Confederate didn’t get it all its own way and they put about a six length gap on Tiger By The Tale who was in third. In the straight, it was still a two horse race, with Mohave finding more than Confederate to get away inside the final 200m, and go to the line a pretty handsome winner by three or four lengths. Hard to say much about this race, other than to say that it seemed the jockeys on the two that were not leading didn’t really give themselves a chance of winning in the run.

Follow: Mohave

Race 3

1st Our Boy Malachi Jay Ford 2nd Zaratone Brodie Loy 3rd Agent Taylor Marshall

Scream Machine was slow out in the third and went back to last. Zaratone on the other hand showed all its usual pace to lead them up, with Our Boy Malachi taking the sit behind it and Agent working up to sit behind it in third. Scream Machine railed through into fourth after its poor beginning. Before they turned for home, you were on pretty good terms with yourself if you backed Our Boy Malachi as it was under a grip and coming off the fence to be ready to challenge. Agent was pushed along a bit behind it. Up to the 300m mark, Our Boy Malachi was bolting and it looked like it could be a space job. To the credit of Zaratone it fought on and kept the margin respectable, but Our Boy Malachi is winner, and that’s exactly what he did here. There was a big gap back to Agent who held third.

Follow: Zaratone

Race 4

1st Best Case Josh Parr 2nd Malice Sam Clipperton 3rd Lucky Chappy Glyn Schofield

1800m for the fourth. Campanology was slow to begin. The favourite Best Case came out well. Up to the first turn it was Lucky Chappy who came across from out wide to lead from Equator and Malice, with Midsummer Sun settling in fourth. Through the middle stages, Lucky Chappy had a handy lead and the order remained the same. Up towards the 600m mark, Equator closed the gap that Lucky Chappy had, and the rest of the field started to pack up a bit behind them. Lucky Chappy was sprinting as they turned for home and found about a length. Up to the 300m mark, Lucky Chappy still had it, with Malice coming through in the middle and Best Case winding up down the outside. Malice and Best Case paired off to fight it out, with Best Case going home best out wide to get the win. Campanology did a good job to run on late after missing the start, and is a chance of picking up a race like this.

Follow: Campanology

Race 5

1st Holy Delusions Glyn Schofield 2nd Exceleine Winona Costin 3rd Chatham House Taylor Marshall

Holy Delusions and Reply Churlish were slow to jump in the fifth event. Exceleine was the best to begin but took a while to work across to the lead as Just A Girl and Chatham House kicked up inside it. Those two eventually took a sit and it was Exceleine about a length clear as they ran to the 600m mark. At about that point, Commanding Wit back in the field was checked off the heels of a runner in front of it. Exceleine was in front and traveling ok at the 300m mark, with Chatham House trying to come after it and managed to level up just inside the 200m mark. In the run to the line it was Holy Delusions who came right through along the Dulux to get the money, in what was not a bad effort after being slow out. Mamwaazel was the interesting runner here who basically went to the line hard held in behind the first three. Not sure she would have won, but didn’t get a crack at them all the same. Commanding Wit would be the other to forget from this race following the incident at the 600m mark. He finished off ok in the last bit.

Follow: Mamwaazel, Commanding Wit

Race 6

1st Frespanol Thomas Huet 2nd Timeless Prince Brodie Loy 3rd All Cerise Glyn Schofield

She’s A Girl led them up in race 6 from Hunter Jack. Duke Albert and Frespanol were just off the speed in third and fourth, with Frespanol appearing to be three wide. She’s A girl kept the foot on the accelerator up to the 600m mark and had two to three lengths over Hunter Jack who was pushed along and then there was another break of three or four to Duke Albert and Frespanol. Up to the 300m mark, Frespanol let down very nicely and struck the front with All Cerise trying to come out after it. Soon after, Timeless Prince also came with a strong run down the outside. In the run to the line Frespanol had enough in the locker to hold on. The first two home here should be followed. Slivovitz also finished its race off nicely from last and under the persuader on the turn, to finish up in fourth.

Follow: Frespanol, Timeless Prince

Race 7

1st Hera Taylor Marshall 2nd Fine Bubbles Jason Collett 3rd Rare Fragrance Winona Costin

A pretty good line out in race 7, with Hera initially asked to lead before Faust and Rare Fragrance put some pressure on. Rare Fragrance crossed to the lead from out wide, and settled in front of Faust and Hera. Fine Bubbles was getting a nice trail in the out and and one back spot. Rare Fragrance still had the front as they turned for home, and into the straight looked to travel ok. Costin on Rare Fragrance had to ask it for an effort at the 300m mark as Hera and Fine Bubbles were throwing out challenges. Those two found the front inside the furlong post, and it looked as if Fine Bubbles was set for victory, however in the concluding stages, Hera would not be denied and fought off Fine Bubbles to claim victory. Rare Fragrance held onto third, with Said Com and Gangster’s Choice finishing off down the outside for fourth and fifth.

Follow: Hera

Race 8

1st Shiraz Shaun Guymer 2nd Inside Job Brodie Loy 3rd Encostanati Jason Collett

Eye Striker seemed to begin with them but then went back to last in the last. Sweet Serendipity was very quick to begin and led from Senta De Noche who ran up out wide to join the leader. Charge Account and Kudero settled in third and fourth and the pace looked ok. Sweet Serendipity had it clearly as they turned for home and was about four horses off the fence. Sweet Serendipity still had it inside the furlong pole, but they were coming from all directions. Inside Job was coming on the outside, Shiraz was coming through on the inside, and behind those, Encostanati was finishing off nicely out wide. In the run to the line, Shiraz finished best and held Inside Job by about three quarters of a length. Encostanati ran third from the fast finishing Tumult, who might be ready to win one now.

Follow: Tumult

Specials from the meeting: Frespanol, Timeless Prince