Hi Gents Into it nice and early today so I can settle in for the Flemington meeting and then the Broncos victory later on today! Great day of racing yesterday, review below. Race 1
1st Capitalist – Blake Shinn
2nd Detective – Hugh Bowman
3rd Prized Icon – Tye Angland
The first two-year-olds of the season got us underway on Epsom day 2015. Cohesion got running from out wide and looked to cross but Samadoubt kicked through to lead and One Strike was up outside of it. Cohesion had to ease and wanted to fight the jockey. Caprera had a nice run back on the fence behind the speed and the short priced favourite Capitalist was back behind them with Detective. Once they spun the bend and topped the rise, Capitalist was let loose on the outside and Detective took the run in the middle. Thereafter it was a one act affair as Capitalist looked super smart going away for an easy win without much pressure being applied. Detective did a good job in second as did Prized Icon to run into third. Cohesion didn’t have a lot go it’s way and could be forgiven.
Follow: Capitalist was super impressive Race 2 1st Calliope – James McDonald 2nd Jeannuea – Blake Shinn 3rd Slumber Party Tommy Berry The baby girls and their go in the second event and Calliope was sent out short in this race and supporters were worried early when she missed the kick clearly. Candela had any amount of pace from out wide and crossed to lead. Rather Sweet and Angharad were in second and third. As they approached the turn Calliope was still well back and being hooked to the outside. Candela topped the rise in front and was then asked for the effort. Favourite backers went for the whip as Calliope started to make ground big time. She hit the lead with a bit more than 100m to go and came away for an easy victory. You have to admire the effort for an inexperienced two-year-old to miss the kick and still find the line in this manner. Jeanneau also did a good job in second after not having the clearest running in the straight. I note that the win of Capitalist in the first was much quicker from an overall and last 600m point of view. Follow: Jeannuea Race 3 1st Ambience – James McDonald 2nd Wudang Mountain – Hugh Bowman 3rd Land’s End – Brenton Avdulla They raced over the mile in race three with Cracklin’ Rosie running to the front from Wudang Mountain. Land’s End settled third from More Than Fabulous who was over on the inside. Mid race the pace didn’t look strong and there was no change in the order. They ran the bend without anything making a run, although Land’s End was pulled three wide and Ambience was coming around its heals. At the fulong Ambience looked to be the one you wanted to be on as it joined the leaders with no pressure applied whereas the others were asked for some effort. Thereafter James McDonald gunned Ambience and it raced away for a nice win. Horses with a turn of foot like this generally go places so stick with her. Follow: Ambience Race 4 1st Exosphere – James McDonald 2nd Zoutenant – Blake Shinn 3rd Japonisme – Hugh Bowman Japonisme was drawn wide and raced across to lead them up in the Roman Consul. The Queenslanders Le Chef and Wicked Intent raced in second and third. The long odds on favourite Exosphere went right back to second last. Into the straight and heading up the rise Japonisme had a big lead and looked to be doing it ok. Plenty of them were under pressure, but Exosphere was pulled to the outside and was making ground of his own accord. They got up the rise and then James McDonald asked him for the effort and it was lovely to watch him stretch out and make the rest look second rate. Zoutenant claimed Japonisme for second who may have raced a bit fresh today but was much improved on its flat effort last time. The winner is clearly high class and going places. Follow: Exosphere a future champion? Race 5 1st Terravista – Hugh Bowman 2nd Rebel Dane – Brenton Avdulla 3rd That’s A Good Idea – Glyn Schofield There was plenty of pace early on in The Premier Stakes as you would expect. Tiger Tees had it momentarily before That’s A Good Idea ran to the front. Hot Snitzel kicked up along the inside with Tiger Tees staying one off the fence. The favourite Terravista was content to get well back. Generalife had a wide run. As they topped the rise, the orange colours of Terravista were slicing through and he hit the front at the furlong and looked all over a winner. In the final part Rebel Dane did a very good job to make ground on the winner but was never going to catch him. This was yet another example of class rising to the top, which seemed the theme of the day. Follow: Rebel Dane Race 6 1st Complacent – James McDonald 2nd Hauraki – Joao Moreira 3rd I’m Imposing – Tye Angland They began well in The Craven Plate with the favourite Complacent rolling to the front beforeCeltic Prince decided he wanted a piece of the action and ran past Complacent to take it up.Gallante was pulling in third spot outside of Sense Of Occasion. Mid race the pace looked ok as the first few stretched out a bit, particularly the leader who put about four lengths on them before the 600m mark. Around the bend, Complacent carted them up to the leader and Haurakicame with a nice run also. Once they topped the rise, those two cleared out and settled down to fight it out. For all money it looked like Hauraki was going to get the better of Complacent, but the favourite kept digging deep under the urgings of McDonald and gained the day in the shadows of the post in what was not a bad effort given it did the work to take the field up to the runaway leader. Follow: Complacent, Hauraki Race 7 1st Winx – Hugh Bowman 2nd Ecuador – Glen Boss 3rd Sons Of John – Jeff Penza The great racing just kept coming with The Epsom being race 7 on the card. Entirely Platinumtook it up early but Hooked was up on its outside and Ecuador was up three deep. Hooked eased and let the other two go in front and they had a gap early on over the rest of the field.Winx was not as far back today but was caught three deep. Before the bend you were happy enough if you were on Winx, but just on the point of the turn, Kirramosa came with a quick run and put Winx in a pocket and she checked a couple of times and could have just about come down. Up the rise, Bowman extricated Winx to the outside, with the question mark being how much had the scrimmage on the turn taken out of her? Soon after that question was answered brilliantly as she showed a fantastic turn of foot at the furlong and raced past Sons Of John who had done his best to find the front. In the run to the line, you had to be in awe of Winx who put over two lengths on them. Ecuador did a good job in second, Sons Of John peaked a bit on its run in third and Messene hit the line nicely in fourth. Follow: Winx the Cox Plate winner Race 8 1st Speak Fondly – Tommy Berry 2nd Honesta – Tye Angland 3rd Perignon – Hugh Bowman When they got going in race 8, Sophia Rosa was deliberately taken back to the rear.Flamboyant Lass came out running and went to the front with Speak Fondly up into second spot. Those two ensured a genuine pace with a couple of lengths break over Lauren’s Magic in third and Sempre Libera in fourth spot. They looked to slow up a bit in the middle stages but there was no change in the order until just before the turn where Sempre Libera came three wide and Honesta came four wide to be ready to strike. Up the rise, Speak Fondly was lengthening out and still had the front. Sempre Libera and Honesty were putting in their challenges and Perignon was coming through back inside of Speak Fondly. In a very competitive finish, Speak Fondly just kept digging and managed to hold off Honesta and Perignon and it wasn’t far back to Pearls who finished her race off nicely enough. Follow: Pearls Race 9 1st Magic Hurricane – James McDonald 2nd Beaten Up – Glyn Schofield 3rd Havana Cooler – Joao Moreira The Metropolitan for 2015 finished off a great day of racing and it was a nice level start. Orbecled them up with Bonfire rolling forward to sit on its outside. Maurus took the trail in third, and after being wide early, Beyond Thankful found a spot one off the fence. Beaten Up and Magic Hurricane got nice runs midfield. Almoonqith who found good support in betting got back to last. As they came to the turn and around it there were plenty of them making runs, but just back in behind them you could see the blue colours of Magic Hurricane stalking its way into the race. Once they topped the rise he sprinted to the lead and looked all over a winner. James McDonald pushed him out and made a good thing of it in what as a pretty impressive win off the back of a lovely ride. Beaten Up took second continuing its solid form, and Havana Cooler looked better today over this distance. Almoonqith found the line ok, but realistically wanted another lap. The more forward riding tactics seemed to suit Orbec who plugged away ok into fourth. Follow: Beaten Up might pinch a race Specials from the meeting: Capitalist, Jeanneau, Ambience