Flemington review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Carbine Club Stakes (1600m)

1st Paximadia – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Hucklebuck – Dominic Tourneur
3rd Equator – Glen Boss

Paximadia jumped quickly and went straight to the front uncontested early on. Equator sat up second withHucklebuck before Champollion rushed around them to land outside the leader. Hucklebuck over raced and was shuffled back a pair and Saintly Lad punched up on the inside to be just off the pace. Kerrin McEvoy controlled the race in front and he had plenty of horse underneath him at the top of the straight. Paximadia shook off Champollion and Equator peeled out to chase. Hucklebuck made his run down the centre of the track and pulled plenty of ground but the leader had too good a time in front. Solid effort from the runner-up, though, and Equator stuck on well. Best Case and I Am Titanium made a bit of late ground but were never winning chances.
Follow: Hucklebuck will be a nice horse next preparation.

Race 2: Wakeful Stakes (2000m)

1st Kirramosa – Tommy Berry
2nd May’s Dream – Nicholas Hall
3rd Solicit – Glen Boss

Good line away with Kirramosa easing back to last off her wide gate. Star Fashion pushed up from the inside to find the lead with Savannah Moon up on the pace and Tear Gas crossing to slot in third. Refer took the box seat and Solicit sat three back on the fence. Arabian Gold settled up midfield with May’s Dream behind her. Star Fashion rolled along in the lead and strung the field out, even given a slap with the whip nearing the turn. Kicked a few lengths clear and went for home. Solicit followed the rail through and got off her back to chase. Arabian Gold and May’s Dream set out after those but outside them Kirramosa was unwinding with a strong run. She went straight past them and rounded up the leaders to win running away. May’s Dream kept coming but didn’t really sprint. There were plenty of others battling out third with Solicit getting the better of a gallant Star Fashion and Arabian Gold to grab the place. Convinced Arabian Gold doesn’t get a strong 2000m at this stage. Gypsy Diamond ran on well without ever looking like a threat.
Follow: Kirramosa will be hard to beat in the Oaks, May’s Dream and Gypsy Diamond look the dangers.

Race 3: Lexus Stakes (2500m)

1st Ruscello – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Let’s Make Adeal – Michael Walker
3rd Araldo – Glen Boss

Kelinni was first to break the line but didn’t want the lead and was restrained. Ruscello pressed forward from a wide gate and found the fence just past the post. Let’s Make Adeal and My Quest For Peace followed him across with the latter moving up to settle second. Garud took advantage of gate one and settled just off them withKingdoms to his outside. Surprisingly, for a Gai Waterhouse horse, Vaquera settled last. Not much change until the 800m when the field began to bunch and few got itchy feet and made early runs. Let’s Make Adeal came out three wide with Kingdoms outside her and Ironstein trying to go with them. Araldo was in behind them working through the field. Ruscello was held together in front and My Quest For Peace was the first to crack and he fell away giving Kelinni a dream run, but he was also under pressure. Let’s Make A Deal loomed alongside Ruscello and that pair singled out to fight out the race. Ruscello just held her off in another well judged front running ride from Kerrin McEvoy. Araldo was very green and wanted to get his head to one side and wouldn’t go straight. Of the rest Ethiopia made some ground from well back but was very one paced.
Follow: Ruscello is a place chance in the Cup, Let’s Make Adeal is one to remember for next year.

Race 4: Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m)

1st Zoustar – Jim Cassidy
2nd Not Listenin’tome – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Lion Of Belfort – Damien Oliver

Zoustar might have been a shade awkwardly out. Thump was fast away from the outside and went forward to lead in the centre of the track, Sidestep was on the pace closer to the inside. Divine Calling was to his outside with Not Listenin’tome in the clear as well. Fast ‘N’ Rocking raced midfield and had every chance while Eclair Big Bang followed Sidestep on the inside. Coming to the 400m Sidestep was clearly the leader with Divine Calling under pressure and dropping out. Not Listenin’tome went out after the leader and down the outside came Thump with Thermal Current but Zoustar was idling on their shoulder. He had the leader covered a the 200m and stretched right out for a dominant victory. Not Listenin’tome kept trying and was able to grab second from the fast-finishing Lion Of Belfort who came through the pack from well back. Villa Verde tried to go with Zoustar but couldn’t match his sprint and wound up fourth. Thermal Current battled on and Sidestep knocked up. All honours to the winner and Jim Cassidy’s 100th career Group 1 winner as well.
Follow: away from the winner, Not Listenin’tome and Lion Of Belfort are handy horses for the future.

Race 5: Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)

1st Side Glance – Jamie Spencer
2nd Dear Demi – Chris Munce
3rd Moriarty – Craig Newitt

Nobody wanted to lead and Solzhenitsyn was left in front from the inside alley. Mourayan worked up to his outside with Jet Away on the inside of PakalSide Glance, who was near the tail, whipped around them to take up the running after 800m. Mourayan retained his spot and moved up outside the lead. Hvasstan was trapped three wide and slid forward. Jet Away was shuffled back along the fence and Moriarty and Dear Demi brought up the rear on the turn. Side Glance kicked clear at the 300m. Mr Moet loomed up but was one paced as Moriarty went past him. Dear Demi weaved her way through along the inside to challenge but Side Glance had it too easy in front and he was too strong. Excellent effort by Dear Demi while Moriarty was game. Pakal finished close up behind them with Mr Moet. Big disappointments from Jet Away and Solzhenitsyn who did absolutely nothing and Mourayan couldn’t win a Melbourne Cup with a head start on that run.
Follow: nice Cup trial from Dear Demi who will be an each-way chance on Tuesday.

Race 6: Victoria Derby (2500m)

1st Polanski – Hugh Bowman
2nd Complacent – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Thunder Fantasy – Peter Robl

Complacent was proppy in the gates and missed it so had to go back and Polanski had to be dug up from the inside alley. Throw The King pounced on the early lead and Epic Saga rushed across from out wide to settle second. San Diego landed in the box seat with Honey’s Steel Gold and Famechon enjoying nice cover. Polanski landed about seventh in plenty of clear running. Tips And Beers was caught wide so he rushed around them to second as Throw The King opening up a big lead. The other favourites Savvy Nature, Complacent and Criterion were all near the tail in a very strung out field. With a solid pace the leader was always going to stop and the field bunched quickly coming to the turn with Hugh Bowman putting Polanski in a winning position at the top of the straight and he took control. Complacent and Criterion made long runs from the back to put themselves into contention. San Diego had his chance in the run and is clearly not a stayer, Savvy Nature was under pressure a long way out. Complacent momentarily looked like threatening Polanski at the 200m but his tough run told and the winner was too good on the day. Thunder Fantasy was always near Polanski and he weaved through to hold off Criterion for third. Behind them not a bad run from Tupac Amaru who had a checkered passage early in the straight.
Follow: Complacent’s run was enormous and he’s a serious horse.

Race 7: Myer Classic

1st Red Tracer – Nash Rawiller
2nd Catkins – Craig Newitt
3rd Fire Up Fifi – Damian Browne

Red Tracer showed out first and was first to the fence but she handed up to stablemate Catkins who crossed from outside her. Cameo took advantage of her good gate and sat third early with Fire Up Fifi behind her. You’reSo Good was trapped wide and worked around to wind up outside the leader. When that happened Red Tracer began to over-race. Floria was stranded without cover three wide and Sharnee Rose got onto her back. Catkins opened up a lead of a couple of lengths early in the straight and Red Tracer stayed on her back with Nash Rawiller cuddling her for as long as possible before coming out to challenge. Fire Up Fifi wasn’t able to sprint when the run came for her and Sharnee Rose made a dash out wide. Red Tracer dug right in and proved just too classy for Catkins who was gallant after leading. Fire Up Fifi got going to finish a clear third from a weakening Sharnee Rose. Eye-catching run from last from Thy who might be getting back to her best form and Floria battled on after having no luck.
Follow: Thy will go close next time around.

Race 8: Yellowglen Stakes (1200m)

1st Fontelina – Peter Robl
2nd Spirit Of Boom – Nicholas Hall
3rd Rarefied – Damian Browne

Steps In Time made her intentions clear early as she set the pace down the middle of the track. Essay Raider,Knight Exemplar and Chiaramonte were a couple of lengths astern with Hot Snitzel in the clear on their outside. Out wide were Shamal WindRarefied and Spirit Of BoomFontelina settled with a good smother behind the on pacers. Lonhspresso raced inside Spirit Of Boom and was held up for a run so Craig Williams elected to switch her right back towards the inside fence to improve. Steps In Time was shaken up at the 300m but they were closing. Fontelina pushed out and claimed the lead about 100m out with Rarefied and Spirit Of Boom trying hard to match him. Lonhspresso charged along the inside to be close up and Karacatis ran on strongly from the back. Not far off them were a luckless Shamal Wind, who struck trouble, and Longport wound up very strongly when the race was all over.
Follow: Lonhspresso should have finished a lot closer, like to see Longport again but her run was promising.

Race 9: tab.com.au Stakes (1400m)

1st Smokin’ Joey – Chris Symons
2nd Galah – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Strike The Stars – Peter Robl

Riva De Lago was eased out to last from a wide gate and unsurprisingly British General worked across to take up the running. Mic Mac made him work a little bit before handing up and Mister Milton pushed forward to be on the pace, keeping Centennial Park out three wide. Launay wound up three back on the fence and Eximius had plenty of cover just off the speed. They were fairly bunched in the run and British General was under pressure when they reached the 300m. Galah pulled out from well back on the turn to run on and Smokin’ Joey came with him and ran straight past them all and broke right away for the type of win we knew he was capable of about 18 months ago. Galah battled on well for second and held off a fast-finishing Strike The Stars, who was held up at a vital stage. Pretty much the rest of the field were in a pack behind them with Outlandish Lad grabbing fourth. Riva De Lago was disappointing and there must have been something amiss with Eximius who is a lot better than that.
Follow: Strike The Stars looks back to his best.

Specials for the meeting: Thy, Lonhspresso, Strike The Stars.

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Rosehill review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st          White Sage         Christian Reith
2nd        Just A Girl          John Kissick
3rd        Gamba                  Blake Shinn

Just A Girl got the lead without too much trouble in the first from Writteninthestars which was on its outside.  Settling third on the fence was Gamba, and the very short favourite, White Sage was one out one back.  Mid race, White Sage dropped off a bit and looked to even be niggled along a little bit.  In the straight, at the 300m, Gamba ran to the front, and White Sage was pulled to the outside to come after it.  Although White Sage took a little while to wind up, by the time they reached the 200m, you felt the race was within its keeping, and I liked the way it came away from them at the end.  Just A Girl kicked back to worry Gamba out of second.  Kristy Leecame to the line pretty well in fourth and will improve on the run.  The winner looks a good horse that will get further.

Follow: White Sage looks very good, Kristy Lee

Race 2

1st          Time For War            Damien Thornton
2nd        Double Happy           Glyn Schofield
3rd         Khrysler                      Jessica Taylor

A good start in the second with Time For War running the gates and going straight to the front.  Double Happybegan a lot better today than it did last start and sat second which put Next Level three wide.  Misty Lights was on the fence beind them, and Scratch Me Lucky was in the middle.  Once they turned for home it was pretty much a race in two, with Time For War lugging off the track and taking Double Happy with it, but Time For War held on to win the race.  The jockey on the second horse lodged a protest which was subsequently dismissed.  Double Happy appears to be bursting to win a race with its improved barrier manners.  The first two appeared clearly superior to the rest, but the winner will need to fix its manners at the end of its race.

Follow: Double Happy


Race 3

1st        Wouldn’t It Be Nice            Nathan Berry
2nd      Koroibete                               Blake Shinn
3rd       Blackboard Special            Mark McGuren

Koroibete missed the kick badly and was a clear last early on.  Blackboard Special led initially, but there was a line of four in front.  Hebrung worked around them into second and Zocalos settled in behind them in third, withFlying Sebring one out and one back in fourth.  Once they turned, Blackboard Special kicked away, Polamore wasn’t getting much room on the outside, with Koroibete coming on strongly despite missing the start.  In the run to the line, Blackboard Special hung badly and smashed into Polamore, and to a lesser extent, Koroibete was interfered with.  Whilst all this was going on, Wouldn’t It Be Nice had the clear running along the fence and snuck through for a narrow victory.  Amovatio closed very nicely on the outside after not having a lot of room earlier in the straight.  Koroibete was the other good run after missing the start so badly.

Follow: Amovatio, Koroibete

Race 4
1st           Hidden Warrior       Nathan Berry
2nd         Black Magic               Jay Ford
3rd          Unanimously           John Kissick

Black Magic missed it a bit.  Zaratone from the outside showed its usual pace, with Pampelonne going with it and Didn’tcostalot also showed its usual pace.  When they settled, Didn’tcostalot initially held out Zaratone, with Pampelonne taking a sit behind them.  Zaratone eventually went clear, with Didn’tcostalot and Pamelonne coming to its outside to challenge when they turned.  It soon became apparent that those from the back were going to fight the race out though, and Unanimously and Hidden Warrior, which was ridden from behind today swept to the lead.  Hidden Warrior went home best to win, with Black Magic flashing home late to grab second.  Pampelonne obviously lacked fitness today.

Follow: Hidden Warrior

Race 5

1st           Index Linked                          Glyn Schofield
2nd         The Offer                                   Adam Hyeronimous
3rd          Done Nothin’ Wrong            Serg Lisnyy

Index Linked was back to last today as it was last time out.  Done Nothin’ Wrong went straight to the front, with Cantonese moving up on its outside, and the pace looked very good.  Single and Choice Bro settled down third and fourth.  Up to the turn, Done Nothin’ Wrong had burnt off Cantonese, as Single railed up inside of it to set out after the leader.  Done Nothin’ Wrong had a very good lead with 200m to go, but Index Linked was finishing very well on the inside with plenty of room and went on for a good victory.  The Offer finished off well again, indicating that it is still a horse to follow.  Although Done Nothin’ Wrong was well beaten on the line, it was a very good run given the pace it set in front.

Follow: Done Nothin’ Wrong, The Offer

Race 6

1st             Tahitian Black            Tim Clark
2nd           Skip Town                    Yusuke Ichikawa
3rd            Kreskin                         Nathan Berry

Shiso began quickly from the outside, as did Tralfaz.  Tralfaz went across and led, with Shiso on its outside.  My Sabeel didn’t begin all that well, but was fired up to go around them and ended up three wide outside the speed.  They were at the home turn before you knew it, and once they straightened, My Sabeel dropped off, which gave the run to Tahitian Black, which had been just behind the pace.  It sprinted to the lead, and basically wasn’t going to get beaten from there.  Skip Town ran a good race to close into second.  Kreskin did well taking an inside run for third.  All credit to the winner who is in good form.

Follow: Tahitian Black, Skip Town

Race 7

1st             Secessio                           Christian Reith
2nd          Tromso                             Tim Clark
3rd           Taxmeifyoucan             Chad Lever

Coup Ay Tee wasn’t out very well and went right back.  Taxmeifyoucan began well and went straight to the lead from Tromso which was ridden with different tactics today.  Fulgur and Secessio settled down with good runs just behind the speed.  They went pretty quickly early, but slowed up in the middle stages.  Around the turn, Fulgur wasn’t getting a lot of room behind the leaders, as Secessio swept up and took the front at the 300m mark.  Coup Ay Tee and Frozen Rope were trying to put their bids in down the outside, but weren’t picking up quickly enough after having to come very wide.  In the run down the to the line, Tromso fought all the way, but Secessio got the bob in.  The different riding tactics appeared to work for Tromso, and he might win another race that way.

Follow: Tromso

Race 8

1st            Corryvreckan              Lester Grace
2nd          Solemn                           Christian Reith
3rd           King Cobia                    Blake Shinn

King Cobia began well, but Calvo railed up inside of it to go to the lead.  Magna Amica and Corryvreckan were in third and fourth.  Back in the field, Maxamilian, which jumped well, somehow drifted right back and ended up three wide.  In the straight, Calvo kicked away, but had gone too early, and at the 200m they were coming down the outside to claim him.  Corryvreckan and Solemn were the two who went to the front, and it was Corryvreckan that got the job done.  The runs of Specific Choice and Maximilian were good.  Specific Choice didn’t have a great deal of room in the straight, and Maximilian was entitled to drop out after being wide all the way, but kept finding the line.

Follow: Maximilian

Specials from the meeting: White Sage, Kristy Lee, Done Nothin’ Wrong, Maximilian