Flemington review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Maribyrnong Plate (1000m)

1st Boomwaa – Vlad Duric
2nd Lockroy – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Silent Whisper – Hugh Bowman

Even line out and Boomwaa strode to the early lead in the centre of the track. Silent Whisper to his inside tracked him. Out wider Akhlaaq and Lockroy were up in the firing line with Good Prince prominent. Boomwaa had control of the race a long way out and slid a few lengths clear at the 400m. Lockroy looked to have something left to chase but when let down he didn’t dash and only battled on to hold second. Silent Whisper looked in trouble when the winner sprinted but he stuck on well. Nothing else out wide made any ground and only Royal Standingimproved his position in the run to the line in a race that was a bit of a procession.
Follow: none.

Race 2: Secondbite Plate (1600m)

1st Post D’France – Patrick Moloney
2nd Xavi – Craig Williams
3rd Sysmo – Nicholas Hall

Electric Fusion was a shade slow. Spacecraft and Xavi were first to begin with Final Command tucking in behind them. Spacecraft rolled clear soon after and broke the field up. Behind the leaders was Post D’France enjoying a nice run. Proverb was stuck three wide and moved up to join Post D’France one off the fence. Sysmo drifted back to near the tail from his wide alley. Coming to the turn Spacecraft was still trucking along in the lead with Xavi doing the chasing and they broke about five lengths clear. Xavi had Spacecraft covered at the 300m. Proverb, Post D’France and Sysmo began to chase with Electric Fusion weaving through the pack. Xavi looked to be holding them until Post D’France grabbed him about 50m out. Sysmo worked home without threatening for third. Electric Fusion didn’t do a bad job and Out Of Coober made a late dash to be behind the placings. Proverb disappointed.
Follow: Xavi is ready to win, Electric Fusion has talent but needs to jump with them.

Race 3: Antler Luggage Handicap (2000m)

1st Bel Thor – Ben Melham
2nd Keep Cool – Nicholas Hall
3rd Supremacy – Jake Noonan

Alrouz clearly beat them out and strode to the front. Behind him nobody showed a lot of initiative untilSupremacy pushed on out wide to sit up in second. Hioctdane sat three wide around Keep Cool andSharalam for about 500m with Bel Thor and Extra Zero trailing. Coming to the 1200m they’d sorted themselves out and Alrouz was a clear leader. Supremacy tracked him and Hioctdane worked over outside Keep Cool. Bel Thor put Sharalam in a pocket near the turn and started to loom up. Alrouz was in trouble at the 300m and Keep Cool and Bel Thor claimed him. Supremacy was boxing on and nothing else made an impact. Bel Thro stretched right out for a dominant victory. Keep Cool ran a much improved race and fought on well while Supremacy also showed a bit more. Sharalam can be sacked, he lacks conviction and Hioctdane hasn’t come up at all.
Follow: none.

Race 4: Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes (1400m)

1st Dothraki – Nash Rawiller
2nd Suavito – James Winks
3rd Consorting – Vlad Duric

Barbed broke quickly and crossed to the lead with Dothraki following him over and sitting to his outside.Ilgottino took the box seat. Burnro was stuck three wide outside Ryker and wanted to over-race. Suavito took a trail behind Burnro in the three wide line and had a decent bumping duel with Apollo’s Choice before the home turn. Consorting settled back after being restrained from her outside gate. Barbed looked to have a nice run and the field bunched behind him. Dothraki put the pressure on at the 300m and beat Barbed off. Consorting swept around them and began to charge from the back with Suavito. Apollo’s Choice had to wait for them to go before running on. Dothraki clung on, though ran out a bit, and just managed to hold off Suavito and Consorting and the luckless Apollo’s Choice. Barbed boxed on behind them and Burnro finished his race off well. Protest 2nd vs 1st was dismisssed.
Follow: Apollo’s Choice, Burnro.

Race 5: Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m)

1st Girl Gone Rockin’ – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Queenstown – Nash Rawiller
3rd Keep De Rose – Craig Williams

Zurella was slow otherwise an even line out. Zoomania pounced on the early lead and was first to the fence.Queenstown got over from her wide gate quickly with Keep De Rose who pressed on to sit outside the lead.Alzora held box seat with Zonza to her outside. Lake Sententia settled midfield with Girl Gone Rockin’ on her back and Dolly Dolly and Detox raced inside them respectively. Epingle was stuck three wide in the second half. Little change until about 800m out when Epingle slid forward and put Lake Sententia in a pocket. Keep De Rose pressured Zoomania at the 400m and Queenstown began to loom up. They held a four length break to Girl Gone Rockin’ who was running on with Epingle. Lake Sententia got into the clear but was one paced. Queenstown hit the lead in the shadows of the post was but nailed on the line by Girl Gone Rockin’ with Keep De Rose holding on for third ahead of Epingle and the fast finishing Kazanluk.
Follow: Kazanluk in slightly weaker grade.

Race 6: Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m)

1st Buffering – Damian Browne
2nd Shamexpress – Damien Oliver
3rd Moment Of Change – Luke Nolen

Buffering was best out from his inside gate and as usual took up the running, without any pressure. Epaulette, who drew next to him, slotted in behind him. Moment Of Change and Sessions settled just off the pace andLucky NineFontelina and Rebel Dane were next. Back in the field Shamexpress was behind the leading bunch towards the inside early on before trying to work his way wider. Buffering just cruised along a couple of lengths clear and had the chasers off the bit as far out as 500m from home. Lucky Nine moved up outside Moment Of Change and looked dangerous for about three strides then started to struggle. Moment Of Change got the better of him. Shamexpress eventually worked to the outside and got a split to run on and he made up a heap of ground to set out after Buffering but ran out of ground. But take nothing away from Buffering. Fontelina battled on well behind the placings without ever threatening and Lucky Nine looked a bit short in his action. There were several disappointments, none more than Epaulette who was tailed off. Much like the other straight race this was a procession.
Follow: Shamexpress in straight races.

Race 7: Group 1 Emirates Stake (1600m)

1st Boban – Glyn Schofield
2nd Smokin’ Joey – Jason Benbow
3rd Speediness – Craig Williams

Solzhenitsyn was one of the first out with Rhythm To Spare crossing to take up the running. The import Mull Of Killough pushed on to join the leader handing Solzhenitsyn the box seat. Spurtonic was caught wide but found clear running in fourth ahead of Toydini and Speediness three back on the fence. Smokin’ Joey was stuck three wide outside them without cover. Boban settled a lot closer this time on Toydini’s back and Sacred Fallsmoved up outside him midrace. Rhythm To Spare was under attack on the turn from Mull Of Killough with Spurtonic edging forward three wide. Spurtonic cracked at that stage and Smokin’ Joey raced past him. Solzhenitsyn went back to the inside but wasn’t travelling well. Toydini was on the back of the leaders and switched inside Rhythm To Spare to try and run on while Boban had to come inside Spurtonic to make his move. Speediness improved quickly inside horses to challenge Rhythm To Spare who was fighting bravely and he hit the lead at the 200m. Mull Of Killough kept coming and Boban worked into the clear and produced a big last 100m to arrive in time with Smokin’ Joey breathing down his neck. Sacred Falls ran on without threatening out wide and Toydini had every chance. Super effort by the winner with 57kg.
Follow: none.

Race 8: Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m)

1st Precedence – Craig Williams
2nd Sertorius – Ryan Maloney
3rd Let’s Make Adeal – Chad Schofield

Nobody was really keen to lead them early and Sertorius and Precedence were left in front at the post the first time but they were queueing up behind that pair. Mourinho and Forgotten Voice strode up out wide and Mourinho eventually found the front. Forgotten Voice worked up outside him to sit second and Sertorius held the inside as Precedence was restrained. Behind the leading bunch sat Ironstein and Verdant (three wide) with Let’s Make Adeal between them. Garud was in that bunch and La Amistad a couple of lengths astern. Little action until the home turn where Precedence slid up three wide to make his run and Sertorius took an inside run to both challenge Mourinho. Forgotten Voice boxed on as the leader caved in. Verdant and Let’s Make Adeal started their runs in the centre of the track. Sertorius and Precedence settled down to fight it out from the 200m, clear of Let’s Make Adeal, and Precedence got the bob in on the line. Forgotten Voice battled on nicely and the rest weren’t up to it. La Amistad was thrown in the deep end and didn’t completely disgrace but she was outclassed.
Follow: Sertorius and Let’s Make Adeal are smart stayers for next year.

Race 9: Emirates Airline Handicap (1400m)

1st Longport – Nash Rawiller
2nd Henwood – Glen Boss
3rd By The Way – Jason Benbow

Good line out. Henshaw and Longport were first to clear the line and Longport continued on to take up the running. Limes improved to sit up second outside Henshaw and Karacatis took the trail. Brian’s Honour sat three wide just off the pace. Loot ‘N’ RunRockpecker and Henwood were the next line of three followed by Launay. Longport stayed away from the fence in the lead and strode out boldly. Limes tried to go with her but she was getting away from him at the 300m. Karacatis went back to the inside of the leader while Brian’s Honour and Henwood tried to run on down the outside. Longport just kept going and she held a clear margin to the line in an impressive victory. Henwood ran on nicely and By The Way stormed home down the outside in another handy performance. Limes had his chance and Disciple made some ground but didn’t ever look a chance. Not a bad first-up run from the import Kitten On The Run who hit the line well late.
Follow: Henwood is ready to win, big watch on Kitten On The Run.

Specials from the meeting: Apollo’s Choice, Kazanluk, Henwood.

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Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st             Capital Commander              Kathy O’Hara
2nd           Index Linked                            Jason Collett
3rd           Martinvast                                Damien Thornton

Index Linked didn’t begin all that well, as is often the case for him.  Capital Commander led them up fromMartinvast.  Index Linked went up along the fence to be third and fourth inside of World Wide, who was caught three wide for a bit, but got one off the fence when Mr Edison eased.  There was no change in the order mid race, and up to the turn, it seemed Capital Commander had had a pretty easy time of it in front.  At the 300m, he had a kick, and Index Linked looked to have the job ahead of it to try and run it down.  He managed to get past Martinvast, but could get nowhere near Capital Commander who was ridden well in front.  Nothing else did much.

Follow: None to follow

Race 2

1st         Earthquake                              Christian Reith
2nd       Sheer Style                               Jason Collett
3rd        Headwater Country              Robert Thompson

Headwater Country met with good support in betting, but didn’t begin well and went back to last, before trying to push through on the fence to settle a bit closer.  Sheer Style had plenty of pace and led from Earthquake andBomber Brown Freeze The Charges was caught three wide.  Up to the turn, Sheer Style had a clear lead, and around the turn led by over a length.  When they topped the rise, Earthquake appeared to have the measure of Sheer Style, and race away at the 100m mark.  To its credit, Sheer Style kept fighting on, and came away from the rest of the field by 5 or 6 lengths.  After its bad beginning, Headwater Country found its way into third on the line.  Hard to say much about those other than the first two given the margin between second and third.

Follow: Earthquake

Race 3

1st              Mulaqen              John Kissick
2nd            Marden                Jason Collett
3rd            Zephyron            Robert Thompson

Marden began well, but Toffler and Big Time had more speed, and it was Big Time that came across to lead them up.  Zephyron settled down in third, with Viking Legend in fourth.  Mid race, Big Time got away with about a 4 length break.  Zephyron ended up being caught three wide.  Inside the 1000m, Zephyron moved up closer to Big Time rather than continuing to be caught wide.  Before the 600m, it was game on, with Republic Lass going around them, which meant Zephyron moved up outside of Big Time, and it was a line of three before the turn.  Marden was also trying to come with a run from the back.  Once they straightened, Mulaqen got a nice run in the middle and had the leaders on toast.  Marden appeared to be struggling down the outside, but rallied late to come after Mulaqen, but the bird had flown.  Mulaqen won by over a length from Maden, with Zephyron holding onto third.

Follow: None to follow

Race 4

1st                Foreign Prince               Serge Lisnyy
2nd              Amovatio                         Jim Cassidy
3rd              Frespanol                          Adam Hyeronimus

Swivet, making its raceday debut, came out about a length behind the field.  Foreign Prince went straight to the front, with Frespanol moving up outside of it to sit in second.  Arancio got a nice trail behind them, withAmavatio back on the fence in fourth and fifth, and Adage on its outside.  Foreign Prince put on a pretty good pace in front, and when they came around the turn, he had many of his rivals off the bit chasing.  At the 200m mark he was showing no signs of stopping, and it was apparent he had them beaten.  Amovatio ground home into second just a head of Frespanol who held on ok for third.  All credit to the winner here, who can win again.

Follow: Foreign Prince, Amovatio

Race 5

1st           Field Marshall                               Jim Cassidy
2nd         Shamus                                            Christian Reith
3rd          Words Are Weapons                   Jason Collett

Field Marshall was one of the first to begin, but there was plenty of pace inside him and so he was restrained and went back to third last.  Lennie’s Choice led them up from Shamus, with Words Are Weapons camped three wide on the speed.  California Storm got a nice sit behind the speed as did Mr Favulous.  Back in the field, Field Marshall was now three wide.  At the 200m mark it was Lennie’s Choice and Shamus fighting it out, with Words Are Weapons still sticking on down the outside and Field Marshall was running on.  In the run to the line, I thought Shamus was going to hang on, but it was Field Marshall arriving right on the post.  California Storm got through late but could only manage fourth in a very close go between the four of them on the line.

Follow: Words Are Weapons

Race 6

1st               Fulminate                Kathy O’Hara
2nd              She’s A Girl             Lester Grace
3rd               Kukla                        Nathan Berry

Fulminate was best to begin, but She’s A Girl was hard ridden to go up and run to the lead.  Kukla ran up into second and they had about a 4 length break over Fulminate which settled third.  Not long after the start, Sailcame back on top of Pendolin which cost it ground and disrupted most of those back in the field.  She’s A Girl slowed them up mid race, and still led by about a half length topping the rise.  At the 200m, She’s A Girl was being taken on by Kukla, and down the outside Myamira and Gold Epona were trying to get there.  Pendolin was dropping out of the race, and perhaps the interference early on was costly to it.  In the run to the line, She’s A Girl just kept kicking, and initially got home narrowly from the fast finishing Fulminate who didn’t have the clearest passage at times in the straight.  Fulminate successfully protested against She’s A Girl and was awarded the race.

Follow: She’s A Girl

Race 7

1st                Absolon                        Yusuke Ichikawa
2nd              Rolston                         Jason Collett
3rd               You’ll Never               Jim Cassidy

Letchworth and Rolston showded the most pace in race 7, with Letchworth leading on the fence and Rolston settling down outside of it.  Abraham Lincoln sat third on the fence, with Absolon fourth on the outside.  Coming to the 600m, the field was strung out, with what looked like a pretty strong pace and there would have been about 10 to 12 lengths first to last.  In the straight, Rolston got the better of Letchworth, but Absolon knucked down and ground him down in the run to the line it what was a pretty tough win.  You’ll Never and Druid finished the race off nicely down the outside but they were entitled to given the strong pace.

Follow: You’ll Never, Druid

Race 8

1st               Terravista                 Jason Collett
2nd            Reflectance               Jim Cassidy
3rd             Goldstone                  Tim Clark

There was plenty that wanted a piece of the lead early on in the last, with Rock Magic using its inside gate to go through and take it up from Number One Gun on its outside.  Boss Lane was wide, and Emblems was even wider on the speed.  Eventually Emblems got up outside of Rock Magic as Number One Gun dropped off.  Boss Lane and Terravista were next as they came to the turn.  Topping the rise, Emblems had the hide to hit the front and go clear despite a wide run, but soon after, Terravista was on the scene and sprinted clear and looked set for an easy victory.  In the run to the line he got a bit tired and Reflectance hit the line hard, but Terravista had enough in hand to get home, with Goldstone also running on into third.  Rock Magic, which led them up was very disappointing in the straight running last.

Follow: Reflectance, Emblems

Specials from the meeting: Earthquake, Words Are Weapons, Emblems