Flemington Review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: racing Handicap (2500m)

1st Zanteco – Damian Lane
2nd Practiced – Craig Williams
3rd Martinvast – Dwayne Dunn

Kept Woman crossed the field from out wide to lead out of the straight from Falamonteand Justthewayyoare pressed on into second. Desert Road enjoyed a nice run in the clear with Winter Palace and Martinvast behind him. They seemed to go quite slowly and there wasn’t much change until Martinvast took off well before the turn and Practiced got onto his back. Kept Woman still led on the bend with Justthewayyouare staying on and Martinvast looming. Practiced came out four wide and he was being followed by Zanteco. Falamonte had no run but was being pushed along anyway. Kept Woman gave a kick and led by more than a length at the 300m. Martinvast ran to second as Falamonte battled when he got into the clear. Practiced and Zanteco started to wind up down the outside. Zanteco hit the lead inside the 100m and just had a better sprint at the end to down Martinvast and Practiced, not by a big margin but a convincing one. Falamonte ran fourth from Winter Palace and Kept Woman just faded late but in the context of the day, where the inside was a no-go zone, her run had merit.

Follow: Kept Woman is worth another chance.

Race 2: Dover Handicap (2000m)

1st Sure You Can – James Winks
2nd Special Miss – Jake Bayliss
3rd Spanish Love – Craig Williams

Vihanna Victory gave away a couple of lengths at the start. A bit of competition for the lead with five across the track early. Orion Love eventually won the battle but was made work by Special Miss and Spanish Love to her inside. Caves moved up into second place as Sunset Magic eased back around Unbelievable Buy. Orion Love was just kept a bit busy in the run by Caves and the field strung out. Spanish Love tracked the leader and Special Miss has the run of the race and was clicked up to move at the top of the straight and she hit the lead inside the 400. Orion Love just whacked away and Spanish Love was under pressure trying to get around her heels. Out wider Native Land was running on and Sure You Can unleashed a decent sprint from the tail. Special Miss was left in front a fair way out and Sure You Can joined her past 200m while Spanish Love started to warm up along the inside. Sure You Can edged clear late for a solid, and not overly surprising, win as she’d been working up to something. Special Miss held Spanish Love for second while Native Land weakened late, she probably doesn’t get 2000m. Orion Love was entitled to feel the pinch and look for her to go up in class to get down in the weights.

Follow: Sure You Can is an up and comer and she could win again. Be a little forgiving of Spanish Love.

Race 3: Seascay Handicap (1400m)

1st Tashbeeh – Michael Walker
2nd Bayoonah – Nick Hall
3rd Herstory – Regan Bayliss

Lucky Paddy flopped out of the gates and Tashbeeh was eased back towards the tail. Our Kaboom ran to the lead from Herstory who wasn’t settling. Lady Trickster tucked in third with Bayoonah in the clear. Our Kaboom led on the turn but they were closing in with Tashbeeh making a quick move out wide, flushing Bayoonah out, and he hit the front at the 400m. Herstory tried to go with them and Pure Addiction, who pulled hard early, made a dash on the inside to be in the leading pack. Tashbeeh wanted to hang in a little but he sustained his run with Bayoonah sticking right with him. He kept the momentum going and scored a tough win. Nice effort from Bayoonah and Herstory did well to hold third after over racing the whole way. Lucky Paddy hugged the rail and snatched fourth from Lady Trickster. Be a little forgiving of Pure Addiction and watch for the blinkers to come off next time. Tashbeeh goes to Dubai after his win.

Follow: Bayoonah’s effort was handy coming straight out of a maiden.

Race 4: Leonard Handicap (1400m)

1st Choose – Craig Williams
2nd Counted – Chris Parnham
3rd Kiss Me Ketut -Dwayne Dunn

Sinhala broke the line first with Barely A Scent and Choose went up three wide to join them. Zazparella was behind them on the fence inside Counted and Kiss Me Ketut in a tightly bunched field. Choose joined Sinhala on the turn as they went a few horses off the fence as jockeys wanted nothing to do with the inside. Barely A Scent was battling to go with Choose on the inside and out wide Young Tigers Jeuney and Kiss Me Ketut were running on. Counted got up inside Choose but still about five off the fence to challenge inside the 300m. Counted might have stuck the nose in front of Choose but she fought back and proved a bit too tough after doing some work. Kiss Me Ketut stuck on for third ahead of Quicksilver Lass who ran home late down the outside and Petite Diablesse who was never in the hunt. Barely A Scent was either disadvantaged by the inside or not good enough. Bit of a messy race and might be best to disregard the form, though a good performance from the winner.

Follow: none

Race 5: Piping Lane Handicap (2000m)

1st Taiyoo – Brad Rawiller
2nd Extra Zero – Michael Walker
3rd Crafty Cruiser – Jye McNeil

Are There Any jumped quickly to lead early from Taiyoo and Tommy Two. Heez Notorious strode up out wide and ran to the lead at about the 1400m. Fulgur landed in a good spot around Tommy Two. Garud found himself wide without cover next. Heez Notorious strode out a few lengths clear midrace over Are There Any. Taiyoo moved alongside her coming to the turn as they got well away from the fence. Are There Any dropped out from that point. Heez Notorious was a few horses off the fence about three lengths clear at the 400m but was starting to struggle and rolled back closer to the inside. Taiyoo claimed him soon after and went for home. Extra Zero worked through the pack to set out after him and Garud and Tooleybuc Kid were working home down the outside. Taiyoo was always more than a length clear of Extra Zero and held the margin to the line. Good performance from the runner-up again and Crafty Cruiser poked through to grab third at big odds over Magnapal as the runs of Tooleybuc Kid and Garud ended. The winner is just racing so well.

Follow: none

Race 6: Birdcage Handicap (1000m)

1st Antarctic Missile – Ben Melham
2nd Street Allure – Harry Coffey
3rd Wild Rain – Damian Lane

Simply You knuckled at the start but recovered to be in the first few, though near the inside. Antarctic Missile showed good speed to lead them with Crystal Ruby and Wild Rain a bit wider on the track. Simply You was next a couple of horses inside the leader. Hebden and Nicamorae were in behind the leading few and Moparee to their outside. Simply You was under pressure at the 400m and Antarctic Missile had them all off the bit chasing her as she broke away. Hebden ran to second momentarily as Street Allure started to finish off strongly inside her and Wild Rain battled back on the outside. Antarctic Missile put three lengths on them in the closing stages to win easing down. Nice effort from Street Allure who was strong late and Wild Rain held her form. Hebden was even and Moparee only worked home fairly. Between them Clover Lane’s run was okay and would like to see her again. Winner was too quick.

Follow: Street Allure’s return suggests she can win one soon.

Race 7: Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m)

1st Red Excitement – Brenton Avdulla
2nd Tried And Tired – Damien Oliver
3rd Whisper Downs – Michael Walker

Lord Of The Sky showed all his usual speed to lead them easily and Boristar landed on the pace in second. Decircles held the box seat from Dany The Fox. Red Excitement worked into a good trail around Tried And Tired. Lord Of The Sky kept running in the lead and was about four clear on the turn close to the rail. Decircles also stayed near the fence and tried, unsuccessfully, to make ground. Boristar dropped out quickly and Tried And Tired started to run on. Out wider Red Excitement was winding up and Whisper Downs was running a cheeky race fresh, They got to Lord Of The Sky at the 100m and Tried And Tired was tackled by Red Excitement. They had a battle for the last 50m but Red Excitement is a real winner and stuck his head out to make it five straight. Whisper Downs got very close to them, running right up to his good jump out. Mister Milton did what he usually does and ran on without threatening while Anlon and Aeronautical were next but never a chance. Lord Of The Sky went too hard to run out 1400m.

Follow: nice first-up run from Whisper Downs and he might have a good prep.

Race 8: Craftsman Handicap (1700m)

1st Tonopah – Craig Williams
2nd Harveys True Heart – Dale Smith
3rd Grand Sai Wan – Shirley Hunter

Grand Sai Wan worked across to lead from Razzle Dazzle Rock. The New Boy had the box seat inside Hunger. Seattleite was caught three deep in no man’s land and Stratigraphy and Hinchley Wood were midfield. Seattleite slid up outside Grand Sai Wan and Razzle Dazzle Rock coming to the turn and Hinchley Wood got onto his back. That forced Tonopah to be four wide and he was held together into the straight. The New Boy stayed on the fence as they got off the rails on turning. Razzle Dazzle Rock served it up to Grand Sai Wan at the 300m and The New Boy poked up inside them. The hard run started to tell on Seattleite and Tonopah went past him and had the leaders covered passing the 200m. Harveys True Heart weaved through and got a split outside Grand Sai Wan, who beat off Razzle Dazzle Rock, but Tonopah was a bit too good for them. Much improved run from Harveys True Heart but he is hard to follow and a gutsy effort from Grand Sai Wan to hold third. The New Boy was in the wrong part of the track but his run was sound. Forgive Seattleite.

Follow: Tonopah is still on the up for the new stable.

Race 9: Domain Handicap (1200m)

1st Bishops Castle – Jake Bayliss
2nd General Offer – Dean Yendall
3rd Search Squad – Dwayne Dunn

Qfighter was one of the best out and Bishops Castle pounced on the lead in the middle of the track. General Offer was on his inside and Riviera Red his outside with Magnus Reign a bit wider out. Horacio one of the widest whileReldas settled towards the inside and about third last. Bishops Castle was asked to go passing the 400m and he skipped away. General Offer was making a good fist of sticking with him and Mannopoly made a dash closer to the inside. Reldas had worked into a position about two lengths behind Bishops Castle on his back but was a bit more one paced than we’ve seen lately. Bishops Castle held them at bay and General Offer stayed with him to hold second about a length away. Search Squad got through the snatch third from Floatmyboat and Reldas. Out wider was Magnus Reign and Mannopoly wasn’t disgraced close to the fence. Winner too good for them here. Forgive Reldas, first time down the straight from the inside gate, whose run was okay unless you took the odds-on. Might need a corner.

Follow: none.

Specials from the meeting: Bayoonah, Street Allure, Whisper Downs, Tonopah.

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Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Good Project – Hugh Bowman
2nd Invinzabeel – James McDonald
3rd I Am Impressed – Josh Parr

A pretty good start in the first with Bomber Brown running to the front. It led from Invinzabeel and Proxy. The pace looked ok, and Good Project who was sent out an odds on favourite was given plenty of time to find its feet by Hugh Bowman. Up towards the turn, Good Project was still back second last, but Bowman didn’t look at all concerned. As they came up the rise, Bomber Brown still had it but Invinzabeel soon claimed it, and Good Project was winding up on the outside. Proxy was getting an inside run. Over the last 100m, Invinzabeel fought on and went stride for stride with Good Project, but in the final 50m, Good Project gained the upper and and went on for a narrow victory. They put a space on I Am Impressed back in third.

Follow: Invinzabeel

Race 2
1st Holler – James McDonald
2nd Encosta Line – Hugh Bowman
3rd Fireworks – Tommy Berry

Fireworks was very heavily backed in the second, and came out last and soon became detached from the field. Gigolo settled in front, with Holler on its outside and Flaunting back behind the leader on the fence. Gigolo led up the rise, but was soon claimed by Holler. Encosta Line looked like making it interesting on the outside, but soon after, Holler was asked for the effort from James McDonald and responded very well to come away from them in the run to the line. Fireworks had the big red flashing light on it as it sailed down the outside into third, obviously with its start proving costly, but take nothing away from the winner here who did it well.

Follow: Holler

Race 3

1st Palazzo Pubblico – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Rule The River – Christian Reith
3rd I Am Zelady – Jason Collett

I Am Zelady continued its poor barrier manners coming out a clear last in race 3. Palazzo Pubblico led initially but Pinchme used its inside gate to go through and lead. Rule The River and Shelley’s Girl got good runs behind the speed. Up the rise, the leaders kicked, and Palazzo Pubblico found the front, with Rule The River looking the main danger on its outside. Palazzo Pubblico responded nicely though and safely held Rule The River in the run to the line. I Am Zelady finished its race off nicely to get third, but it cannot be considered a betting proposition until it starts to jump better.

Follow: None to follow

Race 4

1st Koroibete – Jason Collett
2nd Casino Dancer – Serg Lisnyy
3rd Georgey Aeroplane – Hugh Bowman

A pretty tough race to get excited about on paper, but none the the less they lined up over the 2000m in the fourth event, and Koroibete was ridden hard to lead, and did so. Phrases came across from its wide gate to go into second, and Georgey Aeroplane found itself in a nice spot third on the fence. Throughout the middle stages of the race, Koroibete held a clear lead of about five or six lengths and there was no change in the order behind him. Up to, and around the turn, it was going to be interesting to see if Koroibete could keep going in front, but at the same time, there was no much doing any chasing. In the straight, Georgey Aeroplane was trying hard in second spot, but never looked like getting to the leader. Casino Dancer got motoring late, but it was far too late. This was a case of a very good ride by Jason Collett on the winner, who has shown he has ability in the past, and he found it again today.

Follow: None to follow

Race 5

1st Burbero – Brodie Loy
2nd You’ll Never – James McDonald
3rd Single – Winona Costin

Burbero came out last and settled there in race five. Spacecraft and Black Jag came across from the deep to take up the running initially until Monton had no choice but to kick up and find the front after being trapped wide. While all that was going on, Burbero and You’ll Never who were at the top of the betting were smoking their pipes back in the field, and although they had ground to make up, you were still on pretty good terms with yourself if you held a ticket with their name on it. Up around the turn and into the straight, you knew the leaders had done too much, and you could see the pink colours of Burbero on the outside, with the jockey sitting very quietly as he ran into the race. You’ll Never was making ground back towards the inside. Brodie Loy went for Burbero with just over 100m to go and he looked to put the issue beyond doubt. To the credit of You’ll Never it also picked up and made the finish interesting, but wasn’t ever quite going to get there. The two best rides on the two best horses in this race on recent form got the job done. I thought the effort of Monton was pretty good after doing a ton of work in the run.

Follow: Burbero, Monton

Race 6

1st Nisroc – Josh Parr
2nd Mardi – Tommy Berry
3rd Adorabeel – Hugh Bowman

Mardi won well last start, but was sent out very prohibitive odds in this event. It went together in front with First Class Ticket, but could not cross that runner. Oh My Papa and Bermuda Blu got good runs behind the speed. Just before the 600m mark, the pace slackened and the rider on Nisroc let rip as the horse had been pulling. He put a clear gap of about three or four lengths on them as they rounded the home turn. As they came up the rise, he still had a clear lead, and if you backed the favourite, you were starting to reach for the rosary beads as Tommy Berry on Mardi reached for the persuader. There was a wall of horses that chased Nisroc, but a clever ride from Josh Parr got him home. Mardi found its way into second ahead of the fast finishing Adorabeel.

Follow: Adorabeel

Race 7

1st Brettan – Blake Shinn
2nd Sinjoren – James McDonald
3rd God’s In Him – Tommy Berry

Pentometer didn’t begin well in race 7, and Sir Bigglesworth also drifted right out the back. Brettan, Diamondrocker and Sinjoren took a while to sort out the lead, with Brettan evetually taking it up from Sinjoren, as Diamondrocker eased back.Proper Madam was caught three wide in the run. Zaboss got the one out and one back trail. Before the turn, the fireworks were on with Diamondrocker pushing off the fence to move up three wide and Zaboss coming around them four wide. Up the rise the two leaders on the inside kicked, with Brettan holding a narrow lead over Sinjoren. That lead would be maintained the whole way up the straight, with Sinjoren trying hard and having one last go near the line, but couldn’t get to Brettan. God’s In Him made a run at about the furlong mark, but couldn’t finish off quickly enough to get near the first two.

Follow: None to follow

Race 8

1st Cool Ring – Hugh Bowman
2nd Pajaro – Thomas Huet
3rd Marianne – Blake Shinn

A good start in the last, where the intentions of Nothing Like Luca were to lead and it did so without too much trouble. Cool Ring and Big Bonanza went up and had a look at the leader, but then Cool Ring eased which allowed Big Bonanza to get across to the “death seat”. Casual Choice was caught very wide in midfield. As they turned, Nothing Like Luca and Big Bonanza still had it, but Cool Ring was looking dangerous just back behind them. Cool Ring sprinted inside the 300m mark and basically put the issue beyond doubt soon after. Pajaro finished its race off very nicely from the back, and Marianne race well in third, but certainly had its chance after a nice run throughout. This win made it the book ends for Hugh Bowman, and this was a ten out of ten ride for sure.

Follow: Pajaro

Specials from the meeting: Adorabeel, Pajaro