Flemington Review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Phar Lap Club Plate (1100m)

1st Bel Chandon – Damien Thornton
2nd Minetti – James Winks
3rd Tiz My View – Glen Boss

In the centre of the track Conspicuous Maid and Ring Of Heaven disputed the lead a length or so ahead of Minetti outside them. For A Song and Band On The Run were closer to the inside. Codebreak andCoolidge were next in a line of six or seven with Nadawaat one of the widest and niggled at a fair way out. Conspicuous Maid beat off Ring Of Heaven but Minetti claimed her by the 300m and For A Song made a dash on the fence. Tiz My View was behind them trying to run on and out wide Nadawaat started to wind up with Bel Chandon. Minetti had no answer to a big finish from Bel Chandon who edged clear late for a strong win. Tiz My View got through to grab third from Nadawaat who ran a patchy race and Conspicuous Maid held on okay after leading. Decent gap to the remainder.

Follow: none in particular though the winner was impressive.

Race 2: Mother’s Day Handicap (2000m)

1st Sure You Can – James Winks
2nd St Issey – Jake Bayliss
3rd Flying Aurora – Michael Dee

St Issey was quite slow and Waltzing To Win was out the back with her early. Savannah Moon had the early lead but Turning Tables took over with Statute moving to second. Flying Aurora was up handy with Sure You Can and Cinnamon Carter three wide. Turning Tables was kept a little busy by Statute and Cinnamon Carter got over to be outside Savannah Moon coming to the turn. Stalking them were Flying Aurora and Sure You Can. Turning Tables was under pressure early in the straight but Statute had trouble levelling up while Savannah Moon switched back to the inside. Sure You Can was bolting as she eased out around Cinnamon Carter and Flying Aurora was running on nearer the rail. Sure You Can hit the lead inside the 200m and broke away before the margin was cut back late by St Issey flying from the back. Flying Aurora got through for third while Turning Tables battled on pretty well.

Follow: inclined to give Turning Tables another chance.

Race 3: Patricia Vagg Handicap (1200m)

1st Face Forward – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Faction – Ryan Maloney
3rd More Radiant – Michael Dee

Amarela and Kalabek were prominent towards the inside with Oak Park Goblet while further out Chiavari and Our Harmony were there. Face Forward was the widest and in the leading bunch also Florelle, Top Sight and Cristalina Lago but only about four lengths covered 10 of them. Kalabek headed Amarela at the 400m with Florelle getting through. Face Forward travelled nicely out wide and she charged past Kalabek by the clock tower. Top Sight and Chiavari were boxing on and More Radiant started to run home in the same lane as Face Forward. Racing in top form Face Forward kept going to the line to beat the fast-finishing Faction, who was buried in the ruck until the last 200m or so and More Radiant kept coming for third. Bella Capri tried hard behind them while Top Sight and Rose Dancer were next. One of the favourites Miss Delorean was never really in the picture.

Follow: More Radiant was only second-up and should have some upside.

Race 4: Heather Howes Handicap (1400m)

1st San Amaro – Chris Parnham
2nd Rock Spur – Michael Dee
3rd Secret Blend – Nick Hall

Heza Chaka was made to work to cross over as Jessie’s Boy and Veuvelicious held their spots inside but he eventually found the fence. Celestino rushed up to second. Boundary was caught wide and Big Boy Jackie wider around Setinum and Melanion and Secret Blend on the fence. Ferro Nero started a move from the 800m around those. Heza Chaka travelled okay into the straight but was under pressure by the 300m with Veuvelicious and Secret Blend getting up on his inside and Big Boy Jackie trying to come on down the outside. San Amaro was weaving through behind them while Setinum couldn’t get a run. Rock Spur charged from the back and loomed as a threat. San Amaro got the run and hit the lead over Secret Blend and just had enough in hand to beat Rock Spur who kept coming and Secret Blend just weakening late. Not a bad effort from Ferro Nero to keep his run going and Loveheart Lass was the big eye-catcher hitting the line looking for more ground. Big Boy Jackie wasn’t far away after racing wide. Setinum didn’t have much luck.

Follow: Loveheart Lass was excellent second-up.

Race 5: May Handicap (2000m)

1st Killarney Kid – Glen Boss
2nd Kareeming – Jye McNeil
3rd King Of England – Nick Hall

Use The Lot sprung out to lead clearly from Oerter while Killarney Kid landed in a perfect trail around Doctor Care. The next bunch inclulded Kareeming, Word Of Mouth and Paraggi out wide with Osvaldo easing.Aurum Spirit, Prince Kilkarlen and Golden Mane were in a line behind those. Use The Lot was untested in the lead and Oerter looked to be going a bit hard. Killarney Kid was right on their backs coming to the turn holding Doctor Care in a pocket. Paraggi and Osvaldo were wider out under pressure after wide runs. By the 300m Killarney Kid shot past the two leaders and went for home. Kareeming and Word Of Mouth tried to chase and running on from further back Golden Mane and King Of England were winding up. Killarney Kid had had a perfect run and he had plenty in hand scoring from Kareeming with the fast-finishing King Of England cutting Golden Mane out of third. Word Of Mouth weakened while Prince Kilkarlen was next home.

Follow: while the winner was good nice runs from King Of England and Golden Mane.

Race 6: All Victorian Sprint Series (1100m)

1st Lumosty – Chris Parnham
2nd Pago Rock – Nick Hall
3rd Hard Romp – Michael Dee

I’m All The Talk had little trouble in finding the lead ahead of Le Bonsir, Jersey Whistler and Hard Romp in a line. Pago Rock settled in behind those. Lumosty followed Hard Romp while Decircles and Reparationswere further out. I’m All The Talk tried to kick away coming past the 400m but there wasn’t much there and Hard Romp was coming after him. Pago Rock went back to the inside and Lumosty was held up between Le Bonsir and Hard Romp. Reparations was a bit flat footed when they sprinted but started to get going down the outside, Lumosty burst through a gap at the 200m as Pago Rock looked a danger on the inside and she roared away for an easy win. A class above them. Pago Rock held off Hard Romp for second and Reparations closed in okay late. I’m All The Talk had his chance while Decircles proved very disappointing on face value.

Follow: Lumosty is headed for Queensland and can keep winning on the way.

Race 7: Momentum Energy Trophy (1800m)

1st Kenjorwood – Regan Bayliss
2nd (dh) Digitalism – Michael Dee/Longeron – James Winks

Alrouz did his best to hold out Longeron for the lead but he eventually handed up. Kenjorwood landed in third place around Digitalism. Red Eagle was stuck three wide around Bring Back and The Wingman. Longeron slipped a couple of lengths clear in the middle stages but Alrouz crept up again to be at his quarters coming to the turn. Kenjorwood was cruising next and eased three wide before the bend to avoid a pocket. Digitalism got off the leader’s back for a while then went to his inside on turning. Longeron saw off Alrouz’s challenge but Kenjorwood had him covered at the 400m. Digitalism tried to run on and on the fence Kesampourand Verdant were battling on. Kenjorwood sailed away and put a big margin on them in a very strong win. Digitalism and Longeron couldn’t be split for second and Verdant was fair next. Cooldini made some ground to be fifth but was never a chance.

Follow: Kenjorwood will win again next time on that.

Race 8: Macau Handicap (2800m)

1st Sonntag – Michael Dee
2nd Crafty Cruiser – Boris Thornton
3rd Space – Glen Boss

Tanby rolled to the front from Sonntag much closer this time just easing while Space moved to second. Rodway slotted in behind them from Rawnaq on the fence. Sabor A Triunfo was around midfield. Tanby put the foot down and ran a few lengths clear of Space with Sonntag tracking them. About four lengths or so to the rest of the field headed by Rodway. No moves until about the 800m when Gifted Lad tried to get going around Sabor A Triunfo being niggled at. Crafty Cruiser travelled nicely waiting for a run inside her. Sonntag moved up to the leaders on the corner and he and Space kicked away. Crafty Cruiser started to run on when he got clear while Rawnaq battled and Sabor A Triunfo was very one paced. Sonntag was a little wayward near the 100m as Crafty Cruiser challenged but he held about a head margin to the line in a tough win. Space stuck on well for third after doing all the chasing and Sabor A Triunfo finally got going to run fourth.

Follow: none, these stayers are well exposed.

Race 9: Chairman’s Club Handicap (1400m)

1st Running Bull – Linda Meech
2nd Chile Express – Katelyn Mallyon
3rd Sadaqa – Damien Thornton

Prince Harada was slow from the inside alley but he did punch up to settle just off the pace. Lightenuff crossed to lead and Sadaqa went with him. Future Solution landed third and Kingdom Of Dreams was caught wide as Prince Harada improved on the fence. In that bunch Chile Express was wide and Venture On, Flying Hostess and Art Thou Ready were the next trio. Running Bull found cover behind them outsideWestsouthwest. Lightenuff and Sadaqa came a few horses off the fence on the turn and Prince Harada eased around them as well as Kingdom Of Dreams battled to stay with them. Prince Harada was gone as soon as he got clear and Future Solution ran on in his place with Venture On trying to get through. Chile Express was winding up and Running Bull and Worth A Ransom also worked home out wide. Sadaqa broke away by the 200m and just as he looked the winner he started to paddle and Running Bull and Chile Express had just enough time to run him down with Running Bull doing a little better. Sadaqa was game and Worth A Ransom did a good job just behind them. Flying Hostess and Flyingconi were close up and both ran well, particularly the former only second-up. Prince Harada proved very disappointing despite missing the start.

Follow: Sadaqa back slightly in distance, Worth A Ransom is ready now after two runs back.

Specials from the meeting: Loveheart Lass, Golden Mane, Lumosty, Worth A Ransom.iew

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Skyclad – Brenton Avdulla
2nd Lycia – Brodie Loy
3rd Backstab – Josh Parr

In the first on a big ten race card Lock The Doors was in a hurry out of the gates and initially led with Stravigomoving up on its inside and Skyclad heading them both off on the outside. When they settled and slowed in front Skyclad led from Stravigo with Lycia up three wide on the outside. Taaj had a nice run on the fence in fourth. Savannah Rose was midfield and right off the track. As they straightened, Skyclad had a good kick. There were plenty chasing but not really making headway. Inside the final 150m, Backstab looked some hope with Lycia also trying hard but they weren’t making enough if any impression on Skyclad who went on to win it over a length to Lycia who was a good effort after being wide and Backstab gets a pass mark for its effort in third. Stravigo did absolutely nothing.

Follow: Lycia

Race 2

1st High Midnight – Tim Clark
2nd Rustic Melody – Koby Jennings
3rd Redoutable Heart – Jason Collett

1900m for race 2 with Zodiac Blues missing the kick. Rustic Melody initially jumped to the front, but when they settled, One Touch took up the front from Man Of Distinction and High Midnight getting a nice run third on the fence. Invinzabeel was put into a nice spot by the pumper, one out and one back. Before the 600m mark, the action went on with Arigold coming around the field but under riding to do so. Around the turn, Invinzabeel struck the front, with High Midnight getting a good run on the fence to go up and join it also. HighMidnight was right against the inside rail and had the front clearly at the furlong pole. Rustic Midnight got out soon after and started to charge home, but it was a case of too little too late, with High Midnight holding on courtesy of a nice ride. Redoutable Heart ran a decent race in third.

Follow: Rustic Melody

Race 3

1st Kaepernick – Jay Ford
2nd Berry Delicious – Jason Collett
3rd Good Project – Brodie Loy

Liberty Island was slow out in the third whereas Mohave was first to jump. Mr Manhattan and Good Projectwere probing through from inside draws. Tree Of Jesse settled just behind the pace. As they settled, Mr Manhattan and Mohave paired off in front from Good Project. The eventual winner Kaepernick was given plenty of time to find it’s feet back second last. Into the straight, Mr Manhattan and Mohave were going stride for stride, with most of the others scrubbed along to get after them. Inside the 300m mark, you could see Kaepernick leaving Tree Of Jesse behind and soon after it was apparent that he was the threat to the leaders. He stretched right out in the final part of the race and got home clearly by a length or so from Berry Deliciouswho ran a nice race and Good Project was still there on the line after a nice run in transit. Tree Of Jesse was left flat footed when the winner took off, but wasn’t terrible in the end, grinding home into fourth and may want more ground.

Follow: Kaepernick, Tree Of Jesse

Race 4

1st Alberto Magic – Jason Collett
2nd Turbulent Jet – Winona Costin
3rd Earnest Ernest – Brodie Loy

Marwood was slow out, but apart from that it was a good line. Senta De Noche came out running and went straight to the front. Religify went in to second when they settled and Moral Victory was caught out three wide.Alberto Magic was restrained back into fourth spot and got a lovely run. The field was stretched out indicating that the pace was pretty good. Senta De Noche had a clear lead around the turn, but once they straightened you wanted to be on Alberto Magic. It wound up with big strides and claimed them at the furlong and realistically the race was over. Turbulent Jet finished its race off very nicely into second and Earnest Ernest did as he does and ran on into third. A nice ride and a good effort by the winner after a sparkling barrier trial win leading into this.

Follow: Turbulent Jet

Race 5

1st Sense And Reason – Jason Collett
2nd Fiftyshadesofgrey – Kathy O’Hara
3rd Bonete – Tim Clark

The rider of Matignon came off as the gates opened in the fifth, and that would be a crucial event for the chances of the favourite Bonete later in the race. Short Shift led them up initially with Bonete striding into second. The riderless horses charged around the outside as they do, and joined the leaders in front, making a menace of itself. The two with riders went stride for stride in front, all the while being mindful of the one without a rider a couple of lengths ahead of them. Around the home turn, it looked as if the riderless horse would run off the track, but soon after it changed its mind and began to crash back towards the inside. Bonete strode clear at the 300m mark, but was soon pinned hard against the fence by the riderless horse. It’s hard to say whether this cost the favourite the race, but my gut feeling is yes. At the very least it certainly didn’t help its cause as Sense And Reason and Fiftyshadesofgrey wound up strongly in the clear down the outside. Sense And Reason was the one that found the line the best, beating Fiftyshadesofgrey, but if you were on the favourite, I think you are entitled to be a little frustrated at the circumstances here. Just another way to do your money, that’s racing!

Follow: Bonete

Race 6

1st You’ll Never – Jason Collett
2nd San Diego – Sam Clipperton
3rd Lunar Rise – Jeff Penza

No prizes for guessing who was first out in the sixth. Rain Affair pinged the lids and set up a couple of lengths lead early on. The favourite Craftiness was out wide early and made to work a bit, before finding itself in third and still working. Boomwa went to second early on, with Medcaut getting a nice run in fourth. Rain Affair was off and running at the 600m mark with about a four length break from Boomwa who was doing the chasing and at this point you started to feel that something would storm home from the back. Into the straight, Boomwa andCraftiness were both spent forces chasing Rain Affair who was about to get a stitch. To his credit he maintained the lead to the 100m mark, but You’ll Never powered home down the outside to win easily in the end from San Diego who also finished its race off nicely. Given the pace it set, and where the others on the pace finished, it was a pretty good effort by Rain Affair today.

Follow: None to follow

Race 7

1st Solicit – Tim Clark
2nd Peace Force – Brenton Avdulla
3rd Calming Influence – Jason Collett

There were a few contesting the early lead with Calming Influence getting that spot with Mamwaazel into second, Vergara into third and Solicit getting a nice run in fourth spot, which put Peron out three deep being trailed up by Peace Force. Around the turn and into the straight, Calming Influence still traveled pretty well in front. Soon after, Peron came with its run, but was struggling to get on terms with the leader. Peace Force joined in down the outside and hit the front at the 100m mark and was hailed the winner, until Solicit really dug deep in the last 50m, charged through and got the money. Back in the field, I liked the run of Copy, who was still last with 100m to go, but really warmed up nicely late in the piece. Peron, although wide, is a non winner and should be in the sack book if it isn’t already.

Follow: Copy

Race 8

1st Silverball Brenton Avdulla
2nd Sense Of Occasion Tim Clark
3rd Destiny’s Kiss Jim Cassidy

It was the charge of the light brigade early in The Lord Mayor’s Cup, but eventually Ecuador took it up fromPhrases. Singing Flame and Sense Of Occasion got nice runs in third and fourth. Before the 600m mark, Singing Flame was off three wide to be right up close to the lead and ready to strike as they turned. Arabian Gold was trailing him into the race out wide, and the other grey Silverball was picking off runs through the middle of the field and looked to have plenty to offer as they turned. At the 300m mark, Silverball burst through between the leaders and still hadn’t been asked for the supreme effort. When he was gunned by Avdulla just inside the furlong he sprinted hard and the race was all over. Sense Of Occasion held onto second fromDestiny’s Kiss who did what it always does and ran on into third. It’s hard to make a case for any of the beaten runners here as Silverball was very impressive.

Follow: Silverball

Race 9

1st Najoom – Tim Clark
2nd Federal – Sam Clipperton
3rd Bachman – Jason Collett

The Hawkesbury Guineas was the second last on the card with Najoom leading up from Eisenhower. Final Decision was out wide in third. Zizumba who didn’t begin well, went bananas out wide on the track just before the thousand metre mark and looked to head them off right out wide on the track, but it soon became apparent that the saddle must have slipped on that runner and it headed for the outside fence. When they came into the straight, Zizumba was in front but obviously a spent force as Tim Clark asked Najoom to go for home and that’s exactly what she did. At the furlong Najoom had it by three or four, with Federal starting to warm up nicely, but it seemed to be to no avail. In the run to the line, Najoom kept finding and its fair to say she brained them. Federal was respectable in second as was Bachman in third, but it is fair to say they all looked second rate compared to the winner.

Follow: Najoom

Race 10

1st Time To Test – Koby Jennings
2nd Mr One Eleven – Jay Ford
3rd Role Model – Tim Clark

And so we came to the last of ten. Live For Today flopped out of the gates and Quick Strike was deliberately dragged back to last. Choice Larga led them up, but to say they were all over the place was no understatement. Just A Blur appeared to be up sharing the lead and Loud Debate was up there out three wide. Time To Test and Song And Laughter were in the next group but out very wide. Around the turn, Choice Larga was in front but Time To Test right out wide on the course was also traveling up nicely. He ran to the front before the furlong, and then it was up to Role Model to chase. Time To Test had the measure of Role Model, and Mr One Eleven had the final shot at him. Time To Test managed to hang on. This is the kind of race you should view the replay of as there were runners caught out wide and it was a big field so there are many places one could have focused. Quick Strike ran on nicely from the back over this unsuitable distance and you would think he will improve when he steps back up over further ground.

Follow: Quick Strike

Specials from the meeting: Turbulent Jet, Bonete, Silverball