Flemington review compiled by David Carr

Race 1 – 12:30PM Talindert Stakes (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:03.24 Last 600m: 0:33.63

1       CASQUETS       Mark Kavanagh       Stephen Baster      $7
2       ANNENBERG       Pat Carey       Peter Mertens      $11
3       ESSIE’S PRIDE       Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra       Chris Symons      $14

Excitable Boy was the first out of the gates and shared the early lead until Hailin’ Diamonds crossed him which caused Excitable Boy to check. Mid race Consorting moved up in the middle of the track to challenge for the lead, but was under pressure at the 400m. Approaching the 300m Hailin’ Diamonds shifted in again on Excitable Boy causing a second check and no where to go. Casquets and Annenberg avoided the trouble and came with a clear run down the outside to fight out the finish. Casquets was just a little too strong for Annenberg winning by a long neck.

Worth Noting: Dwayne Dunn was suspended for 7 meetings for his ride on Hailin’ Diamonds.

Race 2 – 1:10PM tab.com.au Trophy (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:22.47 Last 600m: 0:33.59

1       DANY THE FOX (NZ)       Mick Price       Glen Boss       $2F
2       COSMIC CAUSEWAY       Peter G Moody       Luke Nolen       $5
3       AUDINO       Robbie Laing       Vlad Duric       $101

Pure Courage flew the gates and landed a length in front of the world tried Dany The Fox who crossed over into 2nd from the wide gate. New York box seated in 3rd with Cosmic Causeway a length away. Once they found their running positions they remained unchanged until entering the straight when Dany The Fox quickly ran to the lead sprinting away from Pure Courage. New York was the first horse under pressure and was disappointing considering the amount of late support in the betting. Cosmic Causeway came off the heels of Dany The Fox at the 200m and closed the margin to half a length on the line, but Dany The Fox was too strong. The bolter Audinogot up for 3rd and added some value to the multiples.

Worth Noting: New York didn’t appreciate being ridden on pace today and can return to form if ridden cold next start.

Race 3 – 1:50PM Indian Summer Handicap (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:22.49 Last 600m: 0:34.69

1       PERFECTLY STUNNING (NZ)        Pat Carey       Craig Newitt       $5.50
2       OMINOUS QUALITY        David Brideoake & David Feek       Dwayne Dunn       $4.40F
3       EPINGLE (NZ)        Michael Kent       Alex Forbes (a3)       $21

Prior to the start of the race Gig became cast in the barrier and was withdrawn on vets advice. Trainer of First Print notified stewards of the intention to be ridden forward today from the wide barrier, but that was thrown out the window when First Print missed the start. It was a good early battle for the lead with five horses stretched across the track. You Can Dance eventually won the battle holding Mosse Diva off the rails. Music Shop landed in the box seat. The race favourite Ominous Quality settled well back, 3 wide but had cover. Perfectly Stunning was second last on the rails throughout. As they entered the straight, You Can Dance and Mosse Diva continued their battle for the lead while Music Shop, Perfectly Stunning, Past The Post and First Print all searched for runs. Ominous Quality had the momentum and came right down the outside to hit the front at the clock tower and looked home for all money. Perfectly Stunning eventually got the split on the inside and showed an explosive turn of foot to not only run down Ominous Quality but to run away from her. Epingle came from last to grab 3rd in front of a few unlucky runner who raced without much room in the straight.

Worth Noting: There is a very fine line between Heroes and Villains in racing. Craig Newitt rode for luck and got the breaks at the right time to be dubbed the hero for his ride on Perfectly Stunning. If the luck didn’t go his way he would of instead been dubbed the Villain of the day by punters.

Race 4 – 2:30PM Hilton Nicholas Handicap (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:01.07 Last 600m: 0:34.79

1       BELLS OF TROY       Wendy Kelly       Craig Newitt       $13
2       SHEWAN       Robert Smerdon       Glen Boss       $11
3       KEEP COOL (NZ)       Danny O’Brien       Jake Noonan (a1.5)       $3F

Punters pretty much had this race narrowed down to a 2 horse war with Keep Cool narrowly holding favourtism over Angola. It wasn’t long after the jump that Keep Cool had found the lead with Angola on his back. Shewanraced closer today on the inside of Angola. Elusive King found a nice spot in the run trailing Angola. To my eye, Keep Cool travelled a bit keen throughout and appeared to be fighting Jake Noonan for more reign. Around the turn Noonan didn’t keep his cool and let Keep Cool go way too early. He quickly put 3 lengths on Angola who was the 1st horse beat. Keep Cool was still 3 lengths clear at the clock tower but was starting to shorten strides as the swoopers were coming fast. Shewan and Bells Of Troy mowed down Keep Cool grabbing the lead in the final few strides. Bells of Troy who came from last managed to edge out Shewan.

Worth Noting: I think Jake Noonan thought he was at Caufield the way he kicked away around the turn. Like Bart says “You’ve got to hold them together until the clock tower at Flemington” especially in middle distance and staying races. Jake Noonan was fined $300 for using the whip 8 times in a forehand mannor prior to the 100m.

Race 5 – 3:10PM The Mittys Vanity (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:22.59 Last 600m: 0:33.74

1       ALZORA       David Hayes       Nicholas Hall        $18
2       YOU’RE SO GOOD (NZ)       Nigel Blackiston       Glen Boss        $3.50F
3       PETITE DIABLESSE       Greg Eurell       Vlad Duric        $9

A 4 horse war for the lead in the early stages with the plunge horse You’re So Good eventually running to the lead from Kochamma, Royal Scandal and Spending. Petite Diablesse was a little slow to begin and raced back in the field. Kazanluk had no luck and raced wide without cover throughout. At the top of the straight it looked like being a good battle for 1st with many looking like chances. You’re So Good was held together by Bossy while Kochamma and Kazanluk moved up to issue their challenge. Spending looked to be under pressure behind them but also had no room to be fully tested. Bossy let You’re So Good go at the 250m and she responded well getting away from the early challenges but the swoopers were coming. Alzora raced to You’re So Good and got a head in front at the 50m with Petite Diablesse storming home to have the last crack at them but just missed.

Worth Noting: Petite Diablesse was the run of the race after missing the start. Take nothing away from You’re So Good who was involved in the early speed battle and missed by a narrow margin on the line. Baluch worked home well and can also be followed. I’m sacking Spending until she shows something more after two disappointing efforts since her first start victory.

Race 6 – 3:50PM CS Hayes Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:22.60 Last 600m: 0:33.77

1        SHEER TALENT       Mark Kavanagh       Stephen Baster        $15
2       FORCE COMMAND       Greg Eurell       Dwayne Dunn        $15
3       HOSTING       Greg Eurell       Chris Symons        $8

Force Command did some work early trying to cross the surprise leader Pins Of Pele who pulled his way to the front after over racing. Philippi sat much closer than most speed maps would have anticipated. Sheer Talentfound the perfect spot settling 4th one out. Two of the favoured runners Lunar Rise and Albrecht settled well back in the field. Into the straight Force Command got the better of Pins Of Pele and had the lead until Sheer Talent came off their heels with a strong run to take over. Hosting followed Sheer Talent into the race and looked like running 2nd but Force Command kicked back to hold on for 2nd as Hosting’s run peaked 50m from the line. Albrecht could only manage to pass a few tiring runners late and Lunar Rise was very disappointing doing absolutely nothing in the straight.

Worth Noting: On face value Albrecht was disappointing but his times were still good and he is racing like he needs further this prep. Nice return by Philippi who will improve as the distance increases.

Race 7 – 4:30PM Black Caviar Lightning (1000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:55.42R Last 600m: 0:31.36

1       BLACK CAVIAR       Peter G Moody         Luke Nolen       $1.10F
2       MOMENT OF CHANGE       Peter G Moody         Ms Linda Meech       $21
3       GOLDEN ARCHER       Peter G Moody         Daniel Stackhouse       $41

The horse of a life time Black Caviar returned in breathtaking style breaking her rival’s hearts and a track record that has stood at Flemington since 1988. The most impressive part is she broke Specials 25 year old track record eased down. She extends her record to 23 from 23 and continues to stamp her authority as one of the all time greats. Peter Moody trained the trifecta with Moment Of Change running a terrific race to get within a few lengths of the great mare and also record an outstanding time. He will be very hard to beat in the Newmarket with a nice weight drop.

Worth Noting: If you haven’t been able to get to the races to see her make sure you do before it’s too late as she will be spoken about as possibly the greatest ever for generations to come.

Race 8 – 5:10PM Lawn Handicap (1200 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:08.94 Last 600m: 0:33.26

1       BELFAST BOY       Gordon Richards       Dwayne Dunn       $15
2       DECIRCLES       Danny O’Brien       Craig Newitt       $2.50F
3       LE BONSIR       Mick Price       Dale Smith       $12

Decircles was smashed late in the betting and backed with Black Caviar confidence. Decircles wasn’t going to leave his run too late today and in a role reversal lead the field down the long Flemington straight. Le Bonsir raced handy out wide and wasn’t far away in a bunched field. As they strode towards the business end Decircles looked to be going well and still had a bit to offer, but Belfast Boy looked to be bolting behind him and as soon as Belfast Boy got off Decircles heels the race was over as the seasoned galloper drew clear late for a decisive victory. Decircles and Le Bonsir fought on well. As usual Too Deadly made late ground.

Worth Noting: Belfast Boy was ridiculous value here. He was proven down the straight 2 from 2, had great sectional times and a top jockey on board. At $15 what more could you ask for?

Race 9 – 5:50PM Elms Handicap (1700 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:40.83R Last 600m: 0:34.80

1    NICONOISE    David Hayes       Jake Noonan (a1.5)       $14
2    GAIL    Robbie Griffiths       Nicholas Hall       $12
3    UNDER THE HAT    John Sadler       Jamie Mott       $12

The surprise in the early stages of the last event was seeing The New Boy racing wide and off the speed. Perhaps he wasn’t as share early without the blinkers on. Laspiel led Min River with Langridge Street and Auld Burns finding nice spots. Strange tactics by Katelyn Mallyon, who allowed The New Boy to stride up and sit outside the leaders 3 wide at the 600m. At this point Niconoise was making a move from back in the field and Hayes other runner Why Not was under extreme pressure. As they entered the straight The New Boy stuck on gamely to hit the lead and looked half a chance until Niconoise balanced up and went straight passed him inside the final furlong. Gail and Under The Hat ran on well to fill the places.

Worth Noting: Niconoise broke the 1700m track record at Flemington. I wouldn’t be getting carried away with that as there aren’t many 1700m events at Flemington.


Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st            Frozen Rope                  Josh Parr
2nd          Carry Me Bluey             Sam Clipperton
3rd          Kaypers                            Tommy Berry

1800m for the first and Fast Clip came out well, along with Winning Glory and Southern Skye.  Fast Clip set up a break in the back straight of about 4 lenghts, before it steadied and led by about a length.  Frozen Rope ended up a lot closer to the pace today, in the one out one back trail, followed up by Carry Me Bluey.  On the point of the turn both of those runners came with their runs three and four wide.  For the majority of the straight it looked to be Carry Me Bluey’s race but Frozen Rope wouldn’t be denied and came back to win.  Kaypers and Permit both worked to the line well indicating they will win again soon.

Follow: Carry Me Bluey, Kaypers, Permit

Race 2

1st               Steps In Time              Jim Cassidy
2nd             Red Tracer                   Hugh Bowman
3rd             Choice Words              Peter Robl

Steps In Time and Red Tracer disputed top billing in the betting ring, and they ended up fighting out the finish.  Steps In Time jumped well and was taken to the front by Cassidy as expected.  She led from Capital Commander and Red Tracer.  The pace looked genuine but you always felt Cassidy would have something up his sleeve on Steps In Time and that is how it turned out.  At the 200m, they had the race between them, but when Cassidy really gunned Steps In Time she kept responding and held on nicely.  The run of Choice Words was good to chase the other Mares into third place.

Follow: The firs two are quality Mares

Race 3

1st             Never Can Tell         Peter Robl
2nd          Whittington                Tommy Berry
3rd           Criterion                    Glyn Schofield

Napayshini missed the kick and was hard ridden early, back second last.  Whittington led them up from Never Can Tell on its outside.  Galeforce Ten and Regimental Pride got nice runs just behind the speed.  Criterion was pushed along a bit before the turn to try and move away from the fence.  On the turn I thought Whittington was traveling better than Never Can Tell, but Never Can Tell leveled up at about the 300m mark and they settled down to fight it out.  Never Can Tell got the upper hand and went on to win, whilst Criterion got going at the end to run into third but was gapped by the first two.

Follow: Criterion

Race 4

1st           Overreach              Tommy Berry
2nd         Everage                  Nathan Berry
3rd          Brilliant Bisc         Josh Parr

Good support in betting for Overreach, and she began very nicely to quickly assume the lead.  That was basically the end of the section, in what was the win of the day.  Brilliant Bisc which was also in the betting went to second outside the leader with Everage getting a nice run behind the leader.  At the top of the straight you were counting your money if you were on Overreach, and when Tommy Berry let her go, she bounded away, in the shape of an upcoming Golden Slipper winner.  The others tried as they may but never got in the same race.  I didn’t mind the run of Sweet Kiss again today, it has the ability to win an easier race if placed well.

Follow: Overreach looks a big Slipper hope

Race 5

1st            Rebel Dane                   Jason Collett
2nd          Urquidez                      Nathan Berry
3rd          Taxmeifyoucan          Peter Robl

There was good betting support in this event for Ashokan, with most probably thinking it would take up the lead.  It turned out that initially there was more pace than most expected, with Casino Swoop leading from Urquidez and Ashokan in third.  Sacred Falls, which was first up but in the betting, and Rebel Dane which the same could be said of, were both back near the tail of the field.  Around the home turn there was no change in the order, with Sacred Falls and Rebel Dane both still back at the tail, but the jockey on Rebel Dane didn’t seem too worried and brought him to the outside with intent.  In the run to the line Urquidez dashed for home, but Rebel Dane had passed the rest of the field, and hit the line with determination to get up and win against the odds.  Ashokan was disappointing, Sacred Falls just gets a pass mark, and the run of Taxmeifyoucan was much improved today.

Follow: Taxmeifyoucan

Race 6

1st              Bennetta               James McDonald
2nd            Ichihara               Hugh Bowman
3rd            Dear Demi            Jim Cassidy

Ichihara came across from out wide to head off Driefontein which positioned up on the fence behind the lead, leaving Flying Snitzel in the position outside the leader.  The race favourite Bennetta got back beyond midfield but traveled well.  Around the turn Ichihara still traveled ok in front and was asked for its effort at about the 300m mark.  It shook off its rivals, all bar Bennetta which had launched down the outside and came away for a soft win.  The run of Dear Demi to come into third was good.  The winners of race 4, 5 and 6 were all very impressive and are well above average.

Follow: Dear Demi

Race 7

1st           Riva De Lago             Corey Brown
2nd         Bello                              Josh Parr
3rd         Aeronautical              James McDonald

Hoylonny came out very averagely here.  Number One Gun on the other hand, did what most would have expected and ran to the lead from Soledad and Maroney Avenue.  They looked to go slowly in front, giving Number One Gun every chance, along with Soledad which took a nice trail behind it.  Darci Be Good was caught wide all the way.  I’ve previously labeled Riva De Lago a cat and an enigma, I’ll have to go with enigma, because today it again looked like a very good horse, trailing through at the top of the straight and sprinting clear for a good win.  Bellotried hard down the outside, Aeronautical put in its typical run on effort, whilst Hoylonny did enough here to suggest he’s in for another good campaign.  Soledad was very disappointing and isn’t a punting proposition for now.  Darci Be Good can be forgiven after being wide.

Follow: Hoylonny

Race 8

1st       Agister                           Chris Reith
2nd       Under The Sun          Tommy Berry
3rd       Upshot                          Hugh Bowman

Agister found support in betting and came across from out wide to lead from Under The Sun.  They stayed in their order to the home turn, where Agister was still running in front and had a clear lead from Under The Sun which was brought out from behind it to issue its challenge.  In the striaght, Upshot in the green and white colours was the one that lacked racing room, and may have made the finish interesting with a bit more luck.  It, together with Agister and Under The Sun fought out a close finish with Agister holding on by the narrowest of margins, to send punters home on a winning note.  Australian Star went quite nicely in this race and can win races again this campaign.

Follow: Upshot, Australian Star

Specials from the meeting: Carry Me Bluey, Overreach