Flemington review compiled by David Carr
Race 1 – 12:50PM Nursery Plate (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:04.08 Last 600m: 0:33.63

1                   METASTASIO            Peter Snowden             Kerrin McEvoy                $3.60F
2                  KONA BREEZE           Peter G Moody             Luke Nolen                        $6.50
3                  THE YOWIE                 David Hayes                 Chad Schofield (a)           $4.60

They jumped in a clean line for the opening event and soon after the start Metastasio and Prospect Street shared the front in a tightly bunched field. Only two or three lengths seperated first to last as they raced past the 400m. McEvoy looked to have a good hold on Metastasio and when The Yowie issued his challenge Metastasio extended comfortably to draw away for a soft win by over 2 lengths. The Yowie tired late allowing Kona Breeze to keep grinding away on the rail and grab 2nd.

Worth NotingMetastasio will be entered for the Blue Diamond Preludes at Caulfield next month. The Darley stable continues to produce well educated 2 year olds. The last 600m time was over 6 lengths slower than the opening event last week.

Race 2 – 1:30PM Dover Handicap (1610 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:37.52 Last 600m: 0:33.94

1               GOLDSLICK                                Michael Kent                   Brad Rawiller                            $6.50
2               UNCHAIN MY HEART                David Hayes                   Chad Schofield (a1.5)            $61
3               FAMILY CREST (NZ)                  Robbie Griffiths             Craig Newitt                              $3.40F

Kasane and the well backed Family Crest jumped straight to the front and shared the lead. Dayita couldn’t get in from out wide and was pushed forward to find a position but still couldn’t get in and was forced to race wide throughout. Goldslick travelled well on the fence and just needed a bit of luck getting clear at the right time to finish in the money. As they entered the straight Family Crest and Dayita beat off Kasane. Family Crest was going a bit better than Dayita and looked a winning chance until the luck came for Goldslick as he burst through the pack at the 100m to grab first. Unchain My Heart flashed home out wide to finish second at big odds.

Worth NotingDayita‘s run was better than it looked after being forced to race wide without cover from start to finish. Follow her next start especially if the track is rain affected.

Race 3 – 2:10PM Kensington Stakes (1000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:57.42 Last 600m: 0:32.44

1           FIRST COMMAND           Anthony Freedman            Glen Boss                  $1.65F
2          LIGHT EXPRESS             Michael Hibbs                       Vlad Duric                $8.50
3          BELFAST BOY                  Gordon Richards                 Dwayne Dunn         $9

A small field for the feature race of the day and First Command started a short priced dominant favourite. Bossy must have had a big smile after they had travelled 400m because nothing wanted to challenge for the lead. He controlled the race from the front and ran some fairly slow early sectionals. First Command was still under a hold at the 300m as Duric tried to issue a challenge on Light Express and Diplomatic Force pun in his run on the fence. When Boss drew the whip on First Command he responded well and quickly put the raced beyond doubt.Belfast Boy ran on well to grab third and Good Ba Ba wound up strong late.

Worth NotingGood Ba Ba the former champion racehorse of Hong Kong, ran the fastest final 200m of the day. He will be nominated for the Carlyon Cup at Caulfield next month over 1600m and drops to the minimum weight.

Race 4 – 2:50PM Seascay Handicap (1410 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.00 Last 600m: 0:36.00

1          INCA                                       Ray Besanko                    Peter Mertens                $7
2         GENERAL GROOVE            Leon Corstens                Alex Forbes (a3)          $16
3         HAUSSMANN                       Peter Snowden               Kerrin McEvoy             $14

The field of 16 jumped in an almost perfect line. Soon after the start a bunch of six drove forward to fight for the lead and set up a strong tempo. Eye the World and Champagne Tales won the early speed battle and shared the lead. Emperor Max got the nice run as predicted but the speed was really on and that set the race up for the swoopers. The leading group of four fought on gamely but had enough inside the final furlong as Red Inca,General Groove and Haussmann made their runs together and fought out a close finish. The early pace played into their hands and Red Inca proved the strongest late diving at General Groove to get up on the line.

Worth Noting: It’s not very often swoopers get into the race in a big field over 1400m at Fleminton but they really motored early. Red Inca ran 1:07.92 for his final 1200m which shows how strong the pace was. Subiaso ran well again and will be hard to beat when he gets out to 2000m+.

Race 5 – 3:30PM Leonard Handicap (1410 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.03 Last 600m: 0:34.47

1              LANGRIDGE STREET             Michael Hibbs              Vlad Duric                $51
2             GOLDSTONE                               Bart Cummings            Steven Arnold        $5
3              INFINITE ENERGY                    Peter G Moody             Luke Nolen              $2.50F

The punters only wanted to support Infinite Energy and Goldstone in the first leg of the Quaddie. They both mapped well and found ideal positions in the run. However many speed maps may not have predicted the strength of the early tempo set by Signor Socks and Devils Force. Around the turn for home Langridge Street pulled out and started his run around Goldstone. That kept Infinite Energy momentarily pocketed behind the leaders. At the 300m Goldstone and Langridge Street hit the front. Infinite Energy soon got the split and made up ground quickly but tired on his run. Langridge Street was strong late and got the upper hand over Goldstone to win and knock most punters out of the Quaddie. Gail and Giresun both ran on well.

Worth Noting: It is important to consider who the leaders are and their natural pace when doing speed maps.

Race 6 – 4:10PM Craftsman Handicap (1720 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:42.99 Last 600m: 0:35.71

1              LORD OF BRAZIL (NZ)          Darren Weir              Brad Rawiller            $5.50F
2              THE NEW BOY                          Danny O’Brien          Craig Newitt              $6.50
3              UNDER THE HAT                    John Sadler               Dwayne Dunn           $14

The late plunge came for The New Boy who looked well placed today with Craig Newitt taking over from Jake Noonan after he went too hard too early at his last start. After they jumped The New Boy found the early lead and was restrained by Newitt who tried to slow up the tempo but Spacecraft didn’t like that idea and went on with it. The leading pair then went on to run seven furlongs in well under 12 seconds each. On the turn for home Spacecraft had enough and called it quits leaving The New Boy six lengths in front and a sitting duck up the long Flemington straight. To his credit The New Boy fought on gamely as the swoopers made their runs. The ever consistent Lord Of Brazil put in a mighty effort under the 60kgs to run down The New Boy and score by a nose on the line. Under The Hat ran on well to finish third.

Worth Noting: Continue to follow the first three. The New Boy will be very hard to beat dropping back to a mile.

Race 7 – 4:50PM Piping Lane Handicap (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:02.40 Last 600m: 0:35.25

1            KUTCHINSKY                       Danny O’Brien              Craig Newitt           $6
2           ELUSIVE KING                     Peter G Moody             Brad Rawiller        $2.70F
3           HURDY GURDY MAN        Darren Weir                  Glen Boss                 $4.40

The plunge in this race came for Elusive King who was very well backed late. Westsouthwest pinged out of the gates like a greyhound to land a length in front but didn’t want the lead which allowed Beer Garden to join him in front. After they went 100m Brad Rawiller had a decision to make on Elusive King, Push him forward and take up the running or wait and hopefully slot in? Without hesitating he decided to send him forward and roll to the front. An interesting decision considering the pattern of the day was favouring swoopers and Elusive King doesn’t normally lead. Had he shown a bit more patience he would have slotted in outside the eventual winner Kutchinsky, but that’s easy to say in hindsight. Throughout the run Elusive King did travel well under his own steam and looked like he would be hard to run down. He even traded as low as $1.66 in play on Betfair. But once they entered the straight he just appeared to get a bit lost without something to chase as the old boy Kutchinsky wound up and got the upper hand to win by a length on the line. It was almost a role reversal for Craig Newitt and Brad Rawiller from the previous race.

Worth NotingThe Tuscan Fire form is holding up very well. It took 32 months, 20 starts and seven jockeys forKutchinsky to salute the judge again.

Race 8 – 5:30PM Domain Handicap (1410 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.87 Last 600m: 0:35.25

1             DANISH WHISKEY                Michael Kent        Brad Rawiller           $11
2            MINNIE DOWNS                      Brian Cox               Glen Boss                   $8
3           PERFECT OFFERING              John Sadler           Dwayne Dunn           $21

A wide open betting market for the last leg of the Quaddie started with everyone holding their breath as Crimson Lady reared and dislodged Alex Forbes. Fortunately she started second from the outside and didn’t cause lots of interference. She knew where her home was and hugged the outside fence looking for a shortcut back to her stall. Forbes was later examined by the club’s doctor and cleared of any injuries. As the field settled into stride Meliora took up the running from Spirit of Soul and went along at a good pace. Melting Moment elected to ease into the box seat inside Folk Rock. Inside the final furlong there was a wall of horses and many winning chances. Melting Moment looked to be bolting but had nowhere to go and was held up for the entire length of the straight. Danish Whiskey got right up on the inside with 150m to go and stole the race. Trainer Michael Kent later said that he walked the track between races and told Brad Rawiller to stick to the fence as he felt that the track had evened out. Brilliant insight from a great trainer. It’s a shame the punters don’t hear about these nuggets of gold until after the race. Minnie Downs ran on well after having a checked path down the straight.

Worth Noting: Brad Rawiller gets his treble and wins the jockey challenge. Melting Moment should have won comfortably and should be followed but you might not get any value next start as she will be in everyone’s black book.


Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st               Centrepet                 Glyn Schofield
2nd             Chiaramonte           Josh Parr
3rd              Never Dwell            Tommy Berry

General Peekay got back to last early after not beginning very well.  Never Dwell on the other hand went straight to the front from Centrepet and New Moves.  Chiaramonte was out wide all of the way, whilst Shirvarci which had support in betting was back near last along the inside.  When they turned for home Centrepet was launching its challenge and soon after went past Never Dwell, which fought on well along with Chiaramonte which was a good run after being wide.  General Peekay and Shivarci never really came into it at all.

Follow: Chiaramonte

Race 2

1st            Frozen Rope                      Josh Parr
2nd          Sailor’s Farewell               Jay Ford
3rd           Mr Edison                           Kathy O’Hara

Falklands went o the front but over raced a bit and set up a three length lead early, from Kuhreihen and Clickety Snip which moved up outside the leader.  Mr Edison and Frozen Rope both got good runs just behind the speed.  At the 300m Kuhreihen came with its run and briefly looked the winner but was quickly beaten, justifying it being put in the sack book last start, and then Frozen Rope swept up out wide and went on to win it.  Sailors Farewellran on well for second, and I thought the run of Falklands was not too bad after over racing early.

Follow: Sailor’s Farewell, Falklands

Race 3

1st               She’s Clean                     Shaun Guymer
2nd             Princess Layla              James McDonald
3rd             Arms Length                  Sam Clipperton

Princess Layla briefly led early but was taken on by Geemeup which ran clear in front.  Sugera and Project Compassion both got nice runs just behind the pace.  The short priced favourite, She’s Clean got well back to second last.  In the straight, Princess Layla briefly hit the front, but She’s Clean was balancing up down the outside.  Once she got mobile, it was a pretty impressive sprint from She’s Clean that proved the difference as she claimed the lead at the 50m mark and went on to win well.  Geemeup fought on ok and Arms Length came home well down the outside.

Follow: Geemeup, Arms Length

Race 4

1st                 Campania                          Kathy O’Hara
2nd               Imperil                               Chris Reith
3rd                Laser Flash                       Brenton Avdulla

Fuming and Wind And Dine were both a bit slow to begin along with G’day Kitty.  Danaura led them up fromImperil that pulled its way up outside the lead.  Sandpipers was caught three wide and Laser Flash also tracked up three wide. Imperil rand clear on the point of the turn, but the last bit was always going to be the test as it had pulled hard early on.  At the 200m they were literally queuing up to go past Imperil, it fought hard and staved them all off bar Campania which came right down the extreme outside to grab victory.

Follow: Imperil, Laser Flash

Race 5

1st               Marseille Roulette      Tommy Berry
2nd             Fuerza                             James McDonald
3rd              Direct Charge               Glyn Schofield

A great debut here by Marseille Roulette which showed great pace from an outside gate to lead easily fromDirect Charge.  Sweet Kiss which found support in betting settled nicely on the fence behind the speed.  The favourite Fuerza got back to midfield.  The talk of the race will be the wayward nature of the winner Maseille Roulette in the straight which shifted out sharpley when well clear in front.  There was a protest lodged by the rider of Fuerza who made up a stack of ground late, but the objection was dismissed, and rightly so if you ask me.  Direct Charge and Sweet Kiss battled on ok, and Standard Bearer again showed its likely to be a better horse over more ground down the track.

Follow: The first two home both look smart

Race 6

1st                California Storm             Sam Clipperton
2nd              Time To Plunder             Peter Robl
3rd               Masterstroke                   Jason Collett

Girls Go Racing was up to its old tricks missing the start a couple of lengths.  Mighty Obvious on the other hand showed its usual gate speed to take up the lead from California Storm.  Ying La was caught wide as was Net Worth, although Net Worth had cover.  Masterstroke got a very nice run on the fence behind the leader.  They were all over shop with about 250m to run, but California Storm proved to be the one with the best turn of foot and came away to beat Time To Plunder and Masterstroke.  Earnest Ernest looked some chance when it got clear, but it threw in the towel in the last 50m.  The rest all went pretty averagely.

Follow: Time To Plunder, Ying La

Race 7

1st             Kukri                            Chris Reith
2nd           Planetarium              Glyn Schofield
3rd            Marden                       Peter Robl

O’Reilley’s Prize worked across from an outside gate here to take up a clear lead early.  Secessio andPlanatarium were second and third in the run, with the eventual winner, Kukri, settling fourth.  Most travelled quite well before the turn, with the field packing up behind O’Reilley’s Prize.  Kukri was the first to challenge for the lead and went clear soon after, with Planatarium getting an inside run to be the only real chance of beating it.  Kukri held on in the run to the line, with Marden making up good ground into third.

Follow: Marden

Race 8

1st             Riva De Lago                         Corey Brown
2nd           Zakynthos Imprintz           Kathy O’Hara
3rd            Testarythm                            James McDonald

Samui Lad ran to the front in the last and set up a break over Merlin Mustang which followed in indian file, as didTestarythm.  The pace looked fairly good.  Last time out I named Riva De Lago a cat, and today it made me look like an ordinary judge by bursting through with a good sprint late in the piece to get victory over Zakynthos Imprintz and Testaryth.  I thought Bereft and Bello were both very average in this, in particular Bereft which seemed to have a nice run in transit.  Testarythm went well enough out of the on pace runners.

Follow: Testarythm

Specials From The Meeting: Chiaramonte, Laser Flash, Imperil