Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 1100M Cap D’Antibes Stakes
|MEMBERS JOY||NICHOLAS HALL||1st||$26|
Big field to kick off the day and it Was Members Joy with an 17.5L turnaround on the well backed Agueda that got the money. She was just too fast for them and obviously relished the firmer track. Agueda ran well and the Elite Elle form held up she just wasn’t good enough to beat the winner. Ominscient won well at Canterbury and showed some improvement to finish third.
Worth noting: Won’t be following anything with confidence out of this.
Race 2. 1400M Henry Bucks Best Dressed Stakes
|AWESOME BRO(NZ)||DAMIEN OLIVER||2nd||$4.80F|
Jimando got the money in the second. It was a race that they went very hard in early with General Peekay flying through the first section and running last. Not sure how far Jumando can go but he is a nice horse Awesome Bro did well but never looked like getting there. Forget was the run of the race, went very hard early and was still able to finish third.
Worth noting: Forget needs to be followed closely, will be at absolute peak next start
Race 3. 1400M The Sofitel
Excellent return to racing by Fawkner who put in the performance of the day. Hall was able to get him into a good spot and he finished the race off with a massive kick. This horse is in for a very good campaign. There wasn’t a great deal between the rest of them, good runs from Testascana and Playwright, they can be followed over more ground. Launay just couldn’t finish off.
Worth noting: Need to follow Fawkner very closely as he gets out over further.
Race 4. 1400M Let’s Elope Stakes
|HI BELLE||CRAIG WILLIAMS||2nd||$8.50|
|TOTAL ATTRACTION||LUKE NOLEN||3rd||$7|
Kneeling and Biancon Rose setup the tempo here and both couldn’t go on with it and finish last and second last.Zurella got the money and finished the race off very well, she is in for a good campaign as she gets further. Hi Belle was stiff and was excellent, probably a better miler so there will be some money to get out of her. Total Attraction had a perfect run and just wasn’t good enough, she has probably found her level and hasn’t improved a great deal.
Worth noting: Stick with Hi Belle
Race 5. 1200M Danehill Stakes
She was well backed and just got there in the end. They opted to ride her with a sit and she ended up with a wall of horses in front of her. Oliver made a decision in the nick of time as he shot back to the fence and she won, just.Stralia was promising in the Winter but he has taken the next step. He will get good improvement from that run and be better suited over further. The rest look limited.
Worth noting: Stralia can be followed here in a suitable race.
Race 6. 1600M Makybe Diva Stakes
|SOUTHERN SPEED||CRAIG WILLIAMS||1st||$4.20|
Southern Speed fell in after Manighar had no luck at all at a vital stage in the straight. She was ridden closer to the speed by Williams and just kept finding bit by bit to th eline to eventually hold on in a close one. Manighar really motored late with the best final 200 of the race. It was an excellent return by Manighar and it’s hard to see Southern Speed beating him again this prep. Moudre made a successful return to racing, he has a big kick on him and hopefully for connections can stay sound.
Worth noting: Mawingo put in a shocker, can be forgiven.
Race 7. 1200M Bobbie Lewis Quality
|WE’RE GONNA ROCK||MICHAEL RODD||1st||$6.50EF|
|SPIRIT OF BOOM||MICHAEL WALKER||2nd||$13|
We’re Gonna Rock was too good for them here. Good return to racing for him and he produced a good finish to win. Spirit Of Boom wasn’t far away from him in the run and he was good himself. Title was the Sydney visitor and he led them up and fought on well. Veewap produced another massive kick to run into 4th and produced the best final 200. We’re Gonna Rock the second best and Smokin’ Joey had the third best. Speediness was very good also.
Worth noting: Veewap, Smokin’ Joey and Speediness can be followed over 1400, hopefully in different races.
Race 8. 2000M Sofitel Girls’ Day Out Handicap
Excluded backed up his good Moonee Valley win. They went pretty hard early here and horses that went as hard as him all finished towards the tail. Still plenty of upside left for him and in for a good campaign. Exceptionally was pretty fresh and she produced the best 200 and 400 but couldn’t catch him. Prizum was never on the track and his effort was very good, under rated galloper who is ready. Sea Galleon is coming along well for a 2400m race and Buxted and Shiny Buttons were good from the back. Shiny Buttons is well into his campaign but he may have another win in him back in grade.
Worth noting: Follow the first 6 over the line.
——————————— Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester Race 1 1st Strawberry Boy Nash Rawiller 2nd Jacquinot Bay Jeff Penza 3rd Mon Soleil Hugh Bowman
Strawberry Boy was sent out very short odds in this and after a few hundred metres it went to the front under its own steam. He got it his own way in front there after. The other one in betting, Jacquinot Bay settled a clear last, and this was always going to be the difference between the two. On the home turn, Hoylonny hampered Jacquinot bay pushing it very wide. Without this interference it may have been able to stretch Strawberry Boy, but I don’t think could have beaten it, looking at the ease of the win.
Follow: Jacquinot Bay
Race 2 1st O’Reilly’s Prize Tommy Berry 2nd Thubiann Hugh Bowman 3rd Shawnee Girl Blake Shinn
2400m for the second event, and Diamond Jim was a bit slow out. O’Reilly’s Prize on the other hand went straight to the front and managed to stay there for the entire race. Cisco, You Think So and Sables were second, third and fourth respectively in running. At about the 800 Thubiann moved up three wide with Diamond Jim tracking it up. Together with Shawnee Girl, in the straight, they all had the chance to run down the leader but couldn’t do so.
Race 3 1st Upshot Hugh Bowman 2nd Rumor And Scandal Blake Spriggs 3rd Mr Bolinger James McDonald
They didn’t appear to go fast in the third race with Merlin Mustang leading from Big Time. Eventually however,Rumor And Scandal pulled its way to the lead, with Upshot going with it. They had a good battle for the entire length of the straight, with Upshot grinding out the win in pretty good fashion. It looks to be a horse on the way up that can win more races. No others really did anything much.
Race 4 1st Tatra Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Proverb Peter Robl 3rd Honorius Nash Rawiller
An even start in the fourth with Sumarand taking up the running from Tatra. Rowie and Limes got good runs just behind the pace, whilst the well supported Toydini got well back to second last, and on the home turn looked in a lot of trouble. In the straight, Proverb found inside runs from last to come after Tatra and just failed to pick it up on the line. The run of Proverb was very good in a race where not too many made ground.
Race 5 1st Danleigh Hugh Bowman 2nd Secret Admirer James McDonald 3rd Lamasery Peter Robl
The Chelmsford was race 5, and Lights Of Heaven was slow out. Somepin Anypin went to the front as expected and looked to set up a good pace. Ginga Dude and Centennial Park were second and third in the run, with the eventual winner Danleigh getting a good run in fourth. Early in the straight Danleigh made use of the good run it had enjoyed to sprint to the lead, with Secret Admirer beginning to come out after it. Try as she may, Secret Admirer couldn’t pick up Danleigh in the run to the line. Lamasery made pleasing ground into third, whilst one can only presume Lights Of Heaven may be amiss as she never put in at all.
Follow: Lamasery at 2000m and above
Race 6 1st Dear Demi James McDonald 2nd Meidung Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Jade Marauder Nash Rawiller
Single Style led Flying Snitzel in the sixth event. Caio was caught three wide on the speed, whilst Doubtfilly got a nice run behind the leader. Meidung also got a nice run in midfield, whilst the eventual winner Dear Demi got a fair way back, but not as far as Pussy Willow and Jade Marauder. In the straight, Meidung briefly hit the front, but was then challenged by Dear Demi and Jade Marauder. It was Dear Demi who was strongest in the run to the line to get the win. The first three home spaced the rest. Doubtfilly was disappointing, and I am not sure she is up to this class.
Follow: Dear Demi
Race 7 1st Tiger Tees Peter Robl 2nd Mrs Onassis Brenton Avdulla 3rd Satin Shoes Jim Cassidy
Tiger Tees began like a bomb, but was then taken on by Rain Affair who worked its way to the front. They basically stayed in their order until they straightened where it was apparent that Rain Affair was in all sorts and Tiger Tees ran to the lead. In the run to the line nothing got anywhere near him, although Mrs Onassis did a fair job to run into second. A big question mark over Rain Affair from here.
Follow: Mrs Onassis
Race 8 1st Tagus Jim Cassidy 2nd Kontiki Park Nash Rawiller 3rd Moment Of Change Peter Robl
Steps In Time led them up from Tagus in the last event. Around the home turn Steps In Time briefly got away but then was gone and began to drop out. Tagus claimed the lead early in the straight, with seeminly runners coming from everywhere, but not managed to get past it. The run of Kontiki Park was good to get into second after taking until about the 200m to get fully into the clear. Moment Of Change ran fairly in third. It appears Steps In Time hasn’t come up as well this time in work.
Follow: Kontiki Park
Specials From The Meeting: Proverb, Kontiki Park