Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams   Race 1.     1100M    Cap D’Antibes Stakes   

MEMBERS JOY     NICHOLAS HALL    1st     $26
AGUEDA      VLAD DURIC     2nd     $3.10F
OMNISCIENT      GLEN BOSS     3rd     $8
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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   

JIMANDO      MATTHEW NEILSON     1st     $12
AWESOME BRO(NZ)      DAMIEN OLIVER     2nd     $4.80F
FORGET      BRAD RAWILLER     3rd     $9
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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   

FAWKNER       NICHOLAS HALL     1st    $9
TESTASCANA)      RYAN PLUMB     2nd     $31
PLAYWRIGHT(NZ)       JAMES WINKS     3rd     $26
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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   

ZURELLA(NZ)      CRAIG NEWITT     1st     $10
HI BELLE      CRAIG WILLIAMS     2nd     $8.50
TOTAL ATTRACTION       LUKE NOLEN     3rd     $7
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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   

SNITZERLAND      DAMIEN OLIVER     1st     $1.45F
STRALIA      STEVEN KING     2nd     $15
RUSAMBO       VLAD DURIC     3rd     $15
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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
MANIGHAR(FR)      LUKE NOLEN     2nd     $3.30F
MOUDRE       GLEN BOSS     3rd     $51
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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
TITLE       DWAYNE DUNN     3rd     $15
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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(NZ)      CRAIG WILLIAMS     1st     $1.90F
EXCEPTIONALLY(NZ)      DEAN YENDALL     2nd     $17
PRIZUM       GLEN BOSS     3rd     $9
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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.

Follow: Thubiann

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.

Follow: Upshot

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.

Follow: Proverb

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.

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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