Flemington review compiled by David Carr

Race 1 – 12:10PM TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:10.04 Last 600m: 0:33.75

1     MONTSEGUR        Peter Snowden       Craig Williams       $2.50F
2     BULBULA        David Hayes       Steven Arnold       $5
3     DIVA DEE        Anthony Cummings       Dwayne Dunn       $7

A seven horse field for the opening event and Bulbula jumped brilliantly running straight to the lead from Anatina.Montsegur took a sit in behind the leading pair to get some cover. Diva Dee drifted back to take a sit and wait for a run. At the 500m Montsegur had lots to offer but just needed an out. Williams switched back towards the inside rail and took a split between Bulbula and the tiring Anatina. Once Montsegur got the split it looked like it was all over but Bulbula kicked on strong and made Montsegur work all the way to the line for the victory. Diva Dee ran on well behind the first two and probably should have finished closer after waiting for a run and losing momentum.

Worth Noting: First favourite salutes getting punters off to a good start. Follow Diva Dee who will be hard to beat when allowed to wind up around horses.

Race 2 – 12:45PM MSS Security Stakes (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:02.64 Last 600m: 0:32.83

1      CRYSTAL WEB        Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra       Craig Williams       $18
2      FLAMBERGE        Peter G Moody        Luke Nolen       $26
3      SHE’S A FOX        Anthony Cummings        Dwayne Dunn       $3.10F

The well backed She’s A Fox jumped awkwardly and rolled in on Dazzler who checked back to last. Lankan Rupee and Agueda looked to share the lead on the inside rail. The Originator wasn’t far behind leading the main group up the centre of the track. Approaching the 400m Crystal Web and Flamberge began to run on well out wide. She’s A Fox tried to go with Flamberge but neither of them could match motors with Crystal Web. Saturn Rock and Dazzler were the best of the rest, finding the line well late.

Worth Noting: Craig Williams brings up an early double.

Race 3 – 1:20PM Henry Bucks Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:23.35 Last 600m: 0:35.60

1       TWILIGHT ROYALE          Bjorn Baker        Michael Rodd         $8
2       SHAMUS AWARD          Danny O’Brien        Nicholas Hall         $6
3       GREAT ESTEEM          David Hayes        Glen Boss         $10

The big field jumped in a fairly good line. Shortly after the start Northern Jewel was snagged back from the wide barrier to cross over to the fence. Weinholt and Mubakkir worked across to take up the running. Twilight Royale,Shamus Award and Northern Jewel were all buried between runners and in the need of luck as the field approached the home turn. Gamblin’ Guru didn’t have much luck racing wide without cover. As the field of 16 swung for home Weinholt tried to kick away and establish a winning break. Shamus Award was the first to break away from the chasing pack to go out after Weinholt. At the 250m you could see that Shamus Award was going to get Weinholt. Inside the final furlong Shamus Award hit the front but Twilight Royal was pegging him back with every stride. As they went to the line Twilight Royal was a bit too strong for Shamus Award. Great Esteem was the eye catcher hitting the line hard to grab third after being held up for clear running until inside the 300m. Northern Jewel was the unlucky runner who missed a run at the top of the straight.

Worth Noting: Bjorn Baker is continuing to make his mark as a trainer in Australia. Follow Great Esteem who looks a progressive type.

Race 4 – 1:55PM Blamey Stakes (1600 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:36.37 Last 600m: 0:34.51 INTERIM RESULTS

1           BUDRIGUEZ        David Jolly        Craig Williams       $12
1           PUISSANCE DE LUNE (IRE)        Darren Weir        Glen Boss       $3.50F
3           WALL STREET (NZ)        Michael Moroney        Steven Arnold       $5.50

Puissance De Lune was well supported since the betting opened on Wednesday and started a popular favourite.Budriguez jumped straight to the front ahead of Callanish. Dany The Fox crossed over from out wide to sit third outside of Wall Street who found a nice spot on the fence in 4th. Puissance De Lune was awkwardly placed as the field settled being caught on the fence on the inside of Mutual Trust. Budriguez ran the field along at a good gallop along the back which set the race up for Puissance De Lune if Bossy could get away from the fence. As they approached the home turn Williams dropped the speed on Budriguez which caused the field to bunch up making matters worse for Bossy on the well tried favourite. Entering the straight Wall Street and Puissance De Lune looked like the two you wanted to be on if they could get out. Wall Steet couldn’t get off the fence behind Budriguez and Puissance De Lune had nowhere to go behind Dany The Fox. This allowed Budriguez to pinch a bit of a break which made all the difference inside the final furlong. Puissance De Lune sprouted wings inside the final 100m and hit the front right on the line but his head was up and Budriguez had his head down. The judge took a long time to make a call and eventually decided he couldn’t split them calling it a dead heat. Wall Street ran on well when he got clear and should have been right in the finish. But I have no doubt that if Puissance De Lune got out at the top of the straight he would have won by a couple lengths.

Worth NotingPuissance De Lune is a genuine star and will be the horse to beat in the Melbourne Cup if he makes it there fit and healthy.

Race 5 – 2:35PM TAB Kewney Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:22.93 Last 600m: 0:34.83 INTERIM RESULTS

1        FLYING SNITZEL         Gerald Ryan        Craig Williams         $16
2        NORZITA (NZ)         Bart Cummings        Steven Arnold         $1.65F
3        RED FEZ         David Hayes        Brett Prebble         $14

Norzita was all the rage in the betting and the only one punters wanted to be on. Petite Diablesse was again slow begin along with Flying Snitzel. Balaclava Lady was the first to break and had the early lead until Meliora crossed over from out wide to take over the running. Norzita jumped away well and was amongst the leading bunch early. Arnold didn’t show much enthusiasm to take up a position and allowed Norzita to drift back in the field losing a few lengths in the process. Red Fez enjoyed the run of the race in 4th and probably got the run that Norzita could have had. As the field entered the top of the straight Norzita was under and absolute strangle hold with Arnold remaining very patient waiting to push the button. At the 250m Red Fez moved up and hit the front just in front of Norzita who was yet to be let down. Members Joy was struggling to run on and Bossy eased her out of the race. Flying Snitzel got to the outside and started to run on well. But at the clock tower youo couldn’t put enough money on Norzita who had hit the front under a hold. When Arnold asked Norzita to let down she didn’t respond and kept going the same pace as she was under a hold. Flying Snitzel was taking giant leaps out wide on the track and stormed home to bring up Williams 3rd and a half winner of the day.

Worth NotingNorzita lost some of her zip second up and will bounce back next start. Flying Snitzel improved out of sight and produced sections well beyond her average. I would want to see her do it again before jumping on next start.

Race 6 – 3:15PM Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:08.16 Last 600m: 0:33.41

1          SHAMEXPRESS (NZ)          Danny O’Brien        Craig Newitt         $15
2          MOMENT OF CHANGE          Peter G Moody        Luke Nolen         $3.20F
3          AERONAUTICAL          Lionel Cohen        Darren Gauci         $81

The unbeaten star from WA Barakey was the first to break from out wide running straight to the front. Moment Of Change was slightly slow to begin but picked up quickly to join Barakey up front. Undeniably wasn’t far away on the inside and the well tried Better Than Ready enjoyed the trail behind Moment Of Change. Most of the well supported runners were in the leading group but it was a very bunched field. The surprise for most speed maps was when Jason Brown decided to hand up the lead to Moment Of Change. That changed the complexity of the race and was probably the undoing of Moment Of Change. Luckygray, Shamexpress and Ortensia all got well back in the field. Approaching the 400m you could see that Barakey was on his wrong leg and looked lost up the straight. Jason Brown asked him for an effort but he didn’t respond and was the first horse beaten in what would be his first defeat. With Barakey dropping out Moment Of Change was left alone in front with nothing to chase but he was going strongly. Inside the final 300m you could see he was going to get run down as a swarm of horses came with big runs. Shamexpress was the one taking the biggest trides and quickly mowed down Moment Of Change to take out the group one feature sprint. Aeronautical motored late and you could argue that he should have won. Ortensia was disappointing and appears past her best. Luckygray recorded some nice sectionals and looks in for a nice campaign.

Worth NotingShamexpresse continues the good recent record of 3 year olds in the Newmarket.

Race 7 – 4:00PM Darley Australian Cup (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:00.93 Last 600m: 0:35.84

1        SUPER COOL          Mark Kavanagh         Michael Rodd       $5
2        FIVEANDAHALFSTAR          Anthony Cummings         Glen Boss       $11
3        TANBY          Robert Hickmott         Nicholas Hall       $26

Green Moon was well supported late in the betting on the tote, but the big market mover was Super Cool who was backed in from double figure odds to as low as $4. Glass Harmonium was back to his barrier tricks and missed the start slightly. Fiveandahalfstar won the jump and was the first into stride. Glass Harmonium and Mourayan were ridden along to take over the running. Green Moon lobbed into a perfect spot in 4th and Super Cool wasn’t far away in 5th. The speed was right on early as Glass Harmonium strung the field out with 20 lengths covering first to last. Mr Moet, Tanby, Fourteller and other back markers were all in a different race four lengths away from Super Cool who was running 5th. At the 800m, Glass Hormonium and Mourayan were being pushed along to keep up the pace. Fiveandahalfstar, Green Moon and Super Cool all travelled well behind the leaders and looked like the three who would fight out the finish. Entering the straight, Glass Harmonium and Mourayan were running on tired legs as Bossy shot Fiveandahalfstar to the front. Green Moon was one paced and couldn’t sprint with the 3yo’s. With 300m to go the 3yo’s would fight it out as they did in the Darby. In an epic battle all the way to the line, Super Cool was able to reverse the result in the Darby and wear down Fiveandahalfstar. These two were five lengths in front of Tanby who came from last to grab 3rd a head of Green Moon. Mr Moet made good ground but was never in the race.

Worth Noting: A great renewal of the Australian Cup with two outstanding 3yo’s who look destined to be on different paths from this point onwards. Super Cool will be aimed at the Cox Plate and looks a big chance.Fiveandahalfstar’s main goal this Autumn is the AJC Darby and I can’t see him getting beaten.

Race 8 – 4:40PM Schweppervescence Trophy (1600 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:37.06 Last 600m: 0:34.01

1          BONARIA            Pat Hyland         Tim Clark       $15
2          SPIRIT SONG            Aaron Purcell         Craig Williams       $4.80F
3          HI BELLE            John Gunning         Vlad Duric       $5.50

A wide open betting race for the 3rd leg of the quaddie. Kasane won the start but Rose Pattern quickly took over. Craig Williams who was having a red letter day landed Spirit Song in the box seat. Mid race Rose Pattern noticably dropped the tempo which saw Never Forget and Storm Burst whipping around the field on wide moves.Hi Belle and Perfectly Stunning got well back in the field and it was always going to be difficult for them to catch the leaders after the pace dropped. Around the turn Spirit Song awaited a run and Bonaria was badly held up inside her. Hi Belle got to the outside and looked like storming over the top of the leaders at the 300m but her sprint was short lived. Bonaria got the split on the fence and hit the front with 100m to go. Spirit Song followed her through and was pegging her back inside the final 50m but Bonaria was able to hang on and deny Craig Williams another victory. Hi Belle peaked on her run at the 100m but wasn’t beaten far. Perfectly Stunning made ground but didn’t have the same turn of foot today.

Worth Noting: This group of mares seem to share the spoils with a different one winning each week.

Race 9 – 5:20PM Super Saturday Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.19 Last 600m: 0:34.31

1          CENTENNIAL PARK (NZ)         David Payne           Noel Callow       $7.50
2          STAR OF GISELLE         Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra           Craig Williams       $5.50
3          BRITISH GENERAL         Dan O’Sullivan           Glen Boss       $3.40F

Sheila’s Star was first out and crossed over to lead Star of Giselle by a length. British General gradually crossed over to sit outside Star Of Giselle but was posted three wide for awhile as Shanghai Warrior kicked up on the fence. Centennial Park got well back but was able to gradually work into the race from the 600m three wide with cover behind British General. Into the straight Sheila’s Star was under hard riding as Star Of Giselle and British General loomed up to take over. Centennial Park got to the outside and would have the last crack at them. At the clock tower it looked like Williams would ride his fifth winner of the day but Centennial Park was going home a bit better to score by half a length on the line. The first 3 across the line were clear winners and the group behind them weren’t really in the race.

Worth Noting: Not much between these three and if you run the race again it would probably be just as close. Today really was Craig Williams day who absolutely brained them in the jockey challenge. Good Luck to you if you had him in your Star Stable.


Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st                  Award Season                   Jim Cassidy
2nd                Tremec                                Christian Reith
3rd                Tunes                                     Kerrin McEvoy

A 2200m staying event to start the day, which was difficult to get interested in due to the stranglehold Award Season had on betting.  It looked a good thing and proved to be that.  Tremec wasn’t great to begin and went back to last.  Urban Explorer took it up as they went out of the straight the first time, with Tunes outside of it.  Award Season got a good run one out one back, and Tremec ended up fourth on the fence despite its bad beginning.  The two leaders were rolling before the turn, with Tunes taking over, and then Award Season starting to be stoked up for its run, and it looked to be traveling best.  The margin wasn’t great, but in the straight Award Season ground away to maintain its lead from Tremec which tried hard and Tunes which kept plugging away.  Those three beat the rest convincingly.

Follow: Tremec

Race 2

1st              Whittington                      Nash Rawiller
2nd            Va Pensiero                      Christian Reith
3rd             Le Cordon Bleu                James McDonald

Scandiva, Whittington and In Cahoots all began well and shared the early lead.  Eventually, In Cahoots and Whittington settled down in front, from Scandiva and Va Pensiero.  Whittington struck the front inside the 200m, with Va Pensiero now off the fence and coming after it looking a threat.  To the credit of Whittington, it kept fighting and held off Va Pesiero.  Le Cordon Bleu and Windjammer both made steady ground down the outside and may improve.

Follow: Le Cordon Bleu

Race 3

1st                Steps In Time                 Nash Rawiller
2nd              Streama                            Hugh Bowman
3rd               Pear Tart                          Christian Reith

Unfortunately no replay was available of this race, but what more can you say other than Steps In Time brained them.  I read today that Jim Cassidy is still very confident of Dear Demi’s chances in the upcoming Coolmore, but Steps In Time could not have been more impressive setting up a good lead from barrier to box.  Streama was solid again, but simply no match.  Pear Tart may be nearing a win, depending on whether she aims perhaps at a slightly lower grade.

Follow: Pear Tart

Race 4

1st                  Lunayir                       Hugh Bowan
2nd                Mr Edison                  Kathy O’Hara
3rd                 Izababe                      Kerrin McEvoy

Under The Sun initially went to the front as expected, but Zedlion had other ideas and took it up after a few hundred metres.  Izababe was second in the run from Falklands and Under The Sun.  Eiglestein was trapped three wide.  The pace looked to slow a bit in the middle stages but there was no change in the order before the turn.  Under The Sun tried to make ground on the inside in the straight, but was going up and down in the one spot.  Mr Edison found clear running, and inside of it, Lunayir had railed up and then pushed into the clear.  They swept to the front to fight it out, with Lunayir finishing best over Mr Edison, who may never win another race, as he always finds one better.  Under The Sun was very disappointing, and Eiglestein dropped out after its hard run but should be forgiven.

Follow: Lunayir

Race 5

1st            Skyerush                         Blake Shinn
2nd          Riva De Lago                 Corey Brown
3rd           Bagman                            James McDonald

After about 100m, Skyerush and Mid Summer Music found the front together.  They slowed up in front which posted Raspberries and Famous Seamus three and four wide.  Riva De Lago got a nice run behind the leader on the fence.  Scream Machine, which was resuming, tried to get on its bike before the turn and make ground out very wide, but that effort was fairly short lived.  As they turned, Riva De Lago who is now holding its form, got the inside run to tackle Skyerush, but Skyerush after a decent run in front was able to hold off its challenge.  Bagman used the inside to its advantage to make good ground from the rear of the field into third.  Not sure the form will hold up here as the pace didn’t seem genuine.

Follow: Bagman

Race 6

1st                 Shoot Out                       Hugh Bowman
2nd                Monton                          Christian Reith
3rd                 Danleigh                        Jim Cassidy

Glencadam Gold didn’t begin all that well and then was pushed hard to try and take up a position.  When they settled, Havana Rey took it up from King Mufhasa and Glencadam Gold.  Before the turn Havana Rey still had a clear lead, but had set a decent pace in front and that was always going to give everything its change in the straight.  Monton was the first to come out after Havana Rey.  Those two were fighting it out until the 100m mark, when you could see Shoot Out starting to appear from the ruck.  He really got motoring at the end and lunged at Monton right on the line to get a narrow but impressive victory – I’ve often wondered if he could have achieved even more if he was kept around this distance range earlier in his career rather than a Cups campaign.  Danleigh and Silent Achiever were the other two to come with Shoot Out to claim third and fourth, both their runs were good.  Glencadam Gold and Manighar both went terribly to finish at the rear.  Manighar can be given another chance, but that’s the second failure for Glencadam Gold, and he is now in the sack book.

Follow: Monton, Silent Achiever

Race 7

1st               Dear Demi                       Jim Cassidy
2nd             Driefontein                     Nash Rawiller
3rd              Longport                         Christian Reith

Longport led early, but was out wide, with Song And Laughter and Driefontein kicking up on its inside.  The short priced favourite Bennetta had to go right back to try and get in, but still ended up very wide and near last.  As they turned for home, they were spread across the track, with Dear Demi and Bennetta on the extreme outside looking to come with their runs.  Driefontein struck the front in the straight but Dear Demi was finishing best and overhauled her with about 50m to get the win.  Royal Descent worked home nicely into fourth, and I don’t think Bennetta can be sacked on its effort, even though beaten a fair way, nothing really worked out in the run.

Follow: Royal Descent

Race 8

1st            Didntcostalot                              Glyn Schofield
2nd          Hurrara                                         Jim Cassidy
3rd           Uate                                                Nash Rawiller

Social Rank wasn’t the best to begin, but it only knows one speed and that is flat out, so it went to the lead fromHurrara and Didntcostalot, which posted Kirinata very wide.  Around the turn, the three leaders were basically in a line, as Didntcostalot pulled for more reign.  At the 200m, they had dropped off Social Rank, with Hurrara and Didntcostalot fighting it out.  Didntcostalot got the better of Hurrara just before the line, and they put a gap onUate which was in third.  Emotional Circus got too far back in the run but was working home nicely at the end, and can win races again this campaign.  A good effort by the winner to sit wide for a fair bit of the race and still win.

Follow: Emotional Circus

Specials from the meeting: Le Cordon Bleu, Monton, Silent Achiever, Emotional Circus