Flemington review from Ray Hickson
Race 1: HKJC Handicap (1200m)
1st Tan Tat Diamond – Luke Nolen
2nd Raposo – Michelle Payne
3rd Beluga Caviar – Dwayne Dunn
Dupe ‘Em jumped awkwardly and went back, refusing to settle early on. Beluga Caviar was one of the leaders on the inside with Lola Lu, Fitna and Lean ‘N’ Mean. Tan Tat Diamond strode along the widest on the track and Dupe ‘Em eventually found his back. Raposo tracked Beluga Caviar who looked under pressure as far out as the 600m and raced greenly. Gloop made a dash that was short lived and Beluga Caviar responded to hard riding. Fitna was one of the first beaten and only whacked away. Tan Tat Diamond raced to lead at the 200m then hit a flat spot, Raposo got an inside run and Dupe ‘Em tried to go with them. Tan Tat Diamond held about a long neck advantage for the last 100m or so and just lasted to beat Raposo who kept kicking and Beluga Caviar might have beaten them both if the race was much further as he rallied strongly. Dupe ‘Em was right on their heels and they got away from the rest.
Follow: Good runs the first four, particularly the $1.2m colt Beluga Caviar and Dupe ‘Em who should both appreciate 1400m.
Race 2: Vintage Crop & The Curragh (1400m)
1st Written – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Jessy Belle – Chris Symons
3rd Dainty Miss – Dean Holland
Dainty Miss jumped best and crossed to take up the running, though Davarick tried to hold her out for a while. Jessy Belle was out three wide going forward around Written who kept her out there. It’s One raced in the clear next and the two outsiders trailed. Dainty Miss eventually got to the rail but Jessy Belle didn’t get over to her outside until close to the 800m. Davarick held the box seat and Written took Jessy Belle’s back. Written made the move on the point of the turn to go up three wide and put Jessy Belle under pressure as Dainty Miss tried to kick. It’s One somehow got held up behind them for a run until passing the 200m. Jessy Belle got her head in front at that point and looked to be holding them but Written kept coming and got the bob on the post to win. Dainty Miss held on for third and It’s One probably should have run a place at least. Outstanding ride from Katelyn Mallyon, she made Jessy Belle work with the 60kg and it proved the difference.
Follow: perhaps It’s One back to midweek company.
Race 3: NPT Rising Stars (1800m)
1st Reckless Assassin – Regan Bayliss
2nd Rememba Howe – Harry Coffey
3rd Madam Nash – Jake Bayliss
Madam Nash was the first to break the line and she took up the running with Reckless Assassin close by. Friday Hussy raced handy and Regaliti, who was slowly out, rushed around to be up on the pace. Blue Ribbon was stuck wide around Rememba Howe and Mossmoney midfield. About 1200m out Regaliti served it up to Madam Nash and they broke a good six lengths clear of the field with Reckless Assassin next. Eventually Regaliti got to the lead but had done a heap of work. Madam Nash switched to the outside and Reckless Assassin was closing in with Blue Ribbon. Friday Hussy loomed up early in the straight and Mossmoney was a bit one paced. Madam Nash went for home about 300m out but was quickly grabbed by Reckless Assassin who sprinted past her and bolted away. There was a wall chasing her and Rememba Howe got up to grab second from a very brave Madam Nash. Warwarick finally got going to be close up and Regaliti had the audacity to stick on as well.
Race 4: Bruce Gadsden Handicap (1000m)
1st O’Malley – Jye McNeil
2nd Cosmic Lights – Chris Symons
3rd Handsome Tycoon – Luke Nolen
Trevinder went down on his knees as the gates opened but recovered to be up on the speed. Hugo Drax also showed pace to hold the lead on the inside with This Is The Show and Trevinder a bit further out. Handsome Tycoon was next in the centre of the track and Seven Falls outside him. Following them was O’Malley and Stamina was next. Trevinder took over from the 400m from This Is The Show, who was battling, and Handsome Tycoon tried to pick them up. You could see O’Malley angling for the run between him and Seven Falls and it came in plenty of time. Out wider Cosmic Lights started to warm up and Stamina was outsprinted. O’Malley finished the race off strongly and established a break to win impressively from Cosmic Lights. Handsome Tycoon finally got to Trevinder to gain third. Not much to say about the rest other than the well performed Stamina was horribly unsuited in this race and assess him after he races over 1200m and further.
Follow: a good form race it appears. O’Malley is a nice horse on the way up and be forgiving of Trevinder.
Race 5: Ascot Racecourse Handicap (2000m)
1st Backbone – Brad Rawiller
2nd Eclair Samba – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Fulgur – Craig Newitt
Royal Mephisto didn’t show much speed and settled last. Use The Lot fired out with the blinkers on to find the front. Shenzhou Steeds held the fence from Post D’France and Eclair Samba was in the clear. A line of three next withCrafty Cruiser inside Fulgur and Clang And Dazzle while Backbone had a three wide trail behind them. Use The Lot strode along in the lead and Post D’France stayed about a length away. Eclair Samba got onto his back and was flushed out when Clang And Dazzle tried to improve out wider. That gave Backbone a cart into the race on the turn. Use The Lot tried to kick away but was grabbed by Post D’France at the 300m with Eclair Samba and Backbone chiming in. Shenzhou Steeds was battling in behind them and Fulgur was out in enough time to chase them. Backbone sprinted best in the last furlong and while Eclair Samba stuck with him he had his chance. Fulgur got there for third and Post D’France and Shenzhou Steeds battled on. Royal Mephisto made plenty of late ground to be beaten about four lengths.
Follow: these horses tend to take turns, keep an eye on where Royal Mephisto goes next as he was up in class.
Race 6: Ellerslie/Santa Anita Park Handicap (1400m)
1st Free Of Doubt – Craig Newitt
2nd Loot ‘N’ Run – Katelyn Mallyon
3rd Morant – Dwayne Dunn
Even line out and Loot ‘N’ Run headed straight for the fence and the lead. Free Of Doubt came over with him and they held a couple of lengths on Alpha Proxima and Future Solution. Royal Island found himself trapped wide asMorant stayed off the fence and Hai Lil kicked up inside them. Loot ‘N’ Run controlled the speed and Free Of Doubt stuck right with him. Coming to the turn Alpha Proxima came out three wide to run on and Future Solution and Morant were handy and they started to creep away from the rest of the field, many of which were already under pressure. Loot ‘N’ Run and Free Of Doubt settled down to fight it out for the last 300m as Morant closed on them from behind and Free Of Doubt just did best in the last few strides to win. Loot ‘N’ Run had every chance but ran well and Morant ran on as he always does – he’s not usually as close as he was in this race so he also had his chance. Lord Of Brazilwas the only one to make any significant ground from the back and Royal Island disappointed after a tough run and perhaps he is better in the wet.
Race 7: Singapore Turf Club Handicap (1200m)
1st Zamorar – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Fab Fevola – Glen Boss
3rd Smackdown – Jason Benbow
Messy start. Zamorar was a bit slow as was Mr Good Cat. Fab Fevola quickly found the lead from the inside alley and moved toward the centre of the track. Mr Make Believe was right on his back and Smackdown followed him in turn. It’s Poet’s Day was there and General Truce handy to their inside. Fab Fevola ran along and kicked a few clear of Mr Make Believe who was the first under pressure. Smackdown tried hard as well and the only one running on was Zamorar who got to the outside. Fab Fevola was paddling already as they passed the 200m but was three or four clear of Zamorar chasing. Smackdown started to respond as did the grey Mr Make Believe and Flash Of Doubt was closing fast from well back in the closing stages. Zamorar made a dive on the line and got up to win. Fab Fevola gave a sight and Smackdown was excellent first-up. Nice runs also from Mr Make Believe and Flash Of Doubt. Very disappointed with Sea Lord who was always well back and gave nothing.
Follow: Smackdown, Mr Make Believe.
Race 8: Baden Baden Handicap (1600m)
1st Aeratus – Glen Boss
2nd Prizum – Tom Sadler
3rd Chile Express – Michelle Payne
Durnford showed some speed out of the gates but Onpicalo kicked up inside to hold the lead. Aeratus was put into a perfect spot just off them and the jumper Auld Burns was up handy in fourth. Ringo followed Aeratus andMidnight Glory and Flyingconi were next. Onpicalo wasn’t wasting any time and Durnford stuck with him. Aeratus looked the winner before the turn with the cold sit on them he had and Ringo kept on his back but was a bit flat footed coming to the turn. Vizhaka went around him and Chile Express came off his back to run on. Auld Burns was battling away behind them. Aeratus swept to the lead passing the 200m but looked a bit vulnerable with Ringo picking up and Academy Jack making a run down the outside. Chile Express kept coming and Prizum launched from the back down the centre. But Aeratus kicked in and held them all off. He just keeps winning. Chile Express and Prizum hit the line locked together. Ringo had every possible chance and was one paced. Durnford stayed on okay as did Auld Burns.
Follow: nothing outside the winner.
Specials from the meeting: Beluga Caviar, Dupe ‘Em, Smackdown, Mr Make Believe.
Rosehill Review by Todd Burmester
1st Liberation – Tim Clark
2nd Inz’n’Out – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Harrier Jet – Jason Collett
1200m for the two-year-olds in the first and Double Happy missed the kick by about 4 lengths. Liberation pinged straight to the front from Inz’n’Out, with Harrier Jet and Fastnet Diva getting good runs behind the speed. Around the turn, Liberation traveled nicely and slipped away a bit. Clark went for home at about the 250m mark and the issue was never in doubt. Inz’n’Out kept trying hard and stayed within a couple of lengths of the winner and managed to put about five lengths on the rest of the field in the run to the line. The first two are obviously the ones to follow out of this.
Follow: Liberation, Inz’n’Out
1st Cluster – Josh Parr
2nd Rock Sturdy – Jason Collett
3rd Mount Nebo – Taylor Marshall
Great Choice showed the most pace out of the gates from Zin Zan Eddie and Longeron from out wide. When they settled Great Choice had it from Longeron who had moved up on the outside into second giving Zin Zan Eddie the sit in third. The short priced favourite Cluster had gone back to near the rear. Around the turn, Cluster was brought widest but still spotted the speed about 6 lengths. Up to the 300m mark you could see that he was winding up quickly with a run, and always looked as if he would get there. The margin on the line wasn’t big but given he came from last, it is all credit to the winner here. Mount Nebo put in another good run here and a win is not far off for him.
Follow: Mount Nebo
1st Cradle Me – Christian Reith
2nd Casual Choice – Jason Collett
3rd Green Beret – Taylor Marshall
Cradle Me was edgy in the gates and missed it a couple of lengths. This probably turned out to be a blessing as I feel she is best ridden off the speed. Zaratone showed its usual pace to run the gates and lead from Green Beret, with Big Bonanza caught on a limb in third. Green Beret looked to have Zaratone covered at the 300m mark, and there was a break to the rest of the field who were virtually in a line, with Cradle Me tracking through nicely and winding up to come after Green Beret. Casual Choice came with a good run down the outside but Cradle Me had too many guns in the run to the line getting past Green Beret who couldn’t quite hold off Casual Choice who ran second, relegating Green Beret to third. Three races down for three impressive winners.
Follow: Casual Choice
1st Multilateral – Josh Parr
2nd Black Jag – Serg Lisnyy
3rd Done Nothin’ Wrong – Ty Angland
1900m for Race 4, with Black Jag leading them up as expected and Phrases going around them into second. Done Nothin’ Wrong was in third from Pirate Bay. In the back straight, Done Nothin’ Wrong went around them into second and these two steadied up in front and stayed in the first two spots until the 100m mark when Multilateral wore them down and it was a dog fight to the line, withToo Hi Tek also joining in four wide on the track. Right on the line it was Multilateral who nabbed Black Jag with Done Nothin’ Wrong and Too Hi Tek just peaking a bit on their runs. Multilateral is likely to hold its form now that its fit and over its right distances.
1st Runway Star – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Cool Ring – Jason Collett
3rd Supreme Joy – Tim Clark
A pretty good line out in the fifth, with Runway Star showing a great amount of speed to come across and set up a two and a half length break pretty quickly. Encostanati was in second with Cool Ring and Arquette in third and fourth with Zaba Zaba Doo in fifth but three wide. Wonderbolt, who was an impressive last start winner was back last. Around the turn, Runway Star had gotten away to lead by three lengths and looked to be going well. At the 200m mark Runway Star was a mile in front and despite getting a bit tired in the run to the line, nothing could get near it in the run to the line. Cool Ring ran into second and Supreme Joy into third. Wonderbolt did make ground down the outside, but it was simply a case here of the winner running them off their legs.
1st Generalife – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Romantic Moon – Christian Reith
3rd Scream Machine – Ty Angland
Under The Sun went to the front with Hidden Kisses moving up into second in The Winter Stakes. This gave Tromso a good sit behind them in third and Generalife had the one out one back trail. The other fancied runner, Scream Machine went back to second last as was to be expected. Under The Sun stretched them out around the turn, and plenty were being felt for. Up to the 300m mark Generalife was quickly on the scene and put the issue beyond doubt. There was a wall of them chasing with Romantic Moon getting there for second and Scream Machine weaving its way through for third after having a bit of a checked passage earlier on in the straight.
Follow: Generalife may measure up in the Spring
1st Made To Order – Serg Lisnyy
2nd My Sabeel – James McDonald
3rd Sunday Too Far – Winona Costin
Flying Jet had no pace in the seventh after what was a pretty good line out. Sunday Too Far led them up from Balaclava Lady, which gave My Sabeel and Zuccherina good runs behind the speed.Made To Order and Miss Middleton were next, also getting good runs. Around the turn and into the straight, Sunday Too Far still had it, but My Sabeel was coming off its heals to issue a challenge. Soon after, My Sabeel hit the front, with Made To Order looking to wind up behind it and Sense And Reason trying to come through on its inside. My Sabeel had it with 100m to go and looked like it may hang on, but to the credit of Made To Order it never gave in and got up basically on the line to score. Sunday Too Far held onto third from Sense And Reason. Maluti got going a little bit late in the race to get fifth, but ultimately did not run up to expectations of the market.
Follow: Sunday Too Far
1st Evangelist – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Moral Victory – Jason Collett
3rd Cape Clear – Time Clark
Evangelist having its first run in Australia showed good gate speed to lead out from Moral Victory, with Imperil splitting that pair. Paederos was back behind them on the fence. Eventually Imperil eased into the one out one back trail letting Moral Victory get across into second. Evangelist and Moral Victory were neck and neck up to the 300m mark and they put a couple of lengths on the rest of them. In a tooth and nail struggle to the line it was Evangelist who kept kicking on to get the judges decision. You would imagine the winner will continue to improve and might have more wins in store. Nothing from the rear really came into the race here.
Specials from the meeting: Mutlilateral, Wonerbolt, Evangelist