Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1. 1410M Anthony Fitzpatrick & Biagio Lombardo Handicap
Moody runner Mulaazemwas heavily supported after his 10L win at Sandown but was unable to hold off the impressive Darley runner Mottled He came through a strong maiden at Geelong on the Synthetic and it’s hard at times to make a call on how that will transfer to a heavy. Fandom did well to run into third.
Worth noting: Carringbush Jack didn’t go on the heavy, he is still very backable on a dry track, big forgive.
Race 2. 2000M Grantley Fearn & Julia Keeble Handicap
|STORM BURST||LUKE NOLEN||1st||$4.40F|
|VIHANNA VICTORY||CRAIG WILLIAMS||2nd||$8|
|BLACK ARTOIS||PETER MERTENS||3rd||$14|
The money here was for the winner Storm Burst. She was back in trip and back to mares grade but had been up for a while and had 59kg. She managed to get a gun run in behind the speed and was in a headlock most of the straight before Nolen let her go, excellent win. On Tour opened short and was a massive drifted and ran accordingly, it’s hard to make sense of her performance.
Race 3. 1410M Kevin Howitt & Suzanne Kent-Kiernan Handicap
|ORLANDO’S BRIDE(NZ)||CRAIG WILLIAMS||3rd||$9|
Looked a nice race for delzera and it played out that way. It was an excellent ride by Duffy out in front as he rated her so well and she was able to keep going and win well. That was only her second up run and she will keep winning similar races. Tranquera and Orlando’s Bride closed well but they were just no match.
Worth noting: Follow the winner, she races well on all surfaces and is suited in races with little early pressure.
Race 4. 1000M John Colwell & Balwant Singh Handicap
|AFRICAN PULSE||HARRY KASIM||1st||$3.40F|
He was the class runner and returned with an excellent win. He is unbeaten first up and unbeaten over 1000m. He is one of the more effective 1000m horses running around and that is what he needs to show his absolute best. He may win races over longer but 1000m is perfect for him. Morant did well at his second run in Victoria. and hit the line well as did Livigno who showed some promise last time in and looks like he has come on.
Worth noting: It was 1.25L back to fourth so the first three look likely to go on with it. Spurcific and Jugahlation (4th/5th) can figure in easier on heavy up to 1200.
Race 5. 1410M Dean Millson & Brenda Nugent Handicap
|GURU BOB(NZ)||JAKE DUFFY||3rd||$8.50|
They went very hard here early in the race, a little harder than we had planned for. It was a good win by Parthian, everything went right for him as he was able to sit in behind the strong tempo, get out and was too strong to the line. Avienus showed a glimpse of her old form and hit the line hard with Guru Bob running into third. Thought the runs of Prince Of Capers and Dusty Star (galloped on) were excellent considering the early speed in the race. Excluded flashed home late also, nice horse who will get better over further.
Worth noting: Looks like the first six across the line have a win in them and can be followed in suitable.
Race 6. 1200M Aurie’s Star Handicap
|SHANGHAI WARRIOR||STEVEN KING||1st||$8|
|GOLDEN ARCHER||LUKE NOLEN||2nd||$2.80F|
He just keeps improving Shanghai Warrior and showed he can get through the soft which I was unsure of prior to the race. It’s hard to knock him, he keeps stepping to the plate and we know he can get over further. Golden Archer did very well but is probably more effective on firmer ground, well worthy of following. Zamorar ran another placing, he had everything perfect for him and probably ran to his best, he just isn’t a top line sprinter but just a good horse.
Worth noting: First two are serious follows and Balzues can be forgiven.
Race 7. 2000M Bradford Baker & Dirk Ebert Handicap
|SHINY BUTTONS||DEAN YENDALL||2nd||$6|
|MOULIN BLEU||DAMIEN THORNTON||3rd||$9|
Two were in the market and they were Dayita and Darlimurla Star. Darlimurla Star was a drifter in the betting, got caught back and three wide and never came into the race. It looked to me he had just had enough and didn’t want to go. Dayita stepped up in trip and won well. She came into the race at the right stage and was again given a great ride by Nolen. Moulin Bleu kept fighting to the line and his fitness just gave in late, he runs a strong 2000m.
Worth noting: Big follow here on Moulin Bleu, needs to be seriously backed over 2000m where he can lead easily.
Race 8. 1710M John Cowl & Paul Grace Handicap
|OAK HEART||DAMIAN LANE||2nd||$15|
|CUBAN SUNDAY||MICHAEL RODD||3rd||$11|
This was just a horrible race and still can’t work out what happened. Noble Park just didn’t find anything, he is at his beat when he can run along so I don’t think he enjoyed being outside the leader on a slow tempo. Prince Pedro did a decent job but just couldn’t hold off the fast finishing back markers. It was the three outsiders that finished first three and a race that will be interesting to see what happens going forward.
Worth noting: Strange race, slowest early tempo of all races on the day and the leaders all punctured.