CLINKING NICHOLAS HALL 1st $8
TITANIA STAR DAMIAN LANE 2nd $5.50
GOOD AND HOT DANNY NIKOLIC 3rd $11Clinking was way too good for these and pulled away to win by 4L in the end. She had the best 600/200/100 splits at Ballarat when she won on debut and wasn’t beaten all that far second up when she wasn’t suited back to 1000m. Goes to show the importance of a trainer placing their horse over the right trip. Titania Star loomed up but she failed to catch the winner. She was good on debut at Flemington and deserves another chance.
Worth noting: The winner was a class above them here.
Race 2. 1200M Samson Handicap
WEALTHY LAD CHRIS SYMONS 1st $12
ROCKING FORCE THOMAS SADLER 2nd $3.90F
DOUBTFUL JACK JAKE DUFFY 3rd $4.60
The push here was for Rocking Force who was coming off of a good performance at Flemington behind Curtana and Stratcombe. He wasn’t disgraced at all but it did look like he was up against it with the big weight and on the wet. Don’t sack him though, the horse is going very well and you can bet with confidence on a firm track where he performs as his best. Miss Bindi is in a similar boat. She has performed OK on the wet in the past but she is at her peak on a firmer surface so lots of merit in her effort. Wealthy Lad did a good job, he got through the ground well and is a very fit horse. He paid a big price for a Smerdon runner whose runners are normally backed when ready.
Worth noting: Follow up with Rocking Force and Miss Bindi on better ground. Despite stats saying they handle the wet they aren’t as good on the wet.
Race 5. 1600M Ladies in Racing Magazine Handicap
WESTSOUTHWEST THOMAS SADLER 1st $12
JULIET’S PRINCESS CLARE LINDOP 2nd $3.20F
OUTBACK RANGER ANTHONY DARMANIN 3rd $20
Another Smerdon winner here with Westsouthwest and a great training performance to freshen this guy up after the 2500m Derby and win within 30 days over a mile. He will now head to Queensland for the Derby. Juliet’s Princess was well backed and just found one better who is a very strong and fit 3yo. She is going really well and is very close to a win. Make sure you black book her as she may pop up in Adelaide and you might miss her. Loot N Run finished second last and didn’t see out the mile. He is a genuine heavy track horse up to 1400m so if you get those conditions back him in suitable.
Worth noting: Pretty ordinary type of race this but if you follow Juliet’s Princess and Loot N Run in suitable you should make some money.
Race 6. 2100M Le Pine Funerals Plate
MR O’CEIRIN GLEN BOSS 1st $5.50
TURNITUP JAKE DUFFY 2nd $11
GEEJAYHAITCH CLARE LINDOP 3rd $31
All the hype leading into Saturday was about the Weir trained Puissance De Lune who failed to run a placing after getting a long way back. I was unsure about the horse leading into the race and still remain unsure now. The winner is a super horse and the $10 offered early in the week was a monster price. He was the best performed horse at Flemington on Anzac Day and ran a huge race in the Warnambool Cup on the speed and on the worst part of the track, both were on the heavy. He took over once the tempo slackened off and ran away from them in the straight. Keep backing him on wet tracks over these trips.
Worth noting: Mr O’Cierin will continue to dominate these races on wet tracks.
Race 7. 1200M Sportingbet Handicap
LADY MELKSHAM GLEN BOSS 1st $2.60F
REIGNING LASS NICHOLAS HALL 2nd $6.50
STACEY LEE JAMES WINKS 3rd $13
Lady Melksham kept her winning record intact with an outstanding performance. She won very well at Sale on debut, then won very well again mid week and was easily the performance of the day in Saturday grade. Considering she met a few of these worse at the weights and her winning margin her improvement between runs has been phenomenal. She looks to be a very promising sprinter who is on a big up and can continue to win. Her first win at Sale was well above average in a firm surface and she is also just as good on the wet.
Worth noting: She went to the line in a headlock
Race 8. 1400M Le Pine Funerals Handicap
ANDROMACHE BEN MELHAM 1st $2.20F
THE LONG ROAD NICHOLAS HALL 2nd $9
OUR PRIDE AND JOY GLEN BOSS 3rd $14
Good win by Andromache who was coming off of a dominant mid week win on a wet surface. They backed her and she started 2.20f and was too good. She has probably found her right grade here and can continue to win over 1400m on wet tracks. She will creep up in the weights now but if placed in the right races she should be ok. The Long Road ran well into second and Our Pride And Joy finished 10L closer than she did when resuming. She is a serious mare on her day and goes well third up. If she can get on a decent track and a mile she needs to be backed if suited.
Worth noting: Our Pride And Joy is probably the horse that stands out from today that I really want to be on next start in the right conditions.
1st Nechita Chris Reith
2nd Diamond Earth Peter Robl
3rd Ptolemy Nathan Berry
The two-year olds started proceedings on a fairly bleak day and it was Nechita from the Patinack establishment that was sent out prohibitive odds. She jumped first and then ended up in a lovely trailing position behind Master Shep and Diamond Earth. She moved out three wide on the turn and it really looked a case of “how far?” That’s how it turned out in the straight and the answer was about four lengths, untouched. Diamond Earth and Ptolemy tried hard in second and third respectively, but were no match.
1st Ninth Leigon Peter Robl
2nd Eight Straight Brad Rawiller
3rd Queen’s Elect Chad Schofield
Betrayal was sent out around ‘two’s on’ in the second event and shared the early lead with Eight Straight. Queen’s Elect and Star Pass were in nice trailing positions. At the 400m Eight Straight went up to Betrayal who was immediately under some pressure, wobbled a bit on the turn and was gone. Ninth Legion came out after Eight Straight and wore him down on the line to score. Queen’s Elect kept plugging away for third.
Follow: Eight Straight
1st Secluded Chad Schofield
2nd Jester’s Girl Blake Spriggs
3rd Savannah Dancer Brad Rawiller
Jester’s Girl and Lucymaylyn shared the lead in the third. Secluded and Foxcraft were out wide, whilst Pectin got a good run on the fence behind the leaders. For most of the straight Jester’s Girl appeared to be holding them but in the last 50m Secluded put in a strong effort and got up on the line, which was not a bad effort after being three wide throughout. Savannah Dancer and Shuswap ran on well into third and fourth.
1st Glove Tom Berry
2nd Cannery Row Nathan Berry
3rd Baranski Brenton Avdulla
Shade Of Green had a wide gate but negated that by going very quickly and crossing over to the fence within 100m. Blurred Vision sat outside the leader, whilst Cannery Row and Flying Fuji were getting good runs behind the speed. The eventual winner, Glove, was also having a nice run, whilst Money Never Sleeps was caught wide. Glove was pushed along before the turn but came after the leaders nicely in the straight to kick away for a pretty convincing win. Baranski was a nice run into third place and is worth following.
Follow: Baranski, Money Never Sleeps
1st Havana Rey Sam Clipperton
2nd Flying Zero Brenton Avdulla
3rd Skip Town Blake Spriggs
It was raining heavily for the fifth event. The eventual winner Havana Rey missed the start about a length, but made good use of an inside gate to end up in a nice position. Green Beret had a wide gate and made its intentions clear from the get go, taking up a forward position. Dark Brown Sugar actually led from Sacred Pins, with Green Beret three wide. Havana Rey railed the whole way and took the lead on the turn. Flying Zero was the only one to seriously look a threat in the straight but couldn’t quite get there, and they spaced the rest. The run of Skip Town was ok in third.
Follow: Flying Zero
1st Reuben Percival Peter Robl
2nd The Verminator Brad Rawiller
3rd Crafty Irna Kathy O’hara
2400m on a pretty wet track by this stage of the day didn’t grab me as a great betting event, but in the end it was the favourite Reuben Percival that narrowly got the money. Once Were Wild led as she usually does with Reuben Percival crossing over to be outside the lead going out of the straight the first time. Crafty Irna got a very nice run third behind the leaders. Inside the 800m Adroitly that had supporters in betting made its move from the back, ultimately such a long run on the wet track told on it however. Crafty Irna railed through inside the 600m in its bid for victory, and then The Verminator came through inside all of them once they straightened. The Verminator looked like it might get the money, but in the slog to the line Reuben Percival narrowly put its nose out to gain the day. Crafty Irna had every chance and goes into the sack book.
Follow: The Verminator
1st Eucumbene Kathy O’Hara
2nd From The Vault Chris Reith
3rd Color Purple Jay Ford
No doubt the win of the day was Eucumbene in the seventh event. From a wide gate it led them on its ear, with Theophorus racing in second place. A long way out it was evident that Eucumbene was bolting and when let slide on the turn, put a gap in them very quickly. In the run to the line, From The Vault came from well back to do the chasing, and although it got no where near the winner, it did beat the rest easily and should be followed based on that.
Follow: Eucumbene, From The Vault
1st Gazza Guru Shaun Guymer
2nd Thumbtacks Chad Schofield
3rd Zakynthos Imprintz Lauri Wray
Old Jock led them up in the last, with River Of Salvation outside of him and Thumbtacks taking a sit. Gazza Guru tracked wide and made a move before the turn to hit the front before they straightened. In doing this, Thumbtacks was just shuffled back a little bit and ultimately that made the difference in the end. Once clear, Thumbtacks finished off very well, but just missed on the line. Zakynthos Imprintz kept coming to the line well after being wide all the way, but by now, being out wide would not have been a disadvantage. Not really a race to get excited about the form from I don’t think.
Follow: None to follow
Specials from the meeting:Baranski, From The Vault