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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at CAULFIELD on Saturday with rail out 9m on GOOD-4 to GOOD-3 track. The first seven winners were all in the first four spots with 600m to travel, in the other two races, Duke Of Brunswick settled fifth and Thermal Current seventh but he made his run through nearer the inside rail, that inside section looked to have a clear advantage.
Run Of The Day:
Hoping with 2YO FORMALITY who showed blistering gate speed to lead, then was shaded and annoyed by one over-racing up outside her (no bonus! they often are beaten in this scenario) yet she absorbed that pressure, kicked through and won very well. She went through the line strongly too, her 11.15 last 200m split was bettered only by quality older Sprinter Thermal Current on the day.
The race was run 24.41 1st-400m and 35.87 1st-600m so they didn’t go hard. The overall time was 58.1 (average for 2YO’s this class is 57.74). Lining this race up from last year: Extreme Choice worked up on a stronger speed (24-flat 1st-400m) and raced away stopping the clock in 57.09 so, some 6L faster. Of course, he went on to win the Blue Diamond beating Flying Artie and they spaced the rest in fast time.
Summary, it seems FORMALITY is NOT Extreme Choice, nor is she Flying Artie but this year, doubt she needs to be!! There does not appear to be a standout one, two 2YO’s we saw last year and, well, that was backed-up when those standout 2yo’s ran 1-2 in Diamond with….. huge gap to third!
Of the others: TIME AWAITS had every chance off speed inside but battled well into second, looks a more likely 3yo to my eye. SPOILS was the one up outside the winner over-racing and she did herself no favours, she needs cover! FENG CHU hit the line 11.19 which was bettered only by the winner. Liked the run of BALLE D’OR who was restrained and way back then found trouble, the 600-400-200m splits were race-fastest, her 22.12 last 400m was race-fastest, she had enough late but was entitled to tire. She ran well.
The other 2YO race was Inglis Premier (Race 4) and JUKEBOX was very professional, he had rails trail, got the inside run and won well. He ran 1-10.43 off an even 35.33 1st-600m, the average for the class is 1-10.70. COPPERGATE was slow out, back inside and a bit new yet found line nicely, his 23.20 last 400m was race-fastest. PERAST was the one they backed, he drove through to lead but hung badly first time this track and battled very well given that. CAPTIVATOR was no match for Jukebox again but did find the line (23.53) and acts like needs 1400m.
Race 7 was Manfred Stks and sole filly LEGLESS VEUVE went forward, sat up second on a crawling 37.17 1st-600m, that is barrier trial speed, she took over from leader INTO ORBIT (who ran second) and kept going to well, she ran 1-10.82 so near 5L slower than the average however, they had no hope of running slick overall time off that tempo! HEY DOC sat off them, keen early, he kept finding the line in pleasing return (11.23 last 200m/ race-fastest) then DERRYN who travelled up well behind them but those leaders would not stop! MORTON’S FORK made a good return given the tempo (22.16 last 400m was race-fastest/ 11.24 last 200m) as did WAZZENME (11.24 home) but it was simply a ‘’Grand Prix’’ race… Nothing really changed it’s position.
Race 8 was Adams Stks and THERMAL CURRENT was, as mentioned, the only run-on winner all-day, admittedly he did save ground, he did record 11.12 last 200m (21.97 last 400m) in day’s fastest closing splits. SHAKESPEAREAN LASS led inside in 23.92/ 35.14 1st-400m/600m and was only grabbed late. SUNDAY ESCAPE ran another sound race. READY SUNSHINE ran home in 11.20 after being beaten for speed, it was a very good run out of his class! I’m tired of BEAU RADA but maybe ridden a bit warm? Time: 57.54 (ave 57.34)
DUKE OF BRUNSWICK was ‘’off the map’’ to win the last and ridden touch colder he ran over in-form SMART DART and was well away from that inside lane. All honours him. He ran 1-23.55 (ave 1-23.66) off even 49.1 1st-800m. Good return from underrated ADIRONDACK who kept finding th eline. CHARLIE BOY (3rd-fastest home) was sound. Lovely return from TRY FOUR who was hard at it 500m out then zoomed late (11.27 last 200m was race-fastest – he ran 33.6 last 600m), great return. ZEBRINZ ran home 33.49 and 11.29 and might be ready 3rd-up but needs things to pan out well for him.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
ZASORCERESS (sore), HURSLEY (no luck key stage), SIR PROSPECTOR (wide), SKULDUGGERY (lame), EVIL CRY (sore), WANTED HARMONY (blew start), BEAVERBROOK (wide/ poor recovery), MISS GIDGET (way back and wide), CHAT TO MAGGIE (found traffic), KENTUCKY FLYER (wide/ needs wetter), COOL SNITZEL (lame), INVINCIBLE HEART (lost spot/ hit line race-fastest/ ran well), MANOLO BLAHNIQ (forced wide off slow speed), INSIDE AGENT (keen/ tempo against), TRENCHANT (no hope this tempo), LADY ESPRIT (no luck !!), FAATINAH (shot in action), GRANE (blew start), SHOW A STAR (shuffled back out of race), GREAT ESTEEM (lame).
In Sydney it was RANDWICK on GOOD track with rail out 6m. Pattern favoured those away from the inside lanes especially as the day wore on.
Run Of The Day:
MAN FROM UNCLE sat midfield, wide no cover yet kept coming and arrived right near the wire in terrific return win!
He ran 1-11.20 off 35.66 1st-600m and was only one to break 12-secs last 200m despite the wide run. GUARD OF HONOUR sat second, took over and looked home when gave neat kick, he was collared late, he was giving winner 2kg. GENERALISSIMO was an every chance third and sound. SPENDING TO WIN led but was just no match (just .8L off winner) and COMIN’ THROUGH drifted back/ came widest and ran 11.58/ 11.29 600-to-400-to-200m (both race-fastest) then 12.10 late, he has been a sectional star throughout his short career to date and looks a G1 horse in the making no worries.
Breeders Classic was Race 7 and IN HER TIME joined in a way out yet was too strong for EGYPTIAN SYMBOL (good run through/ solid) with FLIPPANT (on-speed) close-up 3rd. They ran 1-10.75 which was .55 faster than those handy 3yo’s despite a very similar early split, these girls went 35.62 1st-600m. DANISH TWIST was bit too far back but she motored late, she ran 11.07 400-to-200m then 11.91 home. Loved the return of CIRCULAR too from way back, gee she found the wire! Her 11.71 last 200m was amongst day’s fastest. TSARIST ran 11.80 nearer inside/ nice return her also.
2YO race was won by VERANILLO who sat up handy on 29.17 1st-500m, grabbed the leader then was strongest late, that leader was EDEN ROCK who held clear third. Between them was EXCEEDS who closed strongly off an awkward start, they didn’t smash the clock, 1-5.38 here for 1100m but it was not a fast day.
DEPLOY won the last and he impressed, he had to do it up in the weights today and, was out to 1400m. He was left in front a way out when leader fainted too. They went 48.98 1st-800m and winner remains unbeaten as a gelding, he ran 1-24.74. GOT UNDERS and TOWER OF SONG were off the winner and kept closing, both every chance. Liked the run of VELADERO who covered ground early (yes, fence off later in day but still, covered much more territory than trifecta) and ROARING TO WIN ran home 12.11 which was race-fastest in race dominated closer to the speed.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
TESTASHADOW (poor recovery), HIS MAJESTY (found trouble), RUNSATI (wide), ALL SUMMER LONG (worst ground), ESTEBAN (worst ground).
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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at CAULFIELD on Saturday for a huge Cup Day and the track was GOOD, the rail was 6m, and the track itself played very well, the most telling factor here was the wind, there was s significant headwind ‘’down the side’’ so from around the 800m-to-400m if you were facing the breeze you were in strife! Only ONE winner led all day.
RUN OF THE DAY:
It was quite tight this week but you voted for SCOTTISH (38% of the vote) over JAMEKA and hard to argue… SCOTTISH was a hue run in the Cup after being tardy away he worked up to be fourth at the 1600m mark then pressed on to lead at the 1200m, he faced that breeze from that point until the line and, yeah, enormous effort !
Hard to pot the win of JAMEKA though, she overraced for about 1600m but found a good spot, she joined in strongly and powered to the line (third straight time she has been as strong as anything over the wire) and won by 3L. EXOSPHERIC kept closing and sustained closing speed (47.42 last 800m/ 12.15 last 200m), winner Jameka was 47.2 for last 800m (last 200m 12:05). ALMOONQITH was held-up turning then rushed home in a lovely Melb Cup trial, his 11.92 last 200m was race-fastest. REAL LOVE was next and super tough/ genuine given she was ridden bit upside/down! OUR IVANHOWE ran home 12.16 and was sound, he just wants some rain! VENGEUR MASQUE should have finished closer, he was behind a wall until inside the 200m yet ran 12.19 home and DE LITTLE ENGINE (12.27) went super for easier. Time: 2-28.88 off 1-53.16 1st-1800m split, for the record, last year Mongolian Khan ran 2-27.76 off 1-52.45 1st-1800m in a high-rating year but given the wind this day, it is tough to compare.
To Race 9 and OUR BOY MALACHI was slow out and sat back wide with cover then ran over them all, his 11.26 last 200m was the day’s fastest and he gave runner-up FAATINAH 3kg, he ran well though, FAATINAH given he was up outside lead facing the breeze and LANKAN RUPEE pleased everyone I fancy, held-up a touch (and it is tough to quicken with 61kg !!) then battled very well when the gap came. ORUJO went super for easier. WILD RAIN was just fair today and watch RUETTIGER for something easier, he was held-up then hot the line super! His 11.61 last split was bettered only by the winner. They ran 57.72 for 1000m off 34.95 1st-600m.
Back to Race 2 and wow, was this a messy event! Slow early speed (1st-800m 50.20) and winner PEACOCK had nice run in behind leaders with cover, he secured inside runs and just lasted over VIOLATE who swung wide and powered late off that slow speed, his 11.66 was race-fastest. ACATOUR was arguably ridden a bit close and he did face breeze up second, he went well. VALLIANO led and battled well. MORTON’S FORK was a horror watch for those on, INSIDE AGENT worked home well remembering on-pace runners here ran 1st, 3rd, 4th. Time: 1-25.86
Race 4 was the Ethereal and ELEANORA had the sweet run and joined in at the right time to win quite well, in saying that, TIAMO GRACE was a good thing licked, shuffled back, checked straightening then flew at the wire in 11.80, clear race-fastest. SAVVAN did some early work, took over straightening and was only collared 100m out, he went very well. MOQUEEN was sound. SEBRING DREAM was set a task, she ran 12.11 home despite being forced very wide from mile back. They went 1-16.42 early and ran 2-05.31 overall for 2000m
The other 3yo 2000m race was G2 Caulfield Classic and GOOD STANDING led in 1-15.85 (so a good 3L quicker than Ethereal), steadied then gave a huge kick, he held on and the win had plenty of merit given he was the only leader to win all day! ROCKETEERwas shuffled back a touch midway then rushed through running 11.58 home. INFERENCE also ran home well (11.66). Love the run of BEACH LIFE who was asked to sustain a long, wide run with no trail into it, he kept coming! Time: 2-04.37 so around 6L quicker overall than Ethereal.
The Coongy was run at a strong speed. 1-12.74 1st-1200m means The Cleaner and TOM MELBOURNE would have been leading Good Standing some 18 Lengths with 600m to run, Tom Melbourne’s effort to run .5L second and gap third some 3L was excellent. Winner VANBRUGH had the right run but loved the chase out to 2000m. IT’S SOMEWHAT didn’t quicken with 59kg and raced tight before working home quite well, there were good gaps behind this race and certainly trusting the form. They ran slick 2-02.17 on the day.
The Tristarc was Race 7 and the class of FIRST SEAL shone through, she gave them weight, sat off them and rounded them up running 1-25.14 off 49.97 1st-800m, she nailed leader TYCOON TARA (had easy lead but faced breeze/ she made winner really work to beat her and was gallant). PEARLS sat 1-1 and gave her all beating DENMAGIC (had chance) for third, best closer was DANISH TWIST who ran home 11.44 off that modest tempo from to far back, winner was 11.47 for the record. No shock the Sydney-siders ran 1,2,3,4,5 here…. Best of locals was FRENCH EMOTION who was, sound, but no match, home 11.51.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
SYLPHEED (worked early into wind), SKYLIGHT GLOW (wide/ no cover), RATHER SILKY (bled), EXILIA MISS (luckless), MORTON’S FORK (stiff !), TRENCHANT (no luck again), MOUNT PANORAMA (never clear), NIKITAS (4-wide/ no cover), SIMPLY INVINCIBLE (also wide), CHLOE IN PARIS (little room), FLIPPANT (checked badly straight), ALMIGHTY GIRL (about to launch when luck ran out), BELSAPPHIRE (also luckless), TIAMO GRACE (as mentioned), SEBRING DREAM (ditto), AROHATA (wide), VON RICHTER (bad check), HIGHLAD (too wide), LARRIKIN (amiss), SHILLELAGH (nearly fell), SIR ISAAC NEWTON (pulled too hard), REAL LOVE (mentioned), VENGEUR MASQUE (mentioned), RUETTIGER (only clear very late/ good), VIDDORA (no luck), DAN ZEPHYR (3-wide) and HOPFGARTEN (clear too late/ ran well).
There was some quality any RANDWICK on Saturday. Track was GOOD rail True and there looked to be no mad pattern/ bias evident.
Straight to SPIETH and his win in the last, it was excellent, he blew the start, recovered then was in traffic before working clear and powering at the line running 33.45 last 600m doing it. He heads to Melbourne. Runner-up KAEPERNICK charged home (ridden colder!) and bake 33-last 600m, he has group-class closing speed no worries. LE CORDON BLEU went back from bad gate but ran home almost as well as Kaepernick, good ! NINTH LEGION with his weight was a pleasing return here. They ran 1-3.24 off a solid 28.49 1st-500m
Race 8 saw the classy EGYPTIAN SYMBOL prove too strong, she was well ridden rolling forward early on modest tempo (36.34 1st-600m) and broke away to beat ARTISTRY who had covered ground, she kept closing and was backed here fresh-up. In for good prep! RULE THE RIVER was a sound third and doubt things played out ideal for her however she was up near that modest tempo. KIMBERLEY SRAR and ONEMOREZETA closed well. Time: 1-10.61.
The 1200m race for 3yo’s prior (race 7) was won impressively by SPRIGHT in a sizzling 1-8.79. So how do they run 1.82 (near 10L) faster then Egyptian Symbol? Well, these leaders went hard, in fact they scorched along 33.24 1st-600m so would have had roughly 18L on those girls mid race… Wow! Loved the win though! STAR OF MONSOON from the tail ran home hard as did FARAWAY TOWN from way back and wide, no shock the swoopers dominated this one. GUARD OF HONOUR Was best of those nearer the speed, good run! EL DIVINO worries me…
THE FORGIVE FILE:
MAGICUS (no room/ he lives in this file), CAPED CRUSADER (lame/ amiss), SOUCHEZ (didn’t pan out right), SLIGHTLY SWEET (tempo dead-against/ ran race-fastest 11.12 home), SAVOUREUX (back and wide), FITOU (blew start), NANCY (pulled stupidly), THAT’S A GOOD IDEA (wide), FINE MIST (wider), KINGLIKE (bled).
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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at CAULFIELD for Guineas Day on GOOD track with rail back True. Many predicted the fence would be a no-go zone however the track played quite well. In sprint races it seemed an advantage to stay off the inside rail to the turn. Seven of the ten winners settled in the first few spots, two others drew gate 1 and sat just off the speed.
RUN OF THE DAY:
With 53% of your vote (join the conversation each week @gatorgately on twitter) it was STAR TURN and hard to argue with this result. He sat with the leaders 3-wide in a near line of 4 and jockey Craig Williams could not hold him any slower! He tracked up and took over under  ahold then sprinted away from genuine G1 horses running a slick 1-2.89 on a day they were not running sizzling times.
The leaders went 28.78 1st-500m (solid) and STAR TURN ran 11.19 400m-to-200m then 11.90 homier a dominant display! He was very well backed also. Runner-up MALAGUERRA sat off-speed deep and closed strongly into clear second (home 12.01) with FELL SWOOP third (12.13), he got onto the back of Star Turn but was left ‘standing’ when winner kicked, worth noting though, he did get away from the others in quite good style. OCEAN EMBERS kept closing from the back running 12.06 home. TURN ME LOOSE was run off his legs at 1100m but ran 12.16 home so warmed up quite nicely.
To the G1 action and the Caulfield Stks looked a barrier trial for WINX and it was, loved the fight of BLACK HEART BART though, he just never gave it up! For the record: Out 1-17.89 1st-1200m and ran 2-03.42 winner ran 56.83 last 1000m !!
R7 was Thousand Guineas and GLOBAL GLAMOUR was simply too good for them! She led in 49.49 1st-800m (or .7 slower than males (Evacuation)) so she would have been around 4L off Evacuation at the halfway point if both races were run together, she left the rail then kicked in strongly. In fact, she actually recorded the fastest last 200m split of any runner (11.52) despite others having cosier early runs, safe to say, she was simply too good!! Great training effort to back-up 7-days and travel interstate it should be noted. I AM A STAR was runner-up and she came from midfield and railed through, her 22.71 last 400m was race-fastest but she was 4th-fastesdt (equal) her last 200m running 11.62. WHISPERING BROOK was every hope but gave her all, her 11.62 last 200m matched that of I Am A Star. FOXPLAY was a touch awkward on the bend then did find the line nicely (11.53 last 200m) with HARLOW GOLD next (kept closing without threat – ran 11.63 home). SEBRING DREAM ran 11.58 and is looking for 2000m it seems. They ran 1-36.84
R8 for the boys and DIVINE PROPHET had the economical run gate 1, squeezed through and had to be tough late, he was! He ran 1-36.51 off 48.8 1st-800m so leader here EVACUATION would have been around 3L in front of Great Esteem (led in Toorak) and 4L in front of the girls (as mentioned) 800m out. SEABURGE rushed home in race-fastest 23.03/ 11.77 and ran by IMPENDING (sound – home 12.03) with HEY DOC splitting those after sitting midfield with cover, he hit the lead 200m out but was just no match for the quinella late. SO SI BON was ‘’stopped’’ when building momentum then picked-up and hit them line sweetly, gee he ran well, he still managed an 11.93 home. There was 2.7L over the first eight home here.
R9 was the Toorak and HE’S OUR ROKKII traveled strongly behind the 49.36 1st-800m speed, the run came, he didn’t ‘’explode’’ but built his momentum strongly to wear down leader GREAT ESTEEM who was well-rated. TIVACI had his cjamce but was sound in third with ROYAL RAPTURE fourth despite sitting up outside the leader without cover, worth noting, his trainer had consistently spoken of his need to ‘’get cover’’ or he races to keen, he held on well. The first four here were all nearer the speed, AWESOME ROCK was the best closer, he ran 12.12 late into fifth (only winner 12.07 was faster) and he did have 58kg. BON AURUM wasnt quite as strong at 1600m (12.37 home) but another sound effort from him, COUNTERATTACK is better suited 1400m also. They ran 1-36.18 and you’d expect race to ‘’rate’’ better than two 3yo events, and it did.
Back to R5 and SHEIDEL controlled the race, she sat up on 34.33 1st-600m and dug in well to beat SILENT SEDITION who is part of this strong 4yo mares crop and her return was good. A LOTTA LOVE charged home in clear race-fastest 11.56 and is ready to win. RAVI came with her after being forced wide on the bed and went 11.69 home, AMERISTRALIA measured up well in a race she couldn’t win at the weights, these five had 2.8L of spare on the sixth horse SECRET AGENDA who was a bit disappointing. Winner was backed heavy and ran 1-9.04 for 1200m.
HEAR THE CHANT was really the only swooping winner and she won R3 in 1-9.76 off 34.57 1st-600m, in fact this race, the trifecta were all wide with cover… and a stack of forgive runs behind them!
THE FORGIVE FILE:
PLATINUM (mucous detected), BANTER (bucked early!), PRINCE OF PENZANCE (injured), PROMPT RESPONSE (heavy bump key stage), SELENIA (wide on-pace), BRULEE (was closing when luck ran out!), ANGHARAD (no luck entire straight), STOP MAKING SENSE (internal bleed), COLDSTONE (wide), EXCLUSIVE LASS (wide), MISS GUNPOWDER (lame), LA LUNA ROSSA (slow recovery), LEOTIE (ditto), SAMARA DANCER (covered ground), LEGLESS VEUVE (issues), GOOD STANDING (wide/ good), SO SI BON (as mentioned), JACQUINOT BAY (4-wide), MISS ROSE DE LAGO (3-wide), THE MONSTAR (wide on-speed), HUCKLEBUCK (not much room!).
In Sydney it was RANDWICK on GOOD-3 track with rail 6m. It was a day of fast time and fast closing sectionals but there was no mad pattern/ bias evident.
To the G1 and YANKEE ROSE was backed heavy late given she was, arguably, a better ran than Global Glamour in The Flight Stks (gap 3rd) and that filly had just won G1 Thousand Guineas fifteen mins earlier, she took some winding up from off midfield but that last 100m or so she was going ‘’two to their one’’ and the closing splits back that up, she ran 33.14 last 600m and an 11.14 last 200m, these splits were dominant in the context of the race. She ran 2-02.43 off a 1-27.51 1st-1400m, she did run significantly faster than older male Broadside for the 2000m earlier in the day, however, in this race they went roughly 7L faster that first 1400m so be careful there. SWEAR had every hope but kept closing and tipped out PRIZED ICON for second spot, both had every chance. VELADEROsat second and HONEYWINE sat one-one, both were close-up, in fact only 1.8L covered these five with 2.3l gap to the rest. RETALIATION is worth a mention though for further, he was second-fastest home (11.33) and went over the line nicely. For record: PRIZED ICON was 11.38 and SWEAR 11.44
G3 Angst Stks was Race 8 and smart mare DIXIE BLOSSOMS was far too good, she went back, she weaved though and once gaps came the race was over for her rivals, she scooted home sub-33 last 600m (32.97) and went 10.65 400m-to-200m before near 11-flat last 200m, she can come to Vic and win a decent race. She ran slick time of 1-34.01 off 59.83 1st-1000m and beat LADY LE FAY (had the run/ sound) and HAPPY HANNAH (made good ground through on inside) with EXTENSIBLE (good late out wider – home 11.19) fourth.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
GOODFELLA (very green/ hung/ did hit line/ has ability!), HIPPARCHUS (ran out of room), MURPHY’S DELIGHT (on heels 550m/ made good ground), ZANBAGH (back/wide/ ran well for wetter), TAILEVENT (not much rom), LUNAR RISE (wide no cover).
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- Gator
PLEASE NOTE:
All ratings for CAULFIELD are for GOOD track. Rail is back True. Was 13m last week and winners were well off that inside section. Expecting level playing field with no disadvantage to those off the rail later in the day.
In Sydney we are back at RANDWICK and ratings are for GOOD track. Rail out 6m, the last 6m spot was early September and track was very wet, there was no mad pattern that day however most avoided being hard on that inside rail as day wore on.
BET OF THE DAY (Melb)
CAULFIELD – Race 8 No.2 - IMPENDING - Good in high-rating Golden Rose then to 1500m with blinkers on and came from behind Divine Prophet to beat him running terrific closing splits. Will eat 1600m. Top-rater.
BET OF THE DAY (Syd)
RANDWICK – Race 8 No.7 - DIXIE BLOSSOMS - Lovely return then badly blocked 2nd-up (had bit to give) before beating all-bar Tycoon Tara in Golden Pendant, she had high class girls behind her in First Seal and Heavens Above (latter just ran well in an Epsom) and mile no issue for her. The race ‘’rated’’ much better than Extensible’s race that day. Keen runs well.
BEST VALUE BET OF THE DAY
RANDWICK – Race 9 No.6 –  BRIGADOON RISE - Luckless fresh and she was backed. Made ground on Takedown before spell and back to 85 class. From draw they can sit closer here.
BEST EACH-WAY BET OF THE DAY
CAULFIELD – Race 5 No.4 –  SHIEDEL - Sat wide and finished with Wild Rain and Heatherly fresh, they both then beat Chautauqua in G1. Led and beat all-bar freak winner Hellbent here last time. Well-weighted to mares this scale.
BEST ROUGHIE OF THE DAY
RANDWICK – Race 4 No.2 - GAMBLED - Blinkers back on last time and he led/won when only 2nd-up. Won two mile races last prep by aggregate 7.8L. Leads here? Looks silly odds $16.
Lay Of The Day:
CAULFIELD – Race 9 No.3 - BON AURUM - Have to take him on here up in weights at 1600m at the early price.
TOP-RATED RUNNERS:
CAULFIELD
Race 1 – 2YO – 1000m
  1. 11 – SPOILS – 1st-start. Showed natural speed and won trial under no riding. Good win. Cost $350k.
  2. 1 – DOUBLE JEOPARDY – Good debut chasing smart Meadeenty in fast time (wind-assisted) last week. Never easy 2yo backing up off a debut but the trial prior was very good and he beat a couple of these (All EEz/ Miss Wahoo) doing it.
  3. 6 – JUKEBOX – 1st-start. Looks ready made 2yo off smart trial 2nd with big gap to 3rd. Go well.
  4. 9 – WAIT FOR NO ONE – 1st-start. Led/Won trial quiet well beating Redcore who was about 8L off Madeentay last week.
  5. 4 – COLUMBIA – 1st-start. Closed nicely in jump out and has ability also.
Race 2 – G2 Herbert Power – 2400m
  1. 4 – ASSIGN – Sectionals say did enough fresh at 1700m on wet. Jumped sharply to 2400m 2nd-up and matched motors with Almandin until late, they thrashed the rest, Almandin won Bart Cummings very well last week.
  2. 6 – DANDY GENT – Big run last week in the Almandin race when attacked lead a long way out on run-ons track. Has 2-0 record over Assign but Assign does meet him 4kg better from latest clash.
  3. 2 – HOWARD BE THY NAME – Had 3rd-fastest last 600m fresh finishing on Assign’s heels then again sound late splits G1/WFA latest and beat home Prince Of Penzance. Gets to staying trip and Mackintosh form looks good now.
  4. 1 – PRINCE OF PENZANCE – The class but left alone 60kg. Lovely late work in Maybe then did enough in Underwood behind Howard Be Thy Name. Worked better than that horse midweek. Great recent record over staying trips!
  5. 5 – PEMBERLEY – Going super and drops to 53kg here. Up a notch in class and somewhat unproven 2400m but in the mix.
Race 3 – G3 T’Bred Club Stks – 3YOF – 1200m
  1. 10 – IN THE VANGUARD – Resumes. Trialled super in Sydney. Thrashed handy Earth on debut then beat all-bar Scarlet Rain second go, she was unbeaten at the time, 5th-horse Kentucky Miss then beat a few of these at Flemington.
  2. 16 – HEAR THE CHANT – Looked smart on debut. Was in betting in Champagne Stks but luckless, she had a bit to give to my eye (been good recipe with recent winners Serenely Discreet/ Merriest etc. Often they have NOT had a hard run and can really ‘’bounce’’). Draws out today.
  3. 1 – SELENIA – Nice late in Quezette (3rd-fastest home) then battled up straight but last win terrific given she was wide up near strong speed and beat many key rivals here.
  4. 11 – STOP MAKING SENSE – Was unlucky not to beat Selenia MV when held-up and flew through late. Fitter and has weight swing now. Must have a case.
  5. 4 – CONCHITA – Resumes. 1200m a query fresh but big trial win by 10L and has won 2 of 4 with 2 x forgive runs… Beat Star Turn on debut.
  6. 5 – MODERN WONDER – Beat all-bar handy male latest, 6th Inside Agent won well last week. Include.
Race 4 – Listed Weekend Hussler Stks – 1400m
  1. 3 – CHETWOOD – Did some early work to lead Cameron field and kept running to beat Le Romain (ran super in Epsom chasing hot speed) with 5kg less. Can measure up here.
  2. 5 – BADAWIYA – Just fair fresh but closed nicely in G1 Rupert Clarke here latest and her Jameka/ Don’t Doubt Mamma form (most 3yo fillies form!) is strong.
  3. 9 – WELL SPRUNG – Gave him good hope in G1 Rupert Clarke but he was slow out and that was that. He was only 2.6L off Badawiya on the line and his run prior flashing home in best splits of the day was excellent.
  4. 6 – MABEEL – Resumes. First Oz start. Unbeaten fresh and won 4 times dry. Has good speed. Wary.
  5. 10 – RAGEESE – Worked home well in mostly on-pace race to Hellbent last time and step to 1400m looks ideal. Chance too.
Race 5 – G3 Mares – 1200m
  1. 4 – SHIEDEL – Sat wide and finished with Wild Rain and Heatherly fresh, they both then beat Chautauqua in G1. Led and beat all-bar freak winner Hellbent here last time. Well-weighted to mares this scale.
  2. 2 – SECRET AGENDA – Covered ground and far too good fresh. Wasn’t disgraced in G1 Newmarket 2nd-up last prep and has this terrific 1200m record. Danger.
  3. 10 – RAVI – Nice trial before good return beating all-bar gun mare Heavens Above who then went to an Epsom and only winner Hauraki had faster closing splits. This girl was backed. Wide gate ok now? One turn here anyway in sprints.
  4. 3 – SILENT SEDITION – Resumes. Big maiden win fresh last prep then beat Odyssey Moon who is easy to tie in with a few key rivals here. 4yo mare.
  5. 1 – MISS GUNPOWDER – No match for two handy ones latest, runner-up French Emotion won G2 last week too. 58kg the query.
Race 6 – G1 Caulfield Stks – WFA – 2000m
  1. 3 – WINX – Too classy for Epsom and Craven plate winners 2nd-up and her last go around 2000m she smashed the MV track record held by a legend in Might And Power.
  2. 1 – BLACK HEART BART – Strong win over He Or She last time with star mare Lucia Valentina behind those, that girl was brilliant winning QE Stks remember…
  3. 2 – HE OR SHE – Likely to run third.
Race 7 – G1 Thousand Guineas – 3YOF – 1600m
  1. 3 – GLOBAL GLAMOUR – Was not in A-ground when bloused by Foxplay in Tea Rose then led and kicked strongly beating good one in Yankee Rose, they beat third easy and race rated well. That was her first go 1600m. Looks the overs $7.
  2. 4 – FOXPLAY – Overcame difficulties yet still beat Global Glamour last time, in fact she is 2-0 over her. No reason to doubt her at 1600m. Drawn for good run for Bowman. Hard to beat !
  3. 2 – MISSROCK – Did not find fast lanes at Flemington then jumped to 1400m and may well have won Prelude with any luck! Back to level weights suits and mile looks ok. Value?
  4. 10 – LEOTIE – Good talent but still learning. Three very good wins this prep and excellent in the defeat. Has real closing speed.
  5. 12 – HARLOW GOLD – Strong win over males last time and beat one who then chased Hey Doc at MV latest. If she is not looking for 2000m now, she is in this for sure.
Race 8 – G1 Caulfield Guineas – 3YO C&G – 1600m
  1. 2 – IMPENDING – Good in high-rating Golden Rose then to 1500m with blinkers on and came from behind Divine Prophet to beat him running terrific closing splits. Will eat 1600m. Top-rater.
  2. 4 – DIVINE PROPHET – Held-up and flew home in Golden Rose then just couldn’t hold off Impending last time. He draws gate 1 so should get easy time to run a strong 1600m.
  3. 1 – SACRED ELIXIR – Gave most weight, and fitness in Prelude yet beat them. Raced away for terrific G1 mile win before spell in Qld.
  4. 5 – HEY DOC – Unbeaten as a gelding and last two wins (only two runs beyond 1200m) and been terrific! Wide gate but one from left-field here.
  5. 10 – EVACUATION – Very wide and held on super in Prelude. He was heavily backed. Closing speed in Sydney prior was not in same world as top-two through Golden Rose form but he has a case at 1600m here.
Race 9 – G1 Toorak Hcp – 1600m
  1. 4 – HE’S OUR ROKKII – Two impressive wins this prep and streeted them last time despite doubt being in A-ground. Mile suits even better. Won 5 of 6 now in blinkers. Gate 1 ok?
  2. 2 – TOSEN STARDOM – Should have gone very close in Dato (fastest last 200m without luck) and Jameka / Real Love franked that form. 5-weeks off staying at 1600m probably ok. High-class. Can win this.
  3. 10 – THAMES COURT – Solid and close-up in Rupert Clarke and suspect she is better at 1600m and with 4kg swing on Bon Aurum, is a value hope.
  4. 12 – MORAL VICTORY – Underrated. Top return win then backed and won Shannon Stks 2nd-up producing a slick 11.3 last 200m off a solid speed. Can measure up at odds too.
  5. 5 – JACQUINOT BAY – Going well in Group/ WFA races and suited back to Hcp. Must have a case.
  6. 6 – ROYAL RAPTURE – Still flying and gets weight relief into G1. On his Tally form he is a hope. Maps well again. Can make a case for many here !!
Race 10 – G2 Schillaci Stks – WFA – 1100m
  1. 12 – STAR TURN – Excellent fresh win then ran great closing splits but touched off by Astern (fancy he beats him with different ride) and winner was then awesome in Golden Rose. Happy to see Extreme Choice beat older horses last week for further formline.
  2. 1 – FLAMBERGE – Resumes. Sat wide with 58kg yet beat Fell Swoop in Oakleigh Plate (Heatherly 3rd – then good to Extreme Choice) and now meets Fell Swoop 5kg better! Great fresh record. Suited WFA. Overs $10 surely.
  3. 5 – FELL SWOOP – Resumes. Trialled quite well. Unlucky not to beat Flamberge in that Oakleigh Plate fresh last prep and can measure up WFA given he boasts 2nd to Chautauqua at WFA.
  4. 11 – OCEAN EMBERS – Freshened and has booming finish on her. Last two wins have been super given the slow speed. Suspect strong speed here will only be a plus! Can measure up.
  5. 7 – MALAGUERRA – Resumes. Strong 1000m win fresh last prep in slick time then won G1 and easy to tie him in through Fell Swoop…
RANDWICK
Race 1 – 2YO – 1000m
  1. 6 – SHOWTIME – 1st-start. Went every bit as well as last week’s impressive winner Khan at the trials. Cost $1.1M. Scratched last week when drew wide.
  2. 8 – LUIZA – 1st-start. Showed good speed/ ability to win trial clearly from key rival here in Severence.
  3. 3 – LIGHTZ – 1st-start. Also showed natural speed and won latest trial quiet well, bred to run early.
  4. 4 – SEVERNCE – 1st-start. Was ridden but closed nicely in that trial behind Luiza and the 1000m suits better.
  5. 7 – ZATAR – 1st-start. Ignore the trial, slow out mile back then stopped in his tracks. He picked-up and went over line nicely. Has ability.
Race 2 – 3YO BM70 – 1400m
  1. 1 – NICCOLANCE – Led and won Metro maiden easily fresh running good time. The two he beat easily will certainly win races and have form behind city winners! This guy has Astern/ Capitalist form from 2yo days.
  2. 2 – INVINCIBELLA – Gives weight to males but won good form maiden fresh then heavily backed Rosehill and beat all-bar swooper Zenalicious and they ran good time also. Big danger.
  3. 4 – CROWN HIM – Won maiden well enough fresh. Less than 1L off Attention and Prized Icon 2nd-up last prep then beat all-bar Prized Icon in Fernhill Stks.
  4. 5 – OCTAVIAN AUGUSTUS – Limited luck fresh then jumped in trip into Dulcify and raced keen, he was not far away. Back a notch and back to 1400m here.
  5. 8 – PECANS – Sound but no match for Invincibella 2nd-up but does have weight advantage today… and upside.
Race 3 – C&G BM85 – 1600m
  1. 1 – SIGNPOSTED – Won four straight before chasing Fabrizio in vain last time, be beat everything else clearly and winner was tipped by some good judges to run well in an Epsom (forgive file!). Claims down here. Handled dry well there but yet to win on dry is only query.
  2. 5 – HIPPARCHUS – Went way back fresh but liked the way he went over the line and was only 2.1L off Signposted on the line. Fitter. Stays at 1600m but value danger?
  3. 6 – MORE TO GAIN – dod effort last time making good ground on Metrop runner-up Antonio Giuseppe with 59kg on a track suiting those nearer the speed. Back in trip? Can win.
  4. 2 – BODEGA NEGRA – Good miler going well if you delete Ballina when wide, has form around Mr Epic who went to Vic and was not far off the flying Royal Rapture!
  5. 8 – BALMAIN BOY – No match winner last time but won 2 of 3 at the mile and gets weight relief.
Race 4 – C3 Highway – 1600m
  1. 2 – GAMBLED – Blinkers back on last time and he led/won when only 2nd-up. Won two mile races last prep by aggregate 7.8L. Leads here? Looks silly odds $16.
  2. 1 – DISTINCTIVE LOOK – Had backing at odds last time and beat Shotgun Roulette who is here. Good/ Close-up third in one of these three-back.
  3. 3 – GRAND ROUGE – Needs luck from draw now (goes forward to offset?) but going well although no wins 1600m he has run well in strong C1 at the trip.
  4. 10 – NOT FOR EXPORT – Was not far off Distinctive Look last time and went way back from bad draw that day, he ran well, he is proven 1600m and on dry… Draws out again.
  5. 7 – SHOTGUN ROULETTE – Another who must have a case if Distinctive Look does…Draws out.
Race 5 – BM83 – 2000m
  1. 5 – MY GIULIANO – Ran very well behind Antonio Giuseppe a few runs back and last four this distance range have all been good efforts. Carted 60kg latest onto dry for first time in the prep and ran over them. Key rival Broadside was one of those.
  2. 7 – BROADSIDE – Won on debut in Oz at Kembla then led and sound but no match for My Giuliano last time. That was his first go dry. Meets winner .5kg worse.
  3. 6 – SALTHOUSE – Bit disappointing last time when well held fourth off that good effort prior when had no soft run. This is infinitely easier than taking on Antonio Giuseppe!
  4. 10 – ZERO TO TEN – Led and no match for the trifecta last time but two of those just ran well in a Metrop and suspect back to 2000m is a big plus for him.
  5. 1 – MURPHY’S DELIGHT – Late splits say he did enough fresh and quickly to 2000m is the right recipe.
Race 6 – Hcp – 1400m
  1. 6 – HANDFAST – Top return in strong race Rosehill from back and wide then liked the fight in Bill Ritchie. Happy Clapper was right behind him. Ran very well to Mccreery 3rd-up last prep. Go well.
  2. 7 – HIS MAJESTY – Terrific return win then 61.5kg racing in inferior ground and old again 2nd-up. Closed well in Cameron Hcp latest and Le Romain from that race was very good in an Epsom chasing a hot speed.
  3. 4 – RELIGIFY – Resumes. Trialled well. Good fresh horse but never been at this trip fresh-up. Leads? Goes in for sure!
  4. 9 – FALKENBERG – Resumes. Good talent but still learning. Closed nicely in recent trial. Won maiden easily fresh last prep.
  5. 8 – BURNING PASSION – Tough wet-tracker. Kept fresh suits but likely firm going no help! Unders?
Race 7 – G1 Spring Champion Stks – 3YO – 2000m
  1. 11 – YANKEE ROSE – Ridden upside/down fresh yet only 1.2L off Omei Sword then forced to sustain long wide run last week and kept chasing Global Glamour and they got away on the rest. Race rated well enough. The 2000m looks ok.
  2. 1 – PRIZED ICON – Was in trouble vital stage and unlucky in the Gloaming. Beat Divine Prophet in Champagne in Autumn and no worries 2000m as long as he can settle.
  3. 4 – HIGH MIST – Looks the value $10. Came wide against pattern in Gloaming and loomed to win but saddle had shifted and rider was never full bore on him. Can beat Swear home and much bigger price but concede little between many of these.
  4. 3 – SWEAR – Shows promise. Kept closing in that Gloaming on better day to be handy and should eat 2000m… It was a blanket finish there but most are here so…?
  5. 2 – VELADERO – Led and great fight to win that Gloaming, yes pattern helped and he did fall in a bit but never decry winning form!
Race 8 – Angst Stks – Mares – 1600m
  1. 7 – DIXIE BLOSSOMS – Lovely return then badly blocked 2nd-up (had bit to give) before beating all-bar Tycoon Tara in Golden Pendant, she had high class girls behind her in First Seal and Heavens Above (latter just ran well in an Epsom) and mile no issue for her. The race ‘’rated’’ much better than Extensible’s race that day. Keen runs well.
  2. 8 – EXTENSIBLE – Won 2 of her last 3 and convinced if ridden off-speed she beats Antonio Giuseppe in the ‘’miss’’. Loved the win last time (ridden back) and was month off there… Danger.
  3. 2 – SPIRIT BIRD – Back/Wide and ran over them in Tibbie fresh. All her 2nd-up form is good. That fillies WA form kept rating highly from early 2016. Wary!
  4. 1 – ZANBAGH – Had track pattern and dry track against her fresh, forgive. Good when 2L off then in G1 Coolmore 2nd-up last prep. Was on heels of It’s Somewhat 2nd-up prior.
  5. 10 – UNEQUIVOCAL – Nice trial then pleasing return before not being far off them in Shannon Stks and that race rated well too… Chance at odds.
  6. 9 – HAPPY HANNAH – Found line nicely fresh and suited mile too.
Race 9 – BM85 – 1200m
  1. 6 – BRIGADOON RISE – Luckless fresh and she was backed. Made ground on Takedown before spell and back to 85 class. From draw they can sit closer here.
  2. 2 – ROCK FORTHE LADIES – Resumes. Sat deep off them and ran over top in nice trial win. Won BM84 fresh last prep then beat all-bar Pilote D’essai who has Royal Rapture form.
  3. 3 – SUSPENSE – Right on heels of Moral Victory fresh, winner franked that form! Won only other 2nd-up run. Great dry track record.
  4. 11 – TOP ME UP – No answer for handy one last time but beat everything else and back to 1200m no negative. Gets weight relief and senior rider up. Leader? Pattern?
  5. 5 – DENPURR – Beat handy field fresh and that form was franked WFM Monday. Her 2nd-up form is better than stats say, she was only beaten 1.3L in Reg Allen 2nd-up one day.
  6. 1 -LUNAR RISE – Trialled well but never won, or placed fresh so…?
Good luck !
Gator

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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Thanks to all who voted on an epic weekend of racing. There were some outstanding individual performances however, the voting was clear-cut that HARTNELL was the Run Of The Weekend, he held 49% of the vote beating EXTREME CHOICE (30%), HAURAKI (19%) and ASTERN (2%)…
So… let’s start at FLEMINGTON:
The track was GOOD and rail was 9m. The pattern was very much suiting swoopers. There was a strong tailwind up the straight so be wary of the fast times and forgive most who did not have cover down the back.
Run Of The Day:
As mentioned it was HARTNELL and for the third time in succession, the win was nothing short of outstanding, this time he thrashed a G1 mare in JAMEKA who was coming off a huge win herself. Hartnell ran home 33.55/ 22.51 then 11.55 despite rider ‘’clocking off’’ 150m from home, he ran 22-seconds flat 600m-to-200m, make no mistake, he is a genuine threat to the mighty Winx !!
His overall time was 2-01.03 off a moderate 1-16.96 1st-1200m, JAMEKA was, well, clear second best, she followed the winner and chased hard (splits: 33.87/ 22.89/ 11.76) but was outclassed. TALLY sat up second and battled well to keep third from PREFERMENT (better effort) and old boy HAPPY TRAILS (11.89) who did find the line. DE LITTLE ENGINE ran home 11.75 last 200m and is flying for easier/ further.
The Blazer Stks was Race 8 and by now, the pattern was well established, the trifecta all came from off midfield and wide: FRENCH EMOTION ridden colder (smart move) peeled to the middle and unleashed a big finale to beat PURE PRIDE who was a bit stiff even she copped an early check then found traffic at a vital stage, she rushed home race-fastest 11.28 to get second from VIBRANT ROUGE (11.37) back out to 1400m. TELOPEA stayed on inside lanes, her effort to run fourth Vs the pattern was excellent for mine. ROCKOLICIOUS was solid for easier. Win time was 1:24.36 off 50.29 1st-800m
Back to R4 and Gigai Stks and, despite that strong tailwind, FAATINAH led in 36.54 1st-600m which is walking speed, to put this into perspective on the day, the 2yo’s in race 1 went 34.42 early so they would have been leading this G2 field by around 12 Lengths at the halfway mark. THE QUARTERBACK was only a few lengths away before bursting through scooting home 21.7/ 11.2 and beating WE’VE GOT THIS who came from behind him, his splits were 21.6/ 11.11 and that latter 200m was the day’s fastest, he is going super but just needed more speed on. DURENDAL sat behind them and was a sound third from GENERALIFE. UNDER THE LOUVRE hooked out wide but race was dominated closer inside and nearer the speed, he ran 11.35 home. They still ran a slick 1-9.04 (wind assisted)
The Manifold Stks for 3yo Fillies was R6 and SERENELY DISCREET charged over the top of them, as mentioned here off that totally luckless fresh run she looked to have plenty to give that day, well, I guess this proves that true! She came from second-last off a 50.81 1st-800m and stormed over the top running 21.95/ 11.35. Worth noting the runner-up came from last (and right behind her) in BELLA SORELLASTRA and she recorded 22.05/ 11.27. Again it was a run-ons race. WATERLOO SUNSET from off midfield and racing tight key stage ran home wee into third from ANOTHER BULLSEYE who needed up near that inside section so fancy she ran very well here. FROM PARIS WITHLOVE ran 11.71 home and was sound. Overall time: 1-37.52 for the mile.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
STYLEMAN (went to inside rail), TRENCHANT (never clear), HIGHLAD (early work/ run-ons day/ ends up inside rail/ ran super!), BEACH LIFE (back and wide), MISSILE BOOM (lame), THROSSELL (atrial fibrillation), DANDY GENT (attacked lead mid race/ went well), CHIPANDA (too wide), EXOCET (little luck/ mucous post-race), ELEONARA (never fully clear), CLASSIC DIVA (badly blocked), PEEKING DUCK (covered ground), RAW IMPULSE (poor recovery), TELOPEA (wrong spot), MANAGERESS (upside/ down), CATCH A FIRE (covered ground), DAN ZEPHYR (should’ve finished closer), SANTA ANA LANE (upside/ down).
To RANDWICK for Epsom Day and track was Good-4, there were some fast time recorded. Rail was 3m. There was no mad pattern evident for mine, winners led and swooped, There was high-wind so cover was helpful.
The win of HAURAKI in the Epsom was excellent after drifting back to last, he was certainly helped but a suicidal speed on up front set by FABRIZIO, he ran 58.2 his first 1000m and there was a sub 34-second 600m there, it set up a sizzling overall time of 1-33.87. Back to the winner though, his closing speed off that tempo was exceptional, he easily broke 11-seconds 400m-to-200m (10.82 – clearly race-fastest) then ran home 11.07 whilst many were gasping for air (next fastest last 200m was HEAVENS ABOVE – 11.32 who was also well-back). DIBAYANI and MACKINTOSH had beautiful ‘’suck runs’’ with cover off that hot speed and so often, horses with those runs, in races where there is a tearaway leader, win! Both were home 11.62. HAPPY CLAPPER didn’t ping but kept responding to riding and ended-up .6L 4th (home 11.42) with LE ROMAIN 5th (good effort given he was first out to chase the leader), MCCREERY raced near HAPPY CLAPPER and he too didn’t quicken back at the mile but warmed up nicely late home 11.51, then the aforementioned HEAVENS ABOVE, these seven had 1.7L over them all. Great race !!
The Metrop was won by SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD and he did a terrific job, yes he had the perfect run in transit but the leader really upped the ante (tempo) 800m out which should have suited those back with the last crack, the winner was left in front a way out as said leaders fainted early yet he kept running! ANTONIO GUISEPPE measured up very well (albeit with 51kg) and chased hard for second from ALLERGIC who closed 11.00/ 11.36, only fourth horse SACRED MASTER was quicker home (10.87 slick 400-to-200m then 11.32 home). That ran 2:30.47 for 2400m here.
The other G1 was Flight Stks and GLOBAL GLAMOUR led before steadying tempo mid race and giving a very nice kick. She went 59.83 1st-1000m so didn’t walk (but were some 9L slower than madman Fabrizio) and held off YANKEE ROSE who was forced to make an early move, then forced wide. She still attacked the line (home 11.48 – race-fastest) but couldn’t reel in the winner. SEZANNE came with the runner-up and was sound but no match for her, they thrashed the rest some 4.5L and ran 1-34.73
Many were disappointed with ASTERN, I was not one of them, he went back (as excepted) as leader/ winner RUSSIAN REVOLUTION ran 35.7 1st-600m (say, 9L slower than Howmuchdoyouloveme in final race over 1200m) and held on. ASTERN recorded an amazing 32.29 last 600m, easily day’s fastest, the 200m breakdown splits were 10.8/ 10.4/ 11.08… I hope many sack him and we get some odds next time ??? :)
Better mention two 2yo races:
JORDA had the run but won well despite running about late and ran 57.53 off 23.22 1st-400m split, runner-up KANGA’S EYE (home 11:46) after blowing the start and being held-up was excellent !! LUCKY LOUIE ran home 11.47 and hit line nice.
KHAN won the boy’s division from midfield (home 11:45) and overcoming some traffic issues, he set out after CONDOR HEROES who had led and given a beaut kick, he had no answer late but they had a gap on third, they ran 57.43 off 23.18 1st-400m so…. early report, very little between both divisions.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
GRASSLANDS (back/ green/ showed ability), MEDAL KHAN (bad start/ bad check!), THY KINGDOM COME (back/wide/new), SPENCER (wide), THE MISSION (poor recovery), NEMRUD (good thing beaten), CALABASAS (lame), AWOKE (too dry), FABRIZIO (umm, yeah), MIGHTY LUCKY (covered ground), PALENTINO (back/ wide/ wrong leg going Sydney way), SENSE OF OCCASION (wide/ still beat many home), STORM THE STARS (lame), GOOD PROJECT (checked out of it).
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Bring on Guineas Day !!
Gator

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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at FLEMINGTON on Saturday on Soft-5 track with rail TRUE. Most avoided the inside rail from pretty early on, in straight races the winners were beyond the middle of the track.
Run Of The Day:
Another dominant ‘’winner’’ this week and with 56% of your votes it was PALENTINO (Bon Aurum was second with 22%) and the win was excellent! He is settling better this prep and he sat back just off midfield then improved nicely before pouncing on proven G1 star in BLACK HEART BART and he won going away!
PALENTINO recorded a 10.86 split 400-to-200m which was one of the day’s better sectionals (and this was a mile race) before sustain the effort and coming home race-fastest 11.69. He ran 1-36.17 overall off an even 49.87 1st-800m. BLACK HEART BART was no match but gallant in defeat and beat third clearly, he was left exposed a fair way out but doubt that mattered. HE OR SHE was between the quinella in the run and straightening up, no match obviously but a solid third at G1/WFA from him. JACQUINOT BAY sat deep and battled on very well, OK the fence was ‘’off’’ but still, he ran out of his skin the old boy. OUR IVANHOWE quickened up quite nicely then battled home well enough, the disappointment I guess was that he never passed Jacquinot Bay, still, the return was sound. PRINCE OF PENZANCE went super here 2nd-up running home 11.77 which was bettered only by the winner, and, SOFIA ROSA was 3rd-fastest home (11.81) and liked her late work after she certainly did not quicken. Clearly wants further.
To race 8 and the Let’s Elope Stks. It was the new season 4YO mares who quinellaed the race (remember as 3yo fillies they kept ‘’rating’’ highly) and that was no shock, hard to pot the winner DON’T DOUBT MAMMA given (as stated) she gave older mares weight and was forced closer to those inside lanes, in fact, she was the only winner all-day back near that section. THAMES COURT sat up handy on a modest 50.51 1st-800m and was gallant but had her chance. The first home from tho older mares was the classy MANAGERESS who was fresh off long spell and she really found the wire off that slow speed. JESSY BELLE raced tight key stage and then closed well for fourth. METAPHORICAL went back and also raced tight before hitting the wire very sweetly, in fact, her 11.53 last 200m was race-fastest. Nice! BADAWIYA was the disappointment but she raced a bit ‘’fresh’’ and had 59 so? Some query here given 1.7L covered the first ten mares but that slow speed was certainly a factor.
Back to Race 2 and KENTUCKY MISS sat deep (best ground) but didn’t have much cover and was keen early yet still charged home to beat BEYOND THE DREAM who flashed late, widest on debut at $201… Wow!! MY COUNTRY led that outside division and battle hard. First home inside was SUPER TOO and given the pattern, her run was excellent. HAPPY EVENT deserves a mention then, she was second home inside. CONSCIOUS didn’t ping at all but warmed up nicely late and wants further it seems. They went 30.81 1st-500m here so there was no mad speed, overall time for 1100m was 1-4.47
Race 3 was another slowly run 3yo race and DETECTIVE sat up second on filly ZUNBAQA and they went 49.77 1st-800m, they ran first and fourth in a race dominated by those nearer the speed. DETECTIVE had to dig in as TESSERA was closing after racing a bit keen early, he didn’t quicken immediately and he looks like a miler to me. THROSSELL was backed and the best of the closers here, he broke 11-seconds 400-to-200m (10.93) coming from off midfield, his 11.93 last 200m was 5th-fastest. The two quickest home were AWAKE IN GRINZING (11.74) and that split has more merit when you consider he wasnt fully clear until around 200m from home so didn’t have momentum up, and, SEABURGE (11.83) who also was blocked until around the 200m. The first ten here covered only 3.3L so…? Overall time 1-24.40
Worth noting BON AURUM and older horses the following race ran 1-23.42 so around 6L quicker overall and that was despite a 49.99 1st-800m (slower early). Winner was impressive and clocked a 10.72 400-to-200m then 11.48 home, loved the ride pinching ground mid race off slow speed. ULMANN was a bit deep and good in second. HI WORLD rushed home 11.45 2nd-up and was the best closer. TASHBEEH led and no match, no winners led in circle races today.
Kiwi SARACINO led in 35.58 1st-600m in Danehill Stks and ran 1-9.80, he was left alone, he kept running and held off ARCHIVES who kept coming despite racing a bit keen early. SAMARA DANCER closed well (both these ran 12.20 home) with WAZZENME 12.15 being race-fastest but off that tempo nothing was able to ‘’storm’’ from the back. HARDHAM warmed up late and wants easier/ 1400m and with the recipe, will get some of my money!
The older horses in Bobbie Lewis ran their 1200m in 1-9.13 off a quicker 34.91 1st-600m and the trifecta here were the three widest runners: FAATINAH (sat deep on-pace with 53kg and kept running/ was backed), TIVACI (had his back/ ridden along 500m out and closed well – home 12.34) and WE’VE GOT THIS (back last/ to outside and ran 12.10 last 200m). Fourth was UNDER THE LOUVRE who did well given weights were dead-against him, he ran 12.10 home also. GENERALIFE finished off OK (12.34) in a race of many disappointments…
THE FORGIVE FILE:
GETEMHEL (didn’t handle straight), SEABURGE (in traffic key stage), AWAKE IN GRINZING (clear too late!), URBAN RULER (worst ground), JACKSON (wide), INSPIRED ESTELLE (forced off track), PRINCE OF BROOKLYN (worst ground), DEFCON (lame), DREAMS APLENTY (lame), THE MONSTAR (solo inside?), SANTA ANA LANE (no cover up middle/ gets another go), ASTRO CASTRO (respiratory issue?), XTRAVAGANT (mind on other things!!!), TARZINO (worst ground/ gets another go), ALPINE EAGLE (too colty also), TELOPEA (back and wide), CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL (caught deep), EGYPT (never fully clear/ hmmmm), MAURUS (worst ground) and HANS HOLBEIN (atrial fibrillation).
In Sydney it was ROSEHILL and track went from Soft-5 to Good-4 (from race 6) with rail 2m. There was no major pattern, most avoided being hard on that inside section was all. Great racing.
Run OF The Day:
No ‘’betting’’ here given ASTERN was just outstanding blowing away his rivals in the G1 Golden Rose, that change-up speed is awesome (10.87 400m-to-200m was equal fastest of the day) then he was 11.29 home and eased-up late. His last 600m was a sizzling 33.74. He stopped the clock 1-23.91… Yep, outstanding !!
Runner-up was filly OMEI SWORD and she too was excellent, she was looking for room 350m-to-250m and had no momentum whilst the winner was in ‘’fully cry’’, she picked up and hit the line hard, she is top class!! She ran 11.25/ 11.39 home. IMPENDING was no match at all for the quinella but found the line nicely for third (home 11.58) with DIVINE PROPHET rushing home for fourth after being held-up touch straightening, he had settled just off the quinella, he ran 11.25/ 11.28. Good run. Of the others: MEDITERRANEAN hit line 11.81 and was noteworthy for easier/ further. They went 49.27 1st-800m
Theo Marks was Race 7 and MACKINTOSH sat off the good speed and joined in 4-deep out of trouble, with 53kg, he held off COUNTERATTACK who was a good thing beaten having to wait behind a wall until too late. Runner-up still ran 11.49 home (race-fastest). SOUTHERN LEGEND raced tight key stage but did have room in time, he was just no match late and TYCOON TARA was an every chance 4th and these four had only .7L covering them, they had 2L to spare on the rest, headed by SNOOPY who worked home well but they held him late (11.73). Time: 1-17.11 for 1300m.
Race 8 was the Sheraco Stks and what a win from HEAVENS ABOVE, midfield, in traffic off modest tempo and she was coming back in trip, she got clear and launched late to arrive running the day’s fastest 11.20 last 200m, she beat RAVI who was well backed off nice trial form (every chance) with MAGIC ALIBI weaving through for third. DENMAGIC was enormous here, her 10.87 400m-to-200m was equal-fastest split with Astern and then 11.21 home, she (somehow) missed a place!?!? SERENE MAJESTY sat 2nd and battled well, there was .7L over these five girls. SOLD FOR SONE was back with DENMAGIC and got left behind then rattled that last 100m (11.05/ 11.21), she was 33.79 last 600m, DENMAGIC was 33.55… Low flying!
THE FORGIVE FILE:
LOVE’S A FANTASY (wide), MALTHOUSE (no peace/ fitter), DOC HOLIDAY (attacked lead 800m out), SIR BACCHUS (tardy/ closest inside/ don’t sack!), OPEN BOOK (action ok??), ZERO TO TEN (attacked a way out), JUNOOB (back and wide), GET ON THE GRANGE (attacked lead 800m out), SONG AND LAUGHTER (non-event), YANKEE ROSE (upside/ down), THRONUM (wide on-speed), PEALRS (always wide), NANCY (worst going), DIXIE BLOSSOMS (just never got a crack at them!), SAVOURED (squeezed out 200m), BALMAIN BOY (back/wide/ ran well), ORCYM SAM (back and wide).
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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at MOONEE VALLEY on Saturday on GOOD-4 track with Rail in 3m position. Whilst there was no disadvantage to those up near the speed, have to conclude the track played well. Three winners led or sat up second, two swooped, two came from midfield using ‘’inside runs’’.
RUN OF THE DAY:
With a whopping 78% of the vote (get involved each Saturday – follow twitter handle @gatorgately) it was VOODOO LAD and seriously, how could you argue with that !! The win was nothing short of outstanding. He missed the kick and was back last nearing the turn checking off heels, he hooked out the widest and just rounded them up to win going away… Wow !!!
He ran 1-11.21 for the 1200m off a 35.58 1st-600m split, no shock he dominated the sectionals here home 11.70 and he was the only one to break 12-seconds home. Runner-up KEEN ARRAY came from midfield and joined in strongly, his return was good, but winner was in a different league! (home 12.11). SEBRING SUN was solid with every hope in third and have to sat fourth horse WELL SPRUNG stuck on super off a wide/ tough run here. Bit worried about FAST N ROCKING now…
To the G1 Dato Tan Chin Nam and AWESOME ROCK impressed. He did join in strongly and come away although it has to be said, it was a ‘messy’ race. They ran along early then backed off the tempo before leader THE CLEANER upped the anti from about the 700m, he stuck OK but did fade that last 100m. 1st-800m split was 48.53 and overall time was 1-37.01 so nothing sensational, in fact, the other mile race won by Mihany was won in 1-37.23, so, pretty similar time and that was off a 49.41 1st-800m so, the G2 race was run some 5L quicker early yet only .22 quicker overall. Runner-up REAL LOVE came from back (just off winner) and was a touch tight turning then hit line 12.20 (winner 12.19) with SET SQUARE (wide/ partial cover/ wider turn/ still hit line) a very good third. TOSEN STARDOM was race-fastest 12.16 home after only seeing daylight 170m from the line! THE UNITED STATES was also held-up and he ran 12.18 home, he was only clear around 180m from the post. Loved the run of JAMEKA (again) here from back and 4-wide then even wider on the bend, she ran home 12.43 despite that.
Back to R6 and the Atlantic Jewel. MERRIEST sat second on WHISPERING BROOK and they slipped away turning and ran 1-2. They went 35.83 1st-600m and ran 1-11.09 overall so slower early than open sprinters (Voodoo Lad race) yet faster overall, the race rated well. Winner was strong but did have 3.5kg on the runner-up. SWEET SHERRY was held-up as those leaders slipped away yet ran home hard when clear, her 11.50 last 200m was race-fastest, SEBRING DREAM ran home 11.79 after also being handle blocked as those leaders kicked, liked her return! Trusting this race.
R5 was the McEwen Stks at WFA and WILD RAIN led in 35.69 and kept going to well for FURNACES who sat up second so another 1-2 all the way race. They ran 58.82 for the 1000m. HEATHERLY lost it at the start then came wide before running home strongly (11.74) from SHIEDEL (stuck well off wide run) and O’MALLEY (followed Heatherly – made ground on her late – home 11.65 – race-fastest) who was 2nd-up off long spell.
Touched on the MIHANY race and winner led and was dominant off that 49.41 1st-800m. RAW IMPULSE did enough but just couldn’t quicken off that tempo, love the way OBSERVATIONAL hit the wire (home 11.66 last 200m).
Note also the new season 4YO’s once again dominated the BM78, winner VOSTOK had sweet run and just nailed MR INDIVIDUAL who was wide on-speed and enormous !! They went 54.84 early and 1-32.20 overall for 1514m. The new 3YO’s race was run much slower (59.4) and won in 1-33.09 and that was HEY DOC beating ROCKETEER with gap to third.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
CHOICE (slow recovery), BONNIE BELLE (little room), LARRIKIN (badly tightened turn), ONTOFF OFTHE WORLD (very wide), JUNIOR BURGER (no room straight), OSCAR’S MY MATE PA (little peace), HOKKAIDO (back and wide), ZAHSPEED (slow recovery), HEATHERLY (start was costly), SEBRING DREAM (unlucky/ good), OREGON’S DAY (raced tight/ doubt loved MV), GRETNA (forced wide), ZAMZAM (forced wider), WELL SPRUNG (wide/ good), ROUGH JUSTICE (clear too late), TADDEI TONDO (never clear), IGGIMACOOL (no room at all), FAST CASH (poor recovery), TOSEN STARDOM (no luck/ good), THE UNITED STATES (no luck/ good), JACQUINOT BAY (no run/ room), MAHUTA (signs of colic), MISS ROSE DE LAGO (3-wide on-speed) and TALL SHIP (internal bleed).
In Sydney racing was at RANDWICK and track went from HEAVY-9 to HEAVY-8, the rail was out 6m and track played quite well but fancy hard on that inside rail was not the A-ground. Always wary relative times on wet (and improving !) tracks.
RUN OF THE DAY:
Hard to go past HARTNELL who looked like Might And Power the way he bounded away and won eased down about 70m from the post. Easy to say he wins by 10L if let go!
What did he beat? Well, that is the obvious question but always believe what you see (and he did chase Winx fresh running similar splits to her), he ran 11.59 here 400-to-200m and 12.34 (eased up). GRAND MARSHALL was clear last and ridden along but he hit the line hard to grab second from STORM THE STARS who led and fell into 3rd from PREFERMENT and WHO SHOT THEBARMAN who both went over the line sweetly. PRIZED ICON raced too keen the 3YO. Note, there was 1.4L between second place and last here. They ran 1-39.13 for the mile.
Race 6 was Fast & Furious Stks and FOXILY unleashed a terrific finale to run down BACARELLA who had given a very nice kick, these two had a gap on third, winner was dominant sectionals wise running 12.21 her last 200m. Overall time was 1-12.58 for 1200m off 35.95 1st-600m. Third filly GLOBAL GLAMOUR ran a great race after covering ground and racing very ‘’new’’, she ran home 12.62 and her split was bettered only by the winner. SMART AMELIA came from just off the winner, she was held-up a touch then strong late but no match at all (home 12.7). I AM A STAR was not far off third and sound her first go on wet.
The Ming Dynasty was Race 3 and SWEAR sat up handy on a modest 51.01 1st-800m and won OK without raving. Safe to say HIGH MIST was a bit stiff after being checked when trying to build momentum, she ended up back on the inside rail, she was 11.88 home against winner’s 11.98 and overall time 1-26.97 had to be slow given wet and slow speed. SKYLIGHT GLOW led the winner and held on (entitled to) with gap to TAJ MAHAL fourth (had  no hope this tempo).
The Tramway was Race 8 and HAURAKI impressed coming from second-last, he had race-fastest (any runner/ any section) 11.23 split 400-to-200m then ran home 11.84 and was only one to break 12-seconds home. Early tempo was 49.89 1st-800m and they ran 1-25.93 overall for 1400m but tough lining that up against 3yo’s given their first 800m split was some 7L faster! LE ROMAIN was unsuited this weight scale and ran very well 2nd-up through nearer the inside. DIBAYANI sat 2nd and gave his all. IT’S SOMEWHAT was an every chance 4th (fresh) with HAPPY CLAPPER 5th, he was left behind when Hauraki ‘’went’’ but warmed up nicely late.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
SO WILLIE (lame), DURE (lame), HIGH MIST (stiff), TSARITSA (went wide early with 59kg), TESTASHADOW (worked hard and too wet anyway), CHIPANDA (blew start), HONESTY PREVAILS (slow recovery), I’M IMOGEN (wide),  AWOKE (not much room), PRIZED ICON (too keen), COSMIC CUBE (too wet) and JAPONISME (big weight/ wet?).
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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at CAULFIELD on Saturday for G1 action and track was GOOD-4 to GOOD-3, the rail was 6m and there was no bias evident !!
Run Of The Day:
With right on 50% of the vote, the ‘’winner’’ was clear and OCEAN EMBERS takes Run Of The Day this week from DEFINE (21%) and UNDER THE LOUVRE (19%)… It was hardly a shock to this punter, her win was brilliant! To come from where she did (3rd-last) when the leaders absolutely crawled through a 37.66 1st-600m )honestly, I cannot recall a 1200m run slower in recent times on Good track)…. To win, she needed to run freak sectionals, and she did! Home 33.69 last 600m, in that was a 10.88 from 400m-to-200m, then home 11.32…
Ignore the moderate overall time of 1-12.23 here given said ‘’barrier trail’’ speed early, she ran down THAMES COURT who sat up outside that slow pace and battled well to keep a clear second from TELOPEA who saved ground from just off midfield, overcame a slight baulk and ran home hard (home 11.54), her run was good. ANDRASSY led (every possible chance this tempo) and DON’T DOUBT MAMMA motored late here fresh, she was only 2/100ths of second slower than OCEAN EMBERS that last 200m, she was back bear the winner but was ‘’left standing’’ when Ocean Embers took off, her 600m-to-200m was 22.69 Vs winner’s 22.37 an that tells the story. EGYPT was 3rd-fastest home in 11.51, good return her too.
To the G1 Memsie Stks and BLACK HEART BART had the nice run off the strong speed and was too good, simple. They looked to go very hard up front but 1st-800m split was 48.36 so, hardly ‘’suicidal speed’’, built yes, strong speed and winner ran 1-23.93 for 1400m. RISING ROMANCE sat off that speed (just in front of winner) and was good but simply found one better. MAHUTA went through 1-off the inside and just holds third from the gallant TASHBEEH who looks something to bet on shortly away from WFA. These four (up near speed) were in one race and the rest were in the other: PALENTINO got lost but made nice ground gassiest the race shape and measured up to G1/WFA grade, ALPINE EAGLE was a sound 6th (he sat just off the winner) and only 1st-up. TARZINO was run off his legs (clear last !!) and made up very good ground, in fact, his 22.72 last 400m was race-fastest, he and winner BLACK HEART BART (22.94) were the only two to break 23-secs that last 400m. HE OR SHE hit the line quite well also.
The Heatherlie was Race 8 and, well, it was an odd one! A real ‘’grand prix’’ race where nothing much changed all the way around, the first four out here ran 1-2-3-4. GREAT ESTEEM led all the way running 1-43.49 (record 1-42.42) beating the well-backed TOM MELBOURNE who sat second and gave his all, he raced keen as usual. LONGERON was third all the way and MAGNAPAL fourth all the way. Best closer was SECOND BULLET who was off a freshen and he hit the line 22.91/ 11.66 both race-fastest. BERISHA (did enough) and ARAB DAWN (nice on line – home 11.68) ran well given race pattern and PROVOCATIVE warmed up when race was all over, she ran 11.82 last 200m but it was really only that last 50m she ‘’got warm’’. Had to like the way ALMOONQITH hit the wire too! (no splits recorded for him).
REDZEL was backed and sped along leading all the way in R5, he ran 29.71 1st-500m (well rated) and held off UNDER THE LOUVRE who produced his customary rocket finish… Wow, that last 100m!! He is always a sectional star and ran 11.58 home here. Liked the return of SANTA ANA LANE from off midfield, he found traffic then ran home 11.7 one-off that inside section. DAN ZEPHYR (midfield/ saved ground/ sound return) and WE’VE GOT THIS (nice late – his last 200m was just 1/100ths off that of Under The Louvre – Not many get close to his closing fractions). Jury out HELLBENT.
The 3yo’s did battle in Mcneill Stks Race 6 and DEFCON was not brilliantly away, gave them all weight (bar one) yet was too strong late, had to really like his last 50m or so when he showed his dominance. He beat HIGHLAND BEAT who travelled up like the winner and was solid, but no match late. WAZZENME ran home well, his 11.86 last 200m was the equal of HIGHLAND BEAT and bettered only by winner (11.53). SEABURGE also had the full penalty and he ran a sound fourth here fresh. REVOLVING DOOR made nice ground (home 11.94) with HARDHAM (11.93) who acts like he wants 1600m at least. AWAKE IN GRINZING coming off a good debut win in blanket finish did not measure up. They ran 1-11.40 off 35.93 1st-600m. On times, the leaders here would have been some 9L+ in front of Andrassy (led the mares in race 9) with 600m to travel.
Better mention LEOTIE who was dominant despite ‘’switching off’’ when she hit the lead, she ran 21.96 last 400m then day’s fastest 10.94 last 200m off a crawling speed. SEBRIKKA also ran 10.94 home).
Better mention the top return of HE’S OUR ROKKII too who managed an 11.52 last 200m with 56kg fresh-up. HE went to a new level last prep and is back !!
THE FORGIVE FILE:
SEBRIKKA (injured), LABELLA (only clear last 50m/ good return!), ALL CERISE (rider concerned with action), GINALI (missed kick/ wants further), MANHATTAN BLUES (very wide), CHASE THE HORIZON (bad start/ good finish), SUNDAY ESCAPE (never clear !!!), SHIRAZ (very wide), KINETIC DESIGN (back and wide), MISS SOFTHANDS (little room. tempo against), A LOTTA LOVE (4-wide), JESSY BELLE (still not out !!) and MOSSIN AROUND (3-deep no cover).
In Sydney racing was at ROSEHILL where track started Heavy-8 and went Soft-7 from race 6 onwards. Rail was True, winners were off the inside lanes and that was the better ground.
Run Of The Day:
Whilst star 3yo’s ASTERN and STAR TURN were excellent (gapped rest) I’m leaning to SIR BACCHUS for top honours on the day. He went way back and leader got away with 36.82 1st-600m then pinched a break straightening, the back markers were left flat-footed and a ‘’mile’’ back… SIR BACCHUS warmed up then charged late (11-flat 400-to-200m then 11.46 home), top return win! Good horse!
Winner ran 1-11.93 which was one full second (around 6L) slower than aforementioned star 3yo’s however, they were one full second slower that first 600m so… Runner-up was SNOOPY who sat upon sharing second and kept giving! Suited further now it seems. HANDFAST sat back at tail behind winner, he came widest and ran a sub-11 split 400m-to-200m then ran home 11.54, good return him too. Leader was ENCOSTANATI (well-rated/ nice kick/ grabbed late).
As mentioned over the last few weeks, the new season 3yo’s keep running time! The Run To The Roses was no different. Yep, 35.81 1st-600m then 1-10.92 overall (on an improving track it needs to be said) and the quinella had 3.5L on the rest of the field, said quinella was ASTERN who came from midfield and joined in very quickly, great change-up speed! he ran 11-flat 400-to-200m then 11.13 home, STAR TURN was runner-up and he too ran 11.13 home, arguably, his rider was a little ‘’too patient’’ as he took over still bolting, fancy he was taken a bit by surprise given who quick ASTERN did quicken. The distant third was IMPENDING who was between the quinella straightening, he didn’t quicken like the stablemate but kept battling well and pipped EL DIVINO (led) for third, MEDITERRANEAN was close-up 5th with NIKITAS who did well after covering ground (fence was off). TESSERA went over line nicely (home 11.45) and wants further.
The Premier’s Cup was Race 8 and SENSE OF OCCASION sat wide midfield and despite that, kept coming and ran over SINGING (every chance/ honest!) late, all honours winner but the quinella did have the match-fitness over MAGIC HURRICANE who joined in like the winner 300m out, fancy he peaked late, he gave them all weight too remember. SONG AND LAUGHTER ran home 11.97 after being bit slow into stride, only winner (11.94) was home faster.
Liked the speed win of CHETWOOD in the last as new season 4yo with big weight, he sustained strong speed mid race and kept running, there were good gaps behind, CONARCHIE was clear second best after siting up second and ORCYM SAM ran home quite well for distant 3rd. WE’RE SURE ran on (too close inside for mine) and CAN I HAVE hit line 12.07 so he was race-fastest home, ready to win in easier? They ran 1-21.97 for 1350m.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
NORTHERN JOURNEY (attacked lead mid race), ERIKA (no peace), EXTENSIBLE (no peace entire race!! Sigh!!), RHODIN DRIVE (drove lead read), COCOEXCEL (1400m??), MOMMA’S SNITZEL (checked 200m), HIS MAJESTY (slow out/ worst ground), TELPERION (back/ wide), TESSERA (not in A-ground), ALLERGIC (luckless), LOOPHOLE (worked hard early), RULING DYNASTY (wet/ amiss?), CANNYESCENT (back and wide) and EVER SO NATURAL (thumps).
Bring on Saturday!
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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at MOONEE VALLEY on Saturday on a track upgraded from Soft-6 to Soft-5 from race 7 onwards. The rail was TRUE, the pattern suited those off the inside rail.
Run Of The Day:
The podium horses this week: KEN’S DREAM, CATCH A FIRE and FAST CASH. Giving the ‘’gold’’ to KEN’S DREAM though, he went from an Echuca maiden into Saturday’s Mckenzie Stks and led in a modest 37-flat 1st-600m yet was able to run 1-12.68 for 1200m…
…why was this so impressive? There were 4 x 1200m races on the day and this 3YO ran 1-12.68 and was within 3/100ths of s second of seasoned older sprinters later in the day (on upgraded track) won by JUST MAGICAL and he ran this time despite the first half of the race being run around 9L slower !! KEN’S DREAM beat DAM READY and there were one-two all the way, the runner-uo had trialled super coming in and they gapped third, that third horse was THROSSELL who was sound home and beat fourth easy.
So, race 9, JUST MAGICAL sits off the 35.29 1st-600m and finished too well running 1-12.63 holding off FAST CASH who couldn’t keep up early then flashed late to just miss (12.45 last 200m was race-fastest). SEBRING SUN made a good debut for the Weir stable coming from midfield wide with cover and joining in, fancy he peaked late, fancy he is better drier too! RICH JACK raced tight turning and kept going strongly to the wire, there was just .3 over these four horses. MAGICUS went early and couldn’t quite finish it off, he was 5th. MAGNUS REIGN ran home 12.76 and was sound.
The Carlyon Stks was Race 8 over 1000m and HEATHERLY was too strong despite racing ‘’fresh’’ midway, she took over early (off 36.21 1st-600m) and lasted from VIDDORA who measured up very well, she was wide no cover then charged out after Heatherly, she ran 11.65 home, that figure was bettered only by the resuming O’MALLEY who came from last, came wide and attacked wire in 11.62, the fastest all day. Great return him! ENERAL TRUCE was an every chance 4th. They ran 59.82 for the 1000m.
CATCH A FIRE was super winning race 3 coming from back, she was forced wide and asked to sustain a long run fresh-up yet beat older mares clearly. She ran 1-13.01 off 36.35 1st-600m (so quicker early than Ken’s Dream, yet slower overall). FOREIGN AFFAIR measured up well (every chance) running second and had match-fitness on-side. VIBRANT ROUGE keeps racing well, she ran home hard late and her 12.13 was clear race fastest, she wants 1400m! NOT A HAPPY CAMPER ran super here off wide run and she drifted back to slower inside lanes in the straight. ROCKOLICIOUS raced tight then was close-up, fancy she wants further too. FRENCH EMOTION made a good return running home 12.18 from back on rail, after being held-up.
SWEET SHERRY won the fillies race (race 4) and ran 1-13.37 for the 1200m, it was the slowest of the four 1200m races but they also went a ridiculous 37.82 1st-600m so they were never able to run time. Winner had rails trail then gained inside run (but off rail) so it was perfection for her. TAN TAT BEAUTY attached the line from midfield with cover and MOTOWN LIL was forced wide then rattled home in 11.68, great run Vs the slow speed and one of the faster closing splits of the day.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
AU REVOIR (lame), CAPRESE (poor recovery), REFUSE TO LOSE (poor recovery), FRENCH EMOTION (limited luck/ room), ZAMZAM (upside/ down), MOONLOVER (slow out/ worst ground), DEZURI (wide), VERSTAPPEN (lame), BAFFERT (mucous), LUCQUES (worst ground), TOOLEYBUC KID (slow recovery), COOLDINI (wide), CHILL PARTY (action/ amiss?), SHIRAZ (luckless), PASSING SHOT (slow recovery), LE BONSIR (took off wide/ early), RUNSATI (led VS pattern) and SHAF (shuffled back/ no guide).
In Sydney the racing was hot, the track was RANDWICK and the rating of the track was Soft-5 to Good-4, the winners were away from the inside rail.
Run Of The Day:
With 50% of the vote you went with WINX over DIVINE PROPHET (22%) and OMEI SWORD (19%)…. No shock for mine! WINX was outstanding, sitting off the slow (50.94 1st-800m) speed and cruising to the lead under a hold (just like recent greats Black Caviar and Maybe Diva before her), she ran amazing sectionals, as she does !
… The runner-up was HARTNELL and he might be back to his best? He tracked the winner and got left but battled well to the wire beating leader REBEL DANE who just lasted for third from LUCIA VALENTINE who is never that effective ridden that close, she also battled well. VANBRUGH was the disappointment off the nice trial. They ran 1-23.83 for 1400m.
Back to Race 4 and DIVINE PROPHET was restrained to last, came widest and ran over two good ones in DERRYN and THORIUM, what adds merit to the win was the fact said placegetters were one-two in running and ran 41.9 1st-650m. There was a gap to 4th, PRIZED ICON, his effort with 61kg was most pleasing, yes he copped windburn from winner but that winner had 6kg on him from their G1 clash in Autumn. TAJ MAHAL made a good return also after racing keen/ fresh early. Worth noting they ran around 8L quicker early than the other 1300m race (won well by PEARLS) so no shock they ran quicker, 1-16.68 whilst PEARLS recorded 1-17.33.
Hard not to be impressed with OMEI SWORD in the Silver Shadow, she sat midfield off 35.05 1st-600m and niggled before the turn then joined in and raced away running 1-9.68, this filly was .24 quicker than older mare TYCOON TARA a race later. Runner-up BACARELLA sat 3rd no cover and was keen yet joined in with the winner, she was blown away late but ran super. QUICK FEET kept closing nicely into 3rd, ZAFINA did nice work late, she wants further now.
TYCOON TARA sat up second on 35.25 1st-600m and held off LE ROMAIN in the Show County running 1-9.92. MOUNT NEBO was the best closer, he ran home hard, as did MESSENE who was fresh-up here, the old boy went very well also. Winner was .2 slower early and .24 slower overall than filly OMEI SWORD (as touched on)
THE FORGIVE FILE:
TORGERSEN (not much room), SHADOW LORD (slow out/ pace against), PINDAN PEARL (blew start badly), ELUSIVE RUNNER (also blew the start, badly), FIVE PENNIES (wide), HIGH TEC (early check), KENT (raced tight as winner went by/ should have finished closer), MANAYA (back/ wide and too keen), ROSE OF MAN (bad start/ good run), FREEZE THE CHARGES (wide) and GLENBAWN DANE (wider!).
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SUMMARY OF LAST WEEK:
Racing was at CAULFIELD on Saturday on GOOD track, the rail was out 3m and track played quite well although the inside lanes did chop out of the day wore on.
Run Of The Day:
Thanks to all who voted, note, for those on twitter you can vote each Saturday evening/ Sunday morning after I have posted the ‘’finalists’’ (twitter handle is @gatorgately).
With 32% of the vote the Run Of The Day winner was JAMEKA, and her return was terrific, off a tardy start she recovered to settle midfield in the Lawrence Stks and closed nicely to be right on the heels despite limited galloping room that last 100m… Also on the podium was MISS ROSE DE LAGO (31%) from I AM A STAR (20%).
MISS ROSE DE LAGO was strong winning the Lawrence as the tempo meant she was a sitting shot for swoopers late but she kept going too well for the match-fit JACQUINOT BAY who was every hope but certainly rock solid given the WFA scale was against him somewhat. Third was ENTIRELY PLATINUM who closed nicely fresh off the back of his nice jump out form. LORD OF THE SKY led in 48.05 1st-800m so he certainly set a solid (if not suicidal) speed and was only collared that last 150m, he ran well given it was tougher to lead as the day went on. Loved the run of MAGNAPAL who was outsped in fast-run 1400m and was building momentum beautifully when baulked, he still hit the line 12.09 last 200m which was bettered only by SET SQUARE who rushed home 11.85 from way back. Others of note: SUAVITO (home 12.12) and BERISHA (also home 12.12) did more than enough! Overall time was 1-24.85
The other 1400m race was Race 9 and although BM78 grade, it was a strong race given the trifecta have form around Group horses! Said trifecta was PRINCE OF BROOKLYN (great ride from wide draw and he was favoured drawing wider later in the day but, loved the chase and he ran down a handy one); MR INDIVIDUAL (led in 49.45 – so – Lord Of The Sky would have been around 8L in front of him with 600m to run – He was entitled to kick, he did, but had no answer for winner late) and VOSTOK (sat second and battled well but quinella were too strong – he beat fourth ok). Worth noting these three were the new season 4yo’s and time was not far off that of the Lawrence Stks (1-25.14) despite significantly slower 1st-800m, trusting this form! Others: WHEATSHEAF FLYER ran home in race-fastest 11.93 and was first home the older horses; SO DOES HE (home 12.04) was sound; CURRAGH KING was sub-12 home (11.95) and went very nicely himself.
To the 3YO races, first the boys:
VAIN Stks race R5 and RUSSIAN REVOLUTION was a bit too fast, he led in 30.14 1st-500m so had it easy enough then kicked strongly, he ran 11.36 400-to-200m then lasted to score and stopped the clock 1-5.14, as you will see, his time measured up well against fillies and older horses on the day. If there is a query on the race it has to be the fact that there was 2.6L over the first seven runners!?!? Time will tell. Runner-up HIGHLAND BEAT just lost touch (and around 1L) and a vital stage then had good run through and ran home hard (11.70 last 200m was race-fastest) with HARDHAM very good from the back too, he recorded 11.73 and was forced (arguably) a touch too close to those inside lanes? VALLIANO sat second/ leader won but was close-up and sound. WAZZENME had match fitness but ran home well also, he ran 11.93 that last fraction.
The QUEZETTE for the fillies was R6 and the winner was I AM A STAR who produced a big finish from well back just holding off LEOTIE who was run off her legs a bit early and couldn’t really keep up, she eased to the outside and flashed home in 22.7 and 11.49 (2nd-fastest of the day/ winner was 22.8/ 11.68) and they grabbed leader ATHENA LASS late! Said leader ran 29.81 1st-500m so would have led Russian Revolution roughly 2L with 600m to run, they ran 1-5.03 overall so .11 faster than the 3yo males. NAJMAAT was a sound/ every chance 4th here and SWORD OF LIGHT 5th, she had to carry the 57.5kg so was giving weight to all. SELENIA was the only other runner to break 12-seconds home (11.96) and her return was quite good.
The other 1100m race was for the older girls in R4 and OCEAN EMBERS impressed! She sat back off a 30.28 1st-500m (so leader SHAKESPEAREAN LASS was slower early than both 3yo races) yet swopped over them and recorded an 11.37 last 200m which was the fastest of the day! CANA sat handy and hit the lead but was no match for the winner’s finale, good return this girl though. GLENBAWN DAME was up on that modest tempo and held 3rd. They ran 1-5.03 so time was identical to the new season 3yo fillies in the Quezette, however, they were .47 (almost 3L) slower early.
The other key race was the Regal Roller R8 and VOODOO LAD was back to his best around a turn, with the weight relief, he did power away late from JUNGLE EDGE who had a cheap lead (36.47 1st-600m) and the ever-unlucky FAST N ROCKING. PALENTINO was solid fresh given he had a task as a new season 4yo with 60kg here, he ran home 11.97 but winner was too slick, too fit, and had 6kg less! Winner recorded 11.69 last 200m but the 400-to-200m split of 11.25 was significant when putting the race away. They ran 1-11.35 and it was not  away for fast times.
THE FORGIVE FILE:
LILLY DAZZLER (little room/ was not hammered!), GIGI GIRL (throat abnormality), MOSSIN’ AROUND (looked big hope when luck ran out vital stage), MISS GIDGET (not much room/ late splits were good), REVOLVING DOOR (wide/ went early), ZANAHARY (wide/ green), SHE’S POSITIVE (wide no cover), MERRIEST (not much room/ chequered run/ back to inside), CONSCIOUS (way too keen), CONCEALER (ditto), MODERN WONDER (sore), MAHUTA (lame), GIRL GUIDE (slow recovery), GOLD SYMPHONY (upside/ down), DOWNHEARTED (3-wide no cover), HOKKAIDO (way back from bad gate/ late splits sound), TINY’S LEGACY (worst going) and FRESHWATER STORM (also in wrong spot).
In Sydney racing was at ROSEHILL on SOFT track. Rail was out 6m and track played well, winners led and swooped here.
Run Of The Day:
The podium spots go to STAR TURN, SADLER’S LAKE and WE’RE SURE (with EXTENSIBLE getting an honourable mention)… Giving the ‘’gold’’ to WE’RE SURE narrowly, he produced an outstanding finale in the last to get up and score and was really the only horse this race to emerge from the back….
…It does add merit to the win given runner-up ENCOSTANATI sat handy, took over (maybe too soon?) and third horse CONARCHIE was right up on-speed also (did cover ground/ ran well). Fourth was DRAGON FLYER who made good ground from just off the winner mid race but was (obviously) no match at all. They ran 1-21.96 for 1350m here.
The feature was the San Domenico Stks STAR TURN ran up to his excellent trials with a terrific win, he sat handy on a moderate 30.50 1st-600m split and took over winning in 1-4.39 for 1100m, the time was exceptional when lining up with the other 1100m race on the day, that race, won by handy older sprinter HIS MAJESTY was won in 1-5.05 which was significantly slower than Star Turn despite the older horse’s race being run faster early (they went 30.17 1st-500m). Great sign for new season 3yo! San Domenico runner-up was TANGO RAIN who had led the winner, and had match-fitness on-side, third was KENTUCKY MISS who was clear in time but no match for the quinella, what she did do was beat Slipper winner CAPITALIST home, he tracked the winner and peeled out looking a big hope but didn’t finish his race off, worth noting he did have the 60kg here.
HIS MAJESTY’s win was very good in R8 by the way, back, baulked key stage then builds momentum and hit line hard beating another swooper in SARAJEVO who came to the outside and rushed home, they had both trialled very well leading in. Third was SAVOUREUX (yep, another swooper/ good return) from SNOOPY who certainly didn’t have much luck at the vital stage, DECISION TIME was fifth and there was .5L covering these five!
THE FORGIVE FILE:
TREE OF JESSE (wide no cover and too close), EGYPTIAN RULER (little peace/ ran well), LOUD DEBATE (ditto), MORE THAN FABULOUS (bit wide), ROCK MYLADY (covered ground), DOUKHAN (lame), MR DARCY (found trouble), AURORA GLOW (not much room!), PIRATE BEN (wide no cover), GAME PIE (also not much room), CATON (badly blocked), SACRED MASTER (back and wide off slow speed), COSMIC CUBE (forced 3-wide), RULING DYNASTY (unsuited), SNOOPY (as mentioned), GRANDE PUNTO (held-up until 125m), KANGARILLA JOY (bled), EL SASSO (wide), EVER SO NATURAL (needed more room) and TAKEWING (raced in traffic also).
- Gator