IN A NUTSHELL
It’s spring, but winter form was to the fore in the first two races at Flemington, with both winners, and
having emerged in May and June.
But Fox Swift’s path to winning a Listed race at Flemington was quite a different one to Royal Symphony. She finished second at Wangaratta on debut and then won her maiden at Moe. said he had been looking for a reason to turn her out but she continued to meet every challenge.
DID YOU SEE/HEAR?
The Melbourne Cup market was given a solid jolt yesterday following the win of
at Flemington. Last year’s winner is now a $9 favourite to go back-to-back on the first Tuesday in November. But hot on Almandin’s heels is the
trained which has shortened to $13 after winning the Makybe Diva Stakes. Rounding out the top three is
leaves no stone unturned in his quest for knowledge.
One reporter pointed out that had won The Sofitel before winning the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at his next start and asked if
would attempt to do the same?
Smerdon said that had been his plan all along — and then added Bon Aurum won The Sofitel first-up while Theanswermyfriend was second-up.
By the way, this was the third race Theanswermyfriend and have quinellaed this year. Mr Sneaky still holds a 2-1 advantage.
was far from impressed with his rivals after
amazing win in the second race.
On pulling up his mount he appeared to let a couple of them know what he thought of their efforts to stifle him in the early stages. Looked poised but found little.
SACK ME BACK ME
Didn’t get a lot of galloping room in the closing stages of the Maybe Diva Stakes. Looks ready to be a force in 2000m plus races. Slow recovery. Lame near fore and slow recovery. Mucus and exercise-induced pulmonary haemorrhage. Also EIPH. $72,000 @$1.08; $40,000 @$1.10; $32,000@$1.12; $20,000@$1.12. $25,000@$3.60.
EXCUSES BIG BETS
Damian Lane and Humidor stretch out to win the Makybe Diva Stakes. Picture: VINCE CALIGIURI, GETTY IMAGES