Sunday Herald Sun - - Racing -

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.


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.


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.


$10,000@$3.40. $20,000@$2.20.

Damian Lane and Hu­mi­dor stretch out to win the Makybe Diva Stakes. Pic­ture: VINCE CALIGIURI, GETTY IM­AGES

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