WIN­NERS’ CIR­CLE

Michael Man­ley and Leo Schlink give you the low­down on the win­ners at Flem­ing­ton

Sunday Herald Sun - - Racing -

RACE 1 FOX SWIFT ($18)

Highly spruiked Godolphin filly Jorda car­ried im­pec­ca­ble form­lines and the pun­ters money but she proved a trip to Mel­bourne and the Flem­ing­ton straight is a dif­fi­cult propo­si­tion as the first horse beaten. Ciaron Ma­her kept the win­ner Fox Swift go­ing through win­ter.

Trainer CIARON MA­HER (right): “She’s a very hon­est filly. She’s an adapt­able filly who should be able ble to win over 1400m.”0m ” Jockey MARK ZAHRA: “She trav­elled nicely. We had a good run through­out and she fought hard to win.”

RACE 2 ROYAL SYM­PHONY ($2)

Á stun­ning per­for­mance has this ris­ing star with a stran­gle­hold on Caulfield Guineas favouritism. Badly pock­eted near the tail the of the field as he rounded the home turn, Dwayne Dunn wove a breath­tak­ing pas­sage to claim Eclair Sun­shine in the last stride.

Train­erTra TONY MCEVOY: “I“threw the baby out with the bath­wa­ter and every­thing at the 400 but Dwayne just kept him bal­anced and got him home. “It was re­ally spe­cial.

Jo Jockey DWAYNE DUNN: “On the cor corner ... I thought ‘I’m in trou­ble her here, I’m fin­ished’. I ac­tu­ally was lucky I got onto the back of Phillip Stokes’ horse and sort of got took into the race.”

RACE 3 THE AN­SWER MY FRIEND ($3.20)

Cruised across from his out­side draw and as ex­pected took up the run­ning. Craig Williams con­trolled the race from there, other than for a brief pe­riod at the 300m when Mr Sneaky looked threat­en­ing. Set for the Sir Ru­pert Clarke Stakes.

Trainer ROBERT SMER­DON: “He’s a spe­cial­ist at this dis­tance. He can run them along and there’s no point in stop­ping this.” s.”

Mr Sneaky’s jockey DWAYNE DUNN (right): “He ran a ter­rific race. The win­ner got a soft lead. I’m look­ing for­ward to Caulfield where the win­ner won’t n’t get as soft a run.”

RACE 4 RED­KIRK WAR­RIOR ($4)

LIND­SAY Park con­tin­ued its dom­i­nance of the Bob­bie Lewis Qual­ity (1200m) as Red­kirk War­rior de­stroyed a glit­ter­ing field. The New­mar­ket win­ner gave the Ben and David Hayes and Tom Dabernig team a third straight win in the race after Churchill Dancer (2015) and Faati­nah last year. WA star Scales Of Jus­tice was an eye-catch­ing, al­beit way­ward, se­cond.

Tr Trainer DAVID HAYES: “I r reckon that was an im­proved ver­sion of the New­mar­ket when you fac­tor in the weight he car­ried. That was like his track­work. He’s up theret with the best Flem­ing­tonFle straight horses I’ve trained.”t

RACE 5 CATCHY ($3.60)

Blue Di­a­mond Stakes win­ner Catchy gave Re­gan Bayliss a back-to-back fea­ture dou­ble when she pow­ered home to win. The ques­tion is will Hayes be brave enough to take on Royal Sym­phony in the Caulfield Guineas?

Trainer DAVID HAYES: “From the gate, we just wanted clear run­ning for the last 600 and trust that she was the strong­est horse. “In that Blue Di­a­mond, just go back and watch it, she was so pow­er­ful the last 400 and she did that to the boys again to­day.”

Jockey RE­GAN BAYLISS: “She’s come out here, first time down the straight and she’s beaten the colts. She’s an ab­so­lute star.”

RACE 6 SWORD OF LIGHT ($18)

FORTY min­utes after be­ing pitched into the turf, Damian Lane, show­ing no sign of sore­ness, punched out this brave filly to claim the Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m).

Trainer MATHEW ELLERTON (right): “Prob­a­bly well de­served for her, she’s been all around the place, a stakeswin­ner early in her life. “She had to do a bit t of work to get there to­day but she’s a pretty tough sort of mare.”

Jockey DAMIAN LANE: “I thought she might have got the pinch late, se­cond-up, but she was very strong.”

RACE 7 HU­MI­DOR ($17)

Hu­mi­dor again un­der­lined his enor­mous tal­ent swoop­ing home from last to win and take a stran­gle­hold on Caulfield Cup favouritism. Weir also sup­plied the third placeget­ter in brave Black Hea Heart Bart and fourth placeget­ter G Gailo Chop. Hart­nell looked set f for vic­tory but lacked a killer punch. He might need fur­ther.

Trainer DAR­REN WEIR: “When he tracked up and got t to the out­side ... I thought ‘Gee, yo you’ll let go here’ but I didn’t think he’d let go like that to be hon­est.”

Jockey DAMIAN LANE: “He just lobbed along out the back there and he started to travel up un­der me turn­ing for home and I thought I was the win­ner a long way out.”

RACE 8 AL­MANDIN ($5)

A spec­tac­u­lar Flem­ing­ton re­turn as he at­tempts to be­come only the fifth horse in his­tory to win suc­ces­sive Mel­bourne Cups. Given a mag­nif­i­cent ride, Lloyd Williams’ star oblit­er­ated a class field to win the JRA Tro­phy.

Jockey DAMIEN OLIVER (right): “That was ex­tra­or­di­nary. It’s been a long time since I’ve rid­den a stayer where I’ve had my feet on the dash­board so far r from home ... That was re­ally y ex­cit­ing. He’s cer­tainly come e back bet­ter than ever, this horse.”

Owner NICK WILLIAMS: “That was as good as you’d see, that win. “They way he just cruised past them with 61kg was a pretty good ef­fort, wasn’t it?”

RACE 9 HARDHAM ($7.50)

Big plans for Hardham re­main on track after his im­pres­sive win se­cond-up. The Aus­tralian Derby placeget­ter hit the front a long way out and held ri­vals. Next start for him is t the Turn­bull Stakes and then, per­haps, the C Caulfield Cup.

Trainer DAVID BRIDEOAKE: “He stepped well and that’s what won him t the race. He was given a lo lovely ride from Luke and d due to cir­cum­stances he may have hit the front too soon. He’s got im­prove­ment to come.”

Jockey LUKE NOLEN: “That was a ter­rific ef­fort. He’s got a beau­ti­ful pedi­gree and I think he’s got a bright fu­ture.”

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