Jury’s out on Group 1 win­ner Elixir af­ter lack­lus­tre trial

The Sportsman Midweek - - Last Week's National Results - By Ray Hick­son

GROUP 1 win­ner Sa­cred Elixir is hardly zoom­ing in his spring car­ni­val build up and lack­lus­tre trial at Flem­ing­ton on Thurs­day would be a con­cern for all in­volved.

Per­haps 800m isn’t a dis­tance at which the JJ Atkins win­ner should be judged but he was hav­ing his sec­ond jump out and just couldn’t go with what wasn’t a strong tempo.

Maybe he’s the type that fires un­der race con­di­tions but the jury’s out on him at this stage.

Heat 1 (47.40): HEAR THE CHANT gath­ered speed to lead GROGANS ANVIL. Not far away BAROOTA strode around BIANAJEUNEY and RE­LAUNCH was wider out. Hear The Chant al­lowed to stride un­der no pres­sure and held Grogans Anvil and Baroota closed in nicely late. Other: Har­bour Grey.

Heat 2 (48.22): ELEC­TRIC AURA and CHUI shared the lead ahead of LEVISSI and SA­CRED ELIXIR fur­ther out. Elec­tric Aura pinched a break on the turn and com­fort­ably held DEL PRADO run­ning on and CON­DO­LENCES get­ting up the in­side of Chui for third. Sa­cred Elixir was hard at it. Run­ning fifth.

Heat 3 (47.75): MOD­ERN WON­DER led up from PROFUSIVE and MATRIARCHAL eas­ing three deep with SEA LORD out­side them. Mod­ern Won­der trav­elled nicely to the line about a length clear of ODEON fin­ish­ing nicely from the back in­side Profusive. Other: Rock ‘N’ Gold.

Heat 4 (48.98): FENG CHU (2c, Hayes/Dabernig) shaded WHERE’S THE PANDA (2c, Hayes/Dabernig) and they were a length or so clear of QUICK VERSE (2f, Hayes/Dabernig). Not a lot be­tween the three on the line and they were all tested out to a small de­gree with Feng Chu just hold­ing the other pair. Heat 5 (48.01): HIGH VALYRIAN led well off fence around GRAN TRYPHENA (3f, Freed­man) and EX­CLU­SIVE LASS. In a bunched field MAN­HAT­TAN GAM­BLER (3c, Hayes/Dabernig) and RANGIPO were wide out only a length back. Ex­clu­sive Lass Grantryphena got away around the turn and the lat­ter went on to win nar­rowly. A few to Rangipo mak­ing up some late ground into third. Other: Grand Te­ton.

Heat 6 (48.12): SNIPPETSON/ BROC­COLI (Eller­ton/Zahra) had good speed to lead NINE CLOUDS while SURFER JOE (3g, Corstens) ran to third early past TURFANE. On the turn Turfane got an in­side run take over and held about half a length on Snippetson/Broc­coli, hard at it, SCAN­DAL SHEET get­ting through into third a cou­ple back. Other: Miss Scan­dilous.

Heat 7 (48.20): ALL TOO HARD/ ATTUNGA ROSE (McEvoy) led nar­rowly from HINCH­IN­BROOK/WATSDBIS (McEvoy). EL PHOENIX (2c, Hayes/Dabernig) was right on their back with YUE FEI (2c, Hayes/Dabernig) on its out­side. Leader came off the in­side and El Phoenix took that run to hit the lead on the turn and went on beat Hinch­in­brook/ Watsdbis.

Heat 8 (48.98): SUTTERS MILL (3g, Eller­ton/Zahra) took the lead off the in­side from CLEOPA­TRA’S GLORY (3f, Hawkes) and LUCKY JIMMY (3c, Eller­ton/Zahra) right be­hind them. PERCIVALL POTT and BAROQUE were fol­low­ing. With the in­side ad­van­tage Cleopa­tra’s Glory hit the front and wasn’t tested in beat­ing Baroque fin­ish­ing nicely ahead of Sutters Mill.

Heat 9 (48.71): MR SNEAKY held the front from ALL ABOUT RHYTHM on his out­side and SEE LINE WOMAN on the fence. SMOOTH EDGE was a cou­ple back and READY FIRE AIM trailed. All About Rhythm claimed the front about 150m out and just held Smooth Edge and not much be­tween Mr Sneaky See Line Woman.

Heat 10 (48.98): SE­CRET PROPHET led very eas­ily from PALZIERI and BIAN HARD who took off up to sec­ond be­fore the turn. CE­LESTA (3f, Eller­ton/Zahra) sat be­hind that trio. Se­cret Prophet al­ways trav­elled well and scored by just un­der a length from DREADED run­ning on well a gap to Ce­lesta.

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