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