All in Order for sprinter

The Sportsman Weekend - - Flemington Preview - WITH TONY THOMAS


There is no doubt­ing 1. MY PEN­DANT is tal­ented. Her last-start win proved that when she rounded up the lead­ers with ease and won with plenty in hand at the Val­ley three weeks ago. But there are a cou­ple of queries about her here, namely she goes up 3kg and is hav­ing her first try at the trip and and the track. Think Flem­ing­ton will suit her, her racing pat­tern sug­gests 1400m will be ideal and even though she has 60kg, she is only 5kg over the limit. She had a nice draw to set­tle mid­field and should fin­ish too well for them. The value runner could be

11. BIRDWING, who is at juicy odds here. Still a maiden but is show­ing prom­ise and liked the way she hit the line in weaker grade at Sandown last start. She was slow to be­gin that day and hampered on the turn but still pro­duced best clos­ing sec­tion­als of the race. She drops 4kg here af­ter claim and can run a race in this. 6. GOLDIFOX re­sumed at the Val­ley two weeks ago and ran on okay be­hind Sora. Much bet­ter suited this track dis­tance and gets blink­ers on to help her chances. She was Listed placed here two runs back., 4. QUEEN LA DIVA ac­cel­er­ated well in the fi­nal stages to beat her three ri­vals eas­ily in mid­week ground at Sandown last start. Im­prov­ing all the time but has drawn awak­wardly here.

2. NO­TA­TION is the other sound chance.


I was pretty taken by the de­but win of 9. PHAISTOS at Kyne­ton ear­lier this month. Had to be used up a lit­tle from a wide draw to cross and sit out­side the leader, then ex­ploded at the top of the straight held on to win well. First and second gapped rest of the field and his sec­tion­als were okay too. Sta­ble has a big opin­ion of him and he should have im­proved even fur­ther. He can test these. 5. HAWKSHOT is re­sum­ing but is smart. started favourite in Listed grade at Flem­ing­ton on An­zac Day but was trapped very wide through­out and no sur­prise to see him wilt slightly in the straight. Bound to be run­ning on strongly here. 4. POISED TO STRIKE is also re­sum­ing but won a re­cent jump out in nice fash­ion and can test these. 1. O’TAUTO has tri­alled well enough for his re­sump­tion 22 and showed tal­ent whenj last in work.


Pre­pared to gam­ble on the im­prov­ing 5. SUPRE. She seems to be bet­ting bet­ter with ev­ery out­ing and did a good job to run down French Girl at Sandown last month. Kept fresh, should rel­ish the ex­tra 200m and drawn to get a sim­i­lar run be­hind the lead­ers. Big threat. 1. SHOKORA was back to her best in win­ning at Moonee Val­ley three weeks ago. She does go up 5kg on that run, which is a neg­a­tive, but drawn to get handy run and al­ways shown stack of abil­ity. Should go close again. 3. MISS WA­HOO boxed on okay at Pak­en­ham two runs back and will be run­ning on well again. Ex­pect­ing a much bet­ter ef­fort from 7. TEODORA. Blew the start by 4 lengths but still able to beat a cou­ple home at Pak­en­ham when re­sum­ing. This big track and ex­tra dis­tance in her favour.


Looks a nice race for 4. LYCURGUS. His last start ef­fort at Moonee Val­ley was much bet­ter than it looked on pa­per. He pro­duced the best sec­tion­als from 800m to 600m and 600m to 400m and no sur­prise to see him wilt slightly in the run home. Con­vinced he is a Flem­ing­ton horse, where has only missed a place once in five tries and has win and a second in two starts over this trip here. Beat Grey Lion over this course and dis­tance in June. Ready to show his best now. 7. ETYMOLOGY al­ways seems to find one bet­ter but he’s racing well enough to be a gen­uine con­tender again. Not beaten far here last week and ex­tra dis­tance may just be what he needs. Was a Derby placeget­ter here as

three-year-old. 1. BERISHA is close to an­other win. Great ef­fort in the Bal­larat Cup and then ran on well be­hind Our Big Mike in

Pak­en­ham Cup. Does have to lump a big weight but will be run­ning on strongly. 3. ANDREA MANTEGNA was okay in the Wer­ribee Cup and won’t be far away.


Looks a race in two be­tween 5. CASH AF­FAIR and 6. FALLEN EM­PIRE, who chased home Moor Wanted in a blan­ket fin­ish here last week­end. Both horses hit the line strongly and look ready to step up to the 1400m. Slight lean­ing Cash Af­fair, who may just get bet­ter run in clear air from his bar­rier. Some con­cern with the racing pat­tern of Fallen Em­pire that he may get into some traf­fic from the in­side draw and then have to give Cash Af­fair a start in the straight. Can eas­ily back both here to make profit and quinella/ex­acta is look­ing good. Big watch on the for­mer Kiwi gal­loper 8. MR TIPLA. He’s only lightly raced but showed tal­ent in New Zealand. 13. CINCIN­NATI RED is go­ing well enough to pose a threat and suited with the claim.


Stick­ing with 6. ORDER OF COM­MAND who has been kept fresh since re­sum­ing with a stylish win at Flemimg­ton dur­ing the Cup car­ni­val. Has great record down the straight and is a also a second-up win­ner. Seems to race best with his races spaced and drawn to be whereever he wants down the straight. The one to beat. 5. DE­MO­LI­TION charged home to just fail be­hind Ex­celtara at the Val­ley on re­sum­ing. All bet­ter for the run and, de­spite com­ing back in dis­tance, think the straight course will suit him and he’ll be pow­er­ing home. 3. PREZADO broke through for an over­due win at Pak­en­ham and he just may be ready to ful­fil his early prom­ise. This is pet dis­tance too. 1. AT­LANTIC CITY has stronger form lines than most of these and, although this is short of his best, will be fin­ish­ing hard.


I think 4. HAUNTED is pretty smart and can show it with a win here. He never looked re­ally com­fort­able in the heavy ground at Flem­ing­ton on Cup day but still ran a great race be­hind Fifty Stars and then sim­ply out­classed his ri­vals at Bal­larat a month ago. He does shoot up lit­tle in weight but this big track plays to his strengths and he’s the one beat for mine. 2. SUPERHARD was no match for Haunted at Bal­larat but meets him bet­ter the weights and has since scored a strong win at War­rnam­bool beat­ing a handy field. Drawn to get all the favours here. 9. MR MONEY BAGS just failed catch Amadeus at Pak­en­ham and has a weight swing here. He does go well this track and looks strong chance. 3. AMADEUS is back to his best will be prom­i­nent in a tough race.


The value here could well be 3. TOP OF THE RANGE. The jury is out as to whether his is a strong 2000m horse but he gets his chance han­dle the trip in this grade. Ran on very well from a long way back when not far off Mr Monaco at Sandown a month ago. At his only 2000m, he was taking ground of the stakes win­ner Jaameh at Caulfield, beaten only a length. Hasn’t won for a while but looks ready to break through. 11. CREEDENCE has only just failed at his last two starts and again looks well placed here to get a nice run in mid­field. Sure be in the fir­ing line. 7. LAM­BORGH­INI tried hard at Sandown last start in easier grade but is right at his top now. 2. GOLDEN MANE was do­ing his best work late be­hind Al Galayel at the Val­ley and bet­ter placed this big track.


Hard not to be im­pressed with re­turn racing of 12. MAS­TER­ING at Kil­more a month ago. Was gelded be­fore he trounced Ex­celtara and Mr Money Bags, lead­ing all the way to win as he liked. Ex­celtara then came out and won at Val­ley. He does have to re­peat that ef­fort second up and not been down the straight be­fore but, all things be­ing equal, he is the one to beat. 9. BEA­CON will run well here. Got checked out of the race be­hind Order Of Com­mand here last month and for­get he went around. Good fresh horse and will be fin­ish­ing hard here. 15. ROX THE CAS­TLE is lightly raced but pretty smart and can threaten these. 17. USAIN BOWLER will come down the grand­stand fence and he’s all bet­ter for his first-up run. Look for an im­proved run from 19. PRAIRIE FIRE.


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.