Horse To Follow: Muraaqeb who won the first at the Valley on Friday night. Heading next to the Black Opal and currently at $34 offers a good value bet for the Golden Slipper from the Hayes/ Hayes/Dabernig stable whose 2 year olds are flying.
Ride Of The Day: Ben Melham on She Will Reign. On a very short price favourite but kept his head when he ended at the tail where he never thought he would be. Took the short cuts to get home.
Run Of The Day: In Her Time just keeps producing for little known trainer Ben Smith and was never in danger again on Saturday.
Forget It Ran: Supido who was not the horse he normally is down the straight and may have suffered from the incident at the gates and Flying Artie who after the barrier incident over raced badly and was never in the race. Both are much better than we saw on Saturday.
FLEMINGTON 18 Feb 2017
Race 1- AMPLE ON OFFA $10, won from DIAMOND BARONESS, PURE PRIDE
Ample On Offa had some early support being $9 into $7.50 before drifting late to start at $10. Diamond Baroness was best supported being $3.70 into $3.20 at one stage to start favourite with Pure Pride being friendless opening $3.50 to start $4.80.
Race 2- ZEBRINZ $4.80, won from SADAQA, DUKE OF BRUNSWICK
Zebrinz had very good support being $6.50 into $4.80 with Sadaqa being the best supported opening at $15 to start at $9.50 after touching $7.50. Duke Of Brunswick opened at $2 and continued to drift at all calls starting $2.30.
Race 3- WELL SPRUNG $10, won from BOOMWAA, KIRANI
Two best supported runners were Smart Dart starting favourite at $4.20 and So Si Bon second favourite $4.40 after both opening at $5. The 3 placegetters all drifted marginally from the opening quotes.
Race 4- DUCIMUS $5, won from TAKING AIM, SANADAAT
Ducimus was very heavily supported from when markets opened being $8.50 into $5 to start favourite. Taking Aim opened the $4.60 favourite and got out to start $6.50 with little support for any runner apart from the winner.
Race 5- KENEDNA $11, won from EXTRA OLIVES, HARLOW GOLD
Kenedna was well supported early being $12 into $7 before drifting back to start at $11 on the back of very good support for the placegetters Harlow Gold $ $6.50 into $4.20 and Extra Olives $5.50 into $4.20. Legless Veuve opened favourite at $3.30 with solid money keeping her safe in the market before disappointing but pulling up with excuses.
Race 6- HEY DOC $3.60, won from MALAISE, LAND OF PLENTY
Strong betting race with support multiple runners with the 3 best backed filling the places. Hey Doc was $4.40 into $3.60 favourite, Malaise was $26 into $15 and Land Of Plenty was $14 into $9.50. Only other support was for the disappointing Seaburge.
Race 7 – POST D’FRANCE $5, won from HURSLEY, ANNUS MIRABILIS
This market was greatly affected by the scratching of short priced favourite Crocodile Rock. The 3 placegetters were the best supported in the race with eventual winner Post D’France $12 into $5 and Hursley being the best supported at $6.50 to start a very firm favourite at $2.90.
Race 8 – TERRAVISTA $15, won from SPIETH, STAR TURN
Flying Artie was clearly the best supported runner with a heap of late money having him $4.60 into a clear $3.40 favourite from the other 3 year old Star Turn who was next best supported at $4.80 into $3.90. The winner Terravista was friendless being $10 out $15.
Race 9 – HARD CALL $9, won from DIVINE MR ARTIE, GERVAIS
The winner Hard Call was unwanted being $7 out to start at $9. Our Century was clearly the best supported runner being $8.50 into to start the $4.60 favourite. Gervais $6.50 into $5.50 and Entre Nous $14 into $10 both had solid support.
The Money Was Right: Ducimus was $8.50 and always well supported to start favourite and get the money at $5 after surviving the protest of Sanadaat.
Left It In The Bag: Our Century was very well supported being $8.50 into $4.60 but left supporters empty finishing 4th.
Friendless: Terravista was unwanted in the market being $10 out to $15 but defied the drift to win by a narrow margin from the luckless Spieth.
EAGLE FARM – 18 Feb 2017
Race 1 – SHOWASHADOW $6.00, won from ACCEPTILE, PARADIS IMPERIAL
Showashadow had some good support from opening at $11 into $6, placegetters Acceptile solid at $4.40 and Paradis Imperial 2.90 eased to $3.80 both had support. Royal Myth also had good support from$9.50 into $6 but finished just off the winning group.
Race 2 – OUTRAGED $13, won from MORENDI, THREE POINTS
Outraged was friendless drifting from an opening $8 out to $13. Similar to the first race the 2nd and 3rd placegetters both had good, solid support to start around the $3 mark.
Race 3 – UPSTART PRIDE $6.00 won from TOO GOOD TO REFUSE, FLYING RIDDLE
Too Good To Refuse was heavily supported from $2.25 into $1.80 but was no match for Upstart Pride who drifted from opening quote of $3.90 out to $6.
Race 4 – RAFFINATO $12, won from MARGIN TRADER, OLD HABITS
Open betting race here with plenty of horses receiving, however it was Raffinato who saluted at $13. Cashing Up had good support, and We Built This City had good support from $8 into $5.50 and then easing to start at $7.
Race 5 – CANDIKA $1.95, won from LA CIGALE, LIEDER
Took a little while but the punters nailed the assessment of Race 5 with Candika well found starting at $2.70 into $1.95 and winning in style to justify the betting. Drumbeat’s Choice had good support around the $5 mark but could only finish midfield.
Race 6 – BEATNIKS $5, won from FRIENDLY DRAGON, DANCE OF HEROES
Beatniks continued her consistency to score in the 6th race. She was 6.50 into $5. Binalong Road was another supported from 6 into $4.80.
Race 7 – GOOD JOB BRO $67, won from HI I’M BACK, BRAZEN MOSS
Good Job Bro was unwanted when scoring at $67. Runner up Hi I’m Back narrowly missed the prize to the chagrin of his backers who supported him $5.50 into $4.60. Sky Limit was another supported around a similar price, $6 into $4.80
Race 8 – ALL OVER BOSANOVA $7, won from SECRET MO, NICCANOVA
To finish off the card, All Over Boasanova brought a smile to the face of her supporters who backed her from $9.50 into $7. Second placed Secret Mo was supported from $14 into $9.50, and third placed Niccanova also had fans around the $6 mark before easing to jump at 9.50.
The Money Was Right: Showashadow was $11 in to $6 to get the cash in the first.
Left It In The Bag: Too Good To Refuse was the best backed runner being $2.25 into $1.80.
Friendless: Good Job Bro was completely unwanted but got the job done at $67.