Eagle Farm review Saturday 2nd August 2014
Track: Good (3) Rail: Out 4.0m entire Pen: 4.50
Bias/Pattern: None, seemed to play fair throughout the day.
Race 1 Queensland Breeders TBQA QTIS 3yo Handicap 1600m
RISA Time 96.35 (First 1000 60.01/Last 600 36.34) Tempo: Good+
YEAGER broke through for a well deserved win here although supporters were reaching for a stiff drink in the straight before Jim Byrne found a gap near the 200m, once clear he was too strong in the run to the line. SLEEP TIGHT is a very honest filly however I’m not sure why they decided to ride her back, her best chance of beating YEAGER was to go forward & get a decent break on him however that wasn’t the case. BRADBURY’S GOLD is still a Maiden & should be winning back in that grade shortly. ELJETEM again disappointed.
STEWARDS: The start of this race was delayed when LIGHT ‘N’ SHADE had to be replated behind the barriers.
GRAPPA BRANDY – jumped away awkwardly.
ELJETEM – inclined to lay out approaching and rounding the home turn.
GOLDIES RETURN – raced three wide in the early stages.
TONGUE OF FIRE – hung out under pressure in the home straight.
Race 2 Signature Refinish Benchmark 75 Handicap 2125m
RISA Time 131.44 (First 1525 93.52/Last 600 37.92) Tempo: Good
Ex Victorian ROCK MUSICIAN broke through for his first local win here & did attack the line strongly which was also the case at Ipswich the run prior. MARKOUT & LEONARDO EXPRESS both ran on & should continue to race consistently in coming weeks. These races tend to turn up different winners each week & the form is very hard to get excited about.
STEWARDS: Connections advised that LE HO FOOK would be ridden in a forward position if circumstances permit. The horse settled midfield.
BACK TO ABILENE – slow to begin.
DENWOOD – raced three wide in the early stages.
DUSTY’S FELT – raced three wide throughout. Bumped near the 400m.
THAT SNOW ATHLETE – raced three wide throughout.
TERTIARY – became unbalanced when tightened for room near the 500m. Rider reported that the horse was under pressure after passing the 1000m, did not respond to his riding from that point, was disappointing and may not have run out a strong 2200m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings.
MARKOUT – inclined to lay in under pressure in the home straight.
TRUE PRINCE – lost it’s off fore plate in running.
LIFE PATROL – rider reported that the horse hung out badly over the final 600m. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no significant findings. Trainer advised the horse would be sent for a spell.
Race 3 Austack Produce & Mitavite C, G & E Class 6 Handicap 1000m
RISA Time 57.69 (First 400 23.91/Last 600 33.78) Tempo: Moderate
FLYING RIDDLE made it 3 on the trot here when as expected he scored the gun run parking behind the leaders to the home turn. Angling to the outside in the straight he quickly loomed up before racing right away for Cassie Schmidt to score with authority. LENNIE’S CHOICE had his chance (as usual) whilst YOUNG FUN did run on well over the concluding stages, he looks an ideal 1100m horse.
STEWARDS: DEL PALIO – reared at the start and lost ground.
EUPHONIC – hung out throughout the event. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding had bled from both nostrils. Ineligible to race for 3 months. Must gallop satisfactorily over 1000m in the presence of a steward before being permitted to start again.
CRAIGLEA MASTA – raced three wide without cover throughout.
Race 4 Gollan Racing F & M Class 6 Handicap 1000m
RISA Time 57.23 (First 400 23.60/Last 600 33.63) Tempo: Genuine
Most of us doubted EPSILON would be able to run a strong 1000m however that certainly wasn’t the case. Rated perfectly by Tegan Harrison he was basically left alone to the home turn, kicked clear in the straight & lasted, would have been in trouble though if the race had been a few metres longer! TULLA TOUCH closed off nicely, consistent type who can win in town & is well worth following. MISS STASH was disappointing over the final 200m, second up syndrome or looking for further perhaps? PRETTY FACE was ok late & keep in mind her second up 1200m record is very good.
STEWARDS: RADIANT ANGEL – severely hampered at the start.
PRETTYFAMOUS – bumped near the 400m, became unbalanced.
MISS STASH – had difficulty securing clear running in the home straight until near the 250m.
IDLE CHAT – a post-race veterinary examination revealed the mare to be lame in the off hind leg and sore over the rump. Trainer M. Dunn was advised that he will be required to produce a veterinary clearance for IDLE CHAT prior to its next start.
Race 5 National Jockeys Celebration Day F & M No Metro Wins Handicap 1300m
RISA Time 76.89 (First 700 42.68/Last 600 34.21) Tempo: Genuine
Tempo may have been around the genuine mark here however they did dash home up the straight with the first three in the run winding up the first three across the line! Very hard to make ground & the only runner that really did was the NSW trained ROSSARITA who after being checked on the home turn got going again late to regain some lost headway, well worth following as that was her first run for 3 weeks & she was rising 100m in distance.
STEWARDS: Connections advised that SPEEDY SAM will be ridden back in the field if circumstances permit.
After weighing out, apprentice T. Wolfgram was stood down from remaining engagements by the Club doctor. Apprentice Wolfgram was instructed that he must provide a full medical clearance before riding again. Riding replacements were made as per the Stewards Race Day Summary.
The start of this race was delayed when ambulance officers were required to attend to apprentice T. Wolfgram.
SLOTS – slow to begin.
RICHENZA – bumped at the start. Restrained off heels near the 1100m.
COUNTRY COMMAND – bumped at the start.
GET ON – raced three wide throughout.
SPEEDY SAM – when caught very wide approaching the first turn was restrained to a rearward position to find a position closer to the rail.
KALANDULA – became unbalanced and struck the running rail near the 1000m. Rider reported at scale that he was disappointed with the mare’s finishing efforts.
ROSSARITA – checked approaching the 400m.
ITCHINTOWIN – bumped on two occasions inside the final 100m.
ELLIE LA VIE – rider reported that his mount was inclined to lay out after leaving the 900m and then shifted back in approaching the home turn.
Race 6 Russ Maddock Memorial Benchmark 75 Handicap 1600m
RISA Time 97.49 (First 1000 62.81/Last 600 34.68) Tempo: Walking pace!
Once L’ENTRECOTE jumped & found the fence punters were on very good terms with themselves, things only got better as he was able to canter behind the leader before easing to the outside in the straight & racing on by soon after, he raced away to win by 3 lengths & was simply never going to get beaten. Liked the effort from TAIL AND ALL, he was rising sharply in distance & hadn’t run for 3 weeks, never going to get near the winner however did run on late & looks very close to a win. Backmarkers can certainly be forgiven here.
STEWARDS: KARANJA, which was fractious in the float, was examined on arrival at the track and passed fit to run.
PRIMARY COLOUR – hampered at the start. Had to be checked near the 700m when tightened for room.
OLD FEELING – had to be restrained from heels when overracing when the pace steadied near the 1100m. Forced wider approaching the 1000m and then raced three wide without cover for the remainder of the event.
WRITTEN ABOVE ALL – had to be restrained from heels when overracing when the pace steadied near the 1100m. Bumped near the 700m, shifted in slightly.
HORA SEXTA – raced three wide throughout. Bumped another runner near the 700m.
HOW FAIRDINKUM – had to be steadied near the 700m, shifted in and brushed the running rail, then shifted out.
TAIL AND ALL – hampered near the 100m.
SURFACE TENSION – inconvenienced near the 100m.
Race 7 Desleigh Forster Racing Open Handicap 1400m
RISA Time 82.52 (First 800 48.09/Last 600 34.43) Tempo: Genuine
Not sure ‘overdue win’ really does justice to PHELAN READY’s victory here, Golden Slipper day in April 2009 was his last victory & most thought he’d had his chances to break the drought however there he was steaming home out wide to run down the favourite SALUTER late, who knows maybe he can go on from here… SALUTER had his chance, I suppose we have to give him another one however you wouldn’t want you last on him these days. LITTLE BROWN HORSE just lacked dash when required today.
STEWARDS: ACHIEVEMENTS – underwent a veterinary inspection behind barriers and was cleared to start. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be lame in the off foreleg. Trainer D. Hansen was advised that he will be required to produce a veterinary clearance for ACHIEVEMENTS prior to its next start.
AQUATORIAL – slow to begin.
Race 8 Gill, Gilby & Mundy Memorial C, G & E No Metro Wins Handicap 1300m
RISA Time 76.85 (First 700 40.69/Last 600 36.16) Tempo: Good+
Leaders flew along out front here setting the race up for the off pacers. ROMANARMA wasn’t all that far away in the run (4 lengths settling) before being produced wider out on the home turn, Ric McMahon livened him up to take over near the 200m & he held off the late closer BIG DECISION by an eyelash on the line. He probably should have won BIG DECISION if not for being held up slightly early in the straight. PASQUINEL, SCARBOROUGH & DEB’S HOPE all made ground however they were entitled to with the strong tempo up front. ALL TAKEN was the best of the on paced runners finishing just over 3 lengths from the winner.
STEWARDS: The start of this race was delayed when ROMANARMA required farrier attention.
PIGGY BANK – slow to begin.
BIG DECISION – slow to begin. Held up in the early stages of the home straight.
JACK’S BACK – raced three wide in the early stages.
SCARBOROUGH – overraced in the early stages.
PLUM BOB – raced three wide without cover throughout.
ACCIDENTAL – raced extremely wide without cover throughout.
CALL ME RUSTY – bumped by another runner near the 500m.
ALL TAKEN – bumped another runner rounding the home turn.
PASQUINEL – held up for clear running between the 200m and approaching the 100m.
LEWAULO – rider reported that he had to work hard in the early stages to cross from the wide barrier and once brushed by another runner rounding the home turn the gelding was immediately under pressure and weakened from that point. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the gelding to be suffering from heat stress.
DEB’S HOPE – lost its off fore plate in running.