Eagle Farm review Saturday 9th August 2014

Track: Good (3) Rail: Out 1.0m entire Pen: 4.30

Bias/Pattern: Perhaps some advantage to those finishing wider out in the latter races.

Race 1 Gouldson Injury Law F & M Class 6 Handicap 1400m

RISA Time 83.08 (First 800 47.19/Last 600 35.19)  Tempo: Moderate+

Damian Browne landed FINE BUBBLES in the box seat here & she only needed the run to appear in the straight which came near the 200m, once clear she quickly reeled in the leader REBEL DANCER who although afforded a fairly soft run in front was no match. BINGO ROSE again ran on late, she just gives away too much start in her races & is becoming costly. Looking at the stewards report below I think we can forgive the failure of CLIQUES.

STEWARDS: Connections advised that HEARTS’N’DIAMONDS, which normally settles forward, will, if circumstances permit, take up a position just worse than midfield. The horse was ridden accordingly.
FINE BUBBLES – Shifted out leaving the 400m to secure clear running and made contact with another runner.
CLIQUES – Inconvenienced after passing the 400m. A veterinary examination revealed a slower than normal recovery rate and also some bruising to the inside of the near hind heel consistent with having kicked out whilst fractious in the barriers, and was also found to have blood formed in an old abscess which was reported to the veterinary surgeon to have been found by the trainer on Sunday afternoon, 3 August. Trainer B. Mackay also indicated to stewards that this abscess had been treated early in the week and as the mare had not been sore or had not missed any work, he was satisfied with presenting CLIQUES to race in today’s event. B. Mackay pleaded guilty to a charge under AR140(a) in that he had failed to report to stewards as soon as practicable a condition which may have impacted upon the horse’s performance and was fined $400.
HEARTS’N’DIAMONDS – hung in rounding the home turn. Trainer advised stewards that connections would give consideration to retiring the mare following today’s poor performance.


Race 2 Liberal National Party Open Handicap 2106m

RISA Time 128.98 (First 1506 93.11/Last 600 35.88)  Tempo: Good-

VOLKHERE had his turn this week! In all fairness though he should have finished closer last start when tightened up in the straight. HI SON looked to be bolting on the turn, personally I thought it was a matter of ‘how far’ however he couldn’t get past VOLKERE who was holding him in the run to the line. Suggesting the beaten brigade had their chances.

STEWARDS: HI SON – Connections advised that Hi Son, which settled in a forward position last start, will be ridden further back in the field if circumstances permit. The horse was ridden accordingly. Improved onto heels near the 600m and had to be restrained.
VOLKHERE – Connections advised that the gelding would be ridden in a forward position if circumstances permit. After initially settling midfield, the horse was shifted wider on the track and ridden forward after passing the 1400m to assume a position outside the lead.
ANGUSROY – Raced wide in the early stages. Rider questioned regarding tactics in riding the horse aggressively early and to take up a position outside the lead, which was in contrast to its normal racing pattern. B. Grylls said from the wide alley it was intended to take up a position just behind the lead, however due to be positioned wide on the track after travelling 200m she continued to press forward.
ATTICA – Raced wide for the majority of the race.


Race 3 Jade Apartments Open Handicap 1000m

RISA Time 56.29 (First 400 22.41/Last 600 33.88)  Tempo: Good+

Speedsters MISS MEGA HERZ & ADEBISI did their thing out front here setting the race up for something to come from the back which happened to be the resuming FALINO. After numerous wind operations & other troubles he looked to be light years away from ever recapturing his 3yo form however even accounting for the solid pace he looked terrific bounding to the line, hopefully he can go right on with it now. MR FAVULOUS had his chance, he just seems to find one or two better when coming to town.

STEWARDS: FALINO – Tightened for room at the start.
THE RINGMASTER – Jumped away awkwardly and made contact with another runner.
BUCKMOORE – Bumped at the start.
GENERAL JACKSON – Commenced to hang out from the 800m, losing significant ground and made the home turn extremely wide. Trainer M. Mair was advised should the horse start again in Queensland it must trial satisfactorily in an official trial. Mr Mair informed stewards the horse was being sent to Victoria where it has raced well in an anti-clockwise direction.


Race 4  Flight Centre Business Travel QTIS 3yo Handicap 1000m

RISA Time 57.47 (First 400 23.88/Last 600 33.59)  Tempo: Moderate-

Race dominated by the on pacers with first & second staying that way throughout with Liam Birchley’s resuming HEADWATER COUNTRY proving a shade too solid on the line. Without doubt UPSTART PRIDE was the run of the race, he overcame a slow start on debut however couldn’t do so this time with the lack of speed up front & the fact he cornered for home at least 5 wide, he’s definitely a horse with plenty of ability who should be followed. A BIT WICKED missed the place however was very honest racing 3 wide throughout. SHADOWSIDE is looking for further.

STEWARDS: A BIT WICKED – Slow to begin.
UPSTART PRIDE – Slow to begin. Raced greenly when placed under pressure in the home straight.
AEROSTAR – Began awkwardly, losing ground. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any significant abnormalities.
HEADWATER COUNTRY – Inconvenienced shortly after the start.
DIVINE SERVICE – Trainer J. McLachlan indicated he would spell the gelding following today’s performance.


Race 5 Navaska One Metro Win Handicap 1200m

RISA Time 70.28 (First 600 35.93/Last 600 34.35)  Tempo: Moderate

Toowoomba trained mare GREY COUNTESS dropping back 100m swept down the outside in a race that should have suited the on pacers rather than those coming from the back, she gave them 5 lengths start at the top of the straight yet was far too strong over the concluding stages, could well win again. SNIPPETS CAVIAR came from further back also running home strongly. MAURY wound up third however he had every chance up on the speed, personally I expected him to pick up & dash a lot quicker with the drop in weight off his recent runs.

STEWARDS: TAMBO’S JEWEL – Slow to begin.
WONDERFUL JESTER – Tightened and checked shortly after the start. Overraced for a short distance passing the 800m.
SIMPLY SMART – Blundered at start. Raced wide in the early stages.
MISTER BOOZE – Steadied to avoid heels when the pace slackened leaving the 700m.
SPURTASTIC – Steadied to avoid heels when the pace slackened leaving the 700m.
MAURY – Laid out rounding the home turn. Steadied from heels approaching the 800m.


Race 6 Ascot Plumbing C, G & E Class 6 Handicap 1400m

RISA Time 82.99 (First 800 47.24/Last 600 35.75)  Tempo: Good-

Second up over 1400m seems to be the go for VENTURE ON who appreciated the solid early tempo set up front & was able to sweep down the outside to score. He’s a horse who always seems to be cruising when travelling into the business end of a race however can find one or two better although that wasn’t the case this time around. Couple of possible hard luck stories in the race, CRACCO was terrific, wide all the way he probably wins the race with a more economical run, very consistent & should be breaking through soon. GULLY COMMAND couldn’t gain clear running until near the 150, once into the open he ran home hard however the bird had unfortunately flown. ANYMORE & NOT TOO SURE ran on from the back, both perhaps looking for further?

STEWARDS: GULLY COMMAND – Slow to begin. Held up for clear running from the 300m until approaching the 150m.
POWERFUL JET – Raced wide without cover.
VENTURE ON – Shifted out near the 500m and made heavy contact with MANICERO.
FLAMBOYER – Held up for clear running from leaving the 300m onwards and over the final 100m was reluctant to take a tight run between PLATINUM STATE and PRO CONSUL when struck on the head on a number of occasions by the whip of R. Murray, rider of PRO CONSUL.
CHALUPA – Bled during event. The horse will be barred from racing for a period of 3 months.
PLATINUM STATE – Vetted and found to be suffering from heat stress.


Race 7 Ray White Ascot Open Handicap 1600m

RISA Time 94.98 (First 1000 59.69/Last 600 35.29)  Tempo: Good

Good speed up front suited runners coming from the back with FERMENTS proving by far the strongest of those, he loves it here at Eagle Farm & will be at a bit of a loss when we shift across the road shortly. WAR ENDS & DARCI BE GOOD ran on, DARCI BE GOOD will strip a lot fitter for the run & is worth looking out for going forward. Doubt there’s a horse going around at present who deserves to win a race more than BILLY AUCASH, he had no luck racing wide all the way here & his effort to be beaten just over 2 lengths was terrific. EPIC was a huge disappointment whilst TRAKSTAR & BELLTONE had excuses (see stewards below), TRAKSTAR gave the running rail a good whack early in the straight, both can be forgiven.

STEWARDS: FERMENT – Slow to begin.
ROCK HOME LATE – Raced wide in the early stages.
TRAKSTAR – Shortly after passing the 400m became very unbalanced when attempting to secure a tight run to the inside of PERFECT PUNCH.
BELLTONE – Held up for clear running from the 400m until approaching the 150m.
FRETON – Held up for a short distance passing the 400m.
BILLY AUCASH – Raced wide throughout.
EPIC – M. Cahill advised the horse overraced in the early stages and was under pressure prior to the home turn and did not finish the race off. A post race veterinary examination failed to reveal any significant abnormalities.
Trainer M. Brosnan was questioned regarding the tactics adopted on WAR ENDS. She stated she instructed P. Schmidt to settle the horse back in the field from its wide barrier, as had been the instructions at its previous start at Eagle Farm on 30 July. However on that occasion the rider reported that WAR ENDS had overraced and he felt he had no alternative but to allow the gelding to stride forward to the lead. The comments were noted.


Race 8 Savills No Metro Wins Handicap 1600m

RISA Time 96.19 (First 1000 60.32/Last 600 35.87)  Tempo: Genuine

Big field lined up in the last with SOLITAIRE PRINCESS backing up her strong finishing 1350m effort last start with a win here stepping up to the more suitable mile trip, she fought her rivals off strongly over the concluding stages. FOREST WAY & CASINO BENJO both raced wide throughout, their efforts were good to wind up close to the winner. RED HOT DAZZLER sat last in the run, wasn’t hooked to the outside until near the 300m, unleashed a big finish from then on, that’s his second consecutive good run in this grade or similar, definitely one at likely value odds to keep an eye out for in coming weeks.

RED CENT – Slow to begin.
CASINO BENJO – Hampered at start. Raced wide throughout.
LAGAZPI – Hampered at start.
COURTZ BOY – Raced wide without cover throughout and forced wider for a short distance passing the 1000m.
MAN WITH THE PLAN – Unable to secure clear running from rounding the home turn until approaching the 100m.
SURFACE TENSION – Held up from the home turn until leaving the 100m.
PULSAR – Steadied from heels near the 300m. Raced wide throughout. A post race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.
FOREST WAY – Raced wide throughout.


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