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Moonee Valley 17-- 6 – 17

Friends of Epworth Hcp 1200 mtrs. Time 1.12.02

Lightly raced filly, Pure Emotion, opened her winning account with an impressive win in the opening race on the card trained by Clinton McDonald, there was a lot of merit in her win as she had to do all the chasing from the outside and was off the track for the majority of the race, she was second up from a break and is sure to be improved by the outing.

She had previously chased the Blue Diamond Stakes winner, Tulip, home at Moonee Valley.

Punters may have been a bit sceptical when she drifted from $12 to $16, Josephine Sea started favourite at $3.80.

The run of the race was surely turned in by Magic Mila; she led the field a merry dance and was only down in the shadows of the post when beaten, you can be sure she won’t start again for a while at $151.

Bidfood Hcp. 1000 mtrs. Time 58.55

The race tuned into a family affair with the winner, Unique Lovely, trained by Frankie Stockdale, and ridden a superb race by his son, Brandon.

This young man is going places in his chosen profession, he rides very well, the winner came home nicely, she is likely to get further.

The favourite, Airona, didn’t do much, after being handy early she failed to run on, Miss Vesper was handy for most of the trip, while If Not Now When was running on, she may need it further.

Zouki Hcp. 1000 mtrs Time 58.54

Essence Of Terror was never far off the pace set by Petites Reward, when it came to the hard slog affair the Flemington trained filly was there for the fight, it was a deserving win as she has been a model of consistency, never far away in her last half dozen outings.

Miss Vista, who has had more publicity than she deserves, due to her unusual markings, again disappointed, she was beaten for pace and never a treat at any stage of the race, while Appalahian Annie will be looking for another Moonee Valley –meeting, she seldom runs a bad race at the Valley.

While the Hawkes trained Zara Bay is back from Sydney, she is ready to win a similar type race when next produced.

Kane Constructions Hcp. 1600 mtrs Time 1.37.36

Stylish Miss led her rivals a merry dance by leading all the way another couple of hops and the result could have easily gone the other way.

She was basically friendless, drifting from $26 to $31, bookmakers found it hard to lay her, she continued to drift.

Another hop the result could have been different as Mamzelle Tess was closing quickly; there was only a short half head in the winning margin

The race proved a skinner for bookies as the favourite Soho Ruby, after being handy in the early stages of the race finished absolute last.

GJK Facility Services Hcp. 1200 mtrs.Time 1.11.28

Tasmanian trained performer, Lord Da Vinci, showed his rivals a clean pair of heels and a galloping lesson, putting paid to the opposition as if he had just joined into the race.

The Lonhro gelding is likely to pay us another visit; however, it may have to be another venue as Moonee Valley is not racing for some weeks.

It was his tenth win from 33 starts, his stake earnings took quite a leap, his earnings were a little under $200,000, they are now over $250,000,he could even return and add more to the kitty, the gelding is trained by Scott Brunton at Seven Mile Beach, his father trained at Ballarat before moving to Tasmania.

Military Reign led early but he was giving ground as heads were turned for home, Lord Da Vinci was coming off the pace, he went strongly to the line and could easily win again.

The favourite, Whistle Baby, never got into the race at any stage, she was boxed in all the way, forget the run.

Epworth Medical Img. Hcp.1200 mtrs. Time 1.11.14

Revolving Door completed a winning double for Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald, after winning earlier in the day with Pure Emotion.

The Sebring gelding travelled well in the run for Mark Zahra, and was always going to play a strong role in the finish.

However, the favourite, Highland Beat, was never travelling well, Craig Williams was niggling at the gelding a fair way out, he did not respond, he raced a bit flat.

Liberty Song led for much of the trip, and was far from disgraced, he is not far off winning a race, this time up it was a handy run.

Silverthomas Hanley Plate 2040 mtrs Time 2.05.44

Black Tomahawk gave bookmakers a skinner, he rolled home at any old price, not even the owners cheered, they were even surprised, it has been a long time between drinks, not too many horses trained by Darren Weir come in at those odds, he not only opened at $21 but drifted to $51.

The winning margin may have been slender, but winners are grinners and that’s what counts, he finished a fair way back at his previous start, but he certainly made amends on Saturday.

Favourite, Coldstone, compounded after leading and was running on empty when the post was reached.

Megablast could be an improver, he was running well, don’t discard him, it was his first start in Australia.

Wm Hill Travis Harrison Cup 1600 mtrs.Time 1.37.60

Petrology turned in the run of the day, coming from near last to win the Travis Harrison by a short half head.

Best backed runner in the race was Heart Starter, yet he hardly gave a yelp, he never had a chance in the race after the starter pulled the lever.

Data Point was seen to be running on, this was his third in from a spell, he can win another race provided it’s not too rich.

Onpicalo loomed up as if he was going to take a hand, but wilted once the pressure came into the race.

Embassy Print Solutions Hcp.1200 mtrs Time 1.11.61

Another brilliant ride from Brandon Stockdale, he drew the fence on Catch That Cat, and that is where he was trapped, it was just a matter of waiting for a run, when it finally came it was all over red rover, Stockdale darted Catch That Cat through the gap, Niminypiminy finished well, but the bird had flown.

In Fairness was a scratching for good reason, while working on the track at Bendigo he was startled by a rabbit, he dumped the rider before completing two rounds of the course.

 

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