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Flemington 12 -- 8 --17

Brothers, John and Frank, were both heavily involved in the win of Sheer Madness, John as trainer, and Frank heads up the syndicate that races the gelding.

The brothers are pretty close; John may have had the day off as Frank was in charge of proceedings at Flemington.

At this time of the year, when three year old males win a city race, the obvious question usually raised is concerning the Guineas.

Sheer Madness turned in a long sustained run; he was three wide for most of the race and was full of running when heads were turned for home.

Whether he is Guineas material is another matter, he still has a long road ahead of him, a full two months.

Frank wasn’t going to get drawn into the conversation, he was pleased with the win and more so for the partnership that race the gelding, they were enjoying the moment.

Sheer Madness is by Moshe, a full brother to Black Caviar, her first foal won at Geelong the day before; it could have been an omen bet.

Moshe is currently standing at Sun Stud at a very fee affordable fee, he has sired 34 winners to date, with one stakes winner.

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Frank Salanitri with Sheer Madness

 Whilst Chris Waller failed to train a winner at Rosehill on Saturday, which is a rare occurrence, he can take solace with a treble at Flemington.

His forelady, Joanne Taylor, saved the day with three winners, Jaminzah,Wayanka and Alward, all were impressive, in particular Alward, it was a welcome change of luck for jockey Michael Walker, he has previously been dogged with back injuries of late, that has restricted his riding.

There might be a touch of sentiment about the win of Jaminzah, as he is by Master of Design who won the Group1 T J Smith Stakes for Waller.

Joanne Taylor is a popular figure on Melbourne racecourses, always wearing a warm smile, plus quite a very competent horse women.

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Joanne Taylor  

Hey Doc was back to his brilliant best, leading for most of the way to win the Auria’s Star Handicap.

He had a bit on his rivals, in the post parade he looked a treat, and will only look better as he presses on into the spring.

His form tapered off a bit after winning the Australian Guineas, he finished well down the track in the Doncaster, that may have been a bit rich for him as he was still just a three year old and ran fairly after that in the Goodwood.

It is now off to the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield in a couple of weeks, with its stake of $1million dollars it makes it a worthwhile attraction.

“When the fight came on he really lifted, he was in there for the fight, he didn’t give in, he was brave, we can improve between now and the Memsie, he will be cherry ripe for the task, “said Tony McEvoy.

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