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Flemington 7---10 --- 17

Maribyrnong Trial Stakes 1000 m Time 57.51

Trainer, David Hayes, comment on Nomothaj, “We went into the race knowing she was a good filly, however, we were not as confident about her as we were with last year’s winner, Madeenaty.

“This filly, I thought at three different stages of the race a couple of horses were going as well as her, however, she fought on like a tiger, we have a nice filly here.”

“She is a straight forward filly with potential and she is by Snitzel, and when they work well they generally run well.”

When asked how many two old years he had in the stable? Hayes said,” most are in the spelling paddocks, all up we have 120 on the books.”

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David Hayes

Antler Luggage Stakes 1400 m Time 1.23.95

Trainer, Darren Weir, commenting on Snitzepeg, the first of a winning double,” I was in two minds whether to scratch or not, however he got the perfect run and the perfect ride, he has come on for sure, when things go the right way anything can happen.”

“Yesterday I didn’t think he was good enough, I was going to scratch him and go for the Carbine Club Stakes on Derby Day.”

“He has come on from his previous run, it’s amazing when you can get the right run in a race, how things can go your way. “

“He has come on from his last run here, but I wasn’t sure of how well be had come on.”

“Peter Laws has spent a lot of money on horses and yearlings, fortunately he has sent a couple to Hong Kong, he has got the result he wanted, and to get a win with this horse at Flemington is terrific.”

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Darren Weir

UCI Stakes 1800m Time 1.49.49

Co Trainer Natalie Young was over the noon with the win of Main Stage, commenting, “how about that?” Her partner, Trent Busuttin, was up in Sydney with Sully, engaged in the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick.

“That was a very good win today, he ran home like a genuine staying horse, a Derby prospect,”said Natalie.

“He came from last at the 800 metres, while he was going around every horse in the race I didn’t think we were going to make it, “she said

The gelding trained at Cranbourne, he is coming right at the right time, with the Derby over 2500 metres a month away.

He was ridden patiently by Michael Walker; he allowed the gelding to get properly balanced before he called on him.

While lightly raced he has the potential and the makings of a stayer his sire, Reliable Man, won 5 races in the UK over 2000 metres to 2400 metres, he will have another run before the Derby in the Caulfield Classic, on Caulfield Cup day.

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Natalie Young

Gilgai Stakes 1200 m time 1.09.28

Trainer David Hayes comment on Keen Array” he had the right attitude today, he wanted to get on with the job he led for much of the way and he fought on very gamely.”

He commented,” You have to be up there when the pace drops off or otherwise you are left right out.”

“When I first started training it was the swoopers that were winning the straight races, that seems to have changed.”

‘He handles the straight that the race on Derby Day is likely to be, the Group1 Coolmore Stud Stakes 1200 metres that will be his next run.”

Seppelt Turnbull Stakes 2000 m Time 2.02.07

Chris Waller comment on Winx, “she is a brilliant horse, what you ask her to do she does it, it’s as simple as that, there is always a lot pressure, it is a relief when the race is over.”

“The pressure is always there, I remember going into the first Cox Plate with no training for a horse like Winx, she made it all that easy.”

“She will have a easy time ahead of the Cox Plate, she needs to be at her best for every race, especially for her third Cox Plate. “

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C hris Waller

"There’s no training manual for a horse like Winx, she makes us all look good, she has an ideal temperament that is the most essential ingredient in a champion, they all have it, she walked around the Flemington mounting yard as if she was born there.

She doesn’t even turn a hair or even an eyelash, she is the complete athlete, she is there to compete, the true professional.

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Winx 

Edward Manifold Stakes 1600 m Time 1.38.33

Michael Shepardson Stable Foreman for Tony McEvoy, comments on Bring Me Roses, “although she was still a maiden, she has always shown us a lot of promise, she has been stakes placed a couple of times, Tony was excited to get her onto the big track here at Flemington and see what she could do.”

“It was a nice ride by Luke Currie, she will now press onto the Wakeful Stakes and the Oaks, she has good condition on her side, this win will help to bring her on.”

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Michael Shepardson

The Bart Cummings 2500 m Time 2.37.83

Trainer Darren Weir comments on Amelia’s Star,” it is amazing barrier positions make in racing, last start at Caulfield she drew wide and had to go back to an impossible position, no fault with anyone, that is just the way she had to be ridden.’

“Today she drew the good barrier, got the perfect run and we got the result, just like Almandin got the perfect run last time.”

“He drew a bit wide today and had too much work to do, barrier positions are very important; it is a big part in winning races.”

“She ran terrific to the line; we are obviously trying to get into the Caulfield Cup, if not the Melbourne Cup.”

If she happens to win one of the Cups she would create anomaly, as her sire, Testa Rossa, won a Magic Millions.

 

Caulfield 1--- 10---17

My Punter Com Hcp. 1400 m Time 1.23.80

Trainer, Will Clarken, comments re Steel Frost, “The horse is going fantastically, he is on the way up, he travelled well and took everything in his stride and got the job done, Todd Pannell has a pretty good understanding of the horse.”

“We don’t talk much, he knows what to do, he makes the race his own, they didn’t go very quickly, it was an even run pace, the horse has carried a big weight.”

“We have a few options in mind, there are several likely Provincial Cups with good prize money, we will have a look at those, we have a good bunch of three year olds that are promising.”

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Will Clarken 

Italktravel Plate 1100m Time 1.03.41

Trainer, Henry Dwyer, comments re Snitty Kitty, “she was very good today; Anthony who rides most of her work said she was really switched on this time.”

“On her ratings we thought she needed a little more, she surprised me, she was really forward today.“

“She is really a good mare, we will follow those races with their penalties and allowances.”

Snitty Kitty is by the boom sire Snitzel, she has an impressive winning strike rate of 50 per cent, five out of ten, she was an easy winner by one and three quarter lengths.

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Henry Dwyer

IInglis Cup 2000 m Time 2.03.44

Trainer, Archie Alexander, comments re Wheal Leisure, “ It’s been great, we have an excellent group of owners and great staff, I have always had a good opinion of her coming into this race we were going well, the one thing I said to Dean (Yendall), she has never been pulled out and given the room she needed.”

“We knew coming into this race we she was going well, she has been beaten by circumstances, poor rides, barrier draws, there has always been an excuse or a reason why she has been beaten.”

“Once you pull her out there is no stopping her, she is very honest, beaten by bad luck”.

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Archie Alexander

 Ladbrokes The Challenge Hcp.1700 m Time 1.41.88

Trainer, David Hayes, comments re Cool Chap, “he works like a genuine Group horse and I think he is with a little bit of luck, full credit to Damian (Lane), he was patient, I think the horse has a good win in him, he is on an awkward rating to get into those big handicaps, we will think about that over the next 24 hours and have a chat about it.”

“The path is not completely chewed, the Coongy Handicap might be a nice race for him, or we go the Herbert Power that is a Caulfield Cup qualifier, we will work out which way we go, we have not worked that out yet.”

“That was a big run, three wide with no cover, he finished the race off well.”

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David Hayes 

Schweppes 1000 Gns. Prelude 1400m Time 1.23.42

Co Trainer, Matthew Ellerton, comments re Booker “that was a nice win, she has never been out of the money, I’m pleased with her.”

“It was a good effort today, she had to do a bit of work early, we were always going to be positive and she still was good enough to hold on.”

“She is not under pressure at home, she is still learning, and is becoming aware of the raceday pressure.”

“ She didn’t want much further today, but saying that, she did a bit of work early in the race and there is still a bit of improvement to come in fitness, she was bred by Bill Rigg and Barry Griffiths, both have been great supporters of our the stable.”

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Matthew Ellerton 

 Caulfield Guineas Prelude 1400 m Time 1.23.47

Paul Perry, from Newcastle, is no stranger to Melbourne, coming here several years ago with the sprinters brilliant, Choisir and Fastnet Rock, both proved highly successful sires.

Perry was among the pioneers that invaded Royal Ascot with Choisir, winning the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and the Group 2 King Stand Stakes.

He is now back in town eyeing off the Caulfield $2milion Guineas with Perast, who dented the reputation of a few in the Guineas Prelude.

The favourite, Royal Symphony, was disappointing, on face value he struggled most of the way and never flattered at any stage of the race.

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Paul Perry

 Underwood Stakes 1800m Time 1.48.41

Co Trainer, Murray Baker, comments, “we didn’t know what to expect of Bonneval. She still has a bit of winter coat, and second up we thought she had improved a bit from last start.”

‘She measures up to some of my past winners of this race, she is a good mare, she will possibly go into the Caulfield Stakes, and then the Caulfield Cup.”

“The quick back up is not a worry, she can handle that, and that is the risk we have to take.”

“I legged Hughie (Bowman), up and said ride your own race, there is no better judge than him, she dropped off a bit at the 900 metres but soon picked them up again.”

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Murray Baker

 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes 1400m Time 1.22.28

Trainer, Anthony Freedman, comments re “Santa Ana Lane, it was a great thrill, we have a really good team, the senior guys do a great job like in any stable, and you need the good owners.”

“I thought he was a bit unlucky at the Valley the other day, and his form over the last six months has been very solid.”

“He has been reliable and consistent; I thought if he got himself in one of these races he would equit himself well.”

“We are going quite well, I lost a few horses with Lee going to Singapore, I’m not sure if the horse is a genuine miler, that ground was hard today, we will give him a break with some beach work, and see how we goes.”

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Anthony Freedman 

 

Caulfield 23---9---17

Aquis Pinchapoo Plate 1400 m Time 1.23.31

Trainer, Darren Weir’s, Comment, Leather ‘N’ Lace “ she has been going really well, the key decision was when “David Moodie said Warrnambool first up,” we were able to back her up, she has made the right steps and training on well, she was a little green on the corner but flattened out well”.

“She was comfortable at the end of the race, we will move onto the next step, there is a Group 2 race for fillies coming up in a couple of weeks, we will have a look at that as it is the logical step now, and chase a bit of Black Type as she has a nice pedigree”.

Sportsbet Foundation Hcp 1600m Time 1.37.30

Trainer, Darren Weir’s, Comment Cliff’s Edge, ‘’ he has been disappointing, on face value he has changed his attitude, that has made it hard to get him fit, we decided to back him up as he had a good gallop last week but blew out the last 100 metres, we always thought he would run a mile”.

“Johnny rode him today to run the mile, and he ran it really well, the key to the race was backing him up, it is so hard to get him really fit, the reason he was ridden a bit quiet I was happy with his run last week, and the barrier draw helped.”

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Darren Weir

 Lojac Cival Hcp. 1800m Time 1.50.97

Trainer, Trent Busuttin, Comment Anaehim, “ he has come back better, he was second up over 1800 metres, the kid (Zac Spain) gave him a beautiful ride, he did the right thing, pressed the button early, we have no set plans, we had to win today “.

“He hasn’t had much luck as a three year old, he has copped wet tracks, we thought he could be a bit of a risk over 1800 metres, he is entered for a number of races but nothing in particular, there is good stake money around, he is a horse that likes Flemington or Caulfield and running on top of the ground, there will be a nice race somewhere around for him”.

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Trent Busuttin

Cancer Foundation Plate 1100 m Time 1.05.04

Stable Manager, David Charles, Comment Bandipur,” this horse has a great constitution, a lovely horse to train, we are absolutely thrilled, we came here with a bit of confidence, James Cummings was a bit negative after the draw.”

“He overcame the awkward draw, Damian Lane rode him beautifully and he was very strong at the finish, we will enjoy today, he has been up along time, if he pulls up well we will find another race for him during the spring”.

He was strong at Moonee Valley at his last start, we could push out to a mile but still take his races as they come along and see what he is up to.”

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David Charles

Ladbrokes Jockeys Trust 1400 m Time 1.24. 49

Trainer, Peter Morgan, Comment Sircconi, “ He has been a bit of a headache lately, ending with a virus two weeks ago and having to miss last week, you are not sure of which way to go, a mile or 1800 metres, he will let us know.”

“It gets a bit tough when your playing catch up time, he is still a little bit under done, there is three or four lengths yet to come.”

“It was a good win in open company, we will wait and see which way we will go, he is a good horse, his races will be selected, whether he goes to the Guineas I am not sure.”

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Peter Morgan

Testa Rossa Stakes 1200 m Time 1.09.79

Co owner, Ken King, comment Bons Away, “that was fantastic, we bred him, he is a farm bred horse, there are regular owners in the horse, there is a happy bunch standing behind me.”

“We are not betting next Friday for sure, (Public Holiday), he has had an easy time, that was his sixth start, he has earned prize money each time he has gone around. “

“Our owners are involved in various types of businesses, they enjoy their racing, he will be back again this spring, we have a lot of regular owners and while Bons Away continues to hold up his end, we will be back, we love our racing, and certainly while we are winning.”

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Ken King

M R C Foundation Cup 2000m Time 2.00.43

Trainer, Ben Hayes, comment Harmel ,his run was good today, a great ride by Dwayne Dunn, he won very dominantly, this was his first win in Australia.”    

“He will now go straight into the Caulfield Cup, and possibly the Melbourne Cup, his run in the Heatherlie was excellent, we though this race may have been a bit short for him, he can be improved, he is a strong staying horse, he is just striking form.”

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Ben Hayes

Ladbrokes Boost Stakes 1200mTime 1.09.62

Trainer, Chris Meagher, comment Savanna Amour, “it was a great ride by Brad, he said, you have to bounce from that gate and go forward and slot in where you can, otherwise you will be facing the breeze, and if there is any kick there, we will soon find out , luckily she found plenty of kick.”      

“She just loves Caulfield; her record there is pretty good, having won three of her six wins at this track.”

“We cannot say enough about the place, she loves it, we will let her tell us, there is 1400 metres here shortly, we will look at that.”

“We’re very well set up at Mornington with 25 boxes; we have taken over a stable at Eagle Farm as well, that is a satellite stable”.

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Trainer Hands In Licence

Sam Pritchard-Gordon has quit training, selling his Mornington stables to fellow trainer, Jason Warren.

We understand that quite a few horses are also included in the deal, to be trained by Warren.

Pritchard –Gordon is a well educated likeable young English man, for a time he could be best described as a previous travelling foreman for Lee Freedman, before he took out a licence in his own right.

He is yet to announce his future plans; we wish him well, he was always a fresh face in the paddock area.

Jockey makes comeback

Dale Smith, who retired from race riding to take up selling real estate, was spotted riding work for Mick Price, at Caulfield.

Whether he intends to renew his riding licence is not known at this stage, or if it’s just additional exercise to keep fit.    

 

Flemington 16---- 9 ----2017

Cap D’Antibes Stakes 1100 m Time 1.04.63

Comment by Ciaron Maher “Fox Swift is a pretty smart little filly, it is a credit to the team, you can see she is still carrying a fair bit of winter coat, it has been great for the owners.”

“It is a good result for the stable, she was better suited at the 1100 metres rather than the 1000 she finished the race off well, she settled better today, the tempo of the race allowed her to balance up and find her feet.”

“That was a bit short for her at Sandown, it was a good ride by Mark Zahra, he had a lot of cover in the race and she finished off very well.”

“She is an adaptable filly and easy to ride, she is sure to get a little further, maybe out to 1400 metres, it is good to get that touch of Black Type, she seemed to in good order, I was about to put her out but when they win like that it makes it hard, there is no reason now.”

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Cairon Maher

Pin & Wine Plate 1400 m Time 1.22.53

Comment by Tony McEvoy “Royal Symphony, that was pretty special, Dwayne had to do a lot of work in the straight.”

“Well, I have half a dozen horses that work better than him, but I’m not going to tell their names, he is a day game horse, he just turns up, that’s what you need to be a top class racehorse.”

“The next five minutes will tell me more; I just want to see how the horse’s condition is and see how quickly he recovers whether we go to a mile, he was very fresh coming into the mounting yard.”

“I thought he was fit enough and thankfully he got the job done, I didn’t trial him, I thought there was lots more to come.”

“I wanted to win today as I wanted to protect his record, I didn’t want him peaking today, he will peak in October, the only thing is how he jumps out of the gates.”

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Tony McEvoy

The Sofitel 1400 m Time 1.22.62

Comment by Robert Smerdon “ Theanswermyfriend can dominate like that, and that is what he did today, we are heading in the direction of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, there is nothing wrong with his form.”

“We needed to win here to get us into the Sir Rupert Clarke, he has had a great preparation and nothing has changed, we will head that way, his coat is improving, he is getting better all the time, a little race conditioning, there is no point in stopping this now.”He added."

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Robert Smerdon 

 Bobbie Lewis Quality 1200 m Time 1.09.94

Comment by David Hayes Redkirk Warriorthe stable thought he was flying as good as he was when he won the Newmarket Handicap that was a true version of the Newmarket.”

“With the weight he carried, I have been watching him over the past twelve months; I think it will take a pretty good horse to beat him.”

“He is among the best sprinters I have had in a long time, with luck in running he is a very good horse, no doubt about that and adaptable up the straight six at Flemington, we have two class sprinters in Redkirk Warrior and Vega Magic.”

David Hayes Mobile

David Hayes

 Danehill Stakes 1200 m Time 1.10.34

Comment by David Hayes ”Catshy was undefeated in Melbourne as a two year old, from that gate we just wanted to give her clear running for the first 600 metres, she was very strong today, she served it up to the boys again.”

“She might be favourite to take the boys on again in the $2 million dollars of the Caulfield Guineas.”

She will run against the fillies at her next start, she is a Group 1 winner, against the boys that is no problem, I will take them on again,” he added.

“We are very happy with Regan Bayliss, he is a fine young man and a good rider, we give him as many opportunities as we can”

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David Hayes

Let’s Elope Stakes 1400 m Time 1.23.50  

Comment by Matthew Ellerton “Sword Of Light, that was a good run from her, she has been all around the place, she was a Stakes winner earlier in her life, she won the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Preview”.

“She had a tough run earlier at Caulfield, the Myer classic could be an alternative, we will see how the spring unfolds and how far she takes us”.

Matthew Ellerton Mobile

Matthew Ellerton

Makybe Diva Stakes 1600 m Time 1.35.35

Comment by Darren Weir “all my horses ran well, but Humidor was terrific, it was just a matter of getting him right, at his two previous runs he has paraded better, Damian Lane has done all the hard yards in track work, we galloped the horse on Monday, he felt very good”.

“When he got to the outside he did go, I never thought he would do that, we are now getting there.”

“The horse paraded well, Damian Lane has done all the hard yards, going up to Casterton and Coleraine to ride the horse in trials.”

“He is getting there, a bit of a wobble on the home turn, otherwise it was all great.”

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Darren Weir

Japan Racing Association Trophy 2500 mTime 2.35.

Comment by Nick Williams “Almandin really surprised me the way he cruised pass them with 61kg, it was a great performance, the crew are doing a great job up at Mount Macedon.”

“The Caulfield Cup has to be given some consideration now that the Melbourne Cup is penalty free.”

“I was saying to Michael Felgate the other day; whether it is the Herbert Power Handicap or the Caulfield Cup, which way we go.”

“There are options, the Moonee Valley Cup or the Cox Plate will have to be considered.”

“We will make that decision in due course, I wouldn’t like to encourage anyone to back him in the Caulfield Cup, or persuade them either.”

“That was a very dominant win with 61 kg he added.”

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Nick Williams

 

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