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Langridge Street Wins At Long Odds

Bookmakers joined the cheer squad in welcoming Langridge Street back to the winner’s circle, giving them the best result they had all day with the gelding paying $51.00.

Most well informed punters joined the charge to support Infinite Energy, who was heavily backed with bookmakers, coming in from $5.50 to $2.45, in the closing minutes of betting.

The race was held up for quite a few minutes when the German import, Val Mondo, out of the Aaron Purcell yard at Warrnambool, dug his toes in, refusing to take any part at all in the race.

Ultimately he was withdrawn after proving a handful, whether a ban was placed on him is not yet known.

The winner, Langridge Street, a $20,000 yearling out of the Inglis Premier Sales, is giving his group of owners a lot of fun at little cost, earning $176,492 in stakes.

Trainer of the five year gelding, Michael Hibbs, tossed the coin in 1998 whether to remain in the police force, or turn his attention to training racehorses.

While there may have been a few doubts from time to time, with a few slow horses, all those doubts, if any, would have been erased after the win of Langridge Street, and on the strength of the win, there is likely to be a few more along the way.

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Langridge Street wins for Michael Hibbs

 

First Command Does It With Ease

First Command had a bit on those he met in the Kensington Stakes, if you were prepared to take the skinny odds; he was clearly the best of the day.

It is a day in the life of Anthony Freedman since shifting to Flemington from Markdel, a private training establishment at Rye

Anthony has been associated with some great horses while at Markdel, such as Makybe Diva, but since training in his own rite the stable favourite is surely First Command, no champion of course but good, game, and above all honest.

He is not far off earning a $1million in prize money, best described as a tough old fellow, who always gives a good account of himself.

Towards the close of betting bookmakers stretched the price of First Command out fractionally, when money came for Light Express, she was well supported at the close of betting.

Anthony Freedman has got no elaborate plans for the gelding, he is a realistic sort of bloke, like all trainers, winning is the name of the game.

The Oakleigh Plate in not on the agenda at this stage, the gelding may be better suited just below Group 1 level, the best laid plans in racing can be altered quickly.

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First Command wins again

 

Darley Strengthens Diamond Plan

Darley has the armament to win the Blue Diamond Stakes; it appears to be just a matter of deciding on the game plan.

Metastasio staked her claim yesterday after what was a brilliant win at Flemington in the 1100 metres of the Nursery Plate.

She bounced immediately to the lead once the gates opened, recording 1.04.08 for the trip, and was never pressed at any stage of the race

Her rider, Kerrin McEvoy, treated it as a walk in the park, that’s how it unfolded; she had far too much class for her rivals.

She opened up favourite with The Yowie, finally she was the one to shorten, it was an obvious decision when the horses paraded in the paddock.

Darley holds a strong hand in the Diamond, as 300 metres away from the start of Saturday’s race another hopeful, Montsegur, a last start winner at Caulfield, was in the stable ready to stake her claim on the $1 million prize.

She will more than likely get her chance in the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview, at Caulfield, on Saturday, when she is likely to meet Adelaide speedster, Miracles Of Life, who remains unbeaten after two runs, winning her most recent race by nine lengths.

At present the fillies appear to have a full hand, they are holding all the aces at present, the colts and geldings get their chance to strut their stuff in the Colts Preview.

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Metastasio - Darley's speed machine

 

Racing Topics

Spare a thought for Jessica Drury, a young jockey from Tamworth; she is doing it hard after just returning to riding from a fall resulting in a broken right ankle, keeping her out of the saddle for several months.

On Saturday morning last, while riding track work, she had another fall and another broken ankle, this time it was the left one. 

Rick Hore-Lacy claimed, if he started another horse in the Magic Millions Classic, he would do it differently. 

He would get up there much earlier than he did with Clevadude, visiting horses need to be up there at least a month to acclimatise to the humidity. 

Dean Lawson got it right when he won the Magic Millions with Testa Rossa in 1999, he made the trip in two stages with his colt, winning at Randwick on Boxing Day, then going directly onto the Gold Coast.

Racing N S W stewards have acceded to a request from trainer, Kim Waugh ,to delay the declaration of a jockey for Harry Hotspur in the $250,000 Inglis Classic, over 1200 metres at Rosehill on Saturday, due to the shortage of senior riders.

 

British General Shines Again

British General, the horse that defied death in the Black Saturday bushfires, has been the star of the summer racing, at least at Flemington.

He almost has a mortgage on the race whatever it might be; he almost seems to grow another leg when the word Flemington is mentioned.

On Saturday he had them off the bit all the way, after drawing the inside gate, when winning the Chester Manifold Stakes at Listed level.

He has put life into what has been a dreary old summer of racing, winning three races at headquarters in exciting fashion.

The horse has done a marvellous job, irrespective of whether he will get any further is questionable, he was beginning to shorten stride a bit on Saturday when the post was reached and being by General Nediym, that is about as far as you would expect him to get.

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British General strides away

British General is a pretty exciting horse, he seems to light up the area when he enters the paddock, he is a very fine animal with great presence.

When racing he has a dominant action, he gets up off the ground with a fluent stride, he certainly looks good when galloping.

British General was the fourth leg of a quartet of wins for Glen Boss, he has the happy knack of placing his mounts in a winning position, he makes it all look so easy.

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 Glen Boss - The four fingers tell the story

 

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