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Ms Funovits Impresses Trainer

John Sadler can be a little reserved when questioned about some of his winners, and there was a trace of that at Flemington after the win of Ms Funovits in the Better Beyond Plate .

He was not getting carried away with the filly having her first start, even though some markets had her as pre post favourite.

She delivered, and that is not likely to be the last we will hear of her, she has now earned the seal of approval from the boss.

Sadler is in no hurry to make any quick decisions; he will wait patiently until the dust settles before declaring his next move.

After a trial last Friday week when she did everything right, except she didn’t come off the bit, the time was ripe to give her a run.

Sadler was full of praise for the filly after her win saying, “I thought at the 400 metres she was in trouble and at the 200 metres beaten for sure, to her credit she refused to give in and it was a good run,” he said.

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Ms Funovits - The first of four winners for Glen Boss


Lucky Angel Earns Trip To Tassie

Lucky Angel has earned a trip to Tasmania, in search of Black Type, after what was an easy win in the Jezabeel Handicap at Flemington.

She can get 2000 metres in comfort, which is a huge advantage, and she is in form, you cannot get a better recipe, it is a case of strike while the iron is hot.

Her latest win was a sound staying performance, she settled back last in the field until reaching the home turn before putting any pressure on the leading division.

The Hobart, or the Launceston Cup, maybe both, depending on how the handicapper treats her, we do know she is handy to at least 2000 metres.

Whilst the mare started third favourite she was the only runner to shorten up in the betting, she came in a$1.50 on her opening quote.

Lucky Angel has won four of her 22 starts, hardly an impressive strike rate, yet she has filled 12 placings besides her wins.

Genuine Spin started the pronounce favourite, she was disappointing travelling wide for most of the trip, and when it was time to run on in the straight there was little there.

Manila Jewel ran a fair race, she was there for much of the journey but was found wanting in the run home.

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Lucky Angel off to Tasmania


Tuscan Fire Wins Again

Tuscan Fire retains his form with another impressive win at Flemington; he is now ready to take the next step into more elite company.

He reversed the role this time, instead of leading he sat in behind, allowing I’m Jake to do all the bullocking in the vanguard role.

It was just a matter of time before Glen Boss would take his foot off the pedal to allow the gelding to stride up on the outside of the leader.

The Mornington Cup is now on the agenda, which is five weeks away, then a short let up and the Adelaide Cup would be given some consideration

Tuscan Fire was backed as if there was no settling, the Bagot winner, Module, blew like a north wind, bookmakers found it hard to lay him.

In fairness to Module he got a fair way back in the small field of eight runners, he got blocked for a run at one stage and then afterwards got into a bumping duel with Macedonian, which was no assistance to him at a crucial stage of the race.

Crafty Cruiser was running on as he usually does, he is proving a safe place bet, he is honest enough but doesn’t get his foot in the till too often

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Tuscan Fire with Glen Boss up 



After riding for 30 years Robert Beattie hasn’t lost his touch yet, he took the short way along the rails to win the Tyrepower Wangaratta Handicap, on the grey gelding, Perfect Sir.

There are no signs of retiring at present, he keeps himself fit riding track work most mornings, and any spare time is spent on his farm.

He is a well known figure around the north – east of the state and over the border, he knows every track in the area like the back of his hand, and when to make the winning run.

Racing has changed quite a bit since he was apprenticed to the late Hal Hoysted, a big punting stable; when the money was on they seldom missed out.

There was the occasion when Foxwise was backed off the card in a Maiden race at Wagga, he went on to win 15 races in all, and usually the pilot was Robert Beattie

Trials are scheduled for Yarra Glen on the 21st of this month, at last something is becoming positive, racing should commence there soon after the course has been closed for three years.

Yarra Glen has always proved a popular racing venue, it is a great shame that the steeplechase course cannot be utilised, it is just going to waste and no one is giving it a second thought.

Jason Maskiell is doing his upmost to resurrect what was a brilliant career, one that has been literally torn to threads due to the indulgence of alcohol and drugs.

He is determined to resurrect what was a brilliant career, trainers lost faith in him and that is not always easy to regain.

Today he has a good book of rides at the Devonport Cup meeting, his Cup mount, The Cleaner, is outright favourite, a win would assist in restoring confidence.

There are still 161 horses remaining in the $1millon Blue Diamonds Stakes, after second declarations were taken today.

The Blue Diamond, to be decided on February 23, is the jewel in the crown of the Melbourne Racing Club’s autumn Carnival.

David Hayes has retained 19 of his 47 of his first declarations; Mick Price, trainer of last year’s winner Samaready, has declared 16 runners, and Peter Moody 12.

Connections of Saturday’s impressive winners, Diamond Glow at Caulfield, and Miracles Of Life, a nine lengths winner at Morphettville, will have to pay a late fee of $55,000 if they intend running in the race.

Children will not run short of activities when Kyneton race next Sunday, the theme being “Kids Day Out”

The Race Club is catering well for children, instead of the parents dragging the kids to the races, it might work in reverse, at least it is worth trying.

The Picnic meetings appear to be doing quite well, fields may be on the small side but crowds are good, while city meetings have lost their appeal, except at carnival time.


Whisper Downs putting it all together

Whisper Downs is shaping up as an emerging middle distance performer, having won at his last two starts in runaway fashion at Flemington, and now Caulfield.

Both of those wins have built up his confidence, he is now putting it all together well, relaxing in his races and finding the line, that is what maturity is all about.

He got a fair way back in the Robert Hunter Handicap that suited him, promising apprentice, Chad Schofield, rode him to perfection, he began to take closer order on the railway side of the course, and from there on he continued to make up ground.

The well backed Now And Zen, who was always prominent in running, didn’t show anywhere near the acceleration of the winner, only battled away to finished third.

While Whisper Downs holds his form he will return to David Hayes’s training property at Euroa, and a few days on the water walker will determine which direction the gelding will take.

He is by Churchill Downs, he fell a bit short of the best two year olds when racing, he was thereabouts in the major juvenile races, but there was always one to just beat him.

The last heard of him he was shipped out to Syria, he will have a long walk there to find a green patch to nibble.

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Whisper Downs - ridden by Chad Schofield


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