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Tariana looking for Black Type

Tariana put a space between herself, and those that opposed her in winning the 1200 metres John Moule Handicap.

The win was clearly the most decisive and impressive on the eight race card, she jumped clearly from the gate and made a procession of the event thereafter.

While she is racing in such good form, she will be given the chance to include Black Type alongside her name, by going down to Hobart next month for the Bow Mistress Stakes.

Now would be the time to give her that chance at a Stakes race, she is a five year old, she retains her form and the fruit is ripe for the picking.

Her regular rider, Craig Newitt, stepped aside in favour of the claiming apprentice, Damien Thornton, he was able to claim the full 3kg reducing the mare’s weight down to 57 kgs.

Vain Attraction chased Tariana home again as she did when they last met on Boxing Day, there was a difference of 2 kgs in weight, this time the scales weighed in favour of Tariana.

She has definite brood mare potential being by Anabaa from Gabrieli a daughter of Red Ransom ,she is the first foal of her dam, also a winner.

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Tariana - ridden by Damian Thornton


Khalifa consistent

Khalifa, who has yet to miss a place in his five starts, was on top of his game at Caulfield, on Saturday, in winning the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Heat 5 over 1400 metres.

He was there at each stage of the trip; he jumped well from the gate taking the position of one out until the field reached the home turn, thereafter he was the dominating factor, drawing right away to win well.

Michael Robb, restricted as far as weight is concerned, rode the prefect race, whilst it was a small field tactics played a role, he proved the master when it was time to go.

The gelding opened favourite and that is where he stayed, whilst there was backing for Al Aneed, he didn’t warrant the support, he raced well below his best and was never a chance.

Cornell showed a slight glimpse of form as he had been on the outer for quite a while, his run was encouraging enough, he could turn up in a similar type race before the better horses come in for the autumn.

The winner, Khalifa, is a good type of gelding, unlike his sire he is a chestnut by Barely A Moment, a Toorak Handicap winner who has slipped off the radar the last couple years, he has not been advertised in the sources where you look for sires.

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Khalifa with Michael Rodd up


First Command - no spent force

First Command showed he is far from a spent force when he blew his opposition away in winning the Mal Seccull Handicap.

We all know that Mal had a handy one in Manikato, and while First Command may not be in that class, he is still a pretty handy steed, as shown in winning at Caulfield on Saturday.

First up since October, when finishing last in the Schillaci Stakes, the seven year old gelding has found a new lease of life overcoming quite a few problems, including a throat operation, plus nagging fetlock ailments that have caused worries for the stable.

In the past he has proved a 1000 metres specialist at Caulfield and could follow the pattern again, he will be entered for the Oakleigh Plate, he finished fourth last year.

Go The Knuckle was the preferred favourite on recent form, as many may have thought that First Command was a spent force as he had not greeted the judge in over a year.

It is difficult to comment too much on the beaten brigade, Go The Knuckle was the best run in the race outside of the winner, Rocking Force ran a nice race but nine year old horses rarely win in the city.

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First Command - out on his own with Glen Boss


Another two year old winner for Moody

Peter Moody is producing two year old winners with constant regularity, the latest edition, Diamond Glow, is pretty smart judged by her easy win in the Ian Miller Vobis Gold Carat at Caulfield. The early morning track watches got it right, they were on the ball, after the filly had worked earlier in the week she opened up favourite and that is where she remained.

She is only going to improve on what we saw on Saturday, a well educated filly with ability, heading in the right direction to be a definite Blue Diamond Stakes Prospect.

Self Sense, and the baldy faced Shogun Star, were on terms nearing the turn, with Diamond Glow ready to pounce when called upon.

She answered the challenge soon afterwards, putting the issue beyond doubt within a few strides, running out an impressive winner.

Peter Moody’s deputy, Tom Brideoake, was in the driver’s seat again to lead the filly in after the win, whom he rates with a lot of potential and will be improved by the outing.

Diamond Glow is by Bel Esprit, he continues to be a prominent source of winners, from Prompt, by Exceed And Excel ,she is a filly bred for speed .

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Diamond Glow - ridden by Vlad Duric


British General - a survivor

British General survived, where others perished.

It is merely four years ago since the treacherous bushfires, north of Melbourne, destroyed everything in its path, with the terrible loss of human life, homes gone up in flames, stock losses huge, plus the loss of fencing as far as the eye can see, and beyond.

The devastation was horrendous, almost beyond belief, with one foul swoop the entire countryside was blackened, people walking about in a complete haze, but at least thankful for being saved.

Every family in the region suffered losses; hardly anyone was spared as flames swallowed up every creature and structure in its path, at the speed of an express train.

The Brown family, David and Kathy, of Strathewen, suffered, but not as much as some others, fortunately there was no loss of human life and they still had a home to return to.

However, there were still losses, a barn full of hay, stables, miles of fencing, all material things, but the loss of four thoroughbred mares, three foals, and two retired racehorses, was a sad homecoming for the family.

Among the four mares was the Stakes winner British Lion, she didn’t have a foal with her, she obviously missed in the previous season, her last living foal, now a yearling colt by General Nediym, was still was in the stable as the ferocious fire drew closer.

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 British General wins again

David remembered opening the stable door and giving the young yearling colt a slap on the back side, it was then time for man and beast to be on his own way as the yearling colt galloped away into a cloud of smoke, his destiny unknown.

It had been a long day, and the night was much longer, when a noise of trampling hooves was heard outside the house, it was the yearling colt, he had been spared, he either knew where to hide or he outran the fire.

Irrespective, there were tears of joy, he was greeted by a welcoming party, and there was some light at the end of the tunnel on the darkest day in the lives of so many people.

Now known as British General, he is raced by his proud owner breeders, David and Kathy Brown, he may have just outrun the fire, as he outran his rivals winning his last two starts at Flemington, taking his total of wins to six from 10 starts, that is not the last we will hear of him, he is a highly promising gelding, lightly raced, with a bright future ahead of him.

British General is trained by Dan O’Sullivan at Ballarat, it was the second leg of a winning double, and he had won earlier in the day with Tuscan Fire, a double on New Year’s Day, a good reason to take the family down to Ocean Grove for a few days.

As for British General, he is doing just nicely; there will be another race coming up for him again shortly, possibly Flemington, he has an affinity with headquarters.

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Dan O'Sullivan with winning owners



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