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Summer Gem breaks her maiden

Summer Gem, a $25,000 yearling purchase, gave her connections an excellent return, at her fourth start, when she secured a dream run between Nadeem and Double Dee, in the shadows of the post to snatch victory in the New Year Handicap.

She had been around the money in her three previous starts and she was the one that punters wanted, the only runner that really shortened, starting favourite at $4.40.

The win suggested she will be around for a while; she is a promising filly who knows how to find the line, as she was dead set last at the 800 metres mark.

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Summer Gem rerurns to scale

Summer Gem was well handled by a confident Brad Rawiller, he knew he would get the breaks, it was just a matter of waiting, she was simply bolting behind the leaders as they came onto the course proper.

She was ridden confidently by Rawiller, he is riding on the crest of a wave at present, he makes his own luck in running, when an opening appears he takes full advantage of it.

The filly is part owned by Peter Redden; he celebrated the win with his grand children, Daisey and Matty.

She is by Elusive Quality, from Februarytwelve, by Snippets

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 Winning Foursome



Tuscan Fire leads all the way

Tuscan Fire, well rated by Glen Boss, had no difficulty in running out a strong 2000 metres, leading all the way to win the Byron Moore Handicap.

Formerly the Byron Moore Stakes for two years olds was run on the final day of the V R C Spring carnival, its honour roll includes some notable horses, among them the great Tulloch, he was ridden by Arthur Ward now aged 94 years.

The punters were right on the ball In the Byron Moore Handicap, there were only two horses seriously backed in the race, Alcohol, who had won over 2000 metres at Flemington, and Tuscan Fire, he had finished second a week later at the same course and distance.

Glen Boss, an astute judge of pace, had the field off the bit for most of the way, never at any stage of the race did he look like being beaten, he ran the trip right out to the letter.

The gelding is prepared by Dan O’Sullivan at Ballarat, much of the horse’s fitness can be attributed to the straight training track, it is producing a lot of winners and naturally proving popular with trainers, it is an outstanding facility.

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Tuscan Fire - Ridden by Glen Boss


Racing Topics

Shane Fliedner may be persuaded to bring Primitive Man back to the city for another run before the horse goes for a break.

His city debut at Moonee Valley was quite impressive; he was locked away on the fence for much of the Aquanas Handicap won by Meliora.

Once he got a clear passage in the straight he finished gamely, there was a lot of merit in the run, he shows quite a bit of promise and worth keeping in mind for a similar type of race.

Philippi is back in work with Michael Kent, he is doing everything asked of him for a return to racing, scheduled for the middle of next month.

Kent pulled the right rein when he aborted any thoughts of a Derby start, never a wise move on one preparation, it has been done previously but later regretted.

The present mission for the colt is the Australian Guineas, the mile at Flemington will suit him, he has been there before and knows what it is all about.

Philippi is by Host, he is a colt with loads of potential remaining unbeaten, he is entitled to be rated the best three year old colt in Victoria

Mark Riley was disappointed with the run of I’m Too Sexy in the Group3 B J McLachlan Stakes on the Gold Coast, after being prominent on the home turn but wide out, she lost ground from there on, she petered out to run second last.

The only excuse to be found, she was feeling the harder ground, she will now spend some time on the water walker, hoping the problem for her failure can be found.

She jarred up quite a bit, the water walker will no doubt ease the immediate problem, but if there is no give in the track it won’t assist her.

Hanging Rock was again the popular racing venue on New Year’s Day; while official numbers are not yet available the crowd is thought to be in the vicinity of 5,000 to 5500 people enjoying a great day out.

The club have just the two dates New Year’s Day, and Australia Day, the feature race being the Hanging Cup over 1800 metres and a stake of $15,000.

Clevadude, the unbeaten male two year old, leaves Melbourne next Tuesday for the Gold Coast for his prime mission, the Magic Millions two year old classic.

He has continued to please Rick Hore-Lacy, he declares the gelding spot on for his major assignment, he is sharing favouritism with Assail at $3.80.

Villa Verde, a winner at her only two starts, then spelled when the grass was at its prime, returns to the stable of Shaun Dwyer to commence her preparation for the road ahead that will hopefully lead her into the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Just the one pre run the in the Reisling Slipper, which was dubbed, by racing writers of the day, as the “Cinderella’s Slipper. She had 13 starts as a two year old, winning eight times.


Clevadude Romps In

The Sportingbet Plate at Moonee Valley proved a mere formality for Clevadude, he spread eagled a field of four runners as if it was nothing more than a romp in the park.

Bookmakers treated it as almost a non event, the gelding was always in the red, there was some specking for The Yowie, but the closest he got to the winner was at the barrier.

Clevadude was never off the bit, he travelled well for Craig Newitt, and he drew right away in the run to the judge and was never threatened at any stage of the race.

He is as good a youngster as we have seen out in quite a while; however, Rick Hore-Lacy was not going to be drawn in to comparing him to the likes of Canny Lad, or Redoute’s Choice, at least not yet.

Both were the best of their age competing at Group level, going on to become successful sires Clevadude won’t be competing in that league as he is a gelding.

There are questions still to be answered as to how he will handle the tighter circuit on the Gold Coast, and if he drew a wide gate in what is likely to be a capacity field.

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Clevadude - The Flying Machine


The First Of A Winning Treble

Quick Snitzel’s win in the City Jeep handicap was the first leg of a winning treble for leading trainer, Peter Moody, at Moonee Valley.

While the boss was absent, the dapper stable foreman, Tom Brideoake, stepped into the breech with all the professionalism you would expect from a leading stable.

This was the third in a row for Quick Snitzel, but his first in Melbourne; the two previous wins have been out town, where the horse has gained valuable experience before being thrown in at the deep end.

The gelding settled in the middle of the field in his first attempt at 1600 metres, and remained there until approaching the home turn before issuing his assault on the leading division.

Medvedev was the preferred favourite over his stable mate Quick Snitzel, but hardly gave a yelp, and was not sighted over the concluding stages of the journey

Quick Snitzel by Snitzel, a sire better known for getting quick precocious progeny, he is among the most consistent sires we have, he has a great strike rate, plus his yearlings are always popular at sale time.

The winner is on the way improving with each run, he may get a little further judged on his strong finishing run, he was coming home not stopping.

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Quick Snitzel ridden by Linda Meech


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