Akavoroun broke a long run of outs to take out the Listed Tatt’s Mile Handicap at Doomben. In fact, he won six of his first seven starts and hand’t saluted since!
At Canterbury, Tango Rain and Redzel impressed in leading all of the way in their respective races while King’s Officer made it four wins on the trot. Meanwhile, there wew upsets aplenty at Flemington.
Hair Trigger (Race 1, Canterbury)
The opener at Canterbury could have been a Stakes race such was the depth of the field. It was taken out by the heavily-backed Tango Rain who looked to be gifted the race from in front after Thronum missed the start. Hair Trigger is the one you want to be following over the early carnival. This son of Smart Missile is still learning his craft but he possesses a monster finish. Can’t wait to see him over 1400m on a bigger track.
Singing (Race 4, Canterbury)
This import boasted a second to Protectionist when raced overseas so you’d expect him to be cleaning up this lot of winter stayers. It looked the case when he loomed into the race but he died on his run very late to be nosed out of the finish. He was first-up for near 12 months. He wasn’t beaten on the score of ability. With spring targets on the agenda, expect him to win next start with the run under his belt.
Kinshachi (Race 5, Flemington)
Thought this filly did a big job to get as close as she did in a race dominated from the front by Stylemaker (Bolter below). The daughter of Commands proved the 1400m is not going to stop her which bodes well for her next outing. Loves the wet too. She was only third-up here so there’s still plenty of juice in the tank to collect another win or two over winter for Godolphin.
Voodoo Lad (Race 6, Flemington)
Didn’t seem to love the straight the first time he saw it so it was a surprise to The Wolf that at his next start he was back at headquarters for another try. The market reacted to this query with his price drifting from $1.80 out to $2.30. Again, he had every possible but was beaten comfortably by Mick Price’s six-year-old warrior Mighty Like. Can bounce back when he returns to a bend.
Felines (Race 7, Canterbury)
This mare was airborne last preparation, winning three and running fifth in the G2 Challenge only beaten 1.7L by English. Where is that mare now? She hasn’t returned half the horse this campaign and again failed to impress in the July Sprint. She had every chance behind the hot speed set by Redzel but punctured. Seems to have lost her zest at the ripe old age of four.
Loch Oir (Race 1, Flemington)
When the pre-post favourite So Si Bon was scratched it looked anyone’s to win but not according to the punters who steamed into the Ciaron Maher-trained Loch Oir ($4.60-$2.90). He bolted in at the ‘Bool on debut and kept his perfect record in tact, landing the plunge in a narrow finish. It was another win for Craig Williams in his battled with Dwayne Dunn for the jockey premiership.
Daniela Rosa (Race 4, Flemington)
This filly took the scalp of Euro Angel last start and punters were extremely confident she’d win again at Flemington, backing her into even money. She was given every chance by Jake Bayliss but she emptied out late. She simply didn’t get the 1800m trip. Time is running out for her over the winter but expect her to be freshened to run over 1400m when she steps out next.
Stylemaker (Race 5, Flemington)
While race fancies Deal With It, Kinsachi and Four Sisters worried about each other Brandon Stockdale was free-wheeling up in front aboard filly Stylemaker. Although she was paddling at the post she fell in to get the cash at $16.50 on the totes. It continues the reassurance of the Robbie Laing stable who is churning out plenty of winners at the moment. Late amendment: must mention Astro Castro at $151 after he saluted in the last on debut! Wowee!