Review – Devonport, Sunday 10 September

12 / 09 / 2017

Devonport hosted an 8 race program on Sunday, their second-last meeting until the night racing season commences later in the month. Leading trainer Scott Brunton bought more runners than usual after the meeting was transferred from Hobart and took home a winning treble, while local trainer Adam Trinder helped himself to a double of his own. Anthony Darmanin maintained his good Devonport form with another double, while Siggy Carr also rode two winners.

Race 1 – 12:05 Hazell Bros Mdn/Class 1 (1650 METRES)

Kamikaze Force and Trophy Legs took up the running and set a very strong tempo which had most of the field niggled along to maintain their positions. The overall time was very solid for this grade as a result and within 4 lengths of the BM82 later in the day.

Vivre Star landed a long-priced betting move here ($19 to $6) with a strong win from the tail of the field. Dropping back to the mile, a trip he won over two starts ago, turned out to be right up his alley and he hit the line about as well as he ever has, recording the 10th fastest last 200m of the day in the process. That win moves him into benchmark grade now which will bring greater challenges but he goes there now in career best form.

Trophy Legs ($6.50 to $4.20) sat outside a strong pace and kicked away in the straight before being run down in yet another consistent performance. She is going to remain especially competitive in these type of races in the near future. Pistol Jack was ok at his first try over the trip to finish 3rd but he never really threatened from back in the field, while the easing favourite Bastetani ($2 to $3.40) may be better suited back onto the grass after racing poorly and finishing a long last.

 

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Race 2 – 12:45 Luxbet Maiden (1350 METRES)

Pinkeyes Pride and Mookcat were away well to settle in the first couple and they also set a strong tempo until the pace started to slacken approaching the turn. This soft middle section impacted negatively on the overall time, which was very plain and considerably slower than the other 1350m races on the program.

Voices was well supported in betting ($4.20 to $3.40) and proved too good off a perfect Anthony Darmanin ride. Despite being a bit slow to begin she worked into a gun spot just off the strong pace but then attacked the line strongly to hold Fancy Danz at bay. Only her second start, she showed she has a genuine future, but she will find C1 company much tougher than this.

Fancy Danz ($6 to $10) appreciated the slightly shorter trip to run home well into 2nd, running the 4th fastest last 200m of the day in the process. Miss Che Che worked home alright as she often does into a well beaten 3rd, just ahead of the favourite Mookcat who found the tempo too fast and paddled home into 4th. Little Suzie was the subject of a big betting move from long odds ($41 to $7) but never featured and Baker reported she didn’t handle the track.

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Race 3 – 13:22 Claremont Chainsaws & Mowers Maiden (1150 METRES)

Flikpix drove through to hold out Bloomin’ Late to lead, but was never able to cross down to the rail with Mr West holding his spot inside her. The overall time was very plain, impacted by a big mid-race slowdown but the late sectionals were only basic also.

Mr West ($4.60 to $6) made his debut and scored a very gutsy win by the narrowest of margins. He had a genuine reason to be beaten however as the saddle slipped shortly after jumping, making it a very difficult ride for Baker. Both horse and jockey were up to the task, doing enough to hold the inside on turning and then showing a great will to win to nose out the favourite in the last few strides. He ran no time but clearly circumstances suggest there is potentially plenty more to come from him.

Flikpix ($1.80 favourite) showed good speed and had every chance in the run but just found the other one too strong late. Her maiden win will come sooner rather than later. Miss Smith ($6 to $10) settled in behind them and didn’t have a lot of luck getting clear so her 3rd was solid enough, just ahead of Gee Gee Musicmaker who did a lot of work after being slow out and was far from disgraced in the run home.

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Race 4 – 14:02 Carlton Draught BM82 Hcp (1650 METRES)

Kool Kash and Sound Bar quickly found the lead here and ran along, picking up the pace from a long way out to open up a big break over the rest of the field. The overall time was good but aided to some degree by the tempo.

Sound Bar was well found by punters ($4.60 to $3.50) and recorded a strong win after racing outside the leader throughout. Dropping back from the 1880m looked to suit him as he was very strong to the line and the ride from Graham was very good, making sure he stayed with Kool Kash at all times. This was his 9th win here on his home track so look for him to be very competitive in the Devonport carnival at the end of the year but how well he can take his form to the grass is generally the concern with him at this stage of his career.

Kool Kash gave his usual big sight when running along in the lead but could never really get away from Sound Bar and couldn’t match him in the run home to finish a game 2nd. Vandermeer had a big task given the way the race was run but he hit the line very strongly to claim 3rd, running the 6th fastest last 200m of the day to suggest he is capable over this longer trip at this stage of his career. Gee Gees Top Notch was a noted betting drifter ($3 to $4.60) and ran a fair race, while Bidirectional hit the line alright despite being well beaten and can improve up in trip.

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Race 5 – 14:42 Wolf Blass Class 1 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Husson’s Kiss found the lead comfortably here and rolled along at a decent clip ahead of Rock It Doc. With little pressure up front the on-pacers were able to dominate with the overall time being only fair for this grade.

Rock It Doc was given a perfect run trailing the leader here by Carr and looked the winner a long way from home, scoring a reasonably dominant win in the end with nothing from behind able to make any impression. Punters found her late ($5.50 to $8 back to $6) and had an easy watch as she made the most of her first start in the state and she may have had more up her sleeve had she been further challenged. The overall time and strength of this race indicates next time will be much harder but she did enough to suggest she has a bit of a future in the state.

Husson’s Kiss was well backed at longer odds ($14 to $6) and gave a good sight after getting every chance in front but was no match for the winner. The Austrian Oak returned to some form by finishing off well into 3rd, and recorded the 3rd fastest last 200m of the day in the process, ahead of Sudden Shock who battled on alright after racing wide without cover throughout.

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Race 6 – 15:18 Crown Lager Class 1 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Laddieandtherocket worked forward to lead ahead of Monobrow and Gee Gee Cats in quick time early. The on-pacers started to falter pretty early, leaving those back in the field to feature and the overall time was rather plain.

Agree To ($2.20 to $2.60) brought very solid Queensland form into this and despite running off the track in the straight he did enough to win narrowly. He enjoyed a good run just off the speed and was strong to the line when asked to go by Carr, recording the 10th fastest last 600m of the day. His manners in the straight suggested there is more to come when he races more comfortably and it would be no surprise to see him improve further next time out.

Specialist was having his first run for Rowan Hamer off a long break and charged home into 2nd despite being unwanted in betting ($4.20 to $8.50). He ran the 2nd fastest last 400m of the day and may have won had Maskiell not dropped the whip at the 100m. These two finished well clear of Gee Gee Cats ($6.50 to $3.40) and are clearly the two to follow from the race.

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Race 7 – 15:48 trchobart.com.au BM68 Hcp (1000 METRES)

Nielson was away quickly but Kuusela took over the lead quite early, leaving Nielson to slide up outside her. These two were able to control the race from the front, in what was just a basic overall time for this grade.

Kuusela ($4.40 to $6) resumed here and handled the surface with aplomb at her first try. A very positive ride from Catania made full use of her cruising speed and when she was able to run home in the 4th fastest last 800m of the day she was always going to prove hard to run down. She wobbled on the corner so may derive further benefit from the run but to beat a reasonably handy field at her first start back indicates she has gone to a new level this prep and has a bit to look forward to.

Nielson was heavily backed ($3.30 to $1.60) but after handing up early he had every chance and was beaten on his merits. The Captain was game and recorded the fastest last 400m of the day so he looks to have returned in good style, while Winston Wolfe ($2.90 to $5.50) arguably should have claimed 3rd after running out of room late and ran home in the fastest last 800m and 600m sectionals of the day so there was plenty of merit to his run.

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Race 8 – 16:25 Schweppes Class 3 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Amaword, Glistening Star and Kelly’s Diva vied for the lead early but not at any great speed before Kelly’s Diva rolled to the front and set just a genuine tempo. The overall time was fair for this grade but was the fastest of the three 1350m races on the day.

Amaword was very well supported to break through ($2.25 to $1.70) and dominated the race from outside the leader to record an impressive win. Coming out of some good quality races, he relished the slightly easier field and comfortable run on speed to charge home in the 6th fastest last 400m of the day to show he was far too good for this group. After some narrow defeats this may be the confidence boosting win he needs to step up to the next level.

Northern Soul ($9.50 to $13) again impressed at longer odds with a strong 2nd despite being at a trip short of his best, hitting the line hard in the fastest last 200m of the day. He looks very capable of picking up a win on what he has shown so far in the state. Col’s Hero ran his usual honest race to finish 3rd, ahead of Our Shanakee ($2.60 to $7) who had too much to do after settling near the tail but his last 800m was the 6th best of the day, suggesting he did enough for when he returns to a turf track.

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