Review – Devonport, Sunday 3 September

05 / 09 / 2017

The winter racing season at Devonport concluded on Sunday with the last of six consecutive meetings again run on a consistent surface. Nigel Schuuring trained a winning double, while Anthony Darmanin and promising apprentice Teagan Voorham also took home two winners apiece.

Race 1 – 12:55 Tasracing.com.au Maiden (900 METRES)

In A Perfect World was away quickly on the outside to cross the field ahead of Bonjour Belle, Bunker Star and Nordic Thunder. The tempo was above average with the overall time being solid enough. 

Nordic Thunder was heavily backed to start a dominant favourite ($2.70 to $1.85) and got punters off to a winning start with a comfortable win. He was forced to race wide without cover despite his good barrier as a couple kicked up underneath him, but was always travelling well and put a race-winning break between him and his rivals on straightening. With the 4th best last 400m of the day he was strong to the line and held the big finishers out wide at bay late. He has shown enough here at start number 2 to suggest he has a bright future.

Just Suzie was unwanted in betting at her first Tasmanian run ($16 to $41) but after bombing the start and settling at the tail, she was able to rattle off a huge finish to storm down the outside into 2nd. Her last 400m was clearly the fastest of the day in what was an exceptional eye-catching effort. J’nine’s Delight is a stablemate of the winner and ran a much improved race to run home into 3rd, recording the 2nd fastest last 400m of the day in the process. Woohoo was again forced to race wide but stuck on well to run 4th, with these four finishing well in advance of the rest of the field.

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Race 2 – 13:30 Tasracing Off The Track Maiden (1150 METRES)

Malachite Quest rolled to the front ahead of Rosova with Phar Word settling behind the leader. The pace was only fair early and then backed right off in the middle stages, turning this into a sprint home and resulting in a poor overall time. 

Belrock Boy was coming back in trip here on the quick back-up and proved too strong over the concluding stages thanks to a gun ride from young apprentice Voorham. After finding the one-out one-back position she chose to stride up three-wide on turning which suited not only the soft tempo of the middle stages, but the strength and fitness of her mount coming back from a longer trip. After challenging the leaders turning for home he fought on well to win by a clear margin. The overall time says little heading into harder grade but he is an improving type who also looks capable of getting over a bit further.

Shivida was sent out big odds but really charged to the line after settling back in the field, running home in the 3rd fastest last 400m of the meeting. He has had many chances but looks primed ot break his maiden status this prep on that run.. Favourite Phar Word ($2.20) may have erred handing up the lead but was quite flat in the run and only picked up late to grab 3rd, just ahead of the other one in betting Rosova ($3.50) who had every chance after racing outside the lead. Araya Hope caught the eye running on well, while back in the field Akbar Jay charged home in the 4th fastest last 200m of the day.

 

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Race 3 – 14:05 Birdcage Tavern Benchmark 82 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Lonhwan went quick early to lead clearly from I’m Wesley and he kept that strong pace up throughout. This resulted in an overall time which was within 3 lengths of the track record and consequently this form looks very reliable.

I’m Wesley looked a class above this field after his Sprint double last month and punters agreed, taking the $1.30 to send him out the $1.20 favourite. While he clearly had plenty on his rivals, it was another excellent ride by Voorham as she used his high speed to full advantage in a race where his two rivals were get back horses with a big finish. He ran excellent time and recorded the fastest last 800m of the day, with his ability to accelerate off a strong tempo being something we haven’t seen this prep. He is flying and it will be interesting to see how this form holds up heading to the turf as the sprint races hot up approaching the carnival.

Concentrate looks just about back to his best and was very game in 2nd here. He chased the winner home well in the 2nd fastest last 800m of the meeting and ran very good overall time himself, suggesting he is ready to win when he finds his right race. King’s Spirit was held up behind Concentrate approaching the turn but once clear he couldn’t match that horse and had to settle for 3rd, well in advance of the rest of the field. Lonhwan was outclassed but did more than enough for the much easier grade he is eligible for and may be worth following.

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Race 4 – 14:40 Simons Design Centre Class 1 Hcp (1350 METRES) 

Kenfromthebar pushed on from his wide gate to take up the running at a fast clip, ahead of Hint Of Moonlight and Greenmount Lass. The pace stayed strong through the middle stages and while the tempo took its toll on these horses late, the overall time was quite good for this grade. 

Greenmount Lass came here with no recent form and no betting support on that basis ($41 to $81) but was able to settle closer than usual after a good beginning and kept fighting to the line to score a gutsy win. She was given every chance in the run by Toker and when clear in the straight she toughed it out to the line to get the major prize. A strong tempo and/or further ground looks ideal for her on this run and she can go on from this run under suitable conditions until proven otherwise.

Gucci Guccimo again ran a better race after racing forward and battled on gamely to finish 2nd at her first run over this trip. She is working up to a win. Valerius (2.80 to $3.80) ran home well into 3rd, as he tends to do, but again his racing style proved his downfall. Island Pirate was forced to cover ground so his run was full of merit, while $2.90 favourite Kenfromthebar knocked right up after leading and will reportedly be given a short break after pulling up with an elevated heart rate.

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Race 5 – 15:13 Luxbet Benchmark 68 Hcp (1350 METRES

In a race of little pressure early Wanaea was able to roll to the front with Rougeau up to sit outside her. The pace was below average until Wanaea lifted the tempo from the 800m, which had those back in the field chasing from a long way out and suited those near the front. The overall time was good for this grade, especially considering the soft first section.

Willby Rules completed the winning hat trick here with another gutsy win and a perfect Jason Maskiell ride. Sent out a very firm favourite ($2.80 to $2.40), Maskiell made sure he was on the leader’s back from his inside draw and was then able to push out underneath Rougeau on turning to turn for home in the clear and full of running. Having had every possible chance he was strong enough through the line to hold off the fast-finishing Tammany Hall and he continues to run good time, suggesting he can keep moving through his grades.

Tammany Hall backed up from a strong win last week with another excellent effort to run home into a narrowly beaten 2nd. He covered some ground early before slotting in and was then forced to come four-wide turning but really attacked the line in the 8th fastest last 400m of the day. Like Willby Rules, he looks very capable of getting to higher grades. Khatun was forced to race three-wide for much of the event so her effort to run home into 3rd was also very good, and she finished clearly ahead of the rest of the field. Those back in the field struggled to make any impression but Tillation again ran home well for something run a bit more suitably.

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Race 6 – 15:48 Dannebrog Restaurant Benchmark 62 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Speed was good here but Ariconte was still able to work across from his wide gate and lead without setting any records. He opened the field right up through the middle stages with a very fast middle section and that resulted in very good overall time for this grade. 

Axion put the writing on the wall with an eye-catching first-up run and was well backed to run near favourite on the strength of that ($5.50 to $4.40). He again got a long way back in the field but was able to get into the race on the back of the 4th fastest last 800m of the day and finished hard down the middle to get the prize. It was a typically well timed ride from back in the field by Darmanin and had he run straight he may even have won a little easier than he did. With strong late sectionals and a good overall time he looks a horse who can improve through better races this prep, and he has form over longer trips in his previous life on the mainland.

Charlemagne’s Girl ($11 to $21) ran right up to her good first-up 2nd with a narrowly beaten 2nd here and really attacked the line after having to take a tight run in the straight. She is a most consistent type and looks right on track to pick up a race in the near future. Turtles Nest also finished off well to run into 3rd, just ahead of the leader Ariconte ($4 favourite) who was brave on speed and was clearly the best run of those near the lead.

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Race 7 – 16:23 RJ Publishing & Signs Maiden/CL1 (1880 METRES)

He’s Tough Enough ran to the lead once again set a strong tempo in front, ensuring this was a genuine staying contest. The overall time was reasonable for this grade in what turned into a slogging finish.  

Another Brother ($2.60 to $3) has been very consistent all prep and finally broke through for a well deserved victory. It was a clever ride from McCoull who was able to get him into the race earlier than usual in the small field, working into a position to challenge on the corner and he was too strong in the run home. As we move back to the turf tracks he will enjoy getting to the slightly longer trips and clearly has another win in him while he remains eligible in this grade.

Kingsclere looked to have every possible chance in the run trailing the leader but was quite flat before picking up the bit late to go with the winner until the last bit. He is ready for the longer trips as well but has now been up a while in his first prep. Sorturo got a good run through on the inside and worked to the line to run a clear 3rd, ahead of the early leader He’s Tough Enough who turned for home clear but was picked up pretty comfortably over the last 200m.

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