Review – Devonport, Sunday 6 August

08 / 08 / 2017

The first meeting of the new racing season was run on Sunday at Devonport with I’m Wesley successful in the feature event of the day, the $20,000 Luxbet All Weather Sprint Prelude. Adam Trinder trained a winning double on his home track, both ridden by Anthony Darmanin, while Daniel Ganderton also rode two winners.

Race 1 – 11:55 Tasracing Off The Track Maiden (900 METRES)

Bonjour Belle found the lead from her inside draw and was able to hold out Bloomin’ Late who rushed up on her outside. The tempo was genuine but the overall time was only fair.

Gee Gees Cricket was sent out an easing odds-on favourite ($1.65 to $1.85) but he proved just a bit too good for these. He didn’t have the speed to lead as he did last time out but Ganderton found a good spot just behind the speed and angled into the clear nicely on straightening. His late sectionals were only fair considering the short trip but they were good enough to pick up the leaders and break his maiden status. C1 company will be much harder than what he beat here but extra distance should help him and he is still open to improvement being a new season 3yo.

Woohoo has been struggling to finish off her races so the way she stuck on here after racing three-wide throughout was much more encouraging. It appears the shorter the better is the case with her but she did enough here to say she could pick up a race like this when things go her way. Thewordsout was ridden a bit quieter this time and worked home quite solidly into 3rd, running the 4th fastest last 600m of the day in the process. Bonjour Belle was firm in betting ($3.20 to $2.80) but didn’t find the line after having her chance in front.

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Race 2 – 12:35 RJ Publishing & Designs Maiden (1350 METRES)

Gee Gees Roughie and Trophy Legs found the front very comfortably and from there they set a very slow tempo. This resulted in a sprint home from the 400m which explains the poor overall time, but the late sectionals were generally plain also.

Trophy Legs brought the right form to this race after a string of minor placings and finally she broke through for a well-deserved win. Sent out the $1.80 favourite she was given every possible chance outside the leader by Troy Baker and was able to get away in the straight to record a comfortable win. Her last 200m was the 10th fastest of the day and the best part of her race so she might be stronger now to return to the mile. The slow time and lack of tempo isn’t a good base to go into C1 grade but she is consistent and should be immediately competitive based on her prior form.

Om Nom ($3.80 to $4.60) wasn’t suited by the slow tempo as she settled back but she was given a perfect ride by Ganderton which enabled her to get close to the winner late. Her last 200m was the 2nd fastest of the day but unfortunately the bird had flown. Victory Medal grabbed 3rd but was comfortably beaten by the first two and wasn’t suited by the sit-sprint nature of the race.Gee Gees Roughie had every chance in front, while Oceania Hope can be forgiven to some degree after racing wide throughout.

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Race 3 – 13:10 Tasracing.com.au Maiden/ Class 1 (1650 METRES)

Irish John found the lead quickly but he wanted to over-race in front when pressured by Becerikli who wanted to do the same. This resulted in a strong tempo which gave those back in the field their chance. The overall time was quite plain for this grade.

Sugar Free ($3.30 to $3.80) put the writing on the wall last time with a fast-finishing 3rd and she relished the strong tempo here to grab the lead late. She was well ridden by Shuji Amano who took advantage of her inside draw to save ground in the run before getting into the clear to run home down the middle. That was her first attempt at the mile so she can come on further but will now face a stiffer challenge as she moves into benchmark grade.

$3.40 favourite. Miss Bluegrass was also nicely ridden by Toker from the inside gate but she found the winner too strong on the line. Vivre Star ran well enough at big odds to suggest he has a long overdue win in him, while Sorturo didn’t have clear running in the straight but still ran home well and is in a similar boat. Of the rest, Becerikli fought on alright considering his sparring partner Irish John finished a long last.

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Race 4 – 13:50 Simons Design Centre Class 1 (1150 METRES)

Gee Gee Rich Ruby drove through from the inside draw to lead from the favourite Duperrey. The tempo heated up from the 800m mark which resulted in good time for this grade.

Duperrey was sent out a firm $1.60 favourite on the back of a big maiden win and he continued on his merry way here. He had to do things a lot tougher this time, racing outside the leader and then was placed under pressure on straightening when the leader skipped clear. The way he responded was pleasing and he was a clear winner on the line. He now gets towards benchmark grade which will provide a sterner test but he is still open to plenty of improvement so who knows how far he can go.

Windrider enjoyed a good run behind the speed and then found the line well to run 2nd in what was probably the best race of his short career so far. Gee Gee Rich Ruby held on for 3rd after leading and will be better suited as she rises slightly in trip. Of the rest, Kenfromthebar got well back in the run but found the line reasonably well despite racing greenly and did enough for next time.

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Race 5 – 14:30 Jockey Celebration Day Handicap Benchmark 62 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Kyogle Son was able to hold the lead here with pressure coming from wider out from Classic Outlaw and True Lady’s Man. The speed was good and the overall time was alright, coming in just about identically to the previous race.

Kyogle Son made it three in a row here with an all the way win. Punters sent him out a clear favourite ($4.80 to $4.40) and he stepped up to the mark once again with a strong display of sustained speed from the front. Adding to the merit of his win was the way the rest of the on-pacers dropped off, with the placings behind him dominated by the run-on horses. His improvement across his past three starts has been vast and the way he keeps stepping up to the plate suggests he can measure up again in harder grade next time.

The next three placings were filled by horses running home down the middle, with Owens ($4.40 to $12), Concentrate and Tillation finishing off in the 8th, 4th and 5th fastest last 200m sectionals respectively. All were good efforts but their racing patterns make it tough around this track. Of the rest, Turtles Nest was heavily backed ($14 to $6.50) but didn’t get clear running at a crucial stage, while Classic Outlaw and Ty Dash were disappointing.

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Race 6 – 15:07 Luxbet All Weather Sprint Prelude (1000 METRES)

The speed was only fair early which gave Raquel Clark on I’m Wesley the opportunity to control the race from the front with Underplay to her outside. The on-pacers got every possible chance in a race which developed into a sprint home, with the overall time being solid enough for this grade given the tempo.

I’m Wesley was well supported here resuming from a spell ($3.50 to $3.20) and once he found the front the race was as good as over. When Clark let him go he put multiple lengths on his rivals and recorded meeting-best sectionals from the 800m through the line. He relishes this track and with proven scope to hold his form into the 1150m of the Sprint Final next time out he looks set to take a power of beating.

Le Bel Opera ($15 to $41) was in a foul mood behind the barriers but he thrived on the drop back to 1000m to run home in typical style for a good 2nd, just ahead of King’s Spirit who continues to run well every time he steps out. The placegetters ran the 3rd and 2nd fastest last 800m splits of the day respectively. Underplay battled on but will be better suited up in trip, as will Gee Gees Top Notch who ran home from back in the field with the 4th fastest last 800m of the day. Happy Halloween was heavily backed to run favourite ($3.40 to $2.30) but after being beaten for speed he was forced to race wide without cover throughout. He was well beaten but his run wasn’t too bad given the circumstances.

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Race 7 – 15:42 The Birdcage Tavern Functions Benchmark 68 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Tambro’s Game found the lead pretty quickly from Cyclone Jess. After an average early section the leaders picked up the tempo pretty early which took the sting out of the backmarkers chasing and the overall time was solid for this grade as a result.

Tambro’s Game ($4.20 favourite) is renowned as a specialist over this course and thanks to a bold front-running ride by Carr she gave nothing else a chance here. She controlled the tempo in front and with her peak fitness level she was able to step up the tempo before turning to take the sprint out of those chasing. With her relatively low rating she can remain around this grade on a comfortable weight so expect her to remain very competitive over this course while racing remains at Devonport.

Col’s Hero ($12 to $8.50) found the line well from back in the field to run a clear 2nd, ahead of Glistening Star who was very game in 3rd after racing three-wide without cover throughout. Jacques was slow to begin which made his task a lot harder, while Gallow Gate and Cyclone Jess both performed below par despite enjoying good runs.

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Race 8 – 16:22 Luxbet.com Benchmark 68 Hcp (1880 METRES)

After an early tussle Kool Kash was able to overcome Ultimate Doom and take up the lead. They set a strong tempo out in front a number of lengths in advance of the rest of the field which gave those back in the field their chance.

Bidirectional ($6.50 to $10) settled at the tail of the field here but hit the line extremely strongly at the finish to score a convincing win. He was only second-up but showed his staying prowess in what was a very good training effort by Trinder to have him fit enough to run over the top of what was a strongly run race. He may be able to feature in the Distance Final over this course off that effort despite the rise in grade but in time he will be looking for the 2100m trip when racing returns to the turf.

White Hawk ($7.50 to $4.80) enjoyed a good run back on the inside to poke through for 2nd in a good effort considering the jump in grade and he continues to show himself to be a stayer with promise. Banca Dream was sent out a firm $2.50 favourite but looked to have every chance in the run and had to settle for a close-up 3rd. He may not have run the trip as strongly as required but could also be ready for a break. Of the rest, Kool Kash may have found the trip a bit far while Don Reggio ran into trouble looking for runs nearer the inside and would have finished closer with clear running.

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