Review – Devonport, Sunday 30 April

02 / 05 / 2017 Article by: Hannah Jenkins
Cimmaron's Hero (Hayley McCarthy) wins a maiden at Spreyton today. icon Click to enlarge

Racing on Sunday was at Devonport with true racing and horses getting the best runs coming to the fore. The 9 races on the program were won by 9 different trainers, while a few jockeys had strong days – Bulent Muhcu taking the honours with a winning treble and Hayley McCarthy and Craig Newitt both pocketing doubles.

Race 1 – 11:55AM Live Streaming on 2YO Maiden (1000 METRES)

I’m A Lucky Girl worked across to take up the running here with City Of Dreams and Need A Queen taking the sit just behind her. The tempo was steady for this trip and the winner ran reasonable overall time.

City Of Dreams was heavily backed off an impressive trial win ($3.40 to $2) and never looked like losing. Bulent Muhcu gave her a beautiful trail behind the leader and she had plenty of room to come around that horse on turning. She was able to put the field away very quickly at the top of the straight with a good turn of foot and she was still strong at the finish, recording the 6th fastest last 200m of the day. How much she beat will become clearer in time but the time was solid enough and she looks a filly with a promising future.

Need A Queen was totally unwanted in betting ($5 to $16) but ran a solid race to hold on for 2nd after showing improved early speed. Gee Gees Liberty was backed nearly as strongly as the winner ($3.80 to $2.30) but ruined her chances at the start by missing it clearly by a few lengths, before working home well out wide on the track. Her late sectionals matched those of the winner so there was plenty of merit to her performance. Double You Tee and Silver Road both tried hard on debut to finish just behind the placegetters but the winner was the story of the race.

Race 2 – 12:30PM Tasracing Off The Track Maiden (1000 METRES)

Speed was good early here with Royal Mouk driving through and Divine Strategy showing good speed to cross from her outside draw. The leaders tried to pinch a breather around the bend and the slower middle section resulted in a slower overall time than the previous race.

Cimarron’s Hero ($23) was sent out at good odds despite a good first-up effort but overcame a wide run from an outside draw to win in most impressive circumstances. He was never closer than 3 wide in a midfield position and then when making his run around the corner he was forced to come extremely wide on straightening. Once he balanced up he stormed home, running the 4th fastest last 400m and 3rd fastest last 200m of the meeting to pick up the leader in the shadows of the post. The overall time was only plain but horses generally don’t win here over 1000m with the run he had so he looks a horse with plenty of ability.

Divine Strategy had good support ($14 to $6) and overcame her wide draw with good early speed but couldn’t hold off the late challenge of the winner. Her effort was strong and she looks in for a good preparation. Amber In Paris was also well backed ($4.40 to $3.20 favourite) and ran home nicely into 3rd, recording the 3rd fastest last 400m of the day. She will be better suited back up to 1200m and has her hoof on the till. Of the rest, Great Expectation found the line well and will appreciate a longer trip next time.

Race 3 – 1:10PM Alpine Eagle @ Armidale Stud Maiden (1350 METRES)

The pace was on here with Hawthorn leading them up at a fast gallop. This resulted in slower late sectionals but the overall time was good for this grade.

The Financier ($6.50 to $4.60) scored quite a dominant win here off a perfect ride from Hayley McCarthy. With the blinkers on he was able to settle behind the leader from the inside draw and travelled sweetly to the turn. When pushed into the clear he picked up the leader comfortably and continued to draw away as he hit the line. He enjoyed a perfect trip which arguably flatters his win to some degree but the overall time was good and he hit the line like a longer distance won’t be an issue. A lightly raced galloper on the up.

Century Arrow raced outside the strong tempo before taking over on straightening so his effort to stick on for 2nd was strong. He beat the rest of the field comfortably and looks close to breaking his maiden status. Pura Vida battled away honestly as she does to hold 3rd ahead of the 2yo Jubilance, who made some ground down the outside after settling at the rear. Bailee’s Moshe can be forgiven to a degree after racing wide throughout.

Race 4 – 1:45PM Maiden/Class 1 Div 1 (1650 METRES)

Parisian Lush went out very quickly in front here, resulting in a very fast tempo and some of the slowest late sectionals of the day. The overall time was very plain considering but maybe reflected the race being run too quickly for these to produce their absolute best.

Glory Blaze was another well backed winner on the day ($4.40 to $3.40) and appreciated the jump to the mile off the quick back-up. After settling just better than midfield behind the fast tempo, he travelled into the race nicely to take over just after straightening and just lasted to hold off the fast-finishing Broadway Velvet. The longer trip definitely suits him as he doesn’t possess the turn of foot required over the sprint trips, and it would be no surprise to see him improve again next time out with this run under his belt.

Broadway Velvet was an incredible betting drifter ($2.50 to $6) but worked home very strongly fresh over the 1650m as you would like to see from a horse proven at 2100m already in her short career. It’s A Battle had a good run after being slowly away but couldn’t sustain his run to the line after looking the winner early in the straight, while Aerosport ran a much improved race to finish just behind the placegetters and may show up next time in a softer run race.

Race 5 – 2:24PM Luxbet Maiden/Class 1 Div 2 (1650 METRES)

Totally Wicked found the front very comfortably here but the riderless Super Leane worked around the field to cause major issues for the leaders. The tempo was well below par and especially slowed down approaching the turn as Totally Wicked tried to get around the riderless horse, causing the field to bunch up. When the riderless horse then carried the leaders towards the outside fence it gave those back in the field their chance to come through, with some strong late sectionals possible off the slow tempo. The overall time was very slow – over 2 seconds slower than the previous – but with the riderless horse causing so many issues the form from this race is likely to be rather unreliable.

Kryptonian jumped to 1650m off a couple of 1200m runs and scored a very gutsy win here. He was one of the horses run wide on the turn by the riderless horse so his effort to continue finding the line to hold off the more favoured runners coming through to his inside was incredibly game. The form from here may prove unreliable after the mid-race happenings but he did more work than most so hard to take anything away from his win.

Aljazmic again hit the line strongly from back in the field to run a narrow 2nd, reeling off the 7th fastest last 200m of the day in the process. Fought For had a good run on speed and kept bobbing to run a close 3rd, while Pelagia ran home solidly into 4th but was beaten less than half a length. Favourite Vallegrande was another who was taken wide on the turn and covered a lot of ground during the run, so there was plenty of merit in his effort to run 5th beaten less than a length. Not much between many of these at the finish and hard to rely too much on this form moving forward.

Race 6 – 2:59PM Birdcage Tavern Class 1 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Westerly Haze drove through to lead with Meteor Strike, with Lads Curfew and Jacques taking the drop behind them. The early tempo was only basic but the pressure went on mid-race which made it hard for those behind getting into the race and dulled their finishes. The overall time was only fair for this grade but that was somewhat due to the soft early section.

Jacques was a big drifter in betting ($17 to $31) but with the addition of blinkers it landed right behind the speed and careered away in the straight for a fantastic win. He travelled so strongly in the run that he was nearly climbing over the leader’s heels on turning, and his turn of foot when clear in the straight was rather impressive. He had the right run so his win may be a little flattered but the blinkers on may have really switched him on and taken him to a new level here. It will be interesting to see whether he goes on from this because this clearly looks the best effort of his career.

Majestic Bow followed up from a good maiden win to run a solid 2nd here on his home track and looks to have a decent future ahead of him. Favourite Cranbrook ($5 to $3.20) was ridden conservatively from his wide barrier but was unable to slot in, leaving him to race 3 wide throughout. His effort to keep finding the line to run 3rd was very game and he won’t be far from notching his 2nd win. Gee Gee Pureblonde and Christopher Mac ran respectable races as did the leaders Meteor Strike and Westerly Haze but the winner was surprisingly a class above.

Race 7 – 3:34PM Luxbet Class 5 Hcp (1150 METRES)

Nielson held the lead from the inside with ease in the early stages with O’Lonh Star able to go up 2nd despite being sluggish to begin. The pressure went right on approaching the 800m with Apriano working up to sit 2nd and Nielson keen to use his cruising speed. This resulted in the top 6 last 800m sectionals of the day occurring here, and the overall time being very slick.

Gee Gees Blondie ($17 to $13) landed in a beautiful spot behind the leader for Craig Newitt and she travelled sweetly until it was time to pick up the leader in the straight. Newitt held her together for as long as he could before she set out to grab Nielson comfortably in the shadows of the post to record a very solid win. She had the right run so probably couldn’t have gone a step faster but produced the 2nd fastest last 800m of the day in what was clearly her best performance to date. Her ability to land in the right spot is a major positive and she looks up to just about any sprint race she will find on this surface as winter approaches on this win.

Nielson ($9.50 to $3.90) is always hard to beat when able to lead and he ran a very honest race again here but found the one sitting on his back too hard to hold out. King’s Spirit again ran home hard to claim 3rd, just ahead of Apriano. Lord Farquaad caught the eye flashing home from the back in the fastest sectionals of the day, while O’Lonh Star ($2.50 favourite) was flat after giving up the spot outside the leader and is ready for a longer trip now.

Race 8 – 4:09PM Simons Design Centre BM62 Hcp (1880 METRES)

Ruby’s Wu rolled to the lead very easily and set an extremely basic tempo in front, which resulted in this race becoming a sprint home. The overall time was slow but reflected the very slow pace set by the leader and the late sectionals were decent enough for this grade.

Golden Kiss ($4.20 to $4.60) appreciated the soft tempo to sit behind the leader and when it became time to go on the corner she was far too good for those behind her. This continued her excellent form on this surface and this was her first victory over the longer 1880m course. If she can continue to settle closer to the lead like she did here she will go a long way to improving her 5/49 strikerate and should have plenty of success this winter.

Eastender was an easing favourite ($2.40 to $3.20) and while he didn’t win he continued to find the line in another promising effort. His last bit was strong, running the 8th fastest last 400m and 5th fastest last 200). The tempo and drop in distance were against but he did enough to not lose any admirers. Don Reggio was game to run 3rd with the big weight, while on-pacers Mystic Spirit and Shiralee both battled away but would have been suited by a much stronger tempo to take the sprint out of those behind them.

Race 9 – 4:44PM Devonport Mother’s Day High Tea Class 3 Hcp (1350 METRES)

Dalehill found the lead comfortably here but as Toker looked to set a slow tempo she was pressured by Gemini working around the outside of Strathalbyn to sit 2nd. The tempo remained slow with the field bunched until the home turn, resulting in a sprint home and a plain overall time.

Almost Art ($7 to $5.75) enjoyed a lovely run back on the inside from barrier one for Newitt and she showed clearly the best last 400m dash to get the prize here. Newitt produced her into the clear at just the right time and she was able to reel off the 6th fastest last 400m of the day, which was nearly two lengths faster than any of the other contenders. This was her first go at this trip but with her ability to race just behind the speed and her turn of foot it looks very suitable. The overall time wasn’t anything flash but she ran a quick enough late section to suggest there was merit to her win.

Dalehill ($4.40 to $6.50) was very game in front after being headed in the straight by Gemini but found the winner too sharp in the run home. She will be much better suited when allowed to use her cruising speed in front and looks ready to win. Gemini did a little work early to get outside the lead and was only narrowly beaten so her run was good, while Charlemagne’s Girl continued to find the line after covering ground in the run and was close-up at the finish with Strathalbyn. Storm Gust missed the start and had no hope from the tail but finished off nicely with the 2nd fastest last 200m of the day in what was a better return than it may have initially looked.