The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained 3-Y-O Redzel proved too good for his older rivals in the July Sprint over 1100m at Canterbury Park; taken straight to the front from his outside barrier by Kerrin McEvoy Redzel never looked in danger of defeat from the time the gates opened. Redzel had a big lead early in the straight and although runner-up Wouldn't It Be Nice made-up many lengths Redzel was the best horse on the day. Redzel did not have a great record on wet tracks prior to the July Sprint but he had no problem with the heavy-8 on this occasion which gives him the opportunity to win even more races in the future. Forget was a distant third and he finished just ahead of Gold Symphony which battled-on well from a long way back.
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The Mark Kavanagh-trained mare Wild Rain simply proved too fast for her rivals in the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield; Wild Rain sat outside Lord Of The Sky during the run and when champion jockey Damien Oliver released the brakes on the daughter of Manhattan Rain early in the straight the WFA Monash Stakes was all over bar the shouting. Wild Rain now has the impressive career record of seven wins, four seconds and a third from eighteen starts and based on her performance in the Monash she will be winning more races in this distance range. Trevinder battled-on well for second just ahead of Lord Of The Sky which had third placing taken from him by Atmospherical in the Stewards Room. Fast 'n' Rocking had no luck in the straight but his starting price of $2.80 was very short for a horse that rarely wins and always needs luck in his races.
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The Robert Smerdon-trained Iggimacool proved too strong for her rivals in the Listed Winter Championship Series Final over 1600m at Flemington; the former Tasmanian mare had proved herself at this level and Iggimacool returned to form at her previous start with a classy win against mares at Flemington so she had to be a genuine winning chance. Given a perfect ride from Dwayne Dunn Iggimacool chimed-in at exactly the right time in the straight and she fought-on bravely to easily hold Petrology and Onpicalo at-bay. The Lloyd Williams-owned Chance To Dance finished a disappointing eleventh and he is not living-up to the form he showed in his first Australian start in which he defeated The United States. Despite this winner for Dunn the day belonged to Craig Williams who ride five winners and Dunn now leads Williams by only one win in this season's Melbourne Jockeys' Premiership.
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The Tony Gollan-trained Amexed caused a boilover winning the Listed Caloundra Cup over 2400m at the Sunshine Coast; Amexed had won a BM-80 over 2150m on Ipswich Cup day at his previous start but he was not expected to trouble $1.50 favourite Maurus. Amexed showed promise as a 3-Y-O winning the 2014 Rough Habit Plate but his win in the Caloundra Cup was by far and away his best performance since then. Amexed was given every chance by Robbie Fradd and Amexed proved too strong for Jumbo Prince with All Clear battling-on well for third. There have been reports that Maurus did not stay the 2400m; however Maurus powered-away winning two of his three starts in Queensland over 2150m and 2200m and it is very difficult to believe that the extra distance was the reason for his lack-lustre performance against such moderate opposition.
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Miss Cover Girl returned to her very best winning the G1 Tattersall's Tiara for fillies and mares over 1400m at Eagle Farm on Saturday; ridden to perfection by champion jockey Damian Browne Miss Cover Girl was always in a great spot on an Eagle Farm track on which horses had to be much closer to the outside rail than the inside rail to be any chance of winning. It was a great training effort by Kelly Schweida to have Miss Cover Girl produce a career-high performance after having not won a race since the P.J. Bell Stakes at Randwick in May 2015. The favourite Azkadellia was gallant in-defeat making up many lengths in the straight to finish second while Sultry Feeling returned to form with a good third.
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The David Vandyke-trained Maurus made a one-act affair of the Listed Ipswich Cup over 2150m carrying the highest weight to victory in the metric era; ridden with great patience by champion jockey Damian Browne who settled Maurus last in the ten-horse field before Maurus was produced approaching the home turn and he swept past his rivals like they were nailed to the track. Under little or no pressure from Browne Maurus coasted to the line three and a half-lengths clear of Jumbo Prince with Instrumentalist another three and a quarter lengths away in third place. Maurus came into the Ipswich Cup with outstanding credentials with a last-start fifth behind Our Ivanhowe in the G1 Doomben Cup and he ran right-up to that form in the Ipswich Cup. Maurus' next start will be in the Caloundra Cup in a fortnight and in his current form it will be a surprise if he is beaten.
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The Robert Smerdon-trained Under The Louvre created history by winning the first G1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m on the revamped Eagle Farm track; Counterattack swept to the lead early in the straight but he started to paddle soon after and it was Black Heart Bart and Under The Louvre that quickly charged to the lead together in the middle of the track. Black Heart Bart and Under The Louvre had the race to themselves over the last 200m and Black Heart Bart appeared to be hanging-on but Under The Louvre with 3.5kg less proved a shade too strong over the concluding stages. Under The Louvre has been much-maligned for not being a regular winner but he is rarely far-away and he often finds bad luck; given a perfect Dwayne Dunn ride Under The Louvre recorded his first G1 victory and it was thoroughly deserved. Black Heart Bart was magnificent in-defeat and it will be no surprise if he is a WFA star in the Spring. 3-Y-O The Virginian was eligible for a Class 2 and he was having just his fourth career-start so his effort to finish third was superb.
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With the Grand Opening of Eagle Farm delayed a week due to extreme weather conditions it was left to Koby Jennings to steal the show with four winners at Rosehill; after just missing-out on the favourite Legerity in the first race Jennings rode Ravi to victory in the second, King's Officer in the third, Kellyville Flyer in the fifth and Jennings completed his quartet of winners with So Willie in the seventh. Jennings is only seventeen years old and with his 2kg claim he is a jockey to follow, especially on the wet tracks over Winter. The Lightning Handicap from Eagle Farm last Saturday will be run at Doomben on Wednesday while the G1 Queensland Oaks and G2 QTC Cup will be added to the superb Stradbroke Handicap meeting at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
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Music Magnate proved too strong for his rivals in the Doomben 10,000 to give his trainer Bjorn Baker his first G1; Baker has been taking racing by storm in recent months and the son of legendary New Zealand trainer Murray Baker will quicky add to his G1 tally. A suicidal pace was set by Two Blue (Paul King), Fell Swoop (Zac Purton) and Hooked (Jim Byrne) and this trio were at least six lengths clear of the rest of the field after about 200m; Fell Swoop took over early in the straight but he was running on empty. Music Magnate with Kerrin McEvoy on-board descended down the outside to race to the front and he easily held Azkadellia at-bay over the concluding stages. Music Magnate was beaten by the very promising Clearly Innocent at Scone at his previous start and he improved significantly to win the WFA contest over 1350m. Music Magnate is building a great record and he can be followed into the future as he continues to improve. Azkadellia was beaten on her merits but it was still a good performance and she is a major contender for the G1 Stradbroke Handicap.
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Former WA galloper Black Heart Bart recorded his first G1 victory in winning the SWP Darley Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville; it was another G1 for Darren Weir after he trained Howard Be Thy Name to victory in the South Australian Derby at Morphettville the previous Saturday. Black Heart Bart was given a superb ride by Brad Rawiller slicing through the field to hit the front with about 200m to go; Under The Louvre and Supido challenged strongly over the final stages but Black Heart Bart was clearly the best horse on the day. Black Heart Bart has been in great form since being transferred to Weir and he thoroughly deserved his first success at the highest level. Black Heart Bart will now head to Brisbane for the G1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm and in his current form he is a major contender. It was a strong edition of the Goodwood and there were a number of good runs including rapidly improving 3-Y-O Faatinah.
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