The Melbourne Review | July 30th, 2022


1 August 2022
First day back at The Valley, strong winds and the inside was on fire early before it chopped out and played more evenly from around the middle of the card.

Race 2 Luna Hand Care Hcp 955m

ALPHA ONE lit up The Valley with a dominant display from the front, making the most of the prevailing conditions. KEYSBOROUGH went plain awful and Williams suggested the colt would derive benefit from the run, he will need to derive 15 lengths but on what I saw prior he goes OK. PRADO was beaten 23 lengths but had a slow recovery and I can forgive him for next time if price allows it.

Race 3 Ladbrokes Mates Mode Hcp 955m

WRITTEN SWOOSH had a bit against but she was still rather plain. I think she'd shown enough prior to be forgiven. This race was much slower than the boys division and wary about this as a reliable for reference going forward.

Race 4 Dominant Plant Power Cleaning 2040m

A stayer of some real promise SHOCK 'EM OVA, going on with his impressive debut with a strong win at only his second start. This wasn't a bad race and interested to see how far he goes.

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Shock 'Em Ova (7)

3yoG (b) Shocking x Domerova
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Race 7 Ladbrokes Hcp 1600m

Tough win here by JIMMY THE BEAR who has had a great three year old season. PRIX DE TURN was back and held up at a key stage, while I don't think he was winning his effort was good under the hefty impost.

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Prix De Turn (6)

3yoC (b) Turn Me Loose x Prix Du Sang
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Race 8 Ranvet T Harrison Cup (Bm100) 1600m

Strong win here by LACKEEN who got up outside the lead and kept finding for the white hot Willow. CHIEF ALTONY ran on well again, good horse but his racing style makes for tough viewing more often than now. SMOKIN' ROMANS trialled up like a bomb before this, snicked from the gate his effort was very good. He can settle closer out in trip next time and prove hard to beat.

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Smokin' Romans (15)

5yoG (ch) Ghibellines x Inferno
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