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The Melbourne Review Jan 16

2 months ago

A relatively fair day at Flemington, possibly a little hard for those further back than midfield to get into the action in races on the round but I suspect that may have been tempo related.

THE BEST WIN

FLEMINGTON RACE 7 - FABERGINO

Proof again that the key to this mare's best form is Flemington and good ground, Fabergino was just too slick for this lot despite giving weight away to the entire field. From the 800m to the 200m she recorded sub 11sec lead time splits, and sustained a sub 12 sec final 200m which was enough to hold a margin to the line. She lugged 60kg here, you'd think she would be a place chance at least in something like the Oakleigh Plate with significant weight relief.

HORSES TO FOLLOW

1. HYDRO STAR (Flemington Race 1)

He's a big goofy sort Hydro Lad and he continued to drift in the market on race day which I couldn't quite believe. He didn't look all that comfortabe down the straight but still finished his race off well, I doubt he's the superstar that many were spruiking after his debut win but he's still handy enough to continue on to a 1400m race at Listed level.

2. GREAT HOUSE (Flemington Race 2)

As soon as this bloke appeared on the screen in the mounting yard it was clear he'd need this run. These imports are usually naturally fit and Great House looked that way but with a bit more to come - he raced that way for mine. This race became a bit of a sprint for home (the winner ran top 6 closing splits on the day) and that also didn't suit Great House, I liked the way he stayed on though and races 2000-2500m should be within reach this time round.

3. SKYMAN (Flemington Race 6)

We will find out where this bloke actually sits on the pecking order this prep with a couple of runs under his belt, he kind of levelled out at BM84 grade last time around. This was a nice return, easing early and closing off strong late - 2000m in this grade should see him winning second or third run in.

4. HALVORSEN (Flemington Race 7)

Probably went a run early here with Halvorsen - the market told us that on raceday as he drifted from $11 to $15 dollars - but his mid-race splits say that he has come back in very good form. From last he was never going to be able to get into a race with a free-rolling Fabergino, and he used up his sprint between the 600m-200m to get into the race running 10.50 - 10.87sec which were the fastest and second fastest splits for those sections on the day.

THE MARKET SAID...

VIRAL (1st R8) was ready to win down in the weights and he was $4.80-$4.40 on raceday which isn't exactly a massive go in anyone's language, but for a horse deep into a prep with limited upside, it spoke to a horse fit and well in its right race.