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The Melbourne Review Nov 28

2 months ago

Horses near the inside in the sprint races seemed to have an edge but runners could make ground given an even tempo over other distances.

THE BEST WINS

RACE 5 - OCEAN BEYOND

We were with this bloke on top and he justified that faith running neat time at his second start to win a Listed race - albeit an ordinary one. His last 400m and 200m splits were sharp, home 23.03 and 11.65 and they were top ten closing splits on the day. A very good effort from a horse that will improve in 2021. 

HORSES TO FOLLOW

1. DIRECT (Race 2)

This debutant chased a strong speed and would have appreciated the leader taking him a bit further into the straight. He was a sitting duck late for a better horse but the run was good and the horse will improve - I liked the run. MR SCOREFIELD was another good run here, he got too far back and looked awkward, wait for him at 1200m on a bigger track.

2. ALL BANTER (Race 6)

Not sure where they head with this girl but she is quick and certainly open to better grade than this. She was more than comfortable sitting up on pace and when it came time to go she responded quickly and put the race away - she is a 3YO taking on the older mares and she made them look silly.

3. PREZADO (Race 8)

We know that this fellow is a load better down the straight at Flemington than he is around a bend so we have to take this run as a big signal that he's in for a big preparation. Not sure where they go now - there is talk of the Lightning Stakes but that is months away, when he goes down the straight next be on him!

4. HOUSAY (Race 9)

Well, in short, this horse should have won. It was a matter of circumstance really, the horse was slow out and basically the game was over at that point. He picked up well when asked by jockey Williams but he had nowhere to go - the horse is still learning and will be better next time around. One for the long term black book.

THE MARKET SAID...

That BRAZEN BOY (8th in Race 2) was a risk and it got it right. The 14-length trial winner was $2.90 - $4.40 on race day and although he showed blistering early speed he stopped as if he hit a brick wall by the 900m. Trainer Phil Stokes did warn about the horse being under the odds...this is why it pays to listen to the trainers when it comes to a debutant, read between the lines!