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The Melbourne Review Oct 24

1 month ago

It was a tale of two tracks at Moonee Valley over the weekend, a fast Good 3 on Friday night as the rain arrived late, then a genuine Soft 7 bordering on heavy on Saturday. Overall the track played pretty well, it was hard to make ground in early races on Saturday with jocks reporting the inside lanes had handled the rain better and had been compacted from Friday night, it evened out a little but not a great deal later on.

WIN OF THE DAY

FRIDAY RACE 6 - WRITTEN BEAUTY

This filly has had two runs this preparation for two wins - and two track records! Not a bad result in a four-start career is it? She looks top shelf and her times confirm it, she nearly broke 33sec and 22sec for her last 600m and 400m respectively, then roared home the last 200m in 10.97sec which is lightnign quick on a fast night. I'd assume the Hawkes team will line up the Group 3 The Roses on Oaks Day with her now and she will be something to beat there in this sort of form! 

HORSES TO FOLLOW

1. FRI R3 All Too Royal

This bloke was first-up on a track that played fast and to horses on the speed so he was always going to be up against it, and the market agreed, but he ran a really nice race. His sectionals were strong and he had to use his petrol mid-race to get into the contest - his 600m-400m was top ten on the night - but that left him with little for the finish. The Cup day sprint looks a winnable target for him. 

2. FRI R7 Adelaide Ace

Adelaide Ace has run well again - his fourth good run for the prep around 1400m - and is ready to step up now to 2000m. I reckon the 1800m Group 3 on Melbourne Cup day might be his target this spring, perhaps parlayed into the G3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, he will be very competitive in either race if that's the way Smith wants to go.

3. SAT R6 Johnny Get Angry

I know he was beaten 7-lengths but this was a great Derby trial. The horse had a minor setback the week before the Vase so missed a gallop that would have really helped fitness wise, and missing the start didn't help either. He lost ground turning in but really got wound up and found the line strong that last little bit of the race - I like him as a foil against the favourites in what looks an ordinary Derby on paper.

4. SAT R10 Twain's Express

This girl is being set for a 1400m race at Flemington and this was exactly the sort of run you'd want to see from a horse with that in mind. She was super tough from the 400m and really put the pressure on winner La Mexicana, a much fitter and much sharper rival, I loved how she kicked in for the fight late - bring on Flemington!

THE MARKET SAID...

Sir Dragonet ($13 - $7.50) was the best wet tracker in the Cox Plate and that is exactly how the race panned out. The horse is a thinker, I've no doubt about that, but Glen Boss rode the perfect race to counter that issue. The biggest factor in the result though was the ground, SD is a superior wet tracker, his best performances have come on wet ground and the market honed in on that fact.