Zoutori wins the 2021 Newmarket Handicap (Image: Racing Photos)

Zoutori wins the 2021 Newmarket Handicap (Image: Racing Photos)

The Wrap: Super Saturday

Super Saturday at Flemington was buzzing with more 12,000 people in attendance and the Group 1 action on the track didn’t disappoint. Here is a wrap of the key news and talking points out of day.

ANNAVISTO (2nd)

Co-trainer Michael Kent Jnr: “She over-raced horribly, she didn’t drop her head for one stride. If she had have jumped better, Ollie (Damien Oliver) said he would have got a better position and just let her roll, go forward. That might have to be her racing pattern until she learns to settle better in the run. I thought she might’ve run last on the corner but for her to keep coming and nearly win was a massive effort. She’s definitely got a lot of talent, we’ve just got to work her out. She is bred to get out over further but we’ll just reassess our options.”

MISS INBETWEEN (4th)

Both trainer Michael Mehegan and stewards advised that Miss Inbetween was galloped on by Cumberbatch at around the 300m. A post‑race veterinary examination revealed lacerations to her near hind leg.

STEWARDS:

Jamie Kah was suspended for eight meetings for her winning ride on Cumberbatch after pleading guilty careless riding. Near the 300m, she permitted Cumberbatch to shift out when not sufficiently clear of Conceited which had to be steadied. Jamie Kah’s suspension will start after next Saturday’s All-Star Mile meeting at The Valley, but she will miss the following Saturday’s Mornington Cup meeting. In assessing the penalty, the stewards took into account her guilty plea, good recent record and that the carelessness was in the low range.

PRETTY BRAZEN (3rd)

Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy: “She ran very well today, she was only first-up and she went in a little bit soft, so to see her show courage to battle on was great. We are still considering the options for her next start.”

ODEUM (4th)

Co-trainer Michael Kent Jnr: “Michael Walker came back in and said she probably should have won, she just didn’t get the gaps when she needed. I feel that she would have had the sprint to get her out of trouble if the gaps came. But without winning it was the ideal first up run for her and she was beaten by good touch horses today. She will next go to the Emancipation Stakes (1500m, Group 2) in three weeks at Rosehill and then two weeks into the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy (1600m).”

READILY AVAILABULL (5th)

Jockey Michael Walker: “He was really unlucky, I really think the draw cost him running top three today.”

HITOTSU (6th)

Trainer Wendy Kelly: “We are super happy with his preparation so far, he will head to the paddock now. I can’t wait to see him fill out and return next preparation. I will map a program for the Caulfield Guineas for him in the spring and potentially out to 2000m.”

KOOLED (9th)

Jockey William Pike: “I didn’t get a very good run in the race, but he was still a little disappointing. I think we presented to finish off better than we did, but as I said it could come down to the run we had.”

SUPREME IDEA (2nd)

Freedman Racing’s Brad Taylor: “She was super today, she just found one better. She’s racing very well since the addition of blinkers. Now she’ll head to Sydney and she thrives on rain affected tracks. Her next race will likely be the PJ Bell Stakes (Group 3, 1200m) on April 3 for three-year-old fillies at Randwick.”

BELLA NIPOTINA (3rd)

Co-trainer Ben Hayes: “We thought she backed up really well from last Saturday, that was no issue at all. She ran another very honest race, she’ll now be freshened and target the Adelaide carnival.”

OXLEY ROAD (4th)

Trainer Peter Moody: “He raced like he’s over the top today, I looked at him in the yard pre-race and found it hard to pick anything negative. We found a bunny today, which we’ve always wanted to let him follow something up in the run, and he relaxed really well. He just didn’t finish off like we expected. He’ll head to the paddock.”

PINKHAM (7th)

Co-trainer Michael Kent Jnr: “With her, you can see she races with her head up but she’s not over-racing or keen, it’s just her head-carriage, and it doesn’t allow her to get into a rhythm and doesn’t assist her breathing. She’s still learning.”

RANTING (8th)

Co-trainer Troy Corstens: “He was disappointing but he has pulled up quite distressed after the race.”

INDIAN PACIFIC (2nd)

Jockey Brad Parnham: “It was a super performance, we came here (from Perth) not really expecting to go for the Newmarket so it was just really a bonus. I got a little bit excited at the 200m, I thought I was probably going to win. I couldn’t be prouder of him, it was a super effort.”

AMISH BOY (3rd)

Part owner Col McKenna: “He is such a honest horse, when you think about how he’s been up to the Gold Coast in recent weeks and tried his hardest there, and last start too. Now he’s run third at $81 in the Newmarket and he wasn’t in the best part of the track and didn’t travel that well down there. We’re so proud of him. There might be something in Adelaide for him.”

SWATS THAT (5th)

Co-trainer Troy Corstens: “We couldn’t get any cover today and that’s what we wanted, we wanted to get the back of Sirius Suspect but couldn’t. She faced the breeze and it didn’t work out for us today.”

SIRIUS SUSPECT (7th)

Jockey Jamie Kah: “He was just a bit one-paced today, I thought he might have a better turn of foot than he showed today.”

BROOKLYN HUSTLE (8th)

Co-trainer Jason Warren: “She went pretty much untested to the line. Damien Thornton said he was simply following a wall of horses and he would have had to come back inside and then around September Run, which wouldn’t have worked out anyway. She’ll likely head to the William Reid (Group 1200m) at the Valley and we’ll just hope she gets to the outside and gets clear running there.”

SEPTEMBER RUN (10th)

Jockey Craig Williams: “She wasn’t beaten far but she didn’t get a smooth run throughout. She was inconvenienced with her run from the 400m to the winning post and didn’t get the favours we were hoping to get. It was a completely different race for her and a disappointing result because she had been coming on so well. I guess today when you have a big field and things don’t work out, when you get squeezed and jammed, and a horse with that level of experience, and with that weight, they’re big factors.”

Racing Victoria vets reported September Run was slow to recover

IMAGING (12th)

Racing Victoria vets reported Imaging to be lame in the off hind leg post-race

CELEBRITY QUEEN (13th)

Racing Victoria vets reported Celebrity Queen pulled up lame in the off foreleg, which was not the leg of the previous complaint, for which she was vetted on arrival and passed fit to race.

SCARLET DREAM (3rd)

Jockey Craig Williams: “We got held up and if we didn’t, she would have finished a clear second. For her first-up run in a race with that type of pressure, she’s done a great job.”

SILENT SOVEREIGN (4th)

Co-trainer Calvin McEvoy: “We think she’s looking for further now, she was strong to the line today, staying at the 1600m. We’ll look at 2000m next, she’ll likely target something in Adelaide.”

KANSINO (6th)

Co-trainer Ciaron Maher: “She ended up a few pairs further back than we wanted because she was slow to begin, but she was good. We are hoping to get her out to 2000m.”

LUNAKORN (10th)

Co-trainer Sam Freedman: “She was disappointing today, and we don’t really have an answer just yet. We’ll see how she pulls up and reassess next week.”

BEST OF DAYS (2nd)

Jockey Luke Nolen: “It was a brave effort again, backing up. Keeps running honest this bloke.”

CHAPADA (3rd)

Trainer Mike Moroney: “We are really happy with him, he looked the winner at the 400m, he hit his top and kept going. He was just outsprinted a little bit over the concluding stages. Last prep and now this autumn, it’s great that he is starting to fulfil what we have always thought of him. He’ll likely head to the Mornington Cup in two weeks (2400m, Listed).

PARADEE (4th)

Trainer Danny O’Brien: “She was terrific, and she was crowded on the line. Craig (Williams) couldn’t ride her out and if he she hadn’t been tightened and held up she would have finished closer.”

MIAMI BOUND (7th)

Trainer Danny O’Brien: “She was almost the run of the race I think, when you watch it back. She was held up to the inside of Humidor and once clear, she was great. She’s going really well this preparation, she’ll now head up to Sydney for the Tancred Stakes (Group 1 2400m) in three weeks and then onto the Sydney Cup (3200m).”

STEEL PRINCE (9th)

Co-trainer Sam Freedman: “He just felt the pinch late and leading probably isn’t his go. He races on speed but he needs something to follow and chase and keep him relaxed, today he raced keen and fresh out in front. He was only beaten 2 lengths in the end, he might go to the Mornington Cup next.”

Jockey Jamie Kah: “I didn’t want to lead but got stuck there in the end.”

FIFTY STARS (10th)

Co-trainer Ben Hayes: “Drawing barrier 3 hurt our chances, if he had the ability to get into the clear he and build momentum it would have been a different story, but we were four back the fence coming into the straight behind a wall of horses. At the end of the day he was beaten 2.3 lengths, we think under the circumstances he finished off as well as could have been expected. We will consider freshening him up for the Doncaster (Group 1, 1600m handicap) in a month but we’ll see how he comes through this before making any decisions.”

Jockey John Allen: “We always hemmed away on the fence. Never got a lot of room and he’s a horse that likes a lot of room. He still fought on honestly to the line.”

NONCONFORMIST (15th)

Trainer Grahame Begg: “He raced about five wide the entire race. They just raced in a clump and he couldn’t get in anywhere. When they race like that and go slowly up front, it just becomes a horror show for so many. We’ll reassess, there might be something for him in Sydney.”

Jockey Luke Currie: “Covered more ground than the early settlers.”

STEWARDS:

Jockey Billy Egan was suspended for 10 meetings for using his whip 9 times prior to the 100m aboard Defibrillate, which is four times more than permitted (13 in totality). Billy Egan’s suspension will commence after next Saturday’s All-Star Mile meeting. He was also fined $750.

CHICA FUERTE (2nd)

Co-trainer Sam Freedman: “The Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m at Morphettville on May 1) is an option for her, or a race like the Vinery. That run today will really top her off too, for fitness. Now that she’s rock hard fit we can put her on speed and right into the race too.”

PERSONAL (3rd)

Co-trainer Ben Hayes: “We were disappointed not to win but looking at the run, we still think she’s right on track. The circumstances of the race meant Ollie (Damien Oliver) was forced to make an early run at the top of the straight and she hit the front a long way from home. He thought she stargazed a touch but as soon as she was challenged, she really fought back. She was only beaten by a small margin, and it was great to see her fight. She’s still not at her peak and this will bring her fitness on again. She’ll be ready for the Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m Group 1) in three weeks-time.”