Horse Racing

Performance analysis for Saturday, August 25, 2018

BY WES MARTIN
Observer writer

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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RACE 1 — MAIDEN CONDITION (4YOS&UPWARDS) 100METRES/5FURLONGS STRAIGHT

Well-bred Ice Cold showed enough ability in his exercise gallops to suggest he had fully recovered well from his nearly two-year setback and was justifiably sent of the long odds-on favourite. Did nothing wrong, left the gates sharply, ran on the bridle to the top of the stretch before sprinting away to a victory of 11 lengths. The slow 1:03.1 time for the distance should not be used to discount his future prospects. Pay attention to the progress of Ice Cold.

RACE 2-MAIDEN CONDITION (THREE-YEAR-OLDS) 1500METRES/7 1/2FURLONGS

Short-priced favourite Kalahari performed the promise of her third-place finish on debut to be dominant early. In spite of a game and spirited effort from runner-up Cohete Del Ex1to, Kalahari remained in control and won by 3 lengths. Going forward, the winner should be well served by opportunities to race over even longer distances. Again, one to watch.

RACE 3-$250-210,000 CLAIMING (3-YEAR-OLDS&UP) 1820METRES/9FURLS+25YARDS

Well-fancied Counter Attack refused to leave his post position when Mr Starter opened the gates. King Within, who had been been sprinting recently, set the fractions into the backstretch with King Nebarue pursuing. Down in category and looking well, Cup O Tea got by the tired pacemakers in the upper stretch and stayed well enough to last home. Chief Prospect, looking to close a four-timer, came with a strong run in the home straight and failed only by a short head needing just another stride to make the difference.

RACE 4 — $450-400,000 CLAIMING (3-YEAR-OLDS&UP) 1400METRES/7FURLONGS

Zackontheattack led to the top of the home stretch before giving in without a fight. Diferentgeneration and Hologram Shadow got involved in a duel going past the distance with Flying Machine racing wide joining the fray. Under left hand whipping, Differentgeneration drifted to the right and on two occasions prevented Flying Machine from delivering a successful challenge. At the line it was the game but later disqualified Diferentgeneration only a head in front of the lucky Hologram Shadow who was promoted to first with the offended Flying Machine a neck further back in third.

RACE 5 — PRIME MINISTER'S STAKES (GRADE 1 3YOS&UP) 2000METRES/10FURLONGS

Will In Charge at four years won the last renewal of the Prime Minister's with 49.5 kilogrammes. With victories in the Governor General's Stakes, Legal Light and Chairman's Trophy since then, he was justifiably asked to repeat with 57 kilogrammes top weight and did it admirably, making all the running to score by 2 lengths. Another brilliantly paced ride from Robert Halledeen who must seek more riding opportunities raceday by raceday.

RACE 6-$180,000 CLAIMING (3YOS&UPWARDS) 800METRES/4FURLONGS STRAIGHT

Odds-on favourite OK Dude, chased by Hail Mary and Black Hawk, held a clear advantage until he lost his action and swerved right 100 metres out and was overtaken by the his pursuers. In the rush for the wire, Hail Mary was the more determined and forced Black Hawk to settle for defeat three parts of a length behind, while OK Dude's momentum secured third spot some 2 lengths away.

RACE 7— RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V (5-YEAR-OLDS&UP) 1000METRES/5FURLONGS STRAIGHT

Princess Statistic established a clear lead on the far side but the speedy mare failed to hold on. Woodhouse assumed the lead early in the last 200 metres, but Lady V, who was in close touch from the start, proved to be the strongest finisher to deliver a victory by just over two lengths. Lady V win continued the good recent run of trainer Gresford Smith.

RACE 8- RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II (THREE-YEAR-OLDSNW2) 1000METRES/5FURLONGS ROUND

Princess Zella escaped from the starting gates and had this field in trouble early, especially with favourite Formal Gladiator having his ground taken requiring a skillful response for his rider to stay aboard. Always clear and travelling strongly, Princess Zella sprinted well to beat the unlucky Formal Gladiator's late rush by just over one length.

RACE 9 — OPEN ALLOWANCE (3-YEAR-OLDS&UPWARDS) 1300METRES/6 1/2FURLONGS

Wong Don led unconvincingly from Jamai Raja with Another Bullet close up and looking to establish his superiority. Cruising to front in the home stretch, the class and pace of Another Bullet gave him a ninth career from 46 starts. Uncle Frank from off the pace got to within four lengths with Birdie My Love a similar margin back in third as the remainder was left strung out in Indian file behind.

RACE 10-RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE (4YOS&UPWARDS/NW3) 1300METRES/6 1/2FURLONGS

Silence, 1 lengths third eventually, chased Pythagoras Theorem earnestly to the top of the stretch and shot clear early in the stretch drive, but could not sustain his momentum inside the last 150 metres. Star ran on strongly from the top of the stretch to deliver his winning challenge 75 metres out with Agnes T also finishing well to secure second just over one length adrift.

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