Past the post: Doomben and Flemington blackbookers

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    Doomben hosted Stradbroke Day on Saturday and it proved to be an afternoon where on speed/out of trouble was the recipe for success.

    There were plenty of hard luck tales, while at Flemington we saw some really nice efforts, including a potential Melbourne Cup contender. Find out who down below.


    Tactical Advantage/Calanda- Tactical Advantage was an obvious and should have won. But given the tempo and the day where it was hard to make ground, the effort of Calanda was very good.

    Nancy- Jesus, Bowman put on a clinic after this, but this was just a nightmare to watch. Not his fault. The mare just showed no interest out of the gates.

    I’ll Fly Away- Looked outclassed but she ran a beauty and really finished off with real purpose. Back to Melbourne and up in trip, she can win.

    Sold For Song- If the Tatts Tiara was at Eagle Farm or the Gold Coast, this mare would nearly be a moral. Not sure Doomben is her track but she is flying.

    River Racer/Savvan/Caerless Choice- Watch the replay. This was just an utter nightmare to watch if you backed River Racer.

    Aloisia- Bold statement time. This will be your VRC Oaks winner. Her effort here was unbelievable. Wait for her in the Spring.

    Col ‘N’ Lil- Get this mare back to Ben Currie ASAP. She never looked comfortable at all.

    Raiment- Raced like a tired horse, but she’s becoming too costly for my liking. She can without me in the future.


    Lone Eagle- Tough, tough watch if you backed this Coolmore youngster. Looking and looking for the run but just never really got a crack at them.

    (Forgive) Military Reign- Forget he went around. You know once he was dragged for cover, he was done. He is a free wheeler.

    Kilimanjaro- Take a slice of the $35 for the Melbourne Cup. This was just out of this world and just wait for him to improve in the Spring.

    Royal Order- Not sure he has much between the ears, but he’s very good. Huge win from where he was on the home turn. Very progressive.

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    Royal Rupture/Zebrinz- Royal Rupture was second up five weeks between runs and his effort was solid. He’s set for a winning prep. Zebrinz just got too far back but he was good late.

    Invincible Al- Wowee what a finish. Looked in a hopeless spot 400m out but he produced a brilliant finishing burst. Looks similar to Hudson Eagle, but better.

    Goathland/Shoreham- Goathland was in after last start and he goes in again. Really should have put them away but was overhauled by Falago. As for Shoreham, he’s had his chances for mine.

    Ormito- Australia Bloodstock usually get it spot on with imports, but they may have purchased a stinker here. That was horrendous.

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    • June 11th 2017 @ 6:34am
      michael steel said | June 11th 2017 @ 6:34am | ! Report

      Interestingly, just talking to Razzar two weeks ago, he made IMPENDING his black booker, saying he was the only horse to make up ground in the swamp behind Clearly Innocent. He backed him yesterday.

    • June 12th 2017 @ 11:47am
      michael steel said | June 12th 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

      I have to say I was a bit surprised by the comment of the trainer of Capital Gain after he won the J,J Atkins. I’m paraphrasing but he said ‘We knew we had the best horse in the race and he was ridden accordingly’ .
      This is a horse which is a two year old who has had 13 starts for one win until Saturday which was a Gold Coast Maiden. That does not suggest to anyone that this is the best horse in the race. 7 wins from 13 may suggest that but not 1 win. And a two year old having his 14th start two months before he turns three is “out there”.

      Now, I did not spend one cent on this race because of the even money favourite coming from the Eagle Farm meeting two weeks ago, I just say that this was an unusual call to make.

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