The times have been crunched and here are the standout performances from Stakes Day 2023.
The highest rated victory across Flemington and Rosehill was Pride Of Jenni according to ratings experts Punting Form
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TRACK PATTERN [FLEMINGTON]
In races around the bend [1400+] lanes 1 to 5 provided all the winners
Straight race winners were lanes 15, 21, 26
Four leaders at the 600m held on for victory
Declan Bates and trainer Ciaron Maher with the trophy after Pride of Jenni won the Champions Mile at Flemington. Credit: Getty Images
No horse came from further back than 3.4 lengths off the lead at the 600m to win
With respect to the above, you needed to be on pace and near the rail to prevail in races around a bend
Who was hot at Flemington?
PRIDE OF JENNI – 1ST Champions Mile [1600m]
Wowee, she’s posted a figure here that would win her the majority of Group 1 1600m races over the past decade. Initially we all thought the big three, Mr Brightside, Alligator Blood and Fangirl hadn’t turned up at their best. But the numbers say Mr Brightside has run to his peak and the others pretty close to theirs. Pride Of Jenni has announced herself as a genuine G1 WFA horse here.
WATADEEL – BM90 [1600m]
Relative to class expectations, this was an outstanding win. Winning time was only 1.4 lengths faster than standard but the pace of the race was 3.5 lengths slower than average. This means he’s come home his last 600m 5.5 lengths faster than standard for BM90 races at Flemington.
RATED DOWN AGAIN
IMPERATRIZ – 1st Champions Sprint [1200m]
Unlike the Champions Mile where Pride Of Jenni beat horses that were still at their top, Imperatriz has rated down almost 4 lengths on her previous best this prep. Her winning time of 1:09.2 is 1.4 lengths slower than average for this grade. Buenos Noches clocked the best last 200m of the day, adding some merit to his second placing … but the race didn’t rate that well
IT’SOURTIME – 2nd Listed [1200m]
The field went through the first 600m 10.7 lengths slower than average making it near impossible for this backmarker to figure. It’s also why General Beau, who had never won at 1200m, was able to score. This was nothing more than a 400m dash home
AMOKURA – 3rd G2 Matriarch Stakes [2000m]
She was 7.2 lengths off the lead at the 600m [no winner came from more than 3.4L back at that point] and produced a last 400m that 2.2 lengths faster than anything in the field. This was only her second run this prep. We’d suggest she could be a genuine G1 horse in the autumn. Maybe a race like The Tancred Stakes in Sydney
MURAMASA – His rating in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on Saturday was very close to what Soulcombe did last year. Career peak for him here and if he keeps progressing there’s no reason why he can’t be a genuine Melbourne Cup chance in 12 month’s time.
KIN – No luck up the straight but that’s her. Look for this mare to find a run-on track with a bend. How do we do that? Check our Previews each week and we’ll let you know
Who was hot at Rosehill?
Tommy Berry bagged a treble with;
SPEYCASTER – Chris Waller
SHADOWS OF LOVE – Kim Waugh
ROOTS – Chris Waller
Every winner bar one used lanes 1 to 6.
Three leaders at the 600m held on for victory
No horse came from further back than 3.3 lengths off the lead at the 600m
With respect to the above, rails in run and forward of midfield was advantageous
EAGLE NEST 1st BM78 [1100m]
Overall time of 1:03.12 was 0.68sec faster than Shangri La Express in the $1m Golden Gift. He’s clocked a smashing 32.80sec for his last 600m, which ranked 2 for the meeting. This is a stakes horse on the way through the grades
SHANGRI LA EXPRESS 1st [1400m]
Despite his overall time being slower than Eagle Nest, this is still a performance of merit. He had to be used up early, clocking 10.90 from the 1000m to 800m and 10.50 from the 800m to 600m. To hold on and win after doing that is a very positive sign for a 2YO. We declared him the best juvenile this season a few weeks back and our position hasn’t changed
MISS HELLFIRE – 3rd to Eagle Nest
She comes out of the race of the day for us and clocked the best last 800, 600, 400 and 200m of the meeting. Stick with her
CONTEMPORARY – 2nd to Gustosisimo BM78 1200m
Got too far back and made her run in lane 8 [all winners bar in lane 6 or closer]. Her final 200m was well inside standard time so too was her overall time.
Back Contemporary if she stays in BM78 grade next time
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