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Racing and Sports Canberra Racing Review - 19 May 2023

They raced on a Soft 6 with the rail in the True position. They could win from the front and from behind. The fields held up and most were strong betting races, with mixed results for favourite punters.

Race 1 1600m CL1

The three best supported made the trifecta with the $2.70 favourite FLIC EN FLAC prevailing by a head from HADOUKEN $3.30, with a decent gap back to ELLIE'S DREAM $3.0. JABROCK $7.50 was reluctant to leave the gates and that was the end of his chances. The first two home shared the speed and engaged in a ding-dong battle in the straight before FLIC EN FLAC got the bob in. The next two to finish couldn’t make up the ground but kept at it. Note the fourth-placed CRAZY LADIES $31 badly mucked the start so it wasn’t a bad effort. 

Race 2 1200m CL1

THE PRODIGAL SON $1.45 was backed to the exclusion of all others and won impressively. SIR MING $5.50 was beaten 1.8L and the third-favourite DREAMING OF VEGAS $8.50 wasn’t far away and well clear of the rest. It was busy early, and The Prodigal Son had to work to sit out the leader Dreaming Of Vegas. Sir Ming railed behind the pair.  The winner loomed up as they headed for home and clearly asserted his authority when the brakes came off. Sir Ming finished well to get the better of Dreaming of Vegas. ULTRA GIRL $17 was last out of the barrier and turned widest. There was merit in her run. The Prodigal Son had a class edge. 

Race 3 1300m Mdn

RAIDER EIGHTYEIGHT recorded a deserved win but there was only a lip in it on the line over the heavily bet local BEST INTENT $2.20. The next three over the line all finished within 1.5L of the winner, including the well-bet second favourite INVETERATE $3.90 in fourth. There was a dead-set charge for the lead with petrol burned. They were strung-out in the middle stages setting the race up for horses ridden more conservatively. Best Intent was slow off but was hustled up to sit handy on the rail. Raider Eightyeight sat midfield and the gaps opened for him and he got the better of Inveterate inside the 100m. Best Intent was badly squeezed at the 300m searching for an inside run, but regathered and flew late along the rail to just miss. She dead set unlucky and will win better races. Blackbook her. DANJEL hit the line hard to grab third and won’t be going around at $71 next time.

Race 4 1000m Msn SW

DORAMI started at $3.10F but a number were given a chance and it was the Sydney-trained ZIPPY ZOO $5 who got the chocolates in a tight finish. They sped along and Zippy Zoo railed behind the leader SHECANIXIT who gave a kick on turning. Zippy hit the lead at the 100m and just prevailed over GENTLY ROLLED $5.50. She was last out of the gates and settled rearwards. In the stretch she had to weave between and at the 125m lost momentum when eased off heals. She savaged the line to just miss. Goes straight into the blackbook along with the third-placed WHO INVITED HER $5.50. The debutant was also powering home but ran out in the sight of the post and it cost. The favourite was positioned three-wide in the running, and it told at the business end.

Race 5 2000m Bm60

It was a tricky middle-distance contest at 60 level and VIKING POWER $11 took it out in a close go from STYLEBENDER $7 and the favourite ROCKBARTION ROAD $3. Viking Power worked to make the lead and the second favourite DIAMOND CLASS $3.60 settled on his flank.  Stylebender and Rockbarton Rod settled in a pair at the rear. They packed up on the home turn, but Viking Power stayed on strongly to hold out the fast-finishing Stylebender and Rockbarton Road who both turned wide on the track.  They had a touch too much to do. There was a lot of merit in the fourth-placed effort of GENJIRO $15. He raced wide before pressuring the leader on the turn with the effort telling late. 

Race 6 1000m BM50

G'DAY POOPSIE was backed into a short quote but was well beaten. First-up TIMBERLEY $10 proved much too good defeating KHALEEJ $21 by 2.7L with a space then to CHILEAN EXPRESS $26 and the rest. They belted along early with a number keen to find the front. There was four across the track approaching the turn with the favourite one of them. They were sitting ducks. Timberley was last at the 600m and widest on the turn and swooped on them at the 150m to record and easy win. KHALLEEJ was on his inside on turning and also finished strongly but was no match. It was really set up for this pair. G’Day Poopsie was in the speed battle and had nothing left when required. She was found to have pulled up with an issue.

Race 7 1000m Bm70 - Federal

ALLGEMEINE $3.70 and DEVINE MISS $4.60 fought out favoritism with the former finishing a tailed off last. TULLA PARK $7 built on his Wagga placing with a 1L win over Devine Miss and there was nothing between WANAROO $19 and PUERTO RICO $6, 1.9L from the winner in third and fourth. Tulla Park raced forward today and settled outside the leader Puerto Rico and this pair were clear as they set sail for the judge. Tulla Park drifted out but kept at it. Devine Miss settled off the pace and got a clean run through and finished doggedly as did Wanaroo. A decent effort from Puerto Rico from the front. ALLGEMEINE was back but railed in touch in the straight but was flat and wasn’t ridden out from the 150m. A tidy win and Devine Miss is back on track.

Race 8 1300m BM65

There was good money for FRISSON $5.50EF and he just got up in a tight finish from DIAMOND STAR $6 and MANILA THRILLER $7. There was a gap then to the other co-favourite I’M NOT LEAVING. Penza flew the gates on Frisson to lead and I’m Not Leaving worked from an outside barrier to sit on him. Manila Thriller was midfield and Diamond Star settled at the rear and was the widest on turning. Frisson held a clear lead passing the 200m but Diamond Star was eating up the ground and made it interesting beaten a neck. Stablemate Manila Thriller three wide throughout) hit the line well on her inside beaten 0.7L with I’m Not Leaving who gave everything after working early. A nice win for Frisson who showed his best form since the switch from Victoria. Diamond Star’s effort gets her into the blackbook.