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Racing & Sports Canberra Racing Review - 21 April 2023

Race 1 (1300m) Mdn

GYPSY ROMANCE $1.85 justified the heavy market support with a comfortable win. As predicted the Wellington flop proved an aberration. She landed in a handy position, hit the front at 200m and quickly put them away. LITTLE COMPLICATED $21 trailed the leading pair and lost some momentum passing the 300m when going for a narrow run. There was some merit in her 1.88L defeat. AMBITIOUS FELLA $6 led and was travelling well at the turn. She was under pressure at the 250m and battled on beaten 3L. DANISH LANE $5.50 ran on into fourth. SUMMERSET GIRL $5.50 was contacted on jumping and settled back, but in touch. She gave nothing at the business end beaten 9L. The winner had a bit on them.

Race 2 (1000m) Mdn

HARLEMITE $6.0 completed a nice double for the ‘Profit Pointers’ winning easily under leading course striker Jeff Penza. The metro-trained filly sped to the lead and railed like a greyhound. She was always travelling comfortably in the straight and it never looked in doubt. DORAMI $9 settled back but commended a wide run before the 600m. She turned the widest and never stopped trying beaten 1.7L in second. He’d switched to the in-form Norm Gardner yard and is one to follow. Third-placed BEST INTENT $3.50 would have lost no admirers. She was slow off and met some trouble passing the 500m. She finished stoutly along the rail. The $2.40 favourite O’SO DEMANDING was next how but was almost 5L shy of the winner. She sat midfield and looked to have every chance.

Race 3 (1600m) CL1

A blanket finish with ZEDLY $4.20 getting the nod. She found the lead without much pressure and was game on the line holding off a line of challengers. He was first-up and had trialled well at Kembla Grange. The stable alerted that BY NINE $3.80 would be ridden more forward and the gelding lobbed fifth. He was wide on turning and wound up nicely beaten a half-head. BURGUNDY GIRL $19 finished a whisker away in third, and the effort was meritorious. She settled a clear last and came hard down the outside. SATIRICAL FAN $5 and ELLIE'S DREAM $3.60F were next home beaten less than 1L. The latter was slow to begin and then over-raced badly in the early and middle stages. He was not able to be tested close to the line when racing in restricted room.

Race 4 (1200m) CL1

HELLO JACK (2) was a firm $2.50 favourite and capped a near-miss here at his prior run. He was another leader to win on the day. He never gave them a look in. He was 4L in front at the 200m and held a 2.6L margin on the line. ALPINE LADY $21 finished it off well wide on the track, showing much more second up.  She was last on turning and certainly gets a tick. DEEP SHIMMER $6.50 was beaten 4.2L after settling outside the leader and winner. In DE SUN IWILCOME made it into a distant fourth. She’d raced ungenerously with her head up in the early stages. Hello Jack was much too speedy for these. 

Race 5 (1400m) BM 70 – TAB Federal

EASY ROSIE was backed into a $1.95 favourite and delivered in a close go. She sat on the flank of the leader Carnival Miss and took over at the 350m. She looked in for a comfortable win before CYBORG $7.50 charged down the outside late to miss a nose. He had settled a clear last and wanted to lay in over the final 200m.  UNIQUE PRINCE $4.2 was given every chance beaten 1L in third, just ahead of BLAAZAY $15. As with the above, he lacked a finishing punch. CRUCIAL WITNESS $6 began awkwardly and contacted the off-side gate. Near the 200m the mare’s near-side winkers dislodged. Easy Rosie was another on-speed winner. 

Race 6 (1200m) BM65

ALMAHERO $7.50 took the race out beating NOBLE BEAUTY $7 in a close go. They were clear of the rest headed by CHARLEMAGNE $13 and TITAN STAR $11. Almahero impressed. He was resuming from a spell and was last out on jumping before making a sharp forward move – travelling three-wide throughout. He hit the front at the 100m and ran right through the line. Noble Beauty sat behind the leading division and was going her best work last. The fourth-placed Charlemagne was held up rounding the home turn and had some difficulty obtaining a run from the 250m. The talking point was the disappointing runs from DEHERO $3F and RED MICK $4.20.  Dehero rode the speed but did not respond to his riding in the straight. A post-race veterinary examination revealed the filly to be bilaterally lame in front. According to the rider, Red Mick was not suited by the moderate speed in the middle stages, when the race subsequently quickened. No abnormalities could be found.  

Race 7 (1000m) CL2

MOOSHAKA $7 has been freshened 5-weeks and ran out an easy 2.8L winner the Nick Olive yard. Five gallopers were vying for the lead passing the 600m until they straightened. Mooshaka enjoyed the run of the race behind them. She was held up on the home turn and briefly on straightening. At the 300m was shifted to the inside of the runner-up NONSHALAANT $2.50F. Once clear she races away for an impressive win. Nonshalaant raced one off the rail in the leading division with obvious pressure and kept trying all the way to the line. PRETTY EXTREME $5 was also in that leading division and held third, beaten almost 4L. RAISE HELL $3.70 was tailed off. No abnormalities were found, and the rider trainer proffered several reasons that may have accounted for the failure. The gelding will have to trial satisfactorily before racing again. Mooshaka was always travelling well and was aided by a clever ride.

Race 8 (1400m) BM55

The evergreen ZARIZ NO OTHER $21 provided the day’s upset, bringing consistent country form.  He delivered by a whisker from the Metro-trained LOUD who was a significant drifter ($2.40 - $4). Loud led (a touch keen) flanked by FIFTY CARATS $4.80. Zariz No Other enjoyed a soft run just off the pace. Loud held a 1L lead at the 250m but Zariz No Other dived right on the line to prevail. Fifty Carats battled hard but was bloused out of third by MY BLUE JEANS $7.50. He had raced rearwards and was the widest on the turn. He powered home down the middle of the track to miss by 0.72L. Zariz No Other carried just 52.5kg after the claim and that benefited in a close go.