Saturday 23 March

CANBERRA TOYOTA MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000 METRES)

A horror start for favourite punters. The money kept coming for the Kurt Goldman-trained LOVE ME BROKE and he started at the prohibitive odds of $1.45.  The colt was slow off and sat back off a hectic charge up front but ran-in badly when asked for an effort before finishing it off okay. He has to trial to the satisfaction of stewards before racing again and the stable advised that it intends to apply the blinkers for the next outing.

The winner NO WHAT TO KEEP ($19) held the rail and at one point had three horses pressuring her. It was an impressive effort from the Neville Layt-trained filly, building on her Sapphire Coast placing. RUM CAKE ($14) ran on well into second after a slow off and the $8.50 second favourite COLONEL PENAGA battled on in third. MAXBUG was scratched at the barriers.

SYNERGY CLASS 1 HANDICAP 1000M

The market got it right with the $2.1 favourite FEEL THE KNOGHT beating the second favourite THE UNKNOWN FACTOR ($4.6) with the third elect DREAMS OF PLATINUM ($6.0) securing third.

It was a tough effort from Feel The Knight who had to use up plenty of juice crossing over from the wide gate to sit out side the leader.  She just held off the The Unknown Factor who finished it off well.  MISS ANTERES ($9) led but folded when the pressure was applied.

HOLCIM MAIDEN HANDICAP 1300M

The winner MAJOR TIME was backed into a $2.90 favourite and won capping off strong lead-up form. He was given a beauritiful ride by Scorse sitting on the rail behind the speed and didn’t waste an ounce of energy hitting the lead at the cutaway and holding off the strong late effort of BRUNELL ($3.70). MY LOVE FOR LARA was a distant third at monster odds.  

The Waterhouse Bott-trained VERMONT was easy on track starting at $4.80 and bounded on jumping. The jockey advised that his saddle slipped at the 700m resulting in his mount running wide on the home turn. After the race he was found to be lame in the off foreleg.

The first two past the post can go on.

ROLFE PROPERTY SERVICES CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE 2000M

We pointed out that PRIDE OF KALARU ($6) would appreciate the extra trip and so it proved when he settled well and led at a moderate tempo. He kicked on turning and did enough to hold off the favourite LORD DESANIMAUX  ($3.50) with a space to the rest. The latter trailed one off the rail and looked to have his chance. Horses settling back had no hope the way the race was run.

CANBERRA OUTLET BENCHMARK 65 1000M

INDICATORS ON ($2.70) was clearly favoured to win the BM 65 and was given every chance trailing the speed. He was found wanting at the business-end.

DANGEROUS BREEDING ($9) sat on the flank of the leader and then made the front in the straight, hanging on to win by a lip from EMERALD FORTUNE ($51) who powered to the line after being last of turning. EXAGGERATE ($9.50) toughed it out well in third not beaten far.  Emerald Fortune is certainly one to follow especially over a longer trip.

The former Queenslander MYSTIC MOON ($8.50) mucked the start and was found to be displaying poor post-race recovery. Ditto Le DEJEUNER ($9.50).

TAB FEDERAL BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP 1400M

The Federal looked wide open on paper and it was ZUZZUDIO ($4.20) who began the public elect, but disappointed.  Our best of the day at odds, MONTE MAJURA ($21), found the lead at the 1000m and was joined by STORMBORNE ANGEL ($6). Monte Majura led to the 100m and just went under in a ding-dong go.

The winner HIGH STREET ($12) settled back on the rail and jockey Simon Miller used the cutaway judiciously to come up the inside to just nut out HEAVEN ON EARTH ($12) and Monte. Heaven On Earth had to weave a way through and her effort also had plenty of merit. WHISKY ‘N’ DIAMONDS ($10) finished it off okay and may be one for next time.

Zuzzudio was slow to begin and has a very tough run.

CAPITAL AIR BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP 1600M

The Waterhouse-Bott-trained TRANSACT ($21) set up a big lead and was tackled just after the 200m by the winner SUBBAN ($7) who has sat behind the speed and used the cutaway to advantage.  BELFAST BELLA ($5.50) flew late to grab second from Transact who was tough.

The $3.50 favourite BELLA DELUX sat midfield and presented into the race okay, but couldn’t come on.