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Horses To Follow - 5 Horses to follow from the racing at Flemington and Rosehill on Saturday August 12

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 14 Aug 2017
  • Blackbookers from the racing action around Australia on Saturday August 12
Hey Doc claimed the Aurie's Star Stakes at Flemington on Saturday August 12

Racing was at Flemington and Rosehill on Saturday August 12 and with some of the big names starting to return, there were plenty of noteworthy performances at the two venues. 

We have picked out five to follow from the action. 

Flemington Race 7 - Aurie's Star Handicap (1200 METRES)- Hey Doc & I Am A Star

The Aurie's Star was once regarded as a platform for some top gallopers to resume before going on to bigger and better things. The likes of El Segundo and Zipping are among a number of past horses to use the Group 3 straight race as a platform when resuming and a couple from this year's version that look set to go on to bigger and better things are the winner, Hey Doc, and the fourth placegetter, I Am A Star. Hey Doc was super impressive in taking out the $150,000 feature and looks to be a serious contender for the Group 1 Maybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at the same track in a month. I Am A Star loomed at the 300m mark but couldn't quite go on with the job as her condition faded. Keep an eye out for her in some of the mares races from 1400m to 1600m later on. She claimed a pair of Group 2 events in the autumn and will be a big improver. 

Flemington Race 9 - RC Member Charles White Handicap (1000 METRES)- So Si Bon

If you haven't seen a replay of this race, do so now. So Si Bon came from the clouds in the last event of the day to just miss out behind Sunday Escape at what was his first ever start over the 1000m. The Robbie Laing-trained galloper, who is better known for his efforts over longer trips, was resuming after an autumn campaign that saw him finish 3rd in the Rosehill Guineas (2000) before finishing down the track in the Australian Derby (2400m). Keep an eye out for him at his next start. 

Rosehill Race 7 - CANTERBURY HURLSTONE PARK RSL CLUB SPRING PREVIEW (1400 METRES)- Tom Melbourne & Washington Heights

In Sydney, racing was at Rosehill and the big talking point after the seventh event of the day was the unlucky performances from Tom Melbourne and Washington Heights. The two gallopers dominated the market but those that backed them had to watch on in frustration, with both badly held up in the straight. Tom Melbourne went to the line untested and finished runner up behind Kingsguard, while Washington Heights was a length further back in fourth. Both look to be going places. Washington Heights was having his third start for the Gerald Ryan stable after crossing from Hong Kong, while Tom Melbourne was making his debut for Chris Waller, after previously being prepared by the Freedman stable in Melbourne. Expect them to turn things around next time, provided there is some better luck in store.

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