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Saturday Racing Round-Up - Saturday August 5

  • Invincible Gem takes out the Group Two Missile Stakes
  • Did we see the Melbourne Cup winner? 
  • See the best Blackbookers from Saturday's racing 

Invincible Gem takes out the Group Two Missile Stakes

Invincible Gem produced the run of the day to take out the Group Two Missile Stakes ahead of Le Romain. Straight racing debacle, Flemington Quaddie killer, Blackbookers and more in Saturday's Racing Round-Up.

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The Kris Lees-trained Invincible Gem announced herself as a legitimate star by winning the feature race at Randwick, the Group Two Missile Stakes in impressive fashion. This four-year-old I Am Invincible Mare burst onto the scene in her three-year-old season. In three runs she won a Fillies and Mares BM76 then she won the Group Three Spring Stakes by four lengths and was a half head away from winning the Group One Randwick Guineas in her next start. Following a slashing trial win at Newcastle, all the money was for Invincible Gem in the lead-up to yesterday's Missile Stakes. Despite her stablemate, Group One winner Le Romain being the red-hot favourite, Invincible Gem was backed in from $9.50 into $5.50 at the jump. Jockey Corey Brown stalked Glyn Schofield (Le Romain) everywhere he went, tracking into the race perfectly on the home turn. Corey Brown asked her to produce at the 200m and she shot straight past her older and more experienced rivals, showing a devastating turn of foot to score a length victory. She’s in for a very big Spring Carnival. 


Flemington Straight Racing

Yesterday was a solid reminder that I will be letting all races down the Flemington straight go through to the keeper. It was also a solid reminder that I’ll say this until the horses are in the mounting yard for the next straight race and will decide It’s a good idea to reinvested any possible winnings from the race before into the Lindsay Park-trained early season two-year-old. With pleasantries aside, does anyone actually have any idea way to predict what’s going to unfold with these straight races? Do we all just fan six-wide in a six horse field... sure. The class horse is sure to win then, the rank outsider Red Alto surely can’t win. While I’m on the subject, was there any possible explanation why Red Alto, who had never won at 1200m or placed at Flemington, decided to sprint like Black Caviar when they got inside the Clocktower? What a farce. 

Saturday Hero

John Allen 

Punters around Australia owe the Irishman John Allen a cold beverage after his work on Yogi in Race Six at Flemington. Yogi went around the $3.00 favourite for Allen who was aiming for his first win at Headquarters. It was never going to be an easy watch, with Yogi getting back in his runs and making a late sprint. As they started their turn for home, Yogi was under pressure with Johnny Allen taking him the widest runner. He slowly warmed to the task under the Irishman’s hard riding. The stablemate Chequered Flag went with him and they settled down for a duel down the Flemington straight. John Allen wasn’t going to be denied his first Flemington winner and almost literally lifted Yogi over the line to score by a head. “He came under pressure at the 600 and I had to keep at him but once he got to the outside in the straight I always thought he was going to run them down and we only just got there but we got there anyway,” Allen told postrace. 

Highway Houdini 

Trainer Matthew Dunn loves the Highway races in New South Wales and he knows how to win them. Care To Think gave him his 11th Highway win on Saturday, the most of any trainer. The So You Think four-year-old was backed as if unbeatable, from $2.50 into $1.85 before jumping at $2.00. Favourite backers and followers of Matt Dunn in Highway races, including yours truly, were worried as they turned for home as Care To Think was still second last. Tye Angland knew what he had under the bonnet and despite doing plenty wrong in the run, Care To Think descended on them with a devastating turn of foot to win by a length and a half. Dunn hasn’t decided whether he will push on this preparation with his progressive four-year-old, saying “That’s the most he’s ever done wrong in a race, so maybe he’s looking for a break.” 

Ride Of The Day

DAMIEN THORNTON Morphettville Race 4 (Brown Ben) 
You won’t see many better rides that crushed the heart of a punting nation than Damien Thornton’s aboard Brown Ben in race four at Morphettville. All the money was for the favourite Moss ‘N’ Dale in an old fashioned plonk. Punters were cheering at the 250m as the Dale kicked two and a half lengths clear and looked home. That was before Damien Thornton picked through the field and unleashed the fresh horse, Brown Ben upon the leader and favourite. He picked Moss ‘N’ Dale up in the last 100m to score victory. Our hearts and wallets go out to the fellow that had $15,000 on the Dale at $2.15. 

Melbourne Cup Prospect

Whenever Macedon Lodge wins a staying race in August, it’s cause to sit up and take notice. This was the case on Saturday when Aloft proved too tough for his rivals in the 2000m Nursery Handicap. This is where last year’s Melbourne Cup winner Almandin had the second run of his preparation. Almandin did not salute on this day last year, he ran sixth of six behind Killarney Kid. Ironically, Killarney Kid was the well-backed favourite in yesterday’s race but disappointed, running seventh. It would be hard to believe that Aloft is anywhere near his best in August, so we’re looking forward to him getting towards the bigger races in the Spring. 

Melbourne Quaddie

Congratulations to anyone who got near the Quaddie at Flemington. It seemed like we were in with a decent chance following the first two legs, Jaminzah ($7.00) and Rhythm To Spare ($7.50). That was before Taylor Marshall decided to pull off one of the biggest upsets Flemington has ever seen. The first-up Nozomi was playing $151 on fixed prices and up to $201 on track and around some bookmakers. The Six-year-old had never won below 1800m and had a terrible first-up record but bobbed up to defeat Divine Mr Artie ($13.00) who yes, we had in our Quaddie. 
Official Quaddie Dividend: $67,516.90 
Backing Nozomi: Priceless


Flemington Race 4 - ALOFT
Flemington Race 7 - REBELLIOUS LORD
Randwick Race 4- CARE TO THINK
Randwick Race 5 - SAYED
Randwick Race 7 - INVINCIBLE GEM
Doomben Race 6 - GYPSY MISS
Doomben Race 8 - HAVASAY
Morphettville Race 1 - WALLACE STREET
Morphettville Race 3 - COUNTER SPIN
Morphettville Race 5 - ALAMONTEEL (over 1950m at Morphettville) 
Morphettville Race 6 - KARLOVASI

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Saturday Racing Round-Up - Saturday August 5

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