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Flemington report card - Assessing how the big name gallopers performed on Stakes Day at Flemington

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 12 Nov 2017
  • How did the big names fare at Flemington on November 11 and where are they headed next?
An overseas trip is on the agenda for Redzel after his dominant win in the Darley Classic

The final day of the Flemington carnival saw Redzel exert his dominance yet again by taking out the Darley Classic (1200m), while in the Emirates Stakes (2000m) it was a barnstorming win by the Darren Weir-trained Tosen Stardom. 

We have reviewed the runs of all the major players and ranked them in our report card. 

Race 7 - 4:10PM Darley Classic (1200 METRES)

Redzel (1st)- 10/10
The winning machine for the Peter and Paul Snowden stable took his earnings to just below $8 million with another dominant performance, this time in the Darley Classic. He has been able to get the job done in the wet and the dry and in three different states in his last six wins. Too good for them and will head for a spell. A plethora of targets await in 2017, including a possible overseas trip as well as a likely Everest (1200) defence. 

Terravista (2nd)- 9/10
Great performance from the old warrior to finish runner-up and will now be spelled. Lightning Stakes (1000m) in February the next target. 

Impending (3rd)- One of the youngest horses in the field and looks to have a bright future, now that he is being kept to the sprintg. Heads west to tackle the Winterbottom Stakes and is a $4.60 favourite in early markets with sportsbet. 

Chautauqua (4th)- 7/10
Hard to knock the performance from the old champ, coming 4th but hard to see where his next win will come from. Some school of thought that he was unlucky but if the baton hadn't been passed already, it was officially on Saturday. 

Vega Magic (7th)- 5/10
Got too far back before storming home. Finished behind Rock Magic on the flat side and just ahead of Missrock. He is in the market for the Winterbottom but the stable have indicated that he will be spelled. 

Malaguerra (10th)- 4/10
Couldn't repeat his Flemington antics of the past and was disappointing in 10th. Did pull up lame so can be forgiven to some degree. Likely to head to the paddock. 

Race 8 - 4:55PM Emirates Stakes (2000 METRES)

Tosen Stardom (1st)- 10/10
Brilliant performance to take out the final Group 1 race of the Melbourne spring, 'bursting from the clouds' to defeat a quality field. The Emirates win was his second at the highest level after taking out the Toorak Handicap (1600m) earlier on. Will now be spelled. 

Happy Clapper (2nd)- 8/10
A solid performance from the seven-year-old to finish runner-up behind Tosen Stardom and will now be spelled. 

Folkswood (5th)- 8/10
Couldn't quite run up to his effort in the Cox Plate (2040m) but had his fair share of excuses, having to travel wide throughout. 

Gailo Chop (11th)- 4/10
The third galloper to come out of the Cox Plate and the long preparation took its toll as he faded to finish 11th. 

Gingernuts (Late Scr)- NA
Injured a cannon bone on the way to the barrier. Future is unclear and will depend on the outcome of surgery on Monday November 13. 

Race 5 - 2:50PM Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600 METRES)

Vengeur Masque (1st)- 9/10
Consolation win in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2500m) for the Mike Moroney galloper, who just missed out on a Melbourne Cup (3200m) start last week. Will head for a spell with next year's cup on the agenda. 

Grey Lion (2nd)- 8/10
Looked the possible winner at the 100m mark before just fading on his run. Heads to the Ballarat Cup (2200m) on November 25 and looks to be a live chance for trainer Matt Cumani. 

Qewy (6th)- 5/10
Started as favourite but the Bendigo Cup (2400m) winner couldn't look after punters and finished 6th. The Irish galloper will now be retired. Handy stats in Australia with three wins and a fourth in the 2016 Melbourne Cup (3200m) from his five starts down under.

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