On The Watch

Winner of non-stakes race at end of Flemington carnival surprises with outstanding sectionals

He was the Danny O’Brien-trained gelding Order Of Command (Squamosa), who had settled back in 12th place before producing a great turn of foot under Damien Oliver and fighting back for a comfortable neck win in a time of 1:03.28. But it was his sectional times that impressed; Order Of Command’s 200 metre breakdown (from... Read More

Unexpected leader turned the Victoria Derby into a stern test of stamina

Connections advised that the colt would be ridden more forward to overcome his outside barrier (16) and Seberate worked deep on the track before actually crossing to the front, his rider Cory Parish then elected to let the colt stride along. His tactics then suddenly turned the race into a stern test of stamina and... Read More

The really strong pace in W S Cox Plate was a surprising feature of the $5m race

With a final field of eight, the race was anticipated to be run at a steady to reasonable pace at best, but that proved far from the case. The overall time of 2:03.47 was only 0.53 seconds outside of Winx’s (Street Cry) track record of 2:02.94 established in her eight-length 2017 Cox Plate victory. The... Read More

Still hard to believe just how slow the mid-race pace was in the Caulfield Cup

In somewhat of a surprise, the leader was the 2017 Victoria Derby (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Ace High (High Chaparral), who went to the front in the early stages due to the initiative of Damien Oliver. The leading rider was then able to keep steadying the pace that actually resulted in two mid-race 200 metre... Read More

Redzel clocked slower in The Everest than Pierata recorded in winning the consolation

After beginning smartly from his inside barrier (1), Redzel travelled well in front at quite a reasonable tempo in the heavy 9 conditions, got a break on turning for home and then fought back well to score by a length from Trapeze Artist (Snitzel) in a time of 1:12.03. One race earlier, Pierata (Pierro) ran... Read More

Turnbull Stakes sectional times analysis a further demonstration of Winx’s brilliance

Her three-year winning streak looked in danger when Winx was back in last place as the ten-horse field approached the home turn, needing to gain clear running and then accelerate off a very steady tempo to record her 28th successive win. The early pace was set by Trap For Fools (Poet’s Voice) who had run... Read More