Danny O’Brien will proceed to undertake a affected person strategy with rising skills Order Of Command and My Pendant regardless of authoritative victories at Flemington.
O’Brien entered the assembly with palpable optimism and Order Of Command and My Pendant justified secure expectations with high quality wins whereas Lycurgus (second) and Portman (fourth) additionally ran properly.
However, as spectacular because the profitable pair was, O’Brien will resist the temptation to hurry them to larger ranges.
With The Standish Handicap (1000m) looming on New Yr’s Day, O’Brien will take a conservative course with Order Of Command.
“Obviously he looks as though he will get to Stakes level at some stage but he’s still running off a low enough rating to keep himself in the lower grades,” he stated.
Order Of Command ($2.25) scorched over his final 200m in 11.23secs as Damien Oliver sooled the four-year-old previous Demolition ($Four.20) and Gwenneth ($51).
Oliver described Order Of Command as “a perfect racehorse” after profitable the Festive Season Dash (1000m).
“He can take a nice sit and he’s got a good turn of foot,” Oliver stated. “He’s a great little horse. He’s foolproof, makes his own luck.
“I was a little worried getting onto the course proper. The leader (Gwenneth) put a little margin on us and we were under pressure but he responded really well.”
“He seems to hit the after-burners at the clock tower,” he stated.
“That’s what you need in those straight races. He just needed to get a bit of room.
“Once he did, he certainly found the line really strongly.
“We love winning races at Flemington. We’re happy to wait if we have to.
“We’ve got a good spread of meetings here through the summer so you’ll be seeing him again down the straight, I’m sure.”
O’Brien will give My Pendant a brief break at his Thirteenth Seashore property earlier than aiming at autumn spoils with the filly after a robust win within the Santa’s Workshop Plate.
Ridden by Craig Williams, My Pendant ($three.30) scored by a neck from Notation ($6.50), with Queen La Diva ($Four) three-quarters of a size away third.
O’Brien will think about the Group three The Vainness (1400m) at Headquarters subsequent yr.
“She’s come a long way in a short time,” O’Brien stated.
“It’s an exciting 2019 coming up for her.”
WILLO EXTENDS LEAD IN TITLE RACE
Craig Williams prolonged his result in 5 within the Victorian metropolitan premiership with a treble at Flemington.
The reigning champion saluted on My Pendant, Fallen Empire and Poised To Strike.
Ben Melham posted a double on Etymology and Usain Bowler however earned a careless driving suspension for his show on Etymology.
JOCKEY GOES BIG SELL ON MILE PLAYER
A veteran bush galloper with only one metropolis win from 55 begins has emerged as left-field contender for the $5 million All-Star Mile.
Penny To Promote, a seven-year-old mare, is among the many entries for the world’s richest mile race after snaring the Nominate Nowfor the All-Star Mile (1600m) at Flemington.
Educated at Bendigo by Mick Promote and ridden by Craig Robertson, Penny To Promote’s quest to hitch champion gallopers within the March 16 function rests on the variety of public votes she will get.
“We are nominated so anyone who loves this mare, just keep on voting,” Robertson stated.
“A mare like this, she’s just so tough and keeps trying. She’s a little star to us.
“They’re bloody hard workers, Mick and the team at home. It’s a credit to them.”
Boasting a formline that features Dunkeld Cup victory this preparation, Penny To Promote might probably earn sufficient votes to problem a cluster of Group 1 winners, together with Comfortable Clapper, Grunt and Aristia.
LINDSAY PARK IN ALL-STAR PURSUIT
Coaching powerhouse Lindsay Park additionally covets a begin within the All-Star Mile with Poised To Strike after a dominant efficiency within the Christmas Raceday Trophy (1200m).
David Hayes stated the Australian Guineas can also be an choice for the gelding.
“He missed the spring on purpose and I really think he’ll be a contender in the autumn,” Hayes stated.
“We’ve probably got to enter him in The All-Star Mile if he’s a Guineas horse and as a Guineas winner he’d be the perfect horse for that race,” Hayes stated.
HAVE YOU SEEN/HEARD?
Michael Poy, one other son of a gun, returned to scale with a reduce to his nostril after eventual Yuletide Handicap.
The race was gained by Mr Cash Luggage for Robbie Griffiths and Jye McNeil, however the speaking level of the race surrounded the lates cratchings of Mr Gustavo and Antah after the pair turned fractious within the gates.
Poy, who rode King’s Command, miraculously stayed aboard the topweight after it dipped when leaping away, spearing Poy skywards.
The apprentice, whose father is former champion Michael Clarke, managed to remain aboard King’s Command, solely to make heavy contact with the horse’s head.
Poy bridged the hole to the sector earlier than driving the horse vigorously — regardless of his damage — into fifth place.
He was taken to hospital for remark.
ROLLERCOASTER RIDE FOR THORNTON
Stephanie Thornton endured a rollercoaster journey of feelings after being honoured as Racing Victoria’s prime graduate of its apprentice jockey coaching program.
Lauded as RV’s excellent apprentice, 19-year-old Thornton was suspended for 25 conferences for improper driving at The Valley.
Stewards discovered Thornton turned Belwazi’s head inwards and positioned “undue pressure” on Stephen Baster’s mount I’m Too Scorching.
Thornton has deferred the beginning of the ban till after subsequent Saturday’s assembly at The Valley. She is eligible to return onJanuary 23.
French Woman – bled from one nostril.
So You Dream – off-fore suspensory.
King’s Command – mucus on scope.
Ben Melham – eight conferences for careless driving.
Blake McDougall $200 for extreme whip use.
$50,000 @ $2 on Coronary heart Conquered
$15,000 @ $1.30 on Superior Pluck to put
$10,000 @ $2.20 on Order Of Command
$10,000 @ $2 on Order Of Command
$7000 @ $2 on Coronary heart Conquered
$3500 @ $1.90 on Doubtful
$1000 @ $14 on Penny To Promote
$5000 @ $three TWICE on Deterge
$3000 @ $three.10 on Hawkshot
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We were counting up how many racetracks he has galloped, raced or trialled on and it’s about 10 already. He’s well educated.” — Ciaron Maher after Doubtful gained the Nolan Handicap at revamped Eagle Farm.
TAB BIG BETS
My Pendant landed some huge bets in taking out the Santa’s Workshop Plate (1400m).
Champion jockey Craig Williams timed his run to perfection in operating down the chief Notation ($5-$6.50) over the ultimate 200 metres, with the nicely tried Queen La Diva ($Four) operating on for third.
My Pendant held probably the most cash and was chargeable for 41 % of the full funding. Queen La Diva held simply over 30 % and was the one one critically tried to beat the winner.
BETS: My Pedant $1000 @ $three.50, $3000 @ $three.30, $1500 @ $three.30, $1200 @ $three.30, $1000 @ $three.30 MULTIPLE TIMES, $2000 @ $three.20, $1000 @ $three.10
Craig Williams made it an early double after guiding Poised To Strike ($6) to a simple win down the Flemington straight.
The Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig runner was an excellent winner, simply defeating O’Tauto ($6-$7) and the roughie Wild Vitality ($26-$81) which nosed out the favorite Hawkshot ($three.10-$three.90) for the minor finish of the prize.
Hawkshot was simply the preferred runner and held 3 times as a lot as anything.
BETS: Poised To Strike $600 e/w @ $5.50/$2
Late betting exercise for Penny To Promote was spot on after Craig Robertson acquired one of the best out of her within the third occasion on the cardboard.
The daughter of Pentire was $9.50 out to as a lot as $14 earlier than a late flurry of cash noticed it begin a $12 probability.
Penny To Promote completed greatest to beat Supre ($5.50) and Teodora ($12-$eight.50).
Miss Wahoo ($Four) was truly the preferred runner and went round with 4 occasions extra money than anything.
BETS: Penny To Promote $1000 @ $14, $1000 e/w @ $14/$three.70
BETS: Miss Wahoo $4000 @ $three.80
Etymology was the most effective tried runner within the race and eventually obtained to interrupt his maiden within the Completely happy Holidays Handicap (2500m).
The Godolphin runner was backed from $Four within the morning to start out a $three.70 favorite and after being held up till halfway down the straight, sprinted sharply when clear for jockey Ben Melham.
Etymology raced clear to beat Lycurgus ($Four.60-$Four.40-$5), which held probably the most cash, and Berisha ($Four.60-$5.50) which labored residence properly for third.
BETS: Etymology $2000 @ $three.70
BETS: Berisha $1000 @ $6, $10,000 @ $2 PLACE
Fallen Empire justified his favouritism to salute within the fifth occasion on the cardboard.
The Ellerton & Zahra-trained galloper was $three.20 in to as little as $2.90 earlier than beginning a well-liked $three.40 commodity.
Fallen Empire completed greatest to carry off Money Affair ($Four-$Four.40-$5) and Cincinnati Purple ($5.50), whereas fourth positioned Renegade ($7-$Four.40) was the topic of a superb betting transfer.
Money Affair, regardless of being a late drifter, was the preferred horse and held round 40 % extra money than the winner.
BETS: Fallen Empire $1500 @ $three.40, $1000 @ $three.40, $1500 @ $three.30, $1000 @ $three.30 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1000 @ $three.20, $1000 @ $three TWICE,
BETS: Renegade $3600 @ $Four.40
BETS: Money Affair $1000 @ $5 TWICE
Damien Oliver rode a affected person race on the closely backed Order Of Command however finally, he did the proper factor by its backers within the Festive Season Dash (1000 metres).
Oliver had the recent favorite positioned simply off the velocity which was being set by roughie Gwenneth ($51). Ready till the 200m to problem his problem, Oliver purchased Order Of Command with an enormous run and the pair swept to the entrance to beat Demolition ($three.70-$Four.20) and Gwenneth.
Order Of Command ($2.20) had bottomed out at $2 after being $2.70 within the morning. It was answerable for 56 % of the whole funding.
Demolition was the one one significantly tried to check Order Of Command nevertheless it held a 3rd of the cash that the winner did.
BETS: Order Of Command $3500 @ $2.30, $10,000 @ $2.20, $4000 @ $2.10, $10,000 @ $2 TWICE
A late push for Mr Cash Luggage paid dividends within the Yuletide Handicap (1400 metres).
Mr Cash Luggage had been as a lot as $5.50 within the morning and a few early cash noticed it backside out at $Four.40, nevertheless, it then obtained again out to $5 simply minutes out from the leap.
Punters had a second dig on the Robbie Griffiths runner and finally noticed it leap at $Four.60 and a transparent second decide out there behind Haunted ($three).
Beneath the urgings of Jye McNeil, Mr Cash Luggage completed greatest to beat Kazio ($9) whereas Haunted battled on to complete third after racing on the velocity all through.
BETS: Mr Cash Luggage $1000 @ $5, $1000 @ $Four.80, $1000 @ $Four.60, $1000 @ $Four.40
BETS: Haunted $1000 @ $three.30, $2200 @ $three, $2000 @ $three.10 TWICE, $2000 @ $three, $1800 @ $three, $1000 @ $three, $2000 @ $2.90, $1500 @ $2.90
There was good cash round to recommend that Lamborghini ($7) would run a very good race within the Summer time On The Garden Handicap (2000m).
Lamborghini was one of many extra in style runners within the race and actually, solely the favorite Creedence ($three.50) held extra.
Hugging the rails, the Patrick Payne-trained runner completed onerous underneath the urgings of Tahlia Hope to beat Nothin’ Like Harry ($16-$13) and Prime Of The Vary ($15-$10-$13) which had specking on the eachway odds.
Creedence, which was greater than 3 times as widespread as anything, was a pricey conveyance.
BETS: Lamborghini $1000 e/w @ $7.50/$2.70, $1,600 @ $7
BETS: Creedence $3001 @ $three.50, $2000 @ $three.50, $3000 @ $three.40, $2000 @ $three.40 MULTIPLE TIMES, $1500 @ $three.40, $1000 @ $three.40
BETS: Prime Prospect $3000 @ $11
Usain Bowler powered down the centre of the Flemington straight to expire a powerful winner of the Merry Christmas VRC Members Handicap (1200m).
The John Sadler-trained runner hovered across the $6.50-$7.50 mark proper all through the day and had some good cash driving on it after being $9 on Wednesday.
Ben Melham rode the right race because the pair stormed house to beat the closely tried Mastering ($2.70-$three) which was held up at an important stage.
Purple Choux’s ($101) rounded out the trifecta at large odds.
Mastering was the most effective supported runners at Flemington all day and was almost eight occasions as fashionable as Usain Bowler.
BETS: Usain Bowler $1200 @ $eight.50, $1000 @ $7
BETS: Mastering $2300 @ $three, $2000 @ $three MULTIPLE TIMES, $1500 @ $three MULTIPLE TIMES, $1000 @ $three MULTIPLE TIMES, $4600 @ $2.90, $3287 @ $2.90
BETS: Rox The Citadel $2500 @ $6.50