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Flemington Western Health Race Day

December 13th, 2014 0 comments

The boys in the band were there. Warming up for next week.

Another poor start in the first with Tallat finishing third in a seven horse field. But a sort of recovery, if you can call it that, with Corporate Takeover in the third. The only horse in the field that didn’t have a fault. I was counting the $2.80 when it hit the front at the 100 metres only to be swamped at the post in a photo with three other horses for third. A dead heat! I didn’t know whether to be happy that I didn’t lose or disappointed that I didn’t win more! And in the fourth Native Land was a standout and was never in danger for the place at a nice $2.50. Now that’s a recovery.

The favourite in the seventh, Kingdom Of Dreams, has a reputation for acting up. It had the ear muffs and stallion chain, with the clerk accompanying it around the yard. The horse was sweating freely, which is quite OK on a hot day. But it’s not OK to show a lot of resistance, so much so that it was hard to frame him in a picture! The clerk took him out onto the track early where the jockey hopped aboard. I declared him a lay and tried my best to get set but my offer of $1.42 for the place wasn’t matched with the price quickly blowing out to $1.55. Too greedy I suppose. The horse came home well from last for fourth.

And in the eighth I quite liked Mighty Like who won well at $1.90 the place. A horsewatcher remarked to me that he looked just like Terravista on Stakes Day.

And in the last I couldn’t split Madam Gangster and Profit Share so I left the race alone. They finished first and second. But I was half happy with 2½ out of 4. I can’t remember the last time I had a ½.



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