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The Melbourne Review May 15

2 months ago

Back to Headquarters for a solid meeting that should throw up a few coming winners. The times weren't massive on the day but the rain and wind saw an end to that, the form should stand up. 


REALM OF FLOWERS Race 6 Flemington

No surprises here when it comes to the win of the day, damn this mare absolutely spanked this lot! Realm Of Flowers is capable of making an impact in a Melbourne Cup if she runs to this standard - keeping in mind that the 2021 Melbourne Cup may well look a lot different in terms of depth, I doubt we will get bulk imports this year and there could be a fair old tail to the race. She runs well fresh and stays on like a beast when she gets clear running. It's worth noting that Persan is not going as well as he can - proof that a busy spring carnival on the back of a busy winter carnival had to give at some time, he's just not finishing races off.


1. VINLAGO (Flemington R1)

There is not a lot of this horse and he's taken a little time for the penny to drop but this was a good performance, the second good run in a row, and he's close to a win. He could probably win a weak metro race on a Saturday but I fancy a drop back to mid-week grade will be the best. 

2. EXCELIDA (Flemington R5)

There was a bit of chatter about how well this mare had been going in the lead up to this race and she certainly showed up to a good standard. Ultmately though she was too far back in a sit-sprint race and by the time she hit top gear the race was over. Stick with her, in a race with genuine tempo she will be winning soon at this level.

3. RANTING (Flemington R7)

Not sure we can totally drop off Ranting on this run, he had a very, very tough run facing the wind 3 and 4 wide no cover and working up behind the speed, he had nothing left over the last 250m with the 62kg on his back - just needed a softer run! Give him another go next start in a better race where he will get weight relief.

4. REYKJAVIK (Flemington R8)

This little bloke is so close to breaking through for another win, the use of the apprentice claim was great thinking here because the horse does struggle to carry weight, but it's not going to get much easier unless he finds a Listed/G3 race where he can get a bit of HCP space. The apprentice jocks might be the key too.


That HYPNOS (3rd R4 $3.20 - $2.90) is in Australia for a good time this winter and he ran a neat race here fresh from a break. He's shown up to Listed level in NZ in the past and could be the sort of horse that lands one of those feature 2000m races at Flemington during the Winter Chamionship raceday - keep an eye on him.