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Saturday 14 May 2022
Eagle Farm The fence was definitely inferior ground throughout the meeting, with most winners coming from wider than 6-7 horses off the fence. Inside draws were at a distinct disadvantage. Not sure there is a lot for punters to take out of this meeting as the track deteriorated throughout the meeting. Anyone who thinks William Pike is not up to contesting it with the top riders in the Eastern states, then just watch him guide Written Beauty home to victory, a ride of which to be very proud. Pike is as good any jockey, better than most. A magnificent finish to the Group 1 Doomben 10,000, with Mazu, Paulele and Entriviere hitting the line in unison. Mazu hit the front a long way from home, looked gone several times in the straight, however kept fighting when Paulele appeared to have his measure to go on to win narrowly. Entriviere would have beaten both in another 25 metres. Daylight was forth. A big congratulations to Sam Clipperton, who rides as well as most jockeys without getting the opportunities he richly deserves, on winning only his third Group 1 race. Flemington The $1.2m colt Doull looked most impressive winning the first race at his debut. It would be a big surprise if he doesn’t go on and win at Group level. Point Nepean drifted in the betting yet put up a phenomenal performance to win the Andrew Ramsden and gain a start in the Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday this November. Deep all the way, took off before the 800m mark, and just kept going to hold off all the challengers. Absolutely amazing. Patrick Moloney copped a thirteen week suspension for his winning ride on Hezashocker after causing severe interference around the home turn affecting three other other runners. Didn’t look good, nevertheless those who got a piece of the $60 plus on the winner were not perturbed. Scone Heavy 8/9 track despite an upgrade mid meeting, so difficult to take a lot from the meeting with most winners coming well off the fence. Look at the prices of the winners, only three of the ten winners were not double figure odds, which shows punters the track caused plenty of issues for the fancied runners. In Secret looked very impressive remaining unbeaten to win the Luskin Star. She might go to Brisbane now and have a good chance in black type races there. Morphettville We have said it before, very sure we will say it again, Barend Vorster simply outrides the other jockeys in South Australia. The South African did again to win the Sires Produce brilliantly on Twin Falls for the McEvoy camp. The other thing punters can take from the win is when the money is on, the Vorster/McEvoy combination is very hard to beat. Illation overcame some acute difficulties to remain unbeaten in winning the Adelaide Guineas. Back and on the fence on a track favouring on pacers, Mark Zahra didn’t panic, got clear on straightening, and the promising colt was far too good for his rivals. A Group 1 ride by Mark Zahra to get Jungle Magnate home in the Group 1 SA Derby. Ride won the race when the two more favoured runners were well back and striking trouble, while that was happening Zahra was off and gone with the prize,