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Performance analysis for Heroes Day – October 15, 2018

BY WES MARTIN
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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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RACE 1 - RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II DIVISION I (3-YEAR-OLDS/NW2) 1700METRES/8 1/2FURLONGS

Miss Linda Wray, chased by odds-on favourite Uncle Honey, led at a fast gallop with the pair racing clear with 800 metres to come. She's Symbolic, presented in immaculate condition, made a sharp move to get on terms with Uncle Honey in the lead approaching the home turn. Caught in the upper stretch, Uncle Honey tried gamely to stave off the challenge but was outstayed by She's Symbolic, who won by just over two lengths.

RACE 2 - $600-550,000 CLAIMING (3-YEAR-OLDS&UPWARDS) 1000METRES/5FURLONGS ROUND

Little Big Horn having his fourth outing in a month was a step slowly into stride but rounded rivals to make the early pace. Packman and Smash Alert ensured that Little Big Horn had no real comfort on his bridle but he tried to stay with Pakman who challenged for and gained the lead at the distance. Entering the last 200 metres it was clear the early exertions took its toll as Pakman had no answer for Pleasant Secret's strong finish scoring by just over two lengths.

RACE 3 - RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III (4-YEAR-OLDS&UP/NW3/O/T) 1600METRES/8FURLONGS

Uncle Vinnie led as if he had bolted out of control and was as many as 10 lengths clear 800 metres from the finish with all except the eventual winner in trouble at that stage. Storm Valley pursued in earnest from 500 metres out and eroded the leader's advantage gradually until gaining the ascendancy inside the last 100 metres to prevail by a neck.

RACE 4-RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V (4-YEAR-OLDS&UP/NW2) 1500METRES/7 FURLONGS

Okahumpka sprinted well clear of the field down the backstretch but shortened quickly in the home straight. Transfusion was always going easily as the best of the pursuers then cruised to a seven-length victory at the expense of Instagram with Helena a further six lengths back in third.

RACE 5-RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II DIVISION II (3-YEAR-OLDS/NW2) 1700METRES/8 FURLONGS

United States-bred maiden Graydon out for his ninth appearance, made this look almost too easy as 500 metres out he went past Empress Nicole who made the early running with Treasure Train close. Travelling strongly on the bridle, Graydon, pursued by Treasure Train, turned for home clear and the foreigner won by six lengths on a day when his trainer Philip Feanny , OD was recognized by promoter SVREL for posting his 2000th winner earlier in the year.

RACE 6-MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT (TWO-YEAR-OLDS) 1300METRES/6 1/2FURLONGS

Princess Annie was unlikely to be defeated in this maiden event having run a good third in the Cash Pot Trophy previously and finishing ahead of a few winners. Promising debutant Cairo led and narrowly headed a tightly bunched field into the straight before Princess Annie dashed into the lead and went clear to beat him by six lengths. Well-fancied Duke ran in a manner to suggest he will be better suited by longer distances.

RACE 7-$120-100,000 CLAIMING (4-YEAR-OLDS&UPWARDS) 600METRES/3FURLONGS STRAIGHT

Burning Exit led on the stand side with Awesome Cat in close touch and Speedy Process in the front rank but drifting towards the far rails. Awesome Cat was always travelling best to beat Speedy Process by almost two lengths with Stormonthesea finishing third but was eventually disqualified and placed eighth.

RACE 8-$250-210,000 CLAIMING (3-YEAR-OLDS&UPWARDS) 1000METRES/5FURLONGS ROUND

Markofaprince led a competitive field into the home straight and galloped well until overtaken by Pizarro inside the last 200 metres. Both Fortuneonehundred and Milagro being always prominent ran on well but could not get on terms with the determined Pizarro who beat them by a half a length and a neck respectively.

RACE 9-MAIDEN CONDITION (FOUR-YEAR-OLDS&UPWARDS) 1100METRES/5 1/2FURLONGS

General Mubarak was the first to show but soon gave way to Just Natural with Lady Budget close up and going well on the bridle. Just Natural found nothing extra in the upper straight leaving General Mubarak in front but by then Lady Budget was travelling much the better and went on to score by a length and a half. Shauna Cruise secured second by a short head over General Mubarak who bled and had to be eased close home.

RACE10-NIGEL NUNES OPEN ALLOWANCE (3-YEAR-OLDS&UP) 1820METRES/9FURLONGS+25YARDS

Second generation trainer Anthony Nunes in a race named to memorialise his late father may have treated this appropriately as a special occasion by presenting Bigdaddycool for his third 2018 start in unbeatable condition. Outstaying this year's Derby winner Marquesas by six and half lengths in a fast time of 1:53.0. Bigdaddycool's performance was easily one of the best of the season. With no further setbacks and being the freshest of the Supestakes contenders he may very well be the one to beat.

RACE 11-RESTRICTED MAIDEN CONDITION (3YOS) 1000METRES/5FURLONGS STRAIGHT

The condition of entry in a race for horses started three or more times and not earning $250,000 lifetime presented the owners of Full Time with a gift. Always in the front rank, Full Time when asked for the winning effort sprinted away to score by over four lengths to confirm his superior form.

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