Chris Scholtz reviews racing around Australia on May 13.


Chris Scholtz reviews racing around Australia on May 13.


JIM BYRNE: Wins his first Group One race since 2009 on Redzel in the Doomben Ten Thousand.

ANDREW ATKINS: Three wins over the Scone carnival including a career high win in the Dark Jewel on Daysee Doom.

DARREN WEIR/JOHN ALLEN: SA Derby win adds to the great winning run for the trainer/jockey combination.

DARREN BEADMAN: Six wins! It may be John O’Shea’s legacy but The Dazzler’s first week at the helm of the Godolphin ship couldn’t have gone better. Maintaining the strike rate in the depths of winter will be his challenge.

MULDER: Makes it four wins from four starts at Morphettville. The more they win the better the price!

CLEARLY INNOCENT: What a rare record – six starts at Scone for six wins – he loves the joint!

MICK PRICE: A very good day at the office with three wins on his home track at Caulfield. The treble hammered the bookmakers!


"I'm not going to go the early crow.” - Beau Mertens keeping a lid on his Melbourne premiership hopes after taking the lead with a treble at Caulfield.

"He's a big skinny New Zealand horse with a stayer's action.” – Co-trainer Jamie Richards describes his Rough Habit Plate winner Shocking Luck.

“She has been a model of consistency and is as tough as old boots.” Ron Quinton’s view of his Dark Jewel Classic winner Daysee Doom.

“You have got to give these kids a go in these big races, they can’t win them sitting in the jockeys’ room.’ – Ron Quinton and his support for his apprentice Andrew Atkins.

"If we don't do it this year, we'll smash it next year.” – David Hayes on the aim of the stable to set a seasonal best since Lindsay Park moved to Victoria.

“We went through the details about 27,000 times in the lead-up to the race.” – How Peter Snowden worked out race tactics for Doomben Ten Thousand winner Redzel with jockey Jim Byrne.

"He knows the track better than I do. He showed me the way home.” – Hugh Bowman after Clearly Innocent made it six wins from six starts on the Scone track.

“When you take over a good horse like this you are on a hiding to nothing. Greg had laid the foundation and the horse came to me in wonderful condition.”- Kris Lees thanks Clearly Innocent’s former trainer Greg Bennett.


SCONE CARNIVAL: How refreshing are the two big days at Scone. Great track, quality fields and tense racing in an atmosphere that is made for all ages. This is the model that will always bring people back to racing.

WINTER PICNIC: We are only two meetings into the Queensland carnival and it is already shaping as a whitewash for the local stables. The interstate and Kiwi visitors claimed six of the eight races at Doomben on Saturday after winning three of the four features the previous week at the Gold Coast. It’s going to be a long winter for the Queenslanders – and we haven’t even played a State of Origin game yet!!

ROBERT THOMPSON: He didn’t ride a winner over the two days but every rider at Scone knew the ageless veteran was celebrating his 59th birthday on Saturday. The gentleman jockey is proud that it has been 10 years since he was suspended, not to mention his Australian record 4275 wins.


ANDREW ATKINS: Plenty of candidates but the youthful Andrew Atkins was faultless on Daysee Doom. In fact he was a star of the Scone carnival with three wins – and his wins on Lautaro and Exitozo were just as good!


OZARK: Godolphin supporters landed a sweet move after going up at $11 pre post. Eventually backed into $4.60 favouritism.

CLEARLY INNOCENT: Hugely popular with the punters. Opened at $8 Wednesday and backed from $4.20 into $3.50 on the day made him almost three times as popular as the next fancied. He accounted for 45 percent of the market and was also a bad result in multis.

IDATWO: Lands the long priced plunge ($101 to $31) that we all dream about. The joy of being a nondescript stable that flies under the radar.

ASHLOR: Continues to deliver on the track and in the betting ring. $6 to $3.60 for his sixth win in nine starts.

PEDRENA/ONPICALO/RUN GYPSY RUN: It’s a get on when the money comes for a Mick Price runner. Pedrena delivers after she was backed down from $7.50 to $4.20 at Caulfield. Then they played it up on stablemates Onpicalo ($10 to $6) and Run Gypsy Run ($16 to $10). Party time at the Price stable!

THELBURG: John Sadler is another money trainer. Bookies alarm bells were ringing after this one was backed down from $5.50 to $3. Straight to the front and never in doubt!


INTERLOCUTER: Responsible for 70 percent of the total investment after he was backed from $2.60 into $1.90 after opening $4 on Wednesday. Had his chance.

PRIZED ICON: Heavily tried to start $2.90 favourite after he went $7 on Wednesday. Responsible for 40 percent of the money.

KENJORWOOD: Darren Weir's favourite was responsible for a whopping 75 percent of all bets on the race but was quickly beaten. Pulled up lame.

MONGOLIAN WOLF: ($2.80). Shocker from one of the best backed runners all day. Bets on Mongolian Wolf accounted for 72 percent of the market.

PETITION: Labelled the bet of the day in Adelaide - $2.50 to $1.55 and lost it at the start. More howling from the punters when she flies late to be beaten by a 100/1 bolter. That’s racing!

ODEON: ($3.40-$2.70) Accounted for half of all bets on the South Australian Derby. Every chance.

OVERBERG: Dean Yendall gave Overberg ($6 to $3.60) every possible but still fell short by a head when run down.

ACT OF VALOUR: Another big Adelaide go from $3.60 to $1.90. Had it won until last stride.


GIBRALTAR GIRL Horseform: Stewards report said it all. Forgive run.

ECKSTEIN Horseform: Can only improve with this run behind her.

I AM EXCITED Horseform: Strong debut. Sure to win races.

DEPLOY Horseform: Stable would have to be pleased with first-up second.

NEVERLAND Horseform: Another looming winner for the Weir stable.

ORDER AGAIN Horseform: Good effort up in distance. Genuine improver.

PAYROLL Horseform; Hard to miss. Looks an ideal type for Eagle Farm.

SAMARA DANCER Horseform: Pleasing return off long spell.

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