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Racing round-up - Reykjavik and Buffalo River among the big winners at Flemington

Adam Cusworth in News 6 Jul 2019
  • Round up of all the big race news from the action around Australia on Saturday July 6
Buffalo River wins at Flemington (PA Images)

Racing was at Flemington on Saturday July 6 for Winter Finals day, while in Sydney, the action was at Randwick

Here is our round up of the big results from the two venues as we take a look at where the big names are headed next. 

Flemington

The headline act of Finals day at Flemington was the Winter Championship (1600m) and the Listed feature was taken out by the Lindsey Smith-trained Reykjavik. The former West Australian was too good for his rivals, clearing out to a three length win from Romancer and Holbein. 

After starting as a drifting $9 chance, the four-year-old settled in a midfield slot with Linda Meech on board before stamping his class in the concluding stages. The win provided Smith with his first major city winner since setting up a satellite stable in Warrnambool. 

Earlier in the day, Meech partnered the Robbie Laing-trained Fabulanski to victory in the Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) for the two-year-olds with the $31 shot upstaging the firm favourite, Rubisaki. 

The Robbie Laing-trained galloper will now be aimed at the Victoria Derby (2500m) later in the year, a race that Laing took out with Polanski five years ago before missing out with Stars Of Carrum last year. 

Another winner at Flemington that has been earmarked for bigger and better things is the Michael Moroney-trained Buffalo River, who made it three wins from as many starts in Australia since switching over from the U.K. 

Sent out a raging $1.55 chance in the Silver Bowl Final (1600m) for the three-year-olds, the hotpot didn't let favourite backers down by cruising to a one length win ahead of Mr Exclusive. Moroney is keen to target the inaugural Golden Eagle (1600m) for the four-year-olds in November. 

Other winners on finals day included Future Score, who claimed the Banjo Patterson Series Final (2600m), while Malibu Style was a controversial winner in the All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m), holding on to the race despite the fact that his barrier was released a fraction early when jumping. 

Randwick

One of the key talking points out of the Randwick meeting was the performance of Sir Elton, who made it three wins from as many career starts by taking out the Everest Carnival Handicap (1100m). 

In what was Hugh Bowman's first ride in two months, the Adam Duggan-trained galloper worked hard in the early stages but was too good at the business end and his connections will map out what is next in store for the Gosford gelding. 

Other impressive winners at the venue included Wu Gok, who came with a well timed run to take out Race 6 of the day ahead of Dr Drill, while Ljungberg took out the Kensington Handicap (1300m) from Bangkok. 

Looking Ahead

Group racing returns on Saturday July 13 for the John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield, while at Rosehill, the Winter Stakes (1400m) is the feature. 




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