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Flemington Race 8: Isca BM90 Handicap 1200m

There was nothing to query about the win by Bishops Castle last run as he won fair and square and was confidently backed to do so. Playmaster is well worth forgiving as he suffered from a mucus situation last start possibly brought on by smoke and dust inhalation from the Euroa fires. Jimando’s win first up was arrogant against weaker company and if he is back to his best represents a strong chance. Kumaon is first up over 1400m, which does concern fitness wise, but on the converse it’s a plan by the stable and if he is up to his Group form last preparation must be considered a chance. General Offer only has to make up one length off Bishops Castle and if weights mean anything (do they really make that much difference?) he is in for a chance of reversing the last run positions. Charmed Harmony, unbeaten first up but in lesser grades, and Magnus Reign, better at Moonee Valley, represent solid place chances as does Infinite Energy off his win at Morphettville and Charmed Harmony form line last preparation.

Flemington Race 8. RaceTime: AEDT 17:15, 31/01/2015

Front Runners (6) Bishops Castle, (11) Charmed Harmony.
On Pacers (3) Infinite Energy, (4) Magnus Reign, (13) Tycoon Tara.
Mid Fielders (1) Play Master, (7) General Offer, (8) Floatmyboat, (9) Jimando, (14) The Thief.
Get Back (2) Weinholt, (10) Kumaon, (12) Subiaso.
PACE COMMENTS A fairly straight forward set up early from Bishops Castle and Charmed Harmony as they will lead with the on pacers sitting and waiting. For the mid fielders it simply relies on how fast the early pace is. I don’t see it as being all that hot so the likes of Jimando, Play Master, Floatmyboat and General Offer need to be risked a fraction as those ahead of them at the two hundred metre mark all have the ability to win this race.
CHANCESPlus and Minus FactorsOrderMargin
Bishops Castle PLUS: Three from ten distance, one from one track and distance, 3 kg claim. A 0
  MINUS: Nil.    
Play Master PLUS: Mucus post race discovery last run forgive, two from three track, three from eight good tracks. B 0.5
  MINUS: 30 days.    
Jimando PLUS: Strong first up win, two from four second up, two from six track, five wins good track. C 0.75
  MINUS: 60kg.    
General Offer PLUS: Bishops Castle second meets 2kg better, four from fourteen distance, five good track wins D 1
  MINUS: Nil bar one length to make up on Bishops Castle last run.    
Kumaon PLUS: Group 1 form last preparation, three from three quinella first up runs. E 2
  MINUS: One win from ten career runs, first up distance.    
RISKY The Thief (struggling to win this level), Weinholt (zero wins first up), Floatmyboat (last two runs flat, long campaign), Tycoon Tara (scratched last week query, now eight weeks off).
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