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DWAYNE Dunn will try and persuade James Cummings to keep debut Flemington winner Microphone in Melbourne for next month’s Blue Diamond Stakes. But it might be a losing battle.

“I’m a bit concerned that the plan is to get this done today, get the prizemoney, and then head to the Golden Slipper,” Dunn said on Saturday.

Adding to Dunn’s concerns is that Godolphin has not nominated Microphone for the Blue Diamond.

“I’ll say to James and the team to leave him in Melbourne as long as you can,” Dunn said.

Microphone had a narrow win, but Dunn suggested that wasn’t a reflection of his ability. “He’s in the top five Godolphin two-year-olds coming through, so it’s good to see him perform.”

Dunn sat comfortably on Microphone, who was down the middle of the track. But he had to shake up the colt when Pretty Brazen, who was on the inside, kicked clear with 100m to go.

Dunn admitted he thought Microphone might have picked up Pretty Brazen more easily than what transpired as he had to push hard to grab her and win by a nose.

media_cameraMicrophone scored an impressive debut win at Flemington. Picture: AAP

Microphone’s stablemate Auxin stalked him down the outside and at one stage looked to be travelling better.

“The other horse had the advantage of being on the rail,” Dunn said. “I sort of held on to him thinking I had a lot more than what I did. His trials round the corner showed he’s got a turn of foot, but you don’t normally show that down the straight.”

Dunn said Microphone had had three trials in the lead-up to his debut, which may have taken the edge off him. “That was a pretty good ­effort down as I was in the middle on my own for most of the race,” he said.

Godolphin’s Melbourne foreman Kate Grimwade said Microphone’s win was “an impressive start to his career”.

media_cameraDwayne Dunn is hoping Microphone stays in Melbourne for the Blue Diamond. Picture: AAP

“He has to do it on his own,” she said. “Auxin threatened with 200m to go, so it was good that he was able to fight back and ­respond in the manner that he did.

“I also couldn’t have been happier with Auxin’s run, too.”

Luke Currie, who rode runner-up Pretty Brazen, said the Tony McEvoy-trained filly was unlucky not to have won.

“She did a good job. The horses that went down with her weren’t good enough to go with her,” he said. “I could see the Godolphin horse on my outside was close, but if we had been together she would have won.”

Microphone ($2.45 fav) ­defeated Pretty Brazen ($4.80) by a nose, with Auxin ($5.50) three-quarters of a length ­behind.

THE SUNDAY FIX

Shoe-in for Mile?

ile Tony Noonan put in his pitch for Manolo Blahniq to gain a start in the $5 million All-Star Mile after his success in the Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Noonan flew back from the Gold Coast to watch the win and headed straight back up there for the yearling sales. “We didn’t have a lot of luck with Dwayne trapped wide but he’s a good jockey and he just nursed and nursed him. He’s a consistent horse.”

Noonan then suggested: “All the girls who like shoes – he’s the horse to vote.”

Manolo Blahnik is the name of a famous Italian shoe.

Meech double

Linda Meech took advantage of Racing NSW relenting last month to allow dual licence holders to be able to ride in Sydney as she rode the winners of the first two races, becoming the first trainer-jockey to win. She won the opening race on the Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace-trained Star Fall and then won the second race on Smart As. Victorians were on fire at Randwick as Andrew Mallyon was successful on Extreme Bliss for David Brideoake.

media_cameraLinda Meech won the first two races at Randwick on Saturday. Picture: AAP

Star turn

Star Fall was also in the Magic Millions Guineas but the stable elected to start him in Sydney after they couldn’t get on a flight to the Gold Coast. The victory was good timing for the stable as it came just days after they announced they were opening a permanent stable for 30 horses at Warwick Farm.

Stakes plan for So Si Bon

So Si Bon reverted to norm when he finished second to Silentz but co-trainer Ben Hayes was pleased with the effort. “He kept kicking back. He over-raced a bit in the early stages and the winner had the nice suck run behind him.” Hayes said they would now freshen up and tackle the Orr Stakes and the Futurity Stakes with him. “He’ll be much better suited by a fast pace where he doesn’t have to lead.”

Chauffeur shines

The Darren Weir and Warrnambool factor didn’t take long to make a difference with former top two-year-old Chauffeur, who made a winning debut for the team when he took out the Paddock Bar Plate (1100m). Weir’s stable manager Brady Cross said they were using Saturday’s debut run as a ‘look and see’ experiment, so they were pleasantly surprised with the result. It was the second leg of a winning double for Weir and Dean Yendall who combined to win earlier in the program with Silentz.

media_cameraJockey Dean Yendall steers Chauffeur to victory at Flemington. Picture: AAP

DID YOU HEAR/SEE

It was always going to happen and it did on Friday when Racing Victoria received 10 entries from the Darren Weir stable. Weir had already entered Ringerdingding for the $5 million race but added the following Amphitrite, Brave Smash, Extra Brut, Land of Plenty, Fifty Stars, Verry Elleegant, Night’s Watch, Furrion, Mantastic and Declares War. James Cummings also added three well credentialed horses on Saturday – Hartnell, Alizees and Best Of Days.

*The NSW track Glen Innes staged its Cup meeting on Saturday but it was its track rating which gained the focus as it was the almost unheard of Firm 1.

WHO’S HOT

Damien Oliver was at his best when he rode a back to back double scoring on O’Tauto and then Second Bullet. On each occasion Oliver virtually lifted the pair to win under hard riding

after they both looked unlikely to win.

HORSES TO FOLLOW

Blinder – Worked home well with O’Tauto in a promising run.

EXCUSES

Ulmann – stewards reported slow recovery, heat stress.

Mr Money Bags – Not much went right as he wanted to lay-in. His jockey Martin Seidl tried to get him to the outside of the winner Manolo Blahniq but he continually wanted to lay-in.

QUOTE

“All the girls who like shoes – he’s the horse to vote for.” Tony Noonan after the win of Manolo Blahniq.

TAB BETTING REVIEW

FLEMINGTON

RACE ONE

Favourite backers were on the money in The Arbour Plate (1000 metres) when Microphone arrived just in time to beat second pick in the market, Pretty Brazen. Both jockeys chose to go opposite sides of the straight but it was Dwayne Dunn which timed his run to perfection, bringing Microphone with a final charge to nail Pretty Brazen ($4.40-$4.80), which stuck to the inside. Auxin, trained by James Cummings and a stablemate to the winner, was third pick in betting at $5.50 and rounded out the trifecta. Microphone had been $2.60 on Wednesday and as low as $2.25 today. The Exceed And Excel colt held 54 per cent of the total investment.

BETS: Microphone $5,500 @ $2.40, Pretty Brazen $2,000 @ $4.80

RACE TWO

Bold Arial handled the Flemington straight best when it was too good for her rivals in the Summer At Flemington Handicap (1200 metres). The filly gave trainers Ciaron Maher & David Eustace a running interstate double, with the pair having taken out the opener at Randwick with Star Fall just 20 minutes earlier. Bold Arial ($7.50-$6) had some each way money riding on it and landed the cash as she overhauled Sweet Jazz ($4.80-$6) and Jay Jay D’ar ($4.40 favourite), with the latter going around as the most popular runner. Bonito, unplaced, was best tried outside of Jay Jay D’ar and held more than twice as much money as anything else outside the favourite.

BETS: Bold Arial $1,000 @ $6, Viva Valentina $1,000 @ $6 TWICE, Bonito $1,500 @

$5.50, $2,000 @ $5, $1,000 @ $4.80

RACE THREE

Silentz landed some good bets when an impressive winner of the Nominate Now For The All-Star Mile (1600 metres). The Darren Weir runner was easily the most popular horse in terms of money taken, holding more than three times as much money as the next best backed commodity in Guizot. Ridden a treat by Dean Yendall, Silentz raced on the rails before being pushed into the clear at the 300 metre mark to set out after leader, So Si Bon ($5.50-$7.50). Overhauling the frontrunner close to home, Silentz went on to defeat So Si Bon with Guizot ($3-$2.60-$3.30) back third. At one stage, approximately an hour before the jump, Guizot had been joint favourite with Silentz before it drifted out late.

BETS: Silentz $5,500 @ $2.70, $4,000 @ $2.60, $2,700 @ $2.60 TWICE, $2,000 @ $2.60 TWICE, $1,500 @ $2.60

RACE FOUR

One of the best backed runners all day at Flemington was O’Tauto in the Furlong Bar Handicap (1400 metres). The gelding was responsible for over 70 per cent of the total investment and was backed off a high of $2.90 on Wednesday into as low as $2.25, before it finally jumped at $2.50. Support for Symphonette ($5.50-$4-$4.20) saw it become the best backed runner late in betting, with the Phillip Stokes runner giving a great sight before O’Tauto nailed it in the shadows of the post. Blinder ($4-$7.50), which flashed home with O’Tauto, split the pair and took the quinella spot.

BETS: O’Tauto $10,500 @ $2.50, $12,000 @ $2.40

RACE FIVE

Second Bullet landed a few big bets after causing a minor upset in The Club Stand Handicap (2000 metres). Damien Oliver timed his run to perfection after the pair raced near the tail of the field, arriving just in time to beat Tarquin ($34) which appeared to have pinched it after hitting the front inside the 200 metre mark. Beauty Way ($4.20) ran third with the big disappointment being the heavily backed Masculino ($2). Mick Price’s favourite touched a shade of odds-on but started in the black and after racing outside the leader, found little when it counted to miss out completely. It was more than three times as popular as Second Bullet.

BETS: Second Bullet $20,000 @ $4.40

RACE SIX

In one of the more open betting affairs of the day, Set To Sparkle saluted at double figure odds in the Bluegrass Bar Trophy (1400 metres). Ridden out by Luke Currie, the pair held on to beat the well tried Naantali ($5-$3.70) and Amortentia ($7.50-$10). Twitchy Frank, which began the day as favourite, was $4.40-$4.80 and started on the second line of betting while Flying Krupt ($4.80-$5.50) also drifted slightly despite attracting consistent money throughout the day.

BETS: Set To Sparkle $1,000 @ $12, Naantali $14,000 $3.80, Amortentia $6,000 x $4,000 e/w @ $9.50/$2.80, $5,000 @ $9.50

RACE SEVEN

Chauffeur was an upset winner of the Paddock Bar Plate (1100 metres). Now in the hands of Darren Weir, Chauffeur flashed home down the Flemington straight to salute at the price of $19. Invincible Al ($4) and Prezado ($17) filled the minors. Order Of Command went around a very popular $2.30 favourite. It was four times as popular as anything else and held well over half of the market.

BETS: Order Of Command $4,500 @ $2.30, $4,000 @ $2.30, $2,000 @ $1.24 PLACE

RACE EIGHT

Manolo Blahniq ($4-$5.50) was the subject of several big wagers late in betting for the running of the Chester Manifold Stakes (1400 metres). Coming four and five-wide at the top of the straight, the son of Jimmy Choux finished for Dwayne Dunn and trainer Tony Noonan to overpower the frontrunners close to the line. Despite being a drifter for most of the day, he defeated Holbein an Takedown ($14). Most of the attention here was on Mr Money Bags ($4.60-$3.50) which overtook Manolo Blahniq at the top of the market. Of the others, Call Me Handsome ($11-$10) and Holbein ($7-$5.50) were next best supported.

BETS: Mr Money Bags $4,000 @ $4, $1,500 @ $3.60, $1,000 @ $3.50, $2,500 @ $3,40, Manolo Blahniq $2,000 @ $5.50, $1,000 e/w @ $5.50/$2 TWICE, $1,500 @ $5.50

RACE NINE

Fred Kersley rated the hot favourite I Am Someone a treat in the final event on the program.

I Am Someone was installed $2 favourite earlier in the week and got out to $2.50 today, however, despite the drift he was clearly the best supported runner in the event. A son of Onemorenomore, I Am Someone held just under half the total investment in The roof Garden Handicap (1100 metres) and was on the speed throughout. Kersley rode the perfect race as I Am Someone bolted in to beat Got The Moves ($34), which flashed home, and Wazzenme ($34). Vainstream, the $4.80 second pick, wasn’t far off in fourth spot and outside the favourite, held the most money in the race.

BETS: I Am Someone $6,000 @ $2.60, $2,000 @ $2.50 TWICE, Vainstream $4,000 @ $4.80, Wind Force $1,000 @ $21

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