Runners to watch: Caulfield, July 15th

Ray Hickson's race reviews, notes and blackbookers from Saturday's Melbourne metro meeting at Caulfield.

Race reviews: Caulfield, July 15th

Race 1: TROA Jockeys Trust (1400m)

Mr Optimistic (2nd): this might have been his race but he was very stiff not to win. Ridden forward behind the speed and ran up the back of the leader 300m out then cut out of another run. Balanced up and finished off again. Unlucky.

Note – Orient Line got the breaks when needed and darted through a gap to beat the luckless Mr Optimistic with Dane Thunder in third after being handy throughout.

Race 2: John & Denise Cobcroft Handicap (1200m)

Aljawzaa (3rd): had his chance but plenty to like about his run. Fairly out and worked into a spot just off the speed. Came from racing on the fence to about five off to make his run and kept coming to the line. At peak now.

Note – I Did It Again was well supported through the week and didn’t go around a horse as he edged away late from Bandipur, who strangely didn’t cross to the fence but had his chance, and Aljawzaa closing off well late.

Race 3: Henry Dwyer Handicap (1200m)

Hot Dipped (2nd): landed in a three wide trail with some cover. Chasing a bit before the turn but peeled out and hit the lead 200m out with the winner trailing her. Fought very hard but lack of race fitness probably cost her.  She can win in Melbourne.

Note – Moonlites Choice can be hard to catch but she had a perfect cart into the race behind Hot Dipped and only just nailed her in the last couple of strides. If Not Now When did her usual thing and finished the race off into a place.

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Race 4: Laming Racing Handicap (2000m)

Kiwia (4th): arguably a good thing beaten, he didn’t step the best and was buried back midfield on the fence. Went looking for runs everywhere in the straight and checked a couple of times, drove late to go down about half a length.

Note – rough in the last 200m with Windbern causing severe interference but straightening up to mow down Snipfit with the leader Shadow Prince just clinging onto third from Kiwia.

Race 5: National Jockeys Trust (1700m)

Note – a well timed move on Portion Control to sweep to the lead on the turn proved the difference and he was strong to the line holding Show A Star who tried hard but wasn’t able to lead as he likes and Bling Dynasty made a dash and is close to a win.

Race 6: TAB Supports Jockeys Trust (1400m)

Revolving Door (2nd): huge performance after being planet four wide on the speed throughout. He loomed to hit the lead in the straight but the winner had an easier run and was able to kick. Should have won.

Note – given a perfect run just behind the speed, Nikitas was able to break through. Only had to get around the leader and he had spent less petrol so held off Revolving Door with My Paisann rocketing home late into third, another nice effort.

Race 7: Monash Stakes (1100m)

Note – Supido proved a little too classy first-up, sweeping down the outside from second last to down Daytona Grey who got up along the fence and Murt The Flirt hitting the line strongly.

Race 8: LUCRF Supports Jockeys (1200m)

Beatniks (3rd): plenty to like about the way she found the line late in a race dominated on the speed. Under pressure before the turn but was strong in the last 200m at her first run for a new stable.

Note: basically a two horse war from the jump with Forgeress worrying the leader Sullivan Bay out of the win, they were always well clear, with Beatkins running on hard late into the minor.

Race 9: OTI Racing Handicap (1400m)

Note – three in a row for Schism who took advantage of the on fence pattern in the sprint races and held off Onerous who had her back and his chance to run her down with Airalign battling on for third. Nothing made any significant ground.

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