Runners to watch: Caulfield, July 29th

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

Race reviews: Caulfield, July 29th

Race 1: Janet Brady Handicap (1200m)

Divine Chills (2nd): probably a bit stiff not to win after being speared off the track on the turn by a wayward runner. Picked herself up and sprinted but just failed. Racing in top form.

Note – Every Faith stole all the inside runs from last and that soft run was the difference as she reeled in the leader Sullivan Bay, a sitting shot after punching the breeze, and held the late charge of Divine Chills.

Race 2: Sheen Group Handicap (2400m)

Note – A deserved win for Kiwia, who was unlucky here last start, swooping from near the tail and while he was all out in the last 50m he held the fast-finishing Benall, who came from behind him, and Dandre just held third. Fair to say Charlevoix was unlucky, he was held up from about the 700m until inside the 100m.

Race 3: Gold Ingot (1400m)

Confluence (2nd): big effort after sitting three wide on the pace into the headwind and having the audacity to go for home on the turn. Kept coming when challenged and only the last 50m the run told and the winner got away.

Note – farcically run race into the wind and Shamport enjoyed some nice cover before peeling out and racing past Confluence with Mulk finding the line well from midfield for third.

Race 4: Jason Hart Handicap (1100m)

Note – The wind had a big impact on the leaders who completely caved in and Saint Valorem swept home from last down the outside to beat Tango Rock, who looked the winner 200m out, and Certain Ellie poked through for third.

Races 5-9 abandoned due to high winds.

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