BENDIGO REVIEW – MARCH 20th 2016 SATURDAY

Race 1: All Seasons Hotel Handicap (1400m)

1st Pilote D’Essai – Nick Hall
2nd Rock Forthe Ladies – Luke Nolen
3rd Tristram’s Sun – Jake Bayliss

Temps Voleur broke the line first and headed to the lead as Here To There was ridden up to overcome a slightly tardy start. Henwood held the rails andTristram’s Sun managed to slot in with cover. Royal Rapture was in that group and Rock Forthe Ladies had to ease after being trapped deep before finding a spot three back on the outside. Temps Voleur was being pressured by Here To There before the turn and the latter held about half a length but under duress. Royal Rapture and Henwood waited while Rock Forthe Ladies got going from behind them and Pilote D’Essai latched onto his back. Temps Voleur kicked back to regain the lead as Here To There got the wobbles in the straight. There was room for Henwood between them while Royal Rapture was battling. Pilote D’Essai swept up quickly 200m out and raced away. Rock Forthe Ladies was a bit flat as the winner sprinted but he picked up nicely late while Tristram’s Sun was held up for a significant period behind horses before getting to the outside and finishing off for third. Here To There stuck on, he was a different horse not being able to control things, ahead of Royal Rapture while Temps Voleur dropped right out.

Follow: Pilote D’Essai was strong at his local debut and Tristram’s Sun is readily to win now.

Race 2: TROA Handicap (1300m)

1st Fast Cash – Brandon Stockdale
2nd Thinking Of You – Luke Nolen
3rd Fidel Astro – Nick Hall

Azeema somewhat surprisingly eased right out to last. Florelle landed in front with King’s Command between her and Fidel Astro and Release The Speedwider out. Tips And Beers sat behind that quartet and Fast Cash had plenty of cover. Stylish Miss and Bee Jay Zed were next and Thinking Of You settled well back. Florelle was basically uncontested in front as Fidel Astro sat up over a length away, Tips And Beers improved on the fence and Release The Speed stayed off the track. King’s Command drifted back next. Fast Cash peeled out coming to the turn and Thinking Of You followed it through. Azeema was widest on straightening. Fidel Astro took over at the 200m with King’s Command in pursuit and Tips And Beers just battling. Wider out Fast Cash and Thinking Of You were winding up and they quickly ran clear with Fast Cash always about a neck clear and he held that to the line. Fidel Astro kept going for third just ahead of the fast finishing Master Sommelier, who can do that from time to time in his races. King’s Command was a bit one paced while Azeema finished at the back.  Might pay to forgive her a bit, ridden very negatively and she’s better than that.

Follow: none, these are well exposed.

Race 3: Mittys Sprint (1000m)

1st Manhattan Blues – Nick Hall
2nd Mystic Moon – Linda Meech
3rd The Big Dance – Ben Thompson

The Big Dance gathered speed to drive through and lead Billabong Babe and Mystic Moon ducked in behind the pace.  Scandimania settled fourth and the last trio were Ragazzo Del Corsa around Magna Rossa and Manhattan Blues. The Big Dance wasn’t waiting for anyone and skipped away a couple clear on the turn, getting the chasers off the bit. Scandimania took the inside run and Billabong Babe tried to come on outside but the leader kept going. The race changed complexion quickly in the last game 100m as The Big Dance started to weaken. Manhattan Blues burst through to grab The Big Dance and held off Mystic Moon who closed quickly wider out with Magna Rossa who took forever to wind up. Well timed ride on Manhattan Blues to post a first-up win. Blanket finish behind him. Ragazzo Del Corsa ran last ridden against his best performances which are up on the pace.

Follow: none in particular.

Race 4: VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m)

1st If Not Now When – Michael Dee
2nd Summer Glen – Linda Meech
3rd Valliano – Mark Zahra

Summer Glen tried to burn them off early on but didn’t seem keen to cross to the fence and If Not Now WhenCreativity and Princess Of Queens booted up. Valliano and Tris settled a couple of lengths back and Launched picked up ground along the rails. Coming to the turn If Not Now When had pulled out of the battle up front leaving Summer Glen three wide around Creativity and Princess Of Queens, Valliano pulled deep while Tris stayed towards the inside looking for runs. Creativity couldn’t get past Princess Of Queens and at the 200m Summer Glen ran past that pair. Launched was hampered on the fence and If Not Now When started her run and loomed strongly with Valliano. If Not Now When finished off by the far the better after a nice run and was far too good in a nice debut. Summer Glen boxed on very well to hold second and Valliano had his chance but kept coming into a place just ahead of Tris. Creativity disappointed after having every hope and not a bad run from Launched after getting cut out a couple of times. Nothing else from the back made an impact.

Follow: there’s definitely a win in Summer Glen.

Race 5: Better Loosen up Trophy (2400m)

1st Dandy Gent – Dale Smith
2nd Lucky Lucky Lucky – Stephen Baster
3rd Assign – Nick Hall

Took a while to sort them out and Wexford Town worked across to the lead out of the straight from Lucky Lucky Lucky who took the fence behind him.Black Jag was up handy as usual and Our Bazaar strode up three wide. Assign stayed on the back of that group around Dandy Gent. In the middle stages Wexford Town and Black Jag opened up a gap of some five lengths and Ancient King made a move to slot into third ahead of Lucky Lucky Lucky and Our Bazaar. Black Jag started to serve it up to Wexford Town nearing the turn and Ancient King moved up three deep. Our Bazaar and Assign were hard at it next and Lucky Lucky Lucky stayed on the inside around the turn. Wexford Town was the first horse beaten and dropped right out. Ancient King hit the lead at the 400m as Black Jag also struggled. Assign was chiming in and Lucky Lucky Lucky gained a split to chime in. Wider out Dandy Gent had worked into the clear and was winding up. Assign finally got to them inside the 100m but Dandy Gent was there to pounce and he finished too well late to score. Lucky Lucky Lucky poked through on the fence to snatch second from Assign while Waxing made up a heap of ground late to be right behind them.

Follow: none, pretty standard staying race.

Race 6: Gold Bracelet (1400m)

1st Written – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Atlantis Dream – Brad Rawiller
3rd Amarela – Patrick Moloney

Distant Dreams was clearly best out but didn’t want to be there and Written ran to the lead. Samartested moved to second in the clear while Nadeem Lasswas caught wide around Distant Dreams and Our HarmonyNoela’s Choice and Atlantis Dream were next enjoying good runs from Iteration, recovering after being slowly out. Hijack Hussy settled among the last few. Written scooted away before the turn and stayed well off the fence. Samartested was hard ridden trying to chase her down, Our Harmony stayed hard up against the fence. Written was there to be run down at the 100m and they were coming but she’d opened up too big a lead and held them comfortably. Atlantis Dream ground away to get up for second with Amarela weaving her way through near the inside to snatch a place off Samartested while Hijack Hussy left her run all too late but she made good leeway in the straight. Noela’s Choice and Nadeem Lass were close up but never a winning chance.

Follow: Atlantis Dream was very good first-up and worth sticking with Hijack Hussy.

Race 7: Golden Mile (1600m)

1st Nevis – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Big Memory – Mark Zahra
3rd Survived – Damien Thornton

Big Memory jumped very well from the outside and went forward with Nevis kicking up underneath to hold the lead. Genuine Lad was up on the outside ofSurvived and the jumper Westsouthwest on the inside. They were well off the rail. General Groove settled in the clear about midfield with Abidewithmeand Velox next. The field strung right out behind Nevis who rolled along a few lengths clear of Big Memory and a similar ago to Genuine Lad and Survived. General Groove had no excuses and he was joined by Abidewithme and Velox trying to improve. Nevis was still well clear at the 200m as the rider started to go for him. Big Memory was the only one within striking range and started to close. Survived was boxing on and General Groove was closer to the inside and going up and down in the one spot. Abidewithme was running on without threatening and Velox just got the better of her late for fourth. The rest of the field were in another race as Nevis held off Big Memory for a bold all the way win. You can sack General Groove despite pulling up with some mucous that may have affected him.

Follow: Big Memory looks just about ready to win.

Race 8: Bendigo Guineas (1400m)

1st Silent Sedition – Nick Hall
2nd Amadeus – Brad Rawiller
3rd Odyssey Moon – Mark Zahra

Call Me Curtis took up the running from his wide gate, again well off the fence, and Odyssey MoonSilent Sedition and Amadeus let him go. Purrpussfulwas up there with the leading bunch and midfield were Red Alto inside Dawn Of Hope and Palace Tycoon. Call Me Curtis was unchallenged in the lead but was under pressure early in the straight. Odyssey Moon looked to be all set to pounce but he had a bit of a think while Amadeus took a run between them and Silent Sedition started to let down wider out. Invincible Knight made a dash right up on the fence but Silent Sedition swept on by and kicked away for an impressive win. Amadeus fought on well for second and Odyssey Moon got going again after the winner gave him windburn. Patchy effort from him after having a good run. Invincible Knight ran well first-up in the worst part of the track. Of the others Tivaci was never in the call and only worked home without ever being in the race.

Follow: stick with Silent Sedition.

Race 9: Bendigo Trophy (1100m)

1st Society Man – Dylan Dunn
2nd Duibio – Nick Hall
3rd Squeaky Squirrel – Patrick Moloney

Runsati showed his usual speed to head off Society Man with Squeaky Squirrel on his outside and Windjammer right behind them. A bunch next includingBradmanArmada and Ventic with Sardaaj wider out. Stratcombe was even further out while Running Bull was back on the fence. Right out in the middle of the track Runsati led to the turn but Society Man cut the corner a bit and got up on the inside. Running Bull also came through on the inside section with Armada and Duibio also in that vicinity. Wide out on the track Squeaky Squirrel and Illustrious Lad were running on but Society man was going well and he drew away late to hold Duibio comfortably. They queued up for third with Squeaky Squirrel just nailing Runsati for third and close up were Illustrious Lad on the outside and Running Bull close in with Armada on their backs. Sardaaj proved disappointing in the run home though you had to be on the pace generally.

Follow: Running Bull’s effort was solid in the worst part of the track. Be wary of the form overall here, the fence was off and those on the pace did very well.

Specials from the meeting: Tristram’s Sun, Atlantic Dream, Big Memory, Running Bull.

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ROSEHILL REVIEW – SATURDAY MARCH 12 2016

Race 1 – NATHAN’S FAMOUS EPONA STAKES (1900m)

1st VERGARA – James McDonald
2nd HEAVENS ABOVE – Tye Angland
3rd SWEET FIRE – Tommy Berry

Reasonable line out with late substitute McDonald flying the start on Vergara. All Cerise was also out well with Skyline Blush and Alegria, Gust of Wind and Sweet Fire next, followed by Piamimi, Blendwell, the favourite Heavens Above who had been drifted well back, Mary Lou and Adorabeel.

Vergara led them with All Cerise reasonably well held by Dunn who was happy to sit second. Mary Lou looked to improve from the rear and stepped out into the side of the course, whilst the favourite continued to be shuffled back, second last now. Mary Lou emerged wider still which allowed Dunn out on Heavens Above as they entered the straight, Vergara still leading with McDonald starting to up the ante. He held them as Heavens Above started to properly wind up down the outside, with the closer pursuers in Sweet Fire and Alegria going past All Cerise easily. Piamimi – blocked for a run before finding the rail – and Blendwell also ran on well, but it was Heavens Above with the only realistic chance of running down Vergara. As usual McDonald had his timing spot-on as he held the favourite off to claim a narrow win.

Watch: Vergara, Heavens Above.

Race 2 – IRRESISTIBLE POOLS & SPAS N E MANION CUP (2400m)

1st LIBRAN – Brenton Avdulla
2nd CAFÉ SOCIETY – Tommy Berry
3rd GALLANTE – James McDonald

Slow start, Beyond Thankful bounding out first but immediately pulled up by Bowman who wasn’t interested in leading. Nor was anybody else wanting to take up the running, the battle of patience lasting until the first turn when McDonald on Gallante, having come from his wide gate, pulled to the front just in front of Café Society on the rails. The rest formed an orderly queue – Libran, Do You Remember, Beyond Thankful well covered with Auvrey on his outside, and Another Cocktail last of all.

Across the back Beyond Thankful was perhaps over-racing just slightly, Bowman letting him slide past Do You Remember and move up toward Libran, which Avdulla had stepped off the rail, Bowman pushing through to third. Everybody else still sitting fairly quietly as they ran down the side of the course, until Angland on Auvrey, having shifted back to last, came out wide and put his foot down at the 600m to make his move. As he moved up to midfield Avdulla stepped Libran out in front of him and had the clear air, Auvrey laying in and losing momentum. From there it was all Libran, moving up and past the leaders to take a comfortable win. Another Cocktail ran on reasonably for fourth.

Watch: Libran – did it fairly easily.

Race 3 – THE SEBRING (1200m)

1st SOUTHERN LEGEND – Tim Clark
2nd EGYPTIAN SYMBOL – Brenton Avdulla
3rd DENMAGIC – Christian Reith

Stunningly straight line out at the 1200, with plenty wanting the front and a competitive battle to get it. They sorted themselves out and it was Bowman on Flippant who took the lead eventually, then slowed the speed. He had Takedown just behind him, Regatta Rebel, then Wolf Cry and Southern Legend with Ottoman caught three wide. Puritan was on the fence in midfield followed by Serene Majesty, Counter Attack caught deep and Denmagic just behind.

They hit the straight and fanned out, a wall of horses jostling for position with Wolf Cry passing the leader and Egyptian Symbol giving chase in the inside. On Wolf Cry’s other flank was Tim Clark on Southern Legend making ground quickly, with Ottoman and Counter Attack on his outside. It was all Southern Legend, Clark booting it home, with Denmagic and Counter Attack hitting the line very well.

Watch: none

Race 4 – RANVET STAKES (2000m)

1st THE UNITED STATES – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd HAURAKI – James McDonald
3rd CRITERION – Michael Walker

The first Group 1 of the day it was to Dibayani jumping out first from the inside, with Mongolian Khan also out well and sitting on his outside, before Bohemian Lily came rushing past them both to take up the lead. Kool Kompany moved up on the outside to take Dibayani and sit second outside the leader, then Storm The Stars and Mongolian Khan well placed on the inside. There was a further gap back to Criteron and Hauraki, and then a similar gap again to Weary and The United States bringing up the rear.

Kool Kompany kept the speed on to briefly challenge Bohemian Lily for the lead before they settled down with a gap to Dibayani and Mongolian Khan. Storm The Stars was on the outside with Bowman looking to improve position down the side of the course. As they came to straighten it was Criterion who went widest to find space, with Weary behind him and The United States also at the rear but caught inside. They went for home in a line, quickly claiming Kool Kompany with the United States finding its way through the mob and Dabayani also looking to challenge strongly, along with Hauraki and Criterion down the outside. It was The United States and Hauraki who emerged strongest, Hauraki really putting it to The United States, who held him off in a very tough performance.

Watch: The United States, Hauraki – the runner up wouldn’t have lost many friends.

Race 5 – CHINA HORSE CLUB GEORGE RYDER STAKES (1500m)

1st WINX – Hugh Bowman
2nd KERMADEC – Zac Purton
3rd PRESS STATEMENT – James McDonald

Turn Me Loose was out best and came across to take the lead from Press Statement, First Seal settling in next and then a group of three in Tinto, Hucklebuck and Winx, the champion caught three wide. There was then a gap back to Happy Clapper and Kermadec bringing up the rear.

Bowman responded by moving Winx up to third outside Press Statement, and one out and one back from First Seal. Nobody yet challenged Turn Me Loose for the lead, Bosson pushing him along at a comfortable speed. It went up a notch round the final turn, the leader shifting out slightly before being swamped – Kermadec moving up on the rail, Press Statement next, First Seal outside and Winx looming ominously wider again. First Seal dropped off leaving a race in three, with no surprises who had the most – Winx put them to bed in a matter of strides, solid runs from super horses in Kermadec and Press Statement not even threatening as the champion crossed the line easing up – Chris Waller securing a Group 1 trifecta..

Watch: Winx, Kermadec – no words required regarding the winner, but Kermadec certainly wasn’t disgraced.

Race 6 – SKY RACING ROSEHILL GUINEAS (2000m)

1st TARZINO – Craig Newitt
2nd MONTAIGNE – Blake Shinn
3rd JAMEKA – Damien Oliver

Real battle for the lead early here with plenty pushed forward, Boss coming across on I’m Belucci to claim it from Jameka, also keenly ridden. River Wild settled into third from the well placed favourite Tarzino, Le Romain and Gold Ambition – caught fairly deep – with Montaigne the best of the rest.

Boss switched the pace right off down the back of the course and the rest followed suit, grabbing a breather and remaining in line. That group then broke away, with Etymology and Vanbrugh tacking onto the back, and opened up a few lengths on the rest of the field. Jameka took up the lead as they straightened with I’m Belucci stopping dead, Tarzino also building strongly and River Wild, Le Romain, Etymology and Montaigne giving chase. It was Tarzino the strongest, pulling away to claim it comfortably from Montaigne and Jameka, Vanbrugh running on well for fourth.

Watch: Tarzino, Vanbrugh.

Race 7 – LONGINES GOLDEN SLIPPER (1200m)

1st CAPITALIST – Blake Shinn
2nd YANKEE ROSE – Zac Purton
3rd FLYING ARTIE – Damien Oliver

To the feature and favourite and Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice was the story of the start, well and truly missing it to trail the field and end his race before it’d started. Defcon was also snagged back with him, whilst up the front rank longshot Sweet Sherry led them out, with Astern on his flank, Scarlett Rain deeper still and Flying Artie well placed back on the rail. Berry shifted Scarlett Rain back a touch to find some cover as they moved around the turn, Sweet Sherry still leading with Astern stalking and Flying Artie still getting a favourable run.

The movers as they straightened were Capitalist and Honesty Prevails, the former looking for a run just behind the leaders and eventually laying out slightly to find it. From there Shinn pushed the button and went for home, claiming a hard ridden Sweet Sherry and leaving him in his wake. Meanwhile Telperion had found the fence inside Flying Artie, the pair running on well along with Honesty Prevails. Yankee Rose flew down the outside in an eye-catching run for second, with Star Turn also finishing well.

Watch: Capitalist, Yankee Rose, Star Turn.

Race 8 – BANJO GALAXY (1100m)

1st GRIANTE – Craig Williams
2nd SHIRAZ – Brett Prebble
3rd DOTHRAKI – Blake Shinn

Clark on Ball Of Muscle was keenest for the lead, coming across to take it from Lord Of The Sky, Dothraki, Bounding, Griante on the fence from Fell Swoop, Terravista back on the inside and Boss Lane and Lumosty tracking widest.

As they straightened Dothraki stepped out and handed Lord Of The Sky a decent hip-and-shoulder, giving chase to the leader as Griante moved up and Bounding came down the outside. Williams asked Griante for something and got a great response, speeding past the leaders to take the win from a group of hard finishers in Shiraz, Fell Swoop and Bounding.

Watch: Shiraz – great finish down the outside from a long way back.

Race 9 – TAB BIRTHDAY CARD STAKES (1200m)

1st SULTRY FEELING – Blake Shinn
2nd LUCKY CAN BE – Sam Clipperton
3rd PERIGNON – Kerrin McEvoy

Bring Me The Maid and Look To The Stars both missed the start considerably, whilst Flashing Speed came across to take up the lead from Two Blue and Onemorezeta. Moor quickly slowed the speed on the leader with Onemorezeta caught wide, Perignon nicely placed behind on the rail from Vezalay and the favourite Sultry Feeling just a little deep.

They straightened and bunched right up, Perignon getting notably locked in on the rail and unable to get a run, with Lucky Can Be also back right on his hammer. Two Blue took over the lead but it was only momentarily, as Sultry Feeling was nicely placed in space with plenty to give. She sped away as they finally sorted themselves out on the rail, Lucky Can Be and Perignon released and having a late dive at the post, and Cradle Me finishing hard down the outside

Watch: Lucky Can Be, Cradle Me – both hitting the line well.

Race 10 – NEWCASTLE NEWMARKET HANDICAP (1350m)

1st ARTISTRY – Thomas Huet
2nd NANCY – Tommy Berry
3rd AMOVATIO – Hugh Bowman

Good start in the last with the widest runners in River Lad and Bull Point in no rush to get across, as they battled for the lead and eventually took it before finding the fence. Aomen was one back on the rail with Ecuador just outside him, Lunar Rise next and then Sadler’s Lake, Nancy and Artistry in a row with the later caught three deep.

Huet on Artistry was the mover into the side of the course, looking to improve position and moving up on the outside of Lunar Rise, whilst Berry on Nancy was instead content to lay back. At the front there was little change until they straightened, fanning right out for a sprint to the post. River Lad battled on but was claimed, Artistry down the outside looking strongest despite the extra ground covered. Nancy was blocked for a run momentarily before being released, the two running away with only Amovatio from well back showing much in the final stages

Watch: The winner was impressive given his wide run, whilst Amovatio also finished well.