Caulfield review by Ray Hickson

Race 1 : Pancare Foundation Plate (1000m)

1st Rough Justice – Damian Lane 2nd Supido – Luke Nolen 3rd Zeletto – Brad Rawiller

Temps Voleur blew the start and was a clear last. Rough Justice showed speed to lead with Zeletto handy to him. Bullpit, who usually leads, took the trail. Good Offa was trapped three wide around Deconstructed and Petrologysettled midfield. Rough Justice held about a neck or so on Zeletto coming to the turn and Deconstructed found plenty of room to run on as Good Offa hung out. Bullpit battled and out wider Supido, who had raced off the track throughout, started to wind up. Zeletto couldn’t go with Rough Justice at the 200m and the leader was safely holding him. Supido kept coming down the outside and it was a huge effort to get as close as he did. Zeletto held on for third ahead of Deconstructed and couldn’t really give anything else a rap. Bullpit disappointed. Zeletto was found to have pulled up with some soreness in front, maybe related to the firmer track.

Follow: Supido’s run was excellent.

Race 2: Inglis Ready2Race Sale (1700m)

1st Firehouse Rock – Nick Hall 2nd Hawking – Chad Schofield 3rd War Point – Craig Newitt

Took a while to work out a leader until Berning Desire crossed to the fence and the front. Breath Of Life came across with him to sit up second and Hawking had the box seat. Firehouse Rock landed next in the clear and Kaizaenand War Point also found handy spots. Lotion was stranded three wide in midfield. Manhattan Avenue took off from further back but wanted to hang and eventually ran right off the track. Not much action up front with Berning Desire having every chance. Breath Of Life was first under pressure and Hawking got up inside him and into the clear nearing the turn. Firehouse Rock moved up three wide and Kaizaen seemed to battle. War Point was under hard riding well before the turn. Firehouse Rock loomed up at the 200m and ran to the lead and Hawking tried to go with him. Berning Desire stuck on and War Point was getting warm out wider. In a blanket finish Firehouse Rock held off the stablemates Hawking and War Point, whose flat spot is proving very costly, but there were a host of good runs just behind them. Kaizaen eventually got going and was close up and it was hard to miss Justaway getting home late, as did Turbo Street and Triple Gold both only beaten a length or two.

Follow: Justaway, Turbo Street and Triple Gold all look promising staying types.

Race 3: Alannah Hill Plate (1100m)

1st Fast ‘N’ Rocking – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Anatina – Craig Williams 3rd Ryker – Tommy Berry

Reasonable line and Ryker was one of the fastest out with Kencella gathering pace underneath him. Anatina eased just off them ahead of Rifleman who raced outside African Pulse. Smackdown and Fast ‘N’ Rocking were next in a somewhat strung out field. Kencella ran them along, more in the style he did last prep, and had Ryker slapped up to try and go with him. Anatina moved out three wide and Rifleman followed her. Fast ‘N’ Rocking crept up behind them. Kencella didn’t show much fight and was reeled in at the 200m by Ryker and Anatina, Rifleman was looming up as well. Shortly after, Anatina hit the lead but Fast ‘N’ Rocking took a run inside Ryker and sprinted better over the last 50m to post his first win over a year. Ryker was handy in third and Rifleman had his chance but was close up. They beat the rest home comfortably and safe to say Chris Waller has some work to do with Kencella. It was Fast ‘N’ Rocking’s first run as a gelding so there’s a chance he’s turned the corner, we’d like to see him do it once more.

Follow: Ryker is a much better horse around 1400m so it was an encouraging return.

Race 4: TMB Printing Handicap (1400m)

1st Thinking Of You – Luke Nolen 2nd Pickin’ Time – Glen Boss 3rd Pittsburgh Flyer – Nick Hall

A line of four in front early with Not A Happy Camper, I’m A Flying Star, Fortiche and Taste Of Money all up there until I’m A Flying Star took over. Pittsburgh Flyer was three wide just off the speed and Fontein Ruby over raced inside Thinking Of You and Pickin’ Time three deep with cover. Veuvelicious settled up just off midfield in the clear. About three lengths between the first nine or 10 coming to the turn as Pickin’ Time moved quickly up four deep to join the leaders. Pittsburgh Flyer tried to go with her and Fortiche stuck on well. Not A Happy Camper couldn’t pick up behind her but Thinking Of You emerged off Pickin’ Time’s back and claimed them at the 200m. She dashed right away and wasn’t really punched right out. Pickin’ Time had every chance in second from Pittsburgh Flyer, who was game after having no cover. Fontein Ruby ran on fairly without threatening and Berimbeu was another to make some ground late. Veuvelicious did nothing while Crafty had to be ridden negatively from the very wide gate and don’t knock her on that run.

Follow: Thinking Of You had plenty on these.

Race 5: Dalziel Racing Handicap (1400m)

1st Star Fashion – Michael Walker 2nd Suavito – James Winks 3rd Nadeem Lass – Ben Melham

Mezeray Miss and Keep De Rose landed in front from the inside two gates and Members Joy pressed on to join them but was stuck three wide around Metaphorical and Lady Cumquat. Suavito found herself in a perfect spot one off the fence with Golden Penny to her inside. In a strung out field Spirit Of Heaven and Five All were next. Mezeray Miss had them stacked up at the 600m and looked to be travelling best on the turn. Keep De Rose tried hard under the whip and Lady Cumquat had plenty of room to come through but didn’t quicken. Members Joy struggled and Suavito came around her to give chase. Metaphorical and Spirit Of Heaven were both inconvenienced trying to get clear at the 200m. Star Fashion got around Suavito’s heels and chimed in as did Nadeem Lass out very wide. Mezeray Miss had nothing left and was swallowed up at the 50m with Star Fashion finishing over the top of Suavito. Nadeem Lass arrived in time to tip Keep De Rose out of third and Mezeray Miss and Spirit Of Heaven were right alongside them. Blanket Bay made some good late ground fresh as well. Of the rest Dig A Pony only beat a couple home but she did play up before the start, wouldn’t surprise if she goes to Flemington and improves.

Follow: Spirit Of Heaven was unlucky not to go close.

Race 6: Naturalism Stakes (2000m)

1st Gris Caro – Ben Melham 2nd Entirely Platinum – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Bonfire – Craig Williams

Spillway might have been a neck or so slow and was dug up to improve. Bonfire strode across to find the lead from a bunch of them, none of which seemed interested in sitting second. Gris Caro eventually took that spot givingEntirely Platinum some cover around Foundry. Spillway wound up in an awkward spot with Let’s Make Adeal and Ibicenco outside him. They weren’t breaking any records so Ibicenco took off midrace and got up three wide around the leading pair. Bonfire and Gris Caro kicked up and regained control past the 800m. Foundry strode up behind them and Entirely Platinum was stuck between horses as Let’s Make Adeal followed Ibicenco forward. Spillway was shuffled further back and for some reason went up behind the battling Ibicenco on the turn. Gris Caro took over 300m out but Bonfire was game, Entirely Platinum got going between them and started to run on. Ibicenco was one-batting and that caused more problems for Spillway who went back inside looking for runs. Our Voodoo Prince and Albonetti were hitting the line hard out wide from last. Gris Caro held off Entirely Platinum to get an exemption into the Caulfield Cup. Bonfire scraped into third from Albonetti. Ibicenco actually wound up fifth ahead of Araldo and the luckless Spillway, who was never able to let go. Disappointment from Our Voodoo Prince and you can safely cross Foundry off as a spring contender.

Follow: this could have been the one that got away for Spillway.

Race 7: Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m)

1st Foreteller – Glen Boss 2nd Happy Trails – Michael Rodd 3rd Crackerjack King – Michael Walker

The grey Crackerjack King broke the line first and went straight to the lead but stayed a few horses off the fence. Lidari stayed on the rail and Star Rolling raced handy. Thought Worthy pressed on up to third on settling.Foreteller was much closer this time and raced inside Silent Achiever with Happy Trails and Stipulate following. The Offer settled last. Crackerjack King rolled along on his own several horses away from the fence. Lidari led the rest of them from Thought Worthy. Star Rolling looked in trouble a fair way out and Silent Achiever dropped the bit early as well. About six horses off the rails Crackerjack King turned well clear of Lidari who came off the fence as well to try and match him. Foreteller crept up behind him and Happy Trails pushed Star Rolling out of the way to get moving. Silent Achiever couldn’t sprint with them. Crackerjack King was claimed at the 100m by Happy Trails to his outside and Foreteller to his inside and Foreteller did just enough to win. Much improved effort from Happy Trails and Crackerjack King, what do you say about him? Tracked wide where the ground was better and led them a merry chase. Could have been a fluke, though, so want to see him again. Of the others, Lidari had his chance, Silent Achiever was one paced but was also second-up so assess her next time. Super Cool was actually in this race but was never sighted until he picked up some ground to be sixth. Want to see something from him next time too. Nothing wrong with The Offer’s run even though he beat one home.

Follow: from a Cup point of view stay with The Offer.

Race 8: Sportingbet Sprint Series (1200m)

1st Girl Guide – Craig Williams 2nd A Time For Julia – Luke Nolen 3rd Shamal Wind – Nick Hall

Danestroem missed it by a couple of lengths otherwise a good line. Spirits Dance sped through to lead the stablemate A Time For Julia and Girl Guide was up there three wide. Samaready lobbed behind them between Enquareand Politeness with Shamal Wind easing. In a very bunched field Real Surreal was four deep, Danestroem improved past Jessy Belle and May’s Dream and Forever Loved, who normally races handier, was relegated to last. The line of three on the turn remained intact with Girl Guide, under some pressure, pushing on to join Spirits Dance and A Time For Julia. There was plenty of room for Enquare to come through and Samaready was the first horse beaten (she has since been retired). Politeness started to wind up outside her and Shamal Wind was finding room between them to run on. A Time For Julia got the better of Spirits Dance at the 100m but Girl Guide wouldn’t go away while Politeness and Shamal Wind were closing fast. On the line Girl Guide stuck her nose out to win again. Every chance A Time For Julia but a good run and Shamal Wind might have left the run a shade late. Politeness was solid first-up. Of those further back plenty to like about May’s Dream’s fresh effort and note her second-up record. Forever Loved was never a factor which is puzzling considering her excellent first-up run. Hard to make excuses for anything though as the winner sat three wide on the speed throughout.

Follow: May’s Dream shapes as an improver.

Race 9: Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1400m)

1st Trust In A Gust – Brad Rawiller 2nd Lucky Hussler – Ben Melham 3rd Resistant – Craig Newitt

Cauthen was urged out of the gates to cross and lead and did so but didn’t have an easy time as Resistant pushed up and Commanding Time was sent forward as well. Trust In A Gust held the box seat behind them. Lucky Hussler and Flyingconi were next in the clear. Cauthen eventually got his own way and Trust In A Gust booted up and came off his heels into second place. Resistant eased back to third and Commanding Time stayed out three wide. Lucky Hussler started to creep forward before the turn. But Trust In A Gust put paid to Cauthen on the home turn and sped clear. Resistant couldn’t sprint with him but kept coming as did Commanding Time while Lucky Hussler just took a while to wind up. Trust In A Gust belted them in an arrogant display from stablemate Lucky Hussler who eventually got going and Resistant clung on for third ahead of Flyingconi and Cauthen. Commanding Time wasn’t disgraced and they were a few lengths clear of the rest who were in a race of their own and were never a hope.

Follow: have to stay with Trust In A Gust.

Specials from the meeting: Thinking Of You, Triple Gold, Spirit Of Heaven, Ryker.

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Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st                   Malice                         Kerrin McEvoy 2nd                  Black Revolver           James McDonald 3rd                   Paederos                     Winona Costin

Supreme Warrior was slow to go in the first and went back to last early on before kicking through along the fence to pass a couple.  Paederos took it up when they settled down, from Projectile on its outside and Devonshire Duke back in third on the fence.  Black Revolver who was sent out an odds on favourite went back to last also after a bit of a slow get away.  When they came around the turn and up the rise Paederos still had it.  Supreme Warrior was looking to get up the fence, Malice was coming down the outside along with Black Revolver who had made up ground.  In the run to the line it was Malice who finished too strongly to get there from Black Revolver, with Paederos just weakening in the last bit to run third.

Follow: None to follow

Race 2

1st                   Manawanui                  Ty Angland 2nd                  Rock Sturdy                 Corey Brown 3rd                   Tougher Than Ever      Tim Clark

Riva De Lago seemed to rear at the start and went back to the rear.  Aussies Love Sport was the best to begin along with Pheidon, with Aussies Love Sport running clear.  Monton settled in third with Manawanui on the fence in fourth.  Before the turn, Pheidon moved up outside of Aussies Love Sport, with Monton coming up three wide.  Manawanui was getting the suck along behind the leader on the fence but needed clear running.  Pheidon claimed Aussies Love Sport as they topped the rise, and Rock Sturdy started to chime in strongly down the outside.  As Rock Sturdy ran to the front, Manawanui got the split through the middle.  In the run to the line, Manawanui, first up for over 12 months, packed too many guns for Rock Sturdy in what was a very good win.  Tougher Than Ever finished third a few lengths back.

Follow: Manawanui

Race 3

1st                   Kuro                            Blake Shinn 2nd                  Echo Girl                    Tim Clark 3rd                   Klammer                     Josh Parr

It was a decent line out in the Heritage Stakes, with a few of them burning for early supremacy.  Kuro eventually found the front but was still off the fence is Klammer kicked through on his inside. Echo Gal took a nice sit in behind them.  This Is Australia and Delectation got back to the rear.  Up the rise, Kuro was held to gether and ran to the front.  When he was asked for the effort he put the issue beyond doubt pretty easily.  Echo Gal ran past Klammer to get second.  There was gap back to Delectation in fourth who didn’t really do much, and the same can be said for This Is Australia.

Follow: None to follow

Race 4

1st                   First Seal                     Blake Shinn 2nd                  Winx                            Jason Collett 3rd                   Earthquake                  Kerrin McEvoy

Earthquake began well and ran to the front today from Winx and First Seal who was in third.  They appeared to go slowly in this, and you wanted to be on one of the first two in the run.  After they turned for home, Winx went up to Earthquake and both began to be asked for an effort.  Under pressure, Earthquake ran out on Winx, and whilst this was going on First Seal came through inside the pair and sprinted to the lead.  It was a nice win by First Seal, but I did still like the run of Winx who I don’t think was suited by the slow pace, and the bump from Earthquake also did not help.  I’d like to see Winx over a little more distance and with some pace on and I think you will see more of what we saw first up.

Follow: Winx

Race 5

1st                   Junoob                         Blake Shinn 2nd                  Criterion                      Corey Brown 3rd                   Bagman                       Brenton Avdulla

2000m for The Hill Stakes, and Honorius ran to the front initially before Junoob was let stride clear after a few hundred metres.  Honorius was keen to take the sit and Criterion moved up outside of it, from La Amistad and Moriarty.  The pace again looked slow in this event.  Junoob was left to have a picnic in front, and from the 600m mark began to wind things up a little bit.  Around the turn, Junoob still hadn’t been asked for the big effort, whereas many others were off the bit.  At the 300m mark, Blake Shinn asked Junoob to sprint, and he put the issue beyond doubt.  Criterion did well to keep chasing in second spot, and the run of Bagman was good in a race that was not run to suit.  Moriarty and La Amistad were both very ordinary.

Follow: Criterion

Race 6

1st                   Sacred Falls                Zac Purton 2nd                  Royal Descent             Glyn Schofield 3rd                   Laser Hawk                 Ty Angland

Gypsy Diamond was straight out the back when the gates opened.  Panzer Division was out quickly and Laser Hawk showed intent to lead and did so.  Rising Romance settled up in third spot early.  Royal Descent got a handy spot on the fence to go up and join Rising Romance, with Sacred Falls also back on the fence behind that pair.  I’m sounding like a broken record, but it was yet another race where the pace was slack in the middle stages.  Before the turn, Cassidy was off around them on Hawkspur.  Up to the 300m mark, Laser Hawk was still kicking in front with Panzer Division struggling to get on terms.  Sacred Falls and Royal Descent were both looking to come through the middle.  In the sprint to the line Sacred Falls was brilliant, leaving the rest of them standing.  Royal Descent ran second which she is making a habit of doing.  Laser Hawk held on for third.  Outside the winner, Lucia Valentina was the run of the race, coming from last on the fence to finish out wide flashing home.  She is right on track for The Caulfield Cup and is my early tip for that race.

Follow: Lucia Valentina

Race 7

1st                   Boss Lane                    Sam Clipperton 2nd                  Brook Road                 Brenton Avdulla 3rd                   Atmospherical             Tim Clark

A pretty good line out in race 7 with Maysoon one of the best to begin along with Boss Lane.  Those two took it up in that order from Ivory Cognac and AtmosphericalIdeal Position was out wide on the track and looking to pull its way up closer, which left it three deep on the speed.  Maysoon led them up the rise with Boss Lane trying to get on terms and those two had gotten away from the rest of them with a furlong left to run.  Soon after, Boss Lane got the upper hand from Maysoon and sprinted away to win.  Brook Road was the one attacking the line hard in the final stages to get second from Atmospherical who had every chance.

Follow: Brook Road

Race 8

1st                   Terravista                    Corey Brown 2nd                  I’m All The Talk         Brenton Avdulla 3rd                   Famous Seamus           Tim Clark

The Shorts was the last event on the card and it was a good line out.  I’m All The Talk had it early with Safeguard out wide and Didntcostalot in the middle who was looking to ease and take the trail.  The favourite Terravista was getting was in about fifth spot but was pushed three wide as they headed towards the 600m.  I’m All The Talk kicked away up the rise, but realistically you never had any worry if you were on Terravista as he started to come after the leader very quickly.  In the run to the line he went straight past I’m All The Talk and put the issue beyond doubt.  Joe Pride has suggested this is the best horse he has ever trained, and based on this win, who could argue?  I’m All The Talk held second from the fast finishing Famous Seamus.  Sessions was just a run in fourth after trailing the winner up around the turn.

Follow: Terravista, Famous Seamus

Specials from the meeting: Winx, Lucia Valentina, Brook Road