Caulfield Review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: ANZAC Centenary (1600m)
1st Spirit Of Heaven – Regan Bayliss
2nd Spirited Will – Glen Boss
3rd Oriental Ruby – Mark Zahra
Evie Rose broke the line first and crossed to the fence ahead of Noble Twostep and To Be Honest before Spirit Of Heaven accelerated over and sat up second. Atlantis Dream was handy as well but was checked and dropped back midfield around Oriental Ruby. Evie Rose had control passing the 800m but Spirit Of Heaven was right on her hammer as a couple of runs started to come from Atlantis Dream and Emmooki’s Star and they flushed To Be Honest out. Emmooki’s Star was gone as fast as she improved and that left a line of four on the turn. Spirit Of Heaven took over as they cornered and skipped away. Atlantis Dream couldn’t go with her but boxed on and Oriental Ruby found a gap to make ground. To Be Honest was battling and Spirited Will came off heels behind them to run on. Spirit Of Heaven drove further ahead inside the 200m and was far too good. Spirited Will arrived in time to cut Oriental Ruby out of second with Atlantis Dream between them. Acapela came from last to run fifth but looked very one paced. The winner is flying and with 51kg was entitled to run well. Be a little forgiving of Atlantis Dream.
Follow: Spirit Of Heaven still has upside.
Race 2: Legacy Badge Appeal (2000m)
1st Bagman – Craig Newitt
2nd Lord Durante – Steven King
3rd Unchain My Heart – Dwayne Dunn
Regaliti held the lead fairly easily from Lord Durante, who didn’t make an effort to take it up, and Darlimurla Star. Bagman made some use of gate one to be just behind the pace on the fence, Kindergarten Kid was trapped three wide so pushed on the get up into second spot and De Fine Lago raced in the clear before being relegated to second last by the 800m. The field bunched up significantly soon after with Regaliti still leading, Lord Durante came out three wide to get clear of Kindergarten Kid who was starting to battle. Bagman latched onto Lord Durante’s back and De Fine Lago tried to make a dash around them. Lord Durante claimed the lead on the corner and went for home but Bagman was right on his tail. Darlimurla Star was trying hard and De Fine Lago’s run started to level out. Unchain My Heart followed Bagman and began to make ground. Lord Durante was joined by Bagman inside the 200m and they battled it out right to the line with Bagman just having enough in hand with the 60kg. Very nice run from Unchain My Heart who took a couple of lengths off the first two and held a huge margin on the rest of the field.
Follow: the races aren’t going to get easier but Unchain My Heart was fantastic second-up.
Race 3: Beveridge Williams Plate (1600m)
1st Good Value – Michael Walker
2nd Lord Of Brazil – Brad Rawiller
3rd Morant – Dwayne Dunn
Felidea and Morant were slowly out, the former by a couple of lengths. It took a while to sort out the leader but Loot ‘N’ Run eventually crossed to the fence with Royal Island to make the pace. Good Value landed in the box seat from Eigelstein and Morant kicked up along the fence to join Lord Of Brazil in midfield. Digitalism and Fulgur settled well back. Loot ‘N’ Run kept running and had Royal Island struggling to stay with him before the turn. Good Value followed the leader and pulled off his heels on the turn. Morant followed him through. Eigelstein tried to run on out wider and Lord Of Brazil worked into it with Fulgur on his back. Good Value dashed for home at the 200m with Morant trying hard. Loot ‘N’ Run stuck on pretty well considering how quickly he went in front and Lord Of Brazil charged over them to grab second. Eigelstein didn’t find much and Fulgur was never a threat. Digitalism made a little ground but was also not a factor.
Follow: none, these horses take turns.
Race 4: RSL Ramlegh Springs (1400m)
1st Infinite Energy – Jason Benbow
2nd Charmed Harmony – Katelyn Mallyon
3rd Another Prelate – Craig Robertson
Charmed Harmony showed his usual speed to find the front with Al Aneed, Alpha Proxima and Are There Any all up there early on. Averau held the box seat. Are There Any eased to try and find cover but was still three deep around Infinite Energy and Another Prelate, who darted along the fence. Red Corner was also trapped off the track worse than midfield. Charmed Harmony was held back to them in the lead from Al Aneed. Are There Any started to improve again from the 600m and Red Corner followed her up. Alpha Proxima and Averau sat back, the next line of three were Another Prelate, Infinite Energy and Shadowfax with about six lengths first to last. Al Aneed was the first to struggle and Charmed Harmony led on the turn but was immediately challenged by Are There Any. Averau had his chance back on the fence and was shoved out of the way by Another Prelate at the 200m. Infinite Energy got to the outside and finished off hard. Charmed Harmony fought off Are There Any and was still in front inside the 50m but couldn’t hold off Infinite Energy who grabbed him in the last couple of strides. Another Prelate was narrowly beaten to their inside and Are There Any was very close up. Fair run Averau but didn’t pick up and Kitten On The Run gets a pass mark making up late ground out wide.
Follow: Are There Any’s run was enormous.
Race 5: Regal Roller Stakes (1200m)
1st Hard Stride – Craig Williams
2nd Moment Of Change – Luke Nolen
3rd Club Command – Ben Melham
Good line away and Hard Stride jumped with them this time and was sent forward to lead from Jemerica. Thiamandi landed behind the leader and Moment Of Change balanced up fourth. Club Command eased back to track his stablemate. Pillar Of Creation settled inside him, Electric Fusion a couple of lengths away and Desert Jeuney trailed them. Hard Stride controlled things in front and cornered better than Jemerica who was immediately under pressure. Moment Of Change eased out to give chase and Thiamandi left the fence and ran up behind Jemerica so had to wait for Moment Of Change to go and come to his outside. Club Command was the widest on the turn. Hard Stride waved them goodbye inside the 300m and simply bolted in. Moment Of Change held on well with his 62kg and Club Command ran his usual honest race to finish third. Thiamandi ran fourth but would have run second had she stayed on Hard Stride’s back. Nice run on their heels from Desert Jeuney and the rest were well beaten. Deserved win from Hard Stride but note he did get a picnic in front.
Follow: Moment Of Change, Club Command and Desert Jeuney get pass marks for their returns and can improve off them.
Race 6: Quezette Stakes (1100m)
1st Sabatini – Nick Hall
2nd Royal Snitzel – Dale Smith
3rd Novel Dancer – Vlad Duric
Plenty of pressure early for the lead and Sunset Rock eventually won the battle over Empress O’Reilly and Royal Snitzel out three wide. London Lolly eased out of it as did Novel Dancer who jumped fast from a wide gate.Lexgetreddy wasn’t far away but they bunched up noticeably from about the 700m. Sunset Rock found the fence from Royal Snitzel and Novel Dancer made an early move up three wide to challenge before the turn. Empress O’Reilly was held together behind them with London Lolly and All Sewn Up had improved to midfield but was under pressure. Sabatini started to track into it on All Sewn Up’s back before pulling widest on the bend. Royal Snitzel and Novel Dancer claimed the lead together at the 300m with Royal Snitzel going a bit the better. Empress O’Reilly was held up behind the tiring Sunset Rock and Sabatini launched down the outside. Royal Snitzel looked the winner about 200m out but Sabatini just nosed her out in the last couple of strides. Novel Dancer held the rest at bay in a super effort. London Lolly went fairly to run fourth and a forgive run from Kalabek who was spat out the back before the turn but ran on nicely. No knock on Sabatini but the race was run to suit her. Assess her next start if she can back it up.
Follow: Novel Dancer’s run was huge, Royal Snitzel did a big job after being softened right up on the speed.
Race 7: Vain Stakes (1100m)
1st Get The Nod – Joe Bowditch
2nd Stingray – Patrick Moloney
3rd Boomwaa – Vlad Duric
Again there was a bit of interest in the lead with Nordic Empire, I Am The General and Boomwaa disputing the front early. Get The Nod eased off them but was caught three wide without cover. Jabali held the rails behind the speed and Stingray, Honest Lee and Zululand were around midfield. Decent gap to the rest with Cornrow and Moonlight Hussler facing impossible tasks. Nordic Empire and Boomwaa led around the turn and I Am The General dropped off. Jabali had plenty of room to come around their heels and Zululand got up on his inside. Out wider Get The Nod made his move and Stingray was held up inside him. Get The Nod went straight past the leaders and left everything with no excuses scoring a dominant win. Stingray finished off very well late after having to wait and Boomwaa was sound in third from Nordic Empire (he played up in the stalls yet again and was vetted before the start). Eye-catching finish from Zululand who probably should have run third but ran up behind Nordic Empire at the 100m. Jabali was very plain and you can safely forget about him this spring. Of the rest Cornrow made a small amount of ground, best to assess him next time.
Follow: Get The Nod could be handy, there’s a win in Stingray somewhere and Zululand was fantastic first-up.
Race 8: PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m)
1st Star Rolling – Stephen Baster
2nd Spillway – Damien Oliver
3rd Gig – Vlad Duric
Kincaple had no speed and Brambles was a bit casual early on. Zamorar led early but yet again there was some pressure with Star Rolling pressing on four wide around Lidari and Gig. Puissance De Lune found himself in no man’s land as Spillway, who drew outside him, kicked up underneath to hold him three wide with Let’s Make Adeal on the fence. Foreteller settled ahead of the two that were slow out. Zamorar held the fence from Star Rolling, who pulled a bit on his outside. Lidari found himself in the clear and Gig and Let’s Make Adeal were next. Before the turn Gig got moving out three wide and Puissance De Lune was able to find her back. Star Rolling took the lead at the top of the straight but Zamorar wasn’t done with yet. Lidari one batted and Gig continued her run. Spillway crept up behind Star Rolling and out wider Puissance De Lune was just working home. Star Rolling finally got the better of Zamorar inside the 200m but allowed Spillway to get off his back and chase and he got very close on the line but Star Rolling just got the nose down. Gig battled on well for third. Foreteller worked home okay, look out for him next time, Lidari was fair and Puissance De Lune just okay as well, though jockey Brad Rawiller put his hand up after the race and said his was a bad ride. Four lengths first to eighth here and the winner pulled most of the way.
Follow: could be a tricky form race but Spillway was excellent and Foreteller is on target as well.
Race 9: Australian Defence Force Handicap (1100m)
1st Gregers – Jye McNeil
2nd Members Joy – Nick Hall
3rd Bloomingdale Miss – Daniel Moor
Gregers jumped quickly and went straight to the front. You’re So Good worked across to sit up second. Danestroem booted through to the box seat and Bonaria kicked up to hold Bloomingdale Miss three wide. A line of three next with Divine City inside Esprit’s Choice and Members Joy with cover out deeper. Five All settled last. Gregers really controlled things in front and she was home and hosed on the turn when slipped a little rein. Bloomingdale Miss set out after her with You’re So Good battling and Danestroem not picking up as well as you’d expect behind the leader. Members Joy started to run on out wider and Bonaria had to change course a bit at the 200m. But Gregers trotted in and was never going to lose. Members Joy just cut Bloomingdale Miss out of second in a nice return and You’re So Good was close up as well. Danestroem disappointed but might be worth another chance. Bonaria an even effort and her best form is third-up. Five All a pass mark, assess her next time.
Follow: Gregers was a class above them and the kill will do her good.
Specials from the meeting: Novel Dancer, Are There Any, Zululand.
Rosehill review by Todd Burmester
Race 1 1st Forever Crazy – Ty Angland 2nd Scarletini – Brenton Avdulla 3rd Made To Order – Tommy Berry
Scarletini was out slowly in the first and then went straight over to the rail behind the field. Miss Venus led them up with Strace moving up on its outside to share the lead. This gave Zazparella a nice trail in third on the outside of Don’t Tell Linda. Nothing really changed throughout, right up to the home turn where Zazparella came three wide and Made To Order came with a run four wide. At the 300m mark Made To Order swept up to join the leaders, with Scarlatini getting through on its inside and Forever Crazy winding up down the outside. In the run to the line it was Forever Crazy who got the upper hand to win from Scarlatini and they dropped Made To Order off in third. Blazing Dragon made some ground right down the outside.
Follow: Blazing Dragon Race 2 1st Sensualism – Jason Collett 2nd All Salsa – Sam Clipperton 3rd My Sabeel – K Jennings
Artistic Lass was a bit slow to begin in the second. Reply Churlish began best to lead from My Sabeel about a length back on the outside. All Salsa and Chateau Lafaite were in behind the speed in third and fourth. Bring A Ring was caught three wide. My Sabeel sprinted at the 300m mark and joined the leaders with All Salsa looking to come after it, with Sensualism grinding home down the outside. All Salsa finally got the better of My Sabeel but it was Sensualism who kept coming and got there on the line for victory. The first three home gapped the rest headed by Artistic Lass who worked home ok in fourth. Bring A Ring dropped out to the rear after being wide.
Follow: Sensualism Race 3 1st Hoylonny – Ty Angland 2nd Bonfire – Tim Clark 3rd Single – Winona Costin
They took a little while to sort themselves out in the third, but it was Evangelist who led them up from Black Jag and Disclaimer. Single was getting a nice run back on the fence. Just before the 600m mark Iggi Pop went up to make a line of three outside of Disclaimer and Evangelist. Early in the straight Evangelist still had it with Single looking for a run back on the fence and a whole host of runners looking to come down the outside. Eventually it was Hoylonny, Bonfire and Single who came away to fight it out, with Hoylonny doing best to get the victory. This was highlighted as a horse to follow two starts back, and the odds today were good following an ordinary effort last start. The run of Bonfire was good in second after being shuffled back around the turn. Multilaterallooked a chance half way up the straight but only just ground home in the end. Tremec ran fairly well here.
Follow: Bonfire Race 4 1st Territory – Lester Grace 2nd Skip Town – Blake Shinn 3rd Wouldn’t It Be Nice – Jeff Lloyd
Dream Choice was out well in the fourth, Weinholt on the otherhand was last out of the gates. Scandiva took it up initially until Skip Town decided to run to the front and Too Much Torque went up outside of it giving Scandiva the sit behind them. Skip Town was taken on by Scandiva at the 300m mark and looked a big chance until the swoopers came late on the scene. Territory who was a clear last early on was the one who finished best. Skip Town fought on ok and Wouldn’t It Be Nice along with Earnest Ernest finished well down the outside. Dream Choice also finished off ok after not doing much early in the straight. Romantic Moon was disappointing here.
Follow: Dream Choice Race 5 1st Nostradamus – James McDonald 2nd Washington Heights – Brenton Avdulla 3rd Law – Glyn Schofield
A pretty good line out with Nostradamus beginning best until Sheer Style and Wandjina came across from the deep to take it up. Sheer Style put a break on them mid race with Ygritte getting a nice run back on the fence in third. Sheer Style had a clear lead into the straight by about 3 or 4 lengths but started to put in some short ones inside the 300m mark and it was Nostradamus down the outside and Washington Heights weaving through on the inside that came clear to fight it out. Nostradamus got the upper hand in the run to the line and came clear to beat Washington Heights andLaw that finished off pretty well down the outside. Ygritte was pretty disappointing in the run to the line.
Follow: Washington Heights Race 6 1st Entirely Platinum – James McDonald 2nd Mighty Lucky – Nathan Thomas 3rd Greatwood – Tommy Berry
A bit of pace early here with Greatwood wanting the lead along with Mighty Lucky which meant Entirely Platinum was briefly three wide before easing for a trail, and Honorius got the run on the fence beind the leader. Canny Ballad couldn’t get in and was caught three wide outside of Entirely Platinum. Mighty Lucky had it early in the straight but Entirely Platinum looked to travel up to it very strongly and hit the front at the 200m mark. He didn’t really come away from them the way it looked as if he might but at the same time was never going to get beaten in the final furlong and was only urged hands and heels over the line. You would think the winner will improve further with this run. Hooked got home ok from back in the field.
Follow: Entirely Platinum Race 7 1st Beckon – Josh Parr 2nd Maroon Bay – James McDonald 3rd Masterstroke – Tim Clark
Runway Star showed a similar amount of pace to its last run and went to the front in race 7 to lead Maroon Bay and Everage, with Beckon getting a nice run back on the fence in fourth. Runway Star had a good break around the turn and looked to still be under a hold up towards the 300m mark. By the time they came to the 200m mark however, Runway Star was a spent force with Maroon Bay dashing through on the inside and Beckon coming on down the outside. Beckon finished off too well to get the win over Maroon Bay and Masterstroke who wound up ok after a nice run in transit. Lyric ran on a bit at the end without ever looking a winning chance.
Follow: None to follow Race 8 1st Black Revolver – James McDonald 2nd The Alfonso – Ty Angland 3rd Lucky Lucky Lucky – Brenton Avdulla
Moral Victory didn’t begin well and went back towards the end of the field. La Venta led initially from Great Choice who railed through to share the lead. Corryvreckan got the trail in third behind the speed. Bradman also had a nice run back on the fence in fourth. Projectile was up in the leading bunch but out very wide. Around the turn La Venta and Corryvreckan went up to make a line of three with The Alfonso and Hunter Jack also looking to run on with Black Revolver. The Alfonso briefly hit the front inside the 200m mark but Black Revolver was finishing best and came clear to beat The Alfonso, these two gapped the rest, with Lucky Lucky Lucky getting through to run third.
Follow: The Alfonso Specials from the meeting: Washington Heights, Entirely Platinum, The Alfonso