Race 1 1st Marden Glyn Schofield 2nd Fiscal Nash Rawiller 3rd Kim Devine Corey Brown The 2000m event to start the day was pretty difficult to get too enthusiastic about. Tamanu Park led them up and really got everything its own way until Cassidy took some initiative on Old Bill mid race. Marden was wide all the way and deserved its win, it looks the horse with the most up side out of this race. Fiscal took a while to get a run in the straight but sprinted through when it did to beat the rest of them fairly easily. Follow: Marden, Fiscal Race 2 1st Manawanui Glyn Schofield 2nd Roma Giaconda Brenton Avdulla 3rd Cocky Raider Corey Brown This race was always going to be a benefit to Manawanui and it turned out that way only about 100m after the start. He ambled to the front and it was goodnight nurse. In the straight he showed a good turn of foot to quickly establish an unassailable lead and those that took the very short odds were never in doubt. Of the rest, Roma Giaconda ran very well – he missed the start but was able to work into second down the straight, and on that, can win races. Follow: Roma Giaconda Race 3 1st Big Time Chris Reith 2nd Quackquack Nathan Berry 3rd Induna Corey Brown Big Time made it two on the trot here, and wasn’t it an impressive win? He led all the way and literally ran away from them in the straight. Being a veteran of only 4 starts now, and having graduated to this level, you would think he could be a pretty smart one to keep an eye on. Quackquack missed the start and came down the outside to run second here, you wouldn’t think he will be a maiden for long if placed in the right race. Boys On Tour and Flight Of Pegasus fought out favouritism in the event but both disappointed. Follow: Big Time Race 4 1st Disputes Josh Parr 2nd Choice Words Blake Spriggs 3rd Eyes On Guard Nathan Berry Shadow West was sent out favourite in this race and was wide all the way. Early in the straight it was still putting in a bid for victory but the run told in the end. Disputes, the eventual winner came from well back and ground away for a decent win – Snowden horses often have a knack of improving second up. This was its maiden victory, however having run behind Helmet in the Champagne as a two-year-old, you would think that means the stable has an opinion of it. It looks to me like a horse that will continue to get better with more ground. Ingham Magic had every chance and was disappointing in this race for mine. Follow: Disputes Race 5 1st Renewed Vitality Chris Reith 2nd Somepin Anypin Jim Cassidy 3rd Quidnunc Josh Parr After looking a certainty beaten last start, Somepin Anypin was sent out at tomato sauce odds here and had the run of the race. As the caller said, he cruised up to them in the straight, but no sooner had he hit the front it was apparent that Renewed Vitality was going that little bit the better and ground out the win. Quidnunc missed the start and came from well back to run third in what was a good run. I am inclined to take the winner on face value and suggest it can win more races and not to sack Somepin Anypin. This could be a good form race. Follow: Renewed Vitality, Somepin Anypin, Quidnunc Race 6 1st King Lionheart Tom Berry 2nd Fast Clip Chris Munce 3rd Lone Command Nathan Berry Fast Clip did just what its name suggests and went at a pretty fast clip in front. Although it was able to slow up mid race I think realistically the damage was done early. Having said that, King Lionheart was able to sit second in the run and get past the leader for the win. The talking point of this race for me was Secret Admirer. She seemingly had a good run in transit but didn’t find anything in the straight. I did notice her going to the line untested once beaten however, so there is either a possible injury question mark or the jockey just wanted to give her an easy time once she couldn’t win. Don’t sack her yet. Follow: (Don’t sack) Secret Admirer Race 7 1st Lamasery Brenton Avdulla 2nd Red Eye Special Nathan Berry 3rd Two For Tea Chris Munce Did Lamasery really start a 7/2 chance? They were good odds in my opinion for a last start winner. Granted, this was a 2400m race, and they’re tricky to work out but winning form is good form. He positioned 1 out 1 back and just kept going to the line to get the judges decision. Red Eye Special had a cushy run in transit and took an inside run to make a good bid for victory but just came up shot. Adroitly was sent out favourite after a massive win last start but coming back 400m was never going to do it any favours. It kept plugging to the line, but was never a winning chance. Follow: Nothing to follow here Race 8 1st Screen Chris Reith 2nd Gybe Kathy O’Hara 3rd Ofcourseican Hugh Bowman Despite being twice a winner first up the market suggested Screen would need the run but she had other ideas. The photo finish was as tight as they come but she got the nod. Phenomenal Lass was the subject of strong betting and led into the straight but was soon claimed by the eventual second place getter Gybe who is as honest as the day is long. Phenomenal Lass goes into the sack book after this run. The run of the race and one of the runs of the day was Little Surfer Girl who was making good ground at the end and looks set for another good campaign. Follow: Screen, Little Surfer Girl Specials From The Meeting: Marden, Big Time, Disputes, Little Surfer Girl,
Caulfield review from Rick Williams
Race 1. 1100M Carlton Draught Racing Sweep Handicap LADY MAHLER DANNY NIKOLIC 1st $5.50 TOTAL LIBERTY BEN MELHAM 2nd $26 NERIANI CRAIG WILLIAMS 3rd $2.25F Lady Mahler wasn’t beaten far her start prior when she was right in the finish with Tiger Tees and Somepin Anypin in Sydney. That form against the males held up really well here as she was able to jump and win pretty easily in the end. It was a good ride by Nikolic who did everything right in the run and she was just too good. Total Liberty motored home really well from the tail of the field to end up running second. Neriani was backed off of the map and in the straight she never really looked a winning chance but did well to finish third. Moody runner Limerock had the blows on Betfair and she will take a bit out of that and be a big improver second up and on a softer track. Worth noting: Total Liberty’s last 200m was in 10.87 and she broke 33 seconds for her final 600m. Race 2. 1400M BMW Handicap ATLANTIC JEWEL DAMIEN OLIVER 1st $1.50F OUR MISS JONES DARREN BEADMAN 2nd $14 SHARNEE ROSE DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $8 Atlantic Jewel was very impressive last start at Moonee Valley and she wasn’t missed again by the punters who smashed her in the betting and the very classy filly didn’t let them down. She was back on a modest tempo here throughout before Oliver got her to the outside heading into the straight and she was able to put them away with very little effort and win very easily. This filly just continues to improve each time we see her and Kavanagh is a master when it comes to getting his runners to peak when it counts, in her case that is the Thousand Guineas which she looks to have a solid grip on at the moment. Our Miss Jones and Sharnee Rose ran well but no match for Atlantic Jewel. Worth noting: Kneeling who defeated Hallowell Belle first up was poor and can be forgiven. Race 3. 1700M Sportingbet Handicap EXTRA ZERO CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $5 AVIENUS LUKE NOLEN 2nd $7 MIGHTY HIGH DARREN BEADMAN 3rd $6 Extra Zero ran second in the Derby and he has been unable to really get anywhere near that form until his last two runs where he has really looked like he is starting to race to his full potential. He will never be a champion but he has been racing well below his best. He was given a good ride by Craig Williams who ensured he had a lovely run throughout and he will keep getting better as he gets out to 2000m+. Avienus put in a great run and the form from her previous start really stood up. She can be hard to catch but she is worth trying her next couple of runs as I think she is just about at her top. Mighty High ran on very well and Cabeza didn’t have the best of luck from the gate. Worth noting: Might High’s run with 61.5kg first up over 1700m was very good. Race 4. 2000M Perri Cutten Plate PLATINUM PASSION KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $7 SHEWAN NICHOLAS HALL 2nd $3.20F ISHANT LUKE NOLEN 3rd $5 The blinkers came off Platinum Passion and she was coming off an excellent run in the Stock Stakes where she was wide and in the breeze the trip. With no real pace on paper McEvoy went forward from here wide gate and she was able to race on pace with The Black Oak. Once they straightened she was able to kick away and ran her last 600m in 33.70 making it hard for anything else to come from behind and beat her. She is well above average and will be winning more races. Shewan found himself back in the field and didn’t have the best of luck. Ishant ran on very well again, he is looking for further now and a good tempo. Anudjawun found himself wide throughout and was unable to finish off his race. He has only won once but I am confident he can be followed still. Worth noting: Platinum Passion, Shewan, Ishant, Anudjawun and Macedonian all broke 34 seconds for the final 600m. Race 5. 1400M The Age Caulfield Guineas Prelude HELMET KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $2.60F SECRET HILLS CRAIG NEWITT 2nd $18 SPECTER NICHOLAS HALL 3rd $14 Much maligned Sydney galloper Helmet has an opportunity to put his last couple of runs behind him and that he did. The Snowden trained colt was sensational and did it with 58.5 kg. He camped right on the outside of the Moody runner Golden Archer and once he got to the top of the straight he found the rail and exploded away from his rivals. Back to set weights in the Guineas will be even more suitable for him and nothing out if this race will get close. Secret Hills has been racing very well and the blinker found him a few lengths but this is the Helmet show. Worth noting: Helmets times were exceptional and he looks lengths better the Melbourne way of going. Race 6. 1400M PFD Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes TOORAK TOFF CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $12 PINNACLES CHRIS SYMONS 2nd $26 MASTER OF DESIGN DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $21 On paper it looked like Toorak Toff was the one runner who was guaranteed to get a gun run and everything dell into place for him. He is a high class galloper who has had some issues and we thought that his effort first up was very good and suggested that he would be cherry ripe for a race like this at Caulfield and over 1400m. He was able to be handy throughout and by the time the backmarkers were able to get out of each others way he was long gone and scooted home his last 600m in 34 flat. Pinnacles continued his consistent form and made it a Grp 1 quinella for Hore Lacy. His form this campaign has been really good. Master Of Design is another who had a good run throughout in the lead and he battled on well for third. Smart Missile had a few tricks out of the gates and he worked home very well as did Pinwheel. Worth noting: Toorak Toff was only second up and looks in for a great Spring. Smart Missile is always going to find trouble due to his racing pattern. Race 7. 1200M Hocking Stuart Testa Rossa Stakes AMAETHON CHRIS SYMONS 1st $19 FIRST COMMAND DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $4.20F PHELAN READY BRAD RAWILLER 3rd $7.50 First Command was dropping from WFA and better grade and was well found and supported here in betting. If you backed him you were counting your money just before the turn as he couldn’t have been gifted a better run. The gap opened and he hooked off of the back of Zedi Knight and went for half the straight before it was very evident he had a fight on his hands. Amaethon had enjoyed a lovely run midfield and when he got into the open spaces of the straight he really let down with a great turn of foot and won well. Phelan Ready ran on well yet again from last and Shrapnel was poor. Worth noting: Great return from Amaethon and a few of these looked to jar up on the hard track. Race 8. 1800M Programmed Property Services Handicap MIDNIGHT MARTINI NICHOLAS HALL 1st $2F MODEL TO NITE MICHAEL WALKER 2nd $12 PLACEMENT DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $21 Midnight Martini broke through for another win and again showed the strength of the form through the Stock Stakes. She enjoyed a lovely run throughout just in behind the leaders and looked to be jogging at the turn. The gap came and she let down but didn’t find what many thought she would and she was able to hold on and win by the narrowest of margins. Hall said after the race that he thought the hardness of the track was a factor in the fact that she didn’t let down. She is a very promising stayer and she can be followed with confidence on a track that isn’t rock hard. Model To Nite has been racing very well and she hit the line well also. Placement and Sister Norma hit the line really well also. Thought that Shylocks Daughter had no luck from the gate and she prefers it soft and is one to follow at big odds to follow. Worth noting: Midnight Martini is pretty good and would have won by more on softer ground. Follow: Toorak Toff, Midnight Martini, Shylock’s Daughter, Platinum Passion, Helmet.
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester