Caulfield review from Rick Williams

 

Race 1.     1100M    Le Pine Funerals Handicap 

 

ADAMANTIUM     MARK ZAHRA         1st    $4.60
SIR FERNANDO    CRAIG NEWITT       2nd    $5.50
PLATELET               MICHELLE PAYNE  3rd    $8

This was a good win for the O’Brien trained Adamantium. Not sure that he beat a great deal but he won well all the same. Like many O’Brien runners you can expect him to again find more the next time he gets to Flemington. Sir Fernando was a good run for second and he came with the eventual winner but was unable to produce a sectional over his last 600m to match him. Thought that Platelet who was third from the 600m did pretty well to keep going as the leaders both faded and finished last and second last. Worth noting: Admamantiums final 600m was 33.83 and he was the only runner to break 34 seconds. Race 2.     1100M    BMW Handicap    PANIPIQUE     MICHAEL WALKER     1st     $3.10F FACILE TIGRE     CRAIG NEWITT            2nd     $9 GRAND DUELS     BRAD RAWILLER            3rd     $12 We thought that Panipique had been racing really well of late but was a victim of poor tactics and just racing out of her grade. She looked well placed here and got the race ran to suit. It was a fair ride by Walker who took her back and let her relax nicely before he let her go probably a little early and she won in a very close photo from the runner up Facile Tigre. Both runners came from the tail with sustained efforts and were the only two runners in the field to break 45 seconds for the final 800m. Grand Duels ran on well and he is getting close to winning and probably just takes a few more runs to get going as he is getting older. Balavan disappointing and Acorns over raced again. Worth noting: Great run by QLD visitor Facile Tigre, he is pretty good and if placed well which I am sure he will be he is worth following. Race 3.     1700M    Carlton Draught Racing Sweep Handicap    COSTLY COMMITMENT   CRAIG NEWITT     1st     $5 SALTER                              NICHOLAS HALL     2nd     $7.50 SCELTO                              DANNY NIKOLIC     3rd     $18 Costly Commitment was well ridden here by Newitt and liked the way he worked to the line late, he looks a very nice type and although early in terms of the Derby he looks at this stage to be well on the right path. They backed him up after he was slow out at Moonee Valley and it paid off. He was the only horse to break 12 seconds for his final 200m. Salter ran on well to finish second and he looks to be on track also. The Williams team is firing. I thought Pump It was a victim here of a decision by the jockey to hook sharply around the field at the turn. He lost lengths in doing so and the winner ended up with the run he would have had. He managed to run the second best final 400/200 and I don’t think that there is much at all between him and the winner although the margin suggests otherwise. Worth noting: Pump It has had no luck his last two runs and should be value when Derby markets go up compared to Costly Commitment. Race 4.     1400M    Chadstone – The Fashion Capital Plate    ZUBBAYA             BEN MELHAM     1st     $5.50 SOPHIE’S SPIRIT             GLEN BOSS     2nd     $26 I’M DISCREET             ADAM MCCABE     3rd     $11.. Zubbaya backed up a excellent win first up at Sandown with an even better win here in a good mares race. In a race that ended up dominated by the first two runners Zubbaya and Sophies Spirit it was Zubayya who was able to find the most over the concluding stages. It was a strong fight from Sophie’s Spirit but she just wasn’t as strong over the final 400m than the victor. Was pretty impressed with the run of the third mare I’m Discreet. She was 6th throughout here and really worked to the line well. Her times were really good and she is very close to a win. Worth noting: Pretty even most of these mares and no doubt this race will produce some winners. Race 5.     1400M    Pin & Win For Epilepsy Handicap    UTAH SAINTS             CHRIS SYMONS     1st     $5.50 PINNACLES             STEVEN ARNOLD     2nd     $14 TESTA MY PATIENCE    CRAIG NEWITT     3rd     $2.35F Utah Saints jumped from a wide barrier, rolled to the front and they were unable to catch him. He is a really honest horse who was in his right grade here and when he is able to get his own way in front he can keep going and win. Great ride by Chris Symons. Pinnacles has been racing excellent and he is really stringing together some very consistent performances this campaign. Testa My Patience didn’t jump the best out of the gates and in the end it probably cost him the race. Against the clock he was clearly the best but the start he gave them due to his start was just too much to make up. He can be followed with confidence next time out to make amends. Worth noting: Pinnacles and Testa My Patience very hard to beat next time in a race with more tempo. Race 6.     1400M    Schweppes Thousand Guineas Prelude    BLISS STREET             STEVEN ARNOLD     1st     $21 HALLOWELL BELLE      BEN MELHAM     2nd     $2.70F MOSHEEN             DANNY NIKOLIC     3rd     $5 This was a race with lots of stories. At first it was a dead heat when the fast finishing Bliss Street powered home really well to level up with the impressive Kavanagh filly Celebrity Girl. It was an excellent performance from the Perth galloper who looked to really enjoy getting onto the firm ground. Celebrity Girl later lost the race via a protest as she shifted out sharply over the concluding stages and was found to cause sufficient interference to Mosheen who finished third although they never made any contact. The other story to come out of this race was the Moody runner Hallowell Belle who just couldn’t get a run when it counted, copped a big check and still was able to fly up along the rails and lost by a head. Emerald Downs looked to be making good ground late also and she was a victim of the shift. Worth noting: The first four here look to be clearly better than the rest in this distance range. Race 7.     1800M    Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes  LION TAMER            MICHAEL RODD     1st     $16 SOUTHERN SPEED     DANNY NIKOLIC     2nd     $31 MIDAS TOUCH             NICHOLAS HALL     3rd     $9 Most of us were hoping that the running of this race would give us a more clear picture of where to look heading forward for a host of runners but I found that it did the opposite. Can’t knock the way Lion Tamer performed. He travelled across from NZ and was just second up and he looks to have plenty of improvement left in him heading forward. We know he can stay, handle the wet and now we know he can win at WFA. Southern Speed came through the Stock Stakes the week prior when the blinkers were applied. They have switched her on here and had she not hit the front so early she may well have gone toe to toe with the winner. The form through the Stock Stakes looks to be as good as any. Midas Touch backed up his good performance last start with another top run. 1800m is just too short for him and he will be a genuine improver every time he steps out over further ground. Glass Harmonium looked disappointing to the eye but his run was pretty good I thought and we shouldn’t drop off him yet. Playing God was working to the line well again and he just looks a run short every run. No doubt they will have him ready to go when it counts and also worth remembering his 3rd in the Australian Cup. Lights Of Heaven was all over the place in the straight and she just looks like she can’t go with them at WFA and I’m not sure the blinkers really helped her with anything. You can get $41 for her in the Caulfield Cup at the moment. Worth noting: Many other good runs and poor runs we haven’t reported here, watch the replay a few times. Race 8.     2000M    D’Urban Naturalism Stakes  DECEMBER DRAW     MICHAEL RODD     1st     $1.55F AT FIRST SIGHT         STEVEN KING     2nd     $9 LUCKY EIGHTY EIGHT     MICHELLE PAYNE     3rd     $10 December Draw needed to win here to make his way into the Caulfield Cup and that he did. He was aided by an excellent ride from Rodd who got him into a nice spot off the speed after he jumped really well and could have been caught on what was a pretty solid tempo. They then bunched up at the turn and he was able to push out and get a run and was just too good for them down to the line here. Although he was ready to go here to ensure he won to get into the race I am sure Kavanagh will still have a bit more improvement up his sleeve. At First Sight was way back at the 400m and really sprinted powerfully and and made up really good ground to finish second. He is on track for the big ones too. Lucky Eighty Eight has been a big improver and his effort to finish third was good. He just isn’t at the same level as the two that finished ahead of him but he certainly has a nice win in him. Just a run we noticed that may have been a little better than it appeared was that of Herculian Prince. He crossed them from a wide barrier and set a solid tempo and was unable to continue but fought on ok. He was second up from 1400m to 2000m and was 21 days between runs so he is going to be a massive improver after that run. Worth noting: December Draw $3.90 and At First Sight $10.00 in current Caulfield Cup markets and don’t think the gap between them should be that much. Race 9.     1200M    Sportingbet Sprint Series – Heat 2 Stakes  SISTER MADLY     DAMIEN OLIVER     1st     $4F VALENTINE MISS     MICHAEL RODD     2nd     $8 LONE ROCK     MARK ZAHRA     3rd     $4.60 Sister Madly enjoyed a good run here and was just far too good for them when it mattered. The speed was put on thanks to the front runners Avenue and Anabaa’s Legacy who both felt the pinch big time and punctured to finish last and second last. Sister Madly was just enjoying the run in behind them with Miss Octopussy who was a little disappointing. Valentine Miss peeled out from back and made a big run down the middle of the track and her sectionals were very good and Lone Rock looked to have a really good run but she was unable to catch Sister Madly and she may have just raced a little close to really use her turn of foot. Status Symbol never runs a bad race and the SA visitor Goon Serpent is very under rated. Worth noting: First two were excellent here and prepared to forgive Anabaa’s Legacy. Avenue looks done and dusted.   ————————————————————————- Rosehill Review

By guest reviewer Todd Burmester

 

The first thing to note about this meeting is that class rose to the top.  This was evidenced by the prices of basically all winners and placegetters.  Most horses on the day ran to expectations so in all honesty there was little to note outside the placegetters.

 

Race 1 – Heritage Stakes
1st    Karuta Queen                                  Tom Berry 2nd    Al’s Magic Miss                               Corey Brown 2nd    Hollyweird (dead heat for second)  Jay Ford Karuta Queen worked just a little bit to cross to the front but then had far too much speed for them and had the race in its keeping a long way from home.  She had a good class drop into this race and appreciated a slightly shorter trip.  Al’s Magic Miss tried valiantly to chase the winner all the way and Hollyweird ran credibly.  Aerobatics got home ok without ever looking likely to win. Nobby Snip didn’t seem to race completely genuinely down the straight after getting a long way back Follow: Aerobatics Race 2 – Bill Ritchie Handicap 1st    Thankgodyou’rehere    Rod Quinn 2nd     Startsmeup                Paul Hammersly 3rd    Miss Keepsake            Chris Reith Rod Quinn rode Thankgodyou’rehere an absolute treat, 10 out of 10 and it was a good win.  Startsmeup worked a bit in order to lead whilst the winner smoked its pipe on the fence due to a good draw.  It continued this way until the turn where there was only one horse you wanted to be on.  Miss Keepsake, that was first up, got home well from the back, and was really only getting warm the last 50m.  Look out for her over further. Follow: Miss Keepsake Race 3 – Gloaming Stakes 1st     Strike The Stars    Hugh Bowman 2nd    Doctor Doom        Rod Quinn 3rd     King’s Pact           Chris Reith I’ve been spruiking Strike The Stars as a very good horse and he didn’t let us down here, however the odds were skinny.  Something odd happened at the start where he knuckled over which just made the win even more impressive.  He’ll win the Spring Champion Stakes.  Doctor Doom led and tried hard in the straight but was no match for the winner and King’s Pact got home well – but is he going to be one of those horses that runs on no matter how far he goes? Follow: Strike The Stars Race 4 – The Hill Stakes 1st    Trusting            Joao Moreira 2nd    Hawk Island    Glyn Schofield 3rd    Tullamore        Nash Rawiller The well supported runners just kept coming.  Trusting had the proven class and fitness on these and that meant an easy victory in the end.  His two failures at 2000m prior to today have been against much stiffer opposition. He went to the front and that was that (bar for part of the race where Dealer Principal worked to the lead). Hawk Island had a cushy run and came home ok but really prefers it wet.  Tullamore did well given he was up from 1400m to 2000m in one go. Stand To Gain was getting home well at the end and is looking for further. Follow: Tullamore, Stand To Gain Race 5 – The George Main Stakes 1st    Sincero               Chris O’Brien 2nd   Ilovethiscity        Brenton Avdulla 3rd    Triple Elegance  Jim Cassidy Sincero had a tricky draw and I was not sure if he would go forward or back.  In the end he was wide in the race but it did not matter, the cream again rose to the top.  Ilovethiscity sprinted well early in the straight, but his sprint often seems to only last about 150m, and when Sincero really knuckled down, he won easily.  Good to see Triple Elegance run well after being a bit out of form, but perhaps the rest behind it are just not much good at the moment.  Black Piranha ran his usual honest race finding the line ok for fourth. Follow: Sincero (together with Secret Admirer they look hardest to beat in the Epsom and Cox Plate) Race 6 – Tea Rose Stakes 1st    Streama         Hugh Bowman 2nd    Pane In The Glass     Joao Moreira 3rd    Florentina     Corey Brown Winning form is good form particularly when you are talking 3yo set weights racing and that was the case here with Streama getting back to back victories over many of the same rivals from last start. It was a lovely ride from Bowman, just doing enough to hold the fence but not going at any decent pace. He railed through when necessary and that was that. Bowman is one of the best going around and has a great record on favourites.Pane In The Glass has a big finish on it but does need more pace than it got here and at its last start.  Anise fits the same bill as Pane In The Glass. Follow: Pane In The Glass, Anise (in races with pace on) Race 7 – The Shorts 1st    Love Conquers All      Jim Cassidy 2nd   Albert The Fat      Nash Rawiller 3rd    Winter King      Tom Berry They were all over the shop with 200m to run, but Love Conquers All made its way to the front to get a long overdue win after running some very good races in the last 12 months. Albert The Fat has transferred to Chris Waller and ran very well first up, you can see him being improved next time out. Winter King was as honest as ever taking inside runs, but had his chance to win. Decision Time was the disappointment of the race but I’m not sacking a horse with his record just yet. Ego’s Dare and Danleigh also got home well.  Danleigh was first up and will improve, Ego’s Dare might just want a drop back in grade. Follow: Albert The Fat, Ego’s Dare (in something easier) Race 8 – BM 80 1st     Top Drop        Nash Rawiller 2nd    Magic Weekend    Chris Munce 3rd    Agister        Adam Hyeronimus We finished with another class runner getting the money. Top Drop came from well back, lumped 60.5 kg, and got the job done first up. All kudos to her. Magic Weekend never really looked the winner but just kept coming for second, whilst Agister set the speed and held on well for third.  One of the best runs in the race came from Hood who ran on from last, it was first up from a spell and just died a bit on its run.  It and the winner are the ones to follow from the race.

Follow: Top Drop, HoodSpecials from the meeting: Strike The Stars, Sincero, Ego’s Dare, Albert The Fat, Hood.