Caulfield and Rosehill weekend reviews

Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 2000M RSL Handicap LIGHT VISION     MARK ZAHRA   1st $7 INDIKATOR     ROSIE MYERS       2nd $9.50 SAVAGING      DEAN YENDALL  3rd $10 Module was again heavily backed here and started in the red. Unfortunately for his backers he was beaten a fair way out and failed to run a place. They will probably go to the paddock now with him. Light Vision looked to be back to his best. It was a while between runs for him but he was certainly impressive the way he won. Smerdon gave him a trial early in the week and it worked a treat. They have reported it has been hard work getting him fit this campaign. Indikator was first up here over 2000m and ran on very well and Savaging who was one of the horses up there did well to run third. Worth noting: Light Vision can string wins together and hold his form. Indikator ran the best last 600m in 34.56 and his last 200m was 11.75. Race 2. 1600M 2011 Legacy Badge Appeal Handicap TESTASCANA    CRAIG WILLIAMS    1st $1.50F LAKEDRO      CHRIS SYMONS     2nd $9 AKZAR       MICHELLE PAYNE    3rd $10 When Carnero was scratched we witnessed an avalanche of money for Testascana and the money was correct. It’s biggest challenge was always going to be the draw and although he looked like he could get posted early Williams was able to cross them and slow the race down to a walk. The walk is what ultimately won him the race as he was able to let down and sprint really well in the straight and he scooted home his last 400m in 22.83 making it near impossible for anything that was behind him to run him down. Thought that the second and third horses did pretty well also. Worth noting: Testascana, Lakedri, Akzar and Hissing Sid all ran sub 23 seconds for the final 400m. Akzar looked very sharp for a stayer resuming. Hissing Sid came from last at the 600m to run fourth and his 34.46 was the quickest of the race. Race 3. 1100M T.P.I Association Vain Stakes SEPOY     KERRIN MCEVOY    1st $1.26F GOLDEN ARCHER    BEN MELHAM     2nd $8 GRAND BRITANNIA   GLEN BOSS   3rd $21 We witnessed the return of last seasons star 2yo Sepoy and he didn’t let us down. The Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper winner jumped fairly well and McEvoy was able to plonk him in the lead where he stayed til the winning post. It was an excellent return and I find it hard to see anything out of that race bothering him through the Spring. Smart Missile resumes next week and he is of course the only horse to beat Sepoy. Golden Archer looks to have come back in good order and Grand Britannia will be a much better 3yo than he was at 2. Worth noting: Sepoy led all of the way and was able to registered the best 600/400/200 sectionals. Delago’s Lad ran the best 800m in 45.31, 00.01 quicker than Sepoy. Race 4. 1100M Dunlite Quezette Stakes SATIN SHOES      MICHAEL RODD         1st $5 METONYMY       MICHAEL WALKER    2nd $10 MOSHEEN           DANNY NIKOLIC     3rd $6.50 The racebook here says that Satin Shoes won but Metonymy was a nose in front before the line and a head in front after the line. She grew wings late and motored over her last 200m in 11.79. It was a brilliant return by the daughter of Hotel Grand and over 1200m from a decent draw at level weights next start she is a moral.The only thing that will beat her is bad luck. Satin Shoes was tough as nails and it was a great return to racing. Although she was lucky to win in the end she still won. Mosheen was also very good. She faded on her run her last 200m after running off pace. Worth noting: Metonym has come back a much better 3yo and her performance was excellent. Debutant Rahveel finished 7th and will derive significant benefit from that run. Race 5. 1200M 60th Anniversary of National Service Stakes BEL SPRINTER       BEN MELHAM           1st $3.20F UTAH SAINTS       CHRIS SYMONS          2nd $18 STANZOUT             CRAIG WILLIAMS    3rd $13 I had a doubt over Bel Sprinter stepping up in class and taking on some tough older horses and he proved me wrong. This guy took care of a very handy field here and he did it with absolute ease. He jumped well and they took him to the lead where he ran along and just kept running. That was only his fourth race start and he is very quickly on his way to being one of the better sprinters in the country. Black Caviar and Hay List are obviously the best and this guy has the world at his feet and is on his way. Utah Saints was really good and he fought on strongly for second. I think he will be a really good 1400m horse this time in and Flemington will be his go. Worth noting: Anudjawun finished down the track but he ran some very good sectionals for a resuming stayer, follow him over further. Race 6. 1400M Back To Caulfield P.B. Lawrence Stakes WHOBEGOTYOU         DAMIEN OLIVER        1st   $2.45 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN     BEN MELHAM         2nd  $2.10F PRINCE OBAMA         DEAN YENDALL   3rd   $101 Lights Of Heaven was backed off the map after being $3.30 in the opening markets and was as short as $1.90 10 minutes before the race. She was probably beaten by the barrier as she was just unable to get clear running at a vital stage when she was pushing off the fence. She then got going well late and picked up some ground to finish a long neck away from Whobegotyou. Whobegotyou was given a lovely ride by Oliver which won him the race. He was able to come into the straight full of momentum and was too good. He isn’t as forward as he has been first up in the past and that is so he can be better prepared for a Cox Plate. Worth noting: Prince Obama held on for third after racing second the trip, follow the form out of his last race at Warnambool on 31/07/2011. Race 7. 1200M KS Environmental Cockram Stakes MID SUMMER MUSIC      BEN MELHAM   1st   $4.80F PARABLES       KERRIN MCEVOY  2nd  $6.50 ANABAA’S LEGACY      GLEN BOSS   3rd   $19 Every time this mare wins we keep asking ourselves the same questions. How good is she? How tough is she? How good is her turn of foot? How good is her will to win? Well they are all excellent and she showed last seasons 3yos just how it is done here. With fitness on her side and maturity over her younger rivals she was able to get put into a gun position in running by Melham who was then able to push her out into clear running and she scorched down the straight to closk 22.93 for the final 400m and 11.55 for the final 200m. She is very good, handles all conditions and who knows where she will end up. Parables who was 10th throughout really hit the line well and and a nice 1400m race next time out looks perfect. Anabaa’s Legacy led all of the way until the closing stages of this race and her effort to run third was excellent. Worth noting: Thought that the resuming Do Ra Mi, Southern Speed and Brazilian Pulse were all ordinary. Did Craig Williams kill Brazilian Pulse in Sydney? Race 8. 1400M Australian Defence Force Handicap BIANCON ROSE            CRAIG WILLIAMS  1st      $2.80F HEAD NORTH         BEN MELHAM   2nd    $41 MINNIE MAH      DEAN YENDALL   3rd    $6.50 Biancon Rose is very smart. She put her hiccup last start behind her and won like a very good mare here. That made it four wins from five runs this campaign and she just looks to keep improving each run. Head North was back in the field and she rocketed home here from the tail. She caught our eye when she went from a RB62 win at Sale to a RB89 win on a Saturday at Caulfield two campaigns back. She didn’t fire in two runs last prep but looks to be back to her best now. She is still lightly raced and these Street Crys can keep improving. Minnie Mah had the gun run and never had to go around a horse and did OK to run third. Worth noting: Gossip Girl ran second last and looks like she needs the paddock. Platinum Passion didn’t run on but didn’t go backwards either and is pretty good. —————————————————————————————— Rosehill review completed by Todd Burmester Race 1 Darci Be Good is obviously a horse with more than average ability. He handled the very wet track prior to a spell with no problems, and managed to resume here over 1400m, on a slightly dryer track (although still slow) with another victory. The other run of the race for mine was Strike The Stars. I have a huge opinion of this horse, and he missed by the narrowest of margins here, coming from well back on a slow pace. Certainly worth following over more ground. King’s Pact was disappointing in my opinion, but again, I point out there was not really a genuine pace in this race. Race 2 Foreteller also found itself in a race without a genuine pace and camped a lot closer to the speed today. I think he did a pretty good job to hold them all off in the straight albeit narrowly. This horse is more suited getting back and with more pace on. Don’t be disappointed in the small winning margin. Brave The Way and The Verminator were not beaten far, and arrived for second and third as the betting suggested they would do. Akinoshirabe may be an improver from this race to follow as he gets fitter. He was second up at 1800m in this race. Race 3 Dunrossil was the horse I was interested in in this race following its recent good runs. It certainly had its chance in this race getting away with a slow uncontested lead, but could not hold off The Warrior Woman. The Warrior Woman had a cushy run but got the job done in the end with the better sprint to the line. Adroitly and Thumbtacks raced fairly flat in my opinion. Coming back slightly in distance may not have suited Adroitly as he looks a type that will stay all day in my opinion. Race 4 Sweetest Melody camped near the speed, had a turn of foot in the straight and it was enough to hold off Beg who finished well. Jali was the disappointment of the race. She was well supported in betting, got a long way back and basically stayed there. The track was playing towards on pace runners and maybe it will pay to forgive this run. Nothing else really threatened to be in the finish. Race 5 You get the feeling that Foxwedge was always going to be primed to win this and he didn’t disappoint although getting a bit tired towards the end. He had the cushy run, sprinted when asked and held on. Anise made up good ground and looked likely to test the winner at the 100m but just peaked on its run a bit. Its worth following out of this race. Karuta Queen showed her regular pace but had no answer to the first two in the straight. No doubt she will be fitter for the run. Race 6 Zaratone is a bit of an under rated horse in my opinion. It has any amount of speed and used that here to find the fence and rail like a greyhound around the bend. Realistically the issue was never in doubt even before straightening for home. Royal Discretion found supporters in betting at huge odds and did not let them down. Coming from a long way back he rattled into second and can be followed in the strength of this run. Atomic Force was the class of the race and ran well, and will benefit from the run. Diamondcowboy was a great run at huge odds and will win an easier race in the near future. Master Of Design was heavily backed but obviously is a horse with some problems and pulled up lame. Forget the run. Pressday found a stack of trouble and is another one to forget the run. See The World was disappointing and possibly is just not up to this class. Previous form suggests it can still win easier races. Race 7 Agister did as Zaratone did, found the front, uncontested and was another that was never really going to get run down. Key West worked a bit to get around to second in the run and did well to hold that position all the way. Lioncub had its chance but was not good enough today. Sea Lord will be an improver, and Mr Cool Cat had supporters in betting but probably found this class a bit too hot after coming off a Goulburn win. Race 8 Altius is a horse that is bred to be anything, and Chris Waller has done a good job with him to get him into winning form. This win and its last have both been fairly impressive, but I am not getting carried away with him just yet. Storm Kite and Break Card both ran their regular honest races. Mutawarath is obviously not sound and dropped out again today. Daintree Road might want a spell. Specials from the meeting Strike The Stars Akinoshirabe Anise Royal Discretion Diamondcowboy Note: Be cautious of the form out of this meeting as several races had a slower than average pace.