Race 1: wedrive.com.au Handicap (1400m)
1st Leotie – Chris Parnham
2nd Sebrikka – Regan Bayliss
3rd Perfectly Safe – Dwayne Dunn
Perfectly Safe had no trouble finding the early lead and Hot Dipped whipped up quickly to keep her busy up front. Leotiejumped nicely and landed behind them around Smart As You Think. After a slightly slow start Sebrikka worked onto Leotie’s back and Another Bullseye was relegated to last. Little to no change for a long way until nearing the turn where Hot Dipped was being felt for and Leotie edged out three deep and crept forward. Perfectly Safe still travelled okay into the straight but Leotie cruised up at the 200m and put a couple of lengths on them when let go. Perfectly Safe battled on pretty well on the inside while Sebrikka made a late bit down the outside into second but they were all in another race. Leotie was far too good for them, whether she’s a Golden Rose hope is debatable though. Not much between the other five in a bunched finish behind her. Sebrikka pulled up with an injury that will see her miss the spring.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 2: Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (1400m)
1st He’s Our Rokkii – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Prince Of Brooklyn – Damien Oliver
3rd Jungle Edge – Beau Mertens
Jungle Edge on the quick back up from Wednesday fired out to the lead. Hi World was sent forward to second early aroundPrince Of Brooklyn and Tarquin easing for a bit of cover. He’s Our Rokkii found a good spot in midfield around Del Prado, who wasn’t the best away. They ran along in the middle stages with Jungle Edge kept on the busy side by Hi World, a couple clear of Prince Of Brooklyn. Hi World was trying to serve it up to Jungle Edge before the turn but was pushed along to do so, Prince Of Brooklyn also had to be revved up while He’s Our Rokkii was following him and moved to the outside. Tarquin appeared to battle a bit and Del Prado couldn’t pick them up. Jungle Edge was giving a big sight and had Hi World beaten at the 200m. It took me ages for Prince Of Brooklyn to get to the leader but he had He’s Our Rokkii on his outside all the way and the latter’s quality kicked in late and he edged away for an impressive first-up win. Jungle Edge was game in third ahead of Del Prado. Of the stayers resuming Escado made a bit of late ground but Maurus did absolutely nothing.
Follow: stick with He’s Our Rokkii.
Race 3: Hockingstuart Plate (1400m)
1st Vibrant Rouge – Beau Mertens
2nd My Sister Lil – Damian Lane
3rd She’s Clean – Damien Oliver
Lake Como jumped best but immediately handed up to All Cerise improving on the inside. Majestic Lass was sent forward while Anaphora and Daniela Rosa were easing for cover. Fast Approaching took a bit of time to work over from out wide andGabella settled midfield on the fence. Outside her were She’s Clean and Vibrant Rouge three wide with no cover. Fast Approaching put the pressure on All Cerise and they kicked a couple clear, giving Majestic Lass some cover. Vibrant Rouge started to creep forward passing the 600m getting around Anaphora and Lake Como. Daniela Rosa was put under some pressure at that point to improve. All Cerise and Fast Approaching were sitting shots at the 300m and Anaphora was first to chime in, getting past Majestic Lass easily. Vibrant Rouge kept her move going and she loomed while Daniela Rosa wasn’t doing much in the middle. There was no flat spot this time and Vibrant Rouge speared away the last 100m and was a dominant winner. She’s Clean worked home well but was cut out of second by My Sister Lil flying down the outside late and Antelucan wasn’t far from them in an even first-up run. Majestic Lass seemed to have her chance, nice run first-up from Gabella and Daniela Rosa disappointed a little.
Follow: like to see Antelucan again, Gabella longer term.
Race 4: Moneik Sambor Tile Import (1200m)
1st Lord Barrington – Jake Bayliss
2nd Camdus – Brad Rawiller
3rd Bon Aurum – Ben Thompson
Lord Barrington was fired out from the outside gate and was able to cross to the fence within 200m. Ventic sat up on the speed and Black Vanquish improved after a fair start into the box seat. Kirani and The Justice League were right up near the speed while Spirit Or Lager drifted back along the inside as Bon Aurum and Camdus ran past him. Lord Barrington was able to slip away from Ventic coming to the turn and a gap opened for Black Vanquish to come through. The Justice League couldn’t sprint with them and Camdus sprinted past him early in the straight. Bon Aurum went for a run closer in while right down the outside from near last came Chase The Horizon. Lord Barrington still held two lengths at the 100m and Black Vanquish couldn’t peg him back, Camdus was finishing on and Bon Aurum as well along the inside. Grande Rosso weaved through the field and came with a strong late burst as well but Lord Barrington had just enough in hand to hold on. Full marks to Jake Bayliss for a positive ride. Camdus and Bon Aurum tried hard and did get close while Black Vanquish disappointed, though was only beaten a length. Grande Rosso and Chase The Horizon were also right on their heels.
Follow: Grande Rosso and Chase The Horizon were both first-up and caught the eye.
Race 5: Heath 1100 (1100m)
1st Redzel – Mark Zahra
2nd Under The Louvre – Nick Hall
3rd Santa Ana Lane – Dwayne Dunn
Under The Louvre was actually the best to begin but immediately restrained and Redzel darted across from the outside to a clear lead. Diamond Oasis showed his usual pace to be handy and Miss Promiscuity with Trevinder not far away. Dan Zephyrwas improving to be in the first half and there was a line of four behind him. Shiraz caught four deep around Hellbent, Santa Ana Lane and Sunday Escape. Under The Louvre went right back behind that bunch. Redzel was left alone in front and ran along a couple clear to the turn, Diamond Oasis was flat chat chasing him and Trevinder edged past Miss Promiscuity while Under The Louvre made his move getting to the outside of that line of four before the bend. Redzel was still a mile in front inside the 200m with Diamond Oasis still trying hard. Down the outside came Under The Louvre while Santa Ana Lane was weaving through nearer the inside. Redzel was all out but managed to hold Under The Louvre who probably wins in another stride or two. Santa Ana Lane finished on well for third ahead of Dan Zephyr and Miss Promiscuity. Nice runs behind the placings from Sunday Escape and We’ve Got This charged when the race was all over.
Follow: We’ve Got This a nice first-up run, Sunday Escape in something easier.
Race 6: McNeil Stakes (1200m)
1st Defcon – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Highland Beat – Damian Lane
3rd Wazzenme – Luke Nolen
A little bit of action early as I’m Too Hot speared over from out wide but was made work by Blue Tycoon and Awake In Grinzing. A couple of lengths back Highland Beat found a good spot and Seaburge was up handy. Hardham and Defcon were the next pair, the latter improving along the inside, and Wazzenme was outside them. I’m Too Hot eventually ran clear of Blue Tycoon who was happy to sit behind and that left Awake In Grinzing without cover. Highland Beat was still enjoying a good run with Seaburge to his outside and Wazzenme started to slide around them. Defcon stayed to the inside on the turn and was ridden for a bit of luck. Awake In Grinzing hung on the turn and Blue Tycoon slid up alongside I’m Too Hot while Highland Beat worked into the clear in plenty of time. Defcon shoved his way through inside the weakening leader and Wazzenme let go strongly down the outside, passing Seaburge while Revolving Door was the widest. Highland Beat hit the lead at the 200m and momentarily looked the winner but just as he did Defcon let go along the fence and went straight past him. Wazzenme kept his long run going but Defcon was a class above them. Revolving Door hit the line well into fourth ahead of Seaburge and Hardham, both only fair but both looking for longer.
Follow: Revolving Door is coming along well for longer races.
Race 7: Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m)
1st Black Heart Bart – Brad Rawiller
2nd Rising Romance – Damian Lane
3rd Muhuta – John Allen
Charmed Harmony jumped just fairly but gathered speed to keep out Tashbeeh who was ridden up to try and cross. Mahutalanded right behind them with Rising Romance up handy and Black Heart Bart easing into a trail off her. Alpine Eagle had the favourite’s back and Sofia Rosa split Palentino and Prince Of Penzance, who improved after stepping away slowly. Charmed Harmony put the foot down as he likes to do and opened the field right up. Tashbeeh was about three lengths away at the 800m and a couple more to Mahuta with similar gaps to Rising Romance and again to Black Heart Bart. Probably 20 lengths between Charmed Harmony and Tarzino at the tail midrace. Charmed Harmony came back to the field quickly and was a shot duck at the turn as Mahuta pushed off the inside as Tashbeeh momentarily hit the lead. Rising Romance chimed in but Black Heart Bart was cantering and swept past the leading group at the 200m. He had plenty on them and bolted in. Rising Romance ran a nice race fresh while Mahuta just edged out Tashbeeh. Palentino ran on pretty well late but Alpine Eagle was a bit plain and He Or Shemade up some late ground ahead of Tarzino also running on, but they were never a hope with the strong speed. Sofia Rosa didn’t do a lot and Prince Of Penzance was outsprinted as you’d expect.
Follow: Palentino so long as Black Heart Bart isn’t in the race.
Race 8: Heatherlie Stakes (1700m)
1st Great Esteem – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Tom Melbourne – Steven Arnold
3rd Longeron – Dwayne Dunn
Great Esteem flew out from the inside and assumed control from Tom Melbourne who didn’t press the issue. Magnapal andLongeron found the trailing positions and Taiyoo settled up pretty well in the clear. A couple back to Tall Ship as the leaders went further in front. Pinstripe Lane, Arab Dawn and Nordic Flight were the next trio but midrace were a mile off the lead. Great Esteem was left along by Tom Melbourne, which isn’t his usual style, and Magnapal and Longeron continued to follow. Nordic Flight improved to join Taiyoo at the 600m but both were tapped up to chase. Great Esteem was still going well around the turn and Tom Melbourne couldn’t get closer than about a length or so to the 200m. Magnapal was hard at it and Longeron got by him with Taiyoo still a couple off that pair and nothing else was running on. Great Esteem kicked away from Tom Melbourne who held second clearly and Longeron just held third from Magnapal. Second Bullet was the only one to make significant ground as he hit the line late to run fifth ahead of Taiyoo. Strange race with the first four the same the whole way.
Follow: none in particular in an odd race.
Race 9: Cockram Stakes (1200m)
1st Ocean Embers – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Thames Court – Ryan Maloney
3rd Telopea – Damien Oliver
Nobody super keen to lead and Andrassy was there by default from Thames Court and Mossin’ Around up three wide. Choosewas over racing a bit behind them between A Lotta Love wide out and Cana improving along the rail. Telopea was on her back with Kayjay’s Joy and Jessy Belle. Ocean Embers went right back near last from the outside gate. Andrassy and Thames Court snuck away around the turn from Mossin’ Around who was flat, Cana and Choose couldn’t pick up and Telopea was climbing over their backs. Further out A Lotta Love battled and Ocean Embers still had five lengths to make up at the 200m. Thames Court won the battle with Andrassy to take over near the 100m, Telopea was getting across their heels with Cana but Ocean Embers swooped down the outside with a huge turn of foot to win running away from Thames Court. Telopea might have been a little unlucky in third, probably should have run second, and Don’t Doubt Mamma stormed home when it was all over (though Ocean Embers was behind her at the 800m). Andrassy and Cana were close up. The winner is very smart.
Follow: Telopea probably better at 1400m.
Specials from the meeting: Grande Rosso, Chase The Horizon, We’ve Got This, Revolving Door.