By RAY HICKSON
Race 1: TROA Supports Jockeys Trust (1200m)
1st Sebrikka – Regan Bayliss
2nd Wazzenme – Michael Walker
3rd Havildar – Michael Dee
Pressure early as Hell Of An Effort tried to cross from a wide gate but was held three deep by Armedanddangerous andToorak Rose. Wazzenme tucked in behind them as Sprung Dancing strode up four deep onto the pace around Havildar,Gloriette and So Si Bon was in that group. Sebrikka travelled okay in the second half. Nearing the turn Armedanddangerous started to shift off the fence, taking Toorak Rose and Hell Of An Effort with him. That presented Wazzenme with plenty of room to come through and Havildar took advantage as well. At the 300m Wazzenme hit the front with Havildar and Gloriette also making ground inside the wayward Armedanddangerous who was boxing on. Hell Of An Effort also stuck on well after being hampered and Sebrikka was running on close to the inside. Wazzenme kicked away halfway down the straight and momentarily looked the winner before Sebrikka knuckled down and chased, finishing the better in the last 50m to win well. Havildar had his chance in third and Armedanddangerous wasn’t disgraced considering the ground he gave away. Have to forgive Hell Of An Effort to a degree as well.
Follow: Hell Of An Effort is worth another chance.
Race 2: ACJC Racing 101 Handicap (1200m)
1st Majestic Lass – Michael Walker
2nd Anatola – Craig Newitt
3rd Deconi – Jackie Beriman
Anatola jumped nicely this time and went forward with Lady Esprit and Powerful Story from out wide. Fireworks was out there with those before easing and Majestic Lass booted through on the fence. Deconi and Make Her Own Whey also pushed up and forced Fireworks to race four wide. Lady Esprit settled in front of Anatola and they ran a couple clear of Majestic Lass inside Powerful Story while Fireworks was stranded next. Better Strike made a forward move midrace around Make Her Own Whey and Deconi centre field. Anatola put the pressure on Lady Esprit from the turn and took over at the 300m. Majestic Lass eased out from behind that pair as Powerful Story couldn’t quicken. Deconi improved behind the leader and Make Her Own They was there under pressure. Lady Esprit made Anatola do some work to gain the upper hand and just as she did Majestic Lass dug in and sprinted past them for a strong win. Anatola did stick on and Deconi kept coming along the fence to grab third as Lady Esprit weakened. Powerful Story stayed on okay next while Blithe Belle ran on without threatening.
Follow: Anatola might be ready to win now.
Race 3: Wilson Medic One Handicap (2000m)
1st O’Lonera – Michael Dee
2nd Palace Tycoon – Ben Thompson
3rd Hursley – Craig Williams
Anzio was easily the best out and held the lead on the fence for 200m until Tossilini strode up to take over. Rosenthal also went forward and Palace Tycoon was in between him and Affectation with Fearless Raider striding around them into a forward spot.Big Quid landed midfield with Hursley and Perfect Lifeline next. Tossilini rolled along clear in the middle stages but an early move from Hursley flushed a few out and the field bunched up. Rosenthal and Fearless Raider made a line of three in front well before the bend and Hursley moved to fourth with cover around Palace Tycoon and Anzio. O’Lonera followed Hursley forward. Rosenthal was first to crack of the trio up front and gave ground so Hurdley kept moving outside the leaders and O’Lonera continued to track him. Perfect Lifeline and Big Quid started their moves before the turn too and there was nothing between about nine of them. Tossilini gave a bit of a kick but Hursley and particularly O’Lonera had him covered. Fearless Raider boxed on but did have a hard run, Anzio was squeezing through near the inside while Palace Tycoon came around heels to run on with Perfect Lifeline. O’Lonera was strongest in the last 200m and powered away late for a dominant win. Palace Tycoon just grabbed second from Hursley, not disgraced with the big weight, and Bring A Rose and I Am Rubén finishing on from the back when it was all over. Fearless Raider wasn’t beaten far with Anzio.
Follow: forgive Hursley. I Am Rubén surely can win a maiden somewhere.
Race 4: Rockmount Pretraining Handicap (2000m)
1st Scherzoso – Ben Allen
2nd Golden Mane – Regan Bayliss
3rd Longeron – Dwayne Dunn
Temps Voleur declared Schockemohle on for the lead and that allowed Longeron to slide over one off the fence aroundKapour. Self Sense was in the clear next ahead of Golden Mane inside Northern Journey and Scherzoso was on his back. They strung out a bit midrace behind Temps Voleur and Longeron pulled his way into second as Schockemohle was happy to take the box seat. The speed went out of the race about 800m out and Northern Journey whipped around them and that flushed Kapour out three deep. Self Sense was a little flat footed when that move was made and Scherzoso was also ridden up as he tried to get going wide out. Kapour and Longeron hit the lead together 300m out from the weakening Temps Voleur. Schockemohle was off their heels but isn’t the type to pick up and sprint quickly while Scherzoso was running on right down the outside. Longeron shook off Kapour but Scherzoso had the last shot at them and he finished off too well. Golden Mane ran into some traffic early in the straight but worked through to grab second from Longeron. Eye-catching finish from the jumper Gingerboywhile Bondeiger hit the line nicely if you’re game to follow him.
Follow: Gingerboy is ticking over well for the big jumps races.
Race 5: TAB Supports Jockeys Trust Handicap (1400m)
1st Mr Individual – Ben Thompson
2nd Downhearted – Craig Newitt
3rd Divine Mr Artie – Jordan Childs
Little Bita Spunk had good speed and led clearly over Mr Individual who slid forward around Downhearted and an easingPortion Control. Downhearted got his head up soon after and wanted to over race. Twisting Typhoon and Atlantic City were in midfield as the pace slackened and Devils Pinch charged around them from beard the tail. So quickly did he sprint he took over passing the 800m though Little Bita Spunk kept him off the fence. Mr Individual travelled well and the speed going on allowed Downhearted to settle better. Mr Individual made his move near the turn and took over from Devils Pinch who’d run his race. Atlantic City and Stormcraft were down the outside and they shut Divine Mr Artie, who settled last, out of a run. Downhearted started to pick up along the fence. Mr Individual stretched away from them late and proved far too classy for them. Downhearted didn’t give up the chase and Divine Mr Artie again hit the line well without a lot of luck. Story of his life lately. Little Bita Spunk came again to run fourth.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 6: NJT Plate (1400m)
1st I’m Ablaze – Craig Newitt
2nd Caprese – Damien Oliver
3rd Sharif -Michael Walker
Sharif was restrained to a clear last from the wide gate. A bit of speed early with Fast Approaching looking for the lead and I’m Ablaze going with her. Hard Call pulled out of that battle and Best Suggestion had clear running as they strung out. Sang Choi Bao raced inside Elite Tiger and Caprese three out. Curragh King was in behind them but took off suddenly to shoot around into fourth. Camdus stayed in no man’s land four and five wide midfield. Fast Approaching looked to be going a bit hard in the lead and I’m Ablaze sat over a length off her near the bend. Curragh King moved to third with Hard Call and Sang Choi Bao pinched some ground along the fence. Wide out Caprese strode into it with Camdus trying to get cover on his back. Best Suggestion was the first horse beaten. Fast Approaching gave a little kick but I’m Ablaze rounded her up at the 200m. They had a couple of lengths on the pack headed by Hard Call, Caprese and Marwood working through the pack on the inside. Further out Sharif and So Does He were running on while Camdus was gone. I’m Ablaze was clinging on in the last 50m and just had enough to hold off Caprese, game and luckless again, with Sharif closing it off strongly to get very close as well. Marwood was right with them and So Does He’s run was short lived. Might be best to forget Camdus went around.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 7: LUCRF Super Supports Jockeys (1400m)
1st Ulmann – Craig Williams
2nd Duke Of Brunswick – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Leica Day – Michael Dee
Hosting missed it by a couple while there was plenty of speed on up front with Majestic Duke, Sadaqa and The New Boypouring it on before Sadaqa eased out of the battle. Duke Of Brunswick was a couple back with Lord Durante and Ulmannimproving away from Royal Island. Leica Day appreciated the strong speed and settled well in the second half. Majestic Duke was still working to cross The New Boy at the 800m and they were going well under 12 seconds the furlong. Sadaqa followed and he was still three clear of Duke Of Brunswick and Lord Durante. The leaders eventually slowed up and the 600-400m was run at a walk allowing the field to bunch up. Majestic Duke still led at the 200m but he was going up and down in the one spot and Duke Of Brunswick pounced on him. The New Boy was gone and Leica Day had run up behind them and into a pocket. Ulmann was able to work into the clear from a tricky spot and he loomed alongside Duke Of Brunswick at the 100m before forging away late for a strong win. Leica Day eventually found some room and hit the line well in an eye-catching first-up run and Majestic Duke stuck on gamely.
Follow: Stayer Leica Day has come back in good order.
Race 8: Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m)
1st Wild Rain – Damien Oliver
2nd Trevinder – Chris Symons
3rd Atmospherical – Nick Hall
Lord Of The Sky broke with them and had too much early speed crossing to the fence. Runsati, Atmospherical and General Truce were in a line with the latter easing while Wild Rain pushed on to sit outside the lead after being caught four deep.Trevinder strode up around them from worse than midfield and Le Bonsir was three back on the fence. Further back The Cynicand Weinholt were trapped wide around Thermal Current. Fast ‘N’ Rocking settled near last on the fence. Lord Of The Sky turned in front but was being felt for as Wild Rain, who wobbled a bit on the bend, joined him 200m out. Atmospherical was chopped out of a run between them while Trevinder tried to stick on and Runsati was hard at it on the fence. General Truce was in the clear in plenty of time and Fast ‘N’ Rocking picked his way through the field close to the inside. Le Bonsir and Thermal Current were trying to come on as well. Wild Rain went into another gear soon after hitting the lead and ran right up to her excellent jump out with a dominant first-up win. Trevinder did a huge job to grab second after working all the way and Lord Of The Sky held on for third but lost that place in the stewards room after a protest from Atmospherical for that interference in the straight. General Truce and Fast ‘N’ Rocking were close up, the latter found himself in a bad spot and his run wasn’t bad under the circumstances.
Follow: couldn’t go away from Wild Rain, Fast ‘N’ Rocking worth another chance if you’re brave.
Race 9: Mares Handicap (1200m)
1st Beirut – Chris Symons
2nd Nadeem Lass – Ben Thompson
3rd Vibrant Rouge – Jake Bayliss
Anyaas flew out and went forward but couldn’t cross Beirut who gathered speed to take up her usual front running role. There was a clump of them behind that pair with Shades Of Bella on the fence, My Sister Lil and Nadeem Lass wider and Vibrant Rouge further out. Ecklands was wider still and went on toward the lead. Beirut put the foot down between the 800m and 600m and slipped away from Ecklands and Anyaas and a gap opened up to the next group headed by Nadeem Lass around My Sister Lil and Shades Of Bella. Beirut went further in front into the straight and was about three clear 200m out and showing no signs of stopping. Nadeem Lass was chasing hard out of the pack with Anyaas battling on while wide out Miss Softhands made a dash and Vibrant Rouge started to pick up after being left flat footed. Despite getting a bit tired late Beirut held Nadeem Lass comfortably for another strong win. Vibrant Rouge picked up to run third but those flat spots are costly for her while Anyaas had her chance. Miss Softhands was close up and Kansas Sunflower made some ground without ever threatening.
Follow: none in particular.
Specials from the meeting: Leica Day, Gingerboy (jumps), Hell Of An Effort, Anatola.