By Ray Hickson
Race 1: Racing Photos Handicap (2000m)
1st Raw Impulse – Dean Yendall
2nd Golden Man – Regan Bayliss
3rd Spur On Gold – Damien Thornton
Doctor Care was probably the best out with Bajour on his inside but neither wanted to lead and Gingerboy eased across to take it up. Black Stardom was in the leading group with Golden Mane taking a sit and Raw Impulse, who did jump well, drifted back into the second half. Gingerboy had an uncontested lead and he rolled along from Black Stardom who ran up into second leaving Bajour and Doctor Care a couple of lengths astern and the field strung out a bit. Not much changed to the 600m and Doctor Care was the first to pull out and improve, though Gingerboy still travelled okay. Golden Mane hooked onto his back and Raw Impulse followed them forward. Black Stardom was gone on the turn and Bajour was able to get clear to chase Gingerboy. Widest on the bend was Spur On Gold who tracked the favourite into the race. After momentarily looking under pressure Raw Impulse kicked into gear and had them all covered at the 200m, racing away for another soft win. Golden Mane worked home fairly with Spur On Gold down the outside but they were no match. Gingerboy stuck on well for fourth, keeping him ticking over for the jumps features coming up. No excuses for anything.
Follow: nothing outside the obvious.
Race 2: Phil Sly Memorial (1100m)
1st Blue Tycoon – Michael Walker
2nd Preemptive – Jarrod Fry
3rd Gimlet – Dean Yendall
Speed came from the outside with Zelamore and Intrice’s Reward crossing to head off Blue Tycoon. Gimlet railed through into a good spot while Bringaroo was caught three deep and wasn’t settling. He pressed on to move up outside the leaders. Pedrenawas three back on the fence and in that group was Flying Comet, Preemptive and New Indian Rupee. They bunched up coming to the turn and the leaders were in trouble with Blue Tycoon sprinting quickly at the 300m with Bringaroo. Gimlet became held up on the fence and had to change course while Pedrena and Preemptive started to run on. Blue Tycoon dashed away and while he only won by a length he wasn’t pushed. Preemptive and Gimlet finished on well into the placings and Pedrena produced a nice debut just behind them. Total forgive run from Bringaroo who wasn’t disgraced after a tough run and refusing to settle. Big gap to Rock Giselle doing a bit of nice work late. She wants a lot further.
Follow: Pedrena a nice debut, Bringaroo an improver.
Race 3: Arvanitis Philanthropy Plate (1200m)
1st Shades Of Bella – Dean Yendall
2nd Takeover – Damien Thornton
3rd Khutulun – Ben Allen
Japhils showed her usual speed to find the fence first and Face Forward came over with her. Danestroem pushed on wider out and A Lotta Love landed in the box seat inside Gold Heist. Shades Of Bella settled midfield between Khutulun and Nadeem Lass. A few runs came before the turn and Shades Of Bella sprinted up five deep to get around Danestroem and quickly joined Face Forward in tackling Japhils. A Lotta Love was bolting in behind them and couldn’t get clear. Gold Heist was trying to stick on while behind her Khutulun was also looking for runs and Elle Excite was running on down the outside and Takeover found a gap to chime in but the early move proved a winning one and Shades Of Bella held on to beat the outsider Takeover charging late and Khutulun also got through into a place. A clump of them behind the placings with Gold Heist, Japhils, Face Forward, Elle Excite and a luckless A Lotta Love who was shuffled right back and picked up ground when she eventually could get a crack at them.
Follow: A Lotta Love probably should have won, Elle Excite a nice return.
Race 4: Comdain Handicap (1400m)
1st Gingie – Ben Allen
2nd Miles Of Krishnan – Craig Newitt
3rd Jocasta – Chris Parnham
Lyuba broke well but immediately wanted to over race and take charge as Claudia Jean matched her early. Andrioli was caught wide around them and Air Apparent had the fence. Miles Of Krishnan found a good spot though may have checked Jocastamidrace and Elegant Queen was on their back. Lyuba still wouldn’t relax in front and was pretty much gone before the turn as they started to bunch up. The roughie Andrioli swept to the lead on the turn and Jocasta was out chasing. Claudia Jean was shot and battled with Lyuba. Miles Of Krishnan was in the clear 250m out and starting to run on with Weather The Storm whileGingie ran up behind them looking for a split and found room back to the fence. She sprinted to the lead inside the 100m and just did enough to hold off Miles Of Krishnan who made a late dive and Jocasta between them. Weather The Storm was about a length away and a similar gap to Francais and Espresso Lass making some ground without threatening.
Follow: Miles Of Krishnan was straight out of a maiden and measured up well.
Race 5: Peter Jackson Handicap (1400m)
1st Show A Star – Jordan Childs
2nd Leonforte – Luke Currie
3rd Airalign – Regan Bayliss
So Does He was very slow and missed it by five or six, Volcanic Ash eased out the back from a wide gate. Airalign jumped well and held out Show A Star but they were queued up wider out as Samartested, Any Dream Will Do and Shintaro were basically stranded wide. Absolute Treasure and Bascule settled behind that line and a couple to Leonforte with good cover. Samartested worked up outside Airalign but was hard at it to stay there. Show A Star let them go keeping Shintaro working. Absolute Treasure was going okay behind the leader and Bascule managed to make his way into the clear on the turn as Leonforte started his run. Samartested was first beaten and Airalign had a kick and found a couple of lengths. Show A Star and Leonforte were the chasers and they established a break on the rest headed by Bascule and Volcanic Ash who weaved through to eventually run into fourth. Show A Star picked up Airalign in the closing stages and held off Leonforte who had his chance. About four to Volcanic Ash who will improve.
Follow: Volcanic Ash wasn’t disgraced first-up.
Race 6: Jericho Cup in 2018 Handicap (2000m)
1st Tavi Bay – Chris Parnham
2nd She’s Got Speed – Katelyn Mallyon
3rd Unbreakable – Michael Dee
Prince Of Babylon and She’s Got Speed hurried across from wide out to lead with Unbreakable taking a sit behind them. Fair Isle was on its inside clear of Super Charm and Defence Witness. Around midfield were Bianajeuney, Bo Bardi and Red Altoand Tavi Bay settled in the clear. The speed must have backed off considerably coming to the 800m or Unbreakable’s rider got itchy fingers as he swept to the lead and ran a couple clear past the 600m. That put Prince Of Babylon under pressure while She’s Got Speed was held together. The only ground made from back in the field was Tavi Bay who turned about five deep. Unbreakable went for home and looked the winner when he was three clear at the 300m. She’s Got Speed was under the whip running on and slowly eating into the margin and Tavi Bay and Red Alto were closing. Unbreakable was a spent force passing the 100m and couldn’t hold them off as Tavi Bay lifted late to grab She’s Got Speed and score narrowly. Unbreakable clung on for third from Red Alto and Lightning Bell close up but had the winner’s back and couldn’t go with her.
Race 7: Yellowglen Handicap (1200m)
1st Nat’s The Boss – Beau Mertens
2nd Sword Of Justice – Patrick Moloney
3rd Nudierudie – Dwayne Dunn
Chapel Road and Thelburg contested the lead and they were split by Tan Tat Charger. Ability had the box seat andNudierudie was forced to race three wide. Bassett and Divine Mr Artie were the next pair and Nat’s The Boss improved to be in the three wide line in the middle stages. They backed off a bit before the turn and the field bunched as Tan Tat Charger took a narrow lead with Thelburg challenging. Chapel Road was still there and they had Ability bailed right up behind them. Divine Mr Artie was also held up and Nudierudie and Nat’s The Boss were down the outside while Sword Of Justice was winding up from last. Tan Tat Charger couldn’t get away from them and the outside group swooped with Nat’s The Boss heading Nudierudie and then holding off Sword Of Justice to atone for a narrow defeat here at his previous start. Divine Mr Artie finally made it through to fourth ahead of Destiny’s Reward, Ragazzo Del Corsa and Ability, who didn’t have a lot of luck but arguable whether he would have won.
Follow: messy race, none, but be a little forgiving of a few that failed.
Race 8: B and M Wilson Sprint (1100m)
1st Olivier – Ben Thompson
2nd Rich Jack – Darren Gauci
3rd Belesron – Michael Dee
Rich Jack made a beeline for the lead and crossed with Villopoto and Written Up. Just behind that trio were Belesron, Rock ‘N’ Gold and Olivier. Pilly’s Wish was back on the fence and Good Offa was going a bit keenly wider out. Rich Jack was running them along solidly and turned with a couple of lengths on Villopoto getting off his back, Written Up was battling and Olivier travelled nicely into the race. Belesron found room as Villopoto dropped off at the 250m. Olivier went straight past Rich Jack and they put a gap on Belesron while a couple from the back were making some ground in Taddei Tondo and Spreadeagled. Olivier is flying at the moment and was far too good for Rich Jack, an improved effort, and Belesron had his chance in third. A lot of horses did nothing in this race. Taddei Tondo was excellent fresh and probably should have run a place after some traffic early in the straight.
Follow: Spreadeagled found it far too short but when he gets to 1400m and beyond will be a force.
Race 9: Tile Importer City Timber Handicap (1600m)
1st Petrology – Regan Bayliss
2nd Refulgent – Dean Yendall
3rd Longeron – Dwayne Dunn
A bit of pressure early with Lord Durante heading Moonovermanhattan, Longeron was right up there with Excites Zelady andHard Call, who wasn’t the best out, charging around them out wide. Petrology settled just off that bunch and Sysmo andFreshwater Storm followed. Refulgent was three deep a length or so off them. Hard Call and Lord Durante declared war in front and Excites Zelady found cover behind them. Longeron was on his back around Moonovermanhattan. Refulgent was under some pressure to get into the race 600m out. Hard Call was the first of the leaders to crack and Lord Durante slipped away from him on the turn. Excites Zelady and Longeron were there in plenty of time to challenge but Petrology went straight by them as he hit the lead at the 300m. Moonovermanhattan gained a rails run and further out Sysmo and Refulgent were still winding up. Petrology opened up more than two lengths on the field but he was having a good think about it 100m out. Longeron and Refulgent were making ground on him in the shadows but he just fell in. Refulgent would have grabbed him in two more strides and Longeron was close up. Lord Durante held on to fourth in a huge effort and no excuses for anything else.
Follow: Refulgent is ready to win.
Specials from the meeting: A Lotta Love, Pedrena, Spreadeagled, Refulgent.