Race 1: Debutant Stakes (1000m)
1st Wait For No One – Stephen Baster
2nd Spoils – Corey Brown
3rd Miss Wahoo – Kerrin McEvoy
Wait For No One beat them out from an inside alley and quickly led from Spoils with All Eez up wider out. Miss Wahoo landed behind them inside Feng Chu and they broke away from Banter who was over racing. All Eez pressured Wait For No One coming to the turn a couple clear of Spoils who let them go. Feng Chu swung wide on the bend while Miss Wahoo railed well. Wait For No One quickly shook off All Eez with Spoils stalking and coming off his heels about 200m out. Miss Wahoo continued to improve on the fence and Feng Chu was battling on okay. Wait For No One kept going to the line and just held Spoils who got very close. Miss Wahoo claimed third by a similar margin from Feng Chu but they were no match for the winner.
Follow: The first two home did well but no clear standout.
Race 2: Herbert Power Stakes (2400m)
1st Assign – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Big Memory – Craig Williams
3rd Pemberley – Daniel Stackhouse
No surprises early as Assign took it up from Dandy Gent. Slotting in the box seat was Big Memory inside of Howard Be Thy Name. Pemberley was on the rail with Prince Of Penzance trailing them. Assign had it his own way for the first half of the race and no moves until inside the 800m as the leader started to up tempo. Howard Be Thy Name was first to pull out and stride forward under some riding so Dandy Gent also improved to be alongside Assign. Big Memory had to wait and Prince Of Penzance started to creep forward around Pemberley before the turn. Assign looked under siege as they turned but found a length or who which allowed Big Memory to get out of a pocket. Dandy Gent dropped off, Howard Be Thy Name found nothing and Pemberley started to come out of the pack looking some threat. Prince Of Penzance also loomed for a few strides. But it was Assign and Big Memory left to fight out the race and Assign managed to hold him off for a narrow win. Pemberley did get very close on the line and they got away from Prince Of Penzance. No Cup winners here this spring, especially with Prince Of Penzance pulling up lame and his carnival is over.
Race 3: Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m)
1st Hear The Chant – Dwayne Dunn
2nd My Country – Mark Zahra
3rd Modern Wonder – Stephen Baster
Plenty of early pressure for the lead as Selenia was kept working by Conchita and In The Vanguard kicking up on the rail. Another line of three behind them included Prompt Response inside Summer Glen and My Country deep with cover. Hear The Chant had a nice sit on their backs as Angharad improved on the rail and Fille Champagne between them. In The Vanguard tried to get away coming to the turn and hung a little but found a length or so. Conchita, Prompt Response and Selenia couldn’t match her early in the straight. Wider out My Country peeled out to run on and Hear The Chant was further out also getting going. Angharad was being held up behind a few of the tiring on pacers at the 200m. In The Vanguard still led nearing the 100m but she was all out and My Country and Hear The Chant swallowed her up. From further back Modern Wonder was hitting the line strongly out wide and making ground again late was Summer Glen. Hear The Chant had the last drop on My Country and got up to win, proving how luckless she was in her Moonee Valley run. Modern Wonder was only a neck or so away at the finish from Summer Glen and Moonlover who picked up good ground. Prompt Response had every chance and In The Vanguard wasn’t disgraced after being softened up. Angharad only beat a couple home but went to the line hard held.
Follow: Angharad can pick up a slightly easier race.
Race 4: Catalina Sounds Stakes (1400m)
1st Chetwood – James McDonald
2nd Rough Justice – Damian Lane
3rd Sistine Demon – Katelyn Mallyon
Sistine Demon easily beat them out and led clearly from Chetwood taking his time to come across to second. Badawiya let him go to settle next ahead of Rough Justice. Charlie Boy and Un De Sceaux were midfield in a strung out field. Sistine Demon led by a big margin and Chetwood was just happy to let him go and do his own thing. Badawiya also followed and there was another couple to Rough Justice midrace with the order pretty much staying the same to the turn behind some quick sectionals up front. Sistine Demon had about three lengths on Chetwood around the turn and Badawiya was first to be put under any pressure. Chetwood travelled strongly as he went straight past Sistine Demon at the 200m. Badawiya was battling to get to them and Rough Justice kept coming. From the back Rageese started to make some ground with Un De Sceaux getting up on the inside. Chetwood was home and hosed though and he looked good racing clear. Rough Justice finished well to grab second from a game Sistine Demon who showed a return to his best. Rageese and Un De Sceaux were close up.
Follow: Rageese and Un De Sceaux can be placed to advantage.
Race 5: Cape Grim Beef Stakes (1200m)
1st Sheidel – James McDonald
2nd Silent Sedition – Craig Williams
3rd A Lotta Love – Craig Newitt
Sheidel showed pace but couldn’t cross to lead as Lake Como punched through. Silent Sedition was handy with Ameristraliaand Not A Happy Camper stuck wider out. Miss Gunpowder was in that bunch. Then a wall of them including Exclusive Lassvery wide around Jalan Jalan, Secret Agenda was checked and lost a length to be back with Ravi and Mossin’ Around. Lake Como led around the turn with Sheidel hot on her heels. Not A Happy Camper tried to match them but was under pressure. Silent Sedition looked for a run between the leaders and swinging wide were Miss Gunpowder, Exclusive Lass and Ravi. Sheidel hit the front inside the 300m and went for home. Silent Sedition was chasing her on the inside and Ameristralia was still there. Ravi started to hit top gear down the outside with A Lotta Love from the back also in the centre of the track. Sheidel was there to be beaten but she held a game Silent Sedition to score with A Lotta Love sweeping home late for third just ahead of Ameristralia and Ravi. A gap to Secret Agenda who didn’t do a lot after not jumping the best and a mid-race check. Miss Gunpowder also disappointed.
Follow: Silent Sedition has come back well.
Race 6: Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m)
1st Winx – Hugh Bowman
2nd Black Heart Bart – Brad Rawiller
3rd He Or She – Craig Williams
Just the three runners and Black Heart Bart took up the running a bit over a length clear of Winx who was happy to sit outsideHe Or She. Absolutely no speed on and Black Heart Bart had things his own way in front. Midrace he edged about two lengths clear of Winx and a similar gap opened to He Or She. By The 600m Winx had moved to about half a length from Black Heart Bart and they came well away from inside. He Or She was left standing and stayed on the fence under pressure. Winx got the better of Black Heart Bart just inside the 200m and she started to get away under less pressure than Black Heart Bart and He Or She was no match for them. Winx was too good, Black Heart Bart may not be suited leading but the pace wasn’t strong. We didn’t learn anything about the trio that we didn’t already know going in.
Follow: a very interesting Cox Plate now awaits.
Race 7: Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m)
1st Global Glamour – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd I Am A Star – Steven King
3rd Whispering Brook – Nick Hall
After about 200m Global Glamour crossed to the fence to lead Legless Veuve with Sword Of Light and Whispering Brookhandy. La Luna Rossa was sent forward and she ran up to be second. I Am A Star and Foxplay were better than midfield.Samara Dancer was three wide around Harlow Gold and Missrock. Global Glamour had control in the middle stages and was left alone by La Luna Rossa. Legless Veuve was around Whispering Brook from Sword Of Light. A couple of lengths back Samara Dancer was creeping forward around I Am A Star and Foxplay became cramped for room. Global Glamour left the fence on the turn and La Luna Rossa went with her. Whispering Brook took the inside run that presented along with I Am A Star. Foxplay found some gaps to work through into a striking position with Harlow Gold. Missrock had to check off Foxplay’s heels as she came into the clear. I Am A Star and Whispering Brook got up on the inside of Global Glamour to challenge as La Luna Rossa dropped off at the 200m. Foxplay was a couple of lengths further back running on. Global Glamour had a kick left and she forged clear again late proving too strong for I Am A Star and Whispering Brook. Foxplay closed off when it was all over ahead of Harlow Gold and Sebring Dream who made ground along the rails.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 8: Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m)
1st Divine Prophet – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Seaburge – Mark Zahra
3rd Hey Doc – Luke Currie
Evacuation was fast away and led as expected from Revolving Door up handy again. Good Standing took a while to come across but moved around Kaching and Saracino. The next trio were Divine Prophet inside Wazzenme and Sacred Elixir three wide. Hey Doc had a three wide trail around Seaburge and Barbie’s Boy. Impending followed them well back. Revolving Door wasn’t allowing Evacuation to have a breather and Good Standing also did it tough three deep. Sacred Elixir started to creep forward near the 600m outside Kaching and Saracino seemed to travel okay. Hey Doc also got into the moving line and Impending had his back going forward. Seaburge was shuffled back and Divine Prophet stayed towards the inside. Anyone’s race at the 300m as Hey Doc sprinted up quickly to join Good Standing, Revolving Door and Evacuation, Sacred Elixir was a bit one paced and Divine Prophet and Saracino were getting up on the fence. Impending was also left flat and Seaburge started to work into the clear. Divine Prophet burst through on the inside to match Hey Doc, who may have got there a bit too soon, with Seaburge charging down the outside clear of Impending. Divine Prophet just had enough in hand to hold off Seaburge but wouldn’t have wanted it another couple of strides. Hey Doc was gallant in third ahead of Impending and the fast-finishing So Si Bon from the back. Saracino and Good Standing were close up and Sacred Elixir also not beaten that far. Not a lot between this group of three-year-olds.
Follow: from a Derby perspective So Si Bon and Sacred Elixir lost no admirers.
Race 9: Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m)
1st He’s Our Rokkii – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Great Esteem – Chris Parnham
3rd Tivaci – Patrick Moloney
Great Esteem took up his usual front running role from Royal Rapture. Tivaci lobbed into a good spot from Miss Rose De Lago wider out around Thames Court. He’s Our Rokkii was three back on the fence with Jacquinot Bay in the three wide line being tracked by Bon Aurum. Counterattack was following He’s Our Rokkii. Great Esteem really stacked them up and managed a couple of cheap sectionals as Royal Rapture and Miss Rose De Lago made a line of three. Jacquinot Bay was four out as the tempo started to increase. Tivaci was still behind them and Bon Aurum was tracking up while He’s Our Rokkii stayed on the fence. Great Esteem was revved up on the turn and Royal Rapture went with him. Miss Rose De Lago dropped off allowing He’s Our Rokkii to dart through and get across heels ahead of Tivaci who was a bit flat footed. Jacquinot Bay and Bon Aurum were wider out. Counterattack was doing very little. Royal Rapture couldn’t get past Great Esteem who kept kicking past the 200m. He’s Our Rokkii was starting to wind up with Tivaci, Bon Aurum further out and Awesome Rock hitting the line when it was all over. He’s Our Rokkii drove at Great Esteem late and picked him up to win. Tivaci nabbed Royal Rapture for third. Awesome Rock ran on okay just ahead of Bon Aurum, perhaps not running out the trip. No face value excuses for Counterattack.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 10: Schillaci Stakes (1100m)
1st Star Turn – Craig Williams
2nd Malaguerra – Ben Melham
3rd Fell Swoop – Hugh Bowman
Very bunched field and plenty wanted the lead with The Monstar four out around Furnaces and Flamberge with Star Turn in that bunch. Hucklebuck was behind them with Malaguerra, Dothraki and Fell Swoop. Still four across the track before the turn though The Monstar started to show distress signs as Star Turn moved into it strongly. Malaguerra swung five deep. Flamberge was hard at it around the bend and Furnaces didn’t kick a lot either. Star Turn rounded that pair up and went for home at the 300m. Malaguerra started to run on well ahead of Fell Swoop getting going. Wide out Ocean Embers was warming up when the race was over. Those on the inside dropped out quickly and Star Turn was sailing away. He held over two lengths on Malaguerra in a nice return with Fell Swoop also putting in a nice first-up effort. Ocean Embers wasn’t quite up to them but still ran on very well. Dothraki and The Monstar were next.
Follow: Malaguerra and Fell Swoop should have good spring preps.
Specials from the meeting: Angharad, Silent Sedition, Malaguerra, Fell Swoop.