Race 1: November Relaunch Handicap (1200m)
1st Chase The Horizon – Mark Zahra
2nd Manhattan Blues – Michael Walker
3rd Saint Valorem – Daniel Stackhouse
Lord Barrington sprung out of the gates and got across to the fence with ease but soon had plenty of company. Greipel was caught wide around Ventic and Cauthen as they made a line of four. A couple to Manhattan Blues and Kapset. Judgesfollowed with an improving Chase The Horizon, who didn’t jump well. Truculent was being pushed along about midfield outside Saint Valorem and Caprese along the fence. Lord Barrington eventually held them all out and Ventic went with him to the turn. Cauthen was under pressure and Manhattan Blues pushed off the inside to chase the leaders. Chase The Horizon took its spot on the fence. Wider out Judges was running on and Saint Valorem worked off his back and into the clear and Shillelaghwas making ground from well back. Ventic dropped off at the 300m and Chase The Horizon took a gap between Lord Barrington and Manhattan Blues. Judges was started to flatten out and Saint Valorem kept coming down the outside. Chase The Horizon burst through the gap and edged away for a strong win. Manhattan Blues just nosed Saint Valorem out of second and Caprese railed up into fourth. Nice run behind them from Shillelagh who was tightened up late and probably should have run fourth.
Follow: Shillelagh was first-up and a bit unlucky.
Race 2: Alfred Foundation Handicap (1100m)
1st Barthelona – Ryan Maloney
2nd Modern Wonder – Stephen Baster
3rd Blue Tycoon – Michael Walker
Inside Agent missed the start badly, settling a couple off the pace. Decoco jumped well and gathered speed to lead Modern Wonder three out and Blue Tycoon easing. Dalradian was in a bunch next with Radcliffe along the inside and Fast And Furious and Dissolute and Invincible Joy right off the track being restrained. Barthelona improved past a couple of those between horses. Decoco seemed to have an easy enough lead with Modern Wonder on her outside. Blue Tycoon came three out near the turn and Radcliffe ran up behind that trio into a pocket. Dalradian tried to make ground wider out and Barthelona worked into the clear in plenty of time about 200m out. Decoco was the first horse beaten and Blue Tycoon took over from Modern Wonder and Radcliffe almost fell as the gap between them closed. Barthelona descended on them late and while the margin wasn’t huge his effort was and he looks a smart type. Modern Wonder kicked back for second from Blue Tycoon while Radcliffe had a hard luck story to tell. Fast And Furious was close up and Inside Agent made a heap of ground to be in that line behind the placings. On face value Decoco disappointed but was found to be lame and had a slow recovery.
Follow: Barthelona is above average, Inside Agent’s debut was excellent.
Race 3: Lasallian Foundation Plate (1400m)
1st Exocet – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Outback Rain – Ryan Maloney
3rd Whyouask – Michael Dee
Plenty of interest in the front with Najmaat and Clockwork Orange headed by Perfectly Safe who crossed them. Dynastic Lady was caught wide around Sognani and Peeking Duck. Another line of three next with Outback Rain outside Vaingloriousand Serenely Discreet. Perfectly Safe travelled okay to the turn from Clockwork Orange and Dynastic Lady was hard at it three wide. Najmaat stayed to the fence and Outback Rain tracked into it in the three wide line. With A Bit Of Dash followed her and she had Exocet on her back. Serenely Discreet ran into some traffic and had to check early in the straight. Perfectly Safe had a kick but was starting to paddle past the 200m. Najmaat came off her back but couldn’t sprint and Outback Rain chimed in. Wider out Exocet produced a big dash to round them up and over the last 100m she broke away winning easing up. Outback Rain hung on for second from the fast finishing Whyouask. Close up were Najmaat, Perfectly Safe and With A Bit Of Dash. Excuses for Serenely Discreet who didn’t get a crack at them at any stage. Not sure Perfectly Safe runs 1400m at this level.
Follow: Exocet looks smart, forgive Serenely Discreet.
Race 4: MRC Foundation Handicap (1400m)
1st Alaskan Rose – Patrick Moloney
2nd French Emotion – Brad Rawiller
3rd Miss Gunpowder – Dominic Tourneur
Raheen Lady ran to the early lead from Takeover, Miss Gunpowder and Anaphora improving up to second. Miss Softhandslanded behind them from Majestic Lass and French Emotion about midfield. Tears Of Joy and Clemency were joined byMoulin on the fence as Tears Of Joy slipped up three wide to improve. Miss Gunpowder quickly joined the leaders on the turn and hit the front soon after. Miss Softhands was trying to join in while Majestic Lass was being held up behind them. French Emotion was in. The clear and starting to wind up while right to the outside Alaskan Rose unwound with a big finish from the back. Miss Gunpowder was a sitting shot inside the 200m, Majestic Lass went back to her inside to run on while French Emotion and Alaskan Rose chimed in, particularly Alaksan Rose who finished off a bit too well late. French Emotion had her chance and Miss Gunpowder held off Majestic Lass for third. Not a lot to say about the rest though Amarela did make a bit of ground late.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 5: National Jockey Trust Plate (1600m)
1st Harlow Gold – Regan Bayliss
2nd Rocketeer – Damien Oliver
3rd Kaching – Nick Hall
Lord Macau broke well from an inside alley and held the lead from Eureka Street with Land Of Plenty inside Captain Duffyand Odeon trapped out. A couple to Benny Goes Berzerk in the clear from Junior Burger inside of Rocketeer and Harlow Gold not far off them worse than midfield. They bunched up considerably past the 600m and Eureka Street was pressuring Lord Macau, Odeon three out and Captain Duffy started his run further out. Land Of Plenty waited behind the leaders while Harlow Gold crept into it. Rocketeer was under heavy pressure then near the turn ran into some traffic. Awake In Grinzing and Kachingsettled at the back and they took different paths from the turn as Kaching came to the outside while Awake In Grinzing looked for runs through. Land Of Plenty got the inside run to momentarily take over, Odeon was still there and Harlow Gold came between them. Wide out Kaching sprinted quickly and Rocketeer started to pick up. Harlow Gold hit the front at the 100m and held off Rocketeer and Kaching, the latter’s run ending late. Odeon stuck on pretty well, as did Land Of Plenty. Awake In Grinzing was held up for a bit in the straight but was only fair in the run home.
Follow: Kaching is lightly raced and was off a month’s break.
Race 6: How Now Stakes (1200m)
1st Secret Agenda – Damien Oliver
2nd Every Faith – Ryan Maloney
3rd Exclusive Lass – Michael Walker
Miss Promiscuity bounced quickly and was headed by Shakespearean Lass who assumed control. My Poppette settled handy from A Lotta Love and Secret Agenda starting to improve after a fair start. Wide out Exclusive Lass around Every Faith andVibrant Rouge. Shakespearean Lass came well away from the fence nearing the turn while A Lotta Love stayed hard up against the rail. Miss Promiscuity may have hit the lead at the 300m but Secret Agenda went with her and sprinted much better down the centre. My Poppette switched inside Shakeaspearean Lass and Exclusive Lass was still running on wide out. Secret Agenda kicked in over the last 150m or so and she coasted home from the fast finishing Every Faith getting up to claim Exclusive Lass for second. A Lotta Love not disgraced on the inside while Miss Promiscuity just battled and seemed to have her chance.
Follow: stick with the winner.
Race 7: Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m)
1st Keen Array – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Well Sprung – Chris Symons
3rd Santa Ana Lane – Ben Melham
Dan Zephyr landed in front from Passing Shot and Santa Ana Lane in between. Keen Array was happy to sit wider out whileCharlie Boy eased after jumping okay. The Virginian improved along the inside to be ahead of Yesterday’s Songs andHucklebuck. Passing Shot railed through to lead Dan Zephyr with Keen Array still striding up three deep. The Virginian got up behind them and was committed to the inside. Santa Ana Lane waited on his outside and Charlie Boy was first under pressure. Hucklebuck travelled pretty well next. The Virginian did go to the inside on the turn but wasn’t letting down at all. Keen Array raced to the lead at the 200m from Dan Zephyr and Hucklebuck loomed strongly further out. Santa Ana Lane was still there while right down the extreme outside Well Sprung began to launch very late. Keen Array looked like being beaten for the last 100m or so but he clung on to very narrowly deny Well Sprung. Santa Ana Lane was back to his best just claiming third from Hucklebuck who ran a big race first-up under top weight. The Virginian didn’t do much despite being on the inside.
Follow: Hucklebuck made a promising return.
Race 8: Naturalism Stakes (2000m)
1st Jameka – Nick Hall
2nd Gallante – Damien Oliver
3rd Berisha – Patrick Moloney
After a fair start Tom Melbourne kicked through to take up the running from Gallante coming over and Jameka taking the box seat. Taiyoo was up handy and Gabella made an early move to get up onto the pace. A couple to Magnapal and Real Love. Behind them were Excess Knowledge on the inside of Tall Ship and Set Square tracking wide. They were already well off the fence in the middle stages as Tom Melbourne ran along in the lead. Gallante was staying a bit over a length away while Jameka travelled strongly on the inside of Gabella. Set Square started to slide around them and flushed out Magnapal. Excess Knowledge stayed on the inside. Gallante pressured Tom Melbourne on the turn and he cracked while Jameka got up on their inside to hit the lead at the top of the straight. Gabella was battling and Magnapal and Set Square tried to run on. Excess Knowledge was battling a bit while wider out were Real Love and Berisha working his way through the field. Jameka went for home at the 200m and asserted her authority easily accounting for Gallante who did stick on well. A wall of them for third with Berisha just edging out Set Square, Magnapal and then Tom Melbourne. Fair runs from Real Love and Excess Knowledge.
Follow: hard to go away from Jameka, she might be a real Caulfield Cup chance.
Race 9: Sheen Group Handicap (1400m)
1st He’s Our Rokkii – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Le Bonsir – Beau Mertens
3rd Rough Justice – Damian Lane
Del Prado missed it. Jungle Edge assumed control from Tudor rushing across. Le Bonsir and Rough Justice were handy andSebring Sun was trapped outside them. Mighty Like latched onto his back early around Loyalty Man and He’s Our Rokkii on the inside midfield. A gap to Polar Vortex three out from Plot The Course and Radical. Jungle Edge was uncontested past the 800m from Tudor and Le Bonsir was first to make a move slipping up three deep. Rough Justice stayed inside and He’s Our Rokkii followed him up. Sebring Sun didn’t settle well wide out and Loyalty Man started to improve inside him near the turn. Tudor was first beaten and Le Bonsir took over from Jungle Edge on the turn. He’s Our Rokkii sprinted quickly underneath them to join in at the furlong and Rough Justice was still there. Not much coming from the back. He’s Our Rokkii kicked away in the closing stages and was a class above them. Le Bonsir held on for second from Rough Justice but they were no match. Plot The Course and Polar Vortex made a little ground late while Sebring Sun and Loyalty Man just battled.
Follow: again, He’s Our Rokkii is the one going forward.
Race 10: Gold Nugget (1700m)
1st Freshwater Storm – Michael Walker
2nd Refulgent – Damian Lane
3rd Foundry – Steven Arnold
Nevis strode forward to lead from Magic Consol who handed up to Lord Durante to move to second. Tarquin had the box seat then a couple to Foundry around To Be Honest and Refulgent. Nevis ran along as he can do and strung them out past the 800m. Lord Durante was niggled at to keep up as were Tarquin and Magic Consol. Refulgent stayed towards the inside and made a little ground. Lord Durante was beaten on the home turn and Magic Consol swept up to join Nevis with Tarquin between them. Refulgent joined them on the fence while wider out Foundry was running on. The grey Freshwater Storm travelled strongly and was weaving through at the 200m. Refulgent hit the lead from Magic Consol and momentarily Foundry looked a likely winner as he loomed before Freshwater Storm burst through a gap and sprinted like he’d just joined in to cause an upset. Refulgent and Foundry ran well but had their chance as did Magic Consol. Nevis stuck on to be next and of the others Tarquin was disappointing.
Follow: none in particular.
Specials from the meeting: Shillelagh, Kaching, Hucklebuck, Serenly Discreet.