Race 1: The Alfred Hospital Plate (1100m)
1st Super Cash – Craig Williams
2nd Mossin’ Around – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Grey Street – Regan Bayliss
Sheree easily beat them out and crossed to the fence while Take Pride came across her heels to get off the fence. Magic Alibiwas able to slide over as well and found a good spot outside Jalan Jalan. Grey Street eased to allow that to happen. Super Cash wasn’t the best away but improved along the fence. Sheree was the first under pressure as they neared the turn and Take Pride quickly took over. Jalan Jalan was held in the pocket by Magic Alibi as Super Cash was able to get into the clear. Mossin’ Around ran up behind the leading group and Grey Street was making her run with Super Cash. Take Pride was a sitting shot at the 200m and Super Cash sprinted quickly to hit the lead and while she didn’t charge away she held them off comfortably. Mossin’ Around worked through nicely to snatch second from Grey Street and a gap to the weakening Take Pride and Jalan Jalan alongside. Winner far too good and ran right up to the nice trial earlier in the week. Be a bit forgiving of Jalan Jalan who had to be vetted before the start when another runner played up. Magic Alibi disappointed.
Follow: outside the winner, Mossin’ Around is back in business.
Race 2: Harry White Classic (2400m)
1st Almandin – Damien Oliver
2nd Assign – Katelyn Mallyon
3rd Black Tomahawk – Michael Dee
Shimrano broke like it was an Oakleigh Plate and held a five length lead early from Assign. Almandin was on his stablemate’s back and O’Lonera on his outside. A couple to Thunder Teddington inside Black Tomahawk and The Bandit trailed them. Shimrano went further in front in the middle stages and had them strung out over plenty of territory. Not a lot of action until Shimrano started to come back to them past the 800m and O’Lonera peeled out and made a move to take the lead by the 600m. Assign was under pressure to go with him and Almandin passed him. Black Tomahawk was a bit flat trying to chase and The Bandit had his back. O’Lonera wasn’t in front for long as Almandin travelled much the better coming into the straight and he went for home. Assign was still there and they were a couple clear of Black Tomahawk trying to reel them in. Almandin drifted back to the fence and held a clear margin over Assign while Black Tomahawk managed to get past O’Lonera but he was no match. The Bandit didn’t do a lot. Not much of a race to be fair.
Race 3: Sambor Tile Importer Handicap (1700m)
1st Royal Rapture – Ben Allen
2nd Mihany – Regan Bayliss
3rd Bring Something – Luke Nolen
Mihany took a long time to cross to the fence after jumping well but he eventually headed Mr Epic and Royal Rapture, who waited for him. Longeron strode up onto the pace and Nozomi found a good spot just off them. Escado and Bring Somethingsettled midfield. When they settled down Mihany led Longeron while Royal Rapture had the box seat inside Mr Epic. The pace came out of the race which forced some midrace moves from Nozomi, Big Memory and right around them Our Century. Mr Epic was first to feel the pinch and, unusually, Longeron was under pressure before the turn. Mihany still held the lead with Nozomi moving up three wide and Royal Rapture just waiting behind the leader. The runs wider out didn’t amount to a lot while Bring Something hugged the rail and made some ground. Mihany kicked away past the 200m and let Royal Rapture out to chase him. Nothing else was a winning chance with Bring Something running to third. Mihany wanted to drift off the fence a bit and hampered Royal Rapture but he knuckled down to pick him up and make it five straight. Bring Something ran a nice third, with favours, ahead of Mr Epic who picked himself up. Our Century ran on a bit late after his midrace move and given it was his first run for two years he wasn’t disgraced. Disappointments were Longeron and Big Memory.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 4: Inglis Cup (2000m)
1st Portion Control – Craig Williams
2nd Kifaah – Regan Bayliss
3rd Hierarchal – Kerrin McEvoy
Ayers Rock rolled to the lead but was held off the inside for some time by Magentaz, Kifaah strode up three deep after jumping fairly and Hierarchal let them go. Craven Image settled a couple back from Portion Control head of Pay Up Bro aroundRosaleisha. Ayers Rock eventually crossed and he ran along as he likes to do. Magentaz came off his back to keep him busy handing Kifaah a nice trail. They started to creep forward from the back about 600m out and Craven Image was the first to move. Pay Up Bro followed him up and swung right to the outside on the turn while Rosaleisha took runs through the field. Kifaah strode up on the bend to take the lead from Ayers Rock, Magentaz battled and that left room for Portion Control to improve quickly from the second half. Kifaah went for home at the 300m but wasn’t kicking away. Portion Control on his inside was running on, Rosaleisha and Hierarchal were in the hunt and wide out Pay Up Bro couldn’t get to them. Kifaah paddled the last bit and Portion Control finished off just the better to win with Hierarchal between them very close up. So Willie ran on for fourth but was never in it and Rosaleisha seemed to have her chance. Pay Up Bro was 1400m up to 2000m and probably lacked that foundation, that said no other excuses.
Race 5: Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m)
1st Legless Veuve – Mark Zahra
2nd La Luna Rossa – Damien Oliver
3rd Sword Of Light – Damian Lane
Legless Veuve broke well from the inside and held her spot on the speed, forcing Whispering Brook to work a little to get across. Inspired Estelle was right there with that duo from Zamzam and a couple to Sword Of Light improving away fromSebring Dream and La Luna Rossa. Whispering Brook found the fence and seemed to travel okay in the lead. Legless Veuve sat up on her outside and they were packing up behind that pair nearing the turn. Inspired Estelle three out, Zamzam further out and right off the track came Royal Tithe while Sword Of Light and La Luna Rossa were held up behind the leaders. Whispering Brook was in trouble as they turned and she didn’t find anything. Legless Veuve went straight past her and established a break, Sword Of Light was out in plenty of time while Zamzam battled and La Luna Rossa was in the clear and running on further out. I Am A Star made ground from the back along the inside. Legless Veuve didn’t have a lot left at the finish and held on to beat La Luna Rossa and Sword Of Light. Just behind them I Am A Star and a weakening Whispering Brook. Sebring Dream made some ground while Missrock didn’t have a lot of luck in the straight. Of the others Samara Dancer did nothing. Doubt the Thousand Guineas winner was in this race.
Follow: Missrock should have finished closer.
Race 6: Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m)
1st Sacred Elixir – Damian Lane
2nd Revolving Door – Corey Brown
3rd Wazzenme – Luke Nolen
Plenty of interest in the early lead with Yu Long Sheng Hui, Revolving Door and Saracino disputing it, Archives was coming over looking for cover but he had to push on. Evacuation was three wide next around Hardham and Sacred Elixir followed by another line including Bee Jay’s Choice, Seaburge and Violate. Yu Long Sheng Hui held them out and eventually led Revolving Door on his outside. Archives was able to get cover around Saracino who backed out of the early battle. The pace came right off and Hardham and Evacuation took off before the 600m, Sacred Elixir was held up and Seaburge had a trail into the race but became held up as well soon after in a packing field. Anyone’s race on the turn and Yu Long Sheng Hui was under pressure as Revolving Door joined him, Archives was hard at it and Hardham four deep. Saracino was waiting for a run behind them and Seaburge was in the clear wide out. Revolving Door hit the lead and was asked to go past the 200m. Sacred Elixir worked into the clear and was running on with Seaburge wider. Wazzenme was weaving through from the back and hitting the line nicely late too. Revolving Door was clinging on but Sacred Elixir grabbed him in the last few strides to win. Wazzenme was right up there and Seaburge just missed out. Saracino probably didn’t have the best of luck, same can be said for Evacuation who was wide throughout. Winner was a bit too good and he was first-up so can only improve.
Follow: has to be Sacred Elixir.
Race 7: Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m)
1st Bon Aurum – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Voodoo Lad – Chris Parnham
3rd Fast ‘N’ Rocking – Stephen Baster
Mr Individual wasn’t the best out but was ridden up to find the early lead splitting Thames Court and Xtravagant. Jungle Edgewas wider out and improving from Tivaci. Counterattack found himself three wide outside Fast ‘N’ Rocking with Bon Aurumbetween them. A couple back to Voodoo Lad in the clear. It was on up front though as Jungle Edge and Xtravagant kept pushing for the front and they ran a couple ahead of Mr Individual and Thames Court but Counterattack was still wide so he started to creep forward. Bon Aurum got onto his back as Mr Individual started to give ground. Voodoo Lad also started to track up trying to keep Tivaci in a pocket. Xtravagant led around the turn with Counterattack starting to reel him in. Fast ‘N’ Rocking ran up behind them while Jungle Edge started to drop off. Bon Aurum chimed in and Voodoo Lad was winding up further out. Tivaci couldn’t go with him. Bon Aurum hit the lead 200m out with Voodoo Lad closing on him and they got the better of Counterattack. There was a queue up for third with Fast ‘N’ Rocking, Thames Court, Tivaci and Badawiya from the back running on. Bon Aurum was probably that little bit stronger at the trip and just held Voodoo Lad, game as ever, and Fast ‘N’ Rocking who claimed third ahead of Thames Court. Excuses for Counterattack after a wide run.
Follow: Counterattack’s second-up record isn’t great anyway but he had no luck.
Race 8: Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m)
1st Black Heart Bart – Brad Rawiller
2nd He Or She – Craig Williams
3rd Lucia Valentina – Damien Oliver
No big surprises in the early stages with The Cleaner crossing from out wide and running a few lengths clear of Jacquinot Bay.Black Heart Bart settled outside He Or She and another couple to Awesome Rock. Lucia Valentina was on his back outsideHoward Be Thy Name. The Cleaner kept them running and was being sent along past the 600m with a decent gap over Jacquinot Bay who wasn’t asked to go. Black Heart Bart was going a bit better than He Or She while Awesome Rock was being shoved along a bit. The Cleaner led to just inside the 300m but was gone and Black Heart Bart sprinted quickly to head him off and also run past Jacquinot Bay. A couple to He Or She and Awesome Rock who couldn’t sprint with them and Lucia Valentina was a bit one paced. Black Heart Bart put a couple of lengths on Jacquinot Bay in quick time and cruised home for a very easy win. He Or She picked himself up off the canvas to run into second and Lucia Valentina sprouted wings late to snatch third from the weakening Jacquinot Bay. Awesome Rock only just managed to get past The Cleaner. Black Heart Bart just keeps stepping up and who’s to say he’s not a Cox Plate contender. Big question marks for the rest of the spring now over Tarzino, Tavago and to a slightly lesser extent Prince Of Penzance who weren’t ever in it.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 9: Open Handicap (1100m)
1st Hellbent – Craig Williams
2nd Sheidel – Dylan Dunn
3rd Sunday Escape – Corey Brown
Sheidel was finally ridden for speed and she crossed quickly to the fence though had company soon after as Atmospherical andInz’n’out were right on her hammer. Sunday Escape railed through into the box seat and Alpha Miss was handy but wide. A bunch of them next including General Truce around Sea Lord, Trevinder wider out and Inspector getting up inside all of those. Sheidel was able to hold the lead and cornered a bit over length clear of Atmospherical, Inz’n’out peeled three wide and Sunday Escape went looking for runs on the fence. Wide out Hellbent was let go from well off the pace with a big turn of foot. Sheidel was entitled to have a kick but she had no answers to Hellbent who just went past like she was tied to the fence. Sunday Escape stuck on pretty well for third ahead of Inz’n’out who was just fair after having every chance. Rageese made plenty of late ground when it was all over and not much to be said about the rest.
Follow: dare we say, Rageese can improve on his first-up effort.
Specials from the meeting: Mossin’ Around, Missrock, Sacred Elixir, Counterattack.