Race 1: Fillies Handicap (1400m)
1st Jennifer Lynn – Blake Shinn
2nd Petition – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Swampland – Chris Symons
A fair bit of interest in the early lead with Tris and Rather Silky disputing it with Jennifer Lynn three out and Gogo Grace on the fence. Sylpheed was caught wide with Skylight Glow around Swampland and Lebombo Rose. Sylpheed took off around them and was taken up outside the lead midrace as Tris kicked up to hold the fence. This handed Rather Silky some cover but Skylight Glow was still trapped off the track. Sylpheed was being niggled on the turn but travelled much better than Tris and took over soon after. Skylight Glow was under heavy pressure, Gogo Grace railed through and Swampland peeled out to run on. Jennifer Lynn had been shuffled back a bit but worked into the clear and Petition was getting onto her back. Sylpheed went for home but wasn’t getting away at the 200m and Swampland and Jennifer Lynn were closing fast on her. A couple of lengths back Petition, Another Bullseye and Flying Jess also made ground. Jennifer Lynn finished the race off best and held off the eye-catching Petition with Swampland battling on well. Close up Sylpheed, a shade disappointing despite some early work, with Another Bullseye and Flying Jess close up.
Follow: Petition is still a maiden but is showing promise.
Race 2: Gothic Stakes (1400m)
1st Peacock – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Violate – Damien Oliver
3rd Acatour – Blake Shinn
Valliano broke well from the inside and held his ground as they queued up wider out to get onto the speed. Acatour went forward and was held three out by Trenchant punching through, Simply Invincible was five out and Nikitas in that line.Peacock eased out of the battle. Apiata ran up into that group. A couple to Inside Agent inside Morton’s Fork while Violatewas over racing badly. After all that Valliano held them out to lead but they slowed up and raced in a bunch. Simply Invincible and Nikitas were stuck right off the track and given little chance. Runs came from the turn and Valliano was under pressure as Acatour edged closer, they left the fence and Peacock gained the inside run. Simply Invincible and Nikitas were battling while Violate pulled to the extreme outside. Morton’s Fork was looking for runs through the field and not having any luck. Peacock sprinted through on the fence to hit the front 100m out with Violate storming home out wide. Morton’s Fork was climbing over their backs while Acatour and Valliano were boxing on. Peacock had just enough in hand to win from Violate, not a bad effort considering the slow tempo, and Acatour clung onto third from Valliano. Morton’s Fork pulled a couple of lengths off them when he finally got out and goes down a good thing beaten. Inside Agent was close up.
Follow: Morton’s Fork should have won comfortably.
Race 3: Alinghi Stakes (1100m)
1st Palazzo Pubblico – Steven Arnold
2nd Aegean Sea – Blake Shinn
3rd Vezalay – Chris Parnham
Aunty Mo flew out and led clearly from Miss Promiscuity and Aegean Sea with Vezalay holding the fence early. Chloe In Paris settled midfield on the fence inside Almighty Girl and I Love It wide out with Flippant easing out of that group. Palazzo Pubblico settled last and three wide. Aunty Mo scooted a few clear in the middle stages with Miss Promiscuity sitting up second. I Love It kept improving around them as Vezalay and Aegean Sea jockeyed for positions. Flippant edged up in the three wide line and Palazzo Pubblico had her back. Aunty Mo was giving a good sight down to the 200m where Miss Promiscuity closed in, Aegean Sea tried to burst through between them and Palazzo Pubblico unleashed a decent sprint down the outside to round them up. Vezalay was getting across heels but Palazzo Pubblico had the momentum up and swept to victory. Aegean Sea did get through into second and Vezalay nailed Miss Promiscuity on the line for the minor prize. A mention to Alucinari who was held up inside the winner on the home turn and when she did get out she made a heap of late ground to just miss the placings.
Follow: Vezalay will be fitter, Alucinari was quite unlucky.
Race 4: Ethereal Stakes (2000m)
1st Eleonora – Damien Oliver
2nd Tiamo Grace – Dean Yendall
3rd Savvan – Craig Williams
Red Velvet Swing crossed to take up the front over So Distinct around Bettyrae Ruby. Savvan was caught wide as Eleonorastayed off the fence so Savvan was sent up to sit in second. Tiamo Grace found a good spot three back on the inside whileArohata was out wide around Moqueen and Madame Stryker. Sebring Dream was taken right back near last. Red Velvet Swing was running them along reasonably which put several of them out the back off the bit. Savvan crept closer on the turn and as they bunched up Tiamo Grace was tightened badly trying to get off the fence inside Eleonora with Bettyrae Ruby directly in front of her. Moqueen was getting into the clear with Whyouask also working home from the second half and Sebring Dream was widest into the straight. Savvan took over briefly before Eleonora pounced and Moqueen was still there. Tiamo Grace started to regain momentum and was bursting through inside them while Sebring Dream was still coming. Eleonora drove away and was a bit too strong from the unlucky Tiamo Grace and Savvan holding on for third. Moqueen was close up and Sebring Dream andBella Sorellastra were very good from the back.
Follow: even bunch of fillies, Tiamo Grace was unlucky and Sebring Dream negatively ridden.
Race 5: Caulfield Classic (2000m)
1st Good Standing – Blake Shinn
2nd Rocketeer – Brad Rawiller
3rd Inference – Dwayne Dunn
Highlad jumped a length in front and was then dragged right back. Good Standing was sent forward to lead from Odeon whileRocketeer let them go inside Waterloo Sunset. Wine Bush was trapped four deep improving past Larrikin around Inference and Wimborne. Highlad was next and he rushed around them in the middle stages as the pace slackened and became caught five wide. Good Standing had them stacked up and Larrikin whipped up and sat outside him. Wine Bush got some cover when that happened and Odeon stayed on the fence. Highlad was still out wide as Waterloo Sunset came off the inside and Rocketeer edged forward on the rails. Inference became shuffled back as Beach Life took off from the back around them. Larrikin’s run was short lived and Good Standing was left with a couple of lengths break. Odeon got the run through while Wine Bush, Highlad and Beach Life started to struggle. Inference squeezed through between the latter pair and Rocketeer was making ground on the fence. Good Standing was a mile in front at the 200m and while getting tired late he held off Rocketeer with Inference also closing the race off late from Beach Life. Highlad had no chance with the run he had.
Follow: messy race, none in particular.
Race 6: Coongy Cup (2000m)
1st Vanbrugh – Ben Melham
2nd Tom Melbourne – Dwayne Dunn
3rd It’s Somewhat – Hugh Bowman
Rose Of Virginia was first to break the line from It’s Somewhat on the inside but they were all waiting for the speed from wider out through The Cleaner and Tom Melbourne, the latter well back early before improving up into second. Calvin Williams was handy too and Vanbrugh in the leading half dozen. Tom Melbourne worked up the hill before landing outside The Cleaner and Calvin Williams eventually let them go. Rose Of Virginia had the box seat and Vanbrugh was on her outside. It’s Somewhat found himself back in the ruck with Honorius on his outside. The Cleaner was being niggled at past the 600m while Tom Melbourne seemed to travel better. Calvin Williams was under heavy pressure trying to match the roughie Rose Of Virginia, while Vanbrugh was enjoying a nice trail. It’s Somewhat ran right up behind the two longshots in front of him and was stopped in his tracks. Tom Melbourne went straight past The Cleaner who dropped out quickly. Vanbrugh looked strong as he set out after the leader. Honorius and Rose Of Virginia were battling away and It’s Somewhat eventually got between them. Vanbrugh finished a little the better and was too good for Tom Melbourne. A few lengths to It’s Somewhat who didn’t have a great run. The Cleaner has run his last race.
Race 7: Tristarc Stakes (1400m)
1st First Seal – Blake Shinn
2nd Tycoon Tara – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Pearls – Brenton Avdulla
Danish Twist was taken straight out to last off the outside alley. Tycoon Tara punched through to lead Satya going up on her outside and Pearls just easing for cover. Denmagic was in the box seat and First Seal had clear air next. Shillelagh settled midfield on the fence from Jessy Belle. Tycoon Tara seemed to have a nice run in front and had Satya and Denmagic off the bit coming to the turn. Pearls moved three deep looking a threat and First Seal tracked her home. Shillelagh crept up on the inside. Tycoon Tara saw off the challenge of Pearls while Denmagic caused problems for Shillelagh behind the leader, the latter checked right out of the race. First Seal launched down the outside and joined Tycoon Tara, finishing off a little the better with the softer run. Pearls hung on for third ahead of Denmagic and Danish Twist running on when the race was all over. Winner a little too good with the benefit of a run back.
Follow: these mares are well exposed.
Race 8: Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m)
1st Jameka – Nick Hall
2nd Scottish – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Exospheric – Damien Oliver
Scottish half reared as the gates opened and missed it. Go Dreaming was away well on the inside but it was Tally who sped across to find the fence. Jameka was put into the race early as was Preferment from a wide gate. Sir John Hawkwood andAlmoonqith were there while Real Love pressed forward past them. Sir Isaac Newton wasn’t settling and Scottish began to improve pushing Articus wide on the turn out of the straight. Exospheric and Our Ivanhowe were the next couple. Plenty of chopping and changing as nobody seemed to want to lead and Real Love and Preferment took over out the back. Tally and Jameka took some cover and Scottish kept the run going around them to eventually roll to the front. Go Dreaming was back on the fence from Sir Isaac Newton not settling all that well. Articus was trapped wide around Sir John Hawkwood and Almoonqith. Some runs started to come past the 800m behind Scottish and it was Sir Isaac Newton pulling his way up wide out around Real Love and that flushed Jameka out, Tally kept punching through on the fence and Preferment was first to struggle. Articus and Exospheric started to track up further out and Sir John Hawkwood was there in the middle. Jameka moved alongside Scottish at the 300m and they stole a break on the field. Sir Isaac Newton was spent and Tally couldn’t do any better, Real Love and Exospheric were running on. Jameka powered away in the last 100m for a dominant win. Scottish was very brave in second with nothing going right and Exospheric ran into a place just ahead of Almoonqith who didn’t have a lot of luck coming to the turn. Real Love and Our Ivanhowe were next.
Follow: Jameka will be hard to beat in the Melbourne Cup, Scottish was the run of the race.
Race 9: Caulfield Sprint (1000m)
1st Our Boy Malachi – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Faatinah – Regan Bayliss
3rd Lankan Rupee – Craig Newitt
Lankan Rupee and Wild Rain jumped well but didn’t want the lead and Sunday Escape and Faatinah crossed to give them cover. Take Pride and Orujo were trapped out a bit and Our Boy Malachi eased from the outside gate. Viddora and Ruettigerimproved along the inside past Our Boy Malachi on settling. Sunday Escape had run them along and was joined by Faatinah at the 300m. Lankan Rupee was looking to get between them but was being held up. Wild Rain was first off the bit and wobbled causing trouble for Ruettiger behind her. Further out Take Pride was trying hard with Orujo and Our Boy Malachi swung widest and began to run on. Faatinah wanted to drift off the track in the last 200m but was in front before Our Boy Malachi swooped on him and raced clear. Lankan Rupee finished his race off pretty well late off a long break. Orujo got up for fourth just ahead of Wild Rain, who was pretty plain, while Ruettiger picked up good late ground after he was held up. Our Boy Malachi appreciated the fast pace and was able to sweep home unimpeded. Nice effort from Lankan Rupee.
Follow: Ruettiger didn’t have a lot of luck and ran well.
Race 10: Moonga Stakes (1400m)
1st Voodoo Lad – Brad Rawiller
2nd Takedown – Blake Shinn
3rd Turnitaround – Dean Yendall
Nobody seemed too keen to lead and eventually Good Project was left in front and the roughie Turnitaround ran up to sit outside him. Takedown parked just behind them in a bunch with Dane Thunder and Dan Zephyr wider out and Durendal andSertorius on the inside. Voodoo Lad settled at the back of the group from Famous Seamus and Mabeel, who was over racing in restricted room. Slow tempo behind Good Project though Turnitaround started to edge closer from the 600m and Dan Zephyr made a line of three. Voodoo Lad was tracking into it behind him and Fast ‘N’ Rocking was on his back going forward. Takedown had to wait but travelled well while Dane Thunder was under pressure. While Voodoo Lad was making his run down the centre Takedown became held up behind the tiring leader and had to change course. Turnitaround was still there and Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Durendal weren’t making much impression while Stratum Star was down the extreme outside. Voodoo Lad sprinted away in the last 100m and was an easy winner. Takedown got up for second and probably should have finished a length or so closer while Turnitaround did a good job to hold onrush ahead of Good Project who also boxed on. Stratum Star ran an improved race and nice first-up effort from Adirondack getting through late.
Follow: Takedown can pick up a race over the carnival, good return from Adirondack.
Specials from the meeting: Morton’s Fork, Petition, Alucinari, Ruettiger.