Cox Plate Day Reviews

Moonee Valley review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Inglis Banner (1000m)

1st Dalradian – Brad Rawiller
2nd Valliano – Michael Walker
3rd Pearl Congenial – Craig Williams

Speed out wide from Pearl Congenial and Preemptive but they weren’t able to cross as Valliano and Delta D’Orgathered pace on the inside. Dalradian wasn’t far off them and Credible Witness was up there early before easing.Kinetic Design and Bangs improved on his inside to keep him wide. Delta D’Or was able to lead but Dalradian kept him honest on the outside. Pearl Congenial was forced to sit wide and Preemptive ran up four deep. Dalradian continued to get a nice box seat run and taking off from the back Rata Tat Tat tried to make some ground. Valliano seemed to travel very well and went straight past Delta D’Or on the turn with Pearl Congenial trying to go with them. Dalradian took a run inside Valliano at the 200m and set out after him. The others were battling while Credible Witness started to run on late. Valliano looked the winner at the 50m but Dalradian finished it off a bit too strongly and arrived in time to tip him out. Another tough effort from Pearl Congenial after racing wide to hold third and Credible Witness was a nice run. Not much else of note here.

Follow: promising debut from Credible Witness and Pearl Congenial definitely has the ability to win races.

Race 2: City Jeep Handicap (955m)

1st Tawteen – Stephen Baster
2nd Diamond Oasis – Hugh Bowman
3rd Vatican – Kerrin McEvoy

Tawteen flew out from a wide gate while Diamond Oasis was a bit slow. Gallant Harmony also broke well from out wide but eased while Vatican, Steel Trigger and General Jackson were in the bunch just off the speed. Diamond Oasis picked himself up and worked to keep Tawteen off the fence and take up the running. They got away a couple of lengths on Steel Trigger, Vatican and General Jackson striding up three wide. The two leaders had it between them from before the home turn and Tawteen again stuck the head in front, travelling better than Diamond Oasis. The chasers were slowly closing in but Tawteen maintained an advantage of about a head to the line over Diamond Oasis. The start might have been costly for him. Vatican edged out a luckless General Jackson for third. Unanimously and Gallant Harmony were close up but never a threat.

Follow: none, slow time and bunched finish.

Race 3: Alliance Broking Classic (1600m)

1st My Poppette – Mark Zahra
2nd Bengal Cat – James McDonald
3rd Thames Court – Hugh Bowman

Even start with Thames Court best out, My Poppette ran through on the inside to head her and take up the running.Seeking Asylum and Dagny were behind the leading pair and Bengal Cat was caught wide so strode on to land in second. Sempre Libera went back to last and raced inside Silent Sedition and Air Apparent wide out. My Poppette was able to back off in the lead and Bengal Cat sat about three-quarters off her and wasn’t pressuring. Little change in the pack aside from Air Apparent working around them three wide to midfield in the middle stages. After having a picnic in front, My Poppette clicked up coming to the turn and was the only one travelling as she broke away. Bengal Cat did a good job of sticking on for a while but was yielding ground from the 200m. Thames Court came out three deep before the turn to run on while Silent Sedition made a dash from the back. But it was a one horse race from about the 1000m and My Poppette killed them. Solid effort from Bengal Cat while Thames Court just held Silent Sedition, whose racing style is preventing her from winning races at the moment. Disappointment was Sempre Libera who was never a factor.

Follow: none in particular.

Race 4: Telstra PhoneWords Stakes (1200m)

1st Holler – James McDonald
2nd Brockhoff – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Demonstrate – James Doyle

The likes of Mawahibb, Brockhoff and Von Vacheron were away well out deep but Holler was ridden hard to slip up underneath and take the front. He did that pretty easily too. Brockhoff made a move up to second as Von Vacheron took a trail with Well Sighted in the box seat. Mawahibb was stuck in no man’s land around Atlantic City andDemonstrate improving along the fence. Holler had control and stacked them up before being asked to sprint from the 400m. He dashed clear and had Brockhoff right off the bit. Well Sighted tried to follow the leader through but couldn’t pick up and Mawahibb had no answers wider out. Demonstrate started to weave through the field close to the inside. Holler was home and hosed at the 200m as he dashed right away and was easing up from the 50m. Brockhoff didn’t do a bad job to hold everything else for second off a freshen up and Demonstrate made good ground from the back and Well Sighted one batted in fourth but they were all in another race. Some big margins between first and last here and the winner was far too good.
Follow: Brockhoff is only lightly raced and is capable of winning races.

Race 5: Crockett Stakes (1200m)

1st Lake Geneva – James Winks
2nd Valley Sweetheart – Glen Boss
3rd Serene Majesty – Kerrin McEvoy

Haybah clearly jumped best but Positive Charge booted through underneath to hold her out. Lake Geneva was handy with them before easing and Miss Gidget improved around her. Valley Sweetheart held her spot in the box seat and Tiz My View sat outside as they kept Lake Geneva off the track but with cover. Serene Majesty had her back near the tail. Haybah travelled better than Positive Charge and Miss Gidget coming to the turn, Valley Sweetheart was waiting behind them and Lake Geneva made her run four out. Serene Majesty looked under pressure to pick up and only got to a weakening Tiz My View on the turn. Lake Geneva sprinted quickly to hit the lead inside the 200 from Haybah. Valley Sweetheart eventually pulled around her heels then over reacted a bit running out. Serene Majesty started to wind up down the outside. Lake Geneva managed to establish a break early in the straight and just held off Valley Sweetheart, who didn’t need much more ground, and Serene Majesty closing late. Northern Model hit the line well and Tiz My View got going again to be next, they beat the rest, including a disappointing Harlem River, by a space.

Follow: Valley Sweetheart looks promising and Serene Majesty wants 1400m.

Race 6: Moonee Valley Cup (2500m)

1st The United States – Hugh Bowman
2nd Prince Of Penzance – Michelle Payne
3rd Bohemian Lily – Kerrin McEvoy

The outside brigade of Bohemian Lily, Taiyoo and Escado were best out but none showed any great desire to cross soPrince Of Penzance and Big Memory booted through and kept them off the track. Bondeiger settled behind that bunch with Precedence, clear of The United States. Prince Of Penzance found the lead and Escado was outside him before Taiyoo strode on to sit in that position. Bohemian Lily was then left stranded without cover around Big Memory and Bondeiger. Bohemian Lily sat there midfield until about 1400m to go where she eventually worked forward to sit second with Prince Of Penzance running along and they broke a couple clear of Taiyoo and Bondeiger. The field strung out and by the 800m a few were being niggled, particularly Bohemian Lily and Taiyoo. Prince Of Penzance kicked away from Bohemian Lily before the turn and Bondeiger couldn’t match them. The United States had picked his way through along the rails and ran to second at the 200m. Prince Of Penzance was starting to paddle and The United States was the one with the fresh legs and he finished over the top to win well in very fast time. Bohemian Lily fought on for third after a tough run clear of Bold Sniper who followed the winner along the rail. A big gap to the rest.

Follow: none, though be a little forgiving with Bohemian Lily.

Race 7: The Vase (2040m)

1st Jameka – Damien Oliver
2nd Shards – James McDonald
3rd Tarzino – Craig Newitt

Shards wasted no time in pouncing on the lead clear of Red Alto, Jameka and Last Bullet improving out wide.Pasadena Girl and Sagaronne sat a couple of lengths back and a similar gap to Sovereign Nation. Tarzino was snagged right back to last. Shards ran along pretty comfortably in front while Last Bullet wasn’t settling so well up second. Jameka and Red Alto raced together about three lengths back. Around the 1400m mark Tarzino was at least two lengths off the second last horse. Must have been at least 10 lengths first to last at the 800m and after another furlong Shards went for home and left Last Bullet behind. Jameka and Red Alto were also hard ridden chasing him and Pasadena Girl was only battling. Sovereign Nation took off around them very wide and Tarzino was still a few lengths off him nearing the turn. Shards was three in front at the 200m but you could see Jameka warming up and Pasadena Girl followed her through into third. Wide out Tarzino was charging when the race was all over. Jameka had the best run in the race and finished too well for Shards in the last bit. Tarzino hit the line like he’d only just joined in for third and he’ll win the Derby by a couple next week on this run. Pasadena Girl was next and the others had their chance.

Follow: Tarzino wins the Derby, Jameka will give Sacred Eye some competition in the Oaks.

Race 8: Crystal Mile (1600m)

1st Turn Me Loose – Opie Bosson
2nd Bow Creek – James McDonald
3rd Lucky Hussler – Glen Boss

Bow Creek was a shade slow but Turn Me Loose took advantage of the inside gate to kick through and leadStrawberry Boy moving up on his outside. Sons Of John and Worthy Cause took the trails and Bow Creek improved after his slow start to be three back the fence with Hooked alongside. Lucky Hussler was in the clear midfield. The first six bunched up a bit behind Turn Me Loose coming to the 600m and behind them Lucky Hussler looked to be cruising, just waiting to be let go. Strawberry Boy was first to struggle and Worthy Cause and Hooked made their moves wide out. Bow Creek was shuffled back behind Strawberry Boy while Lucky Hussler continued to stalk. Turn Me Loose went into another gear around the turn and kicked a few clear. Lucky Hussler was running on wide out but not making an impression. Sons Of John couldn’t go on and Bow Creek was still held up, this time trying to get between Worthy Cause and Hooked. Turn Me Loose had established a winning lead in the straight and he had enough in hand to beat a very unlucky Bow Creek while Lucky Hussler didn’t make the impression he looked as though he would midrace. Malice was the only one to make any ground from back in the field and he ran fourth.

Follow: Bow Creek’s Australian debut was enormous.

Race 9: WS Cox Plate (2040m)

1st Winx – Hugh Bowman
2nd Criterion – Michael Walker
3rd Highland Reel – Ryan Moore

Criterion wasn’t the best away and crossed towards the fence midfield. Highland Reel jumped well with The Cleanerwho was stoked up to take the front running. Arod and Complacent worked forward while Hartnell took a trail aroundWinx. Mourinho was three wide around Gailo Chop and Criterion trying to punch through. The next trio wereKermadec outside Preferment and Pornichet. A couple to Happy Trails and Fawkner whipped them in out of the straight. The Cleaner started to run along a bit up the back with Arod happy to sit second. Highland Reef enjoyed a nice run and kept Complacent three deep. Winx and Hartnell were getting cheap runs in the middle stages. They slowly started to bunch up behind The Cleaner and coming to the 600m the leader was starting to paddle and for some reason moved a horse or two off the fence. This put Arod out of play and Highland Reel went past him but significantly Winx got a dream run though she tightened up Criterion who was also punching through on the inside and it cost him a couple of lengths. Wide out Gailo Chop made a dash and Hartnell worked off the inside and into the clear. The race was over on the home turn as Winx had sprinted away by four or five lengths, Criterion picked himself up and followed her through with Highland Reel boxing on, The Cleaner was still there and Pornichet made ground from well back sticking to the fence. Winx scored easing up over a game Criterion and Highland Reel stuck on. Pornichet was aided by the inside run and Hartnell picked up The Cleaner to be next just ahead of Fawkner. As good as the winner was it should be tempered slightly by the fact she did no work in the run and everything got out of her way from the 800m so she was entitled to have something in hand. But it was another track record and a decisive margin.

Follow: none, this was a grand final.

Race 10: Tesio Stakes (1600m)

1st Coronation Shallan – Daniel Stackhouse
2nd Azkadellia – James McDonald
3rd Lucky Lago – Jim Cassidy

Azkadellia was a bit tardy out from the wide gate while Lucky Lago jumped well from the rails. Coronation Shallanwas sent to the lead and found it pretty easily from Girl Guide moving around Lucky Lago. No Tricks landed fourth clear of Precious Gem and Atlantis Dream. They strung out with a gap to Manageress. Girl Guide stayed about a length off Coronation Shallan and as a result she wasn’t pressured in front. They had bunched by the 600m though and Coronation Shallan was going much better than Girl Guide. Lucky Lago waited behind the leader as No Tricks and Precious Gem peeled out. The widest was Azkadellia making her run and Manageress tried to latch on to her back but wasn’t going well enough. Coronation Shallan broke away around the turn and Lucky Lago came off her back to try and challenge. The danger was out wide, though, as Azkadellia began her charge. She left it just a little late and Coronartion Shallan scraped in. Lucky Lago held third with Ballet Suite finishing off late and Holy Cow along the fence. Manageress picked up a bit of ground late and she goes much better at Flemington.

With the superhighway along the fence perhaps the form out of this meeting should be treated warily. No knock on those that ran well but perhaps be forgiving of a few failures.

Follow: Azkadellia’s run was huge, and Manageress can be forgiven.

Specials from the meeting: Credible Witness, Tarzino, Bow Creek, Azkadellia.


Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Bold Circle Jason Collett
2nd Excited Prince Winona Costin
3rd Figtree Tommy Berry

They got going to a pretty even start in the first with Lampedusa getting the best of it and running to the front from Figtree, but there didn’t look to be any pace to report early on. Timeless Prince settled on the fence in third with Bold Circle outside of it, relegating Excited Prince to last. Nothing changed in the run, and when they came into the straight and up the rise, Figtree was coming after the leader and had the front at the furlong, but Bold Circle and Excited Prince were running on strongly. In the run to the line, Bold Circle was the one who finished best and held about a half length margin over Excited Prince, with Figtree weakening to run third.

Follow: Excited Prince

Race 2

1st Star Turn Tommy Berry
2nd Medaille Tim Clark
3rd Chipanda Sam Clipperton

The Two-Year-Olds went around in race 2 and Star Turn wasn’t great out of the gates and was then ridden to get up outside Chipanda who was sent out a heavily backed odds on favourite. Up to the turn those two matched strides ahead of Zafina and Medaille. After running its race in patches last start, Star Turn obviously took great improvement from that run and when they topped the rise was clearly traveling better than Chipanda. Tommy Berry only let Star Turn go in the final furlong and it put a space in them. Medaille finished off ok to get past Chipanda who was pretty disappointing in third spot and there isn’t anything to say about the rest. The winner will win more races

Follow: Star Turn

Race 3

1st Frespanol Thomas Huet
2nd Rock Sturdy Travis Wolfgram
3rd Casino Dancer Winona Costin

It was a pretty good line out in the third although Vilanova from the inside didn’t have any pace and went straight back to last. As many would have expected Foreign Prince won the start and went to the front withFrespanol moving up on its outside into second. Rock Sturdy was caught out three deep and didn’t look like getting in. Around the turn, Foreign Prince came away from the fence but still had the front from Frespanol who was there to challenge and Sir John Hawkwood was getting a rails run. Topping the rise, Frespanol hit the front and put up about a length on them with nothing really making ground. In the run to the line, the best effort from the challengers was Rock Sturdy, which did a great job given it was three wide all the way to finish within about a length of Frespanol. Casino Dancer got third, with Wine Tales only putting in a very brief run and then weakening in what was a very disappointing effort and it goes right into the sack book after this effort.

Follow: Rock Sturdy

Race 4

1st Happy Clapper Brenton Avdulla
2nd Ryker Winona Costin
3rd Ziggy Willie Thomas Huet

Ryker and Kasiano Lad showed good pace out of the gates in race four, and it was Kasiano Lad who went through and led with Ryker on its outside. There was a line of three behind those with High Esteem on the fence, Ziggy Willie in the middle and Dream Choice caught three wide. Up the rise, Kasiano Lad still had it narrowly, but soon after there was basically a line of six in front and all had a chance. At the furlong, Ryker ran to the front, Kasiano Lad looked beaten and Happy Clapper was coming down the outside. In the final 100m, Kasiano Lad appeared to collapse and dislodged Tommy Berry. Whilst that was going on, Happy Clapper got the better of Ryker and went on for victory. It was a pretty good run from the winner to come from well back and round them up.

Follow: None to follow

Race 5

1st Bulls ‘n’ Bears Samantha Clenton
2nd Noble Joey Winona Costin
3rd City Boots Brodie Loy

When they settled in the fifth it was Noble Joey in front with Urban Knight outside of it and Bulls ‘n’ Bearsgetting the trail behind the speed. The pace looked pretty genuine, and they were at the home turn before you knew it. After they turned same, Noble Joey was running about a bit but was holding off the challenge from Urban Knight, with Bulls ‘n’ Bears launching a challenge on the outside. Urban Knight dropped off and it was Noble Joey and Bulls ‘n’ Bears left to fight it out. Immy came with a short run but then peaked on that effort and late in the race City Boots made up good ground but was never going to get to the leaders. In the final part Bulls ‘n’ Bears made a lunge at Noble Joey and got there by the narrowest of margins. It was not a bad effort by the second horse however to make the pace and almost hold on despite racing greenly in the straight.

Follow: Noble Joey

Race 6

1st Secret Prophet Sam Clipperton
2nd Cartier Rock Brenton Avdulla
3rd Hand From Above Winona Costin

Race six got underway with Wudang Mountain a touch slow to go from the inside. Eagle Stryke was best to begin and ran to the front with Secret Prophet going up second on its outside. Hand From Above got a nice trail in third. Back in the field, Wudang Mountain was throwing its head about and wouldn’t settle. Mid race,Cockles went around them three wide to be in a challenging position as they approached the turn. The pace looked very slow. Around the turn and up the rise, Secret Prophet looked to be traveling best in front and when he was asked for an effort at about the 250m mark he put up a break on them. The bad racing manners of Wudang Mountain were telling on it and it was dropping out to run last. In the run to the line, Secret Prophet was going powerfully to the line and came away to win it by about three lengths. It was a nicely judged ride and a good turn of foot shown by the winner.

Follow: Secret Prophet

Race 7

1st Mr Manhattan Josh Parr
2nd Orujo Sam Clipperton
3rd Eminent Duke Winona Costin

Mr Manhattan was sent out favourite in race seven and jumped out first from the outside gate but there was plenty of pace inside of it and it went back to third last early on. There was a good charge on for the lead butEminent Duke was the one that pushed on from out wide and took up the running. Floral Insight was caught deep in second with Hot Hit back to its inside. Up around the turn, you could see the pink colours of Mr Manhattan coming into it out wide and by the time they topped the rise he was ready to strike. Eminent Duke still had it up to the 100m mark but Mr Manhattan had all the momentum up and went home too well for Orujowho finished its race off well. I Can Rock and Londehero also finished nicely.

Follow: I can Rock, Londehero

Race 8

1st Zayam Jay Ford
2nd Sabkhat Sam Clipperton
3rd Scherzoso Tim Clark

Race 8 was over the 2000m and Zayam worked across to lead them up with Sabkhat on its outside in second. Zaboss took the trail in third spot and Herne’s Oak got a nice run on the fence in fourth. It was a race devoid of action up to the 600m mark where Scherzoso started to make a move three wide and Major Major hooked out from the back but wasn’t going anywhere. Zayam went for a sprint up the rise with Sabkhat in pursuit. It looked as if Sabkhat was making sufficient ground to go to Zayam at the furlong but Zayam just kept kicking in the final part and worried Sabkhat out of it. They put a decent gap on Scherzoso who was pretty one paced in third, and Herne’s Oak didn’t finish off today either.

Follow: None to follow

Race 9

1st Rockolicious Rory Hutchings
2nd Danish Twist Samantha Clenton
3rd Zin Zan Elsie Jay Ford

There was a good charge for the early lead in the last with All Cerise taking it up and Rockolicious moving up into second on the outside. Danish Twist was on the outside in third and had its head high in the air at the 800m mark. White Dove was getting a nice run back along the fence in fourth. Midfield Harlem Lady was out very wide. Around the turn and up the rise, All Cerise had a kick and led by a couple of lengths with Rockolicious doing the chasing and Danish Twist was coming on further out on the track. In the final 100m, Rockolicious extended well enough to hold a length margin over Danish Twist on the line. Zin Zan Elsie got along the fence into third in what was a fair effort. Harlem Lady ran well here given it had a wide run all the way.

Follow: Zin Zan Elsie

Specials from the meeting: Star Turn, Rock Sturdy, Noble Joey