By RAY HICKSON
Race 1: Silver Bowl Final (1600m)
1st Lady Selkirk – Craig Williams
2nd Sir Sagamore – Chris Symons
3rd Jerilderie Letter – Steven Arnold
Galaxy Raider was slow to get going and had to be ridden up to get into the field while War Legend was eased back. Ragazzo Del Corsa was first to the fence then handed up to Moss ‘N’ Dale and Sirfontein improved around them into second. Hand From Above settled in a good spot inside Savatone who was three wide. Lady Selkirk was worse than midfield on the fence with Jerilderie Letter next. Moss ‘N’ Dale wasn’t pressured in the lead with Sirfontein sitting a length away to the turn and he was under duress as they bunched. Hand From Above moved three out while stablemates Ragazzo Del Corsa and Savatone were hard ridden. Jerilderie Letter was tracking up three wide and pushed into the clear at the 400m. Lady Selkirk stuck to the fence and improved quickly up behind the leader. Moss ‘N’ Dale still had a kick and Ragazzo Del Corsa couldn’t match him. Lady Selkirk continued to run on along the fence and Jerilderie Letter made a dash with Sir Sagamore coming off his back. Lady Selkirk drove up along the fence to hit the lead at the 100m and held off Sir Sagamore to win well. Jerilderie Letter had his chance in the straight and battled on from Moss ‘N’ Dale. Galaxy Raider did nothing.
Race 2: Rivette Final (1600m)
1st Daniela Rosa – Patrick Moloney
2nd Euro Angel – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Payroll – Craig Williams
Effortless Power worked her way to the lead from Celestial Jewel while Euro Angel held the inside. Avenue Whisper was caught wide around Daniela Rosa and Reigning In Paris was next inside Payroll. They didn’t appear to be going overly hard as Effortless Power was held together in front. Celestial Jewel was being niggled before the turn and Avenue Whisper strode up three wide. Euro Angel was waiting for a run behind them and Daniela Rosa and Payroll had her held in the pocket. Celestial Jewel was struggling on the turn and Effortless Power rolled off the inside opening up a run for Euro Angel. Payroll sprinted quickly and tried to keep Daniela Rosa on her inside but that filly was having none of it and picked up through the gap as Avenue Whisper hit the lead. Euro Angel was being quietly ridden and was asked to go at the 200m and she took over from Avenue Whisper but Daniela Rosa was already winding up down the outside after them. Payroll was further out battling on. Daniela Rosa with the momentum up finished over the top of Euro Angel and proved too strong. Payroll ran into third and had her chance. Avenue Whisper is probably not quite up to this grade.
Follow: long term Euro Angel who had things against her.
Race 3: Cup Tour Trophy Handicap (2000m)
1st Killarney Kid – Brad Rawiller
2nd Magic Consol – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Jimivag – Harry Coffey
Straight Jacket found the lead first and was taken on by Sandhill Chief who ran clear. Killarney Kid settled a couple of lengths back in a strung out field with a similar gap to The Terricks. Jimivag and Survived were the next pair some eight lengths off the lead. Sandhill Chief did his usual thing in front rolling along though Straight Jacket crept closer midrace. Survived made fast ground along the inside to join Killarney Kid and Magic Consol followed him forward on the inside of The Terricks shuffled back a bit. Straight Jacket poured the pressure on Sandhill Chief on the turn and Killarney Kid eased out three wide. Survived was under pressure on the fence and The Terricks was running a big race wider out while Magic Consol battled a bit behind them. Killarney Kid saw of the challenge of The Terricks and kicked away from him at the 200m, Magic Consol was running on and Jimivag wide out was making ground. Killarney Kid was far too good for them after having a perfect run. Magic Consol kept coming for second just ahead of Jimivag and The Terricks and they were well clear of the rest.
Race 4: Taj Rossi Final (1600m)
1st Trenchant – Craig Williams
2nd Futura – Cory Parish
3rd All Out Of Love – Michael Walker
Moshway began quickly from the inside and led clearly over Fast ‘N’ Rolling while Vee Eight found himself caught wide. Captain Duffy was pushing up underneath him and Cliff Hanger had the rail. Trenchant had cover three wide outside Cobbmore and Futura. Moshway set only a moderate tempo and had them stacked up coming to the turn. Fast ‘N’ Rolling stayed with him while Vee Eight was the first under pressure and Trenchant came out four wide off his back to move into it. Cliff Hanger waited for a run on the fence. Futura and Cobbmore were trying to get to the outside behind Trenchant and widest on the turn was Bouffon. Trenchant joined Moshway and Fast ‘N’ Rolling at the 400m and Cliff Hanger gained the inside run he was looking for. Futura was looming as some kind of a threat halfway down the straight. Futura ran up to join Trenchant 200m out with All Out Of Love making up plenty of ground from the back chasing them. Trenchant and Futura had a stirring battle to the line with Trenchant just managing to hold off Futura, who had a few shots at him, and All Out Of Love kept running on and wasn’t far away. A couple to Cobbmore every chance and Captain Duffy.
Follow: Futura and All Out Of Love might have some promise over a bit of ground.
Race 5: All Victorian Sprint Final (1200m)
1st Ruettiger – Craig Williams
2nd Voodoo Lad – Dean Yendall
3rd Reldas – Dwayne Dunn
Rich Jack and Majestic Duke paired off in front from Voodoo Lad who was pulling and refusing to settle. Alberto Magic was inside him and also over racing and shoved into some clear room. Ruettiger was behind that pair and Magnus Reign on his outside with Our Nkwazi the widest. Rich Jack assumed the lead on his own midrace and Alberto Magic strode up outside him. Majestic Duke took a trail with Voodoo Lad next and Ruettiger behind him. Reldaswas making a bit of ground behind Ruettiger. Voodoo Lad was under riding to pick up at the 400m and he did. Rich Jack still had the lead but Ruettiger took the inside run to join him and Reldas was closer to the fence. Voodoo Lad grabbed the bit and started to charge, hitting the lead inside the 200m. Ruettiger went with him as they beat Rich Jack off and Reldas was still there in third. Voodoo Lad’s run ended in the last 50m and Ruettiger came back to worry him out of it and they were clear of Reldas who ran an improved race. Winner did everything right and Voodoo Lad ruined his chances by not settling.
Follow: Reldas back at Moonee Valley.
Race 6: Banjo Paterson Final (2600m)
1st Master Of Arts – Brad Rawiller
2nd Bold Sniper – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Wells – Craig Williams
Araldo Junior was able to lead without much pressure being applied from Bold Sniper and Tremec on the fence. Wells was up much closer this time andMaster Of Arts had to ease to get one off the inside around Kuakata. Araldo Junior had his own way in the lead because Bold Sniper stayed over a length away, settling much better on this occasion. Tremec and Wells were on their backs and Master Of Arts was on the back of Wells and starting to improve before the turn. As they came to the turn Araldo Junior was shaken up with Bold Sniper creeping closer and Master Of Arts whipped up three wide quickly and seemed to travel well. He got around Wells easily and Tremec was still there on the fence. River’s Lane tried to follow Master Of Arts home. With that move Master Of Arts hit the lead inside the 400m and Araldo Junior seemed unable to go with him, between them Bold Sniper was still there and they edged away from Wells. Master Of Arts got stronger as the race went on and he powered away at the finish to bring up Darren Weir’s 100th Melbourne winner this season. Bold Sniper was. Honest in second and Wells continues to tick over nicely for the big jumps races coming up. No excuses for Araldo Junior.
Follow: Wells over the jumps.
Race 7: Winter Championship Final (1600m)
Onpicalo broke well and found the early lead while Rhythm To Spare and Jacquinot Bay worked across from out wider. Chance To Dance landed in a much closer spot while Kenjorwood started to stride around him and Fast And Free after only a fair start. In that bunch were War Story and Rugged Cross.Iggimacool and By The Grace were next while Del Prado was back in the ruck. Onpicalo strode along in front clear of Rhythm To Spare while Kenjorwood made it up to third but still wide out. Jacquinot Bay and Chance To Dance enjoyed good runs and Fast And Free was on Kenjorwood’s back. On the turn Onpicalo moved off the fence presenting a run for Chance To Dance who was being pushed along. Rhythm To Spare was still there and Jacquinot Bay poked through on his inside. Chance To Dance was gone, while Kenjorwood and Fast And Free battled on, wider out Iggimacool and By The Grace were running on. Onpicalo was still in front at the 200m from Kenjorwood still trying his heart out and down the outside Iggimacool was chiming in with Petrology making his run at the same time. Iggimacool took over in the closing stages and held off Petrology, who isn’t the bravest horse, to score a strong win. Onpicalo gave a big sight in front and stuck on for third while Kenjorwood was also game after a tough run. No excuses Chance To Dance who was very disappointing.
Race 8: Creswick Series Final (1200m)
1st Lord Von Costa – Craig Williams
2nd Prince Of Brooklyn – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Odyssey Moon – Craig Newitt
El Dorado Mine showed good speed to lead from Sooboog and a length away Odyssey Moon further out. I Boogi was in behind them, and Lord Von Costahad cover. Tango Rock was on the outside of Odyssey Moon and Prince of Brooklyn was buried back in the field near the inside. El Dorado Mine travelled strongly onto the course proper and had a few of them chasing a fair way out. Sooboog was one of those and I Boogi was under pressure while Lord Von Costa eased to the inside and started to run on while further in Prince Of Brooklyn shaken up. Odyssey Moon was called upon at the 300m to run on too. El Dorado Mine was giving plenty of cheek until about 100m out where Lord Von Costa burst through to take the lead, Sooboog was rallying with Odyssey Moon and Prince Of Brooklyn just starting to wind up on the fence. A couple back We’re Sure had got to the outside and was hitting the line. Lord Von Costa fought strongly and just staved off Prince Of Brooklyn and Odyssey Moon was very close up in third. Sooboog battled on with We’re Sure running on and I Boogi wasn’t far away after coming again late.
Follow: Prince Of Brooklyn is ready to win and I Boogi is a good thing in a maiden.
Race 9: Leilani Final (1400m)
1st Telopea – Craig Williams
2nd Forgeress – Linda Meech
3rd Nadeem Lass – Daniel Moor
Belaruski had no trouble leading from the inside alley while Forgeress jumped well from out wide and pushed forward. Nadeem Lass also pressed on and made her work a bit while Telopea slotted in with cover around To Be Honest. She’s Clean eased and Sea Spray improved on the inside to join her. Belaruski kept them running into the straight and Forgeress was niggled at to stay in touch. Telopea started a move around them and Nadeem Lass tried to go with her. She’s Clean had Telopea’s back but could hold it and on the fence To Be Honest was under pressure. Forgeress took over at the 300m with Telopea looming strongly on her outside. Nadeem Lass was still there trying hard and A Lotta Love was coming on down the middle after settling well back. Telopea stuck the head in front in the closing stages and was just able to out point Forgeress and the got right away from Nadeem Lass who held third. She’s Clean and A Lotta Love were close up, the latter giving away too much start.
Specials from the meeting: Futura, I Boogi, Prince Of Brooklyn.