By: Ray Hickson
Race 1: Bay And Ranges Handicap (1400m)
1st Trenchant – Michael Dee
2nd Curvature – Daniel Moor
3rd Fast ‘N’ Rolling – Stephen Baster
Shadow Prince jumped best but Moshway wanted the lead and found it from Curvature ridden up to be on his outside.Matamanoa landed next while Fast ‘N’ Rolling improved three wide around Kenedna. Cliff Hanger settled midfield on the fence with All Out Of Love looking for a spot and Trenchant started to edge around them from well back. Colonel Klink was ridden negatively and restrained wide near the tail. Moshway led into the straight and tried to pinch a break. Curvature was hard at it to get to him and Matamanoa had room on the inside but wasn’t picking up. Trenchant chimed in down the middle with Fast ‘N’ Rolling while Cliff Hanger was looking for runs through. Colonel Klink was gone at the 400m after a torrid early run. Trenchant sprinted quickly at the 200m to hit the lead and got away from Fast ‘N’ Rolling. Moshway and Curvature weren’t done for and kept fighting and they were clear of Cobbmore getting home very late. Trenchant left them without excuses after a wide run and was far too good. Curvature stuck on well while Fast ‘N’ Rolling also kept coming into third. Moshway weakened late and Cobbmore was close up. Of the others forget Colonel Klink went around.
Follow: couldn’t go away from the winner.
Race 2: Central Region Handicap (1400m)
1st Iggimacool – Ben Thompson
2nd Telopea – Michael Dee
3rd Nadeem Lass – Daniel Moor
Danestroem took about 100m to roll to the front from All About Rhythm wider out and Abohar on the fence. Right behind them was Nadeem Lass and Niminypiminy was in the clear too. Iggimacool settled back and Telopea also went straight out to the tail. Abohar made Danestroem work and she couldn’t cross. All About Rhythm eased to take the trail and Nadeem Lass sat in the box seat to the turn. Abohar and Danestroem were still at it at the 300m but were under pressure and Iggimacool improved right up behind them. Wide out Niminypiminy and Telopea were winding up, the latter seemingly travelling strongly. Iggimacool got the rails run to hit the lead soon after from Abohar, Danestroem started to weaken. Telopea was asked to go past the 200m and sprinted sharply to join Iggimacool but couldn’t get past her despite finishing quickly and Iggimacool held her off to win in a return to form. They were clearly superior to the rest with Nadeem Lass poking through to snatch third from Niminypiminy late. Abohar wasn’t disgraced first-up though safely held.
Race 3: Gippsland Region (1600m)
1st Pin Your Hopes – Ben Thompson
2nd Name The Day – Michael Dee
3rd Turbo Street – Craig Williams
A bit of a battle early and Landslide held the fence from Distant Rock and Mr Pago between them. Tap That was a couple back around Turbo Street and Got You Double found a good spot. Pin Your Hopes was trapped three deep from Sikeleli Africaand Elite Tiger on their back. Distant Rock won the battle for the lead and crossed Landslide and Mr Pago. Pin Your Hopes kept improving around them and Name The Day got onto his back. Turbo Street and Tap That were held up as they bunched. They moved away from the fence and Pin Your Hopes and Name The Day made their runs together to take over 300m out. Turbo Street got up on the inside of Distant Rock who was weakening. The Rumour File followed the two leaders into it and they were starting to get away from the field. A two horse war over the last 200m or so and Pin Your Hope kicked back after being headed by Name The Day to score narrowly. Big gap to Turbo Street and The Rumour File and another decent margin to Distant Rock and Elite Tiger in a very strung out finish.
Race 4: Goulburn Murray Handicap (1100m)
1st Spieth – Craig Williams
2nd Lord Von Costa – Stephen Baster
3rd Rich Charm – Patrick Moloney
They stretched right across the track with Chavuma right up there alongside Stragun, Lord Von Costa and Ascendance. Right out wide Crystal Dreamer and Destiny’s Reward weren’t far away. Spieth found himself tucked in between horses behind the leading wall with Rich Charm inside him. Chase The Horizon made his way closer to the outside. Stragun and Ascendance had the lead at the 400m with Lord Von Costa between them. Chase The Horizon and Crystal Dreamer made a dash wide out while Spieth was in all sorts of trouble looking for runs. Fireworks was hard at it on his outside so he went back inside for clear running. Lord Von Costa made his move and took over from Ascendance and Stragun, who was dropping off. Spieth switched to the inside of Lord Von Costa and those wider out started to struggle. Ascendance came again to join Lord Von Costa inside the 200m but once Spieth was able to wind up he stretched out impressively to round up the leaders. Rich Charm was getting to the outside behind them and the others were struggling. Spieth really dug in late and started to get away for a strong win. Lord Von Costa ran another honest race and Rich Charm also continued his good recent form. Not a bad effort from Ascendance either. No excuses for the rest.
Follow: Spieth is a class act.
Race 5: Brian Beattie Handicap (1400m)
1st Jacquinot Bay – Michael Walker
2nd By The Grace – Patrick Moloney
3rd She’s Clean – Craig Williams
Rhythm To Spare fired out of the gates to the lead from Jacquinot Bay around Cellarmaster. She’s Clean was much closer in the small field. By The Grace had to ease at the back and Del Prado was forced to stride up three wide as the pace went right off. Rhythm To Spare had them walking in front and Jacquinot Bay was happy to sit up on his outside. Del Prado strode up to join them and By The Grace was able to work off the fence and looked much happier striding up on its back. She’s Clean was being niggled at as they turned. Again off the fence, Rhythm To Spare was under pressure as the sprint went on and Jacquinot Bay looked to be travelling better. Del Prado was the first beaten. Cellarmaster was still there with She’s Clean trying hard and By The Grace was starting to wind up. Jacquinot Bay always had control of the race and was able to hold off the challenges of By The Grace, who got very close, and She’s Clean between them to win again. Cellarmaster had his chance. Del Prado picked himself up a bit but was well beaten after being ridden upside down and Rhythm To Spare had every possible chance.
Follow: By The Grace looks ready to win.
Race 6: Western Otway Handicap (1600m)
1st Lady Selkirk – Michael Dee
2nd Justa Hint – Brad Rawiller
3rd Hursley – Michael Walker
There was some pressure for the lead and Palace Tycoon was out four deep trying to cross I Am Rubén, War Legend and Red Banner. There was another bunch of them just in behind including Georgie’s Luce, Justa Hint, Lady Selkirk and Lunar Spinon the fence. Payroll and Shockaholic were midfield. Palace Tycoon eventually got across and War Legend didn’t look to settle well as he ran to second while Georgie’s Luce moved up outside them three deep. Justa Hint was in the three wide line improving with Red Banner and I Am Rubén inside. Payroll came out four deep and Sir Sagamore made a run around them as the field bunched right up. The leaders were again off the fence and Palace Tycoon and Georgie’s Luce turned in front. War Legend had come back and was held up for a run as Justa Hint kept going forward. Shockaholic stayed on the inside to save ground and Rezak was tracking into it with Hursley on his back. Georgie’s Luce hit the lead at the 400m and Justa Hint and Sir Sagamore were challenging. Payroll was one paced while Lady Selkirk was still there and War Legend started to pick up again. Wider out Rexaz and Hursley. Anyone’s race at the 100m where Lady Selkirk got a run through and burst to the lead late to beat Justa Hint and Hursley finishing off into third. War Legend was game just behind them and Galaxy Raider stormed home from last once he got clear while Georgie’s Luce and Sir Sagamore only dropped off late after tough runs.
Follow: War Legend is worth another chance, Galaxy Raider should win one soon.
Race 7: Provincial Plate (1600m)
1st Royal Rapture – Brad Rawiller
2nd Leveraction – Brooke Sweeney
3rd Magic Consol – Jordan Childs
No surprises as Leveraction was sent to the lead and ran a couple of lengths clear of Award Of Merit. Magic Consol was up third around Royal Rapture and It’sall Aboutharry looking to get in. Artie’s Shore was on the fence Subiaso eased behind him. Leveraction wasn’t waiting and he led clearly in the middle stages. Award Of Merit had a nice run letting the leader go while Royal Rapture looked to be pulling behind him. Magic Consol was the first to come out three wide and It’sall Aboutharry was on his back. Artie’s Shore stuck to the inside. Leveraction also stayed closer to the fence as he turned. Award Of Merit was heeled along to do the chasing now and looked under heavy pressure. Royal Rapture was underneath him and Magic Consol was starting to wind up. It’sall Aboutharry couldn’t do much more while Artie’s Shore changed direction but also had trouble getting to them. Leveraction was taking a heap of running down and it was only in the last 50m or that Royal Rapture dug right in and grabbed him late to win. Magic Consol was close up but had his chance and Award Of Merit was very disappointing in behind them.
Race 8: Wimmera & Murray Mallee (2520m)
1st Master Of Arts – Michael Dee
2nd Falago – Brad Rawiller
3rd Wells – Jake Bayliss
A decent amount of early pressure for a staying race with Penny To Sell taking it up from Gingerboy while Bold Sniper let them cross. Like A Carousel punched up to be handy and a couple to the stablemates Falago and Master Of Arts. Streaming Byimproved on the inside of Crafty Cruiser to be midfield or so. The jumper Gingerboy ran to a clear lead up the back from Penny To Sell and they ran a couple clear of Like A Carousel and Bold Sniper. Falago got away from Master Of Arts as the field strung right out. Gingerboy was four in front coming to the turn but came back to them fairly quickly. Bold Sniper took the inside run while wide out Falago started to sweep into it as Like A Carousel and Penny To Sell started to weaken. Master Of Arts came to the outside and Streaming By stayed closer to the fence and couldn’t pick up. Falago hit the lead a fair way out and Master Of Arts was in pursuit. Bold Sniper battled on behind them and Wells made ground past Streaming By. Master Of Arts proved a bit stronger in the last 50m or so and ran down Falago for a strong staying win. The classy jumper Wells ran a great race for third from Bold Sniper.
Follow: Wells when he’s back over the jumps.
Race 9: Midwest Bellarine Handicap (1100m)
1st Odyssey Moon – Craig Newitt
2nd Runsati – Linda Meech
3rd Ruettiger – Daniel Moor
Berlutti was one of the leaders close to the inside while Bullpit wanted to be down the middle and he edged out there with Rich Jack and Runsati. Hard Romp was further out and Alberto Magic was in that group. Behind that leading bunch wereRuettiger, General Truce and Odyssey Moon with Heart Testa under pressure. Widest was Mirage. Bullpit wad unusually headed a fair way out and Runsati took over with Berlutti trying to stick on. Rich Jack and Alberto Magic were hard at it, as was Hard Romp who kept Odyssey Moon in a pocket. Our Nkwazi went right back to the inside and Ruettiger had to head that way to get clear as well. Runsati was giving a big sight at the 100m but Odyssey Moon finally got clear and started to sprint strongly, going home much the better to win easily. Ruettiger also finished off nicely to join Runsati on the line and they broke away from Our Nkwazi and Berlutti. The likes of Bullpit and Alberto Magic disappointed. The winner is a smart horse and the penny might be finally dropping with him now.
Follow: the first three home can all keep it up.
Specials from the meeting: Galaxy Prince, By The Grace, Spieth, Wells (jumps).