By RAY HICKSON
Race 1: Pat Hyland Plate (1400m)
1st Sebring Dream – Michael Walker
2nd Montoya’s Secret – Ben Melham
3rd Jaws Of Steel – Jamie Mott
A bit of jostling for positions early with Baykool and Montoya’s Secret leading before Mystyko rushed around them to take over. All Out Of Love was right behind them with Sebring Dream improving into a spot ahead of Cliff Hanger and Jvalagoing past that group. Atlantic Express made a midrace move around them too in a race of changes. Probably six lengths first to last on the turn and a line of four in front as Atlantic Express joined Jvala, Montoya’s Secret and Mystyko. Sebring Dream was being revved up behind them waiting for a run while Beach Life and Cliff Hanger were pulled out to try and make ground. The leaders started to paddle and gaps opened up between them with Sebring Dream taking full advantage and sprinting through at the 250m to hit the lead. Mystyko wasn’t giving up without a fight and Montoya’s Secret stuck on too. Gold Artesian picked up good ground from well back to get into the mix while down the outside Jaws Of Steel left it a bit late but was running on. Sebring Dream had the best run and was far too good beating Montoya’s Secret, a nice run, and Jaws Of Steel arriving in time for third ahead of Gold Artesian.
Follow: Jaws Of Steel was excellent in a sit and sprint.
Race 2: National Hall of Fame Handicap (1200m)
1st Divine Chills – Beau Mertens
2nd Euston Road – Chris Symons
3rd Our Vidia – Ben Melham
Bunched field on settling and Dream Food had the lead from Written Return. Air Apparent had the inside and Euston Roadhad cover with Reemah and Our Vidia further out. Glenn Road had its back and Russian Empress was buried back on the inside. At the 400m Glenn Road wanted to hang out and allowed Divine Chills room to get clear while hampering Payrollbehind her. Euston Road hit the front while this was going on taking a run inside Dream Food with Air Apparent trying to go with her. Reemah was starting to make ground and Our Vidia went with her. Divine Chills was winding up down the centre. Euston Road had those around her’s measure in the closing stages but couldn’t hold off the fast finishing Divine Chills while Our Vidia made a dive to make second place interesting. Reemah just missed out between them and Air Apparent was close up. Payroll made some late ground but was never in the hunt.
Follow: might pay to forgive Payroll a little if she turns up in similar grade.
Race 3: Might And Power Handicap (2000m)
1st Turnitaround – Ben Thompson
2nd Second Bullet – Ben Melham
3rd Killarney Kid – Harry Coffey
Survived gathered pace along the inside to lead but did fire up early. Extra Noble sat up handy and Second Bullet moved past into second. Killarney Kid and Turnitaround were behind that pair. Araldo Junior had cover midfield around Moriarty andExtra Zero settled at the back. Once again Doumaran didn’t jump at all and he now has to trial twice before starting again. Survived was under pressure before the turn and seemed to have run it race. Second Bullet loomed and Turnitaround made a quick dash with the light weight to join in. Araldo Junior also peeled out to try and go with them while Killarney Kid was a little flat footed and slightly held up. Turnitaround hit the lead at the 300m and looked all set to sprint right away but Second Bullet went with him. That pair raced clear of the pack with Killarney Kid getting past Extra Noble. Turnitaround had about a head’s advantage and he held that to the line from a very game Second Bullet and they safely held Killarney Kid. Moriarty looked to pull up with an issue. Winner is in top form at the moment and the weight pull was significant.
Follow: Second Bullet is ready to win.
Race 4: Carbine Club Handicap (1600m)
1st Mihany – Regan Bayliss
2nd Santa Rocks – Ben Thompson
3rd Aurum Spirit – Chris Parnham
Mihany was best out then handed up the lead to King’s Dance and they had the foot down early. Distant Rock landed third in the clear and Santa Rocks was a further couple back. Mr Pago and Turbo Street were next with War Story midfield in the very strung out field. King’s Dance kept them running and opened up by three at the 600m though Mihany was stalking his every move, coming off the inside waiting to pounce. Distant Rock had his back and Santa Rocks stayed on the fence around the turn. The field packed up a little but it was still 15 lengths first to last. King’s Dance left the fence as he straightened and was asked to go. Mihany was closing in and Santa Rocks went back to the inside. Distant Rock was hard at it and Turbo Street held up a little on his inner but when a run opened he was flat footed. Santa Rocks might have hit the lead near the clock tower but Mihany kept coming with Distant Rock picking up again and Mr Pago further out. Flying through from well back was Aurum Spirit. Mihany gained the upper hand late and outlasted Santa Rocks with the fast finishing Aurum Spirit snatching third over Distant Rock but Mr Pago and Turbo Street were close up in a blanket finish.
Follow: none in particular but like to see Turbo Street again.
Race 5: Les Carlyon Handicap (1600m)
1st Loyalty Man – Jake Bayliss
2nd Sir Sagamore – Chris Symons
3rd Whoop Whoop – Chris Parnham
Several of them wanted a forward spot and eventually Atlantic City, who wasn’t the best out, ran to the lead over Hunamosaand Oriental Ruler. Loyalty Man let them go with Bob Of The Head and Prestwick had clear air next. Atlantic City took charge and was overdoing it a bit as he rolled along. Hunamosa behind him was first off the bit and Oriental Ruler crept closer coming to the turn. Bob Of The Head strode up wider out and Loyalty Man had to wait. Prestwick was under pressure andShockaholic had got to the outside. Atlantic City was a sitting shot at the 300m and Loyalty Man took over with Sir Sagamorewho gained a saloon run through the field on the fence. That trio were well clear of Bob Of The Head and Shockaholic whileWhoop Whoop was starting to hit top gear. Loyalty Man had a battle to get away from Sir Sagamore but held him to about a neck on the line. Whoop Whoop would have beaten them both in another 100m or so as he charged late to be right on their heels and they got away from Atlantic City who did a great job to come back and run fourth. Shockaholic was found to have the thumps.
Follow: Whoop Whoop is a promising type and wants 2000m.
Race 6: Neville Begg Handicap (1800m)
1st Amarela – Darren Gauci
2nd Time To Test – Luke Currie
3rd Ashkannd – Chris Symons
Written showed her usual speed to hold everything out. Tips And Beers was over racing badly as he was trying to be restrained and Entre Nous eased into a good spot. Sir Prospector was dug up out of the gates to be up there and Time To Test was back on the fence tracked by Fair And Equitable. Every Faith and Rio Perdido were in a bunch next. Written wanted to run and she strung them out. Sir Prospector moved past Tips And Beers midrace and Entre Nous had a nice trail with Time To Test also travelling well. They bunched up coming to the turn and they fanned across the track. Written seemingly still had something to offer at the 400m while Sir Prospector and Tips And Beers had a bumping duel. Entre Nous dropped out suddenly but Time To Test was in the clear and starting to run on. Wider out Fair And Equitable and particularly Amarela were unwinding with strong runs. Written still had it near the 200m but that was as far as she went and Amarela and Time To Test stormed past. Tips And Beers was there battling and Ashkannd was the late closer but it was Amarela’s day and she edged away from Time To Test and Ashkannd the eye catcher into third over Fair And Equitable. Entre Nous was a big disappointment.
Follow: Ashkannd is in for another good prep.
Race 7: Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m)
1st Glorious Sinndar – Harry Coffey
2nd The Bandit – Regan Bayliss
3rd De Little Engine – Ben Melham
Nothing wanted to lead and they were stretched across the track, like a straight race, for the first 400m or so. My Bantry Bayfinally worked across to lead Cafe Society and Pop ‘N’ Scotch. Space and Refectory were wide out and Glorious Sinndar was presented with a nice run on the fence out of the straight. The Bandit was with him and a couple to De Little Engine and Lucky Lucky Lucky. My Bantry Bay put the foot down for a while up the back and Refectory ran into second ahead of Cafe Society and Pop ‘N’ Scotch. Space was still stuck three deep and the order didn’t change much until they packed up a bit coming to the home turn. Refectory moved alongside My Bantry Bay who was the first beaten. Pop ‘N’ Scotch was under pressure and The Bandit came out underneath High Church. The leader left the fence and Glorious Sinndar was the beneficiary as he joined in quickly to take over inside the 400m. The Bandit set out after him with De Little Engine trying to pick up under the big weight. Running on next were Swacadelic and Like A Carousel but it was a two horse race over the last furlong. The Bandit headed Glorious Sinndar who refused to give in and they went head and head to the line with the latter just prevailing. He did have all the favours in the run and it proved the difference. De Little Engine was honest in third.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 8: Straight Six (1200m)
1st Nautical – Brian Higgins
2nd Whistle Baby – Chris Symons
3rd Odyssey Moon – Chris Parnham
The field split in the first 200m and Bullpit and Le Bonsir led the flat side with Magnus Lad three out and Heart Testa behind them on the inside. Mirage and Demonstrate weren’t far away in that bunch and Exclusive Lass was widest of the leading group. Rain Affair led the outside charges though they crept closer to the pack. Durendal was out there with Whistle Baby andNautical. Bullpit and Le Bonsir were hard at it past the 400m, Mirage was pushing Heart Testa out of the way to make his run, Magnus Lad was gone and Exclusive Lass made a short dash. Demonstrate couldn’t go with her and wider out Whistle Baby and Nautical were winding up, getting past Durendal who stuck with them to the 150m. Mirage drove up on the inside to head Bullpit, Odyssey Moon had worked through the pack from a tricky spot and was closing but Whistle Baby and Nautical were the ones rounding them up out wide and Nautical stuck her head out on the line to score. Odyssey Moon just held third from Durendal who ran a very nice race first-up and Mirage back on the inside fence. Close up Taddei Tondo running on again. Demonstrate did nothing and is becoming very costly while the class was just beyond Bullpit who wasn’t disgraced.
Follow: Durendal will be better for the run.
Race 9: Better Loosen Up Handicap (1400m)
1st Jimando – Luke Currie
2nd The New Boy – Ben Thompson
3rd Royal Rapture – Harry Coffey
Jimando broke well and held the inside but was left in front when Sistine Demon didn’t push the issue and Hellova Street eased out of it to take a trail. Tycoon Tara was in the clear next and The New Boy was surprisingly off the speed three back on the inside of Enquare and Garud coming back a length and Royal Rapture was midfield as they strung out in the middle stages. Jimando was able to get a breather in front with Sistine Demon staying at his quarters. The New Boy improved to be on their backs coming to the turn while Hellova Street and Enquare moved into it wider out. Tycoon Tara and Royal Rapture had to wait. Jimando still travelled pretty well past the 300m and certainly had Sistine Demon’s measure. The New Boy stayed on the fence and was just a little flat footed and Jimando pinched a length or so on him. Royal Rapture was sneaking up on the fence and Tycoon Tara got into the clear in plenty of time. Right down the outside Zebrinz was making up good late ground with Nozomi. Jimando was all out on the line but he just held off The New Boy, who had his chance, and Royal Rapture an even third. The were queued up behind him with Chance To Dance steaming home from last to be with Zebrinz, Artie’s Shore (who should have finished closer) and Nozomi not far away.
Follow: Artie’s Shore was a nice effort and Chance To Dance would be worth a look if he has another run this prep.
Specials from the meeting: Second Bullet, Whoop Whoop, Durendal.