Moonee Valley review Race 1: John Paraskevas Plate (1000m) 1st Rampage – Luke Currie 2nd Giroux – Glen Boss 3rd Legerity – Dwayne Dunn Very competitive early on with Key Evidence trying to cross but RampageGiroux and Monajet all kicked up so she had to ease. Magnanimously and Legerity ensured Key Evidence stayed wide and Lady Myers took a trail behind her. Giroux shook off Monajet who was the first beaten, but Rampage stayed with him. Key Evidence further out was understandably battling. Legerity was getting a run inside her while down the outside Vegas Strip was winding up from the back. Rampage managed to just get the better of Giroux in the last 50m and edged her out with Legerity running on fairly well a couple of lengths back. Vegas Strip wasn’t a bad effort while the favourite Theanswermyfriend worked through the field, finishing just ahead of Key Evidence, but didn’t finish off with any great force. Follow: Vegas Strip has upside while Key Evidence ran a brave race after a tough run. Race 2: McMahon’s Dairy Handicap (1200m) 1st Rillito – Craig Williams 2nd Divine Mr Artie – Damien Oliver 3rd Niccoco – Glen Boss Gold Busker had plenty of speed and he crossed to head Faatinah and Niccoco just eased a little to let it go. Our Vidia settled inside him. Rillito recovered after a slightly slow jump to be midfield andDivine Mr Artie was with her. Gold Busker opened up a lead of three or four over Faatinah and Niccoco was being niggled at before the turn. Divine Mr Artie got moving as well and strode up four wide withWell Sighted even deeper and Rillito ran up behind the line of five in front on the bend. Gold Busker was gone in a stride and Niccono and Divine Mr Artie hit the lead together at the 200m. Faatinah couldn’t match them and Rillito came off their backs to make a late surge. Divine Mr Artie shook off Niccoco but couldn’t fend off the challenge of Rillito who scored a very deserved win. Niccoco held on for third while Well Sighted had his chance and Les Darci ran on when it was all over but a fair way off the winner. Follow: Rillito is an up and comer and can go on with it. Race 3: Wedrive.com.au Handicap (1200m) 1st Whistle Baby – Chris Symons 2nd Kalabek – Jake Bayliss 3rd Catch That Cat – Harry Coffey Nautical was a bit casual away and First Print showed no speed. Kalabek found herself in front fromShadow Of Your Smile going a bit keenly. They dashed a few clear of Sino Eagle and another couple toCatch That Cat around Whistle Baby. The leaders had them strung right out chasing and Kalabek travelled a lot better than Shadow Of Your Smile about 400m out. Sino Eagle was under pressure to reel them in, Whistle Baby stuck to the fence and followed the leader through while Catch That Cat peeled out wider. Kalabek was still giving a kick at the 50m and was only grabbed in the last few strides in a driving finish as Whistle Baby stuck her head out to score a narrow win. Catch That Cat ground down Sino Eagle to run third while Penny To Sell ran on very strongly from the back and was beaten about a length in running fifth. Follow: Penny To Sell was first-up over an unsuitable trip but ran well. Race 4: Benchmark 90 Handicap (2500m) 1st Master Zephyr – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Imperial Lass – Linda Meech 3rd Red Fella – Chris Symons Imperial Lass was easily the best out but didn’t want the lead and was restrained as Spur On Goldcrossed and was joined by RenewCrime Fighter settled inside Imperial Lass and Sure You Can strode up three deep around Red FellaMaster Zephyr was back second last. Sure You Can tried to get up on the speed to avoid a wide run and had to really push on to eventually head them. Renew again strode up to second as Spur On Gold took a trail. Imperial Lass also regained the one-one spot in the shuffle up. They tried to slow the speed down the back but Renew was working Sure You Can and Imperial Lass came out three deep a long way from home. Spur On Gold waited while Red Fella started his run, tracked by Master Zephyr at the 600m. Imperial Lass put paid to the two leaders before the turn and went for home. Crime Fighter was getting through with Red Fella running on but wider out Master Zephyr had the fresh legs. Imperial Lass had no answer to Master Zephyr’s challenge and he dashed clear. Red Fella held down third place from Crime Fighter but they were well beaten. Follow: Master Zephyr is a stayer on the up. Race 5: Strathmore FC Handicap (1600m) 1st Kracken – Brad Rawiller 2nd She’s Got Speed – Ryan Maloney 3rd Flying Light – Dwayne Dunn Little Bita Spunk had good speed early and was matched by Oxbow. They raced clear of Unbreakable andShe’s Got Speed. Trapped wide next was Flying Light around Kracken and Mihalic. Oxbow shaded Little Bita Spunk in the middle stages and they were still a mile in front of the pack. Flying Light had to improve and sprinted quickly into third by the 800m outside Unbreakable. She’s Got Speed found some cover when Flying Light improved. Oxbow was the first called upon and while Little Bita Spunk joined him they were both sitting shots before the turn. Flying Light kept hia run going and She’s Got Speed peeled off his back with Kracken chiming in wide out. Unbreakable and Mihalic were held up a bit for runs. Flying Light hit the lead 200m out and refused to give in when challenged by Kracken and She’s Got Speed but the early effort told late. Kracken finished best to win while She’s Got Speed bobbed to snatch second off a gallant Flying Light and couldn’t make an excuse for anything behind them. Follow: Flying Light’s run was huge and is worth another chance. Race 6: Ranvet Handicap (1600m) 1st Golden Mane – Dylan Dunn 2nd Our Valdivia – Jake Bayliss 3rd Belorum – Harry Coffey Dante’s Finale managed to find the fence pretty easily while Sadaqa had to work to get up outside him.Clear Direction held the box seat with Our Valdivia handy. Club Star landed in a good spot around Hero Master with Golden Mane tracking that pair. Not a lot of change to the 600m though Sadaqa was eye-balling Dante’s Finale as they slipped a couple clear of Clear Direction while Our Valdivia was having its ears ridden off to stay with them. Club Star was also under pressure chasing them and Golden Mane passed him easily while Belorum improved on the inside. Sadaqa momentarily hit the lead at the 200m but was swallowed up by Our Valdivia and Golden Mane who had all the momentum. Belorum continued to run on and they raced clear of the rest with Slade De Cerisy making some ground. Golden Mane surged away in the last 50m and was too good for Our Valdivia, a much improved second-up run, while Belorum ran another honest race for a place. Couldn’t see an excuse on face value for Club Star who was one of the first beaten. Follow: Our Valdivia can pick up a race this prep. Race 7: City Jeep Handicap (1000m) 1st Grane – Jye McNeil 2nd Trevinder – Chris Symons 3rd Sistine Demon – Dwayne Dunn It’s Poet’s Day beat them out but Vatican and African Pulse were right up on the speed and Vatican pushed on to lead but off the fence. Trevinder stalked them with plenty of cover and the next bunch included LonrockstarStraturbo, Churchill Dancer and Grane who was trapped wide. Vatican ran clear but still well off the fence by the 400m. African Pulse tried to match him and Trevinder took the inside run with It’s Poet’s Day trying to kick back. Lonrockstar and Churchill Dancer were behind them while Grane started to sprint down the middle in the straight. Trevinder hit the front inside the 200m as Vatican dropped off, It’s Poet’s Day was still there fighting but they were charging out wide with Grane and Straturbo with Sistine Demon getting out as well to run on. Grane picked up Trevinder with a couple of strides to spear in a solid effort after racing wide. Sistine Demon charged for an eye-catching third, and he was held up badly coming around the turn, and there wasn’t much between about six of them across the track with Churchill Dancer, Lonrockstar, Vatican and Straturbo all there and had no significant excuses. Follow: Sistine Demon ran right up to his good trial and is in for a very good prep. Race 8: 1print Handicap (1500m) 1st Marli Magic – Jess Payne 2nd Bet You She Rocks – Craig Williams 3rd Young Nicola – Jye McNeil Sea Spray was a shade slow but improved a bit into the field while Winston Drive eased out to last.Marli Magic was straight on the lead though Bet You She Rocks held the fence. Oh So Assertive was three wide with Ample On Offa in the leading bunch. Melaleuca settled three back on the fence while Young Nicola was also forced wide. Marli Magic strode along a couple clear in the middle stages. Bet You She Rocks stayed on the fence as Oh So Assertive and Young Nicola improved to set out after the leader. A big shuffle up occurred about 600m out as a number of them came off the rails. Winston Drive gained a saloon run through to be third and Sea Spray tried to follow her through. Marli Magic still led about five horses off the fence on the turn with Bet You She Rocks hard up against the rail. That pair settled down to fight it out and Marli Magic finished a shade the better. Young Nicola kept coming to run third after her wide run, though it probably wasn’t so significant. To Be Honest made some ground to be just behind them with Sea Spray in a pretty messy race. Follow: none. Race 9: Benchmark 90 Handicap (1200m) 1st Written Up – Craig Newitt 2nd Kievann – Kieran Shoemark 3rd Belesron – Glen Boss Kievann had his head in front early but was taken on by Tudor and Boomwaa either side. Tudor pushed on to lead. Valiant Warrior and Nicoscene weren’t far away with General Groove easing. Belesron was tracking up three wide behind Nicoscene. Boomwaa kicked up to join Tudor midrace with Kievann moving out three wide and Nicoscene further out. Nobody seemed to know what to do, whether the fence was any good or not. Belesron took off around them coming to the turn while General Groove was held up for a run. Written Up followed Belesron into the straight. Kievann sprinted quickly to hit the lead and momentarily looked the winner but wider out Belesron and Written Up, particularly, were gaining and Written Up finished best. Kievann held on for second over Belesron and General Groove got going late to be right on their heels. Nicoscene had his chance and Taddei Tondo ran on after missing the start. Follow: General Groove was first-up and ran a much improved race, he might go on. Specials from the meeting: Sistine Demon, Our Valdivia, Penny To Sell, Rillito.   —– Rosehill review Race 1 1st Rafha’s Choice – Blake Shinn 2nd Attention – Tye Angland 3rd Taj Mahal – Kerrin McEvoy As is often the case it was the two-year-olds to kick off the day. Rafha’s Choice was quick to begin and led fromGeneteauLucienne sat third outside of Sinopia who moved up along the fence. In the middle stages Geneteau looked to over race a bit and was trying to be restrained as Lucienne went up on its outside. Rafha’s Choice came into the straight still looking like it had plenty to give and Taj Mahal who had been ridden at the rear came to the outside. Rafha’s Choice kept kicking all the way up the straight. Attention mounted a late challenge and Taj Mahal just peaked on its run a bit on the outside. In the end it was Rafha’s Choice with about a neck to spare from the other two who both ran well. These three spaced the rest. Follow: Taj Mahal Race 2 1st Telepathic – James McDonald 2nd Lucky Lucky Lucky – Jason Collett 3rd Vilanova – Kerrin McEvoy Telepathic was sent out a very short priced favourite in race two. Bring Luck missed the kick by five or so lengths and was a clear last early on. Grand Allowance used its inside gate to lead early with Vilanova moving up on the outside into second. Best Case took the trail in third with Lucky Lucky Lucky moving forward on the outside. Telepathic was just watching it all unfold in behind them. In the middle stages Vilanova took it up from Lucky Lucky Lucky who was on the outside and Grand Allowance back on the fence. Around the home turn and into the straight Telepathic was brought widest and James McDonald hadn’t moved. Up to the 300m mark he was then asked to wind up and he did so very strongly. Soon after the race was beyond doubt and he went away to win by a couple of lengths. Lucky Lucky Lucky ran second with Vilanova third, and they both ran well, but it was a case of the winner simply having too much on them. Follow: Telepathic Race 3 1st Ghisoni – James McDonald 2nd Stoker -Tye Angland 3rd Lady Sniper – Jason Collett Lady Sniper who was expected to roll forward missed the start a couple of lengths and was a clear last early on.Skyclad took it up easily with the favourite Ghisoni popping up into second and Stoker was in its inside to keep it company. Strike Force was moving up around the outside but well off the fence and eventually joined the leader. Midfield Miss Liffey was also out wide. Around the turn and into the straight, James McDonald repeated his effort on Telepathic by coming to the outside. She was asked for the effort at the 300m mark, and took a little while to wind up and did want to run about a bit, but in the final part of the race had plenty on these and went away to win by close to two lengths. I liked the winners last 100m, and think it has a bit of improvement in it over further ground. Lady Sniper took inside runs after its poor start and its effort to finish second was full of merit. Follow: Ghisoni, Lady Sniper Race 4 1st Royal Jackpot – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Grand Proposal – Jess Taylor 3rd Ashjata – Thomas Huet They jumped basically as one in race four with plenty of them searching for a forward position. When they finally settled it was The Big Rig in front from Axion on the outside. Grand Proposal took up the spot third on the fence with Ashjata on its outside. Eccitare was caught three wide. Before the turn, High Opinion who was sent out favourite was ridden along. Into the straight, Axion hit the front with 300m to run with Ashjata challenging strongly. Axion still had it with 100m to go but they were all over the shop chasing it down. Eventually it was Royal Jackpotwho got the split and put in the strongest finish to claim victory. Grand Proposal finished in second spot with Ashjata in third. Bank On Henry was one of the best closers late. This was one of those races where watching the replay will be beneficial as it was a very busy finish. Follow: Bank On Henry Race 5 1st Dublin Lass – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Freeze The Charges – Kathy O’Hara 3rd Howmuchdoyouloveme – Samanth Clenton It was a pretty good line out with Freeze The Charges breaking it and running to the front. That’s A Good Ideafrom out wide was moving across into second with Dublin Lass lobbing into a nice third on the fence. Freeze The Charges put a good break on them in the middle stages and led by about four lengths. Into the straight, Freeze The Charges led by about three as it did last time, and soon after was asked for the effort. Dublin Lass was making ground under her own steam and That’s A Good Idea had put up the white flag. Inside the furlong, Kerrin McEvoy went for the persuader on Dublin Lass and she leveled up and ran to the front over Freeze The Charges who put up a good effort and managed to hold onto second, but it was a reasonably soft win to Dublin Lass.Howmuchdoyouloveme and Fiftyshadesofgrey ran on and got into third and fourth respectively. That’s A Good Idea was a big flop but didn’t really have things to suit from the wide gate. Follow: Dublin Lass Race 6 1st I Am Zelady – Tim Clark 2nd Slots – Lester Grace 3rd Holy Delusions – Blake Shinn The eventual winner I Am Zelady jumped very nicely from a wide gate but there was pace from the inside whereHebden went through and led from Palazzo PubblicoMiss Tenpins and Abohar also pushed forward which mean I Am Zelady was posted very wide early on. Miss Tenpins came across and headed them off but I Am Zelady was still trapped three wide. Into the straight, Miss Tenpins had the lead with Hebden challenging and I Am Zelady traveling up stylishly on the outside despite its wide run in transit. Inside the furlong I Am Zelady was gunned and she sprinted nicely and from there the race was beyond doubt. It was a very good win given the circumstances and she can go on with it from here. It is noticeable on the replay that Elle Lou did not get much luck in the straight but finished its race off well to run fourth, and Abohar also was a bit crowded racing along side Ell Lou and ran well considering. Follow: Elle Lou Race 7 1st Happy Clapper – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Final Decision – Tim Clark 3rd Role Model – Jason Collett Ryker was out quickly along with High Esteem and The New Boy. When they settled, The New Boy was in front but challenged by Lofiel who was going to be trapped wide without moving forward. High Esteem got the sit behind them and the pace looked ok as the first few strung out a bit. They kept the pace on up to and around the turn, with a number of them being pushed along back in the field, but the leaders were always going to come back to them. At the furlong, The New Boy still narrowly had it, but they were across the track to challenge and it was pretty much anyone’s race. It turned out the two that were widest apart would fight it out with Happy Clappercoming with a strong run down the outside and Final Decision getting right up along the fence. When they went to the post it was Happy Clapper who had the margin over Final Decision. Role Model ran third. The run of The New Boy was pretty good in fifth given it made the pace, whereas Lofiel who tried to go with it dropped right out. Follow: The New Boy Race 8 1st Mighty Lucky – Nathan Thomas 2nd It’s Somewhat – James McDonald 3rd Peace Force – Kerrin McEvoy The Festival Stakes was the main event on the card with Heart Testa one of the best to begin along with Ninth Legion along the inside and Nevagotavote on the outside. Those three made the early pace with It’s Somewhatlobbing into a nice fourth. Mid race, Nevagotavote took it up with Peace Force moving up around the outside into second, which meant Heart Testa got nice cover behind them in third on the fence. Around the turn, Nevagotavote was in front but being asked for the effort as Peace Force laid down the challenge and soon after hit the front. Peace Force kept kicking on until inside the 100m mark with It’s Somewhat doing its best but not getting on terms and Mighty Lucky trying hard on the outside also. In the final bit, Mighty Lucky put in the strongest effort and got up to beat It’s Somewhat who just nailed Peace Force for second. Zanbagh put in a good closing effort from back in the field, and Red Excitement sustained a long run to finish fifth. Follow: It’s Somewhat Race 9 1st Got The Goss – Blake Shinn 2nd Turbulent Jet – Christian Reith 3rd Mohave – James McDonald It was a good line out in the last with Mohave one of the best to begin and Bullpit was using its inside gate to go through and lead initially. They took a while to sort themselves out as Dream Choice pressed on three wide withReligify there in the middle. The pace looked ok as these three had little between them. Mohave took the sit behind them and watched it unfold. Around the turn, Bullpit hugged the fence whereas the other two came away from it and up to the 300m mark Religify looked in big trouble as it began to drop out. Again there was a line up at the furlong pole Turbulent Jet looked the winner in the last 100m but Got The Goss had taken runs over closer to the fence and did enough to get the nod over Turbulent Jet. Mohave just peaked on its run late after looking a chance and will improve on that effort. Religify pulled up last in a run you would have to suggests something is amiss. Magical Stance was a good effort from a clear last into the straight. Follow: Magical Stance Specials from the meeting: Ghisoni, Bank On Henry