MOONEE VALLEY REVIEW Race 1: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1000m) 1st Heatherly – Damian Lane 2nd Conspicuous Maid – Michelle Payne 3rd Certain Ellie – Dwayne Dunn Petite’s Reward made a beeline for the fence from a wide gate but was held off it by Heatherly booting through. Super Bryan eased out of that battle and Certain Ellie pressed on. Conspicuous Maid tried to get the back of Heatherly. Petite’s Reward was joined by Heatherly before the turn and the latter travelled by far the better. Certain Ellie got around Petite’s Reward to run on while Conspicuous Maid continued to improve behind Heatherly and ran to second at the 200m. But they were chasing in vain and Heatherly was far too strong, trotting in by a few lengths. Conspicuous Maid held off Certain Ellie for second while Bellomo ran one strongly wide out from last to be just behind them. Petite’s Reward cracked under the pressure this time. Follow: Certain Ellie is eligible for easier races and she ran well here fresh. Race 2: LF Sign Group Handicap (1600m) 1st Siegestor – Jye McNeil 2nd Marli Magic – Jess Payne 3rd Sadaqa – Damian Lane Marli Magic made it across to the lead before the first turn and Sadaqa slid up to sit outside. Trade Commissioner landed in the box seat with Orion in a good spot outside him. Siegestor tracked that pair. Marli Magic didn’t break away this week and looked to control things about a length clear of Sadaqa to the 600m and about that point Orion moved three deep and they tried to go with the leader. Siegestor continued to follow Orion into the race and Azurite was on his back. Trade Commissioner waited behind the leader as they bunched up. Marli Magic had Sadaqa covered coming into the straight and Orion surprisingly dropped off. Siegestor swept around him with Azurite getting up underneath. Marli Magic looked to be holding them but in the last 50 Siegestor managed to reel her in to arrive in the last stride. Sadaqa ran his usual honest race for third and not a bad local debut from Azurite behind them. Orion had every chance and disappointed. Follow: Azurite’s Australian debut was a promising one. Race 3: Ranvet Handicap (1500m) 1st Young Nicola – Jye McNeil 2nd Darcy’s Law – Damian Lane 3rd Bet You She Rocks – Jordan Childs Nobody seemed too keen to lead and Zambezi Diamond had the fence with Young Nicola sliding over and Bet You She Rocks between them. Darcy’s Law wanted to over race a bit in behind them and Penny To Sell settled in the clear. Zambezi Diamond wasn’t overly pressured but Young Nicola did stay right in touch and they edged away from Darcy’s Law and Bet You She Rocks in the middle stages. The only horse not under any kind of pressure on the bend was Young Nicola and she took over and went for home. Zambezi Diamond gave nothing and dropped out. Darcy’s Law and Bet You She Rocks were still together as they chased Young Nicola but the leader had a good kick and held them safely at bay. Darcy’s Law got away from Bet You She Rocks in the last bit and Penny To Sell was very one paced next. Not an overly strong race and it was Young Nicola’s first win for 14 months. Follow: none. Race 4: Jeep Handicap (1000m) 1st Runsati – Linda Meech 2nd Appalachian Annie – Jye McNeil 3rd Bawcatme – Mark Zahra Star Stealer was last out and worked through to settle midfield. Plenty of early pressure with Piccolo Miss keeping Bullpit off the fence and Steel Trigger around Runsati following. They broke the field up and it was a few lengths back to Appalachian Annie and Star Stealer. Bullpit was being pushed hard to get the better of Piccolo Miss before the turn with Runsati getting away from the fence as Steel Trigger weakened. Star Stealer tried to make ground on the inside but wasn’t making ground quickly enough. Runsati went straight past Bullpit who stopped as if shot and Piccolo Miss kicked back on the fence. Star Stealer had plenty of room between them. Appalachian Annie started to run on with Steel Trigger also picking up again andBawcatme hitting the line out wide from the back. Runsati was out full of running and comfortably held Appalachian Annie and Bawcatme. Star Stealer didn’t sprint and while he wasn’t the best to begin it’s hard to use that as an excuse. Follow: none, rough result and these are well exposed. Race 5: VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) 1st Rocky Boomboa – Damien Oliver 2nd Love Days – Mark Zahra 3rd Twisting Typhoon – Jake Noonan Love Days broke well from wide out but wasn’t able to cross as Street Pride and Snitzel Music held her out. Antelucan was behind the leader in a bunched lot with Tokyo Tycoon, Artie’s Party and Rocky Boomboa trapped right off the track. They pulled up in front and Rocky Boomboa whipped around at the 800m to take up the running.Snitzel Music and Street Pride allowed him to cross and that kept Love Days three wide. Antelucan was shuffled back to near last when that move was made. Street Pride headed Rocky Boomboa on the corner with Love Days going with it three out. Snitzel Music was still there in behind them and the widest runner was Twisting Typhoon starting to get going after stumbling before the turn. Rocky Boomboa kicked back to regain the lead 100m out and Love Days looked to be peaking on the run. Twisting Typhoon really charged late to make it interesting for second in a real eye-catcher. Hats off to Damien Oliver for taking the initiative and that won him the race. Love Days was gallant and she should be forgiven, probably would have won had she made the early move. Follow: Twisting Typhoon proved his debut win was no fluke with a super effort here. Race 6: wedrive.com.au Handicap (2040m) 1st Leica Day – Jordan Childs 2nd Use The Lot – Chris Symons 3rd Rebel Rising – Craig Newitt Got You Double sprung out and was a surprise leader out of the straight. Leica Day pushed forward to offset the barrier and sit up second with Speed Gonzales dropping into the box seat. Orator was up handy and Above was in that group. Use The Lot went back into the second half early then strode around them and joined Got You Double in the lead. Leica Day wound up with a gun run behind them and Speed Gonzales held the inside running. They seemed to get a breather in the mid stages and when the sprint went on 400m out Use The Lot put the pressure on Got You Double with Leica Day moving three wide stalking. A gap to Orator with Rebel Rising threading his way through the field while the rest were struggling. Use The Lot hit the front around the turn though Got You Double did give some resistance. Leica Day knuckled down to the task after hitting a flat spot and he was able to pick up Use The Lot, who did do plenty of work, for a second win in seven days. Rebel Rising attacked the line nicely into a place and Ring Da Belle did was she does best when the race was over. Got You Double wasn’t disgraced and he’d be better taking a sit. Follow: nice run from Rebel Rising and he’s close to a win in a similar race. Race 7: City Jeep Handicap (2500m) 1st Bling Dynasty – Craig Williams 2nd Slade De Cerisy – Brandon Stockdale 3rd Packing Empire – Dwayne Dunn Very little pressure early and Slade De Cerisy rolled to the lead with Bling Dynasty happy to sit up outside. Rangers Runlanded third from the inside alley and Packing Empire had a nice trail. Bajour tracked him and Prince Kilkarlen had the fence. No action at all in the run until well into the back straight when Vihanna Victory took off from near last and rushed up to third with Kelkea on her back and Spectacular Vision also improving with that move. The leaders kicked back into gear when Vihanna Victory stuck the head in front momentarily but her run had ended by the 600m and she started to give ground. Slade De Cerisy and Bling Dynasty regained control. Packing Empire was a bit flat footed but stuck on with Rangers Run, Kelkea was under pressure to improve and Spectacular Vision got around her to get into the action while Bajour was being held up. Bling Dynasty laid it down to Slade De Cerisy on the turn and hit the front but had a battle. Packing Empire and Spectacular Vision couldn’t pick them up but we’re making steady ground. Bling Dynasty was just a bit strong and held the chasers for a solid win. Bajour ran fifth and it wasn’t a bad run as he lost momentum when the runs came mid race. Follow: none in particular but forgive Bajour. Race 8: William Hill Handicap (1200m) 1st Sirbible – Jye McNeil 2nd Judges – Dean Yendall 3rd Sir Mask – Jake Bayliss Sirbible shot out from a wide gate and was ridden to find the lead, he crossed but Badajoz had some trouble as Boomwaa andTykiato showed speed inside them. Bel Seal was next three wide around Judges, who ran onto heels early, and Duibioimproving along the fence. Sirbible ran them along in front but looked comfortable doing it while Badajoz was being pushed along before the turn to stay with him. Boomwaa was strung up behind them with Tykiato sticking on but under pressure. Bel Seal and Sir Mask were running on wider out. Sirbible dropped Badajoz off at the 200m and sprinted clear for a very dominant win. A wall of them there for the minors, Judges got through late to grab second with Sir Mask wide out, Boomwaa battled on one paced with Tykiato. All honours with the winner. You’d be best to sack Badajoz, certainly at this level, as he was very weak. Follow: none. Specials from the meeting: Twisting Typhoon, Rebel Rising, Azurite. —– ROSEHILL REVIEW Race 1 1st Scarlet Rain – Tommy Berry 2nd Cudabeen – Grant Buckley 3rd Ajani Kerrin – McEvoy The two-year-olds got them under way with a good line out in race one and it was the favourite Scarlet Rain that had plenty of pace on the inside to lead them up. Alpha Son was up on its outside. Back behind them, Northern Fire was caught three wide with Ajani on the fence and Syrah in the middle. They bunched up before the turn, and when they came into the straight Scarlet Rain looked to travel best and soon after put up a couple of lengths. Cudabeen came with a run down the outside and ran in slightly at the same time that Arjani and Syrah moved out slightly looking for room which tightened Northern Fire and Adam Hyeronimus hit the turf. In the final part of the race, Cudabeen kept making ground on Scarlet Rain, but couldn’t quite get there and Scarlet Rain held on for a narrow but professional victory. The second horse was a very good run and should be followed. Follow: Cudabeen Race 2 1st Kangarilla Joy – Blake Shinn 2nd Bitburg Koby – Jennings 3rd Wide Acclaim – Brenton Avdulla Cosmic Energry was slow to go in the second event and went back to last. Bitburg led initially with Miss Liffey going hard and running to the front soon after. Kangarilla Joy got a nice sit in third spot with Wide Acclaim working around the outside into fourth. Miss Liffey really hooked into the speed mid race and had about a five length break at the 600m mark, which was a lead she maintained into the straight. At the 300m mark, Kangarilla Joy looked the best of the chasers as she started to make ground without really being asked for an effort. At the furlong, Kangarilla Joy hit the front and Bitburg was trying to match her on the outside but when Blake Shinn asked Kangarilla Joy for the effort there was enough there for her to hold on for victory. Bitburg did a good job in second and Wide Acclaim ran third just in front of the fast finishing Unblemished Mark. Follow: Bitburg Race 3 1st Open Book – Sam Clipperton 2nd Wudang Mountain – James McDonald 3rd Got Unders – Nick Heywood It was a very even line out in race three with Got Unders running to the front from Open Book who took the trail behind it as Make A Mark moved around the outside into second. Wudang Mountain had a nice trail in fourth spot on the fence. Around the turn, Got Unders was going ok in front, as Open Book was brought three wide to be in a striking position. Open Book hit the front inside the 300m as Wudang Mountain was ducking for a run back closer to the fence. In the final furlong, Open Book sprinted nicely and quickly had the issue beyond doubt. Wudang Mountain ground away once it got through the gap, but was no match for the winner. Got Unders held onto third in what was a reasonable effort. All credit goes to the winner here and to Sam Clipperton for a text book ride. Follow: Open Book Race 4 1st La Bella Rouge – Jason Collett 2nd Nights On Fire – Jess Taylor 3rd Angus Rock – Rebeka Prest It was a good line out again in race four with a bit of a contest for the early lead. Burradoo showed plenty of pace from the outside and Keepa Coming kicked through closer to the fence. Keepa Coming ended up holding the front from Burradoo with Nights On Fire moving forward into third but out three deep. Angus Rock had the gun run behind the pace. Into the home straight, Nights On Fire, despite being three wide hit the front but they were all over the place challenging. Angus Rock used an inside run to join the front with Nights On Fire and La Bella Rouge who had come with a run down the outside. With a couple of strides to go, any of them could have won, but it was La Bella Rouge who stretched its neck the most in the final part and got the money from Nights On Fire who was a very good run and Angus Rock who had every chance. Tiger By The Tale got balanced in the final part and finished off nicely for fourth. Follow: Nights On Fire Race 5 1st Asinara – James McDonald 2nd Lucky Fish – Adam Hyeronimus 3rd Chandana – Sam Clipperton Lucky Fish used its inside gate to jump immediately to the lead in race five. Hot Streak was a couple of lengths back in second when they settled down with Petrossian in third spot and the pace looked pretty good. Raised A Legend rounded out the top four mid race. Around the home turn Lucky Fish was still rolling in front and had a couple of lengths to spare once they straightened. Inside the furlong, Lucky Fish was still well clear and victory looked a probable. In the last 100m however, Asinara really charged out of the pack and raced straight past Lucky Fish to go away for a soft victory by about a length. The winner looked highly impressive, but may have also been a little flattered by the second horse sitting down slightly in the last 50m. Given the gap back to third, the first two can both be followed. Follow: Asinara, Lucky Fish Race 6 1st Selita – Adam Hyeronimus 2nd Bonete – Tommy Berry 3rd Miss Royale – Blake Shinn Selita was a clear leader when the starter let them go in race six but Bonete had other ideas and soon after ran clear in front. Tears In Heaven settled second with Selita taking the trail in third spot. Mid race the pace looked genuine again as Bonete set up a couple of lengths break at the top. The field packed a bit at the 600m mark but there was no change in the order. Bonete had it early in the straight, but Selita was bolting in behind it and just needed clear running. Bonete kicked at the furlong, which opened up the gap for Selita and Miss Royale came with a run down the outside. In the final part it was a reasonably confident ride from Adam Hyeronimus as he urged Selita past Bontete and Miss Royale despite trying hard could not make up the ground. Those three came away to gap the rest. All credit to the winner after overcoming some difficulty to get the job done. Follow: Selita Race 7 1st Loophole – Tye Angland 2nd Magical Stance – Sam Clipperton 3rd Dance Of Heroes – Jason Collett They stretched the distance out to 1900m in race seven and Caped Crusader crossed to take up the lead from Magical Stance who sat a length and a half off him in second place. Emerald City had the gun run on the fence in third with Dance Of Heroes outside of it but it was throwing its head about. The pace slowed into the back straight as Thermogenic moved up into second spot. Up towards the turn, Caped Crusader was being pushed a little as Thermogenic looked it in the eye and Magical Stance moved up three wide. Into the straight, Caped Crusader gave a little kick and shook of Thermogenic, but Magical Stance looked to have it covered as Emerald City looked for an inside run and then came around them, but wasn’t going well enough. Magical Stance had the lead inside the furlong, but Loophole was the fresh horse on the scene and finished best in the final part and came away and won it by about a length. Dance Of Heroes ran its usual respectable race in third spot. Caped Crusader was very ordinary in the straight which was in line with the drift it experienced in the market. Follow: None to follow Race 8 1st Great Esteem – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Idance – Tommy Berry 3rd Timeless Prince – Winona Costin There was a pretty good charge for the lead in race eight with Nite Rocker finding it on the fence and Slate On Edge joining it on the outside. Great Esteem looked to be caught a bit wide and was looking to ease, and Agent was looking for the same spot. Great Esteem strode forward to be outside the lead as Agent slotted in. The short priced favourite Start Wondering was caught very wide and was using petrol to work forward, but wasn’t getting any closer to the fence. Into the straight, Great Esteem had the front with Start Wondering being immediately asked for the effort by James McDonald. Great Esteem kept kicking and soon after had the measure of Start Wondering and then it was up to Idance to charge late along with Timeless Prince but both couldn’t get to Great Esteem who fell in to win. Start Wondering wound up fourth, which didn’t help favourite backers but the effort was good given he was wide and working all the way. Follow: Start Wondering Race 9 1st Richard The First – Taylor Marshall 2nd Supreme Effort – Brenton Avdulla 3rd Star Shaft – Brodie Loy Adjective had enough speed to lead from Paceman in the final event, but soon after those two went stride for stride in front. Road To Summer settled third on the outside of Huka Eagle who got a nice sit behind the speed. Just beyond them was Proconsul who was caught three wide the trip. Early in the straight, Adjective and Paceman were going stride for stride in front with both riders going for the persuader. Inside the final furlong, Supreme Effort hit the front, Hyeroglyphics could be seen storming home out wide from last and Richard The First was coming through with its run towards the fence. In the final part, Hyeroglyphics peaked on its run as did Supreme Effort and it was Richard The First who hit the line best and grabbed victory. Supreme Effort held on for second and Star Shaft finished its race off pretty well to run third. Although Paceman was beaten a long way here, I am inclined to forgive the run as it didn’t find the front on its own today. Adjective should also be forgiven. Follow: Star Shaft Specials from the meeting: Cudabeen, Asinara, Lucky Fish