Mornington/Randwick Reviews


Race 1: Window Warehouse Handicap (3400m)

1st Sly Romance – Michael Dee
2nd Deliberate – Declan Bates
3rd Prospector – Jake Bayliss

Lionpower held the early lead before Real Jazz pressed on to take over. Sparton moved up to second and Deliberate was tracking three wide. Sly Romancetucked in next while Celtic Prince and Taqneen were at the back. Not much change for a fair way, as you’d expect, and Real Jazz seemed to get an easy time. About 1200m to go Celtic Prince took off from the back and ran to the front, opening a few lengths on Real Jazz, Deliberate was still three wide and Sly Romance was on his back running on. They got to Celtic Prince on the turn as Deliberate and Sly Romance ran straight on by, Real Jazz couldn’t go with them and Prospector was battling on from the second half. Sly Romance raced clear late and was too good, though had the best run, for Deliberate, no luck, and Prospector plodded home for third. Real Jazz had every chance.

Follow: hurdles are in these horses’ future you’d think and Deliberate would be the one.

Race 2: No Fuss Event Hire (1200m)

1st A Lotta Love – Dylan Dunn/Mefnooda – Jake Noonan
3rd Our Harmony – Brandon Stockdale

Shacarde pushed up from her inside alley to lead with Andrioli up on her outside. A Lotta Love landed third with Our Harmony three wide and Pathwayson the fence. Cresta Condor was in the three wide line and Mefnooda on her back. Shacarde and Andrioli didn’t run along much in front and the latter was over racing. A Lotta Love moved three deep well before the turn, pushing Our Harmony deeper and Pathways stayed in the box seat. Mefnooda hooked onto the back of Our Harmony who was being pushed along at the 400m. A Lotta Love made her dash at the 200m and headed Shacarde, Andrioli punctured and Our Harmony was still coming wide out while Mefnooda peeled off her back and launched late. In a tight finish A Lotta Love looked to be home but Mefnooda made a dive and they couldn’t be split. Our Harmony was luckless in a close third. Behind them were Shacarde with Cresta Condor and Marli Magic, who sat back and ran on without threatening.

Follow: Mefnooda can only improve on her win with a bit more ground.

Race 3: Mornington Sires’ (1500m)

1st Jaws Of Steel – Brad Rawiller
2nd Pop – Michelle Payne
3rd Mr Markou – Stephen Baster

Watch My Shadow held the fence from the inside and led Pop with Jaws Of Steel tucking in for a trail. Bogong Road settled a few lengths back as the leaders put on the pace and strung the field out. Lycurgus was passed by Sebeauty wider out and Mr Markou was on the fence. Resort was taken back among the tail enders. Watch My Shadow opened up a handy lead midrace but by the 500m was a shot duck and the field swallowed him up with Pop and Jaws Of Steel taking over before the turn. Sebeauty and Lycurgus were running on wider out and Mr Markou ran up behind the leaders. Resort was pulled to the outside but spotted them a big start. Jaws Of Steel had Pop’s measure at the 200m and they were getting away from Mr Markou a bit one paced and Lycurgus and Resort battling on. Jaws Of Steel was strong to the line and edged away late to beat Pop, who stuck on well after doing the chasing, and Mr Markou was making a little late ground. Resort finished strongly when it was all over but don’t think Mornington is his track. Lycurgus was fair.

Follow: Resort on a bigger track.

Race 4: Mitavite Challenge Final (1600m)

1st Hokkaido – Regan Bayliss
2nd Honourable Tycoon – Stephen Baster
3rd Kiss Me Ketut – Jess Payne

Iteration missed it and Honourable Tycoon was eased out the back. Kiss Me Ketut ran to a clear lead with Steep up second and Beau Brommell in the box seat. Hokkaido was getting a nice trail ahead of Native Land and Tips And Beers. Kiss Me Ketut had them running in the middle stages and Steep was under pressure to go with her. Hokkaido peeled out three wide with Tips And Beers and Honourable Tycoon right off the track running on. Beau Brommell stayed on the fence. Hokkaido ran to Kiss Me Ketut inside the 200m and started to draw away. Beau Brommell was trying hard on the fence and Native Land and Honourable Tycoon were down the outside. Hokkaido had had enough by the line and he held half a length on Honourable Tycoon, beaten by the barrier, and Kiss Me Ketut held the rest off to claim third. Native Land had her chance and Beau Brommell was only fair but he was second-up and tends to improve.

Follow: none in particular.

Race 5: Land Engineering Handicap (2000m)

1st Velox – Dylan Dunn
2nd Kareeming – Rhys McLeod
3rd Golden Mane – Regan Bayliss

No surprises as Scelto went looking for the lead. Kareeming and Master Of Arts, who initially went back, pushed on to get onto the speed and Forever Truelet them go. Velox had the box seat and Master Zephyr was caught wide so he improved to move into second up the back straight. Master Of Arts eased to get a good trail in fifth. About 800m out Black Stardom made a fast move from the back and he raced up quickly to join Scelto. Kareeming moved three wide and Master Of Arts had his back while Velox and Master Zephyr were waiting. Scelto kicked back to see off the challenge of Black Stardom, who dropped out almost as fast as he went up, and Kareeming joined in. Master Of Arts was there in plenty of time while Velox persisted waiting for an inside run. Master Zephyr was in the clear and widest on the turn were Bondeiger and Golden Mane working home from the back. Kareeming hit the lead about 150m out and was running out a bit as Velox tried to get across his heels. Scelto was battling on the fence and Master Zephyr and Master Of Arts had their chance. Velox took a short time to balance up then he sprinted sharply to put the race away. Kareeming just held second from Golden Mane out wide and not much between Bondeiger, Master Of Arts and Scelto in a blanket finish behind the winner.

Follow: stick with Velox.

Race 6: Cleanaway Handicap (1200m)

1st Prussian Vixen – Dylan Dunn
2nd Stoker – Brandon Stockdale
3rd Vorspiel – Luke Nolen

Prussian Vixen showed a heap of speed and crossed from an outside gate with ease. Just Got Lucky was handy with Vorspiel and Magna Rossa three wide and easing for cover. Inner City Girl and Rezak were on the fence around midfield. Stoker settled second last. Prussian Vixen was untested in the lead and allowed to run along at a reasonable tempo. Just Got Lucky was being niggled before the turn to stay in touch, as was Vorspiel. Magna Rossa was asked to chase four deep and behind them Rezak was just battling. Stoker was still second last at the 200m and in traffic. At that point Prussian Vixen had kicked away again and opened up a couple over Just Got Lucky and Vorspiel still trying to reel her in. Inner City Girl was whacking away on the fence and Stoker finally got going but spotted the leader four at the 100m. Prussian Vixen was staggering over the last 50m but she just had enough to hold off Stoker, who wins in one more stride, and Vorspiel between them. Just Got Lucky was beaten half a length and they got way from the rest of the field headed by See Me Fly who made a bit of ground but wasn’t ever a chance.

Follow: watch for Stoker in a similar sort of race, but he can be costly.

Race 7: Mornington Guineas (1500m)

1st Tarquin – James Winks
2nd Lahqa – Regan Bayliss
3rd Get The Dukes Out – Dean Yendall

Gold Fields did a bit of work after a fair start but found the lead clear of Palace Tycoon and Rong Door ReggieLahqa eased for a trail leavingMunicipality three wide and Get The Dukes Out deeper. Unbreakable settled midfield on the fence. Gold Fields tried to break away from the 600m but they were queuing up to chase. Rong Door Reggie came off the fence as Palace Tycooon hung, Lahqa was wider out and Get The Dukes Out and Tarquinwere right off the track running on. Unbreakable was held up on the fence while But It’s True, after a poor start, tried to weave through. Palace Tycoon was checked out of it past the 200m. Lahqa and Rong Door Reggie swept past a beaten Gold Fields, further out Un De Sceaux was battling on while Get The Dukes Out and Tarquin were flashing home. Lahqa had it in the shadows of the post but Tarquin finished too strongly and a bit of class prevailed in a big win. Lahqa was game and Get The Dukes Out also a solid effort after sitting wide. Rong Door Reggie was close up with Un De Sceaux while the likes of Unbreakable and But It’s True ran okay without having all the luck.

Follow: Get The Dukes Out was a super effort.

Race 8: Hareeba Stakes (1200m)

1st Thermal Current – Harry Coffey
2nd Precious Gem – Jake Noonan
3rd Dan Zephyr – James Winks

Plenty of pressure for the early led and Mirage and Jabali took it up from Thermal Current inside Rough Justice and Murt The Flirt three out. Meursaultwas three deep with cover around Fast Cash and Dan Zephyr, the latter losing ground as Precious Gem slipped up on his inside. Wide out Reldas andSmokin’ Joey were making midrace runs from the back. Mirage still led them at the 400m but there was a line of about seven forming to his outside. Jabali hung off on the turn and Thermal Current took the gap, Murt The Flirt was battling and Meursault also folded up. Reldas looked as though he was going to explode down the outside but was one paced. Precious Gem followed Thermal Current and switched to his inside to chase him late. Murt The Flirt stayed on with Reldas while Dan Zephyr burst through about 50m out. Thermal Current was desperately ridden and managed to just hold off Precious Gem and Dan Zephyr, the latter a bit stiff. Gap to Inspector down the outside late with Reldas, Murt The Flirt, and Tonopah while Mirage was close up on the fence. Fast Cash seemed to have a good run and was probably not up to this level.

Follow: excellent runs from Precious Gem and Dan Zephyr.

Race 9: Mornington Cup (2400m)

1st Berisha – Daniel Moor
2nd Big Memory – Jamie Mott
3rd Lucky Lucky Lucky – James Winks

Observational was ridden hard to get onto the speed with Mujadale but Tom Melbourne held them out. Big Memory was looking for a spot behind them and slotted in outside Don DoremoPemberley let him go and Dandy Gent was stuck three wide around him with Lucky Lucky Lucky on the fence. Tom Melbourne was fired up in front and was a couple clear of Mujadale heading down the back with Observational a similar gap away with Don Doremo. Big Memory was getting a perfect trail. Mujadale was being pushed to go with Tom Melbourne by the 800m and Observational pulled out three wide to get into the action, Don Doremo was still behind the leader while Big Memory started his run. Lucky Lucky Lucky was working off the fence at the expense of Pemberley while Puccini took the inside run. Tom Melbourne was under serious pressure before the turn and Big Memory went straight past. Lucky Lucky Lucky loomed with Pemberley out wider and Berisha getting between them. Puccini struck trouble and collided with Don Doremo on the turn as Tom Melbourne dropped off. Big Memory went for home and looked to be holding them at the 100m but Berisha started to storm. Berisha finished right over the top of Big Memory to win with Lucky Lucky Lucky just holding third from Puccini. Tom Melbourne was galloped on but they all just went far too hard.

Follow: none.

Race 10: Building Brands (1000m)

1st Well Sprung – Ben Melham
2nd Hotel Sierra – Jake Bayliss
3rd Rock ‘N’ Gold – Andrew Mallyon

Squeaky Squirrel was a bit slow out but improved through to fourth. Jungle Edge and Day After Tomorrow had the lead from Petite’s Reward outside them. Squeaky Squirrel raced inside Face Forward with Well Sprung three out around The Dynamo and Marwood on the fence. Day After Tomorrow railed through to lead on the turn though Jungle Edge was still there, Face Forward made a quick move around Petite’s Reward while Squeaky Squirrel was held up on the fence. Wider out Rock ‘N’ Gold and Well Sprung were chiming in. Day After Tomorrow was giving a kick and did crowd Squeaky Squirrel a little. But out in the centre Well Sprung produced a sprint and finished too well to score from Hotel Sierra charging home from last and Rock ‘N’ Gold staying on for third. Squeaky Squirrel finished just behind them and was a little unlucky. Marwood also caught the eye getting through late, he also played up in the barriers pre-race.

Follow: Marwood might be in for a good prep

Specials from the meeting: Resort, Mefnooda, Get The Dukes Out, Marwood




1st EL DIVINO – Blake Shinn
1st ASTERN – James McDonald
3rd GENETEAU – Damian Lane
(Dead heat for first)

Hot favourite Astern was a little restless in the gates and was all over the place out of the outside lane, snagging sideways before McDonald got hold of him and put him back to work. He took the colt back initially along with Prince Chabal and Let’s Dream Big, before beating him up the outside toward the front where he was caught four wide without cover. Geneteau had started well and settled in the lead on the fence, Hostwin Legend on his flank, El Divino next and then Lionhearted. Alliterate was next on the fence, tailed by Mooshakissa.

They played to position for the run around the bend, with the leader Geneteau coming well off the fence as they straightened and taking the rest of the field with him. El Divino and Astern soon emerged the two most likely, both going away down the outside to battle to the line. The favourite looked to have momentum by El Divino simply would not lie down, the pair going stride for stride and hitting the line with nothing between them. Geneteau held on for third from Alliterate and Hostwin Legend.

Watch: Astern – would have won the race given a more charmed run, managed a deadheat nonetheless despite being caught very deep for the whole run.

Race 2 – CARBINE CLUB STAKES (1600m)

1st HE’S OUR ROKKII – Dwayne Dunn
2nd ODYSSEY MOON – Blake Shinn
3rd QUEEN OF WANDS – Zac Purton

Reasonably good line out apart from the two outside, Queen of Wands laying a bit of a bump on the widest Data Point as they jumped to leave the pair trailing and a little at sea. Odyssey Moon took up the running in the early part with Moher outside of him, with a length back to Tatoosh sandwiched between Montauk and He’s Our Rokkii, caught three wide. Another length back to Hierarchal and Rosaleisha, with Bowman having wrestled Data Point back into things on their outside, leaving Queen of Wands at the back.

The run was fairly settled around the side with only Montauk, third on the rail, looking a little eager to get moving. The movement approaching the home turn was all outside, He’s Our Rockkii caught three wide the entire run and urged forward by Dunn, whilst Bowman looked to trail him on Data Point. They again came off the fence as they straightened, Moher and Odyssey Moon still heading them, until He’s Our Rockkii was asked the question and responded in the affirmative. Odyssey Moon offered brief resistance but Dunn had all the momentum, whilst in the middle of the track Data Point and Queen of Wands hit the line impressively given their runs.

Watch: He’s Our Rockii, Data Point, Queen of Wands – none had a perfect run (particularly the latter two), but all responded well in the straight.


1st LIBRAN – Brenton Avdulla
2nd ALEGRIA – Sam Clipperton
3rd CAFÉ SOCIETY – Zac Purton

Supercoach and Wales were slow out of the gates whilst Café Society got the best of it. He took the lead and settled into the most pedestrian pace possible – he crawled along with Supercoach next on the fence, having been mustered up despite a slower start, and Dee I Cee outside on him one wide. Next was the favourite Libran with a bit of cover one off the fence, Alegria on the inside, then Auvrey, Destiny’s Kiss, High Opinion and Wales at the back.

Dee I Cee moved up slightly to claim second on the outside and that was that for much of the run – Purton on Café Society content to go along at a snail’s pace and nobody else seemingly bothered either. The favourite Libran had settled into fourth and relaxed well, whilst Prebble on Supercoach considered a move up the inside when the leader moved out a little, but ultimately held tight.

At the 600 metres and all with a full tank of fuel, Purton asked a little of Café Society and got out by a couple of lengths. Supercoach was done and pulled out, swamped by all as they turned behind the leader, who had got well off the fence into the straight. Alegria and Libran led the pursuit – inside and outside respectively – to eventually just claim Café Society without another second to spare. Auvrey ran on reasonably after being hard-ridden in the turn.

Watch: none.


1st CLEARLY INNOCENT – Tommy Berry
2nd PERA PERA – Hugh Bowman
3rd EVER SO NATURAL – Damien Oliver

Lovely line out of the gates with Something Borrowed going back immediately, along with Bank On Henry and After All That. Good battle up front with Ultimate Dreamer claiming it initially, from Mitchell Road caught outside and Profiler next. Steakandbearnaise pushed up the inside from a mob of horses, with Pera Pera out wide and Ashjata trailing caught deeper again. Berry relaxed Clearly Innocent and settled back to about third last, as did Oliver on Ever So Natural.

The large field travelled in a very tight bunch, Bank On Henry attempted to round them all around the turn, Ashjate tracking in and Lofty’s Menu also attempting to join in. Ultimate Dreamer held the lead into the straight but the mob was coming, the first challenger being Mitchell Road, who was immediately claimed by a hard-finishing Pera Pera. Next in line was Ever So Natural, Oliver having found the outside and extracting plenty from his mount from well back. But emerging was Clearly Innocent – Berry having ridden him for luck, he found a path through the maze and appeared up the inside, not having to be asked twice as e shot forward with a withering burst of speed. It was an easy win in the end, Ever So Natural and Another Valley the best finishers of the rest.

Watch: Clearly Innocent, Ever So Natural – both showed very impressive speed.


1st TEMPT ME NOT – Glyn Scholfield
2nd PEARLS – James McDonald
3rd EGYPTIAN SYMBOL – Brenton Avdulla

Tempt Me Not jumped well from wide and shot straight across, whilst closer to the fence the two pushing forward successfully were Lady Sniper and Alart. Denmagic was caught wide of them whilst Painted Firetail was next back on the fence, from Pearls, Lady Jivago and Regatta Rebel. Denpurr and Denmagic were caught wide Egyptian Symbol and favourite Super Cash further back.

The favourite got very deep around the turn, moving around the field cornering widest with Perignon tracking. Alart had the lead into the straight and stayed clear of the fence, but was soon by Tempt Me Not, who flew past at first time of asking. Pearls made up ground late but it was over a fair way from home, Egyptian Symbol, Super Cash and Denmagic also finishing well after covering a lot of ground.

Watch: Tempt Me, Pearls, Denmagic.

Race 6 – INGLIS SIRES’ (1400m)

1st YANKEE ROSE – Zac Purton
2nd TELPERION – James McDonald
3rd FARAWAY TOWN – Jay Ford

Good Standing flew out of the wide gate to claim the early lead, but stayed wide and was soon caught by a group led by Detective, with Zamzam on the outside and Sparkle on the fence. Next was Attention on the inside joined by Omei Sword and Telperion, Yankee Road next caught a little deep, with Faraway Town, Rivo Boy, Chimbora and Seaburge last of all.

Sparkle maintained the inside running and soon claimed the lead, Detective holding second whilst Zam Zam and Good Standing looked to round the corner wide. Taking advantage of this cover into the straight was Yankee Rose, trailing outside, with the field fanning right out for the dash to the line. Foot to the floor stuff and Yankee Rose had the biggest engine, Purton booting her home to win by three lengths easing up. Telperion put in a good run to be clear of the rest, with Faraway Town and Rivo Boy hitting the line well.

Watch: Yankee Rose – impressive turn of foot.


1st TAVAGO – Tommy Berry
2nd JAMEKA – Damien Oliver
3rd TALLY – James McDonald

Jameka jumped well from outside to race up to the front, but was beaten there by those with a shorter journey, namely On So Spendido, Tarzino and What’s The Story, whilst Tavago sat comfortably on the fence and Etymology was also handy. Next was Alfden on the fence from Sovereign Nation, Torgersen one out, and Vanbrugh with Tally caught wide.

Jameka had been forced to take the first turn wide and Oliver kept the foot down along the back of the course, pushing her forward to sit outside Oh So Spendido on the pace. Tavago and the favourite Tarzino were next with good cover as the speed settled, with a length back to Alfden and What’s The Story the best of the rest. Around halfway and the mover was Tally, McDonald willing to cover extra ground to get around and sit on Tarzino’s flank. As they hit the side of the course however Newitt took his chance to move ahead and stepped Tarzino out three wide. Finally then the speed picked up and it was Jameka making the running, Newitt stretching her out as Tarzino applied the pressure.

Meanwhile Tavago held the rails run and kept in touch with the leaders, cornering on the inside to be close to Jameka as Tarzino battled away on the outside, Tally right on his hammer. They were free to battle each other as Tavago has simply shot away, going away to win it easily by at least three lengths. Jameka ran on to be clear of the rest and Tally passed a faltering Tarzino.

Watch: Tavago – far too good, though did get a fairly charmed run.

Race 8 – DARLEY T J SMITH STAKES (1200m)

1st CHAUTAUQUA – Tommy Berry
2nd FELL SWOOP – Zac Purton
3rd ENGLISH – Blake Shinn

Big field for the big sprint and it was Our Boy Mallachi who settled at the front, with Flamberge outside and Fell Swoop wider still just off them. Dothraki was next in behind, with Shiraz and Rebel Dane right off the track, whilst Famous Seamus had the fence. The favourite Exosphere was next, just off was Terravista and Delectation, then English, Knoydart, Fast ‘n’ Rocking, Boss Lane and the reigning champ Chautauqua last of all and giving them a length.

Our Boy Mallachi and Fell Swoop cornered first with Shiraz off them fairly deep, and Exosphere and English tagging him in. Next in line was Terravista, Rebel Dane and finally Chautauqua, still last and deepest on the track. The leader had them by a coupel of lengths at the 300m, but was soon caught by Fell Swoop and Dothraki, whilst the wide runners were led by a charging Terravista as Exosphere fell out of it. Outside Terravista was a huge run English, but even that was put in the shade by the freak that is Chautauqua. He barely seemed to touch the ground over the final furlong to salute by a length.

Watch: Chautauqua, English – English was overshadowed by the winner, who was jaw-dropping.


1st WINX – Hugh Bowman
2nd HAPPY CLAPPER – Brenton Avdulla
3rd AZKADELLIA – Glen Boss

Some slow starters here with Azkadellia and Winx out last and settling toward the back with He Or She, First Seal and Rudy. At the front Vergara took up the lead from Turn Me Loose, then Equador, Kermadec and Aomen on the fence. Stratum Star was next with Good Project on his outside, then a length to Bow Creek and Happy Clapper a little deep. Bowman was moving Winx up somewhat to be the first of the backmarkers and the side of the course.

O’Hara put the foot down on Vergara and went out by a length from Turn Me Loose, Equador wider still and Good Project attempting to go around them all. Stratum Star and Kermadec meanwhile were more comfortable tucked on the inside.

Vergara broke out to a very healthy lead in the straight, hard ridden, and no prizes who led the chasing pack – Bowman rode Winx for luck and got the daylight he needed, the champion rushing up to the leader. Happy Clapper and Azkadellia has grand runs but were still no match.

Watch: Azkadella, Happy Clapper – both only overshadowed by a true freak.

Race 10 – TAB ADRIAN KNOX STAKES (2000m)

1st DIAMOND MADE – Glyn Schofield
2nd ALASKAN ROSE – Dwayne Dunn
3rd ZASORCERESS – Tommy Berry

Bulla Baby was out first but the lead was soon claimed by Zasorceress on the inside, whilst Aurora’s Star was caught three wide in third. Shotgun Roulette was next then Sacred Eye, Diamond Made, a gap back top Cry For Terre, Alittle Loose and Rainbow Park caught wide, then a further gap to Daisy’s Joy, Karakalass and favourite Alaskan Rose a long way back in a stretched-out field.

Quite orderly going as Berry kept up the pace held a handy lead on Zasorceress, before they bunch a little at the side of the course and cut it back to a length. Nonetheless Zasorceress held the lead as the chasers came led by Bulla Baby and Sacred Eye. Zasorceress looked to almost have it before the huge late runs down the centre from Diamond Made and Alaskan Rose to claim it.

Watch: Diamond Made, Alaskan Rose, very impressive runs late.

Horse to follow: Astern, Clearly Innocent, Data Point, English, and of course – Winx and Chautauqua!