Randwick Review By Todd Burmester

Race 1 – 2yo Plate

1st Delectation – Ty Angland 2nd Proactive – Josh Parr 3rd Statton – Kerrin McEvoy

Sweet Sensation had the front early in the first with Delectation over racing a bit and going up inside Sweet Sensation to take the front. Statton and Va Va Veni settled third and fourth, with Va Va Veni throwing its head about. The pace dropped mid race, and Delectation looked to be doing it easily enough as they turned for home. Up the rise, Va Va Veni had the measure of Sweet Sensation, Va Va Veni was the first horse beaten and Proactive was coming with a strong run down the outside. Delectation found enough to hold off Proactive and these two gapped the rest with Statton holding down third. Who knows what happened to Va Va Veni, but it was very disappointing dropping right out after finding heavy support in betting. Although beaten a space, I thoughtBrewery could be a sharp improver out of this, his last 100m looked ok.

Follow: Proactive, Brewery

Race 2 – F&M BM 85 Hcp

1st Kristy Lee – Ty Angland 2nd Cradle Me –  Sam Clipperton 3rd Commanding – Wit Josh Parr

They took a while to sort themselves out here, but eventually Capital Commander and El Of A Time paired off in front, with Capital Commander then going clear. Commanding Wit moved up outside of El Of A Time into third from Fine BubblesCradle Me after another good beginning ended up being eased to midfield and came off the fence before the turn to get into a striking position. Up the rise, Commanding Wit and Cradle Me who were the favourites in betting were on the scene strongly with Cradle Me sprinting better and going clear. Kristy Lee was the one coming from behind but she was proving a handful to ride by wanting to hang in. In the run to the line Ty Angland did a good job to keep her straight enough to get the better of Cradle Me, and in the end it was a pretty good win by a Mare in form.

Follow: Kristy Lee

Race 3 – BM 80 Hcp

1st Texan Lad Serg – Lisnyy 2nd Miss Alibi – Jeff Lloyd 3rd Mount Nebo – Lester Grace

A pretty good line out in the third with Texan Lad going quickly to lead them up from StraturboMiss Alibi and Kanjistar got good runs behind the speed in third and fourth respectively. Around the turn and up the rise Texan Lad was off and gone with a very strong kick. Inside the 200m mark he was still well clear and didn’t look like stopping. The last 50m really did test him out however where he started to put in the short ones and Miss Alibi who had enjoyed a nice run mounted a strong challenge but couldn’t get to him and it was a good all the way win to Texan Lad. Mount Nebo was the runner who should have finished a bit closer here, he did a good job to take a very narrow run after almost being chopped out completely.

Follow: Mount Nebo

Race 4 – 3yo BM 75 Hcp

1st Sugar Rush – Josh Parr 2nd In A Knot Lester – Grace 3rd Madhall – B Vassallo

Flying Sebring was a bit slow to begin and went back to last. Sugar Rush showed the most pace and took it up from Maddhal. Those two had a break over Agadir and Sinjorin who settled in third and fourth, with Abbasso getting a nice run in fifth. Similar to the last winner, Sugar Rush kicked around the turn and up the rise, setting up about a three length break at the 300m mark. She really started to sit down the last 100m, and In A Knot, who was last on the home turn came home very strongly along the inside but just couldn’t make up the ground in time. Abbasso and Maddhal also made up good ground on the winner, but not to the same degree as In A Knot. Agadir was the disappointing runner here, dropping right out in the straight.

Follow: In A Knot

Race 5 – BM 75 Hcp

1st Jo Jo Girl – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Saghann – Ty Angland 3rd Major Major – Kerrin McEvoy

2590m for the fifth event which is a rather odd distance. Sir Bigglesworth took it up out of the straight the first time, with Phrases going to second. Sommernachstraum was in third, and Double Eagle was striding around them in fourth but heading closer to the front to get in. Strike Me Lucky tracked up behind Double Eagle to also try and get closer to the speed and the fence, but ended up trapped wide. Tonopah who was sent out a short priced favourite got well back. Past the 1000m, Sir Bigglesworth slapped the pace on and the field strung right out, Phrases was pushed along to chase. Sir Bigglesworth had about a five length break around the turn, but he started to shorten stride soon after and Jo Jo Girl went up and claimed him at the top of the rise, she put up a break which Saghann and Major Major tried to cut back in the run to the line but could not do so. Nothing else really ran on. Tonopah was never sighted after being under the whip before the turn.

Follow: None to follow

Race 6 – BM 90 Hcp

1st Black Jag – Serg Lisnyy 2nd Sabor a Triunfo – Josh Parr 3rd Disciple – Ty Angland

Disciple was beaten for speed early on and went back to last. Up front there was a line of five or six early, until Black Jag kicked up to take the lead over Laser Flash and Our Desert Warrior who settled third. The pace looked genuine and Black Jag was going well before the turn with Laser Flash pushed along to keep up, as were the rest of the field realistically. Black Jag kicked up the rise and from the 200m mark it was a demolition job. He put about six lenghts on them in the run to the line to beat Sabor A Triunfo and Disiple who was about the only one to put in a decent finishing effort to claim third. That makes it two in a row for Black Jag, and based on what we saw here, you would have to think he can make it a hat trick.

Follow: Black Jag

Race 7 – BM 85 Hcp

1st You’ll Never – Ty Angland 2nd Reigning – Serg Lisnyy 3rd Longshoreman – Sam Clipperton

Eye Striker took it up in race 7 from Corryvreckan, with Double Halo then striding up around them and running clear mid race. Up to and around the turn, Double Halo still had it, withLongshoreman looking the danger. He strode up and went to the front at about the 150m mark, but You’ll Never who had been well supported in betting after being a model of consistency lately was quickly on the scene and held off the finishing effort of Reigning who came across the winners heals half way up the straight and then built up good momentum to finish better than the rest of them. You’ll Never has been a horse to follow of late and it was good to see it get the win here. Longshoreman was entitled to finish off stronger than it did but managed to hold third.

Follow: Reigning

Race 8 – Open Handicap

1st Oakfield Commands – Lester Grace 2nd Zaratone – Kathy O’Hara 3rd Testarythm – Brenton Avdulla

The Winter Dash was the last and as expected Zaratone pinged out from an outside gate to take it up. Title settled in second which put Big Bonanza out three deep for a bit, until Title went across to the fence behind the leader. Zaratone was still clear up to the 200m mark, but from there on was always going to be his test. Momentarily, they were all over the shop chasing him, but it wasOakfield Commands that had picked its was through along the inside after a good run in transit that struck the front at the 50m mark, and was too good for a brave Zaratone, with Testarythmfinding the line well enough in third following its impressive first up win. The rest of the field finished in a bunch.

Follow: Testarythm

Specials from the meeting: Mount Nebo, Reigning