Randwick/Flemington Reviews

RANDWICK REVIEW – SATURDAY JANUARY 16 2016 Race 1 – GLOBAL INDEPENDENT QC & INSPECTION MAROUBRA MILE (1600m) 1st SNIPPETS LAND – Winona Costin (a1.5) 2nd MARENOSTRO – Taylor Marshall (a2) 3rd SLOW PACE – Tommy Berry Great Esteem looked restless in the gates and caused a bit of commotion at the jump, and then charged out early.  He was joined by Marenostro coming across to battle for the lead as Avdulla on Great Esteem collared his mount and settled him.  Both leaders were slowed to set a strolling pace with Monton settling in behind.  Slow Pace and Snippets Land found themselves some four lengths further back, but were quick to make it up and form a pack due to the lack of speed. Monton looked comfortable despite pulling slightly, and was brought away from the fence and asked the question as they straightened – with np response.  Marenostro brushed off the uncompetitive Great Esteem to maintain the front, with both backmarkers punching forward at this point to make the challenge. Snippet’s Land has the superior pace with Marenastro hanging on for second from a fast finishing Slow Pace. Watch: Snippets Land, Slow Pace Race 2 – AGRIBABA / AUNONG.COM PLATE (1100m) 1st TESSERA – James McDonald 2nd MY COUNTRY – Winona Costin (a1.5) 3rd CANNY ROCKET – Tye Angland Favourite Mount Panorama well and truly missed the start to hang back last. Tessara probably jumped best and looked to lead, joined by Serenasphere from outside, and Mandalong Belle who rushed up to join them.  Canny Rocket tucked in behind the leaders, along with Miss Ballanytne on the fence as the pace slowed.  Mount Panorama stayed back and hugged the rail waiting for any luck to appear. Round the turn and Tessera maintained the lead with McDonald still holding tightly.  Mount Panorama moved slightly up the inside whilst Kings of Leon went in the other direction almost into the grandstand, and never recovered.  McDonald eventually woke Tessera up as he faced challenges from Canny Rocket on the inside – only briefly – and My Country flying on the outside, showing a superior turn of foot from well back.  The pursuer well and truly laid down the challenge but Tessera proved too strong with McDonald providing a fine ride. Follow: My Country Race 3 – YOUNG FARMING CHAMPIONS HANDICAP (1400m) 1st SELITA – Hugh Bowman 2nd MISS ROYALE – Andrew Adkins (a3) 3rd IN A WINK – Samantha Clenton (a2) Small field was caught fairly well by the starter, with favorite Miss Royale notably caught wide as Bowman took up the lead on Selita.  Tempo was slow which Miss Royale didn’t seem to appreciate, Adkins having a hard time getting her to adjust.  She eventually settled on the outside of In a Wink, who looked comfortable on the rail. Bowman took Selita well off the fence as they straightened, with the rank outsider Youiz Jane following but unable to compete.  In a Wink stayed inside and ran on decently, briefly challenging before dropping off.  Miss Royale was widest and gave a spirited chase, but Bowman on Selita kept his mount ahead to hold on for a narrow victory. Follow: none Race 4 – AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL HORSE RACING FEDERATION HANDICAP (2000m) 1st LOOPHOLE – Glyn Schofield 2nd DANCE OF HEROES – James McDonald 3rd MORAL VICTORY – Hugh Bowman Moral Victory was pushed out of the gates to lead, with Celestial Sky and Emerald City making an effort to get to the front from out wide, and Loophole and Banksters Bonus held right back.  Celestial Sky wasted no time taking up the lead, without quarrel from Moral Victory who seemed content to sit in with cover.  The pace then slowed to a crawl which didn’t suit Dance of Heroes, McDonald booting his mount forward from well back to sit just off Celestial Sky.  Meanwhile, Emerald City continued the crawl and was content to drop well back alongside Loophole. They rounded the home turn with the notable mover Bowman on Moral Victory, shifting out to find some clear air.  Emerald City looked to need a fair bit of waking up from Collett before eventually responding and making a run – but also towing Loophole up to the action as Dance of Heroes continued to cling on from Moral Victory.  Loophole eventually went past them both with a superior turn of foot, Schofield timing his run nicely.   Emerald City couldn’t go with the winner. Follow: Loophole Race 5 – TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1400m) 1st HERMOSA BEACH – Brenton Avdulla 2nd RED HOT DANE – James Innes Jnr (a3) 3rd ANOTHER VALLEY – Andrew Adkins (a3) Favourite Hermosa Beach missed the start and fell out last, but Avdulla understandably wasted no time trying to recover position and pushed up through the backmarkers.  Sir Hagrid took the early lead from Showmore, with Vee Eight Sixty out wider making a concerted effort to join them.  Hermosa Beach eventually camped back in the pack as Sir Hagrid continued to drive hard despite some effort at restraint from Clenton, eventually slowing a touch to be joined by Vee Eight Sixty with a gap to the rest. As the pair took a short breather around the turn, a wall of horses moved out wider led by Starshaft, with Hermosa Beach caught behind them all.  The lead closed as the favourite found some clear air ahead, which was all that was needed, justifying the punters’ faith to lope home comfortably.  Red Hot Dane was the best of the rest with a strong finish down the outside of the winner, with the backmarkers completely swamping those who made the running. Follow: Red Hot Dane Race 6 – TOP IDEAL SCM HANDICAP (1200m) 1st RIVER WILD – Tommy Berry 2nd PAINTED FIRETAIL – James McDonald 3rd STRAVIGO – Koby Jennings (a3) River Wild and Wide Acclaim jumped best from the gate, the latter being shifted straight back as Cruise Power took up the lead and bolted away to open up a two length lead on the chasing pack.  Adkins then immediately pulled him up and allowed that lead to close whilst still dictating terms and holding the rail position around the turn.  Also on the fence but well back was McDonald on the favourite Painted Firetail, looking for a run which wouldn’t eventuate until he some room in the straight. Berry on River Wild established best position out of the turn, leading the bunch in pursuit of the leader, but he didn’t really wake up until Stravigo pulled up and joined him to lay down the challenge.  River Wild responded well to shake him off and kick on to take the honours, as the favourite Painted Fireball found his way through to be next home. Follow: none Race 7 – AUSTRALIAN CHINESE PRIMARY INDUSTRY COUNCIL SUMMER SPRINT (1000m) 1st BOSS LANE – Andrew Adkins (a3) 2nd GOJO MIMO – Jason Collett 3rd BIG MONEY – Koby Jennings (a3) Starter caught them well with Gojo Mimo on the outside the best of them to take up the early running.  Next was Bib Money drawing through on the rail, with Diamond Oasis behind with cover, and Boss Lane purposefully allowed to tail the field. Out of the turn and the first challenge came from Big Money, however it was to be short lived as Boss Lane had found his way back to the fence, and used it to shoot up inside them both and cruise past them with ease to take the line, the first winner of the day on the rails. Follow: none Race 8 – PINGTAN CUP (1400m) 1st ROARING TO WIN – Winona Costin (a1.5) 2nd LUNAR RISE – Glyn Schofield 3rd RANDIKI – Chris O’Brien Very good line out of the gates with Kurtley the best, coming from the outside to take up the early lead from Liberty’s Choice, who looked comfortable on the rail.  They spread right out with around twelve lengths covering the field as they moved around the first turn, with the favourite Tree of Jesse one of the backmarkers. That favourite was hugely underwhelming and never fired a shot, as the leaders were swallowed up by Lunar Rise and Roaring to Win, the two racing away to contest for the win.  Roaring to Win was far too strong and ran on for a comfortable and dominant 2.5 length win. Follow: Roaring to Win with the commanding victory Race 9 – NATIONAL FARMERS FEDERATION HANDICAP (1600m) 1st PIAMIMI – Adam Sewell (a3) 2nd MAGICAL STANCE Andrew Adkins (a3) 3rd GOT UNDERS – Lester Grace (a2) Magical Stance and Scottish Border were the notable dawdlers out of the barrier, with Got Unders first to take up the lead at the other end of the field.  Grace held that lead and slowed the pace for the field, and provided cover predominantly for Cabeza De Vaca. Another Cocktail was widest around the turn for Bowman, and he immediately got to work and looked to make his run – only to be swamped in turn from his outside by Piamimi, who came from well back to bolt down the centre of the track. Across on the other flank, Magical Stance had found the lead up the inside, swatting aside Got Under to make claim.  It was only slightly mistimed as Piamimi kept coming down the outside to claim the lead and salute – by the narrowest of margins. Follow: none —– FLEMINGTON REVIEW Race 1: Better Beyond Plate 1st Lessyd – Craig Williams 2nd Hey Doc – Luke Currie 3rd Moshway – Mark Zahra Bunched field with Moshway on the rail and Hey Doc and Climate sharing the lead. Unresolved and Sprung Dancing settled behind them while further out Queen Magdalene and Lessyd weren’t far away, though Queen Magdalene was under pressure early on. Bringaroochecked off heels and came to the outside. Moshway and Hey Doc looked to have the better of Climate at the 300m but Lessyd was also chiming in wider out. That quartet edged away from the rest of the field headed by Queen Magdalene wanting to run in and Bringaroo who was very green. Hey Doc claimed the lead near the 100m and was holding Moshway as Lessyd started to warm up and Lessyd finished the race off just a little bit better to beat his stablemate Hey Doc and a game Moshway. Considering they did a lot wrong Queen Magdalene and Bringaroo did a pretty good job to not be beaten that far. Follow: doesn’t look a strong race so take the form on face value. Race 2: owner.racing.com Handicap (1400m) 1st Miss Softhands – Damien Oliver 2nd Whistle Baby – Chris Symons 3rd Vital Importance – Chris Parnham A few of them wanted the lead before Written and Domino Vitale won out. Whistle Baby and Blendwell eventually let them go and Miss Softhands found a nice spot behind them. Boundary found herself three wide. Dig A Pony was worse than midfield with Iteration, who was a shade slow away, and Vital Importance either side. Written was held together into the straight and challenged by Domino Vitale 400m out. Blendwell loomed three wide and Whistle Baby was banking on an inside run. Miss Softhands waited in behind them. A gap opened up for Miss Softhands soon after and she set out after Domino Vitale. Whistle Baby was presented with an inside run and she chimed in while down the outside Boundary and Vital Importance were winding up. Miss Softhands gained the upper hand late and made it a hat-trick this time in. She’s racing in great form. Whistle Baby did have every chance and ran well while Vital Importance showed she’ll measure up in mares company in Melbourne with a nice closing effort. Boundary and Dig A Pony were behind them but both are notoriously hard to catch. Iteration was very plain first-up after trialling well. Follow: Vital Importance in races around a mile. Race 3: Seascay Handicap (1400m) 1st Pattern – Michelle Payne 2nd Niccoco – Luke Currie 3rd Lahqa – Tom Marquand Tyrannize worked his way to the lead with Chamarel outside him and over racing a little. Shining Star and Lahqa were looking for spot  next and Niccoco was in that bunch. Pattern found himself three wide but with cover. Twisting Typhoon landed on his back aroundRecalcitrata and Chiatorio. Tyrannize had an uncontested lead into the straight until Lahqa strode up around a struggling Chamarel to give chase. Niccoco was winding up further out and Pattern and Twisting Typhoon came off their respective backs to try to make ground. Tyrannize had a good kick and was still in front past the clock tower  but the chasers were closing. Niccoco stuck his head in front but Pattern had the last shot at him and finished best with something in hand. Lahqa ran his usual honest race and Tyrannize was game though did have a nice run in front. They got away from Twisting Typhoon, who wasn’t able to  match them and appeared to have his chance. Considering the trend of the day was for on-pacers to do well the win of Pattern was outstanding and he’s a horse with a future. Follow: Pattern looks promising. Race 4: Rain Lover Handicap (2500m) 1st Lucques – Damien Oliver 2nd Quick Strike – Brad Rawiller 3rd Danjeu – Craig Williams Leica Day somewhat surprisingly took up the running after jumping well and Treasure Map came across to sit outside. Purple Smile lands in the box seat with Lucques up handy and the stablemates Quick Strike and Danjeu around midfield. A midrace move came fromNippinski who worked up into second place by the 1200m but Leica Day held the lead. However, Nippinski  prevented Leica Day from getting it too easily and as he was dropping off Lucques made a move getting around him. Danjeu worked his way through the field quite nicely following Lucqes while Quick Strike found himself shuffled back a little. Leica Day was a spent force at the 400m and Lucques swept past him with Danjeu. Quick Strike was winding up a couple of lengths back and closing in while nothing else was any chance. Danjeu definitely headed Lucques around 200m out and Quick Strike was looking his big danger. But Lucques had something left and he kicked back to regain the lead in the closing stages and outstayed Quick Strike and Danjeu. They were a furlong in front of Purple Smile who was shoved back to last on the turn but made good ground. Renew ran on but also a long way from them. Leica Day disappointed, perhaps he doesn’t get the trip but he was pestered in front. Follow: none, they take turns. Race 5: Mitty’s Racing Colours Handicap (1200m) 1st Duibio – Nick Hall 2nd Boomwaa – Michael Dee 3rd Not A Happy Camper – Katelyn Mallyon A wall of them down the straight and Bawcatme probably held the lead with Sir Mask on his inside, Star StealerNot A Happy Camper,Samartested and Boomwaa all in a line. Barcode was hard up against the rail and Cyclone Andy was in the group. Bawcatme still had the lead coming to the 300m though wider out they were starting in close and Not A Happy Camper and Boomwaa were the main contenders. Samartested was still there battling and Judges weaved through looking a chance. Not A Happy Camper found the lead at the 100m and just as it looked like Boomwaa was going to grab her and win Duibio burst through underneath them coming from well back to score running away. Boomwaa did get the better of Not A Happy Camper. Judges and Bawcatme battled on behind the placings. Those right out wide didn’t come into the race at all and the likes of Star Stealer was disappointing after not finishing the race off as expected. Good performance by the winner to give away a big start and run them down. Overall though a messy race and one to be wary of form wise. Follow: none, happy to throw the form guide away from this race. Race 6: Inglis Dash (1100m) 1st Hellbent – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Mossin’ Around  – Craig Williams 3rd Geoff – Matthew Allen The Big Dance showed her customary speed to lead Mossin’ Around  who followed her near the inside. Bitburg sat up handy with Beyond Purple on his back and Apriano striding up wider out. Hellbent took some cover and Gold Symphony settled near the fence midfield. Past the 400m Mossin’ Around got up underneath The Big Dance to take over and was looking good. Bitburg and Apriano couldn’t match her but Hellbent was under a hold easing to the outside. Tokyo Tycoon and Geoff were the widest running on. Mossin’ Around went for home but had no answer to Hellbent who took over 100m out and  edged away for a strong win, really reacting to the blinkers. Big gap to Geoff getting home nicely down the outside. Tokyo Tycoon and Gold Symphony hit the line together in fourth, the latter just a fair run first-up and he’ll need to improve a heap if he’s going to be a Guineas horse. Beyond Purple performed okay to be a head or so off him. Bear in mind this was a sales restricted race though the first two look pretty smart. Follow: stick with Hellbent and Mossin’ Around. Race 7: Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m) 1st Tudor – Darren Gauci 2nd Tried And Tired  – Mark Zahra 3rd Zupacharged – Harry Coffey Tudor was ridden with purpose to lead and  was able to get there fairly easily. Tried And Tired and Decircles were handy as usual whileZupacharged found himself in a perfect spot with the distance increase. Dances On Stars sat midfield clear of General Groove andNoela’s Choice while Sarajevo was snagged out to last from the outside. Tudor just snuck away from Tried And Tired about 800m out and Decircles came off the fence to follow, as did Zupacharged. Dances On Stars was under pressure to keep up and Noela’s Choice swung the widest.  Tudor again found an extra length past the 400m and had them all chasing, in the process Decircles and Zupacharged found themselves about five lengths from the leader. Nothing else was running on. Tried And Tired was asked to really chase passing the 200m but could only get within about three quarters and Tudor held him easily. Zupacharged did make some ground on the first two into third but was never a winning chance and Dances On Stars kept going to finish next. Very much on pace dominated and a masterful front running ride from Darren Gauci to ensure Tudor ran 1400m out. Might be time to sack Sarajevo unless he can find some tactical speed. Follow: none. Race 8: Piping Lane Handicap (2000m) 1st Second Bullet – Damien Oliver 2nd Star Rolling – Dylan Dunn 3rd Faust – Craig Newitt Inspector sprung out and went looking for the lead, finding it clear of Faust with Sabor A Triunfo getting up inside Oregon Spirit into a handy spot. Second Bullet was back better than midfield but when they slowed he whipped up to take up the running. Allergic and Star Rolling were back midfield with the former dropping back a little. Second Bullet relaxed in the lead and wasn’t tested. Faust moved to second as Inspector took a trail inside Oregon Spirit. Star Rolling was in the clear nest after the shuffle up. Faust was under pressure to star with Second Bullet coming around the turn and while he did stick on Second Bullet was still travelling easily and established a break 300m out. Inspector just battled, as did Oregon Spirit while Star Rolling started to run on. Allergic was in the clear too but a long way from them. Second Bullet was in a race of his own and he found four lengths at the 100m to easily account for Star Rolling. Faust clung on for third whileMetaphorical made a late dash at him. Inspector doesn’t run 2000m while Allergic was very plain after such a promising run behind the winner at their previous clash. Follow: another on pace dominated race, Metaphorical back in mares grade could break through. Race 9: Tauto Handicap (1000m) 1st Bullpit – Craig Williams 2nd Pink Perfection – Regan Bayliss 3rd Nadeem Lass – Matthew Allen Pink Perfection jumped quickly and headed straight for the inside fence. Fab Fevola stayed in the middle of the track up handy as usual with Rough Justice and Bullpit further out. Belesron was following Rough Justice. The field was divided in three but the only horses in it were the leaders. Fab Fevola up the middle might have been narrowly ahead of Pink Perfection on the fence and Bullpit close to the outside rail. Rough Justice couldn’t go with them, which is unusual for him, and Belesron was also burnt off. Pink Perfection had Fab Fevola’s measure by the 200m then it was Bullpit looking dangerous out wide and it proved that way with Bullpit finishing it off a bit better to win clearly over Pink Perfection. Fab Fevola weakened and Nadeem Lass snuck up on the fence to snatch another placing. She was the only horse to make any significant ground.  The leading trio are all noted speedsters and the way the day panned out it suited them and they took the wind out of everything else. Follow: sticking with Nadeem Lass each-way is always a good move. Specials from the meeting: Vital Importance, Pattern, Metaphorical.