Randwick/Moonee Valley Reviews

RANDWICK REVIEW – SATURDAY JANUARY 23 2016 Race 1 – SCHWEPPES QUALITY (1000m) 1st LE ROMAIN – Glyn Schofield 2nd DEPLOY – Christian Reith 3rd STOLEN TIME – Jason Collett Deploy and Stolen Time jumped best and shot to the early lead, with Top Score settling just in behind, and Le Romain dropping to the back to relax whilst keeping touch with the small field. Le Romain was able to slide through to fourth on the fence to get the run of the race, into the straight and the two leaders battled it out with Shacked Up – all in vain however as Le Romain stuck to the rail and cruised through to record a comfortable win, without looking overly extended. Watch – Le Romain – did it comfortably and would appear to have plenty more to give (given a similarly favorable run). Race 2 – TAB MORE THAN JUST WINNING PLATE (1000m) 1st SCARLETT RAIN – Tim Clark 2nd TWIST TOPS – Tommy Berry 3rd PRIZED ICON – Hugh Bowman Scarlett Rain bolted to the front from a wide gate, with Snow Surrender also starting hard along with Twist Tops on the fence, both settling to give Scarlett Rain the lead. Clark duly made his way across in front unchallenged, towing in To Excess from wider again. The leader rounded the turn looking full of running – Clark didn’t argue and cruised away for an easy win. Prized Icon was the pick of the rest, showing good toe to swoop home from well back and wide. Watch – Scarlett Rain looked a class above and Prized Icon may have an interesting future. Race 3 – TATTERSALLS CLUB CARRINGTON STAKES (1400m) 1st ZIN ZAN EDDIE – Jason Collett 2nd VOILIER – Cathy O’Hara 3rd HIDDEN WARRIOR – Tim Clark Voilier and Hidden Warrior got the best of the start and settled in to lead, with Red Excitement content to take up the running at the rear with the pace reasonably pedestrian. You’ll Never tucked in behind on the fence and found good position, with Zin Zan Eddie just on his outside. Little movement around the bend, with Shinn on Red Excitement then pulling out wide to make his run, but ultimately not extracting anything from his mount. Voilier turned on the rail and went for home immediately, before being tackled by Zin Zan Eddie and eventually surrendering the lead after a brief battle, Collett going on to claim a cruising win. Watch: none Race 4 – CELLARBRATIONS HANDICAP (1200m) 1st ALPHA BEAT – Blake Shinn 2nd EL SASSO – Tim Clark 3rd OFF THE RAILS – Christian Reith El Sasso got a great start from out wide to come across and take the lead immediately, with Nite Rocker on the fence next best, and the rest happy to sit back by a length or so – Alpha Beat the best placed of them on the inside. Clark on El Sasso slowed them into the turn and continued to dictate terms, before the rest peeled out to make position except Shinn on Alpha Beat, content to loom on the rail behind the leader. As they straightened Shinn stepped out to find a run and ask the question, with Alpha Beat responding and moving to El Sasso. A match race from there as El Sasso refused to surrender at any point, but was eventually claimed by Alpha Beat who scored a narrow win. Watch: El Sasso – brave. Led from the jump and dictated the race, was eventually claimed late but certainly didn’t knew when he was beaten. Race 5 – TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1200m) 1st ATOM EVE – Kayla Nisbet (a3) 2nd LORD VON COSTA – Jason Collett 3rd ALL SUMMER LONG – James McDonald Slow start across the board with Supa Vision and Atom Eve eventually content to lead with All Summer Long settling in behind on the fence. At the other end, Sassaby sat well off the pack by some three lengths. In the turn McDonald made a shift and moved All Summer Long outside Supa Vision, with Lord Von Costa also moving, one lane out further again. Nisbet stuck to the rail on Atom Eve and kept the handy cover. Heading for home and all four fanned out across the track in pursuit of the line, Supa Vision tired with the rest boxing on, but Atom Eve was the hardiest and toughed them out by half a length. About Time was the best of the rest, running on valiantly for fifth. Watch: none. Race 6 – MORE THAN READY @ VINERY HANDICAP (1600m) 1st SWEET FIRE – Rory Hutchings (a 1.5) 2nd KELLYVILLE FLYER – Jeff Penza 3rd LUCY’S LOOK – Hugh Bowman Even start apart from Pico Turquino, who completely missed the start by at least four lengths. They sorted themselves into a queue, Kellyville Flyer at the front from Pioneering and Sweet Fire on the inside, Pico Turquino catching the backmarkers to fall into line. Very orderly going and Penza took the opportunity to catch breath with little argument from the field. Out of the turn and McDonald shifted Pioneering out for his run, with Shinn taking Bet You She Rocks wider again. Sweet Fire always had the rails run and moved up to claim Kellyville Flyer, which nonetheless boxed on manfully. Best of the rest was Lucy’s Look, running on well from wide when the pace finally lifted. Watch: none Race 7 – TAB.COM.AU HANDICAP (1600m) 1st TESTA SHADOW – Samantha Clenton (a2) 2nd CAUTHEN’S POWER – James McDonald 3rd ARCHEAN – Jason Collett Chestnut Road had the inside gate but missed the start by a length or two, with the rest of the field out well. Testa Shadow took the lead from Archean, Cauthen’s Power behind on the fence and Embley moving straight to the back of the field. Khalid was pushed up from out wide to take third, but was largely the only runner to put in much work. The field bunched around the turn, Khalid still caught out wide and Embley wanting to move up but being collared by jockey Reith, before eventually slotting in wider behind Khalid. Cauthern’s Power maintained the rails run throughout and was well placed as they straightened. Testa Shadow moved out slightly to open the door for Cauthen’s Power, which ultimately would not have enough to work through it. Archean and Khalid ran on well on the outside – the latter particularly given the less favourable route taken – but neither would have the late burst required to claim Testa Shadow. Watch: Khalid – caught wide and exposed for most of the trip, still managed to hit the line well to narrowly miss the places. Would have been interesting with a more favourable route. Race 8 – MCGRATH ESTATE AGENTS HANDICAP (1000m) 1st FELINES – Samantha Clenton (a2) 2nd ROSE OF MAN – Brodie Loy (a2) 3rd RAIDO – Hugh Bowman Starter caught them well with Quell the pick from out wide, swooping across to take a strong early lead. Raido was first pursuer with Floral Insight on the inside, with Cosmic Cameo and Felines next, caught out wide and having to cover additional ground. Quell bolted on and opened up a three length lead in the turn, and upon straightening was headed nowhere but home as challengers organized behind. They soon caught the leader, Felines most impressively as the widest of the attackers. Bowman found the fence with Raido, and Rose of Man and Cosmic Cameo ran on well, but Felines simply too good. Watch: Felines – impressive hard running in the straight given poor position earlier. Race 9 – HYLAND RACE COLOURS HANDICAP (2000m) 1st WHITE DOVE – Tim Clark 2nd MR STEAL – James Innes Jr (a3) 3rd THURSTON – Tommy Berry Slow start with Mr Steal and White Dove pushing forward, joined by Red Dubawi which moved across from wider to shift into second. The small field spread right out with Thurston right back, trailing second last by a couple of lengths. Mr Steal looked to maintain a healthy lead from White Dove, on the fence and most relaxed, with Red Dubawi still splitting them but one out from the rail. Orderly running with little change through the turn, the field eventually bunching on the way out, with Thurston and King’s Officer in particular fanning out to see some clear air.Clark was able to wait before having to ask White Dove a question, and he got a healthy response, stepping forward to claim Mr Steal, and the pair broke away. The fresher White Dove looked to have the measure but there was no white flag from Mr Steal, which pushed and pushed all the way to the line, only being edged out by the smallest of margins. Watch: none.   —– MOONEE VALLEY REVIEW Race 1: Think Big Stud Handicap (2040m) 1st Monogram – Craig Williams 2nd Miss Maggiebeel – Katelyn Mallyon 3rd Defrost My Heart – Nick Hall Not a lot of pressure early and Suspicious Minds wanted the lead while Monogram worked across from out wide easily too.Yellen dropped in for a trail inside PiranForever True settled in the clear midfield. Yulong Baby drifted out to last on the inside of Ring Da Belle who was up to her usual tricks of missing the start. Suspicious Minds was left alone in the lead and Monogram was happy to follow with a cold sit. No change at all to about the 600m where Defrost My Heart was stoked up to make ground and she flushed out Forever True and Piran while Yellen waited for a run. Monogram took over and kicked away around the turn and Yellen followed her through to chase. Defrost My Heart was still there while Yulong Baby was under heavy pressure  in the second half. Monogram had the perfect run and was untroubled in beating the fast finishing Miss Maggiebeelwho edged out Defrost My Heart for second. Forever True and Yulong Baby were next, the latter never travelled. Yellen might be at the end of her preparation as she had every chance. Follow: Defrost My Heart was only second-up and her effort was solid. Race 2: Hille’s Home Extensions Handicap (1200m) 1st Snoopy – Dylan Dunn 2nd Challenge Accepted – Luke Currie 3rd Danuki – Mark Zahra Snoopy was one of the best out but was taken on by Downhearted three out and Street PrideDanuki tucked in for a trail around Tri Harda. Downhearted crossed to the fence to lead and Snoopy tried to keep his spot one off the fence to avoid a pocket. Irish Saturday copped a bit of a check and lost ground. Street Pride was forced to cover ground when Snoopy stayed off the inside. Downhearted was the first horse beaten and on the turn Snoopy and Danuki swept up to challenge Street Pride.Inner Circle was battling in behind them and Challenge Accepted wound up strongly from the back after missing the start. Snoopy dug in when it counted and surged away in the last 200m for a very impressive win. Danuki battled on but Challenge Accepted finished off very strongly late to grab second and behind them Inner Circle didn’t do much but managed fourth. Snoopy is a Group 2 or 3 horse up to 1400m and will be competitive at that level. Follow: stick with Snoopy, nice run from Challenge Accepted and he can win in town. Race 3: Cube Finance Handicap (1200m) 1st Choose – Ben Thompson 2nd Our Harmony – Jake Bayliss 3rd Mrs President – Katelyn Mallyon Calaverite gathered speed to lead with Choose landing right on her outside. Celeritas had the box seat and Grand Gallop was up handy. A line of three next as Our Harmony tracked wide around Herstory and Miss Steele between them. Calaverite seemed to do it pretty well and had Choose being niggled at a fair way from home. Grand Gallop couldn’t match her either. Celeritas waited while Our Harmony slid up four deep to get into the race. Calaverite didn’t offer much of a kick, though, and Choose went straight past her at the 200m. Celeritas was one paced when into the clear and Our Harmony ran on gamely. But Choose sprinted clear and it looked quite soft on the line. Our Harmony kept coming into second and Mrs President launched from the back into third in a nice first-up effort considering she didn’t settle early. Miss Steele ran on without threatening and Celeritas had every chance. No excuses for Calaverite who had a nice run in front. Follow: Mrs President is eligible for easier and she ran well. Race 4: WT Partnership Handicap (2040m) 1st Flying Light – Dylan Dunn 2nd O’Lonera – Nick Hall 3rd Zandarral – Ben Melham Flying Light and Zandarral jumped best with Flying Light holding the lead. Infinite Reign pushed on with Spirited Characterwider and O’Lonera was up handy in that bunch. Tossilini had the leader’s back and they were stacked up behind a moderate tempo. O’Lonera tried to force the issue a bit to get over and he moved outside Flying Light who kicked up to retain the fence. Spirited Character dropped in to a trail as they strung out a little. Tossilini held his spot and Teoflyte improved to have his back on the inside of Infinite Reign. Zandarral was shuffled back in the ruck behind them. Flying Light still travelled well and he started to click up inside the 600m. O’Lonera stuck with him but under pressure and they again slipped away from the chasers headed by Tossilini and Zandarral getting underneath everything. Flying Light established a break early in the straight and while he’d had enough on the line he posted an overdue win. O’Lonera didn’t give it up despite wanting to duck in and he probably should have won given the harder run while Zandarral poked through for a place from the fast-finishing Alamonteel andPoppiholla who both weren’t disgraced. Follow: O’Lonera still has upside, Alamonteel and Poppiholla back in midweek company. Race 5: 1Print Gold Star (1514m) 1st Burning Front – Brad Rawiller 2nd Khutulun – Ben Melham 3rd Del Prado – Damien Oliver Del Prado was slow and settled last. Burning Front was untroubled in taking up the running from Tom Puss staying over a length away. Khutulun recovered from a slow start to move into third past Ten Goals. Del Prado passed Mister Miyagi on settling. Burning Front cruised along in front at his leisure then backed it off in the middle stages which flushed Ten Goals out three wide. Burning Front dashed again before the turn and kicked away from Tom Puss and Ten Goals. Khutulun continued to wait behind him and Del Prado had to make his run very wide and under pressure. Burning Front was over two clear of Khutulun by the time she past Tom Puss and by that stage Del Prado was over five lengths from the leader. Despite brushing the rail 150m out Burning Front was away and was never going to be beaten. Khutulun held second from Del Prado who made plenty of ground on her late and they spaced the rest. One horse race from the time the gates opened. Follow: none. Race 6: Campolina Handicap (2040m) 1st Wales – Steven King 2nd Use The Lot – Chris Symons 3rd Schockemohle – Daniel Stackhouse Bullish Stock jumped poorly and crossed them at the tail. Use The Lot bounced quickly to lead Alrouz and Prima in a nice spot inside SchockemohleTucanchoo was caught wide so pushed forward to be closer to the speed and Rebel Rising followed.Wales settled in the second half. Tucanchoo eventually worked up to second outside Use The Lot and that left Rebel Rising without cover as they packed up in the middle stages. Use The Lot beat off Tucanchoo and Rebel Rising made his move with Wales pulling out wider. Prima was still there on the fence and Schockemohle followed Wales into the race. Bullish Stock was behind him but not travelling as well and the others were battling. Rebel Rising’s run had ended near the turn and Wales challenged Use The Lot with Schockemohle chiming in and they got away from the rest. Use The Lot was still fighting on but Wales just got the better of him in the last 50m. Schockemohle tried hard as well while Prima did a bit of good work late but after having a perfect run was still disappointing. Rebel Rising wasn’t disgraced after a wide run and Bullish Stock was gone as soon as the gates opened. Follow: Schockemohle could pick up one of these races soon. Race 7: Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) 1st Holler – Craig Williams 2nd Churchill Dancer – Nick Hall 3rd Rebel Dane – Brenton Avdulla Sirbible sprung out as usual and led with Holler who tagged him across. It Is Written let them go for a trail and Hucklebackwas able to get over from his awkward gate into a nice spot. Rebel Dane tracked him around Kievann. The next pair wereChurchill Dancer racing wide and Richie’s Vibe. Sirbible looked to over race badly in front with the head up and Holler was able to stalk him. It Is Written also had the head up and a move came from Churchill Dancer who slipped around them wide and that flushed Rebel Dane out while Hucklebuck was held together. Trust In A Gust was tracking up nicely in the four wide line with Rageese inside him. Sirbible was in trouble well before the turn and Holler stared him down. Rebel Dane edged closer with Churchill Dancer wider out while Hucklebuck was following Holler. There was something left in the tank with Holler and he held about a length on the chasers all the way home. Churchill Dancer did a huge job to run second and Rebel Dane, who had every chance but isn’t able to sustain long runs, just edged Hucklebuck out of a place. It Is Written wasn’t far off and Trust In A Gust ran on okay first-up. Disappointment was Rageese who we was never a hope while Mourinho found the line well enough late from well back. Follow: Trust In A Gust and Hucklebuck were both off long breaks and ran very well. Race 8: Browns Sawdust & Shavings (1000m) 1st Runsati – Linda Meech 2nd Beau Rada – Jamie Mott 3rd Trevinder – Chris Symons Runsati had superior speed and led with Shakespearean Lass following him over. Canali was caught wide as Beau Rada andRoll The Ignition improved along the inside. Midfield was Bawcatme with Pathways. Shakespearean Lass was the first to be felt for and Runsati was still cruising. Beau Rada came out to challenge nearing the turn while Roll The Ignition waited but was being ridden up. Bawcatme worked to the outside and made his run with Trevinder wide out and Pathways weaving through. But Runsati broke clear and was too quick for them. A wall chasing lined up for the minors Beau Rada worried Shakespearean Lass out of second then Trevinder denied her third place as well. Close up in the bunch were Bawcatme, Pathways and Ready Sunshine who ran on from well back but without ever looking likely. Roll The Ignition disappointed. The winner was simply too fast. Follow: none. Race 9: Benchmark 84 Handicap (1600m) 1st Tuff Host – Daniel Stackhouse 2nd Volcanic Ash – Miichael Dee 3rd Pin Your Hopes – Damian Lane Prepee was ridden with some urgency to lead but couldn’t hold out LeveractionVolcanic Ash landed behind them with a couple to Rationality getting into a trail. Tuff Host and Orion were midfield and Pin Your Hopes with Abbasso followed. Leveraction had Volcanic Ash stalking him as Prepee took the trail while Rationality was being heeled along to keep up. Prepee, Tuff Host and Orion were all under pressure as well coming to the turn. Volcanic Ash raced past Leveraction about 300m out and went for home. Rationality wasn’t going to get him as she was under the whip and Tuff Host came around her to chase. Nothing else was making ground. Volcanic Ash was all out with about 100m to go and Tuff Host had the last shot at him, he finished the best to score. Volcanic Ash had his chance and he doesn’t seem to quite get a mile based on this. Pin Your Hopes and Abbasso ran on nicely from the second half while Rationality couldn’t have had a better run. Koroibete made some late ground again as he did when resuming. Follow: Abbasso and Pin Your Hopes were both nice second-up efforts. Specials from the meeting: Defrost My Heart, Schockemohle, Trust In A Gust, O’Lonera.