Race 1 – POCKIT BLOCK-IT HANDICAP (1500m)
1st YOU ARE GOLDEN – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd ROSALEISHA – Jason Collett
3rd LONGKISSGOODNIGHT – Christian Reith
Trinity River won the start from Stilettoed Vixen and You Are Golden, with the favourite Longkissgoodnight being shoved through to fourth after missing the start. Love’s a Fantasy was outside next, with a break then to Rosaleisha, Taste of Money and Labdien at the rear.
Love’s a Fantasy moved up the outside past Longkissgoodnight, who had been expected to lead but was stuck on the rails after the poor start. Love’s a Fantasy continued on deep and was three-wide of the leaders approaching the final turn, with Rosaleisha the mover four-wide with Labdien attempting to get a tow in. You Are Golden moved up the inside to make a row of five in the sprint to the line, and ultimately take the win from a solidly finishing Rosaleisha.
Race 2 – SCHWEPPES HANDICAP (1800m)
1st ANTONIO GIUSEPPE – Hugh Bowman
2nd FOUR CARAT – Jason Collett
3rd LANCIATO – Tommy Berry
Salthouse was best out of the gate but there was a decent battle for the lead, Lanciato challenging up the outside, with Doc Holliday not far away and Erika holding on for fourth. A couple of lengths then to short favourite Antonio Giuseppe, and a few more lengths to Crosley Hotshot, Four Carat, Soviet Courage and Bring Luck at the rear of a strung-out field.
O’Hara eased Doc Holliday and took a sit in fourth, Erika moving through to third on the fence as they ran the back of the course. Tactics quickly changed for O’Hara however, immediately deciding she didn’t like the pace and taking her mount around the leaders, challenging for the front three-wide. Antonio Giuseppe meanwhile loomed up behind as the field bunched into the final turn. Lanciato went to Salthouse and grabbed the lead in the straight, Antonio Giuseppe and Four Carat punching on wider and eventually taking it themselves, Giuseppe just edging the win.
Race 3 – #THERACES HANDICAP (1200m)
1st MORAL VICTORY – Claire Nutman (a)
2nd CAPED CRUSADER – Adam Hyeronimus
3rd SUSPENSE – Blake Shinn
Caped Crusader was out hard and into the lead but was quickly joined by Bullrush, Berry pushing it right around the outside to sit just outside the leader. Highly Geared was next from Open Book, then Moral Victory, Suspense, Agent caught a little deep, Unequivocal, and favourite Sir Bacchus last after missing the start.
Hyeronimus pulled the leader up for a breather whilst Berry collared Bullrush, with the biggest mover approaching the turn Moral Victory, drawing up three-wide to challenge the leaders. Caped Crusader led them down the straight but came under a mountain of pressure, Moral Victory proving the strongest to claim the lead and the win. Solid finishes from Suspense and Unequivocal.
Watch: Suspense, Unequivocal.
Race 4 – TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1200m)
1st QUATRONIC – Hugh Bowman
2nd ATLANTIC SENTINEL – Andrew Adkins (a)
3rd FIFTEEN SUNFLOWERS – Christian Reith
Lovely jump from the favourite Quatronic with Bowman barely having to lift a finger to take it to the lead, with Moss My Name and Diversifier settling next. Fifteen Sunflowers followed from Twisted Miller and Fuel caught deep, then Ocean Grand, Atlantic Sentinel, and Luxury and Van Halen caught off the track. Coolcat Dancer, Charge of Light and Tiger by the Tale whipped them in.
Fuel and Twisted Miller both looked to improve in the run, pushing up to tag onto the back of the leading pack. Quatronic looked to control the race into the straight, with Moss My Name punching up the inside and Atlantic Sentinel, Fifteen Sunflowers and Fuel further out. Atlantic Sentinel dived late but the favourite had done enough, leading from gate to post.
Watch: Quatronic, Atlantic Sentinel, Van Halen.
Race 5 – KINGSTON TOWN STAKES (2000M)
1st MCCREERY – Joao Moreira
2nd SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD – Blake Spriggs
3rd ALLERGIC – James McDonald
Real contest for the lead with Zero to Ten eventually getting it from Hurricanes, with Get on the Grange comfortable in third from Loophole and McCrerry. They strung right out with a big break to Sir John Hawkwood, then the favourite Allergic, Mandalong Kiss, Rules Girl, Song and Laughter and Junoob.
The paced stayed on as Get on the Grange moved up to tackle Zero to Ten along the back, whilst into the side both McCrerry and Allergic were shifted out for space just before the turn. This led briefly to a line of four out of the corner, until Moreira immediately put the foot down and went for home early on McCrerry. It proved an inspired move, barreling down the straight as Sir John Hawkwood and Allergic struggled to make any meaningful dent in things.
Race 6 – DE BORTOLI WINES GOLDEN ROSE (1400m)
1st ASTERN – James McDonald
2nd OMEI SWORD – Joao Moreira
3rd IMPENDING – Brenton Avdulla
Purton booted Yankee Rose out of the gate to lead with Good Standing moving to second and Thronum pushing around the outside to join them. Chamalu, Nikitas and El Divino were next, then Impending, Omei Sword and Derryn. Mediterranean and favourite Astern followed, then Divine Prophet, O’Reilly Cyrus and Oink.
Yankee Rose and Good Standing were close enough to the fence in the straight, Chamalu just struggling a little behind, whilst of the rest Astern looked most promising from the extreme outside. Astern would tear into the lead from there, heading off the leaders with relative ease as Impending, Omei Sword and Divine Prophet all finished well without really threatening the winner.
Watch: Astern, Impending, Omei Sword, Divine Prophet.
Race 7 – TASK RETAIL THEO MARKS STAKES (1300m)
1st MACKINTOSH – Joao Moreira
2nd COUNTERATTACK – Hugh Bowman
3rd SOUTHERN LEGEND – Tim Clark
Bit of a fight for the lead with McDonald pushing Vashka hard to eventually take it from Oxford Poet, the pair setting a fair pace from Tycoon Tara, Mackintosh and Southern Legend as the field was strung out. Next was Messene from Counterattack, Rebel Dane, Snoopy and Old North.
Into the straight and Tycoon Tara and Mackintosh were looming outside the leaders, whilst Clark closer in tried to go between the leaders on Southern Legend. It was those three going to the front and pushing on, the Magic Man grabbing a double by getting Mackintosh home with the stronger finish. Counterattack had to jump around for a run and hit the line very well for second, as did Snoopy.
Watch: Mackintosh, Counterattack, Snoopy.
Race 8 – IRRESISTIBLE POOLS SHERACO STAKES (1200m)
1st HEAVENS ABOVE – Tye Angland
2nd RAVI – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd MAGIC ALIBI – Christian Reith
Magnajoy was up the inside early as Collett pushed to an early lead, with Serene Majesty and favourite Ravi next and Pearls taking a long trip around the outside to join them. Nancy was next on the fence with Cana deep, then Magic Alibi, Savoureux, Alucinari, Heavens Above, Dixie Blossums, Fine Mist, Sold for Song and Denmagic.
A bunched field with the backmarkers swinging out very wide into the straight, Serene Majesty quickly claiming the lead and in turn being pressured by Magic Alibi, Ravi, and a quickly lengthening Heavens Above. It would be the latter just pinching it, Denmagic and Sold for song hitting the line well..
Watch: Denmagic, Heavens Above, Sold for Song
Race 9 – ROSEHILL BOWLING CLUB HANDICAP (1400M)
1st INVINZABEEL – James McDonald
2nd DINGHU MOUNTAIN – Hugh Bowman
3rd CONARCHIE – Kerrin McEvoy
Berry wanted the lead on Lucky Fish but was quickly joined by Fabrizio, followed by Mr Entertainer, Conarchie, Moher, Invinzabeel, Coolcraft, Diamond Made, Tower of Song, Balmain Boy, Dinghu Mountain, Orcym Sam and No Bad Blood.
The pursuit of the leaders in the straight was led by Conarchie on the fence with Dinghu Mountain wanting a route through behind him, whilst Invinzabeel and Moher led the charge from the outside. Inzinzabeel drew clear to take it relatively comfortably, with good finishes from Dinghu Mountain, Tower of Song and Balmain Boy.
Watch: Invinzabeel, Dinghu Mountain.
Horses to follow: Quatronic, McCrerry, Astern, Divine Prophet, Mackintosh, Counterattack, Denmagic, Heavens Above, Sold for Song, Invinzabeel.