Rosehill/Flemington Reviews

ROSEHILL REVIEW – SATURDAY JANUARY 30 2016 Race 1 – MCGRATH ESTATE AGENTS HANDICAP (1500m) 1st START WONDERING – Hugh Bowman 2nd MARENOSTRO – James McDonald 3rd KALEIDOSCOPE – Andrew Atkins (a3/50kg) Start Wondering jumped the unbackable favourite, and Bowman immediately took him back and settled in for the trip. Marenostro and Hippopus probably jumped best, and fought for the front with Zee Zeely from out wider, who overtakes them both to establish front running. Zee Zeely probably went out a little too hard, and Clark was reasonably quick to pull him back into line and slow the going. An orderly turn with the favourite enjoying the run of race, back and on the rails as Bowman pushed forward slightly. Into the straight and Marenostro peeled out wide and was followed by Start Wondering looking for a run, and also Kaleidoscope trailing in from last. Bowman found clear air and from there it was no contest, well ridden for an easy win. Race 2 – TAB HIGHWAY PLATE (1500m) 1st HALFPENNY GATE – Koby Jennings (a3/56kg) 2nd COOLCAT DANCER – Winona Costin (a1.5/50kg) 3rd HERMOSA BEACH – Brenton Avdulla Good start with Jostle the only runner to really miss it. Plenty pushed forward with Lady Lobban eventually claiming the lead from Coolcat Dancer and Edditare, followed by the favourite Hermosa Beach caught one out, with Halfpenny Gate a further length back on the rail. The leaders switched the pace right off into the turn with most content to save petrol. Halfpenny Gate was the first to shift with Jennings taking a step out around the turn in preparation for a run, with Hermosa Beach one further out again and travelling reasonably. Lady Lobban was comfortably claimed by both Coolcat Dancer and Hermosa Beach, who initially looked to be finishing stronger. Meanwhile Jennings had shifted again, taking Halfpenny Gate back to the rail to take advantage of a handy gap. It looked in vain until the gelding found something more over the last 50m or so, lunging in to narrowly claim the win. WATCH: Halfpenny Gate – the winner was moved in and out before finding a run and battling hard to snatch the chocolates. Race 3 – CANONBURY STAKES (1100m) 1st TESSERA – James McDonald 2nd DEFCON – Brenton Avdulla 3rd MOUNT PANORAMA – Tommy Berry Good line out of the gate with plenty keen and McDonald on Tessera first out on the fence. Guard of Honour came up to join him with Jexelent sitting behind, and Mount Panorama on his outside unable to get across. Star on Monsoon also got a rails run, and Avdulla sat at the rear on Defcon. Tessera held Guard of Honour for a comfortable lead, the latter content to sit on his shoulder with Star of Monsoon still hugging the rail, and Defcon emerging from the turn widest. From there Avdulla put the down in pursuit, coming up to take Tessera with relative ease. That looked to be the race until Tessera had other ideas, defying a lack of momentum to fight back as soon as Defcon headed him. The second wind was found and he dashed back to the lead for a comfortable win, after looking unlikely just a few seconds earlier. Watch: Tessera – the winner was tough as nails when challenged. Race 4 – WIDDEN STAKES (1100m) 1st HONESTY PREVAILS – Jason Collett 2nd SMART AMELIA – Christian Reith 3rd CHIPANDA – James McDonald An explosive start with the battle for the lead well and truly on from the wider runners, Kentucky Miss and Vixen Lass getting the best of it, whilst at the other end Spright and the favourite So Serene missed it badly. Aghna was third out as the hot pace continued, with Honesty Prevails a further step back on the fence. The two leaders in particular seemed keen to keep the foot down, and Chipanda came around wide, forced out further than McDonald probably wanted due to Aghna staying off the rail. Out of the turn and the favourite was already long gone, last having not recovered from the poor start. Kentucky Miss was the stronger of the front runners and boxed on initially, as Honesty Prevails and Chipanda laid down their challenges. Honesty Prevails was the superior, claiming the lead and never looking back to bolt it in for the win, with Smart Amelia running on well to claim second. Watch: An impressive win from Honesty Prevails, whilst both Smart Amelia and Foxplay ran home in eye-catching fashion. Race 5 – TAB MORE THAN JUST WINNING HANDICAP (1400m) 1st RIVER WILD – Brenton Avdulla 2nd NICCOCO – Tim Clark 3rd DENMAGIC – Tommy Berry Fairly good start with hot favourite River Wild the best of them, getting out in front early before being immediately challenged by both Miss Sydney and Niccoco, who seemed keener on leading. Avdulla sat behind them, followed by Hierarchical with Doc Holliday on his outside. The pace was switched right off around the turn with leisurely going and very little jostling. Out of the straight Clark got Niccoco moving first and looked to build an unassailable lead, as Avdulla had to take River Wild to the outside to give chase. Miss Sydney boxed on down the inside, whilst Denmagic turned up the heat on River Wild’s outside, who looked to be struggling. But the favourite looked to respond to the appearance of Denmagic, and the two went up to a tiring Niccoco together – River Wild eventually having too much stretch to salute by a neck. Watch: none Race 6 – ASCEND SALES TROPHIES HANDICAP (2000m) 1st ALLERGIC – James McDonald 2nd CAUTHEN’S POWER – Lester Grace (a2/52kg) 3rd MAGICAL STANCE – Andrew Adkins (a3/50kg) Frank Who and Dance of Heroes got the best of the start, taking the lead from Cauthen’s Power and Allergic who had White Dove coming across on their outside, whilst furthest out was Magical Stance with Adkins caught in no man’s land and not going back or forward. Clark on White Dove was quick to take the initiative and put himself in front of the early leaders, the rest largely falling into line with Adkins finally finding a spot in the queue for Magical Stance, in sixth place and about one out. Despite White Dove moving relatively freely, Angland decided to challenge immediately and moved Dance of Heroes up, but Clark responded to hold the lead narrowly, with Frank Who enjoying some cover in third, Cauthen’s Power on his inside, and Magical Stance yet again finding himself wide on his outside. Allergic sat just behind them, seemingly content to wait for a chance. Plenty of movement out of the turn – Another Cocktail came widest, outside of Magical Stance, Frank Who put the cue in the rack, whilst Another Cocktail and White Dove looked to capitalise on their leading positions. Adkins was furiously changing lanes for a run, before finally getting some clear air down the inside and kicking on alongside Cauthen’s Power. They looked the strongest, however Allergic, having come from last and taking a long route, started to make rapid progress outside. They spread into a wall with Allergic swamping all to swoop for a convincing win. Watch: Great contest. The winner was impressive and had to take a long journey, as did Magical Stance who covered more turf than the track mower. Both eye-catching. Race 7 – EXPRESSWAY STAKES (1200m) 1st OUR BOY MALACHI – Tommy Berry 2nd SOLICIT – Tye Angland 3rd BIG MONEY – Robert Thompson No standing on ceremony at the start, with all bursting out led by favourite Solicit, however it wasn’t long before Our Boy Malachi shot to the front with Berry giving him his head. The pace stayed on as Solicit gave chase, with Tiger Tees getting some cover on his inside. Without wishing to be too brief, precious little of note took place thereafter. Tiger Tees and Solicit were hard ridden, and Big Money did well to make up some ground on the outside, but it was Our Boy Malachi’s race from the start and it never looked otherwise, Berry nursing him home by three lengths. Watch: Who else? The winner couldn’t have been more impressive first-up after a long break with injury. RACES 8 AND 9 ABANDONED DUE TO WEATHER Horses to follow: Allergic, Magical Stance, Our Boy Malachi —– FLEMINGTON REVIEW Race 1: Michael Stewart Handicap (1100m) 1st Supido – Craig Williams 2nd Good Offa – Craig Newitt 3rd Chiavari – Ben Thompson Just A Bullet showed his usual speed to clear them and Mr Walker slotted in with a trail. Ticket To ToorakChiavari andReady Sunshine were in the group behind them while This Is The Show and It’s A Shame Billy were in that bunch. Supidofound himself well back on the inside. Just A Bullet was full of running down to the 400m and broke away and Mr Walker and Ticket To Toorak were immediately under pressure. Supido had made a heap of ground closer to the fence and ran to a clear second soon after, travelling very easily. Supido had hit the lead clearly by the 200m and was going strongly. Chiavari was fighting on nicely and down the outside came Good Offa into second but they were no match for Supido who is a class above them. A line up a few lengths behind the placings with It’s A Shame Billy poking through for fourth. Of the beaten horses Star Stealer did nothing, only making a bit of late ground, and it might be best to drop off him at this level at least. Follow: none. Race 2: Peter Heath Handicap (1200m) 1st Onerous – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Lonrockstar – Tom Sadler 3rd Not A Happy Camper – Katelyn Mallyon Lonrockstar may have been squeezed out as Havana jumped to one side. Havana took up the running and Not A Happy Camper and Decircles were up handy. Onerous sat in behind that trio with Zupacharged between him and Mister Milton. Havana had a few of them off the bit a fair way from home, particularly Zupacharged, but by the 400m Not A Happy Camper had moved alongside. Onerous ducked to the inside of the leader to make his run and Lonrockstar sailed down the outside from last. Onerous hit the lead about 200m and was going strongly as Lonrockstar’s run came to an end and he did it pretty easily. Not A Happy Camper boxed on well again for another place while Havana held off Zupacharged, who was tightened to a minor degree late, for fourth. Follow: stick with Onerous, there are more wins in him. Race 3: Barrie Kerr Handicap (1600m) 1st All Cerise – Ben Melham 2nd Vital Importance – Chris Parnham 3rd Ginali – Craig Newitt All Cerise was able to find the lead easily from Darcy’s Law coming across. Vital Importance was handier than usual aroundMiss SofthandsNoela’s Choice was next and Tidy Prophet improved on her inside on settling and Ginali could see them all. All Cerise settled perfectly in front while Darcy’s Law looked to be going a bit hard. Miss Softhands also wanted to overdo it in the middle stages. All Cerise made the bend about one horse off the fence but by the 300m was closer to the outside rail and still travelling easily. Darcy’s Law was forced to go out there with her but couldn’t stay in touch. The field fanned across the track as a result with Ginali making a dash out near the leader and Vital Importance and Noela’s Choice in the centre of the track. All Cerise was able to control the race and she had a good kick left in the straight to win by a margin. Vital Importance held off Ginali for second while Noela’s Choice was never really in the race but managed fourth. Miss Softhands really didn’t help herself by pulling and she dropped away. Follow: none, looks a messy race. Race 4: Doriemus Handicap (2000m) 1st Tashbeeh – Tom Marquand 2nd Second Bullet – Damien Oliver 3rd Real Love – Dwayne Dunn Eximius clearly jumped the best but couldn’t cross Star Rolling who held the inside. Tashbeeh landed in the box seat andSecond Bullet pressed on to sit outside the leader. Real Love and Arianne were the next pair while Bass Strait was happy to sit at the back. No change for quite a while as Star Rolling ran them along before backing it off inside the 1000m allowing the field to bunch up. The leaders stayed to the inside the his time with Eximius the first to go wide and Real Love and Bass Straight went out to the centre with him. Tashbeeh gained a split to hit the lead 300m out and left Second Bullet a length or so behind him with Star Rolling staying on for the time being. Wide out Real Love passed Eximius but was a mile off the lead. Second Bullet looked beaten half way down the straight but rallied and went with Tashbeeh over the last 150m and they hit the line locked together. Tashbeeh gained a narrow decision in one of those head-bobbing finishes. Real Love stretched out well down the outside and Star Rolling had his chance but held fourth. Follow: Real Love is tracking nicely for the Adelaide Cup. Race 5: Andrew Guy Plate (1100m) 1st Heatherly – Damian Lane 2nd Almighy Girl – Ryan Maloney 3rd Make Her Own Whey – Billy Egan Heatherly showed a lot of speed to come towards the middle of the track and cross Sky Dazzle and LabdienLove Days andSafariann were a little further out and closer to the outside Magna Rossa led from Almighty Girl and Single Note on her back. Heatherly was still scooting along past the 400m and started to sneak away from Love Days and Sky Dazzle under plenty of pressure. Magna Rossa was being felt for and Safariann was also battling. Wide out Almighty Girl was winding up with Claudia Jean though the latter under plenty of riding. Heatherly went to the 100m a good couple of lengths clear but was starting to weaken as Almighty Girl stretched out late and she charged only to fail very narrowly, in somewhat similar circumstances to the previous race. Make Her Own Whey worked through the pack and just held on for third as Labdien started to rally along with Safariann. Of the others Magna Rossa weakened after having every chance while Alaskan Rose was spotted finishing off nicely late in the middle of the track. Like to see her again. Follow: Almighty Girl handled the class rise easily. Race 6: John Calvert Handicap (1400m) 1st King’s Command – Damien Oliver 2nd Duibio – Nick Hall 3rd Harbour Grey – Ben Melham Harbour Grey was slow by a length or so but improved past a couple quickly. Gold Force was fast out and Mihany came across to join him in the lead. King’s Command landed in a good spot around He’s A Moral and Ayers Rock was caught a bit wide as Polar Vortex and Pattern held him out there. Duibio had Pattern’s back. Gold Force and Mihany declared each other on and skipped away before the home turn. King’s Command stalked them solo with Pattern, niggled at, on his back and Ayers Rock still wider out. Duibio jumped into the three wide line and seemed to travel okay. Mihany won the battle with Gold Force but he was a sitting shot for King’s Command who went to him at the 300m. He’s A Moral and Pattern went back to the inside while Duibio was running on nicely out wide. King’s Command had the perfect run and he had a kick late to hold off Duibio fairly comfortably and Harbour Grey charged home late to get into third over a game Mihany. Polar Vortex ran on okay late while Pattern rolled back to the inside fence and you’d have to say he was disappointing. Follow: Harbour Grey is worth another chance. Race 7: Kensington Stakes (1000m) 1st Headwater – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Bullpit – Craig Williams 3rd The Quarterback – Matthew Allen Bullpit showed his customary speed to clear them though Straturbo went with him. Wild Rain tucked in behind and Pink Perfection was wider out. Iconic and Hard Stride settled a couple back with The Monstar and Headwater a bit closer to the middle of the track. Bullpit shook off those around him midrace and Straturbo and Wild Rain were thrown off the bit. The Monstar was being held up behind Wild Rain as Headwater went past him on the inside. The Quarterback also made his run inside the pack. Bullpit was holding them at the 100m but couldn’t stave off Headwater who made a late dive and arrived in time. The Quarterback kept coming to grab third from the luckless The Monstar. A bunch of them just behind the placings with Wild Rain every chance, Straturbo the same, Hard Stride stuck on and Yesterday’s Songs tacked onto them but was outsprinted. Headwater got the job done but that’s about his level. Follow: there’s a race for The Monstar sooner or later. Race 8: Kyle Smith Handicap (1400m) 1st Dan Zephyr – Michael Dee 2nd The New Boy – Nick Hall 3rd Agent – Dylan Dunn The New Boy didn’t have a lot of trouble finding the lead and Bel Seal was there just off him. Dan Zephyr found himself three wide around Best SuggestionCamdus found a good spot with Agent on his outside. The New Boy had them pretty well stacked up coming to the turn and was able to go for home at the top of the straight. Bel Seal couldn’t go with them and Dan Zephyr was the only one setting out after him with 300m to run. Camdus was very one paced and Agent went past him easily while Best Suggestion was going backwards as well despite a cheap run. Dan Zephyr had The New Boy covered by the 150m and he edged away to score a strong win. Decent gap to the rest with Agent a solid third and Dig A Pony doing what she does best and running on when it’s all over. Auld Burns kept going to be close up after racing four and five deep all the way first-up from a long spell. Either it was a cracking return, and it was a good run, or it means you can just cross out all this form as a future reference. Camdus was very ordinary. Follow: none. Race 9: The Summer Series (1800m) 1st Pemberley – Daniel Stackhouse 2nd Siegestor – Jye McNeil 3rd Capodecina – Dwayne Dunn Nobody seemed overly keen to lead but eventually River’s Lane crossed them and Hero Master moved alongside to keepAzurite three deep on the speed. Seattleite and Falago let that trio go while Pemberley and Prix D’Or were about midfield. Azurite was sent forward to the front after sitting wide but stayed off the inside. Hero Master and River’s Lane were happy to let him go and Falago seemed to travel okay coming to the turn. Pemberley was strung up between horses right down to the 400m. Hero Master took over at that point with Falago looming and River’s Lane took the inside run while Capodecina railed up underneath all of them. Pemberley was still looking and wider out Prix D’Or and Siegestor were running on. Pemberley got the gap in time and darted through to hit the front nearing the 100m and he held them off with a bit in hand. Siegestor continued his good form while Capodecina ran to his best as well. Hero Master stuck on gamely while the likes of Prix D’Or, Falago and Azurite were very disappointing. Follow: stick with the winner. Specials from the meeting: Real Love, Almighty Girl, Harbour Grey, The Monstar.