Runners to watch: Caulfield, April 14th

Luke Krahe race reviews, notes and blackbookers from Saturday's Melbourne metro meeting at Caulfield.

Blackbookers:

Race 1 – OCEAN KNIGHT.

Race 5 – HIGH ENERGY.

Race 1: Handicap 2YO 1200m.

Race 1: Handicap 2YO 1200m.

You won’t see a more impressive debut than that of OCEAN KNIGHT (1st). He had trialed well enough for this debut, sat 2nd last in what seemed a good tempo, was eased five wide approaching the straight before letting down with a great turn-of-foot putting them away quickly early in the straight and running away. The margin was increasing all the way through the line, he looks to have a bright future!

Notes: SIZZLEME (2nd) sat behind the leaders and didn’t have a lot of room in the straight and was good enough late, VIRTUAL INSANITY (unplaced) was wide throughout, loomed up before the winner gave it windburn early in the straight. YULONG PLUTO (unplaced) and HEART CONQUERED (unplaced) both showed a stack of speed but found nothing at the back-end. The only story here was the debut win of Ocean Knight.

Race 2: BM78 Handicap 1400m.

Notes: KAPAULENKO (1st) sat outside the leader and after joining it in front into the straight, scouted a few horses away from the fence on purpose and quickly drove to the front. BOXACHOCOLATES (2nd) had the cold sit throughout and was still coming through the line but had every chance. AMORTENTIA (3rd) was the leader and stuck hard against the fence but was beaten early in the straight. Nothing made any significant ground from the back, will be interesting to see how the rest of the meeting plays with the rain coming down hard during this race.

Race 3: 3YO Fillies Handicap 1600m.

TRULY DISCREET (3rd) had to work to get on the speed, she sat outside the leader in what was a genuinely run race. She bolted three lengths clear at the top of the straight after accounting easily for the leader, but was no match late as the early work told and the swoopers that sat back in the race went straight by. There was a big margin to 4th, she was clearly the best of those that did any work in the race.

Notes: SAVACOOL (1st) and SHEEZDASHING (2nd) both were ridden very quietly, and with the solid tempo up front when they got moving towards the turn it always looked a matter of when not if. They rounded up the brave third placegetter at the 100m mark and ran away, but they looked to get the race run to suit. The second horse had the sit on the winner as they rounded the turn also so no excuses there.

Race 4: BM84 Handicap 1700m.

MAGIC CONSOL (1st) was in everyone’s blackbooks after its last start when posted wide throughout and brave in defeat, he got the perfect run off the inside draw today and although that may not have been the place to be, he cut the corner well and ran through for a comfortable win in the end.

Notes: You could see that the jocks didn’t want to be near the inside which makes the win even better. TOP OF THE RANGE (2nd) was good in defeat up on the speed getting to the part of the track that they desired in the straight, NOUMEA (3rd) tracked three-wide and even wider into the straight and ran on nicely. I doubt that any of the jocks will be hard against the rail for the remainder.

Race 5: Galilee Series Final 3YO 2400m.

Notes: As expected, HAN XIN (3rd) set a decent tempo in front early before slowing them mid-race, the gelding stuck on well after looking under pressure at the top of the lane. Surprisingly the first three across the line were all on the rails in the run, the winner WON WON TOO (1st) was held-up briefly before getting around the leaders and running on too well. REZELIANT (2nd) was well back in the run before improving along the inside when they all fanned wide at the turn, he stuck hard against the rails and didn’t seem to be disadvantaged. Probably the run of the race was the big priced HIGH ENERGY (9) who didn’t see any of the running rail, was wide throughout but still strong through the line. Looks to have a future in the staying ranks.

Race 6: Handicap 2000m.

SPECTROSCOPE (3rd) was enormous. He was never closer than three off the fence over the 10 furlongs, he was four-wide no cover from the 1000m mark, made a long sustained run where it seemed difficult for the jock to hold him back to the field. He dashed to the front at the top of the straight but the run told over the last furlong.

Notes: MAGNAPAL (1st) is very one-paced but out-stayed the 3rd horse, on the speed throughout, clearly headed approaching the straight but rallying underneath D. Moor. BERISHA (2) hit a flat spot at the top of the straight but was coming again strongly through the line and wins if they go another 50m. Hard to make excuses for those further back, the third horse was clearly the run of the race in the testing conditions.

Race 7: 3YO Handicap 1200m.

Notes: REILMARTINI (1st) was ridden superbly by Moor, after being a little slowly away, he showed a stack of speed to boot along the inside and could have even led had he wanted him to. He cut the corner and dashed to the front and held-off a brave WILLIAM THOMAS (2nd) late. He over-raced outside the leader and wobbled around in the street but stuck with the winner who looks to be going places. MOET ROSE (3rd) took shortcuts where earlier in the day the jocks seemed to be avoiding, ICONOCLASM (unplaced), a stablemate to the winner, ran on hard late down the outside. The James Cummings horses, CATESBY (unplaced) and REGIMEN (unplaced) once again were given little chance the way they were ridden, as if there was a prize to be widest in the run.

Race 8: JRA Handicap BM84 1200m.

Notes: MILWAUKEE (unplaced) was well backed and looked the leader, missed the kick a little before kicking through along the inside to lead. It was beaten off at the top of the straight when HIGHLAND BEAT (3rd) who was three-wide throughout went by, but to his credit did find a little before folding late. Former WA galloper KING RIVER (1st) was having his second run here in Vic and showed a stack of improvement, tracked three-wide before unleashing a powerful burst to win as it liked, and give D. Moor the first three legs of the Quaddie! BRAHMOS (2nd) was ok late but didn’t accelerate with the winner, I BOOGI (unplaced) never looked a winning chance but was good through the line. MURPHY’S REWARD (unplaced) was fair on the speed after attacking for the top spot early and forget that SAINT VALOREM (unplaced) even went around after messing up the start hopelessly.

Race 9: Fillies and Mares Handicap 1100m.

Notes: After chasing hard throughout, WORKING FROM HOME (1st) gathered in the leader at the top of the straight and was left exposed in front a long way from home. TYPHOON JOLIE (2nd) looked to have her measure and is racing superbly, but under the guidance of D. Moor who had ridden the previous three legs of the Quaddie, the winner responded and was actually going as good as anything through the line. Can we add D. Moor to the blackbook? How well is he riding, all four legs of the Quaddie on a Saturday is an outstanding achievement! QUILATE (unplaced) was very good over the concluding stages without ever looking the winner.