Runners to watch: Caulfield, April 15th

Race 1: Jack Elliott Handicap (1600m)

Note – Somewhat controversial result with Ma Jones gaining the race on protest over Quilate who sat outside the leader and hit the front at the 300m before wobbling out in the straight. Ma Jones had her chance to run Quilate down but the stewards thought otherwise. Lady Selkirk ran third after having every hope.

Race 2: Bill Collins Handicap (1100m)

Under Oath (5th): not a lot of luck on debut, he tracked wide throughout and made a move coming to the turn four and five deep. Couldn’t go with them when the sprint went on then finished off okay again late. Worth another look.

Note – A tough win from Al Passem who didn’t settle early on then was clearly headed by Redcore, who sprinted to the lead at the 300m, before fighting back to post a narrow win. The early leader Easy Beast stuck on well to hold third.

Race 3: Bert Bryant Handicap (1100m)

Chase The Horizon (3rd): first run as a gelding. He looked to be in trouble chasing them coming to the turn but warmed up okay in the last 200m into the minor money. When he gets into a race where he can settle better he’ll be hard to beat.

Note – the flashy Miss Vista led them and strung out the field, kicked away on the turn and just held on as Grey Street emerged from the pack to get within half a length. Chase The Horizon closed off well with Firsthand.

Race 4: Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap (1400m)

Note – a dead heat between Plenty To Like, who led and fought on very bravely, and Waterloo Sunset, who settled back on the fence and improved along the rail before switching clear in the straight. So Poysed was always handy and boxed on fairly well in third. Throssell did absolutely nothing and was disappointing.

Race 5: Geoff Murphy Handicap (1100m)

Moonlites Choice (4th): dragged out to last from a wide gate, hugged the rail and worked through the field quickly to the 200m and kept coming in a nice first-up effort.

Overstep (5th): back with the tailenders on the bend and involved in a bumping duel trying to get to the outside. Had to wait too long and the race was over when she was able to get clear but still made a heap of late ground. Forgive run.

Note – A strong win from Merriest who had trialled nicely since a handy first-up run. She hit the line hard from better than midfield to run down Snitty Kitty, who gave them plenty to catch, and Selenia rushed home down the outside from the back.

Race 6: Robert Taranto Handicap (2425m)

Note – Boom Time controlled the race from the front, shook off the challengers coming to the turn and did it quite easily in the run home. De Little Engine finished on well from the back half of the field while Hans Holbein was very plain after finding a perfect trail.

Race 7: M&D Dillon Contructions (1200m)

Heza Ripper (3rd): might be getting back to his best with a sustained burst from the back of the field to finish a close third. He just needs to find a track with the sting out and he’s two or three lengths better.

Note – Miss Gunpowder ended an 18 month drought with a strong finishing win at her first run for the Lindsay Park team. She raced three wide with cover and while it took most of the straight she ran down a game leader Boomwaa with Heza Ripper charging into the minor spot.

Race 8: Victoria Handicap (1400m)

Note – Hooked posted his first win since September 2015 as he wore down last year’s runner-up Charmed Harmony in a struggle down the home straight. They kicked right away from Turbo Miss who ran into third from midfield. The favourite Hellova Streetwas slowly out and wasn’t a factor after being unable to lead.

Race 9: Easter Cup (2000m)

Note – a strong win to the in-form Observational, who tracked up in the three wide line and let down with a burst from the 300m. Far too strong. Second Bullet followed him home and held down second while Double Bluff and High Church made up plenty of ground from well back.

Race 10: Bravo Greg Miles Handicap (1600m)

Pemberley (5th): settled well back in a strung out field, made a long run trying to improve his position before the turn and worked home very nicely first-up. Had trialled well leading in and tends to improve sharply second-up.

Note – an all the way win for the enigmatic Sadaqa who ran them along and broke the field up, he held them off easily. Curragh was under pressure on the fence midrace but kept coming and  wasn’t disgraced, The Chairman and French Emotion ran on without threatening.