Runners to watch: Caulfield, April 28th

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

Blackbookers: Race 7 – JUNGLE QUEEN.

Race 1: No Fuss Events Handicap 3YO Fillies 1600m.

SNOGGING (1st) was brilliantly ridden by Oliver to win the 1st, she was mid-field on the fence before angling off at the turn and was slightly held-up before getting to the outside. Once she balanced up in the straight it was all over as she put them away in a few strides and was never in danger.

Notes: I’M BUXOM (2nd) and PRINCESS MIA (3rd) were both good enough up on the speed but appeared to have their chances after only an even tempo through the middle stages. DIAMOND BOW (unplaced) gave away a huge start and was still last at the furlong pole, she was an eye-catcher out wide late.

Race 2: L.U. Simon Builders Handicap Mares 1200m.

A similar scenario to the first race where CREATIVITY (1st) looked the winner a long way from home. She settled behind the leaders one off the fence, eased three-wide approaching the straight before dashing clear and putting them away before the furlong marker. A dominant win after a perfect ride.

Notes: DIVINE QUALITY (2nd) resumed nicely, she was well back in the run before finishing off nicely down the outside but never really looked the winner at any stage. MOONLOVER (unplaced) was ok after having no cover and wide throughout, she was forced five-wide approaching the straight but understandably she weakened late. ALTA STELLA (unplaced) and HEAR THE CHANT (unplaced) both seemed to over-race in front and beaten at the 350m mark and weakened right out of it.

Race 3: Ern Jensen Funerals Handicap BM90 1600m.

Notes: SUNDAY PREY (3rd) was very easing in the betting on race-day, he led them quite comfortably and booted 3 lengths clear at the top of the straight before being run down late. MY PAISANN (2nd) had his back throughout and although he took a while to wind-up, he loomed before LIZARD ISLAND (1st) presented on the outside with a devastating finishing burst. The Pat Hyland trained gelding was second last in the run on the rails, before angling clear and flashed the last furlong. The speed of the race was only muddling and once they quickened it was hard for the horses out wide to make ground.

Race 4: Handicap BM70 1100m.

WRITTEN CHOICE (1st) gave nothing else a chance here, after jumping well he kicked up to lead and travelled well throughout. He railed like a greyhound in the straight and put a couple of lengths on them, he would have been trading very short in the run very early in the straight.

Notes: CHAPEL ROAD (2nd) and ROCKETS RED GLARE (3rd) both had good runs in transit, finished well enough but were not able to real in the leader and never looked the winner at any stage. PLEASANT (unplaced) was sent out as the favourite, the apprentice got him into a spot outside the leader and eventual winner and was still there late before weakening over the concluding stages but had every chance.

Race 5: Changing Places Real Estate Handicap 3YO 1200m.

Notes: WILLIAM THOMAS (1st) was another Damian Oliver special, he sat mid-field on the inside before saving ground then hooking wide and running on hard. SUN QUAN (2nd) and HUGE ACTION (3rd) were the two that set the pace and stuck on well, both had their chances. VILLA SARCHI (unplaced) was a mile back to the turn and ran through the line hard and looks to be looking for further. GOLDEN KEY (unplaced) may have been the run of the race, forced to sit three-wide on the speed and loomed up in the straight before fading late after a tough run.

Race 6: Thoroughbred Club Redoute’s Choice Stakes 2YO 1200m.

This may have been the best win of the day. The Waterhouse/Bott trained 2YO filly LET ME SLEEP ON IT (1st) was a maiden going into this, she jumped well and sat three wide for the first half of the race before pushing on to the spot outside the leader. She took over quickly at the top of the straight, rolled back down to the rail and never looked in danger. She looks set for a promising 3YO season.

Notes: ILLUMINAIRE (2nd) had the perfect sit ono the winner but didn’t show the same acceleration as are and had every chance. DALSWINTON (unplaced) was running on hard from the back late and looking for further. PERSUADER (3rd) was only fairly away, settled back and ran on well into a placing. All honours with the winner however.

Race 7: Honan Insurance Group Handicap 3YO Fillies 1100m.

Notes: GREY SHADOW (1st) looked the winner a long way out here, she sat in behind the leaders on the rail before coming off heels and joining in smartly at the top of the straight. Yendall rode her a treat and she came away for a very soft win. KEANO TOWN (2nd) led but was no match for the winner late, LEATHER’N’LACE (3rd) was clearly the best of the back markers after weaving a passage and running on hard. JUNGLE QUEEN (unplaced) should have finished a lot closer than the official 4.25 length margin, she was held-up badly at the top of the straight when bolting and lost all momentum. She took a while to wind-up when clear but was doing best late. SANADAAT (unplaced) was sent out favourite and never went a yard, well back throughout and didn’t run on in the straight finishing last, the jock could offer no explanation for her performance.

Race 8: Next Payments Handicap BM84 1400m.

Notes: FLYING MURTY (1st) was ridden just off the speed but had to sit three-wide no cover for the majority. After the leader’s caved in early in the straight, the Greg Eurell gelding dashed up and was quite comfortable in the end making it two wins in a row. RUNSON (unplaced) was poor when leading, it was the first beaten at the top of the straight as were most of the on-pacers, the times may tell us that they just went too hard. SPANNER HEAD (unplaced) had no luck the entire straight and basically went to the line untested and only beaten a little over 3 lengths. ÉCLAIR CALLING (2nd) was brave in defeat after being off the track the whole way, he was still coming late after a torrid run.

Race 9: Victorian Transport Association Handicap BM84 2000m.

Notes: JAAMEH (1st) was having his first run since September last year in England, in what was a great training effort the gelding sat back on the inside before saving ground and getting a split in the straight. He didn’t look to have a lot of dash but kept coming in the straight and no doubt he will get further and be improved off that run. The race was run in patches, they went ok early before slackening the speed, a couple of them then made a mid-race move to get things rolling again. There were any number of chances over the last furlong, NO COMMITMENT (unplaced) was the best of the on-pacers and kept finding in the straight. HARLOW GOLD (unplaced) had excuses in the run then came wide and dashed to the front in the straight but didn’t run the trip. LYCURGUS (unplaced) was running on well but was untested over the last furlong after not having much room.