Runners to watch: Caulfield, December 16th

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

Blackbookers:

Race 3 – KASI FERASI. Can handle all surfaces and was forced to chase hard today behind a tearaway leader, still brace at the end to hold off the challengers. Looks to have a bright future.

Race 5 – SHENANDOAH. Copped a stack of pressure throughout and was the last one standing at the back-end. Huge in defeat.

Race 1: Evergreen Turf Plate 2YO 1100m.

ANTHEMOESSA (2nd) ran a cheeky race at Ballarat going the reverse direction on debut, she backed it up here with an outstanding effort sitting three-wide the trip on the speed. She jumped well but couldn’t cross out wide, got the better of the two inside her at the top of the straight and stuck on well after the wide trip.

Notes: OLLIVANDER (1st) was brilliant winning on debut for the Ellerton/Zahra camp. He showed a great turn of foot in the straight and was doing the best of anything late, ran over the top of them and the gap was widening with every stride after the post. There was a lot of hype around for ENNIS HILL (unplaced), she was wide and back throughout before running on well in the straight to not be too far off the placings. She had trialed well and looks to have a future. Track looked to be playing fair enough with the rail out so far, time will tell.

Race 2: Moorookyle Park Hcp BM64 1200m.

Notes: They looked to go very hard here with a line of four up front all the way from the gate until early into the straight and not surprisingly none of those four were sighted late. TROGIR (1st) had the race run to suit, had decent form in SA coming into this and made no mistakes after the good run and ran on too well. DON’T BLUSH BABY (2nd) made a wide run but looked to have every chance, WRITTEN IN STONE (unplaced) was held-up at the top of the straight, then may have caused interference to one of the tiring leaders which eventually hurt his chances as well, never got a clear look until the last furlong when all was lost.

Race 3: Tile Importer Hcp BM70 3YO 1440m.

All honors with the winner KASI FARASI (1st) who had to do all the chasing when the leader was 4 or 5 lengths ahead mid-race. He had only been seen on wet tracks previously, today on top of the ground he sat 2nd, took the field up to the runaway leader before dashing to the front at the top of the straight and was strong all the way to the line. The colt looks to have a bright future as he can clearly handle all conditions and has the tactical speed to take up a position. Exciting prospect.

Notes: The others had their chance as they didn’t work nearly as hard as the winner in the run and although getting closer, look to have plenty of time in the straight to gather him in.

Race 4: Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Hcp BM70 3&4YO 1700m.

Notes: RED CHOUX’S (2nd) may not have run down the eventual winner but he was most unlucky approaching the turn. When the winner was getting off the rail from behind the leader, he was shuffled back to last when looking for runs in the middle of the track. He lost a stack of momentum and ran on well the last furlong. Take nothing away from the winner ANGELUCCI (1st) who had the gun run behind the leaders before angling clear and putting those in front of him away in a stride or two and was strong through the line. Well supported favourite VINLAND (unplaced) had no excuses, sat outside the leader and was one of the first beaten. Have to look for the stewards report for a problem there but on face value the run was extremely poor. FOUND OUT (3rd) was wide making its run, looked under pressure at the top of the straight and did well to stick on for third, still coming late in the piece.

Race 5: Clanbrooke Racing Hcp BM84 1700m.

Notes: GUIZOT (2nd) would have trade very low in the run, maybe $1.01, as he cruised up to them in the middle of the track at the furlong pool and was clearly in front, he went past the eventual winner with ease but may not have run the trip right out. SHOREHAM (1st) had the perfect run in to it but was given a cold by the second horse, outstayed him though and was clearly doing better late. SHENANDOAH (3rd) may have been the run of the race, was given no peace in front with the horse outside the leader 1/2-1 length in front at all times, that same horse was beaten 12.45 lengths so it gives you an idea how well she did to stick on late. She may be the one to follow out of the race.

Race 6: Blue Star Print Hcp BM78 2420m.

ETAH JAMES (1st) was pressured early and the speed was on from the outset. She finally shook off the challengers mid-race and was able to hold the lead, Meech rode brilliantly to not give the chasers much of a breather and took off again at the 600 and ran them off their feet. Superb ride after getting nothing her own way!

Notes: BINT EL BADU (3rd) was clearly the best of the back markers, still seemed to have every chance as the leaders seemed to go gangbusters early. All honors with the winner, most notably the superb lady sitting on top.

Race 7: Ladbrokes open Handicap 1440m.

OZI CHOICE (1st) had the wide gate which was a concern for an on-speeder where there appeared a little bit of speed underneath. When he jumped well he was urged to try and lead but couldn’t cross, controlled the race and when they straightened went straight past the inside horse and put a couple of lengths on them. He was actually coming away from the field again on the line. Wide gate no issue especially when they can get to the spot outside the leader so easily.

Notes: Couldn’t see any excuses for the beaten brigade, especially the margin with which he won by. DAN ZEPHYR (unplaced) sat inside the winner and was no match for his acceleration at the top of the straight.

Race 8: Catanach’s Jewellers Hcp 1100m.

The worry with CRYSTAL DREAMER (1) pre-race was always going to be the wide gate, but wow, he jumped well, couldn’t get a spot and was forced to sit four wide without cover just off the speed. Approaching the turn, he put the foot down and went from 2 lengths back to a length in front early in the straight and although weakening on the line after laying in badly in the straight, did enough to hold off the challengers who had more economical runs. Huge win.

Notes: DANUKI (2nd) was held-up briefly at the top of the straight, but had its chance along the inside with plenty of time to run down the winner. THERMAL CURRENT (3rd) followed the winner in the run but couldn’t accelerate early in the straight when the winner got away, but was closing nicely late.

Race 9: Le pine Funerals Hcp Fillies and Mares BM84 1100m.

Notes: CREATIVITY (1st) was heavily backed in from about the $5 mark when early betting started, in the time of the VOP she was $3.2 into an SP of $2.6 and was all around that mark on the exchange also. The confidence was there, the ride was a cracker and she was never in danger after popping into the clear in the straight and was simply too good. CLUB TROPICANA (unplaced) was well in the market and 2nd favourite, but she played up in the stalls, was vetted and unsurprisingly did nothing after following the winner in the run. Those on her would have been praying for that late scratching siren. TYKIATO (2nd) was very strong through the line after getting a split late, the ride on the winner was a gem.