Runners to watch: Caulfield, February 2nd 2019

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

Blackbookers:

Race 1 – I GOT YOU.

Race 5 – LOVING GABY

Race 1: BM78 Handicap 1100m.

I GOT YOU (3rd) jumped well from the wide gate but was immediately snagged back to 2nd last. He had been gelded in his time away from the rack and came to Australia for his first start, was very wide approaching the straight giving them an impossible start but charged home in a real eye-catching run and will no doubt go into everyone’s blackbooks.

Notes: MYSTYKO (1st) was super after having to sit three-wide without cover and still running on too strongly over the top of the on-pacers. He has now made it three wins on the bounce and is going through the grades nicely. REDCORE (2nd) tried hard but had the perfect run in transit after the sit behind the leaders then angling off their heels. SAM’S IMAGE (unplaced) sat outside the leader and stuck on ok, TONY NICCONI (unplaced) le don the rails but found very little resuming. EL SECARIO (unplaced) ran on well resuming but 1st and 3rd across the line are the ones to follow here.

Race 2: Handicap 2400m.

Notes: A small field for the 2400m handicap, PISSARO (2nd) and SECOND BULLET (1st) started equal favourites whilst KHEZERABAD (unplaced) was very easy in the betting. PISSARO (2nd) took up the running with ALOFT (unplaced) close by at a steady tempo. It kicked at the top of the straight but DOUBLE BLUFF (3rd) who had been well backed at a big price had railed nicely and loomed. SECOND BULLET (1st) was under pressure but responding to Oliver, the three of them came well away from the field with SECOND BULLET (1st) clearly the best staying performance. PISSARO (2nd) stuck on well and DOUBLE BLUFF (3rd) had every chance. ALOFT (unplaced) dropped off quickly and KHEZERABAD (unplaced) ran as the betting suggested, he had every chance but didn’t run out the trip.

Race 3: Fillies and Mares BM84 Handicap 1400m.

Notes: AMORTENSIA (unplaced) led them up and set a decent tempo early before really stacking them up, NAANTALI (1st) had the cold sit on the leader, was ridden along approaching the turn but once she got the split and balanced up, she drove through hard and was easy through the line, D Lane sitting up over the last 50m. OCEAN DEEP (2nd) sat outside the leader and didn’t shirk the task, ABYSSINIAN (3rd) was good coming from last whilst the stablemate AMORTENTIA (unplaced) was poor after getting an easy time of it in front. HESTER HALO (unplaced) was three-wide the trip so it may be betetr to forget she went around, the same can’t be said for MAGNESIUM ROSE (unplaced) who was awful. She had a soft run and failed to show anything when asked and was under pressure a long way from home.

Race 4: BM84 Handicap 2000m.

Notes: Another small field bought about by a couple of enforced scratchings saw PRINCE ZIGGY (2nd) an easing favourite. GOOD IDEA (unplaced) was well backed late and took up the running, he set an even tempo but was gone on the turn, in fairness to him though he stuck on well after he looked like he was going to drop out and was only beaten 3.45 lengths. LAMBORGHINI (1st) lapped up the 2000m, with Tahlia Hope claiming 3kg he sat back last and was saved for one run. He got the cart up on the back of the favourite but was way too strong and showed his class. PRINCE ZIGGY (2nd) had his chance, an easy run in transit before making the running three-wide, he gapped the third horse so don’t be giving up on him. THE MIGHTY JROD (unplaced) was only fair in the run home but had to chase hard mid-race when camped on the leader, TRANQUIL MISS (3rd) was a good effort to hold on to third after making a dashing move well before the turn to join them up front, tiring late.

Race 5: Chairman’s Stakes 2YO 1000m.

LOVING GABY (1st) was easily the most impressive winner of the day thus far, the daughter of I Am Invincible was well backed throughout the week since markets opened for her debut off a good trial win at Pakenham. She was a little slowly put, settled near to last and in an awkward position back on the rail. D Lane saved ground with her and you could sense that she was still travelling, he eventually got her around the leaders and dashed to the front for a soft win in the end. She could be anything and will obviously get further, what a win!

Notes: BELLA ROSSA (2nd) made it a quinella for the Ellerton/Zahra team, she sat outside the speed and got the better of the leader but once the stablemate went by, she responded and stuck on well. LANIGERA (3rd) was very firm in the market and had no excuses after leading, ART COLLECTION (unplaced) may need further and had some excuses, STEAL MY KISSES (unplaced) was three-wide without cover throughout and wasn’t really extended late when beaten.

Race 6: BM84 Handicap 1600m.

ANTAH (1st) is a 6YO gelding now, he has had three runs since being transferred to the Jason Warren stable and coming to the mainland. He had more than two years on the sidelines before winning his first two back, today’s victory making it a perfect 3/3 for the new stable and it may have been the most impressive of them! Maskiell sat back whilst the tempo was good up front, sat there patiently until LEODORO (unplaced) made a move and go his back, he quickly came four-wide at the top of the turn, although laying in down the straight he powered home over the top, hitting the lead at the 150m mark for a soft win.

Notes: KACHING (2nd) was good in defeat after he had to chase the tearaway leader GEORGE PATTON (1st) who had notified of his intention to go forward. They went hard but the win may have been even more impressive given the fact those first two in the run held on for the placings. LEODORO (unplaced) made some ground when he quickened but didn’t run out the mile, NOTIO (unplaced) was the other favoured runner to disappoint, he was very one-paced in the run home and was crowded late.

Race 7: W.J. Adams Stakes 1000m.

Notes: With the scratching of Nature Strip, the chance was there for WRITTEN BY (2nd) to add to his stallion value, he started well into the red coming here with a great first-up record and loves the track at Caulfield. He jumped beautifully showing his customary speed to lead, found a length when asked at the top of the straight but had every possible chance. BONS AWAY (1st) was bolting behind him in the run getting the suck run that he needs, he got the gap along the rails and ran on hard to score. A perfectly judged ride, assisted by the fact that ASHLOR (unplaced) outside the leader was there for a long time up the straight, ENCRYPTION (3rd) came from three back on the rails to place meaning the trifecta runners all came along the paint. You just get the feeling that post-race, if the Weir runners where not scratched today, Nature Strip could have sat three-wide on the speed and been too good for these.

Race 8: Manfred Stakes 3YO 1200m.

Notes: TIN HAT (1st) was simply too speedy for his opposition here, he showed good pace early to cross and lead and when he railed well into the straight, he looked like gapping them. He didn’t accelerate as well as expected and looked under pressure but he responded and picked up again the last furlong and was running away again. Way too smart. HALVORSEN (2nd) ran on well from the back, POISED TO STRIKE (3rd) also hi the line well after being forced to chase hard but did have every chance. FUNDAMENTALIST (unplaced) finished well back along the inner but was entitled to after an easy run, RANIER (unplaced) was a nice return to the track after getting back and was doing its best work late.

Race 9: BM84 Handicap 1400m.

Notes: The big punters got this one right, HEPTAGON (1st) was backed as if there was no settling all throughout the day, whilst the favourite MR MONEY BAGS (unplaced) was out the gate and unwanted. HEPTAGON (1st) was beautifully ridden by Zahra and used the inside gate to perfection, settling a few pairs back on the inside he saved ground before angling clear and was way too strong in the run home. On the other had MR MONEY BAGS (unplaced) never looked like he was going well, he was stuck three-wide, a lot of it without cover and didn’t quicken when other horses ranged up alongside out wide and even went past him. Admittedly his last furlong was good but a little worrying how he was left flat-footed like that. Further? STREETS OF AVALON (2nd) was brave in defeat, he was stuck without cover before pressing on to lead, no match for the winner but had a tough run.