Runners to watch: Caulfield, February 3rd

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





Race 1: Inglis Premier 2YO 1200m.

I know it has been said time and again, but these Spirit of Boom sired runners are flying. He has produced another brilliant youngster here in KINKY BOOM (1st) from the McEvoy yard who has rocketed to the top of Blue Diamond betting after a breathtaking last to first win. She was awkwardly away and settled at the rear, Williams hugged the rail around the turn, angled around the first trio at the top of the straight and put them away in a stride. He eased her down late, she couldn’t have been more impressive.

Notes: ARISTOCRATIC MISS (3rd) showed good speed and was travelling well but didn’t find much at the back-end. GRAND SYMPHONY (2nd) had to do it the tradesman’s way, was under pressure at the top of the lane but rallied well and may be looking for an extra furlong. Hard to get enthused about anything else, the beaten margins were too great. Some of them may turn into nice racehorses but prefer to stay away from them in their juvenile season.

Race 2: Ladbrokes Chairman’s Stakes 2YO 1000m.

ENNIS HILL (1st) had the addition of the blinkers for the first time today, he jumped fairly but soon after you could see that his mind was on the job. She hustled through to lead, hit her top speed over 70 km/h through the 600 and railed into the straight giving nothing else a chance. It was a true speed test and she was full of running throughout.

Notes: The big improver out of the race is likely to be the Mick Price runner PRAIRIE FIRE (4). This Snitzel colt on debut got a mile out of his ground, once he balanced up in the straight he was giving the winner at least 6 lengths and was clearly the best through the line. Not sure if they will keep in work but he looks a nice type going forward. ENCRYPTION (2nd) was ok through the line also but had a perfect run in transit. No excuses there or for LOGAN RIVER (unplaced), who after sitting behind the leader/winner did nothing in the straight to be beaten 4 lengths.

Race 3: Ian Miller Handicap BM78 3YO Fillies 1400m.

EARTH ANGEL (2nd) was resuming after 40 weeks on the sidelines, she sat back last and showed that she has come back in great order storming home into 2nd. She was a winner on debut from the back, went to Sydney and was beaten out of a place on a heavy track before heading to the paddock. Fresh at the 1400m, this was a really nice effort resuming and she looks to have a future. Will no doubt get further.

Notes: PARIS ROCK (1st) was ridden a little quieter today and with the good speed up front she was able to finish too good for them. Although she was inclined to lay in fairly badly in the straight, she was perfectly ridden and was never really in doubt in the straight. TWITCHY FRANK (unplaced) looked a different horse after chasing the leaders, really battled when asked in the straight and was poor. MEMORY BANK (unplaced) showed her customary speed but didn’t go on late.

Race 4: Robert Hunter Handicap 2400m.

Notes: Most notable disappointment of the race was the well fancied favourite from the Weir yard LAST WEEK (unplaced). The former import settled last and although the speed wasn’t overly strong, he sat last, was forced to come very wide after not moving into it well enough on the turn and didn’t accelerate at all in the straight. Admittedly there hadn’t been a winner come down the outside yet but he showed nothing. DOUBLE BLUFF (1st) was a peach of a ride, improved along the inner before angling 5 wide around a wall of them approaching the straight. He showed a lot of improvement and just not sure of what to make of the race with his win. Was clearly the best staying performance of the race. DORNIER (2nd) was also a peach of a ride, Didn’t go around a horse and got a beautiful inside run to take the lead at the top of the straight, but did have every chance.

Race 5: Ladbrokes Handicap BM78 1100m.

EURACK (1st) was coming into this undefeated after three straight wins to start her career, all three of them you could say with ease and she really has come back well. I was doubting her fresh into this, but the market had her there as the one to beat, she jumped well, travelled beautifully in front throughout and if you had a ticket with her name on it, you were walking to the collect window a long way out. She could be a star over these shorter trips.

Notes: HANDSOME THIEF (2nd) was once again brave in defeat. If he could have settled one horse closer in the run he would have made things interesting, he was flashing late after taking what seemed an eternity to wind-up. HIGHLAND BEAT (3rd) and MISS WONDERLAND (unplaced) were also good, but all honours with the winner who was simply too fast.

Race 6: Polytrack W.J. Adams Stakes 1000m.

Notes: Well, SNITTY KITTY (2nd) showed its customary early toe, wasn’t attacked, kicked clear in the straight but walked the last 100 to be beaten into second here resuming. LADY ESPRIT (1st) was brilliant, she sat last, her 400-200 figure was clearly the fastest furlong of the race and she was super strong through the line. The winner has clearly put in her best performance since coming to the Purcell yard. Not sure what to make of the fave, she was ok, just may have run out of condition late. NASDEX (3rd) appeared the disappointment of the race as a clear 2nd fave in the betting, sat behind the leader and although he got into 3rd, only looked to battle along the fence in the straight.

Race 7: Mal Seccull Handicap BM84 2000m.

At the 600, if you had a ticket with BEDFORD (1st) written on it you were all smiles. He was up in class today off a crushing victory here last start, but the way he settled, tracked into three-wide with cover before angling widest in the straight, it really was a professional win. Although he was inclined to lay-in up the straight, he shows an amazing turn-of-foot when let down and it really doesn’t look as though the tempo matters too much, he just lets down superbly.

Notes: O’LONERA (2nd) was honest as always, after having the perfect trail he got a run along the inside to take the lead before being run down. He did well to stick on as well as he did and wasn’t losing any ground late. WILLI WILLI (unplaced) raced very flat after a perfect run in behind the leaders, after pulling three-wide at the top of the straight, he was soon after caught in the jet stream of the winner as he sailed on by. He was very disappointing.

Race 8: Ladbrokes Manfred Stakes 3YO 1200m.

Wow, CLIFF’S EDGE (1st) looks set for a huge Autumn. He had already tasted Group success in he Spring at this track, was resuming here after three months and although he was 2/2 at the trip, he was racing over the longer trips at the back-end of his second campaign. Fresh today, he hasn’t gone around a horse and stormed through along the rails to win. Blackbook this classy 3YO, will only get better when over further and racing up on the speed. He has now firmed into the Aus Guineas favourite at some books.

Notes: BRAVO TANGO (unplaced) was heavily supported in the last 5 minutes of betting, sat well back and never looed to travel well. After pulling wider, he just simply never got into it. Wait for the steward’s report before sacking him but on face value he was very poor. OVERSHARE (2nd) and MURAAQEB (3rd) were honest and not far away at the finish, I DID IT AGAIN (unplaced) was away well but was forced to do it tough on the speed when a million-to-one chance took up the running (and was the first beaten).

Race 9: John Moule Handicap BM84 1400m.

MANOLO BLAHNIQ (1st) was electric here and had a stack of support late. He finally notched up his second win, was beautifully ridden worse than midfield on the inner before angling wide and steaming over the top. He got to the outside just at the right time, hard to see how it took him this long to win out of maiden grade.

Notes: TROGIR (unplaced) was a horse in front of the winner in the run and after travelling well approaching the straight, really laboured late before hitting a dead-end. He wasn’t going anywhere at the time so forget that interference. MALAISE (unplaced) was never in the race, must have been 8 lengths off the leader turning but in saying that, would have only been 2 or 3 off the winner. He only got going very late. CHIPPENHAM (3rd) ran his usual honest race whilst GLENROWAN PRINCE (2nd) was good at any old odds. There was support for him at big odds late too.