Runners to watch: Caulfield, January 27th

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




Race 1: Cape Grim Beef Plate 2000m

Clearly, the run of the race and possibly the day, was NIGHT’S WATCH (1st). He was facing his biggest task after having a short break, he showed a stack of potential in the Spring and was away from the track for 6 weeks. He sat last in a race where they didn’t motor along, pulled widest and ran on hard clearly doing the best on the line.

Notes: THE CHAIRMAN (2nd), GOLDEN MANE (3rd) and PRETTY PUNK (4th) were the first three in the run, all had their chances and just showed how impressive the winner was from the back. He showed a dazzling turn-of-foot and continued it all the way down the straight.

Race 2: Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview C&G 1000m.

Notes: OLLIVANDER (2nd) was last early, not such a disadvantage with the tempo, but when he came wide to make his run, he was severely taken off the track by a very wayward ROBE DE FETE (unplaced). When he finally balanced up again, he layed in before the jock changed hands with the whip and finished off strong. The winner, LONG LEAF (1st) had the easier run but was impressive the way he accelerated through the gap in the straight.

Race 3: Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Preview Fillies 1000m.

OOHOOD (3rd) was the eye-catcher late, she settled worse than mid-field and was looking for runs turning. She couldn’t get a crack at them in the straight, when the gap appeared she was appearing difficult to ride before finally busting through and finished all over the top of them.

Notes: PURE ELATION (unplaced) looks to have a stack of speed, she just looked like she wanted to run as she over-raced badly early before settling outside the leader, dashed to the front at the top of the straight before tiring late, understandably.  LADY HORSEOWNER (1st) was a good winner although she had the perfect run. Not sure that the winner of the big one next month raced here, maybe OOHOOD (3rd) is the one to follow.

Race 4: Blue Diamond Gala Dinner Plate 3YO Fillies 1100m.

Notes: HOLY SEAL (1st) was simply too fast for them over the 1100m here. She jumped well, crossed to the rail and led with ease before setting a good even tempo. She railed hard and kicked 3L clear in the straight before tiring late. SMART COUPE (2nd) was brave in defeat, she had to do all the chasing when effectively outside the leader. She hit a little flat spot early in the straight when the leader railed and kicked clear, but she rallied and only went down with the bob of the head on the line. MAGNESIUM ROSE (unplaced) began poorly and almost dislodged the rider, also appeared in the steward’s report with laceration on its leg. She can be forgiven for that run.

Race 5: Ladbrokes Odds Boost Handicap BM70 1400m.

Notes: RUNSON (1st) had the perfect run in transit, sat behind the leading pair, pulled three-wide approaching the straight before dashing to the front and holding them late. The margin wasn’t huge and he probably was entitled to win by further. EPIC MOMENT (2nd) was good in front, travelled well into the straight but was over-run late. NOTIO (3rd) was the best of the backmarkers, was the widest on the turn but once it balanced up it hit the line hard. ALL OUT OF LOVE (unplaced) looked a little sluggish under the big weight, but I liked the way he finished off the last furlong before easing down late when running up behind the winner.

Race 6: Michael McMahon Plate BM84 Fillies and Mares 1400m.

Notes: JESTER HALO (1st) jumped well enough but when the pressure came up front, she just eased to 5th and got the perfect run in transit. She eased wide, ran on strong and it was never in doubt, holding them to the line. MAMZELLE TESS (3rd) led and didn’t get much peace in front, she did well to stick on after travelling well into the straight. SHARING (2nd) was probably giving the leaders 5 lengths at the top of the straight and was clearly the best of the back markers after settling near last. No real excuses for the beaten brigade.

Race 7: Ladbrokes Info Hub Handicap 3YO BM78 1400m.

Probably the softest win of the day, CAO CAO (1st) was absolutely dominant in front. He jumped well and whilst others had to work to find their positions, he ambled to the lead, controlled the race, went for home at the 400 and put a few lengths on them. Although tiring late he was well clear at the 100 and never looked like getting beaten.

Notes: The tempo was solid enough so there was no real excuses for those getting beaten comprehensively by the winner. BARBEQUE (3rd) had struggled to get a run approaching the straight but when he was out, although he finished off ok he wasn’t taking ground off the winner late. NECESSARY (2nd) was the only girl in the race, she did an ok job but had every chance. She broke through the gates at the start and was vetted, passed fit. ONEHUNDRED PERCENT (unplaced) was the beaten favourite in the race, he didn’t jump the best and had to work to get outside the leader. He never travelled well and was the first beaten, finishing last.

Race 8: John Dillon Stakes 1400m.

DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR (2nd) was super 2nd-up, he was forced to sit three-wide without cover on the speed and still had the audacity to be closing late. He ranged up and was still fighting late, the leader just got it too easy.

Notes: TSHAHITSI (1st) travelled well in front and gave a good kick in the straight, and although he looked pressured early on by the runner-up, he held them comfortably late. CHAMOIS ROAD (unplaced) had a bit of trouble getting a run but was ok late, MASTER RESET (unplaced) officially finished last but never got a crack at them along the inner in the straight, the jock sat up and never took part the last furlong. Forget it ran. WYNDSPELLE (3rd) was held-up late also when running up behind the winner along the inner.

Race 9: Ladbrokes Open Handicap 1700m.

Notes: Never a doubt for MORTON’S FORK (1st) backers, with the well supported fave getting a lovely rails run behind a solid tempo after advising steward’s that he would be ridden closer. Eased wider approaching the turn, he quickly gobbled up the two leaders who gave in quickly, ran away and was eased down to win by more than 4 lengths. He had to chase hard so the win was full of merit. JACQUINOT BAY (unplaced) continues to race well for his age, was not given much peace in front. The back markers had their chance but couldn’t match the acceleration of the impressive winner when they straightened.