Runners to watch: Caulfield, January 5th

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

Blackbookers:

Race 5 – MISS NORWAY.

Race 9- EXCELTARA

Race 1: 3YO Fillies BM70 Handicap 1000m.

Notes: With only one horse in double figures with the bookies, the punters were struggling to sort it out in the first. TROPEZINA (1st) was simply too quick here, she jumped well with no weight on her back and was never headed. DU WELL (2nd) had the run to suit, camped in the box seat before easing wide and running on hard. She was laying in all the way down the straight, she continued to want to get in behind the leader, even with the jock having the whip in the left hand and whacking away. MISCHA (3rd) saw them all turning for home but ran on well, the others were very plain.

Race 2: BM64 Handicap 1400m.

Notes: ARROCHAR (1st) went forward under the big weight and sat up outside the speed, he was able to control it and slow things down mid-race and produce a kick at the top of the straight. After hitting the front early in the straight he never really looked in any danger. CINCINATTI RED (2nd) was well backed throughout the week, settled mid-field but over-raced badly when the pace slackened mid-race. She threw her head around and lost her position, finally balancing up again and although she made good ground late, she may have lost it when Zahra was unable to control her when the speed slackened. ENSUING (3rd) was good from the back running on well, SUNQUEST (unplaced) had every possible chance whilst SEATTLE PARK (unplaced) came from last and looks to want a little further. KRONOS (unplaced) was most disappointing after leading, the winner sat outside and he was the first beaten.

Race 3: BM70 Handicap 1200m.

Notes: BOLD MISSILE (1st) was super running on hard from the back. In a race where the speed looked genuine enough, he got to the outside with only one horse behind him at the top of the straight and was say too strong. MORE BRICKS (2nd) was good but had every chance after the soft run one-one, peeling out three-wide and although only beaten under half a length, he had every possible. REDCORE (3rd) was last into the straight, had every chance after following the winner but was doing best late. KAPLUMPICH (unplaced) was a little tardily away but had every chance whilst MAGNESIUM ROSE (unplaced) had no luck and was a forget run. She was a bit slowly out and went for inside runs without having much room in the straight.

Race 4: Fillies and Mares BM78 Handicap 1600m.

SUPRE (1st) couldn’t have been more impressive, although she did have the perfect run it was the acceleration she showed when needing to that was impressive. She had the one-one before easing three-wide, sprinted quickly to find the front and come away for a good win.

Notes: CRIMSON TEARS (2nd) had every chance, she had a soft run and followed the winner and although she ran on well, she didn’t decrease the margin to the winner. VITANI (3rd) was ok from last although never looked the winner. ZOOPHORIA (unplaced) was up on the speed but was the first beaten, will need to check the steward’s report to see if something was amiss there. ESPOSITO GOLD (unplaced) led and faded.

Race 5: Fillies and Mares BM84 Handicap 1100m.

A patient ride saw CHATUCHAK (1st) get the money here, Dwayne Dunn settled mid-field three-wide with cover but chose not to make the first run. He waited and it paid dividends, swooping home late down the outside to get up in the last few strides.

Notes: NODOUBTABOUTIT (2nd) was the one that came with the early run, she may have hit the lead too early and was run down late, she did have every chance. MAZUREK (3rd) had every chance after a soft run in behind the leaders, JUST HIFALUTIN (unplaced) was good resuming and looks set for a good prep. MISS NORWAY (unplaced) will appear as the beaten favourite in the form-guide next start, but she was super after over-racing badly. Don’t sack her.

Race 6: BM84 Handicap 1600m.

Notes: PRIMA (2nd) set a solid tempo out in front and was only run down late. BLACK SAIL (1st) was the one that run him down, he sat up outside the speed and was too strong. He is so consistent and once again ran a super race.  AMADEUS (3rd) had a nice run but had every chance in a race that was dominated by the on-pacers. FASTNET LATINA (unplaced) may have been the run of the race, he got back and ran on hard in a race where the tempo didn’t suit. Not sure if the form will hold up out of this race.

Race 7: BM78 Handicap 2000m.

LAMBORGHINI (1st) may have been the win of the day, he was slowly away and there was no urgency to get him into the race. Tahlia Hope rode him patiently and was still last approaching the turn, got to the middle of the track and charged home to score. He ran out the 2000m easily and the further they went, the further he would have won by.

Notes: CREEDENCE (2nd) had every chance, he had the soft run behind the leaders before getting the split and hit the lead before being run down late by the impressive winner. KILMACURRAGH (3rd) led and wasn’t given much peace, he stuck on ok and was only beaten a couple of lengths and was clearly the best of those on the speed. CALIBRATION (unplaced) was only fair, the winner had his back and went straight by, he had every chance. CRITICAL THINKING (unplaced) was up outside the speed, over-raced and was the first beaten. Would like to see some gear changes with him before backing up on him.

Race 8: BM78 Handicap 1400m.

Notes: MASTERING (1st) started a very short priced favourite after being well backed all week, it took a brilliant Jake Noonan ride to get it home after holding on by the smallest possible margin. He had the soft run before shouldering into the clear at the top of the straight, giving the jocks to his outside no chance and ran to the lead getting back down to the rail. He was always going to be vulnerable at the back-end of the 1400m, holding on by a lip! HARBOUR GREY (2nd) showed improvement, had the right run before looming up and getting closest on the line, narrowly missing. KALASHANI LAD (3rd) ran well at huge odds but had every chance, TROGIR (unplaced) was well in the market, led them up but was the first beaten.

Race 9: BM84 Handicap 1100m.

Notes: DEMOLITION (unplaced) started the short-priced favourite in the last, he wasn’t given much hope after not being closer than four wide the trip, forget he went around. STREETS OF AVALON (2nd) was super after working hard to lead, he stuck on well and was still bobbing late. He is not far off another win. ENIGMAN (1st) was brilliantly ridden by Zahra, in behind the leaders throughout, he eased him around their heels four wide at the top of the straight and was too strong in the run home. TOP ME UP (3rd) had every chance, loomed up to win but didn’t run it out. EXCELTARA (unplaced) was well in the market, wide throughout he was still running on late and is probably the horse to follow out of the race when he draws better.