Race reviews: Caulfield, October 14th
BOOM TIME – Race 4. Was clearly the best of the on pacers in a race where the tempo wasn’t suited to those up front. Maybe a Country Cup in the waiting for him.
PEDRANA – Race 2. Unlucky resuming today, she was held-up at a vital stage but really charged the last 100m. Would have won had they ran another 50m.
OREGON’S DAY – Race 5. Unplaced today after siting four-wide and over-racing badly the duration, had the audacity to be still coming late. Hopefully draws a better gate next time.
Race 1: Inglis Debutant stakes 1000m.
Notes: The babies went around with the big stables once again prominent. QAFILA (1st) was good, settled in the second half, peeled 3 wide into the clear at the top of the straight and really charged late. SACRED SWORD (9) followed up some decent trial form well, showed a stack of speed and looked the winner for most of the straight. With it’s natural speed, will be winning soon. ENCRYPTION (3rd) had the soft run in behind the leader, was held-up a little late and ran through the line nicely. Not a lot back in the pack worth noting. Those top three will all win again soon enough.
Race 2: Thoroughbred Club Stakes 1200m.
All the late money was for INVINCIBLE STAR (1st) and post race it was easy to see why. She was drawn wide but got across easy early and as always with Waterhouse horses was going to be hard to run down. Kicked 3L early in the straight and never looked in any danger. Both times she had been beaten at the races were behind Houtzen, so not a surprise to see her perform at this level.
Notes: COUNTERPLAY (2) was clearly the best of the beaten brigade. Forced to sit three-wide without cover, she was left a little flat footed when the winner kicked early in the straight, but once balanced up she came again late after a torrid run chasing the brilliant winner. DIVINE MESSENGER (unplaced) who was well in the market it blew it at the start when nearly falling.
Race 4: Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes 2400m.
BOOM TIME (unplaced) worked early, didn’t want to concede the front but eventually succumbed to one of the Williams runners Aloft. He sat behind the leader in a race where the back-markers dominated, he went for home when the leader folded and the other three on pacers were beaten out of sight. Maybe he can grab a Country Cup this Spring?
Notes: LORD FANDANGO (1st) WALL OF FIRE (2nd) and GALLIC CHIEFTAIN (3rd) all ran on well from the back, but the way the three fancied on pacers found nothing late suggests that Boom Time is the one to follow out of the race.
Race 4: Ranvet Handicap 1600m
SIN TO WIN (2nd) was having his second start in Australia and didn’t look at all comfortable having his first-look at the Valley. He may have been a little flat also second-up, had the perfect run but didn’t appear to get around the bend and lost his position when the winner sprinted quicker. He balanced up again and was good through the line, wouldn’t be sacking him off that run,
Notes: SPUNLAGO (1st) ran his usual honest race, got a perfect cart into and sling-shotted off the turn to score an impressive win. The leader REBELLIOUS LORD (4th) appeared to have every chance but found little at his first look at the track when straightening. Once again hard to make up ground, that was the first winner of the day to come from mid-field. RADICAL (5th) was the eye-catcher, was bolting when running up behind them on the rails, angled clear @ the 100m mark and ran through the line strong. Can win soon out to the 2000m in something easier.
Race 5: Keno Weekend Hussler Stakes 1400m.
OREGON’S DAY (unplaced) was enormous in defeat. Once again cruelled at the barrier draw, she pulled severely whilst posted four-wide without cover the race. Had the audacity to continue coming out in the middle of the track late in the straight. Covered a stack of ground and never settled, look out when she draws a gate.
Notes: The best of the run on horses was DIBAYANI (3rd). Settled second last on the rails, saved a stack of ground into the straight and really exploded through a gap at the 150 but may have been all out on the line. Needs to be saved for one short sharp burst at them late? The winner was good after a perfect ride, no excuses anywhere else?
Race 6: Schweppes 1000 Guineas 1600m.
A solid tempo, a beautiful rails hugging ride and the need to get out to a mile all combined for a dominant win for ALOISIA (1st). She never went around a horse after being held-up at the top of the straight, cruised through and was doing best at the finish. Look out in the Oaks in a couple of weeks where she looks suited getting out to the trip.
Notes: No excuses for the beaten brigade. SHOALS (2nd) is as honest as they come but had her chance, may have just hit the front too early and peaked late. ALIZEE (3rd) had every chance but came wide when the winner was getting inside runs. Don’t sack her off that run first time here. She also appeared in the stewards report post-race.
Race 7: Ladbrokes Stakes 2000m.
Notes: Prefer to talk about the flops of BONNEVAL (unplaced) and HARTNELL (unplaced) who were both friendless in the betting. The Kiwi was very flat after sitting back, getting a nice run through approaching the straight but failed to show any of the closing speed that has impressed so much at her last couple. She appeared in the stewards report with a couple of excuses. Hartnell was ridden a little closer as expected, peeled three wide approaching the straight but found nothing. Copped some interference at the 200 but was going nowhere at the time. Impossible to back him with any confidence. The eye-catcher was JOHANNES VERMEER (2nd), scouted very wide on the turn and gave the winner plenty of start but was finishing better than any. A super Australian debut in a race where the on pacers filled the other three first four placings.
Race 8: Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas 1600m.
Notes: 100/1 chance MIGHTY BOSS (1st) was ridden brilliantly along the rails from well back to salute. He came through different form lines than most but was still hard to see that win, he had been triple figure odds in much easier races leading into this. KEMENTARI (2nd) showed a great turn of foot to dash to the front at the top of the straight after coming via the cape, just wasn’t strong enough at the end of the mile. CATCHY (3rd) couldn’t overcome the history of the girls in the race, was brave in defeat but had her chance. ROYAL SYMPHONY (unplaced) was the hard luck story, he was once again held-up at a vital time losing all momentum, absolutely flashed late. I have no doubt that he will come back in the Autumn the best of these.
Race 9: United Petroleum Toorak Hcp 1600m.
Notes: They went too hard here and the run-on horses dominated at the finish. TOSEN STARDOM (1st) was travelling well out wide approaching the straight and showed a great turn of foot when unleashed in the middle of the track. Both place getters also came from behind him and wide, the best of the on pacers was a 100/1 chance. The big field and solid tempo was the key here. The Waller horses EGG TART (unplaced) and TOM MELBOURNE (unplaced) failed to fire and MR SNEAKY (unplaced) didn’t appear to run the trip.
Race 10: Keno Kwikpik Shillachi Stakes 1100m.
Notes: SUPER CASH (1st) once again showed she is a specialist at racing fresh, taking her record now to 5:4-0-1 when resuming. She was ridden beautifully one out one back, peeled three wide dashed to the front early in the straight and although she was one on the line, she sprinted well enough early in the straight to hold them off late. ILLUSTRIOUS LAD (2nd) was brave in defeat after sitting 2nd, got the better of the disappointing fave at the top of the straight. SHEIDEL (unplaced) had every chance, cruised over to lead but found little. LANKAN RUPEE (unplaced) was ridden behind the speed but failed to show any dash. Going to be very hard for him to find a suitable race for the rest of his career.