Race reviews: Caulfield, October 1st
JALAN JALAN – had no luck in the straight and was virtually untested.
KEMENTARI – Ran on well from the back and looks the one to beat in the Caulfield Guineas going forward.
STEEL FROST (1st) is a recent purchase from NSW for underrated SA trainer Will Clarken. He won his first two in SA, came here and was easy in the betting but was ridden a treat by Todd Pannell. Sat well back 3-wide with cover, eased wider approaching the straight and ran on well. He looks to have a better race in him, the trainer pointing towards a Vic Country Cup later in the prep.
Notes: IMPERATOR AUGUSTUS (2nd) ran well nicely resuming for Weir, had to do a little work wide but kept finding through the line. Subsequent races showed it is not easy to run on here today, suggest following these two from this race.
JALAN JALAN (unplaced) looked most unlucky here. Settling mid-field, Avdulla looked to have plenty of horse under him approaching the straight but was held-up for most of it. He tried manoeuvring back towards the inner but again was held-up late. Never really got a crack at them. Third-up next time, get on.
Notes: Not sure that she would have caught the speedy SNITTY KITTY (1st) but she would have finished a lot closer. The winner did everything right after going quick early got a cheap sectional before accelerating away in the straight, was a nice return.
Race 3 :
Notes: Another shortie down but not without its chance. WHEAL LEISURE (1st) looks to be going through the grades nicely. Sitting last on an even tempo where the leader was pulling hard, he tracked the fave HARDHAM (2nd) early, over-racing itself a little mid-race. Peeling wider, he joined in at the top of the straight and although laying in the last furlong, was way too strong after showing a great turn-of-foot from the 400. Hardham the short-priced fave, deep into red figures, had every chance, hit the lead at the top of the straight but looked all out at the end of the 2000m. The winner seems to keep stepping up.
Race 4 :
Notes: It looked one of the most open races on the guard post-scratchings and the betting backed that up with nothing SP’ing shorter than $6.50, which was the eventual winner COOL CHAP (1st). Not sure what to take out of the race with JACQUINOT BAY (3rd) sitting three-wide the trip and only being beaten a short margin. Take nothing away from the run of the first two (NOZOMI 2nd also flashed home) but when the veteran 10yo can do that and finish so close, hard to follow anything out of the race.
Race 5 :
The top three were all good here but still think CATCHY (3rd) is the one going forward. She was good again coming back from a mile back with the first two in front of her in the run. BOOKER (1st) also looks to have a future, any race where she can control the tempo she is a chance. Which ones will roll on to the feature, watch for any news but happy to stick with Catchy.
Race 6 :
The Sydney form came through here with PERAST (1st) and KEMENTARI (3rd) both looking the goods going forward. Both came through the Run to the Rose then the winner going on to be well beaten in the Golden Rose. He travelled well throughout on the speed and the third horse made up good ground, looking for a little further maybe? Follow the third horse.
Notes: The pop was a big one on ROYAL SYMPHONY’s (unplaced) unbeaten stats and incredible hype after he was a huge drifter in the betting and raced accordingly. He never found top gear, was in the second half and really only stuck on like an out and out stayer? Showed no brilliance whatsoever that we had seen at his previous starts. Not sure what to make of it, we will know more in the coming days as to the future plans.
Race 7 :
Plenty to talk about in this race. Starting with the winner and superstar mare BONNEVAL (1st). She sat back, came wide, showed a nice turn of foot and ran through the line strongly suggesting she is right on track for a crack at the Caulfield Cup where she may start close to favourite. She has a stack of upside and her two wins in Australia have been brilliant.
Notes: Surprisingly to many, HARTNELL (2nd) went back early after jumping well, he was gallant in defeat but looked to have every chance when getting a cart up behind the winner. Still in shock that they elected to ride him quietly the way the earlier races had been run and won. May hear more from the stewards in regards to the different tactics and more to the point, the lack of notification to the public as it was clear that was their intention from the start.
Notes: They went quick early here, early leader burnt THEANSWERMYFRIEND (unplaced) did an ok job to stick om in the straight, may be worth following in a race where the pressure is not so intense. Impressive the way that SANTA ANA LANE (1st) ran through the line. Took a while to wind-up and had to go a needle eye opening early in the straight, but charged late and was finishing two to their one. MR SNEAKY (14) had every chance, TOSEN STARDOM (unplaced) was also an eye-catcher from last on the turn.
Race 9 :
Notes: The first three in the run here ran 1-2-3. ABILITY (unplaced) sat last, came wide and gave them a huge start at the top of the straight. Kept coming out wide and was finishing as good as any. Wasn’t given much hope the race was run. He was coming off a couple of months break, look for him next start when the fitness and race pattern hopefully suits him better. Take nothing away from the winner who was perfectly ridden, RICH CHARM (4th) also flashed late after not having much luck in the straight. They look the two to follow out of the race.