Runners to watch: Caulfield, October 21st

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

Race reviews: Caulfield, October 21st


MAURUS. Made good ground before being chopped out in the straight and came again late when the race was over.

PETITION. She will hopefully go to the Myer Classic in two weeks, loved the way she finished off here in restricted room. Get on her at the double figure odds.

Race 1: Resimax Group Plate

COUNTERPLAY (3rd) did a great job to run on from last in a race dominated by the on pacers. She missed the kick by a couple of lengths, was ridden for luck along the rails before hitting the line well.

Notes: OUR CROWN MISTRESS (1st) sat outside NAANTALI (2nd) and was too strong, with the 4th placegetter also on the speed. SWORN EVIDENCE (unplaced) made some ground from the back late out wide, hard to knock the winner after sitting parked but was this to be a pattern emerging for the resty of the day with the rail out?

Race 2: Polytrack Gothic Stakes 1400m.

Notes: Another race where the first three in the run ran 1st, 2nd and 3rd. They finished as a group behind those three, LORD SUNDOWNER (2nd) appeared to have every chance with the winner SNITZEPEG (1st) sitting outside. WASSERGEIST (3rd) didn’t have much room early in the straight behind the leader but didn’t finish off well enough late.

Race 3: NZ Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes 2000m.

Well the Waterhouse/Bott juggernaut continued with a great frontrunning ride from S Baster aboard PINOT (6). She worked early wide to find the front, set a genuine tempo before kicking around the bend and it was never really in doubt. She is near the top of the betting for the VRC Oaks, hard to see her being beaten if she runs the trip with her bold pattern of racing.

Notes: No real excuses behind her as she did all the work early. SPEEDWAY (unplaced) didn’t have a lot of luck early in the straight and was wayward at her first go this direction, she has ability.

Race 4: Ladbrokes Classic 2000m.

Similarly to the girls in the previous race, the on pacers dominated and CLIFF’S EDGE (1st) looks right on song for the Derby after leading throughout. He got away with some cheap sectionals mid-race, the jock hadn’t flinched turning for home booting well clear. It was never in danger with the placegetters looking to have every possible. If he can get away with that sort of run in a fortnights time he will be hard to run down.

Notes: The pace may have been against those coming from behind, hard to see either of the placegetters turning the table at Flemington.

Race 5: Priceline Pharmacy Coongy Cup 2000m.

Notes: KIWIA (1st) was the first horse to make up ground and win today, aided by the small field and a nice turn of foot he came with a dashing run entering the straight and although laying in was too good. MAURUS (3rd) was the unlucky runner after saving ground, he was squeezed out at the top of the lane, got going again late and was not really tested through the line. He may find a suitable race over the Flemington carnival.

Race 6: Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes 1400m.

ECHO EFFECT (3rd) settled worse than midfield and in a brave ride he made great ground out 4 wide approaching the straight, joined in at the top of the lane but was no match for the winner who had a soft run. If he can be saved for one run with that turn-of-foot down the expansive Flemington straight he can win over the carnival.

Notes: ULMANN (1st) was brilliantly ridden, came through along the rails before switching around the leaders and running on hard. Was entitled to win the way the race was run, but taking nothing away from him. BURNING FRONT (2) looks to be improving again, when he can dictate he will be hard to beat.

Race 7: Harrolds Caulfield Sprint 1000m.

SNITTY KITTY (1st) just has a stack of speed, and she showed it at both ends today. She clearly jumped well, sat outside the leader and accelerated away at the 200m. A dominant on speed display that gave nothing else a chance in race record time.

Notes: SUPER TOO (2nd) hunted through and led, but was not match for the winner (was found to be lame post-race). Not much else to say about the beaten brigade, she was just too fast when it mattered!

Race 8: BMW Caulfield Cup 2400m.

Let’s hope that a few readers followed last week’s Blackbookers and found BOOM TIME (1st) in what looked an enormous price, as much as 100/1 was bet earlier in the week. He put the writing on the wall last week and the way the track was playing the confidence was growing. He sat on the inside behind a crazy speed, loomed and was disappointed for a run at the top of the straight before switching back towards the inner and running on hard.

Notes: SINGLE GAZE (2nd) was brave in defeat, had to do a stack of chasing. JOHANNES VERMEER (3rd) had to change course a number of times over the last 600m, MARMELO (unplaced) ran on well late in what looked a good trial for a couple of Tuesday’s time (jock was more than half a kilo over weight). Not sure about the tactics on AMELIE’S STAR (unplaced) going forward early? BONNEVAL (unplaced) pulled up lame, hard to feel that the news during the week wasn’t spot on no matter how fit the camp insisted the horse was. LORD FANDANGO (unplaced) was good after a wide run throughout.

Race 9: Schweppes Tristarc Stakes 1400m.

PETITION (unplaced) had no luck in the straight, was back towards the inner before running on hard and again held-up the last 70m. May not have won but she had a stack of excuses and if she gets to the outside in the Myer Classic look for finishing best. Can get double figure odds about her now.

Notes: Nothing to be taken away from the impressive winner GLOBAL GLAMOUR (1st) who had to do it tough outside the leader. The stable is flying and as always they race genuinely up on the speed and stick on well. SHILLELAGH (3rd) also ran on well from the back with an uninterrupted passage.

Race 10. Carlton Draught Alinghi Stales 1100m.

Notes: FUHRYK (1st) had the gun run in behind the leaders that over-raced and were gone early in the straight, beautifully ridden she was too strong in the run home. No excuses for those behind her, her acceleration at the top of the straight is what won it for her. The placegetters had there chances, the fave was a little plain NIETA (3rd) and didn’t finish off as well as expected.