Race reviews: Caulfield, September 23rd
Race 7: AMELIE’S STAR. She was near last and impossibly wide on the turn in a race that was dominated by those on the pace and on the rails. She finished off brilliantly out wide, maybe a Caulfield Cup smokey?
Race 8: RAVI. She was well back in a race that was won by the leader, copped interference at the top of the straight and lost all momentum, charged back along the inner late over the last furlong. Should have won. If she gets another suitable race against the girls next time, get on.
Race 1: Aquis Farms Supports Pinchapoo Plate 1400m.
ALOISIA (unplaced) settled back in the field in her first run since finishing close up in a Group One over the Qld Winter carnival. She had come from NZ a maiden but had shown promise, won her first race at HQ before heading north. Resuming today, she ran into dead-ends everywhere in the straight, finally got out at the 100 after easing around runners and really hit the line well. She looks to have come back well, look for her second-up at the mile.
Notes: LEATHER’N’LACE (1st) found the top and nothing looked like running her down. She will always be competitive in these races against her own age when able to dictate. SANADAAT (unplaced) and BLONDIE (unplaced) both looked to have soft enough runs in transit and failed to finish off. After being well in the market, they both will go around next time without mine until they show more.
Race 2: Sportsbet Supports Mirabel Foundation Hcp 1600m.
Notes: CLIFF’S EDGE (1st) made it an early race double for the Weir team after a gem of a ride. The tempo wasn’t hot and Allen sat behind the leader before getting a split and finding the line too well. Not sure what to make out of the race going forward, ESHTIRAAK (unplaced) was unlucky and held-up early in the straight but was entitled to let down better than he did. No need to sack him. EVIL CRY (unplaced) was well beaten at big odds, sat back and jostled early in the straight without being able to get clear. He is a still a maiden and will be winning one soon when back in more suitable grade.
Race 3: Lojac Civil Hcp 1800m.
Notes: ANAHEIM (1st) was beautifully ridden in behind the leaders, pushed out at the top of the straight and sprinted too quickly for SIN TO WIN (2nd) who was friendless in betting. Major carnage early in the race when D Oliver on GOODWILL (3rd) crossed when not clear early in the race and checking 3 or 4 horses, one of them being forced to retire from the race such was the interference. He was suspended for 14 meetings. Another race where the on pacers seemed to dominate, especially after the trouble back in the field early. TABLE OF WISDOM (unplaced) was well backed from double figure odds in, had every chance in front but was the first beaten, sacked.
Race 4: Fight Cancer Foundation Plate 1100m.
BANDIPUR (1st) was super after sitting 5 wide without cover throughout. He was strong through the line and although there was carnage close the entire straight and more so closer to the line, he showed incredible strength to sit wide and be the best through the line.
Notes: Another race where the stewards were busy. SUPERHARD (unplaced) was well backed but had no luck in the straight towards the inner, hitting the rail at one stage and completely untested. LAKHONI (unplaced) was held-up most of the straight, went to the line untested and almost fell when clipping the heels of the leader late. I DID IT AGAIN (2nd) sat 4 wide throughout and surged to the front in the straight, shifted in badly late after the jock had dropped the whip. Although it was wide throughout, the winner was wider.
Race 5: Ladbrokes Supports National Jockeys Trust Hcp 1400m.
Notes: Some nice runs from those back in the field with the leader dictating in an almost farcicle tempo mid-race and kicking to win. SO SI BON (3rd) over-raced and came from last on the turn and wide, WYNDSPELLE (2nd) was only fractionally closer and both closed hard down the outside. Clearly the best runs of the race. SAINT VALOREM (unplaced) may have been a victim of the draw, ran right up behind them in the straight and followed the winner and wasn’t tested late along the inside. May pay to follow. Take nothing away from the winner SIRRCONI (1st) who was heavily backed at a big price, no doubt after the first few races were dominated by the on pacers.
Race 6: Skyline Education Foundation Testa Rossa Stakes 1200m.
Notes: For the first time in the day there was a good tempo and first and second came from well back. BRAVE SMASH (2nd) is Everest bound and after being easy in the betting early in the day, was well supported closer to the race. The Japanese import was further back than last start, looked to get unbalanced when making the turn and shoving into the clear, whilst the winner came wide BONS AWAY (1st) and had all the momentum. The winner continued to show his ability, has been going through the grades nicely this time in and may have a big future. Stick with these two, although the fave was beaten on his merits, just looked uncomfortable around the turn and was going as good as the winner the last 100 when fully balanced up.
Race 7: Bendigo Bank East Malvern MRC Foundation Cup 2000m.
HARLEM (1st) rocketed his way into calculations for the Caulfield Cup with a combination of acceleration and staying power after a perfect ride. He was three back the rails, improved along the fence then eased off the leaders back at the top of the straight and let down. Simply dominant and ran away, widening the margin to the line. Ridden with a sit like that and coming with one run, he will be hard to beat in any of the staying features.
Notes: The run of AMELIE’S STAR (unplaced) was full of merit. The first three were the first three on the rails in the run, she was near last and 10+ lengths off them down the side, had to come extremely wide whilst the placegetters were railing and kicking away. She ran through the line hard and may be a smoky for a Caulfield Cup? She ran 17m further than the winner in the run, her last 2 sectionals were the best in the race and her peak speed was the fastest in the field. She is flying.
Race 8: Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes 1200m.
RAVI (3rd) was heavily backed, found herself a mile back approaching the straight in a race where the leader won. She was severely checked at the top of the straight and lost all momentum, must have 8 lengths from the winner at the 350. She went back towards the inside and really flew the last furlong. A real eye-catcher.
Notes: LEGLESS VEUVE (2nd) was the horse that caused the interference back in the pack, but she also charged late finishing better than anything through the middle of runners. Didn’t have the momentum stopper at the top of the straight that RAVI did but she was finishing better than any. SAVANNA AMOUR (1st) was too quick, railed and kicked 3L into the straight. Was all out on the line but was a brave front-running ride.
Race 9: Inglis Supports Riding For the Disabled Association 1400m.
Notes: Another race where the leader MERRIEST (1st), outside leader PRINCESS OF QUEENS (3rd) and leaders back PETITION (2nd) dominated. The second horse had a little trouble getting into the clear and may have been better sticking closer to the inside, but had its chances late. Not too much to take out of this, simply the tempo that dictated who would be in the finish a long way out!