Race 1: Ladbrokes Australia Handicap (1300m)
1st Pyx Chamber – James Winks
2nd October Tutu – Glen Boss
3rd Smart As You Think – Brad Rawiller
River Goddess landed in front of Launched quickly to her outside and October Tutu rushed up three deep to head them. Pyx Chamber watched all that happen around North Sky. One Over Rod was stuck three wide and started to creep forward in the middle stages. They bunched up coming to the turn and eased off the inside with October Tutu travelling a bit better than Launched. Pyx Chamber was into the clear in plenty of time while One Over Rod was under some pressure. North Sky and River Goddess were back towards the inside. October Tutu still led at the 200m but Pyx Chamber had him covered. River Goddess was battling on over near the fence and North Sky couldn’t go with them. Running on from the back was Smart As You Think. But Pyx Chamber held them easily and in a big improvement on his last couple scored well. October Tutu had every chance while Smart As You Think grabbed River Goddess on the line for third.
Follow: might not be a strong race but like to see Smart As You Think again.
Race 2: Ladbrokes.com.au Handicap (1500m)
1st Lahqa – Dylan Dunn
2nd Dane Thunder – Jake Bayliss
3rd Assertive Star – Ben Melham
Pearl Star jumped slowly but gathered speed to be with the leaders on the inside. Dane Thunder and Miss Cooper were outside her with Eagles Dare andTotal Discretion easing out of the bunch. Lahqa had a nice spot next from Kerauno and Assertive Star trailed. Eagles Dare was sooled along to try to head off Pearl Star coming to the 800m and Miss Cooper was between them. Total Discretion followed Eagles Dare as they bunched coming to the turn and Dane Thunder stayed on the fence saving ground. Dane Thunder hit the front at the 400m with Pearl Star called upon and Eagles Dare weakening. Miss Cooper and Total Discretion were going nowhere and Lahqa was looking for runs through. Dane Thunder went for home at the 200m as Pearl Star dropped off. Kerauno was there on the inside and Lahqa started to wind up with Assertive Star further out. Dane Thunder was all out in the closing stages and Lahqa picked him up and edged away. Assertive Star kept coming further out for third and they were well clear of the rest.
Race 3: Ladbrokes Bet Better (1300m)
1st She’s Miss Devine – Ben Melham
2nd French Emotion – Brad Rawiller
3rd Enquare – Ben Thompson
Telopea was best out but didn’t want the lead and Enquare took it up from She’s Miss Devine also letting her go. Boundary sat behind them and Kansas Sunflower was in that bunch. French Emotion was trapped wide in midfield and Inishowen sat three back on the fence. Enquare broke a couple clear coming to the turn with She’s Miss Devine stalking. Telopea eased out and French Emotion went with her while Boundary was looking for runs and Inishowen went back to the inside as they left the fence. At the 300m Enquare was under heavy pressure with Inishowen on her inside and She’s Miss Devine and Telopea chiming in, French Emotion may have been a touch outsprinted but was winding up and the others were too far out of it. She’s Miss Devine was able to gain the upper hand of the leading group and it was left to French Emotion to try to pull back the margin but she was unable to reel her stablemate in. Enquare kicked back for third ahead of a disappointing Telopea and Inishowen close up in the slower part of the track.
Follow: none in particular but stick with Enquare, she’s close to a win.
Race 4: Ladbrokes Mega Margin (1300m)
1st Rageese – Brad Rawiller
2nd Demonstrate – Ben Melham
3rd Catch A Fire – Dylan Dunn
They were staying off the fence from the start with Cana leading Catch A Fire and Ragazzo Del Corsa in a line. Brockhoff had a nice trail behind them andRageese strode forward to be with him ahead of Demonstrate and Les Darci. Catch A Fire ran to the lead midrace as Cana eased for cover and Ragazzo Del Corsa put a bit of pressure on. Brockhoff was in the clear in plenty of time and Rageese was tracking up on his outside. Demonstrate became bailed up between horses in the run to the turn and he was forced to pull back and get across Rageese’s heels. Catch A Fire gave a kick early in the straight but Rageese sprinted quickly about 300m out to hit the lead. Demonstrate had a couple of lengths to make up after getting to the outside. Rageese had stolen a break and held Demonstrate to just over a length. The got right away from Catch A Fire who clung onto third from Cana. Every chance Brockhoff, he was quite disappointing and must have gone off the boil. First run for new stable for Rageese and he was back to his best.
Follow: Demonstrate was a bit costly here but he has a win in him.
Race 5: Ladbrokes Live Play (1800m)
1st Zahspeed – Glen Boss
2nd Tears Of Joy – Patrick Moloney
3rd Doctor Care – Ben Thompson
Zahspeed beat them out easily and stayed a few off the fence while Leveraction and Temps Voleur improved inside him. Tears Of Joy was handy wider out with Straight Jacket and Commanding Time just behind them. Doctor Care had a nice spot early from Lunayir while midfield were Gabella, See What I Bring and Better Land. Leveraction worked through on the fence to lead from Zahspeed who was happy to let him go while Temps Voleur and Tears Of Joy enjoyed good trails. Not a lot of change to the turn and the field again left the fence. Leveraction was under siege from Temps Voleur and Gabella, who cut the corner, at the 400m while Zahspeed was being wound up in the middle of the track. Doctor Care had plenty of room between them and Tears Of Joy was further out running on. Zahspeed had the inside group covered at the 200m and burst right away. Tears Of Joy and Doctor Care chased hard while Leveraction and Gabella were battling on the inside. Wide out the eye catcher was The Bandit charging home to just miss a place ahead of Lunayir, a fair run. Zahspeed is racing in career best form and always looked in control.
Follow: The Bandit wants 2000m and beyond but will be winning again soon.
Race 6: Galilee Series Final (2400m)
1st Charlevoix – Luke Nolen
2nd Cool Chap – Ben Melham
3rd Meru – Katelyn Mallyon
Skulduggery went forward this time and led early from Sarimanok and Meru on the fence. Pay Up Bro was caught wide and continued on, as did Bullish Stock who was quickly up into second before taking over early in the back straight. Pay Up Bro moved to second then while further back Cool Chap enjoyed a good run better than midfield around Cracklin’ Rosie. See Line Woman followed them while Charlevoix was taken back near the tail. A move came midrace from See Line Woman and she rushed up to join Bullish Stock in front. Pay Up Bro then found some cover while Meru and Sarimanok were next and Skulduggery was shuffled back. Another move came from Tuff Bickie who went up three wide to join the leader at the 800m. Skulduggery tried to get going too and that gave Cool Chap a trail home and Charlevoix was a couple of lengths behind him. The leaders were gone at the 300m and Cool Chap and Charlevoix charged past. Pay Up Bro and Meru were battling on nearer the inside from Bullish Stock. Charlevoix extended past the 100m and speared right away from Cool Chap and he simply outstayed them. Meru did a good job to run third at big odds and there were some tired horses behind the placings.
Follow: Charlevoix could be an SA Derby horse.
Race 7: Ladbrokes Infohub Handicap (1000m)
1st Bullpit – Glen Boss
2nd Beau Rada – Brad Rawiller
3rd Hard Romp – Michael Dee
Sheidel blew the start while Fab Fevola bounded out from the inside. Bullpit showed his usual speed and Hard Romp was further out. General Jackson andAfrican Pulse settled next with Miss Seton Sands midfield and Sheidel recovering. Fab Fevola was staying hard up against the fence as he sped along in front while Bullpit led the rest of the field about six away from the rail, going wider on the turn with Hard Romp on his outside. General Jackson was underneath them and they had a break on the rest of the field headed by Sheidel wide out and Beau Rada cutting back inside a few horses. Fab Fevola stopped very quickly and was swallowed up by General Jackson on his inside before Bullpit sprinted past them. Beau Rada was really charging late with Hard Romp battling on and Sheidel further out. Bullpit had a big enough break to just hold off Beau Rada and score in a very strange race. Hard Romp held on for third in a fair first-up run while Sheidel finished just behind them and Zupacharged made some late ground without threatening. Miss Seton Sands disappointed.
Follow: Sheidel should have won, look for her to atone.
Race 8: Ladbrokes Cash In Handicap (1600m)
1st Bengal Cat – Tom Sadler
2nd Silent Sedition – Dylan Dunn
3rd She’s Got Speed – Ryan Maloney
A couple of them wanted the lead and Miss Wilson eventually took it up from Bengal Cat on the inside. She’s Got Speed was right there with them and in the group just behind were Silent Sedition, Bannatyne and Let Her Rip, with Eolande and Lopartega while Jacqui’s Joy eased back a length or so out of the bunch. Miss Wilson opened up a break on Bengal Cat down the side with Eolande on the inside of Silent Sedition and She’s Got Speed. Bannatyne stuck to the fence while Jacqui’s Joy was under pressure a fair way out. Miss Wilson was in trouble at the 400m and Bengal Cat, who worked herself to the outside, picked her up. Silent Sedition tried to go with her between them. Pure Pride had worked through to be battling for a place with Eolande and She’s Got Speed. Silent Sedition put up a bit of a fight before Bengal Cat kicked right in and surged away for an easy win and a big form reversal. Silent Sedition held on for second from She’s Got Speed who just edged Eolande out and Pure Pride was close up. They got away from the rest.
Follow: Pure Pride was coming off a maiden win and ran well out of her class.
Race 9: Ladbrokes Odds Boost (1600m)
1st Nevis – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Hijack Hussy – Dean Yendall
3rd Atlantis Dream – Luke Nolen
Nevis was first to break the line and he ran clear from Black Tomahawk, Guest Of Honour and Survived in a line. Kenjorwood was held back this time settling off the pace from Genuine Lad and Hijack Hussy. Tristram’s Sun was wide out with Kourkam, Hollywood Bound and Zabisco were in that bunch and Atlantis Dream. Nevis wasn’t tested out in front and did his own thing, stretching the field out a little midrace. Survived went past Black Tomahawk easily before the turn while Guest Of Honour and Kenjorwood pulled out to run on, the latter hard at it. Hollywood Bound stuck to the inside and made ground on the turn while Hijack Hussy was looking for runs through with Atlantis Dream getting a split. Kenjorwood was labouring further out and Petrology made a dash right down the outside. Nevis was still clear at the 300m in the centre of the track and they were no hope of catching him. A wall of the chased for the minors with Hijack Hussy getting through to grab Atlantis Dream for second, Guest Of Honour and Petrology were there while Survived boxed on okay just ahead of De Little Engine in an even first-up run. Kenjorwood wasn’t the same horse restrained.
Follow: Atlantis Dream is ready to win back in mares grade.
Specials from the meeting: The Bandit, Sheidel, Pure Pride, Atlantis Dream.