Caulfield review compiled by David Carr Race 1 – 12:40PM Abbie Fennessy Memorial Plate (1100 METRES) 1          RESISTANT                     Mick Price              Craig Newitt                        $4.40 2          I AM TITANIUM                David Hayes         Chad Schofield (a)            $1.90F 3          FINE DIAMOND              David Hayes          Glen Boss                           $5.50

I Am Titanium and Resistant fought out a good battle down the straight with Resistant’s race expierence proving to be the difference in the end. Aurora’s Dance joined in three wide around the turn but peaked on her run at the 200m. Fine Diamond over raced and layed in under pressure in the straight.

Worth Noting: Race experience was the difference. Look for a gear change next start on I Am Titanium. Race 2 – 1:20PM Wafex Sovereign Plate (1440 METRES) 1          BENENDEN                                 Anthony Freedman              Glen Boss $3.50 2          PRECOCIOUS NESS                Luke Oliver                                 Daniel Stackhouse $18 3          VICARIO                                       Mick Price                                  Craig Newitt $9

Precocious Ness was driven out from the outside barrier to find the lead and set up a strong early tempo.Benenden settled one out one back and looked to have the race won along way from home. Bossy looked behind a couple times around the turn to see where Our Celladoor was whom loomed up but really died on her run and failed to place. Precocious Ness and Vicario battled on well to fight out 2nd and 3rd.

Worth noting: Soft win for Benenden. Race 3 – 2:00PM Carpet Call Handicap (1440 METRES) 1          LAMPEDUSA                           Peter G Moody            Luke Nolen                      $2.60F 2          UNDER THE LEANER           Tony Vasil                   Chad Schofield (a2)       $13 3          KING KROVANH                            Peter G Moody             Daniel Stackhouse        $6.50

Lampedusa was well supported in the betting and lived up to the hype. He was given a perfect ride by Nolen, travelled strong around the turn and never looked in doubt. Under The Leaner and King Krovanh tracked Lampedusa into the straight and worked to the line ok.

Worth noting: Lampedusa still has a bit to learn. Luke Nolan felt he switched off once he hit the front. Will be winning better races once he learns his trade. Race 4 – 2:40PM The CFV Great Strides Handicap (2000 METRES) 1          LE ROI (GER)                        Tony McEvoy                   Glen Boss                        $3.30F 2           TAI TAI TESS                          Robert Smerdon              Dwayne Dunn               $3.80 3           MUIRFIELD (NZ)                  Michael Moroney           Chad Schofield (a2)     $4.60

Clang and Bang jumped straight to the front and Muirfield worked around to sit 2nd which ensured a strong tempo. Clang and Bang went for home at the 600m and for a moment looked hard to catch but the early effort told as his stride shortened in the straight. Le Roi travelled like the winner and hit the line well for a soft win. Tai Tai Tess worked to the line ok and Muirfield was probably a run short.

Worth Noting: Another French import dominating our middle distance races. Le Roi will be set for the Summer Cup on boxing day at Randwick. Looks well suited to the extra trip. Race 5 – 3:20PM East Malvern Community Bank Handicap (1800 METRES) 1              SECRET LIAISON       Mathew Ellerton & Simon                Zahra Damian Lane (a1.5)          $5 2              BIA DIAMOND             Darren Weir                                            Glen Boss                                       $3.50F 3             KASMAHER                  David Brideoake & David Feek        Dwayne Dunn                                 $4.40

After a year out of the winners circle Secret Liaison notched up her second win in consecutive weeks. With the claim She carried 58kgs and recorded the second quickest last 200m of the day. Danyme was caught 3 wide early and pushed around them to take the lead. The first three in the market got well back and were suited by Tully Costa winding up the tempo from the 600m. Secret Liaison and Bia Diamond cleared out in the straight with Secret Liaison proving to strong. Kasmaher was slow to begin but had her chance.

Worth Noting: Secret Liaison is flying at the moment. Race 6 – 4:00PM The 65 Roses Victoria Cup (1440 METRES) 1          SHOUT OUT LOUD           Peter G Moody             Jake Duffy (a2)                             $11 2              DANZYLUM                         Robbie Griffiths                Damien Thornton (a3)           $41 3           FAST AND FREE                Mick Price                         Dale Smith                                 $4.60F

Shout Out Loud toughed out a messy race that was dominated by front runners. Sheahan’s saddle slipped mid race and he pushed forward causing some interference, particularly to Rockpecker who had to swing wide around Sheahan. Under the Eiffel, Danzylum and Fast And Free all had their chance but couldn’t pick up Shout Out Loud.

Worth Noting: Nothing made ground. The first three out were the first three across the line. Race 7 – 4:40PM The CFV Breathless Plate (1440 METRES) 1          ROSE PATTERN               David Hayes                  Chad Schofield (a2)         $5 2          AMETSIS                            Russell Cameron         Dwayne Dunn                    $2.70F 3          EURYALE                          Peter Snowden             Luke Nolen                         $11

It looked a two horse race and ended up that way. Rose Pattern led and got away with some very cheap sectionals early. Ametsis had the run of the race and when the gap opened at the top of the straight looked set to swallow up Rose Pattern but she had plently left in the tank and kicked strongly. Motto’s Gem made good late ground in a slowly run race recording the quickest last 200m of the day.

Worth Noting: Great front running ride by Chad Schofield who judged his sectional splits well. Race 8 – 5:20PM CFV Nightingales Plate (1100 METRES) 1           OUTLANDISH LAD                 Dennis O’Leary              Damien Thornton (a3)                   $10 2           DIPLOMATIC FORCE            Wayne Nichols                Ms Amanda Masters (a3)             $21 3            CASCABEL                             Robbie Griffiths              Michael Rodd                                    $21

The ever consistant Outlandish Lad had a good run in transit and pounced on the lead early in the straight. Diplomatic Force circled the field and looked home but shifted in under the whip which cost him the race. Beyond Pardon missed the start by 4 lengths and the heavily backed Anise sat wide the trip and was never a chance. Vatican had a good run and hit the lead straightening but couldn’t finish it off. Cascabel and Big Buddie raced without much room late in the race.

Worth Noting: Protest 3rd vs 2nd Dismissed. Diplomatic Force has a great fresh record but is only one from ten second up so don’t take short odds next start.