Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1. 1100M Shadwell Farm Kentucky (USA) Handicap JOHANNAPINE DWAYNE DUNN 1st $2.30 STAR OF GISELLE GLEN BOSS 2nd $2F SILKSTONE SPECIAL MICHELLE PAYNE 3rd $10 Johannapine was a drifter late in the betting with all of the money coming for the Ellerton runner Star Of Giselle. Johannapine jumped to the front and was ridden well by Dunn. She cruised along in front and was able to continue her effort over the concluding stages to hold off the rest. Star Of Giselle ran pretty well but she just couldn’t make the ground up. Silkstone Special is a mare that continues to improve every time she runs and her effort was also very good. Worth noting: Follow up on Silkstone Special Race 2. 1100M Derrinstown Stud (IRELAND) SHOPAHOLIC KATELYN MALLYON 1st $4.80 TWILIGHTING DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $15 EMPRESS ROCK STEVEN ARNOLD 3rd $6.50 Good speed setup by Leoncita who hit the fence and ran them along. Empress Rock was always in the right spot and kept fighting hard to the line, it was a good effort. The favourite Le Societe was caught wide early and then she was allowed to drift back but was then asked to go again, all whilst three wide. She loomed up on the turn and did well to fight on. Shopaholic was given a good ride by Mallyon and she had a great little claim. This filly burst through well and was good. Twilighting looked to loom up to win but just peaked on her run. Worth noting: Forgive the favourite Le Societe, nothing went right. Race 3. 1700M Shadwell Estate Co (UK) CHASSE CHRIS SYMONS 1st $5 CANNONBALL MICHAEL CARSON 2nd $81 POPULATION KATELYN MALLYON 3rd $11 Chasse was able to finally break through here after he enjoyed a box seat run. It was a good ride by Symons who has a good feel for the horse and he was just far too strong to the line for his rivals. Cannonball landed in a great spot and nearly pulled off a great win. Theres Only One was a big drifter and she was gone before the turn and is looking for something shorter. Port Vell had his chance but just didn’t have enough of a turn of foot. Worth noting: Follow Cannonball, they have worked him out. Race 4. 1100M Emirates Airline MAMA’S CHOICE DWAYNE DUNN 1st $31 FORMIDABLE CHRIS SYMONS 2nd $6 JIMANDO BLAKE SHINN 3rd $2.40F The well backed Jimando was a drifter late in betting and he jumped straight to the front and led the field. He looked to be doing it pretty well but did just look to lack any real turn of foot at the end. He did fight on well and can’t be dropped off. The winner Mama’s Choice ran well. She was able to settle back in the field and she really hit the line well to claim victory. Dunn weaved her through the field at the top of the straight and once she was balanced she looked good to the eye. Not sure this will be the race that producers the winner however, it appears pretty weak. Worth noting: Don’t get too excited about anything here. Race 5. 1200M Shadwell Stud Australasia MOSHEEN DANNY NIKOLIC 1st $3.20F THAT’S THE ONE CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $6.50 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LUKE NOLEN 3rd $11 Big Buddie jumped and led the field up with Rifleman who sat off of the leader and looked to get a good run throughout. He is a good horse Rifleman he just can’t run 1200m, follow him. Mosheen showed all of her class, hooked around them on the turn and she looked to win pretty easily in the end. She is all class Mosheen and has a Slipper placing and is an Oaks winner. Looks to have a good campaign ahead. That’s The One worked home well from the back but he was no match for the filly. Worth noting: Look for Rifleman back to the short trip. Race 6. 1000M United Arab Emirates BEL SPRINTER BEN MELHAM 1st $2.70F KULGRINDA LUKE NOLEN 2nd $4 FASTER SON CRAIG NEWITT 3rd $18 Definitely Ready jumped well but he was unable to work across easily with the speed on his inside. He went well for 900m but felt the pinch late. Once he had thrown in the towel it was the favourites Kulgrinda and Bel Sprinter that loomed up and cleared away from the rest of the field. Kulgrinda was the first to hit the front but it didn’t take long for Bel Sprinter to impose himself. He let down with a really strong run with the 58kg and was far too good. He will go on and be very competitive. Worth noting: First two cleared well out and were lengths ahead of the rest. Race 7. 2000M Reaan BOLTON NICHOLAS HALL 1st $2.70F MONTGOMERY GLEN BOSS 2nd $21 ROYAL MAIL DANNY NIKOLIC 3rd $4.80 Bolton backed up his breakthtrough win over 1700m the start prior with an excellent win. He was allowed to settle midfield throughout before Hall asked him for an effort just approaching the turn. It was a really good performance and he kicked away well upon straightening to put the race away by the 200m. He looked to get a little tired over the concluding stages but was allowed. Sea Galleon did nothing and will be better for the run and will appreciate the blinkers going back on. Montgomery ran well and he is shaping up for a staying race at Moonee Valley. Worth noting: Todays race suited Bolton. Tread carefully wherever he goes next. Race 8. 1400M Nadeem PARTHIAN MARK ZAHRA 1st $7 WEALTHY LAD DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $6.50 STILLME STEVEN ARNOLD 3rd $18 StillMe ran them along here and made sure the tempo was solid but he was unable to sustain that effort. Excluded was well supported but he settled back in the field and that is where he stayed. Parthian and Wealthy Lad both presented at the right time and kicked away from the rest. It was a good win by Parthian who has been racing well and was having his first start in Melbourne. Wealthy Lad is consistent and honest and keeps trying all of the time. By The Way hit the line well from back and I think he is better at Flemington so you can follow him there over 1400m with confidence. Worth noting: Most of these take it in turns most weeks.