Sandown review compiled by Rick Williams
 
Race 1.     1400M    City of Opportunity Handicap GO KATRINA            CHRIS SYMONS     1st     $5 OUR SPIRITS BAY    JAKE NOONAN       2nd   $5.50 STELLA COMMAND   LUKE NOLEN         3rd    $26Go Katrina was on the limit and drawn the inside in a race where there didn’t look to be a lot of pace. Our Spirits Bay was coming off a month between runs and ran well to lead at a solid clip and hold on for 2nd in what was quite a bunched finish. Worth noting: The favourite Volando has had 12 starts on good and dead tracks for no wins and just 4 placings. Race 2.     2100M    Greater Dandenong Chamber of Commerce Handicap  PLACEMENT               KATELYN MALLYON    1st     $8.50 TANAH LOT                 DAMIEN OLIVER         2nd     $4.40 HEEZ BORN LUCKY    NOEL CALLOW           3rd     $6.50 Placement burst through in the last 100m for just her 2nd win in 28 starts. She had form through the very promising Power O’Raylee but wasn’t well fancied in this with a poor winning strike-rate. She needed a soft run to just get up. The hot favourite Apres didnt settle at all in the first 400 and was never going to have anything left at the finish. That’s not the first time he’s done that and he’s a regular in stewards reports. Worth noting: Some horses just keep finding trouble and Apres looks to be one of those. Race 3.     1600M    The Greater Dandenong Weekly Handicap   SPIRIT SONG         BRAD RAWILLER     1st     $4F GOD HELP HER     CRAIG WILLIAMS     2nd    $7 PROCIDA               GLEN BOSS             3rd     $4.60 Spirit Song had a great run 3rd the fence, got out at the right time and let down well to win very easily. Trainer Aaron Purcell has had her for 4 starts for 3 wins and a half-length second to Grenada Road. Procida is a get-back horse who is always going to need luck in running. The leader Court Ya was having her 3rd start in 18 days and compounded in the straight to run 7th. Worth noting: Spirit Song has been first or second at the turn in 8 straight races and these types of on-pace horses are very consistent betting propositions. Race 4.     1300M    AC Goulding Airconditioning Handicap   GREAT DAME          CHRIS SYMONS    1st     $4.60F SEGUE                    MARK ZAHRA        2nd    $11 THE GOOD WIFE     MICHAEL RODD     3rd     $5 An early double for Chris Symons thanks to a smart front running ride coming across from barrier 10. Great Dame was coming off an 8 length win first up at Stony Creek and handled the big jump in class in great style. Clearly a raw talent with a big future possibly over more ground. Divine Madonna’s half-sister The Good Wife also shows plenty of promise for the Kavanagh stable. The experiment of stepping Song Of The Bell up in distance was a failure. Worth noting: Backing horses in the city off a maiden win is a losing proposition, but ones like these that can defy that class rise, step up so quickly and run time (class record) are well worth following. Race 5.     1600M    Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Final  OVER QUOTA     PETER MERTENS     1st     $15 AGRIPPA            DWAYNE DUNN        2nd     $7 GIRESUN            STEVEN ARNOLD     3rd     $4.80F Over Quota came into the race off two big priced wins ($15 and $61) and was at a big price again here ($15). Mertens settled Over Quota in a lovely spot one out and one back and he finished well to beat the very consistent Agrippa. The winner looks like he will get further than a mile. Belgietto has gone 15 starts without a win despite being fancied in most of those. Comeback jockey Glen Boss was thrown off Josimar as they jumped when the horse buckled. Worth noting: The win brought up a double (from just 2 runners) for trainer Greg Eurell. Race 6.     1400M    City of Greater Dandenong Cup   ADAMS BELL          DANNY NIKOLIC     1st     $10 VALEDICTORIAN     CRAIG WILLIAMS    2nd    $4.20 FLASH KID              JACOB RULE          3rd     $31 Danny Nikolic needed all of his vigour and every bit of the 1400m to get Adams Bell over the line and just nail Valedictorian. That was his first win in his last 16 starts and he did it the hard way racing 3 wide the trip and grinding away in the straight. The runner up never runs a bad race. Ben Zena started favourite, enjoyed a good run but didn’t show any acceleration in the straight. Worth noting: Adams Bell will need to be very well placed by Nikki Burke to be winning again soon. Race 7.     1400M    Hilton Manufacturing Handicap   BOMBALATOMBA    BRAD RAWILLER    1st     $6 WESTCHESTER      MARK ZAHRA          2nd    $18 HENWOOD              STEVEN KING         3rd     $5.50 Bombalatomba finished well to score a narrow but fairly impressive win over a gallant Westchester. That made it a double for Brad Rawiller which was a good effort considering the previous Saturday he had to ride at Moe to get a decent book. Unfortunately for Rawiller he now has to take an enforced holiday. Bombalatomba will be aimed at some of the bigger races over the Autumn carnival but he wont want to be giving the topliners a big head start. He’d featured in the stewards reports in all 5 of his career runs before this. Westchester was coming back 200m in distance and had to drop back to the rear from a wide barrier so his effort to make the winner fight all the way was very good, especially considering the big gap to 3rd. Worth noting: Henwood was super on debut and solid here so keep a watch on him. Race 8.     1200M    Sportingbet Handicap  PAGO ROCK        LUKE NOLEN         1st     $3.90 LIKE AN EAGLE   DAMIEN OLIVER     2nd    $3.30F THAT’S NOT IT      CHRIS SYMONS     3rd     $6 The two highly fancied runners were both Perth horses resuming from a spell and they ran the quinella in a head bobber that could have gone either way. Like An Eagle isn’t overly endowed with tactical speed, whereas Pago Rock always gets to a position where he makes his own luck. Like An Eagle is very promising. Worth noting: Moody’s flat patch late last year (by his lofty standards) looks to be well and truly over.
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Canterbury review
 
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 11st    Nocturnelle    Glyn Schofield 2nd   Pectin           Peter Robl 3rd    Mickelberg    Blake Shinn Trick Shot eventually worked across from a three wide position early to lead Follow My Lead with Mickelberg taking the trail. Glyn Schofield knew he had a fair horse under him and let Nocturnelle settle a clear last after bungling the start. In the straight she unleashed a powerful run to win going away. Pectin tried hard by realistically was no match for the winner. Saramenha found itself wide for a good bit of the race and although not beating many home was a fair run. Follow: Nocturnelle, Saramenha Race 2 1st    Jade Marauder    Glyn Schofield 2nd   Almighty Charge  Tom Berry 3rd    Rampaging          Hugh Bowman Race two basically was the Jade Marauder stakes and an early double to Glyn Schofield.  It was another horse to settle right back near last and unwind a big finish. You don’t see this often in two year old races and although there was a fair pace on, you have to say all honours were with her. It was the turn of foot just around the home turn that won the race and this was maintained in the run to the line. The run of Almighty Charge was good, leading and sprinting away from the rest of the field on straightening and Rampaging will be improved following its debut run for third. Follow: Almighty Charge, Rampaging. Jade Marauder likely to start short from here on. Race 3 1st    Fontelina        Blake Shinn 2nd   Said Com       Hugh Bowman 3rd    Prosperity Aethon    Sam Clipperton Said Com was ridden perhaps a touch too confidently by Hugh Bowman, going back to last. He looked like he would get up on the straight but perhaps shirked the task a little bit late in the race and went under narrowly. Maybe I am being harsh and it just wants further or needed the run. There was a strong pace set by Road To Summer but it never actually crossed to the fence with Wild And Proud kicking up inside it. Those two were quickly beaten in the straight. Fontelina and Said Com had the race set up for them and it was Fontelina who found plenty to get the win. Follow: None to follow Race 4 1st    Al’s Magic Miss   Sam Clipperton 2nd   La Remlap           Shaun Guymer 3rd    Girls Go Racing   Hugh Bowman La Remlap went along genuinely in the lead and did its best to hold off Al’s Magic Miss that sat outside of it. Al’s Magic Miss really dug in the last 50m and it was a pretty fair win. Girls Go Racing which had missed the start made good ground but be careful if it continues to display poor barrier manners. Chula Vista was making good ground down the outside in the last part of the race. Follow: Chula Vista Race 5 1st    Steps In Time          Jim Cassidy 2nd   Onthelookout           Adam Hyeronimous 3rd    Star Of Octagonal    Robert Thompson The Pumper earned his money here having to ride Steps In Time a bit to find the lead and then having to get stuck into it the last bit to get it home, but in the end it was, I suppose, a comfortable enough win. Onthelookout ran a great race for second but it was the third horse Star Of Octagonal that I thought might take the most improvement from this race and has a win in store soon. At about the 200m it was a real chance of bursting through for second but its fitness possibly gave out the last bit. Follow:  Star Of Octagonal, Chula Vista Race 6 1st    Slow The Flow    Glyn Schofield 2nd   Radar                 Tom Berry 3rd    So Generous      Matthew Cahill So Generous and Duke Of Cornwall raced each other for the lead which left Happy Finish and Midnight At Ascot three and four wide respectively. Radar got a pretty cushy run about three lengths off the lead. Slow The Flow was smothered away in the second half of the field the entire race and it appeared evident on the turn it had plenty to give. It took a little while to find clear running but then pinged like a pretty good horse. Single Warrior was making excellent ground in the straight to run fourth. Follow: Single Warrior Race 7 1st    Tigress Lily       Blake Shinn 2nd   Miracle Magic   Tom Berry 3rd    Okane              Josh Adams Due to an inside draw, Umatain found the lead but disputed that spot early with Miracle Magic and Surge Draw. Tigress Lilly was smothered away in the run and was bolting on the turn but when he decided to get into the clear on it, there was little regard for the horses outside of it, namely Bielski and Mangaroa Flyer. You can put a line through both of them so bad was the interference. Okane is another that may have done more however checked badly off heels just before the turn and was lucky not to come down. The winner did sprint well but it is a difficult race to assess from a future view point. Follow: None to follow Race 8 1st    Skateboard          Rod Quinn 2nd   World Wide          Blake Shinn 2nd   Acta Non Verba    Sam Clipperton Skateboard jumped well and then took a cushy sit on the fence behind the pace. Bereft was three wide all day and you can forget its run. Sienna Red had an easy run and finished off ok but there were clearly two future winners in this race which were World Wide and Diamond Jim. Both horses have been going very well since coming back from their spells and you would think something around the 1800 – 2200m range will suit now. Follow: World Wide, Diamond Jim Specials from the meeting: Almighty Charge, Star Of Octagonal, World Wide, Diamond Jim