Moonee Valley review by Ray Hickson Race 1: Quest Moonee Valley (1500m) 1st Kentucky Flyer – Vlad Duric 2nd Polish Tiger – Mark Zahra 3rd Scadden’s Run – Noel Callow Speed came from the outside with Palaios crossing to the fence and Voltimor coming over with him. Euston Road found the box seat inside Kentucky Flyer and Sohool and Polish Tiger settled midfield. Palaios really stacked them up and before the 600m Del Piero made a dash from near the tail and flushed out Kentucky Flyer as they made a line of four in front. Polish Tiger was flat footed when the sprint went on. Palaios and Voltimor cracked when the pace went on and Kentucky Flyer took over on the turn with Del Piero. Euston Road worked off the fence and shoved Polish Tiger wider as he tried to pick up the bit. Kentucky Flyer had the measure of Del Piero at the 200m but Polish Tiger was warming up and he made a late dive but missed. From the back Scadden’s Run produced a big finish to snatch third from the weakening Del Piero and Voltimor who came again in the straight. Sohool disappointed. Follow: Polish Tiger is getting close to a win. Race 2: Jeep Handicap (1600m) 1st Boogielicious – Luke Currie 2nd Mossbeat – Craig Williams 3rd Spanish Love – Stephen Baster Plenty of waiting in the early stages for something to lead and Bring A Ring shot forward by the first turn. Letmedowngently was midfield when they jumped before improving to be outside the leader and Herstory ran to third around Vincent’s Thirst. Boogielicious landed in the clear with Oak Park Goblet and midfield were Spanish Love and Mossbeat as they started to string out. Bring A Ring wasn’t settling at all in front and she and Letmedowngently were in trouble before the turn as the runs started to come. Herstory and Boogielicious swept to the lead with Mossbeat and Spanish Love on their backs running on. Vincent’s Thirst went back to the fence and Bet You She Rocks made some ground. Boogielicious sprinted away in the last 100m and certainly didn’t look like a 50/1 shot in winning easily. Mossbeat and Spanish Love ran into the placings ahead of Herstory, who again didn’t run out a mile. Away from those Spirit Of Heaven went back and was never sighted in the run. Very disappointing effort from her. Follow: Spanish Love is just about ready and is desperate for a bigger track. Race 3: Ranvet Handicap (1500m) 1st Bon Rocket – Craig Newitt 2nd So Does He – Vlad Duric 3rd Leveraction – Jessica Payne So Does He was a bit slow from the inside gate. Grand Sai Wan was first to the fence but Leveraction kicked on to take up his usual role. Razzle Dazzle Rock and Airalign let them go and Strong Hand settled three back on the fence. Upbeat went up three wide and Bon Rocket landed in a good spot midfield with Master Reset striding up outside him. Leveraction ran a few lengths clear by the 800m and had them chasing, putting Strong Hand right off the bit a long way out. Razzle Dazzle Rock also gave in and Grand Sai Wan and Master Reset set out after the leader. Bon Rocket worked into the clear coming to the turn, Airalign went back towards the inside and So Does He managed to get to the outside but a fair way off them. Leveraction was all out past the 100m and Bon Rocket sprinted quickly and put the race away. So Does He hit the line hard when balanced up to get up ahead of Master Reset who stuck on well and the eye-catcher Boom Time, perhaps a bit stiff not to run a place. Strong Hand must have come to the end of his preparation as he was too bad to be true. Follow: Master Reset’s run was handy and Boom Time has come back well. Race 4: 1Print Craig Opie Cup (1600m) 1st Chance To Dance – Craig Williams 2nd The United States – Damien Lane 3rd Abbasso – Craig Newitt None of them were overly keen to take it up and eventually Onpicalo came over from out wide but had to work as Streets Away kept him off the fence. Pacific Heights held the rails and Mujadale kept improving wider out and worked up to be outside the lead. Chance To Dance raced in the clear next and The United States and Abbasso followed. Onpicalo was showing signs of distress at the 400m and Mujadale headed him but was also under pressure. Streets Away couldn’t sprint and Chance To Dance loomed up four deep with The United States going with him. Baron Archer was widest trying to make ground from the back. The stablemates Chance To Dance and The United States broke away and just as it looked like The United States was getting the upper hand he turned his head and Chance To Dance kicked back to beat him. Abbasso worked through to third without ever threatening. Mujadale did a good job to stick on and Baron Archer also ran on to be close up. Of the others Prince Cheri didn’t do much after getting back and only beat a couple home. He pulled up lame. Follow: nothing outside the first two. Race 5: Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m) 1st Stay With Me – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Pasadena Girl – Vlad Duric 3rd Don’t Doubt Mamma – Luke Currie Haybah beat them out easily and led with Sweet Redemption showing pace as well. Inner City Girl and Grisbi’s Run were handy while Sagaronne was three back on the fence inside Just One Moment. A bunch of them were in midfield with Jameka improving wide out, Don’t Doubt Marley and Our Vidia. Jameka kept her run going and worked up third by the 600m. Haybah was giving a sight coming to the turn and had a few of them chasing, Sweet Redemption couldn’t match her and Jameka was staying on. Wider out the runs were coming and Stay With Me went straight past Just One Moment and picked up Haybah inside the 100m, Pasadena Girl was rushing home behind her but the race fitness told with Stay With Me a bit too good. Pasadena Girl did a good job to run second and from well back Don’t Doubt Mamma arrived in time to grab a gallant Jameka for a minor place. Don’t Doubt Marley was close up and a nice run from Badawiya who got a long way back and had a checkered passage home. Wouldn’t knock Sagaronne for her effort despite finishing well back as she was virtually untested in behind them. Follow: should be a strong race, Pasadena Girl has come back well. Race 6: The Cup Club Stakes (1200m) 1st Fell Swoop – Damien Oliver 2nd Beach Front – Stephen Baster 3rd Griante – Steven Arnold Galaxy Pegasus was slow and didn’t pick up early. Solsay bounced in front with Beach Front up on the outside. Fell Swoop split them for a while then eased to take a trail. Just Magical rushed around them to be handy but wide ahead of Pilly’s Wish, Fast Cash and Griante in a line. No real pace on past the 600m and Solsay, slapped up, started to roll off the fence and Beach Front joined him on the turn. Fell Swoop looked to be under pressure to pick them up when he went back to the inside and Griante loomed up wider out. Fell Swoop kicked in past the 200m and put the race away very quickly after giving a little scare before the turn. Beach Front battled on strongly to hold second at any odds and Griante ran an improved race. Solsay held on, illustrating how slow they went, and the only one to make any significant ground was Fast ‘N’ Rocking right down the outside late. Winner was far too good and his versatility served him well here. The start proved costly for Galaxy Pegasus but he didn’t pick up in the straight. Follow: none. Race 7: Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) 1st The Cleaner – Noel Callow 2nd Bagman – Michael Walker 3rd Dibayani – Damien Lane The Cleaner worked his way to the front after 100m or so as you’d expect with Kenjorwood and Mourinho on his inside. Contributer couldn’t hold the fence and eased to fifth inside Dibayani. Banca Mo and No Tricks were the next pair as The Cleaner ran a couple of lengths clear up the back straight. He was largely left alone with Kenjorwood sitting at his quarters until The Cleaner went up a gear past the 600m. Mourinho and Dibayani were also put under pressure and Contributer niggled at while waiting for a run. The Cleaner went for home on the turn as Mourinho and Kenjorwood were battling to hold their spots. Contributer pushed his way out, though Dibayani didn’t make it easy for him, and Bagman started to sweep home out wide. When Contributer worked into the clear he was flat footed and didn’t sprint at all and The Cleaner raced away to make it back-to-back wins in the race. Bagman ran out of his skin to finish second and Dibayani recovered from his bump with Contributer to grab third. How do we assess Contributer? Kenjorwood kicked back and stole fourth from him and he was under pressure 600m out. You can’t sack him on one run but you’d be game to take evens or thereabouts next time. Mourinho also raced below his best. Follow: none, let’s see what happens next run with some of these. Race 8: McEwen Stakes (1000m) 1st Chautauqua – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Flamberge – Vlad Duric 3rd Furnaces – Patrick Moloney I’m All The Talk broke best and Sistonic went with him and kept him off the fence. Sweet Emily and Furnaces settled a couple of lengths back and a similar gap to Flamberge outside Kuro, who recovered after a fair beginning. They strung right out and that allowed Chautauqua to find clear running from his wide alley. Sistonic and I’m All The Talk were still at it coming to the turn with Furnaces easing around them, Sweet Emily went back to the fence and Kuro was help up for a run. Flamberge chimed in and Chautauqua had got to the outside and was only four lengths off the lead at the 200m. Furnaces hit the lead but by the 100m Chautauqua swallowed them up and dashed clear for a dominant first-up win. Flamberge ran into second in his usual honest fresh run and Furnaces battled on well after chasing the speed. A bunch of them behind the placings with Klishina running on, Sweet Emily and Tycoon Tara, the luckless Kuro and The Quarterback warming up when it all over. Winner a class above, be forgiving of Kuro a little. Follow: hard to go past Chautauqua. Race 9: Open Handicap (2040m) 1st Digitalism – Michael Dee 2nd Lord Durante – Darren Gauci 3rd Shenzhou Steeds – Damien Oliver Wexford Town gathered pace to lead fairly easily over Lord Durante with Almoonqith in the box seat. Stellarized found a good spot early while Shenzhou Steeds was four deep out of the straight around Digitalism, Renew and Ihtsahymn. Shenzhou Steeds did a heap of work to get up outside Wexford Town midrace then the leader put the foot down again. Lord Durante wound up out three wide by the 800m and as they bunched up Correggio took off from well back and Our Voodoo Prince went with him. Wexford Town was the first beaten and Shenzhou Steeds and Lord Durante assumed control at the 400m, Stellarized was out and Ihtsahymn looked to have something to offer. Our Voodoo Prince was shoved out of the way by Digitalism as he worked into it. Shenzhou Steeds had a good kick and came again at Lord Durante as they looked to fight it out. Digitalism and Our Voodoo Prince were the late closers are Digitalism got up in the last stride to tip out Lord Durante and a game Shenzhou Steeds with Our Voodoo Prince just missing out. Behind them Stellarized battled on, Albonetti ran on as usual with Prizum. Doumaran hit the line strongly from last as well in a nice first up effort. Follow: like to see Doumaran again. Specials from the meeting: Boom Time, Pasadena Girl, Spanish Love. Randwick Review by Todd Burmester Race 1 1st Astronomos – Jason Collett 2nd Loophole – Jim Cassidy 3rd Campania – Kerrin McEvoy They got underway in the first over 2000m with the favourite Astronomos clearly missing the kick and settling back last. They pace looked pretty good early with Orient Love holding the lead on the inside of Zayam with a few lenghts back to Loophole in third. The order didn’t change in the middle stages, but the field did pack up a little bit after being strung out early. Before the turn, Loophole started to sneak up on the leaders and from the back of the field Astronomos started to make up its ground. Up the rise and towards the furlong pole, Loophole strode to the front and was looking pretty good. Astronomos was grinding away at the lead and then really dug in inside the last 100m and picked up Loophole in the shadows of the post in what was a very good win. Loophole is still obviously in good form and shouldn’t lose any admirers for its defeat here. Follow: Astronomos, Loophole Race 2 1st Faralitos – James McDonald 2nd Ruling Dynasty – Tommy Berry 3rd Heren’s Oak – Brenton Avdulla They raced over the mile for the second event and Dragon Flyer ran to the front early on until he was headed off by Faralitos who led by a couple of lengths after they settled down. Montiro was in third on the fence with Herne’s Oak on its outside. Wine Tales who was sent out favourite was a clear last. Around the turn and up the rise, Faralitos looked to travel big time with a number of rivals off the bit chasing. Inside the furlong it was still all Faralitos, and Wine Tales had far too much ground to make up and was making heavy weather of it. In the closing stages, Ruling Dynasty was the only one to make any impression, but all credit was with the winner here after a lovely ride from James McDonald in front. Follow: Ruling Dynasty Race 3 1st Metallic Crown – Jim Cassidy 2nd Tatoosh – Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Kimberley Star – Blake Shinn Metallic Crown sprung the gates in race three and went straight to the front from Voilier who moved quickly into second spot, until Cannyescent strode around the outside after being deep early and moved up outside the leader. That move put a little bit of speed into the race and those two drew about three lengths in front from Voilier. The favourite, Kimberley Star settled midfield. Mid race Mettalic Crown had set up a handy break and still had a couple of lengths to spare around the bend and looked to travel well up the rise. Soon after, Cannyescent came with its run and virtually leveled up to Metallic Crown, as Kimberley Star also started to run on. Inside the final 100m, they were all over the shop challenging for victory, but ultimately Metallic Crown pulled out too much and held them all at bay for a gutsy win. Tatoosh made good ground from the back to run second as it has done previously, and the question with it is whether it is always going to be a “back me next time horse”. Kimberley Star appeared to be beaten on its merits, Cannyescent can be given another chance given the early effort it put in to take up a position. Follow: Cannyescent Race 4 1st Speak Fondly – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Perignon – Hugh Bowman 3rd Ottoman – James McDonald There were a few that were quickly off the mark here, with the roughie Capricious Spirit taking it up in front from Serene Majesty. Those two gave Speak Fondly a nice sit in third spot, with Ottoman looking to slot into the one out and one back trail but wanting to over race. They came around the turn in that order, and shortly after, Speak Fondly was pushing its way out of the pocket and she claimed the leader as they topped the rise. Ottoman came with its run, but Speak Fondly showed a lovely turn of foot and was set for victory inside the furlong despite Perignon trying to raise an effort. Ottoman died on its run, but can be given another chance given it was fresh today. The winner was impressive. Follow: Speak Fondly Race 5 1st Shiraz – Hugh Bowman 2nd Craftiness – Blake Shinn 3rd Ball Of Muscle – Glyn Schofield The Concord Stakes was race five and Ball Of Muscle was sent out favourite and pinged straight into the lead over its stablemate Craftiness. Behind those, Happy Galaxy, Unanimously and Shiraz made a line of three from inside to out. Early in the straight, favourite backers were on good terms with themselves as Ball Of Muscle looked to travel well and still had the lead clearly inside the furlong pole, inside the final 100m through he was found wanting as Shiraz hit the line very nicely along with Craftiness, but it was Shiraz that had too much class in the end and beat Craftiness and the tiring Ball Of Muscle who I thought was a bit disappointing. Those three completely gapped the rest of them. Follow: The first three here are all very good, Ball Of Muscle will be fitter. Race 6 1st Complacent – Sam Clipperton 2nd Kermadec – Glen Boss 3rd Royal Descent – Hugh Bowman The Chelmsford was race 6 on the card and Complacement jumped into the lead here and took it up from Hartnell who was up on the outside of the leader when they settled down. Kermadec was behind those two but wide, with Beaten Up on the fence and Royal Descent pushing through in the middle. Pornichet was just behind those runners, completing the leading group. Around the turn and up the rise, everyone was waiting for Complacent to stop, but it was traveling nicely. Kermadec also looked to travel big time despite its wide run, Pornichet was launching down the outside and Hartnell looked under a bit of pressure and wasn’t really picking up. In the run to the line, Complacent just kept finding, and got the money at very big odds. Kermadec beat the rest easily, which was a good effort given it sat wide on the speed, and after I wasn’t convinced first up, I am now on the bandwagon and looking forward to seeing it over a bit more ground. Royal Descent ran her honest race in third. Pornichet and Hartnell perhaps didn’t run up to expectations but their efforts were still a good pass mark. Junoob ran another great race and is definitely a future winner over more ground. Who Shot Thebarman also ran nicely, but Junoob did come away from it a bit in the last part. Beaten Up was solid and I’m Imposing made ground late and would probably appreciate a drop back in class. It’s one of those races where it will pay to watch the replay. Follow: Kermadec (don’t sack Hartnell, Pornichet), Junoob over longer ground Race 7 1st Hooked – Tye Angland 2nd Ecuador – Jason Collett 3rd Rudy – Kerrin McEvoy Race 7 was The Tramway with Hooked pinging the lids and finding the fence first. Arabian Gold was up on the outside when they settled and Sweynesse was in third even wider out. They pace didn’t look anything flash throughout and when they got into the straight, the two up front, Hooked and Arabian Gold still looked to have plenty to offer, as did Sweynesse despite being wide. Up to the furlong Hooked kicked, with Ecuador on the inside threatening some danger, but Hooked kept digging in and had the measure of Ecuador in the final stages in a well deserved win after running some good races at this level previously. The eye catchers out of this were, Rudy who was wide and still found the line very nicely, Lucia Valentina who put in her customery big sprint from the back and Kirramosa who found the line equally well. Gypsy Diamone and It’s Somewhat were also ok in the straight. Follow: Rudy, Lucia Valentina, Kirramosa Race 8 1st Sadler’s Lake – Tye Angland 2nd Forget – Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Candelara – Brenton Avdulla 1400m for the last event with Candelara and Bohemian Lily disputing the lead early on before Candelara took it up and strode clear. Bohemian Lilly looked to settle nicely in second, Forget was in third but up on the steel and Sadler’s Lake was inside of it going nicely. The favourite, Bold Circle was back last. Mid race, Bohemian Lily came off the fence and moved closer to the leader but didn’t really challenge it until they were spinning the bend. At that point, Bold Circle was also off from last coming with a run out wide. Candelara was going better than Bohemian Lily early in the straight, with Sadler’s Lake bolting in behind them but needing a clear run. Soon after, that run came and Saddler’s Lake showed a nice turn of foot and had their measure at the 100m mark. Forget continued its consistent form running into second and Candelara held the rest of them off for third. Follow: Sadler’s Lake could be pretty smart Specials from the meeting: Kermadec, Rudy, Sadler’s Lake