Weekend Racing reviews – August 17th

Rosehill review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st            Aussies Love Sport             Tommy Berry
2nd          Happy Clapper                      James McDonald
3rd          Kirov                                          Hugh Bowman

The punters forgave Champagne Cath for its last start defeat, and it began better today, but not as well asSugar Rush which went straight to the front.  Aussies Love Sport came off the fence in second which put Champagne Cath three wide.  Happy Clapper got a nice run behind them on the fence.  Before the turn, Sugar Rush was let stride and had about a three length lead.  At this point Champagne Cath was in reverse, it was revealed after the race however that it pulled up sore.  At the 300m Aussies Love Sport claimed the front with Happy Clapper trying to come after it, but in the run to the line, Aussies Love Sport safely held it, with Kirov running on into third.

Follow: None to follow

Race 2

1st          Honorius              James McDonald
2nd        Soledad                 Christian Reith
3rd        Lunayir                  Hugh Bowman

It was a strange start to race 2 with four runners, Studio, Polish Knight, Illo and I’m Imposing all tailing right off early on.  Havana Rey which was a blower in the market went straight to the front, with Soledad behind it andCoup Ay Tee settling a lot closer today in third.  Mid race, Illo clipped heels and stumbled badly.  The pace looked muddling in the middle stages, and Coup Ay Tee moved up outside the leader.  Early in the straight Coup Ay Tee went up to join Havana Rey, but being ridden so close didn’t really suit it and you could see well backedHonorius getting into the clear and looking the likely winner.  Inside the last 100m he ran away from them, landing some good bets.  Soledad ran into second with Lunayir turning in a pleasing effort in third.

Follow: Honorius, Lunayir

Race 3

1st         Blurred Vision          Kathy O’Hara
2nd      Tenby Lady                Tommy Berry
3rd      Empress Elect            Jason Collett

Blurred Vision went to the front in the third event from San Zaim andDanesiri which was caught wide.  Lady Krovanh which was well supported in betting got a nice run behind the speed.  Danesiri ended up going forward to get in, and was then outside the leader.  Back in the field Urban Rocker was wide all the way.  Around the turn it was a case of catch me if you can, with Blurred Vision taking off and setting up a good break.  Tenby Lady, Urban Rocker and Empress Elect tried to mount challenges down the outside, and whilst Tenby Lady and Empress Elect got close, they were never going to pick up Blurred Vision.  The run of Urban Rocker after being wide all the way was good.  Aliyana also made ground in the run to the line.

Follow: Urban Rocker, Aliyana

Race 4

1st         Photon Willie                 Glyn Schofield
2nd       Micalong                          Jay Ford
3rd        Magic In The Mix         Tommy Berry

Brayroan andMicalong didn’t begin all that well and went back to the tail.   Magic Weekend led early, but One More Grand came across from the deep and went to the front.  Magic In The Mix went to second, and Burbero got a nice run behind the speed.  Red Excitement was trapped three and four wide.  The eventual winner,Photon Willie got a nice run about midfield.  At the 300m, Red Excitement had the audacity to strike the front, but couldn’t sustain the run after being wide.  Burbero had pushed through and looked some chance, but Photon Willie which had been ridden a treat was joining in with its run down the outside and went to the lead soon after.  Photon Willie tried to throw it away close to the line, and Micalong came with a charging run, but the skill of Schofield got Photon Willie home from Micalong and Magic In The Mix.  Red Excitement was a very good run.  Burbero gets the sack after this effort where it had every possible chance.

Follow: Red Excitement

Race 5

1st        Velrosso           Jim Cassidy
2nd      Catkins              Hugh Bowman
3rd      Fireball              Tommy Berry

Dee’n’Gee wasn’t flash to begin and went back to the tail of the field.  Snitsky began best, with Catkinsalong the inside.  Fireball and Kenny’s World began well out wide and looked to come across.  When they settled it was Snitsky and Kenny’s World that paired off in front.  The eventual winner, Velrosso went back to last as expected. Altius which ran well last start off a long break, was again caught wide today.  In the straight, Snitsky and Catkins looked like fighting it out initially, but Velrosso, in the same fashion it did last start, unleashed a powerful finish, and in the end came away for a soft win.  You have to give all credit to the winner, but it’s not a horse of mine due to its get back racing style.  Dee’n’Gee made up some ground in the straight after its poor beginning, and I again liked the run of Altius and think it will definitely win a race this campaign.  Catkins ran well, but was just overshadowed by the winner on the day.

Follow: Dee’n’Gee, Altius

Race 6

1st         Va Pensiero            Tim Clark
2nd       Cluster                      Hugh Bowman
3rd       Windjammer          Nathan Berry

The San Domenico was race 6, with all runners bar one being first up from a spell.  That’s a no bet race for mine. Kuroshiobegan like a bomb on the inside and went straight to the front.  Va Pensiero ran to second, and Never Can Tell got a nice run behind them. Sidestep which was sent out favourite got back in the field and was a bit cramped for room.  In the straight, Va Pensiero put in a very professional effort and held off all challengers. Cluster and Windjammerran nice races in second and third.  The talking point of the race will be Sidestep.  It is fair to say that nothing went right for it, but I didn’t like how it wanted to hang in up the straight, and it won’t be getting any of my money next time out when I am sure it will start short again.  Kuroshio, after its brilliant beginning, stopped badly in the straight and was tailed off last.

Follow: Cluster

Race 7

1st         Lilliburlero                         Nash Rawiller
2nd       Song And Laughter         James McDonald
3rd       Hoybell                                Jim Cassidy

Saddler’s Wish missed the kick a bit here.  Project Compassion initially had the lead, but Arrowette then ran to the front and General’s Sniper went up outside of it.  Lilliburlero, which was heavily backed, landed in a great spot, one out and one back.  Essentially it was a text book ride from Nash Rawiller on Lilliburlero and early in the straight when he let her rip, it was obvious she was not going to get run down.  Of the beaten runners,Hoybell went quite nicely, with a bit of a checked passage in the straight.

Follow: Lilliburlero, Hoybell

Race 8

1st          Winning Glory            Serge Lisnyy
2nd        Less Is More               Jay Ford
3rd        Euryale                         Christian Reith

1800m for the last event, and Winning Glory went to the front as it likes to do. Travolta didn’t have a lot of pace in the very early stages today, and then worked up around them into second.  Charing Cross and Muirfield had nice runs behind the speed.  The pace looked fairly genuine as Winning Glory moved away with a 4 length break.  Travolta was chasing hard a long way out.  Winning Glory showed more heart today than he usually does, and kept going all the way up the straight for a good win.  Less Is More and Euryalefinished off the best of the beaten brigade, but the run of the race came from Travolta, who had a big weight, worked hard early and kept chasing all the way.  The run told on him in the last 50m, but with a bit more luck, can win a race soon.

Follow: Travolta

Specials from the meeting: Red Excitement, Lilliburlero, Hoybell, Travolta

Here are some key runners Todd has spotted from the Caulfield meeting

Race 4 – Fast ‘n’ Rocking should have beaten Safeguard, but I think both of them are very smart and will win more races.

Race 5 – Kiss A Rose made it two from two and I really liked how it hit the line.  Metastasio and Bulbula were both badly held up.  Metastasio did very well once out to just get beaten.

Radce 6 – Puissance De Lune looks to be a freak – It makes me wonder why they are kicking its campaign off so early though, maybe The Cox Plate is more the target than The Melbourne Cup?

Race 8 – A Time For Julia powered home and should improve.