Weekend Racing Reviews – August 24th

Warwick Farm review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st            Lucripetous                             Nash Rawiller

2nd           Travolta                                   Tommy Berry

3rd           Angelus                                   Kerrin McEvoy

The stayers got them underway in the first event over 2200m, and let’s face it, these are the kind of horses that take turns in winning.  As happened last time, Travolta didn’t begin as well as it would have liked, and that blew its chances of leading (and possibly of winning).  To the run out of the straight, Strike Me Lucky led up from Tavolta, with Phrases third the fence.  Sacred Flyer got onto the back of Travolta which put Lucripetous three wide early, but it soon strode around to be outside the leader.  At around the 600m, Angelus was off from the back but was pushed very wide when Sacred Flyer went with it.  Lucripetous had the front at the top of the straigh, with Travolta trying to chase and Angelus coming down the outside who had gone past Sacred Flyer.  In the run to the line, Lucripetous outgunned them, and perhaps being ridden a bit more positively is the way to go with him as he made it successive wins today.  Although Travolta tried hard he didn’t really race with any zip, but I feel leading is his go.  Angelus was sound in third after making a long wide run.

Follow: Angelus

Race 2

1st          Acapela                                 Brenton Avdulla

2nd         Canny Ballad                          Kathy O’Hara

3rd         Gangster’s Choice                   Glen Boss

Charing Cross and Zakynthos Impritz paired off early in the second, but Burbero which looked like being caught wide went up and strode to the front soon after.  Gangster’s Choice was caught wide just off the speed.  Before the turn Acapela, which was back in the field got rolling to put itself in a challenging position as they turned.  At the 200m, Acapela looked the winner as she was the fresh horse that had done little work in the run.  She strode clear of Canny Ballad who did the chasing but couldn’t catch her.  Gangster’s Choice was a nice run in third after being wide.

Follow: Gangster’s Choice

Race 3

1st                    Hidden Kisses                         Glyn Schofield

2nd                    Royal Descent                        Nash Rawiller

3rd                    Queen’s Elect                          Jason Collett

The short priced favourite, Royal Descent jumped well from out wide, but was snagged back when there was plenty of pace inside of her.  No Looking Back kicked up to lead from Pinocchio and Queen’s Elect which was caught wide.  Royal Descent was kept wide at the back of the field, in what looked like a ride to keep her “safe” and rely upon her class.  Before the turn, Royal Descent was off with its run out wide, with the stablemate Hidden Kisses going in front of her to put her one horse wider.  Queen’s Elect hit the front in the straight, but had been wide and was claimed by the Waller stablemates, and it was the fit and in form Hidden Kisses narrowly getting the money over Royal Descent who looks set for a good campaign from here on.

Follow: Royal Descent (Caulfield Cup)

Race 4

1st                    Thump                                     Jim Cassidy

2nd                    Sweet Idea                              Tommy Berry

3rd                    Montsegur                               Kerrin McEvoy

Sweet Idea jumped well and the jockey wanted to lead, but the others had another idea, and they kept her very wide despite the fact she was continued to be ridden hard and look for the front.  Eventually she was in front, but couldn’t cross with Thump railing up inside of her.  Killcareless eventually pulled out of the speed battle and took the sit in third.  Montsegur settled one out and one back.  In the straight, Thump kept kicking to win from a very gallant Sweet Idea, who was entitled to drop out after working early.  Montsegur didn’t have the dash to go with the first two but will improve over ground and the same can be said for Twilight Royale which finished off ok.

Follow: Sweet Idea

Race 5

1st               War                            Tommy Berry

2nd              Drago                          Peter Robl

3rd               Vilanova                      Hugh Bowman

Drago and Pitcrew which were right in betting went out the the back of the field early.  War jumped straight to the lead along the inside, which was turned out to be a winning move.  Diamond Oasis was outside of it andFuerza which began well was caught three wide.  Vilanova got a nice run behind the speed.  Around the turn, War looked to have them stacked up, but did leave the fence which presented Vilanova and Pitcrew with their chances to come through and challenge.  War gave a great kick at the 200m and the race was over, with Drago the only one able to make any ground, and he will be everyone horse to follow out of the race – I think it may be another couple of runs before we really see the best of him though.  Vilanova and Pitcrew were only sound and will need to improve to beat to turn the tables on the first two.

Follow: Drago (long term)

Race 6

1st                 Veyron                                  Christian Reith

2nd                Streama                                Glen Boss

3rd                Rain Affair                              Nash Rawiller

Rain Affair jumped brilliantly from the outside as many expected and he set up a clear lead early in the picture. Streama chased in second place, although three lengths astern at the 800m.  Veyron settled in third spot but was a good six lengths from Rain Affair.  Rain Affair still had a break at the 200m, but did look to be in a spot of bother soon after.  Veyron emerged with its run, and Streama came with him and they fought it out, with Veyron getting a narrow win.  The run of Streama was full of merit given she chased Rain Affair all the way.  Of the beaten brigade, Metal Bender was pleasing first up from a long break, Toydini went nicely and Foreteller finished the last bit of its race off well.

Follow: Streama, Toydini, Foreteller

Race 7

1st                    Windswept                            Brenton Avdulla

2nd                    Reunite                                Hugh Bowman

3rd                    River Of Salvation                  Sam Clipperton

Norma Betty’s Boy began like a bomb from the outside and was three lengths clear in the blink of an eye.  Norma Betty’s Boy stayed wide and Fort Sumter and Genki Moochi closed the gap up and went up to share the lead.  The eventual winner Windswept, which was fitter now after two runs back, had a nice run just behind the speed.  Casual Choice was caught wide.  At the 200m, Windswept had found a run along the inside to challenge for the lead, River Of Salvation was coming through a bit wider out and Reunite launched a big claim down the outside from back in the field.  Reunite looked the probable winner, but Windswept had done no work in the run and sprinted well to hold off Reunite with River Of Salvation third.  Reversing the runs of the first two horses probably reverses the result also.

Follow: Reunite

Race 8

1st                    Rebel Dane                             Glen Boss

2nd                    Title                                       Jay Ford

3rd                    Norzita                                   Hugh Bowman

Ichihara crossed and led from Malavio in the last event, with Title and Alma’s Fury getting nice runs behind them.  Knight Exemplar was caught three wide.  The best backed runner all day was Rebel Dane and he settled midfield.  Both Norzita and Sizzling settled a mile back and were taken very wide around the turn.  At the top of the straight Rebel Dane was produced and had them covered pretty easily.  In the run to the line he won impressively, showing that he is a future Group 1 winner in the making.  Title plugged away nicely after a good run in transit, and Norzita showed that she’s back for another very good campaign making up plenty of ground, and running away from Sizzling who she was together with around the turn.  The challenge for Norzita is her get back running style.

Follow: Rebel Dane (future Group 1 winner)

Specials from the meeting: Sweet Idea, Streama, Reunite, Rebel Dane

Here are some key runners Todd has spotted from the Moonee Valley meeting
Race 1 – The Huntress – She had a fairly nice run, and was well held by Gregers but did finish off nicely and was unlucky to run into a smart one first up.
Race 3 – Adamantium kept going ok after being on the speed all the way first up.  Fitter next time and can win.
Race 4 – Long John was closing very nicely behind the smart Cauthen and will win races this campaign.
Race 5 – Twilighting went quite nicely first up and should improve.
Race 7 – Clang And Bang was impressive, is in form, and may pinch another before The Spring hots up.
Also, for anyone who follows the country racing there is a horse that raced in Race 3 at Donald yesterday – Tales Of Courage who over raced early, took off on a wide and long run, and was just beaten on the line by a horse that saved ground on the inside.  Tales Of Courage should be followed to a next start win.