Weekend Racing Reviews – December 27th

Moonee Valley review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Cactus Imaging Plate (1000m)

1st Headwater – James Winks
2nd Stoker – Damien Oliver
3rd Mr Jagger – Stephen Baster

Stoker made a mess of the start and gave away a couple of lengths. Haybah jumped best and was taken on by Lucky Fish for the lead. Headwater eased between them, as did Mr Jagger from out wider. Lucky Fish had to work a bit before crossing and soon after Headwater strode up to the leader’s quarters. Haybah had the trail inside Mr Jagger. Stoker improved to be three back on the fence with Russian Ruby under pressure at the tail. Headwater took over on the turn and dashed away. Haybah got into the clear but couldn’t pick up as Stoker and Mr Jagger made their runs. But Headwater was only being pushed out hands and heels and he ran right up to his jump outs by bolting in. Stoker did a good job to get up for second ahead of Mr Jagger who ran well but had his chance, as did Haybah.
Follow: Headwater looks pretty smart.

Race 2: Chandler McLeod Handicap (1200m)

1st San Nicasio – Vlad Duric
2nd Albert Road – Mark Zahra
3rd Lock And Load – Dean Yendall

Shaf and Our Kaboom were ridden for speed from wide gates and crossed Lock And Load to lead. San Nicasio held the fence behind them. Tides Of Fortune found himself three wide. Shaf raced clear midrace and looked to be going a bit hard. Our Kaboom sat up second as San Nicasio travelled strongly in the box seat. Lock And Load was the first to set out after the leader and moved three wide about 500m out. From the back Albert Road started a long run around a tiring Tides Of Fortune. Our Kaboom dropped off before the turn and Shaf was all out soon after as San Nicasio got off the fence and pounced. Lock And Load and Albert Road kept coming down the outside and the rest were beaten. San Nicasio forged clear from the 100m for a solid first-up win. Albert Road was taking plenty of ground off him late and finished over the top of Lock And Load while Shaf wasn’t disgraced after overdoing it. Big gap to the rest of the field. First two home should have good preparations.
Follow: Albert Road had to make a long run on his own, huge effort.


Race 3: Quest Moonee Valley (1600m)

1st Every Faith – Nick Hall
2nd Coronation Shallan – Jye McNeil
3rd Bec Said No Credit – Jordan Childs

Native Land wasn’t overly fast away and she found herself in the second half. Coronation Shallan jumped well and allowed Aurora Lights to cross and lead. Miss Maggiebeel came across to sit second with Mezulla andLonhruge next. Every Faith wound up three back on the fence ahead of Native Land. Aurora Lights had them stacked up a fair way out with Miss Maggiebeel staying a length away. Coronation Shallan had to wait and Lonhruge strode up wide but was under pressure and Kiss Me Ketut took off around her. Mezulla was also slapped up and Every Faith started to pinch runs through on the inside. While that was happening Native Land went looking for runs out wider and was pushed out to last. Coronation Shallan got off the fence on the turn to chase Aurora Lights but Every Faith chimed in three wide around a weakening Miss Maggiebeel. Bec Said No Credit had followed Every Faith through and started to run on as well. Aurora Lights kept kicking for a while but Every Faith cruised on by and raced clear for an easy win. Coronation Shallan eventually grabbed second with Bec Said No Credit a closing third in a much improved run. Behind them Native Land ran sixth but completely overlook the run.
Follow: Bec Said No Credit might be one run away but she’s on the up this prep.

Race 4: Essendon Terrace Handicap (1200m)

1st Boomwaa – Patrick Moloney
2nd Magnus Reign – Jordan Childs
3rd Lampedusa – Brad Rawiller

Keivann, The Ten Bob and Search Squad were all a bit slow to begin. Kuaima was best out but didn’t want the lead and Boomwaa was allowed to stride over and eventually took it up from Lampedusa. Mahican landed fourth early then became shuffled back when Magnus Reign rushed around them and into second while Search Squad improved three wide behind him and Kievann four deep. Boomwaa loped along in the lead and was still travelling well as Magnus Reign was put under riding before the turn. Stratumsphere railed up behind the leader as they were lined up chasing with Lampedusa, Search Squad, Kievann and Mahican right off the track running on. Boomwaa slipped away at the 200m and established a winning lead and did it fairly easily in the run home for a long overdue win. Magnus Reign stuck on gamely to hold second and the roughie Lampedusa tipped Stratumsphere out of the third with Mahican closing fast on them. Counted had her chance in behind those. Winner too good, like to see him do it again now.
Follow: Mahican had no luck and at worst should have run a clear second.

Race 5: Melbourne Signage Concepts (2500m)

1st Murphy’s Delight – Damian Thornton
2nd Tanah Lot – Jye McNeil
3rd Wyoming – Damien Oliver

Purple Smile assumed control as he usually does and led from Henshaw who kept in touch. Stature enjoyed the run of the race early from Western Heir. Murphy’s Delight and Kazemi were the next pair as they strung out. Not a lot of change for a fair way but Purple Smile was running them along and the three immediate chasers weren’t letting him get away. The first to crack was Stature but by the 800m the field had bunched considerably. Tanah Lot took off from well back and made it up to midfield. Purple Smile still led at the 600m but was starting to be pushed along. Henshaw couldn’t go with him but Western Heir loomed up and Murphy’s Delight peeled out four wide having had a soft run. Tanah Lot kept his run going even wider. Kazemi was in behind them being pushed along and Wyoming came off the back of Tanah Lot to try and make an impact. Purple Smile was gone on the turn and Murphy’s Delight swept up with Tanah Lot to take over and having had the easier run he had a kick left and held them at bay. Good run from Tanah Lot and Wyoming stuck on strongly as well. Kazemi one batted and Malabar Man didn’t have a lot of luck between the 400m and 200m so be a little forgiving. Purple Smile might have had enough this prep but he was kept busy.
Follow: none of these, though the winner is consistent.

Race 6: Drummond Golf Handicap (1000m)

1st Sweet Emily – Harry Coffey
2nd Beach Front – Stephen Baster
3rd Klishina – Regan Bayliss

Klishina was a half length slow. A bit of competition for the early lead with Beach Front holding the fence, Pearly Whites outside her, Unique Storm three deep and Sweet Emily burning them off out four wide to cross. Demandzsettled in the clear next as Klishina improved inside Brave Journey. Sweet Emily wasn’t wasting any time and led clearly coming to the turn. Pearly Whites was being pushed to keep up and Beach Front followed the leader. Unique Storm and Demandz tried to get going out wider. Sweet Emily just kept running but Beach Front had the last shot at her at the 100m. Klishina got an inside run on the turn and peeled out to chase as well with Brave Journey andWhistle Baby followed them through on the fence to hit the line nicely. But Sweet Emily held them off to down Beach Front who looked to have her chance (despite protesting) while Klishina may have been a shade unlucky. Her run was good as was Whistle Baby first-up. Sweet Emily broke Miss Andretti’s 1000m course record, which is no mean feat.
Follow: stay with Klishina at 1000m and Whistle Baby back a notch in class.

Race 7: Dilmah Exceptional Teas (2040m)

1st Second Bullet – Damien Oliver
2nd Gold Medals – Jordan Childs
3rd The Sicilian – Harry Coffey

Kinesthetic jumped quickly and was first to the fence but handed up to Lycka Till and More Rewarding who came across from out wide. Navajo Run was in the firing line with Honey Steel’s Gold and Polkaface not far away. A few of them went a bit wide going out of the straight but Lycka Till eventually got to the front. More Rewarding had trouble on the first turn but moved back to second and Kinesthetic had the sit on them. Navajo Run and Polkaface were the next pair. Second Bullet settled just off midfield. Honey Steel’s Gold was the first to come out and make a move and he was tracked by Second Bullet. The Sicilian tried to put that horse in a pocket by taking off around him and Gold Medals ran up behind that bunch. Kinesthetic got a rails run on the turn as Lycka Till wobbled and More Rewarding dropped off. Navajo Run chimed in and The Sicilian kept his run going to loom up four deep as well. Second Bullet followed The Sicilian around the turn and came off his back to hit the lead about 100m out with Kinesthetic kicking on. Gold Medals made a late charge after being held up and failed narrowly to get to Second Bullet. The Sicilian boxed on okay and they got away from Jileks Spur who grabbed fourth from Kinesthetic, who had his chance.
Follow: none in particular.

Race 8: Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m)

1st Seattleite – Patrick Moloney
2nd Already Taken – Jack Hill
3rd Bel Rhythm – Jye McNeil

Northern Lyric punched through from his inside gate to hold the lead from Tycoon Rob working to get across. Meteor Shower and Lucky Edge dropped in for nice trials behind them. Sir Mask and Eye The World settled a couple of lengths back as the field strung out behind a decent tempo. Once the pace dropped off the field bunched quickly and Sir Mask and Bel Rhythm were the first to take off out wide with Meteor Shower pulling out in front of them. Lucky Edge pushed up to be behind the leader nearing the turn and Seattleite was following him. Out wider Already Taken looked for room and I’m Ablaze was under pressure to make ground. Northern Lyric gave a kick around the turn but it was short lived and was soon hard at work as Bel Rhythm closed in. Sir Mask couldn’t go on and Lucky Edge just battled but Already Taken was swooping. Bel Rhythm hit the lead about 150m out and just as he did Seattleite got the run on the fence to tackle him and Already Taken did the same on the outside. The short way home proved the difference with Seattleite just getting there from Already Taken and Bel Rhythm, who was game after going early. Kincaple Chief stormed home from last and wasn’t beaten far in fourth. Of the others they had their chance and I’m Ablaze was very disappointing, perhaps back to the provincials for him.
Follow: Kincaple Chief on a bigger track.

Specials from the meeting: Mahican, Bec Said No Credit, Albert Road.

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Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1
1st Perignon – Brenton Avdulla
2nd Look To The Stars – Adam Hyeronimus
3rd Racy – Jason Collett
The two-year-olds got them under way and Chamunda came out slowly along with Joyful Passion and they both went back to the rear early on. Marco Man looked to begin ok out wide but had no speed and went right back. Four of them began best, which were Look To The Stars, Otter, Fiery Redhead and Racy. Fiery Redhead took it up with Racy on its outside, giving the sit to Look To The Stars and Otter. Dane Slugger couldn’t get in and found itself three wide not far off the speed. When they turned, Look To The Stars got the split and led at the 200m, but was being joined by Racy, with Otter trying to wind up after all of them. In the run to the line as these were fighting it out, Perignon, who had a three wide trail back in the field got motoring, and its race experience told the difference in the run to the line as it finished off powerfully for a pretty good win.
Follow: Perignon may improve further
Race 2
1st Music Magnate – Hugh Bowman
2nd Inz’n’Out – Brenton Avdulla
3rd I Am Zelady – Blake Shinn
I Am Zelady missed the kick by a couple of lengths again today, and Dupe Em went back by design. Not long after the start I Am Zelady made up for its tardy start by moving around them out wide and sitting outside of Inz’n’Out which found the front.Music Magnate got a lovely trail in third, with about four or five lengths to Ainzali in fourth. Inz’n’Out traveled pretty well around the turn, and I Am Zelady was the first to be asked for the effort but was struggling to get on terms. At the 150m Inz’n’Out had a pretty good kick, but Music Magnate was winding up and looked the danger. In the run to the line, the bloke I call the best jockey in Australia lifted Music Magnate and it got up to beat Inz’n’Out who was very good and will improve on this run. I Am Zelady needs to improve its barrier manners to be considered a good punting proposition. Dupe Em finished off ok in a race that wasn’t really run to suit.
Follow: Inz’n’Out
Race 3
1st Coolring – Hugh Bowman
2nd Snippets Land – Christian Reith
3rd Darciwood – Brenton Avdulla
There was a little bit of a tussle early for the lead but Coolring from out wide was taken to the lead by Hugh Bowman and set up shop in front of Fort Sumter with Darciwood not far behind the pair. Fort Sumter dropped off before the turn, leaving Coolring with a clear lead and Darciwood doing the chasing. Coolring kicked on the turn, and this was a riding exhibition from Bowman as Coolring looked in no danger the whole way up the straight. Snippets Land who made decent ground from about four or five lengths off them in the run. Darciwood was simply no match and not much can be said about the rest. If you back Hugh Bowman on a capable horse, you have a clear advantage, it’s that simple.
Follow: Snippets Land
Race 4
1st Peace Force Brenton Avdulla
2nd Mamwaazel Hugh Bowman
3rd First Class Ticket Samantha Clenton
Mamwaazel jumped well and jumped into the early lead, but didn’t look to want to be there and was waiting for Peace Force to go around and take it up and it did as they ran around the turn into the back. Up the back straight, Peace Force had a couple of lengths to spare over Mamwaazel. First Class Ticket was third and one off the fence with Nisroc to its inside. Proper Madam whipped the small field in. Peace Force was asked to extend just inside the 300m mark, as were its challengers. The main Challenge was coming from Mamwaazel for that man Bowman once again. They fought it out tooth and nail, but to the credit of Peace Force, it just kept finding enough to hold off Mamwaazel despite Bowman timing a list ditch effort to get closest on the line but not close enough. Another front runner dominated event where the others never threatened.
Follow: None to follow
Race 5
1st Amovatio – Tommy Berry
2nd Scream Machine – Ty Angland
3rd Black Jag – Serg Lisnyy
The December Handicap was race five and Scream Machine initially came out best on the inside. As they ran into the back however, they had sorted themselves out and Biloxi held the front from Black Jag, with Laidback Larry settling in third fromOriental Lady. The next three were all well within betting, and in order were Rose Of Choice, Scream Machine and Amovatio. You’ll Never was ridden quietly again today and got back to second last. At the 500m mark back in the field Amovatio was pulled out wide and pushed along to get into a challenging position. Scream Machine looked to be stalking through nicely, Rose Of Choice was trying to go with Amovatio and You’ll Never was in a terrible spot back along the fence still near the rear. At the 250m mark, Amovatio let go big time and put the race beyond doubt in the next 50m. This horse has often looked a good horse on its day, and looked very good today. Scream Machine wound up late to get into second from Monton who finished off well down the outside. You’ll Never gets a pass mark for weaving through along the fence, but I don’t feel 1550m is its go if you want to see its best finish at the end. Although Rose Of Choice was not beaten far I felt it had every chance, despite things getting a bit tight when the winner gave it a cold on the way by.
Follow: Amovatio is smart on its day
Race 6
1st Barbed – Jim Cassidy
2nd Ball Of Muscle – Jason Collett
3rd Dothraki – Blake Shinn
Dothraki was a bit slow to get going in The Canterbury Classic. Ball Of Muscle on the other hand was hussling up for the lead outside of Miniature and Barbed, and soon after found the front. That’s A Good Idea moved up on the outside into second, giving the other two mentioned good runs behind the speed and leaving Driefontein trapped three wide. Ball Of Muscle turned for home and kicked and maintained a clear lead inside the 200m mark, but it was the last 100m that tested him out and Barbed came away from behind his heels and finished off strongest to get up and win. Dothraki ran a good race to run into third after being slowly away. Miniature faded in the straight. Heart Testa finished off best of the rest and I wonder if he may be effective ridden quietly in future. Cradle Me was finishing its race off nicely when it ran into plenty of rump steak which accentuated is beaten margin and may pay to follow.
Follow: Cradle Me
Race 7
1st Religify – Tommy Berry
2nd Terra Amata – Samantha Clenton
3rd Tahitian Black – Hugh Bowman
Religify had a good get away and went straight to the front much to the delight of those who took the ‘shorts’. Nobody really looked like they wanted to take on the leader, as Oh So Adorable just slowly worked up on its outside into second. Elusive Touch got a nice run on the fence in behind the leader with Terra Amata on its outside. Up to and around the turn, Religify looked to be doing it as it liked and have plenty in reserve for the straight. He was shaken up at the 250m mark as Terra Amata and Ernest Earnest came with their runs, but Religify kicked when things got serious and held a good margin to the line. Terra Amata didn’t give up and held off a fast finishing Tahitian Black who did a good job from towards the rear.
Follow: Religify should keep winning
Race 8
1st Magical Stance – Jim Cassidy
2nd Diamondsinthenight – Brodie Loy
3rd Drago – Ty Angland
1900m from the top of the straight to finish the program off, and the last start big odds winner Phrases led them to the post the first time from Monticello and Made To Order. Magical Stance was wide in the run out of the straight and moved up to second outside of Phrases by the time they worked into the back. Ultimate Gaze was the one who then found itself three wide and worked up into the ‘death seat’. Around the turn, ‘the pumper’ was working at the eventual winner Magical Stance as Ultimate Gaze was putting it to Phrases. Drago, who found betting support looked to be stalking them nicely. Early in the straight, Diamondsinthenight got a rails run to come after and almost join the leaders, but under hard riding Magical Stance found plenty under Cassidy who showd the others he has still got it, and held about a half length margin on the line. Those two dropped off Drago who finished third, and is not a genuine betting proposition after having every chance again today. This finished off a unique meeting where four jockeys each rode a double to share the card for the day.
Follow: Diamondsinthenight
Specials from the meeting: Inz’n’Out, Crade Me