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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