Weekend Racing Reviews – February 8th

Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: BMW Melbourne Handicap (2000m) 1st Use The Lot – Jackie Beriman 2nd Maules Creek – Stephen Baster 3rd Devonshire Duke – Katelyn Mallyon Hinchley Wood and Aurum Spirit were a bit casual out of the gates and Devonshire Duke kicked up from the inside alley to lead. Use The Lot was straight on his outside and  Settlers Way strode into a clear third ahead of MaulesCreek. No change really to the turn. Use The Lot started to serve it up to Devonshire Duke about 600m out and they broke away on the pack which was under pressure to keep up. Shortly after Use The Lot took over and went for home. Hinchley Wood made a short lived run out wide as Settlers Way tried to pick up. Maules Creek, who was going backwards on the bend got moving and fleetingly looked a threat. But Use The Lot held him at bay and was far too good. Devonshire Duke clung on for third and  Beliveau made a late rush just missing a place.
Follow: Use The Lot is lightly raced and being set for the Adelaide Cup. Race 2: Carlyon Cup (1600m) 1st Chase The Rainbow – Craig Williams 2nd Star Rolling – Damien Oliver 3rd Pakal – Glen Boss Bass Strait had no early pace. Bit Of Hell was left in front and he rolled freely from the grey Chase The RainbowStar Rolling had his back and Bass Strait kicked through on the fence inside him.  Pakal settled next in the clear andAnagold trailed. Star Rolling was the first to make a move about 600m out, sliding up three wide as Chase The Rainbow put pressure on the leader. They turned well clear of the chasers led by Bass Strait and Pakal who was struggling to sprint. There was nothing between Chase The Rainbow and Star Rolling right to the line with the grey sticking his nose out for a narrow win. Pakal worked home without ever looking a chance and raced dour like he did in his trial. Bit Of Hell dropped right out and gelding him hasn’t yet done the trick.
Follow: Star Rolling was only second-up so can still improve. Race 3: Autumn Stakes (1400m) 1st Thunder Fantasy – Mark Zahra 2nd Rock Hero – Michael Rodd 3rd Late Charge – Vlad Duric Accord walked out and conceded a few lengths start. Countersnip jumped well and held the lead from Rock Hero who worked up outside him. Thunder Fantasy lobbed into the box seat. Bring Something and Bardem were next. No action until nearing the turn where Countersnip, who’d had it pretty easy in front, was under pressure and Rock Hero claimed him. Thunder Fantasy pulled around his heels to give chase with Bring Something battling to pick up. Late Charge  started to run home strongly out wide from the back. Rock Hero was challenged by Thunder Fantasy and he drew clear in the last 100m for a strong first-up win. Late Charge just peaked on his run late but still ran well for third. Bardem was far from disgraced just inside him. Thunder Fantasy was first-up since the Derby and the race was robbed of interest when Polanski was scratched on race morning.
Follow: The first four home are all handy horses who are in for good preparations. Race 4: Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) 1st Spirits Dance – Vlad Duric 2nd Marianne – Damian Lane 3rd Patricia Dawn – Michael Walker Reasonable line out. Shamalia showed pace to cross from out wide and find the fence. The Huntress let her go and sat up second with Sublime Amazone caught three deep. Spirits Dance  used the inside gate to box seat andDemandz was to her outside. Bound For Earth found cover in the three wide wide and Diamond Glow had no luck even deeper. Field bunched right up coming to the turn. Shamalia kicked away from The Huntress and that let Spirits Dance out to run on. Bound For Earth tried to run on out wide but couldn’t reach them and in behind  Marianne was creeping up looking for a run with Patricia Dawn on the fence. Spirits Dance grabbed Shamalia at the 100m and just as she did Marianne began to charge but couldn’t get past the very in-form filly who made it three straight. Patricia Dawn ran on well to grab third from Shamalia and Bound For Earth who kept coming out wide in just a fair effort. From last Miracle To Me wasn’t a bad effort to be beat about five lengths.
Follow: Marianne caught the eye and watch out for her at 1400m next time. Race 5: Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) 1st Earthquake – Damian Browne 2nd Lumosty – Mark Zahra 3rd Eloping – Stephen Baster Earthquake was only fair to begin but mustered pace quickly to get up on the speed. Eloping held the fence to lead from Top Sight before Earthquake pushed on to sit outside the leader. Piacenza moved into fourth and midfield were SnitsnbitsGolconda and Mumbai Rock three wide. Eloping held a length or so lead on the turn as Earthquake crabbed a bit before knuckling down inside the 300m. Piancenza was struggling in third behind them with Top Sight boxing on. Earthquake was given one slap with the whip at the furlong and she exploded clear under double raps for a very soft win. Lumosty  sprouted wings from well back but Eloping held second place. Top Sight battled on well but had every chance as did Piacenza. They were all in another race, though.
Follow: Earthquake has the Blue Diamond at her mercy, even considering what Rubick did in the next race. Race 6: Blue Diamond C&G Prelude (1100m) 1st Rubick – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Jabali – Damien Oliver 3rd Chivalry – Stephen Baster Rubick didn’t jump the best and was urged forward from his inside alley. MohaveGeromayo and Malaguerra showed speed from out wide but they seemed to wait for Rubick to kick up inside them and lead instead of trying to cross him. So Rubick obliged and led the line of four a couple of lengths clear of Francesco and Silent Whisper. Jabali was next with a good trail around Duckworth. The likes of Nostradamus  and Chivalry settled right back near the tail from their wide alleys conceding about eight to 10 lengths. Rubick shook off the on-pacers around the turn kicked away. Jabali made his run from off the speed and got to within about 1-1-1/2 lengths of Rubick before his rider went for the whip. Chivalry and Nostradamus hit the line very hard out wide in super efforts where the barrier put paid to their winning chances. Rubick had to work a bit and was too good but hardly dominant and he was ridden right out in running similar time to Earthquake.
Follow: Don’t discount Chivalry and Nostradamus as chances in the Blue Diamond. Race 7: Rubiton Stakes (1100m) 1st Lankan Rupee – Craig Newitt 2nd Iconic – Brenton Avdulla 3rd First Command – Stephen Baster Lankan Rupee sprung out and wasted no time in taking control. First Command sat up on his outside and Better Than Ready landed in the box seat. Diamond Oasis, who was a little scratchy out of the gates, pushed up into fourth keeping  Pocket Rockets wide. Lion Of Belfort was second last on settling. Lankan Rupee did it easily in the lead and most were off the bit chasing him coming to the turn. He extended his lead on First Command when flattening out for home and he was holding second comfortably at the 200m but the winner is in a different class and after having a good run in front raced clear. Iconic  finished on well and ran First Command down to grab second in a very solid effort. Fair to say Lion Of Belfort was disappointing after not making any ground and Better Than Ready had every chance in running fourth.
Follow: Lankan Rupee is very smart and should be Oakleigh Plate favourite on this effort. Race 8: Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m) 1st Moment Of Change – Luke Nolen 2nd Eurozone – Damien Oliver 3rd Shamus Award – Craig Williams Good line out and Moment Of Change darted across to find the lead with Shamus Award on his outside. Eurozone settled a couple of lengths behind them with Hawkspur  racing a bit fresh. Finishing Card and Foreteller  bought up the tail. Moment Of Change ran along in front and had a couple of lengths on Shamus Award midrace. Similar distances to Eurozone and Hawkspur but he was the first put under pressure. Moment Of Change turned with a good break on Shamus Award who had a nasty habit of hanging in when he should have been looming up and Eurozone went straight past him to set out after the leader. Moment Of Change was all out with 100m to go but clung on to post a deserved Group 1. Eurozone was outstanding in his biggest challenge and he’s come back in great order. Not sure about Shamus Award, perhaps he didn’t like chasing, and we will judge him after his next start. Foreteller hit the line nicely to run fourth and it is safe to say that Hawkspur was very disappointing.
Follow: Eurozone is in for a great preparation. Race 9: Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) 1st A Time For Julia – Luke Nolen 2nd Danestroem – Brad Rawiller 3rd Bonaria – Michael Rodd A very bunched field in the early stages and Angelic Light and Danestroem worked across from out wide to share the lead. A Time For Julia let them go then eased off their heels into clear running. Line of four next with Bippo No Bungus  on the fence from SpendingKoonoomoo and Tykook out wide. Arinosa and Power Princess  were near last but only about four lengths off the lead in a tightly packed field. A Time For Julia moved up quickly on the turn under a hold and looked the winner a long way out. She went straight past Danestroem who fought on bravely with a wall chasing her. Bippo No Bungus stuck on well and Bonaria began to charge when she saw some daylight. Spending and Koonoomoo were close up and they were well clear of the well performed mares Power Princess and Arinosa who possibly weren’t suited the way the race was run but were still below par.
Follow: Bonaria was a shade unlucky and really caught the eye and Bippo No Bungus also performed well, both are better suited over a bit more ground. Specials from the meeting: Eurozone, Earthquake, Bonaria.
Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1 1st                    Law                                         Nash Rawiller 2nd                   Hostwin Pegasus                     James McDonald 3rd                    Klammer                                 Tim Clark A small field of two year olds got them under way in the first.  Last start two year old winners have a good record of repeating the dose, and Law, from the Waterhouse stable was sent out a short priced favourite to do just that. Klammer had great pace from the barrier and led up from Hostwin Pegasus who found some support in betting, and maintained the fence to go through and join the leader.  Law was restrained to get a nice trail on the two leaders, with Next Level back last.  Around the turn, Law ran up behind them under his own steam, and when Rawiller brought him around them and asked him for some effort, he basically went past them as if it was a track gallop.  A small field, but a nice win with good acceleration when necessary. Follow: Law Race 2 1st                    Pentometer                              Tommy Berry 2nd                   Celtic Prince                            James McDonald 3rd                    Sommernachtstraum               Tim Clark 2400m for the second event, and Celtic Prince found good support in betting, but went straight back to last after the barriers opened.  Rule Book went up to have a look for the lead, as Inner Silence and Roaming Aroundmad their way down the outside to also look for the front.  Boogie Shoes however held the front on the way out of the straight and went through to lead.  Celtic Prince was still last and Pentometer who was also well in betting went back with it.  The jockey on Boogie Shoes tried to play a bit of stop-start throughout, but by the time they reached the 600m mark the field had packed up and there were some runs coming from the back, namely Petometer going around Celtic Prince.  They both came with their runs together in the straight, but topping the rise, Pentometer looked to be bolting and went on the beat Celtic Prince, with Sommernachtstraum holding out Rule Book who was a bit disappointing for third. Follow: Celtic Prince Race 3 1st                    Order Of The Sun                   Tommy Berry 2nd                   Agadir                                   Christian Reith 3rd                    Mr One Eleven                      Jay Ford A pretty patchy start with Villanova missing it along with Mister One Eleven and Cramming.  Order Of The Sun led up from Agadir, with Double Eagle three wide and Hot Albert getting a nice run behind the speed.  Just past the 600m mark, Hot Albert bled and went back sharply through the field, disrupting most of those behind him.  Up the rise, Agadir looked to be going very well as it moved up to Order Of The Sun, however when the pressure went on Order Of The Sun found plenty and held off Agadir.  Mr One Eleven finished off very nicely down the outside in a “follow me” effort. Follow: Mr One Eleven Race 4 1st                    Target In Sight                        James McDonald 2nd                   Canny Ballad                          Christian Reith 3rd                    Mr Jackman                           Hugh Bowman A pretty good line out with Party Dress and Charge Account the two best to begin.  Charge Account used its inside gate to go up along the fence and lead Party Dress.  Fireball who also began well got planted three deep. Up the rise, the jockey nursed Charge Account, but it was in trouble soon after and you could see Target In Sight, who was very well supported in betting letting loose with a big run down the outside.  He went past them as if they were standing still and came away for a very impressive win.  Many will say that Canny Ballad is the one to follow from this race as it got home nicely, but it is one of those horses who has a tendency to do that, and I would much rather be following the winner to win again next time out, such was the authority of its win.  Mr Jackman who was favourite, went ok without ever threatening, and Charge Account pulled up a clear last and perhaps something is amiss? Follow: Target In Sight Race 5 1st                    Almighty Charge                    Tim Clark 2nd                   My Destiny                            Yusuke Ichikawa 3rd                    Territory                                Sam Clipperton Reflectance jumped very well but the jockey did not want to be there and let Almighty Charge and Our Desert Warrior go through along the inside to lead them up.  This left Reflectance very wide however and seemingly with little chance of getting in, particularly given the two up front slowed the pace to their liking.  My Destiny was the other runner that was caught very wide back in the field.  Realistically, the leaders looked to have a picnic in front and Almighty Charge quickened a bit before the turn, and then again as they topped the rise, with Our Desert Warrior having trouble keeping up.  Relfectance and My Destiny did their best to come after it, and to their credit, given they had both been wide, both did a good job, but could not catch Almighty Charge.  Territory also did a good job to close late. Follow: My Destiny Race 6 1st                    Appearance                            Blake Shinn 2nd                   River Lad                                Josh Parr 3rd                    Sizzling                                 Hugh Bowman The Expressway saw Rain Affair spring the gates quickly as expected, and he immediately took off and set up a three length break from the Queensland visitor, River Lad, with Howmuchdoyouloveme settling third.   Rain Affair still had a big break as they came up the rise, but soon after it was apparent that he is a shadow of his former self and it was a shame to see him dropping out of it.  Appearance on the other hand was coming with a booming run down the outside and went away from them in the run to the line.  River Lad did a great job to run second.  Boban ran on ok at the end after having some trouble getting clear.  I wouldn’t sack him on this run as I don’t think the 1100m is suitable. Follow: Boban Race 7 1st                    Red Excitement                      Lester Grace 1st                    Kinnersley                              Adam Hyeronimus 3rd                    Monton                                  Sam Clipperton Honourable Aussie along with Winning Glory were best to begin, whilst Lightinthenite and Scottish Bordermissing it and going back to last.  The Jockey on Kinnersley was very keen to lead and gave it one with the whip to get there.  He led from Winning Glory and Honourable Aussie back on the fence.  Bayrir was caught three deep midfield.  Kinnersley slipped them as they came up the rise, and despite a wall of horses chasing, it didn’t look like they were going to get to him.  Red Excitement was pulled widest, and is a horse who just does not know how to give up, and somehow got there to dead heat with Kinnersley on the line.  Monton flashed through late to grab third.  Lightinthenite found plenty of support in betting, but despite not being beaten far, is not a horse that I can have as a punting proposition. Follow: None to follow Race 8 1st                    Recoinage                              James McDonald 2nd                   Pillow Talk                              Sam Clipperton 3rd                    Bugaboo                                Adam Hyeronimus Kasmaher began terribly in the last, coming out about 8 lengths behind the field.  Recoinage on the other hand began very well today and led early from Lady Krovanh who moved up outside of it.  Prettyfamous was getting a nice run behind the speed, along with Caprossa.  Breakfast In Bed was caught three deep outside that pair. Bugaboo was also deep but had cover.  Perhaps leading was the trick for Recoinage, as he has been running on of late but just not getting there.  When let slide up the rise today, nothing was really going to get to him in the run to the line.  Bugaboo and Breakfast In Bed were both good runs after being wide, and Pillow Talk put in a big finish to grab second.  Kristy Lee finished off at the end as she usually does. Follow: Bugaboo, Pillow Talk Specials from the meeting: Mr One Elevent, Target In Sight, Pillow Talk