Weekend Racing Reviews – January 3rd 2015

Moonee Valley Review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Benchmark 70 Handicap (1000m)

1st Wild Rain – Damian Lane
2nd Witless – Jordan Childs
3rd Simply You – James Winks

Wild Rain was clearly the best to begin but couldn’t cross as Oridane and Witless drove through underneath her. Big Shoes and Zambezi Diamond settled a couple of lengths away and Tykiato a similar distance back next. Witless and Oridane established a break midrace and that allowed Wild Rain to get in. Zambezi Diamond was under pressure before the turn as was Big Shoes. Witless beat off Oridane at the 300m and went for home. Wild Rain closed in and joined the leader inside the 200m and they were well clear of Big Shoes battling with Oridane on the fence. Behind those Simply You had to change course at a vital stage and switched back between horses to run on. Wild Rain started to edge clear late to score from Witless with Simply You closing in very fast late. Tykiato battled on pretty well to finish close up. Winner had the run of the race while the runner-up was brave from the front.
Follow: Simply You found it too short but she’ll be winning one soon.

Race 2: LF Sign Group Handicap (2040m)

1st Orion Love – Glen Boss
2nd Spanish Love – Craig Williams
3rd Kept Woman – Regan Bayliss

Orion Love jumped well and held the inside and the lead. Resounding Miss worked across from the outside to sit up second and Aurora Lights tucked in third. Special Miss was about to find a nice trail but was kept out three wide as Suspicious Minds kicked up around Kept Woman. Spanish Love went straight out to last. Not a lot of pace on as Orion Love lobbed along, Resounding Miss crept a bit closer by the 600m with Special Miss outside and that line of three was tracked by Aurora Lights, Suspicious Minds and Spanish Love, the latter under the whip to chase. Resounding Miss was was first to crack and Special Miss tried to go with Orion Love who had a kick. Spanish Love kept coming and got very close to Orion Love on the line but simply gave away too much start. Kept Woman finished nicely down the outside to run third ahead of Special Miss. Winner had a picnic in front and was entitled to win.
Follow: stick with Spanish Love.

Race 3: Ranvet Handicap (2040m)

1st Beliveau – Regan Bayliss
2nd Golden Mane – Jye McNeil
3rd Second Bullet – Damien Oliver

The grey Zlatan was ridden to lead early and held out Refectory. Golden Mane landed in a good spot around Oerter on the fence. Tommy Two found himself three wide outside Second Bullet and Design For Life. Tommy Two kept improving out wide and made it up to third down the back straight. Zlatan ran them along but the started to bunch up as runs came from Darbadar out wide and Second Bullet was flushed out getting around Tommy Two. Golden Mane ran up between horses. Refectory took over before the turn and Second Bullet couldn’t go with him and was battling. Beliveau made a sweeping run off the track as Tommy Two stuck on and Golden Mane went back to the fence. Beliveau hit the front and held on for a big upset win over Golden Mane. Huge form turnaround from the winner Second Bullet came again to grab third from the fast finishing Mightiest and Refectory who weakened in the last 100m or so. Tommy Two’s run was game.
Follow: none, this was a messy race.

Race 4: 1print Handicap (1500m)

1st Arena Rock – Jacob Rule
2nd Lucky Romance – Regan Bayliss
3rd Royal Glance – Damien Oliver

Suite Success broke first and came across from out wide with Lucky Romance who found the fence. Young Tigers Jeuney was stranded outside them while Arena Rock followed the leader. Winston Drive was out four wide as Whispering Miss and Leia also raced in that bunch. Royal Glance followed Arena Rock. Lucky Romance had them stacked up started to sneak away coming to the turn as Winston Drive moved up four wide to get past the struggling Suite Success and Young Tigers Jeuney. Arena Rock was travelling well in behind them and came off the leader’s back to challenge soon after. Nothing else was coming from the back. Arena Rock stuck the head in front about 100m out and had about a length to spare on the line from Lucky Romance who found one better yet again. Royal Glance snuck through on the fence to snatch third from a brave Winston Drive. Carvalho ran on without threatening to finish next while Barely A Scent was a total forgive run, ridden negatively from a wide gate he was never a chance the way the race was run.
Follow: Winston Drive and Barely A Scent had no luck.

Race 5: Eliza Park International (1600m)

1st Priority Road – Damian Lane
2nd Coronation Shallan – Jye McNeil
3rd Hinchley Wood – Craig Williams

Hinchley Wood was a shade slow out but improved to settle midfield. Grand Sai Wan ran to the lead from Sadaqa but Daybreak was caught three wide so worked up into second place. Coronation Shallan settled on the fence inside The New Boy. Field strung out a bit as Daybreak put pressure on Grand Sai Wan, giving Sadaqa a perfect trail but he was the first under pressure when the sprint went on. Priority Road emerged from the second half of the field running on out four wide and closing fast on the leaders. Coronation Shallan made ground on the fence to go with him. Daybreak and Grand Sai Wan were sitting shots at the 200m and Coronation Shallan found the front momentarily but couldn’t hold off Priority Road who finished too well. Hinchley Wood weaved through to grab third while Grand Sai Wan and Daybreak battled on hard. Practiced might have been a bit unlucky, but he’s hardly consistent, while Hero Master didn’t make an impact but suspect he’s a bigger track horse and was only second-up. The New Boy failed again.
Follow: none in particular.

Race 6: Gold Carat (1200m)

1st Fast Cash – Vlad Duric
2nd Tudor – Craig Williams
3rd Rough Justice – Damian Lane

Profit Share was on the back foot and missed it by a neck or so but wound up last before improving quickly to be fourth. Tudor and Rough Justice cut at each other in the lead a couple of lengths clear of Fast Cash on the fence, Profit Share in the middle and Jurasound trapped wide. Rough Justice stuck the head in front and probably ran three quarters clear by the 600m but Tudor held his ground. Profit Share looked to be poised as Fash Cash was revved up for when the gap came. Jurasound was under the whip and the other three were in another race. Tudor regained the lead on the turn with Rough Justice still fighting. Fast Cash eased around the leaders and took about 50m to wind up before he sailed on by and raced clear for a dominant win. Tudor and Rough Justice bought each other undone and filled the placings while Profit Share ruined his chances at the start but was only plain in the last 200m. Nightcraftmade some ground but was never in the hunt.
Follow: Fast Cash is a promising horse and is one to remember.

Race 7: Telstra Phonewords (1000m)

1st Override – John Keating
2nd Trevinder – Damian Lane
3rd Sparton Warrior – Harry Coffey

Override burnt them off very quickly to find the lead. Pretty Possum rushed up to second and Sparton Warrior landed in the box seat. Trevinder jumped well and was forced to race three deep with Swing With Me even wider. Override wasn’t waiting for anyone and kept them running and when Pretty Possum started to struggle he broke clear. Spartan Warrior railed through to chase but was hard at it and Trevinder was a bit flat until the straightened. Override was still well clear at the 100m and showed no signs of stopping as he ran them into the ground. Spartan Warrior was going to run second but Trevinder took four lengths off him in the last 100m to snatch it on the line. Pink Perfection hugged the rail and ran fourth, she wasn’t the best away and wasn’t able to get anywhere near the speed. Pretty Possum battled on well while Sentfromthestars charged home very late to be in the bunch behind the placegetters. Winner too fast.
Follow: Trevinder caught the eye first-up.

Race 8: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m)

1st Reldas – Nick Hall
2nd Bishops Castle – Patrick Moloney
3rd Swift Shadow – Michael Walker

Stratcombe jumped quickly from out wide and tried to cross Bishops Castle who would have none of it. Running Bull eased from between them. Swift Shadow found a good spot on the fence inside Pixie Eyes and Ekibuuka out wider. Reldas was in the last few on the fence. Bishops Castle seemed to travel well and had Stratcombe under pressure at the 400m. Ekibuuka strode up three wide with Petrify on his back and Running Bull became held up. Reldas eased to the outside coming to the turn and was cruising as he slid around them. Bishops Castle went for home into the straight but no sooner did he head for the judge Reldas swept past him and despite rolling in a bit he cleared out for another dominant win. Bishops Castle would have won nine out of 10 races with his performance but bumped into a smart one here. Swift Shadow ran on well on the fence to run a handy third at his first run back from Hong Kong. Of the others perhaps be a little forgiving of Running Bull who lost his spot before the turn and lost any chance.
Follow: Reldas is on the up, it’ll be interesting to see how he goes away from the Valley now.

Specials from the meeting: Simply You, Trevinder, Fast Cash, Reldas.


Rosehill Review By Todd Burmester

Race 1
1st                    Guilietta                                 Christian Reith
2nd                  I’m Not Sure                         Kerrin McEvoy
3rd                   My Colleague                       Brenton Avdulla
The first was for the two-year-olds and Guilietta knew plenty about getting out of the stalls, and was straight to a clear lead.  When they settled, Queen’s Crown was in second, Encosta Line in third and Ajeeta was up outside of it in fourth spot.  As they came around the bend, Guilietta looked to be traveling nicely, and had plenty of its rivals off the bit and chasing.  When she was asked to go at the 250m mark, she found plenty, and ended its lead all the way to the line, to win by three or so. They queued up for the minors, with I’m Not Sure getting second and My Colleague running third, but the winner was impressive.
Follow: Guilietta
Race 2
1st                    Gold Seventy Seven            Hugh Bowman
2nd                  Better Not Blue                     Robbie Brewer
3rd                   Conarchie                               Kerrin McEvoy
Plenty of them wanted a share of the early lead in the second.  It was Grunderzeit that found it from Can I Have.  This put the short priced favourite, Gold Seventy Seven three wide on the speed.  Tree Of Jesse was in behind the speed but throwing its head about.  Grunderzeit still had it around the bend, but soon after Hugh Bowman gave Gold Seventy Seven some leather and it down nicely and was never in doubt from there on.  In the run to the line it safely held Better Not Blue that finished its race off nicely to run a clear second from Conarchie who held off Choice We Had that also finished its race off well.
Follow: Better Not Blue, Choice We Had
Race 3
1st                    Shiraz                                      Kerrin McEvoy
2nd                  Harrier Jet                            Hugh Bowman
3rd                   Lester’s Home                     Kathy O’Hara
Harrier Jet was sent out a short priced favourite and ran straight to the front in the third.  It led them up from Shiraz on its outside.  Eye Striker was getting a nice run in behind them, Zin Zan Eddie on the other hand was caught three wide.  In the straight, Harrier Jet and Shiraz had a great two horse war, and inside the 200m mark, Shiraz started to get the better of Harrier Jet, much to the dismay of anyone who took the shorts.  Those two cleared out and it was Shiraz that did too well in the run to the line.  Lester’s Home finished its race off nicely to get into third.  Not much could be said of the rest.
Follow: Lester’s Home
Race 4
1st                    Last Wish                               Sam Clipperton
2nd                  Husson Choice                    Kerrin McEvoy
3rd                   It’s A Silvertrail                  Blake Shinn
A mile and a half for race four, and other shorty went around here in the shape of It’s A Silvertrail.  He began well on the inside and took up a poistion fourth on the fence.  Retort Courteous led them out of the straight from Beauty Perception andOlympic Academy who was striding up three wide.  Beauty Perception went up and challenged Retort Courteous and ran to the front by the time they reached the mile marker, and the field strung out a bit up the back straight.  At about the 700m mark, Platinum Jack was off from the back and went around It’s A Silvertrail.  Olympic Academy came out inside of Platinum Jack and race was on inside the 600m mark.  Platinum Jack and Olympic Academy shared the front in the early part of the straight.  It’s A Silvertrail was trying to wind up with its run but not really going anywhere.  Husson Choice was getting out inside of it and looked a winning hope, but Last Wish sprinted nicely at the 100m mark and came away from Husson Choice in the run to the line.  It’s A Silvertrail put in an average effort to run into third spot.
Follow: None to follow
Race 5
1st                    Craftiness                               Blake Shinn
2nd                  Mihiri                                       Taylor Marshall
3rd                   Tahitian Black                      Tommy Berry
Craftiness was ridden to lead and did so, and really that was the end of the section.  Terra Amata settled in second, with Kudero in third.  Encostanati was caught three wide in about fourth spot.  Around the turn, Craftiness was cruising in front, and straightened with a lead of just over a length.  Up to the 200m mark, Terra Amata and Kudero were trying hard, but Shinn had not moved a muscle on Craftiness, and when he finally did ask for an effort at the about the 100m mark there was plenty in the take.  It burst away from them to score an impressive win by a widening three lengths or so.  Mihiri got up along the fence into second and Tahitian Black finished off very well down the outside from back towards the rear to grab third.
Follow: Tahitian Black
Race 6
1st                    Vashka                                    Blake Shinn
2nd                  Burbero                                  Brodie Loy
3rd                   Windjammer                        Hugh Bowman
Craftiness was impressive in the previous race and Vashka was out to repeat the dose in race 6.  It led easily from the inside gate, from Windjammer, and then there was a break of four lengths to High Esteem that settled third.  Into the straight and Blake Shinn must have been feeling a case of Deja Vu as he hadn’t moved inside the 300m mark and Vashka had a good break over Windjammer that was trying its best.  Up inside the 200m mark, Vashka was asked for an effort, and responded well and was never going to be beaten.  Burbero ran a great race in second to keep the margin to about 2 lengths on the line and there was a space of about four lengths back to Winjammer back in third spot.  I have said it a few times, the winners of race 5 and 6 are smart horses.
Follow: Burbero
Race 7
1st                    Mardi                                      Tommy Berry
2nd                  Miss Tenpins                        Brodie Loy
3rd                   Spanish Shoes                     Kathy O’Hara
The second last event saw a decent charge for the lead and it was Miss Tenpins who came across from the deep to set up shop a clear leader.  Mardi settled second on the outside with Caprossa third on the fence, giving Lucky News the one out and one back trail.  Miss Tenpins was a clear three lengths leader around the bend and looked to travel well early in the straight.  She still had a good break inside the furlong pole, but started to shorten stride soon after as Mardi really put its mind on the job.  Miss Tenpins never gave up and fought hard for the win, but Mardi fought harder and claimed the lead at the 50m mark and edged away for victory.  Much like earlier races, there was a big gap back to Spanish Shoes back in third, so it is difficult to recommend anything outside the first two home.
Follow: Miss Tenpins
Race 8
1st                    Centre Pivot                          James McDonald
2nd                  Saintly Lad                             Hugh Bowman
3rd                   Choice Bro                             Brodie Loy
It was a pretty good charge for the early lead in the last, with Choice Bro doing work out three wide to go around and take it up from Sense Of Occasion and In A Knot.  This gave the favourite, Centre Pivot a great run back along the fence in about fourth.  Up around the turn, Choice Bro traveled well in front and kicked out by about a length and a half as the straightened.  Centre Pivot was brought to the outside to come with its run, and it began finishing off very nicely, as did Sensing down the outside.  With just over 100m to go, it was obvious we were looking at yet another impressive winner, as Centre Pivot accelerated away from them to win by about four lengths.  Saintly Lad, Choice Bro and Golden Arro queued up for the minors, but realistically, they were in another race.  Saintly Lad might be worth following, it had every chance today, but did keep coming to the line and won’t run into a smart winner like this every time.  Sensing was wayward in the straight when trying to come with its run, and pulled up quickly over the line.
Follow: Centre Pivot
Specials from the meeting: Burbero, Centre Pivot