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.
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