Sandown review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: Samson Handicap (1400m) 1st Escamillo – Jackie Beriman 2nd Lucky Generation – James Winks 3rd Devon Princess – Mark Pegus Red Casino was the first to break the line but couldn’t cross as Escamillo gathered speed on the inside. Lucky Generation sat three wide outside them early and Skyfire landed in the box seat. Devon Princess and Scroll over raced behind them a few horses off he fence and Seenaan and Devil’s Harmony were next. As Escamillo rolled to the lead Lucky Generation eased to try and get some cover. No sooner did he get in did Devon Princess slide forward and that flushed Lucky Generation out three deep again. Escamillo was basically unchallenged and he had Red Casino’s measure before the turn. Skyfire tracked the leader but was under pressure when the run came. Lucky Generation and Devon Princess started loom up, Devil’s Harmony went back to the inside and Seenaan started to weave through. But Escamillo was cruising and despite drifting a couple of horses off the fence she didn’t allow Lucky Generation to get closer than about three quarters of a length. Devon Princess stuck on for third and Seenaan hit the line well late. Devil’s Harmony made a fleeting dash but didn’t go on, the rider reported hearing a noise so there was probably an excuse.
Follow: stick with Lucky Generation. Race 2: Jim Conway Handicap (1200m) 1st Big Buddie – Jackie Beriman 2nd Lonrockstar – Harry Coffey 3rd Pillar Of Creation – Damian Lane A mixed start with well fancied Lonrockstar slow out along with Awesome Bro. Lady Melksham jumped well and was headed by Big Buddie who got to the lead easily. Run Diego sat at his quarters and Captivating Lady moved alongside Lady Melksham. Post D’France settled next and buried back on the fence was Pillar Of Creation . Big Buddie was unchallenged and extended coming to the turn. Run Diego couldn’t do any better, Pillar Of Creation improved to run up behind him and the others racing handy were battling. Awesome Bro made a run down the centre and Lonrockstar was widest at the 400m. Big Buddie found two lengths past the 200m and it was a winning lead though Lonrockstar took several lengths off him in the run home and Pillar Of Creation tried hard, just missing second and will be fitter next time. Awesome Bro ran on without threatening and Lady Melksham boxed on, the rest did very little. The two that missed the start cost themselves their chance, particularly Lonrockstar who is proving costly. He’s capable but tends to find ways to get beaten so be wary of him.
Follow: none of note. Race 3: Australian Steeple (3400m) 1st Krase – Richard Cully 2nd Cats Fun – Brad McLean 3rd Zaman – Steven Pateman Krase ran to the lead over the first jump and moved a few lengths clear. Cats Fun was up second and Fair Script third. Regina Coeli and Zaman next ahead of Berlioz and King Triton trailed. Krase opened up a big lead midrace, around 10 lengths, from Cats Fun. King Triton made a mess of the first up the back straight and lost ground at the back. Krase’s lead was cut back to three or four lengths 1000m out with Cats Fun stalking and Zaman moved to third ahead of Fair Script and that quartet broke away. Krase still under a big hold on the turn and came to the last looking the winner. He jumped the last without incident but was immediately under pressure as Cats Fun drove up inside and Zaman raised an effort outside. Krase held about a neck or so over Cats Fun and just edged away late with the 5kg pull coming into play. Zaman just weakened on his run. The rest were well beaten and had little to no excuses.
Follow: none to follow. Race 4: Australian Hurdle (3400m) 1st Gotta Take Care – John Allen 2nd Fieldmaster – Richard Cully 3rd Stand To Gain – Rowan Waymouth Fieldmaster was very casual out whereas Valediction pounced on the lead and jumped the first clear. Maythehorsebemagic and Thubiaan sat a few lengths away and Stand To Gain strode along out wider. Gotta Take Care only had Fieldmaster, who recovered from a slow start, and Take Out behind him on settling. There wasn’t a great deal of change until they came down the hill in the back straight. Valediction still led but Stand To Gain moved to second and Fieldmaster crept forward and got a break on Gotta Take Care who was still on the fence and only had the struggling Take Out behind him. Fieldmaster jumped the second last poorly and Valediction and Stand To Gain were gifted a couple of lengths but he switched back inside them coming to the turn. Gotta Take Care was under pressure about five lengths away and hadn’t run past Maythehorsebemagic at that stage. Fieldmaster took the lead on turning and broke four lengths clear of Stand To Gain who had finally got past Valediction. Gotta Take Care had moved to the outside and jumped the last a good six lengths from the leader who looked home. Gotta Take Care showed his class in in the last 200m as he mowed down Fieldmaster and raced away, leaving his rival with no excuses. Stand To Gain stuck on well for an improved third.
Follow: none to follow, but note Gotta Take Care is a star jumper and Fieldmaster took a big leap here and is an up and comer. Race 5: Le Pine Funerals Plate (1600m) 1st Griante – Kayla Nisbet 2nd Miss Maggiebeel – Harry Coffey 3rd Lady Lakshmi – Shaun Guymer Lady Lakshmi jumped fast from a wide gate and went forward but Griante was also into stride quickly and dashed through to lead. Miss Maggiebeel eased after breaking well and went back into the second half. Magnus Slipper andDelight The Misses raced just off the speed and Darney Gub was stuck three wide. Madam Gangster and Inishowen were next and Fantome Gris found herself a long way back. Darney Gub made a move up to third a long way out but Griante was unchallenged out in front. She had Lady Lakshmi being hard ridden before the turn and Darney Gub didn’t have anything left to give. Miss Maggiebeel made ground to he on her back on the turn and Fantome Gris was in an impossible position near last on the fence. Griante led by a couple at the 400m and by the 200m was about five clear and looking home and hosed. Miss Maggiebeel ran to second and closed the margin but Griante was eased right down in the last bit. Lady Lakshmi held on well to third after doing all the chasing. Theodora ran on well from a long way back out wide and Fantome Gris made ground on the inside but never looked a winning chance.
Follow: Miss Maggiebeel showed a good return to form and might be back in business. Race 6: Best Tote Handicap (1400m) 1st Tiny’s Legacy – Damien Oliver 2nd Search Squad – Ibrahim Gundogdu 3rd Refulgent – Harry Coffey Reasonable line out and Charles In Charge led them up and ran along with Gracious Prospect trying to stay with him. They broke away from Burning Front and Kingdom Of Dreams , who was racing three wide, with Spun Dry on the fence. Refulgent was also caught wide around Jade’s Boy and Blonic Hill. Search Squad got onto Refulgent’s back at the 600m to improve from the back. Charles In Charge beat off Gracious Prospect at the top of the straight but had nothing left himself. First to loom up was Search Squad who continued that move and Refulgent tried to match him. Tiny’s Legacy emerged and Adirondack worked home down the outside. Tiny’s Legacy had the momentum up and reeled in Search Squad at the 100m with Refulgent refusing to give in. Kingdom Of Dreams picked himself up after going missing around the bend in a mixed performance, Adirondack was a bit one paced but kept coming first-up. Leaders went too fast here.
Follow: Refulgent had no luck, Kingdom Of Dreams as well though like to see him go back a notch in class. Race 7: Benchmark 90 Handicap (2400m) 1st St Jean – Damian Lane 2nd Sacred Flyer – Chris Symons 3rd Happy As Hell – Dwayne Dunn Speed came from the outside with Mujadale crossing to lead from Supremacy and Tunes. St Jean was three wide early around Compound and Base but pressed on to get into fourth. Happy As Hell and Perplexity settled well better than midfield in a strung out field. No significant change to the 800, where Tunes moved out three wide to join Mujadale and Supremacy in the lead. St Jean moved off the fence as runs came out wide with Second King taking off with Happy As Hell. Sacred Flyer was tracking them, Perplexity was shuffled back on the fence. St Jean hit the lead at the 400m and was momentarily challenged by Happy As Hell and Second King, whose run was peaking. Sacred Flyer and Picture Editor ran on with Perplexity on the inside. St Jean kicked in late and broke right away. Sacred Flyer grabbed second from Happy As Hell on the line in an improved run from both but the winner is just one tough stayer. Perplexity was okay, bear in mind he was up 600m fourth-up so has upside. The jumper Kirribilli Gold found the line nicely and is tracking well for a return to the sticks.
Follow: away from the winner, Sacred Flyer and Perplexity can win races. Race 8: Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1600m) 1st Ali Vital – Darren Gauci 2nd Onpicalo – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Mighty Like – Damien Oliver Spacecraft jumped well and headed for the lead this time though Onpicalo kicked up on the inside of him. Forty Thirty and Upbeat showed some early pace. Mighty Like was trapped three wide around Crafty Cruiser and Bianmick . Onpicalo eased and Forty Thirty joined Spacecraft in front but Mighty Like was sent forward to attack them and hit the lead 800m out but stayed out three and four wide. Onpicalo jumped onto his back for a cart home. Spacecraft held the fence but Mighty Like was still in front out wide, Forty Thirty struggled to pick up and Upbeat and Bianmick had similar problems. Ali Vital made some ground to be a couple of lengths off Onpicalo at the top of the straight. Mighty Like kicked away 300m out and was a sitting shot for Onpicalo who took forever to get to him as Ali Vital kept closing in on them and he finished over the top to get up. Mighty Like fought on bravely considering his extremely tough run. The rest were headed by Shenzhou Steeds who ran on without threatening.
Follow: Mighty Like should have won, back up on him.Specials from the meeting: Miss Maggiebeel, Refulgent, Mighty Like.
Rosehill by Todd Burmester Race 1 1st Sniper Fire Jim Cassidy 2nd Brazen Moss Christian Reith 3rd Carver Taylor Marshall Brazen Moss was slow to begin in the first and went back to last early on.Digglerled with Country Warrior outside of it, which put Sniper Fire three wider initially. Cassidy decided he wasn’t having that and let Sniper Fire stride to the front and he led from Country Warrior which moved up to sit just off him in second. Country Warrior moved closer around the turn but Cassidy had plenty of horse under him on Sniper Fire and moved clear at the 300m, and never really looked like getting beaten from there despite Brazen Moss raising a decent effort from well back in the field. If they correct the barrier manners of Brazen Moss he will win races. Follow: Brazen Moss (but be mindful of its barrier manners) Race 2 1st Mamwaazel Jason Collett 2nd Sugar Rush Josh Parr 3rd Romantic Moon John Kissick Vocalise was out badly in the second and went back to a clear last. A few of them disputed the lead early on with Papillion Rouge holding the inside from Miss Tenpins in the middle and Mamwaazel who was three wide initially but then let stride to the front. Sugar Rush came across from its bad gate to get a nice run just behind the pace. Devil Miss was just inside of it also enjoying a nice run. Mamwaazel led them into the straight with Papillion Rouge trying to get on terms and Miss Tenpins coming at them three wide. Sugar Rush was pulled out four wide to come with its run. Mamwaazel had a good kick in the straight and in very similar fashion to the first, didn’t look like getting beaten. Sugar Rush finished off ok into second and Romantic Moon did a good job from the back to get third. Follow: Romantic Moon Race 3 1st Amovatio Jim Cassidy 2nd Skarsgard Paul Hammersley 3rd Scatcat Jared Duffy Not a bad line out in the third with Blackboard Special from out wide beginning well together with Kudero and they disputed the early lead, putting a few lengths on Knight Templar in third. The eventual winner Amovatio got back in the field, but has always been looking for a race with pace on which is what he got today. The two leaders still had about a five length break around the turn, but Amovatio was on his bike around the outside to come out after them. Blackboard Special had the measure of Kudero early in the straight, but began to get the wobbles and ran right off the track. Amovatio scooted through in the middle and put the issue beyond doubt soon after. Skarsgard ran on into second, but was no match at all for the winner, who can win more races if there is genuine pace. Skarsgard may improve further as this was only its third career start. Follow: Amovatio, Skarsgard Race 4 1st Cradle Me Christian Reith 2nd You’ll Never Jason Collett 3rd Qfighter Damien Thornton Cradle Me anticipated the start and was right on the bunny early on, but let Mount Nebo come through along the inside to take up the early lead. Cradle Me positioned up second and pretty much always had the race in its control from there on, with the only question mark being whether it was going to be as effective ridden on the pace, given it came from last in its first up win. Wild And Proud and You’ll Never got nice runs in behind the speed. Earnest Ernest was caught very wide well back in the field. Into the straight, Cradle Me was asked for an effort and responded nicely, going clear at the 300m mark. You’ll Never tried very hard all the way to the line but couldn’t get closer than within a length of the winner. All credit to the first two home here, they were easily the best runs in the race. Follow: Cradle Me, You’ll Never Race 5 1st Timeless Prince Brodie Loy 2nd Frozen Rope Josh Parr 3rd Longshoreman John Kissick Miss Zanella was slow to begin in the fifth, going back to last. Desert Warrior andLetchworth on the other had were best to begin and went to the early lead. Longshoreman who was sent out favourite popped up into third spot although a bit wide as they kicked up inside of him. Adorabeel had the cushy run on the fence behind the speed. At the 300m mark, Longshoreman despite being wide, strode up to the two leaders and looked a chance of going on with it, but then Timeless Prince was on the scene out wide. He gathered him up with 100m to go, andFrozen Rope also put in a run down the outside to move into second. Realistically, the first two home had spent no petrol at the back, whereas Longshoreman had worked out wide, so I’d recommend sticking with Longshoreman. It is worth noting though that Timeless Prince does have a quick sprint on him which makes him competitive in most races unless he strikes a slow pace. Follow: Longshoreman Race 6 1st Transonic Jim Cassidy 2nd Casino Dancer Winona Costin 3rd Full Of Spirit John Kissick Senta Desert was slow to begin after mucking around a bit in the barriers. Transonic came out best, but waited for a leader and Keep Cool obliged going around them from out wide to set up a clear lead into the back straight. I’m Imposing worked around them to go into second, which gave Transonic a nice run behind the speed along with Kurtley. At the 600m mark, Transonic took advantage of the good run it had up until then by getting going three wide and joining the leaders around the turn, where I’m Imposing was the first one beaten. Transonic had a break up to the 200m mark, and kept kicking on. The long run he made did start to tell on him late and Casino Dancer made it interesting down the outside but couldn’t get to Transonic who I thought was a pretty good win and can repeat the dose. Follow: Transonic Race 7 1st Kristy Lee Jim Cassidy 2nd Holy Delusions Jason Collett 3rd Dream Empress Jason McDonald Dream Empress led out early from Medusa’s Miss and Lady La Douce who was three wide early. Kristy Lee was getting a nice run just behind them in the middle, with Urgent Bells inside of her. Before the turn, Pompidou had to get going from the back, but was very wide when Kristy Lee came out ahead of her. Around the turn, Dream Empress kicked after having a pretty easy run in front. She kept bobbing to the 200m mark, but Kristy Lee had been winding up down the outside and got to the front at the 100m mark with Holy Delusions coming after her from the back. In the last part, Kristy Lee showed she in a pretty good horse on her day by actually coming a way a little bit from Holy Delusions, despite wanting to run in a bit when sprinting hard. Dream Empress held onto third in the run to the line which she was entitled to do. Follow: Holy Delusions Race 8 1st Tromso Josh Parr 2nd Honorius Winona Costin 3rd Queenstown James McDonald Tromso came out very fast from the outside in the last and initially went straight to the front, and was then taken on by Queenstown, but Tromso held the front. At the 800m, Mighty Lucky may have copped a bit of a check and dropped back a little and was also out wide, with Hoylonny even wider. Around the turn, Tromso travelled sweetly in front, and you know I am always a big rap for a leader at Rosehill. Down the straight, they never really looked like getting to him, and he wasn’t the only leader to do so on the day. Queenstown tried hard in the straight,Honorius was a good run first up after having a nice run on the fence the whole way. Haussman was in traffic at times but was certainly clear in the last 200m and didn’t do a lot. Fulgur was a nice run, and will be improved next time out and looks the one to follow. Follow: Fulgur Specials from the meeting: Longshoreman, Transonic, Fulgur