Sandown review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: Santa’s Magical Kingdom Stakes (1000m)
1st Thurlow – Craig Williams
2nd Miss Gidget – Mark Zahra
3rd Mesa – James McDonald
Mesa showed good early speed but couldn’t cross as Mister Miyagi and Miss Gidget punched up inside him. Sand Dragon held the box seat with Boomgal out wider. Thurlow settled in between horses midfield with Hell Or Highwater. Early in the straight Mister Miyagi tried to kick away but Miss Gidget was travelling better. Mesa loomed up and Thurlow came off his back, shoving Boomgal out wider. Exacting was looking for runs through behind the favourite and not getting much room. Miss Gidget took over inside the 200m as Mesa threw out a challenge. Thurlow slowly wound up but was looking no good thing. Exacting over reacted to getting across her heels and lost a length or two. Miss Gidget wouldn’t give in and it was basically in the last stride that Thurlow stuck her head out and stole the win. A good effort and did have race experience. Mesa was narrowly beaten between them. Hell Or Highwater stuck on fairly despite being under pressure a long way out and Exacting was close up as well. They got away from the other five youngsters.
Follow: Exacting appears to have plenty of upside.
Race 2: Sandown Stakes (1500m)
1st Pornichet – James McDonald
2nd General Groove – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Spacecraft – Stephen Baster
Refer was slow by a length or so and settled last. Spacecraft was straight on the lead early with Lady Lakshmi ridden up to join him. Vibrant Rouge landed third and a lot closer than usual. Pornichet worked into fourth place and threw the head a around a bit before settling. General Groove, Speediness and Another Prelate were next in a line of three and Red Bomber a couple of lengths away. Spacecraft and Lady Lakshmi broke away well before the turn and left Pornichet in the clear with a nice trail and he was stalking them dangerously. Speediness tried to run on behind him but was quickly under pressure and Vibrant Rouge couldn’t do any better. Spacecraft shook off Lady Lakshmi 400m out but was a sitting shot as Pornichet claimed him. He had a bit of a struggle to get away and General Groove was looming as a bit of a threat late, running on strongly with Another Prelate. But Pornichet kicked in again and held them off for a comfortable win at just his second Australian start. General Groove held his form well from Cup week and Spacecraft was game holding on for a place. Another Prelate and Refer both ran well without luck. Red Bomber was beaten a long way and must have had an issue.
Follow: long term Pornichet will be up to a bit better company. Short term, hate to say it, maybe there’s a win in Spacecraft.
Race 3: City of Greater Dandenong Stakes (1400m)
1st Wawail – Michael Walker
2nd Wine Tales – James McDonald
3rd More Radiant – Craig Newitt
Wine Tales was last out and wound up three wide with cover near the back. Wawail broke well and crossed More Radiant to lead. Muscovado was quickly into second place and Fitocracy sat up fourth. A line of three next withWroclaw inside Blackjack Bella and Dual Star. Wine Tales was on her back. Muscovado took Wawail on for the lead but couldn’t cross her and Wawail kicked up again on the turn to regain the lead. More Radiant had plenty of room to come off their backs and Fitocracy and Dual Star were further out. Wawail had the better of Muscovado by the 300m and then had to fend off More Radiant who started to wind up. Wine Tales was pulled right to the outside and had an impossible amount of ground to make up but started to thunder home. Wawail was holding More Radiant at the 200m and Wine Tales was coming two to their one. Fitocracy was tightened up as Wine Tales went past her but Wawail had enough in hand to beat Wine Tales and More Radiant had every chance in third. Fitocracy probably should have finished a half length closer and a nice finish late from The French House who hit the line very hard from well back. Wine Tales should have won but she’s a backmarker and it was largely her own fault.
Follow: The French House was eye-catching and there’s a win in Fitocracy back in SA.
Race 4: Sandown Cup (3200m)
1st Renew – Chris Symons
2nd Like A Carousel – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Shoreham – Craig Williams
Nobody really keen to lead and Distillation, Ancient King and Aggregator were left in front from Shoreham inside Zanbagh and Renew was three wide early on. Like A Carousel had a nice trail behind him. By the post the first time Distillation led from Renew who worked across and gave Aggregator a trail. Shoreham and Ancient King settled next and Like A Carousel then took off around them to sit up in second. They pulled up again midrace and Zanbagh moved forward to get up to third at the 1000m before Ancient King sped around to take up the running. Shoreham was still behind the pace and Renew had been shuffled back with Aggregator. Unchain My Heart was next on the fence. Like A Carousel moved to the leaders at the 400m and held Shoreham in a pocket. Zanbagh couldn’t do any better and Renew was winding up down the outside. Waltzing To Win whacked away next and Unchain My Heart was struggling. Renew claimed the lead at the 200m and held about a head margin over Like A Carousel to the post for a gutsy win. Shoreham scraped into third from Waltzing To Win and Ancient King. Tough effort from Renew and he outstayed them.
Race 5: Zipping Classic (2400m)
1st Au Revoir – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Epingle – James McDonald
3rd Prince Of Penzance – Michelle Payne
Green Moon didn’t begin well and the plan to lead went out the window. Au Revoir led early from Prince Of Penzance on the inside and Rialya pressed on to second. Prince Of Penzance was tightened up as they crossed him and fired right up. Epingle settled next a couple ahead of Spillway and Green Moon. Sea Moon and Rawnaq were at the back. Rialya took off up the back straight and gave Au Revoir a trail. Prince Of Penzance settled better with the pace on and Epingle and Green Moon were a few lengths away. Spillway tended to get shuffled back and was second last 1000m out. Au Revoir regained the lead early in the straight as Rialya weakened. Prince Of Penzance and Green Moon had a serious bumping duel and while that was going on Epingle got up on the inside and slipped past them. Spillway was in the clear in plenty of time. Au Revoir and Epingle staged a two horse war for the last 200m with Au Revoir just outlasting the mare. Prince Of Penzance battled on well for third while Spillway, it can be said with certainty, doesn’t get 2400m. Green Moon is well past his best.
Race 6: Eclipse Stakes (1800m)
1st Zabisco – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Pheidon – Craig Williams
3rd Extra Zero – Michael Walker
There was a line of six trying to sort out a leader early and eventually The Inventor kicked up on the fence to lead Rhythm To Spare with Tristram’s Sun between them. Pheidon was four wide before pushing on to get up into second. Sonntag and Bel Thor were just off that bunch and By The Grace settled midfield. Once they’d sorted out a running order The Inventor strode along with Pheidon stalking, Rhythm To Spare wound up with a nice trail and Bel Thor likewise. Sonntag was exposed around Tristram’s Sun and Zabisco pinched some ground on the fence. Pheidon went for home on the turn and that’s a good 500m from the post and he had Rhythm To Spare’s measure a furlong out. Tristram’s Sun couldn’t do any better but Zabisco was weaving through with something to give. Sonntag dropped off and Extra Zero worked home well out wide. Pheidon still looked home at the 100m but right on the line Zabisco stuck the head out to win while Extra Zero might have beaten them both in another few bounds. Rhythm To Spare was game in fourth while Escado left it very late yet again but made a stack of ground from last. Sonntag was set a task and can be forgiven, though he’s going for a spell anyway.
Race 7: Sandown Guineas (1600m)
1st Petrology – Nick Hall
2nd Stratum Star – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Berisha – Corey Parish
Plenty of competition for the lead here with Seenaan and Zululand heading across ahead of Careless and Stratum Star on the fence. Lord Aspen was stuck three wide around Motel Memories and Ducal Castle. Rekindled Power seemed to over race a bit in midfield and Chill Party kicked up on his inside. Zululand put the pressure on Seenaan a long way out but both were under pressure early in the straight. Stratum Star took a gap between them and hit the lead momentarily by the 300m but Lord Aspen was looming up with Petrology who swept down the outside from last. Ducal Castle went for runs on the fence and was in a bit of trouble, further back Berisha ran on well while Rekindled Power was one paced. Petrology broke right away in the last 100m posting a dominant win. Stratum Star ran his usual consistent race and Berisha arrived in time to run third. Lord Aspen had a torrid run and he was far from disgraced while Ungrateful Ellen did as she usually does and made a late bid to be just behind the placings. Ducal Castle pulled up with an issue and his run should be overlooked.
Follow: Petrology might be a nice horse in the making next year. Berisha was handy coming off a maiden.
Race 8: Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m)
1st Fast ‘N’ Rocking – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Generalife – James McDonald
3rd Flamberge – Daniel Stackhouse
Sweet As Bro and Jazz Song were a little slow out and settled at the back. Charlie Boy jumped well but didn’t want the lead and Big Buddie and Nearest To Pin wasted no time in coming across with Flamberge to set the pace. Nearest To Pin strode clear soon after to lead Flamberge and Big Buddie took the box seat. Fast ‘N’ Rocking landed in a perfect spot around Don’t Get Excited. Generalife had cover midfield between Charlie Boy and We’re Gonna Rock. Flamberge had Nearest To Pin covered at the 400m and took over soon after. Big Buddie couldn’t match them on the inside. Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Generalife made their runs in unison and Jazz Song followed them a few lengths back. Fast ‘N’ Rocking stuck his head in front of Flamberge 100m out and Generalife had plenty of time to gun him down but Fast ‘N’ Rocking refused to give it up and he held on for another win. Every hope Generalife while Flamberge was game as ever. The beat the rest comfortably with Jazz Song running an improved race behind them. Don’t Get Excited and Charlie Boy had their chances as well.
Follow: there might be a race for Jazz Song now the carnival is over.
Race 9: Summoned Stakes (1500m)
1st Politeness – Nick Hall
2nd Judicial Rock – James McDonald
3rd Ava’s Delight – Dean Yendall
Ava’s Delight only missed it by a length this time. Politeness was one of the best out but was restrained. Judicial Rock took up the running from Shadow Of The Mist. Estonian Princess got across from an awkward gate very easily and landed outside She’s Clean. Double Dee was next in the clear from Koe inside Spitfire Lady and Politeness. They ran along in this race and Judicial Rock was still travelling strongly on the turn. She’s Clean got over her heels and in the clear a long way out as Shadow Of The Mist paddled. Estonian Princess was a few lengths back and not making ground and Double Dee was the same. Politeness was cantering outside them but still a long way from the leader and Rose Of Choice was trying to go with her. Judicial Rock still had a big lead 200m out but Politeness reeled her in pretty easily and scored an overdue win running right away. Gutsy effort from Judicial Rock and Ava’s Delight ran on as she always does to grab third. Rose Of Choice was a bit plain this time and Estonian Princess had her chance. Belle De Coeur was never really in the hunt and she bled so her run can be overlooked but she’s out for three months now.
Specials from the meeting: Exacting, The French House, Berisha.
Rosehill Review by Todd Burmester
1st Paceman – Josh Parr
2nd Right Of Way – Tommy Berry
3rd Philosophy – Sam Clipperton
Two-year-olds in the first over 1100m and Witness A Star missed the kick and went back to last. Right Of Way led with Paceman looking to take a sit but immediately getting its mouth open and fighting the rider. Philosophy went up outside the leader as the pace slowed, Paceman came off the fence but continued to race greenly. Eventually he went back to fourth and settled a little better, with Witness A Star up inside of him in third. When they swung for home it was basically a line of three with Right Of Way holding the fence from Philosophy and Paceman moving up out three wide. With 300m to go, Paceman looked to be bolting and let down with a 100m sprint that put the issue byond doubt. He was given an easy time in the last bit, and you can see plenty of improvement in this horse. None of those behind him will beat him home for the time being, and he looks like he may be competitive with the best at the moment.
1st Snow White – Sam Clipperton
2nd Montrer Dame – Tommy Berry
3rd I Am Zelady – Sam Clipperton
I Am Zelady missed the kick a couple of lengths here much to the dismay of favourite backers. House Of Hingis put up a clear lead early from Snow White. Montrer Dame and Princess Command were together next. The pace looked pretty even right up to the turn and there was no change in the order. Early in the straight Snow White came after House Of Hingis and struck the front at the 200m mark I Am Zelady had made ground on the fence and then switched across heels and was out to challenge in the last 150m. She tried hard, although ran out a bit at the end and that combined with the slow beginning looked to probably cost her victory to one that had a nicer run in transit. After the race the rider on the third horse protested successfully against I Am Zelady for running out in the last part of the race. Lucy’s Look was very disappointing here running last.
Follow: I Am Zelady
1st Church Boy – Blake Shinn
2nd Abbasso – Ty Angland
3rd She’s A Girl – Sam Clipperton
Moral Victory was ridden to lead the third and did so from Church Boy on its outside until Kazoom did just that around the outside to go up and lead with 1000m to go. The favourite Frespanol found itself back third and fourth last in the run. There was no change in the order up to and around the turn, with Church Boy hooked out to the middle of the track ready to challenge and Frespanol looking to trail up behind it. As Frespanol looked to do that and come around Church Boy, Gangster’s Choice pushed it back in and it became unbalanced. Chuch Boy ran to the front narrowly at the 200m, and after a brief struggle with a line of three on the inside, got clear by to score by about a length. Abbasso did a good job from back at the rear to take inside runs for second. She’s A Girl and Kazoom also ran well in third and fourth. It is hard to know how much the bump took out of Frespanol, but the winner did run away from him thereafter.
1st Dothraki – Blake Shinn
2nd Goldstone – Winona Costin
3rd Agent – Taylor Marshall
Title was a bit slow to go in the fourth. When they settled Cosmic Cameo led from Didntcostalot. Agent was behind the lead on the fence with Green Beret who was heavily supported in betting easing into the one out and one back trail after being a little wide early. Around the turn, Green Beret was moving up to the leaders looking likely to finish with a big sprint, however when the jockey asked for the effort there was nothing there. Agent took inside runs to put in its bid for victory, but the one who did have the big sprint was Dothraki from the back. He hit the front with a furlong to go and the issue was all over as he charged away impressively. Green Beret should have a serious question mark over it as a betting proposition after this run.Dream Choice finished off after not having the clearest of running early in the straight and might be a coming winner.
Follow: Dream Choice
1st Malice – Sam Clipperton
2nd Midsummer Sun – Ty Angland
3rd Permit – Blake Shinn
Beyond Thankful and Malice were out well along the inside. Yves Klein Blue was the one who wanted the front and took it up when they went to the back of the track. Lucky Chappy got into second and Permit was racing in third position. Malice and Beyond Thankful then settled midfield. The pace slackened mid race, and the rider on Permit moved up three wide at the 800m mark with Malice looking to trail it up and Beyond Thankful looking to work into clearer running by the time they came to the 600m. Early in the straight, Beyond Thankful couldn’t sprint quick enough when the gap was there, and then the door was shut on him once he worked up his momentum. Whilst that was going on, Malice ran to the front with Permit doing its best to go with him, and Mid Summer Sun was coming down the outside. In a tight finish, Malice fought them all off to score from Mid Summer Sun and Permit. Beyond Thankful ended up only about a half a length away after a checkered passage and many will say he should have won, but I think not being able to quicken when the run was there early in the straight is what cost him.
Follow: None to follow
1st Heart Testa – Blake Shinn
2nd Mouro – Lester Grace
3rd King Cobia – Tommy Berry
You’ll Never came out last as she can tend to do. Heart Testa initially came out quickly but Road To Summer was keen to run and quickly set up a three length break in front from Heart Testa and King Cobia. At the 800m mark, Road To Summer had about a six length break and looked to be going too quickly in front. Up to the turn, Heart Testa had bridged that gap to about a length and quickly claimed the lead once they straightened. At the 300m mark, Heart Testa looked to be still going well, but it was always going to be a long 300m if you had your money on him. Realistically it was only the last 100m that he got a bit tired, but had a big enough lead to hold off Mouro who ran well and King Cobia who was also a pretty good run after basically being in a chasing spot most of the way. You’ll Never did its best work late but was never a winning chance.
1st Vashka – Blake Shinn
2nd Commanding – Wit K Jennings
3rd Nisroc – Taylor Marshall
Tableau missed the kick clearly in race 7. Winsomemore led them up with Vashka ridden with urgency to come across into second. Fireball and Eye Striker got nice runs behind the speed at the expense of O’Reilly’s Revenge who was caught three deep up near the speed. When they turned for home the two leaders pinched a little break and Vashka was traveling the better of the pair. Commanding Wit was probing for a run early in the straight but that closed up on him and it lost a couple of lengths. In front Vashka had sprinted clear and was set for victory. It was a clear victory in the end but Commanding Wit clearly was the unlucky runner here and would have made things interesting had he got the run early in the straight.Nisroc did a pretty good job here after being three wide with cover throughout.
Follow: Commanding Wit, Nisroc
1st Mesmereyeser – Tim Clark
2nd Miss Tenpins – Chad Lever
3rd Vanilla Princess – Winona Costin
Mamwaazel began poorly along with Sunday Too Far in the last. Vanilla Princess was stoked up to lead and did so once they settled, with Sunday Too Far ridden to make up its ground after the poor start and it went into second outside the leader from Miss Tenpins who was on the fence and Mesmereyeser who was slotting into the one-one, although it didn’t seem to want to be restrained and looked to come back out three wide again as soon as it slotted in. Vanilla Princess looked to sprint off the bend and put up a length lead from Sunday Too Far and Mesmereyeser who was running into it. Vanilla Princess still had it at the 150m mark, but started to struggle inside the last 100m. Miss Tenpins and Mesmereyeser were the challengers and they went to the line locked together with Mesmereyeser getting the money for Tim Clark who also rode the last winner at Canterbury on Friday night. Mamwaazel came via the cape around the turn and made up ground in what was a good effort, although Command More came from behind it on the turn and beat it home in what was probably the run of the beaten brigade for mine.
Follow: Command More
Specials from the meeting: Paceman, I Am Zelady, Commanding Wit