Sandown review compiled by Rick Williams
 
 

Race 1.     900M    Swettenham Stud Dash for Cash (Time 53.01/600m 33.67) MEMBERS JOY             MICHAEL RODD    1st     $1.90F JACARANDA AVENUE   DANNY NIKOLIC   2nd     $9.50 MRS GRAY                   LUKE NOLEN        3rd     $4.80 Members Joy was on debut and got the job done easily. It was a jump and run job and once she got the rail and front position it was smooth sailing. She ran the best 800/600/400 and was 0.03 slower than the best over the final 200m. It was a pretty dominant performance and the only other runner to break 34s for the 600m and 12s for the 200m was Mrs Gray. Worth noting: I think the winner can keep winning and should be followed. Race 2.     1400M    TMB Printing (Time 1:28.07/600m 38.78) CASH BOUND                BRAD RAWILLER    1st     $2.60F HER DIAMOND ROCK     DWAYNE DUNN      2nd    $9.50 ROCKSHAFT                  MICHAEL RODD      3rd     $6 Cash Bound was a big drifter on race day after being in the red in betting throughout the week. He was dropping well down in class and when the rain arrived the punters and bookies were willing to take him on and he got out to $2.60SP. Most probably knocked him because he was going to get back and had 59kg. Spatha set the pace and broke away to lead by a big margin but he was unable to keep going and ran fourth. Worth noting: Much better races for Cash Bound.Great effort with the big weight and killed them. Race 3.     1400M    Women in Racing Magazines (Time 1:28.21/600m 37.06) LET’S BE HAPPY        JACK HILL                   1st     $6.50 ALWAYS DISCREET    KATELYN MALLYON    2nd    $4.60 SHE’S GIFTED            CHRIS SYMONS          3rd     $4.40 Tariana who had been fancied was on pace throughout but was unable to keep going from the 400m and finished a long way last. Pay to forgive. She’s Gifted was good when resuming at Kyneton and just looked flat here on the wet track, she should freshen up well and can be followed with confidence. Always Discreet keeps running well and her effort to fight on was excellent. Let’s Be Happy has been racing really well and just keeps winning. Had no problems with the surface and sprinted better. Worth noting: Pay to forgive most of these. Race 4.     2400M    D’Urban Handicap   (Time 2:37.97/600m 36.82) SEA GALLEON    PETER MERTENS    1st     $2.05F MUSICAL HIT       DWAYNE DUNN       2nd     $6 ONERAHI BAY     DEAN YENDALL       3rd     $21 Sea Galleon was coming off an excellent win at Moonee Valley last week when he was able to really let down with a great turn of foot. The stable backed him up after 7 days and he bolted in. He loves the 2400m and he relished the wet track. Mertens was patient and he relaxed well throughout before straightening when he took his time and didn’t go too early. When he pushed the button the horse went bang and won by 4L. That was only his fifth run this campaign and he looks to still be getting better. The rest just battled on. Worth noting: Stable hinted Sydney was on the cards for Sea Galleon, keep following him. Race 5.     1800M    Corey Gilby Memorial Handicap   (Time 1:55.04/600m 37.01) FULL PEAL      BEN MELHAM             1st     $3.70 ABITOFADO     KATELYN MALLYON     2nd    $4.80 ROYAL MAIL    LISA CROPP                3rd     $8 Snitza went around favourite as he was coming off an excellent run the start prior and had won on the heavy. Unfortunately for people that backed him he was gone after straightening and never threatened. Abitofado likes the wet and was coming off a win in the Dunkeld Cup for his new stable. He led from the 1000m and did well to hold on for second. Full Peal handled the conditions very well and was given a good run behind the leaders and sprinted too well when asked to go. Worth noting: Another forgive file race. Race 6.     1300M    Betfair Handicap (Time1:20.53/600m 36.44) FREERETURN               BEN MELHAM      1st     $3.90 LAKEDRO                     CHRIS SYMONS   2nd     $11 FROM THE TERRACE    JAKE NOONAN     3rd     $9.50 Freereturn kept the winning run going and got the job done yet again, this time on the heavy 8. He had a really good run throughout on the pace and had been able to establish a good break when the other leaders punctured and the back markers just couldn’t make the ground. He has come a long way this prep and may be heading to the paddock now. Lakedro worked home well as he does most races but doesn’t win much. From The Terrace has a race in him soon. As does the Snowden runner Khas Kura. Worth noting: Be careful if Freereturn runs again. Been up for a while and coming off a hard heavy track run. Race 7.     1000M    Le Pine Funerals Handicap   (Time 58.79/600m 34.26) SHOW UP         LUKE NOLEN        1st     $4.60 BIG SPIRIT        STEVEN ARNOLD  2nd    $4.40F BARTONELLE    DWAYNE DUNN    3rd     $7 Ex NZ mare Show Up was a very impressive winner under the riding of Luke Nolen. Bellantina and Big Spirit set the speed but after the 200m Bellantina punctured and Big Spirit battled on well but had no turn of foot. Show Up was in behind those two the whole trip and she certainly had a turn of foot over the concluding stages. She ran her final 200m in 12.09 and pulled away for an excellent win. Bartonelle and Beau Vallon ran on ok. Worth noting: Big Spirit did well, keep an eye out for her at Moonee Valley. Race 8.     1500M    Ahern’s at Highways (Time 1:35.82/600m 37.17)  POPULATION          BEN MELHAM     1st     $2.80F AUSSIE PUBLIC      LISA CROPP        2nd    $7 LITTLE BOY BLUE   DAMIAN LANE     3rd     $9.50 Melham made it three for the day with his all of the way win on Population. This horse has always promised to do this and that but never seems to step up. That all changed here though as he looked right at home on the heavy surface and was kept going under some heavy riding by Melham to the line. He really looked strong to the line and everything had a chance to beat him but he was just far too good. Worth noting: Another race where you should be pretty lenient and forgive. Follow: Sea Galleon, Members Joy, Cash Bound
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Canterbury review
 
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester

Race 1 1st    Don’t Blink        Chris Reith 2nd   Diamond Start    Peter Robl 3rd    Lady Corleone    Sean Guymer Don’t Blink looked a ready made two year old here. She anticipated the start and jumped a couple of lengths clear. Diamond Start chased her the whole way and did well to make somewhat of a race of it in the straight but realistically was no match for the winner. The other two never got into it and that is about all that can be said about this race. Race 2 1st    Gaze In Awe         Shaun Guymer 2nd   Embark                Josh Adams 3rd    Charm’s Honour    Chris Reith There was reasonable pace here with Cindarockinrella eventually finding the front. It was quickly beaten in the straight however and realistically was a poor run.  Charm’s Honour had a nice run in transit but couldn’t sprint well enough in the straight. Embark was ridden well to hold the fence near the speed and almost scrambled home until Gaze In Awe came sailing down the outside from near last to get the money following good support in the ring. Upbeat was pushed wide on the turn and ran on well but not as well as the winner. Race 3 1st    Atomic Force  Chad Schofield 2nd   Latin News      Corey Brown 3rd    Tiger Tees       Chris Reith Class told in the end here with Atomic Force getting a narrow but clear enough decision on the line. Keen Commander led with the favourite Tiger Tees sitting just off it. Tiger Tees made its bid for victory not long after turning for home and did sprint well but stopped badly the last 50m. Latin News ran on well to just go under in the photo. News Alert was first up and ran on well and will take improvement from the run. Race 4 1st    Triple Six              Corey Brown 2nd   General’s Sniper    Jeff Penza 3rd    Fill The Page         Tom Berry General Sniper set a slow pace in front until Savannah’s Choice took the initiative to go around it. Lil And Grace had a cushy run on the fence and briefly looked as it if might go up the fence for victory. Whilst all this was going on however, Triple Six was minding its own business out the back. It came with a booming run in the straight for what I thought was the win of the day. Race 5 1st    Ashlee’s Jewel  Chris Reith 2nd   Palasport          Hugh Bowman 3rd    Permit              Nash Rawiller A middle distance event which saw Honourable Aussie and Palasport cross from the deep with Honourable Aussie taking up the lead. He tried to head for home at the 600m but was found wanting in the tough wet going in the straight. Palasport claimed him and for a moment looked like he may win but similar to the previous, Ashlee’s Jewel came sailing down the outside to win the race. Not convinced a great lot of form will come from this race. Race 6 1st    Zara Dancer        Adam Hyeronimus 2nd   Yulalona              Corey Brown 3rd    Scottish Border    Matthew Cahill A great front running ride here on Zara Dancer by the apprentice. Fast enough in front to ensure nothing passed it but also given enough breathers to have something left for the straight. It was made a staying test in the wet and outstay them he did. Yulalona made ground but was entitled to. Count Encosta got home well as it always tends to do and Scottish Border ran well enough for a pass mark. Levi’s Choice made no ground today and you can only assume the wet didn’t suit. Race 7 1st    So Generous    Matthew Cahill 2nd   Liechtenstein    Sam Clipperton 3rd    Lining               Peter Wells Shamus was heavily backed and began very well. It took a trail and was nothing but disappointing from there on. Lining missed the start but then railed up behind them for the whole race, got out in the straight and looked the winner for a few strides. So Generous and Liechtenstein who had received quite good runs in the race finished with the best sprints with So Generous getting a narrow victory. Although Lining saved ground, missing the start may have told and he may be worth following. Race 8 1st    We Betcha         Glyn Schofield 2nd   New Day Rising   Chad Schofield 3rd    Rampart              Sean Guymer Secession and Rampart were best supported in betting and both began well but perhaps the fly in the ointment was O’Crikey who went with them to ensure a decent pace. Rampart took a good sit but ultimately was a bit disappointing in the run home whilst Secession offered very little. The winner was obvious from the top of the straight with We Betcha trotting and looking for a run. When the split presented it sprinted very well and continued its great record on wet going. It’s hard to recommend anything behind them such was the nature of the win. New Day Rising did get home ok after being wide. Horses to follow from the meeting: Triple Six, Lining, We Betcha (if it strikes it wet again)