Caulfield review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Debutant Stakes (1000m) 1st Missrock – Mark Zahra 2nd Pearl Congenial – Craig Williams 3rd Valliano – Dwayne Dunn Plenty of heat up front early as Terindah showed speed from out wide but underneath kicking up were Thar, Highland Beat, Pearl Congenial and Flying Jess. As a result Terindah eased and was three wide around Valliano andThomasina. Still a line of four on the turn with Thar and Pearl Congenial getting away early in the straight. Flying Jess and Terindah started to run on wider out and Valliano ran up behind the leaders and into a dead end, not helped by Highland Beat beginning to weaken. Pearl Congenial took over past the 100m with Terindah still coming, Flying Jess’s run had ended and down the outside from near last came Missrock. So fast did Missrock finish that she held almost a length on the line. Pearl Congenial was very strong holding on out of the leading back and Valliano only got through in the closing stages. A couple of lengths back Terindah also not a bad run and Magical Milly made some ground after not having it so easy early on. The others on the pace dropped right out. Follow: Pearl Congenial’s run was huge and Valliano should have gone close. Race 2: Schillaci Stakes (1100m) 1st Alpha Miss – Craig Williams 2nd Cashed – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Lankan Rupee – Craig Newitt Lankan Rupee broke quickly from the outside but didn’t look to cross. Alpha Miss and Shiraz were closer to the inside and The Monstar settled fourth. I Love It wasn’t far from him and a couple to Cashed at the back. Lankan Rupee was racing about four off the fence and had cleared the field by the 600m turn to race about one off. Alpha Miss and Shiraz still followed him and Shiraz was the first to be put under pressure before the turn. Lankan Rupee looked to be doing it okay into the straight with Alpha Miss right on his back. I Love It got past Shiraz at the 200m. Lankan Rupee was asked to go at that point but there wasn’t much there as Alpha Miss closed in and Cashed was charging right down the outside. Alpha Miss picked up Lankan Rupee very easily and raced on, holding Cashed pretty comfortably. Lankan Rupee fell in to run third over The Monstar getting home again late. I Love It ran a fair race and Shiraz looks to have come to the end of his preparation. Follow: you’d have to stick with Alpha Miss. Race 3: Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m) 1st Serene Majesty – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Secret Agenda – Craig Newitt 3rd Harlem River – Blake Shinn Viddora blew the start and conceded a couple of lengths early. Secret Agenda flew out but was forced to race three wide on the speed as Serenade and Invincible Heart improved along the inside. Harlem River eased out of that battle but was four wide with Northern Model, Irada and Viddora kicking up on the fence. Northern Model dropped back a length or so and that left Harlem River with a three wide trail. Serene Majesty was back second last until Cocoa Dollran past her at the 600m. Invincible Heart led into the straight though Secret Agenda looked to travel a lot better while Serenade was struggling. Harlem River couldn’t reach the leaders but further out Serene Majesty unleashed a sharp sprint and ran straight past them to post a pretty soft win. Secret Agenda stuck on well after facing the breeze and Harlem River just held off Irada for third. Hard to make any excuses for anything beaten here outside Secret Agenda but it hasn’t hurt to be off the fence. Follow: none in particular. Race 4: Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) 1st Amovatio – Hugh Bowman 2nd The Bowler – Mark Zahra 3rd Tristram’s Sun – Craig Williams Amovatio eased straight out to last from his wide gate. Mecir landed in front and crossed Tristram’s Sun to the lead with Pago Rock coming over to sit up second. The Bowler had a nice trail in fifth as Eximius held the rail. A couple toRichie’s Vibe and Good Value. Mecir ran them along without going too hard and Pago Rock stayed with him as they edged a couple of lengths clear. They bunched up considerably coming to the turn with Tristram’s Sun and The Bowler easing out wider, Eximius had to wait and Good Value was being stoked up to chase. Tristram’s Sun ranged alongside Pago Rock and Mecir at the 200m while The Bowler was trying to match him. Amovatio had run right up behind that quartet with plenty to give and Richie’s Vibe was cut out of a run and had to come to the outside. Tristram’s Sun was hanging on until inside the 50m where Amovatio spotted a gap and sprinted sharply to win. The Bowler got his head down on the line to grab second from Tristram’s Sun. Richie’s Vibe also charged late and just missed out. They got away from the others. Amovatio too for them and a gutsy ride too. Follow: Richie’s Vibe might be back on track. Race 5: Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) 1st Amralah – Hugh Bowman 2nd Excess Knowledge – Blake Shinn 3rd Bohemian Lily – Kerrin McEvoy Amralah knuckled at the start and was among the last away. Bohemian Lily was about two lengths clear after 50m. Going forward were At First Sight, Ethiopia and Black Tomahawk with Mister Impatience up handy too. Albonettiheld the rail in about fifth place with Bondeiger behind her and Escado outside. Excess Knowledge was three deep outside them and Amralah recovered to be next out of the straight. Bohemian Lily ran along unchallenged up the back as At First Sight was happy to sit two lengths away. Past the 1400m Amralah eased out and started to slide around the field behind the slow pace and he ran to the lead soon after. Ethiopia kicked up to be second and Bohemian Lily was happy to take the trail while At First Sight made sure he was away from the fence. They were all caught napping and Amralah shook them off well before the turn with only Bohemian Lily able to stay anywhere near him. Black Tomahawk and Escado were trying to run on and Excess Knowledge pushed his way clear between them at the top of the straight. But the race was all over at the 300m with Amralah a mile clear and he cruised to the line an easy winner. Excess Knowledge charged out of the pack to run a very nice second and Bohemian Lily just held Bondeiger for third. Winner was far too good. Follow: Excess Knowledge might pick up a race like the Lexus. Race 6: Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) 1st Criterion – Michael Walker 2nd Happy Trails – Mark Zahra 3rd Mongolian Khan – Opie Bosson Took a while to sort out the first half of the field and Fawkner showed with Pornichet on his inside until Entirely Platinum worked across. Mongolian Khan settled behind them and Contributer landed in a perfect spot. The other three were a couple back each separated by a length with Happy Trails followed by Criterion and Kermadec at the back. Pornichet refused to settle and made Entirely Platinum work overtime to cross. Fawkner worked back up to second and Contributer was always on his back. Kermadec was last on the fence by the 600m. Like he was last start, Fawkner was under pressure before the turn and Contributer loomed alongside with Entirely Platinum still there. Criterion and Happy Trails whipped up out wide to join in and were going the better at the 300m. Mongolian Khan couldn’t sprint with them momentarily and Kermadec was the widest. Criterion and Happy Trails settled down to fight it out over the last bit and Criterion was strongest, going on to win impressively. Happy Trails just held an eye-catching Mongolian Khan while Kermadec finished just under a length back. The rest were well beaten off and their spring carnivals would be in jeopardy. Strong effort by Criterion, better effort by Happy Trails, Mongolian Khan is right on target for the Caulfield Cup and Kermadec was okay, wouldn’t say he couldn’t win a Cox Plate on that. Follow: none, notes above. Race 7: Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) 1st Lucky Hussler – Glen Boss 2nd Disposition – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Stratum Star – Craig Williams Puccini didn’t want to go early and tailed off a long last. Strawberry Boy was ridden for the lead and worked over to head Moonovermanhattan and Kenjorwood went up to second. Jacquinot Bay pushed on three wide aroundStratum Star with Ninth Legion holding the fence. Leebaz had a three wide trail while Disposition landed in a good spot midfield. Hi World and Hopfgarten were next and Lucky Hussler raced with about four behind him. Strawberry Boy was being worked on at the 600m as Kenjorwood and Jacquinot Bay kept him busy. Stratum Star travelled into it well, passing Moonovermanhattan and Leebaz who were gone. Disposition was right on Stratum’s Star’s back with Ninth Legion behind him, wider out Lucky Hussler was trying to push Hi World out of the way. Strawberry Boy and Kenjorwood had a little kick at the 300m but Stratum Star had them covered. Disposition was closing in and wide out Lucky Hussler warmed to the task. Disposition had a battle to get past Stratum Star and just as he was winning that Lucky Hussler swept past both of them and went on for a dominant win. Ninth Legion held on well to run fourth and the only others to make ground from the back were Abidewithme and Flamingo Star and their runs were solid but not in the same class as the trifecta. Follow: you’d have to stick with the first three home. Race 8: Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) 1st Stay With Me – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Jameka – Mark Zahra 3rd Badawiya – Craig Newitt Miss Gunpowder was first out from a wide gate but Take Pride booted through to hold her out. Badawiya came over with Miss Gunpowder and Super Cash landed in a good spot next. A couple to Payroll inside Alaskan Rose withSagaronne following them. Pasadena Girl was three wide and Stay With Me, who didn’t show a lot of pace early, improved on the fence next. Jameka and Don’t Doubt Marley whipped them in. Take Pride really opened the field up and led by four midrace over Miss Gunpower and she was a similar margin clear of Badawiya and Super Cash. No real runs came with any effectiveness before the turn and Take Pride still had them chasing, Miss Gunpowder and Badawiya were starting to close. Stay With Me had saved ground getting up along the fence and swung around that trio at the 300m. Wider out Pasadena Girl and Jameka were winding up. Take Pride was all out at the 200m and Stay With Me swept to the lead, Badawiya tried to go with her but couldn’t, and Jameka was the one coming home fast down the outside. Pasadena Girl was just battling to get past Take Pride. Stay With Me too good, but the ride was the difference, a nice run from Jameka and Badawiya stuck on well too. Miss Gunpowder had the wind taken out of her chasing a hot speed and that doesn’t suit her. Follow: Jameka is looking good for the Oaks. Race 9: Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) 1st Press Statement – Hugh Bowman 2nd Lizard Island – Blake Shinn 3rd Ready For Victory – Glen Boss Press Statement jumped okay but was sent forward from out wide and made it across to the fence very easily. Ready For Victory was holding his spot on the inside but over racing and took a trail as Kentucky Flyer moved to second.Bassett landed in a great spot and Lizard Island was three back on the fence. Dal Cielo was checked and couldn’t stay on the speed while Bon Aurum was again stuck wide. Rageese found himself with cover and Sovereign Nation was just off midfield on the fence. Press Statement had a picnic in front to the home turn and was travelling better than Kentucky Flyer. Three out Bassett and wider Bon Aurum were running on. Ready For Victory was waiting behind the leader. Press Statement came off the fence and worked towards the centre with Bassett trying to go with him but he shook that challenge off. Ready For Victory and Lizard Island closer to the fence were still coming and from the second half Rageese and Sovereign Nation hit the line okay. But Press Statement had it far too easy in front and won accordingly. Lizard Island poked through the grab second over Ready For Victory and the aforementioned closers. Bassett stuck on. Nice run behind them from Tarzino and Tulsa made some ground but was never in the hunt. Follow: Tarzino is coming along nicely for the Derby. Race 10: Cafe Grim Reef Steaks (1200m) 1st Politeness – Mark Zahra 2nd Wawail – Michael Walker 3rd Bring Me The Maid – Glen Boss In Style was very slowly out. Matilija showed speed out wide but couldn’t cross so eased a little as Ygritte and Wawailimproved underneath and Bring Me The Maid held the rails. Exclusive Lass and Danestroem had good cover behind them. In Style made quick ground to be inside Catch That Cat and Politeness went back as usual. Ygritte, Wawil and Bring Me The Maid were still at it coming to the turn and Ygritte was first to struggle. Matilija moved forward again while Catch That Cat and Politeness were the widest runners. Wawail went to the centre of the track and looked to have the lead at the 200m from Bring Me The Maid closer to the fence. Matilija couldn’t go on while Politeness was unwinding down the outside. Wawail was a sitting shot and ran about a bit and Politeness swooped in the last few strides to nail her. Bring Me The Maid stuck on for third in a good return, she’s more a wet tracker and is a better stalker, from Catch That Cat running on. Matilija had a tough run and finished next. Follow: Bring Me The Maid if she can hit a wet track. Specials from the meeting: Pearl Congenial, Excess Knowledge, Jameka, Tarzino. ==========================================

Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1 1st Conchita Thomas Huet 2nd Zafina Winona Costin 3rd Star Turn Tommy Berry When the starter let the two-year-olds go in the first, the favourite Star Turn didn’t begin brilliantly but recovered ok to settle in a handy fourth. In front it was Conchita on the fence narrowly ahead of Starovski. Milbo was in third and Chain Shot was out wide in fourth. As they came around the home turn you were in a bit of trouble if you were on Star Turn who looked to lose its position. Half way down the straight it got going again but didn’t have a great deal of room and the bird had flown, with Conchita going great guns in front. It kept going all the way to the line for a clear victory over Zafina and Star turn who ran it’s race in patches. Follow: Conchita Race 2 1st Cana Tommy Berry 2nd Denpurr Tye Angland 3rd Cylinder Beach Regan Bayliss Bachelor Heir was slow to go in the second event but mustered pace to take up second spot on the fence and then it basically railed through to join Cana in front. Seeking Assylum took the trail in third spot but was pulling a bit and Fast Candy was up inside of it getting a nice run. When they swung the bend for home they were spread across the track. Fast Candy was getting an inside run to try and join Bachelor Heir, and outside of it Cana looked to be traveling best. Wider out, Denpurr and Land’s End were putting in runs. You didn’t know where to look at the furlong, as there were plenty of chances, but one of those wasn’t Bachelor Heir who was dropping out. In the run to the line, Cana just kept fighting, and held off the fast finishing Denpurr who looked like it would pick it up inside the final 100m. Those two came way a bit from Cylinder Beach who found the line ok over on the fence. Follow: Cylinder Beach Race 3 1st Dream Choice Regan Bayliss 2nd Better Not Blue Jess Taylor 3rd Press Report Jason Collett Kasiano Lad was sent out a short priced favourite to win race three and he began ok and railed through to lead from Dream Choice after they had gone a couple of hundred metres. Press Report and Dupe ‘Em settled a couple of lengths off the speed in third and fourth. When they swung the bend Kasiano Lad looked to travel ok in front but that didn’t last long, as when they got to the 300m mark he was a spent force. Dream Choice ran to the front and was went on strongly from that point onwards to record a clear victory over Better Not Blue who finished its race off ok and Press Report who gets a pass mark for its effort. Kasiano Lad was an abject failure and I can find no excuse for it. Follow: None to follow Race 4 1st Music Magnate Brenton Avdulla 2nd San Diego Sam Clipperton 3rd Cosmic Cube Corey Brown Music Magnate was sent out a short priced favourite in race four, and it began well and settled closer today in third spot. Countryman took up the running and led Heart Testa by more than a length. Through the middle stages Countryman had it all its own way in front. When they came for home, Heart Testa was the first to throw out a challenge, but outside the pair, Music Magnate looked to be traveling big time. Heart Testa had the front at the furlong, but Music Magnate under a ride from Brenton Avdulla had its measure and soon after ran to the front. Cosmic Cube finished its race off ok, but was picked up for second spot on the line by San Diego who went very nicely first up from a spell. Follow: San Diego Race 5 1st Heren’s Oak Brenton Avdulla 2nd Scherzoso Tommy Berry 3rd Faralitos Sam Clipperton They headed off from the 2000m mark in the fifth with Herne’s Oak going towards the front, but there was deadset no pace on early and Missvonn then found herself in front before Faralitos was sent forward by Sam Clipperton to take up the running. Herne’s Oak moved around the outside into second and that relegated Missvonn to third spot. Mr One Eleven who was in the market after winning its last start went back to last. Before the bend, the two in front started upping the tempo and they had a few of the others under pressure. Into the straight, Heren’s Oak traveled better than Faralitos and soon after ran to the front and the race was over. In the concluding stages, it got a bit close for comfort if you were on Heren’s Oak but it was never going to get run down despite a very good effort from Sherzoso in second spot to get within about a neck on the line. Faralitos managed to hold onto third. Nazir and Dance Of Heroes finished off well whereas Mr One Eleven did very little and never looked likely. Follow: Nazir, Dance Of Heroes Race 6 1st Vanbrugh Glyn Schofield 2nd I’m Belucci Tim Clark 3rd Man Of Choice Sam Clipperton The three-year-olds went around in the Spring Champion Stakes for race six and Man Of Choice was out well of the inside gate, but when they settled it was Jadeer taking it up from Flying Achilles by a couple of lengths and then there was a further couple back to Man Of Choice and Vanbrugh who was one off the fence. Tatoosh was caught wide and went forward today and found its way into third. At the 1000m mark Vanbrugh looked to cop a check and dropped back a bit and then it was shuffled back further in the next couple of hundred metres. Devil Hawk was off around them at the 800m mark, and went up to eyeball the leader soon after and put its head in front. As they came around the bend, you looked to be in some trouble if you were on Vanbrugh who was third last, but he was hooked wide. Too Good To Refuse struck the front with 300m to go, and outside of it, Vanbrugh now had a full head of steam. He was asked for the big effort at the 200m mark and from there struck the front and came away like a very good horse. No doubt he is headed for bigger and better things. I’m Belluci ran second and Man Of Choice third, but all credit to the winner here. Follow: Vanbrugh Race 7 1st Casino Dancer Winona Costin 2nd Wine Tales Robbie Fradd 3rd Zarzali Tim Clark Wine Tales was slow to go in race seven. Royal Adventure worked to a clear lead in front and the pace looked pretty genuine. Candelara was in second but Queen Of The Lochs moved around the outside to assume the position outside the leader as Candelara eased for the trail. Vergara was getting a nice run on the fence in fourth. Royal Adventure still had it when they straightened, with Vergara easing off its heals to issue the challenge. Peeping and Ballet Suite who were both well in commission were well back and not doing enough. Casino Dancer had been well ridden to follow Vergara through and came around its heels at the furlong pole to issue the challenge. In the final part Casino Dancer at any old odds sprinted very nicely and bolted away from them for a nice win. Wine Tales finished its race off very nicely as did Zarzali in third spot. Peeping and Ballet Suite were pretty ordinary. Follow: Wine Tales, Zarzali Race 8 1st Nevagotavote Samantha Clenton 2nd Frespanol Koby Jennings 3rd Good Project Brenton Avdulla They were over the mile in the last and Good Project sprung out of gate one to be in front initially before Nevagotavote went quickly to the lead. Darciwood was up outside of Good Project in second spot with Sabkhat getting a nice run in fourth. At the 600m mark Hollywood Bound took off three wide from well back and was up towards the lead by the time they came to the turn. On turning, Good Project pushed off the fence and looked to challenge Nevegotavote as they topped the rise. Frespanol was guided back towards the fence and was coming with a nice run, but in the final 100m Nevagotavote fought nicely and came away from them. Frespanol was a nice run in second, Good Project was pretty disappointing given the run it had in transit. Sabkhat was sound in fourth spot. Follow: None to follow Specials from the meeting: Vanbrugh, Wine Tales, Zarzali