Weekend racing reviews Moonee Valley review from Rick Williams Race 1. 1000M Microflite Helicopters Inglis (Time 1:00.41/600m 36.41)

DIAMOND EARTH DAMIEN OLIVER 1st $9
LAMINGTONS BEN MELHAM 2nd $4.80
SWIPELINE MATTHEW NEILSON 3rd $3.20F

Two runners here with race experience were able to get to the front and that is the way it stayed until the post. They were well clear of the rest of the field heading into the straight and fought the race out together with the Cummings horse Diamond Earth (600/36.41) too good for Lamingtons (36.33). The third horse Swipeline (35.93) hit the line really well once clear as did So Sure (35.85). Worth noting: Swipeline and So Sure finished off really well and raced like they will appreciate 1100+ and a bigger track. Race 2. 1600M Essendon Jeep Stakes (Time 1:37.08/600m 37.15)

TORAH LUKE NOLEN 1st $8
BLISS STREET STEVEN ARNOLD 2nd $10
CLASSIC ELLE COREY BROWN 3rd $3.50

Nothing went to plan here from the time the gates opened and there was much more pace than many anticipated. Favourite Twilightingwas left out wide without cover when she was unable to cross from a wide gate and she was then used up to get around the field and was gone on the turn.Torah (36.69) was able to enjoy a comfortable run at the tail of the field while the speed battle went on and she loomed up on the turn and let down well.Bliss Street (Not available) was another at the tail and she hit the line well with a big weight. Classic Elle (37.17) looked disappointing on face value but the speed was on and she did well to battle on for third. Worth noting: Classic Elle got going again in the last 200m (12.79), she is close to a win. Race 3. 1200M 1300 Australia (Time 1:10.60/600m 35.30)

KARUTA QUEEN TOMMY BERRY 1st $3.30F
MISS STELLABELLE DAMIEN OLIVER 2nd $7
AMAH ROCK DANNY NIKOLIC 3rd $5

Excellent performance here by Karuta Queen(35.30). She jumped well and worked her way across to the fence past Beckon(35.94) who had a good run behind her throughout but wasn’t good enough. Berry rated her a treat out in front and he kept her together until the turn where she was able to really let down and hit the line strongly. In doing so she also recorded the fastest 400m (23.63) and 200m (12.00). Miss Stellabelle (35.05) ran on well from midfield but she was no match for the winner. Amah Rock (35.26) was stoked up prior to the turn and battled on well and he will improve from the run. Worth noting: Karuta Queen is just a class above these lower grade 3yos. Black Caviar form is good form when a horse is placed well. Race 4. 2040M Mitchelton Wines (Time 2:07.14/600m 36.22)

MANAWANUI GLYN SCHOFIELD 1st $1.22F
COLLAR HUGH BOWMAN 2nd $6
SCELTO DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $71

This was pretty painless for punters that took the shorts about Manawanui (400/24.16). They sat quiet on him throughout and asked him to get going prior to the turn. He loomed up to Collar (24.48) and was able to win comfortably to the line. On to the Derby for him now and it looks another winnable race for him. The extra distance is always a concern for these 3yos but he ticks every other box. Collar battled on pretty well after racing on the speed and trying to grind a win out. On face value it’s hard to see him turning the tables on Manawanui but stranger things have happened and he will almost certainly stay/grind out the 2500m. Worth noting: Manawanui wins the Derby if he can stay the trip, it’s just a question of what you think is the right price. Race 5. 1200M Schweppes (Time 1:10.13/600m 33.63)

BLACK CAVIAR LUKE NOLEN 1st $1.05F
DOUBTFUL JACK DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $31
HERE DE ANGELS CLARE LINDOP 3rd $61

Everything went to script here with Black Caviar (33.44) racking up yet another win. It is her cruising speed and ability to put her opponents to the sword in the middle part of her races and still finish off that makes her so good. She was in a headlock yet again and hopefully one day we can see her opened right up and her times will be unbelievable. Doubtful Jack (34.62) set the pace and he did really well to end up running second, worth following especially on wet tracks. Worth noting: On times Karuta Queen would have beaten the other horses in this race by 3L. Race 6. 2500M Drake International (Time 2:36.41/600m 36.12)

AMERICAIN G MOSSE 1st $3.50F
TULLAMORE NASH RAWILLER 2nd $4
ILLO LUKE NOLEN 3rd $8.50

American (35.78) put in a brilliant performance to overcome difficulties and win very comfortably. Prior to the turn he was stuck behind a wall of horses and lost some ground before digging in again and getting a run in the straight before pulling away to register a very dominant win. Tullamore (36.24) raced well and fought on strongly but was no match for the winner. The Cummings horse Illo (36.67) ran into third place along the inside and his run was excellent. He will also go into the Cup now and we know how much he can improve them. Worth noting: Americain will be very hard to beat in the Cup. Don’t worry about weight swings he is the one to beat. Race 7. 1600M Drummond Golf Crystal Mile (Time 1:36.74/600m 34.87)

TESTA MY PATIENCE CRAIG NEWITT 1st $6
HAWKS BAY DEAN YENDALL 2nd $81
HE’S REMARKABLE COREY BROWN 3rd $4.40F

This was a race where everything went to plan for Testa My Patience (35.54). There were some question marks on him racing in this grade but if you knew the horse and his abilities to run great sectionals and where he would be here in the run you would have been fairly confident he could measure up. He sat in a lovely spot just off the pace and sprinted past the leader Hawk’s Bay (35.14) to win. Hawk’s Bay ran out of his skin after his run in the Darwin Cup and at one stage it looked like he may have pinched the race. He’s Remarkable (34.64) and Happy Trails (34.82) ran on really well also. Worth noting: Some of these will head to the Emirates. Race 8. 2040M Tatts Cox Plate (Time 2:05.39/600m 36.52)

PINKER PINKER CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $26
JIMMY CHOUX JONATHAN RIDDELL 2nd $6.50
REKINDLED INTEREST DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $10

Found it hard to see Pinker Pinker (35.65) turning it around from her run in the Epsom but she did. It was a good ride by Williams, yes he had some luck but he didn’t panic and put himself in the right places. Once they rounded the turn the run came for her and he was able to peel off of the back of Jimmy Choux (36.54) and she powered to the line to register a win for the record books. When Glass Harmonium (36.68) blew the start that helped Jimmy Choux slot into a good spot and he enjoyed a great run. When they headed into the straight I thought he was home but he just felt the pinch late after racing prominent on a solid tempo. Rekindled Interest (36.34) got going late when he was able to extend and he ran into third. Wall Street (35.81) andSecret Admirer (36.02) ran on very well from the tail and they ran their final 1600m quicker than any of the 1600m races of the day. Efficient (not available) was asked to go at the 1000m which was far too early but was apparently their plan. He is flying this horse and is at his best. If he starts again this Spring get on him. Helmet (37.34) has had a great Spring but I just couldn’t get the distance. Worth noting: Good race to follow for some future winners through the carnival. Rekindled Interest reminds me of El Segundo, maybe 2012 Cox Plate for him. Race 9. 1600M Trojan Hand Tools (Time 1:38.73/600m36.80)

OCEAN CHALLENGER DEAN HOLLAND 1st $51
HI BELLE COREY BROWN 2nd $6.50
LADY LYNETTE DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $5

This race was 9L slower than the 3yof race won by Torah. The race was delayed due to storms and the track was clearly worse than a dead 4. Ocean Challenger (36.15) was a blow out winning at 50/1. She has always had good ability but this looked a pretty strong race. She sat just off the, wound up around the turn and was too strong. Hi Belle (36.45) continued her excellent run of form and ran well into second place. Lady Lynette (36.63) was the only horse on pace at the 600m to finish in the top five, the rest punctured and ran poorly. Worth noting: Not sure what to make of this race. Happy to forgive More Strawberries and Little Surfer Girl. Follow: So Sure, Swipeline, Classic Elle, Americain, Testa My Patience, Wall Street (Emirates), Secret Admirer (Emirates), Efficient (Mackinnon) .

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Rosehill Review By guest reviewer Todd Burmester Race 1 1st Merensky Reef Kathy O’Hara 2nd Miss Keepsake Chad Schofield 3rd Shawnee Girl Jim Cassidy Merensky Reef was taken to the front here with ultimately proved a race winning move. Miss Keepsake and Shawnee Girl were the preferred two in betting but they could manage only second and third respectively. Miss Keepsake got back to last in a race that didn’t have a huge amount of pace and she just failed to pick up the winner after coming wide on the turn. Shawnee Girl was a little disappointing but did manage to hold onto third. None to follow here Race 2 1st Meidung Chris Reith 2nd Dances On Stars Jim Cassidy 3rd Kyoto Jake Duffy Meidung after a reasonable trial did what a lot of Snowden horses do which was improve following the trial. It showed good pace along the fence to dispute the lead all the way and had too much for them in the straight. Mai Tai Lady was outside the lead but was beaten very quickly in the straight whilst Emporer Of Rome had a tough run 3 wide on the pace and kept going for half the straight – definitely a pass mark. Report got back and finished the race of well along the fence whilst the well supported favourite Dances On Stars was green and will improve on this run. Follow: Dances On Stars, Emporer Of Rome Race 3 1st Smash Hit Chad Schofield 2nd Gold World Kathy O’Hara 3rd Blurred Vision Jay Ford Smash Hit led them up here and managed to just hold on. By this stage many were talking about it being a dynamite leaders track – but isn’t Rosehill always that way? Gold World had a fairly cushy run not too far off the speed and just missed picking up the winner on the line. Blurred Vision was outside the leader and kept fighting on well. Dailika had an easy run behind the leader but is becoming costly now and I can’t recommend it on this performance. Acouplamas was very good coming from last and will win if placed in easier company soon. Biggietupac was also good from near last.Follow: Acouplamas, Biggietupac Race 4 1st Mental Josh Parr 2nd Pampelonne Jay Ford 3rd Said Com Jim Cassidy Pampelone worked a bit to get to the lead here but then slowed up in front and had its chance. Mental had an easy run behind the leader and was able to get the win whilst Said Com got back and ran on well. I thought Said Com was going as well as the winner on the line and is now looking for further. Exeed and Exalt over raced a bit outside the leader which proved costly. Follow: Said Com Race 5 1st Guderian Adam Hyeronimus 2nd Levi’s Choice Chris Reith 3rd Samui Lad Josh Parr Samui Lad was the obvious leader and did it at a slower pace today. He kicked a little bit early in the straight but in all honesty does not find a lot when placed under pressure. Guderian got the run behind the leader and took all day to get there but did get there for the win on the line. Levi’s Choice and Hard Liquor were good runs getting well back and running on well. Shadow Minister also made pretty fair ground. Follow: Hard Liquor, Levi’s Choice Race 6 1st Somepin Anypin Jim Cassidy 2nd Renewed Vitality Chris Reith 3rd Theophorus Sam Clippperton At the start Pureness and Erewhon were not great out of the gates. Erewhon was very good late in the race and I would expect it to win next start if placed in the right race. Pureness on the other hand was only fair. The winner Somepin Anypin used its speed to assume the front running role and that was the end of the section – it slowed them up and then raced away for an easy win. Renewed Vitality had every chance getting the one out one back run but was no match in the run home. Theophorus was on the pace all the way and stuck on ok. Follow: Erewhon Race 7 1st Lone Command Sam Clipperton 2nd Belissimo Jay Ford 3rd Vintedge Jim Cassidy At the start Al’s Gold was slow out. Lone Command seemed to work pretty hard to get around them from a wide draw to sit outside the leader which added merit to its win and you could now expect it to repeat the dose. Vintedge got a good run back on the fence, got out at the right time but couldn’t quite get there. Belissimo led and kept going ok and Count Encosta could be seen making good ground in the run to the line. Follow: Lone Command, Count Encosta Race 8 1st Nuptse Nathan Berry 2nd Rosie’s Reward A Hyeronimus 3rd Redhandedjill Robert Thompson Speed to burn in this race with Trilione finding the front at a thousand miles an hour from Pyrography and Rosie’s Reward. Rosie’s Reward got out and was hailed the winner in the straight but after all the early speed Nuptse was able to get there in time on the line. Redhandedjill came with its run together with Nuptse but couldn’t quite go with it in the end. Torino was well supported in betting but wasn’t traveling all that well on the turn and then seemed to cop a bump – it was working home ok the last 100m and should appreciate more ground. Follow: Rosie’s Reward, Torino Specials from the meeting: Said Com, Erewhon, Lone Command