Race 1. 1200M Carlton Draught Racing Sweep Handicap – Time 1:10.75/600m 35.83 ADAMANTIUM MARK ZAHRA 1st $3.70F (Last 600m 35.61 best) WHITLAM KERRIN MCEVOY 2nd $4 (36.08) AMERICAN DREAM CHRIS SYMONS 3rd $3.80 (36.24) Admantium (1st) bounced back from a poor showing at Moonee Valley to win well here. He wasn’t asked to do a lot early and he settled well for Zahra before working into the race nicely at the turn. It was then that he set after Whitlam (2nd) and American Dream (3rd) and he produced the best sectionals of the race to win well. He is promising but continues to improve. Whitlam went well and he was coming off a solid first up win in a RB72 against the older horses. It was his first start beyond 1000m and he may go straight back to 1000m next run. Worth noting: Admantium was just too good here and pretty dominant in the end.Race 2. 1200M Thoroughbred Club Stake – Time 1:10.20/600m 35.18 PLATELET MICHELLE PAYNE 1st $4.60EF (34.85 best) THE FAIRY’S KISS CRAIG NEWITT 2nd $4.60EF (35.16) HOLLYWEIRD COREY BROWN 3rd $6.50 (35.63) This was a text book job by Platelet (1st) and hoop Michelle Payne. On the speed map it looked as if they would get the gun run and everything worked out for them. She jumped well and Payne just eased her to take the sit on the back of the pace runners The Fairy’s Kiss (2nd) and Not A Dancer (4th). The tempo was good and she eased off them at the fence and sprinted well to fight off The Fairy’s Kiss. Platelet has had six runs now this prep and I would be cautious with her at her next start. The Fairy’s Kiss was having her second start in a race after winning well in her maiden at Seymour in good time. She sat outside the leader and really ran well to the line. I can see her improving again and she is the one to follow here. Worth noting: Platelet and The Fairy’s Kiss were the only two that broke 12s the final 200m. Last start Hollyweird got within 2.5L of Kurata Queen and these two beat her by 6.75L and they also ran 3L quicker than the boys. Race 3. 2400M Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes – Time 2:30.75/600m 35.46 SHEWAN CHRIS SYMONS 1st $3.50F (35.00) TANBY NICHOLAS HALL 2nd $5 (35.12) MOYENNE CORNICHE MARK ZAHRA 3rd $26 (34.96 best) Shewan (1st) had a bit go against him last start but the planets aligned for him here. He was given a gun ride by Chirs Symons who was able to settle him off the speed forward of midfield and was racing side by side with Tanby (2nd). They were the two up and comers who were in on the minimum and Tanby was the first to go but he was no match in the end for Shewan who drew up and finished off stronger over the final 200m and he was the better stayer on the day. Tanby was good but just not good enough. He had a good run also and maybe if you are looking to be forgiving he may have just hit the front a little early. Moyenne Corniche (3rd) was very impressive. He settled back and once he got clear running room in the straight he let down really well and finished with the best final 600m, he probably should have finished a touch closer, but he was unable to really extend when he was bottled up inside some horses in the straight. Midnight Martini was super, she was wide throughout before going forward and she was entitled to puncture. My Scotsgrey missed the start and his form prior was good. Worth noting: Bauer was working home very well late and he looks to be ticking over well. Race 4. 1000M Schweppes Schillaci Stakes – Time 56.76/600m 33.46 BLACK CAVIAR LUKE NOLEN 1st $1.07F (33.13 best) KARUTA QUEEN TOMMY BERRY 2nd $13 (34.19) STIRLING GROVE DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $31 (33.78) Not much we can say about the winner that we don’t already know here. She is just machine like in what she does and we know that she will only improve into her campaign and as she gets out over more ground. Karuta Queen (2nd) is as honest as they come and she was entitled to puncture but she kept rolling and fighting despite getting a case of the wobbles and feeling the pinch. She is going to be very competitive in any other races she contests. Thought that Stirling Grove (3rd) was super and on that run he is going to be winning very soon. He has won between 1000 -1400 and he is one you just have to be on next start in a suitable race. He balanced up well in the straight and clearly ran the best sectionals excluding the winner. Worth noting: Black Caviar and Stirling Grove were the only runners to break 34.00 (600m), 23.00 (400m) and 12.00 (200m) Race 5. 2000M New Zealand Bloodstock Caulfield Stakes – Time 2:02.50/600m 35.50 DESCARADO NASH RAWILLER 1st $13 (35.50) AVIENUS BRAD RAWILLER 2nd $51 (35.15 best) LIGHTS OF HEAVEN LUKE NOLEN 3rd $11 (35.62) Another WFA event as a lead up to the Cox Plate and yet more spanners thrown into the works here. Lion Tamer (8th) was not brilliant out of the gates and it was just enough for him to not be able to go with them early and forced Rodd to settle at the tail of the field. It was pretty evident once that happened that he had no hope, such is the sit and sprint fashion of these WFA events. Descarado (1st) was faultless and a big improver between runs. It was a gun ride by Nash who rated him a treat and he is yet another live hope heading towards the Cox Plate. Avienus (2nd) is another on track for a Cox Plate start. It’s pretty hard to knock what she did here and her run was super. Lights Of Heaven (3rd) worked around the field early and she boxed on pretty well in the straight for what was a good effort. Mighty High ran on well and Sincero got going again late but he was steered along the rails when we know he is much better down the outside. Worth noting: Blinkers helped Lights Of Heaven and that was as good as any run she has had this prep. Worth an each way ticket in the Caulfield Cup. Race 6. 1600M The David Jones Rose Clinic Toorak Handicap – Time 1:36.29/600m 35.02 KING MUFHASA MICHAEL RODD 1st $9 (34.97) KING’S ROSE LUKE NOLEN 2nd $4.80F (34.66) LUEN YAT FOREVER NICHOLAS HALL 3rd $6.50 (34.54) Can’t take anything away from the winner here. He raced second throughout here and was able to kick strongly in the straight and hold off the two Moody runners who filled the placings. 1st, 3rd and 4th at the 400m all punctured badly and finished well back so his effort to win here was super and it adds another string to the bow of the Jimmy Choux form and he did it with 58kg on a 52.5kg minimum which makes it even better. King’s Rose (2nd) was gallant and there are no excuses for her in the run. She didn’t go as good here as she did in the Stock Stakes she was about 1.25L below that run and I think she felt the pinch over the last 100m mainly due to 28 days between runs. She will improve on that. Luen Yat Forever (3rd) had no excuses he just seems to always find one or two better in his races. Toorak Toff box seated and went no good with the big weight we expect the form from his previous Grp1 win to struggle. Worth noting: Dao Dao best final 600m/34.65. There was 3L between King Mufhasa and Wall Street last start in NZ and pretty much 3L between them here, that form reads true for Jimmy Choux. Race 7. 1600M The Age Caulfield – Time 1:35.36/600m 35.68 HELMET KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $2.20F (35.68) MANAWANUI GLYN SCHOFIELD 2nd $6 (35.52 best) HUEGILL LUKE NOLEN 3rd $31 (35.66) We witnessed what Helmet (1st) was capable of last start in the Guineas Prelude and the gun colt not only backed it up but he went even better. He ran the quickest Caulfield Guineas in history and ran 5L quicker than the Toorak HCP the race prior. I think most of us were scratching our heads in regards to the tactics of McEvoy early but the horse looked after him and just kept going to hold off Manawanui (2nd) who is also a gun. Helmet will likely head to the Cox Plate now and although he looks all the rage I have a slight query on his ability to produce another peak effort when jumping from 1600 to 2040. Manawanui went super also and he and Helmet really spaced the rest. It was a great ride tactically by Schofield and they did everything right but they ran into a champion 3yo. Huegill (3rd) looks like he is still an improving type and I expect that he will be a big improver in the Autumn. Smart Missile although disappointing on face value can’t run the mile and he should be restricted to 1200/1400. They will probably freshen him up here and a clash with Sepoy in the Coolmore looks on the cards. Worth noting: The first two here are super and we will look forward to more clashed heading forward. Just be wary of Helmet having another peak rating, not saying he can’t just saying it wouldn’t shock if he didn’t. Race 8. 1200M Sportingbet Sprint Series – Time 1:09.81/600m 34.94 HINEMOA LISA CROPP 1st $20 (34.66) CELTS KERRIN MCEVOY 2nd $9 (Unknown) LADY MAHLER CHRIS SYMONS 3rd $11 (35.07) If there was any certainties to come out of this day of racing that certainty is that Valentine Miss (4th) should have won couldn’t get a run. Disappointing when jockeys don’t do more tactically early to ensure these sorts if things don’t happen and Rodd is racking up a long list of good things beaten. Her form through Sister Madly was lengths better than this but the cards didn’t fall in place. That was her third urn this prep so she still should be able to find another nice race. Celts (2nd) improved a couple of lengths on her first up run and she is ticking over really well. She hasn’t won in a while but she will go very close in similar grade next start. Lady Mahler (3rd) has been racing really well and she battled on well after racing prominent throughout. Worth noting: Valentine Miss had the best final 600m and was held up for half of it! 600m 34.58 Race 9. 1400M BMW – Time 1:23.55/600m 35.10 TESTA MY PATIENCE CRAIG NEWITT 1st $2.90F (34.90) CHOSEN TO FLY DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $14 (35.38) UTAH SAINTS CHRIS SYMONS 3rd $4.80 (35.51) Testa My Patience (1st) was well backed here and the money was spot on. He was super first up when he recorded some very good sectionals and then had an excuse last start when he missed the start but still worked home well. It was pretty painless for people that backed him as he raced prominent throughout and once they hit the turn and he had clear running it was evident they wouldn’t catch him as he can reel of some great splits. It was a good win for him and he is still early in his campaign and I can see him figuring in some better races heading forward. Chosen To Fly (2nd) bounced back after being below average last start at Caulfield. He is travelling very well this campaign and is close. Utah Saints (3rd) can’t be knocked he ran super with the big weight, he was up 3kg from his last start win. Thought that Our Lukas (4th) was super here, it was a great performance by the QLD visitor second up. He carried 2kg more than the winner and his sectionals were very sound, he will be very hard to beat next start. Worth noting: Too Deadly best 600m 34.89. Follow: Our Lukas, Celts, King’s Rose, Stirling Grove, The Fairy’s Kiss
Caulfield review from Rick Williams
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 11st Subarc Rod Quinn 2nd Pampelonne Chris Reith 3rd Upstacker Sam ClippertonSubarc clearly missed the start a couple of lengths here so its effort to win was full of merit and it is fairly hard to make a case for anything else in the race. Pamelonne had the run of the race but couldn’t hold out the winner. Exceed and Exalt which ran fourth over raced and that was probably costly whilst Rolston who was also in the market missed the start a bit also. All credit with the winner.Follow: SubarcRace 21st Tatra Josh Parr 2nd Rise To The Top Brenton Avdulla 3rd Sherocksmyworld Nathan Berry Tatra was sent around very short odds and had a good run behind them and just got the job done on the line. It looked to me to be a horse that will get more distance. Mai Tai Lady showed good speed but stopped and she will be fitter for the run. Rise To The Top finished well and looks a coming winner, whilst She Rocks My World didn’t begin well and had to be used up and ran ok for third. Follow: Rise To The Top Race 3 1st Dystopia Jim Cassidy 2nd Agister Chad Schofield 3rd Rosie’s Reward Adam Hyeronimus Rosie’s Reward ran this race hard in front. Usually Agister leads but Rosie’s Reward headed it clearly. She made a bold bit for victory but was getting pretty tired the last 100m. The winner Dystopia got back to last but did have the race run to suit with all the pace on while Agister ran its usual honest race. Follow: Rosie’s Reward Race 4 1st Teardrop Rock Nathan Berry 2nd King Gladiator Rod Quinn 3rd Belissimo Jay Ford Saint Saiala worked hard to lead here and couldn’t keep going. King Gladiator who eventually ran second got back to a clear last, and worked home very well. This was a step up in grade and he all but pulled it off. Teardrop Rock who won the race sat one out one back and managed to hold off King Gladiator whilst Fiscal had no luck early in the straight but was only fair in the last bit of the race when clear. The run of Kim Devine was ok running on from back with King Gladiator. Follow: King Gladiator Race 5 1st Winner Take All Adam Hyeronimus 2nd Hard Liquor Jay Ford 3rd Definite Choice Blake Spriggs Ramsay’s Curse and Lost For Words both missed the kick badly here. Samui Lad led easily but stopped just as quickly on straightening. The short priced favourite Liteinthenite tracked the leader and hit the front for about a stride but was then beaten. Hard Liquor was the run of the race for mine, making a lot of ground on the inside. Definite Choice loomed up to win the race but died on the run, but will be fitter next time. Follow: Hard Liquor, Definite Choice Race 6 1st Little Surfer Girl Jim Cassidy 2nd Quidnunc Rod Quinn 3rd Skyerush Nathan Berry I have previously mentioned Little Surfer Girl as a future group horse and this confirmed it in my opinion. She had a good run behind the pace and sprinted very well when the run presented on the fence in the straight. Quidnunc also tracked through on the fence from last to run second whilst Skyerush and Miss Keepsake kept coming at a steady bat down the outside Follow: Little Surfer Girl, Quidnunc, Missk Keepsake Race 7 1st Al’s Gold Chad Schofield 2nd Guderian Adam Hyeronimus 3rd Levi’s Choice Brenton Avdulla Al’s Gold came from a fair way back and tracked wide to come down the outside and win. Kaunda was probably the unlucky runner who took a while to get into the clear and then flashed home late. Angelican was wide most of the way and kept coming to the line. Izababe fell badly at the 200m mark, I don’t think it was going to win, but may have been somewhere in the finish. Follow: Kaunda Race 8 1st Somepin Anypin Jim Cassidy 2nd Erewhon Rod Quinn 3rd Madiba Gold Chad Schofield Rhyno Chaser missed the start hopelessly here. Once Somepin Anypin led and dictated in this race and realistically it was all over. He had a decent kick in the straight and despite Erewhon coming off his back and trying to make a race of it, the result was never in doubt. Erewhon will be improved by the run. Adnacon and Madibagold had their own race for third and were both good runs and Count Encosta could be seen finishing off the race well from near last. Pureness was the shocker of the race, finishing last, could be something amiss? Follow: Erewhon Specials From The Meeting: Rise To The Top, King Gladiator, Hard Liquor, Quidnunc, Definite Choice, Kaunda, Erewhon.