Weekend racing reviews – Saturday 11th February

Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1800M    BMW MelbourneSPIRIT SONG         BRAD RAWILLER    1st     $1.80F OUR SPIRITS BAY JAKE NOONAN        2nd    $6 PROCIDA              GLEN BOSS             3rd    $8Tellora led like she did when she won two starts back but the way she finished off suggested that she can’t run 1800m and she is unlikely to repeat that rating again. Our Spirits Bay is going really well but she was probably looking for a mile, not 1800m. The winner was super, we had a knock on her on the dead but she really won well. Her form is very strong and no reason why she can’t keep winning suitable races. Worth noting: Follow the winner Spirit Song. Race 2.     1100M    Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G)    GENERAL RIPPA     DAMIEN OLIVER     1st     $17 RUSAMBO              KERRIN MCEVOY   2nd    $3.50F FERMENT               NOEL CALLOW       3rd     $21 Hayes did it again here with the debut runner General Rippa. The gelding was hard ridden and looked to struggle at the midway point of the race but by the 150m it was pretty clear that he was travelling and was way too good. Couple of hard luck stories but this group of 2yos look to be well below what is required to win the Diamond. Worth noting: Colts ran slower than the fillies and hard to see them turning it around. Race 3.     1100M    Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude (F)  SAMAREADY     CRAIG NEWITT     1st     $4.20F FORMIDABLE     CHRIS SYMONS   2nd    $10 SWEETENER     MICHAEL RODD    3rd     $7 Samaready turned in a brilliant performance and whilst doing so locked herself in as favourite to take out the Blue Diamond. She jumped with them and was able to get a good run mid race but did look like she was just niggled at a little bit. Once Newitt hooked her out and she balanced up this filly let down with a very explosive finish and blew the field away. She is going to be very hard to beat. Worth noting: Could be a year for the fillies with Samaready and No Looking Back. Race 4.     1600M    Catanach’s Jewellers Carlyon Cup    MANIGHAR      LUKE NOLEN     1st     $8 SHADOWFAX   MICHAEL RODD 2nd    $8 VEEWAP         MARK ZAHRA     3rd    $14 Ranger was heavily backed before the jump but he made life hard for himself when he was half a length slow out of the gates. Had he jumped with them no guarantee he would have won as the winner Manighar looked super. We knew this horse as a stayer but Moody has pushed his right buttons and he won really well. His turn of foot was great over the last 200m and he is in good shape heading forwards. Worth noting: Forgive Ranger and follow Manighar. Race 5.     1400M    Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes  PIED A TERRE     MARK ZAHRA           1st     $3.80F PROLIFERATE     MICHAEL WALKER   2nd    $14 ADAMANTIUM     GLEN BOSS              3rd     $10 Instalment was a late scratching and that took out the pace in the race. That meant that Pied A Terre was able to jump well out of the gates and sit himself outside the leader Collar on what was a walk. Once they hit the straight Collar choked and Pied A Terre who had an easy enough time up on the pace was able to sprint well enough to hold off the closers. There was plenty of good runs in the race. Proliferate did well against the pattern of the race as did Bombalatomba. Worth noting: Can’t see any of these troubling Helmet Race 6.     1400M    Sportingbet C.F. Orr Stakes    BLACK CAVIAR            LUKE NOLEN             1st     $1.05F SOUTHERN SPEED     CRAIG WILLIAMS        2nd    $16 PLAYING GOD             STEVEN PARNHAM     3rd    $61 All eyes were on the undefeated champion Black Caviar at her first trip out to the 1400m and she didn’t let them down. In a race that was ran very slowly Nolen was able to sit her in the box seat as she relaxed beautifully. He edged her off the heels prior to the turn to ensure clear running and looked in slow motion whilst doing so. By the 200m she was a mile ahead of the rest and was eased up to the line. Southern Speed backed up her first up performance with an excellent run and she is on track. Worth noting: Slow time but super win, they didn’t get close. Race 7.     1100M    Schweppes Rubiton EAGLE FALLS      DWAYNE DUNN         1st      $21 FIRST COMMAND  STEVEN ARNOLD     2nd     $4.40 HOT SPIN       ANDREW MALLYON         3rd     $11 Race changed shape from the start when the favourite Karuta Queen missed the start and was always going to struggle to win after that. They hunted her along the fence but she used up too much energy and couldn’t finish off. First Command had a pretty easy lead and he fought on well but was no match for the Oakleigh Plate winner Eagle Falls who bounced back to form. The Hayes trained runner really let down well over the final 200m and was too good. He has been out of form and isn’t very genuine but obviously has lots of ability. Worth noting: Time was slower the 2yo filly Samaready. Race 8.     1200M    Kevin Hayes Stakes    SOFT SAND         DAMIEN OLIVER            1st     $4.60 ANABANDANA     CRAIG WILLIAMS           2nd    $2.80F GLOWS               KERRIN MCEVOY          3rd     $12 Early pace was set by Anabandana and Chivvy with Glows kicking up. Soft Sand who was the eventual winner got the good run and laid to rest any doubts on her ability. Oliver got her into a good position early a little closer than anticipated and she looked to relax quite well. Upon straightening she was travelling very well and put them away very quickly to score a pretty easy win. She beat a pretty good field of fillies and is still on the up so the sky is the limit for her. Worth noting: The rest of these were very even, I wouldn’t be in a hurry to get involved in any of these filly races that didn’t include Soft Sand/Mosheen. Race 9.     1200M    Programmed Property Services Geoffrey Bellmaine PSYCHOLOGIST      CRAIG NEWITT     1st     $16 SLOW THE FLOW    DAMIEN OLIVER  2nd     $6.50 LET’S BE HAPPY     GLEN BOSS         3rd     $11 Good pace was setup early here from the likes of Two Hills, Ravenous Lass and Star Of Giselle. They really worked along and set a good clip and by the 200m they all felt the pinch big time. Psychologist, who was coming off a good run behind Avionics appreciated the hot speed and she let down really well up the middle of the track to win. I think she is even better on a genuine good so there is extra merit to that win, she has ability. Slow The Flow worked home along the inside and she is inferior on good/dead and is going well. That was a big effort and she needs to be followed especially on slow tracks. Worth noting: Tempo played a big part here. They can take turns these mares. Keep an eye on Slow The Flow.
Rosehill review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester


Race 11st    Cavalry Rose         Glyn Schofield 2nd   Jade Marauder        Hugh Bowman 3rd    The Broken Shore   Shaun GuymerReady To Fly was slow out. The Broken Shore led, Imperil took it on and worked to the lead with Cavalry Rose working up outside of it. Jade Marauder got back to last whilst Tatra settled in a pretty good spot in fourth. In the straight, Cavalry Rose was again “lost” but sprinted well to establish a winning break. In doing so it interfered with The Broken Shore which stuck to its guns well for third. Jade Marauder finished off very well, but its racing pattern is going to cost it at times as it did yesterday. Follow: The Broken Shore Race 2 1st    Kuchinskaya           Nash Rawiller 2nd   You Got The Love    Corey Brown 3rd    Clever Boy              Hugh Bowman Kuchinskaya had great pace to lead from its inside gate. Butterfly Club sat outside of it with Risky Blonde on the fence behind them. All honours had to be with Kuchinskaya who sprinted well in the straight for an easy win. The minor placegetters, You Got The Love and Clever Boy worked to the line well without threatening. In particular however, Clever Boy is worth noting for next time as this was its debut run and it should improve. You Got The Love may want further. Follow: Clever Boy Race 3 1st    Aerobatics        Corey Brown 2nd   La Remlap        Shaun Guymer 3rd    Kimillsy            Josh Adams La Remlap and Didn’tcostalot went like last weeks pay with La Remlap finding the front eventually.  There was only one option here and that was that something from behind them had to win the race.  It was a pretty fair effort by La Remlap to fight off Didn’tcostalot but Aerobatics had smoked its pipe in third and fourth in the run and went straight past it in the end. Didn’tcostalot will be better suited next time when it is fitter and likely can find the lead on its own, don’t sack it yet. Follow: Didn’tcostalot Race 4 1st    Mighty Obvious    Nathan Berry 2nd   Detours               Chris Reith 3rd    Hurrara                Nash Rawiller At The Crease missed the kick a couple of lengths here whilst Mighty Obvious went straight to the front. Hurrara had sat outside the lead and the favourite in the race Detours had a cushy run behind the leader in third. Aeronautical had a tough run three wide. Detours was out in plenty of time in the straight and didn’t zip fast enough whilst Mighty Obvious just kept going, as the leaders so often do at Rosehill. Aeronautical perhaps showed it is rediscovering some form, although beaten a fair way, kept coming to the line after being wide. Follow: None to follow Race 5 1st    Think Mink            Blake Shinn 2nd   Fill The Page         Jim Cassidy 3rd    Happy Hussy        Corey Brown This was probably the run and win of the day – I speak of Think Mink. Anniversary Kiss found the front with Radar outside of it pulling for more reign. Fill The Page also pulled and went up three wide to contest the lead. The favourite in the race, Happy Hussy got an easy run in fourth, one out.  Think Mink was back second last on the fence. Blake Shin obviously knew he was travelling well on Think Mink and waited to assess where the run was going to come. It turned out he cut back to the fence and she turned on a very good sprint in the run to the line. She’ll win more. Follow: Think Mink Race 6 1st    Said Com        Glyn Schofield 2nd   Romanus         Sam Clipperton 3rd    Brightest          Rod Quinn The short favourite here was Said Com and he was taken back to third or fourth last. Mr Bollinger and So Generous set a pretty good pace in the lead which assisted Said Com. The first three here, Said Com, Romanus and Brightest all ran on well but Said Com is no doubt the horse with the most scope in the race and proved it in the last 100m for an easy enough win. Brightest made its run wide whilst the first two came through on the inside saving ground. Follow: Brightest Race 7 1st    Mangaroa Flyer   Glyn Schofield 2nd   Jimmy Fortunes   Chris Reith 3rd    Planetarium         Josh Adams Irish Love again missed the start a little bit, but not as far as previously. Mangaroa Flyer eventually worked to the front here and then went very slowly in front. Jimmy Fortunes mad a dash for victory on the home turn but Mangaroa Flyer had something up its sleeve and got home. Jimmy Fortunes can be followed, whilst I thought Diamond Jim was disappointing after showing promise in its early runs back from a spell. Follow: Jimmy Fortunes Race 8 1st    Wild And Proud      Nash Rawiller 2nd   Fontelina                Blake Shinn 3rd    Hoylonny               Hugh Bowman Hoylonny missed the start a bit here and worked to the line very well in the end. Mickelberg was the leader, with the eventual winner Wild And Proud getting the suck along behind it on the fence. Mickelberg had a go at sprinting away in the straight but in the end the easy run Wild And Proud had set it up to get there on the line. Hoylonny races in quite a dour manner but I still think has ability to win again soon and Bushcraft finished the race off well from last. Follow: Hoylonny, Bushcraft Race 9 1st    Rain Affair            Corey Brown 2nd   Centennial Park    Nash Rawiller 3rd    Shoot Out            Hugh Bowman Rain Affair was always going to be too good for these and it found the front after 50m as it usually does and that was goodnight nurse. It set up a lead of 2 or 3 lengths, which turned into 4 before the bend and was about 5 lengths in front easing up on the line. Centennial Park always runs well fresh and did so here for second, whilst Shoot Out was encouraging with a closing third. All honours with the winner, a smart sprinter. Follow: Shoot Out Race 10 1st    Slick Sniper            Chris Reith 2nd   Agent Bauer            Jeff Penza 3rd    Charing Cross         Shaun Guymer A bit of pace here with Charing Cross leading O’Crikey and Slick Sniper getting the gun run behind them on the fence. Hardbreak Hotel was one out, one back. Everything appeared to have its chance but it was the old boy Slick Sniper which held the margin in the run to the line. Maules Creek was the disappointment of the race having every chance midfield and doing little in the straight. Agent Bauer tried hard but could only manage second. Sienna Red just plugged away whilst Merchandise which got well back worked to the line well and appeared to have more to offer. Follow: Merchandise Race 11 1st    Star Of Octagonal        Robert Thompson 2nd   Praecido                      Glyn Schofield 3rd    Skateboard                  Rod Quinn Mr Make Believe found the front with Mr Unforgettable outside of it and Rolling Pin getting a nice run on the fence in third. Star Of Octagonal was fourth in the run, whilst Skateboard was three back along the fence. Star Of Octagonal which we found as a video special last start had the best sprint in the straight and won well. Mr Make Believe raced waywardly in the straight which may not have helped Rolling Pin but all the same it appeared to have every chance and perhaps wants a spell. Praecido ran on well as it often does, but is, in general, a costly conveyance. Al Dafhra went well at its second run back and is likely to win soon. Follow: Al Dafhra Specials From The Meeting: Clever Boy, Merchandise, Shoot Out