Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 1200M The Age Handicap BONARIA BRADLEY WALLACE 1st $8 TRANQUERA JAKE NOONAN 2nd $14 CHAMPAGNE SHISHA DAMIAN OLIVER 3rd $9
Glenmaura booted through to lead from Slewsay in a fairly solid pace. Westchester sat behind the leader got cut out at the top of the straight which cost her any chance of winning. Champagne Shisha settled back and couldn’t sprint when asked to but did get going late to finish 3rd close up behind Tranquera. Bonaria was well ridden just off the speed, went 4 wide around the turn and ran into it nicely for a fairly easy win
Worth noting: Bonaria won well but Westchester might have made it interesting with a clear run.
Race 2. 1200M The Inglis Bonus Handicap PROPER MADAM CRAIG NEWITT 1st $7.50 WHITE HOUSE DEAN HOLLAND 2nd $4.60 GRAND DAUGHTER LUKE NOLEN 3rd $5
Rock Lane led inside of Shambles Street with Rusambo with cover behind the leaders. Upon straightening Rusambo appeared to have every chance although the Stewards reported “raced fresh and not comfortable in the ground”. Proper Madam settled last, moved out on the turn and came with a big finish and sprinted home out wide to win.
Worth noting: Winner suited by pace making the effort of Shambles Street to hold on for fourth full of merit..
Race 3. 2000M Bib Stillwell Handicap MIN RIVER CRAIG NEWITT 1st $31 GENUINE SPIN LUKE NOLEN 2nd $1.65F CATALINA SOUNDS LINDA MEECH 3rd $41
Min River jumped keenly to the front. Elldami took over at the 1200 and put in a few slow sectionals. Genuine Spin was very solid in the market after some big bets on Friday. Settled 4th one out, one back and had every chance. Nolen held it back from the 600m to the 300m, didn’t want the lead too early – mistake. Great ride from Newitt on Min River – pinched it as they were really walking up to the turn.
Worth noting: A real stop-start affair, not Nolen’s best ride on Genuine Spin.
Race 4. 2000M Victoria Plate BIANMICK DARREN GAUCI 1st $11 SHINY BUTTONS DEAN YENDALL 2nd $4.20F EPINGLE LUKE NOLEN 3rd $4.80
Absence of pace in this one and Gauci was happy to lead on Bianmick with Sister Norma on his outside. Epingle and Shiny Buttons settled at the rear and were both still last approaching the 400. Bianmick slipped away at the 300 and Shiny Buttons ground away but never really looked like overhauling the winner. Epingle ran on well late but never a winning chance.
Worth noting: Gauci is still one of the best front-running jockeys around.
Race 5. 1100M Programmed Property Services Handicap SERENE STAR LUKE NOLEN 1st $8.50 SPURCIFIC PETER MERTENS 2nd $12 JOHANNAPINE BRAD RAWILLER 3rd $4.20
Queen Delight led Queen Liberty at a fast clip. Johannapine ran into it at the top of straight but couldn’t go on with it and might have had enough. Spurcific and Serene Star raced up to Queen Delight at the 150 and both went around her with Serene Star saving a little ground on the inside which probably won her the race. Spurcific looked to have it but Serene Star stuck her neck out on the line to win it. Show Up ran on well for fourth.
Worth noting: Spurcific put in a wobbly stride racing up to Queen Delight, probably cost her the race
Race 6. 1100M Sir John Monash Stakes PLATELET DAMIAN LANE 1st $12 ROYAL BENDER DEAN YENDALL 2nd $26 ZAMORAR STEVEN ARNOLD 3rd $4.80F
They went pretty quick with Alpha Proxima, Rue Maple and Tariana on the fence in a 3-way tussle for the lead. Platelet sat 3-4 wide with cover and La Societe on her inside. Upon straightening they all fanned with Zamorar the widest runner. Platelet sprinted quickly and Royal Bender came with her and was a great run at odds. Zamorar got too far back after being well-supported but did run on well for 3rd.
Worth noting: La Societe did well to finish 4th after finding trouble more than once in the run.
Race 7. 1400M Mallalieu Handicap SLIM HENRY DAMIAN LANE 1st $6EF HARMONIC LUKE NOLEN 2nd $6EF KOMODO JAMIE MOTT 3rd $6EF AL’S RACING CHRIS SYMONS 3rd $20
Loot N Run took them out under a ridiculous speed with Mirror Man trailing and 4 lengths to the field. Slim Henry sat 5th and came through along the rails to take the lead just after straightening. Harmonic came right down the outside when it was all over, as did Komodo and Al’s Racing.
Worth noting: They went like the clappers.
Race 8. 1400M Sportingbet Handicap PRINCE OF CAPERS LUKE NOLEN 1st $7 LUCKYI’MBAREFOOT GLEN BOSS 2nd $3.60F GIRESUN DEAN YENDALL 3rd $6
As usual Jungle Ruler jumped straight to the front with Mr Griswold on his outside and Prince of Capers sitting 3rd on the fence. Luckyi’mbarefoot settled 5th and came out at the 600 looking for a run. He got to the lead upon straightening with Boss looking very confident and Nolen pushed out on Prince Of Capers. Under vigorous riding Nolen got to the line first. Giresun ran home hard for 3rd beaten a nose and a nose after settling a long way back.
Worth noting: Tough win by Prince Of Capers, not unexpected as had been in our Black Book for a while now. Giresun would have one in another bound.
———————————————————————— Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester
1st Havana Rey Glyn Schofield 2nd Flying Zero Hugh Bowman 3rd Disciple Corey Brown
Havana Rey led them up in the first and it was a nice front running ride to go fast enough in front to be left alone but slow enough to keep something in reserve for the finish. Hendricus positioned up second in the run andSindarin, who started favourite got a nice run in fourth. On the turn, Havana Rey was off and running with Disciplecoming off its back try and make a race of it and Flying Zero again running on. It was all to no avail with Havana Rey going on for a nice win. Not sure what to make of Sindarin out of this. Follow: Hendricus might want a dry track Race 2 1st Taxmeifyoucan Tommy Berry 2nd Windswept Chris Reith 3rd Clever Boy Glyn Schofield Moment Of Impact eventually worked its way over to lead from Rampaging in the second event. RekindledGlory and Taxmeifyoucan were both getting nice runs in third and fourth respectively and the pace looked good again. On the turn, Taxmeifyoucan was let rip and put a break on them early in the straight. Windswept andClever Boy both ran on very well but the bird had flown. The first three here all appear to have ability and will win more races. Turnley also ran well. Follow: The first three home, particularly Windswept Race 3 1st Berrimilla Hugh Bowman 2nd Project Compassion Sean Guymer 3rd Our Girl Charlize Josh Adams Berrimilla was second up in the third event and very heavily supported. Arrowette and Cahuenga set up a good pace in front, leading from Miss Spoken and Project Compassion. Berrimilla was getting a cosy run three back on the fence. In the straight, there was some worry for favourite backers in terms of Berrimilla getting a run and then staving off the challengers but all in all I thought it was a nice win and one that looked as if she will take more improvement from the run. Our Girl Charlize got home very nicely down the outside for third. Follow: Berrimilla, Our Girl Charlize Race 4 1st Mr Tipsy Lauri Wray 2nd Sour Mash Corey Brown 3rd Peck Peter Robl They sorted themselves out going out of the straight the first time and Sour Mash led them up as he likes to do. They basically didn’t change their order throughout the race and Sour Mash had them rolling just before the turn with a number of runners coming off the bit. The one that was still travelling well was the eventual winner Mr Tipsy, that had sat on the fence the whole way behind the leader. In the sprint to the line Mr Tipsy got the better of Sour Mash to record back to back wins. Peck was again in the market and again let punters down. The bookies should build a shrine to it. Follow: Sour Mash (Just keeps holding its form) Race 5 1st Spinnawitch Blake Shinn 2nd Radar Peter Robl 3rd Happy Hussy Chad Schofield It was the one with the difficult name, Radharcnafarraige that led them up in the fifth event. The pace didn’t look that strong here. The favourite, Happy Hussy got going just before the turn and ran to the front as they straightened but coming off its back was the roughie, Spinnawitch. She claimed the lead at the 250m mark and ran away from them in the run to the line. It’s easy after the race, but this horse definitely had good form, it was the lengthy spell that would have been the question mark for most punters. Radar ran on well into second as she tends to do and Happy Hussy held on for third. Follow: Spinnawitch just has to improve further Race 6 1st Irish Dream Glyn Schofield 2nd See The World Chris Reith 3rd Startsmeup Jeff Lloyd Onecatstoomany used its inside gate to advantage to lead them up in the main event of the day with Startsmeupsitting outside of it. The speed looked ok. Mid race See The World made a run up towards the leaders and Irish Dream followed it up. These two claimed the lead at about the 200m and See The World did a good job to try and hold off Irish Dream, but in the end just couldn’t do it. Follow: See The World Race 7 1st Zakynthos Impritnz Lauri Wray 2nd Cornwall Park Blake Shinn 3rd Ebony Rock Hugh Bowman How good is Lauri Wray riding at the moment? She took Zakynthos Imprintz to the front here and led them a merry dance. She got away with some cheap sections in front and that made the difference in the end. CornwallPark tried very hard in the straight and did look the possible winner but just couldn’t quite get there. Ebony Rockran on well but I think is going to prove a costly conveyance due to its get back running style. Think Mink was again sent around in the market and performed averagely. This horse is not a betting proposition. Follow: Cornwall Park Race 8 1st Earnest Ernest Chris Reith 2nd Bay Window Josh Adams 3rd Allabout Glory Blake Shinn Gasquet was well supported in betting and burnt them off to lead here. He was coming off three successive victories but ended up being a major flop in this event finishing last. Perhaps something was amiss? It was the stablemate Earnest Ernest who got the win and I liked the style in which it did it. Coming to the 200m the jockey had not moved and he had ambled up to claim the lead. Bay Window was charging home in this and ran second and to a lesser degree, Do You Think got home ok after struggling to go with them early. Similar to a couple of other runners today however, I question Do You Think from a betting point of view. Turf Hero I thought was only just a run in this given its position in the market. Follow: Bay Window Specials From The Meeting: Windswept, Spinnawitch, Cornwall Park