Weekend Racing Reviews Saturday 17th November

Sandown review compiled by Rick Williams   Race 2.     1400M    City of Greater Dandenong Twilight Glow Stakes MEIDUNG                        KERRIN MCEVOY            1st        $3.50 KUKLA(NZ)                    MICHAEL WALKER            2nd      $17 THUNDER RAIN           DWAYNE DUNN                3rd      $9.50

This looked a fairly even race on paper but they really came for Meidung late, especially across the totes.Thunder Rain set a good pace with Mrs Gray sitting just off her. Meidung was last into the straight and still had 5 lengths to make up at the 200. Showed a really good turn of foot and that combined with the leaders caving in was enough for him to get up by a comfortable margin.

Worth noting: Meidung was beaten more than 4 lengths last time out by the very promising Shamal Wind. Race 3.     3200M    Sportingbet Sandown Cup    IBICENCO(GER)                                 GLEN BOSS                   1st       $3.50 REUBEN PERCIVAL(NZ)                   VLAD DURIC                  2nd     $9.50 UNUSUAL SUSPECT(USA)              BRAD RAWILLER          3rd      $51

Ibicenco looked the horse to beat a long way out and over the last 200m Bossy spent as much time looking behind him than in front. Blinkers sharpened him up last time in the Lexus and no doubt helped him again today.Reuben Percival was tough and brave as always. Verdant looked disappointing on face value but just didn’t get the two miles and also suffered a lacerated off hind.

Worth noting: Good effort from Ibicenco who was the least experienced horse in the race. Race 4.     1800M    Snowhite Maintenance Eclipse Stakes ECLAIR SURPRISE            DOM TOURNEUR       1st      $6.50 TAI TAI TESS                         NICHOLAS HALL        2nd    $16 SHEWAN                                DWAYNE DUNN        3rd     $17

Wide betting market in a race where there looked to be a number of winning hopes. Star Of Giselle found the front as usual from Grey Assignment and Kasane. Strike The Stars raced handy in 5th spot. The race was set up for those off the speed and Eclair Surprise was suited by the pace and the long straight. Both Tai Tai Tess andShewan keep getting well back in their races. Star Of Giselle is better suited to a mile or less. Kasane pulled up lame.

Worth noting: Bigger plans for the winner with the Singapore Cup next year the ultimate goal. Race 5.     1500M    Variety – The Childrens Charity Sandown Stakes   MAHISARA                  CRAIG WILLIAMS        1st       $3 MORANT                      DWAYNE DUNN            2nd     $7 RASPBERRIES         KERRIN MCEVOY         3rd      $4.20

Mahisara was very impressive here. His ability to be used up a little early, face the breeze and then show a turn of foot was very impressive. Dominant win. Morant has finished first four in ten of his last 15 outings but is winless in that time.

Worth noting: Paul Messara is doing everything right in his training career. Race 6.     2400M    Deadly Design Zipping Classic TANBY                                          NICHOLAS HALL        1st        $7.50 EXCEPTIONALLY(NZ)               DEAN YENDALL          2nd      $7.50 PRECEDENCE(NZ)                   BLAKE SHINN            3rd       $9

Tanby won really well. Nick Hall got him out wide as they straightened with plenty of room to really kick down hard. He went to a new level today with a win at WFA and that makes last week’s performance from Pussiance De Lune even more impressive. Neither of the placegetters (Exceptionally and Precedence) win too often. Mourayan raced like a tired horse.

Worth noting: Fitting finish to the carnival for Team Williams to win the Zipping Classic. Race 7.     1600M    Sportingbet Sandown Guineas TATRA                      KERRIN MCEVOY          1ST       $5.50 LUNAR RISE         HUGH BOWMAN             2ND     $5.00 PROVERB               STEVEN ARNOLD         3RD      $7.00

Tatra got the box seat behind Moreau and Hunger and that made the difference in the end. Hit the front at the 200m and fought on doggedly just like last start in a good tough effort. Lunar Rise had every chance and ran well.Proverb got home well to only be beaten narrowly. Edgewood was slowly away for the 4th time in 4 career starts but finished well and looks like a stayer in the making once they geld him.

Worth noting: Same first 3 here as the Carbine. Race 8.     1300M    TMB Printing Kevin Heffernan Stakes   MID SUMMER MUSIC             STEVEN ARNOLD          1ST       $4.00 HOT SNITZEL                          HUGH BOWMAN             2ND      $5.50 UNPRETENTIOUS                 CRAIG WILLIAMS           3RD      $4.60

Mid Summer Music looked to be the class horse of the race and had plenty of market support during the week. Punters were right on the money. Arnold had plenty of horse but was just searching for runs in the straight. As soon as she got that she asserted her authority. The consistent Hot Snitzel ran well for 2nd while Unpretentiousdidn’t have a lot of luck but continued an excellent campaign with a good 3rd.

Worth noting: Class prevailed here. Race 9.     1500M    Le Pine Funerals Summoned Stakes    CABERNET                    MICHAEL RODD         1ST        $4.60 SKYYERUSH                  BLAKE SHINN             2ND       $9.00 TWILIGHTING                 NICK HALL                  3RD       $31

Cabernet was 3rd up for new trainer Matthew Smith and recorded a good win. Rodd didn’t really ask for an effort until the final 200m and she was too good. Next target for her is likely to be the Group 2 Villiers. Skyerushnabbed 2nd to make it a NSW quinella while Twilighting got up for 3rd at big odds.

Worth noting: After all the upsets during the Flemington carnival, the SP’s of today’s winners were $3.50, $3.50, $6.50, $3.00, $7.50, $5.50, $4.00 and $4.60. ———————————————————— Rosehill review by Todd Burmester Race 1 1st               Charlie Boy                Glyn Schofield 2nd             Windjammer               Nash Rawiller 3rd              All The Talk                 Kathy O’Hara

Windjammer which was well supported in betting came out well in the first and led from All The Talk.  Charlie Boy and Artistic Lass on the other hand seemed to get squeezed out at the start.  Charlie Boy recovered well and found itself one out and one back.  They traveled to the turn with Windjammer still going ok in front.  All The Talk through out the challenge wich Windjammer defied and looked set for victory but Charlie Boy really knuckled down the last 100m and came away for an impressive win.  The first two horses will win more races.

Follow: Charlie Boy, Windjammer Race 2 1st              Sacred Star                  Jim Cassidy 2nd            Magniloquent               Corey Brown 3rd             Pop Street                      Peter Robl

Bradman led them up initially in the second, but Manowood had other ideas and moved up out wide to take the front.  A couple of hundred metres later, Bradman again went up to take the lead as it was not settling.  The favourite Al Dragon got a nice run third on the fence.  Just before the turn the runs started coming, with Sacred Star moving up three wide and Chez Harmony four wide.  Al Dragon had enough room to come through on the fence but was very disappointing.  Sacred Star fought all the way down the running to just hold of Magniloquentand Pop Street.

Follow: Pop Street Race 3 1st              Catkins                      Shaun Guymer 2nd            Furious Jet                  Glyn Schofield 3rd             Sessions                    Peter Robl

Sessions was sent out very short in the third event although did drift significantly from $1.40 to $1.85.  He went to the front but did not want to settle.  Laughing didn’t help Session’s causes by putting some early pressure on it.  Catkins got a lovely run on the fence and made full use of it by coming out to tackle sessions at the top of the straight, and basically went straight past it.  Furious Jet ran on well to get second from Sessions, who looks like he has ability but still has a bit to learn and will be better not ridden in front.

Follow: Furious Jet, Sessions Race 4 1st              Levi’s Choice            Chris Reith 2nd            Moriarty                       Corey Brown 3rd             Fromelles                  Nathan Berry

Rawiller was keen to lead on Extra Zero, and he did that, from Scouting Wide on its outside.  Levi’s Choice andMoriarty were getting nice runs behind the speed whilst Praecido was caught out in the cheap seats three wide, so it went back to second last to get in closer.  At about the 600m, Two For Tea was scrubbed up to come with its run, but it was basically going up and down in the one spot.  Moriarty looked the winner at the 300m when it joined in, but Levi’s Choice also came with its run and went to the line stronger to win it.  The rest just plugged away.

Follow: None to follow Race 5 1st               Rose Pattern           Nathan Berry 2nd             Secluded                   Sam Clipperton 3rd              Titbit                          Jim Cassidy

Princess Layla led from Maidel early on, but then Praise Be took off and ensured the pressure was on up front.  Princess Layla railed up once they straightened for home and regained the lead, but essentially she was a sitting shot due to the early pressure that was on her.  They started queueing up to go past her, and in what was a very busy finish Rose Pattern got the bob in to just beat Secluded and Titbit.  The effort of Princess Layla to keep fighting on into fourth was the run of the race.

Follow: Princess Layla Race 6 1st             Ollie Vollie                               Jenny Duggan 2nd           Shadows In The Sun            Anthony Allen 3rd            Irish Jig                                    Nathan Berry

Mclintock went to the front in the sixth event and set and even pace.  Welkom Gold sat outside the lead with Stratana and Tromso next.  Mclintock led them around the bend, but it had been 20 runs since he last won, and today wasn’t going to be the day either.  The old fellow Ollie Vollie came with a strong run down the outside to claim the front and looked set for a clear victory but Shadows In The Sun jumped out of the ground late to make it very interesting on the line.  The first up run of Irish Jig was quite good without a lot of room early in the straight.

Follow: Shadows In The Sun, Irish Jig Race 7 1st              Bay Window               Corey Brown 2nd            Mr Edison                   Kathy O’Hara 3rd            Velrosso                       Jim Cassidy

Rockdale went to the front and put a gap in them early, ensuring the pace was genuine in the seventh event.  He came back to them a bit in the middle stages, with Bay Window about a length and a half away, and Circle Of Power which worked early, in third.  Censor which was well backed and Velrosso which was a drifter, both got back in the feld.  In the straight, Bay Window claimed the front whilst Censor was trying for runs on the inside, and Velrosso was in a pinball machine trying to find a run anywhere it could.  Mr Edison came down the outside late with Al’s Gold, with Velrosso finally getting out the last 50m and flying home.  I have no doubt Velrosso would have won with clear running.  Censor did very little.

Follow: Velrosso Race 8 1st             Bledisloe                       Rod Quinn 2nd           Disciple                         Glyn Schofield 3rd             Paramount Pete          Peter Robl

Green Tracer missed the last in the last event.  It was a good race for the early lead, with Fireball narrowly in front from Skip Town.  There were plenty of horses caught wide in this, the main two being Quick Peek and Kings Dominion (a big betting firmer) which faced the breeze four and five wide.  Bledisloe  was another that was wide but had cover and joined in with a very strong run down the outside.  Whilst that was going on, Disciple was looking everywhere for a run and eventually got back towards the fence to chace Bledisloe but the bird had flown.  Arguably, Desciple may have won.  Late in the piece the roughie Our Avalanche was making good ground and might win one soon.

Follow: Our Avalanche, Quick Peek, King’s Dominion Specials from the meeting: Charlie Boy, Shadows In The Sun, Velrosso