Moonee Valley Review from Rick Williams
Race 1. 1000M Rockwell Automation Handicap (Time 59.40/600m 34.90) RESCUE MISSION JAKE NOONAN 1st $6 THE COUNTERFEITER BEN MELHAM 2nd $6 GOTTA LAUGH KATELYN MALLYON 3rd $12 Roxit (34.92) was fairly well backed but failed to deliver. She was a little slow out, made up some ground but was just unable to find. She looked to have every chance but may be better on a harder track. Rescue Mission (34.83) raced on pace and was far too strong. He had too much left in the tank in the straight and cleared out for a good win. The Counterfeiter (35.14) battled on well to hold on for second. Gotta Laugh (34.57) had the run of the race and ran on well but the tempo wasn’t quick enough. Silver Falls (34.75) was always back and ran the best final 800m (45.88) and next best was Roxit (45.95). Worth noting: I think we can find a few winners here. Forgive Roxit, I think the track condition got her. Race 2. 3000M Programmed Property Services Handicap (Time 3:11.40/600m 37.37) JUMPIN JACK CASH MICHELLE PAYNE 1st $2.80F PALMERO LUKE NOLEN 2nd $7 FLASH O’BRILLIANCE STEPHEN BASTER 3rd $61 There was no doubt that we would have some speed in this race when Pergola (41.10) bolted and set up a big lead early. As the race was 3000m it was pretty evident he was gone at that stage. Palermo (37.62) looked to box seat and hit the front rounding the turn but he was no match for the winner Jumpin Jack Cash (37.28). Payne had no problems settling back in the field and she proceeded with her run prior to the turn, loomed up and was far too good. Only other horse to break 12s for the final 200m was Flash O’Brilliance (12.90) who came from last. Worth noting: Always hard these races. The first three are racing well and can be followed in similar events. Race 3. 1500M Corporate Interiors Australia (Time 1:30.84/600m 37.21) MAQUINA KATELYN MALLYON 1st $4.60 LIMEROCK ASHLEY THOMPSON 2nd $4.40F DASHALOT STEVEN KING 3rd $11 Maquina (36.42) came into this race and it was a little tricky to line her up. Her run last start and how she was placed here with her weight made her look an excellent chance but her record over her career suggested that she isn’t the type of horse you should be backing. Luckily if you backed her she followed on from her run behind Hi Belle and won very easily. Stablemate Serene Tanie (38.67) ensured a solid tempo as she did battle with Mikeys Magic (39.32) up front, both punctured badly. The rest ran ok but the winner was clearly the best run and you can follow her. Worth noting: Saint Angers was driven mad in front and can be forgiven. Race 4. 1200M TattsBet.com Handicap (Time 1:11.80/600m 36.07) DRAW FORWARD STEVEN ARNOLD 1st $17 THE FAIRY’S KISS CRAIG NEWITT 2nd $3F SUITE SUCCESS BRAD RAWILLER 3rd $21 This one came down to the wire and it was a bob of the head to Draw Forward (35.65) that secured the win. Lovely ride by Arnold who settled in to a nice position just off the pace and loomed up and looked the winner at the turn. The Fairy’s Kiss (N/A) who has plenty of guts was in for the fight though and she kicked back under strong riding from Newitt but was nailed. She raced on pace the trip, had 59kg and still ran a quicker last 200m (12.62) than the winner. Probably a spell for her now but follow her when she resumes, she will win a few. Suite Success ran on well into third but it was the first two that had the break. Worth noting: Florets had every chance and was very poor, sacked. They ran nearly 3L quicker than the Open mares in the next. Race 5. 1200M Printhouse Graphics Handicap (Time 1:12.34/600m35.98) LET’S BE HAPPY DEAN HOLLAND 1st $26 ZEFTABAA STEPHEN BASTER 2nd $12 OUR SPIRITS BAY JAKE NOONAN 3rd $41 Here we had a blanket finish with six horses within a length on the line. Cat’s Pyjamas (36.37) was sent out favourite and she looked to have a good run out in front but found nothing and was very disappointing. Let’s Be Happy (35.44) sat off them in the second half of the field and she wound up with an excellent run down the outside. She also clocked the best 400/200 splits. Zeftabaa (35.67) came with a strong run also but unfortunately for her backers she was out bobbed in a photo finish. Our Spirits Bay and Avionics held their spots well and were good to the line from a prominent run. Worth noting: Don’t give up on Avionics, she is going very well. Race 6. 1600M Tony Beddison Cup (Time 1:37.97/600m 37.03) VEEWAP CRAIG NEWITT 1st $11 THE WINGMAN PETER MERTENS 2nd $6 COLDENS CHOICE CHRIS SYMONS 3rd $10 La Rocket (37.35) and Jungle Ruler (37.77) ran along here and set up the speed. Eraset (36.94) who was well fancied went back from a wide gate and failed to do anything in the straight. Excellent win by Veewap (36.24) he was last at the 800m and was well steered by Newitt. Once he got the run and balanced up he sprinted well and got the money over stable mate The Wingman (34.42). The Wingman has been going well and those first two runners were the only two to break 13s for the final 200m, 25s the 400m and 37s the 600m. Worth noting: First two are going well, follow them in suitable races. Race 7. 2040M Aquanas Foods Handicap (Time 2:08.51/600m 36.68) SEA GALLEON BEN MELHAM 1st $6.50EF ELUSIVE KING LUKE NOLEN 2nd $8 JEUNEYS END BRAD RAWILLER 3rd $61 This was an excellent performance by Sea Galleon (36.33) and an excellent ride by Ben Melham. He didn’t panic and when it looked like Elusive King (36.24) was going to grind out a win Sea Galleon produced a (12.03) over the final 200m and won well. His effort over the last 200m was super and he is one you want to follow. Elusive King was kept out of trouble at the tail and he produced a strong run. He had the best 1200/800/600 splits but they took their toll over the final 200m and Sean Galleon ran 3L quicker. Jeuneys End (36.28) was the other runner to hit the line well with Ship In The Night (36.28). Ship In The Night is early in his campaign and was 1400 to 2000 and will be better suited on a big track. Worth noting: This was a real slog. The winner was great and Ship In The Night was pretty good. Race 8. 1000M Essendon Nissan Handicap (Time 59.99/600m 35.62) GALBRAITH KATELYN MALLYON 1st $19 ROCKING FORCE STEVEN KING 2nd $8 GENERAL TRUCE LUKE NOLEN 3rd $3.10F Galbraith (35.62) doesn’t win much but you can always rely on him to put in. He had a good run here not too far from the speed and he was able to kick through when he needed to and held off the fast finishing and consistent Rocking Force (35.47). Rocking Force had really good sectionals but he settles back and he ran out of room. Certainly going really well this prep though and you can follow him. General Truce (35.71) was well supported and managed to run into third. Royal Ida (35.06) motored home and had the best sectionals. Worth noting: Track wasn’t the best by this stage, willing to be pretty forgiving to these. Follow: Maquina, Avionics, Veewap, Sea Galleon
Warwick Farm review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 1 1st No Looking Back Hugh Bowman 2nd Blazing Snitzel Nash Rawiller 3rd Star Pass Josh Adams Benedictus had the pace to lead, but No Looking Back controlled the race by sitting outside the leader. Blazing Snitzel used the inside to get up behind the pace, briefly looked a winning chance when the run came early in the straight but was out sprinted by No Looking Back. Starpass ran on well. Race 2 1st Revolt Rod Quinn 2nd Hard Liquor Jay Ford 3rd Mikiyama Nash Rawiller Othello led but the blinkers obviously fired him up and he bolted which was the end of his chances. Mikiayama dragged the field up which is often a difficult task but stuck on ok. Hard Liquor sat third and sprinted well but found a better one on the day in the shape of Revolt. I thought this was a very good win. Admittedly it had the race set up for it with all the pace from Othello but none the less I liked the way it finished off and that was its third win straight. Race 3 1st Hendricus Nash Rawiller 2nd Fat Al Tom Berry 3rd Falklands Glyn Schofield A pretty good field here and Haut Normandie showed the speed to lead as it did last time but probably went a bit too fast today. After trying to slip them on the turn, it was apparent it was in trouble at the 200m. The winner Hendricus was again the beneficiary of the strong pace but all the same it was a good win. He was in a bit of trouble early in the straight looking for a run but once pulled wide he justified the heavy betting support for a strong win. Fat Al and Falklands also finished their races off well for second and third whilst Colorado Claire was one of the better runs from the on pacers. Race 4 1st Flying Empress Glyn Schofield 2nd Trilione Chris Reith 3rd Gunawati Kathy O’Hara My Sabeel missed the start by by 6 lengths and that was the end of it. Oakfield Comet led but quickly knocked up in the straight. Flying Empress and Trillione sat second and third in the run and ended up fighting it out in the straight. It looked as if Trillione would get the money but in all honesty it didn’t go to the line all that genuinely. A good win by Flying Empress to keep fighting for it. Race 5 1st Assertive Billy Sean Guymer 2nd Pregrada Corey Brown 3rd Shawnee Girl Hugh Bowman I suggested last start that Assertive Billy did not fluke his last win and this proved it.He came wide with a long run from about the 800m hit the front on straightening and kept going. He is quite a strong stayer at this grade. In all honesty you cannot say a lot for he beaten horses here but for the record ran Pregrada and Shawnee Girl ran second and third respectively. Altonio the favourite in the race went too bad to be true being under pressure and dropping out to last on the turn before running past some tired ones in the straight. Race 6 1st Kontiki Park Tom Berry 2nd Kimberley Kid Chad Schofield 3rd Fibrilation Blake Spriggs Title led the race but knocked up and will be fitter next time out. Miss Keepsake had a good run in transit but is building a bit of a reputation as a non winner. Kontiki Park which found some support in betting at longer odds sat midfield and sprinted well when the run presented to chalk up the win. Kimberly Kid and Fibrilation both ran well to fill the minor placings. Race 7 1st Platinum Choice Chad Schofield 2nd Skateboard Tom Berry 3rd Mighty Obvious Glyn Schofield Platinum Choice led from barrier to box. He got them running on the home turn saying catch me if you can and they couldn’t. He cleared out in the run to the line like a horse that was much shorter than the 20/1 or so that was on offer. Skateboard and Mighty Obvious were ok in second and third place but much like the win of Assertive Billy, all credit had to go to the winner and you would think on this it effort he can repeat the dose if it finds another race where it can gain an uncontested lead. Race 8 1st Trauma Hugh Bowman 2nd Honest Lies Sean Guymer 3rd Irish Jig Chad Schofield They took a while to sort out the pace in this race with Rolling Pin eventually taking a slender lead due to the inside running over Riding To Win which left Merconman and More Than Royal 3 and 4 wide. Trauma was around midfield in the run but threaded its way through and sprinted well the last 200m to clear out for a good win. Honest Lies absolutely flew to the line from second last whilst Irish Jig also came from well back in the run to get through for third. I notice the jockey on Irish Jig was a bit kind to it in the very last bit of the race and perhaps wouldn’t have known Honest Lies was about to knock him off for second place. A little more vigor could have made that battle interesting.