Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 1400M Snowhite Maintenance Plate A TIME FOR JULIA LUKE NOLEN 1st $2.20F CIAO MICHAEL RODD 2nd $21 REAL STOLLE CHRISTIAN REITH 3rd $21
A Time For Julia was well backed throughout and started fav. She had the blinkers first time but Nolen elected to take a sit, come round on the turn and was too strong. Ciao boxed on pretty well and held on for second fromReal Stolle who ran better with the blinkers. Villa Splendidio just appeals more of a sprinter than a 1400m horse at this stage. Catered did pretty well he has a win in him and Thunder Rain who defeated r2 winner Al Aneed the start prior missed the kick a little and 1400 may have been a bit far for her.
Worth noting: This was the weakest of the 1400m races.
Race 2. 1400M D’Urban Gothic Stakes AL ANEED GLEN BOSS 1st $12 CRYSTAL WEB DWAYNE DUNN 2nd $16 LIMES KERRIN MCEVOY 3rd $5
Limes and Magnier started the two shortest runners. The ride of Limes from McEvoy probably cost him the win. He worked far too hard early when he could have just taken a sit, fought on gamely and wasn’t beaten far. Magnier just isn’t a 1400m horse, he needs 1000/1100 to race in town even 1200 looks to be a stretch for him. Ctrystal Web did really well and improved from his second up run when he was 1000 to 1400. Al Aneed looks a very nice horse, plenty of upside and he can be followed with confidence in suitable.
Worth noting: I think it’s worth following Limes again. Lay Magnier around this trip with confidence
Race 3. 2000M Starlight Children’s Foundation Norman Robinson Stakes HVASSTAN GLEN BOSS 1st $6 HONORIUS COREY BROWN 2nd $6.50 ELECTRIC FUSION NICHOLAS HALL 3rd $8.50
Hvasstan won with the help of a very good ride from Boss. We se it so many times, horses stuck back on the fence having no luck but Boss was prepared to make his own and took some tight runs. This horse has improved big time over his last couple of runs. Honorius continues to race well and got second on protest from Electric Fusion. Kabayan failed again, he is a funny type of horse and hard to catch.
Worth noting: These look like they still need to improve considerably to beat It’s A Dundeel
Race 4. 2000M New Zealand Bloodstock Ethereal Stakes ALZORA NICHOLAS HALL 1st $20 SUMMERBLISS CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $6 TRANSONIC MARK ZAHRA 3rd $9.50
They ran about 7L slower than the boys in r3 here and at this stage it’s hard to see any of these winning the Oaks. Alzora did well, she got out and ran on stronger than the rest, an improving type who you can’t really knock it’s just whether or not she can improve enough to beat a Dear Demi or Zydeco and the likelihood she can is very slim. Summerbliss ran on well also, she was coming through a maiden debut win. Probably more upside to her but again she couldn’t beat Alzora. Transonic is racing well but she needs shorter if she want to race at the top level.
Worth noting: No Oaks winners here
Race 5. 1400M Sportingbet Moonga Stakes WHATEVERWHENEVER CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $17 KING’S ROSE(NZ) LUKE NOLEN 2nd $2.15F MCCLINTOCK LAURI WRAY 3rd $15
King’s Rose was heavily backed at what looked to be unders. Her followers would have thought they were home but she just failed to finish the race right off and was nailed along the inside. Nolen suggested she needs some head gear and she is probably better at a mile. Whateverwhenever was on the quick backup and it was an excellent win, there was lots of depth in the field. McClintock ran very well again, he has a very big motor and not many can keep going like he does. Galah was just left a bit flat footed, he really appeals to me as an Emirates Stakes horse.
Worth noting: Should be able to follow some of these and make some money going forward in the right races.
Race 6. 1100M Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint HOWMUCHDOYOULOVEME BRENTON AVDULLA 1st $3.50F CANALI LUKE CURRIE 2nd $10 LATIN NEWS DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $26
Impressive win here by Howmichdoyouloveme. He jumped, hit the fence and was able to control it from upfront and then produced a great kick to win very comprehensively. The trainer indicated there was still plenty of upside in the horse this campaign and that should set him up well for some better races going forward. Canali did well, he hasn’t been at his best recently but bounced back here. Thankgodyou’rehere was a big drifter and ran like a horse who had been layed for heaps, it was a disappointing effort.
Worth noting: The winner is certainly worth following.
Race 7. 2000M David Jones Cup LIGHTINTHENITE CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $2.60F BAGMAN BRAD RAWILLER 2nd $7 EXTRA ZERO NICHOLAS HALL 3rd $14
The race ended up being slowly ran through the early and middle stages of the race which suited horses with the best sprint once they straightened and Lightinthenite through the Epsom had the better turn of foot. he is a nice type on the up but we need to remember going forward that he was helped by the tempo here. Bagman continues to race well, he doesn’t really appeal as a genuine 2000m horse but you can’t knock his recent efforts. Extra Zerodid well to race in to third, he is more of a grinding type as is Maules Creek and their runs were better than they appear as they don’t have a turn of foot
Worth noting: Some nice horses ran in this race, they can go on and win some more races.
Race 8. 2400M BMW Caulfield Cup DUNADEN(FR) CRAIG WILLIAMS 1st $14 ALCOPOP DOM TOURNEUR 2nd $16 LIGHTS OF HEAVEN(NZ) LUKE NOLEN 3rd $11
Not much we can say about Dunaden that we didn’t see with our own eyes. He had history against him but as a media commentator suggested, with the influx on the international horses the traditional form races, lead ups and allotted weights probably don’t mean much anymore. The horse is a champion, he carried 58kg, drew barrier 18 and flew home like a sprinter. Alcopop was also very good, the trainer has him flying. Big run American also, he worked home very strongly also and looks well on track for a tilt at the Cup. Lights Of Heaven ran her best but she just wasn’t good enough.
Worth noting: hard to go past Americain and Dunaden heading to the cup from this race. Inclined to be forgiving of Niwot
Race 9. 1400M Yellowglen Tristarc Stakes STREAMA HUGH BOWMAN 1st $10 PEAR TART CHRISTIAN REITH 2nd $15 RED TRACER COREY BROWN 3rd $5
Stream hit her straps here getting out to 1400m. She was able to get out in front and Bowman looked to get a breather in the middle before she was able to sprint away from them powerfully. Pear Tart did well also and needs to be respected going forward. Red Tracer just looked to get a bit lost and shuffled back and worked home fairly. Soft Sand was looking for runs again, maybe she can draw an outside gate at Flemington and charge down the outside? Mosheen didn’t look to fire but i don’t think she was totally suited by the way the race was ran, we know how good she is.
Worth noting: The first six across the line have loads of quality and look like they are in for a good battle cup week.
Race 10. 1100M Carlton Draught Alinghi Stakes MRS ONASSIS BRENTON AVDULLA 1st $5.50 SERENE STAR LUKE NOLEN 2nd $8.50 FOLLONICA HUGH BOWMAN 3rd $26
Mrs Onassis was able to get a good run throughout and kick away fro a strong win. Very good mare who is suited at 1100m and she looks like she can continue winning this prep in the right races. Serene Star did very well to get so close, she probably wasn’t that well suited back to 1100 and had a big weight. Follonica continued her good form, her trainer has her very fit and sound and she just keeps producing. Lady Melksham was probably sent to the well too many times despite the stable trying to freshen her up. A good rest and some soft tracks towards the end of Autumn will suit her.
Worth noting: Very solid form around these mares, follow them confidently if they end up racing out of the city due to field depth in town
Citations which had good support in betting was quick to begin, but couldn’t get across and landed four and even five wide the trip. Trent’s Quest led from Sweet idea up to the home turn, and the fought it out the whole way up the straight, with Sweet Idea getting the upper and and a narrow victor. Citations kept coming and was a massive run given it was wide all the way and looks the one to follow from this.
Follow: Citations Race 2 1st Whisperossa Glyn Schofield 2nd Magita Anthony Allen 3rd Elusive Lad Darren Gauci
Magita began well and used the inside to go through and lead from Elusive Lad. Magita looked to go very quickly in front and had a clear lead before the turn. Towards the 200m she was still well clear but starting to shorten stride a bit, with Whisperossa coming from well back and looking the only danger. In the run to the line Whiperossa, aided by the speed early took the front and ran on for a fairly strong win. Magita and Elusive Lad did well to hold on for second and third. Not much else here was worth noting.
Follow: Magita Race 3 1st Moriarty Alysha Collet 2nd World Wide Blake Spriggs 3rd Merlin Mustang Brendan Ward
Merlin Mustang led here from Offenders outside of it, with Darci Be good and Upbeat getting nice runs behind the speed. Moriarty also got a nice run just off the pace. Coming into the straight Merlin Mustang held the lead, but Moriarty had pulled to the outside and was always going to threaten danger. On the line Moriarty got there for a narrow but solid victory over World Wide which ran on well from the back Merling Mustang hung on for third, but it was a bit of a blanket finish to it will be interesting to see how the form holds up.
Follow: World Wide Race 4 1st Snitsky Glyn Schofield 2nd Circle Of Power Blake Spriggs 3rd Mr Edison Josh Parr
The import Tenby Lady led them up here from Snitsky. Bay Window went up and push pressure on the leader and took the front at about the 800m. This gave Snitsky and Millenium Ruler the run of the race. Deceiver which was sent out the short priced favourite got a mile out of its ground and never came into it. Snitsky used its good run to its advantage to strike the front at the 200m and go on for victory. The second and third horses, Circle Of Power and Mr Edison both went well here. Deceiver and Hard Liquor ran on fairy late in the piece without ever threatening.
Follow: Circle Of Power, Mr Edison Race 5 1st Better Than Ready Rick McMahon 2nd Jolie Bay Jay Ford 3rd Brave Soul Nathan Berry
Destruction was ridden to a clear lead in the fifth event from Ichihara and the pace looked genuine. Jolie Bay and Shelford were in third and fourth in the run but a little way off the speed, with Better Than Ready back behind them on the fence. Jolie Bay hit the front at the 200m but better then ready had tracked it into the race and hit the line very strongly to grab victory in the shadows of the post over Jolie Bay. Brave Soul finished well for third also. The winner lowered the track record and looks a pretty good horse and should be followed, as should the runner up.
Follow: Better Than Ready, Jolie Bay Race 6 1st Crafty Irna Sam Clipperton 2nd The Verminator Josh Parr 3rd Western Symbol Tommy Berry
There were a few ridden with intent to lead here, but The Verminator went around them out of the straight and took it up from Herculian Prince. Crafty Irna was three wide early making the merit of its win a bit stronger. By mid race Herculian Prince had taken over a taken off which let Crafty Irna in closer. The favourite in the race, Dare To Dream got back to last and literally never threatened and can only be marked down as disappointing. In the straight Crafty Irna struck the front not long after turning and I thought looked certain to be run down, but to its credit, kept fighting on for a narrow victory. Western Symbol just peaked on its run late, but might go better next time. Herculian Prince is not the horse it once was, and the old fellow Fuimicino hit the line well but probably has its best behind it these days.
Follow: Western Symbol Race 7 1st Famous Seamus Robyn Freeman-Key 2nd Too Many Reds Rick McMahon 3rd Zaratone Richard Bensley
The very speedy Zaratone led up here from Welkom Gold and then there was a break to Fallzon. Zaratone tries very hard and led until the last 50m where Too Many Reds and Famous Seamus started to fly from well back. It was a narrow victory, but Famous Seamus just bobbed on the line to get the victory. Zaratone held on for third and will get away with a race like this soon I would say.
Follow: Zaratone 1st Quidnunc Kathy O’Hara 2nd Capital Commander Brendan Ward 3rd Alberton Park Tommy Berry
Debelle missed the kick badly in the last, where as Capital Commander pings the lids and went to a clear lead over Ever The Same. Alberton Park got a nice run in third on the fence. Capital Commander gave a good kick in the straight and looked like it might hold on but Quidnunc really got into its work the last bit of the race and got up for a narrow victory. Ever The Same just plugged away after being on the pace the whole way.
Follow: Capital Commander Specials From The Meeting: Citations, Better Than Ready, Jolie Bay, Zaratone