Weekend racing reviews – Saturday 21st April

Randwick review compiled by Todd Burmester

Race 1 1st    Dear Demi    James McDonald 2nd   Trophies       Hugh Bowman 3rd    Proverbs      Kerryn McEvoy They started the day on a heavy 8 but that rapidly improved throughout the day. The two-year-olds went around in race 1 over the 1600m. Magical Talent missed the kick a bit, whilst Great Dansaar led them clearly with Honorius working around them to sit second and Proverb took a sit in behind them. The pace looked ok and two of the chances in the market, Rowie and Red Hot Chillies got back to last and second last respectively, whilst the eventual winner was getting the run of the race in fifth. On the turn Dear Demi came four wide, Trophies came five wide and they were all spread across the track with 200m to run. Trophies looked like it may get the money but Dear Demi picked up well and drew away on the line. I am not sure what to make of the form of this race. Follow: None to follow Race 2 1st    Single Style    James McDonald 2nd   Drifontein        Tommy Berry 3rd    Meidung         Kerryn McEvoy Two-year-olds again here and it was a bit of a patchy start. The short favourite, Driefontein, began a lot better today but Medusa’s Miss and Tawfiq Valley both missed it quite badly. Driefontein retained the fence and the lead narrowly from Single Style. Medusa’s Miss, after missing it, ended up third behind the leader with Meidung one out and one back. They came away from the fence around the turn and Driefontein and Single Style had a great battle for the whole length of the straight. I thought Driefontein was going to get the money but Single Style nailed it on the line. Meidung and Agueda had their own race for third, although not that far away and the effort of Meidung to get that decision was quite good. Follow: Meidung Race 3 1st    Lightinthenite    James McDonald 2nd   Skyerush          Blake Shinn 3rd    Altered Boy      Hugh Bowman Onto the older horses and Lodge The Deeds was slow to begin, where as Samui Lad led clearly as most would have expected. Mr Unforgettable was outside the leader and Delzera sat third on the fence. Again on the turn they chose to come away from the fence and at this point Riva De Lago looked to be coming into it, but its run was short lived. Quidnunc was the widest runner and came with a good run, whilst Skyerush showed that nearer the fence was not too bad by bursting through only about four horses off the rail. Whilst all this was going on, Lightinthenite wound up and in the end sprinted very well to maintain its good first up record. A couple here that get sacked are Riva De Lago, which I also mentioned last start would prove costly from here on and Samui Lad that doesn’t show a great deal of fight, particularly at this level.
Follow: Lightinthenite, Skyerush Race 4 1st    Landing           Nash Rawiller 2nd   Sacred Pins     Glyn Schofield 3rd    Miss Upstart    Nathan Berry Not a bad start here. It wasn’t long before Landing took up the front as most expected and this race was over a long way from home. Rawiller controlled the pace, with his main danger in the market, Sacred Pins sitting about two lengths off him. Just as they came up the rise Landing was asked for an effort and an effort he gave. Passing the 200m he had put up three lengths. Sacred Pins had run even further in front of the rest of the field and in the end got within 2 lengths of the winner but Rawiller was pretty kind to him in the final part. The first two horses here are above average and not much can be said about the rest. Follow: The first two over the line are smart, particularly the winner Race 5 1st    Streama         Hugh Bowman 2nd   Alyana Tilde    Blake Shinn 3rd    Thy                Luke Nolen Pre-race, I thought Streama would lead these but it was Lightens who led out of the straight before Aliyana Tilde took it up. Possibly, not leading on Streama turned out a master stroke as she may have had to work that little bit to find the front and the way it turned out, I think it showed she is not a stayer, but won this race on class as is often the case in the three-year-old classics. In the back straight Thy took off and found the front with Bowman still doing nothing on Streama, knowing he would have them covered in the straight. On the point of the turn he asked her for an effort and had about 4 lengths to make up. She seemed to take a little while to pick up and if you took the shorts there may have been some heart flutters but at the same time, to my eye, it always appeared she would get there. As I mentioned earlier, it was a win based on class not staying ability and all in all I don’t think much from this race will really go on with it. Follow: None to follow. Race 6 1st    Western Symbol     Tommy Berry 2nd   Herculian Prince      Nash Rawiller 3rd    Larry’s Never Late    Michael Rodd From the 2000m it looked to be a pretty fair start with Zara Dancer using its good gate to gain an early lead. Dance With Her eventually came across from the deep to take up the lead however, which seemed to cause Zara Dancer to pull. Herculian Prince took up the spot outside the lead and Kinnersley was in the middle.  Western Symbol was a bit wide in the run with no cover. Herculian Prince found the front at the 300m but I thought Larry’s Never Late looked the winner when he came with his run. That was short lived as Western Symbol tackled Herculian Prince, despite sitting wide in the run. They had a good tussle with Western Symbol getting a narrow win. Firebolt was the one making late ground – a very good run at big odds. Hawk Island did not do very much, even accounting for the fact the track had now dried out a fair bit. Southern Skye also did not back up its recent good form and needs something easier. Adroitly got back to last in the run and did little from there. He is not a punting proposition. Follow:  Larry’s Never Late Race 7 1st    More Joyous    Nash Rawiller 2nd   Shoot Out        Hugh Bowman 3rd    Yosei              Michelle Payne The big one of the day, The Doncaster Handicap and all credit to More Joyous and Nash Rawiller. She would be the best mare in Australia by a mile, had she not been racing in the same era as Black Caviar. Niagara took up the lead and appeared to get it fairly cheaply but dropped out badly. Either he is just not a Group 1 horse, or perhaps has an unknown injury. Rangirangdoo sat outside the lead and they stayed in their order until they straightened. The jockey on Yosei had worked out that the fence was not too bad and cut the corner. This helped her have her best possible chance. More Joyous had sat sixth or so in the run and Rawiller set her loose at the 300m. She quickly joined the leaders and it was then up to Shoot Out with a late run to try and run her down but his effort was never going to be enough and she held almost a length advantage on the line. Happy Trails must be a frustrating horse to own as he boomed home from the back yet again and the run of Sincero certainly deserved a pass mark – perhaps 1400m is more his distance? Secret Admirer made up ground from a mile back but Happy Trails came from behind her and ran away from her. Follow: Sincero Race 8 1st    Temple Of Boom    James McDonald 2nd    Nobby Snip          Tommy Berry 3rd    Lady’s Angel         Craig Williams The Galaxy – and Bel Sprinters bad barrier manners continued. This time he missed the kick by about 3 lengths. You just can’t do that at this level. Zaratone on the other hand has any amount of barrier speed and led easily from News Alert and Title. Zaratone had to stop and the first one to actually pass him at the 200m was the eventual winner Temple Of Boom. I thought this was a really good win, as on the line he had a clear length margin after it looked like there was plenty of chances at the 300m. This capped a great day for James McDonald – a very talened rider. Nobby Snip tried hard and will be an improved horse next campaign.  The connections of Bel Sprinter would now be tearing their hair out and as a punting proposition, you have to put him in the sack book until he improves his barrier manners. Follow: Nobby Snip Race 9 1st    Dee’N’Gee               Nash Rawiller 2nd   Turf Hero                 Luke Nolen 3rd    Next The Universe    Adam Hyeronimus Hurrara generally leads and was ridden hard from an outside gate to do that clearly here. Turf Hero came across to sit in second, with the eventual winner Dee’N’Gee sitting third. The pace was very good to the turn, at which point Without Compromise had used inside runs to move into third. Topping the rise, Hurrara was spent and Turf Hero threw out its challenge for victory and Dee’N’Gee that had enjoyed a fairly good run started to come after it. Dee’N’Gee fought hard for its victory last start and did the same here. You have to like the way the horse finds the line. Next The Universe is another that found the line well to run third but does have a habit of doing this and I am undecided as to whether this horse is a ‘gunna’. Dailika got to the line quite nicely first up and will improve. Follow: Dee’N’Gee, Dailika
Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1000M    Hyland Race Colours Handicap KOLONGA                       ANDREW MALLYON   1st     $13 ANNIVERSARY BELLE    DARREN GAUCI          2nd    $9 AFFABLE                        MARK ZAHRA              3rd    $4 Ellerton and Zahra have a good little you tube clip every Friday covering their runners and they gave this debut runner a pretty good push and it didn’t let them down. Kolonga was far too strong for them and won well. The favourite Frupper was well beaten and had a slip at the start and then copped a bump. He first win was pretty good so pay to be forgiving. Worth noting: These races are hard as we have no idea what the unraced horses are like due to no trials. Race 2.     1600M    echucamoama. com Handicap STAR OF GISELLE              DAMIAN LANE      1st     $4.60F KY’S THE LIMIT                   JAKE NOONAN     2nd    $5 SENSATIONAL REPORT     SALLY WYNNE      3rd    $7.50 Star Of Giselle made it a race to race double for Ellerton and Zahra. She surprised me a little with how well she ran out the mile and did a great job on the speed. It was a good ride by Lane who continues to improve. Ky’s The Limit did a good job to run into second, she should be ready to go and will be at her peak next run. Sensational Report continued a great run of form to get into third. Worth noting:  Keeping a very close eye on Ky’s The Limit and fancy her if she can get a dry track. Race 3.     1100M    Story Landscaping Handicap   RUE MAPLE                 DAMIAN LANE           1st    $4.80 SILKSTONE SPECIAL   BEN KNOBEL            2nd    $20 DELABOMBELL            PETER MERTENS     3rd     $5 Rue Maple was given another great ride by Damian Lane and was too good for them. She hadn’t won for a while but had been racing against some good types. Silkstone Special continued her good form after a freshen, she is worth following wherever they go next over a suitable trip. Delabombell lost her claim when Stead was stuck in the airport and was three wide the trip and did well to run into third. Spartini was well backed but she didn’t run on and is probably looking for the paddock. Worth noting: Rue Maple may just go on with it now and win a few races. Race 4.     1200M    Vintage Photobooth Plate   VAIN ATTRACTION     KATELYN MALLYON     1st     $5 CLASSY CHLOE        STEVEN KING              2nd    $3.20F BONARIA                  CHAD SCHOFIELD        3rd     $16 Vain Attraction won well when she came through late at Moonee Valley and did the same here. The pace was good and Mallyon put in an excellent ride as she didn’t panic and got a bit of luck when the gaps all appeared at the right time for her. The horse let down really well. Classy Chloe and Bonaria did well for second and third. Paid close attention to Roxit who we had doubts on over 1200m. She did pretty well but should do even better if they drop her back to a shorter trip next start. Worth noting: Follow Roxit and back her over 1000. Race 5.     1400M    Cath White Memorial Handicap   AMAH ROCK          JAKE NOONAN   1st     $6.50 SIR FERNANDO     GLEN BOSS        2nd    $2.90F FAST AND FREE    STEVEN KING     3rd     $20 It was nice to find out at the end of the day that the race distances were published wrong (still are) and this was really a 1440m race. Livigno jumped well and led while Sir Fernando sat in behind the leaders. Before the turn Boss decided to round them up which probably cost the horse the race as the run he gave up was then given to the eventual winner Amah Rock. Amah Rock did well, thought he may have been half a run short but he certainly wasn’t. Worth noting: The winner is worth following here Amah Rock. Race 6.     1400M    7-Eleven Pink Ribbon Cup   UTAH SAINTS     CHRIS SYMONS          1st     $15 DUSTY STAR      JAMES WINKS            2nd    $11 FREERETURN    ANDREW MALLYON    3rd     $5.50 Pago Rock is still looking for a run, he never seen daylight at any stage during the race. Probably be unders next time as he was stiff so be careful. Been up a while also. Liked the run of Freereturn at his first try at 1400m. Have a bit of time for this horse. Great ride C Symons on Utah Saints, the horse is a 1400m Caulfield specialist as is Dusty Star who did a good job for second. Worth noting: Keep a close eye on Freereturn, he is still improving and will come right on from that run. Race 7.     2000M    Eastern Bridge Plate   ZABEELIONAIRE     JAKE NOONAN      1st     $4.60F CHIEFTAIN JACK     JASON BENBOW   2nd     $15 CAMPEAO              DANNY NIKOLIC     3rd     $14 Last start Zabeelionaire had no luck early from the gate and Boss had to use the petrol tickets early and he was unable to show his turn of foot at the end. This time Noonan went straight back, rounded them up and won really well. He is a pretty good horse on his day but hard to catch. Chieftain Jack fought on pretty well, he continues to improve. Campeao also did well running into third, these will probably head to the SA Derby. Worth noting: Hard not to like what Zabeelionaire did today, he is the one to follow here. Race 8.     1100M    Visvanathan Memorial Plate   STRATCOMBE         GLEN BOSS        1st     $4.20 WALTZES                DAMIAN LANE     2nd    $26 ALPHA PROXIMA     JAKE NOONAN    3rd     $13 Zedi Knight and Beyond Pardon were on the pace throughout and got off the rails on the home turn. In doing so they left enough room for Stratcombe to scoot through and put a couple of lengths on them as soon as the straightened. He has really come on this campaign Stratcombe. Curtana was wide and midfield and never really had much go right, I think Flemington down the straight would be a good chance to back her in suitable races. Waltzes did well late to burst through. Alpha Proxima did very well, he is going to get better over further. Worth noting:  Alpha Proxima is bet at 1400, the run here suggest he is going very well, make sure you back him when he hits that trip.