Randwick reviewBy Todd Burmester Race 1
1st Angel Of Mercy Craig Williams 2nd Bound To Blush James McDonald 3rd Hallowell Belle Nash RawillerBound To Blush was the expected leader here and found the front fairly easily, with Hallowell Belle sitting outside of it. Detours sat on the fence behind the leader and Ever The Same secured a good run, one out and one back. The eventual winner, Angel Of Mercy was getting a nice run 5th, three back on the fence. Hallowell Belle was asked to come after the leader in the straight but didn’t really ping. Perhaps this was a result of a lot of racing for her recently. Ever The Same tried to run on, but at the same time Angel Of Mercy had got the split and taken advantage of an easy run in transit. She sprinted well for a good win. Bound To Blush kept on ok, also after an easy run and there was not a lot to say about the rest. Follow: Angel Of Mercy Race 2 1st Fat Al Nash Rawiller 2nd Ambidexter Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Rekindled Alliance Craig Williams Huegill missed the start hopelessly here whilst the short priced favourite Fat Al was ridden with clear intent to lead. He did so after about 100m. Devonshire Duke and Ambidexter disputed second for a few hundred metres, with Ambidexter eventually finding the spot outside the leader. Rawiller slowed them up nicely on the leader and he seems to be the horse with the most upside in this race. Horses such as Iggy Pop and more so, Rekindled Alliance and Isopach found themselves a good way off the lead. The later two were second last and last with Rekindled Alliance taking off 600m from home to try and get into it. In the straight it appeared for a few strides that Ambidexter would go past Fat Al but once he wound up he came away for a clear win. Whilst that was going on, Rekindled Alliance had run away from the rest of the field into third, but he is a costly conveyance. Isopach made reasonable ground after being given no chance due to the slow pace and can find a suitable race. Follow: Isopach Race 3 1st Pierro Nash Rawiller 2nd Dear Demi James McDonald 3rd Tatra Tommy Berry Raceway led as expected with Pierro outside him in the early stages. Tatra then came around them and took on Raceway, as we saw in The Sires. This gave Pierro a lovely run in third and really it was only ever a matter of how far. In the straight he gapped them, with Dear Demi running on well from the back and Tatra doing a good job to hold on for third. All credit to the winner, but I never get carried away with two-year-olds until I see them come back and do it as a three-year-old, many fail to as their peers mature further and learn more about the game. Follow: Dear Demi, Tatra Race 4 1st Skyerush Blake Shinn 2nd Fibrillation Brenton Avdulla 3rd Divorces Kerrin McEvoy Plenty of them disputed the early lead here, with Fill The Page, as expected, eventually taking up the running from Miss Keepsake. Crafty Irna was wide all the way here and pushed even wider on the turn. Skyerush, which won the race, was a fair way back, but getting an economical run in transit. At the 200m mark you didn’t really know where to look, with plenty of chances spread across the track, but the gap was appearing for Skyerush, who accelerated nicely through it for victory. The run of Fibrillation off a months break was good to run second and Crafty Irna, although becoming costly, has to be given another chance after the wide run and not being beaten far on the line. Miss Keepsake was beaten at the 200m mark and I can’t find any excuses for her. Follow: Fibrillation, Crafty Irna Race 5 1st Atlantic Jewel Michael Rodd 2nd Rain Affair Chris Reith 3rd Ofcourseican Kathy O’Hara Rain Affair showed his customary speed to lead easily, with Rodd electing to have Altantic Jewel right there in second placing. Happy Zero and Albert The Fat were the next two in running. Rain Affair took off before the turn which meant Atlantic Jewel was chasing. There will be those that say she was not impressive but in my opinion this was an excellent win. She was stepping up in class and made to chase a very good horse and she was never really in doubt in the straight, despite a smaller margin today. Rain Affair tried hard as always and the runs of Albert The Fat and particularly Ofcourseican were very good, but simply in another class. Follow: Ofcourseican Race 6 1st Niwot Dwayne Dunn 2nd Efficient Michael Rodd 3rd Once Were Wild Jim Cassidy Solid Billing would have been expected by most to find the front and did so, with Once Were Wild sitting second. Within no time at all, both Permit and Niwot had found lovely positions on the fence, not too far from the pace. Our Serena was about the only one that covered any extra ground early. They strung out a bit in the middle stages and at the 1000m Permit was in all sorts. This was later put down to a problem with a shoe. Just before the 600m the runs started to come from the back, most noticeable was Precedent who took off from last. Efficient had also started to make his move from well back. Niwot due to being positioned well in running got to wait until the corner before coming out to make a run and this was the difference in the end. He outstayed the other two whose long runs told on them. Once Were Wild, that was on the speed all the way ran well for third and realistically the rest just plugged. Drunken Sailor that was in the market never came into it and perhaps 3200m is not really his go, as he has only won once over it in 8 attempts. The usual suspects such as Nextanix and Anudjuwan were running on – surprise surprise! Follow: Once Were Wild Race 7 1st More Joyous Nash Rawiller 2nd Manighar Damien Oliver 3rd Secret Admirer Brenton Avdulla The More Joyous Stakes – that’s what this race should have been called such was the impressive nature of her win. Rawiller took the initiative to take up the running and she was never going to be beaten from there on. Rekindled Interest settled outside of her, with Jimmy Choux on the fence in third. They pretty much stayed in their order until the 600m when the runs came. Americain was off from the back and that got Rekindled Interest going. They both basically moved up to More Joyous before the turn. Americain was gone as quickly as he started his run and I am not sure what to make of him from here. The bolter Speediness got a run through on the fence and ran the race of its life, although beaten a fair way late in the peace, whilst Rangirangdoo and Secret Admirer did their best to come down the outside. It was all academic, as More Joyous had bolted away. Manighar didn’t have the clearest run early in the straight, but proved his great form by running a clear second and wins the race bar running into a freak on the day. Jimmy Choux does not appear to have come up this campaign. Follow: Manighar, Speediness in something easier. Race 8 1st Tiger Tees Chris Reith 2nd Pinwheel Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Neeson Michael Rodd Tiger Tees showed his customary barrier brilliance to take up an early lead. Dee’N’Gee was outside of him and Neeson was trapped three wide. Latin News was back along the fence with Nobby Snip one off the fence, but didn’t really look comfortable between horses in running. Hood tracked closer to the outside rail than the inside the whole way and dropped out badly. Pinwheel was in what seemed like a hopeless position on the turn, but got inside runs to flash home and only narrowly miss. Tiger Tees just kept defying them in the straight and is an under rated horse with a good record. Neeson was very good after being wide, whilst Riva De Lago again confirmed its position in the “sack book”. Nobby Snip worked home ok once clear of horses and can be forgiven for this run. Follow: The first three were all very good, forgive Nobby Snip. Continue laying Riva De Lago this campaign. Specials from the meeting: Angel Of Mercy, Speediness, Pinwheel, Neeson.
Caulfield review compiled by Rick Wiiliams Race 1 – Monjon Security Handicap PLACEMENT Katelyn Mallyon $4.60 TURNITUP Linda Meech $4.60 FOLDING GEAR Ben Melham $3.20F Placement continued her good run of form with another excellent ride from Mallyon. They jumped well and she settled in the lead and was able to get a pretty easy time of it from in front. A few were making a couple of moves throughout but it wasn’t enough to catch her when she kicked away from them on the turn. Turnitup hit the line well and Folding Gear who didn’t look suited at all ran on well for third. Worth noting: Forgive Folding Gear, he was down in distance, up in weight and on unsuitable ground. Race 2 – Dr. Michael Irlicht Handicap GALBRAITH Katelyn Mallyon $4.60 GENERAL TRUCE Ben Knobel $3F BROKEN Dean Yendall $5 Galbraith broke through again and continued to perform really well over the short trip. He camped off of the back of Fab Fevola who led them (as he does) but he was unable to finish off. Another good ride by Mallyon who stalked them on Galbraith and he was too good. General Truce is the best horse in the race but he has been up for too long and wasn’t at his best. He needs a spell. Broken is a handy horse who was off of a long break and he ran well into third. Worth noting: Happy to follow Broken in suitable, more than capable horse in the right race. Race 3 – TROA Supports National Jockeys Trust Handicap VATICAN Billy Egan $7 ZAMORAR Jake Duffy $2.30F COUNTER SIGN Katelyn Mallyon $11 All the talk was about Zamorar who was coming off of a good run in Adelaide and had some Sepoy form in a previous campaign. He ran well but was nailed late by the fast finishing Vatican who had the sit on him and finished off with an excellent sprint. It was a nice win by Vatican who is a specialist 1000m horse. Tres Vite got caught wide and had no luck at any stage from the wide gate. She beat Vatican the start before and can be forgiven. Worth noting: Follow Tres Vite, best horse in the race. Race 4 – National Jockeys Trust Redoute’s Choice Stakes WALES Steven King $21 DOMINANT Andrew Mallyon $9.50 MAURY Danny Nikolic $3F Maury had the exposed form and a couple of good wins and led for most of the way but was no match for the impressive and well bred debut winner Wales (Redoutes Choice/Valkyrie Diva). He settled back in the field and came with a big strong run and was too good for Dominant. Pretty impressive to win on debut like that over 1200m and Wales looks to have a bright future. Dominant protested but it was dismissed. Worth noting: Maury had been dominant before so the first two might be pretty handy Race 5 – PFD Food Services Handicap LUCKY PENNY Linda Meech $4.80 TAI TAI TESS Craig Newitt $9.50 ROSE PATTERN Damian Lane $41 Lucky Penny won well on debut in a maiden by 8L and was being asked to take the next step, straight to Saturday grade at Caulfield. She settled just off of the leaders and enjoyed a good ride from Meech before heading into the straight and running away from them. Very impressive performance at her second race start. Tai Tai Tess did well to run into second with the big weight, she had 5.5kg more than the winner and was beaten 2.75L. Worth noting: Follow the first two over the line Race 6 – Ranvet Handicap ZABISCO Nicholas Hall $6 SIGNOR SOCKS Dean Yendall $41 THE ZEEBAC Lincoln Coffey $101 Looked a hard race on paper but the market pretty much got it right with the winner Zabisco. He looked at home when he was able to settle off of the speed and come with a strong run down the middle late to get the money. Good ride by Hall who rode a treble for the day. He looks a horse that has taken the stable a little while to work out. Signor Socks and The Zeebac did well to finish second and third at big odds. Worth noting: Be a little wary with the form through this race Race 7 – LUCRF Super Handicap THE NIGHT’S HOT Nicholas Hall $5 MANILA JEWEL Ben Knobel $6 IPIOGA Jake Noonan $31 The Night’s Hot got a city win on her resume when she finished too strong for them with a run from back in the field. Again another great ride by N Hall who seems to be one of the best at timing his runs from back in the field. Manila Jewel gave another good run, I prefer her on dry so she is going well and close to a win. Ipioga was a long way away from the first two and ran into third. It was one of the weaker fields we have seen at Caulfield on a Saturday. Worth noting: Not much to get excited about here, follow Manila Jewel. Race 8 – The Louise Cooper Plate BONNIE MAC Nicholas Hall $2.80F PRINCESS NARINE Mick Price $8.50 SUSSURO Jake Noonan $10 Bonnie Mac won well at the provincials and bought her form straight to Caulfield with a super win. Again a good ride from Hall. She camped just off them and when they straightened it was pretty clear from early in the straight that nothing was able to go with her and she outsprinted them and won very well. Princess Narine did well running into second but and Sussuro worked home really well from the back. La Praline was disappointing. Worth noting: Happy to follow the winner over the sprint trips.