Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 2000M BMW Handicap WHISPER DOWNS CHAD SCHOFIELD 1st $6 PRACTICED CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $1.50 ZUMA ROC ANDREW MALLYON 3rd $16
Good 3 track to kick things off which was a good result considering the dire weather forecast earlier in the week. Unfortunately there were just six runners here despite 80k being on offer. The rank outsider Delago Pearl took up the running from Zuma Roc. Praticed went round a red-hot favourite and had every chance but just wasn’t quite good enough. Whisper Downs has improved lengths with the blinkers on and his winning effort at Bendigo last start was very strong, particularly his last 800m sectional. He went on with it here to get the photo over the $1.50 favourite. Heady ride from the apprentice Schofield.
Worth noting: Look out for Zuma Roc in a 2040m race at Moonee Valley where there is a good tempo.
Race 2. 1800M Thomas Sabo Watches Plate CHATEAU MARGAUX LUKE NOLEN 1st $2.35 MANILA JEWEL CHAD SCHOFIELD 2nd $6.50 INNOCENT LADY(NZ) NICHOLAS HALL 3rd $26
Chateaux Margaux was dropping back from a good run in a Group 2 and started a short-priced favourite. Nolen settled her in a lovely spot midfield and her turn of foot was always going to make her hard to beat from there. Manila Jewel is a very consistent mare. Innocent Lady hadn’t show much this campaign but she finished well for 3rd. Khandallah jumped awkwardly but pushed forward and held on OK for 4th.
Worth noting: Cranbourne Cup probably the the next target for the winner.
Race 3. 1400M The Orion Expedition Cruise Cup STAR OF GISELLE KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $5 SHARNEE ROSE CRAIG WILLIAMS 2nd $3 SUSSURO JAKE NOONAN 3rd $13
Star of Giselle was 2nd up and jumping from 1000m to 1400m so it was a good effort to lead all the way and a smart ride from the much maligned McEvoy. Sharnee Rose normally starts hard in the market, gets back, runs on and proves costly punters. The only thing that changed today was she was ridden more forward than normal. Of course she will break through one day, but her racing profile makes her a favourite of the bookies. Sussuro missed the start by a length but got up for 3rd.
Worth noting: Star Of Giselle is a winner and Sharnee Rose isn’t.
Race 4. 1400M TMB Printing Handicap BALACLAVA LADY MICHAEL WALKER 1st $41 A TIME FOR JULIA LUKE NOLEN 2nd $4.80 BIG CHILL KERRIN MCEVOY 3rd $16
Balaclava Lady had raced erratically at two starts this preparation and was unloved by punters in this event. But a gem of a rails ride from the very much in-form Michael Walker helped her get up today. A Time For Julia ran good time at her Kilmore maiden win and handled the step up in class to claim 2nd. Big Chill was a big price and held on OK for 3rd. Love For Ransom drifted in the betting, over-raced early, got well back and stayed there. Her finish last start was incredibily impressive but that did come after doing no work at all early. Stella Lante didn’t have a lot of luck.
Worth noting: Another hype horse goes down.
Race 5. 1400M BECK Caulfield Guineas Prelude EPAULETTE KERRIN MCEVOY 1st $2 LET GO LENNI CRAIG NEWITT 2nd $18 AWESOME BRO(NZ) DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $8.50
Another short-priced favourite for the afternoon and this time it was Epaulette from the Snowden stable. McEvoy got him into a great spot in the run and he was always going to be hard to beat. Ashokan’s best chance of beating the favourite was going to be putting some pace into the race from a fair way out, because a sit and sprint suited Epaulette. Let Go Lenni was coming off a 15k maiden compared to Epaulette from the $1m Golden Rose but there wasn’t much between them on the line.
Worth noting: Awesome Bro is a good staying prospect who looks suited by the big Flemington track. Race 6. 1400M Clamms Seafood Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes MOMENT OF CHANGE LUKE NOLEN 1st $4.40 WE’RE GONNA ROCK MICHAEL RODD 2nd $7.50 SOLZHENITSYN(NZ) COREY BROWN 3rd $6
Big field with some depth but there was plenty of market support for the Moody runner Moment Of Change. Down in weight and back in Melbourne on his home track was enough to encourage punters and they didn’t have too many worries in the run. Nolen knew he had the tactical speed to take up a position despite the wide barrier and he really controlled the race. The G1 win fulfilled the potential Moody has always believed he had from the moment he won his first start by 10 lengths. Solzhenitsyn is a big strong horse who always puts himself into the race and should run well in the Toorak. We’re Gonna Rock was gelded prior to this campaign and has become a very reliable horse. First up off a long break, Glass Harmonium was a very good effort for 4th.
Worth noting: Caulfield + Moody + Nolen = always hard to beat. Race 7. 1200M Spicer Thoroughbreds Testa Rossa Stakes MISS MARX DAMIEN OLIVER 1st $7.50 MCCLINTOCK LAURI WRAY 2nd $41 MORANT CRAIG WILLIAMS 3rd $10
Damien Oliver managed to get Miss Marx up in the last bound to claim a gallant McClintock who was returning from a very unsuccessful stint in Singapore. Miss Marx had form around More Joyous but had been runner up six times since her last win. Full credit to trainer David Vandyke who picked her up as a tried horse. Morant charged late to make up a ton of ground as well. Amah Rock had no luck from start to finish. He jumped a little awkwardly, then was tightened for room, then couldn’t get clear galloping room at the turn and finally was disappointed for a run at the 100m. Stratcombe looked disappointing but a post-race scope found tracheal mucous.
Worth noting: Total forgive run Amah Rock. Race 8. 1700M Programmed Property Services Handicap CALLANISH(NZ) DALE SMITH 1st $2.60 SPIRIT SONG BRAD RAWILLER 2nd $5 MIDNIGHT MARTINI MICHAEL RODD 3rd $6.50
Callanish continued on his winning run to make it a perfect 7 from 7. Dale Smith had no hesitation taking him straight to the front and he relaxed so well that it was hard to see anything other than the very comfortable win we witnessed. Good effort by Callanish to have won on Good, Dead, Slow and Heavy tracks. Very soft win so not much to be said for the beaten brigade other than Spirit Song is very honest and Midnight Martini ran OK but probably needs an 1800m-2000m race.
Worth noting: Callanish is another horse headed to the Cranbourne Cup. ——————————————————————– Rosehill review from Todd Burmester Race 1 1st Hoylonny Jim Cassidy 2nd Studio Corey Brown 3rd History No Hurdle Brenton Avdulla
Hoylonny missed the start a length or so but I wonder whether that was by design? Studio took it up from Tigress Lily and Tohunga, before History No Hurdle moved around to sit outside the lead. They stayed in this order until they came around the home turn where it was a sprint home, and Hoylonny was brought right to the outside and made up the ground to get a narrow a but good win. Tohunga ground away and was not beaten far but may want a race with pace on where it can get back and run home.
Follow: Tohunga Race 2 1st Proverb Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Indianapolis Tommy Berru 3rd Laser Flash Glyn Schofield
They took a little while to sort themselves out here but eventually it was Unforgivable running to the front from Strength which was wide, and the two favoured runners, Indianapolis and and Proverb, which got good runs in transit. Ireland’s Teardrop made an early run before the turn which briefly had Proverb in a pocket but he pushed into the clear and hit the front after straightening, and then fought out a close finish with Indianapolis. Laser Flash made some ground after coming wide on the turn but couldn’t match it with the first two.
Follow: Laser Flash Race 3 1st More Joyous Nash Rawiller 2nd Skyerush Hugh Bowman 3rd Forarainyday Blake Shinn
Colorado Claire took on Delzera for the lead and got it, with More Joyous cruising in third spot. It was just a case of when Rawiller wanted to make his move on her, and he decided to do that just around the home turn. She quickly went to the leaders under a big hold, and then put a gap in them when he “sneezed” at her. Skyerush did well to come through the field and run into second, and Forarainyday was ridden well to track More Joyous, but of course, couldn’t go with her.
Follow: Forarainyday (in something easier) Race 4 1st Kabayan Nash Rawiller 2nd Albrecht Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Devine Moon Hugh Bowman
Kabayan came out quickly today, but Magic Shaft kicked through and led and then Kabayan got left three wide when Mama’s Choice and Fiveandahalfstar kicked through as well. Albrecht took off on the point of the turn, and Kabayan moved into the clear after being briefly held up. Kabayan obviously appreciated the distance here and found the line strongly for a good win. Devine Moon saved ground on the fence, coming from last and finishing well to run third.
Follow: Kabayan, Devine Moon Race 5 1st Rolling Pin Corey Brown 2nd Offenders Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Fat Al Nash Rawiller
Offenders led early from Rolling Pin that moved up on its outside. The short priced favourite, Fat Al was ridden behind the speed in fourth. There seemed to be some school of thought on the day that the fence wasn’t the place to be and that is where Fat Al went in the straight, but I think to use that as an excuse for his defeat would be drawing a fairly long bow. I liked his last run, but I didn’t like his effort yesterday, so the jury is out on him at the moment. All credit to the winner Rolling Pin who holds his form well, and has now put two wins together in a row and there could be more to come.
Follow: Rolling Pin
Race 6 1st Kelinni Glyn Schofield 2nd Julienas Nash Rawiller 3rd Strawberry Boy Jim Cassidy
Racing Heart took up the lead here, with Strawberry Boy ridden for cover back on the fence. Kelinni was caught wide here and had to go back, which made the strength of its win even better. On the turn, Strawberry Boy was pushed along to come after Racing Heart, and did manage to briefly strike the front, but then Kelinni was quickly on the scene, and Strawberry Boy was in a world of pain. Julienas came with a run down the outside but couldn’t pick up the winner. I wonder whether it may have been a different story if Rawiller had made his run a little sooner? They need to rethink where to from here with Strawberry Boy.
Race 7 1st Urban Groove Tommy Berry 2nd Brave Soul Blake Shinn 3rd Roll The Bones James McDonald
Roll The Bones went to the front in the seventh and there didn’t seem to be a lot of pace on. Cavalry Rose sat outside the lead and Urban Groove got a good run behind the speed. Roll The Bones kicked well around the turn and got clear just before the 300m, but Urban Groove knuckled down well to come up along the inside and claim the lead and then hold off Brave Soul which was a very good run, making up a lot of ground late.
Follow: Brave Soul Race 8 1st Mahisara Brenton Avdulla 2nd Under The Sun Nash Rawiller 3rd Hard Liqour Kathy O’Hara
On a day that held so much promise for Gai Waterhouse, and some were saying she was a chance of training the card, she had the favourite in the last in the shape of Under The Sun, which was the first to jump out of the barriers. Key West quickly had other ideas though, and ran to the front from Capital Commander. This gave Under The Sun and Mahisara good runs behind the speed, and they stayed in this order until straightening. Under The Sun went through along the fence to hit the front inside the 300m, and Mahisara came with its run down the outside to claim victory. The run of Hard Liquour was very good to get into third without a great deal of room. The racing pattern of Velrosso is always going to be its downside and it couldn’t make up the ground today.
Follow: Under The Sun, Hard Liqour Specials from the meeting: Forarainyday, Julienas, Brave Soul, Hard Liqour