Weekend Racing reviews – Saturday 7th January

Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams

Race 1. 1100M Thomas North (Time 1:03.99/600m 34.14) SWEET LITTLE LIES CHRIS SYMONS 1st $2.80F OCKHAM’S RAZOR DANNY NIKOLIC 2nd $5.50 DISPATCH JAMES WINKS 3rd $4 Sweet Little Lies (34.14) did it all the way and quite easily. It was a jump and run job and she was able to get the fence, lead them up and run away from them, impressive. Ockham’s Razor (34.60) settled midfield and was asked to go quite early and his effort was pretty good as it was a long sustained effort. Dispatch (34.73) did his best but never looked a winning chance and battled on well for third. Worth noting: Follow the winner, she did it really well and looks above average. Race 2. 1400M Ian Miller (No times available ) TOTAL ATTRACTION BEN MELHAM 1st $8 GIG ASHLEY THOMPSON 2nd $8 PILBARA SAND DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $10 This was an excellent win by the Moody runner Total Attraction. This filly has an excellent turn of foot and she needed to use all of it as she settled in a good spot but was shuffled well back to last and had to come back and around the field. Once she hit the 200m it was evident she had them covered. Eleve had a nice run in transit and should have finished much closer but got squeezed out halfway down the straight and wasn’t asked to do a lot late. Gig who jumped well held onto third and that was a good effort by her. Worth noting: Total Attraction will keep getting better, follow her and forgive Eleve who had no luck. Race 3. 1600M Swettenham Stud Summer Championship (Time 1:38.68 /600m 34.27) AGRIPPA KATELYN MALLYON 1st $4.40 SEGURO BEN MELHAM 2nd $14 CROSS STREET CRAIG ROBERTSON 3rd $21 Cross Street (34.33) jumped out well with Seguro (34.35) and Agrippa (34.11). The well backed favourite Conquering Journey (34.28) was restrained early and wouldn’t settle which ultimately ended his chances of winning. Mayneda Strategy (34.26) just got back a bit further than anticipated and never really got a crack at them in the straight. It was a good win by Agrippa who was rated well by Mallyon with her handy claim. The tempo was modest and when asked for his effort he was able to tough it out and was too good for Seguro in a leaders dominated race. Worth noting: Conquering Journey is better in rain effected ground. Worth remembering they didn’t go very hard when doing the form for these next time, look to sectionals. Race 4. 1100M John Moule (Time 1:03.66/600m 34.35) MISTER MILTON BEN MELHAM 1st $6.50 SONG OF THE BELL MICHELLE PAYNE 2nd $5 RESCUE MISSION JAKE DUFFY 3rd $3.70F Stratumsphere (35.11) jumped well and put in early to retain the rail which meant that Rescue Misison (34.31) was unable to get across and the rider elected to ease and take the sit. Once they hit the turn it was evident that the leaders were gone and Rescue Mission had them cold. By the 200m Song Of The Bell (34.08) and Mister Milton (34.03) started doing their best work and when the run came for Mister Milton he took it and hit the line really well. He looks a nice horse who will get better over more ground. Song Of The Bell did well after enjoying a good run but just wasn’t good enough. Rescue Mission did his best but just probably did a bit more than the first two early which told in the end. Worth noting: Mister Milton looks a nice type, he is certainly worth following now that he has some winning confidence. Race 5. 1200M Robert Taranto Doveton Stakes (Time 1:09.43/ 600m 34.46) CHASM CHRIS SYMONS 1st $8.50 STIRLING GROVE DEAN YENDALL 2nd $3.70 FIRST COMMAND JAMIE MOTT 3rd $3.60F Sterling Grove (34.15) jumped well and they opted to ease out of the speed battle which was a good move. That left First Command (34.51) to rail through and lead them. It was a pretty good effort by First Command who fought on well to finish third. He isn’t the horse he was and was always going to struggle giving them 5kg. Chasm (34.00) won by a nose and he just got a bit of luck late and that was enough to hold off a fast finishing Sterling Grove who looked to struggle but picked up again late. Worth noting: Worth following a few of these, they should be able to go their own ways and win some races. Race 6. 1400M Swettenham Stud Summer Championship (Time 1:23.99/600m 34.93) WEALTHY LAD DWAYNE DUNN 1st $10 VALEDICTORIAN CRAIG NEWITT 2nd $6 BEN ZENA DANIEL STACKHOUSE 3rd $4F Valedictorian (34.95) was heavily backed and was able to get across easy from the wide gate. The fact they rode Ben Zena (34.14) back clearly helped his cause and had Ben Zena not gone back I doubt they would have hammered Valedictorian. Once he crossed he was rated really well by Froggy Newitt but unfortunately for his backers he was nailed on the line by Wealthy Lad (34.53) who had the box seat the trip and was ridden really well by Dunn. They settled just off the pace, peeled out at the turn and just did enough. Cellarmaster (35.15) just couldn’t get the run when he needed it and Ben Zena who ended up a mile back worked home well for third. Worth noting: Ben Zena is flying and did well against his normal pattern, follow. Race 7. 1200M Robert Hunter (Time 1:10.03/600m 34.63) PRINCESS NARINE CRAIG NEWITT 1st $4F MISS MATARI JORDAN MALLYON 2nd $8.50 FABULIST DWAYNE DUNN 3rd $6 Shabangabang (35.10) jumped well and went forward early before being eased up and Avionics (34.94) took the rails run through. Two Hills (34.88) and Show Up (34.54) had the sit on the leaders until the turn where Show Up loomed up well and looked the winner before Miss Mitari (34.22), Princess Narine (34.19) and Fabulist (33.91) came from the pack and burst into contention. It was the heavily backed Princess Narine who got the win albeit narrowly over Miss Mitari. Fabulist was only a head away into third. Avionics did pretty well to fight on like she did after going hard early. Worth noting: Pretty even bunch, the winner was first up and should improve further. Race 8. 2000M Mal Seccull Handicap (Time 2:02.67/600m 35.55) ROYAL MAIL DAMIAN LANE 1st $11 APRES DANNY NIKOLIC 2nd $4.40 DOWN UNDER BOY DANIEL STACKHOUSE 3rd $15 Royal Mail (34.97) took out this one and it was a good effort as he didn’t have the best of runs but was still able to overcome that and salute. Whelan (36.42) and Port Vell (36.09) setup the speed whilst The Big Steel (35.43) and Token Of Honour (35.59) enjoyed good runs off of the leaders. Rounding the turn The Big Steel peeled off the backs and looked to travel well but he got the stitch at the 100m. Apres (35.08) was held up and came off of their backs late to finish second and Down Under Boy (34.73) made good ground late to run into third. Worth noting: Apres was the unlucky runner and The Big Steel felt the weight over the concluding stages. ——————————————————————————————

Warwick Farm review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester

Race1 1st Raceway Hugh Bowman 2nd Agueda Peter Robl 3rd Emperor Of Rome Rod Quinn Emporer of Rome showed its usual speed to lead. Raceway was away about average and made ground to 4th before the turn and then sprinted right away in the straight even though looking a little bit green. Dear Demiwho was well in commission in the betting ring had no speed but finished off very well. Follow: Raceway, Emperor Of Rome (leading is always an advantage) Race 2 1st Miss Spoken Blake Shinn 2nd Mickelberg Glyn Schofield 3rd Oceanica P Robl Pillory didn’t begin well and lost ground. Miss Spoken used its good draw to share the early lead with Cindarockinrella. Pillory made up for its bad start to end up fourth in the run but perhaps that effort told as it was under pressure on the turn. Mickelberg came with a big run but in the end the easier run in front Miss Spoken had made the difference. Oceanica made good ground into third. Follow: Mickelberg Race 3 1st Republic Lad Jim Cassidy 2nd Double Crescent Chad Schofield 3rd Tropicana Girl Shaun Guymer Tropicana Girl began poorly in this and lost a couple of lengths. Double Crescent led them up and kept trying in the straight. Burnout and Republic Lad were both a clear second last and last respectively. Tropicana Girl was ridden well to save ground and kept working to the line for third, she doesn’t really sprint however. The winner Republic Lad showed good dash in the straight to come from last where as Burnout basically just ground home. Follow: Republic Lad, Double Crescent Race 4 1st Dystopia Hugh Bowman 2nd Tiger Tees Chris Reith 3rd Youthful Jack Robert Thompson O’Crikey went very fast in front as is often the case with him. Tiger Tees carted the field up with Dystopia stalking it the whole way. On the turn it seemed Dystopia was going better and when asked for the effort, clearly had the wood on them. O’Crikey kept going “ok” in the run to the line after using a lot of petrol early and perhaps there is a race on offer for him if judged well in front. Follow: O’Crikey Race 5 1st Missshiraz Sam Clipperton 2nd Oh My Papa Hugh Bowman 3rd Madam Nash Glyn Schofield Madam Nash found the lead easily enough here but then had some pressure applied to it by Dayita. The pace as such didn’t look all that fast. Oh My Papa had a cushy run in behind the leaders, came around them in the straight but no sooner had it hit the front, Miss Shiraz that had been back in the field sprinted brilliantly and raced away from them in the run to the line. Not a lot could be said for the beaten horses here I didn’t think. Miss Shiraz was one of the wins of the day. Follow: Miss Shiraz Race 6 1st Rolling Pin Hugh Bowman 2nd Hardbreak Hotel Rod Quinn 3rd One Way Ticket Sam Clipperton Olinoor led St Beune in this. Irish Jig was wide all the way. Rolling Pin got a great run behind the two leaders and looked the winner a long way from home. In the straight it had the best turn of foot particularly taking into account the economical run it had in transit, having the best jockey in Australia on top helped as well. There were definitely a couple of runs here from a future view point to mark down. Those were, One Way Ticket and Our Cannavaro. The right race will come their way soon. Follow: One Way Ticket, Our Cannavaro Race 7 1st Social Rank Adam Hyeronimus 2nd Al’s Magic Miss Chad Schofield 3rd La Remlap Sam Clipperton In a race that had a fair bit of speed on paper it did appear Social Rank would find the front and that is how it turned out. He sustained it all the way for a good win. He has been placed well and is building quite a nice record but much more than 1000m as the grade gets harder might find her out. But I’m Ready and My Vegas both hit the line fairly hard from back in the field but neither tend to win out of turn. Mighty Obvious had a very hard run all the way and didn’t go too badly considering. Mac Chois didn’t live up to the support it found in the betting ring but where there is smoke there is fire, so maybe give it another chance? Follow: But I’m Ready, My Vegas Race 8 1st Thumbtacks Glyn Schofield 2nd So So Sure Shaun Guymer 3rd Big Bad Joel Hugh Bowman The favourite Skateboard buckjumped at the start and tossed the rider off. So So Sure found the lead with Bello stalking it. The pace didn’t look strong. Just about every jockey in the race realised it was a sprint to the line by the time they were approaching the home bend but a lot had missed the boat. The first 4 around the turn stayed in the first 4 positions with Thumbtacks having the slightly superior sprint in the run to the line. It’s not in my opinion that a lot can be taken from due to the pace. Honest Lies finished off very well but isn’t that so often the case with this one? Follow: Honest Lies (only if you have deep pockets!) Specials from the meeting: Raceway, Republic Lad, One Way Ticket, Our Cannavaro