Weekend Racing Reviews – Saturday 9th February

Caulfield review compiled by David Carr

Race 1 – 12:50PM BMW Melbourne Handicap (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 2:03.99 Last 600m: 0:35.78

1             ZLATAN                                     Leigh Childs                Jake Duffy (a2)                            $4.60
2            WHISPER DOWNS                   David Hayes               Chad Schofield (a1.5)                $5
3            DIAMONDS AT NOON               Bill Cerchi                    Damien Thornton (a3)              $41

Zlatan bounced straight to the front for an uncontested lead. Red Eye Special made his way around the field to trail the leader with Dayita Box sitting third on the fence. Once they found their running positions they stayed that way until the sprint for home. Zlatan applied the pressure early and was stoked up before the turn. This quickly found Red Eye Special wanting which gave Zlatan a nice break. Entering the straight Dayita came off the fence and looked as though she would go straight past Zlatan but she had no sprint when Nolen asked her the question today. Whisper Downs came right down the outside to have the last crack at them but Zlatan kept finding to lead all the way.

Worth Noting: Nice effort by Zlatan and a good ride by Duffy who got away with some cheap sectionals and made the winning move taking off before the turn.

Race 2 – 1:25PM Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:09.76 Last 600m: 0:35.11

1            OCTAVIA                        Michael Moroney               Kerrin McEvoy               $8.50
2            MEMBERS JOY             Robert Smerdon                 Glen Boss                    $8.50
3           ANGELIC LIGHT           Robbie Griffiths                   Michael Rodd                 $8

Darlington Abbey, Meliora and Octavia all got away fast with Octavia driving forward to hold Meliora off the rails for as long as possible. Summer Gem and Sumakaray both drifted back in the field and were under pressure around the turn. Entering the straight Meliora was joined by Angelic Light who pushed up inside Octavia but Octavia was going a bit better and hadn’t yet been asked the question by McEvoy. Just when Octavia got the better of Angelic Light the little grey mare Members Joy came with a big finish down the outside but to the disappointment of many owners in the crowd she couldn’t run down the tough Octavia.

Worth NotingDarlington Abbey and Sumakaray were the two best supported runners in the betting and the two worst performances of the race. Follow Members Joy when she gets out to 1400m.

Race 3 – 2:00PM Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude (C&G) (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:04.10 Last 600m: 0:35.41

1             KUROSHIO                     Peter Snowden               Kerrin McEvoy               $3.30F
2             THE BOWLER                Tony Vasil                       Craig Newitt                 $8
3            DISSIDENT                         Peter G Moody               Luke Nolen                       $3.40

Kuroshio flew the gates, but McEvoy wasn’t keen on leading. Marseille Roulette and The Bowler drove up on Kuroshio’s inside to make a line of 3 at the 800m. Kuroshio was wide the whole way and wobbled around the turn as The Bowler kicked strongly. Dissident and Fast ‘n’ Rocking had a bumping duel until the 150m. Despite the tough run, Kuroshio wore down The Bowler and was able to hold off the late surge of Dissident.

Worth NotingKuroshio’s effort was tough but most of these will need to find a few lengths to be competitive in the Blue Diamond.

Race 4 – 2:35PM Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:03.88 Last 600m: 0:34.30

1            GUELPH                         Peter Snowden       Kerrin McEvoy        $2.25F
2            MONTSEGUR                 Peter Snowden       Craig Williams          $3.40
3            GODIVA ROCK               Michael Kent           Michael Rodd           $18

Darley dominated the betting with the well tried Guelph and Montsegur. Guelph got away to a better start today and managed to trail the leading pair of Montsegur and La Ballerine. Entering the straight Montsegur beat off La Ballerine as Guelph and Quest For Peace pulled out to make their runs. Within a few strides Guelph gobbled up Montsegur and drew away for a comfortable win. Montsegur stuck on for 2nd and Godiva Rock made up ground to grab 3rd.

Worth NotingGuelph was one of only 6 horses to break 34 seconds for the final 600m on the day. Guelphlooks the pick of the Darley horses for the Blue Diamond. Snowden has a big opinion of her and she looks suited stepping up to the 1200m. Kerrin McEvoy brings up an early treble, winning the last 3 races in a row.

Race 5 – 3:10PM Schweppes Rubiton Stakes (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:03.38 Last 600m: 0:34.04

1       ADEBISI                                       Desleigh Forster                   Craig Williams         $3.60F
2       RESCUE MISSION (NZ)           Anthony Freedman               Glen Boss                   $3.80
3       BIG BUDDIE                               Andrew Sawden                    Chris Symons           $21

Adebisi beat them out comfortably to cross Rescue Mission. Big Buddie trailed the leading pair 3 lengths away. Around the turn it was a 2 horse race, as Resuce Mission loomed up outside Adebisi and headed him. Inside the final furlong Adebisi fought back to regain the lead from Resuce Mission and win the race in a thrilling finish. Big Buddie and Shanghai Warrior both ran on well.

Worth Noting: Great race and good to see the two top jocks Williams & Boss fighting out a close finish.

Race 6 – 3:50PM Hyland Race Colours Autumn Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.66 Last 600m: 0:34.69

1           MULAAZEM                             Peter G Moody                      Luke Nolen                 $4F
2           FIVEANDAHALFSTAR             Anthony Cummings           Glen Boss                     $2
3           SUPER COOL                            Mark Kavanagh                     Michael Rodd            $7

High Shot was slow to begin as Mulaazem and Fiveandahalfstar went to the lead. Knoydart was caught 3 wide facing the breeze. Approaching the home turn Nolen had a good hold on Mulaazem who looked to be travelling comfortably. Fiveandahalfstar was ridden along in 2nd and Super Cool looked to have a lot of offer but little room to move. Mulaazem kicked strong into the straight and Fiveandahalfstar kept finding. Hvasstan was squeezed out of it at the 200m, as Super Cool rolled in looking for a run. Knoydart tried hard but couldn’t reel in the leaders after a tough run. Red Inca made up late ground down the outside. Super Cool eventually got out and finished 3rd.

Worth Noting: Follow Fiveandahalfstar and Super Cool, who both looked to be set for big campaigns.

Race 7 – 4:30PM Sportingbet C.F. Orr Stakes (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 b: 1:22.83 Last 600m: 0:35.23

1           ALL TOO HARD                 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes             Dwayne Dunn             $2.30F
2          MAWINGO (GER)              Anthony Freedman                                     Craig Williams             $16
3          MR MOET                             Adam Durrant                                                Daniel Staeck               $13

All Too Hard started the dominant favourite for the first group 1 race of the season. They jumped away in a clean line with the exception of Mr Moet who was a length behind. King Mufhasa drove through on the fence to hold out Pinwheel and Callanish. All Too Hard settled 2nd last outside Dance With Her. King Mufhasa and Callanish continued the strong tempo breathing down each others necks all the way to the straight. Around the turn Wall Street peeled out to make his run with All Too Hard tacking onto his back. Pin Wheel and Mawingo were both searching for runs behind the tiring Le Remas. King Mufhasa eventually fought off Callanish, but was gobbled up by All Too Hard who sprinted quickly once balanced. Mawingo and Mr Moet stormed home down the outside to get within half a length of All Too Hard on the line.

Worth NotingAll Too Hard set to perfection by the Hawkes team with plenty of improvement left in the tank for the Australian Guineas. It won’t be long before Mawingo and Mr Moet find themselves in the winners circle.

Race 8 – 5:10PM Herald Sun Carlyon Cup (1600 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:36.18 Last 600m: 0:35.38

1       BUDRIGUEZ                                   David Jolly                    Craig Williams              $4.20EF
2       INVEST                                            Heath Conners             Peter Mertens               $61
3       LORD OF BRAZIL (NZ)              Darren Weir                   Steven Arnold              $4.20EF

Royal Mail won the start but he didn’t have the lead for long, as Budriguez comfortably crossed over to take up the running. The surprise was Lord Of Brazil sitting a lot closer today in the arm chair position. Around the back Budriguez strung the field out in a strong gallop with 20 lengths covering first to last. Approaching the home turn the back markers were hard ridden to keep in touch and Good Ba Ba was under the whip. As they entered the straight Budriguez was still going strongly 2 lengths clear of Invest and Lord Of Brazil who were starting to bridge the gap. At the 200m The Wingman baulked trying to take a split between horses. Inside the final 100m Invest got within half a lenght of Budriguez, but the winner was too good.

Worth Noting: Craig Williams brings up a double with a brilliant front running ride timing his sectionals to perfection.

Race 9 – 5:50PM Programmed Property Services Bellmaine Stakes (1200 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:10.14 Last 600m: 0:34.73

1          THERE’S ONLY ONE             Peter G Moody          Daniel Stackhouse        $9
2          LOVEYAMADLY                   Mick Price                   Dale Smith                       $2.50F
3          KOONOOMOO                         Rod Grantley              Steven Arnold               $7

Loveyamadly was heavily backed to win the last race on the card. She jumped away cleanly and tried to cross to the lead, but Koonoomoo and Riviere puhed up on the inside. Bonnie Mac and Vibrant Rouge were both buried away in the middle of the pack. Approaching the home turn Loveyamadly was poised 3 wide as she loomed up outside of Koonoomoo. These two kicked away and looked set to fight out a close finish, but There’s Only Onesprouted wings inside the final furlong and grabbed them right on the line. Vibrant Rouge had a checkered path down the straight and wasn’t beaten by much finishing fourth.

Worth NotingKoonoomoo should peak 4th up and will be hard to beat next start.


Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st         Va Pensiero              Chris Reith
2nd      All The Talk               Hugh Bowman
3rd        Vela                            Peter Robl

All The Talk and Sugar Rush were the popular picks in the market for the opening event.  Surely there had to be a question mark over Sugar Rush after its failure at its only race start some months ago.  All The Talk began best from the outside, but Sugar Rush and Seritza kicked up to keep it three wide.  This gave the eventual winner Va Pensiero the run of the race behind the speed.  They raced like this to the home turn, where All The Talk went on with it to take a clear lead after straightening.  The hard work through the race told on All The Talk late in the finish with Va Pensiero able to get past it close to the line.  Big run by the second horse.

Follow: All The Talk

Race 2

1st             Dark Brown Sugar            Hugh Bowman
2nd           Segue                                     Chris Reith
3rd           Arms Length                      Peter Robl

Mickelberg went quickly from the outside to set up a clear lead early from Dark Brown Sugar and General’s Sniper.  Past the 600m Mickelberg still had a decent break but Dark Brown Sugar was starting to set out after it, and by the time they came around the turn, had just about drawn level.  Dark Brown Sugar wanted to lay in a bit as it claimed the lead but once straightened by Bowman, went on for a good win.  Segue and Arms Length were the only two to really run on, and finished second and third respectively.  Princess Layla, who is a horse that has been in the sack book for a while, again disappointed here despite being in the market.  Servante never got into the race.

Follow: Arms Length

Race 3

1st            Court Connection            Hugh Bowman
2nd          Planetarium                       Glyn Schofield
3rd           Marden                                Peter Robl

Leica Bita Lippy led them up as they went out of the straight the first time, but Pendonlin kicked up along the inside go to the front soon after and over raced a bit.  Laser Flash which had support in betting settled in a nice spot in fourth.  They looked to roll along a bit early, but slowed up mid race, which saw the field pack up.  Tunes tried to make a mid race move before the 1200m but ended up three wide, so then made another move around the 800m mark and went to the front, but still didn’t cross Pendolin.  As is often the case in these staying events, most were under pressure before the turn, where Pendolin had again taken a share of the lead.  Court Connection and Planetarium were two that had spent nothing in the run and came to the front about the 200m mark with Court Connection getting the upper hand to go on for the win and give Bowman a double.  Mardenagain ran on for third, but must be considered a non winner by now.  Laser Flash only plugged home.

Follow: None to follow

Race 4

1st           Vadashan                          Chris Reith
2nd         Unimpeachable              Josh Parr
3rd         General Groove               Jay Ford

After 100m or so here, there were 5 horses disputing the lead.  That was eventually found by That’s A Good Idea, but at what cost?  Jordan, Fuming and Spurtonic raced as the next three, and the pace still looked good.  On the home turn, all jockeys wanted to come wide, all except Chris Reith on the winner Vadashan, which saved a stack of ground to come through and claim the lead soon after.  Unimpeachable came with its run from well back down the outside, but it was the riding tactics that made the difference in the end.  Although passed by a few late, I liked the way That’s A Good Idea kept fighting on, whilst Jordan and Spurtonic were disappointing.

Follow: That’s A Good Idea, Unimpeachable

Race 5

1st            Charge Account            Hugh Bowman
2nd          Masterstroke                 Josh Parr
3rd          Chiaramonte                  Chris Reith

My Vegas and Eminent Domain were both began badly and went back to the tail of the field.  The odds on shotCharge Account began well and took up a forward position, with Net Worth, Ying La and Kimberley Kid also right up there.  As they turned, Charge Account looked the winner, and took the lead soon after.  After he took the front, Chiaramonte got out and for a stride looked like he would make a race of it, but Charge Account had something in reserve and won easily, from Masterstroke who got through on the inside, and Chiaramonte who worked home ok for third.  I noticed Eminent Domain going to the line pretty hard held and possibly without too much room.

Follow: Chiaramonte, Eminent Domain

Race 6

1st           Happy Galaxy                   Jay Ford
2nd        Skytrain                               Chris Reith
3rd         Centennial Park                Glyn Schofield

Plenty of pace early in the Expressway as you would expect, with Hurrarah leading from Happy Galaxy.  Once they found the front however, they slowed up to an even pace and the field stayed in their order until the home turn.  Happy Galaxy had the front on straightening and strode away soon after.  Skytrain again ran another good race to chase hard for second, and Centennial Park lost no admirers with its effort for third.  Happy Galaxy has just kept improving and its racing pattern of getting right on the speed made the difference here.

Follow: Skytrain, Centennial Park

Race 7

1st             Magic Weekend                Shaun Guymer
2nd           Number One Gun            Glyn Schofield
3rd            Mr Edison                          Sam Clipperton

Knot Out and Coliseo were both slow to begin, where as Number One Gun and Dream Choice made their intentions clear by pinging straight to the front.  The field strung out, indicating the pace was quite good.  This set up nice runs behind the speed for Cannery Row and Magic Weekend.  Number One Good took off just before the turn, and had a clear break after they straightened, with a number of them off the bit and chasing.  Bereft put in a short lived burst down the outside, but in the end it was Magic Weekend and Mr Edison that flew home to make the finish very interesting with Number One Gun still fighting on.  Magic Weekend got there by the narrowest of margins after a good run in transit.  It will be said that Schofield went too soon on Number One Gun, but the man was an inch from being a genius.

Follow: Number One Gun

Race 8

1st              Havana Rey              Glyn Schofield
2nd            Single                           Nathan Berry
3rd            Fast Clip                      Jim Cassidy

Fast Clip went straight to the front, where was Frozen Rope and Gazza Guru went straight out the to the tail.  Ferment sat outside the lead, with Thumbtacks wide early after not beginning all that well.    Passing the 1000m your ticket was confetti if you were on Frozen Rope, who could barely see the lure.  Havana Rey, who we all know has ability, but has taken a few runs this campaign to get it right, railed up around the turn and looked the winner early in the straight.  Single also came through on the inside around the turn and was the only one to really chase Havana Rey but didn’t make any impression in the run to the line, but will improve on that.  Frozen Rope was entitled to run on after doing nothing at the back of the field, and did so into fourth spot.  Ferment may have had enough for now.

Follow: Havana Rey, Single

Specials From The Meeting: All The Talk, That’s A Good Idea, Number One Gun