Weekend Racing reviews – Saturday April 14th

Randwick review compiled by Todd Burmester
Race 1  

1st    Dances On Stars       Glyn Schofield 2nd   Agueda                     Hugh Bowman 3rd    Ichihara                    Corey BrownIchihara didn’t jump as well as it has previously and that proved costly today. Oh Barbie led with Agueda up outside of it and Dances On Stars sitting on the fence in third, actually holding Oh Barbie one off the fence. Ichihara found itself between horses in fourth. In the straight Dances On Stars used its inside advantage to rail through and hang on for a narrow victory. I thought there appeared to be room for Ichihara to persist for an inside run but Corey Brown preferred to stop it in its tracks and come across heals. Ultimately this was costly but I am not convinced it would have won anyhow. None to follow Race 2 1st    Fat Al                  Nash Rawiller 2nd   Now You Know     Craig Williams 3rd    Galah                  Kerryn McEvoy Now You Know led here from the favourite Fat Al. The leader seemed to set a fairly good tempo here, with about 12 lengths first to last. In the straight it always appeared Fat Al had the measure of Now You Know and he claimed the lead at the 200m and went on for a fairly strong victory. Gallah ran a pleasing race in third and will probably appreciate a bit more distance. Nothing else did much. Follow: Gallah Race 3 1st    Full Of Spirit         James McDonald 2nd   Plumm                 Glyn Schofield 3rd    Secret Liason       Michael Rodd Jim Cassidy was keen to lead here on Drinks All Round. Tavernelle and Scram raced in second and third, whilst Full Of Spirit got a nice run, one out, and one back. Secret Liason had some trouble finding a spot so moved to the position outside the leader. Secret Liason made its bid for victory as they topped the rise but no sooner had it hit the front, Full Of Spirit was on the scene with a good turn of foot. That acceleration proved the winning advantage here, with Plumm running on and trying to pick up the leader, but realistically was never going to do so. Secret Liason was good after being wide early. Follow: Plumm, Secret Liason Race 4 1st    Master Of Design     Craig Williams 2nd   Rain Affair                Corey Brown 3rd    Hallowell Belle         Tom Berry Rain Affair showed his brilliant speed again and did lead but he did have to do a little bit of work from the outside gate after knuckling at the start, which in the end, was probably what cost him victory. Foxwedge raced in second but was very disappointing today and you wonder whether his last start was his “peak” for this campaign. Hallowell Belle got a nice run, third on the fence, where as Neeson was three deep the trip. In the straight, Rain Affair kicked and Foxwedge was quickly beaten. Hallowell Belle looked a danger to Rain Affair and then Master Of Design swept home from last to get up for a narrow but good victory. The winner has been looking for a group 1 victory to enhance its stallion prospects, now he has it!  Neeson kept trying hard depsite the wide run. Follow: Neeson Race 5 1st    Pierro            Nash Rawiller 2nd   All Too Hard   Dwayne Dunn 3rd    Limes            Kerryn McEvoy The Sires Produce was set up as a great clash between The Golden Slipper champ Pierro and the boom horse, All Too Hard. Given All Too Hard has shown no pace in his runs and Pierro has some tactical speed, you had to be mad to want to take $1.65 about All Too Hard. Raceway, Tatra and Ashokan went hard in front but it would have been surprising to see them keep going. Pierro was coasting on the turn and All Too Hard was just niggled ever so slightly to get onto his back. I thought Pierro’s sprint from the 300m was ultra impressive, where as All Too Hard ground home to only just beat Limes for second. I’d imagine they will now spell All Too Hard, where as Pierro will go on and complete the triple crown. Follow: Pierro will complete the triple crown Race 6 1st    Atlantic Jewel            Michael Rodd 2nd   Mid Summer Music    Luke Nolen 3rd    Ladys Angel              Craig Williams If Pierro was great, Atlantic Jewel was unbelievable. Obviously, on paper, she had lengths on this field but being first up of a lengthy break had to present that little question mark. She then sat three wide for the entire race and unleashed an effortless sprint in the straight to win by 4 lengths. Did Michael Rodd even move a muscle? I think I saw him shake the reins at her once. The race for second was a good battle, with Mid Summer Music showing the fight she often does and I think that suggests she is in for a good campaign. Parables again ran well but I question whether she is a professional placegetter. I will be very interested to see what Atlantic Jewel’s ultimate distance range now ends up being as an older horse. Follow: Mid Summer Music Race 7 1st    Ethiopia             Rhys McLeod 2nd   Polish Knight      Dwayne Dunn 3rd    Laser Hawk        Nash Rawiller Polish Knight began terribly and was ridden hard for the first 100m but still settled a mile back. Sangster found the front here, with Laser Hawk working around to second. Strike The Stars got a good run, third on the fence. They basically stayed in that order for a long way. At the 800m Polish Knight was a gain being ridden along and the eventual winner Ethiopia, had just started to make its run from last. This left Silent Achiever back last at that point of the race. When they straightened, others had tried to save ground, which meant Ethiopia, which had come 10 wide, found itself again last. Polish Knight was one who saved ground and desipte being ridden a long a long way from home, looked the winner at the 100m, but Ethiopia had now wound up, and deserved its narrow victory. Others tried hard but I think the first two home proved to be the superior stayers at the stage. I have been a long time fan of Strike The Stars but he now goes into the “gunna” category. Follow: Ethiopia Race 8 1st    Permit                  Corey Brown 2nd   Older Than Time    Tom Berry 3rd    Nextanix               Peter Robl I think there is only one horse in this race with much upside, and that is the winner, Permit. This was his second impressive victory in a row. He got a fair way back but looked to be trotting on entering the straight. Solid Billing set a fairly good tempo in front, which helped the fact that Permit was going to be giving them a bit of a start, it turned out he had them covered on the home turn and I really can’t say any of the others could turn the tables on him any time soon. Perhaps Chris Waller has slightly bigger things in mind for this horse, starting with the Sydney Cup? Follow: Permit Race 9
1st    Fast Clip            Tom Berry 2nd   Speediness        Craig Williams 3rd    Alma’s Fury        Peter RoblFast Clip found the lead clearly here and that proved the difference between winning and losing. Raspberries sat second and Speediness was third, three wide, getting a tough run all the way. Alma’s Fury had a nice run in fourth on the fence. Speediness was a great run to only go under narrowly and still looked like the winner 100m from home. Two runs that stood out here from the unplaced brigade were Happy Trails which rocketed home into fourth and Foreteller that got home very nicely also and could be a chance in The Doncaster at big odds. Follow: Speediness, Foreteller Specials from the meeting: Permit, Mid Summer Music, Speediness



Flemington review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1200M    Living Legends Handicap  

 MAURY                          MARK ZAHRA        1st     $4.40F MALUTI                          DEAN YENDALL     2nd    $5.50 PILLAR OF CREATION    CHRIS SYMONS     3rd    $8.502yo race that was won by the favourite Maury. Shivers crossed them early to lead but was unable to keep going. Maury just settled off Shivers and got away from them at the 200m before powering on to record a nice win. I like the way he was able to settle and then just leave them with a good turn of foot. Maluti got back and ran on and Pillar Of Creation didn’t have the best of luck and worked home well also. Worth noting: Hard to knock the winner, like the way he goes about it. Race 2.     2000M    Lort Smith Animal Hospital Handicap   PLACEMENT        KATELYN MALLYON   1st     $4 EPINGLE              DEAN YENDALL         2nd    $4.80 MANILA JEWEL    BEN KNOBEL             3rd     $17 Placement won again and continued her good run of form. Mallyon settled her fourth with cover whilst Invincible You and Ally The Great set the tempo. Manila Jewel enjoyed a good sit in behind the leaders and was good enough to hold on for third, she looks to be back in form. Epingle wasn’t suited by the slow tempo and she worked home well for third. Worth noting: Epingle needs to be followed, her run was excellent and she had the best sectionals from the 1000m to the 100m. Race 3.     1400M    Melbourne Citymission Handicap  CITY OF SONG      JARROD FRY               1st     $16 QUICK RETORT     CRAIG ROBERTSON    2nd     $51 PLUCKY BELLE     LUKE CURRIE             3rd     $15 City Of Song ended up well back and she did an excellent job the way she was able to finish off. Had a little query on how she would go at the 1400m against some of these but she looked to relish the extra ground. She can go on with it now and keep winning. Quick Retort and Plucky Belle got home pretty well. Houston Benefactor just didn’t have much go right for her in the run and Blue Ribbon worked home well, she is better in a smaller field as she gets back. Worth noting: Houston Benefactor had no luck, forgive. Race 4.     1100M    Taralye Gets Deaf Kids Talking TRES VITE     CRAIG NEWITT        1st     $4.60F VATICAN        BILLY EGAN             2nd    $12 PLATELET     MICHELLE PAYNE    3rd     $8 Form stood up well here through the race at Moonee Valley with Tres Vite and Vatican running one/two. Really nice filly Tres Vite, she won well at Werribee on debut and hit the line well at Moonee Valley last start. Newitt had her up on the speed and out of trouble and she was way too good for them. Vatican did really well to fight on and Platelet rocketed home from behind and had some very fast sections. Worth noting: They ran good time here, should be a very solid form race. Race 5.     2000M    National Jockeys Trust Handicap PLAYWRIGHT     DAMIAN LANE                1st     $10 CHASSE            MARK ZAHRA                 2nd     $6.50 MODULE            ANTHONY DARMANIN     3rd     $9 Playwright landed on the fence and in the lead and he stayed there. Module put him to the test rounding the turn but he was unable to run down the winner. He doesn’t win a great deal Playwright but he can always pull one out. Module ended up finishing third and did well, he is having a great campaign. Chasse hit the line well and his effort was good but he was unable to bridge the gap. Worth noting: Laristan hit the line really well and looks like he is in for a good campaign over further. Race 6.     1600M    Muscular Dystrophy Australia Plate   MAWINGO    DANIEL MOOR     1st     $2.80F ERASET       BEN MELHAM      2nd    $10 BOOKLET     DARREN GAUCI   3rd     $10 Mawingo was heavily backed and it paid off. Moor let him settle a little worse than midfield and let him get going around them heading to the 600m. By the time they hit the 400m he was in front and he kept going to the line well. Big wrap on this horse and would expect him to come right on from that run. Eraset and Booklet worked home well from behind as did Turnitup. Thought the run of Mr O’Ceirin was super and he held on well, a win is very close. Worth noting: Follow Mawingo and Mr O’Cieren. Race 7.     1200M    Thoroughbred Riding Club Handicap   ADAMON                 BEN MELHAM                1st     $26 GRAN SASSO         DANIEL STACKHOUSE    2nd    $15 SOPHIE’S SPIRIT     DAMIAN LANE                3rd     $8 Liveandletdie was well backed coming off of an excellent run in the Newmarket but he was gone by the 200m and faded out of the race to finish 8th. It was a pretty disappointing effort but he is a good straight horse so he can be forgiven. Adamon was just too good for them over the concluding stages. He camped pretty close to them In the run and has a great turn of foot. Gran Sasso is going well and he ran on well for second and Sophie’s Spirit did well for third. Worth noting: Not sure what to make of that race. Race 8.     1400M    Riding for the Disabled Association Plate   MAGNIFIQUE SOLEIL     DEAN YENDALL     1st     $10 BEREFT                         MARK ZAHRA         2nd    $9 ZABISCO                        NICHOLAS HALL    3rd     $4.60F Weir came to town and got a win with a really nice horse. He had been beating them up on the provincial circuit and was able to lift another level and do the same on a Saturday. Yendall gave the horse a gun ride and he pulled away for a strong win. All other horses that were on pace were unable to keep going with him. Bereft rocketed home late as did Supremacy and Cabeza. Zabisco got going well also, I think they are still trying to work the horse out and he has a win in him soon. Worth noting: The winner is pretty good, that was an excellent run.