Weekend racing reviews – Saturday December 3rd

Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams

Race 2.     1400M    Wafex Sovereign (Time 1:25.03/600m 35.48) HER DIAMOND ROCK     PETER MERTENS       1st     $12 VAIN ATTRACTION          STEVEN KING             2nd    $15 LENORE                        CRAIG NEWITT            3rd     $3.40F This was a nice win by My Diamond Rock. She was able to find herself in a nice on pace position and was able to hold off the runner up Vain Attraction who made good ground over the final 400m to lose narrowly. The fav Lenore just lost a couple of spots from the 600m to the 400m before working home really well and closing some good splits. Florets and Mabsam didn’t do too much but can be forgiven. Worth noting: Follow Lenore, the run was excellent. Race 3.     2000M    Carpet Call (Time 2:02.78/600m 34.84) ELUSIVE KING     DWAYNE DUNN     1st     $3.40 THE BIG STEEL    CRAIG NEWITT      2nd     $3F RED BUTTONS     NICHOLAS HALL     3rd     $13 Elusive King had only won once before this one but he had been travelling pretty well and looked strong to the line winning here. He was nailed last start by the inform Sea Galleon at Moonee Valley and appreciated racing at his home track. Dunn settled him off the pace and he worked into the race strongly rounding the turn and was too good. The Big Steel boxed on well to finish second. He is going to take a lot from the run and is still early in his prep. Red Buttons who is good on his day but hasn’t been at his best recently showed glimpses of his old form and did well for third. Worth noting: Elusive King can keep winning races like this and The Big Steel can take lots from this run and be winning also. Race 4.     1800M    Ros Ritchie Plate (Time 1:49.87/600m35.51)    SERENE TANIE               CHRIS SYMONS          1st    $16 OUR PRIDE AND JOY      CRAIG NEWITT            2nd   $1.90F MAYNEDA STRATEGY     JORDAN MALLYON      3rd    $12 The well backed fav here was Our Pride And Joy. This mare had been racing in excellent form and when Maquina was scratched from the race it really enhanced her chances. She was given a good ride throughout but was unable to make the ground on the winner Serene Tanie. Serene Tanie is racing very well and she did an excellent job jumping in class to win again. She has a good cruising speed and if she gets through the middle stages without too much pressure she is hard to run down. Mayneda Strategy can run but she needs a lot to go right. I can see her building towards another win at this time of year, they just need to place her well. Worth noting: Be careful of Our Pride And Joy if they send her around again as she has been up for a while now. Race 5.     1200M    East Malvern Community Bank (Time 1:10.36/600m 34.92) INFINITE ENERGY     DANIEL STACKHOUSE     1st     $5 STRATIGRAPHY        CRAIG NEWITT     2nd     $3.10F WIND IN HIS HAIR     LINDA MEECH     3rd     $5 Peter Moody produced the winner and third in what looked to be a difficult race on paper but the market had it correct. Infinite Energy was given a lovely ride by Stackhouse as he made his move late and along the inside. He looks to be a nice type and is worth keeping an eye on. Stratigraphy looked to have a lovely run like Our Pride And Joy but just didn’t win. He has ability and can run a split so don’t sack him yet. Wind In His Hair took up the running and I thought it was an excellent effort to fight on and hold third spot. Worth noting: The first three look pretty even, follow them with confidence in similar grade. Race 6.     1100M    65 Roses Victoria Cup   (1:02.89/600m 34.24) CANALI                  STEPHEN BASTER     1st     $8 CATAPULTED          MICHAEL RODD         2nd     $5EF GENERAL TRUCE   CRAIG NEWITT           3rd     $5EF It was an open race as most 1100m races at Caulfield are and it was the Darwin horse Canali who was able to lead all of the way. It’s important to forgive horses when they have genuine excuses and this guy went awful at Moonee Valley because he doesn’t like the wet. Back on a better surface he bounced straight back to his best and beat a pretty handy field. Catapulted did very well with a big weight here. He settled off them and his effort was very good. He is close. General Truce did what he does and that is run well. He doesn’t win much but he always runs well. Worth noting: I would be pretty confident following the first two here in suitable races. Race 7.     1200M    Catanach’s Jewellers (Time 1:09.98/600m 34.88) OUR SPIRITS BAY     JAKE NOONAN     1st     $12 INABLITZ                   CRAIG NEWITT     2nd     $5EF MISS MATARI            LISA CROPP         3rd     $31 They had a mares race at Moonee Valley a few weeks back that ended in a big blanket finish across the track and this race finished very similarly. Avionics finished in about the same spot in both. Jake Noonan clocked up another winner with a nice ride here on Our Spirits Bay. There was plenty of mares close up who wanted to win but she was the one that stuck got the win. Inablitz continued a frustrating day for Newitt. She was hitting the line really well but things just didn’t fall into place when they needed to. Miss Matari who is good on her day but doesn’t have many of those days ran well into third. Worth noting: Doesn’t seem to be much between any of these mares at the moment. Be very selective when betting on these types of races. Race 8.     1400M    Engagepeople Plate   (Time 1:23.00/600m 35.63) ALPHA PROXIMA     JAKE NOONAN     1st     $17 SHADOWFAX          MICHAEL RODD     2nd     $3.70F SCAREDYMAC       DEAN YENDALL     3rd     $14 Another winner for Noonan here with Alpha Proxima doing the job. It was a pretty good win as he was second throughout on what looked to be a fair tempo set up by Cannonball who finished the race like he had been shot by a Cannonball, he duly ran last. Alpha Proxima had been around the mark recently and he was just too good for them. Shadowfax had a nice run but was just unable to pick up the winner in the straight as was Scardeymac. Snow Cover came from a long way back and was really the only horse in the race to do so. Worth noting: Snow Cover is very close to a win. Follow: Lenore, Elusive King, The Big Steel, Snow Cover
Rosehill review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester

Race 1 1st    Fundido        Nash Rawiller 2nd   Lyric             Hugh Bowman 3rd    Brave Soul    Chris Reith Lyric led, Fundido sat outside and just behind it. As is often the case with the babies the superior racing manners told the story with these two being 1, 2 all the way. Fundido was the one that showed the slightly better acceleration in the straight to get away from Lyric. Hanorious worked to the line well and Santa Monica raced greenly and ended up on the outside fence before the home turn. Follow: None to follow Race 2 1st    Dynamic Honour    Hugh Bowman 2nd   Gaze In Awe    Sean Guymer 3rd    Sindarin        Chris Reith Gaze In Awe led today after coming from well back last start. This showed the lack of pace in the race and Gaze In Awe actually over raced a bit as a result. The winner Dynamic Honour was a very good win coming from well back. Early in the straight it seemed to just be grinding but it got motoring the last 100m to pick up the leader suggesting that more ground will continue to suit. In Excess raced like a likely improver, keep an eye on it. Follow: Dynamic Honour Race 3 1st    Single        Nathan Berry 2nd   Rolling Pin    Sam Clipperton 3rd    Winning Glory    Jarrod Duffy Rolling Pin led this race at what looked like an average pace. It kicked away around the turn as they often do here but if you watch the replay Single was always going to win. It was ridden an absolute treat back in the fence only a few lengths off the lead. When the run presented about 200m out it sprinted like a fairly good horse. There wasn’t a lot to say about the rest but the race is worth watching the replay of due to the big field and a number of them were caught wide. Tropicana Girl is an example of this and she ran well under the circumstances. Follow: Rolling Pin Race 4 1st    Recorrido        Chris Reith 2nd   Mighty Obvious    Tom Berry 3rd    Madibagold    Nathan Berry Social Rank set what looked like a pretty good pace and did pretty well not to be beaten too far in the run home. In the run, Recorrido was always going to win. It got back but the pace suited it and when let down, it sprinted big time, which is something we have seen it do before. It’s a pretty good horse without being a top liner. I would expect it is the one to follow out of this race and do not be surprised if it strings together a number of wins on the trot over the Summer period. The second and third horses were credible runs without getting near the winner. Follow: Recorrido Race 5 1st    Rosie’s Reward    Adam Hyeronimous 2nd   Dystopia        Chad Schofield 3rd    Trilione        Sam Clipperton Irish Love was slow out and you can forget it ran. Trillione led and ran a good race. The winner over the line Dystopia, sat off the pace and came with a good run, however hung in badly and lost the race on protest to Rosie’s Reward who sat behind the leader, had some trouble getting through but found the line very well.  Should the protest have been upheld? I’m not completely convinced but the number is now in the frame and that’s history. Follow: None to follow Race 6 1st    Monton        Sam Clipperton 2nd   Lightinthenite    Josh Adams 3rd    Viva Lass    Matthew Cahill Another big field and genuine pace. Viva Lass led Mentality. As is often the case though the horse getting the best run and conserving energy won. That was Monton. It was strong on the home turn to push out and sprint. That proved the winning move, even though it hung out a bit in the straight. Lightinthenight chased hard but could not pick up the winner. Again I would recommend a look at the replay as horses got caught wide again. One of these was Fibrillation that I liked the run of from the point of view of more ground later on. It can be a bit of a “gunna” but I am sure it has another win in store. Follow: Fibrillation Race 7 1st    Revolt        Jay Ford 2nd   Nextanix    Jeff Penza 3rd    Mikiyama   Chad Schofield Revolt is a horse on the up enjoying the fact that the “good horses” are off having spells now. You get the feeling it still has something to learn about racing but the finishing sprint it comes with is very impressive. In a day of some nice ride this was one of the better ones, back along the fence and then pulling wide to get clear running and make a “good thing” of it. Mikiyama had a cushy run during the race and took the run well when it presented in the straight but was no match.  Nextanix ran on as it does. The run of King Gladiator can be forgotten after a hard run the whole way – it actually ground away ok, as did Scouting Wide. Follow: Revolt Race 8 1st    My Destiny    Jay Ford 2nd   Irish Jig         Chad Schofield 3rd    Stratana        Adam Hyeronimous Stratana led but you always had the feeling it had gone too fast. It did a good job to fight on as it did for third. My Destiny had the race set up for it with the pace on but credit to it for finishing off the way that it did. Irish Jig tried to come with it but couldn’t match the same sprint. Of the beaten brigade, World Wide worked home very well from the back. That was his first up run and he might take a couple now to be fully fit but keep an eye on him as the distances increase. Follow: World Wide Specials from the meeting: Recorrido, Revolt, Fibrillation, World Wide