Caulfield review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Ascend Sales Trophies (1100m)

1st Royal Snitzel – Dale Smith
2nd Zeletto – Brad Rawiller
3rd Berlutti – Glen Boss

Berlutti pushed through along the inside to take up the running from stablemate Royal Snitzel with Tudor caught three wide. Zelettowas also stranded deep when Tudor eased and Kilim kicked up underneath him. Tan Tat Sun didn’t jump the best and was in the second half settling. Berlutti ran them along in front and Royal Snitzel had a dream sit behind him. Tudor and Kilim were under pressure and Zeletto travelled okay peeling out wider to run on. They broke the field up a little, Tan Tat Sun was the widest running on and lost a length being checked nearing the turn. Royal Snitzel claimed Berlutti early in the straight and after racing a bit greenly put her mind on the job and broke away. Zeletto was also a bit wayward but made a strong late bid. Berlutti clung on for third ahead of the eye-catcher Tan Tat Sun who made a heap of ground. Nothing else ran on as Tudor held on for fifth, well clear of the rest.

Follow: Zeletto may have been beaten by the barrier. Big run Tan Tat Sun. 

Race 2: The Cove Hotel Handicap (1100m)

1st Thiamandi – Joe Bowditch
2nd Jemerica – Chris Symons
3rd Maroon Bay – Dwayne Dunn

Jemerica had played up in the stalls prior to jumping but broke pretty well. Maroon Bay showed speed from her inside alley to leadThiamandi, who wasn’t pressed to find the front as usual. Miss Procyon sat three wide outside them and Astro Miss even further out.Just Too Hard held the box seat and Mezeray Miss was in that bunch. Whistle Baby had no speed and was being hard ridden at the tail a long way out. Maroon Bay had it comfortably coming to the turn and was being stalked by Thiamandi. Those chasing the leaders were under some pressure. Mezeray Miss got through in plenty of time and she was followed by Jemerica. Judicial Rock tried to run on ouyt wide but her run was short lived. Thiamandi went straight past Maroon Bay about 250m out, Mezeray Miss was flat and Jemerica made ground inside her, Just Too Hard stuck on but never threatened. Thiamandi held a clear margin on Jemerica with Maroon Bay holding third. Thiamandi looked strong chasing a leader but have to question the depth of the race. Whistle Baby, who was in the margin, didn’t give a yelp but did pull up with an issue. 

Follow: hard to get keen on anything.

Race 3: theshark.com.au Handicap (2000m)

1st Self Sense – Noel Callow
2nd Word Of Mouth – Michael Rodd
3rd Pharrell – Josh Cartwright

Word Of Mouth took a while to get going and settled near the tail. Better Call Saul found the fence in front and was joined by Believe MePharrell did some work after being trapped wide around I’m Ablaze with Self Sense between them. Two Shillings and Rock Of Freedom were next in a strung out field. Word Of Mouth took off from the back near the 600m as he spotted the lead a big start and wasn’t able to get a trail into it. Believe Me tackled Better Call Saul on the turn with Pharrell right on their hammer. Self Sense dropped the bit for a stride or two and Word Of Mouth continued his long run to fifth. Pharrell hit the lead at the 300m and at that stage it looked like Word Of Mouth was going to go right on by and race clear. But the long ruin from last started to tell and Self Sense began to pick up to go with him. Self Sense got the better of Pharrell in the closing stages and Word of Mouth tried his heart out to go with him. Pharrell was a game third. They spaced the rest headed by Mista Spot and Riviera Riches who were never a chance.

Follow: Word Of Mouth was stiff.

Race 4: sportingbet.com.au Handicap (1400m)

1st Jessy Belle – Chris Symons
2nd Charles In Charge – Jordan Childs
3rd Baligari – Joe Bowditch

Charles In Charge rolled to front as he often does and held a comfortable lead from BaligariBest Suggestion punched up along the fence ahead of Running Bull who was trapped three wide and Jessy Belle took a trail. Barkly Boy and Amovatio settled midfield. AllezEagle over raced badly at the tail of the field. Running Bull whipped up to sit second at the quarters of Charles In Charge about 800m out.Baligari tucked in on the fence and Jessy Belle was given a perfect trail. Best Suggestion drooped off a bit at that stage and Amovatio was shuffled back as well. Allez Eagle got going from the back before the turn and that caused further problems for Amovatio. Charles In Charge turned in front Running Bull ran about a bit and inconvenienced Baligari. Jessy Belle descended quickly though and took the lead inside the 200m. Allez Eagle’s run ended quickly and Amovatio finally got to the outside. Baligari was still battling to get out as Running Bull laid in on him. Jessy Belle held about the length all the way to the line. Running Bull got up for second from Charles In Charge with the luckless Baligari getting through late. He protested against Running Bull and rightly it was upheld. Amovatio ran on and his was a forgive run.

Follow: the unlucky Baligari and Amovatio can atone.

Race 5: Sheen Group Handicap (1400m)

1st Pillar Of Creation – Damian Lane
2nd First Course – Jackie Beriman
3rd Chile Express – Dean Yendall

The track was downgraded to a slow 7 prior to this race. Alpha Proxima was first out and he tried to find the front but was held out byFirst CourseLoot ‘N’ Run landed in the box seat with Free Of Doubt to his outside. Supreme Warrior raced in the clear ahead ofPillar Of Creation and the import Kindergarten Kid. When the tempo backed off past the 800m Don’t Get Excited took off around them and all of a sudden there was a line of four in front until Free Of Doubt dropped away. First Course beat the initial challengers off and led around the turn from Alpha Proxima. Don’t Get Excited was gone on the bend and Supreme Warrior moved four deep. Pillar Of Creation ran right up behind them outside Loot ‘N’ Run and at the 300m he was gifted a perfect run through and by the 200m took the lead. Loot ‘N’ Run was the one held up for a while and he eventually got clear but didn’t pick up. Academy Jack fleetingly looked a chance running on out wide. Pillar Of Creation held about half a length on First Course, who was so brave at huge odds, in the last 100m or so and Chile Express burst through between them late to grab third. Loot ‘N’ Run battled and Academy Jack was one paced. Nice win Pillar Of Creation but he did get all the breaks.

Follow: none but be a little forgiving on Loot ‘N’ Run who is better when allowed to run.

Race 6: Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m)

1st Lord Of The Sky – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Le Bonsir – Daniel Moor
3rd Riziz – Chris Symons

Lord Of The Sky broke cleanly from the inside alley and cruised through to virtually an uncontested lead. Mr Make Believe came across from his outside gate and took a trail. Le Bonsir landed third early before Riziz rushed up three wide around African Pulse who eventually let him go. They were a few lengths clear of the other trio. Lord Of The Sky had a picnic in the lead and he turned a bit over a length clear of Mr Make Believe who gave a bit of a kick and Riziz. Le Bonsir pulled across their heels to run on and African Pulse was the widest. But Lord Of The Sky hadn’t been asked to sprint and passing the 200m he strode clear for an effortless win and in a manner in which he was entitled given the very soft lead. Le Bonsir arrived in time to run second and Riziz managed to get past Mr Make Believe for a place. African Pulse disappointed and the other three were never in the call. We can say how impressive Lord Of The Sky was and get carried away but if he didn’t smash them given the run then it’d be a let down because, with due respect, his opposition have reached their level.

Follow: the obvious.

Race 7: BMW Melbourne Handicap (1200m)

1st Bloomingdale Miss – Daniel Moor
2nd Hai Lil – Michael Rodd
3rd Classy Chloe – Damien Thornton

Oriental Ruby bounded in the air as the gates opened and settled at the back. Up front Dashing Shadow drove through to lead inside ofOctaviaAces And Angels sat third with Balaclava Lady getting across pretty easily. Classy Chloe was three back on the outside ofBloomingdale MissNever Give An Inch crept up three wide midrace after being unable to find cover. Dashing Shadow looked to have a kick left rounding the turn and Octavia went with her. Aces And Angels ran up behind them. Balaclava Lady and Classy Chloe made their bid down the outside and Hai Lil was winding up. Bloomingdale Miss was bailed up behind them and under pressure early in the straight. Dashing Shadow looked home and hosed in the closing stages but somehow missed a place as Bloomingdale Miss burst through late and Hai Lil hit the line hard with Classy Chloe boxing on to grab third. Aces And Angels was crowded for room near the line but had her chance. Couldn’t really find an excuse for anything aside from Oriental Ruby but she finished near the tail.

Follow: Hai Lil might be close to a win.

Race 8: Race-Tech Australia Handicap (2000m)

1st Marksmanship – Michelle Payne
2nd Gotta Take Care – Harry Coffey
3rd Indikator – Luke Nolen

Voila Ici made a beeline for the fence out of the gates and got there pretty well. Use The Lot came across to join him. Marksmanshipfound himself right behind them before Lightenuff rushed up to get on the pace. Shenzhou Steeds was next in the clear. Fulgur was a lot closer this time and Vihanna Victory was around him. Gotta Take Care settled about midfield and just went back a length asSuspended Gem improved three wide and slotted in ahead of him. Voila Ici rolled along untroubled until the 800m when a few runs came and Use The Lot served it up to the grey. Vihanna Victory took off and flushed Lightenuff out and that put Shenzhou Steeds under pressure. Marksmanship looked to be bolting at this stage whereas Fulgur was struggling to pick up and Gotta Take Care joined him. Use The Lot went for home on the turn and that let Marksmanship out to chase. Fulgur tried to pick up with a run inside the leader and Shenzhou Steeds also managed to find a second wind. Down the outside came Gotta Take Care and Indikator stormed home with him. Marksmanship had enough in hand to hold off the two jumpers, who both ran super, and Shenzhou Steeds battled on next. Fulgur seemed to have his chance but might not have liked the deteriorating ground so be a little forgiving. Use The Lot hasn’t come up this preparation.

Follow: how are they going to beat Gotta Take Care in the Grand National?

Specials from the meeting: Zeletto, Tan Tat Sun, Word Of Mouth, Baligari.

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1 – 2yo Hcp

1 st Delectation – Jason Collett 2 nd Wine Tales – Tim Clark 3 rd Inkling Josh – Parr

Sheer Style jumped very nicely from the inside and led from Inkling but neither wanted to go fast and Pop A Bottlewas over racing on their outside. Sheer Style ended up kicking through along the inside as Inkling was restrained but didn’t like it and threw its head about a bit. In the straight, Inkling looked to have Sheer Style covered butDelectation was the obvious danger on the outside. Inkling gave up meekly the last bit, but that was probably due to pulling in the race early on and deserves another chance. Wine Tales chased Delectation but could not catch it in the run to the line. Inkling held onto third.

Follow: Inkling

Race 2 – BM 74 Hcp

1 st Space – Jeff Lloyd 2 nd Sense Of Occasion – Blake Shinn 3 rd Saghann – Jason Collett

A mile and a half for the second event, from a betting point of view it was a cup of tea race. Tohunga came out quickly from an outside gate and crossed to lead them as they left the straight the first time. Sense Of Occasionworked around them into second, Felix Bay and Jo Jo Girl settled third and fourth. Tohunga got going a bit quicker at about the 800m, and was sprinting pretty hard by the time they reached the 600m with a number of runners coming off the bit. At the 250m mark Sense Of Occasion was asked to sprint and did so, it was in front with 150m left to run with Space the one coming out after it. Right on the line Space got up to nab Sense Of Occasion, with Saghannrunning home well into third.

Follow: None to follow

Race 3 – 3yo BM 72 Hcp

1 st Wonderbolt – Josh Parr 2 nd Encostanati – Jason Collett 3 rd El Sasso – Tim Clark

There were plenty that wanted a piece of the action in the early stages of the third race, with four of them across the track. Eventually Hot Hit found the front from Hot Snitzel giving Enocastanati the trail in third and Foreign Princethe one out one back trail. Hot Hit burnt them off up to the corner, with Encostanati coming off its heals after they turned for home. Encostanati had the front at the 250m mark but Wonderbolt in the Makybe Diva colours was making very good ground down the outside. In the run to the line, it was a one act affair with Wonderbolt going on for an impressive win from Encostanati who held second from El Sasso who finished off well into third. The winner looked pretty smart here and I think bigger things are in store.

Follow: Wonderbolt

Race 4 – F&M BM 84 Hcp

1 st I’ve Got The Looks Blake Shinn 2 nd Kristy Lee Jason Collett 3 rd Fine Bubbles Sam Clipperton

Breakfast In Bed was the one who missed the kick clearly, whereas the grey Watt Luck pinged out and went straight to the front from Lady Of HarrodsMelburg got the one out one back trail with Niobe on its inside on the fence. Lady Of Harrods struck the front after they turned, with Niobe looking to come through on its inside, Kristy Lee launching a run down the outside and I’ve Got The Looks lacking racing room as Fine Bubbles tried to hold it in. Kristy Lee found the front but soon after I’ve Got The Looks for the Walter stable pushed its way clear and had them covered. Kristy Lee who wanted to hang in ran second with Fine Bubbles running third.

Follow: Kristy Lee

Race 5 – BM 90 Hcp

1 st Sabor A Triunfo – Josh Parr 2 nd Black Jag – Serg Lisnyy 3 rd Dream Folk – Kathy O’Hara

Darci Be Good and Keep Cool were initially the best to begin in race six, until Black Jag was ridden along to find the front. He set up a length and a half break in front from Keep Cool and then there was a couple of lengths to Darci Be Good. Dream Folk who was sent out favourite gave the speed about six lengths mid race and Sabor A Triunfothe eventual winner got back to last. Before the 600m mark Transonic got on its bike three wide from midfield, and as they came to the turn, Sabor A Triunfo was being urged along with the persuader. Black Jag and Keep Cool were fighting it out with 300m to go, with Black Jag dropping off Keep Cool up to the 200m mark, but Sabor A Triunfo had gotten mobile down the outside and came out to challenge it, with Dream Folk getting going also in the last 100m to make it a competitive finish with Sabor A Triunfo getting there from Black Jag and Dream Folk who found its way into third. Transonic was ok in fourth given it made a long run.

Follow: Transonic

Race 6 – Civic Stakes

1 st Generalife Sam Clipperton 2 nd Bennetta Jeff Lloyd 3 rd He’s Your Man Tim Clark

A good line out in race 6, with Hidden Kisses deliberately taken back to last. Tromso tried to cross to the front but Capital Commander kicked up along the inside and they shared the lead. Oakfield Commands found the trail on the fence with Tougher Than Ever outside of it. Generalife stalked those in fifth. Tromso hit the front at the 300m but Generalife was joining in very strongly on the outside. He sprinted big time in the run to the line and went on for a very impressive win from Bennetta who ran to the line ok, and He’s Your Man who finished off very nicely but they were in another race behind the very impressive winner who will now be set for the Spring.

Follow: Generalife, He’s Your Man

Race 7 – BM 95 Hcp

1 st Casual Choice – Jason Collett 2 nd Cradle Me – Tim Clark 3 rd Earnest Ernest – Winona Costin

Zaratone likes to lead and did so here from Hurrara who chose to sit outside of him which put Big Bonanza wide on the track in third. Cradle Me got a lovely trail behind them on the fence. Zaratone kicked into the straight with Cradle Me finding room to come out after him and Casual Choice making up good ground back along the fence. Cradle Me had the front at the 200m mark and looked to be holding Casual Choice who was trying hard. The effort on behalf of Casual Choice paid of as she wore down Cradle Me in the last bit for what was a very determined win.Earnest Ernest finished off well as he does, but was a good space behind the first two home. Zaratone didn’t run up to its two previous efforts today.

Follow: Casual Choice

Race 8 – BM 85 Hcp

1 st You’ll Never – Blake Shinn 2 nd Ideal Position – Winona Costin 3 rd Reigning – Jason Collett

Longshoreman flew out of the gates with Wild And Proud going up outside of him to take the front, but it wasn’t before doing a bit of work to get there. Imperil came off the fence to sit second on the outside from Ideal Positionand Longshoreman who were behind the speed. They came up for air mid race and then You’ll Never got going out three deep at the 600m mark. In the straight Imperil ran to the front but You’ll Never looked to have it covered down the outside and soon after shot away in front. In the run to the line Ideal Position tried to rally on the inside but wasn’t going to catch You’ll Never who made it two in a row. Reigning picked its way through the field nicely to claim third. Back behind them, I didn’t mind the run of Multilateral from a future view point once the trips get longer.

Follow: Reigning, Multilateral.

Specials from the meeting: Wonderbolt, Casual Choice, Reigning