Bendigo review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1. 1000M Southern Cross Ten Handicap CHOSEN MOMENT CRAIG NEWITT 1st $3.60 IMPRIMIS RYAN PLUMB 2nd $3F RAZEENA DEAN HOLLAND 3rd $4.40 Chosen Moment had just the one start prior to this race and was beaten at Sandown on the slow. They put him away after that and he resumed here and was too good for them. Obviously learnt from that first start and appreciated getting on the better surface. He ran his last 600 in 35.36. Imprimis was runner up and he worked the hardest early and was still able to register the second best final 600m, a win is imminent. Worth noting: They ran about 7L slower than than R2. Race 2. 1000M Bendigo Community Telco Handicap JESSICA ROSE DAMIAN LANE 1st $4 INCREDULOUS MICHAEL WALKER 2nd $8 RED RAIN CHRIS SYMONS 3rd $3.10F Jessica Rose chased home Miss Octopussy last start and the form held up well although she didn’t win by far. She was allowed to relax off the pace and the big straight at Bendigo suited her as she let down well to get the money. In doing so she clocked the best 600/400/200 of the day in what was a genuinely ran race. The form through this will be strong. Incredulous did well to finish strongly after doing work early and Red Rain ran really well as he is much better on firm tracks. Worth noting: Form will be good here, follow the first three Jessica Rose, Incredulous and Red Rain (good track only) Race 3. 1600M Fitzpatrick’s Home Hardware Handicap GOTTINO JASON BENBOW 1st $3.20F SET THE COURSE DAMIEN OLIVER 2nd $8 HURDY GURDY MAN BEN MELHAM 3rd $5.50 Gottino made it three in a row with another nice win. There was a few of these that could have won had they had a bit more luck but that’s racing. He is a nice horse and this is his grade. Set The Course appreciated getting back in grade and if they place him in similar his next couple of starts he will win soon. Hurdy Gurdy Man was super, maybe the run of the race as he was unable to get a run at them until late, he has to be followed. Private Label was back but worked the hardest of all runners throughout, better suited on wet. Worth noting: Look out for Hurdy Gurdy Man, hopefully at a provincial track over a mile. Race 4. 1300M Hotel Shamrock Bendigo Handicap FASTER SON BEN KNOBEL 1st $5 SERTORIUS RYAN MALONEY 2nd $5.50 ECLAIR SURPRISE NICHOLAS HALL 3rd $9 Faster Son was just a class above them. I had a query on his ability to get a strong 1300m and he certainly did get that and clocked the best 1000m sectional while he was at it. The horse is flying. Sertorius copped some trouble and protested but there wasn’t much in it. Trainer said prior to the race that he will improve heaps off what he does and he did pretty well. Éclair Surprise made good ground late and he had the best 6000m of the race. He is a talented runner, maybe the one with the most upside here. Worth noting: First three over the line can be followed in suitable with confidence. Race 5. 2400M Centrebet Stayers Gold Final JELLY BABY NICHOLAS HALL 1st $3.30F A RODDICK MOMENT MICHAEL WALKER 2nd $14 HIGH KINGCZAR IBRAHIM GUNDOGDU 3rd $17 The winner Jelly Baby was looking for a run until really late when finally the split came and she burst through to score a win. It was a great ride by Hall who is known for his patience when he gets into situations like that and he was certainly on his game here yesterday. A Roddick Moment was plugging away over the final stages but he just didn’t have enough left to hold off the winner. High Kingczar’s run was as good as the winners although he finished third. Worth noting: The winner looks the one here with the most upside. Second and third can run good races next start but they won’t be improving. Race 6. 1400M Catanach’s Jewellers Gold Bracelet SPARKS ALIGHT JACOB RULE 1st $6 GAIL NICHOLAS HALL 2nd $13 TWO HILLS DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $6.50 Sparks Alight backed up a good win first up at Moonee Valley with another good won on her home track. She got herself into a good position in the run and was able to finish off well down the middle of the track to hold off a fast finishing Gail and the very honest Two Hills. Gail looks as if she is in for a good campaign and she clocked the best 600m of the race. Two Hills worked the hardest early of all runners and still only found two better. The mare is going really well and I would love to see them drop her back to 1200m, she would be an excellent bet. The run of Tigress Joy was very good also although she finished midfield. Her run wasn’t too dissimilar to that of Gail. Worth noting: No problem following any of these in suitable grade. Race 7. 1600M Yalumba Golden Mile DANCE WITH HER JAKE NOONAN 1st $71 TESTASCANA MICHAEL WALKER 2nd $4.80 HAPPY TRAILS DAMIEN OLIVER 3rd $5 Dance with Her took advantage of an average tempo and worked her way forward and just kept going. We know once she is in form she races that way over 2000m but she was 100/1 here so fair to say just about all punters thought she would need the run. It was super win as the horse she was on pace with throughout Tiakinui punctured and she ended up beating him by about 2.5L. Testascana ran really well and he was 3L off the winner at the 600 but he was unable to bridge the gap. Happy Trails had the best 600m and worked home strongly. Of the rest Anudjawun hit the line really well and as he gets out over further his chances will grow. Worth noting: Not sure what to make of this race. They ran about 6L quicker than R3. Race 8. 1400M Bendigo Bank Guineas FESTINA LENTE JAMES WINKS 1st $11 CANONIZED BRAD RAWILLER 2nd $8 HUEGILL MICHAEL WALKER 3rd $4.80F The winner here was good and he ended up being a runner who got the good run. Certainly a horse on the up and he was able to hold a good position in the run and do enough to hold off Canonized and Huegill. Canonized was just held up at a vital stage before working to the outside and letting down with his run. His last 600m was better than Festina Lente although to your eye it wouldn’t seem that way. Huegill just got too far back and he was charging to the line. He had the best final 600m of the race. Of the rest Black Bart did enough to suggest a drop in class will see him winning a race at his next run. Worth noting: They ran about 0.50L slower than the mares (Sparks Alight race) Race 9. 1100M Jayco – Road to Freedom Handicap SPARTINI NICHOLAS HALL 1st $3.30F PITT STREET JAKE NOONAN 2nd $21 HOTHAM HEIGHTS BRAD RAWILLER 3rd $19 Spartini kept her excellent run going with another excellent win here. She has the ability to work enough early to get into a good position and still have the ability to really let down over the final stages and put them away. I’m not sure where they go to with her from here but I believe that she can certainly contest and be competitive in better races. The next four runners over the line all did well and they were Pitt Street, Hotham Heights, Arctic Command and Miss Inform. Of those runners Miss Inform worked considerably harder through the early stages and fought on well first up with 58kg. She is ready to win at her next run. Worth noting: I have a big watch on Miss Inform at her next start.
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester
Race 1 1st Fibrillation Brenton Avdulla 2nd Cabernet Michael Rodd 3rd Older Than Time Nash Rawiller The day commenced with the Fillies and Mares on a track rated a slow 7. It was a bit of a patchy start with Dancing Attendance, Galizani and the eventual winner Fibrillation all beginning a bit slowly. Sienna Red led with Upon This Rock outside of it. It may not have mattered a whole lot on a wet track but it is worth noting that the favourite in the race, Brightest, covered a stack of extra ground in the run, it kept whacking away but was never a winning chance. Fibrillation on the other hand got an easy run on the fence and took advantage of an inside run to gain a break which Cabernet just failed to make up in the run to the line. Crafty Irna, who had supporters, only ground to the line. Follow: Cabernet Race 2 1st Ashokan Jim Cassidy 2nd Raceway Hugh Bowman 3rd Collect Corey Brown Raceway didn’t begin all that well and was never going to win from there on, although it did get to the line fairly well after copping a bump on the turn. All credit here had to go to Ashokan, which sat outside the leader and kept fighting all the way down the straight. Collect looked certain to win at the 200m but maybe just died a little on its run. You would think Raceway would have to improve a bit to be considered The Golden Slipper winner. Follow: Collect Race 3 1st Jade Marauder Hugh Bowman 2nd Valerio Tom Berry 3rd Kyria Brenton Avdulla It was pouring rain for the running of the third event. Dear Demi and Jade Marauder missed the start a bit whilst Kutchinskaya went straight to the front and tried to pinch a break on the turn. Valerio had Kutchinskaya’s measure half way down the straight but then it was the brilliant finish of Jade Marauder that got the job done. I hate tipping hoses that you know will get back, but this winner is loaded with ability. The run of Kyria in third was also very good. Follow: Jade Marauder, Kyria Race 4 1st Maules Creek Jim Cassidy 2nd Herculian Prince Nash Rawiller 3rd Permit Corey Brown Herculian Prince had been running well, and was sent out close to favourite here at its third run back. It led them up and tried to pinch a break on the turn, but in all honesty was disappointing in my opinion not to be able to finish it off, although only beaten narrowly. Maybe it just needed this one more run on the wet track to reach peak fitness. Maules Creek which won the race got a lovely run in behind the leader, where as Permit was wide all the way, and did a good job to run on into third place. Follow: Permit Race 5 1st Nobby Snip Tom Berry 2nd Niagara Nash Rawiller 3rd Aerobatics Josh Parr Salade missed the start in this event, where as Didntcostalot began brilliantly as it usually does. That’s about where it ended for Didn’tcostalot as it dropped out badly in the straight and might want a spell now. The eventual winner, Nobby Snip sat second in the run and claimed the lead around the 300m mark and put a winning break on them. It’s stablemate Niagara did the chasing but was never going to pick up the winner. Charm’s Honour ran a pretty good race in fourth where as Subarc was disappointing today. Follow: Charm’s Honour Race 6 1st Mosheen Dany Nikolic 2nd Said Com Dwayne Dunn 3rd Laser Hawk Nash Rawiller Strike The Stars and Ocean Park were the two that missed the start in this race. Wild And Proud found the front from Manawanui but neither of these were to figure in the finish today. Mosheen is simply a brilliant racehorse in my opinion and on inspection of the replay you can basically see that Nikolic always seemed confident in the straight. The margin was narrow, but it was the way she attacked the line that was ultra impressive. Said Com and Laser Hawk tried hard, whilst Manawanui was only plugging to the line. I thought the runs of Strike The Stars and Ocean Park were creditable after being slowly away and both deserve another chance. Follow: Mosheen, Ocean Park, Strike The Stars Race 7 1st Rose Of Peace Brenton Avdulla 2nd Quidnunc Rod Quinn 3rd Alberton Park Jim Cassidy Gybe began very well and led them up here from Lady La Douche. Alberton Park which was favourite in the race had a wide run all the way. She hit the front with about 100m to go but the bolter Rose Of Peace and Quidnunc who had had easier runs back in the field got home over the top of her. Potions was another that ran on well from a long way back and a win is probably not far away. Dystopia went terribly today but maybe was on the inferior part of the track by this time of the day. Follow: Alberton Park Race 8 1st Knot Out Corey Brown 2nd Olinoor Brenton Avdulla 3rd Forfeiture Kerrin McEvoy Revolt went back to a clear last in this but perhaps that was by design due to the bad barrier it had. Forfeiture got an uncontested lead. Velrosso sat second in the run and the pace didn’t really get going until near the home turn. In what appeared to be a slowly run race, it was a top effort by Knot Out to come from last and get up in the shadows of the post. Ridden similarly I would say Forfeiture will get another win on the board shortly. Follow: Forfeiture