Weekend Racing reviews – Saturday March 24th

Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     1000M    Sportingbet Handicap  
DASHITUDE                AMY HERRMANN    1st     $5F IMPRIMIS                    STEVEN KING         2nd    $9 DAYLIGHT SECOND    DAMIAN LANE         3rd     $26
There was good money for Dashitude and she didn’t let her followers down and she really let down well late and ran over the top of the tiring Iprimis. She was seventh at the 600m and was able to record a 33.83s section. In doing so she was the only filly to break 34.00s for the 600m. Iprimis did well but was looking for a 900m race, she is close to a win. Daylight Second had a good run and did pretty well also and held on for third. Worth noting: Dashitude looks a class above this field, can win again in suitable. Race 2.     1600M    No Fuss Solutions Plate  SWEET ELLA         CHRIS SYMONS          1st     $4.20 SPELLDANCER      KATELYN MALLYON     2nd    $8 INVEST                  PETER MERTENS        3rd     $26 After the impressive win of Empress Rock on Friday night there was a big push for Assertive Eagle. She had a good run in transit and failed to come on, a tell tale sign that she has had enough and needs a spell. Sweet Ella came through the same race but was the filly on the up and it showed over the last 200m as she clocked 11.67, her and Crucial 11.90 were the only ones to break 12.00. Spelldancer led almost all of the way and Invest was up there also throughout and fought on well. Secret Liaison was coming off of a tough the start prior. It’s worth noting her 1000/800 splits though, they were solid and she is going to be ready to win next start. Worth noting: Make sure you keep an eye out for Secret Liaison and assess her on her run behind Spirit Song, she bounced here. Race 3.     1100M    Charter Keck Cramer Plate   DELABOMBELL             ANDREW STEAD         1st     $11 MISS OCTOPUSSY        KATELYN MALLYON     2nd    $1.75F BOLISIMO MISS             DAMIAN LANE             3rd     $8 All the money here was for Miss Octopussy to back up her good win down the straight at Flemington. Unfortunately for her followers Delabombell jumped out of the ground and ran over the top of her late. It was a good performance by Miss Octopussy she was just beaten by a better mare on the day. Delabombell was the only mare to break 44.00 for the final 800m and she was just too good. Bolisimo Miss loomed up in the straight besides Miss Octopussy but she felt the pinch over the last 200m and was unable to run into second. That’s a telling sign that 1100m is her maximum distance and if she steps up to 1200m in similar grade she is a great lay. Worth noting: Miss Octopussy pulled up lame Race 4.     1400M    Winning Edge Signature   SHEILA’S STAR                 GLEN BOSS       1st     $2.80F SENSATIONAL REPORT    SALLY WYNNE   2nd    $14 CUTE EMILY                      LINDA MEECH    3rd     $6.50 This was the easiest win of the day with Sheila’s Star jumping straight to the front and staying there. Boss was looking around halfway down the straight and she won as easy as you like. It was a good win at Sale and she is racing with good confidence now. Sensational Report was dropping back from a mile and really hit the line well along the inside late when running into second, her 11.48/200 was the best of the race. Looking for a mile again and needs to be followed. Cute Emily got chopped out at the start and was forced back when expected to go forward, she has been a little costly to punters but is close to a win. Star Of Giselle clocked the 4th slowest 200m, a sign that she can’t run 1400m. She may have a run left in her, she is better suited at 1100/1200. Worth noting: You can follow the first four here but only at suitable distances. Race 5.     1400M    Sky High Mt Dandenong Handicap   PAGO ROCK     JAKE DUFFY              1st     $2.80F AGRIPPA          KATELYN MALLYON    2nd    $6 LUCK SAN        DANNY NIKOLIC         3rd     $2.90 Speed map was upside down here with Agrippa leading and Pago Rock taking the sit behind him and Luck San. It was an excellent run by Pago Rock who did have everything go right for him. He was on his home track, had a nice claim and got the box seat run and was able to hit the line well. Agrippa is flying and he fought off Luck San over the final 200m to gain the upper hand. The claim and his previous runs at and beyond 1400m helped him over the final stages. Luck San did nothing wrong, thought he was excellent at his first try at 1400m and I would expect he will really come on from that run. He carried 3.5kg more the Pago Rock and 5.5kg more than Agrippa. Shewan was super, he really hit the line well for fourth. Really needs a mile plus. Worth noting: Luck San (1400m) and Shewan (1600m +) look to be the ones to follow here. Race 6.     1200M    Thoroughbred Club Cup  AMAETHON             CHRIS SYMONS     1st     $4.60 STRATCOMBE         DALE SMITH           2nd    $4.20F VALENTINE MISS     GLEN BOSS           3rd     $5.50 Super effort by Amaethon here who resumed with a gutsy win over the up and coming Stratcombe. He had to overcome the 59kg and a wide gate and if he could do that he looked a great hope. Master Harry jumped well and enabled Amaethon to get into a good spot without hassle and when he and Stratcombe cleared out in the straight it looked like Stratrcombe with the weight pull would win, but Amaethon’s class showed as he dug deep to stick his head out on the line. He is a serious horse but seems to race best fresh. Stratcombe took the next step, his effort was excellent, he just isn’t in the same league as the winner. Valentine Miss and Diplomatic Force hit the line well but they always seem to do so. Worth noting: Follow the first two with confidence in suitable grade Race 7.     2000M    De La Salle Centenary Plate  FLASHY FELLA     GLEN BOSS     1st     $7.50 KUKRI                   MARK ZAHRA   2nd    $8 THY                      JAKE DUFFY    3rd     $18 Looked to be Specter’s race for the most part until he got halfway down the straight and started to lay out badly, in doing so he cost himself any chance he had of winning. That aside it was a pretty good run but he is still a horse I can’t really work out. Flashy Fella got the money in the end and he came through the 1800m race won by Upbeat (Specter also two back). He looks a nice stayer on the up and is in good hands with Moroney. Kukri got out and made a run to the line but ran out of room. Starkiato probably looking for a spell now . Worth noting: Messy race this one, not sure about it. Race 8.     2000M    BTB Australia Directional Drilling Handicap  CHASSE             VLAD DURIC        1st    $9 FAWKNER          JAKE NOONAN    2nd    $3.50F ANUDJAWUN      STEVEN KING     3rd     $8 Chasse broke through for another win and continues to have a good campaign. Mushatta, Constant Force and Prizum worked along in front at a good clip and set the race up for something to come from behind. Chasse just had the miles in the legs and got the good run. He was able to fight off Fawkner who was 1400 to 2000 and looked on form to be a run short, he will certainly come on from that and needs to be followed. Anundjawun backed up after an excellent run the week prior at Bendigo. His get back style doesn’t help him a great deal but he is a very good stayer and always needs to be respected. Almovodar ran on strongly and had the best 1600/1400/1000/800/600/400/200 and was second up 1500 to 2000. I know horses at the back can’t always be followed but that was a super effort and keen to follow him over more ground. Worth noting: Fawkner needs to be followed around the 2000m and Almodovar is the other.


Rosehill review
By guest reviewer Todd Burmester


Rosehill reviewBy guest reviewer Todd BurmesterRace 11st    Pierro           Nash Rawiller 2nd   Epaulette      Kerrin McEvoy 3rd    Shelford        Craig WilliamsRed Excitement jumped very well and proved a bit of an annoyance for Amorino‘s chances of getting an easy lead. Amorino did cross after a couple of hundred metres but I think that was costly, being first up. Pierro was given the run of the race in behind the two leaders, whilst Faustus tracked wide for a good part of the race before getting in a little closer but at the back of the field. Epaulette sat back behind Pierro getting a good run. In the straight, Amorino briefly kicked, before obviously being out of gas first up. Pierro and Epaulette came together with their runs, with Epaulette going to a narrow lead, but Pierro dug in like a good horse for a narrow victory. I’m not overly convinced he is the slipper winner but the win was good. Follow: Amorino (will take improvement) Race 2 1st    Pampelonne         Corey Brown 2nd   Superior Instinct    Jim Cassidy 3rd    Startreusse           Hugh Bowman A very average race given the quality of the rest of the card. Startreuss and Falzzon missed the kick, whilst Divya and Mighty Obvious crossed from the deep to be the first two in the run. Choice Words got a nice run behind the leader whilst Pampelonne was one out one back. Pampelonne had a good sprint in the straight after the easy run and that gave it the win. Startreuss was an eye catcher after missing the start, whilst Fitness Fanatic also ran on well. Mr Bolinger and Falzzon both tried to make very wide runs from the 600m and their runs can be forgotten. Follow: Startreusse Race 3 1st    Samaready    Craig Newitt 2nd   Hussousa      Blake Shinn 3rd    Meidung        Kerrin McEvoy Next was the two-year-old fillies turn and the odds on pop Samaready only ambled out of the gates. Ciao crossed from the outside to set up a good pace, ahead of The Broken Shore. Snitzerland was camped in third. Samaready made her run before the turn from well back similar to how she did in The Blue Diamond.  Snitzerland managed to sprint with her for about 50m before she was all spent and then it was up to Hussousa and Meidung to chase Samaready but their effort was of no use. Samaready came away for a quality win and her ability to maintain a long run could be what gives her the Slipper edge in my opinion. I don’t think Snitzerland can handle a pressure 1200m. Follow: Samaready, Hussousa Race 4 1st    Single                 Nathan Berry 2nd   Southern Skye    Brenton Avdulla 3rd    Fiumicino            Dwayne Dunn A few of them wanted to head forward here. Eventually it was Reuben Percival who led with Fiumicino moving around to sit second on the outside. Brayroan got a good run in third on the fence. The favourite Single went back to last, whilst Vintedge got stuck out wide and back in the field. Single made its run before the turn and made up its ground from the back very quickly. He hit the lead at the 200m but did want to run in under pressure. Southern Skye went with Single and probably had more fitness over the 1900m but Single is a horse on the way up and realistically it was a fairly soft win. Vintedge, although beaten a long way, can be given another chance after being wide and Beijing Boy was again getting home well and a win may not be far off. The bookies continue to love Brayroan. Follow: Vintedge, Beijing Boy Race 5 1st    More Joyous    Nash Rawiller 2nd   Monton            Craig Newitt 3rd    Metal Bender    Michael Rodd On to another of the features, The Canterbury Stakes and it was a pretty even start with More Joyous momentarily finding the front before being crossed by Somepin Anypin and Love Conquers All. Sincero sat third in the run. More Joyous has a great sprint over this sort of distance when she is given a cushy run and that is what happened here and allowed her to win the race. The runs of Monton and Metal Bender were first rate. Monton made a wide run from before the turn whilst Metal Bender saved ground on the fence. Both have to take improvement from the run, as will Sincero. If Albert The Fat finds itself in something just a little bit easier he can win soon and Happy Zero, the former Hong Kong galloper started about 100/1 and was one of the runs of the race. Somepin Anypin which led early is not up to this grade. Follow: Happy Zero, Monton, Metal Bender Race 6 1st    Manighar          Luke Nolan 2nd   Rangirangdoo    Corey Brown 3rd    Shoot Out         Hugh Bowman Scenic Shot was slow to go here, whilst Trusting and Zavite disputed the lead early. Zavite ended up settling in front of Illo with Trusting easing a bit. Shoot Out was wide in the early part before getting in outside the leader, I don’t think this sort of run did his chances any good. The old bloke Rangirangdoo was three wide all the way with Manighar tracking him. Manighar pulled around him on the turn and I thought he would bolt in. Rangirangdoo started to hang out, taking Manighar with him and I do think Manighar would have won by further without this happening. Shoot Out kept trying, in third place but I think either needs to be ridden more quietly or kept to 1600m. Southern Speed was disappointing, only plugging into fifth after a good run. Scarlett Lady did nil where as Niwot was very good from the back as was Tullamore to a lesser extent. Follow: Manighar, Niwot, Tullamore Race 7 1st    Ofcourseican    Kathy O’Hara 2nd   Secret Admirer  Brenton Avdulla 3rd    King’s Rose      Luke Nolan Another feature, The Coolmore classic. On paper this race looked to have chances left, right and centre and that is how it turned out. Steps In Time got the lead as expected but the step up to this class proved a bit too much for her as it did for Streama. All credit to the winner, Ofcourseican, came from a long way back and wide and sprinted very well for her win. Secret Admirer rediscovered her form to only go under narrowly and King’s Rose which was well backed also ran well. The jockey on Yosei protested against the winner which was dismissed but one could argue that she should have finished closer. Follow: Secret Admirer Race 8
1st    Colorado Claire        James McDonald 2nd   Rekindled Alliance  Corey Brown 3rd    Wild And Proud        Nash Rawiller

Wild And Proud and Fontelina led them up early in this race. Benfica however, was caught wide and worked to the lead. The eventual winner Colorado Claire got a lovely run in about fourth on the fence. In the straight, Colorado Claire took a little while to pick up but once she hit the front she fought them all off. The last 100m of Rekindled Alliance’s run was very good again and he should win one soon but he is becoming a little costly, being a bit of a “boom horse”. Freewheeling came to the line well, suggesting more ground will suit. That’s The One was fancied but got back to last and did little other than run on ok in the last 100m.

Follow: Rekindled Alliance Race 9 1st    Title         Hugh Bowman 2nd   Uate         Glyn Schofield 3rd    Zaratone   Kathy O’Hara The last of the day was stacked with pace and eventually Zaratone and Karuta Queen paired off in front but you knew they would not stay there. You didn’t have to look hard to see the hard luck story here which was Riva De Lago, which will win next time out. The eventual winner Title sat one out, one back, and others from back in the field such as Parables had their chance to run past it but couldn’t. Uate and Parables both did run on and appear to be the improvers out of this race. Karuta Queen, even considering the fact she was on a hot speed, dropped out very badly and can’t be a betting proposition at the moment. Zaratone who was leading with her hung on for third. Panipique also disappointed – second up syndrome? Follow: Riva De Lago, Parables