Weekend racing reviews – Saturday March 31st

Rosehill review compiled by Todd Burmester
Race 1 1st    Ichihara           Corey Brown 2nd   Cavalry Rose    Jim Cassidy 3rd    Flying Snitzel   Hugh Bowman Later Gator was slow out in this race and that was her chances done with. Ichihara on the other hand jumped straight to the front with Valerio pushed hard from out wide to get outside the lead. The Queenslander, Doubtfilly had a gun run behind the pace but didn’t really measure up. Cavalry Rose who finished second was wide all the way. As they straightened I thought to myself two words, “leaders, Rosehill”. Ichihara skipped clear and Cavalry Rose was left to do the chasing together with Flying Snitzel. In the end the easier run the leader had told the story and it hung on for a narrow win. The favourite in the race She’s A Fox did not make the grade and needs something easier. Follow: Cavalry Rose Race 2 1st    All Too Hard    Dwayne Dunn 2nd   Narcissus       Chris Reith 3rd    Limes            Josh Parr An even start here with the very short favourite All Too Hard taken straight back to second last. I am not completely sure if this is because it had no early pace or it was simply ridden arrogantly due to having lengths on this field. Le Cap led Collect at a genuine pace and the field stayed in their order until in the straight. In the straight All Too Hard was only clicked up for 100m to get to the front and then gapped them under his own steam. An impressive win and connections seem confident but if he finds himself giving them 12 to 15 lengths start in The Golden Slipper, I don’t think he can win. Collect was a major flop running last. Follow: The winner made them look second rate – I think they are. Race 3 1st    Hallowell Belle    Tom Berry 2nd   Altar                   Mark Zahra 3rd    Ever The Same   Blake Shinn Unpretentious missed the start here and its effort to run fourth was one of the runs of the race. Sacred Pins led early but there was a bit of pace and African Pulse crossed after a couple of hundred metres to lead Alter with Hallowell Belle tracking up three and four wide all the way. In the straight Hallowell Belle found her way to the front and then kept finding to stave off all challengers. A very good win given she was wide all the way. Ever The Same ran well in third. Follow: Ever The Same, Unpretentious Race 4 1st    Rain Affair    Corey Brown 2nd   Satin Shoes  Blake Shinn 3rd    Neeson        Michael Rodd Bel Sprinter clearly missed the start here where as Rain Affair showed its usual gate speed and I suppose that was the end of the section. In the straight Rain Affair kicked after straightening but it was soon evident that he was not going to gap them today. On the line he basically “fell in” from Satin Shoes and Neeson. It is worth noting however that Winter King which took on Rain Affair ran last. Bel Sprinter which had missed the start made ground in the straight without the clearest of running, so his run can be forgotten. Follow: Satin Shoes, Bel Sprinter Race 5 1st    Fibrillation             Brenton Avdulla 2nd   Crafty Irna             Hugh Bowman 3rd    Once Were Wild    Nash Rawiller A good start from the 1900m with Fill The Page leading them up once they sorted out their order. They raced in two lines here for most of the race with all horses having a decent run in transit. The eventual winner Fibrillation got back about 6 lengths off the lead and was one of the first to peel out three wide at about the 600m. She came about 5 wide on the turn and hit the front 300m out and toughed it out for her second win in a row – may go on with it now. Crafty Irna put in a good run today but just failed to run down the winner and Tigress Lily ran well, getting home closer to the inside for fourth. Brightest got a mile back and ran on ok but never looked a true winning chance. Follow: Crafty Irna Race 6 1st    Niagara                   Tom Berry 2nd   Star Of Octagonal    Robert Thompson 3rd    Alma’s Fury             Peter Robl Revolt was a late scratching here. Niagara was ridden with purpose to find the front and supporters were on good terms with themselves a long way from home.  There are those two words again, leaders and Rosehill. Niagara was asked for an effort at the 350m and quickly established a break. Plenty of horses tried to chase but really, none made any impression. I thought the run of Absolutely was good, suggesting she will win one soon. Star Of Octagonal and Alma’s Fury also came to the line well. All honours to the winner. Follow: Niagara a Doncaster chance.  Absolutely also in for a good campaign. Race 7 1st    Laser Hawk        Nash Rawiller 2nd   Ocean Park        Glen Boss 3rd    Silent Achiever   Hugh Bowman Hoylonny was slow to begin here along with some others that went straight back including Said Com, Proliferate and the favourite Silent Achiever. Laser Hawk briefly led before Doctor Doom and Merlin Mustang worked up out wide to be the first two in running. Ocean Park was the first to go from the back with Silent Achiever tracking it up. Those two made long searching runs, where as Laser Hawk had smoked its pipe in third on the fence all the way. In the straight this made the difference with Laser Hawk taking an inside run and maintaining a narrow advantage in the run to the line. The the second and third horses could turn the tables at Randwick although connections seem taken by Laser Hawk. The runs of Said Com and Hoylonny were full of merit from the back of the field also. Strike The Stars again ran well but is becoming a bit of a non winner. Can’t quite write him off just yet. Follow: Silent Achiever, Ocean Park, Hoylonny, Said Com Race 8     1st    Permit                 Hugh Bowman 2nd   Precedence         Michael Rodd 3rd    Older Than Time   Peter Robl Herculian Prince came across from out wide to set up a good break in the lead here. The pace was strong all the way with the eventual winner Permit back second last but using no energy whatsoever. Bowman rode him very confidently and realistically he was trotting coming to the turn. Precedence put in its run and may have briefly looked the winner to some when he claimed the lead in the straight. Then Permit had him on toast. Precedence did well to keep the margin narrow.  Herculian Prince goes into the sack book after this run. Follow: Permit Race 9 1st    Celts                      Chris Reith 2nd   Next The Universe   Corey Brown 3rd    Divorces                 Josh Parr Divorces came out a clear last in this race. Phenomenal Lass led with Gybe outside the lead and Celts getting an easy run third on the fence. In what was basically a blanket finish Celts came through between the two leaders to hit the front and you didn’t know where to look to find the winner. Divorces had made up for its bad start and came through on the fence and Next The Universe came through in the middle of the track. On the line, Celts held on by a whisker. I very much liked the finishing effort of Next The Universe and also Miss Marx to a lesser degree which got back further than I expected and was under pressure straightening for home but kept coming. Follow: Next The Universe, Miss Marx (if able to lead) Specials From The Meeting: Unpretentious, Niagara, Ocean Park, Next The Universe

Moonee Valley review compiled by Rick Williams
Race 1.     2040M    Slickpix Handicap

 STOLE             JAKE DUFFY          1st     $4.60 PLACEMENT    KATELYN MALLYON    2nd     $3F FINE CALIBRE  NICHOLAS HALL          3rd     $10 Stole bounced back to winning form with a good on pace win. They didn’t go very hard through the first half of the race which was what helped her have enough up her sleeve when she scooted away on the turn. Placement ran on well to finish second but she was always going to struggle from back with the slow tempo. Go My Girl dropped out and can be forgiven, not sure the 2040m is her go, look for her to be freshened and back to a mid week mile or 1800. Worth noting: Mares here ran about 4L slower than the other 2040m race. Race 2.     1200M    LF Sign Group Handicap    FORFEITURE     VLAD DURIC     1st     $4.20F APPIEL     JAKE NOONAN     2nd     $8.50 KOONOOMOO     BEN KNOBEL     3rd     $5 Looked a race with many hopes on paper and halfway down the straight most looked to have a chance but it was Forfeiture who was switched from the Sydney stable that was able to finish over the top of them. In doing so she had the best sectionals of the day from the 600 for all winners, it is worth noting however she didn’t do a great deal early and was the third slowest through the first part for all winners. Appiel got through and looked a winning hope and Koonoomoo and Follonica plugged away, they will be looking for the paddock. Minnie Mah wasn’t beaten far but just not sure where she is heading. Worth noting: Good run by the winner, look for these dropping back to a Sandown race and follow closely in suitable. Race 3.     1200M    Alternate Rail Handicap  VELONSKI                 JAMIE MOTT            1st     $5 CHOSEN MOMENT    CRAIG NEWITT         2nd    $4F PRIORITY ROAD        STEVEN ARNOLD     3rd     $13 Velonski can have a few tricks out of the gates but he did well here and with the help of an excellent ride from Mott he lobbed into a great spot in behind the lead. He was coming out of a race at Morphettville where he got too far back and hit the line well and prior his sectionals at Werribee were solid. He isn’t very big but he puts in. Chosen Moment was carrying the extra 1.5kg and his run prior at Bendigo was good, he ranked 11th for best first 600 last 400, pay to follow him. Worth noting: Not really sure about the form here, first two can be followed. Race 4.     1200M    Construction Engineering Handicap    TYKOOK               LINDA MEECH      1st     $31 CITY OF SONG     ANDREW STEAD  2nd    $17 PLUCKY BELLE    JAKE NOONAN     3rd     $10 Good effort by Tykook who was able to win at big odds. Her form has been really solid and her run at Bendigo was good. We thought that she has probably been up for too long and that she would be better suited over 100/1100. She proved us wrong. City Of Song came through the same race at Bendigo and she was in a similar mould to the winner. She had won before over 1200 but is better over shorter. The winner of that race was Jessica Rose, she was ridden on the speed and punctured. Worth noting: Keep following City Of Song, Jessica Rose and Incredulous, back with confidence over 1000/1100 Race 5.     2040M    Johnstaff Handicap    CONSTANT FORCE     DEAN YENDALL   1st     $6.50 FINIGUERRA               STEVEN KING      2nd    $4.40 SIDECAR                    LINDA MEECH      3rd     $9 Constant Force continued his excellent and consistent campaign rolling with another win. He met Fawkner much better at the weights from when they met the week prior and although weights and measures don’t always work out they certainly did here. He has been up for a while but racing really well and can win again. Fawkner can be forgiven. I’m not exactly sure why the stable elected to back him up and run him here with the big weight. He looked tired and needs a few weeks off and a better class race with less weight on a big track. Mick Kent’s Second King was poor. Worth noting: Make sure you forgive Fawkner. He is a good horse. Race 6.     1000M    Meadownick Laser Eye Surgery Sprint  VAIN ATTRACTION     NICHOLAS HALL    1st     $15 TRES VITE                STEVEN KING        2nd    $7.50 VATICAN                   BILLY EGAN           3rd     $15 Looked good early speed here on the map with Snitzem and Halle Rocks and there was even more speed when they decided to lead on Vatican. Thought he was a huge chance in this race but they shoudn’t have tried to lead. He did fight on really well though and looks like he is in for a good campaign. Snitzem has probably had enough and Halle Rocks is over rated, her best runs are fresh. The winner was able to reel off an excellent sectional and was just too good for them. Obviously the hot speed was a big help for her but she can be followed. Tres Vite was only having her second run and she was bursting through also. She looks pretty smart and is another that can be followed. Worth noting: Pretty keen to follow Vatican over 1000m and Tres Vite in suitable. Race 7.     1600M    Silver Thomas Hanley Mile  OVER QUOTA     PETER MERTENS    1st     $10 CHASM              ANDREW STEAD     2nd     $9 MR O’CEIRIN      DEAN YENDALL       3rd     $10 The money came yet again for the Moody runner Testascana and he failed to fire. He drew wide but you would expect him to run a little better than he did. Take nothing away from the winner though as he has been flying this campaign over a mile and was the winner of the Kilmore Cup. He has had a few runs so we were a little wary of he had come to the end but he had another run left. Liked the run of Mr O’cierin who was prominent in the run and held on well, he should be ready to show his best at his next couple and needs to be followed. Worth noting: Follow Mr O’ceirin, I am happy to take the rest as they come along. They generally take turns but Mr is on the up. Race 8.     1200M    Device Technologies Handicap    FREERETURN            ANDREW MALLYON     1st     $6 IT’S CRUNCH TIME     JAKE NOONAN             2nd    $3.60F TYPEFACE                DANIEL MOOR              3rd     $21 Most things pointed to Freereturn possibly struggling here, resuming with the 59kg against some fitter horses who were in better at the weights. His performance was excellent and no doubt he will come right on from that effort. He jumped and ran and pulled away, whilst doing so he had the best time on the day of the 1200m races. It’s Crunch Time ran well to hold on for second. His effort was really good as he keeps working his way through the grades and I think he is even a little better over a shorter trip. Typeface, Devils Force and Zabisco were the next best. Worth noting: We need to keep a serious eye on Freereturn, he will really come on and is a winner.