Caulfield review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: Pancare Foundation Plate (1100m) 1st Afleet Esprit – Dylan Dunn 2nd Japhils – Jackie Beriman 3rd Pilly’s Wish – Damien Oliver A few of them wanted the early lead and Beach Front tried to cross Japhils with Lesley’s Choice just easing out of it. Afleet Esprit worked into a good spot with Atmospherical handy and Catch That Cat stuck three wide. Pittsburgh Flyer settled three back on the fence. Japhils won control and Beach Front was hard pressed to stay with her coming to the turn. Afleet Esprit was waiting for a gap and Atmospherical was held up behind Beach Front. Pittsburgh Flyer was checked at the 300m by Atmospherical and lost ground. Afleet Esprit found clear running and set out after Japhils. Beach Front was sticking on which caused trouble for Atmospherical and Pittsburgh Flyer looking for runs. Lesley’s Choice couldn’t go with them while Pilly’s Wish started to make ground down the outside. Japhils and Afleet Esprit had cleared out at the 100m and it came down to the bob of the head which Afleet Esprit did at the right time. Pilly’s Wish ran into third and Pittsburgh Flyer eventually got going again and made ground ahead a wall of them including Fiftyshadesofgrey, Catch That Cat and Matilija, who was never in the hunt. Follow: Pittsburgh Flyer should have finished a lot closer. Race 2: Inglis Cup (2000m) 1st Firehouse Rock – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Gloryland – Mark Zahra 3rd Bondeiger – James Winks Gloryland rolled to the lead and Muraqaba was happy to sit up on his outside. Braces and Hell On Earth enjoyed good runs early while Kansas Sunflower appeared to not be settling. Sloane Rangerwas on her inside and Loved Up raced in the clear. Gloryland really controlled things up front and that flushed out Kansas Sunflower, who really wasn’t settling, and she strode forward midrace to take over. Loved Up ran off the track at the 800m as Kansas Sunflower ran clear of Gloryland and that put Muraqaba under a bit of pressure. Hell On Earth and Braces had done no work and were waiting. Gloryland had a shot at Kansas Sunflower on the turn and he regained the lead past the 200m. Firehouse Rock emerged from the second half of the field after tracking Braces and Bondeiger was also starting to wind up from the back. Gloryland went for home again but Firehouse Rock claimed him and despite having a think about it did enough to beat a very gallant Gloryland and Bondeiger ran a much improved race for a close third. Braces wasn’t far off and a big gap to Kansas Sunflower, very disappointing. Follow: none. Race 3: Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100m) 1st Sabatini – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd The Monstar – Blake Shinn 3rd Kuro – James McDonald Craftiness sprung away and took up the running quite easily over Hard Stride and Kuro, who came across from out wide without much effort. Rock Royalty improved along the fence to the box seat andThe Monstar was behind him. Unanimously found himself three deep around Durendal about midfield. Craftiness really ran them along and Hard Stride was pushed along to stay with him. Kuro came off their backs and sprinted quickly while Rock Royalty batted. Sabatini was starting to wind up from the 300m out wide while The Monstar and Unanimously squeezed Durendal out, though he was under a bit of pressure. Kuro hit the lead over Craftiness inside the 200m but the chasers were coming and Sabatini swamped him in the closing stages, with The Monstar doing his best but just failing. Kuro just held on for third in a bunched finish. Tristram’s Sun and The Quarterback made some late ground to be just behind the placings from the weakening Craftiness. Fast run race suited the winner, whose best races are when she can settle back and hit the line. Follow: none in particular. Race 4: Harry White Classic (2400m) 1st Black Tomahawk – Glen Boss 2nd Excess Knowledge – Kerrin McEvoy 3rd At First Sight – James McDonald/Ethiopia – Patrick Moloney Excess Knowledge was one of the best out but didn’t want the lead and let Epsom Hill and Lord Durante come across. Black Tomahawk landed outside him and Shenzhou Steeds found himself three wide and kept improving. Albonetti was on his back around At First Sight and Ethiopia. Plenty of shuffling in the first 1000m and Epsom Hill held them out but Albonetti got up into second with Shenzhou Steeds slotting into the box seat. Excess Knowledge and Lord Durante wound up a pair back. Little to no pace in the middle stages so Black Tomahawk whipped around them quickly and was in front at the 800m. Renew tried to get onto his back but couldn’t go with him, Albonetti ran into second with Lord Durante. Epsom Hill was put under some pressure and Excess Knowledge found himself in a bit of traffic as a few runs came around him. Black Tomahawk took off again around the turn and left the immediate chasers standing. Excess Knowledge eventually got to the outside to wind up but had conceded a start. That head start proved decisive and Black Tomahawk held off Excess Knowledge, who may have been a shade unlucky, and got away from the rest. At First Sight finished on okay to grab a share of third with Ethiopia running his best race in a long time, just ahead of Albonetti who had to do far too much work. Follow: he’s no Cups hope but Excess Knowledge can pick up a race along the way. Race 5: Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) 1st Miss Gunpowder – Craig Williams 2nd Payroll – Jim Cassidy 3rd Jameka – Damien Oliver Miss Gunpowder wasted no time in getting across the field and top a fairly easy lead. Jameka ran up to second with Alaskan Rose between them early and Super Cash just behind the leader. Don’t Doubt Marley was just ahead of midfield with Payroll wide and Pasadena Girl on the fence. Stay With Me had cover behind Payroll. Miss Gunpowder was getting things largely her own way so some runs came well before the turn with Payroll dashing up to join her, Sagaronne and Stay With Me also tried to get going and that caused some shuffling inside with Alaskan Rose and Pasadena Girl losing their spots. Miss Gunpowder kicked back to head Payroll again at the 300m, Super Cash was looking for a run behind them and Jameka was under hard riding. Pasadena Girl had traffic issues and didn’t get into the clear until the race was all over. Stay With Me just battled and Alaskan Rose dropped out. Miss Gunpowder responded well and edged clear again late to beat a much improved Payroll and a game Jameka. Super Cash had her chance while Pasadena Girl was the eye-catcher. Stay With Me stuck on fairly and the rest were well beaten. Follow: no knock on the winner but Pasadena Girl looked unlucky. Race 6: Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) 1st Bon Aurum – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Tulsa – Ben Melham 3rd Dal Cielo – Opie Bosson Tulsa and Spieth were eased from their wide alleys. Plenty of them contested the early lead and Dal Cielo eventually won it with Moher and Metallic Crown further out. Mr Individual, Snoopy and Dark Steel made another line of three clear of Puritan who was three wide with Strike Force outside him and Manhattan Blues and Extra Choice underneath. Bon Aurum was worse than midfield withOdyssey Moon and Ready For Victory well off the pace. Dal Cielo slipped away around the bend and that let Mr Individual off his back, Dark Steel stayed on for a while but Metallic Crown was gone. Snoopy tried to run on and Bon Aurum put in his move down the centre while Puritan couldn’t come on and Spieth was making ground. Wider out Odyssey Moon and Tulsa were closing. Dal Cielo was paddling at the 100m and while he was fighting he was no match for the finish of Bon Aurum who picked him and and just held off a charging Tulsa. Dal Cielo claimed a deserved third over Snoopy and it was a very bunched finish with another five of them close up including Mr Individual, Odyssey Moon and Spieth. Ready For Victory made some ground but was never in the hunt at all. Blinkers next time? Follow: Tulsa looks very hard to beat in the Guineas. Race 7: Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) 1st Mourinho – Vlad Duric 2nd Fawkner – Damien Oliver 3rd The Cleaner – Noel Callow Mongolian Khan messed up the start and Contributer was also out the back early on. The Cleaner as you’d expect held the lead. Mourinho sat up handy and Hi World worked over to sit up in second.Volkstok’n’barrell and Fawkner were next with Magicool midfield around Mongolian Khan making up for lost ground. The Cleaner did his thing running along a couple clear of Hi World. Mourinho was on his back and Fawner seemed to have a nice run on the fence inside Volkstok’n’barrell. Fawkner was the first horse under pressure about 500m out as Hi World moved alongside The Cleaner. Mourinho eased out around them and Volkstok’n’barrell and Magicool also peeled out. Fawkner was under the whip with Mongolian Khan while Contributer had worked to the outside at the 300m. Hi World might have hit the lead but it was short lived as The Cleaner fought back and Mourinho claimed them both soon after. Fawkner was starting to respond and Contributer made a dash. In a driving finish, Mourinho stuck his head out to claim a deserved Group 1 over Fawkner (not sure what happened around the 500m but it was costly) and the always brave The Cleaner just missing out. Mongolian Khan ran a nice race second-up and is ready to improve now while the jury is out big time on Contributer and Volkstok’n’barrell. Dandino was okay late along the fence from near last. Follow: Mongolian Khan is heading the right way for the Cups. Race 8: Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) 1st Stratum Star – Craig Williams 2nd Disposition – Damien Oliver 3rd Under The Louvre – Mark Zahra Gregers beat them out but was taken hold of as Strawberry Boy came across bringing Stratum Star and Rich Enuff over from out wide. Disposition held his spot near the rail but Charmed Harmonycouldn’t muster in time to get near the leas as he likes to do. Leebaz was caught wide around Lucky Hussler and Amorino while Under The Louvre jumped into the three wide line behind Leebaz. Strawberry Boy loped along in front and Rich Enuff sat up on his outside while Charmed Harmony strode forward but wide. That gave Stratum Star good cover around Disposition. Amorino was being pumped along before the turn with Gregers and Under The Louvre worked to the outside of those. Rich Enuff was the first beaten as Charmed Harmony tried to go out after Strawberry Boy on the bend. There was a run for Disposition and Stratum Star forced between Charmed Harmony and Leebaz to start his run. Under The Louvre chimed in wider out. He looked to hit the lead at the 100m but wanted to run all over the place and Disposition and Stratum Star went with him. Strawberry Boy and Charmed Harmony were fighting but beaten off. A tight three way go and Stratum Star’s never say die attitude saw him poke through and claim the Group 1. Disposition had his chance and Under The Louvre probably threw it away. Strawberry Boy ran an honest race, Charmed Harmony had no luck and behind them a very nice run from Lucky Hussler while Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Abidewithme charged late down the outside. Follow: Lucky Hussler is moving along well for the Group 1 miles coming up. Race 9: The Cup Club Handicap (1700m) 1st Kenjorwood – Regan Bayliss 2nd Jacquinot Bay – Michael Walker 3rd Extra Noble – Jake Bayliss Takenja jumped well and was up handy with Kenjorwood coming over and Jacquinot Bay and Extra Noble slotting in behind them. Diametric got onto heels and checked while He Or She was three wide around Iggimacool. Adorabeel was also wide outside Don Doremo and Zebrinz. Takenja had control though Kenjorwood wasn’t letting her get too far away. Jacquinot Bay looked strong in the box seat while Extra Noble needed shaking up. He Or She and Diametric were next and they opened up a couple of lengths on Iggimacool. Kenjorwood went straight past Takenja on the turn, the leader giving in very meekly, while Jacquinot Bay (inside) and Extra Noble (outside) made their bids. He Or She ran to fourth but couldn’t get near the leading trio at trhe 100m. Zebrinz was running on behind him with Lucky Lucky Lucky making ground from last. Kenjorwood had his big nose rolled head in front on the line to chalk up another win. Game efforts from Jacquinot Bay and Extra Noble. He Or She was fair though he was caught wide and a nice return from Lucky Lucky Lucky. Big disappointment was Takenja who seemingly had no excuses. Follow: Jacquinot Bay, Extra Noble and Lucky Lucky Lucky were all excellent going forward. Specials from the meeting: Pittsburgh Flyer, Pasadena Girl, Tulsa, Lucky Hussler.
Rosehill Review by Todd
Race 1 1st Mr One Eleven – Josh Parr 2nd Dance Of Heroes – Glyn Schofield 3rd Herne’s Oak – Brenton Avdulla Herne’s Oak began like a greyhound in the first, pinging straight to the early lead. Nazir and Loophole quickly moved up to make it a line of three until Loophole pushed on and went clear in front. Nazir moved up to be on its outside and Herne’s Oak got a nice sit behind them. Dance Of Heroes got an equally nice run in the one out and one back trail. Midrace Four Carat took off from midfield and took up the running. Into the straight it was still Four Carat clear in front with Bowman going for home. Nazir struck the front at the 300m mark, but there were chances coming from everywhere. In the run to the line, Dance Of Heroes and Mr One Eleven who came from last were finishing off best. Mr One Eleven was strong in the last part and came away to win clearly. Given he came from last and beat them, you can’t make excuses for the others. Follow: Mr One Eleven can win again Race 2 1st Press Statement – Hugh Bowman 2nd Shard Sam – Clipperton 3rd Rageese – Tommy Berry Press Statement was sent out a long odds on favourite in the small field for race two. Rageese took it up with Winning Accord about a half length away. There was a break back to Shards in third, and a similar break to Press Statement in fourth. Rageese rolled along in front and had over a length to spare as they came into the straight, but Shards and Press Statement were mounting challenges down the outside. Up to the 300m mark, Press Statement claimed the front without being asked for an effort, and soon after when Bowman did give him his head he put the issue beyond doubt. Shards did a good job to get past Rageese to claim second spot, and Fireworks finished her race off down the outside from last to claim fourth. The winner was in a different class here. Follow: Press Statement is a good horse Race 3 1st Amelie’s Star – Josh Parr 2nd Bohemian Lily – Tim Clark 3rd Reigning – Hugh Bowman The stayers went around over the mile and a half journey in race three. When they went to the post the first time there was virtually a line of four, with Bohemian Lily holding up in front and King Kinshasa going up to challenge. Rio Perdido was caught out three wide and pushing forward and eventually took up the running. Up to the 600m mark, Bohemian Lily put some pressure on the leader and King Kinshasa rolled up three wide. While that was going on, Amelie’s Star got a nice cart into it three wide. Early in the straight Amelie’s Star drew to the front and sprinted a length and a half clear. From there, nothing could get near her and she came away to win it by over three lengths. Bohemian Lily did a good job to hold of the rest of them for second. Reigning and Sasenkile closed off ok from the back. Follow: Again the winner is the one to follow Race 4 1st Alart – Greg Ryan 2nd Flamboyant Lass – Tim Clark 3rd Ocean Tempest – Glyn Schofield Gone To Paris missed the kick in race four. When they settled, Alpina had the front from Flamboyant Lass. Way Too Good railed up behind the leader to settle third. Back in the field, Look To The Stars was caught out wide. Around the turn, Alpina still had it but was about to be tackled by Flamboyant Lass. Way Too Good got through on the inside, and Alart came with a strong run on the outside. Further back Tremezzina was running on nicely. In the run to the line, Alart was the one who finished off best and got the money. Flamboyant Lass fought on to run second in what was a pretty good effort. Ocean Tempest also put in a good run for third. Back in the field, Denpurr finished off nicely in the last part. Follow: Flamboyant Lass Race 5 1st Vanbrugh – Hugh Bowman 2nd Tatoosh – Tomas Huet 3rd Man Of Choice – Sam Clipperton The Gloaming Stakes was race five on the card and when they settled, Clash Of Clans had the front from Intrepid Way. Maven Wizz was in the trail third on the fence, and Over The Air was in the one out and one back spot. The field stretched out indicating that the pace was ok. Mid race Clash Of Clans was off and running and when it came to the 600m mark it led by about four lengths and was going for home. Early in the straight, Clash Of Clans still had a clear lead, but Vanbrugh had moved into the race strongly and was coming after the leader and looking the goods. Soon after, it ran to the front. Briefly Tatoosh and Man Of Choice looked chances as they put in their runs, but Bowman got plenty out of Vanbrugh in the run to the line and it went on to win it like a pretty good horse. Tatoosh came away from Man Of Choice for second spot and realistically the rest didn’t do a lot. Clash Of Clans was a pretty decent run given that it set the pace and went for home a long way out. Follow: Vanbrugh, Clash Of Clans Race 6 1st Peeping – Sam Clipperton 2nd Two Blue – Paul King 3rd Berry Delicious – Tye Angland After her impressive first up win, Catkins was sent out an odds on favourite in race six, and after beginning well, she drifted right back in the field. Two Blue led them up from Vergara which gave Arabian Gold and Peeping nice runs behind the speed. Around the turn, Two Blue still had it, and those who backed Catkins were feeling for the rosary beads as Bowmen felt for the persuader. The supporters of Arabian Gold were in even more trouble as she began to drop right out. Whilst all that was going on, Peeping sprinted nicely and went up to grab Two Blue. Two Blue fought pretty hard, but from there on, Peeping had him covered and went on to victory. Berry Delicious was good from the back. Catkins didn’t seem to put in, and Arabian Gold was disgraceful and you would have to question injury. Follow: Berry Delicious Race 7 1st Vashka – Sam Clipperton 2nd God’s In Him – Tommy Berry 3rd Messene – Brenton Avdulla There was a good challenge for early supremacy in race seven with Foreign Prince poking through in the middle, Ninth Legion holding the fence and Vashka out deep. Foreign Prince eventually crossed and led, which let Vashka in closer and gave Ninth Legion a nice trail along with Flamingo Star. The favourite, Akavoroun got a good run midfield one off the fence. Around the turn, Vashka was tightening the screws on Foreign Prince who was being pushed along and Ninth Legion was staying well over towards the inside and had plenty of room to come through. Vashka had the front inside the 300m mark and looked to travel as well as any of them. In the run to the line, Vashka kept finding and held off the fast finishing God’s In Him and Messene who looked to be struggling early in the straight but did find something. Akavoroun was very average indeed. Follow: God’s In Him Race 8 1st Music Magnate – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Good Project – Hugh Bowman 3rd Testashadow – Tim Clark Testashadow was slow to begin in the last. Nevagotavote led initially but Darciwood rolled forward and took it up with Nevagotavote taking the trail and Harry Hotspur settling in third. Good Project was caught three wide and moving forward. Up around the turn, Darciwood had a clear lead which it maintained to the 300m mark, but the cavalry were coming. Good Project was running on well despite being wide all the way, and Music Magnate was putting in a strong run out wider. Good Project had the front at the 100m mark, but the run started to tell and Music Magnate finished off a bit stronger in the run to the line. Frespanol and Ballet Suite were the two best closers. This could be a decent for race. Follow: Good Project, Ballet Suite Specials from the meeting: God’s In Him, Good Project, Ballet Suite