Caulfield review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Debutant Stakes (1000m)

1st Of The Brave – Stephen Baster 2nd Miss Idyllic – Michael Walker 3rd Miss Loren – Steven King

Trench Fighter stood there at the start and missed it by a couple of lengths. Miss Idyllic sprung out and went looking for the lead. Reemah and Miss Loren showed pace and Of The Brave gathered pace along the rail and found the front. Cullemy’s Diamond and Stylish Assassin were around midfield and Helford River improved along the fence. Of The Brave was cruising along in front coming to the turn and was held together as Miss Idyllic and Miss Loren loomed up. They kicked away from Cullemy’s Diamond at the top of the straight. Of The Brave responded when asked inside the 200m and drew clear in the closing stages. Miss Idyllic tried hard in second but was no match and Miss Loren held on for third ahead of Cullemy’s Diamond. The latter filly wasn’t a bad effort considering she was very fizzed up behind the gates. Trench Fighter was the only one to make any significant ground charging home and was just touched out of fifth by Schopenhauer who appeared to have every chance. Winner is a half brother to Eloping and looks just as professional.

Follow: Trench Fighter should have finished a lot closer.

Race 2: Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200m)

1st Earthquake – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Tawteen – Stephen Baster 3rd More Radiant – Craig Newitt

Tawteen broke cleanly while Earthquake next to her seemed to just knuckle a little, though didn’t lose any ground. They headed to the lead together with Ygrittestuck out three wide. Cristalina Lago landed in the box seat withLondon Lolly on her outside and More Radiant three deep with cover. A couple of lengths to Silversands and Aimee. Tawteen had control and Earthquake was being stoked up well before the turn to stay with her. Ygritte was beaten off and Cristalina Lago couldn’t do any better on the fence. More Radiant peeled out to run on but was giving away a decent start. Tawteen was giving a bit sight and Earthquake only joined her about 150m out before edging away for her first win since the Blue Diamond. Tawteen stuck on well and More Radiant didn’t get any favours in the race but she still made a heap of ground to be close up. London Lolly had every chance and Ygritte battled on after having a tough run. Earthquake did have 59kg and you should never knock a win but she doesn’t look the same horse that she did at two. Perhaps they have caught up to her a bit. Nice effort More Radiant.

Follow: More Radiant is ready to win a similar race.

Race 3: Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m)

1st Hosting – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Taddei Tondo – Patrick Moloney 3rd Tango’s Daughter – Craig Newitt

Hosting went straight back to last out of the gates. Turquoise King jumped well from the inside gate and went forward. Alma’s Fury showed gate speed and then Sistine Demon started to roll across but was kept working by Turquoise King. Club Command whipped up to second after being trapped wide and in the leading bunch was Loot ‘N’ Run. Alma’s Fury wound up three deep outside him. Eximius and Tango’s Daughter raced in the clear. Sistine Demon was kept busy in the lead by Club Command and Alma’s Fury crept up three wide to try and join them. Tango’s Daughter got onto his back and Turquoise King had to wait in behind them. Taddei Tondo was tracking Tango’s Daughter and in turn Hosting had his back on the bend. Sistine Demon and Club Command were swallowed up at the 200m by Tango’s Daughter and Alma’s Fury. Turquoise King was badly checked and lost ground. Taddei Tondo and Hosting stormed down the outside and Hosting finished just a bit the better. Tango’s Daughter carted them into the race and her third was a nice improvement second-up. Alma’s Fury was brave after sitting wide. Forget Turquoise King went around, he should have been right in the finish.

Follow: Tango’s Daughter, Turquoise King

Race 4: Schillaci Stakes (1000m)

1st Rubick – Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Platelet – Ben Melham 3rd Overreach – Tommy Berry

Iconic seemed to stumble slightly out of the gates and Rubick was only fair to begin but mustered quickly. Overreach jumped well and showed pace but couldn’t hold Rubick out. Gregers and Platelet were handy while Not Listenin’tome eased to avoid being caught wide. Sessions over raced a bit in second last and Iconic trailed them. Rubick railed through the hold Overreach out and he slipped away on the turn as Overreach was shaken up. Gregers loomed up but didn’t look likely and Platelet was looking for runs between the leaders. Wider Not Listenin’tome couldn’t sprint with them, Sessions was in reverse and Iconic weaved through and started to hit the line well. Rubick was there to be beaten at the 100m but got stronger as the race went on and he was getting away on the line. Too brilliant first-up. Platelet pushed through to grab second from Overreach and the fast-finishing Iconic. Gregers whacked away. Not Listenin’tome wasn’t entirely disgraced as he also made some late ground, assess him next time at 1200m. Sessions disappointed greatly.

Follow: the first three were all resuming and are all open to improvement.

Race 5: Herbert Power Stakes (2400m)

1st Big Memory – Tommy Berry 2nd Signoff – Glen Boss 3rd Let’s Make Adeal – Dwayne Dunn

Fair line out bar Unchain My Heart who was slow and crossed to the fence at the tail. Bonfire had little trouble in finding the lead. Signoff did some work to get up in second place around Sangster and Big Memory. The importRenew raced handy with Waltzing To Win. Protectionist settled midfield on the fence inside Let’s Make Adeal. Lord Van Percy was in the second half. Renew continued his run forward after being caught wide and went up to sit outside Bonfire on the speed and giving Signoff a trail. Not a lot of change in the middle stages though Masked Marvel slid around them to about third at the 1000m. Protectionist was one of the first off the bit back midfield on the fence but at the same time Bonfire was being asked to go in the lead. Big Memory got up on his inside at the 600m. Masked Marvel dropped off and Signoff started his run around him. Waltzing To Win stayed on the fence. Sangster was one paced on the turn and Let’s Make Adeal went around him. Protectionist was badly held up and looking for runs but tended to find the backs of horses going backwards. Big Memory hung on the turn and took Bonfire to the centre of the track and Signoff also had to shift wider. Let’s Make Adeal loomed strongly at the 200m. Big Memory was wayward but kept fighting and he held on from Signoff and Let’s Make Adeal. Protectionist was storming home on the inside once he finally got out and a nice run also from Lord Van Percy. Protest Signoff vs Big Memory for interference in the straight was dismissed.

Follow: Protectionist’s run was huge, should have won easily. He’s a big Melbourne Cup chance.

Race 6: Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m)

1st Fawkner – Nicholas Hall 2nd Criterion – Hugh Bowman 3rd Side Glance – Jamie Spencer

Reasonable line out but Crackerjack King didn’t show any early pace as he did in the Underwood and Sacred Falls was dragged back to last from the outside alley. Dissident and Side Glance were among the best to begin andFawkner made use of a good gate to be handy. Sertorius, Happy Trails and Dear Demi were in the first six before Crackerjack King started to get going around them. Criterion and Foreteller were worse than midfield. Side Glance was allowed to run a bit in the middle stages and he had a couple of lengths over Dissident in the clear. Fawkner had the run of the race. Crackerjack King continued to move forward and made it to third at the 600m before he started to feel the pinch. Fawkner pushed him out of the way to get clear on the turn. Dear Demi stayed on the fence and Happy Trails came around them. Sertorius seemed to lose his position and any chance. Side Glance was taken on by Dissident at the 300m but Fawkner had them covered soon after. Criterion had worked his way through the field and he hit the line very hard, making it tough for Dear Demi to get out from behind Fawkner. Happy Trails and Sacred Falls were down the outside. Fawkner, aided by a perfect run, held off Criterion and Side Glance was game in third. Sacred Falls had a nice trial for the Cox Plate running on for fourth. Happy Trails was okay and Dissident’s run was a lot better than it looked as he bled. Dear Demi gets a pass mark as well.

Follow: Side Glance would take beating in the Mackinnon and Sacred Falls was excellent from a Cox Plate point of view.

Race 7: Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m)

1st Trust In A Gust – Brad Rawiller 2nd Speediness – Hugh Bowman 3rd Desert Jeuney – James Winks

Solicit headed straight for the front from her wide alley and got there pretty comfortably. Trust In A Gust landed in a nice spot second with Escadoinside him. Arabian Gold was also able to find a trail. Desert Jeuney, Tristram’s Sun and Akavoroun, who was a bit slow but worked around them, were next. Solicit rolled along in the lead and Trust In A Gust stayed in her slipstream. Akavoroun moved up third three wide around Arabian Gold and Escado. No moves from the back and many were being ridden along before the turn. Trust In A Gust loomed alongside Solicit on the turn and went for home a long way out. Akavoroun was under pressure but responding and Desert Jeuney came off his back to run on. Escado battled and Speediness was weaving through the pack. Behind them Arabian Gold dropped off, she pulled up with a problem, and Rhythm To Spare and Guest Of Honour were running on fairly. Trust In A Gust was a sitting shot but he kept going and posted yet another courageous win. Speediness continues to be denied a good win but he ran well again and Desert Jeuney ran out of his skin for third just ahead of a luckless Akavoroun. Rhythm To Spare charged late to be in that bunch and Bull Point and Escado weren’t far away. Solicit weakened and Guest Of Honour wasn’t a bad run after getting way too far back.

Follow: there’s a win in Speediness and Akavoroun through the carnival.

Race 8: Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m)

1st Amicus – Hugh Bowman 2nd Traveston Girl – Damian Browne 3rd Sabatini – James McDonald

Lumosty and Go Indy Go were taken back to the tail and that was pretty much the end of their chances. Amicus crossed to the fence quickly then allowed Traveston Girl to take up the running. Sabatini had the box seat withPickin’ Time outside her. Bring Me The Maid and Afleet Esprit were the next pair. Traveston Girl led clearly midrace with Amicus left to do the chasing. Pickin’ Time moved to third around Sabatini and Bring Me The Maid had every chance. Traveston Girl tried to kick away around the turn but Amicus was closing in and they were a couple clear of Sabatini getting off the fence. Bring Me The Maid made a dash while Tahni Dancer made some ground from well back. Amicus got to the front at the 100m and just edged away to score from a gallant Traveston Girl. Sabatini had her chance but also ran well for third ahead of Bring Me The Maid. Even effort Tahni Dancer as nothing made ground. Go Indy Go had no hope back there with the race dominated on the speed.

Follow: none in particular.

Race 9: Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m)

1st Shooting To Win – James McDonald 2nd Rich Enuff – Michael Rodd 3rd Wandjina – Dwayne Dunn

Rich Enuff jumped well and crossed to lead after about 200m. Almalad, who was away well but took time to gather speed, booted forward to sit outside him and Stingray and Moonovermanhattan trailed them. Shooting To Winsplit Zebulon and Looks Like The Cat in midfield. Lucky Tom and Zululand were followed by Kumaon inside Merion. Wandjina was second last and Chivalry trailed them. Rich Enuff was kept at it by Almalad and Looks Like The Cat made a line of three a fair way out. Shooting To Win had his back as Stingray struggled to go with them. Merion went very wide on the turn and Kumaon got a dream run through the middle. Rich Enuff sprinted away from Almalad on the corner but he’d worked very hard and Shooting To Win was setting out after him. Moonovermanhattan was very one paced and Kumaon and Wandjina were running on out wide. Shooting To Win stuck the head in front at the 100m and while Rich Enuff tried hard to kick back the tough run told on him and he was narrowly denied. Wandjina continued his inconsistent form to finish third ahead of Kumaon. Chivalry and Merion were next but were never in the race. Game win by Shooting To Win but all the figures will show Rich Enuff’s run was enormous.

Follow: none in particular

Race 10: Sprint Series Final (1200m)

1st Griante – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Girl Guide – Craig Williams 3rd Shamal Wind – Nick Hall

Griante showed speed from a wide gate but couldn’t cross as Chiquada, Danestroem and Brilliant Bisc kicked up inside her. Girl Guide was away with them. Soosa Rama, Fare Well and Coronation Shallan were in a bunch behind the speed with Double Dee, Gig eased back after jumping nicely and Shamal Wind settled last. Brilliant Bisc was running them along in front and Danestroem was first under pressure before the turn. Chiquada moved up to challenge but also hit a wall early in the straight. Fare Well ran up behind the leader and Girl Guide was stuck behind a tiring horse. Griante, who tracked Chiquada, peeled out and she sprinted quickly. Shamal Wind also started her usual sharp sprint from the back. Griante took over from Brilliant Bisc inside the 200m as Girl Guide got clear to chase her. Shamal Wind kept coming and Fare Well had her chance on the rails and Danestroem found a second wind and battled on. Griante had the momentum up and was able to stave off Girl Guide and Shamal Wind for a solid win. Danestroem wasn’t bad but not quite up to the class. Coronation Shallan was okay late first-up.

Follow: stick with Girl Guide.

Specials from the meeting: Protectionist, More Radiant, Turquoise King, Sacred Falls.

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Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Pierrette Winona Costin 2nd Sebring Sun Brenton Avdulla 3rd Flamboyant Lass Tim Clark

The two-year-olds were first to kick off the card and Sebring Son and Feast For Eyes were bad to begin and went back to the rear of the field, and Sebring Sun was also slow to begin. Pierrette was away well and led them up from Flamboyant Lass and Ideal Express out three wide. They turned with Pierrette in front and as they topped the rise it still led, with Sebring Sun having made up a lot of ground after its bad start. They went to the line fighting it out, with Pierrette holding on but Sebring Sun was clearly the run of the race, getting close at the end, even after racing greenly in the straight and running out.

Follow: Sebring Sun

Race 2

1st Order Of The Sun Thomas Huet 2nd Grand Marshall Glyn Schofield 3rd Best Case Brenton Avdulla

Foreign Prince was the best to begin and Best Case was hunted up to try and go with him. Grand Marshall went around Foreign Prince and then Order Of The Sun went around it to take up the front running position. Order Of The Sun took it up by a couple into the back from Grand Marshall with the same break back to Foreign Prince back in third, with Best Case ending up fourth back on the fence. Order Of The Sun set a decent pace throughout and had a break as the turned for home. When they topped the rise he was still in front and kicked away from Grand Marshall, and Best Case was struggling to make up ground out wide. Order Of The Sun stretched its lead in the run to the line and won by about three from Grand Marshall with Best Case working its way into third about the same margin away but never looking like a winning chance.

Follow: None to follow

Race 3

1st Slightly Sweet Kathy O’Hara 2nd Wine Tales Tim Clark 3rd Careless Winona Costin

Super Willie was best to begin and leg from Careless with Good Project caught out wide. Super Willie slowed up in front with Careless moving up outside of it, and that meant Good Project was caught three wide and trying to restrain back to find a position, but it failed to do so. Sunforce was getting a nice run in behind the leader. When they came around the turn and up the rise, Super Willie still had it, with Careless trying to get on terms, and Slightly Sweet was putting in a run. Inside the furlong marker Slightly Sweet tackled them and went home the better to win from Wine Tales that finished very well down the outside and Careless that kept battling on for third.

Follow: Wine Tales

Race 4

1st Pythagorean Blake Shinn 2nd Black Revolver Ty Angland 3rd Paederos Kathy O’Hara

Glacial Age and Landlocked were both slow to begin. Paederos led from Shout To The Top early on until Pythagorean moved up to sit outside the leader, which mean Pythagorean took a sit in third. Golden Aro was caught wide behind them. Around the turn Paederos and Pythagorean still had it and they put a couple of lengths on them as they came up the rise. Inside the 200m mark these two were still well in front and Pythagorean got the better of Paederos and it was left to Black Revolver to flash late, but it was too late and Pythagorean held on for the win. Landlocked also finished well.

Follow: Landlocked

Race 5

1st Aomen Blake Shinn 2nd Monton Taylor Marshall 3rd Charlie Boy Josh Parr

Riva De Lago was slow to begin, and Disciple also went back at the start. Aomen went to the front early with Charlie Boy moving up out wide. Up to the 800m mark Aomen still had it, with Charlie Boy happy to sit a length off it. Monton and Whittington were getting nice runs behind the speed. Up to the turn, Charlie Boy moved as bit closer to Aomen and the field packed up behind them. As they topped the rise Aomen kicked away from them. In behind them Whittington was trying to work into the clear but perhaps not going well enough. In the run to the line Monton did well to chase the leader, but realistically nothing was going to catch Aomen who did well to win by just under a length from Monton who ran a good race as he often does. Sysmo came to the line nicely and might be worth following.

Follow: Sysmo

Race 6

1st Hampton Court Josh Parr 2nd First Seal Jason Collett 3rd Sweynesse Blake Shinn

Panzer Division was ridden to lead and did so with Valentia working up outside of it as they went to the back straight, which mean Press Report settled third. First Seal was then in fourth and that meant Sweynesse was able to follow up behind it. The pace seemed to slow a bit mide race, so then when they came to the 600m mark Swaynesse was off around them and First Seal tried to go with it. As they came around the turn Panzer Division was still in front but Sweynesse looked to have run past First Seal. Up the rise those two looked to have the race between them, and were still it front at the 200m mark, but Hampton Court was starting to run on behind them. With 100m to go, Hampton Court hit the front and was coming home by far the better and ran away from the two fancied runners for an impressive win. First Seal managed to fight back and beat Sweynesse to the line and they gapped Press Report who finished fourth.

Follow: First Seal

Race 7

1st Neena Rock Ty Angland 2nd Estonian Princess Brenton Avdulla 3rd Danesiri Taylor Marshall

A pretty average start with Gypsy Diamond missing it and going back to last of all and then beind pushed to try and make up ground. Estonian Princess led pretty easily with Bouzy Rouge moving up into second. Chintz was caught out wide and then moved out outside of the leader, which gave Bouzy Rouge the sit along with Soapy Star. The favourite Neena Rock got a nice run in fifth. Up to the turn, Estonian Princess who had support in betting still had it from Chintz with Neena Rock striding up three wide and as it did so, got into a bumping duel with Bouzy Rouge. Up the rise, Estonian Princess had it but Neena Rock looked the obvious danger on the outside. Inside the furlong Neena Rock hit the front, but Estonian Princess wouldn’t be done with and fought all the way to the line, but Neena Rock was too strong and got a deserved win after running very well recently. These two put a gap in the rest of the field. Danesiri at big odds came from the back of the field between horses to finish third, which was a good effort.

Follow: Danesiri

Race 8

1st Boss Lane Taylor Marshall 2nd Telepathic Sam Clipperton 3rd Atmospherical Tim Clark

Timeless Prince was slow to begin and went back to the rear in the last. Boss Lane was quick to begin along with Atmospherical and these two ran to the front early. Atmospherical crossed, and then Boss Lane moved up outside of it at the half way mark, which mean Maximilian and Law got nice runs behind the speed. Around the turn and up the rise Atmospherical had it, but Boss Lane looked to be traveling the better and at the furlong mark he was asked for the effort and took the lead and then did enough in the run to the line to win by a length. Telepathic worked its way through on the inside and kept coming to the line for second and should be followed.

Follow: Telepathic

Specials from the meeting: Sebring Sun, Wine Tales, Telepathic