Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams The Flops Euphoric Realm was well fancied by punters in the first at Caulfield on his home track. The Mick Price trained runner was coming off an excellent win the start prior at Flemington and it was quite evident as they were getting to the turn that he was gone. I’m not sure how much work Mick did with him on the track but it didn’t look like it had been enough. As good as his run last start was he hadn’t raced in a month and was stepping up from 1700m to 2000m. You Think So had excuses last start at Moonee Valley when he went around in a small field and was hurt by the tempo of the race but was still able to really get going well again late. The start prior he was excellent when he was beaten by the very promising Kavanagh filly Midnight Martini. He got shuffled well back here from an inside draw and was always going to struggle after that. I think he is a pretty talented horse though but not one worth backing at a short price again. Zippy Lou was very well backed at Doomben and punters were rubbing there hands together throughout. Butler landed her into an absolute gun position in running and with her racing pattern and the weight of money that had come for her most were probably thinking about going to get in line to collect. After they straightened though it was evident fairly quickly that she was gone. The wins of the day 3yo colt Snitza blew them away in the 2000m race for the 3yos. He raced on the pace throughout and when he got to the turn he went bang and put a gap in them and just kept going. That makes it three wins from his last four starts and they have been by big margins. Interesting to see a son of Snitzel be so dominant between 2000m-2400m and at the rate he is improving they may just be able to find a nice little race for him somewhere over the carnival or a Country Cup. Thought the win of the day at Caulfield was Biancon Rose. Her trainer had been doing the media rounds all morning talking up her hopes and she had been coming off two very impressive wins in mid week company where she was able to race in her favoured position which is on pace. Not all went well however when they jumped and she found herself well back and in traffic. Once they straightened up she was really able to flatten out and put in a huge effort to catch the leader and win. Always a sign of a good horse when everything goes against them ans they are still able to salute. The Forgives Happy to forgive Warm Love after her run in the Sir John Monash. When she was unable to get the lead and the fence I thought she was going to struggle. Her effort was still pretty good I thought as Gold Trail didn’t do much and she did keep digging in all of the way up the straight. She will definitely derive significant benefit from that outing and she is one that can be backed next run with confidence in suitable conditions. Chivvy was having just her second race start and was heavily backed to take out the 2yo race at Caulfield. She had drawn the car park though and found herself well back at the tail of the field and he was the widest runner at the turn. All of that being the case he still worked to the line really well and managed to finish fifth in the end. Upon review it’s pretty fair to say that the barrier has cost her any real chance she had of winning and that her performance was exceptional. Hoof on the till Rue Maple is flying this campaign but just can’t seem to get a breakthrough win. She has been caught wide a few times and isn’t racing with much luck. Her form coming into this race was very good around the likes of Mid Summer Music and after sitting three wide the trip outside Gold Trail and Warm Love you would find it pretty easy to forgive her had she faded in her run, but she didn’t. The Weir trained mare dug deep when it counted and just kept going to score a valuable black type placing against her name. She is getting into her campaign now but she is close to a win. Follow: Rue Maple, Chivvy, Stratford, Biancon Rose, Warm Love ————————————————————–

Rosehill review completed by Todd Burmester

Rosehill 17/07/2011 – Track: Dead 5  Race 1 – Pace: Good Man of Honour: Led and over raced a bit, folded up badly in the straight Hurrara: Joint in the lead, over raced a bit fought on ok Stratford:Was coasting all the way back in the field on a reasonably pace, ultra impressive when let down. Al’s Gold: Missed the start a bit, ran on well at the end, but no match for the winner who came from back with him. Battle Ready: Cramped a bit for room again in the straight, worked home ok Follow: Stratford, Hurrara Race 2 – Pace: Even Valdhez: Sat second, sprinted away from Testarythm with a 6kg weight pull over him Testarythm: Led and tried hard under the 59kg – a genuine racehorse Lotus Flower and My Sabeel: No run on today like last time Nextanix: Missed the kick a bit and finished off best of the beaten brigade Follow: Valdhez, Nextanix Race 3:  Pace: Good Skip Town: Well supported in betting, led but had enough “annoyance” to leave it vulnerable in the straight.  Still a good run. Conferre: Sat wide all the way and had the audacity to hit the front 200m out and the peaked on the run. Extraceed: Got the money after a cushy run back on the fence which made the difference. King’s Pact: Not quick out of the gates and ran on very well Fille Vilaine: Ran on well with King’s Pact Ima Secret: A clear last out, stuck to the fence and worked home well Dynamic Honour: Disappointing in the straight. Follow: Conferre, Skip Town Race 4 – Pace: Good Wazn: Just too good for this lot.  Gave them a start and a beating Winning Glory: Ridden a treat, pinched the break when necessary but found one better on the day. Our Cannavaro: Tried hard as usual Delago Star: I’m not convinced he should be ridden this close to the lead.  Better when allowed to get back and run on. Follow: Wazn Race 5 – Pace: Even Recorrido: Missed the start and rounded them up in the straight, good win. Divya: Set its own pace but not good enough in the straight Rain Melody: Never really clear in the straight, forget the run

Mambo Flyer and Counterpane: Both ran on well, but the winner was clearly superior Talapega: Had a good run in transit, but perhaps not fit enough first up. Don’t sack yet. Follow: Recorrido, Rain Melody Race 6 – Pace: Even Devil’s Arcade: Probably should have won if not for a tardy start Scarf: Always in a winning position today, quickened well in the straight. Madibagold and Break Card: Both good runs, but the first two were clearly superior Follow: Devil’s Arcade, Break Card Race 7 – Pace: Good Othello: Found his own way in front today, but set a fair pace.  Another honest run. Future Solution: A well timed run today proved the difference to last start when he took off early. Romanus: Ran on well as he always does usually without winning Home On A Wing: Looks to be nearing a win Brayroan: Wide all the way but just a run I reckon.  Not convinced he has come back in great form, or wants further? Nice And Neat: Looked to be on one reign in the straight (Sydney way of going vs. previous Melbourne form), a good run under the circumstances. Follow: Future Solution, Home On A Wing, Nice And Neat Race 8 – Pace: Even Girls Go Racing: Showed no pace, worked home well on the fence. Unanimously: Not surprising to see him ridden closer, looked the winner at the 200m, bar a big finish from Master Of Design Master of Design: Clearly a smart horse, came from a long way back and chased down a pretty fair horse.  Can go on to better things Miss Independent: Another minor placing, she’s just not a winner! Phenomenal Lass and Bay Window: Both showed pace first up, but fitness wasn’t there in the straight.  Both will improve and can win soon. Follow: Master of Design, Unanimously, Bay Window Summary of runners to follow: Stratford, Hurrara, Valdhez, Nextanix, Conferre, Skip Town, Wazn, Recorrido, Rain Melody, Devil’s Arcade, Break Card, Future Solution, Home On A Wing, Nice And Neat, Master Of Design, Unanimously, Bay Window. Specials Stratford, Conferre, Wazn, Home On A Wing, Master Of Design