Race 1: Ern Jensen Handicap (1100m)
1st Hazard – Tom Sadler
2nd Miss Promiscuity – Steven King
3rd Jessy Belle – Michael Dee
Miss Promiscuity had little trouble in leading and crossed Hazard while Pathways improved along the fence. Danestroem found herself three wide up there. Elle Excite wanted to pull in midfield. Miss Promiscuity was allowed to stride along without any pressure applied but when she cornered Hazard had moved alongside. Danestroem tried to come on but the wide run told on her and Pathways had plenty of room to run on. Behind her Jessy Belle was looking for a run and Judicial Rock loomed as a place hope getting home down the outside. Hazard stuck the head in front about 100m out and held Miss Promiscuity to the line. Decent gap to Jessy Belle getting through and hitting the line nicely. Pathways and Danestroem had their chance and Judicial Rock’s run ended.
Follow: nice return from Jessy Belle and she’s better over a little more ground too.
Race 2: Charter Keck Cramer (2000m)
1st Second Bullet – Michael Dee
2nd Hero Master – Jye McNeil
3rd Star Fashion – Dylan Dunn
Osvaldo was a bit casual at the start and settled last. The import Wexford Town was ridden up to find the lead and Star Fashionfollowed him over to second. Hero Master settled in the box seat inside Red Fella and Count Encosta caught deep around Epic Sagaand Campanology. They bunched up noticeably as far as 800m out and Star Fashion put some pressure on Wexford Town who cracked before the turn. Count Encosta flushed Red Fella out and Hero Master had to wait behind the leaders. Campanology became held up behind him and Second Bullet was stoked up from the back. Star Fashion looked to be travelling nicely as she hit the front. Campanology got a dream run through inside her to challenge and Hero Master was in the clear in plenty of time. Second Bullet charged down the outside to chime in inside the 200m and he and Hero Master claimed Star Fashion close to the line. Second Bullet’s momentum carried him away in the last 20m for an easy win. Hero Master was honest as usual and Star Fashion had her chance as did Campanology.
Race 3: No Fuss Events Handicap (1600m)
1st Anaphora – Vlad Duric
2nd Violent Snow – Jye McNeil
3rd Tears Of Joy – Michael Cahill
Mrs President landed in the lead from Royal Ocean who was hurried up to cross from a wide gate. Tears Of Joy and Comaneci let them go. A Lotta Love raced in the clear from Pattini and Prickly Affair. Bayoonah had a nice run behind them. They strung right out behind Mrs President who didn’t look to be going too hard but by the turn they had bunched up. Royal Ocean was pushed along to go with Mrs President but couldn’t while Comaneci and A Lotta Love made their moves further out. A Lotta Love collared Mrs President past the 200m but they were coming out wider as Violent Snow and Anaphora from the back put in their bids. It was a bob of the head on the line as Anaphora got the head down in time to deny Violent Snow. Tears Of Joy boxed on solidly and hit the line with A Lotta Love and Comaneci was close up. Be a little forgiving of Mrs President as she finished not far from them but Bayoonah did nothing and can be sacked.
Follow: none, they are pretty well exposed.
Race 4: Sky High Mt Dandenong (1200m)
1st Charles In Charge – Tom Sadler
2nd Inspector – Dale Smith
3rd Rich Jack – Jason Benbow
There were a few keen to lead but Sunday Escape held them out and led Rich Jack and Zedi Knight out wider. Charles In Chargeeased out of that battle into a good spot. Cyclone Andy split Liberty Rock and Grand Orator in midfield and Inspector was behind them. Zedi Knight was first to struggle and Sunday Escape and Rich Jack got a break before the turn. Cyclone Andy also put under pressure but Charles In Charge was held together. Inspector got onto his back as they fanned where Liberty Rock lost some ground. Sunday Escape still led past the 200m but he was in big trouble and Charles In Charge took over soon after with Rich Jack trying to stick on. Inspector made a late dive but the winner had everything made to order and was too good. Rich Jack held third from Search Squadand Edgewood finishing off late. Academy Jack ran on next and is desperate for a wet track while Tilla Bell Rings made ground from last.
Follow: none, unless Academy Jack finds a soft or heavy track.
Race 5: Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200m)
1st Black Vanquish – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd Payroll – Michael Cahill
3rd Pearl Star – Glen Boss
The speed came from the outside as Cool Snitzel and Northern Model crossed to lead. Black Vanquish landed third with a good trail.Badajoz was caught wide around Stalwart and Strindberg. There was a bit of tightening behind that bunch and Pearl Star and Bob Of The Head dropped back a length or so. Black Vanquish eased three wide before the turn and loomed ominously as Northern Model was the first to be called upon. Cool Snitzel didn’t give much and Northern Model came back to head her but Black Vanquish claimed them both by the 200m. Badajoz started to dig in out wider and right down the outside Payroll was winding up from last. Black Vanquish had more than a length’s break 50m out and he clung on to beat Payroll, who only needed a couple more bounds, and Pearl Star finished off nicely too. Very good run after striking bother. Badajoz wasn’t disgraced behind them and the rest were well beaten.
Follow: Payroll is a promising filly, Badajoz is still green but ran well.
Race 6: Canaccord Genuity Handicap (1200m)
1st Durendal – Katelyn Mallyon
2nd It’s About You – Regan Bayliss
3rd Heza Dude – Vlad Duric
Heza Dude missed it by a couple of lengths. Liberation booted through to lead Secret Blend. Wider out Nordic Empire couldn’t get in around Cornrow racing keenly and Rakitiki on the fence. Durendal jumped very well but was restrained and got across behind them. Heza Dude improved past It’s About You settling. Secret Blend kept Liberation busy coming to the turn and they moved away from the fence. Rakitiki got up on their inside and Nordic Empire was under pressure on their outside. Durendal peeled out wider to run on and Cornrow was looking for runs closer in. The race changed quickly from the 200m as Durendal swept to the lead out wide and raced away. It’s About You and Heza Dude burst through from the back into the placings and Nordic Empire battled on best of the rest after a tough run. Winner too strong after a perfect runs but merit in the placegetters’ efforts.
Follow: It’s About You did more than enough first-up.
Race 7: Terminus Hotel Handicap (2000m)
1st Master Of Arts – Jye McNeil
2nd All I Survey – Steven King
3rd Show A Star – Vlad Duric
Show A Star took a while to get going but crossed from the outside to lead Von Classic Hero and War Point on the fence. Maldonadoand Snow Secret were in that pack and Kawabata eased a bit to midfield around Second Option. Show A Star strode a few lengths clear of Maldonado in the middle stages and he went for home from the 600m. Von Classic Hero did the chasing but was hard at it. Snow Secret moved to third and was being tracked by Master Of Arts moving into it. Maldonado dropped off and All I Survey was widest running on. Show A Star went beyond the middle of the track on the turn and inconvenienced Snow Secret a bit. All I Survey got up on his inside and Master Of Arts was still coming on the outside fence. He finished it off just a bit better to beat All I Survey. Decent effort from Show A Star to hold third from the fast-finishing Spur On Gold and Snow Secret. Decent gap to the remainder.
Follow: the first five home.
Race 8: Changing Places Handicap (1440m)
1st Red Bomber – Michael Dee
2nd Gracious Prospect – Vlad Duric
3rd Jazz Song – Glen Boss
Hosting was slow and ridden up to recover. Sistine Demon rolled to the lead as he usually does from Mirage and Pythagorean up there fresh. Swift Shadow held the fence behind them inside Jazz Song and Lord Durante. The grey Freshwater Storm had a gun run in the clear next and Gracious Prospect found himself further back than normal. Sistine Demon ran them along but Mirage was right on his hammer. They got away a couple of lengths on Pythagorean, struggling, and Swift Shadow past the 600m. Mirage and Sistine Demon had a decent bump on the turn but Mirage took over in the centre of the track before rolling right back to the fence by the 200m. Jazz Song emerged down the outside and Red Bomber came off her back. They were closing in out wide as well with Freshwater Storm and Gracious Prospect swooping. Red Bomber hit the lead in the closing stages and held out Gracious Prospect and Jazz Song ran an improved third. Freshwater Storm was right behind them and Hosting and Lord Durante were next. Mirage weakened badly when he went back to the inside.
Follow: nice return from Freshwater Storm.
Race 9: LU Simon Builders Handicap (1600m)
1st Pyrrolic – Luke Nolen
2nd Tips And Beers – Glen Boss
3rd De Little Engine – Noel Callow
Northern Lyric wanted the lead and found the front from Free Of Doubt and Tips And Beers landed a clear third. Oltre Finito strode to fourth away from Pyrrolic who overraced a little inside Pop Culture. Pin Your Hopes and Inishowen were the next pair. Northern Lyric didn’t get a break but he had Free Of Doubt working overtime inside the 800m. He responded a bit and Oltre Finito moved wider to slide into it. Pyrrolic got off the inside and also ran on in the better going. Tips And Beers and Aragonese were closer to the rail. Northern Lyric sprinted around the bend and got clear but was a sitting shot. Oltre Finito couldn’t go with him but Pyrrolic cut him down inside the 200m. Tips And Beers had made it out beyond the centre and was battling on well. Pyrrolic stormed to the lead in the latter stages and went away for a predictable win. Tips And Beers stuck on for second and a nice first-up run from De Little Engine back nearer the inside. Oltre Finito and Inishowen were close up.
Follow: De Little Engine is an above average stayer and his first-up run was excellent.
Specials from the meeting: Jessy Belle, Payroll, It’s About You.