Randwick Review by Todd Burmester
1st Painted Firetail – James McDonald
2nd Stravigo – Sam Clipperton
3rd Dane Slugger – Brodie Loy
The Two-Year-Olds went around in race one and Painted Firetail was favourite. He jumped well from the outside, but there were plenty kicking through to its inside and he drifted back to third and fourth last and was still wide. Mid race, Stravigo had a clear lead from Concubine, Lindwall was three wide and Fund Manager was out four deep. Before the turn, Painted Firetail started to track up on the back of Fund Manager and came widest once the straightened. Up the rise, Stravigo gave a big kick and for a few strides looked the winner but then Painted Firetail let go with a booming run and went to the lead inside the 100m mark and came away for a pretty soft and impressive win in the end. No excuses for the beaten brigade here, but the effort of Stravigo and Dane Slugger was good enough to suggest they will continue to race well.
Follow: Dane Slugger
1st Tree Of Jesse – Tim Clark
2nd Berry Delicious – Jason Collett
3rd Manhattan Island – Sam Clipperton
A small field in race two where Confederate was best to begin but Manhattan Island used the inside to its advantage to go through and take it up. Tree Of Jesse settled third with Berry Delicious the last of the four runners as they settled. The leader over raced mid race, and Confederate was happy to sit back and stalk it. Around the turn and up the rise, Manhattan Island traveled better than Confederate, with Tree Of Jesse coming to the outside. Manhattan Island initially left them standing up the rise, but the early effort of over racing may have told and Tree Of Jesse ran on very nicely to go away for a clear victory. Berry Delicious hit the line with some intent to get into second place ahead of the tiring leader.
Follow: Tree Of Jesse
1st Major Major – Brodie Loy
2nd Four Carat – Tommy Berry
3rd Soviet Courage – Josh Parr
A mile and a half for race three and Major Major stood still at the start and came out about five lengths behind them and settled a the rear. They took a while to sort themselves out and settled down here where Majestic Beast took it up from Wazn with White Dove getting a gun run behind speed and Salford Art slotting in one off the fence in fourth. There was no change in the order mid race and just before the home turn, there were plenty of runners scrubbed along. Around the turn, White Dove got away from the fence and went up to take the front, but soon after it was apparent that Major Major had threaded its way through the field from last after missing the kick clearly. Up to the 300m mark he was traveling big time and the race was all over. When asked for the effort he made an absolute mess of them, coming away to win by about seven lengths. There can’t be any excuses for anything beaten here when the winner gives them a start and an absolute trouncing.
Follow: Major Major
1st Swift Lady – Brodie Loy
2nd Sadler’s Lake – Tommy Berry
3rd Swing Sensation – Sam Clipperton
After putting the writing on the wall in a much harder race last start and being noted as a video special, Swift Lady was sent out a short priced favourite in the fourth. She went straight back to last after the barriers opened with the rest of the all jostling for positions ahead of her. Swing Sensation took it up from Puzzling Wonder with Sadler’s Lake getting a nice sit in behind them and Man Of Distinction was inside of it. Up before the turn, Sadler’s Lake came out three wide and Swift Lady was extricated away from the fence to be ready to strike in the straight. Swing Sensation tried to kick up the rise, and did so to some degree, but Sadler’s Lake and Swift Lady looked to be the two running on best down the outside. At about the furlong pole they had the race between them, and soon after Swift Lady put Sadler’s Lake to the sword and she went on for a soft victory. I think the winner is above average here which means Sadler’s Lake is likely also to win a race soon.
Follow: Swift Lady, Sadler’s Lake
1st Quartzite – Christian Reith
2nd Wonderbolt – Jason Collett
3rd Craiglea Cruz – James Orman
The fifth was over 1000m and Wonderbolt and Religify were both slow to go. Craiglea Cruz took it up with Quartzite on its inside and Fort Sumpter out wider. Before you knew it they were up towards the home turn in that order and once they came around it Quartzite had basically joined Craiglea Cruz in the lead with Floral Insight making around over closer to the fence along with Religify. Those towards the inside couldn’t make up the ground however and Quartzite and Craiglea Cruz still had it between them half way up the running. In the run to the line Quartzite broke clear and had the race won. Wonderbolt ran on nicely down the outside, Craiglea Cruz held onto third, fending off Miniature who put in a short burst but then died on its run a bit.
Follow: Wonderbolt, Miniature
1st Dowdstown Charlie – Winona Costin
2nd Hollywood Bound – James McDonald
3rd Drago Jason – Collett
Drago, Abbasso and Dowdstown Charlie were all slow to go in race six. Laohu took up the lead from Loud Debate. Choice Lager and Perfect Weapon were back in third and fourth but about three lengths astern of the leaders. Around the turn, Laohu still had the front and came well away from the fence. Hollywood Bound came right around the field before the turn and was trying to challenge the leader. Soon after, Hollywood Bound ran to the front with Drago doing the chasing and Dowdstown Charlie coming home out widest. Frespanol who was sent out favourite was not doing enough. Hollywood Bound still had a clear lead at the 100m mark, but Dowdstown Charlie finished off the last section of the race two to their one and came away for a clear victory. Drago ran third, but seems to be a non winner. By this time of the day and looked at the winners coming right down the outside, the track and the form had to have a question mark over it.
Follow: Hollywood Bound
1st Darci Magic – Tim Clark
2nd Sense Of Occasion – Josh Parr
3rd Intimate Moment – Tommy Berry
Any Day Will Do went straight to the front in race seven with Black Jag striding forward around the outside and eventually racing outside the leader. Tarangower settled in third a few lengths astern. The leaders kept clapping the pace on mid way through the event, and you started to picture another winner swooping home out wide. As they came around the bent, Strike The Stars and Intimate Moment decided to chance their arm back towards the fence and saved plenty of ground in doing so. Intimate Moment went up and joined the lead early in the straight, but those who were almost racing out in the crowd were coming home best. Sense Of Occasion was the first to find the front out there but Darci Magic was the widest and went to the front and came away to beat Sense Of Occasion. Intimate Moment and Telepathic both ran reasonably well in third and fourth. Again, you have to question the form when they race like this.
Race eight was abandoned due to poor weather.
Specials from the meeting: Major Major
Our Melbourne review will return next week.