Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st        Veuvelicious            Damien Oliver 2nd      Careless                      Kerrin McEvoy 3rd       Gouldian                   Christian Reith

The Fernhill Handicap over the mile for the two-year-olds was the first, Veuvelicious was sent out a  short priced favourite at around yours for theirs and began well on the inside, but soon after Aliyda found the front with Cyclone outside of it and Veuvelicious taking the trail in third, First Draft was on its outside.  Mid race,Khrysler was wide so went around them and sat outside Aliyda which fired it up a bit and they put a few lengths on the field as they ran past the 600m.  Around the turn, Veuvelicious was off the fence and threatening big danger.  He hit the front as they topped the rise and the race looked all over.  Careless tried to raise an effort inside the 200m, but you had to like the way the favourite dug in and ran to the line very strongly.  This looks a nice horse in the making.

Follow: Veuvelicious, Careless

Race 2

1st         Beauty’s Beast          Hugh Bowman 2nd       Woodbine                  Tommy Berry 3rd        Engagement              Kerrin McEvoy

Fast’n’Rocking was taken right back to last at the start.  Beauty’s Beast went straight to the front, withEngagement working around the outside into second, which gave Papillion Rouge the trail in third.  Woodbine and Longma were next, with Longma looking to pull a bit.  Mid race, the pace looked to slow a bit, and before the turn, Longma was trying to get going around them.  Around the turn, Beauty’s Beast railed like a greyhoud and got away from them.  Engagement and Woodbine were trying hard once they topped the rise, but never looked like getting near Beauty’s Beast.  Woodbine came away from Engagement for second, leaving Engagement in third just in front of Spy Decoder who finished off pretty well.

Follow: Spy Decoder

Race 3

1st         Eloping                Stephen Baster 2nd       Ygritte                 Brenton Avdulla 3rd       Shaumari             Kerrin McEvoy

Clifton Red was slow out here.  Oakleigh Girl who had an inside gate came out best with Eloping also coming out well from an outside barrier.  Eloping ran to the front after a couple of hundred metres, and set up a break over Oakleigh Girl with Sultry Feeling in third, just ahead of Ygritte who was getting a nice run on the fence.  Memorial who was well in betting, got a mile back and wide.  Around the turn, Oakleigh Girl was throwing down the challenge to Eloping, but soon after, Eloping gave a nice kick and it was up to Ygritte through the middle to try and catch her, along with Shaumari who was finishing off down the outside.  Try as they may, they couldn’t get to Eloping, in what was a nicely judged ride in front by ‘Smiley’ Baster.

Follow: Shaumari

Race 4

1st          Sidestep                   Kerrin McEvoy 2nd       Bounding                  Mark Du Plessis 3rd        In Cahoots              Damien Oliver

In the Royal Sovereign, the New Zealand visitor, Bounding, found plenty of support in betting and mustered speed from an outside gate to come across and lead ahead of Never Can Tell and Dothraki, with Thump in fourth, one out and one back.  Sidestep got well back and up to the turn looked to have plenty of rump steak in front of him.  Early in the straight Dothraki came after Bounding and basically got level up the rise, before Bounding was asked for its effort and got away from them and looked set for victory.  Thump was trying hard with the tiring Dothraki, and then somehow Sidestep got into clear running and powered home, getting to the front 1 stride from the post, in what was a very impressive finishing burst.  Bounding shouldn’t lose any admirers for its effort, and the result may have been reversed with a better barrier.  Chatauqua didn’t measure up here.

Follow: Bounding

Race 5

1st          Diamond Drille              Tommy Berry 2nd        Gypsy Diamond            James McDonald 3rd         Red Tracer                      Nash Rawiller

Gypsy Diamond missed the start clearly here and was straight back to last.  Catkins began well and kicked up inside Solicit early on, but soon after Solicit ran clear and led from Recite on the outside and Catkins in third.  Red Tracer was in the one out one back trail.  Around the turn, Solicit was still in front, with Catkins moving up three wide to threaten danger.  Red Tracer was trailing her up.  Early in the straight, Catkins failed to sprint with Red Tracer ambling up outside of her and looking a big chance.  She briefly hit the front, with Gypsy Diamond sneaking through along the fence and Diamond Drille out wide.  These three were almost in line at the 100m mark, with Diamond Drille just getting the better of the other two in the final stages to beat Gypsy Diamond and Red Tracer who weakened a bit in the last part of the race.  Streama worked home well, and Catkins preparation seems to have come to an end.  Solicit weakened out very badly to run last.

Follow: Gypsy Diamond

Race 6

1st            Rising Romance              James McDonald 2nd          Zanbagh                              Blake Shinn 3rd          Lucia Valentina                 Hugh Bowman

The Australian Oaks was race 6, and Amanpour ran to the front when they left the straight the first time.  She led from Role Model and Forever Loved, and the pace looked good as they strung out over 15 lengths or so.  Lucia Valentina who was sent out odds on, got back to last.  Cuban Star which missed the kick eventually worked around them into second after doing a tonne of work.  The eventual winner, Rising Romance got a lovely run in fifth.  At about the 700m mark, Lucia Valentina was off from the back, but had to come very wide, and Zanbagh was also off around them wide from midfield.  Topping the Rise, Rising Romance was quickly on the scene after a lovely run throughout.  She set up a break and then it was up to Lucia Valentina and Zanbagh to try and come from impossible positions to run her down.  They both did very well to get into the placings, but couldn’t get near the winner who was ridden a treat by James McDonald.

Follow: None to follow

Race 7

1st              The Offer             Tommy Berry 2nd           Opinion                 Jason Collett 3rd            Sertorius               Ryan Maloney

Next we moved to the Sydney Cup, and once they settled it was Angola who led them up from Hippopus.  Down to the winning post the first time, Fifth Column had moved up into second, with Tremec struggling to find a position out three wide and he eventually worked around them into second.  At the 800m mark, a few of them wanted to get going and there was basically a line of four, with Angola, Tremec, Hioppopus and Like A Carousel.  Sertorious was sitting pretty in behind them and Opinion had saved ground on the fence.  Once they turned and came up the rise, the most patient ride was rewarded with Tommy Berry bringing The Offerinto it very strongly.  Within 100m he put the issue beyond doubt and bolted away as Gai said he would last week.  This was simply a case of the best ride and the strongest stayer proving too good on the day.

Follow: None to follow

Race 8

1st         It’s A Dundeel              James McDonald 2nd       Sacred Falls                  Zac Purton 3rd        Carlton House             Tommy Berry

The Queen Eilizabeth was worth four million dollars, and on paper it looked a mouth watering affair and it did not disappoint.  Carlton House went straight to the front and certainly ensured there was no loafing in front quickly setting up a break over My Kingdom Of Fife and It’s A Dundeel, with Silent Achiever in fourth.  Sacred Falls, who was last weeks Doncaster winner got all the way back to last.  The pace was strong so there was no change in the order until they came past the 600m mark where It’s A Dundeel and Silent Achiever started to get closer to the leaders.  Carlton House had a good break on the turn, but James McDonald on It’s A Dundeel had not moved and he was coming into the race nicely, with Silent Achiever trying to follow up behind him.  Carlton House tried bravely to keep going but inside the 200m mark he was gone and It’s A Dundeel sprinted clear with Sacred Falls the only one to be able to raise an effort to get anywhere near him.  Try as he may, Sacred Falls could only manage second and they put about 3 lengths on Carlton House who held off Silent Achiever for third spot.  Plenty of horses were beaten a long way here in what was basically a staying test although it was only over 2000m, and the best horse won on the day.

Follow: Silent Achiever will get set for a good Spring

Race 9

1st           Cosmic Endeavour               Tommy Berry 2nd        Avoid Lightning                      Blake Shinn 3rd         Belle De Coeur                         Zac Purton

Full Of Spirit was slow to begin in the last, with Cosmic Endeavour working across from out wide to take up the running from Aerobatics on its outside and Dystopia settling behind them in third alond with Belle De Coeur.  Into the straight and Tommy Berry on Cosmic Endeavour sat quietly and slipped them a bit as a number of leaders had done early in the day.  He went for the leader at about the 250m mark and it found another kick and basically put the race beyond doubt.  Avoid Lightning was the best run of the beaten brigade coming bravely into second  ahead of Bell De Coeur and Plucky Belle who I feel had every chance today.  Peron was brought to the outside but failed to finish its race off at all.

Follow: Avoid Lightning

Specials from the meeting: Spy Decoder, Bounding

——————————————————–   Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Jack Elliott Handicap (1100m)

1st Ms Mazetti – Mark Zahra 2nd Inkulu – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Smart Magician – Linda Meech

Smart Magician and Ms Mazetti were best into stride and paired off in front. Zatochio was handy with Inkulu to his outside. Inauguration settled three back on the fence inside Rich Widow. Field bunched up coming to the turn with Rich Widow striding up three and four wide and that flushed Inkulu out. That run was short lived as she dropped out quickly. Ms Mazetti took over at the 300m but Smart Musician kept fighting. Inkulu couldn’t sprint with them and he raced very greenly, wobbling about before he knuckled down and made a late dive at Ms Mazetti but that waywardness cost him the race. Smart Musician held on for third but there was a wall of them chasing with Inauguration and Randarock hitting the line locked together just behind the minor money.   Follow: Inkulu should have won.

Race 2: Ernest Hillier Chocolates Handicap (1800m)

1st Happy As Hell – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Razzle Dazzle Rock – Jake Noonan 3rd Le Mans – Daniel Moor

Synthetic jumped okay then dipped before easing to be just off the pace. Great Esteem rushed out and took up the running. Storm Approach worked across to be handy and Razzle Dazzle Rock also crossed and sat up second and Navajo Run poked up on the fence into the box seat. Le Mans settled closer than he has in recent starts then Synthetic inside Tiny’s Legacy about midfield. The leaders ran along a little before slowing them down coming to the 800m. Le Mans and Tiny’s Legacy started a move shortly after and the field packed up. Synthetic was being held up behind the leaders who were sticking on and Great Esteem and Razzle Dazzle Rock kicked away at the top of the straight, Le Mans was also staying on, Navajo Run became held up and Synthetic was still trying to get clear as Happy As Hell started to unwind from the back. He finished the race off strongly to win running away, Razzle Dazzle Rock was game in second with Le Mans running a much improved race. Navajo Run and Synthetic both had hard luck stories, but whether they would have won is questionable. Storm Approach was most disappointing dropping out to run a poor last.

Follow: be careful of this as a form reference. Navajo Run in an easier grade is ready to win.

Race 3: Bill Collins Handicap (1400m)

1st Twilighting – Damian Lane 2nd Means A Lot – Harry Coffey 3rd Bec Said No Credit – Jye McNeil

Bec Said No Credit was very tardy away and a clear last early before she rushed through to settle fifth in the clear. Twilighting pounced straight on the lead and was kept busy early by ImprimisMeans A Lot over raced in third outside Red Fez. Bec Said No Credit was a couple of lengths further back outside Blue Ribbon. Twilighting edged further ahead passing the 600m and put Imprimis under severe pressure. Red Fez improved along the fence as Means A Lot pulled out three wide and Bec Said No Credit got onto her back. Means A Lot threw out a challenge at the 200m but Twilighting kept going and had enough in hand to see it out. She’d been over the jumps in trackwork midweek and that obviously switched her on. Bec Said No Credit kept working home and the poor start proved costly for her. Red Fez had every chance in behind them and has to be regarded as disappointing. Nothing else produced anything of note.   Follow: one more chance for Bec Said No Credit.

Race 4: Geoff Murphy Handicap (1400m)

1st River Delta – Shaun Guymer 2nd Griante – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Leia – Michael Walker

Reasonable line away and New York Rain showed good early speed to lead. River Delta was trapped three wide momentarily before pushing on to sit up second. Pearly Whites enjoyed a nice trail. Fine Approachwas next in a line of three inside Griante and Hot MamaLeia settled midfield on the fence. New York Rain ran them along and River Delta had to do the chasing. She loomed up quickly on the turn and took over a long way from home. Pearly Whites was under pressure on her back. Griante tracked up nicely next and Leia stuck to the fence. River Delta held a two length lead at the 200m but she was noticeably paddling and Griante was closing in. Leia kept coming on the inside and they broke away from the rest. River Delta fought hard and had nothing left on the line as she scrambled home from Griante and Leia was game running another third. Big gap to Madam Gangster who ran on well for fourth but a well beaten one. Take nothing from the winner who had top weight and was left a sitting shot.

Follow: Griante had every chance but can pick up one of these races.

Race 5: Bert Bryant Handicap (1200m)

1st The Quarterback – Matthew Allen 2nd Ilgattino – Mark Zahra 3rd Jessy Belle – Chris Symons

Track downgraded to a slow 6 prior to this race. The big field broke pretty well and Classy Jack showed his customary speed to lead with The Bowler working over on his outside. Vero Beach split them for a while.Washington Square found himself stranded four wide. In the clump just behind those were BoerIlgattino,Hard Stride and Excellent FlightThe Quarterback drifted a long way back from his wide alley. The Bowler served it right up to Classy Jack in the middle stages. Vero Beach never looked comfortable and was battling a fair way out. Washington Square loomed up after his wide run, Ilgattino got up along the fence. At the top of the straight Golfing lost the rider. Classy Jack still held the lead 200m out but they were closing. Ilgattino hit the lead on the inside of Classy Jack and Hard Stride and Jessy Belle were running on well out wide. Behind the The Quarterback made ground close to the fence and his superior sprint came into play in the last 100m as he burst through and had a bit in hand on the line. Ilgattino and Jessy Belle fought out second and a nice run late from Alpha Beat, following The Quarterback through. Classy Jack had to work too hard and he can be forgiven.   Follow: The Quarterback, Alpha Beat.

Race 6: Victoria Handicap (1400m)

1st Sistine Demon – Jamie Kah 2nd Gig – Chris Symons 3rd London Stripe – Damian Lane

Sistine Demon wasted no time in offsetting the outside gate and he slid across pretty easily to lead.Adamantium ran to a clear second and Ready To Rip was a further couple of lengths back inside Elwick JackBianmick pressed on three wide and had to work overtime. Mecir settled midfield on the fence. Sistine Demon was uncontested in front and rolled along a couple clear. Bianmick worked up to second at the 600m but as soon as he got there Sistine Demon took off and he was under pressure. Ready To Rip worked into third on the turn with Elwick Jack and Natuzzi trying to run on out wider. Mecir struggled and Gig made some ground as the field fanned. But Sistine Demon was away at the 200m and he just extended the margin to the line in a comprehensive victory. Gig finished her race off well to get up for second and Mecir picked himself up and was about to run third until London Stripe arrived in the last stride to snatch it. No excuses for the beaten brigade.   Follow: Gig is ready to win in anything (within reason) Sistine Demon doesn’t contest.

Race 7: Easter Cup (2000m)

1st Our Voodoo Prince – James Winks 2nd Akzar – Michelle Payne 3rd Stipulate – Daniel Moor

A bit of competition for the early lead until Shoreham took it up ahead of Julienas, Saint Or Sinner andBanca MoMourayan was trapped wide and he moved up three deep to join the leaders going up the hill as Julienas ran to the front. Stipulate recovered from a scratchy start to settle sixth outside Escado.Zabeelionaire raced wide and Our Voodoo Prince, who also jumped a little slowly, had about four behind him five back on the fence. The pace went off about 800m out with Julienas in fron of Mourayan. Banca Mo wound up three wide as Zabeelionaire started a run and Tanby took off around the from the back. Saint Or Sinner became shuffled back behind the leading bunch inside of Stipulate. Our Voodoo Prince was right on their back in plenty of traffic as well. Banca Mo hit the lead at the 300m and Saint Or Sinner tried to match him. Julienas dropped off and Our Voodoo Prince ran right up behind Saint Or Sinner, with Akzar following him everywhere. A gap opened inside and Our Voodoo Prince darted through to hit the lead 150m out and sprinted clear, easing up late and had plenty left as Akzar closed on him. Stipulate just cut Saint Or Sinner out of third place. Shoreham battled away and Moudre made some ground and Banca Mo just weakened late. Mourayan was gone a long way out continuing his wildly inconsistent form.   Follow: Remember Our Voodoo Prince in the spring and Akzar come Warrnambool Cup time.

Race 8: Noel Rundle Handicap (1100m)

1st Pago Rock – Kayla Nisbet 2nd Unanimously – Steven Arnold 3rd Morant – Jackie Beriman

Sumakaray was a shade slow from the inside gate but pushed through to midfield. Canali and Octaviadisputed the early lead and Unanimously also pushed forward from out wide. Vatican was next but wound up three wide around Elite Elle and Sumakaray. Schumacher and California Wish were next. On the turn Octavia shaded Canali with Unanimously moving closer out three wide. Elite Elle was poised inside him and Vatican moved out four deep. A couple of lengths away Pago Rock got away from the inside and started his run. Unanimously took over at the 200m and that allowed Elite Elle to get off his back but she couldn’t match him. Pago Rock sprinted hard the last 100m, though, and mowed down Unanimously in the last few strides for a strong win. That said, Unanimously did all the work and was gallant. Morant tried to go with Pago Rock and was hot on their heels and they drew away from Elite Elle. If you didn’t sack her after last week then make sure you do now. Octavia can also be sacked.   Follow: perhaps Morant in races up to 1400m.

Specials from the meeting: Inkulu, Akzar, Alpha Beat.