Moonee Valley Review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Charter Keck Cramer Handicap (1200m)

1st Kinglike – Luke Nolen
2nd Prestwick – Damien Oliver
3rd Alkaashef – Michael Walker

Battle Of Troy had little trouble in crossing to lead and Jose Wales followed him over. Kinglike took the trail behind them and Iron Boss landed in a good spot. Old Trieste and Prestwick headed the other quartet. Battle Of Troy had them stacked up seemingly and travelled well to the turn. Iron Boss was first to come out to make a move and Prestwick tracked him up. Kinglike waited for a run. Jose Wales dropped off on turning and Kinglike got the run to challenge Battle Of Troy. Iron Boss also struggled and down the outside late came Prestwick and Alkaashef. Kinglike swept past Battle Of Troy, who gave nothing, and coasted in from the fast-finishing Prestwick and Alkaashef. Battle Of Troy just held fourth over Net Wealth, who ran on well after a tardy start, but no excuses for him.

Follow: Prestwick looks a nice 1400m-miler type.

Race 2: 3yo Fillies Handicap (1600m)

1st East Afrika – Patrick Moloney
2nd She Can Shazam – Jye McNeil
3rd Sebring Warrior – Regan Bayliss

Comaneci showed good pace to find the fence from the outside alley and Fitna, over racing a little, followed her forward. Tears Of Joy and Hard Lil let them go and Sistine Star and Oak Park Goblet were the next pair. She Can Shazam found a nice spot and Shacarde was midfield on the fence. Fitna ran to the lead soon after as Comaneci eased to get cover and in the shuffle Oak Park Goblet found herself three wide. She Can Shazam jumped onto her back and they packed up with Bonify sliding up and East Afrika and Sebring Warrior following. Fitna was under siege on the turn with Oak Park Goblet and She Can Shazam going better than Tears Of Joy, East Africa peeled around them to run on and Sebring Warrior was the widest turning. Loveheart Lass made some ground inside her. She Can Shazam hit the lead inside the 200m but East Afrika had stalked her throughout and finished off a shade better to win. Sebring Warrior continued her long run into a nice third just ahead of Loveheart Lass who yet again ran on but didn’t threaten. Not much to be said for the rest.

Follow: If you’re game Loveheart Lass might be worth one more chance.

Race 3: Thanks Bellajinsky Handicap (1500m)

1st Act Of Valour – Patrick Moloney
2nd Manhattan Avenue – Damien Oliver
3rd Recalculate – Dean Yendall

Volcanic Ash tended to go a bit hard in front and Fast Approaching came over to sit outside and they ran clear. Secret Blend settled around Manhattan Avenue and Recalculate was handy. Ten Goals and Act Of Valour tracked them and there was a gap to the rest of the field headed by Turfane. The field started to pack up noticeably coming to the 600m and Secret Blend and Recalculate took off to challenge the leaders and headed them. Act Of Valour had their backs and was bolting on the turn. Manhattan Avenue became held up behind the tiring front-runners and had to switch around them. Wider out Ten Goals and Turfane were trying to run on. Act Of Valour sailed past Recalculate and Secret Blend in the straight and with the aid of a perfect ride was too good. No knock on Manhattan Avenue who ran on very strongly late but was a victim of circumstances. Recalculate got the better of Secret Blend for third and Turfane ran on as he always does.

Follow: stick with Manhattan Avenue.

Race 4: Cox Plate On Sale Handicap (1500m)

1st Smashing Doubt – Damien Oliver
2nd King Way – James Winks
3rd Northern Jet – Noel Callow

Plenty of pressure early on. Oh So Assertive and Just Harley disputed the lead and Carashan Girl was pushed along to go forward after being a shade slow and she eventually took over. Sarawak let them go but wound up three wide as Just Harley eased and Tallat kicked up on the fence. Pepin Hoakes and Street Crier were in that bunch. Carashan Girl couldn’t find the fence and she was under heavy pressure coming to the turn. Oh So Assertive stayed on the fence and regained the lead. Tallat couldn’t go with them and Northern Jet swept up out wider. Smashing Doubt peeled off his back and King Way was winding up though inside him and had to wait. The leaders were gone by the 200m and Smashing Doubt charged down the outside for an easy win. King Way ran a much improved race and hit the line nicely when he got out. Northern Jet an even effort ahead of Sarawak and they came in at decent intervals behind the placegetters.

Follow: Nice run by King Way though be wary of the form from this race.

Race 5: Measure Twice, Cut Once Handicap (1000m)

1st Pilly’s Wish – Damien Oliver
2nd Jetello – Michael Walker
3rd Down The Hatch – Katelyn Mallyon

Glowstick came out running and took it up but had some company with Definia and The Bronx outside and Beauty Cash just pulling out of the speed battle. Go De Orpen improved on the fence after jumping poorly and Jetello was outside with Devil’s Melody. Definia worked Glowstick and they were sitting shots coming to the turn. Go De Orpen was held up behind them and Jetello got a run to chime in with Pilly’s Wish coming from the back. Pilly’s Wish showed a nice turn of foot to gather in Jetello and that pair raced right away in the last 100m. A few lengths back Down The Hatch and Truffle also finished on from well back but Pilly’s Wish was too strong. Not a bad effort from Glowstick to run fifth and be forgiving of Go De Orpen who didn’t get a crack at them (wouldn’t have won) and should have finished closer.

Follow: none, not a strong race.

Race 6: Schweppes Handicap (1600m)

1st Metaphorical – Luke Nolen
2nd Lord Durante – Darren Gauci
3rd Refulgent – Dean Yendall

Lord Durante worked across them to lead by the first turn ahead of Refulgent just coming back a length as Tristram’s Sun improved ahead of London Stripe. Metaphorical found herself in a perfect spot midfield outside Digitalism and Gerontius was behind them. Lord Durante ran along under his own steam clear of Tristram’s Sun and the leader was given a shake up to try and get them off the bit. Refulgent found himself in a sticky spot and Metaphorial peeled out at the 600m to get into the race. Lord Durante held a couple of lengths on the turn and had Tristram’s Sun beaten. Metaphorical kept her run going around them and Refulgent was a bit flat footed. Digitalism was the same. Lord Durante was giving a huge sight but Metaphorical picked him up in the last few strides thanks to a very well timed ride. Refulgent battled away for third, he’s getting hard to catch, and Digitalism ran on without threatening. Disappointment of the race was Text’n Hurley who was last all the way and didn’t make a yard.

Follow: Metaphorical can keep winning.

Race 7: PSC Insurance Brokers (1500m)

1st Orion – Regan Bayliss
2nd Jessy Belle – Chris Symons
3rd Charmed Harmony – Patrick Moloney

Charmed Harmony showed his usual speed to find the front and he crossed Coronation Shallan. Lightenuff improved and handed cover to Jessy Belle. Miss Rose De Lago worked across behind her to sit outsideLuckyi’mbarefoot. Orion settled a clear last. Charmed Harmony wasn’t loafing in front and a few behind him were under some pressure, notably Jessy Belle, as they started to bunch behind him. Coronation Shallan snuck up underneath Charmed Harmony on the turn as Lightenuff weakened. Jessy Belle stuck on under pressure and Miss Rose De Lago went with her. Wider out Orion started a sweeping run from last. Charmed Harmony looked a spent force 150m out and Orion claimed the lead. Jessy Belle was still there in the centre and kept at it but all the momentum was with Orion and he won well again. Jessy Belle got up for second ahead of a brave Charmed Harmony and Miss Rose De Lago was far from disgraced right with them in fourth. Coronation Shallan was a bit disappointing.

Follow: the mares Jessy Belle and Miss Rose De Lago.

Race 8: Doctor Bombay Handicap (2500m)

1st Kareeming – Patrick Moloney
2nd Black Jag – Noel Callow
3rd Lady Cumquat – Dwayne Dunn

When they sorted themselves out Black Jag led Kareeming with Use The Lot in the box seat and You Think So having a nice trail. Killarney Kid and Lady Cumquat were the next pair. Black Jag got running heading to the back straight and Use The Lot improved through to second as Kareeming went looking for some cover. Lady Cumquat kept pinching ground on the fence. They strung out a fair way and there must have been 15 lengths between Black Jag and last placed Second Bullet inside the 1000m. Use The Lot moved alongside Black Jag, who was under hard riding, by the 600m and Kareeming was still following. Lady Cumquat also looked to be travelling okay. You Think So dropped out and Killarney Kid couldn’t go with them either. Kareeming made his dash at the top of the straight and looked to have them cold. He may have led by a neck or so with 20m to go but Black Jag kept kicking on and only just failed to peg him back. Lady Cumquat closed off nicely for third and Use The Lot just didn’t have the leader’s fight. Killarney Kid stuck on okay and they got away from the rest. Second Bullet was never in the race finishing about midfield.

Follow: there might be a win in Lady Cumquat.

Race 9: F45 Training Handicap (1200m)

1st Academy Jack – Brad Rawiller
2nd Society Man – Dean Yendall
3rd Grand Emperor – Dwayne Dunn

Speed from the outside with Society Man, Bishops Castle and Monkstone getting over and Marseille Roulette ran into the one-one. Academy Jack improved around Esprit Rossa in the next bunch and Morantpulled his way forward behind them. Very bunched field in the middle stages with plenty of them racing wide. Society Man and Bishops Castle were joined by Academy Jack well before the turn and Morant was out wider. Monkstone and Marseille Roulette waited, with the latter niggled along. Esprit Rossa started to battle and around him went Grand Emperor and Spencer Street from further back. Society Man gave a kick but Academy Jack was still coming after his wide run and even wider Morant and Spencer Street were running on too. Academy Jack stuck his head out in the last few strides and just did better than Society Man scoring an overdue win. Line up for third with Grand Emperor diving at Morant and Spencer Street. Bishops Castle paddled the last 200m and Monkstone didn’t really get a run at them at a vital stage but did only battle late. Marwood made his usual late bid too to finish just behind them and Marseille Roulette was plain.

Follow: none.

Specials from the meeting: Prestwick, Manhattan Avenue, Lady Cumquat.

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Press Statement – Jim Cassidy
2nd Shards Sam – Clipperton
3rd So Willie – Jason Collett

The two-year-olds were the first to jump from the gates, and the favourite Press Statement began well along with My Colleague. Press Statement crossed to the fence, with My Colleague easing and Shards going up outside the leader when they settled. So Willie who was second in the market got back to last. On the point of the turn, the pace started to quicken a little, and Shards was still going with Press Statement up to the 300m mark. In the final part of the race, Press Statement kept finding plenty, Shards didn’t give up the chase but couldn’t make up the ground. So Willie ground its way into third, but may not be a really genuine racehorse looking at the way it raced throughout today and the ground it gives away with its racing style.

Follow: None to follow

Race 2

1st Missvonn – Jason Collett
2nd Royal Adventure – James Innes
3rd Bubbles ‘n’ Boats – Jim Cassidy

It was 1900m for race two, and Royal Adventure led them up upon settling down with White Dove racing outside of it without cover. Missvonn got a lovely run in third spot on the fence. Bubbles ‘n’ Boats was forced to race three wide initially but then moved up outside the leader as the pace was quite slow. Up to and around the turn, it was still Royal Adventure traveling pretty well in the lead. Bubbles ‘n’ Boats was under some pressure and Missvonn was making some ground along the inside. Missvonn grabbed the lead at the furlong pole, and from there put a bit of a gap in her rivals. It was a lovely ride from Jason Collett and a pretty strong win by the horse. Not much to be said about the beaten runners.

Follow: Missvonn

Race 3

1st Lucy’s Look – Rory Hutchings
2nd Berry Delicious – Winona Costin
3rd Romantic Time – Jason Collett

Modesty began very quickly in the third from out wide, and then Sheezalady mustered pace to go through and lead. Romantic Time was caught three wide when they settled down, and back behind it, Fill Me Up was even wider as was Shelley’s Girl. Fill Me Up couldn’t stay posted, so it moved up outside the leader soon after. Up towards the turn, the two main players in betting, Alegria and Berry Delicious were at the rear. Around the turn, Sheezalady took off in front and had a break half way up the straight but then started to put in some short ones. Lucy’s Look from well back in the field down the outside was the one coming with the quickest finish, and she swept up and took the lead and looked set for a pretty easy victory. In the final part, Berry Delicious rallied very well over towards the fence, but couldn’t quite go with Lucy’s Look who got there about a neck on the line. Romantic Time held onto third from the fast finishing Alegria.

Follow: Berry Delicious

Race 4

1st Ecuador – Danny Beasley
2nd Slow Pace – Christian Reith
3rd Danchai – Rory Huntchings

The fourth was over 1800m and after 100m or so, Ecuador ran to the front and had a clear lead over Paederos when they settled down. The two greys, Phrases and Danchai settled third and fourth respectively. The favourite Darci Magic went back to last early on. Ecuador did it as he liked in the middle stages and the field strung out over a bit of ground. Up to the turn, it was obvious Ecuador was the one to run down, he had been nicely rated in front by Danny Beasley and had many of them off the bit, including Darci Magic that was still last. In the straight, it was essentially a one act affair as Ecuador ran them into the ground and went on for a bout a three length victory from Slow Pace who ran fairly well in second and Danchai took advantage of its good run in transit to run third. Darci Magic ran on ok in the straight, but overall was average at best.

Follow: Ecuador

Race 5

1st You’ll Never – Jason Collett
2nd Mighty Lucky – Nathan Thomas
3rd Rugged Cross – Tim Clark

As expected Rain Affair got the best of the start in race five and ran to the front. The pace looked good early, as Skip Town moved up into second. Mighty Lucky and Divertire raced in third and fourth when they settled down. Rain Affair was charging away when they approach the turn and had about a fourth length lead. It was still Rain Affair at the furlong, but he got the stitch at the 100m mark as Mighty Lucky looked to join him, but You’ll Never who had been ridden a treat to save ground before the turn and then pull wide to put in the big bounds grabbed the lead in the final 50m and had the race won. Rugged Cross finished its race off well, but the run of the race from the beaten horses was Eigelstein who powered into fourth, signaling that another win is not far away.

Follow: Eigelstein

Race 6

1st Savoureux – Tim Clark
2nd Kaepernick – Jay Ford
3rd Aerobar – Christian Reith

Kaepernick was sent out an odds on favourite for race six, and settled down midfield. Crooked Blaze had the front from Aerobar. Mr Manhattan raced together with Grunderzeit in third and fourth respectively. Around the home turn, they were tightly bunched with Kaepernick coming to he outside and looking to have plenty to offer. When Ford gunned Kaepernick, he wanted to run around a little bit, and didn’t really ping as quickly as he did last start. This was a worrying sign for favourite backers as Savoureux got through in the middle and was going every bit as well if not a touch better than the favourite. It was a relatively tight finish, but Savoureux did enough to get the money from Kaepernick, who I wouldn’t sack just yet. Aerobar held third, with Grunderzeit winding up in fourth after being tightened a bit in the final stages.

Follow: Kaepernick

Race 7

1st Vergara – Taylor Marshall
2nd Role Model – Tim Clark
3rd Georgey Aeroplane – Rory Hutchings

1500m for race seven with Mr One Eleven missing the kick and Gosh was eased out of the early speed also. Vergara ran straight to the front with Role Model moving up out wide into second. Great Esteem took a trail in third as did Luar Rise in fourth spot. They strung out a bit in the middle stages, and Vergara still had the front when heads were turned for home. Up to the furlong pole and Taylor Marshall asked Vergara to find something and that is exactly what it did, and put the race beyond doubt there after. Role Model kept running in second and Georgey Aeroplane finished his race off well enough to wind up in third. Lunar Rise loomed on the turn but couldn’t go on with it, and Hollywood Bound was just a run after finding support in betting.

Follow: Vergara

Race 8

1st Aussies Love Sport – Josh Parr
2nd Turbulent Jet – Winona Costin
3rd Moral Victory – Tim Clark

To the last and there was a fair bit of pace out of the gates with Senta De Noche burning to the lead ahead of King Cobia and Moral Victory who took a sit on the fence. The eventual winner, Aussies Love Sportfound a nice spot in the run about four or five lengths off what looked like a pretty good pace. Around the turn, Senta De Noche was in front, but not long after straightening, Moral Victory was off the fence and tackling for the front together with King Cobia who was under a lot of pressure. Moral Victory had the front and looked a big winning chance, with Aussies Love Sport and Turbulent Jet being the chasers. Moral Victory started to peak on its run and the other two got to the front in the shadows and it was Aussies Love Sport who finished a shade stronger to take the win from Turbulent Jet who did well to wind its way through the field and just fail to get there on the line. If you happened to back Impulsive Spirit, who was only a $6 chance, it had the unluckiest run of the day, going around closer to the outside fence than the inside fence for most of the trip and should be completely forgiven.

Follow: Turbulent Jet, forgive Impulsive Spirit

Specials from the meeting: Berry Delicious, Eigelstein