Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Claire Andrews Handicap (1000m)

1st Bugatty – Glen Boss 2nd Ducal Castle – Brad Rawiller 3rd Lotion – Chad Schofield

Bugatty was clearly the best away and took up the early running. Turfane showed some pace to join and shade him on the outside. Only a few lengths separated the six runners with Lotion in behind the speed and the stunning looking Ducal Castle to his outside. Bugatty was under siege at the 300m as Lotion got a split and looked likely to challenge as Turfane dropped off and Ducal Castle put in his sprint. But Bugatty fought them all off and he edged away from Ducal Castle, whose run was highly promising, and they raced clear of Lotion with the other three beaten off. Race experience counted for plenty in the closing stages.

Follow: Ducal Castle looks to have some upside.

Race 2: Nouvelle Star Handicap (1400m)

1st Miss Maggiebeel – Katelyn Mallyon 2nd Mamwaazel – Patrick Moloney 3rd Ready Cuz – Daniel Moor

Mambo Lady was a shade slow out and It’s One didn’t show any early pace with the blinkers on.Cobblestones landed in front and Mamwaazel was quickly up to her outside. So Hasty had the box seat but she did do a bit of over racing in the early stages, Miss Procyon sat three wide around Ready Cuz. A bunched field coming to the turn and Mamwaazel ranged up to tackle the leader and was looking the winner coming to the 200m. Ready Cuz had her back entering the straight but lacked the same turn of foot and So Hasty was just battling. From last Miss Maggiebeel sustained a long run and she rounded up Mamwaazel and had a length or so to spare on the line. Ready Cuz held third from Mambo Lady and So Hasty with Cobblestones boxing on just behind them. Follow: Miss Maggiebeel is a promising staying type in the making.

Race 3: Jezabeel Handicap (2000m)

1st Pamukkale – Michael Walker 2nd First Bloom – Michelle Payne 3rd St Issey – Jye McNeil

Gold To Go propped at the start and missed it by a length and the well supported First Bloom was taken back from an outside alley. A line of three in front early with TejonJoplin and Reckless Assassin disputing the lead. Junoesque was looking for a spot behind them and Gold To Go rushed around them from the back and eventually worked to the lead. Reckless Assassin kept working to get up outside her. They strung right out midrace before the pace dropped off a little. First Bloom was flushed out wide a long way from home when Chateau Latour came out three wide. Reckless Assassin eventually got to Gold To Go and just as she did Pamukkale took a split between her and Joplin having made ground through the field from the back. First Bloom began to stretched out and got alongside Pamukkale at the 100m, while Sindarin moved to third ahead of Reckless Assassin. Pamukkale kicked in and the slightly easier run proved the difference. St Isseyran on late to grab third from Sindarin but they were well beaten. Reckless Assassin battled on nicely considering the hard run.

Follow: First Bloom is ready to win again in town.

Race 4: Straight Draw Handicap (1700m)

1st Nesbo – Brad Rawiller 2nd Correggio – Cory Parish 3rd Adirondack – Vlad Duric

Edgewood, notorious for being asleep in the stalls, missed it by three or four lengths. Adirondack kicked up from the inside alley to take the lead before bring joined by Medvedev, who wanted to over race, with Samuelsson taking a trail behind them. Galway Warrior was next in the clear with Nesbo behind him.Priority Road made a midrace move to get to fourth out three wide. Coming to the turn the field packed up but they also fanned and only a few lengths covered the 11 runners. Adirondack shook off Medvedev and Nesbo took advantage of the fanning to get through and attack at the 200m. Correggio, who went wide on the bend, set out after the leaders. Nesbo looked home at the 100m but he might have had a bit of a think about it as Correggio stormed home but he just lasted. Adirondack kept fighting on for a brave third. Averau again found the line strongly from the back and she is getting close to a win. Edgewood has head problems and wouldn’t completely jump off Medvedev, he boxed on okay after clearly not settling.

Follow: Averau is due for a change of luck.

Race 5: Rain Lover Handicap (2500m)

1st Angola – Chris Symons 2nd Gottino – Patrick Moloney 3rd Reigning – Michael Walker

Handsome worked across from the outside to find the fence and the lead out of the straight the first time.Bono VoxAngola and Angelology did their best to keep him out wide for a while. Gottino had the fence behind them with Prizum and Instrumentalist settled midfield this time. Not a lot of action for a while with Handsome hacking along in front. Angelology looked to be pulling until Handsome upped the tempo at the 800m. Gottino got off the fence and set off very early after the leaders and joined them on the turn. Angolawas presented at the 400m and he hit the front momentarily until Reigning, who settled well back but got a dream run on the fence, burst through. Reigning’s run ended about 100m out and Angola proved to be the stronger stayer, regaining the lead and forging away. Gottino was very brave up in distance and he grabbed Reigning with Instrumentalist running on without threatening. He may be better off ridden on the speed.

Follow: they tend to take turns in these races but the first four home are capable stayers.

Race 6: Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m)

1st Anlon – Dean Yendall 2nd Limes – Steven Arnold 3rd Gig – Chris Symons

Even line out and Limes was one of the first out with It Is Written and Kneeling and the latter pair shared the lead with Limes taking the trail. The Peak was a few lengths off him outside Dash For Viz. The next pair wereAnlon outside of Gig and they turned about six lengths off the front. Limes cruised past the leaders, who beat each other up, at the 300m. The Peak couldn’t go with him and Anlon launched his run down the middle of the track. Anlon looked as though he’d go straight past Limes inside the 100m but to Limes’ credit he fought very hard and was only beaten by a bob of the head. Gig continued her good form to grab third place ahead of the big grey Chase The Rainbow, who couldn’t sprint with Anlon earlier in the straight but got going late in a much improved run. Of the others the stayer Cooldini was outsprinted first-up and Prairie Star, having his first run as a gelding, did absolutely nothing. Follow: Can’t go wrong sticking with the first four home.

Race 7: Comedy King Handicap (1600m)

1st Amaethon – Katelyn Mallyon 2nd Eraset – Oisin Murphy 3rd Streets Of Seattle – Patrick Moloney

Backstedt had to be ridden out of the gates to hold the inside and the lead. Free Of Doubt comfortably landed in second with Olly I Am pushing on out wide to join the leader. Amaethon was given a perfect run behind that trio. Eraset settled a bit closer than he’s known for about five lengths off the lead. Chile Expresswas behind him and under pressure coming to the turn. Backstedt saw off the challenge of Olly I Am but it was a costly challenge as he was gone coming to the 300m. Free Of Doubt briefly took over but Amaethon was cruising on his outside with Eraset doing what he does best and looming up a length or two away, Amaethon put the foot down and maintained that two length margin over Eraset to the post. They broke clear of the field and they were queuing up for third. The stayer Streets Of Seattle stormed home to steal a place from Chile Express, who got going again, and Free Of Doubt who didn’t run out a strong mile. Backstedt was ordinary but he didn’t get things his own way in the lead this time.

Follow: You’d think Amaethon could win again but these horses tend to be inconsistent.

Race 8: Tauto Handicap (1200m)

1st Miss Promiscuity – Linda Meech 2nd About Square – Steven Arnold 3rd Fight To The Line – Brad Rawiller

Fight To The Line went down on his knees at the start but picked himself up quickly and ran to the lead. Stablemate Miss Promiscuity settled just off him. To their inside North Atlantic Ice, Star Impulse andRemagen Bridge weren’t far away. Taddei Tondo looked to resent being bailed up between horses. About Square was buried back in the ruck near the tail coming onto the course proper. Fight To The Line was joined by Miss Promiscuity at the 300m and they put a big space on the rest of the field who were caught napping when they sprinted. About Square had worked through the field to run on but it was too late. Miss Promiscuity waved them goodbye and really made a mess of the opposition, bolting in. About Square just arrived in time to grab Fight To The Line and Taddei Tondo didn’t do a bad job to run fourth.

Follow: Stick with Miss Promiscuity. Taddei Tondo has a win in him.

Specials from the meeting: Ducal Castle, First Bloom, Averau.

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Rosehill review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Pink Perfection Josh Parr 2nd Stratalena Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Shaftesbury Tim Clark

Pink Perfection had a stack of speed in the first and went straight to the front.  Shaftesbury was ridden hard to go into second, and Super Tycoon dropped into third.  As they came up to the turn, the leader looked to be traveling well, with the others scrubbed along to try and come after it.  In the straight, Pink Perfection kicked away and had the race won and was allowed to coast to the line.  Stratalena was the only one that made any ground in the run to the line, cutting the margin to about a length and a half.  Shaftesbury batted away to hang onto third.  The winner looks pretty smart over a short course.

Follow: Pink Perfection

Race 2

1st              Celtic Prince                  Brenton Avdulla 2nd            Rule Book                       Adam Hyeronimus 3rd             Viking Legend              Sam Clipperton

A mile and a half for the second event, and Rule Book was allowed stride across under its own steam from a wide gate to lead clearly as they went out of the straight the first time.  Tallage was in second spot with At All Costs in third, and the field strung out over about 12 lengths.  The favourite, Pentometer got back to second last.  At about the 700m mark the runs started to come and as they approached the turn, there was virtually a line of five across the track with Pentometer and Mr Scary coming the widest.  Celtic Prince and Rule book were fighting it out with 200m to go, and Pentometer and Mr Scary were peaking on their runs and couldn’t get there.  In the run to the line Celtic Prince wore down Rule Book to get the win.  The runs of Petometer and Mr Scary were ok given they had to make long wide runs.

Follow: Pentometer

Race 3

1st             Agadir                         Kerrin McEvoy 2nd           Kasiano Lad              Kathy O’Hara 3rd            Amovatio                  Christian Reith

Centre Pivot and Rivariva weren’t the best to begin.  Meteoros and Mr Jackman on the other hand were quickly into stride and went to the front.  Meteoros crossed to the front from Mr Jackman with Kasiano Lad in third and Agadir finding itself three wide.  As they turned there looked to be plenty of chances.  At the 200m mark Agadir was let go and strode to the front and soon after put the issue beyond doubt.  Kasiano Lad kept going into second and Amovatio ran yet another minor placing in third.  It was a pretty good win by Agadir given it had to sit wide for the trip.

Follow: None to follow

Race 4

1st            Caprossa                                     Adam Hyeronimus 2nd          Recoinage                                  Glyn Schofield 3rd           I’ve Got The Looks                 Kane Cross

Prettyfamous and I’ve Got The Looks led initially, but were soon taken on by Caprossa which strode to the front, but didn’t cross as I’ve Got The Looks kicked up along the fence.  Prettyfamous got the one out one back trail and Medusa’s Miss got a nice run on the fence behind the speed.  As they turned, I’ve Got The Looks railed through to head off Carprossa and they got away from the others.  In the straight Caprossa regained the lead and then Recoinage flashed home but couldn’t get there.  It was another good run by Recoinage, but it does have a habit of always running on at the end without winning.

Follow: None to follow

Race 5

1st               Monton                        Sam Clipperton 2nd             Said Com                     Glyn Schofield 3rd              Sainthood                   Jay Ford

Monton wasn’t the best to begin, but no real harm was done and he settled down on the fence behind the leader, which was Kontiki Park.  When they settled, Sainthood had gone up outside Kontiki Park, with Said Com getting the trail in third and Monton going back to fourth, and All Legal at the tail.  Kontiki Park clapped the speed on at the 700m mark, and by the time they came to the 600m, he led by about three lengths.  Around the turn, Said Com was let rip with its run, and Monton was trailing it up.  These two came away to fight it out and it was Monton that ground down Said Com who had every possible chance.  There was a big gap back to Sainthood which held third.

Follow: Monton

Race 6

1st                 Sir Berus                    Glyn Schofield 2nd               Territory                   Luke Dittman 3rd                Monbazillac              Josh Parr

Rastro began well and set up about a four length lead after a couple of hundred metres, but the jockey stayed out very wide and Imperil went through and headed him off, and Territory railed right up along the inside to have a joint share of the lead at the 600m.  At this same point, Field Marshall which was running about fifth looked in trouble as he was scrubbed along.  In the early part of the straight, Territory had the front, but there looked to be plenty of challengers, which included Sir Berus that railed up along the inside to hit the front at the 100m mark and held a margin over Territory in the run to the line with Monbazillac again running on at the end to grab third.  Field Mashall ended up running second last in what was a very disappointing effort.  Imperil also disapointed.

Follow: Territory

Race 7

1st                Divertire                                Kathy O’Hara 2nd              Hollywood Bound              Kerrin McEvoy 3rd               Star Of Helicon                    Sam Clipperton

Rhyno Chaser and Runhardasun both began poorly, and then Runhardasun was pushed along to get into a better position.  Lucarno and Star Of Helicon were best to begin, with Star Of Helicon running to the front, which allowed Letchworth to get one off the fence outside the lead after initially being three wide.  Abeautifulred and Hunter Jack both got nice runs just off the speed.  The order didn’t really change up to the turn, and Star Of Helicon slipped them early in the straight to lead by a couple of lengths.  There were three horses mounting a challenge down the outsie, they were, Runhardasun, Hollywood Bound andDivertire.  It was Divertire that finished off best to win from Hollywood Bound, which will improve for the run, and Star Of Helicon which faded a bit in the last 100m.  Hunter Jack may have been a little bit cramped for room along the inside but for mine was still disappointing given the good run he had in transit.

Follow: Hollywood Bound

Race 8

1st               Let’s Rock’n’Roll                Kathy O’Hara 2nd             Tahitian Black                    Tim Clark 3rd              Didntcostalot                     Brenton Avdulla

The speedy Social Rank held the fence and the lead from Let’s Rock’n’Roll, which gave Didntcostalot andShamus the sit behind them.  Tahitian Black also had a nice run on the fence.  As they turned, Let’s Rock’n’Roll had the front with Social Rank trying to fight on, and Didntcostalot trying to come on down the outside.  At the 200m, Let’s Rock’n’Roll clearly had the front and sustained its speed all the way to the line in what was a pretty impressive win.  Tahitian Black ran another honest race closing off late into second from Didntcostalot that didn’t give up either.  All credit to the winner here.

Follow: Let’s Rock’n’Roll

Specials from the meeting: Hollywood Bound, Let’s Rock’n’Roll