Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Sunrise Cup (1400m)

1st Suavito – Michael Walker
2nd Roop All – Brad Rawiller
3rd Patricia Dawn – Michael Rodd

Scarlet Billows was slow by a couple of lengths and Ardelle eased out the back from a wide alley. Cryptic Lady jumped straight on the lead and ran along. Fare Well sat up second, outside of Tango’s Daughter whileSuavito was dug up to grab the run of the race off the speed. Suavito was being ridden along before the 600m but she was the first to loom up in the straight and put pressure on the leaders. Roop All followed her through and hit the line strongly in the last 200m but was no match. Patricia Dawn unleashed a strong finish from the back to snatch third with Fare Well and Tango’s Daughter battling on. Scarlet Billows ran on but was never in the race.
Follow: Roop All has upside.

Race 2: Gothic Stakes (1400m)

1st Hucklebuck – Dominic Tourneur
2nd Le Mans – Craig Newitt
3rd Olivier – Chad Schofield

Paximadia was best out and landed in front early with Hucklebuck keeping him in his sights. Trust In A Gustwas caught wide outside those and pressed on to the lead as Paximadia was restrained and his chances were pretty much ruined at that point. Made Of Ice pulled his way up to third but never looked comfortable. Havana, who was a bit slow to begin, took off before the 600m and briefly made it up to second then felt the pressure. Hucklebuck moved up outside Trust In A Gust and had him covered at the top of the straight and broke right away.Le Mans gained inside runs and finished on well for second while Olivier also came from well off the pace and weaved through. The others did very little. Paximadia can probably be forgiven, once he was headed he was never comfortable and he’s better than that.
Follow: stick with the winner.

Race 3: Ethereal Stakes (2000m)

1st Arabian Gold – Peter Robl
2nd Solicit – Glen Boss
3rd Refer – Hugh Bowman

Good line out and Akagera crossed to take up the running uncontested. Solicit jumped well this time and rolled forward to take the trail. Refer kicked up from the inside alley and Arabian Gold held her spot just off the pace from the four alley. Star Fashion had her back a couple of lengths astern. Akagera had them strung out as she scooted a few lengths clear. Arabian Gold looked ominous a long way out as she stuck right at the back of Solicit and made her move early in the straight. Refer was held up behind the leader for a while and when she was in the clear she battled on strongly told hold third from the fast finishing Melaleuca. Star Fashion was very one paced in the run and there were no excuses for her.
Follow: Solicit looks an Oaks filly, Arabian Gold may be found out beyond 2000m.

Race 4: Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m)

1st Polanski – Hugh Bowman
2nd San Diego – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Epic Saga – Chris Symons

San Diego had his head in front out of the gates and Kerrin McEvoy took him forward. He just had to work a bit to find the fence with Honey’s Steel Gold and Epic Saga also coming across. Polanski let all that happen and he wound up fourth with plenty of cover. Famechon was three back on the fence with Rockford around midfield but not settling well. Little change to the home turn where San Diego had them all off the bit with the exception of Polanski who came out three wide to chase. The two cleared right out from the field and the easier run just told as Polanski stuck his head out and won again. San Diego was brave in defeat after being forced to lead. Epic Saga battled on, proving 2000m is a bit beyond him, ahead of Honey’s Steel Gold. Bring Something was the only one to make any ground from the back and his effort was pleasing.
Follow: the first two are live Derby chances.

Race 5: Alinghi Stakes (1100m)

1st Lisele – Damian Browne
2nd Sumakaray – Michael Walker
3rd Lonhspresso – Ben Melham

Good line out and it took a few hundred metres for them to sort out an order with a line of four – She Can Skate,Little FavoursHolder Sunset and Lady Searcy – up front. Octavia couldn’t get across and was stranded off the track, Prettyhappyaboutit had the same problem. Lisele was snagged back to the fence from her outside alley and Lonhspresso settled three back on the fence. Holder Sunset ran off the track on the turn leaving She Can Skate clear. Sumakaray, who settled just behind the speed, took the inside run to be the first challenger. Behind her Lonhspresso made ground then ran into trouble getting clear as Lisele continued to follow the rail. Lisele came off Sumakaray’s heels late and finished too strongly to win. Lonhspresso picked herself up to grab a place ahead of Avoid Lightning and Members Joy who were running on nicely out wider. She Can Skate battled on but seemed to have her chance. The likes of Octavia and Prettyhappyaboutit had no hope from out wide andAnise proved disappointing as well making little ground from the back. Full marks to Damian Browne for a gun ride.
Follow: Lonhspresso was first-up with top weight. She can improve.

Race 6: Moonga Stakes (1400m)

1st Boban – Glyn Schofield
2nd Strawberry Boy – Luke Nolen
3rd Galah – Nash Rawiller

Boban was dragged out to last from his outside alley and tailed out about three lengths behind them. Strawberry Boy worked to the lead fairly easily and stayed off the fence. Conservatorium punched up on the inside to sit off the leader and Taxmeifyoucan moved up to his outside. Second Effort landed in a good spot with cover behind them and Sheer Talent was forced to cover plenty of ground. Manawanui settled three back on the inside and had every chance. Pinwheel was under pressure midrace between horses. Coming to the 600m Boban was checked and he scrambled, with Glyn Schofield having to steady him and he kept him to the fence. Strawberry Boy went for home at the 300m getting the better of Conservatorium who fought on for a while. Boban made quick ground on the fence then came between Conservatorium and Strawberry Boy and while the margin wasn’t huge it was a dominant win. Galah got going late and ran on well for third. Mic Mac ran a much improved race to be just behind them.
Follow: Away from the winner, maybe there’s a win in Galah but these horses are well exposed now.

Race 7: Caulfield Sprint (1100m)

1st Spirit Of Boom – Nicholas Hall
2nd Shamal Wind – Glen Boss
3rd Ready To Rip – Luke Nolen

Griffon was slowly out but the rest jumped cleanly. El Magico was ridden up to cross from the outside alley to lead, which isn’t usual for him, and Chiaramonte kicked up to keep him working. Broken found a good spot from an awkward alley with General Truce along the inside and Platelet just off the speed. Pago Rock was stranded three wide up there as well. Ready To Rip found good cover off midfield and Spirit Of Boom found his back.Shamal Wind went back into the second half from her gate and she found herself badly held up for a run from the 400m. El Magico was gone on the turn and Broken hit the front with Platelet challenging. Spirit Of Boom and Ready To Rip swept up out wide to claim them inside the 200m. Chiaramonte had no run when it counted and just ran home under his own steam to be close up. Shamal Wind finally got into the clear when it was all over and she rushed home. Should have won easily. Platelet and Pago Rock were close up.
Follow: Shamal Wind and Chiaramonte had no luck at all.

Race 8: David Jones Cup (2000m)

1st Spurtonic – Glen Boss
2nd Bass Strait – Chad Schofield
3rd Garud – Craig Williams

Bass Strait and Scream Machine were eased out towards the rear. Spurtonic rolled to the lead easily and Glen Boss was able to control the tempo. Martelletto sat up second a couple of lengths back and Garud took advantage of his inside gate to be next on the inside with Honorius finding the one-one. Hvasstan had that horse’s back and enjoyed an easy passage. Not much changed until inside the 600m when Spurtonic upped the ante a bit and got them off the bit. Honorius was the first to chase though would be anchored by the weight in the run home. Garud stuck to the task and Bass Strait gained inside runs to put himself into contention but they were no hope of catching the leader who had a picnic in front. Scream Machine was in the clear at the 1000m but found himself bailed up 200m later and over raced and that was the end of his chances, he did pick up some late ground. Hvasstan had every chance.
Follow: None, as Spurtonic goes to a Group 1 mile which will be tougher.

Race 9: Tristarc Stakes (1400m)

1st Red Tracer – Nash Rawiller
2nd Koonoomoo – Steven Arnold
3rd Ava’s Delight – Damian Lane

Ava’s Delight missed it by a length or so and You’re So GoodXanadu and Molto Bene eased out the back from their outside gates. Steps In Time on the other hand came across from out wide and established a clear lead, aided by the scratching of Meliora at the barriers. Koonoomoo showed a bit more early pace this time to settle up second with Pickabee and Peron close up. Red Tracer risked being tracked wide so Nash Rawiller allowed her to slide forward and she found a perfect spot in third. Just behind them were Mybenz and Rose Pattern while Bennetta was stranded wide in midfield. Steps In Time led into the straight but was under pressure and Koonoomoo swept straight past her. Red Tracer was stalking them and Rawiller eased her to the outside 200m out and she cruised past them for a very easy win. Koonoomoo was game and from the back Ava’s Delight and You’re So Good worked through the pack running third and fifth with Steps In Time holding on well for fourth. She may have fired up a bit much in the lead. Fire Up Fifi finished full of running from a long way back and Peron had every chance this time. Molto Bene, who was devastating last start, was never in the hunt and was under pressure a long way from home.
Follow: Outside Red Tracer, Ava’s Delight was excellent.

Race 10: Caulfield Cup (2400m)

1st Fawkner – Nicholas Hall
2nd Dandino – Craig Williams
3rd Dear Demi – James McDonald

Glencadam Gold was slowest to begin and that was the end of him. Dear DemiHawkspur and Moriarty all went back looking to get closer to the rail. Tuscan Fire led at the post the first time and was joined byWaldparkManighar and Julienas. A line of four behind them were KelinniRoyal DescentMr Moet and Mr O’CeirinMy Quest For Peace was in the clear next and Fawkner and Silent Achiever were also in close attendance. Dandino jumped well and went forward until it was apparent he wasn’t going to get in then had to be eased right back to get in with only a few behind him. Julienas ran to the lead eventually with Mr O’Ceirin and Mr Moet following him over. Tempo increased midrace and there was little change until Jet Away suddenly pulled out 1000m from home and rushed around them, hitting the lead a long way out and changing the complexion of the race. Fawkner wound up in the second half with Dandino on his back and Hawkspur only had Moriarty behind him as he stuck to the inside. Field bunched noticeably nearing the turn and Jet Away was still in front at the 200m with Mr O’Ceirin boxing on and Dear Demi getting an inside run. Mr Moet and Royal Descent had their chance but kept coming and Fawkner, who got a split through, descended on them and sprinted clear. Dandino, who had to go wider after tracking the winner launched late and was most unlucky, he grabbed second off Dear Demi on the line. Hawkspur made a heap of late ground to be right behind the placings and maybe the barrier beat him. Kelinni ran a much improved race and Moriarty was also huge coming from last. Silent Achiever had every hope. The winner got the breaks at the right time, Dandino was massive and the Waller horses weren’t disgraced.
Follow: Dandino, Hawkspur, Moriarty are all live Cup hopes.

Specials from the meeting: Roop All, Lonhspresso, Ava’s Delight.

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Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st         Alpha Miss                         Jason Collett
2nd       Scratch Me Lucky           Tim Bell
3rd       Pink Perfection                 Linda Meech

The two-year-olds got the day under way – and noticeably, Double Happy went up in the air at the start and missed the kick clearly.  Up front, Chief Of The Clan held the fence, but it was a line of three with Alpha Miss in the middle and Miss Sakkara stuck out three wide.  As they came around the turn, the favourite Alpha Miss started to get an edge from Chief Of The Clan and Miss Sakkara who was dropping off a bit after a wide trip.  At the 200m, Alpha Miss skipped away from them a bit, and managed to hold a margin to the line, although didn’t look to want too much further.  Scratch Me Lucky finished off very nicely for second and will improve again from the run, as it did from its first run, and it may pay to give Double Happy another chance.

Follow: Double Happy

Race 2

1st            Best Case                  Christian Reith
2nd          Kirramosa                Jason Collett
3rd           Vitello                       Tim Clark

Best Case was a clear last to begin in the second event and went back to last.  Vitello was best to begin and took it up from Gamblestown which moved up outside the lead.  This gave Fuerza and Suadela good runs behind the speed.  Star Wars was wide early.  The favourite, Kirramosa was back near last and was still there around the turn, looking very little chance of winning.  Around the turn and up the rise, Vitello and Gamblestown were still fighting it out, with Best Case coming at them, and Kirramosa had made good ground along the fence to now look some chance.  In the run to the line, Kirramosa and Best Case hit it locked together, with many thinking Kirramosa had arrived in time, but the photo went the way of Best Case.

Follow: Kirramosa

Race 3

1st           Boss Lane                 Sam Clipperton
2nd         Mr Jackman            Thomas Huet
3rd          Dothraki                   Jay Ford

The short priced favourite, Barbed, stumbled at the start and went back to last.  Dothraki took it up from Boss Lane, with Mr Jackman getting a nice trail in third.  They slowed up in the middle stages, and when they came around the turn, they were still in their initial order, with Reith on Barbed keeping his cool, but no doubt starting to get a little anxious as he pulled him to the outside.  At the 300m, Barbed still looked a chance of picking them up, but the two in front then kicked, and Boss Lane had enough in hand to hold of Mr Jackman, which outgunned Barbed in the run to the line.  You wouldn’t want to sack the favourite based on this, but I still think he was entitled to do a bit more in the run to the line.

Follow: Mr Jackman

Race 4

1st           Index Linked           Jason Collett
2nd         Leebaz                        Christian Reith
3rd         The Offer                    Adam Hyeronimus

Race 4 made it 4 races straight with horses missing the start, and this time it was Index Linked who has a habit of bad barrier manners coming out last.  On the other hand, the well backed Leebaz pinged out and went straight to the lead over Done Nothin’ Wrong.  Toffler and Art Thou Ready got nice runs behind the speed, with Punch Your Weight caught out three deep forever.  In the middle stages, Leebaz looked to get away with it nicely in front, and he was the one you wanted to be on before the turn.  Index Linked had made its way into a midfield three wide trail and was pulled widest as they turned.  Up the rise, Leebaz was being nursed, and looked like it would get home, however Index Linked really dug in over the last 100m, and managed to nail it right on the line.  The Offer was a nice closing effort from back near last.

Follow: Index Linked, The Offer

Race 5

1st             Famous Seamus           Tim Clark
2nd           Ichihara                          Jay Ford
3rd           Rarefied                           Christian Reith

Welkom Gold showed any amount of pace from the gates and led easily from Didn’tcostalot and Unanimously.  Ichihara settled in fourth, with a gap to the well backed Famous Seamus.  Before the turn, Didn’tcostalot moved up and put the pressure on Welkom Gold, and you had to think this set things up nicely for a run on horse.  When they turned, Ichihara looked initially like it may have been the one, but it was being stalked by Famous Seamus, who grabbed the lead inside the 200m and did enough to go on and score from Ichihara and Rarefied which ran on ok from the back.  The run of Didn’tcostalot was quite good when you consider the other pace setter, Welkom Gold dropped out to run last.

Follow: Didn’tcostalot

Race 6

1st             Kingdoms                   Jay Ford
2nd           Saint Encosta            Tim Bell
3rd           Planet Purple             Kathy O’Hara

It was a good start from the mile and a half for the sixth event, and when they went out of the straight there was 4 or 5 horses across the track.  Kingdoms was steadily working its way to the front and eventually did so, fromHippopus which settled second.  Ironstein settled in a nice spot, third on the fence with Thubiaan outside of it.  Down the back straight, Thubiaan pulled a bit and ended up out three wide.  Around the turn, Kingdoms was still the leader, and looked to have more to offer than Hippopus, however he had started to leave the fence, and there was a run there for Ironstein and Vaquera.  Kingdoms continued to run off the track in the run to the line, withPlanet Purple copping some bad interference, and to a lesser extent there was a brush with Sain Encosta who was running on down the outside.  Kingdoms held on, but then they went to the stewards room, with protests coming in from both 2nd and 3rd against the winner.  Kingdoms retained the race, but his manners will need to be corrected in future or it will prove costly.  The rest had every chance.

Follow: None to follow

Race 7

1st            Strike The Stars             Blake Shinn
2nd          Coup Ay Tee                   Jason Collett
3rd           Riva De Lago                  John Kissick

Turnley and Hidden Warrior were the two best to begin, with Tagus and Soledad also showing pace along the inside.  Turnley went quickly and cleared them, with Soledad opting to ease back to fourth.  Hidden Warrior went up and settled outside the leader, and then Turnley took off again, with the pace looking pretty good as the field strung out.  Around the turn, the riders from the back were on their bikes, and the two pacemakers looked in trouble.  Hidden Warrior did well to hold the front as long as he did, but it looked to be Coup Ay Tee’s race when he surged, however Strike The Stars had other ideas and came at him right on the line to get up and win.  Riva De Lago found plenty of trouble as it can do, but did well to finish third.  Maluckyday closed nicely as it often does, but he struggles to win these days.

Follow: Riva De Lago

Race 8

1st           Diamond Earth            Adam Hyeronimus
2nd         Plucky Belle                  Linda Meech
3rd          Hidden Kisses               Blake Shinn

Golden Sunshine flew the gates in the last and led clearly from Black Magic and Dark Brown Sugar when they settled down.  Up inside the 600m and around the turn, Golden Sunshine still had about a 6 length lead, but you wondered how long it could keep going for.  At the 250m mark, the white flag went up, and Diamond Earth, who put the writing on the wall last time out, surged to the front, and then it was up to Plucky Belle to do the chasing from well back in the field.  Diamond Earth went pretty strongly to the line however, and held on to win by about length.  Hidden Kisses was a nice closing third.  The favourite in the race, She’s Clean was in trouble a long way from home today and pulled up towards the end.  It may pay not to sack her though, as in races where the leader puts a big break on the field, sometimes strange things happen.  Her overall form is good enough to forgive this.

Follow: Hidden Kisses

Specials from the meeting: Index Linked, Riva De Lago, Hidden Kisses