Caulfield review from Ray Hickson
Race 1: Robert Hunter Handicap (1400m)
1st Scratchy Bottom – Michael Rodd 2nd Mambo Lady – Oisin Murphy 3rd Mamwaazel – Glen Boss
Scratchy Bottom broke about a length slow though was always going to settle back. Mamwaazel was first out but didn’t want the lead and was restrained as Mambo Lady crossed to find the fence and Pindan Pearlfollowed her over. Ready Cuz had the box seat and they held a three length break on So Hasty. Not a lot of change as Mambo Lady controlled things to the home turn. Kiss Me Ketut tried to get going from the back and Critical Angel went ahead of her. Scratchy Bottom was last on the fence but did get a nice run through the field to be fifth at the 300m and coming across heels. Mambo Lady shook off those around her early in the straight and Mamwaazel was responding after dropping the bit. Scratchy Bottom came to her outside and swept home to post a very soft win on the line. Mambo Lady was brave and stuck on well from Mamwaazel. There were a few disappointments and perhaps So Hasty has had enough this prep.
Follow: Scratchy Bottom had a bit of class on these.
Race 2: Thomas North Handicap (1400m)
1st Sistine Demon – Jamie Kah 2nd Our Hand Of Faith – Damien Oliver 3rd Elwick Jack – Darren Gauci
Desert Jeuney was squeezed out at the start and settled last with Free Of Doubt surprisingly out the back as well. Sistine Demon rolled to the front and was unchallenged as Elwick Jack settled a couple of lengths behind. Similar margin to Rawnaq and Youbolt. The stayer Commanding Time was three back on the outside of the favourite Our Hand Of Faith. Sistine Demon walked along in front and had Elwick Jack chasing him well before the 600m. Commanding Time tried to get going and Our Hand Of Faith found his back on the bend. By the 200m Sistine Demon was well clear and after having a picnic in front won as easily as you like. Our Hand Of Faith only got warm late and lost no admirers with a strong finish. Elwick Jack held on well for a place. Reparations, who wound up last midrace, finished on well and not a bad return from Commanding Time close up in a somewhat uncompetitive race given how easily the winner had it in front.
Follow: Our Hand Of Faith can atone, Commanding Time has come back well and watch for him beyond a mile.
Race 3: Summer Championship Final (1600m)
1st (dh) Eraset – Oisin Murphy 1st (dh) Morant – Craig Williams 3rd Road Trippin – Craig Newitt
Small field and Infinite Energy was about half a length slow but kicked up with Road Trippin to sit on the pace. Galileo Gold was stuck three wide early on but slotted in outside Eraset. Flying Hostess took a trail off them and Morant settled last. Just before the 600m Craig Newitt shook up Road Trippin and he took off and put them all off the bit chasing him. Road Trippin beat off Infinite Energy quickly. Eraset eased around them to run on and Morant followed him through. Flying Hostess was under heavy pressure. Eraset and Morant got to Road Trippin about 100m out and Morant got about a head in front. Eraset fought strongly, probably aided by Morant not quite running a strong mile, and the judge couldn’t split them. Road Trippin was about a head or so away third and kudos to Newitt for having a crack. Flying Hostess wasn’t the same horse as last time up to open company.
Follow: none of these.
Race 4: Chairman’s Handicap (1100m)
1st Nayeli – Vlad Duric 2nd Bugatty – Glen Boss 3rd Cautious – Ryan Maloney
Even line out and Bugatty and Nayeli quickly paired off in the lead. Cautious settled in the box seat withEqdaam forced to sit three wide as Jarklin had his nose between them. The rest of the field were quite bunched. Tashbeeh was under pressure coming to the turn out wide as he tried to get moving and Hawkingand Illustrious Lad had the same idea behind him. But it was basically a two horse race from the start and Nayeli put the pressure on Bugatty about 300m out and went straight on by, opening up for a very dominant win. Bugatty held a significant margin over Cautious who stuck on but was no match for the winner. Zululandmade some ground from the back along the inside and just missed third.
Follow: from a Blue Diamond point of view you could only follow Nayeli.
Race 5: Ian Miller Handicap (1600m)
1st Five All – Harry Coffey 2nd Text’n Hurley – Craig Williams 3rd Are There Any – Vlad Duric
A bit of competition early for the lead and Spellrocker took it up with Crucial to her outside. La Venta landed third on the fence and after working across from the outside Five All eventually made it into the one-one. Are There Any stayed off the fence and took the tag up behind her with Text’n Hurley on the fence. As the pace settled You’re Discreet whipped around them to tackle the leaders and Vixen Hustler tracked her forward. As a result Are There Any and Text’n Hurley were shuffled out to the tail coming to the turn. Spellrocker kicked up to retain the lead with Crucial and You’re Discreet was gone as they turned. Five All took the gap created when she dropped off to loom up. La Venta ran up behind the leaders and into a pocket. At this point Are There Any found Five All’s back and Text’n Hurley was right behind La Venta with nowhere to go. Five All took the lead at the 100m and held off an unlucky Text’n Hurley, who flew late, and Are There Any a very close third. La Venta was a shade unlucky as well as the breaks didn’t go her way. Take nothing from the winner though as she did her share of work early.
Follow: convinced that Text’n Hurley is back in form.
Race 6: Manfred Stakes (1200m)
1st Bull Point – Damien Oliver 2nd Worth A Ransom – Glen Boss 3rd The Quarterback – Matthew Allen
A good line away and The Quarterback was dragged back to last off his outside alley. Worth A Ransomkicked through inside of Hard Stride to find the fence first and settle in front. Resistant worked through to third on the inside and Bull Point had the run of the race next. A couple of lengths back were Prince Haradaand Fast ‘N’ Rocking. Worth A Ransom had a fairly comfortable lead and Hard Stride was the first under pressure before the turn. Bull Point came around him and wobbled a bit on the bend before looming up. Prince Harada tried to go with him but couldn’t get any closer than a length and he was one paced in the last 200m. The Quarterback made ground along the inside then followed Prince Harada, coming over his heels 100m out. Bull Point got the better of Worth A Ransom late and The Quarterback charged to tip Prince Harada out of a place. Fast ‘N’ Rocking was a few lengths away but didn’t do much at all. If you follow Prince Harada, I’d have him on notice as he needs to improve a bit to get the better of the three in front of him going forward.
Follow: The Quarterback had the flashing light, hopefully he has some tactical speed as they get up in distance.
Race 7: WJ Adams Stakes (1000m)
1st Shamal Wind – Ryan Maloney 2nd General Truce – Andrew Mallyon 3rd Brilliant Bisc – Stephen Baster
The race took on a different shape than expected when Lord Of The Sky was only moderately out. He wasn’t pushed to try and make up the ground and settled about fifth in the middle. African Pulse and Didntcostalotwere the first two out and they disputed the lead with Brilliant Bisc who showed pace and eventually crossed to lead. General Truce was a lot closer than usual for him and moved into second nearing the turn.Excelorada was behind him with Halle Rocks. Lord Of The Sky was a beaten horse at the 300m and dropped out to run last. Brilliant Bisc was tackled by General Truce who looked the winner. African Pulse boxed on and Shamal Wind got a split to his outside and began to launch at the 100m. She went home two to General Truce’s one and nailed him in the last couple of strides maintaining an unbeaten first-up record. Brilliant Bisc held on for third and aside from the winner nothing made significant ground in a reasonably fast run race. One exception worth mentioning was Adamantium, first-up from a wind operation, who worked home okay right down the outside.
Follow: Adamantium in the right race, perhaps at Flemington.
Race 8: Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m)
1st Prince Of Penzance – Michelle Payne 2nd Oregon Spirit – Vlad Duric 3rd Extra Zero – Damian Lane
A line of five or six on the speed early before Extra Zero was first to the fence with Sindarin and He’s Your Man out three wide. Prince Of Penzance was a lot more prominent from his inside gate and Surpass was also close up. Laidback Larry sat off them out three wide before being sooled up to get on the pace. About 1400m out He’s Your Man had got up outside Extra Zero and Laidback Larry pressed on to run to the lead going up the hill and that strung the field out a bit. He’s Your Man then moved to his quarters and Extra Zero and Sindarin took trails. Prince Of Penzance lobbed along well three back on the fence. When the pace slackened Ethiopia crept forward but no sooner he did that he was going backwards, later found to have pulled up lame, and Shenzhou Steeds went around him. On the turn Laidback Larry and He’s Your Man were stride for stride and right behind them Prince Of Penzance had got off the fence and into a striking position.Oregon Spirit followed him through, pinching inside runs, from the back. At the 200m the early effort told on the leaders as Prince Of Penzance and Oregon Spirit swept to the lead with the former proving a bit too strong when it counted. Extra Zero boxed on without looking like winning and he just got there to tip He’s Your Man and Laidback Larry out of a place. Right behind them was Cooldini who was only warming up late.
Follow: Prince Of Penzance is smart, don’t sack He’s Your Man, and Cooldini is getting close to a win.
Specials from the meeting: The Quarterback, Text’n Hurley, Our Hand Of Faith.
Rosehill review by Todd Burmester
1st Woodbine Nash Rawiller 2nd Pirandello Tim Clark 3rd Teronado Christian Reith
Pirandello was the best to begin from the outside, but it was a pretty even line out by all four runners. Woodbine went around very short odds and was pushed along early to make Pirandello work for the lead. Eventually Pirandello crossed, with Woodbine outside of it. Teronado and I’m No Phony raced together behind the leaders. When they turned for home, Woodbine came well off the fence and Pirandello kicked clear. The jockey got stuck into Woodbine with the whip and he slowly wound up on the outside. It looked as if Pirandello may hold on, but in the last bit Woodbine got mobile and made a big lunge on the line and got up. The first two home put a decent gap in the other two runners.
1st Unequivocal P Beggy 2nd Delectation Hugh Bowman 3rd Peggy Jean Tommy Berry
Alpine Gold showed any amount of speed to come across and lead Elveda Vegas. Unequivocal andDelectation settled down in nice spots just behind the speed and Peggy Jean also found a nice spot just behind Delectation. As they turned for home, Delectation was brought out three wide and appeared to travel into the race very strongly. At the same time, Unequivocal was getting the run through between the two leaders. With 200m to go, it looked to be Delectation’s race as it got about a half length clear. In the last 200m however, Unequivocal finished off very strongly on the inside, and drew clear to win by about half a length. Peggy Jean ran easily into third but never threatened the leaders, and hanging in didn’t help her cause.
1st All Cerise Hugh Bowman 2nd Forever Loved Tommy Berry 3rd Casino Dancer Shaun Guymer
A pretty even line out, where Forever Loved led Snitzel’s Jewel. The short priced favourite, All Cerise eased into fourth, getting a lovely run, with Devil Miss on its inside. The pace didn’t look strong andFiftyshadesofgrey pulled its way up three wide towards the front. Before the turn, Fiftyshadesofgrey went to the front but was still off the fence, with Forever Loved kicking through. Around the turn, All Cerise came four wide, but looked to be bolting. In the straight, Bowman let her amble up to the leaders and when she got there he gave her her head and she came away for what as a text book win, off the back of a text book ride. The finishing effort of Casino Dancer was worth noting given the slow pace throughout.
Follow: Casino Dancer
1st Seaside Tommy Berry 2nd More Than Brave Hugh Bowman 3rd Watabout Nash Rawiller
A patchy start here, with More Than Brave slowly out along with Seaside. Those two went back to the rear. Watabout on the other hand was dug up out of the gates and found the lead easily under Rawiller. More Than Brave recovered from its bad start to go up into second, from Agon who was back on the inside. As it was a small field, Seaside, despite not beginning well landed one out and one back. When they came around the turn, Watabout looked to have had it all its own way in front and travelled ok, with Seaside being asked for the effort, coming three wide. Watabout still had it at the 200m mark, but once Seaside wound up and got mobile, she finished off too well for them, in what was a pretty good win. More Than Brave got past Watabout for second, so you would have to put Watabout down as pretty disappointing here.
1st Kencella Jim Cassidy 2nd Hurarra C Nutman 3rd Fort Sumpter Nathan Berry
Kencella began like a greyhound and went straight to the front, with Knight Examplar moving up on its outside. Hurrara came up on the outside into second, which gave Knight Examplar a good sit behind the pace. Mighty Obvious also got a nice suck along on the fence. Kencella was running all the way, and before the turn, Cassidy decided to go for home. When they turned, Kencella had about a 3 length break. Knight Examplar gave up very easily, and it was left to Hurarra to continue to chase the leader, but it was all to no avail. Kencella was impressive, Knight Examplar is a very average racehorse, and is definitely sacked as a punting proposition.
1st Red Excitement Brenton Avdulla 2nd Limes Hugh Bowman 3rd Charing Cross Damian Thornton
Velrossa as is often the case was slow to begin. Tromso found the lead pretty easily, with Charing Crossgoing to second. Mercir and Limes found the trailing spots behind the pace in third and fourth. Red Excitement was behind those three wide. The leaders picked the pace up at about the 600m mark, and still had a break when they turned, with Limes and Mercir having a bit of a duel behind them, jockeying for clear running. In particular, Mercir was being held in by Limes. Inside the 200m mark, all runners appeared to have clearly running, with Charing Cross in front and Limes trying to get to it on the outside. Once Limes did find the front, Red Excitement, despite being wide all the way was there on the outside to nab him in the shadows of the post. This was the win of the day for mine given the wide trip in transit. Charing Cross held onto third here in what was a pretty good effort.
Follow: Charing Cross
1st Junoob Nash Rawiller 2nd Dazzle Us Brenton Avdulla 3rd Jacquinot Bay Christian Reith
Madam Nash ran to the front here as she likes to do. Queen’s Elect moved up into second and withJacquinot Bay on the fence in third. Madam Nash took off in the back straight and had about a 6 length lead and the pace obviously looked ok. Junoob, who was sent out a short priced favourite, got back in the field as was expected, with the pace suiting it. Madam Nash was playing stop start tactics in front, and after coming back to them in the middle stages, was well and truly on its bike for victory once they reached the 600m mark. She led by about 6 on the turn, but was starting to shorten stride. Jacquinot Bay and Dazzle Us were on the scene to claim the leader, and Junoob was warming up down the outside. At the 100m mark, Junoob claimed the lead and came away for a clear victory, and there will be more in store for him if he finds races like this with a bit of pace on.
1st Rowie Yusuke Ichikawa 2nd Specific Choice Hugh Bowman 3rd Zauberflote Nash Rawiller
Specific Choice in the middle began best, but the jockey didn’t seem all that keen to lead. Longeron came across to lead and Specific Choice took the trail. Projectile was third on the outside and then moved into second with Leicester Square in fourth. Longeron led them into the straight, with plenty of room for Specific Choice to come around it. Reply Churlish had made ground and was coming into it wide out. Specific Choice hit the front at the 200m mark, but as I have said before, this horse just does not try when the pressure goes on, and I cannot understand how he was once again sent out favourite. Today it was Rowie on the outside that had too many guns for him. Longeron was also disappointing, as was Reply Churlish. Zauberflote sustained a pretty long run to come into third in what was the run of the race for mine, outside the winner. Smart Moochi yet again was finding the line, but you can’t take him as a betting proposition although no doubt he will win a race one day when everything goes right, and probably at good odds.
Specials from the meeting: Casino Dancer, Junoob, Zauberflote