Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Perri Cutten Handicap (1400m)

1st Commanding Time – Damien Oliver 2nd Kerthos – Jake Noonan 3rd Finishing Card – Patrick Moloney

Final Jest was on the back foot at the start and settled near the tail. Commanding Time jumped well and held the fence until Kerthos crossed and rolled to the lead. Morant sat up third ahead of Finishing Card.Vizhaka raced midfield in the clear outside Freshwater Storm. Kerthos controlled the race and at the 600m had Commanding Time off the bit chasing him. Finishing Card railed up ahead of Morant and there was little change behind them. Just past the 300m Finishing Card went for a run between the two leaders but wasn’t able to push through. Commanding Time set out after Kerthos again and arrived in the last few strides to win. Finishing Card held third from Morant. Freshwater Storm ran on okay without threatening and Kitten On The Run, first-up, ran an even race. Forget Final Jest went around, after his slow start he was never able to get into the race with on-pacers dominating.

Follow: Commanding Time was second-up from a long absence and is even better at a mile and beyond.

Race 2: Zeditave Stakes (1200m)

1st Not Listenin’tome – James McDonald 2nd Consorting – Brad Rawiller 3rd Thermal Current – Luke Nolen

A good line out and Cruden Bay showed his usual pace to lead comfortably with Thermal Current coming over from the outside. Not Listenin’tome landed in the box seat from Fast ‘N’ Rocking. That quartet raced a few lengths clear of Consorting and Lion Of Belfort. The field broke up a little as Cruden Bay ran them along in the middle stages. This allowed Not Listenin’tome to ease to the outside of Thermal Current nearing the turn and the race was all over at that point. Given his head at the 200m Not Listenin’tome swept to the lead and opened right up for a very easy first-up win. Consorting hit the line very nicely to snatch second from Thermal Current and Fast ‘N’ Rocking had every chance. Lion Of Belfort hasn’t come up, it seems, as he struggled to get past the tiring Cruden Bay. The winner is a very smart, lightly raced, three-year-old and will be competitive through the autumn carnival. Consorting was unlucky at his previous start and there’s a race for him soon.

Follow: Obviously Not Listenin’tome.

Race 3: Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m)

1st Spirits Dance – Chad Schofield 2nd Marianne – Craig Williams 3rd Metaphorical – Damien Oliver

Metaphorical settled at the back after a tardy start otherwise an even line. Spirits Dance was first out and she was joined on the inside by Arikara who held the lead. Demandz raced three wide early on the speed and Marianne dropped into a perfect spot. Miralago and Bound For Earth were next and Diamond Glowdrifted back. Demandz slotted in third soon after and that pushed Marianne back a spot and in turn Bound For Earth. Arikara was being niggled coming to the bend and Spirits Dance cruised past her and kicked away at the top of the straight. Marianne was pulled four wide and loomed as a danger but couldn’t get within a length and had every possible chance. Metaphorical weaved her way through for third in an encouraging fresh run. Bound For Earth ran on without threatening with Diamond Glow whose run was okay but she got too far off them.

Follow: Metaphorical will continue to improve up in distance.

Race 4: Autumn Classic (1800m)

1st Vilanova – Craig Newitt 2nd Countersnip – Noel Callow 3rd Alpha Beat – Damien Oliver

Reasonable line though Alpha Beat didn’t jump as well as expected and settled a fair way back. Plenty of competition for the lead with Calendar LadMiss HissyAccord and Bring Something all prominent.Deliberate worked into a good trail behind them with Countersnip and Saguaro next. A bit of tightening among the first half dozen while sorting themselves out. Miss Hissy and Accord eventually paired off in front. Alpha Beat took off from second last with about 700m or so left and the race changed complexion with Bring Something and Deliberate under pressure to sprint to hold their spots. Saguaro was one paced while Countersnip stuck to the inside. Alpha Beat claimed the lead halfway down the straight with Deliberate trying to go with him. Countersnip went looking for a run and Mysonharry was working through the pack asVilanova started to run on. Alpha Beat had nothing left at the 100m and Vilanova swooped and raced away. Countersnip grabbed second after finally getting a run. Mysonharry just missed a place and protested unsuccessfully. Wouldn’t sack Deliberate and Bring Something.

Follow: More inclined to follow third-sixth than the winner who will be forced to go back up in grade (he was the highest rated on 72 in this weak Group 2 race).

Race 5: Peter Young Stakes (1800m)

1st Fiorente – Damien Oliver 2nd Mourayan – Steven Arnold 3rd Star Rolling – Brad Rawiller

Star Rolling broke the line first and had little trouble taking up the lead. Green Moon was trapped wide and pushed on to sit second ahead of Pakal and MourayanGod Has Spoken settled midfield and Fiorente, who jumped okay for him, had two behind him. Star Rolling had an uncontested lead, a couple clear of Green Moon and a similar distance to Pakal. At the 600m. Fiorente was being stoked up and got around God Has Spoken, some five lengths off Star Rolling. Foreteller jumped onto his back. Green Moon was under pressure on the turn and couldn’t pick up Star Rolling and Mourayan was boxing on well on the fence. Fiorente hit a flat spot in the straight but it was almost like he was kidding to them and he arrived in time and looked to do it easily. Mourayan snuck through at massive odds to run second in arguably a career best effort. Star Rolling was game and Green Moon held his ground first-up. Pakal lost momentum a few strides before the post and Foreteller claimed fifth from him because of that. Disappointing run from Let’s Make Adeal who was very one paced first-up.

Follow: Fiorente is a star and if he goes Australian Cup, Ranvet, BMW next only bad luck will beat him.

Race 6: Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m)

1st Moment Of Change – Luke Nolen 2nd Sertorius – Ryan Maloney 3rd Pinwheel – Damian Browne

Sertorius was very slow and had to be pushed along to make up lost ground. Moment Of Change as expected took up the running and Polanski crossed to sit up second. Bull Point and Pinwheel settled a couple of lengths away. Lidari found himself out three wide midfield as Sertorius snuck up along the fence inside Sizzling. Moment Of Changed really rolled along in the lead and looked comfortable. Polanski struggled from the 600m and Bull Point went around him to chase the leader. Pinwheel stayed in the box seat and Sizzling improved to a clear fifth. Moment Of Change was still two lengths clear at the 300m and had Bull Point’s measure. Pinwheel continued to follow the leader and Sizzling was also struggling. Sertorius weaved his way through and started his run. Moment Of Change held them off in a repeat of his Orr Stakes victory two weeks earlier. Sertorius always runs well fresh and has gone up a notch to be competitive at 1400m WFA. Old Pinwheel earned another Group 1 placing and Bull Point had his chance. Forgive Lidari but sack Sizzling. Polanski was tailed off and it emerged that he’s sustained a serious injury and, sadly, is unlikely to race again.

Follow: Sertorius was excellent.

Race 7: Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m)

1st Earthquake – Damian Browne 2nd Jabali – Damien Oliver 3rd Cornrow – Luke Nolen

Not a bad line out considering a delay when Boomwaa was vetted. Earthquake broke well out wide and as you’d expect several punched up inside her and after 200m Nayeli and Rubick held the lead with Boomwaa three wide around them. Jabali took advantage of his inside gate and railed through with Mohave and Earthquake found cover three wide outside them. Top Dolly was stranded very wide and eased back but was never travelling. NostradamusCornrow and Malaguerra were midfield. Chivalry found himself last after surprisingly showing no pace. On the turn Rubick shot past Nayeli but didn’t get a break on them. Earthquake came off Boomwaa’s back and given one or two slaps, as in the Prelude, she unleashed her sprint and powered past Rubick and put the race away. Jabali tried his heart out but was no match after having a perfect run and his stablemate Cornrow ran out of his skin to run a close third and Rubick wasn’t disgraced given the leader ran second last. Boomwaa was enormous sitting three wide on the speed to hold fifth from Mohave and Nostradamus.

Summary: Earthquake is a deserved Slipper favourite, Rubick will come back a better 3yo, Chivalry is the one you’d want to be on in the VRC Sires’.

Race 8: Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m)

1st Lankan Rupee – Craig Newitt 2nd Spirit Of Boom – Damien Oliver 3rd Knoydart – James McDonald

The speedy Kuroshio sprung out and crossed to one off the fence and led a line of three early with Minaj,First Command and Vatican. Lankan Rupee was right on their back three wide around Dystopia and Happy Galaxy. The next line included GregersGeneral Truce and Shamal Wind. Spirit Of BoomKnoydart and Bel Sprinter were all in the second half. Minaj booted up inside Kuroshio and they went for home a long way out. Vatican and First Command began to struggle and Lankan Rupee eased off heels to make his move. He took about 100m to wind right up but when he did he put the race away by the 150m. He had a wall chasing him with Gregers running on and Spirit Of Boom worked his way through for another Group 1 placing and Knoydart continued his good form to hit the line nicely out wide and claim third from Gregers. There was an excellent runs behind them, none better than Flamberge who was trapped five and six wide but kept coming,Karacatis hit the line nicely without having a lot of luck. Jury’s out on Bel Sprinter, perhaps the weight got him.

Follow: Watch out Flamberge doesn’t run a big race in the Newmarket with a light weight.

Race 9: Mannerism Stakes (1400m)

1st Bonaria – Michael Rodd 2nd Hazard – Stephen Baster 3rd Hi Belle – Craig Newitt

Arinosa and Keep De Rose went straight out the back at the start. Angelic Lass won the battle for the lead and she settled with Danestroem on her outside. Hai Lil worked up to third with Kneeling easing for a trail and Bonaria holding the fence behind them. Hazard was next in the clear and tending to over race. The race took a strange turn about the 800m when Danestroem and Hai Lil tracked very wide and that allowed Kneeling and Bonaria to improve on their inside and get right up behind Angelic Lass. Hi Belle followed Bonaria and on the turn Arinosa was last and under the whip. At the 300m Angelic Lass rolled off the fence and presented a run for Bonaria who took full advantage and sprinted through to challenge. Hazard was running on out wide. Hi Belle continued to follow Bonaria and made her run on the inside. Bonaria held about a length on the post and ran right up to her first-up win. You have to wonder what a few jockeys were thinking getting off the fence and they presented the race to the winner. Hazard and Hi Belle finished off their races well to place. Fair run from Keep De Rose first-up, Arinosa again failed.

Follow: Like many of these mares races they can take turns.

Specials from the meeting: Fiorente, Sertorius, Flamberge.

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Randwick review by Todd Burmester  

Race 1

1st               Valentia                   Tommy Berry 2nd             Greco                        Corey Brown 3rd             Khrysler                  Jessica Taylor

Valentia was out nicely in the first, along with Greco on its outside and Mr Bogart on its inside.  Greco went to the front, with Valentia holding the rail and Chengdu sitting three wide.  The pace didn’t look strong.  The favourite Double Happy settled fourth one off the fence.  Up to the turn, they still hadn’t quickened and didn’t really do so until they topped the rise.  At this point, Greco was still traveling ok, with Valentia getting the inside run to come after him.  Khrysler was trying to run on down the outside along with Double Happy.  In the run to the line, Valentia dug in and got past Greco to score, with Khrysler getting past the disappointing Double Happy to claim third.

Follow: Valentia definitely has the most upside of these

Race 2

1st             Monton                                   Sam Clipperton 2nd          Lunayir                                    Hugh Bowman 3rd           Court Connection               Jason Collett

Knead The Dough was best to jump and went to the front early from Our Desert Warrior who parked outside of it, giving Monton the lovely sit in third.  Mid race, the two leaders had about a three length break over Monton, with Knead The Dough wanting to go a bit faster in front.  Around the turn, the short priced Our Desert Warrior tried to go to the leader, but moving up strongly out three wide was Monton, who strode to the lead as they topped the rise and it was all over.  He went away to win as he liked.  Lunayir got up the fence to hold out Court Connection for second, who finished off pretty well on the outside.  Our Desert Warrior looked to have its tongue over the bit in the straight and the caller mentioned blood coming from its mouth, which may explain his poor effort.

Follow: Monton is racing in great form

Race 3

1st           Boogie Shoes                 Blake Shinn 2nd         Transonic                        Jim Cassidy 3rd          Forever Crazy               Hugh Bowman

Transonic and Kukri were ridden with intent to lead, in particular Kukri who strode clear not long after the start, with Transonic happy to sit in second, and Diamond Jim worked his way up from a wide gate to be third, and Boogie Shoes found its way into fourth.  Smart Moochi and Divertire who were in the market, went back to be at the end of the field.  All the way up to the 600m mark and beyond there was essentially nothing happening, and when they came to the turn, those at the rear had to come very wide and had the task ahead.  Topping the rise, Transonic went up to tackle Kukri, and in turn Boogie shoes tackled Transonic.  In the run to the line, Boogie Shoes got the better of Transonic and went on to win it.  Forever Crazy held third, from, surprise surprise, the fast finishing Smart Moochi.  Not really a race to follow anything out of in my opinion, but it may pay to forgive Divertire.

Follow: Divertire is worth another chance

Race 4

1st             Terravista              Jason Collett 2nd          Albrecht                   Tommy Berry 3rd           My Destiny             Tim Clark

Under The Sun was ridden hard from its outside gate to cross and lead from That’s A Good Idea who used its inside gate to take up a forward position as he likes to do.  My Destiny found his way into third after a good beginning, and Terravista got a lovely run in fourth.  Albrecht who was always well in betting was just behind Terravista.  Toydini who was first up today got right out the back to a clear last with decent pace on.  Topping the rise, Under The Sun still had a break, but soon after you could see Terravista coming through with a run in the middle.  He sprinted very nicely, and although Albrecht didn’t shirk the task, he was never going to run down Terravista who won it with a good turn of foot when required.  My Destiny ran another honest race in third.  Toydini didn’t warm up today but can improve sharply second up.

Follow: Look for improvement from Toydini

Race 5

1st              Sweet Idea                           Tommy Berry 2nd           Gypsy Diamond                 Nash Rawiller 3rd            Champagne Cath               Jay Ford

A replay of race 5 was not available, however it was all credit to the winner Sweet Idea who has come back in good form.  Guelph is too good to write off after one average effort (and she was caught wide), but she will need to lift, and very well may do that over more ground.  Her trainer has quoted that there is nothing wrong with the horse.

Follow: None to follow

Race 6

1st            Leebaz                             Corey Brown 2nd          Canny Ballad                Blake Shinn 3rd           Seaside                           Tommy Berry

A pretty good line out initially in the sixth, but then Gamblestown seemed to get squeezed up a bit and went back to near the rear.  There were plenty disputing the early lead, but then it was The Owl taking it up withLeebaz on its outside.  Canny Ballad and Pitt Street got good runs just behind the speed, and following them was the enigma, Specific Choice, who I seriously cannot believe was sent out near favourite again.  Back in the field, Bugaboo was caught out wide.  Around the turn and up the rise, The Owl still had it, with Leebaz looking to travel nicely on its outside.  Both Canny Ballad and Pitt Street were being urged along to make ground, and Seaside had come to the outside to try and run on from well back.  Leebaz had the sprint when necessary, and put up a break that neither Canny Ballad or Seaside could make up, and that’s the order they finished in.  Specific Choice did nothing, and surely anyone who is still throwing money at this horse has had enough now?

Follow: Seaside

Race 7

1st              Appearance               Blake Shinn 2nd            Speediness                 Jim Cassidy 3rd             Moriarty                     Corey Brown

Rain Drum bounced out well with Howmuchdoyouloveme and Alma’s Fury three wide initially.  Howmuchdoyouloveme and Alma’s Fury came across to head off Rain Drum, with Speediness finding the one out one back trail.  Appearance and Boban who were the two big guns in the betting got back into the second half of the field.  They both moved out wide and started to take off about 700m from home, in particular Boban who initially went around Appearance.  Speediness and Howmuchdoyouloveme were initially fighting it out in the straight but then Appearance went bang, and went straight past Boban and the rest of the field in what was another impressive win, and she certainly is a serious racehorse.  Speediness ran second, and it was a blank finish for third, with Moriarty getting home nicely, and although Boban couldn’t match appearance, I’m still in his corner and think we will see his best form over 1600m.  He was asked to make a very long wide run today and was still finding the line ok.

Follow: Appearance is a topliner, Boban not sacked yet

Race 8

1st               Lilliburlero                              Jay Ford 2nd            Recoinage                                 Jason Collett 3rd              Any Day Will Do                   Sam Clipperton

Recoinage was out well, but Southern Girl kicked up along the fence to lead from Single Style.  Plenty of them seemed to initially want to go forward but then found themselves out wide and had to go back.  Mid race, Southern Girl took off and set up a clear break over Single Style, with another break back to Lilliburlero.  Those that went back, now found themselves in strife, too far off the lead as they came to the turn.  She’s Clean, who was sent out favourite, was one that spotted them about 8 lengths as they turned for home.  Southern Girl still had a big break up the rise, but walked home the last 100m and Lilliburlero after being in the right place in the run finished off strongly to go on and win it from Recoinage and Any Day Will Do who both ran on nicely from back in the ruck.  She’s Clean did find plenty of traffic at points in the straight but was in clear enough ground the last bit to at least make up some ground, which she failed to do.  All in all a bit of a strange race, and some form reversals would not surprise.

Follow: None to follow, strangely run race.

Specials from the meeting: Seaside