Sandown review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Sensational Springvale Plate (1500m)

1st Veuvelicious – Stephen Baster 2nd Singularity – Luke Currie 3rd Top Sight – Jack Hill

Fair line away, Armani Prince and Felarof went straight out the back while the other five disputed on pace positions early. Veuvelicious worked through to lead with The Spitfire sitting up on the outside. Top Sightwas caught three wide and slid forward into second place. Lassitude didn’t settle well and kept pulling around Singularity. Armani Prince made a midrace move to get up with the leaders on the turn. Veuvelicious broke away early in the straight and left them all flat footed. Showed no signs of stopping and she held a decisive margin on the line. Singularity followed the rail through and ran on well into second. They lined up for third with Top Sight just getting that place. The Spitfire, Lassitude and Felarof hit the line with nothing between them behind the placings.   Follow: form might be a bit tricky, Lassitude is worth another chance

Race 2: Smart Track Handicap (1400m)

1st Lady Lakshmi – Daniel Stackhouse 2nd Whitten’s Delight – Kayla Nisbet 3rd Miss Outshine – Luke Nolen

Roxanne Of Sydney jumped awkwardly and went back to last before rushing through past one runner. Lady Lakshmi pushed up on the inside to hold the lead from Jacinta with Spending in the box seat. Royal Scandal was next with Catered caught three wide. Not a lot of change midrace as the leader stacked them up and the field bunched. Lady Lakshmi had a kick at the 300m and got away. Spending looked one paced on the fence, Jacinta and Catered could do no better. Misscatelli tried hard out wide and wider Whitten’s Delight was trying to wind up from the back. Lady Lakshmi kept going and held all those around her comfortably before Whitten’s Delight made her late rush and got very close. Miss Outshine poked through the field to snatch third first-up ahead of Jacinta and Spending. Stayer La Amistad made a bit of ground to be just behind the main pack at the finish.   Follow: Whitten’s Delight is close to a win, Miss Outshine has upside.

Race 3: Burbank Homes Handicap (2100m)

1st Angola – Patrick Moloney 2nd Justthewayyouare – Jamie Kah 3rd Pentometer – Michael Walker

Keep The Cash took up the running with Justthewayyouare and they ran along in front. Angola dropped into the perfect trail then Captaion Fancypantz, who was a bit slow out, worked up to fourth. Nisos and Surpasssettled next. The two leaders established a decent break in the back straight and Angola kept in close contact a couple of lengths away. Another gap opened to the rest of the field. Pentometer was right back in the ruck and niggled at to get moving but there were horses around him. On the corner Angola had the leaders covered and they were six or seven lengths to the rest. Pentometer switched to the inside to get a run and set out to chase. Angola took over about 200m out and drew clear. Justthewayyouare boxed on to hold second ahead of the closing Pentometer. The fact Keep The Cash held fourth doesn’t say much about the rest, though not a lot of races are run this way. Full marks to Pat Moloney for a heady ride.   Follow: Pentometer missed the boat but ran very well.

Race 4: Telstra Business Dandenong (1600m)

1st Written – Jackie Beriman 2nd Arctic Song – Kayla Nisbet 3rd Rich River – Brad Rawiller

Arctic Song was first to begin and led early before Written worked across to take control. Rich River eased to take a trail off them and Aragonese punched up inside Late Charge to have the fence. Epic Saga found himself three wide better than midfield and was ridden along a long way out. Written cornered about three horses off the fence and Arctic Song raced to her outside, that left a big gap for Rich River and Aragonese to come through but they were just battling. Late Charge couldn’t pick them up and at the 300m the only one running on from the back was Devil Woman. Written kept finding all the way to the line and Arctic Song never really looked like getting her. Rich River held off Devil Woman for third. Late Charge ran his race in patches and came again to be next across the line. Couldn’t make any excuses for anything.   Follow: none in particular.

Race 5: Hilton Manufacturing (1300m)

1st Tango’s Daughter – Jamie Jah 2nd Politeness – Josh Cartwright 3rd Duble Barrel Daisy – Harry Coffey/Native Land – Matthew Allen

Reasonable line out and there was only a couple of lengths covering the bulk of the field early on. Grianteheld the early lead on the fence before Tango’s Daughter moved alongside to challenge and Bulbulapressed forward after being caught wide to head them. It’s A Thrilla and Duble Barrel Daisy were next andVan Welbilt slid forward midrace. Politeness found herself second last on the turn. It’s A Thrilla put some pressure on at the 400m but Tango’s Daughter hadn’t been let go and she quickly moved through the take over and found a length on It’s A Thrilla, who was giving cheek, Duble Barrel Daisy moved to third. Politeness was steaming home from the back and made up a good eight lengths in 200m to run second and the run of the race. Duble Barrel Daisy stuck on and wound up dead heating for third with Native Land, who worked home on the inside. Of the others Godiva Rock did absolutely nothing and Leia had excuses.   Follow: Politeness produced an eye-catcher and is ready to win.

Race 6: Greater Dandenong Stakes (1200m)

1st Office Bearer – Linda Meech 2nd Go The Knuckle – Jack Hill 3rd Happy Galaxy – Patrick Moloney

Office Bearer was on the back foot at the jump and Happy Galaxy a bit casual as well. Planet Voyagewanted the lead and crossed to the fence from Stratcombe on his outside. Zedi Knight sat up third betweenAdamantium and Pago Rock. Office Bearer improved to midfield out three wide. Probably five lengths first to last coming to the turn where Office Bearer moved up three wide to join Stratcombe and Planet Voyage. Zedi Knight took a rails run but couldn’t reach them. Office Bearer raced to the lead about 200m out and established a break. Go The Knuckle started his run out wide as usual and ran into second and they got right away from a wall disputing third. That position went to Happy Galaxy who pushed through from the back to tip out the likes of Ready To Rip, Mister Milton and Pago Rock in a ripper photo finish.

Follow: Office Bearer has the most upside.

Race 7: Surdex Steel Handicap (1600m)

1st Our Voodoo Prince – Chris Symons 2nd Tooleybuc Kid – Jye McNeil 3rd Rugged Cross – Michael Walker

Bel Rhythm and Bishops Castle were first to break the line and look for the front. Wales jumped well from out wide, but was caught about six horses off the fence so had to keep going forward. Tax EvaderTrade Commissioner and Tooleybuc Kid weren’t far away. Supremacy was next and Rugged Cross settled midfield on the fence. Bel Rhythm broke about four lengths clear midrace from Wales who worked outside Bishops Castle but was the first under pressure. Trade Commissioner got an inside run but was one paced and Tax Evader came wide to run on. Nearing the 200m Rugged Cross burst up along the paint to take the lead momentarily from a tiring Bel Rhythm. Tooleybuc Kid was winding up and Our Voodoo Prince had worked through the field and was coming off heels to run on as well. Our Voodoo Prince had the best turn of foot in the last bit and just got the better of Tooleybuc Kid with Rugged Cross holding on for third. A bunch just behind him including Trade Commissioner who held on well and Magic Me who finished off as he can do.   Follow: The three Chris Waller imports – Our Voodoo Prince, Rugged Cross and Trade Commissioner were all resuming and ran very well.

Race 8: Noble Park Plate (1400m)

1st Dany The Fox – Patrick Moloney 2nd Minnie Downs – Jye McNeil 3rd Pro Tour – Brian Higgins

Pro Tour was slow by half a length or so then dashed through to take the lead. Dany The Fox tracked him with Kitten On The Run and Flying Hussler behind them. Minnie Downs settled a little closer than usual andSpacecraft, normally a front-runner, settled midfield. Pro Tour was being stalked by Dany The Fox coming to the turn and they paired off early in the straight. Dany The Fox got the upper hand inside the 200m and started forge clear. Minnie Downs switched back to the inside on the bend and weaved through before finishing nicely late. Handy runs from Escado and Out Of Coober both second-up and they finished just behind the placings with Kitten On The Run and nothing else showed anything notable.   Follow: Pro Tour is his own worst enemy but was fresh and has upside.

Specials from the meeting: Politeness, Pentometer, Whitten’s Delight.


Rosehill review by Todd BurmesterRace 11st       Kencella                                   James McDonald 2nd     Va Pensiero                            Tim Clark 3rd     That’s A Good Idea              Nash Rawiller That’s A Good Idea who usually shows pace missed the kick a bit today and went back to third last.  Kencella showed all its usual speed to burn off Senta De Noche, with Va Pensiero who found support in betting settling third.  Kencella really gave nothing else a chance in this, setting up a break mid race, and still maintaining that once they turned for home.  Both Senta De Noche and Va Pensiero were pushed along to try and come after him, but never looked a chance of getting there.  Va Pensiero didn’t give up and came into second, with That’s A Good Idea getting past the tiring Senta De Noche for third on the line.  All credit to the winner for sustained speed. Follow: Va Pensiero Race 2 1st            Earnest Ernest                Nash Rawiller 2nd          Barbed                                Kerrin McEvoy 3rd          Turnley                              Brenton Avdulla Not a bad start with Charge Missile coming out best and Casino Swoop going up along the fence.  It was Casino Swoop who settled down in front from Charge Missile, giving Turnley and Barbed the good runs behind the speed, and then there was a break to Earnest Ernest.  Around the turn and into the straight Casino Swoop still had it, with Barbed coming up three wide to challenge.  In behind them Earnest Ernest was running on, with the jockey trying to time his run to perfection as the horse doesn’t seem to try as hard once he hits the front at times.  At the 100m mark he hit the front, had a little think about it for a stride or two, but held a margin over Barbed on the line.  All in all, I thought this was a perfect ride by Rawiller for the type of horse he was on.  Desert Wizard did nothing for most of this event, but it may pay to see him again as he did close off a little bit on the line. Follow: See Desert Wizard again Race 3 1st           Ghibellines                        Kerrin McEvoy 2nd         Unencumbered               Craig Williams 3rd         Cornrow                              Jim Cassidy The eventual winner Ghibellines missed the kick, and Unencumbered didn’t show much pace.  Lockroy led early from Jabali, who eased letting Wandjina in that was out wide early.  Risen From Doubt got a good run in behind the speed.  Around the turn, Lockroy still had it, with Wandjina and Risen From Doubt bumping into one another.  Cornrow was back on the fence without much room to move, and Unencumbered was starting a run down the outside.  As this was going on, Ghibellines found room in the middle and came after the leaders with Unencumbered.  It was Ghibellines who did best, beatening Unencumbered and Cornrow who got room late to come through into third.  I can’t really see The Slipper winner being in this lot. Follow: Cornrow over further Race 4 1st           Earthquake                Kerrin McEvoy 2nd         Mossfun                      James McDonald 3rd          Alpha Miss                 Jason Collett She’s A Lady used an inside gate to lead early, but Earthquake and Mossfun came across and took up the first two positions not long after.  Alpha Miss was caught three wide in about fifth position.  Into the straight, Earthquake and Mossfun still had it, and neither rider had really let them go yet, so it appeared they would fight it out.  McEvoy started to get Earthquake going at about the 300m mark as she can take a little while to wind up, but when she hit top gear, it was apparent she had their measure.  She held about a length margin on the line in what was a fairly impressive win.  Mossfun did well to hold onto second despite a number of runners trying to get into that position.  The best of those was Alpha Miss, who managed to run third despite being wide all the way.  Twirl was without a lot of luck at times in the straight, and can win an easier race if she is taken back in grade, perhaps over more ground.  More Radiant who came widest around the bend also ran well. Follow: Earthquake has to win the Slipper, Alpha Miss, Twirl, More Radiant can win easier races. Race 5 1st           Entirely Platinum               Corey Brown 2nd         Midsummer Sun                  Jason Collett 3rd         Desert Jeuney                       Chad Schofield Lunayir jumped in the air at the start and went back near the tail.  Julienas led them up from Entirely Platinum, with Desert Jeuney over racing in third and Lightinthenite settling fourth.  The favourite Prince Cheri settled midfield, with the other main contender in the market, Diametric who wasn’t settling all that well back behind him.  At about the 700m mark, he was off on Diametric, three and four wide, with Prince Cheri coming with him.  Around the turn, Entirely Platinum hadn’t been asked for the big effort yet but was able to go up to Julienas and claim the lead soon after.  Those on the outside were immediately struggling and Entirely Platinum sprinted clear and was set for victory.  It was a line up for the minors with Midsummer Sunrunning second and Desert Jeuney in third.  Let’s Make Adeal was a good closer down the outside late in the piece.  Perhaps give Diametric another chance as it was stirred up in the mounting yard, sweated up and then over raced. Follow: Let’s Make Adeal, Diametric Race 6 1st           Messene                 James McDonald 2nd         Weary                     Craig Newitt 3rd         Malavio                  Brenton Avdulla Ecuador worked his way across after a couple of hundred metres to lead, bringing Messene across into second position.  This gave Mouro a good sit behind them on the fence, with Rhythm To Spare on his outside in fourth.  Back in the field, Riva De Lago was caught out three wide.  Ecuador had a clear break in front mid race, however Messene always looked to have things under control, bowling along in second.  Just before the turn, Messene was asked to move a bit closer and when they straightened he went up to Ecuador who was flat tack and you knew he was set for an impressive win.  When he was gunned at the 250m mark he put about three lengths on them, and it was up to Weary and Malavio to chase down the outside.  They got into second and third respectively, but the winner was simply too good for this lot, and has to be a chance in The Doncaster. Follow: Messene Race 7 1st            Steps In Time            Jim Cassidy 2nd          Sweet Idea                  James McDonald 3rd           Catkins                        Hugh Bowman The big one of the day was The Coolmore Classic for the Mares, and it was a great line up, despite the likes of Red Tracer and Appearance not being there.  Hana’s Goal came out poorly and tailed off last early.  Steps In Time and Jim Cassidy love to lead, and they did what they usually do, by beginning well, staying out wide early and then working down to the fence by the first turn.  Sweet Idea sat second outside the leader, withLongport and Catkins getting nice runs behind the speed in third and fourth.  Mid race, Cassidy was off on Steps In Time, and when they passed the 600m mark, she had three or four lengths to spare.  Sweet Idea was given a crack with the whip before the turn to start to give chase, with the rest of them also pushed along.  They don’t call him The Pumper for nothing, and that’s just what he started to do at about the 350m mark with Steps In Time still well clear.  Sweet Idea was the only one to give serious chase, and she did get very close on the line, but all in all it was a great win by Steps In Time and a masterful ride by Jimmy Cassidy.  Catkins did well under her big weight to hold onto third, and Royal Descent was an noticeable run down the outside.  I think it is fair to say A Time For Julia made the grade here also as there were plenty of good Mares behind her.  It would pay to have a look at the replay here as plenty of horses hit the line in a bunch. Follow: Catkins, Royal Descent Race 8 1st            Silent Achiever            Nash Rawiller 2nd          Carlton House              Kerrin McEvoy 3rd           It’s A Dundeel               James McDonald The other big race on the card was The Ranvet Stakes, and many expected a match race between Fiorenteand It’s A Dundeel.  In the early part it was Carlton House taking it up as expected, with Silent Achieverworking up around them into second, Sertorius settling third and It’s A Dundeel and Fiorente in fourth and fifth respectively.  Carlton House ensured a decent pace, putting about six lengths on them mid race.  By the 600m mark Carlton House was being given a breather and Silent Acheiver and Fiorente were the immediate challengers, with It’s A Dundeel tracking up behind Fiorente.  When they came to the 300m mark however, neither Fiorente or It’s A Dundeel were picking up as expected and both were in a lot of bother.  Carlton House kicked on at the 200m mark and looked like it may have had the measure of Silent Achiever, however in the last 100m Silent Achiever lifted herself off the canvas and got up to win narrowly from Carlton House, with It’s A Dundeel finding its way into third, and Hawkspur coming through from the back into fourth.  Fiorente has to be listed as disappointing, however they are not machines, and an improvement next start won’t surprise. Follow: Carlton House, Fiorente (likely to bounce back) Race 9 1st          Traitor              Brenton Avdulla 2nd        Define                Craig Newitt 3rd        Guelph               Kerrin McEvoy High Tec missed the kick on the inside and was back last early.  There were a few disputing the lead early on, with Chateau Lafaite taking it with Liberty’s Choice working its way over from out wide to go up and test for the lead, but Chateau Lafaite kicked through on the fence.  Traitor got a good trail in third as didWoodbine on the fence.  Guelph was better positioned today, sixth one off the fence.  Chateau Lafaite had it on the turn from Liberty’s Choice who was under plenty of pressure as Traitor ambled up to them three wide and Guelph tried to come at them four wide.  All Cerise ran past Guelph who again looked beaten, but neither of them had gotten to Traitor who kept kicking on for the win.  Geulph got going and fought off All Cerise, but Define got up inside both of those to grab second, with Geulph third.  Although it was an improved run from Guelph, she still looks a shadow of her former self.  Woodbine was very average here asBest Case came down the outside to get past him in the run to the line. Follow: Traitor (liked its turn of foot) Specials from the meeting:  Carlton House, Traitor