Randwick review from Todd Burmester
1st Occitan Jason Collett 2nd Snip Spur James McDonald 3rd Stephansdom Hugh Bowman
The favourite, Occitan began well in the first, but Had Me At Hello and Ming also had pace which put Occitan three deep when they settled. It was a race without much action, and once they came around the turn, the three leaders were basically in a line. To the credit of Occitan, despite sitting wide, it sprinted well and had the other two covered. Snip Spur raised an effort on the outside, and briefly looked a threat, but Occitan found well in the run to the line and held on to win clearly. Although it probably isn’t a strong form race, the winner should be able to win again based on the way it did it here.
1st Sinjoren Peter Robl 2nd Amovatio Hugh Bowman 3rd Oxford Poet Nathan Berry
When they settled down on the second, it was Oxford Poet leading from Love Takes Over. Flying Sebringgot a nice trail behind them. Made To Order which was sent out favourite got back to second last andAmovatio who was also in the market settled last. Up to the 600m mark, the pace looked pretty slow, and when they turned, Flying Poet still had the front. Made To Order had come out 4 wide on the point of the turn, but wasn’t really going anywhere. In the straight, Amovatio, which was last throughout came to the outside and looked as if it may get the money, but Sinjoren, which had a cushy run back on the fence, poked through and got a narrow victory. Amovatio is bursting to win a race, it just needs to find one with a bit more pace on.
1st Instrumentalist Hugh Bowman 2nd Perplexity Nash Rawiller 3rd Angola Glyn Schofield
The stayers went around in the third event, and basically, as we know, these “take turns” at winning. It was hard to get enthused from a betting point of view. Perplexity was well supported in betting and led them up easily as they went out of the straight the first time, with Praecido and Jarilee settling second and third. There was little or no change in the order throughout, and at the 600m mark, Perplexity wound up the pace and went for home around the turn. It led nicely early in the straight, but in the final 200m, Instrumentalistfinished off nicely to go on and win it, from Perplexity which stayed on ok and Angola ground home into third. Not much to follow here.
1st Flight Acadamy Kathy O’Hara 2nd Miniature Nash Rawiller 3rd Calming Influence Serg Lisnyy
Serg Lisnyy had one idea on Calming Influence, and that was to be first out and first home. It flew out and led by a couple of lengths early from Miniature and Mamwaazel. The pace looked a cracker and the field strung right out. Up to, and around the turn, Calming Influence led by about 4 lengths. Around the turn and up to the 300m mark, it was obvious Calming Influence was in strife as Miniature went up to and went past it, however it was then a sitting duck for Flight Academy, which was ridden a little more sensibly and it went on for a good win. Under the circumstances the runs of Miniature and Calming Influence were not bad to hold on for second and third and both can still be followed.
Follow: Miniature, Calming Influence
1st Terravista Hugh Bowman 2nd King Cobia Damian Thornton 3rd Babel Josh Parr
Once they settled in the fifth it was King Cobia leading up from Terravista which came across from out wide to sit outside of it. This gave Palasport the nice sit behind them and Babel also got a nice run in fourth. The pace only looked average, and around the turn it was still King Cobia in front. Babel was probing for an inside run and Terrivista looked to be being saved by the jockey for one last crack. At about the 200m mark he got serious on Terrivista and it worked its way to a narrow lead and maintained that in the run to the line. King Cobia and Babel stuck on for second and third. Longshoreman may be the one to follow here as he did well to close into fourth given the race was run to suit the first three home. Reflectance also did well from last.
1st Solemn Jason Collett 2nd Capital Commander Serg Lisnyy 3rd Home On A Wing Damian Thornton
Capital Commander looked the leader on paper and she led easily. Index Linked went back to last again. When they settled, he was trying to slow up on Capital Commander, and Letchworth went up outside of it. Home On A Wing and Solemn found themselves in nice positions just behind the pace. Mid race, Capital Commander took off and led by 3 or 4, but that gap had been closed to only about a length and a half around the turn. The shortest way home is against the Dulux, and Solemn railed up in the straight in what was a lovely ride to get the victory from Capital Commander which stuck on ok and Home On A Wing ran well for third. Index Linked never really came into it, and should be considered a punting risk with his bad barrier manners which invariably leads to him settling at the rear.
Follow: Follow: Home On A Wing
1st Kristy Lee Hugh Bowman 2nd Berrimilla Nash Rawiller 3rd Dark Brown Sugar Jason Collett
Just A Girl was ridden with intent to lead today and did so after a couple of hundred metres. She was in front from Dream Empress and Quick’s The Word. Medusa’s Miss settled down fourth. In the straight Just A Girl kept giving as she does, but down the outside it was Kristy Lee and Berrimilla that were finishing off best, despite there looking a number of chances at the 200m mark. I thought Kristy Lee was impressive in the last 100m, putting a bit of a gap in them. She is a horse I have had an opinion of for quite a while, and when you look through her form, despite not winning all that often, she is never far away. There were a few in this race that looked a bit tight for room along the inside in the straight so it is worth having a look at the replay.
Follow: Kristy Lee
1st Territory Nathan Berry 2nd Agister Luke Dittman 3rd Monbazillac James McDonald
Green Beret and Agister disputed the lead in the last event and had a couple of lengths to spare early on over Monbazillac and Tahitian Black. Field Marshall was sent out a short priced favourite and got well back. In the straight, Agister had the measure of Green Beret, with Monbazillac and Tahitian Black trying to come into it. Inside the 200m, it was anyone’s race, with Agister still narrowly in front, but Territory was the one that finished best along the inside from well back. This is another horse, similar to Kristy Lee, that does not have a great winning strike rate but always seems to put in, and it was his day today. The favourite Field Marshall finished off ok, but never looked a winning chance and does have to be put in the disappointing category here. Forarainyday can win a race soon.
Specials from the meeting: Amovatio, Kristy Lee