Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

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.

Follow: Occitan

Race 2

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.

Follow: Amovatio

Race 3

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.

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Race 4

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

Race 5

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.

Follow: Longshoreman

Race 6

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

Race 7

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

Race 8

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.

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Specials from the meeting: Amovatio, Kristy Lee