Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Carlton Draught Handicap (1400m)

1st Means A Lot – Jye McNeil 2nd First Print – Jamie Kah 3rd Lonhtime – Katelyn Mallyon

Miss Middleton jumped a couple of lengths behind the small field. Balaclava Lady led as expected andLonhtime sat on her outside. Means A Lot raced on the box seat and First Print in the one-one. Miss Middleton rushed around them midrace and moved three wide outside the leaders but under pressure. Lonhtime took over on the turn but struggled to get away. Means A Lot took a split at the 200m and drove through and held off First Print, who swept down the outside, and Lonhtime who boxed on but had every possible chance.

Follow: none.

Race 2: City of Glen Eira Handicap (1000m)

1st Borsay – Chad Schofield 2nd Paaratte Pat – Jamie Kah 3rd Prettyhappyaboutit – Katelyn Mallyon

Good line out and Borsay was first to break it and led with Prettyhappyaboutit coming across with him.Corvidae booted up along the fence inside Paaratte Pat and My Survivor stuck out three wide. The odds-on favourite Iconic jumped well but was dragged back to near last. Borsay kept them running and he kicked away rounding the turn to put a couple of lengths on the field. Paaratte Pat set out after him at the 200m with Prettyhappyaboutit battling on play. Iconic started to run on out wide but it was clear he wasn’t going to make it in time with the on-pacers fighting on. Borsay held them off for a solid win. Of the others a nice run first-up from Cavallo Nero from last but he is one of those horses that always runs on. Follow: don’t sack Iconic

Race 3: Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m)

1st Eloping – Stephen Baster 2nd Lumosty – Mark Zahra 3rd London Lolly – Glen Boss

Eloping was on the back foot at the start but recovered quickly to burn through and lead. London Lollyshowed some pace to be on the speed with Jester Angel out wider. Golconda settled just behind them between Lumosty on the fence an Tawteen three deep. Eloping had them off the bit chasing her before the turn and held a couple of lengths at the 200m. Lumosty got the run through along the fence to chase and London Lolly began to battle. Sakitto was involved in a lot of bumping with Tawteen trying to get into the clear behind them and Golconda was doing very little. Eloping managed to hold them all off fairly comfortably. Lumosty tried hard and not a bad effort from London Lolly to stick on for third ahead of Sakitto. Golconda was very disappointing though she did find a little trouble but not enough to be making too many excuses.

Follow: doubt the Blue Diamond winner was in this race but there are some nice fillies in Eloping and Lumosty.

Race 4: Blue Diamond C&G Preview (1000m)

1st Mohave – Chris Symons 2nd Cornrow – Damien Oliver 3rd Ducal Castle – Brad Rawiller

Stingray and Tudor showed a heap of early pace and they paired off in front. Mohave landed in a good spot behind them with Ducal Castle on his inside. Congress and Berlutti were caught wide and tried to ease off the pace. The leader really had them running and turned a few lengths clear of Mohave who eased to their outside and loomed strongly. Cornrow followed him through and Ducal Castle ran up behind the tiring front runners. Mohave took over inside the 200m and held about a length on Cornrow to the line. Ducal Castle was a bit one paced but grabbed third from Grande Rosso who made a heap of ground from the back. Berlutti ran on with him and a huge effort from Tudor to run fifth after going very hard. Follow: again, the Diamond winner isn’t here but the first six home have futures.

Race 5: Vaughan Webb Handicap (1100m)

1st Spirits Dance – Chad Schofield 2nd Whistle Baby – Katelyn Mallyon 3rd Orvieto – Glen Boss

Orvieto sprawled at the start but picked herself up to head forward from the outside alley. Just Too Hardworked through to lead her on the fence after 100m. Romancingthestone landed in the box seat andLeicameares was on her outside. Spirits Dance settled three back on the outside. Not a lot of action until Spirits Dance pulled out three wide on the point of the turn to get moving. Orvieto claimed the leader halfway down the straight but was vulnerable. Spirits Dance grabbed her soon after and established a break withWhistle Baby trying hard to go with her but unable to give her a couple of lengths start. Orvieto did an excellent job under the circumstances. Romancingthestone broke down close to the line.

Follow: Orvieto wasn’t disgraced after a mishap at the start.

Race 6: John Dillon Stakes (1400m)

1st Finishing Card – Chad Schofield 2nd Limes – Steven Arnold 3rd Chase The Rainbow – Craig Williams

Gondokoro had no early speed and settled last. Limes worked over from the outside alley to lead but did a little work to cross Finishing CardReparations settled on the fence with the big grey Chase The Rainbowoutside him. Anlon sat three wide around Star Rolling who stayed off the fence. Limes controlled the pace from the 1000m and from the home turn it was clear only three horses were winning chances as Finishing Card and Chase The Rainbow tried to run him down. Reparations battled away on the fence and they sprinted too well for Anlon and Star Rolling. In a close three way go Finishing Card stuck his head out and got the verdict from Limes and Chase The Rainbow. Anlon might be at the end of his preparation but his run was okay and Star Rolling was only first-up and the race wasn’t run to suit. Follow: Star Rolling has upside.

Race 7: Higgins & Dalziel Handicap (1800m)

1st Use The Lot – Jye McNeil 2nd The Wingman – Damien Oliver 3rd Wairoa – Jamie Kah

Nesbo and Savitar didn’t jump all that quickly but get back anyway. Auld Burns decided to lead this time and for some reason Quick Snitzel sat up second after getting back in all three runs so far this prep. Coghills Creek raced handy with Heisman tucked in behind them. Use The Lot got across into a nice spot from his awkward alley ahead of Streets Of Seattle and The Wingman. They rolled along steadily so little change to the 600m where Coghills Creek began to feel the pressure. Quick Snitzel tried hard to get to Auld Burns on the turn but was under the whip. Heisman was bailed up behind the leader and couldn’t force his way through. Use The Lot swept to the lead about 200m out and kicked away, holding The Wingman at bay and looking pretty strong on the line. Wairoa and Nesbo finished on strongly from well back to be third and fourth. Quick Snitzel ran fifth and you’re very brave if you back him again. Total forgive run from Heisman. Follow: Use The Lot is under-rated, Heisman was very unlucky.

Race 8: Tile Importer Handicap (2400m)

1st Instrumentalist – Damien Oliver 2nd Magnapal – Nikita Beriman 3rd Reigning – Craig Williams

Outback Joe was checked at the start and lost a length or two. Prizum rushed through along the fence to lead at the post the first time from Magnapal and Proper Madam and Altonio came across from out wide to be right up there. Gottino was caught three wide and Outback Joe improved to midfield on his back. Reigningsettled well on the fence and Intstrumentalist was behind him in the second half of the field. Gottino eventually got over to sit second and Outback Joe wound up in the one-one. The race changed a bit at the 800m when Angelology raced around them to tackle the leader and that put a few of them off the bit. Altonio made his move nearing the turn and Instrumentalist came with him the widest cornering to set out after Angelology. Reigning and Magnapal managed to find room at the 300m to emerge as chances. Instrumentalist and Magnapal paired off to fight it out and the former just got the head down on the line. Reigning was hot on their heels in third. Wouldn’t be too hard on Outback Joe who fought on pretty well after not much went right.

Follow: these stayers take turns.

Specials from the meeting: Orvieto, Star Rolling, Heisman.


Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st            Rubick                   Brenton Avdulla 2nd          Twirl                       Tommy Berry 3rd           Valentia                Hugh Bowman

Rubick was all the rage in pre post betting, and started very short odds in the first.  Create and Valentia both came out behind the rest of the field.  Pink Perfection led them up, with Rubick sitting on its outside, with a gap back to Twirl in third.  Up to the turn, Create went amiss and was pulled out of the race.  Rubick quickly went to Pink Perfection as they topped the rise, and the punters who took the shorts were in no danger.  In the run to the line he put three or four lengths on them.  Twirl did a pretty reasonable job to also put that space between itself and Velentia who ran third.

Follow: Rubick looks the smartest two year old this season to date

Race 2

1st           Define                        Time Clark 2nd         Mr Jackman            Nash Rawiller 3rd         Aspen                         Kerrin McEvoy

A pretty good start in the second, with nothing overly keen to lead.  Miss Alibi did that via the inside gate, withAspen and Mr Jackman making a line of three in front.  Harry Hotspur got a nice run behind the pace, with Mr Jackman still trapped three wide mid race and the pace wasn’t flash.  Miss Alibi was clicked up as they topped the rise as she was joined by Aspen, with Mr Jackman still there and Define trying to come through in the middle.  Once enough room came, Define sprinted well to hold off a very gallant Mr Jackman with a gap back to Aspen holding onto third.

Follow: Mr Jackman

Race 3

1st             Divertire               Glyn Schofield 2nd           Junoob                  Damien Thornton 3rd            Mr Scary               Sam Clipperton

1800m for the third event, with Tamariz leading them up from Wild And Proud who was to its outside andExceed And Exalt got the trail in third.  Ultimate Gaze was stuck very wide so it rolled forward to be outside the leader, which meant Wild And Proud was able to drop back onto the fence in third.  Back in the field,Hollywood Bound looked to be out three wide and ended up even wider at the 600m mark.  Tamariz was still in front as they topped the rise but there were plenty of challengers.  The biggest challenge came fromDivertire who sprinted to the front and looked set for an easy enough victory.  In the closing stages however,Junoob got motoring and made the finish that little bit close for comfort but was never really going to get there.  Hollywood Bound went pretty well in this race given the wide run it had.

Follow: Junoon, Hollywood Bound

Race 4

1st            Saralago               James McDonal 2nd          Pheidon                Adam Hyeronimus 3rd           Agadir                   Kerrin McEvoy

Saralago missed the kick again and went back to a clear last in the fourth event.  Pheidon used an inside gate to lead early, but Choice Laga kicked up on the outside to run to the front soon after, with Casino Dancermoving up outside of it into second.  Martilago settled in a good spot one out and and one back.  The favourite, Agadir settled a fair way back along the fence.  Around the turn, Pheidon took an inside run as the leader shifted ground, which also meant that Agadir was afforded inside runs, but it soon became apparent he wasn’t traveling well, although he was a bit cramped for room, and did keep plugging away once in a bit clearer running along the fence.  Whilst all that was going on, Saralago was pulled out widest and finished best to get there by about half a length from Pheidon.  I’m not sacking Agadir just yet.

Follow: Agadir Race 5

1st             Monton                                      Sam Clipperton 2nd           Honourable Aussie               James McDonald 3rd           Kinnersley                                 Adam Hyeronimus

Kinnersley jumped clear of them on the outside, but Honourable Aussie moved through in the centre to take up the front running roll soon after.  Monton looked like being caught wide so he moved up into second place, with Kinnersley and Queen’s Elect in third and fourth.  Eigelstein and Said Com who had admirers both got well back.  Around the turn, the two leaders sprinted and put a gap on the rest of the field and it was apparent soon after that they would fight it out.  Monton was wearing the number one saddle cloth for a reason, and his class showed in the run to the line as he wore down Honourable Aussie for a sold victory.  Kinnersley held onto third.  Eigelstein and Said Com should have already both been sacked by now, but if you have not done so, surely this is evidence enough that they are not good punting propositions.  Myamirawas getting home ok down the outside from well back but was still beaten quite a way.

Follow: None to follow Race 6

1st                Travolta                      Nash Rawiller 2nd              Big Memory               Christian Reith 3rd               Brigantin                     Hugh Bowman

The Australia Day Cup was race 6, and there was a field of 6.  Big Memory led them out of the straight the first time, from Travolta which came off the fence.  Brigantin and I’m Imposing were in third and fourth and the pace slowed as they moved into the back straight.  At the 600m mark, the leader moved off the fence and Travolta railed through to share the lead.  I’m Imposing was up three wide and Brigantin was four wide as they turned.  Topping the rise, Travolta and Brigantin moved away to fight it out.  They went stride for stride, and Travolta showed all the fight he usually does to edge out Big Memory by about a head on the line, with Brigantin holding onto third.  It was a well deserved win by Travolta who always races so consistently.

Follow: Big Memory

Race 7

1st               Champagne Cath                  Jay Ford 2nd             Caprossa                                 Damien Thornton 3rd             Seaside                                     Kerrin McEvoy

Champagne Cath was about the best to begin and ran straight to the front, with Caprossa moving up on its outside.  When they settled, Rose Of Falvelon was in third place and Omniscient was fourth on the fence.  Seaside, who was in the market, went back to second last.  As they turned for home, Champagne Cath looked to be pretty hard held by the rider, and she was let go after they topped the rise and she put about a length on them, which was the margin she then maintained all the way to the line.  It was a blanket go for the minor placings, and I don’t think there is a whole lot to follow from this race.

Follow: None to follow

Race 8

1st            Dream Choice               Nash Rawiller 2nd          Shelford                           Lester Grace 3rd           Monbazillac                   Tommy Berry

It was a pretty good start in the last, with Shelford being ridden hard from an inside gate to go through and lead them up.  Fireball also used an inside gate to go through into second, with Revengeful and Windsweptin third and fourth.  Dream Choice had a nice run in fifth.  Turbulent Jet which was in the market was well back along the inside and was pushed along beofe the turn.  Shelford looked to travel ok up the rise, and had the measure of Fireball who was trying to come after it but not getting there.  Inside the 200m however, Dream Choice launched with a very good run to claim the lead at about the 50m mark and went away to win by a length.  Monbazzilac again found the line well, but has formed a habit of doing this without winning.

Follow: Dream Choice

Specials from the meeting: Mr Jackman, Dream Choice