Randwick review compiled by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st            Usanity               Hugh Bowman
2nd          Honorius           Michael Rodd
3rd          Kingdoms           Craig Williams

A pretty good start in the first, with Toydini sent out a very short priced favourite.  Laser Flash worked around Cameo to go to the front, and they slowed the speed.  Toydini got back to last, in what looked like a deliberate move to continue to teach the horse to stay.  At about the 600, those at the back started to get moving, with Toydini being the widest for home.  Laser Flash led for home, with Usanity getting the inside run to come after it and claim the lead soon after and go on for a pretty solid win.  At the 200m, Toydini was trying to make ground down the outside, but was making heavy weather of it, with Honorious coming home better than it.  I still think Toydini is on track for the QLD Derby, and this was a good lead up for the 2400m down the track.  Kingdomsworked home well, but was a bit green again in the straight.

Follow: Toydini in the QLD Derby

Race 2

1st             Missy Cummings               Peter Robl
2nd          Catkins                                   Jim Cassidy
3rd            Medusa’s Miss                     Chris Reith

Catkins began best in the second event, but was taken on by Sherbet Bomb and then by Ciao which ran to the lead.  This all gave Catkins a nice run in transit, and she was the first to try and challenge for the front in the straight.  Missy Cummings came through one off the fence from about midfield and looked pretty impressive sprinting to the line to to win clearly.  Medusa’s Miss followed the winner through and made some ground in the run to the line.  The run of Diamond Earth was pretty good after being wide all the way.  I thought Catkins was entitled to do more, and Meidung was very disappointing.

Follow: Diamond Earth

Race 3

1st                  Skyerush                    Blake Shinn
2nd                Floria                          Steven Arnold
3rd                Cathay Lady             Peter Robl

Cathay Lady jumped best in race 3 and took up the early lead, from Say No More which moved up outside of it.  Cannery Row got a nice run behind the leader, whilst Raspberries was caught wide.  Floria looked to over race.  When they topped the rise, Say No More struck the front, but it was obvious Skyerush just needed to get clear running as she was bolting.  When the run came she sprinted quickly and made a one act affair of it, and it would be hard to say anything that finish behind her didn’t have their chance.  The New Zealander Xanadu worked home quite well without ever threatening and should improve on that run.

Follow: Xanadu

Race 4

1st              Reliable Man             Hugh Bowman
2nd           It’s A Dundeel            Michael Rodd
3rd            Happy Trails             Glyn Schofield

It’s A Dundeel was sent out a well backed and very short priced favourite for The Queen Elizabeth.  Glass Harmonium led them up from Manighar which crossed from out wide.  This gave Reliable Man and Zurella good runs behind the speed.  The pace looked pretty strong, and It’s A Dundeel got back to near last, and when they came to the 600m, he knew he was against the “big boys” today, as he was pushed along to make ground.  Topping the rise, it was the three greys fighting it out, with Reliable Man sprinting well clear of It’s A Dundeel which worked its way past Happy Trails.  All credit to the winner for a very good win.  It is a shame that it hurt itself just near the line, it remains to be seen how serious it is.

Follow: Happy Trails

Race 5

1st           Guelph              Kerrin McEvoy
2nd         Fuerza               Jim Cassidy
3rd          Equator            Nash Rawiller

Criterion missed the start a little bit, but not as badly as Drago which went back to a clear last.  Scandiva led initially, but Fuerza in a change of riding tactics ended up taking up the lead, and in the middle stages, took off, and was 4 or 5 clear at the 600m.  Around the turn, it looked like Equator was the one to do the chasing of Fuerza, but in the last 100m, Guelph really got motoring and got up in the last stride.  Equator held onto third from the fast finishing Drago, which looks to have some scope as a three-year-old.

Follow: Guelph, Drago

Race 6

1st            Mourayan               Hugh Bowman
2nd          Norsqui                   Chris Symons
3rd          Aliyana Tilde         Craig Williams

Aliyana Tilde led early from Julienas which worked its way to the lead by the time they came into the straight the first time.  Kelinni was wide early but then worked its way one off the fence.  Julienas got rolling out of the straight and led clearly from Norsqui.  When the pace dropped in the back straight, Macedonian moved up outside Julienas.  Before the turn, Julienas was being asked to go, but wasn’t under as much pressure as Macedonian which looked beaten, back in the field, Maluckyday was in all sorts, and Kelinni was also under riding.  Aliyana Tilde, Kelinni and Mourayan all came with their runs together, with Aliyana Tilde and Mourayan doing better than Kelinni, and Norsqui was kicking on very well on the fence.  In the end it was Mourayan that forged its way clear to beat Norsqui and Aliyana Tilde.  Macedonian plugged to the line ok after being under pressure a long way out, and Julienas turned in another shocker, running last.

Follow: None to follow

Race 7

1st            All Too Hard            Dwayne Dunn
2nd         Rain Affair                 Craig Williams
3rd         Fiorente                       Tommy Berry

Follow: Fiorente

Rain Affair led them up as expected in the All Aged, from Rangirangdoo, with More Joyous smoked away on the fence in third from All Too Hard.  The pace only looked to be even.  Approaching the turn Rain Affair was let slide and had a clear lead into the straight. More Joyous came off the fence after they turned, and looked ready to let down, but she dropped out in the run to the line.  Speaking of letting down, that is exactly what All Too Hard did, coming with a blinding run to pick up Rain Affair in the run to the line.  Epaulette tried to come with All Too Hard but was no match, and didn’t quite have the same ping today that it did last start when it chased Black Caviar home.  The run of Fiorente was unmissable, and although its a long way off, it will have to be in calculations for The Cups this year you would think.  The controversy of the race will be the situation with More Joyous, John Singleton and Gai Waterhouse, but I hope that does not overshadow what was a great win by All Too Hard.  Rolling Pin ran a great race and unfortunately broke down over the line.

Race 8

1st             Rarefied                       Kerrin McEvoy
2nd           Skytrain                      Hugh Bowman
3rd           See The World           Steven Arnold

A good start in the last, with Title one of the best to begin.  He crossed over and took up the running from Master Harry and Fat All which was caught three wide.  Around the turn, Title had a bit of a kick, but topping the rise,Rarefied pushed into the clear and claimed the lead, with Skytrain chasing through along the inside.  Those two fought it out with Rarefied getting a narrow win.  See The World ran very well in third after not being in clear running until the last 100m or so.  Manawanui ran well first up and will be improved for the run.

Follow: See The World, Manawanui

Specials from the meeting: Fiorente, See The World