Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Procal Dairies Handicap (1400m) 

1st May’s Dream – Nicholas Hall
2nd Bulbula – Kayla Nisbet
3rd Suavito – Michael Walker

Aurora Miss was best out and rolled to the front without much hassle. Suavito jumped well from the inside and landed in the box seat while Bulbula sat up outside the leader. Apamene walked out of the gates and settled last while May’s Dream was in the clear ahead of her. Bulbula put the pressure on the lead on the turn and took over. Suavito became held up behind her then switched back to the inside. May’s Dream unwound quickly down the outside and swept past them from the 200m. She rolled in a bit late and Suavito became inconvenienced, costing her a couple of lengths. Winner was far too good.
Follow: May’s Dream should be competitive in the Guineas, Suavito is worth another chance.

Race 2: BMW Handicap (1800m) 

1st Keep De Rose – Craig Williams
2nd Princess Peggy – Nicholas Hall
3rd Bec Said No Credit – Jye McNeil

Keyarna Blue was a shade slow out but otherwise a clean line away. Nobody really keen to lead but My Highlight eventually crossed in front of Bec Said No Credit and Keep De Rose followed her over to sit on the pace. Green Roller didn’t contest the front this time and settled midfield while Princess Peggy found an ideal spot in fourth. Midrace, she had to be eased off heels and found herself three wide and was put under pressure before the turn. Keep De Rose raced to the lead about 300m and established a winning break. Bec Said No Credit tried hard and Princess Peggy picked herself up and was closing fast late. Green Roller did nothing and forgive the run of Detox who wouldn’t have won but didn’t get a crack at them in the straight.
Follow: Princess Peggy.

Race 3: Programmed Property Services Handicap (2000m) 

1st Phantom Brew – Nicholas Hall
2nd Mintaro – Stephen Baster
3rd Fabriano – Jye McNeil

Hunger jumped well from his wide gate and Glen Boss had a look to go forward before settling him well off the pace. Another race where they took a while to work out a leader and Supreme Warrior was left in front over First Course and Underestimation took the box seat. Behind them were GoldoniMintaro and Phantom Brew who all looked to travel nicely early. Sir John Hawkwood found himself just off midfield and Hunger had his back. Craig Williams edged out three wide on Sir John Hawkwood about 800m from home and Boss followed him with Hunger. Phantom Brew got moving before the turn and loomed up to challenge, at the same time Mintaro was getting held up for a run and shuffled back. A split came inside the 200m and he made a dive, failing narrowly to pick up the winner. Verdant and Fabriano had a bumping duel midway down the straight which resulted in a protest which was upheld and afforded Fabriano third place. Hunger was set too big a task and Sir John Hawkwood proved very disappointing.
Follow: Mintaro was unlucky.

Race 4: TMB Printing Handicap (1700m) 

1st Bass Strait – Chad Schofield
2nd Garud – Craig Williams
3rd Lord Durante – Darren Gauci

Level line out then Ranked dropped out last. Lightenuff pounced on the lead easily and Lord Durante settled up in a clear second. Shoreham was handy from his inside alley with Garud and Hvasstan was stuck three wide and working. Bass Strait eased over into a good spot about midfield. Chad Schofield kept him in the clear and eased out three wide well before the turn, allowing him to stride up to them ominously. Lord Durante took over at the top of the straight with Garud chasing but Bass Strait had them covered easily. Shoreham couldn’t get clear until about 200m out and had to wind up but he finished strongly and probably should have run a clear second.Bel Thor battled on well making his run alongside Shoreham. Desert Wizard was under pressure a long way out and he must have an issue. Hvasstan had a torrid run but he was beaten a long way at the finish.
Follow: Stick with Shoreham, there’s a good win in him.

Race 5: Melbourne Horse Transport Handicap (1400m) 

1st Notice Received – Ben Melham
2nd Benenden – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Two Sugars – Chris Symons

Miss Zenella missed it by about half a length but was always going to be back, and Alzora was dragged back to last from an outside alley. Angelic Lass was ridden up to lead and ran along. Rose Pattern was handy as always and Champagne Shisha had to work up three wide, unable to get any cover. Benenden settled well behind them. Kasane made a midrace move to third out wide which caused a reshuffle behind her with Benenden getting off the inside, Two Sugars pushing up inside her and Notice Received improved after being four back on the fence. Rose Pattern hit the lead on the turn with Benenden getting the gap to join in soon after. No sooner did she hit the front that Notice Received came off her back and finished the better with Two Sugars getting up on the fence. Alzora charged home from the back and narrowly missed snatching third. Miss Zenella did work to the line well without threatening though had Alzora’s back all the way home and couldn’t sprint with her. She will need further and gets a pass mark.
Follow: Two Sugars in something a shade easier, Alzora.

Race 6: Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) 

1st It Is Written – Nicholas Hall
2nd Richie’s Vibe – Ben Melham
3rd Chiaramonte – Kerrin McEvoy

Chiaramonte jumped quickly and was heading over to lead when Sea Lord kicked up on his inside to hold him out. Force Command found himself three wide outside the pace. Richie’s Vibe was slowly out and Ben Melham crossed behind the field to settle last on the fence. Tried And Tired had a nice run off the pace, The Peak had a three wide trail and Office Bearer settled behind him, with It Is Written to his inside. Chiaramonte had the leader covered on the turn and kicked away but was left a sitting shot. It Is Written was able to improve quickly when The Peak and Office Bearer went wide on the bend and Richie’s Vibe followed him through. It Is Written set out after the leader and got to him about 80m out while Richie’s Vibe was closing very fast on him. The first three home cleared out from Office Bearer who battled on well and Essay Raider who worked home from the back but tends to do that in his races.
Follow: Richie’s Vibe should have won and is a promising horse. Chiaramonte has the hoof on the till.

Race 7: Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) 

1st Eclair Big Bang – Dominic Tourneur
2nd El Roca – Craig Newitt
3rd Long John – Kerrin McEvoy

Outsiders Hill Spy and Duran were slow out and settled at the back. Eclair Big Bang was fast away but didn’t want to lead and El Roca obliged and took up the running. Romantic Touch pushed forward from his wide gate to sit outside the leader and Worth A Ransom was stranded off the track. Longma and Marwood found good positions behind the pace. Long John settled about midfield in the strung out group outside Charlie BoyFast ‘N’ Rocking was just ahead of that pair and improved to be three back on the fence about 600m out. El Roca went for home well before the turn and that put Romantic Touch off the bit and he struggled. Eclair Big Bang followed the leader through and set out to challenge at the 300m. Fast ‘N’ Rocking got through to third but was battling and Long John launched down the outside having to go around a few struggling horses to make his run. Eclair Big Bang ran past El Roca at the 100m, with the Kiwi fighting on, and Long John did a huge job to get within a length of the winner. Charlie Boy ran fourth but was well beaten and had all the favours along the fence. Marwood had every chance but wasn’t up to the task.
Follow: Long John will win the Caulfield Guineas on that run.

Race 8: Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) 

1st Rebel Dane – Glen Boss
2nd Fontelina – Peter Robl
3rd Solzhenitsyn – Nash Rawiller

Speediness was on the back foot as the gates opened and Yosei a little slow as usual but otherwise a good line away. Strawberry Boy took a few strides to get going but took the lead over Dany The Fox and Fontelina withBudriguez sooled forward to cross and pester the leader. Linton was trapped three wide outside them andSolzhenitsyn pushed up between horses. Rebel Dane found cover on Linton’s back with Ferlax inside him. Speediness improved to be in front of about five on settling. Strawberry Boy was gone on the turn but stuck on down to the 300m. Linton made his run four wide and loomed up with Fontelina getting across the tiring Strawberry Boy’s heels. Rebel Dane continued to follow Linton and peeled wider to make his bid while Solzhenitsyn was momentarily held up before coming through inside the grey. In a driving finish Fontelina looked to be holding them until Rebel Dane made one last dive to grab the Group 1. Solzhenitsyn was close up with Speediness flashing home to narrowly miss a place. Linton’s run was enormous after racing wide. Nothing exceptional behind the first five – Luckygray and Ferlax were next home but were never winning chances.

Follow: Linton was fantastic but stick with the first five home.

Specials from the meeting: Long John, Linton, Richie’s Vibe, Princess Peggy, Shoreham.

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Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st        Multilateral                Jim Cassidy
2nd      Ecuador                       Tommy Berry
3rd       Marden                        Hugh Bowman

The favourite Ecuador jumped and led in the first.  Haut Normandie went up into second, with Marden getting a nice run in third, as was Masahiko in fourth.  Junoob was three back along the fence.  Just before the turn, several of them got rolling, which just made you have a little doubt in your mind if you were on Ecuador.  At the 300m the jockey on Ecuador felt for the persuader, and to the horses credit it found something, but at the 100m,Multilateral came with a big run down the outside after spending nothing in the run to have Ecuador on toast.  The run of Ecuador was still good, unless you took the shorts but he shouldn’t be sacked here.  Realistically, the first two home were the best two runs in the race.

Follow: Multilateral, Ecuador

Race 2

1st       Eurozone                                 Hugh Bowman
2nd     Criterion                                  Nash Rawiller
3rd      Aussies Love Sport             Tommy Berry

It was to be expected that Aussie’s Love Sport would go straight to the front, and he did so.  The other main hopes in the betting, Eurozone and Criterion went back at the start which was also to be expected.  Best Case and Bodera Negra filled the spots behind the leader.  Up to, and around the turn, Aussies Love Sport came off the fence, and had Best Case and Bodera Negra beaten.  Eurozone was looking the main danger down the outside, and they were virtually together at the 200m mark with Criterion about to make a line of three.  In the run to the line, the Saintly look alike, Eurozone dug deep and held on to beat Criterion, with Aussies Love Sport, perhaps just lacking a little bit of match fitness dropping off a touch to run third.  Whilst they gapped the rest, Best Case can probably win something easier.

Follow: Aussies Love Sport

Race 3

1st         Julienas                    Nash Rawiller
2nd       I’m Imposing          Jim Cassidy
3rd       Planet Purple          Kerrin McEvoy

The Colin Stephen was race three, and Julienas steadily made its way to the front at the turn out of the straight.  Past the 1800m, I think I could have kept up with them, as Julienas had a picnic in front.  Planet Purple andLess Is More were in second and third.  Inside the 900m, and it was still Julienas doing it as he liked in front, and if you took the shorts you were on very good terms with yourself as he started to quicken a little in front.  Up to the turn, when everything behind the leader was scrubbed along, the race was over, and he held a comfortable margin all the way up the straight.  I’m Imposing was clearly second best, and looks fit and ready to win next time out, with the winner a good chance of holding its form also.

Follow: I’m Imposing

Race 4

1st         Champagne Cath              Jay Ford
2nd       More Than Faith              Hugh Bowman
3rd        She’s Bella                          Tim Clark

Greytfilly did what it always does and came out of the barriers terribly, this time, the one next to it, Shahad, which was the favourite in the race also came out poorly.  Both of these realistically had little chance from there on.  Champagne Cath worked its way across to the front, and as mentioned last time out, was likely to be fitter today.  She led from Dream ForwardShe’s Bella and More Than Faith.  Aspen settled in a good spot in fifth.  Around the turn, in what was a good ride, Champagne Cath was held up in front and then let sprint just before the 300m mark and showed a lot more fight today.  More Than Faith looked a chance at about the 100m, but Champagne Cath had it cheap enough in front to get home.  Kirramosa was the one making decent ground down the outside at the end.  It’s worth giving Shahad another chance as its finishing effort was still good, although not in contention.

Follow: Shahad

Race 5

1st        Sharnee Rose               Brenton Avdulla
2nd      Bennetta                        Nash Rawiller
3rd      Bennetta                         James McDonald

A good line out, with Driefontein taking up the running early and Soapy Star coming across from out wide to sit outside the leader.  Arctic Flight was in third, with Bennetta getting a lovely run behind the speed and Red Tracer was posted three deep.  Driefontein tried to kick around the turn and did get away from them for a little while, however, the class of Bennetta and Red Tracer had her just before the 100m mark, and then Sharnee Rose was the fresh horse on the scene, and proved a little too strong in the run to the line.  You have to admire the effort of Red Tracer to beat Bennetta home after sitting three wide, whereas Bennetta got the cushy run on the fence all the way.  Appearance warmed up late and will be lot fitter next time out.

Follow: Red Tracer, Appearance

Race 6

1st          Complacent                 Kerrin McEvoy
2nd        Savvy Nature             James McDonald
3rd        Drago                              Peter Robl

The Gloaming was race 6, and once they settled down, it was Order Of The Sun leading out from Fuerza, butFast Dragon went around them to sit outside the leader.  Hydro and Complacent got good runs just behind the speed.  Savvy Nature and Drago were well back towards the rear.  Drago took off at the 600m out wide, and Savvy Nature followed it up.  In the run to the line, Savvy Nature gave Drago a cold, but Complacent got all the breaks along the inside to hold on for a narrow victory.  Obviously Savvy Nature is the one to follow out of this, having made a long sustained run and being beaten by the horse who got all the luck, however Complacent’s effort shouldn’t be overlooked as it does have the ability to settle closer to the speed which will always be an advantage.  Drago needs to improve to get near the first two, and the rest are no chance of turning the tables.

Follow: Savvy Nature

Race 7

1st         Rain Drum                               Peter Robl
2nd       Centennial Park                     Hugh Bowman
3rd       Our Desert Warrior              Tommy Berry

Transporter and Hoylonny were the two that were noticeably slow to begin.  High Esteem was the early leader, but Ashokan as expected burnt it off to go around and lead them up.  Our Desert Warrior was third, with Rain Drum getting a nice run in fourth on the fence.  At about the 800m, Ashokan was going along pretty hard in front and had a three length lead.  Your Honour which was in the market was going hard on the bridle and was also three wide up close to the speed.  Around the turn, Ashokan still had a clear lead but it had been cut back to about a length or so.  With about 300m to run, you could see Rain Drum looking for a run on the inside, and just after that Centennial Park swept up with its run, looking the likely winner.  Soon after, Rain Drum found clear running and finished very hard to get a narrow, but impressive victory.  Your Honour was mentioned in the call as running into trouble, but in my opion, Hosting was the unluckiest runner in this race and finished very nicely once clear.  Our Desert Warrior stuck on ok for third.

Follow: Rain Drum, Hosting

Race 8

1st        Heart Testa                   Jason Collett
2nd      Knight Exemplar        Tommy Berry
3rd       Diamond Earth            Hugh Bowman

California Storm had plenty of pace along the inside to lead Golden Sunshine which didn’t begin as well.  Heart Testa got the sit on them in third, with Diamond Earth in fourth on the fence.  In what was a flat tack sprint, California Storm had the measure of Golden Sunshine around the turn, with Heart Testa coming around their heals looking the danger and Knight Examplar trying to make a run down the outside.  In the run to the line, Heart Testa, which sprinted fairly well, held them easily enough, but the run of Diamond Earth was pretty good after not being in the clearest of running early in the straight.

Follow: Diamond Earth

Specials from the meeting: Savvy Nature, Hosting, Diamond Earth