Moonee Valley review from Ray Hickson
Race 1: Friends Of Epworth Handicap (1000m)
1st Bullpit – James Winks 2nd Ms Mazetti – Mark Zahra 3rd Rich Enuff – Luke Currie
Fifthleg Bro and Bullpit showed good speed from wide alleys and headed to the lead ahead of Ms Mazettiand Inkulu who drove up on the fence. Rich Enuff settled around She’s Now Single, who was niggled at a long way from home. Fifthleg Bro was put under pressure on the turn as Bullpit strode alongside. Behind them Ms Mazetti was also under heavy riding to stay on their back. Bullpit claimed the lead at the 200m but couldn’t break clear. Ms Mazetti kept coming on the outside and Rich Enuff pulled across her heels and hit the line. Inkulu was being held up for a run behind the tiring Fifthleg Bro and he had to change course a couple of times. Bullpit held on to win the race but there was only about a length first to fifth with a big gap to the rest of the field, who were virtually in another race. Follow: blanket finish but Inkulu was particularly unlucky.
Race 2: Health Science Consultants (1000m)
1st Siwa Lady – Harry Coffey 2nd Elite Elle – Patrick Moloney 3rd Prettyhappyaboutit – Ryan Maloney
Elite Elle bounded in the air at the start and was a clear last out. Octavia jumped well and went forward but was caught three wide around Prettyhappyaboutit and Siwa Lady who held the fence. Legcut seemed to get onto heels next from It’s Poets Day while Elite Elle, normally a front-runner, wound up second last. Siwa Lady was pretty much untroubled to lead in the end and she had Octavia struggling coming to the turn. Elite Elle pulled out wide to run on and Prettyhappyaboutit stayed on the fence waiting for a gap. Siwa Lady broke clear on the turn and it was left to elite Elle to chase her. She got to within about a neck on the line and should have won easily. Prettyhappyaboutit boxed on for third and Splash Of Moet swept home late for fourth after looking in trouble at the 400m. Octavia proved very disappointing. Follow: Splash Of Moet is looking for more ground.
Race 3: Medownick Laser Clinic Handicap (2500m)
1st Signoff – Brad Rawiller 2nd Arch Fire – Ryan Maloney 3rd Westsouthwest – Mark Zahra
Nobody really wanted to lead so Signoff strode to the front without much pressure at all. Westsouthwest sat up second and Arch Fire held the fence behind the odds-on favourite. Altonio had a nice run outsideAnagold in midfield. Nothing really changed for a long way as Signoff led uncontested and just strode along under his own steam. Picked up the pace a little about 800m out and the only horse not off the was Signoff. Westsouthwest stuck with him for a while and Arch Fire gradually began to make some ground, the rest were beaten off a long way out. Signoff cruised away on the turn and wasn’t extended at any stage. Arch Fire snatched second off his stablemate Westsouthwest and Altonio ran on fairly to be about a length from them. Signoff goes to a spell with six wins from seven starts in his first preparation and is a classy stayer in the making. Follow: Arch Fire and Westsouthwest stuck on well and are shaping up for the jumping season.
Race 4: Epworth Medical Imaging Handicap (1000m)
1st Miss Steele – Brad Rawiller 2nd Just A Bullet – Jake Duffy 3rd Hill Spy – Mark Zahra
Neat Feat was clearly the best out and she attempted to cross from the outside alley but was held off the fence by Just A Bullet. Everage settled a clear third from Moparee and Selectify railed through to be midfield. Miss Steele settled well back and Hill Spy had one behind him balancing up. Just A Bullet kept Neat Feat working and they had the field spread right out in the middle stages. Miss Steele pulled out to begin a run and she was tracked by Hill Spy. On the turn Just A Bullet had assumed the lead but Miss Steele was looming quickly out wider. Hill Spy couldn’t sprint with them but wound up gradually. Miss Steele arrived on the line to nose out Just A Bullet who was brave in defeat. Nice runs just behind the placings were Moparee who battled on, Tankster who hit the line well last and Scatcat, who didn’t get a crack at them on the fence. Follow: Just A Bullet was excellent, Hill Spy has upside and nice run from Scatcat.
Race 5: Pantry Packer Handicap (1523m)
1st May’s Dream – Harry Coffey 2nd Double Dee – Daniel Stackhouse 3rd Hazard – Josh Cartwright
Even line out and Hazard worked across to lead and was joined by the roughie Demeanour. Double Deelanded third on the outside of the filly May’s Dream. Hai Lil settled three wide midfield, a lot closer for her, around Fuddle Dee Duddle. Hazard pulled a little in front as she slowed them down. Double Dee came out three wide when the pace slackened and moved up to pressure the leaders. May’s Dream stayed on the fence and travelled well while Hai Lil was being pushed along. On the turn Hazard rolled off the fence and presented a saloon run through for May’s Dream. Double Dee hit the lead at the 200m as Demeanour dropped off and Hazard tried to kick back. May’s Dream took the rails run to join Double Dee about 100m out and she proved too strong in the last bit and had something left on the line. Hazard held on well for third and the only one to make ground from the back was Twilighting but she didn’t threaten the placings. Follow: May’s Dream is headed for Adelaide and she’ll be even better over more ground.
Race 6: Silver Thomas Hanley Handicap (1600m)
1st Le Roi – Luke Nolen 2nd Stipulate – Daniel Moor 3rd Banca Mo – Josh Cartwright
Bass Strait was eased right back to last out of the gates. Banca Mo and Keep Cool were sent forward and crossed the field to be one-two settling. Shoreham raced handy with Le Roi on his inside. Sweet As Bro andShiny Buttons weren’t far away. I’m Jake settled midfield and three wide. Shoreham was the first under pressure and the leaders again moved away from the inside to present a big gap on the fence and Le Roi took full advantage coming to the turn. Sweet As Bro pulled out wider to make his run. Le Roi hit the lead before the 200m and Shiny Buttons followed him through with Stipulate. Banca Mo was under pressure but battling on and Keep Cool, Shoreham and Sweet As Bro couldn’t go on with it. Le Roi held a decisive margin on the line and was most impressive second-up after a tendon injury. the import Stipulate ran a much improved race here and Banca Mo came again to grab third ahead of Shiny Buttons. Follow: plenty here, Le Roi is still improving, Banca Mo ditto and Shiny Buttons looks in for a good prep.
Race 7: Kane Constructions Handicap (2040m)
1st Crime Fighter – Patrick Moloney 2nd Calendar Lad – Katelyn Mallyon 3rd Family Pride – Cory Parish
The Terricks was a shade slow out again and while he usually gets back he settled last. Street Viewattempted to lead but was held out by Meticulously on the fence and Family Pride who kicked up in the middle. Calendar Lad was out wider trying to slot in and Scalaire had the same idea. Bardem settled well just off the pace outside Lord Athenaeum. Scalaire had no luck getting cover so pressed forward to have a dig for the lead but Meticulously wouldn’t allow that and they broke the field up. Street View and Family Bride were next and a couple of lengths back Calendar Lad was having a perfect run. The field bunched up quickly coming to the turn where Scalaire was the first horse beaten. Street View and Calendar Lad loomed up to Meticulously on the turn. Crime Fighter made sharp ground through the field to be in a challenging position and Bardem and Zedeel tried to run on. Family Pride was stuck behind the leader. Crime Fighter pounced on the lead at the 200m and sprinted clear, putting up a few lengths in a dominant performance. Calendar Lad had every chance in second and Family Pride got through to snatch third from Zedeel. Follow: Crime Fighter is a promising stayer in the making.
Race 8: Device Technologies Handicap (1200m)
1st Soros – Luke Nolen 2nd King Buddy – Brad Rawiller 3rd Solsay – Laurie Whelan
Soros was slowly out but recovered quickly to pass a couple early on. Ventic sprung out and crossed to the fence to lead with Lord Durante happy to sit up second. Solsay enjoyed a good run in third inside Dee Bee Nine. King Buddy was next out three wide and Soros jumped onto his back for a cart home. Rebel Truce was trying to get clear running in the centre but was under pressure to hold his ground. Ventic led around the turn and Solsay finally got off his back and was able to chase. King Buddy chimed in out wider and Soros made his run further out having had a nice tag in. Soros managed to finish best and continued his good first-up record. King Buddy was game and Solsay lost no admirers. Ventic held on for fourth. Flyingconi made a little late ground but didn’t threaten. Follow: Placegetters all ran well but none to follow in particular.
Specials from the meeting: Inkulu, Splash Of Moet, Banca Mo.