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 DemeanourDouble 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 NineKing 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.

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Rosehill review by Todd BurmesterRace 1 1st         The Offer              Tommy Berry 2nd       Opinion                  Jim Cassidy 3rd       Tremec                  Christian Reith Opinion led them up in the first race and got his own way in front.  By the time they had entered the back straight he had about a length and a half lead over Tremec, who in turn was trailed by The Offer.  Up to the 1000m mark, Tremec moved a little closer to the leader, with Desert Jeuney moving up along the inside of The Offer in third.  At about the 600m mark the rider on The Offer was off around them to be in a challenging position when they straightened.  Desert Jeuney was presented with an inside run around the turn when Opinion came away from the fence.  At the 300m mark The Offer had the best sprint and he made a mess of them in the run to the line, coming away to win by about 3 lengths.  All credit to the winner here, but they are no world beaters. Follow: None to follow Race 2 1st         Time For War             Damien Thornton 2nd       Kumaon                         Kerrin McEvoy 3rd        Klammer                       Josh Parr When they settled down in the second it was Time For War leading, but he was off the fence ahead of Mr Cha Cha and Klammer, with Kuro one out and one back in fourth.  Kumaon missed the start and went back to last.  When they came up to and around the turn, Time For War still had it from Mr Cha Cha and Kuro was trying to run on down the outside.  Inside the 200m mark, Time For War flattened Mr Cha Cha.  Whilst this was going on, Kumaon got right up along the inside.  In the run to the line Kumaon just failed to pick up Time For War who recovered well after running out.  Klammer got there for third in a three way go.  Kuro dropped off after looking a chance at the top of the straight. Follow: Kumaon Race 3 1st           Avoid Lightning             Tim Clark 2nd         Plucky Belle                     Chad Schofield 3rd          Aerobatics                        Kerrin McEvoy Single Style didn’t seem to begin all that well but recovered reasonably quickly in what was a bunched field in the early part.  Shahad had it early until Meliora went up and headed it off, with Single Style settling third from Recoinage and Avoid Lightning.  Angel Bee and Plucky Belle who were well in betting commission got back to the rear of the field.  Mid race and up to the turn, Meliora had a good lead with Shahad coming out after it along with Single Style and Recoinage getting up along the fence.  Avoid Lightning was pulled widest and was making ground and Plucky Belle had run up behind them and got chopped out of a run just before the 200m mark.  Avoid Lightning went to the front soon after and looked set to score easily enough, and then Plucky Belle got out and flashed at it late, but just missed.  No doubt Plucky Belle was unlucky not to win, but the same could be said for Avoid Lightning last start.  Aerobatics went ok in third place here also. Follow: Plucky Belle Race 4 1st              Bring Me The Maid             Chad Schofield 2nd            Peggy Jean                              Blake Shinn 3rd             Sultry Feeling                        Jason Collett Peggy Jean and Bring Me The Maid both came out slowly and went back to the rear of the field.  Donelle headed them up here from Lanikai and Aerobar who was three wide.  This gave Sultry Feeling a nice trail on the fence in fourth, with Tetsuko outside of it. Donelle kicked away inside the 300m mark, with Sultry Feeling coming off its back and Press Report looking to run into it down the outside.  Soon after Press Report looked a chance, Bring Me The Maid started to flash down the outside and Peggy Jean was doing the same along the inside.  In the run to the line, Bring Me The Maid had the most momentum on the outside and beat Peggy Jean with Sultry Feeling snatching third from Donelle right on the line.  Back behind them Clifton Red ran a nice race, and looks a horse that will make a nice three-year-old. Follow: Bring Me The Maid Race 5 1st             Sidestep                              Kerrin McEvoy 2nd           Bound For Earth             James McDonald 3rd            Northern Glory               Tim Clark Sidestep missed the kick, with Fast And Rocking also going back to the rear.  Up front, Cosmic Endeavour had strode past Boss Lane to take it up, with Sweet Kiss and Bound For Earth getting nice runs behind the speed.  Up to the turn, Sidestep was still back towards the rear but was brought wide to try and make a run.  Just inside the 300m mark, Sidestep went up to Cosmic Endeavour to hit the front with Bound For Earth getting up along the inside.  Sidestep and Bound For Earth came away to fight it out with Sidestep going home too strongly and getting up on the line to beat Bound For Earth.  Northern Glory worked its way into third.  This was a very good win by Sidestep who made a long run from the rear under a big weight and on a wet track. Follow: Sidestep Race 6 1st               Tiger Tees                 Nash Rawiller 2nd            Anatina                        Craig Williams 3rd             Villa Verde                 James McDonald In The Galaxy, Bel Sprinter missed the kick as he can tend to do and was a clear last, and Rain Affair also made a meal of the start and was third last early on.  Kencella went straight to the front, and then Rain Affair took off and went right around them into second.  Tiger Tees and Anatina got nice runs behind the speed.  Up to the turn, Kencella and Rain Affair were still in front, but were about to stop, and soon after turning Tiger Tees found the front, with Anatina coming off its back and Sessions looking to come into it right down the outside.  In the run to the line, Tiger Tees just kept fighting and held off Anatina, with Sessions dying on its run a bit and Villa Verde getting past him into third, which was not a bad effort given she came from near last.  The early leaders, Kencella and Rain Affair knocked up badly.  Rain Affair was always in trouble after missing the start, but you would have to say that Kencella just didn’t make the grade here.   Folllow: Villa Verde Race 7 1st             Gordon Lord Byron             Craig Williams 2nd           Speediness                               Damien Oliver 3rd            El Roca                                      Hugh Bowman Race 7 was one of the big ones, The George Ryder and El Roca went up and headed them off from Ninth Legion on its outside, Eurozone back on the fence and Terravista out three wide.  Red Tracer who was sent out favourite was three wide with a trail behind Terravista.  Sacred Falls got a nice run back on the fence.  Boban was back second last.  Up to the turn, El Roca still had it, with Ninth Legion and Eurozone being pushed along behind him.  El Roca kept fighting up to the 200m mark with Speediness and Sacred Falls looking to come through along its inside.  Speediness did the best of that duo and hit the front with 100m to run and looked set for victory, but Gordon Lord Byron had other ideas and got up along the inside ofSpeediness to claim victory in the shadows of the post.  Sacred Falls was solid, as was stream.  Red Tracer was disappointing and Boban made plenty of ground in the run to the line. Follow: Boban Race 8 1st             Criterion                            Hugh Bowman 2nd           Thunder Fantasy           Damien Oliver 3rd            Teronado                          Craig Newitt The Rosehill Guineas was race 8 and Shamus Award showed his customary pace along with the NZ visitor Puccini who went up to put pressure on Shamus Award, which in turn seemed to make him over race.  They had about 4 lengths over Order Of The Sun and Surge Ahead.  Dissident had a good position in fifth.  Puccini kept pressuring Shamus Award and ran all the way to the top, in a move that  made the race look a bit more like The Galaxy rather than a 2000m event.  Puccini still had it around the bend but the runs were coming with Dissident and Hooked moving around them out very wide.  Whilst this was going on, Criterion cut the corner and was in front at the 300m mark.  From there it was a one act affair as Criterion ran away from them in the run to the line.  Thunder Fantasy was a clear second best.  Teronado and Savvy nature finished their races off well in third and fourth.  The early leaders, Puccini and Shamus Award got tired in the run to the line and dropped out of it.  It was later revealed that the saddle shifted on Puccini, so it may pay to see him again. Follow: Criterion Race 9 1st          Intimate Moment                  Sam Clipperton 2nd        Any Day Will Do                    Glyn Schofield 3rd        Epingle                                        Craig Williams Knead The Dough had the front early in the last, before Any Day Will Do ran up and took the lead as they went into the back straight.  Scorpio Queen moved its way into second, giving Knead The Dough the trail in second.  Lucky Lago was out three wide and looking for a way to get closer to the fence.  Eventually he got in one out and one back by the time they were inside the 1000m mark.  Before the turn, Any Day Will Do looked to travel well and slipped away about around the corner, with Scorpio Queen pushed along to try and stay in touch.  Any Day Will do dug in for the fight and head the measure of Scorpio Queen inside the 100m mark, with Lucky Lago trying to come down the outside, and then Intimate Moment came through along the fence where a number of winners did on the day and hit the front with about 50m to go and scored narrowly.  Epingle was a good run down the outisde from well back. Follow: Epingle Specials from the meeting: Plucky Belle, Sidestep