Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Claire Andrews Handicap (1000m)

1st Romancingthestone – Josh Cartwright 2nd Mitzi Del Bra – Patrick Moloney 3rd I Got A Turbo – Shayne Cahill

A reasonable line out and Friendwithbenefits and Alysiana lacked early speed. Lavender Bay used the inside gate to push through and lead with Howdah coming across from the deep. I Got A Turbo had the leader’s back and Romancingthestone lobbed into a perfect trail. Maroon Bay found herself caught wide without cover. Lavender Bay and Howdah cut at each other and Romancingthestone was stalking them on the turn. I Got A Turbo went looking for a run three off the fence and had to switch back to the inside. Mitzi Del Bra began to loom just behind Romancingthestone before the latter broke away under hands and heels and held a comfortable margin on the line. I Got A Turbo battled on fairly well on the fence to just denyLeicamerares third place. Maroon Bay had a tough run so may have excuses and didn’t mind the runs of the two that were slow to get going – Friendwithbenefits and Alysiana – who hit the line nicely late.

Follow: Friendwithbenefits, Alysiana in suitable races.

Race 2: Lisa Clarence Handicap (1600m)

1st Spellrocker – Katelyn Mallyon 2nd Flying Hostess – Harry Coffey 3rd Roxanne Of Sydney – Chad Schofield

Spellrocker wasted little time in pouncing on the lead and she got there pretty easily. Tully Costa andRoxanne Of Sydney held their ground behind her and that forced Flying Hostess out three wide and she eased to look for cover. Yuka Joy took off around to land outside the leader about 1000m out. That allowed Flying Hostess a chance to get in and Capalbio was on her back. Spellrocker was virtually unchallenged and she put the foot down and took off well before the turn. Yuka Joy gave up at that point and the rest were put off the bit to chase. Roxanne Of Sydney moved to second nearing the turn with Spirited Will following through. Flying Hostess was put off stride on the turn when Capalbio bumped with the tiring Yuka Joy. Spellrocker held a couple of lengths at the 200m and had enough in hand to beat Flying Hostess, who flew late and might have been a shade unlucky, and Roxanne Of Sydney is nearing her top now in a good effort. Spirited Will had every chance and a nice run from Capalbio.

Follow: Roxanne Of Sydney, Capalbio.

Race 3: Equiano Speed Yearlings Handicap (1600m)

1st The Wingman – Damien Oliver 2nd Galileo Gold – Dean Yendall 3rd Quick Snitzel – Vlad Duric

Zlatan showed good early speed as he usually does to find the early lead and rolled along as soon as he got there. Royal Mail and Galileo Gold sat up a couple of lengths behind the grey. After racing wide early onThe Wingman found a good spot just off the speed. Try Pickle was left out three deep around Medvedev, who over raced early, and Transfer Allowance. The odds-on favourite Quick Snitzel had one behind him settling. He was pushed along midrace as the leader put the foot down a bit. Galileo Gold tried to go with Zlatan and he hit the front 300m out. The Wingman set out after him and they held a decent margin on Quick Snitzel who was winding up from the back. Just as he looked to be hitting his top Quick Snitzel wanted to lay in badly and had to be corrected and it might have cost him the race as he charged to go down narrowly. The Wingman picked up Galileo Gold in the last couple of strides. Behind them Medvedev hit the line nicely after going missing in the middle stages when the sprint went on. He’s close to a win.

Follow: Quick Snitzel is ready now but be wary of price and pace, Medvedev is also close to a win.

Race 4: Kellie Turvey Handicap (1200m)

1st Counted – Vlad Duric 2nd Spending – Oisin Murphy 3rd Tykook – Nikita Beriman

Spending was a little tardy at the start and had to be pushed up to get into the field. Tykook went forward to find the fence and the lead and Valid Contract crossed over to sit outside. Royal Scandal found the box seat in a bunch early on with Lonhtime to her outside and Lady Of Harrods trapped three deep. You Can Dancetracked her and Spending improved to be three back on the fence with Counted behind her. Tykook had them stacked up on the turn and she broke away early in the straight. Valid Contract was immediately under pressure and Lonhtime made a dash down the centre. Spending had traffic problems and while that was going on Counted got off her back into clear running wider out. Tykook was staving them off until about 50m out when Counted pounced and Spending burst through in the centre to just miss. Lonhtime had her chance and Royal Scandal battled on. Super ride from Vlad Duric on Counted but Spending should have won.

Follow: Spending can atone.

Race 5: Harris Walker Gold Carat (1200m)

1st Trust In A Gust – Damien Oliver 2nd Churchill Dancer – Chad Schofield 3rd This Is The Show – Craig Newitt

Written Up dipped at the start though didn’t lose any ground and pressed forward from his wide gate. Wild Fire sped through to lead him. Trust In A Gust moved quickly into the box seat. Kievann booted up next to keep Colors Of The Wind out three wide. Not much action to the home turn and Wild Fire tried to give them the slip on straightening. Written Up was under pressure and as he wobbled around Trust In A Gust took the run in the centre and claimed the lead 200m out. This Is The Show was following him everywhere he went and poked through. Kievann and Churchill Dancer had a bumping duel and once he got through Churchill Dancer made a late bid but it was too late. This Is The Show ran a cheeky race at big odds. Couldn’t make an excuse for anything else, but Written Up was only first-up and he did have that mishap at the jump. Follow: stick with the winner, he knows how to get the job done.

Race 6: Tim Sando Handicap (1200m)

1st Laohu – Patrick Moloney 2nd Prince Stratum – Jackie Beriman 3rd Finishing Card – Damien Oliver

Cahier and Alert The Jeweller were a shade slow. Horacio pushed forward with Loahu and it was left to Loahu to take up the running. Halfblood Prince landed in the box seat with Captain FancypantzThe Travelling Man and Johnnydrama making a line of four off the pace. Big Buddie and Paaratte Pat were also caught wide in the very bunched field. Laohu controlled the race and had little pressure with only Johnnydrama moving within a length, but he was gone on the turn. Loahu kicked away and set up a winning lead then cruised to the post. Prince Stratum made a long run from the back to run second an Finishing Card got through the field to get into a place. Can’t say much for the rest of them. Cahier was disappointing even though he was a bit slow out. They basically handed the race to Laohu with the light weight and he made them pay.

Follow: be wary of this race but nice run Finishing Card.

Race 7: Equiano Speed Yearlings Handicap (1400m)

1st Pillar Of Creation – Damian Lane 2nd Final Jest – Jake Duffy 3rd Free Of Doubt – Vlad Duric

Pillar Of Creation was first to break the line then was taken hold of as Free Of Doubt burned across from out wide. Cosentino, who was a shade slow out, rushed around them into second place and Daybreak sat up close in fourth. General Offer found himself off the track around Infinite Energy and Tooleybuc Kid. Cosentino was fired up and he took over with Free Of Doubt taking the sit behind him. Around the 600m they were lining up to take on the leader with Pillar Of Creation starting his move and General Offer trying to stick on. They broke a few lengths clear of the rest, Daybreak and Tooleybuc Kid and Infinite Energy were all under pressure. Pillar Of Creation moved alongside Free Of Doubt inside the 200m and Infinite Energy was trying to chase them down. Final Jest sprouted wings from the turn and hit the line very hard but left it too late and Pillar Of Creation held on. Tooleybuc Kid and Daybreak had their chance. Follow: Final Jest, but beware he has a few convictions.

Race 8: Adam Meyer Handicap (2000m)

1st Initiator – Damien Oliver 2nd Magnapal – Nikita McLean 3rd Tilla Bell Rings – Dean Yendall

If anything, Tilla Bell Rings was a bit slow but otherwise the big field broke well. Magnapal signalled his intention to lead early and found the fence ahead of Balayeur and Alrouz but then gave up the front toLooklookInitiator jumped okay but just took his time to work forward from the outside alley and he eventually hit the front going up the hill at the 1200m. The field had strung out a fair bit by that stage and Magnapal and Balayeur found themselves shuffled back closer to midfield. Initiator travelled easily in the lead and he went for home just inside the 600m and the rest were battling to go with him. He put up four lengths early in the straight and was home and hosed. Magnapal worked through on the inside and Tilla Bell Rings came down the outside to do the chasing but they were no match for a dominant winner. Alrouz stuck on pretty well to run fourth and nothing else was really ever sighted.

Follow: stay with the winner.

Specials from the meeting: Roxanne Of Sydney, Spending, Final Jest.


Rosehill review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Reply Churlish       Peter Robl 2nd Forever Crazy Glyn Schofield 3rd Easter Island Brenton Avdulla

Easter Island was slow to begin in the first and then was ridden along to keep up.  Reply Churlish began well and strode to the front clearly from Mossmoney and Lentini Mist.  Darci Drama landed fourth, one out and one back.  There was no change in the order throughout, and just before the turn, Peter Robl started to ask the leader to quicken.  When they straightened, she got away by a couple of lenghts, with Forever Crazyand Easter Island trying to make ground down the outside.  The winner, Reply Churlish stopped noticeably the last bit, but did enough to last, and you have to be impressed how it has come through the grades.

Follow: Easter Island

Race 2

1st Fighting Sun James McDonald 2nd Boomwa Blake Shinn 3rd Kumaon       Christian Reith

Boomwa went through and led in the second, but there was a line of three up front, with Baio outside the leader and Statton three deep.  Statton tried to ease, but still ended up three wide as Fighting Sun started to come into the race before the turn following a good run throughout.  In the straight, Boomwa had the front, but Fighting Sun knuckled down well to win on debut, and looks an improver.  Kumaon also worked home nicely and is likely to improve.

Follow: The first three home all have ability

Race 3

1st Dolphi’s Boy Brenton Avdulla 2nd Daimon Jim James McDonald 3rd Runhardasun Glyn Schofield

They only seemed to go at a steady pace from the gates in the third, with nobody really wanting the lead.  Black Jag took it up with Senta Desert working across from out wide to move into second, which gaveRunhardasun a nice trail in third, along with Bandit Bay in fourth.  The two leaders cleared out a bit in the middle stages, and Runhardasun had to try and come after them just before the turn.  They all looked to have their chance in the straight, and at the 200m mark it was anybody’s race with 4 or 5 across the track.  Out wide it was Dolphi’s Boy going home too well for Diamond Jim who made its run at the same time.  To me, there are no world beaters here and the form will be questionable.

Follow: None to follow

Race 4

1st Pheidon Adam Hyeronimus 2nd Saralago James McDonald 3rd Vilanova Glyn Schofield

Pheidon led The Life early in the fourth event, with Vite Loni and Harry Hotspur moving up out wide.  At the thousand, it was Pheidon from Harry Hotspur which had settled outside the leader, giving the sit to The Life and Vite Loni.  The short priced favourite, The Alfonso got well back.  Pheidon got rolling before the turn and pinched a small break.  Back in the field The Alfonso was under the persuader and not really picking up.  Pheidon kept one batting in the straight and it was enough to hold off Saralago which got inside runs andVilanova which made steady ground down the outside into third.  The Alfonso may want further, but has to be put into the disappointing category today.

Follow: Vilanova

Race 5

1st Kencella James McDonald 2nd Dream Choice Peter Robl 3rd Cosmic Cameo Glyn Schofield

Kencella sprung the gates in the fifth and went straight to the front from out wide.  Cosmic Cameo and Miss Alibi took up second and third in the run.  Kencella maintained a good break throughout and when it came to the turn full of running and still 3 or 4 in front, you were on pretty good terms with yourself if you had a ticket with its name on it.  In the run to the line, it may have gotten a little tired, but was never in any danger.  Dream Choice made very nice ground into second, but was probably entitled to, and Cosmic Cameo kept going into third.

Follow: Kencella, Dream Choice

Race 6

1st Mercir Christian Reith 2nd Skip Town Yusuke Ichikawa 3rd Babel Josh Parr

Tromso and Gangster’s Choice were both bad to begin in race 6 and went back to the tail.  Kinnersley on the other hand began well and ran straight to the front.  There was a line of three behind it early on withMercir on the fence, Babel in the middle and Skip Town out wide.  Skip Town eventually got across into second, but looked to have used some petrol.  The field strung out indicating the pace was strong.  In the straight Kinnersley couldn’t keep going, and Babel seemed to amble up on the outside of it and Skip Town.  Trailing up behind Babel however, was the winner, Mercir, who went to the front at the 100m mark and held on to beat a very gallant Skip Town who fought off Babel for second place.  Gangster’s Choice ran a pretty good race after its slow start and might pay to follow.

Follow: Gangster’s Choice

Race 7

1st Two Blue Blake Shinn 2nd Reflectance Jason Collett 3rd Rowie Christian Reith

Mighty Lucky didn’t begin well and went back to last early on.  Two Blue led early on from Samui Lad outside of it and Imperil who settled on the fence.  Two Blue looked to travel comfortably in front, and when they came around the turn it still had something to offer.  Inside the 300m mark it gave a kick, and nothing was really getting near it.  Reflectance raised an effort on the inside after a nice run throughout but couldn’t get the leader and Rowie ran on reasonably well down the outside without threatening.  Imperil had every chance, and was disappointing after a good run in transit.  All credit here to the winner and a nicely judged ride.

Follow: None to follow

Race 8

1st Turbulent Jet Michael Rodd 2nd Almighty Charge Tim Clark 3rd Red Excitement Brenton Avdulla

The eventual winner, Turbulant Jet didn’t come out of the gates all that well and went back to near last early on.  Almighty Charge headed them off and ran to the front from Carmora, with Perfect Weapon striding up three wide into second.  Ashamar got a cushy run, fourth on the fence.  In the straight, Almighty Charge gave a great kick, and looked very hard to run down as nothing realy appeared to be coming.  All of a sudden on the outside however, Turbulant Jet launched with its run, and it was a winning one.  It hit the front inside the last 50m and went on for a pretty strong win.  You’ll Never which missed the kick along with Turbulant Jet was charging through late, and just missed grabbing Red Excitement for third.

Follow: You’ll Never

Specials from the meeting: Kencella, You’ll Never