Caulfield review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Anzac Handicap (2000m)

1st Our Voodoo Prince – James Winks 2nd At First Sight – Damian Lane 3rd Diametric – Damien Oliver

Gingerboy was first to the fence and held them out early then handed up to Ruscello pushing on from out wide. Caravan Rolls On was up handy and the greys Freshwater Storm and Danchai raced together. Diametric raced in the clear next though did appear to go a touch hard and not settle in the middle stages. Ruscello slowed them up and Gingerboy didn’t like it, getting fired up in the box seat. They’d bunched up by the 600m and Diametric was first to pull out wide and get moving. Caravan Rolls On outside the leader was the first under pressure as Ruscello tried to sprint again. Diametric closed in quickly on the turn and he was being followed by Our Voodoo Prince and At First Sight from the back. Gingerboy was held up behind the leader and didn’t get out until the 200m. At the same time he was a bit one paced from there. Diametric hit the front at that point but was immediately challenged by Our Voodoo Prince and At First Sight and the former just got the head out on the line to score. Every chance the runner-up and Diametric may have beaten himself in the run. Danchai ran on late for fourth ahead of Gingerboy.

Follow: none, though wouldn’t surprise if At First Sight won a race soon.

Race 2: Legacy Badge Appeal Handicap (1600m)

1st Onpicalo – Michael Dee 2nd Iggimacool – Craig Williams 3rd Kesampour – Regan Bayliss

Onpicalo jumped quickly and had no trouble crossing to lead. Sino Eagle moved around her stablemate Kesampour, up handy, and Lake Sententia. That quartet were a couple clear of the other four. Streets Away raced around Pelicano, Iggimacool followed them and Baron Archer was dragged back to last. Onpicalo was allowed to do his own thing in the lead, rolling a couple of lengths clear. Sino Eagle stayed in contact but Lake Sententia was first to get a bit urgent. Onpicalo shook off Sino Eagle early in the straight clear of Kesampour, Pelicano stayed to the fence to improve and Iggimacool worked her way to the outside, eventually, but had six lengths to make up past the 300m. Onpicalo was still three in front at the 100m and it was a big enough lead to see him hold off the fast finishing Iggimacool who ran him to half a length. They spaced the rest with Kesampour holding third from Pelicano, Baron Archer and Streets Away all close up. The way the race was run it was impossible for Iggimacool to win, especially with the winner getting a picnic in front.

Follow: stick with Iggimacool.

Race 3: RSL Ramleigh Springs Handicap (1600m)

1st Dig A Pony – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Shadow Of The Mist – Michael Dee 3rd Spirit Of Heaven – Damien Oliver

Spirit Of Heaven was snagged back to last off the outside gate while the horse drawn inside her, Stylish Miss, pushed forward to take up the running. Godspiel made Stylish Miss work a bit before handing up and Distant Dreams inside Takeover watched them go a couple of lengths away. Dig A Pony settled a bit closer around midfield on the fence. Stylish Miss took control of the rider, it seems, and charged well clear in the middle stages leaving Godspiel to do the chasing. By the 600m the lead had come back to a length or so and Takeover moved up outside Godspiel to loom. Behind them Dig A Pony had worked off the fence and into the clear coming to the turn as Takeover wobbled a bit. Spirit Of Heaven tried to get on Dig A Pony’s back and Magnus Slipper and Shadow Of The Mist swung the widest. Stylish Miss was gone at the 300m and Distant Dreams came off her heels but Dig A Pony went straight past both of them. Spirit Of Heaven followed her through but was no chance of running her down while Shadow Of Mist sailed down the outside. Dig A Pony had to dig in over the last bit but she held off Shadow Of The Mist for a deserved win. Spirit Of Heaven just held third over the late closing Domino Vitale.

Follow: there still might be a win in Spirit Of Heaven.

Race 4: Beveridge Williams Plate (1100m)

1st Vezalay – Damien Oliver 2nd More Radiant – Michael Dee 3rd I’m A Flying Star – Stephen Baster

Roll The Ignition sprung out from a wide gate and tried to cross them but Vezalay gathered pace to take it up. Melting Moment settled behind them splitting Klishina and Our Harmony on the fence. More Radiant had cover in the three wide line around I’m A Flying Star and Peninsula Dane. Vezalay travelled pretty well in the lead and those immediate chasers were being tapped up to go with her. Roll The Ignition couldn’t match her while Klishina made a dash to run to second at the 200m and More Radiant came off her back. But Vezalay had a bit in hand and she had a length to spare at the line over More Radiant, who chased well fresh, and I’m A Flying Star warmed up late to grab a weakening Klishina. Of the others Soosa Rama made a bit of late ground but was outsprinted. Vezalay is a very promising type who can graduate to a bit better company this spring.

Follow: stick with Vezalay.

Race 5: Vain Stakes (1100m)

1st Gold Symphony – Glen Boss 2nd Top Me Up – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Star Planet – Craig Williams

Ragazzo Del Corsa flew out and crossed them quickly. Top Me Up let him go and sat up outside with Equinova on the fence. Braccenby and Gold Symphony were handy, the latter three deep, and Stoker pulled hard wide on the course in a bunched field. Demonstrate was in that bunch too. Ragazzo Del Corsa had slowed them right down and that saw a few runs come early with a line of four past the 600m in front. Top Me Up, Gold Symphony and Stoker all strode up to pressure the leader. Equinova waited behind them with Braccenby and Demonstrate with Star Planet four wide but with cover. Top Me Up and Gold Symphony hit the lead about 200m out as Ragazzo Del Corsa weakened. Stoker stuck on gamely while Star Planet switched off his back and hit the line strongly late. Gold Symphony was a bit stronger in the last bit and was too good. Top Me Up stuck on and Star Planet grabbed third over the luckless Stoker and Demonstrate getting through. Braccenby was also close up. Don’t be surprised if he cleans up a provincial maiden next start. Messy race, slowly run and the winner sat three wide throughout.

Follow: Stoker’s run was promising.

Race 6: Quezette Stakes (1100m)

1st Petits Filous – Damien Oliver 2nd Jalan Jalan – Chad Schofield 3rd Miss Gunpowder – Dwayne Dunn

Thurlow was taken back to last from a wide gate and Don’t Doubt Marley was back there with her. Petits Filous bounced in front of Miss Gunpowder who eventually eased to allow Take Pride to give her some cover. Misty Waters held her place on the fence. Giulietta was being pushed along in the middle stages and Our Vidia raced outside her. Jalan Jalan was back in that bunch. Petits Filous rolled along and edged away rounding the turn with Take Pride trying to stay with her. Misty Waters couldn’t sprint with them from behind the leader and Miss Gunpowder pulled out and loomed as a threat by the 200m. Decent gap to the rest of the field though Jalan Jalan and Don’t Doubt Marley were warming up. Petits Filous staved off the challenge of Miss Gunpowder, who was nailed in the last stride by Jalan Jalan flashing home late. Don’t Doubt Marley wasn’t far away and Take Pride held off the rest of the field. Winner had all the favours but is very smart.

Follow: Jalan Jalan has a good race win in her.

Race 7: PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m)

1st Mourinho – Vlad Duric 2nd The Cleaner – Noel Callow 3rd Dibayani – Damian Lane

The Cleaner broke with them and headed to the lead. Excess Knowledge followed him over and Mourinho sat up in the box seat. Dibayani found himself three wide in the early stages but did get in. Smokin’ Joey was a few lengths back between No Tricks and Taiyoo. As usual The Cleaner was waiting for nobody and he had them moving as far as 800m out. Excess Knowledge was just being niggled to keep in touch while Mourinho travelled smoothly. Smokin’ Joey started a move from the 600m getting around Dibayani and was widest on the turn. The Cleaner went for home on the turn and Mourinho came off his back, pushing Excess Knowledge out of the way. Dibayani was still there but Smokin’ Joey started to drop off. Petrology made a dash down the outside but it was short lived. The Cleaner and Mourinho settled down to fight it out over the last 100m and Mourinho narrowly denied the gutsy Tasmanian. Dibayani was solid in third while Big Memory charged late into fourth place in an eye-catching return. Excess Knowledge seemed to have his chance and maybe was outsprinted. Jury’s out on him. Even return from Taiyoo. Mourinho just seems to keep getting better and remember he goes best at Moonee Valley.

Follow: none in particular but wouldn’t be sacking anything going forward either.

Race 8: Regal Roller Stakes (1200m)

1st Setinum – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Platinum Rocker – Craig Williams 3rd Yesterday’s Songs – Damien Oliver

Sea Lord showed plenty of speed to head them early but had company as Griante went forward with Stingray, Pago Rock, Barbed on the fence and Inspector wide out. Platinum Rocker jumped well but eased though still caught four wide around Mister Milton, Pressing and Fast ‘N’ Rocking. Yesterday’s Songs had a couple behind him on settling. Griante poured the pressure on Sea Lord 600m out, putting Stingray and Barbed under riding, Inspector tried to come on three wide and Platinum Rocker four out. Setinum came off her back at the top of the straight while Fast ‘N’ Rocking stayed to the fence. Yesterday’s Songs was behind Setinum at the 200m and being held up with Late Charge on his outside. Griante was all out at the 100m and Setinum swept up with Platinum Rocker. Yesterday’s Songs was still being crowded for room by Late Charge. Setinum did enough to win in a solid first-up effort over Platinum Rocker, game again, and a luckless Yesterday’s Songs who grabbed third on the line over Late Charge. Fast ‘N’ Rocking got through late and the one hitting the line out wide was Stratum Star, just warming up when it was all over. Pressing was going backwards midrace but picked up again in the closing stages. Looks a strong race going forward.

Follow: Yesterday’s Songs, Stratum Star.

Race 9: Australian Defence Force Handicap (1800m)

1st Tilla Bell Rings – Chris Parnham 2nd Pacific Heights – Michael Dee 3rd Clemo – Glen Boss

Epsom Hill bombed the start and Raposo wasn’t flash out either as usual. Lannister rolled forward to lead and Pacific Heights came across to sit outside. Stellarized and Aliyana let them go and the latter was caught three deep around Steakandbearnaise and Diaghan. Lannister had them stacked up past the 600m and Pacific Heights was being niggled to stay with him. Runs started to come further out as Aliyana and Diaghan peeled, Tilla Bella Rings chimed in with Raposo the widest on the turn. Behind that wall Clemo was being held up for a run and had to check. Pacific Heights responded and hit the lead 300m out but Tilla Bell Rings and Raposo were coming. Lannister battled with Diaghan and Clemo had got to the outside and was winding up when it was all over. Raposo couldn’t match Tilla Bell Rings who got to Pacific Heights in the closing stages and went on to score. Clemo got up for third over Raposo and Diaghan stuck on fairly behind them.

Follow: there’d be a win in Pacific Heights in the same grade.

Specials from the meeting: Stoker, Yesterday’s Songs, Stratum Star.

—————————————- Our full Sydney review should return next week but here are some runners to keep an eye on from Rosehill: Race 1 – Peeping looked in trouble but knuckled down like a good horse to win, will improve off this and win a better race. Race 2 – Mr One Eleven had a bit of trouble getting clear and will hold its form off the back of this good and slightly unlucky run. Race 3 – Although second last, Junoob worked home ok to say he will be competitive later in his campaign. Race 4 – Nil Race 5 – Make excuses for anything else you like, Japonisme gave them a start and a beating and is a very good horse who will win better races. Race 6 – Onerous was wide all the way and didn’t give up all the way to the line. Will win a race soon. Race 7 – Start Wondering was holding the second horse on the line and can only improve off this and will win again. Race 8 – Havana Cooler had some betting support, didn’t find the clearest passage in the straight and screamed home at the end and should be followed. Specials: Peeping, Japonisme, Havana Cooler