Caulfield Review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: Marathon Series Final (4000m)
1st Jileks Spur – Nick Hall
2nd Coogan – Jake Bayliss
3rd Vihanna Victory – Dean Holland
Duplicity Jones worked his way to the lead after 200m or so from Stella’s Choice with Vihanna Victory taking the trail. Jileks Spur landed in good spot fourth ahead of Coogan. There was no action for basically an entire lap. The first to make a move was Jileks Spur and he slid up three wide at the 800m and joined Duplicity Jones soon after. Stella’s Choice dropped off and Coogan went around him as Vihanna Victory boxed on. They got away from the rest of the field. Jileks Spur took over on the turn, staying well off the fence, and raced well clear. Coogan ran into second and Vihanna Victory moved past the tiring Duplicity Jones late to grab third. Jileks Spur continued his superb form through the series and romped in.
Follow: none, though the winner is likely to go jumping.
Race 2: Off The Track Plate (2000m)
1st Tooleybuc Kid – Craig Williams
2nd Star Fashion – Michael Walker
3rd Epic Saga – Damien Thornton
Epic Saga didn’t have any trouble taking up the running and Devonshire Duke followed him over. Shoreham sat in the box seat ahead of Star Fashion with Tooleybuc Kid in the clear a length or so away. Epic Saga controlled things and passing the 800m Devonshire Duke started to pressure him. Tooleybuc Kid was flushed out and moved to third pocketing Star Fashion and Shoreham. La Amistad tried to make a dash from the back but that ended before the home turn. Epic Saga kicked back to see off the challenge of Devonshire Duke but Tooleybuc Kid was looming. Star Fashion had to wait for him to go to get across his heels while Shoreham was flat footed when they sprinted. Tooleybuc Kid got the better of Epic Saga by the 200m but Star Fashion was breathing down his neck and it was only the bob of the head that separated them. Epic Saga stuck on well for third holding his form while Shoreham ground into fourth, a shade disappointing.
Follow: Star Fashion looks ready to win in a similar sort of race.
Race 3: Mitsubishi Superscreen (1100m)
1st Miss Promiscuity – Linda Meech
2nd Minaj – Patrick Moloney
3rd Miss Steele – Jake Bayliss
Minaj had the speed to cross them quite easily to lead from Missy Longstocking around Brave Journey and Miss Promiscuity on the fence. They were clear of Pathways moving away from Sino Eagle and Miss Steele midfield. Minaj stayed off the fence and Miss Promiscuity took the inside run to join her on the turn while Brave Journey and Missy Longstocking were flat out chasing. Pathways and Sino Eagle went underneath that pair while Miss Steele hooked out wider to run on. Miss Promiscuity edged clear of Minaj inside the 200m and held her at bay to the line to win well first-up. Minaj was game and leaving the rail wasn’t an excuse while Miss Steele snatched third widest of a line up for the minor placing. Brave Journey and Pathways were just denied a placing and Sino Eagle wasn’t far away with Nautical making ground on the fence.
Follow: no real standouts here.
Race 4: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m)
1st Sunday Escape – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Belesron – Luke Nolen
3rd Nicoscene – Jordan Childs
Plenty of early speed and Override and Bullpit disputed the lead allowing Nicoscene to slot in behind them. Sunday Escape improved along the fence ahead of Tansy and Zedi Knight also going forward. Beckonwas in that bunch ahead of Belesron in clear running. They were all over the place coming to the turn and Sunday Escape took advantage of the leaders again coming off the fence to hit the lead before the turn. Override was the first beaten. Tansy followed Sunday Escape through and Nicoscene was weaving his way into the clear. Belesron and Beckon were running on out wider while Taddei Tondo went for runs through the field. Sunday Escape broke away 100m out and held off the fast finishing Belesron with Nicoscene just holding third. Every chance him. Taddei Tondo was close up and Lord Da Vinci, who was back last early, sprouted wings late to be in that bunch ahead of Beckon.
Follow: Lord Da Vinci is crying out for 1200m or further.
Race 5: VOBIS Gold Ingot (1200m)
1st Fleur Fatale – Michael Walker
2nd Danuki – Chad Schofield
3rd Luchador – Dean Holland
Superlative had enough speed to lead over Perfect Beat with Danuki up three wide. Primo Pintxo wasn’t settling well in behind them and Dream On Monty railed up underneath her. Luchador and Fleur Fatale were behind them and One Faster pinched ground on their inside. Palace Tycoon was wide in that bunch. Superlative still led on the turn while Primo Pintxo was trying to push Perfect Beat out of the way and Dream On Monty stayed to the inside. Danuki kept coming out wider and Fleur Fatale pulled off his heels clear of Luchador. Fleur Fatale showed a nice turn of foot and claimed Danuki at the 100m, racing clear for a dominant debut win. Luchador got up for third cutting a gallant Superlative out of a place. Kryptonian made a heap of ground down the outside from the back late to be close up with Palace Tycoon just an even effort. Danuki was strong after racing wide and look for him to atone.
Follow: hard to go past the winner and Danuki.
Race 6: VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m)
1st Red Bomber – Chad Schofield
2nd Trust In A Gust – Craig Williams
3rd Worth A Ransom – Michael Dee
River Delta and Tudor paired off in front but off the fence ahead of Trust In A Gust and Arctic Song. Good Offa kept improving along the inside and there was a line of four well before the turn and Trust In A Gust kicked up to join him, River Delta and Tudor. Worth A Ransom and Red Bomber were behind that group. Good Offa and Trust In A Gust took over on turning as the other two dropped off. Red Bomber followed them on the inside and Worth A Ransom switched wider. Trust In A Gust had a job to shake off Good Offa past the 200m and he was a sitting shot. Worth A Ransom loomed ominously and Red bomber came across the favourite’s heels to chime in with Tycoon Tara out wider. Trust In A Gust was grabbed in the last two strides by Red Bomber in an upset result. Worth A Ransom ran a super race for third just ahead of Tycoon Tara. On face value Trust in A Gust was a bit disappointing but he raced a bit fresh and that might have told. Still, he had every chance in the run. Nice run from Worth A Ransom first-up for over a year and Tycoon Tara.
Follow: Worth A Ransom will improve with the run, maybe be wary second-up though.
Race 7: VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m)
1st Fontein Ruby – Nick Hall
2nd Jurasound – Dwayne Dunn
3rd War Point – Chad Schofield
Fontein Ruby didn’t have a lot of trouble in leading while War Point had to work a bit to get up into second. Von Classic Hero eased to third around Penryn Pearl. Jurasound raced next on her own the Setinum andSebrella further back. Fontrin Ruby stayed about a length or so clear of War Point who was being shaken right up at the 600m. Penryn Pearl still travelled okay while Jurasound made ground along the rail and ran to third on the bend. Fontein Ruby stayed about four horses off the inside and was being held together to the 300m. War Point was sticking on and Jurasound ran up behind the leader before going to her inside. Setinum was running on behind them and nothing else made an impact. Fonetin Ruby momentarily looked in trouble but Jurasound could only get to about a neck or so away then Fontein Ruby kicked clear again. A class above. War Point held on for third from Setinum and the others were well beaten.
Follow: none, winner far too good.
Race 8: VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m)
1st Zebrinz – Chris Parnham
2nd Varboss – Luke Nolen
3rd Belorum – John Allen
Self Sense was only fair to begin and went back and that was the end of him. Written Up jumped fast alongside him and sped forward to find the lead over Written with Turnitaround and Pendles handy, in that bunch were Zebrinz and Anfitriona. Refulgent was three wide around Resistant and Rebel Rising, Written Up bolted clear midrace with the blinkers on leading by some five lengths. But he was a shot duck coming to the turn and Anfitriona followed him before coming across heels and shoving Written out of the way on the bend. Anfitriona was a bit wayward and forced Zebrinz wider as he ran on, Rebel Rising was looking for a run and Refulgent switched course also trying to make ground. Varboss cut the corner and chimed in closer to the inside at the 200m. Zebrinz took over wide out and charged away for an easy win. Varboss held down second from the fast finishing Belorum and Refulgent was close up. Self Sense made some late ground but blew his chances early on.
Follow: none, these are well exposed.
Race 9: Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m)
1st Politeness – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Thermal Current – Vlad Duric
3rd Gregers – Craig Williams
Vatican beat them out but Eloping gathered speed underneath to lead. Gregers followed her through to the box seat inside Thermal Current and Tried And Tired. General Truce was wider and Hazard andInspector were closer in. Eloping led into the straight and came off the fence allowing Gregers a run. Thermal Current was warming up as Vatican gave ground and Tried And Tired was further out. Hazard was trying to get around heels and Politeness followed. Sabatini was badly held up near the tail into the straight. Thermal Current and Tried And Tired hit the lead inside the 200m and Gregers went with them until Politeness descended and edged clear to win. Thermal Current was honest first-up as was Gregers while Tried And Tired stuck on after a tough run. Sabatini flashed home when it was all over and Hazard and Inspector were close up.
Follow: Sabatini had no luck and her racing style doesn’t help, Tried And Tired was excellent.
Race 10: Anniversary Vase (1400m)
1st Amorino – Craig Williams
2nd Under The Louvre – Nick Hall
3rd Marianne – Dwayne Dunn
Bel Sprinter missed it and Under The Louvre eased off his wide gate, Sistine Demon crossed them to take up his usual role and Stratcombe moved to second around Lord Durante and Vibrant Rouge. Gracious Prospect found a good spot around Marianne. Pyrrolic wasn’t settling in midfield with Amorino just ahead of him. Sistine Demon crept away before the turn off the fence and Lord Durante and Marianne tried to get up on the inside. Amorino was coming into it behind them and Stratcombe started to paddle. Gracious Prospect battled on further out and Under The louvre started his run from well back. Amorino sprinted to the lead 100m out and had too big a break for Under The Louvre to peg back. Marianne held on for third and Bippo No Bungus flew out wide when it was all over. Gracious Prospect wasn’t far away and Pyrrolic finished off again late in another eye-catching run.
Follow: Pyrrolic looks close to a win.
Specials from the meeting: Lord Da Vinci, Worth A Ransom, Tried And Tired, Pyrrolic.
Randwick Review by Todd Burmester
1st Dublin Lass – Hugh Bowman
2nd Aussies Love – Sport Blake Shinn
3rd Mohave James – McDonald
Grande Punto and Dublin Lass were not that well served at the start and went back towards the rear. The short priced favourite, Private Secretary was back there with them. King Cobia sprung the gates to lead them up from Mohave with Boss Lane three wide. Open Book was just in behind the pace in fourth, along with Aussies Love Sport who had a nice run. Mid race Mohave ran to the front which let Boss Lane across to be outside the leader and only one off the fence. Around the turn and up the rise, Mohave looked to travel ok in front and for a while looked like the winner. Aussies Love sport started to come with a run, and inside of it, Dublin Lass was getting out. Private Secretary was in a lot of trouble at this point with many lengths still to make up. In the final 150m Dublin Lass was the one with the best sprint and she went to the line ahead of Aussies Love Sport, with Mohave holding onto third.
Follow: Aussies Love Sport
1st Hi World – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Wine Tales – Tommy Berry
3rd Merion – Steven Arnold
The Frank Packer Plate was race two one the card over the 2000m and the favourite Hi World was looking to roll across the the front, but initially was trapped three deep. Down the back straight, Hi World was just continuing to edge clear in front and eventually crossed down to the rail ahead of High Midnight and Stratalena. Past the 800m mark it looked evident that Hi World was having a nice run in front and would be hard to run down. Wine Tales who had plenty of admirers in betting was back towards the rear. Another Al was the first to come out of the one out, one back trail at the 600m mark and moved out three wide to be ready to strike. Around the turn, Kerrin McEvoy started to give Hi World a push and it traveled pretty well up the rise. At the furlong, Hi World was asked to fully extend and did so. Merion and Wine Tales were putting in strong runs down the outside but were never going to pick up Hi World who went on to win by about two lengths. Full credit to Kerrin McEvoy here for a nicely judged ride on an in form horse.
Follow: None to follow
1st Slightly Sweet – Kathy O’Hara
2nd Anyaas – Christian Reith
3rd Sebrina – Glen Boss
Sebrina and Swift Lady went back at the start. They took a little while to sort themselves out here with Nayeli pushing forward but was being held out by Martilija on the fence and Supara was there on the outside also.Peeping took a sit in behind them along with Anyaas who was on the fence. Before the turn, the race was on with Peeping coming up four wide and Pittsburgh Flyer going with it five deep. With 400m to go they were all over the shop and it was anyone’s race. At about the furlong marker, the winner emerged as Slightly Sweet got into the clear after following up the wider runners around the bend. She sprinted very nicely and went on to beat Anyaas who had a nice run on the fence the whole way, and Sebrina who finished its race off nicely down the outside. Martilija was a flop in this. One of the best runs of the race for mine came from the bolter, Swift Lady, who I think is a horse with some ability and should be followed if it finds a slightly easier race.
Follow: Swift Lady, Sebrina
1st Pasadena Girl – Hugh Bowman
2nd Street Rapper – Blake Shinn
3rd Tarquin James – McDonald
The Champagne Stakes may not have had Vancouver or Pride Of Dubai but it certainly didn’t disappoint as a spectacle. Odyssey Moon was one of the best to begin along with Street Rapper, before The Barrister andTakedown from out wide pressed on. The Barrister ran clear and looked to clap on a decent pace, which suited Pasadena Girl who got well back and relaxed nicely. Up around the turn, The Barrister was still rolling in front, and a few of them were being pushed to make their runs. Up the rise, The Barrister had a couple of lengths still to spare, Pasadena Girl had been pulled widest and you could see her starting to wind up. Street Rapper joined in together with Pasadena Girl and those two had The Barrister covered inside the 100m mark. In the end it was the small filly Pasadena Girl who showed she has a big motor and powered clear. You have to be excited about what she may do if she shows naturally improvement into her three-year-old season. Rhode Assassin finished it’s race off very nicely. Realistically, the first four horses home here could be horses of the future.
Follow: The first four horses home all have scope
1st Gypsy Diamond – Sam Clipperton
2nd Leebaz – Tommy Berry
3rd Singing Flame – Brenton Avdulla
Leebaz came out well and went towards the front in race five, but it was Malavio who took up the running to the surprise of most with the well backed Singing Flame on its outside. This gave Leebaz and Malice nice sits behind the speed, but you couldn’t really say there was any speed to speak of. The aptly named Slow Pace was pulling midfield and World Wide went around them but was trapped three wide as Singing Flame booted up in the middle. Eventually World Wide and Singing Flame booted to the front, but the pace was still pedestrian. Our Voodoo Prince wasn’t happy with the pace and came around them and that meant Malice got put in a pocket which just became worse over the next couple of hundred metres as he got shuffled back. By the time they came to the turn, if you were on Malice you were in all sorts. Singing Flame tried to kick up the rise as Leebaz threw out the challenge and hit the front. Leebaz looked a winning chance for the next 50m, but then you could see Gypsy Diamond emerging and she sprinted too well in the concluding stages to go on and win it. Singing Flame held third with Destiny’s Kiss working home well as it often does. In the end, Malice was there about, and perhaps shouldn’t be written off as things just didn’t work out for it today.
Follow: Malice, Singing Flame
1st Dissident – Jim Cassidy
2nd Wandjina – Damien Oliver
3rd Chautaqua – Tommy Berry
Race six was The All Aged stakes and it drew a good field. Wandjina went forward and took up the front with Dissident moving up to second. Shooting To Win and Scissor Kick took the sit behind the pace, withChautaqua out three wide and Terravista four deep going forward. As they turned, Wandjina still led them up but the cavalry was coming, with Lucky Hussler the widest on the track five or six away from the fence. Dissident went up to Wandjina as they topped the rise, and Terravista looked to be joining them both despite the wide run. Shooting To Win was probing along the inside and Chautaqua looked to be under a bit of pressure out wide. In the drive to the line, Oliver on Wandjina and Cassidy on Dissident fought it out, with Dissident doing too well and taking the win at its final race start. Although caught wide, Terravista goes down as the big flop here. Shooting To Win was the other flop and I don’t really think being caught on the inside can be used as an excuse, as Scissor Kick was also over there and finished many lenghts ahead of him. The run of Chautaqua was quite strange as he was going as well if not better than most on the line after being flat half way up the straight. Generalife did well to make ground from near last on the turn.
Follow: Generalife, Scissor Kick
1st Our Boy Malachi – Tommy Berry
2nd Craftiness – Blake Shinn
3rd Hidden Warrior – Jim Cassidy
Rain Affair showed its customary speed in race seven and went straight to the front. Craftiness used its inside draw to drive through to be handy and Our Boy Malachi came across from out wide to trail Rain Affair in second. As they turned for home, Rain Affair still had it clearly, and it was time to see what Our Boy Malachi had to offer. The answer was that he had plenty, and topping the rise he had the measure of Rain Affair. Craftiness was doing a great job over on the inside to try and go with him, but the “Rockhampton Rocket” had too much momentum up and went on to record his 17th win from 19 starts and it is onwards and upwards to better races. Craftiness should lose no admirers in defeat here. Charlie Boy and Target In Sight were the best two runs of the other beaten horses.
Follow: Charlie Boy, Target In Sight
1st Rugged Cross – Brenton Avdulla
2nd Ecuador – Tye Angland
3rd Medcaut – James McDonald
San Diego and Tales Of Grimm were slow to go in the last. Strawberry Boy went straight to the front from Ecuador, Laohu took the sit in third. Ryker settled in fourth with Tails Of Grimm sneaking inside runs to settle midfield on the fence. Medcaut was out three wide. Around the home turn, Strawberry Boy came away from the fence, and up the rise Ecuador was trying to join him in front, but was under plenty of pressure to do so. Eventually those two were level with just less than 100m to run, but Rugged Cross at bolters odds had come through the field and was about to issue the challenge. Ecuador basically had victory covered everywhere bar the line where Rugged Cross snatched it from his grasp. Medcaut ran third after being wide all the way, and San Diego finished its race off well from the back. Burbero looked like it was going to be a chance half way up the straight after taking inside runs but didn’t really ping to the line.
Specials from the meeting: Swift Lady, Target In Sight, Medcaut