Weekend Racing Reviews – December 20th

Flemington review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Christmas Season Plate (1000m)

1st Claudia Jean – Jye McNeil
2nd Bosnia – Craig Williams
3rd Call Me Anything – Damian Lane

Call Me Anything crossed from the outside to lead on the fence from Claudia Jean. Ayers Rock sat in behind them with Bosnia, not really settling and having to be niggled, out wider. Bella Orfana trailed but only a few lengths off the lead. Claudia Jean took over before the 300m and at that stage Bosnia was under the whip. Call Me Anything boxed on and Bella Orfana started her run down the outside. Claudia Jean was still under a hold as she skipped away and just shaken along she coasted home with plenty in hand. Bosnia kept at it and just managed to hold second between Call Me Anything and Bella Orfana who hit the line together. Ayers Rock was beaten off a few lengths back. Only a small field but the winner looks smart.

Follow: Claudia Jean is a Magic Millions filly, whether a five horse field is a guide to that is questionable but she was impressive.

Race 2: Beachside Handicap (1000m)

1st Pink Perfection – Regan Bayliss
2nd Nicamorae – Stephen Baster
3rd Moparee – Damian Thornton

Tail Risk was eased at the start and crossed the back of the field. Pink Perfection held the lead in the centre of the track and Alittlebitofclass joined her out wider. Moparee was on the fence with Nicamorae and Pouvoir in behind them. Out wider was Swing With Me and Tail Risk worked through to be looking ominous. Pink Perfection got away from Alittlebitofclass by the 300m and Swing With Me tried her best to chase. Moparee wasn’t giving up on the inside and Nicamorae started to launch with Sentfromthestars. Pink Perfection managed to keep going and just held off Nicamorae who had her chance and Moparee stuck on strongly as well. Sentfromthestars and Swing With Me were close up and they beat the rest by a couple of lengths. Tail Risk was disappointing and The Secret made some late ground but she’s yet to prove herself a force on grass tracks.

Follow: none, these fillies and mares are pretty well exposed.

Race 3: Primacy Handicap (1420m)

1st Bascule – Craig Williams
2nd Pure Addiction – Stephen Baster
3rd Roundabout – Luke Nolen

Roll The Ignition was clearly the best into stride while Roundabout was a little scratchy before improving but it took a fair while for him to get up outside the lead. Golden Dusk and Crinklecut made him work before easing.Crackajack settled midfield on the fence. Roll The Ignition kept them moving with Roundabout a length or so away on the turn. Roundabout was the first put under pressure as Roll The Ignition gave a kick. Golden Dusk between them couldn’t match their efforts and Crinklecut and Bascule started to chime in out wider. Roundabout finally got past Roll The Ignition near the 200m but was a sitting shot as Bascule went straight on by for a strong win. Pure Addictionmade a heap of late ground to cut Roundabout out of second and Crinklecut was behind them. Things haven’t gone right for Crinklecut at his last three starts. Nothing else made an impact. The leader Roll The Ignition ran last which adds merit to the run of the third horse, who should be forgiven. Nice effort by the winner too.

Follow: Bascule is in for a good prep, Roundabout well worth another chance.

Race 4: Comic Court Handicap (2000m)

1st Taiyoo – Brad Rawiller
2nd Are There Any – Regan Bayliss
3rd Fulgur – Craig Williams

Are There Any and Leveraction broke best with Leveraction pressing on to lead. Clang And Bang and Dylanson were next until Taiyoo surged into fourth forcing Clang And Bang wide so he pressed on. Fulgur and Duplicity Jones didn’t appear to be settling that well in midfield. Less than halfway home Duplicity Jones started to stride forward and got up to second outside Leveraction. Clang And Bang was right behind them and he was being tracked by Taiyoo with Are There Any on the fence. Dylanson was shuffled back a bit but the field bunched coming to the turn. He didn’t really run on from there. Duplicity Jones momentarily hit the front but Clang And Bang and Taiyoo claimed them at the 300m with Are There Any getting a rails run. Fulgur made a dash and Kareeming tried to come on from the back. Are There Any hit the lead 200m out but Taiyoo wasn’t done with he just out toughed the mare in the last little bit with Fulgur right on their heels in an improved run. Aurum Spirit and Practiced followed them home in even efforts without being eye-catching. Duplicity Jones was next and he had to work too hard.

Follow: none.

Race 5: Skipton Handicap (2000m)

1st Ginegerboy – Jordan Childs
2nd The Sicilian – Brad Rawiller
3rd Alakris – Daniel Moor

Twin Tea Bags missed it by a couple of lengths and She’s Pretentious was on the slow side as well. Sammy The Snake led early and was joined by Gingerboy. Doctor Hill and Alakris took trails as the field strung right out. A few lengths back were The Sicilian and Kerthos while It’sall Aboutharry settled midfield. Probably 15-20 lengths first to last midrace as Sammy The Snake kept them rolling. The field didn’t bunch as much as you’d expect and Gingerboy joined the leader on the turn. Doctor Hill was hard pressed to go with them and The Sicilian moved off his back to run into it. Alakris waited for a run which came early in the straight. Hunter Island loomed up wider on the track. Alakris got up on the inside of Gingerboy and tried to run him down but could only get within a neck or so and Gingerboy toughed it out for a very brave win. The Sicilian kept coming to grab Alakris in the last few strides for second and Hunter Island was close up. Kerthos and Doctor Hill battled on without being threats. Hard to knock the winner, very tough. Disappointment of the race was Transfer Allowance who was well back all the way and may have felt the track as he pulled up sore.

Follow: midweek level race this one and The Sicilian looks a future city winner.

Race 6: Chanteclair Handicap (1420m)

1st Floatmyboat – Ryan Maloney
2nd She’s Clean – Craig Williams
3rd Hero Master – Luke Currie

She’s Clean jumped a length or so behind them. Audino gathered speed on the inside to lead but taken on by The New Boy and Youbolt. Snow Cover landed in a good spot next and Stereosonic also raced in the clear. Spectersettled worse than midfield with Hero Master and Floatmyboat on his outside. Audino won the battle for the lead but it proved costly as he was under pressure at the 600m and The New Boy went straight past on the turn. Youbolt and Stereosonic had their chance but couldn’t match it with the leaders. Floatmyboat cruised into it past the 400m and he swallowed up The New Boy a furlong later. She’s Clean and Hero Master worked home nicely down the outside but Floatmyboat had too big a break on them and had about a length to spare over She’s Clean and Hero Master grabbed The New Boy for third. Everything had their chance here. Audino very disappointing but perhaps a case of going to the well once too often.

Follow: Hero Master was first-up and hit the line nicely.

Race 7: Fiesta Star Handicap (1200m)

1st Churchill Dancer – Nick Hall
2nd The Bowler – Mark Zahra
3rd King Of Manners – Michael Rodd

Prix D’Or and King Of Manners bumped heavily shortly after the start otherwise a good line. Boomwaa led them up with Choose on his inside and Last Sight on his outer. Rough Justice was further out and Churchill Dancertucked in behind the speed with Reigning Meteor. The Bowler sat out wider around midfield and furthest out was Release The Speed but under pressure a fair way from home. Looked pretty hard work by the 300m as Last Sight poked the head in front of Boomwaa while they were closing from behind. King Of Manners went right back towards the inside to get clear, Choose boxed on, Churchill Dancer looked for runs between the leaders and Rough Justice and The Bowler were slowly getting there out wider. Running Bull also made good ground from well back. Any one of seven could have won inside the 100m and just as The Bowler looked likely to be the one Churchill Dancer darted through to grab him and score with King Of Manners flashing on the inside. Only about two lengths between first and eighth (Boomwaa who battled on) and they all had their chance in the closing stages.

Follow: Running Bull was solid first-up and King Of Manners is close to a win.

Race 8: Bitalli Handicap (2540m)

1st De Little Engine – James Winks
2nd Rodway – Regan Bayliss
3rd Great Lane – Luke Nolen/Martinvast – Damian Lane

A bit of a battle for the lead out of the straight and eventually Dominant Manner found the fence ahead of Martinvast. Great Lane moved to third with Schockemohle getting to a good spot and De Little Engine settling up fifth on the fence. Jacks ‘N’ Kings found himself trapped wide and Rodway settled nicely midfield. Auberge had one or two behind him. The only change in the middle stages came when Jacks ‘N’ Kings moved to second to get closer to the fence. The strung out a bit behind Dominant Manner until nearing the turn as runs came from Martinvast and Great Lane and Rodway got onto their backs for a cart home. De Little Engine was waiting behind the leader and the run came for him soon after straightening. He found the lead about 300m with Martinvast trying to go with him. Rodway loomed up in the middle of the track while Great Lane couldn’t lift. Schockemohle also struggled and Auberge worked home fairly without threatening. De Little Engine stayed on too well for them hard up against the fence to make it three straight. Rodway ran a much better race over the trip this time around and Great Lane just got to Martinvast on the line to share third. Auberge was a couple of lengths away, he simply got too far back.

Follow: stay with the winner.

Race 9: Red Tempo Handicap (1000m)

1st Play Master – Jye McNeil
2nd Gallant Harmony – Glen Boss
3rd The Quarterback – Matthew Allen

Play Master wasn’t the best out and same can be said for The Quarterback. Fab Fevola showed all his usual speed to lead clearly. Kaiser Sun, Canali and Straturbo raced handy but a few lengths off the leader. Play Master recovered to be behind them inside Gallant Harmony. Out wider The Thief was under pressure a long way out and Thermal Current kept finding traffic. By the 300m Fab Fevola was still well clear but was shortening stride. Play Master was first to set out after him as Kaiser Sun dropped off and The Quarterback was sailing down the extreme outside and looking dangerous. Play Master reeled in the leader at the 100m and was very strong to the line holding Gallant Harmony to about three quarters with The Quarterback’s run ending close to the line. Mr Make Believe hit the line strongly towards the inside to be close up and Thermal Current was a bit unlucky and should have finished closer. Fab Fevola ran sixth and nothing else behind him had excuses though Kaiser Sun pulled up lame.

Follow: Play Master had never won below 1170m before so he’s in for a good prep.

Specials from the meeting: Hero Master, Running Bull, Bascule, Roundabout.


Rosehill review By Todd Burmester

Race 1

1 st Ottoman James – McDonald
2 nd Miss Idyllic – Michael Walker
3 rd Pride Of Dubai – Hugh Bowman

Ottoman had big wraps on it for its debut run and was sent out very short odds. If you took those odds, you were feeling pretty sick immediately after the start as she began slowly and then was checked leaving him second and third last, six or seven lengths off the lead. Ready Already took it up at the 600m mark from Feast For Eyes, giving Lightning Rock and Miss Idyllic nice runs behind the speed. Around the turn, Ottoman still spotted them five or six lengths and was hooked right to the outside. She wound up powerfully and ran down Miss Idyllic who had sprinted clear at about the 200m mark. This win has taken Ottoman straight to the top of the Golden Slipper market. No doubt she was impressive, but for mine, that is an over reaction. I thought the run of the third horse, Pride Of Dubai was also pretty good.

Follow: Pride Of Dubai

Race 2

1 st Testashadow – Tim Clark
2 nd Tree Of Jesse – James McDonald
3 rd Harrier Jet Lester – Grace

Tree Of Jesse was out slowly in the second event and went back to second last. Snitzler led when they settled down from Kaepernick who was well supported in betting. Avonaco settled in the trail in third, with Bomber Brown outside of it. Around the turn, Snitzler still had it, with Kaepernick moving up to challenge. Kaepernick briefly hit the front, but its effort was short lived as Testashadow went to it and went past it at the furlong mark. I Am Impressed was coming after it on the outside and Tree Of Jesse was weaving through on the inside. Tree Of Jesse looked to get a head or even a neck clear with 50m to run, but right on the line Testashadow put its head down and got a very deceptive photo finish. I have no doubt Tree Of Jesse was in front before and after the line. Harrier Jet ran on into third spot. Kaepernick was terrible and dropped out to only beat a couple home.

Follow: Tree Of Jesse

Race 3

1 st Red Excitement – Brenton Avdulla
2 nd Burbero – Brodie Loy
3 rd You’ll Never – Blake Shinn

Red Excitement was best to begin in the third and led from Perfect Weapon on its outside and Goldstone up three wide. Pythagorean after an average start found a nice spot just behind the pace. You’ll Never was ridden more quietly today, with only three or four behind him, including Burbero. Red Excitement turned for home in front, with a clear lead, and still had that at the 200m mark and looked to be holding them. You’ll Never and Burbero started to make ground in the final 100m, and although Red Excitement got very tired late, he had enough in hand to hold on from Burbero and You’ll Never in third spot. Pythagorean never improved its position in the run home and has to be put in the disappointing category.

Follow: The winner did it at both ends and Burbero is holding its form

Race 4

1 st Kristy Lee – Sam Clipperton
2 nd Stolen Kisses – Hugh Bowman
3 rd Medusa’s Miss – Kayla Cross

Holy Dellusions was poor to begin and went back to a clear last, a couple of lengths behind the field early on. Dream Empress used its inside gate to lead from Stolen Kisses. Engagement was out wide early but then was able to go up and get one off the fence in fourth spot, outside of Pretty Uncanny who had a nice run. Vanilla Princess who many would have expected to be close to the lead found itself about third last. When they swung for home it was still Dream Empress in front but she was being tackled by Stolen Kisses and Engagement was trying to move up three wide. Pretty Uncanny was looking for a run behind the two leaders and hooked back towards the fence but was under pressure. Stolen Kisses held the front at the 150m mark but you could see Kristy Lee bursting for a run in behind it. That run came inside the 100m mark and she sprinted well to get there in the nick of time to beat Stolen Kisses. Medusa’s Miss finished best of those back in the field to grab third. Vanilla Princess made some ground, but overall was very average.

Follow: Medusa’s Miss

Race 5

1 st Phrases – Serg Lisnyy
2 nd Off The Rails – Hugh Bowman
3 rd Magical Stance – Sam Clipperton

1900m for race 5 and Phrases went up and took the lead soon after the start. Off The Rails moved up into second about three quarters of a length away, and Magical Stance got a nice run on the paint behind the leader. Georgey Aeroplane settled in the one out and one back trail in fourth. Throughout the middle stages Phrases did its own thing in front and pinched some pretty cheap sectionals. Up to the turn it had plenty of company from Off The Rails and Georgey Aeroplane. In the straight, it looked like Phrases was going to be beaten about fifteen times, but it kept fighting on and bobbed for the win at big odds. Magical Stance and It’s A Silver Trail were the two who didn’t have a lot of room in the straight. Off The Rails seemed to have every chance as did Abbasso.

Follow: None to follow

Race 6

1 st Haussmann – James Innes
2 nd Champagne Cath – Blake Shinn
3 rd Murder Of Crows – Jim Cassidy

Champagne Cath came out running and went straight to the front in the sixth from Forget who settled up outside the lead. There were a few caught out wide so Countryman ran up and went to the front, Single Spirit was caught out wide in third and fourth spot. Forget ended up with a nice trail. In the straight, Champagne Cath was nurse up to the 200m mark and then asked for the effort as Haussmann got the rails run to come after it. In the run to the line, Haussmann went home a bit too strongly for Champagne Cath who should improve off this run. A number of them tried to chase down the outside with Murder Of Crows doing the best of that brigade to claim third in what was a good effort. Casual Choice did a reasonable job after being wide with cover.

Follow: Champagne Cath

Race 7

1 st Craftiness – Blake Shinn
2 nd Pro Consul – Kerrin McEvoy
3 rd Inside Job – Brodie Loy

Emperor Of Oz was slow to begin. After 100m Craftiness, who was sent out odds on went straight to the front, and the race was pretty much done and dusted. Plenty of them wanted to try and get close enough to her in the run in order to be in a challenging position in the straight, but that meant a number of runners were trapped wide. Miss Alibi raced outside the leader, Floral Insight was three wide and Inside Job was four and five deep. Up to the 200m mark, Craftiness was bolting, and in the run to the line, was never really asked for its best and still maintained about a three length margin at the post. Despite Ottoman’s win earlier in the day, Craftiness was the most impressive win on the day in my opinion. Pro Consul was a good run, finishing its race off well to get into second, and should improve. Inside Job did very well to hold third and just miss out on second after the torrid run it had. Encostanati was pretty disappointing here.

Follow: The winner is smart, the second two ran very well.

Race 8

1 st Vashka – Blake Shinn
2 nd Centre Pivot – Kerrin McEvoy
3 rd The Alfonso – Ty Angland

Maddhal and Frespanol were slow to begin. Vashka on the other hand made light of its wide gate by jumping straight on the bunny. Specific Choice kicked up inside of it, and The Alfonso landed in a nice spot in third. Dream Choice was out three wide, and Oh My Papa found itself four wide. Centre Pivot had a nice run back in the middle, but by mid way through the race Vashka had run clear and was controlling things at the top. Before the turn, if you were on Vashka you were very happy. Around the turn, and right up to the 200m mark it was nursed along and put a gap in them of about three lengths. Centre Pivot was into the clear in plenty of time but the bird had flown. Vashka has been getting a good wrap in this report of recent times, and again today you have to be impressed with its win. It clearly has class on these type of horses and can tackle something a bit harder in the Autumn. The Alfonso did a pretty good job in third, and Frespanol wasn’t beaten too far after its ordinary get away.

Follow: Vashka can make it in higher grade, Frespanol went well again without luck at the start

Specials from the meeting: Tree Of Jesse, Champagne Cath