Sandown review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Booralie Park Handicap (1600m)

1st Backstedt – Stephen Baster
2nd Jacquinot Bay – Michael Walker
3rd Zabisco – Brad Rawiller

Backstedt jumped well but wasn’t able to cross Jacquinot Bay who kicked up on his inside and held him out with Sneak A Peek easing to third. Fulgur and Sweet As Bro weren’t far away and Zabisco and De Fine Lago were a couple of lengths back. Jacquinot Bay seemed to control things in front with Backstedt to his outside. Fulgur was on Backstedt’s back before the 600m but by the time they’d turned was a few lengths behind. Sneak A Peek went past Fulgur soon after but the leading pair had got right away. Zabisco was labouring as well. Jacquinot Bay looked as though he might pinch it by the 200m when he was a couple of lengths clear of Backstedt. They were both going up and down in the one spot but Backstedt just finished his race off a bit better and drew on to win by a length. Zabisco took forever to get going but did enough to grab third with Sweet As Bro grabbing fourth but he was never a chance. These horses are all well exposed and it doesn’t look a strong race.

Follow: be a little forgiving of Zabisco.

Race 2: Steve Wilby Transport Handicap (1400m)

1st Northroza – Daniel Moor
2nd Herstory – Regan Bayliss
3rd Boundary – Linda Meech

Northroza dipped a bit at the start and was last early before improving to midfield. Shufetish jumped best but had some company with Roll The Ingition coming across to join her and Tender and Notonyourlife close up. Herstorywas trapped three wide as Northroza booted up around Inferential. Boundary and Loveheart Lass trailed. Roll The Ignition took over midrace and Tender moved to second, this relegated Shufetish to third. Herstory continued to creep around them wide with Boundary trying to get onto her back. Herstory joined the leaders on the turn while behind her Northroza pushed Boundary out of the way, costing her a length or so, to get into the clear. Roll The Ignition had a kick past the 400m and Shufetish and Notonyourlife were trying to pick her up but Herstory claimed them just inside the 200m. Northroza continued to close and Boundary was getting going again a few lengths back. Northroza proved too strong in the closing stages to down a game Herstory and Boundary again caught the eye hitting the line. Loveheart Lass wasn’t a bad effort finishing off for fourth. This could be a pretty strong race with the first four across the line all looking quite promising.

Follow: Herstory’s run was huge while Boundary and Loveheart Lass look nice types who will continue to improve.

Race 3: Dunlite Handicap (1000m)

1st Sang Choi Bao – Craig Newitt
2nd Good Offa – Chad Schofield
3rd Lock And Load – Dean Yendall

Bullpit was slowly out but recovered to race forward and contest the lead with Liminal and Our Kaboom. Boomwaa gathered pace to hold them all out and find the fence. Rough Justice worked into a good spot behind those. The leading three put a decent gap on the rest of the field by the home turn and Boomwaa, with a strange action, tried to kick away. Liminal and Bullpit stuck with him for a fair while. Rough Justice and Our Kaboom couldn’t get to them,Ms Mazetti switched to the inside to try and make ground but she couldn’t catch them either. Inside the 200m Boomwaa was holding the other two but the closers were coming with Good Offa and Sang Choi Bao out wide charging home. Sang Choi Bao managed to pick them up with a few strides remaining to down Good Offa with Lock And Load poking through closer to the inside to snatch third from a brave Boomwaa. There was less than two lengths between first and ninth in this race so while the winner was impressive they were entitled to run on. Ms Mazetti had a poor post-race recovery.

Follow: Boomwaa’s run was a lot better than it might look on paper.

Race 4: Winslow Group Handicap (1800m)

1st Taiyoo – Brad Rawiller
2nd Leveraction – Linda Meech
3rd Duplicity Jones – Chad Schofield

Leveraction wasted no time in rolling to the lead and Orientaped came across with him to sit up second. Generous Beau and Taiyoo took the trail behind them and Duplicity Jones just eased off the pace to race in the clear. No real action for a fair way as Leveraction just controlled the tempo and kicked around the turn to open up a few lengths break. Taiyoo eased out to run on with Orientaped and Duplicity Jones was a little flat footed as Aurum Spiritimproved on his inside early in the straight. Leveraction had a pretty handy break at the 300m and it wasn’t until about 80m from the post that Taiyoo seriously started to reel him in and he finished it off a bit too well but only had about a neck or so to spare. Duplicity Jones whacked away to grab third from Orientaped and Generous Beau who just battled and the others weren’t ever in it. These horses are at their level at the moment and outside the first two home there’s not much to this race.

Follow: none.

Race 5: KS Environmental Handicap (2400m)

1st De Little Engine – Chad Schofield
2nd Great Lane – Michelle Payne
3rd Murphy’s Delight – Craig Williams

Murphy’s Delight and Rodway were the early leaders with Martinvast heading them at the post the first time. Great Lane and Aggregator were next with Melaleuca midfield. She’s Pretentious raced inside Elusive King and De Little Engine trailed them. Martinvast worked along in front tracked by Murphy’s Delight. A couple of lengths back was Great Lane with Rodway getting cover. The field strung out quite a bit in the middle stages and about 1000m out Elusive King started to stride around them getting to fifth and giving De Little Engine a cart into it. Martinvast was a few in front before the turn and Murphy’s Delight was struggling to keep up. Rodway moved up stylishly around a battling Great Lane. A few lengths back De Little Engine was being stoked up to chase. Rodway hit the front inside the 300m with Great Lane fighting back strongly. They appeared to get the better of Murphy’s Delight but De Little Engine, despite being a bit green, was reeling them in quickly and he swept on by to win by a length or so. Rodway weakened on his run and Great Lane and Murphy’s Delight worried him out of a place. The rest were well beaten. This was a strongly run staying test.

Follow: De Little Engine had it run to suit but is a promising stayer.

Race 6: Emma Booth Christmas Cup (1000m)

1st Danger Close – Craig Newitt
2nd Mr Make Believe – Craig Williams
3rd Eight Bills – Dean Yendall

The Monstar went down on his nose at the start but picked up to race on the speed. Mr Make Believe bounced out quickly and was joined on the speed by Lord Of The Sky with The Monstar outside them. Another line of three followed with Go The Knuckle inside Tansy and It Is Written. Crooner was closest to the fence at the tail with Eight Bills and Danger Close, who drew one, wound up the widest. Lord Of The Sky was allowed to run at the top of the straight and opened up a handy lead over Mr Make Believe. Tansy and It Is Written were beaten and The Monstar was also struggling as Danger Close went past him at the 400m. Lord Of The Sky started to paddle past the 200m and Mr Make Believe was closing on him fast. Eight Bills had worked through the pack to run on but Danger Close was the one steaming home down the outside and he got to Mr Make Believe with 50m to spare and proved too strong. Eight Bills got up for third as Lord Of The Sky weakened noticeably late. The Monstar actually got going again and almost grabbed fourth. They beat the others by a margin. The headwind plus 60kg was used as some excuse for Lord Of The Sky’s defeat. Perhaps. But he might be a smaller track horse. Forgive him once but be wary of a short price.

Follow: The Monstar could pick up an easier race.

Race 7: Maurice Blackburn Lawyers (1300m)

1st Tycoon Tara – Dean Yendall
2nd Danestroem – Jackie Beriman
3rd Every Faith – Craig Williams

Every Faith lacked early pace and settled last. On the other hand Danestroem broke well to lead but then handed up to Judicial Rock who wanted to lead more. Tycoon Tara landed in a perfect trail. They got away by four lengths or so on Bec Said No Credit and Kristy Lee with Romantic Spirit on their back. Judicial Rock had opened up a huge lead early in the straight and had them all chasing but she started to get very tired from the 300m. Danestroem got to her soon after but Tycoon Tara had the last run at them and she powered to the lead at the 100m and started to edge clear. With Judicial Rock fading quickly there was a wall chasing for the minor prize and Every Faith caught the eye making up plenty of ground to grab it from Paddy’s Gem, who seemed to be burnt off by the tempo, and Kristy Lee. of the others Romantic Spirit wasn’t entirely disgraced finished close up behind those. The up and comer proved too good, though she was aided by a cosy run.

Follow: Every Faith produced a nice first-up run, note she was a Listed winner third-up at a mile last prep.

Race 8: Doolan’s Heavy Haulage (1500m)

1st Audino – Patrick Moloney
2nd Scelto – Regan Bayliss
3rd Young Nicola – Dean Yendall

Scelto was almost a length in front as soon as the gates opened and held the lead from Audino. Tallat was between them early before easing and Rose Of Texas raced handy. Heza Bargain and Bel Rhythm found nice trailing positions in a bunched field. Kincaple Chief improved along the fence and Young Nicola made ground out wide. Audino got about half a length in front of Scelto but couldn’t cross him by the 800m. By the top of the straight Scelto had regained the lead but was under more duress than Audino and they had the race to themselves with nothing making any serious ground. Too Deadly and Siegester made their runs closer to the iniside, Tallat and Young Nicola boxed on. Heza Bargain seemed to lose his spot and had to wait a fair bit to get into the clear and that didn’t happen until the 200m. It was too late by then but he and Crime Fighter ran on strongly late. Audino finally got the better of his stablemate Scelto with Young Nicola never giving up and still running on after a wide passage in third. Tallat just held out Crime Fighter for fourth. The first two controlled this race and nothing made an impact.

Follow: Crime Fighter was a nice run second-up and Heza Bargain had no luck.

Race 9: Robhar Breeding & Racing (1300m)

1st Onpicalo – Regan Bayliss
2nd The New Boy – James Winks
3rd Chile Express – Mark Zahra

Final Jest missed it by a couple of lengths while Floatmyboat sprung out and led clearly early. But he was taken hold of soon after and Onpicalo rolled past and The New Boy improved to be on his outside. Kievann ran into the box seat ahead of Floatmyboat and Remagen Bridge tracked them in the clear. Aeratus and Lonrockstar were about midfield. Onpicalo and The New Boy, with Kievann on their inside, broke away from the rest of the field early in the straight and Floatmyboat couldn’t match them. Remagen Bridge pulled out to run on with Lonrockstar but they were also making hard work of it. Kievann went from being inside the leaders to pulling around their heels at the 300m and momentarily looked a threat but his run ended about 50m out. Onpicalo just held out The New Boy, who doesn’t seem to like the post, and Chile Express jumped out of the ground to snatch third from Kievann who probably cost himself that spot by switching places with the leaders. Remagen Bridge had every chance and a lovely first-up run from Live For Today who warmed up nicely late. Aeratus was fair and assess him after his next run. Interestingly Onpicalo has a powerful second-up record so he should be stuck with but you’ll go broke backing The New Boy (for the win anyway).

Follow: stick with Onpicalo, jump on Live For Today.

Specials from the meeting: Herstory, Loveheart Lass, Heza Bargain, Live For Today

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Voilier Ty Angland
2nd Zoutenant Glyn Schofield
3rd Skyclad Blake Shinn

The babies got them under way in race one, and Francais was a clear last early, Invincible Dame also had no speed and was back there with it. When they settled Zoutenant and Skyclad went together in front with Voilier taking a sit in third spot. At the 600m mark Francais was trying to take off from the back of the field with a wide run. Around the turn, Voilier was quickly up to the two leaders. Zoutenant put up the best fight, and those two got away from Skyclad who dropped off. Voilier had a good run in transit and made use of that to come right away at the end and win by about three. Not much could really be said of the beaten brigade.

Follow: None to follow

Race 2

1st Berry Delicious Jason Collett
2nd Testashadow Tim Clark
3rd Good Project Hugh Bowman

A very nice line out in the second. Binary and Eisenhower went together in front, which put Redoutable Heart three wide on the speed, which was slow. Furbish and Good Project got nice runs behind the leaders. Testashadow was tracking up three wide as they came to the 600m mark. Binary left the fence when they turned and that gave Furbish and Good Project enough room to come through if they were good enough. Redoutable Heart and Testashadow were up tackling the leaders also and there was no more than about 2 lengths covering the whole field inside the 300m mark. The main four in contention with 100m to go were Furbish, Good Project, Testashadow and Berry Delicious. That soon became two contenders as Testashadow and Berry Delicious dropped the other two and then Berry Delicious forged clear of Testashadow to go on and win. Given how slow the pace looked, this was a good win from last.

Follow: Berry Delicious

Race 3

1st Off The Rails Hugh Bowman
2nd Magical Stance Sam Clipperton
3rd Frespanol James McDonald

Frespanol wasn’t the best to begin but did work around the outside to lead from Dylan’s Rojo who was up outside of it. Surge Ahead settled third on the fence and Off The Rails was in fourth, one out and one back. Magical Stance was trapped three wide forever. As they turned, Frespanol came away from the fence a bit and kicked away. It had two lengths on them at the 300m mark, and maintained that up to the 200m, with Off The Rails and Magical Stance doing the chasing on the outside. In the final 50m Frespanol began to tire and the other two came at him and they basically went to the line locked together in a line of three. Off The Rails got the judges nod from Magical Stance who was a big run after being wide, and Frespanol held third in the closest of finishes. Surge Ahead was a big disappointment here.

Follow: Frespanol, Magical Stance

Race 4

1st Auberge Hugh Bowman
2nd Retort Courteous Blake Shinn
3rd Bet Thehouse On It Sam Clipperton

It was a bit of an ugly start with Thunderset, Two Ronnies and Auberge all coming out a bit behind the rest. White Devon led them out of the straight from Habitual Offender. Despite not having the best beginning, Thunder Set found a nice spot in third on the fence with Sir Bigglesworth outside of it. Up the back straight the rider on Retort Courteous decided it was time to get going and moved up outside of White Devon who didn’t want to give the lead away. Before the 600m mark there were a number of runners getting on their bikes, and this meant that Hugh Bowman on Auberge was able to get a lovely trail into the race from a rearward position. As they were turning, Bowman put him out into the clear and early in the straight he sprinted clear of the opposition. In the last 200m it was a one act affair as Auberge went on to win by about three lengths. The effort of Retort Courteous was good to put a similar margin on the rest of the field after making its mid race move. A number of runners were beaten a long way here, which is further evidence of our lack of depth of staying horses in Australia.

Follow: Retort Courteous

Race 5

1st Beauty’s Beast James McDonald
2nd Amovatio Jim Cassidy
3rd Pythagorean Kerrin McEvoy

Hoylonny and Amovatio both came out slowly. At the top end of the affair, there were three disputing the early lead with Beauty’s Beast out wide, Black Jag in the middle and Pythagorean holding the fence. Beauty’s Beast kept working up to the 800m mark and eventually crossed down to lead the other two. You’ll Never settled closer than it has been recently, in about fourth spot today. As they turned for home, You’ll Never was pulled wide for its run, Kaypers and Amovatio from the back were pulled even wider. Beauty’s Beast and Pythagorean had it at the furlong pole, but Amovatio was finishing powerfully down the outside and had gone past You’ll Never who looked a spent force. It looked as if Amovatio would finish over the top of the leaders, but may have peaked a little in the last 50m, and Beauty’s Beast kicked back in the middle to get a narrow victory. You’ll Never looked disappointing, but I think needs to be ridden cold to do her best.

Follow: None to follow

Race 6

1st Saigon Tea Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Medcaut Blake Shinn
3rd Dowdstown Charlie Jim Cassidy

1800m for the sixth event, with Medcaut jumping quickly, but not really looking like it wanted to lead. Dream Folk eventually went to the front with Drago outside of it. This gave Colour Purple and Medcaut good runs behind the speed. Saigon Tea got back to last in the middle stages. Up to and around the turn, Medcaut looked to be poised for its run, as Saigon Tea was pulled widest and pushed along from the back. Drago hit the front, and when he went for Medcaut it didn’t really pick up. Saigon Tea had made up a lot of ground and was continuing to gain momentum down the outside. In the run to the line, it was all Saigon Tea, she went away for a nice win. Medcaut worked its way into second, but I don’t think it really appreciated the longer distance today. Dowdstown Charlie fought off Drago for third. All credit to the winner here.

Follow: Medcaut (back in trip)

Race 7

1st Vashka Blake Shinn
2nd Maddhal Lester Grace
3rd Valcot Taylor Marshall

Vashka was out quickly off the inside, and made good use of that gate to hold up and lead by about a length or so from One More on its outside. Poltava was back in third on the fence with Maddhal outside of it. The only way you can really sum this race up is to say that if you took the shorts about Vashka you were never in any doubt of collecting. At the 300m mark, the jockey was swining against it. He was still nursing it up to the 200m, and only asked for a minimal effort from it in the run to the line to go on for an impressive victory. None of these would turn the tables on the winner if they went another lap.

Follow: Vashka

Race 8

1st Burbero Brodie Loy
2nd Forget Sam Clipperton
3rd Zin Zan Eddie Taylor Marshall

Keredari was slow out in the last, and Burbero had no pace after the start. Mohave crossed and led from Kudero on its outside. Mr Jackman and Snitsky got the nice runs behind the speed in third and fourth. From the 700m mark, runners looked to come wide, and you could see the pink colours of Burbero saving plenty of ground up along the fence. Mohave was in plenty of froth and bubble after they turned for home, and the rails run from Burbero saw it go to the front at the 300m mark. At the 250m mark Forget joined in with a big run and looked set for victory, however in the last 100m, Burbero was the stronger runner and it kicked back to beat forget by about a half a length, with Zin Zan Eddie a few lengths back in third. This was a case of the best ride winning the race, combined with a gutsy effort from the horse after being headed. Mohave was terrible in the straight.

Follow: Forget

Specials from the meeting: Vashka, Forget