Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: National Patient Transport Plate (1000m)

1st Lord Of The Sky – Jake Duffy 2nd Salute To Jude – Mark Zahra 3rd Romancingthestone – Jye McNeil

Tankster went down on his nose out of the gates and pretty much lost all chance. Lord Of The Sky flew out and crossed over to take up the lead and ran along at his own tempo. Salute To Jude held her ground from the inside alley to take the box seat with Colors Of The Wind to her outside. Romancingthestone wound up three back the fence with Brotherly Secret next. That horse made a short dash coming to the turn to get into the race but Lord Of The Sky found a couple of lengths and established a winning break. By the same token he was under pressure at the 200m. Romancingthestone was held up when Brotherly Secret started to struggle and she flew home late with Salute To Jude following the winner through to just hold second. Forget Tankster went around and the others had their chance. Lord Of The Sky was a very short priced favourite and got the job done but I’d be wary of taking silly odds again even though he is open to improvement.

Follow: none.

Race 2: Cotton On Group Christmas Handicap (1200m)

1st Harquila – Dwayne Dunn 2nd Mother Grace – Michael Rodd 3rd Mokoro – Damien Oliver

Mokoro was tardy at the start and gave away a length or two. Devil Woman was also out the back. On the other hand Mother Grace and Harquila broke well and paired off in front then put the brakes on. Astro Miss and A Saucy Snitzel were behind them and with the slow pace Mokoro strode around them to sit three wide on the speed. The trio in front had the race to themselves from the 600m. Mother Grace was the first under pressure on the turn and Mokoro might have stuck the head in front at the 200m. Harquila dug in from that point and got her head out in time to win, running right up to a handy trial. Best of the closers late was Star Beauty who did a great job to finish as close as she did. Nothing else got into the race.

Follow: Mokoro, Star Beauty,

Race 3: TROA Supports NJT Handicap (1200m)

1st Danestroem – Jackie Beriman 2nd Mango Mojito – Vlad Duric 3rd Miss Middleton – Damien Oliver

Mango Mojito sprung out of a wide gate and crossed to find the lead. Miss Middleton was fairly out from an inside alley. You Can Dance pressed forward to sit outside the lead and Queen Delight stuck three wide. Serene Tanieenjoyed the run of he race and Danestroem followed her. Gig had a three wide trail. Mango Mojito put them under pressure before the turn and kicked away. Danestroem emerged at the 300m and Miss Middleton followed her through. Danestroem grabbed the lead at the 100m and forged clear with a little in hand. Mango Mojito stuck on very well to hold second ahead of Miss Middleton who hit the wall late. She’ll be better for the run. Gig did a pretty good job to keep coming just behind them and Lady Antebellum ran on late as she always does and there was a big gap to the rest of the field.

Follow: Miss Middleton.

Race 4: Kerrin & Rochelle Shortis Handicap (1600m)

1st Lord Durante – Vlad Duric 2nd Lord Wimble – Dwayne Dunn 3rd Eximius – Craig Newitt

Even line out and Lord Durante was first to break it, crossing to take up the running. Ourforeignminister worked outside him to sit up second with Eximius getting cover behind the leader and Auld Burns outside him. Lord Wimblesettled three back on the inside. When the pace dropped off Goldbya slid around them into third out three wide and that got them going again. Lord Durante put his foot down before the turn and beat off Ourforeignminister as Goldbya moved into second. Eximius stayed on the front runner’s back. Lord Wimble came off second best in a bumping duel with Auld Burns at the 300m and had to check. Lord Durante kept going and held too big a break but Lord Wimble was luckless, steaming home for second. Eximius went the same pace throughout and whacked away for third. Goldbya was game after taking off a long way out. Of the others not a bad run from Subiaso as well as Group 2 winner Vatuvei but they’ll probably need another run or two.

Follow: Lord Wimble is racing well, Goldbya back in Adelaide.

Race 5: Doveton Stakes (1000m)

1st Vatican – Michael Rodd 2nd Loveyamadly – Dale Smith 3rd Halle Rocks – Damien Oliver

Flash Of Doubt bombed the start and settled a few lengths off the pack. Otherwise an even bunch and nobody really wanted to lead. Vatican eventually punched through and was first to the fence with Zedi Knight on his outside.Sumakaray punched up to take the box seat and Loveyamadly parked in the one-one in a perfect spot. Undeniably had no luck out three wide around Rescue Mission. Vatican snuck away around the turn as Loveyamadly peeled out to give chase and loomed ominously. Vatican had a kick and held off the mare who stuck on solidly. Zedi Knight battled on but had every chance and he was cut out of a place by Halle Rocks who stormed home from near last. Flash Of Doubt produced a big finish and worked through the field to be right on their hammer after giving away a big start. Sumakaray proved disappointing and had every chance.

Follow: Loveyamadly will have improvement in her.

Race 6: National Jockeys Trust Handicap (1200m)

1st Don’t Get Excited – Jamie Mott 2nd Solsay – Jackie Beriman 3rd Anlon – Brad Rawiller

Another even line and again nobody overly keen to lead early before Horacio kicked through to lead with Solsay joining him. Don’t Get Excited found himself in a great spot just off the speed outside Magnus ReignGeneral Offerseemed to want to pull three back on the fence. Solsay went for home early and was being stalked by Don’t Get Excited every step of the way. They broke clear of Magnus Reign and you could see Anlon weaving his way through from the second half of the field. Solsay was a sitting shot and Don’t Get Excited just gained the upper hand in the last 50m ahead of a fast closing Anlon. The first three home had plenty on the rest of the field in another race dominated on the speed. Don’t Get Excited is just a winning machine and he was super with the 60kg.

Follow: Stick with Don’t Get Excited, Anlon has a city win in him,

Race 7: Blue Moon Racing Handicap (2000m)

1st Marden – Glen Boss 2nd Canonized – Brad Rawiller 3rd Initiator – Damien Oliver

Rock Robster was a bit slow out but it took them about 400m to decide who was going to lead. Kenjorwood eventually took up the running. Luckyi’mbarefoot broke well but threw his head around and didn’t want to be on the pace so Initiator pressed on to give him cover. Marden had a soft time of it in the box seat. Beer Garden found himself trapped wide and strode up onto the speed. Mintaro got onto his back in the bunched leading group. Beer Garden and Luckyi’mbarefoot were the first to give up and Initiator loomed to pressure the leader coming to the turn. He looked the winner at the 300m as he hit the lead with a three length gap to Marden who looked to be one batting and Canonized coming out of the pack. Initiator began to paddle inside the 100m and Marden stuck his head out to break through ahead of Canonized. Initiator gripped on for third and Savitar might have been a little stiff after having to negotiate those dropping out on the turn.

Follow: Savitar has another win in him.

Race 8: LUCRF Super Handicap (1440m)

1st Winta Chiller – Michael Rodd 2nd Defiant Angel – Michael Walker 3rd Dance For Cash – Vlad Duric

Unscrupulous was slow out as is normal for her and she settled last just behind Winta ChillerGet Pronto broke quickly and charged to the lead, running them along, and Dance For Cash got into his slipstream. Tallat came across from the outside gate to get one off the fence outside of Defiant AngelMy Bentley made a move before the 600m to keep the pressure on and Tallat went with him, making a line of four near the bend. Winta Chiller had started to creep up from the back and made to to midfield. Nearing the turn Zuma Roc knuckled between horses and threw the rider. Dance For Cash claimed Get Pronto 300m out and went for home Defiant Angel tried to chase him down. Winta Chiller continued her strong run down the outside and picked them up for a solid win ahead of Defiant Angel. Unscrupulous made ground inside horses then had to wait when Winta Chiller put her in a pocket but she hit the line well again late. Nice first-up run from Quick Snitzel making plenty of ground from the back. One of the few races on the day truly run.

Follow: Quick Snitzel might be in for a good preparation.

Specials from the meeting: Mokoro, Miss Middleton, Savitar, Quick Snitzel.

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Randwick review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st                    Sinjoren                                   Kerrin McEvoy 2nd                    Made To Order                    Peter Robl 3rd                    Amovatio                               Hugh Bowman

Made To Order came out of the barriers well on the inside, but Flying Sebring was ridden with intent to lead and did so.  Amovatio was ridden closer today, moving up into second place, which gave Made To Order a nice run in third and Sinjoren was in fourth.  Flying Sebring was making every post a winner and had about a three or four length break mid race.  Around the turn, Amovatio was the first to claim Flying Sebring, and then Made To Order and Sinjoren came with strong runs.  In particular Sinjoren who went on for a nice victory.  Made To Order managed to get past Amovatio who I think is better ridden a bit further off the speed.  Nightingales worked home ok for something further.

Follow: Nightingales over further

Race 2

1st                    Unencumbered                        Nathan Berry 2nd                    Delectation                              Brenton Avdulla 3rd                    Cyclone                                   Blake Shinn

Dalectation jibbed at the start and missed it a couple of lengths and Dialect was also slow to begin.  Dora ‘n’ Boots was going quickly and led clearly from Our Catch, Cyclone and Occitan, which looked to have a nice run back on the fence.  When they came around the turn Cyclone came with a strong run and looked a winning chance, but down the outside, Unencumbered wound up very strongly and won in pretty good fashion.  Dalectation finished off very well after its ordinary get away and can win a race if it improves its barrier manners.  Occitan has to be listed as disappointing on face value.

Follow: Delectation

Race 3

1st                    Viking Legend                        Damian Thornton 2nd                    Tenacitus                                 Blake Shinn 3rd                    Instrumentalist                        Hugh Bowman

2500m for race three, and I always mention that these races are hard to get excited about, and this one was no different.  They looked to dordle to the post the first time, and Wind Bender eventually crossed down from the outside and led Praecido, with Instrumentalist and Perplexity in third and fourth.  Mid race the pace didn’t look any better with Glyn Schofield doing as he liked up front on Wind Bender.  Around the turn, there was basically a line of 4 in front as Tenacitus joined in very wide out.  Perplexity was a beaten runner already at this point.  Tenacitus, Viking Legend and Instrumentalist went stride for stride at the 100m, with Viking Legend just getting the upper hand in the run to the line as the longer run told on Tenacitus, who shouldn’t lose any admirers on its effort to run second.

Follow: Tenacitus

Race 4

1st                    Calming Influence                  Hugh Bowman 2nd                    Encostanati                             Brenton Avdulla 3rd                    Cry Havoc                               Glyn Schofield

Calming Influence jumped on the bunny again today, but with the change to Hugh Bowman (Australia’s best jockey), the pace was judged a lot better, and really you wanted to be on her throughout.  She led up from Cry Havoc which found good support in betting.  Encostanati settled third the fence with Meteoros in forth one out one back.  Around the turn, Calming Influence traveled very nicely and when she was gunned at the 200m mark, she made it a precession.  I felt Cry Havoc, which stopped to run fourth was entitled to do more.

Follow: Calming Influence

Race 5

1st                    Solemn                                    Kerrin McEvoy 2nd                    Index Linked                          Glyn Schofield 3rd                    Martinvast                               Damian Thornton

1800m for race 5 and Madam Nash led them up as she generally likes to do.  Capital Commander and Done Nothin’ Wrong disputed second place, with a break back to the favourite Solemn and Home On A Wing.  The pace looked pretty good as the strung out with close to 20 lengths first to last.  Madam Nash went for home on the point of the turn, and early in the straight she was in full flight and had a clear lead.  Solemn looked to be bolting at about the 300m mark however and claimed the lead at the 200m mark and looked home.  Index Linked, Martinvast and Reigning all tried hard and did close the gap but were never going to reach the winner who showed a good turn of foot.

Follow: Indx Linked

Race 6

1st                    Emblems                                 Kerrin McEvoy 2nd                    Tahitian Black                         Hugh Bowman 3rd                    Monbazzilac                            Peter Robl

Emblems found the front from Agister on its outside and Carmine King up along the fence.  Tahitian Black settled nicely into fourth position.  In fairly similar fashion to Calming Influence, if you backed Emblems you were always on pretty good terms with yourself.  Up to and around the turn, Emblems traveled well, and was asked for the big effort at around the 200m mark, which was where Tahitian Black was also asked to go.  For a stride or two Tahitian Black looked some chance, but Emblems really kicked in at about the 100m mark and gapped them, with McEvoy sitting up for the photo in the run to the line.  Tahitian Black was consistent as ever in second and Monbazzilac ran on nicely down the outside into third, but all honours go to the winner.

Follow: Monbazzilac

Race 7

1st                    Miniature                                 Kerrin McEvoy 2nd                    Two Blue                                 Hugh Bowman 3rd                    Taya                                         Jay Ford

Dream Empress led them up from Quicks The Word which moved up on its outside.  Two Blue settled third on the fence with Miniature getting a great run in fourth one off the fence.  Up to and around the turn, and a bit like its stablemate in the previous, Miniature looked to be traveling very well once they straightened.  She wound her sprint up and always did look the winner in the straight.  Taya came with a very strong run down the outside and Two Blue got going in the centre.  They managed to cut the margin to about a half a length on the line, but the winner was a pretty good effort to beat then older horses and there are probably more wins in store for her, possibly over a little more ground also.

Follow: Taya

Race 8

1st                    Messene                                  Nathan Berry 2nd                    Babel                                       Kerrin McEvoy 3rd                    Soledad                                   Damian Thornton

There was a bit of pace early in the last with Tromso, Honourable Aussie and War Ends basically in a line as they were settling into stride.  Tromso worked a bit, but got around them to lead from War Ends that kept kicking up along the fence and settled second from Honourable Aussie.  Messene found itself in a lovely spot just off the pace.  Around the home turn, Messene was a carbon copy of Miniature in the previous as he moved up three wide to come at War Ends who had claimed Tromso.  Up to the 200m mark Messene went for home and was home with Babel the only chaser.  In the run to the line, Messene went further in front and was possibly the most impressive winner of the day.  The effort of Babel to gap the rest of them was good and never gave up chasing the leader despite not being able to get near it.  Soledad turned it the same old even effort that it often does and managed to stick on for third.

Follow: Messene, Babel

Specials from the meeting: Delectation, Messene, Babel