Caulfield review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Jazz Apple Plate (1800m)

1st Phantom Brew – Luke Nolen
2nd Index Linked – Glen Boss
3rd Harveys True Heart – Dale Smith

Extra Zero eased straight out to last. River’s Lane was best to begin and Fulgur was up handy early then Phantom Brew worked across to take up the running. Use The Lot and Prince Of Capers came over with Phantom Brew to be handy. Every Faith was a bit slow out but improved to midfield. Phantom Brew took off midrace and opened up a lead of six to eight lengths which he held past the 600m. He was still full of running on the home turn and had a wall chasing him with Fulgur and Tonopah pulling out to run on but they had trouble getting past Use The Lot and Prince Of Capers. Wider out Verdant, Harveys True Heart and Index Linked made a better fist of it, particularly Index Linked who really charged late. But they couldn’t catch Phantom Brew and a bold front-running ride paid off. Harveys True Heart got up for third just ahead of Fulgur and Verdant. Extra Zero didn’t get a lot of luck trying to weave through on the inside. Tonopah disappointed.

Follow: much improved run from Index Linked and a nice return from Verdant.

Race 2: Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m)

1st Sabatini – Nick Hall
2nd Royal Snitzel – Dale Smith
3rd Fontein Ruby – Mark Zahra

Royal Snitzel jumped well and Fontein Ruby was fast away from out wide. Lucky Raquie was with them but eased. Thinking Of You landed third around Sabatini. Fontein Ruby stayed quite wide on the track and led from Royal Snitzel on the fence. Thinking Of You improved to race between them and Afleet Esprit tracked her. Royal Snitzel joined Fontein Ruby on the turn with the inside running. Thinking Of You and Afleet Esprit were under pressure to make ground and Sabatini waited. Royal Snitzel couldn’t shake Fontein Ruby and at the 100m Sabatini got a gap between them and sprinted through to get the better of Royal Snitzel for the second time at Caulfield. Fontein Ruby was superb fresh and they got right away from Afleet Esprit who just battled. Disappointing effort by Thinking Of You who may have been ridden upside down.

Follow: Fontein Ruby did a great job and will be harder to beat as the distances increase.

Race 3: Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m)

1st Fontiton – Mark Zahra
2nd Miss Gidget – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Flamboyant Lass – Glen Boss

Flamboyant Lass and Heatherly were best out but Heatherly had more pace and sped to the lead from Miss Gidget with Flamboyant Lass easing. Fontiton settled fourth around Antelucan who then got a check and dropped right back as Le Grand Cru improved along the fence. Secret Agenda found herself well back in the field to the turn. Heatherly had them running pretty fast and had most off the bit. Miss Gidget still travelled well on the bend where Flamboyant Lass came out to chase them and Fontiton eased four deep. They got away from the rest at the 300m. Miss Gidget got to Heatherly soon after but Fontiton went straight past her late and raced away. Flamboyant Lass kept coming to run third and Air Apparent flashed home from the back into a nice fourth. Further back Secret Agenda did nothing while Antelucan was knocked out of it early but be a little forgiving of Pursuits who didn’t have much luck.

Follow: Fontiton is obviously the horse to beat in the Blue Diamond.

Race 4: Blue Diamond C&G Prelude (1100m)

1st Of The Brave – Stephen Baster
2nd Pride Of Dubai – Damian Browne
3rd Sampeah – Chad Schofield

A bit of competition for the lead as Kirabo held out Of The Brave with Top Me Up and Bantam out wider. Then Stylish Assassin around Iceflow and Demonstrate in a bunch. There were three still at it on the turn then Of The Brave kicked away from Kirabo, who was tightened up soon after, and Bantam. Top Me Up was battling and Braccenby tried to get between him and Bantam. Out wider Pride Of Dubai was winding up. Of The Brave started to paddle inside the 100m but he had enough in hand to just last from the fast finishing Pride Of Dubai. From the back Sampeah really charged late to snatch third from Top Me Up with Braccenby not far away and Call Me Anything running on well for fifth. The boys ran considerably slower time than the fillies, though it was a tough on pace effort from Of The Brave. Whether these are able to beat the fillies in two weeks remains to be seen.

Follow: There might be improvement in Of The Brave while Sampeah’s run was enormous.

Race 5: Carlyon Cup (1600m)

1st Smokin’ Joey – Chris Parnham
2nd Jacquinot Bay – Michael Walker
3rd Backstedt – Stephen Baster

Backstedt rolled to the front as he does most of the time and Amorino followed him over. Jacquinot Bay landed in the box seat with Spurtonic in a nice spot. Lidari and Big Memory were the next pair with Smokin’ Joey a lot closer than usual midfield. Backstedt was being worked on around the turn and Amorino was under similar pressure. Jacquinot Bay had to wait until the 300m to get between them and wind up. Spurtonic couldn’t sprint with them and Big Memory and Smokin’ Joey were looming. Backstedt gave a bit off a kick and Jacquinot Bay grabbed him inside the 100m and looked all set to win but Smokin’ Joey dived in the last stride to steal the win. Backstedt and Big Memory hit the line together with Akzar making ground right behind them. Without doubt the hard luck tale was Chester Road who was alongside Akzar at the 200m but couldn’t get a run through and had to check and come about six deep, he finished a length off Akzar and should have been in the mix.

Follow: Chester Road is the one to watch.

Race 6: Rubiton Stakes (1100m)

1st Chautauqua – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Flamberge – Chad Schofield
3rd Atmospherical – Craig Williams

Eloping wasn’t the best out and as a result had to boot up on the inside but couldn’t hold out Oakleigh Girl who crossed her. Flamberge and Atmospherical were up there and Atmospherical just eased back to fourth.Sumakaray was next inside Chautauqua and Missy Longstocking. Chautauqua was shuffled back a pair coming to the 600m and found himself in plenty of traffic. Eloping pushed off the fence at the 400m to join Oakleigh Girl, pushing Flamberge three deep around the turn. Atmospherical was held up behind them inside Missy Longstocking and Chautauqua was directly behind them. He finally got into the clear at the 300m and spotted Flamberge a decent break. Flamberge put paid to Eloping but Chautauqua started to wind up down the outside and he only picked up the leader in the last few strides. They sprinted clear of Atmospherical who held off Missy Longstocking. Behind them Richie’s Vibe worked home fairly and a nice first-up run from Amaethon. Winner was too good for them.

Follow: outside the obvious a top run from Flamberge and Amaethon could be in for a good prep.

Race 7: Autumn Stakes (1400m)

1st San Nicasio – Ben Melham
2nd Zebulon – Stephen Baster
3rd Firehouse Rock – Nick Hall

Nobody was really keen to lead so San Nicasio took it up from Magicool with Hong Kong Captain holding the fence behind the leader. Moonovermanhattan was in that bunch and Zebulon was given a dig to move up to second. The Ultimatum, Firehouse Rock and Convincible were midfield while Profit Share found himself well back in the ruck. San Nicasio looked to be going half pace coming to the turn unchallenged with Zebulon pushed along to stay with him. Hong Kong Captain also stoked up but couldn’t make ground. Moonovermanhattan and Convincible were out wider and Firehouse Rock came between that pair at the 200m. San Nicasio held about a length over Zebulon from the turn to the post and they dominated. Firehouse Rock just arrived in time for third ahead of Moonovermanhattan in an improved run. Hong Kong Captain just battled while Profit Share charged home looking unlucky, though he can be his own worst enemy. Wider a nice run from Affirmation who had no chance the way the race was run.

Follow: messy form race and be forgiving of the backmarkers.

Race 8: Group 1 CF Orr Stakes (1400m)

1st Dissident – Ben Melham
2nd Entirely Platinum – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Mourinho – Vlad Duric

Dissident broke the line first but couldn’t cross as Entirely Platinum held the fence. Java pushed on wider to join him so Dissident took the sit outside Mourinho. Mouro landed in a nice spot in the clear with Spillwayon the inside. Happy Trails raced three wide. Java tackled Entirely Platinum on the turn while Mourinho was again a bit wayward cornering and he took Dissident a bit wider but Dissident went straight past him. Spillway was just battling on the inside. Dissident hit the lead about 100m out and he forged away for an impressive win. Entirely Platinum kicked on strongly to regain second and Mourinho kept coming as well. Java just weakened late but wasn’t disgraced in fourth. Spillway, Mouro and Happy Trails all pretty much held their ground and nothing really made an impact from the back. Right race for the winner and he was too good.

Follow: none, assess those behind the first four next time.

Race 9: Bellmaine Stakes (1200m)

1st Tycoon Tara – Ben Melham
2nd Bonaria – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Politeness – Nick Hall

Another race where nobody seemed keen to lead so Tycoon Tara speared over from a wide gate and found the fence easily. Solicit moved up to join her with Griante handy and Girl Guide on the fence. Politenesswas trapped wide around Bonaria in midfield. Tycoon Tara ran along as she liked in front with Solicit just sitting at her quarters. Griante peeled out on the turn and Girl Guide was under heavy pressure behind the leader. Politeness was winding up out wider and Bonaria came with her. Tycoon Tara gave a good kick at the 200m and broke away again scoring an easy win. Bonaria hit the line nicely late first-up and Politeness kept coming for third after her wide run. Griante battled away with Precious Gem running on well to be just behind them. Girl Guide had every chance and disappointed.

Follow: nice first-up runs from Bonaria, Politeness and Precious Gem.

Specials from the meeting: Fontein Ruby, Chester Road, Amaethon.

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Randwick review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Darciwood Tommy Berry
2nd Selectify Hugh Bowman
3rd Spy Decoder James McDonald

A pretty good line out in the first, with Selectify and Charmed Harmony using inside gates to go to the early lead. When they settled it was Selectify in front from Charmed Harmony and Spy Decoder. Weinholt was getting up on the inside to share third with Spy Decoder. Queenian was trapped three wide. Selectify led them up the rise, but there looked to be plenty of challengers. Inside the 200m mark, Darciwood was coming with a booming run and soon after rounded them up and raced clear for what looked to be a pretty impressive victory. Selectify held second from Spy Decoder. All honours to the winner here.

Follow: Darciwood

Race 2

1st Planet Purple Winona Costin
2nd Ghost Protocol Brodie Loy
3rd Blazing Dragon Tommy Berry

A mile and a half for race two, and Fuerza came out flying on the outside, and Koroibete raced it to the post the first time, which mean those two put about six lenghts on the rest of the field as they went out of the straight. Koroibete held the front, with Fuerza taking the sit a couple of lengths off him, and there was still a big gap back to Georgy Aeroplane in third. Koroibete looked to be over racing as they went past the mile crossing, and he had about a five length lead and was going further ahead. Up the back straight, still racing hard, Koroibete had about a nine length lead and that was soon after extended to about a dozen. Up to and around the turn he started to come back to them a bit, and as they came up the rise he was bobbing like a cork in the ocean and Fuerza and Planet Purple swept on by. Ghost Protocol and Blazing Dragon were then the fresh horses on the scene, but Planet Purple wouldn’t be denied and he went on to win it from Ghost Protocol who didn’t really want to go past the winner.

Follow: None to follow

Race 3

1st Haptic Blake Shinn
2nd Furnaces James McDonald
3rd Wolf Cry Hugh Bowman

A good start in race three with Haptic using its good gate speed to go straight to the front. Giuletta raced up on the outside into second place, with Furnaces getting a nice run behind the speed and Street Rapper was on its outside. Up around the turn, Haptic came about four way from the fence and skipped clear as they straightened. Furnaces was in behind them and pushed along and didn’t look like a $1.60 shot. He eventually came out from behind Haptic but was never going to pick him up. In the run to the line, Haptic did get a little tired, but was never going to be run down. Furnaces did look like it would improve for this run, and I wouldn’t be writing it off just yet, as the inside ground it was in when they turned for home wasn’t the best.

Follow: Furnaces

Race 4

1st Heart Testa Jason Collett
2nd Driefontein Blake Shinn
3rd Territory Sam Clipperton

Hot Snitzel on the inside was the one who was slow to go. It was a decent charge for the lead with Happy Galaxy, Driefontein and Heart Testa all making a line in front. Territory was just off them but out wide, and Hot Snitzel had made ground after its slow start to be just behind them on the fence. As they came up the rise, Heart Testa was the one who found itself in the fast lane out wide and sprinted to the lead. Territory and Driefontein tried to fight, and they made a decent fist of it, but in the run to the line Heart Testa had the momentum up and kept going for the victory. Destiny’s Kiss ran another pleasing race fresh as it often does. Bull Point who was supported in betting gets a pass mark.

Follow: Bull Point

Race 5

1st Adrift Ty Angland
2nd First Seal Blake Shinn
3rd Slightly Sweet Kathy O’Hara

The filles went around in The Light Fingers which was race five and Winx missed the kick. Press Report led Mossfun and Onemorezeta who got a nice run on the fence. Adrift got a good run in the one out and one back trail. Into the straight, Press Report led with Mossfun looking to travel pretty well on the outside. Again they came well away from the fence which was clearly no good. Mossfun struck the front briefly at the furlong, but the bolter Adrift swept up and went past it. In the run to the line, Adrift was able to hold on and beat First Seal and Slightly Sweet who finished their races off well. The formguide will show that Winx was well beaten, but it finished its race off nicely in the worst part of the track, and the money for it today suggests a win is not far off.

Follow: Winx, First Seal

Race 6

1st Contributor James McDonald
2nd Ninth Legion Sam Clipperton
3rd Weary Tommy Berry

The Apollo Stakes was race six, and Queenstown was poking through initially to lead Weary and Ninth Legion who was striding up out wide. They raced as a line of three until Weary eased out of it. Malavio and He’s Your Man were getting nice runs behind the speed. Ninth Legion was going nicely around the turn and had couple of length break as they straightened. Up the rise he was still going well. Weary was trying to come out after the leader and Contributor was winding up strongly from back in the field. At the 100m mark Contributor went bang and raced away for a very nice win. Ninth Legion held second from Weary, with Lucia Valentina finishing its race off very nicely for third. He’s Your Man was only average after a nice run in transit. Silent Achiever finished its race off well.

Follow: Contributor

Race 7

1st Thump Ty Angland
2nd Danesiri Christian Reith
3rd My Sabeel Tim Clark

Calming Influence and Champagne Cath both began best on the outside. When they settled, they basically strode together in front. Then there was a line of three, with Rare Fragrance on the fence, Forever Loved in the middle andThump three wide. Cosmic Endeavour looked to be three wide trailing Thump. As they spun for home, Champagne Cath initially stayed on the fence, but then came out to join Calming Ifluence about five horses off the fence, and Thump had strode up three wide. Cosmic Endeavour was trying to wind up to come after them down the outside. At the 200m mark, Thump was going nicely in front however and kicked clear. Danesiri did a very good job to chase right to the line and take second from My Sabeel who finished off nicely down the outside. Cosmic Endeavour was not beaten far and will improve for the run, and Mahara finished nicely from the back.

Follow: Danesiri, Mahara

Race 8

1st Telepathic Jason Collett
2nd Countryman Winona Costin
3rd Zin Zan Eddie Blake Shinn

To the last and Countryman began best and went to the lead from Coolring, Zin Zan Eddie and Telepathic. As they were settling, Magic Dallas who was back near last got on the heels of one in front and had to be checked. Up around the turn, the same pattern of coming off the fence applied and Countryman kicked up the rise to lead by a couple of lengths with Telepathic coming out after him along with Coolring. Telepathic was the one finishing best and he went up alongside Countryman, who tried to fight but was not good enough to hold off Telepathic who landed some good bets. Snippets Land finished its race off nicely in the wrong part of the track. Lorna May didn’t show up today.

Follow: Snippets Land

Specials from the meeting: Winx, Contributor, Danesiri