Moonee Valley Review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: Friends Of Epworth Handicap (1600m)
1st Every Faith – Dwayne Dunn
2nd First Bloom – Harry Coffey
3rd Hula Lua – Jake Bayliss
Coronation Shallan headed forward as usual but Prie Dieu wanted it more and ran to the lead. They were a couple clear of Takeoverand Hula Lua handy. Flying Hostess raced in open space. Every Faith settled three back on the fence. Prie Dieu seemed to be doing it well past the 600m as they crept up behind her. Coronation Shallan moved alongside and Takeover moved up three out. Behind them Every Faith had worked off the inside and put Flying Hostess under some pressure. Hula Lua also came off the bit when the sprint went on. Coronation Shallan took over on the turn and Takeover went with her. Every Faith took a split between them and challenged quickly.First Bloom had tracked into it well and launched down the outside late but Every Faith had enough in hand to win. Coronation Shallan boxed on fairly to hold off Hula Lua for third, the latter getting going again late. Flying Hostess disappointed.
Follow: nice run from Hula Lua first-up and she has upside.
Race 2: Silver Thomas Hanley Handicap (1200m)
1st Mawahibb – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Demonstrate – Patrick Moloney
3rd Trinity River – Luke Nolen
A few challengers for the early lead until Penrhos crossed to the fence with Mawahibb coming across and eventually taking over. Trinity River and Siding Spring eased out of it to settle in good spots behind them. Limbo Star and Portion Control were the next pair,Demonstrate went back from the jump then improved quickly around them. He made it up to third but three wide for the last 800m. Mawahibb had a breather in front in the middle stages and when he was clicked up Penrhos struggled and Demonstrate kept his run going out wider. Trinity River was under the pump to follow the leader and Portion Control made a dash following Demonstrate. Mawahibb kicked away around the turn and Demonstrate couldn’t match him. They raced right away from Trinity River and another big gap to the rest. While the margin was a few lengths the run of Demonstrate was huge.
Follow: Demonstrate has ability and can atone.
Race 3: Kane Constructions Handicap (1200m)
1st Shakespearean Lass – Patrick Moloney
2nd Cataleya – Jess Payne
3rd Our Harmony – Brandon Stockdale
With little trouble Shakespearean Lass worked across to find the lead and Cataleya settled in behind her. Arabian Beauty landed third and was joined by White House Lady improving after being trapped wide. Herstory followed them around All Australian Gal. Our Harmony and Testability were back in the second half, the latter not settling well. Shakespearean Lass had them stacked right up and the field bunched noticeably as Cataleya, White House Lady and Herstory strode forward out wider. Arabian Beauty waited behind that line. Our Harmony tried to get into it pushing Cash Appraisal wider and Testability also got going from the back. After an easy run in front Shakespearean Lass sprinted away around the bend and never looked in danger. Cataleya stuck on pretty well though safely held and Herstory and the fast-finishing Our Harmony hit the line together, the latter bobbing in time for third. Arabian Beauty battled on okay first-up out of her grade. Testability didn’t come into the race at all. Very much a tempo related affair here and the winner had it far too easy.
Follow: wouldn’t hold the defeat against Our Harmony, who made good ground against the slow speed.
Race 4: Divice Technologies Handicap (1200m)
1st Raposo – Jess Payne
2nd Valderrama – Michael Dee
3rd Kansas Sunflower – Dwayne Dunn
Raposo was on the back foot at the start and was out the back early, tailing out a few lengths off the field. Gloop sprung out and found the fence ahead of Canelo with Boomwaa not pushing for the lead this time. Valderrama landed in the box seat with Bullywolfe to his outside. Sang Choi Bao was over racing out three wide with Kansas Sunflower well back on the fence. There was no waiting in front as Gloop and Canelo ran them along. Sang Choi Bao pulled his way forward three wide. Valderrama was waiting for a run but Boomwaa was the first beaten and started to drop out. Kansas Sunflower made some ground on the inside behind Valderrama and Raposo was being held up at the tail. Valderrama came off Gloop’s back and hit the lead at the 200m and Kansas Sunflower had followed him through and loomed up. Raposo was able to weave through and he sprinted home too well on the inside of Valderrama for a very big win. Kansas Sunflower battled on okay as did Gloop and they beat the rest by panels. The placegetters performed well but had no excuses. Boomwaa was too bad to be true, perhaps a hard prep has told on him.
Race 5: Pantry Packer Handicap (1000m)
1st Wild Rain – Glen Boss
2nd Pilly’s Wish – Dwayne Dunn
3rd It’s Poet’s Day – Jess Payne
Pilly’s Wish blew the start and Costamoney eased back, while Minaj sprung out and crossed to lead from the outside. It’s Poet’s Daymade her work a little kicking up on the fence and Wild Rain dropped into a trail. Unique Storm settled a couple of lengths back withPathways and Flash Of Doubt was just off that pair. Costamoney and Pilly’s Wish improved past a few. Minaj, a horse off the fence, travelled okay to the turn and Wild Rain was stalking, looking dangerous a long way out. It’s Poet’s Day was still there as Flash Of Doubt sprinted up to them out wider. Pilly’s Wish was still back in the ruck. It’s Poet’s Day kicked back to lead on the turn but Wild Rain came with her run and sprinted right away. She looked the winner a long way out. Pilly’s Wish finished off the race well along the inside to grab It’s Poet’s Day for second place. Minaj stuck on well with Pathways and Flash Of Doubt both close up. Pilly’s Wish didn’t help her chances at the start.
Follow: give Pilly’s Wish another chance but hold your breath as the gates open.
Race 6: Travis Harrison Cup (1600m)
1st Alcohol – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Sadaqa – Damien Thornton
3rd King’s Dance – Michael Dee
Sadaqa ridden hard from a wide gate to cross them and found the fence in front. King’s Dance held his place off the fence and moved to his quarters while Alcohol found the box seat. Onpicalo didn’t attempt to lead settling fourth. The next line saw Lightenuff aroundTravolta and Lake Sententia on the fence. Metaphorical was eased towards the tail. Sadaqa was largely left alone by King’s Dance in the middle stages and Alcohol continued to track them. Lightenuff moved up three wide around Onpicalo and Metaphorical tried to get onto their backs. The two leaders kicked coming to the turn and Alcohol eased around their heels. He let down with a nice turn of foot and powered away. King’s Dance was looking like getting the better of Sadaqa but the last 100m Sadaqa outgunned him and kicked back for second. A big gap to Onpicalo but nothing made any ground from the back in this event. With that in mind perhaps be a little forgiving of Metaphorical who never came into it.
Follow: Alcohol is in good form and could win again.
Race 7: Brookfield Multiplex Handicap (2040m)
1st Word Of Mouth – Patrick Moloney
2nd Doctor Care – Harry Coffey
3rd Lannister – Regan Bayliss
Diamond Duke and Goldoni headed forward but Shikarpour was ridden hard out wide to cross them and did so to lead. Lannistersettled up handy ahead of Doctor Care getting into a good spot and Master’s Degree looking for one around Word Of Mouth in midfield. Master’s Degree wound up being caught wide. Shikarpour really ran them along up the back but Master’s Degree kept his run going wide and went up to join him. That gave Diamond Duke cover while Lannister and Goldoni hadn’t spent any petrol. Word Of Mouth was on Lannister’s back. Master’s Degree ran clear past the 800m but it was only a matter of when he would weaken. The runs started to come soon after as Shikarpour had another dig and Goldoni came out to run on. Word Of Mouth had worked into a spot just behind them and waited with Lannister who was looking in danger of being held up behind tiring horses. Doctor Care couldn’t go with them before the turn and Word Of Mouth pounced at the 200m. Lannister got a split at the same time but Word Of Mouth sprinted right away making up for luckless defeat in Sydney. Doctor Care got going again to grab second over Lannister and the fast-finishing Gold Medals. Master’s Degree didn’t do a bad job sticking on just behind the placings. Winner had the best run and was entitled to win as he did.
Race 8: Health Science Planning Handicap (2040m)
1st Ava’s Delight – Harry Coffey
2nd Westsouthwest – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Digitalism – Patrick Moloney
Digitalism seemed to stumble at the start and missed it slightly but recovered to be just behind the speed. Use The Lot had a dig for the front with Westsouthwest, Falago and Special Miss out wide, trying to get in, and Commanding Time holding the fence and eventually the lead. They raced clear of Strike The Stars and Amaverde. Plenty of shuffling up front as Falago and Special Miss couldn’t get in while Commanding Time kept holding Use The Lot out off the fence, Falago eventually got some cover. Use The Lot edged by Commanding Time under a heap of pressure around the 600m. Digitalism was behind them looking to get in the clear but Westsouthwest was still travelling well. Falago tried to come on out wider and Ava’s Delight swept up right off the track as Special Miss dropped off a bit. Digitalism was held up as the runs came and Ava’s Delight and Westsouthwest got to Use The Lot inside the 200m, Falago was tightened up a bit and Commanding Time battling on. Digitalism eventually got through but the race was over and Ava’s Delight bobbed the head to down the jumper Westsouthwest who is ticking over nicely. Some consolation for Digitalism grabbing a place, he can be forgiven a bit for that. They were bunched behind the first two.
Follow: none, though can’t wait for Westsouthwest to return to jumping.
Race 9: Sporting Globe Handicap (1200m)
1st Sea Lord – Jake Bayliss
2nd Nearest To Pin – Luke Nolen
3rd Solsay – Jackie Beriman
Le Remas was slowly out and Desert Jeuney badly missed it, and was deemed a non-runner. On the other hand Nearest To Pin and Sea Lord broke quickly with Sea Lord holding the lead on the inside. Boristar landed next around Solsay getting into the box seat. Henwooddidn’t appreciate being restrained and threw his head around while Morant settled okay. Daytona Grey followed and they were clear of the rest. Sea Lord slowed the pace significantly and they packed up behind him as Daytona Grey took off around his stablemate Nearest To Pin to make a line of three in front. Solsay was under pressure behind them to keep up and Boristar was still in that bunch. Sea Lord had a good kick, as you’d expect, and slipped away again around the turn from Nearest To Pin holding down second, Daytona Grey’s run was ending and Solsay stuck on. Our Nkwazi, who had dashed up out wide near the turn, felt the pinch. Sea Lord kept going in a solid return to form on a track he likes. Every chance the placegetters and pretty much the others weren’t in the race.
Follow: none, these take turns.
Specials from the meeting: Demonstrate, Hula Lua, Our Harmony.
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