Bendigo review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: 3BO Trophy (1300m)

1st Oltre Finito – Patrick Moloney
2nd Live For Today – Brad Rawiller
3rd Bel Rhythm – Jye McNeil

Tips And Beers and Trevinder were best out and Trevinder eventually crossed to lead. Oltre Finito and Habitual Offender were handy with First Print trapped wide. Baron Archer got onto heels and dropped back a bit and wide with Bel Rhythm inside and Such Hope going around him. First Print put some pressure on three deep coming to the turn and as they swung Oltre Finito got off the fence and set out after Trevinder and took over 100m out, kicking clear to score. A wall of them closed in behind and the big grey Live For Today stormed home to grab second while Bel Rhythm got through into a place. Baron Archer kept coming to be close up and the likes of The Conquerer, Black Revolver, Spencer Street and Sir Berus were all just behind the placings. First Print was among them too in a good effort after a tough run. The winner had the run of the race and was entitled to perform.

Follow: none in particular.

Race 2: TROA Handicap (1100m)

1st Agent – Dylan Dunn
2nd Zedi Knight – Jamie Mott
3rd Lord Da Vinci – Damian Lane

Pretty Possum had superior speed and led clearly over Canali, Stratumsphere and Zedi Knight in a line. Al Aneed was further out. Behind the speed Agent ran into a good spot inside Belesron and Bel Seal wider with some cover. Lord Da Vinci found himself four back on the fence in a bunched field. Pretty Possum led to the 200m but was swamped as Stratumsphere challenged and Canali and Grane pushed up on the fence. Agent went looking for a run through and Zedi Knight boxed on out deeper. Belesron became strung up as was Lord Da Vinci climbing all over their backs to get out. Agent sprinted through and grabbed Grane 100m out, Zedi Knight kept coming as Lord Da Vinci finally got clear and sprouted wings late. Belesron also had a checkered run through. Agent held off a game Zedi Knight, Lord Da Vinci should have won easily but had to settle for third and Belesron should have been close to him. King Of Manners rocketed home out wide to be behind the placegetters.

Follow: Lord Da Vinci is ready to win now.

Race 3: Sutherland Property (1000m)

1st Snappy Esprit – Patrick Moloney
2nd Bella Capri – Mark Zahra
3rd Squeaky Squirrel – Jason Collins

Snappy Esprit flew out of a wide gate and crossed to the fence to lead. Gloop moved into second with Harlem Star three deep. Delfina and Mihany were next and Bel Show was right off the track with Symphonix. Snappy Esprit was still doing it well into the straight and moved a length or so clear. Squeaky Squirrel was following and Harlem Star made a short dash. Bella Capri was running on well further out and Bel Show battled. Snappy Esprit had enough in hand to hold Bella Capri and Squeaky Squirrel for a solid win. From the back Lazyaxl worked home nicely and Mihany made ground while Good Offa and Rose Dancer ran on without threatening. Winner was too quick for them but a few nice first-up runs from the back of the field.

Follow: Lazyaxl, Mihany.

Race 4: Gold Rush (1000m)

1st The Big Dance – Dean Yendall
2nd Bundy Red – Dean Holland
3rd Miss Gidget – Ben Melham

The Big Dance and Belhamage were best away and Miss Gidget was with them early before easing back a length or so. Tiz My View kicked up along the fence and Bundy Red followed with Keen Array outside. Belhamage wobbled on the bend and The Big Dance sprinted clear at the top of the straight. Tiz My View came off her back but couldn’t get near her, Keen Array just battled and out wide Miss Gidget was a bit green but kept coming. Bundy Red checked of Tiz My View’s heels to run on but by the 200m The Big Dance was a mile in front and she had about three lengths to spare over Bundy Red who tried hard and Miss Gidget a game third. Eye-catching run behind them from Primo Pintxo who was strung up in the second half early on but finished well. Destiny’s Reward ran fifth in a handy effort as well. The likes of Belhamage and Tiz My View dropped out and can be rated disappointing.

Follow: Primo Pintxo looks an improver out of this one.

Race 5: Jayco Stayers Challenge (2400m)

1st Stellarized – Linda Meech
2nd Four Carat – Damian Lane
3rd Aggregator – Jake Bayliss

Took a little while to sort themselves out and Stellarized led early before handing up to Sammy The Snake. A Little Edgy improved up to second with Aggregator handy. The Ruffian was three back on the fence inside the jumper Beer Garden as they ran along in front. Four Carat was back last and some 15 lengths off the leader a mile to run. Not much change to the 600m mark where Aggregator dropped off. Sammy The Snake had A Little Edgy under some pressure while Stellarized eased off the inside and slid up three deep. Cynical got up on the fence and The Ruffian was struggling to go with them. Four Carat was still last and behind a wall of horses. Sammy The Snake gave a big sight but Stellarized got to him at the 100m. Aggregator had found a second wind and was sticking on as Tampere loomed up and Four Carat was steaming home when the race was all over. Stellarized held on for a narrow win over Four Carat, who probably should have won, and Aggregator boxed on well for third. Sammy The Snake was gallant and Tampere close up. They beat the rest clearly.

Follow: Four Carat can atone and looks as though he’ll handle a bit longer too.

Race 6: Gold Bracelet (1400m)

1st Nadeem Lass – Matthew Allen
2nd Bippo No Bungus – Chris Parnham
3rd Written – Jackie Beriman

Winta Chiller was slow out and Ava’s Delight didn’t miss it as badly as she can. Bippo No Bungus and Written began well and went forward with Chiquada kicking up on the fence and Nadeem Lass nearby. SoosaRama landed in a good trail around Ava’s Delight. Held Hostage was in the clear next. Written had them strung out in the middle stages as she ran to the lead with Bippo No Bungus staying close by. Chiquada had a nice run but was being niggled at before the turn. Nadeem Lass came out to challenge but was also under riding and nothing was making any impact from further back. Written was still in front 100m out, Chiquada couldn’t get to her on the inside and Bippo No Bungus was trying. Just as Bippo No Bungus looked to be getting the upper hand over Written, Nadeem Lass made a dive and got up to post a rare win. Written held third clearly over Chiquada and Soosa Rama, every chance. Atlantis Dream got way too far back but she closed her race off nicely in the last furlong.

Follow: Atlantis Dream is the way to go from this race.

Race 7: Golden Mile (1600m)

1st Observational – Anthony Darmanin
2nd Evangelist – Dean Yendall
3rd Dylanson – Clare Lindop

Guest Of Honour made his way across to the fence to lead over Akavoroun early before Marksmanship whipped up to take over. Priority Road was trapped deep on the speed and just behind them Chile Expressfound good cover. Dylanson also landed in a nice spot ahead of Stipulate inside Evangelist and Gris Caro three wide and midfield. Marksmanship wasn’t waiting for anyone and led by a couple on the turn, Guest Of Honour pushed off the fence as Priority Road gave in and Dylanson eased three and four wide with Akavoroun to run on. Chile Express stayed behind the leader. Stipulate got into the clear but couldn’t sprint. At the 200m Dylanson ran to the lead and fleetingly looked the winner. Evangelist was starting to hit the line hard and out wider Observational unwound with a huge run from last on the turn. Puccini got a gap through inside Evangelist to put himself in the picture as Akavoroun laboured. Evangelist and Observational got to Dylanson about 20m out and Observational just got the head down on the line to win. It was some performance too considering the start he conceded. Nice run Evangelist and Dylanson ran his usual honest race. Puccini was close up and they best the rest four lengths.

Follow: like to see Observational again but he might be above average.

Race 8: Bendigo Guineas (1400m)

1st Setinum – Jake Noonan
2nd Eclair Choice – Dominic Tourneur
3rd Java – Ben Melham

Liberation wasted no time in getting to the front and Java took a cart across to sit outside. Better Land settled in the box seat, much closer than he has lately, and Eclair Choice eased into fourth after being wide early.Setinum was a length or so back three wide around Pepper The Pin and Lotion. Liberation and Java snuck away coming to the turn and Liberation went for home, though Java hadn’t been called upon at the top of the straight. Better Land was in the clear in plenty of time and struggled while Eclair Choice was under pressure but responding. Setinum kept coming out wider, Pepper The Pin battled on and Profit Share tried to get up along the fence. Just as Java got the better of Liberation, Eclair Choice grabbed him and Setinum swamped the pair to get up for a tough win. Orient Line charged home late to be close up with Profit Share and Fast Cash made some ground out wide but was never in it. Hard to make an excuse for anything given the winner sat deep and was too good.

Follow: none.

Race 9: #hashtag Handicap (1400m)

1st The Bowler – Mark Zahra
2nd Longeron – James Winks
3rd Kenjorwood – Regan Bayliss

Free Of Doubt clearly won the start and was the early leader but had company so handed up to Refulgent with Swift Shadow coming across from the deep. Bringenbrong was stranded without cover and Written Uplanded fifth. Red Corner was getting onto heels three back on the fence, The Bowler moved into the three wide line tracked by Infinite Energy and Longeron in that bunch. Refulgent led by more a length on the turn as they fanned a bit. The Bowler dashed quickly with Written Up to grab Refulgent at the 200m. Longeron was trying to get around their heels and wider out Kenjorwood was winding up. The Bowler just had enough in hand to beat Longeron while Kenjorwood produced a nice first-up effort to snatch third from Written Up who had every chance. Campanology finished his race off well fresh as Refulgent weakened late.

Follow: Longeron and Kenjorwood both ran very well first-up.

Specials from the meeting: Lord Da Vinci, Primo Pintxo, Atlantis Dream, Four Carat.

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Shamalia – Hugh Bowman
2nd Mossfun – Tommy Berry
3rd Ygritte – Brenton Avdulla

Last year’s Golden Slipper winner Mossfun got them under way for this years Golden Slipper card by leading the first as it liked. Ygritte settled second, Tahni Dancer was back on the fence in third, with Bound For Earth outside of it. Brook Road was out three wide, and Shamalia was deliberately ridden towards the rear. Mossfun looked to have a picnic in front, and well into the straight was still traveling well. Realisticaly nothing was coming after him, until the furlong pole when Bowman let rip on Shamalia up the middle of the track. She sprinted very nicely indeed and put the race away in the next 100m in what was a pretty impressive win. Mossfun made use of a good ride in front by Berry to hold onto second and Ygritte held third. All honours to the winner to give them a start and a beating here.

Follow: Shamalia

Race 2

1st Scratchy Bottom – Craig Williams
2nd Rising Romance – James McDonald
3rd Telepathic – Glen Boss

When they settled in the second, Role Model had gone to a clear lead, and was in front from Inoshowen. Sabor A Triunfo was back in third spot, with Adorabeel back fourth on the fence, with the favourite, Rising Romance on its outside. Telepathic was outside of those and three wide for a good part of the trip. Inside the 600m mark the pace started to quicken, and Rising Romance was off with its run three wide, and Telepathic was out even wider working into it. At the 250m mark, Rising Romance and Telepathic looked to be the two to fight it out as they swept towards the lead. Rising Romance seemed to be getting the better of Telepathic, butScratchy Bottom had come through one off the fence and sprinted best in the run to the line to get the victory. It was a blanket finish, and I thought the run of Telepathic was one of the best of the race.

Follow: Telepathic

Race 3

1st Peeping – Sam Clipperton
2nd Music Magnate – Opie Bosson
3rd Mr Bogart – Hugh Bowman

Princefamous led on its ear in race three. Mr Bogart went up at sat outside of it, which gave Tawteen and Peeping the nice runs behind the speed. Not long after the start Kumaon was lucky to stay on its feet after running up and getting on heels of the runner in front of it, which basically put it out of the race. Throughout the race, Music Magnate wouldn’t settle. Around the turn, Princefamous still had it over Mr Bogart, with Peeping coming three wide, Music Magnate putting in a run four wide, and Washington Heights looking to sweep right down the outside. They were across the track with 150m to run, and it looked like Music Magnate was coming home best for a few strides, but the effort of fighting the rider told in the final stages, and Peeping ground it out very well to hold him off. Mr Bogart had got the better of Princefamous and claimed third spot.Washington Heights was poor in the run to the line and goes into the sack book off the back of that effort.

Follow: Music Magnate

Race 4

1st Contributor – James McDonald
2nd Tosen Stardom – Tommy Berry
3rd Lucia Valentina – Hugh Bowman

Race four brought on the first of the big ones to the day, The Ranvett Stakes and it certainly didn’t let us down. When they settled, Fast Dragon led them up from Silent Achiever. Tosen Stardom and Dominant settled just behind the speed, and Contributor was idling along about four lengths off the lead initially. Up inside the 1000m mark, the outsider and leader, Fast Dragon decided he was off for home and put up about three or four lengths on them very quickly. By the time they reached the 600m mark and then the home turn, that lead was about six lengths, and the cavalry behind him was getting going to chase him down. Lucia Valentina initially went into second, but at the 300m mark, Contributor had taken inside runs and sprinted brilliantly to put the race beyond doubt by the furlong pole. It was great to watch him stretch out in the final part of the race, and there is no doubt he is the superior Weight For Age horse in the country over this distance at the moment. Tosen Stardom went very nicely in second after looking in some bother before the turn, and Lucia Valentina was also good, after copping a bit of a short back and sides as the winner moved into the clear and went past her. He’s Your Man was the major flop in this race, he just isn’t racing at his best this campaign.

Follow: Tosen Stardom

Race 5

1st Volkstok’n’barrell – Craig Williams
2nd Preferment – Damien Oliver
3rd Hallowed Crown – Hugh Bowman

The great racing just kept coming, and this time it was The Rosehill Guineas, which was a battle of Australia and New Zealand. Like in the previous, it was the roughie that took it up, this time in the shape of Pounamu. The Kiwis settled second and third, in the order of Mongolian Khan ahead of Volkstok’n’barrell. Preferment and Sweynesse were next. Hallowed Crown had settled well back, in what was obviously a tactic to get him to run out the 2000m strongly. Like the previous leader, Pounamu had a four length lead up to the 600m mark. Around the turn and up to the 300m mark they were all over the shop and there looked to be three or four winning chances. Preferment, Volkstok’n’barrell and Hallowed Crown then dropped off Sweynesse whose run was short lived. Soon after. In the run to the line it was the kiwi Volkstok’n’barrell who proved strongest to just edge out Preferment who was an improved run today, with Hallowed Crown just failing to run the trip out in the last 50m or so. Sweynesse has to be listed as disappointing, whilst Mongolian Khan may still improve over the mile and a half, but he was beaten a fair way today.

Follow: Preferment

Race 6

1st Sweet Idea – Blake Shinn
2nd Kuro – Chad Schofield
3rd Miracles Of Life – Hugh Bowman

Onto the next Group 1 of the day which was The Galaxy. Deep Field was an easing favourite from earlier in the week, and had an outside gate to contend with. The outside gate proved no worry at all as he clapped on the pace and led easily. You could say he was ‘going like an Oakleigh Plater’, but given it was basically the equivalent race, that’s no surprise. Chloe In Paris settled second with Kuro on its outside. Back about midfield,Flamberge was caught out wide. Before you knew it they were up towards the home turn, it it was evident that Deep Field was going to have trouble maintaining the flying pace it had put on in front. He maintained the lead to the 300m mark, but then stopped like a pricked balloon and you were looking for the swoopers. Chloe In Paris had the front from Kuro and was doing a good job in holding him off, but out wide on the track the Brown and White colours of Sweet Idea had emerged and she went back to come away and win it easily. Kuro did a good job to eventually get past Chloe In Paris and hold onto second, whilst Miracles Of Life was great again today running home hard into third spot. Fast ‘n’ Rocking finished its race off well for fourth as it often does. This is one of those races again where a look at the replay would be doing yourself a favour. Rubick didn’t appear to have any excuses for its average effort.

Follow: Kuro, Miracles Of Life

Race 7

1st Vancouver – Tommy Berry
2nd English – Blake Shinn
3rd Lake Geneva – Dwayne Dunn

So to the big one of the day, on a day when there were so many highlights. Haybah led them out from Haptic and Furances with Speak Fondly out three wide on the speed. From the bad barrier draw Tommy Berry onVancouver had executed things nicely to finish three wide with cover, which is about the best that could probably have been expected. Around the turn, Haybah still had it, with Haptic, Headwater, Speak Fondly and Furnaces all doing the chasing. Out wide on the track however you could see Berry winding up the big colt Vancouver, and the stablemate English was doing her best to come with him as was the Victorian visitor Ready For Victory. In the run to the line, Vancouver proved he is a top shelf two-year-old, and also proved the old saying correct that a good colt beats a good filly. English tried hard but she was losing ground on the winner in the run to the line. Lake Geneva was a nice run in third, and Ready For Victory was green as grass heading for the outside fence but still running on into fourth. Can the winner take the triple crown is now what creates most intrigue? I would have to say yes.

Follow: Vancouver

Race 8

1st Real Impact – James McDonald
2nd Criterion – Craig Williams
3rd Kermadec – Ryan Moore

So, to the final Group 1 of the day and Kermadec was slow to go. When they settled it was the Japanese horse Real Impact in front from Cosmic Endeavour and It’s Somewhat out three wide. Hooked got a nice run behind the speed in fourth. There really was no change in the order up to and around the home turn, and at that point the leader was being wound up for the run home. Up to the 300m mark he was in full flight with Hooked trying to chase down the outside and Criterion making good ground along the inside. Shooing To Win put in a couple of closing strides at about the 200m mark but quickly peaked on that run and it was Real Impact and Criterion who settled down to fight it out. To my eye it appeared Criterion was coming home the better and he may have briefly hit the front but the Japanese horse was just too gutsy for him in the end and got the judges nod in a very close photo. Kermadec flashed at the line in what was another encouraging run, but I hope he is not going to become a horse that always says “back me next time” but never delivers. Royal Descent ran her usual honest race. Burbero would have to go down as the most improved horse going around, having been beaten less than three lengths here without a great deal of racing room. Shooting To Win was entitled to do more, and the jury is now out with him. Hooked was honest. There was nothing from Sacred Falls today, and World Ace was also a flop.

Follow: Criterion

Race 9

1st Permit – Tommy Berry
2nd Phrases – Tye Angland
3rd Bagman – James McDonald

The Manyon Cup seemed somewhat of an anti-climax to finish off a great day of racing, but none the less, they went around over the mild and a half with Tremec missing the kick. Phrases had the front early from Permit, but out of the straight Diametric went around them and took it up. Permit was second on the outside of Phrases back on the fence in third as those three got a good break on the rest of the field. They packed back up in the middle stages as Permit went up outside of Diametric. Before the turn, the favourite Maygrove started sweeping around them, with Grand Marshall coming on even wider. Diametric was a beaten horse around the turn, with Permit assuming control. You would have thought there were three or four runners going to go past him soon after, including Bagman, Phrases and Maygrove, but somehow the old fellow Permit just kept batting away and came away to win it by close to a length on the line. Phrases continues its good form and ran second from Bagman who didn’t quite run the trip out. Maygrove was pretty disappointing, but may have just needed this one more run in order to be at peek fitness so don’t give up just yet. Grand Mashall did pretty well here after making its run before the turn and out very wide.

Follow: Grand Marshall

Specials from the meeting: Shamalia, Kuro, Miracles Of Life