Mornington Review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Window Warehouse (1200m)
1st Shacarde – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Ready ^To Fight – Michael Dee
3rd Been Scene – Ben Melham

Three way battle for the lead as Shacarde pushed on from the outside to eventually cross Been Scene and Fantasy Eight. Lexgetreddy settled fourth around Ready To Fight who drifted back as Bella Capriimproved around them. Blackjack Bella was last. Shacarde backed it off in front midrace and they packed up around her, Been Scene, Lexgetreddy and Bella Capri all tried to get into the action. Fantasy Eight and Ready To Fight were being called on next. Shacarde had a kick as Been Scene tried to run her down, Ready To Fight got around heels to chase them and she flew late and just failed to reel Shacarde in. She might have been a bit stiff but backmarkers always need luck. Been Scene stuck on for third ahead of Lexgetreddy.

Follow: none.

Race 2 – Orbit Fitness Handicap (1000m)
1st Inspector – Dale Smith
2nd Override – Jye McNeil
3rd General Jackson – Aaron Mitchell

General Jackson and Override battled for the early lead clear of Lateva on the inside of The Dylan. Inspector settled a couple of lengths back. General Jackson and Override tried to slow them down a bit and the field packed up so Inspector made a mid-race move and was closing in coming to the turn. General Jackson tried to get away on the bend but Inspector kept his run going and swept past inside the 200m, racing clear for an easy win. Override kept coming and just touched General Jackson out of second place. Lateva finished right on their heels and never really got a crack at them. Probably wouldn’t have won but almost certainly should have got second. The Dylan was under pressure a long way out and was safely held.

Follow: none.

Race 3: Macktow Marathon Series (3400m)
1st Jileks Spur – Michelle Payne
2nd Duplicity Jones – Dwayne Dunn
3rd Coogan – Jake Bayliss

Who Says I’m Ready rolled to the front early on from Duplicity Jones crossing from a wide gate. Jileks Spur tucked in behind them and Sommernachtstraum sat up handy. Coogan and Vihanna Victory were next and they got a few lengths clear of the rest. Bold Statement made a move from last to be up with the leaders with a lap to run and Duplicity Jones took up the running. Who Says I’m Ready pushed Bold Statement out wide before he eased to fourth and Jileks Spur kept the leader’s back. Not a lot of change until inside the 800m where they started to bunch behind Duplicity Jones. Who Says I’m Ready edged closer and Bold Statement was off three wide again, Sommernachtstraum and Vihanna Victory tried to get into the race as well. Jileks Spur and Coogan were held up behind them. Duplicity Jones still travelled well and had the measure of those out wider on the turn. Jileks Spur came off his back to challenge and they broke away from Coogan who ran to third along the fence. Duplicity Jones was holding on until the last 20m or so when Jileks Spur just finished the better. Coogan held off a gallant Bold Statement for third but they were in another race. The better run just told in the end with the winner.

Follow: none, though the first two are sure to have more battles through this staying series.

Race 4: Martin Collins Fibretrack Sires’ (1500m)
1st The Barrister – Ben Melham
2nd Eolande – Ryan Maloney
3rd Alittle Loose – Mark Zahra

The Barrister worked to the lead fairly easily from Cardoso early on then Eolande improved around it into second. Out Of The Red went back to fourth inside The Weald, who was a little unsettled, and Diamond Spinner going up wider. The Barrister was unchallenged in the lead and Eolande also travelled well a length away, they were clear of Cardoso and Diamond Spinner. Dunluce made a move from the back inside the 600m but the leaders hadn’t done much work and they got away again on the turn. The Barrister cornered better than Eolande and found a length or so. Diamond Spinner was weakening and Cardoso battled on. The one making ground late was Alittle Loose and she ran to third but well off the first two. The Barrister just clung on for a narrow win over Eolande, three lengths to Alittle Loose in a nice debut and they were well clear of Cardoso.

Follow: Mick Kent doesn’t race many 2yos and Alittle Loose’s run was promising.

Race 5: Land Engineering Handicap (2000m)
1st Carlo Bugatti – Steven King
2nd Tooleybuc Kid – Brad Rawiller
3rd Devonshire Duke – Patrick Moloney

Devonshire Duke was sent forward from out wide and crossed with Payteevee to lead early. Dany The Fox couldn’t get in around Subiaso and Schockemohle. Cleansing Ale was in the clear ahead of Carlo Bugatti worse than midfield. Payteevee served it up to Devonshire Duke early in the back straight and Dany The Fox kept his run going to run to the lead midrace. Devonshire Duke came off the fence and moved to second around Payteevee and Schockemohle had a nice cart behind them. Cleansing Ale improved quickly past the 800m as Subiaso lost ground and Carlo Bugatti got onto Cleansing Ale’s back for a trail home. Cleansing Ale’s run took him to the front before the turn as they pulled up in front and Dany The Fox and Payteevee were the first beaten. Devonshire Duke still travelled okay, Schockemohle and Carlo Bugatti strode up wider on the track and Tooleybuc Kid looped the field to be looming strongly on the bend. Carlo Bugatti and Tooleybuc Kid took over soon after and they battled right to the line with Carlo Bugatti prevailing by a small margin. Devonshire Duke didn’t do a bad job in third over Cleansing Ale. The winner is lightly raced and may have upside but the placegetters have many convictions.

Follow: none.

Race 6: Nepean Waste Handicap (1200m)
1st Misscatelli – Ben Melham
2nd Catherine Louise – Brad Rawiller
3rd Corcovado – Jessica Payne

A bit of competition for the lead but Jemerica found the fence from Corcovado three wide around Spritely Girl who then eased to a clear third. Sharatan pushed up into the box seat ahead of Stylish Miss and Face Forward stuck off the track. That duo had a big bumping duel midrace as did Carashan Girl and Gold Hoffa on the home turn. Jemerica was beaten off quickly by Corcovado who dashed clear early in the straight. Sharatan tried to rally on her inside and Misscatelli, who got up underneath Stylish Miss, chimed in. Right down the outside Gold Hoffa and Winspot were storming home and Catherine Louise burst through after being held up behind Misscatelli into the straight. Misscatelli hit the lead in the closing stages and held off an unlucky Catherine Louise while Corcovado held on very well after being up on the speed all the way. Sharatan had every chance next. Even though they went quickly up front you can sack Jemerica.

Follow: Catherine Louise is close to a win.

Race 7: Bayside Jeep Guineas (1500m)
1st Jurasound – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Malaguerra – Ben Melham
3rd Thinking Of You – Daniel Stackhouse

Second Option was very slow out. Show A Star didn’t show a lot of pace this time and was about midfield settling. Temps Voleur and Macquarie Magic shared the early lead from Shintaro in a good spot insideMalaguerra. Jurasound landed in the clear next ahead of Keep The Klass and Show A Star slotting in. Temps Voleur and Macquarie Magic were at each other a long way from home. Malaguerra edged closer and Jurasound came out three wide to move forward. Shintaro was being ridden along and Show A Star couldn’t sprint with the leaders. Thinking Of You had weaved through behind them to be about sixth on the bend. Malaguerra hit the lead but Jurasound pounced on him quickly with about 250m to run clear of Thinking Of You running on. Jurasound broke well clear in the closing stages for another impressive win. Malaguerra just held Thinking Of You who produced an improved run. Show A Star just battled home next several lengths back. A different horse when not on the speed. Shintaro boxed on but was never a threat.

Follow: Thinking Of You seems on the right track now.

Race 8: Hareeba Stakes (1200m)
1st Under The Louvre – Mark Zahra
2nd Scarlet Billows – Jye McNeil
3rd Magnus Lad – Chris Parnham

Scarlet Billows was a clear last out. Mirage jumped quickly to lead pretty softly from Saluter. Turquoise King and Magnus Lad were out wider and Rugged Cross and Taddei Tondo were closer to the fence.Mandla had no speed early and was back midfield with Stratcombe and Unpretentious improving along the inside. Magnus Lad kept going forward three wide and with Saluter put some pressure on Mirage. Turquoise King was right off the track and allowed Taddei Tondo to go to fourth. Mirage and Magnus Lad were doing battle on the turn clear of Taddei Tondo, Unpretentious was getting across heels as Stratcombe started to struggle but right down the outside came Under The Louvre with a big run after wobbling on the corner. Before Magnus Lad could get the better of Mirage, Under The Louvre had swamped them and went on to win running away. Scarlett Billows launched from the back late to run second in quite an exceptional performance with Magnus Lad holding Natuzzi for third. Mirage finished just behind them in not a bad run first-up for a year.

Follow: they are all pretty well exposed aside from Mirage who might be an improver.

Race 9: Mornington Cup (2400m)
1st Banca Mo – Dean Holland
2nd Big Memory – Mark Zahra
3rd Don Doremo – Vlad Duric

After a bit of work Entirely Platinum assumed the lead from Banca Mo on his outside. Gamblin’ Guru eased into third and Wish Come True landed in fourth. Don Doremo and Renew, who raced a lot handier than last time, while Big Memory was wider out. Entirely Platinum ran them along and Banca Mo just tracked him. Big Memory strode up three wide and managed to get in one off the fence around Gamblin’ Guru as Wish Come True came back a length. They were strung right out in the mid stages but by the 600m there was about eight lengths first to last. Banca Mo moved alongside Entirely Platinum and Big Memory and Wish Come True went with him. Renew was wider out and Index Linked, who took off from the back at about the 1000m was peaking on his run. Akzar came off his back before the turn and Don Doremo was strung up behind that bunch. Banca Mo and Big Memory took over together on the turn and it was only in the last 100m that Banca Mo got the better of Big Memory, who had a very tough run, to win. Don Doremo ran a nice third just ahead of Wish Come True, every chance, and Akzar who might be past his best. Entirely Platinum is not a 2400m horse.

Follow: wouldn’t be knocking Big Memory for going under in this.

Race 10: Mitavite Challenge Final (1600m)
1st Aragonese – Stephen Baster
2nd Solomon’s Song – Michael Dee
3rd One Inch Punch – Patrick Moloney

Black Revolver was very casual out of the gates. Our Valdivia found the front pretty quickly from Solomon’s Song and Mywordsaidthebird holding the box seat. One Inch Punch wasn’t settling well and Aragonesewent around him and worked up into second place. You Rock settled midfield. Our Valdivia kept the lead but they strung out when Aragonese made his move. Solomon’s Song still travelled okay at the 600m then came off the bit soon after. Aragonese was bolting on the outside of Our Valdivia and he strode to the lead as they turned. Mywordsaidthebird followed him but couldn’t match it and Solomon’s Song kept coming further out. Our Valdivia was still there ar the 100m but Aragonese was away and he was far too good. Solomon’s Song grabbed second in a tight three way finish with One Inch Punch just lasting for third ahead of the flying Tucanchooand Our Valdivia very close up.
Follow: Tucanchoo got way too far back here, be forgiving.

Specials from the meeting: Alittle Loose, Catherine Louise, Tucanchoo.

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Race 1

1st Takedown – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Street Rapper – Damien Oliver
3rd Mine Two – Jason Collett

The two-year-olds got them under way in the first on another great day of racing from Rosehill. Takedown sprung the gates and led initially, with Inner Circle going up to challenge about 100m after the start, but Takedown wanted to kick through and retain the lead, and did so. These two in front gave Street Rapper a nice sit behind them in third. Wolf Cry also secured a nice run back on the fence. As they approached the turn, the two leaders were pretty much level pegging in front and looked to be traveling as well as anything. Early in the straight Takedown kicked and looked to have the measure of Inner Circle, and nothing else was making much ground either. In the run to the line, Takedown easily held them off. Street Rapper stuck on ok for second after it’s nice run in transit. Mine Two worked its way into third over towards the inside, in what was one of the better runs of the beaten brigade, but all credit to the winner here.

Follow: Mine Two

Race 2

1st Medcaut – James McDonald
2nd Laohu – Tommy Berry
3rd Frespanol – Tim Clark

All Cerise was slow out in the second. Laohu was the best to begin and went to the early lead. Aghamore was up second on the outside of Beauty’s Beast who got the gun run on the fence behind the pace. Medcaut was initially three back on the fence, but moved one off mid race which pushed Boss Lane three wide. Frespanol was well back in the field, as was Sure And Fast, and he was out wide. Early in the straight, Laohu still had it, but Medcaut was coming with a strong run and soon after took the lead. Widest on the track Sure And Fast along with All Cerise were trying to run into it, and ahead of them Frespanol was also putting in a run. Frespanol looked a brief danger to Medcaut, but to its credit, it found another gear and came away in the run to the line. This winner has ability and it was a pretty good effort to do this first up, I would expect further improvement.

Follow: Medcaut

Race 3

1st Excess Knowledge – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Malice – Sam Clipperton
3rd Leebaz – Tommy Berry

The Doncaster Prelude was race 3 on the program, and Leebaz found plenty of support in betting and also found the front early on at a pace that didn’t look too strong. Excess Knowledge was initialy second, but Snippet’s Land moved around it from it’s three wide position to be outside the lead and give Excess Knowledge the trail in third. Mid race Leebaz put nearly three lengths on them, and that margin was still about two lengths as they turned for home, but there were runs coming. Excess Knowledge, Malice and San Diego were the principle chasers. Leebaz was in all sorts by the time they reached the furlong and it was Excess Knowledge and Malice who settled down to fight it out as they also dropped off San Diego. In the final part, Excess Knowledge dug deep and held off Malice. Leebaz will be listed as disappointing by most, but to its credit it did manage to hold third. Bull Point looked at times to be disappointing for clear running, but I don’t feel he was going well enough anyhow.

Follow: None to follow

Race 4

1st Catkins – James McDonald
2nd Amanpour – Kerrin McEvoy
3rd Gypsy Diamond – Sam Clipperton

Race four was the Emancipation, and the ever consistent Mare, Catkins was sent out an odds on favourite and sprung from the gates straight to the initial lead, but then took the sit on Any Day Will Do. Mahara was third on the fence with Amanpour on its outside. There was no change in the order up to the home turn, and Catkins really looked to have control of the race throughout. She is not the kind of horse that just pings when asked, and early in the straight McDonald did have to give her a bit of encouragement and in her final 200m she was simply too classy for this lot. There really wasn’t much if any cause ever for concern for those who took the shorts. Amanpour went nicely in second and Gypsy Diamond finished off her race nicely for third as she often does. Madam Gangster closed her race off nicely towards the inside, but was never a winning chance giving a horse like Catkins that sort of start.

Follow: Amanpour

Race 5

1st Generalife – James McDonald
2nd Target In Sight – Blake Shinn
3rd Hot Snitzel – Damian Browne

Generalife was first up in race five and well supported to win the event. Those who supported him had some cause for concern when the gates opened as he came out last, together with his stablemate Sidestep. As expected, Rain Affair went straight to the front, with Hot Snitzel going up on the outside to sit in second. Heart Testa had a nice run in third, Decision Time on the other had was caught three wide and trying to move forward. Generalife Was three and four back on the fence and had the other fancied runner Target In Sight behind it. Up to the 300m mark, Rain Affair looked a shot duck as Hot Snitzel assumed control with Heart Testa trying to go with it on the inside. Target In Sight had worked its way through between runners and then came across heels to make its run, and Generalife had pinched inside runs to also join in. In the run to the line, I would have taken short odds that Target In Sight was going to get the job done, but Generalife really stretched its neck out and got the judges decision in a pretty close finish. Both the first two horses home are above average, but I think Hot Snitzel was pretty much their equal in this and can pick up a race soon.

Follow: Hot Snitzel

Race 6

1st Fenway – Blake Shinn
2nd First Seal – James McDonald
3rd Thunder Lady – Tye Angland

The Vinery Stud Stakes was the first Group 1 on the program and First Seal was sent out a very short priced favourite, stepping up to the 2000m. Adrift led them up from Amicus on its outside, which gave Fenway a nice sit in third. Set Square was initially caught wide and then eased back to get in. First Seal was one off the fence in about midfield, Winx who was in the betting found its way back to second last. Mid Race, Fenway had come off the fence into the one and out one back trail which proved a good move on behalf of Blake Shinn, as he was able to slide up three wide around the home turn and put the pressure on the leaders, taking advantage of the face he had used no petrol in the run. Fenway had the front with 350m to go. First Seal was a couple of lengths behind her and looking to wind up with a run, but you would have been a little uncomfortable already if you took the tomato sauce odds. In the run to the line, First Seal certainly never gave up, and managed to cut the margin back to about a neck, but was never really going to get there. It was a lovely ride by Shinn, and a good staying effort by the winner. Winx stood them up a big start, and took a little while to get into the clear, the best part of her race was her last 100m, and it appears she will love the extra distance in The Oaks, as will Tuscan Lady who also found the line nicely.

Follow: Winx, Tuscan Lady

Race 7

1st Hartnell – James McDonald
2nd To The World – Nick Hall
3rd Beaten Up – Glyn Schofield

The big one of the day was The BMW, and before the start supporters of Hartnell would not have been happy to see him rear in the gates and need to undergo a vet check. He was subsequently loaded into the gates and when they jumped Fast Dragon took up the running as expected, with Hampton Court on his outside. Opinion was third on the fence with Beaten Up outside of him. Hartnell was behind them on the fence with the Japanese favourite To The World on his outside. Protectionist and Who Shot Thebarman found their way back to the rear of the field. At about the 900m mark, something went amiss with Opinion and he came back on top of Hartnell, costing that runner a couple of lengths. To The World may have also copped some of that backwash. Up to the 600m mark, the big guns, Hartnell and To The World were off around them to get into striking positions on the turn. Protectionist was being shown the persuader not long after and was still rearward. At the top of the straight, Hartnell and To The World had gone to the lead, with Beaten Up running the race if its life, pretty much going with them. Before the furlong, To The World loomed to win it, but Hartnell dug in, and soon after he had the measure of the other horse. In the run to the line, Hartnell was simply too good. Beaten Up held onto third. Who Shot Thebarman and Protectionist worked their way home from the rear to finish fourth and fifth. The stable is still saying Protectionist is on track, but for mine he has become very dour, and I think Who Shot Thebarman was the better run of those two today. The two mares, Lucia Valentina and Silent Achiever get a pass mark, but were just not up to this standard today.

Follow: To The World

Race 8

1st Hauraki – James McDonald
2nd Omeros – Blake Shinn
3rd Merion – Steven Arnold

The Tulloch Stakes was race 8, and is a main Derby lead up race. Caped Crusader ran to the early lead over Brogue with Merion settling third the fence. Diamond Valores was having all sorts of trouble getting in but eventually found its way into a spot one off the fence. Gouldian and High Midnight were caught wide. Into the straight and Merion had used an inside run to go through and challenge for the lead. Following it through was Omeros, and in turn Hauraki followed through and went from a cluttered position to a challenging one in a race that changed complexion pretty quickly. At the 200m mark, Omeros had it and looked to be going ok, but once Hauraki was pointed towards the gap by Shinn he sprinted brilliantly and made it a one act affair in the run to the line. I thought this was a very impressive win, and expect him to be doing the same in The Derby next week. Quick Strike came very wide from a fair way back and was still finding the line at the end to finish fourth and will no doubt appreciate further ground.

Follow: Hauraki, Quick Strike

Race 9

1st Pornichet – Blake Shinn
2nd Our Voodoo – Prince Damien Oliver
3rd Hawkspur – Tye Angland

To the last, Himalaya Dream led them up with Singing Flame on its outside, giving Pornichet the opportunity to take a lovely sit in third, with Dear Demi outside of it. Nothing changed mid race, and it wasn’t until the 600m mark that there was a move from Destiny’s Kiss from the back, coming around them three wide. Junoob and Hawkspur were looking to come with it. Around the turn, Singing Flame went up to Himalaya Dream, but Pornichet looked to have them both easily covered. From that point onwards, you couldn’t have had enough on Pornichet as Shinn just sat there and went further in front. In the final 100m he pulled the whip to make a really good thing of it and the margin on the line was about three lengths. Hawkspur and Junoob were two of the better runs from the beaten horses, but realistically, they were embarrassed by the winner who can go on to better things.

Follow: Pornichet

Specials from the meeting: Hot Snitzel, Hauraki