Caulfield review by Ray Hickson

Race 1: Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (1400m)

1st Fast Approaching – Patrick Moloney 2nd Easy Flyer – Michael Walker 3rd Go Jennio – Brad Rawiller

After a short battle for the lead Fast Approaching held them out with the inside running from Shacarde and Avanti just easing. Testability landed fourth around Easy Flyer. Go Jennio and Boundary were a couple of lengths back. Fast Approaching snuck away in the mid stages and coming to the 600m Easy Flyer improved quickly and came around her heels, pushing Shacarde wider. Avanti was asked to go and Go Jennio got up inside Testability who was also pushed along. On the turn Fast Approaching was joined by Easy Flyer but she gave a kick. Shacarde was paddling and Testability looked to wind up down the outside. Easy Flyer appeared to have Fast Approaching covered but the leader wouldn’t lie down and kicked back for a narrow win. Game effort and no excuses for anything behind her. Easy Flyer had her chance and Go Jennio just cut Testability out of third place. Don’t be too hard on Testability as she had missed some work in the week leading up. Shacarde battled on fairly to be just behind them.

Follow: the form should hold up from this race but none in particular.

Race 2: PFD Food Services Handicap (1200m)

1st Durendal – Damien Thornton 2nd Duke Of Brunswick – Brad Rawiller 3rd Manhattan Avenue – Michael Dee

Durendal broke well but didn’t want the lead and Gloop crossed with Manhattan Avenue to take it up. Illustrious Lad settled in the box seat inside Durendal. A couple of lengths to Heza Dude outside Duke Of Brunswick. Gloop had it pretty easy up front until Manhattan Avenue put some pressure on, though he did lug off the track around the bend. Illustrious Lad had plenty of room to come between them while Durendal eased out to the centre of the track. Illustrious Lad probably hit the front 250m out though Manhattan Avenue fought back on the outside. Durendal took some time to wind up while Duke Of Brunswick started to sneak through behind them. Nothing between four of them in the closing stages but Durendal finished the race off a little better to score over Duke Of Brunswick while Manhattan Avenue tipped Illustrious Lad out of third. A big gap to Cool getting home fairly first-up.

Follow: Duke Of Brunswick looks in for a good preparation.

Race 3: Taralye – Listen, Learn, Speak (1100m)

1st Bassett – Daniel Stackhouse 2nd Kinglike – Linda Meech 3rd Battle Of Troy – James Winks

Battle Of Troy broke well and looked like leading but Stalwart and Bassett kicked up to keep him out three wide so he had to ease. Certain Ellie ran to fourth as Myall Glen and Kinglike also took hold a bit. Old Trieste was midfield on the fence. Bassett led Stalwart on the turn and Battle Of Troy came out three wide again to chase them. Kinglike followed him out to make his run and Certain Ellie waited on the fence. Bassett sprinted away past the 200m from Certain Ellie behind him and Battle Of Troy tried very hard. Kinglike also ran on as Stalwart weakened and Old Trieste looked to pick up after a slight check. Bassett held a comfortable margin to the line for an easy debut win. Kinglike hit the line well ahead of Battle Of Troy, who had a tougher run. Old Trieste didn’t do a bad job to finish fourth but lacked the zip of the placegetters.

Follow: Kinglike and Battle Of Troy will have wins in them.

Race 4: ALH Group Plate (1000m)

1st Play Master – Jye McNeil 2nd Angels Beach – Regan Bayliss 3rd Trevinder – Chris Symons

Angels Beach gathered speed to lead pretty easily over Trevinder and Don’t Get Excited out three wide. Play Master ran into the box seat and in that bunch was Klishina and Club Command three wide with cover.Sumakaray just off them. Angels Beach looked to get a cheap lead and edged a length or so clear of Trevinder who was first to get busy nearing the turn. Play Master stuck to the fence and they got away from Don’t Get Excited and Club Command battling and Klishina getting around heels and into the clear. Angels Beach had Trevinder’s measure at the 200m but was starting to hit the wall and Play Master sprinted hard along the inside to tip her out and post an overdue win. Every chance Angels Beach and ditto Trevinder who held off Klishina for third. A few lengths to Sweet As Bro who made a bit of late ground.

Follow: none, though Angels Beach was giving weight to the boys first-up so can improve.

Race 5: PFD Fresh To Go Handicap (1200m)

1st Miss Rose De Lago – James Winks 2nd Judicial Rock – Steven King 3rd Nautical – Patrick Moloney

Nautical was a little slow as she can be. Judicial Rock had eyes for the lead and she ran clear of Miss Rose De Lago and Red Fez with Coronation Shallan wider out. Flash of Doubt improved along the rails. To Be Honest was midfield with Jessy Belle, who jumped well but eased, and Nautical picking up ground. Judicial Rock seemed to do it well though Miss Rose De Lago was right with her coming to the turn. Nautical kept improving in behind them coming to the bend and Red Fez was under pressure. Coronation Shallan was also off the bit and Jessy Belle pulled around her to try and make ground. Judicial Rock sprinted away from Miss Rose De Lago early in the straight with Nautical looming. Wider out Coronation Shallan and Jessy Belle were working home and Flash Of Doubt sticking on inside them. Judicial Rock got the staggers in the last 50m and Miss Rose De Lago kept coming to grab her in the last few strides with Nautical right there in a tight finish. Jessy Belle closed fast, next time her, and To Be Honest made plenty of good late ground in a nice return.

Follow: one run too soon with Jessy Belle. She’s ready to win.

Race 6: Carlton Draught Handicap (1600m)

1st Red Bomber – Michael Dee 2nd Charmed Harmony – Patrick Moloney 3rd Minnie Downs – Jye McNeil

Tristram’s Sun was first to the fence but Charmed Harmony crossed to lead him while Pythagorean worked forward to second. Pin Your Hopes settled next around Freshwater Storm. Red Bomber had a couple behind him early on. Charmed Harmony wasn’t challenged by Pythagorean who was over racing. Tristram’s Sun continued to follow the leader as Freshwater Storm and Pin Your Hopes looked to get moving 600m out.Hosting started to improve and he was tracked by Red Bomber. Charmed Harmony had Tristram’s Sun and Pythagorean struggling to go with him on the bend. Hosting got past Freshwater Storm and started to run on and Red Bomber thundered down the outside. Charmed Harmony had had enough by the 200m but kept kicking as Hosting tried to get to him. Red Bomber stormed past them from the 100m and broke clear. Game effort from Charmed Harmony to hold second and Minnie Downs flashed late to snatch third from Tristram’s Sun who kicked back to get by a disappointing Hosting.

Follow: can’t go away from the winner who is flying.

Race 7: ALH Group – Great Food (2000m)

1st Kareeming – Patrick Moloney 2nd Falago – Jordan Childs 3rd Golden Mane – Craig Robertson

Falago was the early leader before Black Jag pushed on to head him and Zanbagh put herself on the pace. Kareeming improved out wider to run to second and Wrotham Heath landed just behind them. Hero Master, Golden Mane and Second Bullet were the next trio in a line. Second Bullet was forced to race up the hill three wide. Black Jag lobbed along clear until near the 800m when Zanbagh made a dash to put some pressure on. Kareeming had the nice trial and Falago had spent no petrol either. Second Bullet still couldn’t get cover and Campanology moved up further out trying to get into the race. Golden Mane was checked in that bunch as runs were coming and had to switch back to the inside coming to the turn. Zanbagh turned in front but Falago went with her on the inside and Kareeming chimed in outside to grab them. Hero Master couldn’t match them and Golden Mane weaved through closer to the rail and finished strongly. Kareeming got clear to break a run of placings in good style. Falago just held second from the luckless Golden Mane and Second Bullet had the audacity to keep going and grab fourth. Black Jag and Campanology battled on and Zanbagh weakened.

Follow: Golden Mane is close to a win and Second Bullet should be forgiven.

Race 8: Herald Sun Plate (2000m)

1st Unfurl – Jye McNeil 2nd Spur On Gold – Chris Symons 3rd Berserk – James Winks

Valdez and Golden Oldies were the early speed until Fontein Ruby came over from the outside but had to work a fair bit to find the fence ahead of that duo. Sea Spray landed in a perfect spot. Tralee Chorus andUnfurl were a couple of lengths away and Light Motion was trapped wide. Fontein Ruby ran along as she usually does and Golden Oldies followed but was under pressure chasing a fair way out. Sea Spray eased three wide at the 600m and Valdez was hard ridden. The pack behind were closing with Anaphora playing for luck on the inside, Unfurl coming out four deep and Berserk was weaving through. Sea Spray hit the lead halfway down the straight but Unfurl claimed her quickly, Berserk charged along the rail as Anaphora weakened and Spur On Gold was charging from the back out wide. Unfurl just had enough in hand to deny the fast finishing Spur On Gold and Berserk wasn’t far away hard up against the fence. Sea Spray had her chance in fourth and they got away from the rest, Fontein Ruby found it too hard with 60kg and a tough run. Loveheart Lassmade some late ground again and she might be worth another look.

Follow: none in particular.

Race 9: Charter KC & BSP Lawyers (1600m)

1st Orion – Daniel Stackhouse 2nd Refulgent – Brad Rawiller 3rd By The Grace – Michael Dee

Melaleuca and Nesbo went through the gates before the start but were passed fit to run. After a couple of hundred metres of indecision Devonshire Duke took up the running and was soon passed by Goldoni. Bel Seal pressed on around Benchi Pegasus and Lannister. Very wide around them was Tips And Beers and London Stripe was in that bunch. Mightiest also trapped wide outside Orion and Refulgent. Plenty of pressure on past the 600m as Goldoni was pressured by Elmantosh out wide and Bel Seal between them. Devonshire Duke waited for a run behind them and London Stripe was being urged along. Orion slipped into the race quietly following him and Benchi Pegasus was still there. Bel Seal took over on the turn but Devonshire Duke got the inside run to grab him. Out wider Orion wound up strongly and had them covered 200m out. Refulgent was bullocking through a couple of lengths back with By The Grace while Lannister was boxing on well and Melaleuca running on with Tips And Beers in a busy finish. Orion had the perfect run and was too good. Refulgent was a bit stiff, but that can happen with him, and By The Grace ran a much improved race.

Follow: there’s another win in Orion who was only third-up.

Specials from the meeting: Duke Of Brunswick, Jessy Belle, Battle Of Troy.

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Scone review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st Flippant Hugh – Bowman 2nd Harlem River – Tommy Berry 3rd Miss Antaeus – Blake Shinn

The two-year-olds got them under way on the second day of the Scone carnival. Flippant was sent out favourite and jumped straight to the front from a wide gate. Lyica was trying to take up a prominent spot but others were mustering inside of him and he was trapped wide. Hot Snippety went into second outside the leader, with Wutai Mountain and Queen Tara close up towards the inside. Up towards and around the turn, Flippant looked to be traveling nicely in front, and had a clear lead about four or five horses off the fence. In the straight, Flippant never caused its backers a moment of worry as it maintained and extended it’s lead inside the final furtlong. Lyica did a pretty good job to keep chasing despite being wide. Harlem River and Miss Antaeus did get past that runner into the minor placings late, but they were entitled to. The winner looked pretty impressive here and you wouldn’t want to back any of the others to turn the tables any time soon.

Follow: Flippant

Race 2

1st Leaders Road – Sophie Young 2nd Doukhan – Hugh Bowman 3rd Rezoned – Tye Angland

2200m for race two and by the time they went out of the straight the first time Sabkhat took up the running. The others were still sorting themselves out. Salford Art took up second place outside the leader which put Super Mover out in the cheap seats three wide. The field strung right out, indicating the pace was ok. Eventually Salford Art was able to settle into the one out and one back trail, with Monaco Doll inside of it getting a nice run. Midfield, the eventual winner Leaders Road was caught three wide. At about the 800m mark Fledged decided to move around them three wide closer to the front, which set it a big task to try and keep going. Between the 600m and the 500m, the rider of Big Wheels crashed to the turf. Into the straight and half way up it, they all appeared to be plugging, and it was anyone’s race. In the run to the line, Leaders Road was the one plugging best and went to the front and held on to beat Doukhan and Rezoned. There are no world beaters here.

Follow: None to follow

Race 3

1st Encostanati – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Crooked Blaze – Blake Shinn 3rd Faustus – Hugh Bowman

Half the trip for the third over 1100m and it was a decent line out, with the outside runners looking to come across and the inside looking to muster and hold them out. I’m Usain just held supremacy at the top, with Hot Hit very wide on the course, Encostanati back towards the fence along with One Direction. Into the straight, Encostanati looked to be held together with One Direction trying to go with it. Vanilla Princess over on the inside was giving something and Crooked Blaze then emerged with a run. In the run to the line, Encostanati found plenty however and went on to beat Crooked Blaze. Faustus stretched out very nicely down the outside to run third. It will probably pay to have a look at the replay here and forgive those that never got on the track.

Follow: Faustus

Race 4

1st In A Wink – Brenton Avdulla 2nd Fine Mist – Jason Collett 3rd Felines – Jim Cassidy

Donelle was one of the better runners to begin in the fourth, but there again was plenty of action up front and Donelle ended up planted very wide. Closer to the fence, Felines and Palazzo Publico held the fence, and Alpen Rose was up there also. Into the straight the leaders left plenty of room on the fence and Fill Me Up was looking to make use of that. Up to the furlong pole they were all over the place, but In A Wink looked to be finishing best of those up near the lead, and Fine Mist was winding up with a big run down the outside. In the run to the line, In A Wink found just enough to hold off Fine Mist. Of the beaten horses Defender was a decent run into fourth.

Follow: Defender

Race 5

1st Artlee – Richard Bensley 2nd Oxford Poet – Brenton Avdulla 3rd Slots – Danny Beasley

The Luskin Star Stakes was race five, and Artlee was sent out favourite, of a freshen up from its last start impressive win at Randwick. Oxford Poet was out well to initially look to lead, with Ryker coming through inside of it. Jefferson Park was in third and Artlee settled fourth. Oxford Poet eventually wrestled the lead away from Ryker and Artlee settled back a bit further. Jacinta settled up third and was out wide. Around the turn, again the leader came away from the fence, leaving plenty of room for Jefferson Park. Behind them, Artlee was being brought to the outside to finish off. Inside the final furlong, Oxford Poet was finding plenty, but Artlee is definitely an above average racehorse and he dug in for the fight and ended up putting a length margin on Oxford Poet in the run to the line, and you would think he will still have improvement in him next time out. Skip Town could be another improver out of this.

Follow: Artlee, Skip Town

Race 6

1st Divertire – Danny Beasley 2nd Calming Influence – James McDonald 3rd Bound For Earth – Brenton Avdulla

The Dark Jewel Classic was race six and again they were charging from out wide. Calming Influence showed the most pace and ran to the front from Mamwaazel and Vergara. I’m In The Money was trapped wide, with Bound For Earth one off the fence. The favourite, Rose Of Choice settled midfield. Into the straight and Calming Influence looked to be going nicely with a clear lead. Rose Of Choice was trying to make some ground down the outside but looked to have the job ahead, and nothing else really appeared to be finishing well enough until Divertire outside of Rose Of Choice really picked up the bit and sprinted brilliantly. She went to Calming Influence who definitely sat down a bit towards the finish. Bound For Earth ran a nice enough race in third. Rose Of Choice will probably improve second up after peaking on its run a bit here.

Follow: Rose Of Choice

Race 7

1st Loved Up – Richard Bensley 2nd Nayeli – Josh Parr 3rd Heavens Above – Christian Reith

The Scone Guineas was race seven and Embly and Tahni Dancer both were slow to go. Boomwa went to the front as expected with Nayeli straight into second. Following the two leaders was a big clump of runners trying to sort themselves out. Pyramid Prince was one of those and was trapped out wide. Sure And Fast who was sent out favourite was back towards the rear along with the eventual winner Loved Up. Early in the straight, Boomwa and Nayeli were striding together, with Nayeli getting the better of Boomwa. As had been the pattern for most of the day however, there was plenty of room towards the fence, and Loved Up made good use of that coming with a brilliant finish to beat Nayeli clearly on the line, in what was one of the most impressive wins of the day.

Follow: Loved Up

Race 8

1st That’s A Good Idea – Hugh Bowman 2nd Target In Sight – James McDonald 3rd Atmospherical – Tommy Berry

1100m for the last and it was Zaratone towards the inside and That’s A Good Idea over towards the outside that showed the most pace. The Monstar, Belannoro and Thump were just behind the pace, and when they came around the turn, the leaders were so far apart that there was plenty of room for them all to come through if good enough. Early in the straight, Zaratone was hard against the fence and going for home. That’s A Good Idea was trying hard to go with him and soon made up the ground and looked set for victory. Target In Sight towards the inside was making up plenty of late ground in the final 100m as was Atmospherical down the outside. In the run to the line, Hugh Bowman made it the bookends with That’s A Good Idea getting the money. There could be a case made for the second and third horses to have been a little unlucky here.

Follow: Atmospherical

Specials from the meeting: Flippant, Faustus, Atmospherical