Caulfield review from Ray Hickson

Race 1: Desiree Gill Tribute (1000m)
1st Golconda – Glen Boss
2nd All Sewn Up – Billy Egan
3rd Heavy – Michelle Payne

Inferential was a little slow otherwise an even line out and Electric Charge was first to break it out wide but they kicked up underneath him and he went back. Feels Like Home and Golconda  took advantage of inside alleys to lead and they kept Dragons Eye out three wide. All Sewn Up found the box seat and Heavy  pushed up enough to ensure Dragons Eye was off the track. Golconda put the pressure on around the turn and took over soon after. When Glen Boss asked she broke right away. All Sewn Up stuck to the inside and finished off well for second and Heavy worked home without threatening. Dragons Eye had excuses after sitting off the track and Inferential made some ground.

Follow: none.Race 2: Sandown Cup (3200m)

1st Caravan Rolls On – Craig Williams
2nd Like A Carousel – Craig Newitt
3rd Crafty Cruiser – Ben Melham

Mujadale and Like A Carousel crossed from their wide alleys to take up their usual positions on the speed. Caravan Rolls On began a lot better this time and he found the fence behind the speed with  Rowland to his outside.Brayroan was caught wide around Star Of Tralee and Crafty Cruiser Moudre, a shade slow away, settled a long way off the lead at the tail. Brayroan worked up to second by the post the first time and little changed from there until about the 800m. The field bunched up somewhat and Rowland and was the first under pressure. Craig Williams got Caravan Rolls On off the fence and looming ominously passing the 600m to take advantage of Rowland dropping off. He quickly raced up outside Brayroan, who got rid of Mujadale, with Crafty Cruiser on his back. Like A Carousel was held up momentarily but switched inside Brayroan on the corner to run on. Caravan Rolls On stretched out under hands and heels and simply outclassed them with a nice turn of foot. Like A Carousel made it five seconds on end and Crafty Cruiser battled on. Moudre made a little ground.

Follow: none for now, but Caravan Rolls On is a smart stayer.Race 3: Eclipse Stakes (1800m)

1st Mouro – Damien Oliver
2nd Rain Drum – Nash Rawiller
3rd Bel Thor – Dwayne Dunn

Savitar was on the back foot at the start and Hartani showed no pace. St Gabriel took up the running comfortably with Pin Your Hopes  and Rain Drum taking up forward positions. Felidea and Adjuster settled midfield and Mouro found himself stranded four wide in the second half early on. He then strode around the field to sit up outside the leader by the 1200m. Mouro didn’t look to settle all that well and he and St Gabriel ran them along and opened up a four or five length break. Pin Your Hopes tried to chase and Rain Drum was also being shaken up. Mouro hit the front on the turn and St Gabriel punctured. Rain Drum ran to third and set out after the leader. Bel Thor , who had settled back, worked his way through the field and also attacked the line. Mouro proved too good and it looked a little soft on the line. No excuses for the beaten brigade. Savitar probably found the class a bit tough but battled on okay for fourth. Hartani did nothing at all on his Australian debut.

Follow: Mouro could be a Doncaster horse in the autumn. Savitar can win one back down in class.Race 4: City Of Dandenong Stakes (1400m)

1st Mezeray Miss – Damian Lane
2nd Minaj – Vlad Duric
3rd Patricia Dawn – Michael Rodd

Minaj showed good gate speed and found the lead very easily. Mezeray Miss crossed from out wide to sit up second with Patricia Dawn taking the box seat. Sense Of Hite  enjoyed a nice run just off them. The race favouritesMelrose PlacePoliteness and Raunchy Rocker  were all well off the speed and the latter found herself three wide at the tail. Minaj had no challengers and she just ran along under her own steam. Mezeray Miss stuck on her back and when they sprinted everything else went off the bit. That duo settled down to fight it out and Mezeray Miss got the bob on the line to outlast Minaj. Patricia Dawn held on for third several lengths away. Of those from the back onlyMetastasio made any significant ground. Melrose Place was a shadow of the horse that won impressively at Flemington, Politeness is probably at the end of her prep and Raunchy Rocker was never a chance from where she was.

Follow: On pace dominated, don’t go near this race as a form reference.Race 5: Sandown Stakes (1400m)

1st Mahisara – Craig Williams
2nd Go The Knuckle – Michael Rodd
3rd Galah – Kerrin McEvoy

Mister Milton was slow but otherwise a good line out. Lady Of Harrods dashed straight to the front and Mahisara came across to settle up in second. Eximius  landed in a good spot behind them with Richie’s Vibe also settling well in the one-one. Galah and Lord Of Brazil were the next pair. Koonoomoo  sat three wide and Go The Knuckle dropped out to last on settling. Lady Of Harrods had them stretching their necks a fair way out and Mahisara was under pressure before the turn. Galah got into the clear on the turn and was also under the whip to chase. Lady Of Harrods put up a couple of lengths at the 200m before she started to shorten stride and Mahisara picked her up. Galah whacked away behind him and Go The Knuckle launched down the outside. Mahisara held off Go The Knuckle for a strong win. Richie’s Vibe battled on and clearly doesn’t get a strong 1400m. With Lady Of Harrods running fifth everything else was disappointing.

Follow: Lady Of Harrods might be ready to win something in lesser grade.Race 6: Zipping Classic (2400m)

1st Sertorius – Ryan Maloney
2nd Epingle – Brad Rawiller
3rd Queenstown – Nash Rawiller

Ransomed a shade slow out and settled last. Queenstown wasted no time in getting across to lead and Kazanluk followed her over to sit up second, a little unusual for her. Epingle  worked up to be just off them with Miss Zenellaand having a bumping duel with What’s In A Name having to hold a spot fourth on the fence. Sertorius settled midfield on the inside with Precedence  and Midsummer Sun the next pair. Queenstown stretched the field out midrace with Kazanluk stalking her and about four lengths to Epingle. Sertorius kept improving along the inside and worked into fourth at the 800m. Queenstown still looked comfortable on the turn as Epingle loomed up. Sertorius was under pressure behind them and Precendence was a bit one paced back in the field. Sertorius picked up the bit at the 200m and charged through and raced away for a dominant win. Epingle grabbed Queenstown for second and they were well clear of Midsummer Sun,  Detox and Precedence, who didn’t back up from a week earlier.

Follow: end of the prep for most of these.Race 7: Sandown Guineas (1600m)

1st Paximadia – Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Equator – Nash Rawiller
3rd Apollo’s Choice – Brad Rawiller

Ryker jumped quickly from the inside but didn’t want the lead and Equator sped across to take up the running. Apollo’s Choice broke well and sat up second early and Paximadia , who was about a long neck slow, was next withPompeius to his outside. Kerrin McEvoy didn’t want Paximadia between horses so he kicked up and moved into second. A few lengths back was Best Case  in the clear, and Inafrenzy slid through inside him midrace. Paximadia was being pushed along before the turn to chase Equator and Apollo’s Choice was following him. Best Case ran to fourth and the rest were beaten off. Equator started to shorten stride at the 150m and Paximadia picked him up and drew clear late. Apollo’s Choice tried hard but was no match.

Follow: Equator and Apollo’s Choice are horses for next prep.Race 8: Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1200m)

1st Lankan Rupee – Craig Newitt
2nd Hot Snitzel – Nash Rawiller
3rd Famous Seamus – Tim Clark

Good line away and She Can Skate burnt across from her outside alley to lead them with Jolie BlondeHot Snitzel and  Lankan Rupee a couple of lengths back. Le Bonsir settled midfield with Famous Seamus inside and It Is Written to his outside, stablemates  Platelet and Lonhspresso were next and Pinwheel  back three wide with cover. She Can Skate led around the turn and Lankan Rupee got up underneath her to claim her at the 300m. Le Bonsir and Hot Snitzel led a wall chasing them at the 200m. Lankan Rupee broke well clear and ran the 1200m out very strongly. Hot Snitel grabbed second and Famous Seamus grabbed third on the fence just ahead of Pago Rock and Pinwheel who ran on from the back. She Can Skate wasn’t far away and Lonhspresso again ran up into dead ends. Platelet was very disappointing.

Follow: one more chance for Lonhspresso.Race 9: Summoned Stakes (1600m)

1st Floria – Craig Newitt
2nd Hi Belle – Craig Williams
3rd Wistful – Kerrin McEvoy

Hi Belle jumped a shade slowly and was dug up. A rush for the lead early and eventually Spitfire Rose took up the running from Evie Rose to her outside. Members Joy  held the fence with Esprit Rossa next and Wistful obliged to sit three wider on the pace. Secret Toy Bizness had Wistful’s back around Floria , who wanted to over race a little, and Aerobatics punched up inside her. Evie Rose put the pressure on the leader on the turn and Wistful kept coming at her. Floria was brought into the clear and she sprinted quickly to grab them about 200m out. Hi Belle came off her back and loomed as a threat running on with Bonaria . Floria kicked in though and held the chasers easily at bay and was just a class above them. Hi Belle ran another honest race and the slow start may have been costly. Wistful was huge after racing wide and there were no excuses for the others. Blanket Bay made some ground down the outside late.

Follow: Blanket Bay is something easier.Specials from the meeting: Savitar, Lady Of Harrods, Blanket Bay.


Rosehill review from Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st              Suit                                        Christian Reith
2nd            Good Job Bro                     John Kissick
3rd             Killcareless                         Brenton Avdulla

Runway Star was very well backed in the first and went straight to the lead with Suit moving up outside of it.  The Life and Killcareless settled behind them with and Good Job Bro going back to last in the small field.  When they came around the turn, the three at the back of the field, if you could call it that, were under some pressure.  Suit ambled up beside Runway Star who was also niggled along and it was basically all over.  In the run to the line, Suit gapped them, with Good Job Bro putting in a good effort to run into second.  The favourite, Runway Star was very disappointing and won’t start those odds next time out.

Follow: Suit

Race 2

1st          Memorial                Christian Reith
2nd        Careless                   Damian Brown
3rd         Stratalena               Damian Thornton

A bit of a patchy start, with Princess Zola getting the worst of it and going back to a clear last about 5 lengths behind the field.  There was a few trying to sort themselves out in front, with Memorial eventually going clear in front and leading from StratalenaOur Little Miracle and Aesop which was caught three wide initially and then moved up outside the leader.  Around the turn, Memorial slipped them and had a bout a three length break when they got to the 300m mark.  In the run to the line, nothing got near Memorial, although Stratalena did its chances no good by running around like a drunken sailor, which also hampered the chances of Careless.  Duccio was the run of the race making up many lengths in the straight in a leader dominated event.

Follow: Duccio

Race 3

1st           White Sage                  Lester Grace
2nd         El Of A Time               Yusuke Ichikawa
3rd         Coins                              Christian Reith

Race 3 was always going to be an easy kill for White Sage, and when she rolled through from the inside gate and took up the running, it was time to get in the queue if you took the shorts.  Rosalie sat second outside of her with El Of A Time on the fence in third, and Campania taking the one-one sit.  They looked to slow up a bit in the middle stages which played further into the hands of the leader.  When they came around the turn, she drifted off the fence, I am not sure if by design or a little bit of inexperience, however she kicked clear soon after and it was a race for second.  You can’t say much about the beaten brigade, the winner is impressive and I get the feeling will get over more ground as she seems to wind up rather than have press button acceleration.

Follow: White Sage in better class races

Race 4

1st            Hoylonny              Peter Robl
2nd          Permit                     John Kissick
3rd          Secessio                  Christian Reith

Sky Raider was best to begin from the inside, but looked to be restrained and not want to lead, so Frozen Ropewent around the outside to take it up, which allowed Secessio to move up into second.  Fulgur moved into third, which relegated Sky Raider back to fourth along the inside.  It was a race of little or no change, with Frozen Rope putting on a bit more pace inside the 600m to try and get a break on them.  Secessio stuck with him, and Fulgur looked in a bit of trouble trying to catch up to the pair.  In the straight, Secessio took Frozen Rope, but Hoylonny, who had been sharpened up by a couple of recent trials, made a lie of his recent race form and went to the front and held off the very good finish from Permit.  Fulgur and Frozen Rope were very average in the run to the line, and World Wide was terrible.  The first two home are the only ones you could note from a future view point, but these horses have a habit of ‘taking turns’.

Follow: None to follow

Race 5

1st             Heart Testa                          Jason Collett
2nd          Cape Kidnappers                Damian Browne
3rd           Zaratone                                Kathy O’Hara

Black MagicAll Legal and Wouldn’t It Be Nice were all slow to begin and went back to the rear.  Cape Kidnappers was quick to begin on the inside ensuring it was able to box seat once Zaratone strode to the front as expected, with Heart Testa moving up outside of it.  In the straight, Heart Testa got the measure of Zaratone inside the 300m, and looked set for a fairly straight forward victory, but to the credit of Cape Kidnappers it sprinted hard and made it interesting but Heart Testa was able to hold on.  Zaratone gets a pass mark for holding onto third, with My Destiny one of the only to make ground from the back.  My Destiny and Black Magic were together around the bend, and My Destiny ran away from the disappointing Black Magic.

Follow: Cape Kidnappers, My Destiny

Race 6

1st            Ninth Leigon          Peter Robl
2nd          Said Com                  John Kissick
3rd          Soledad                     Christian Reith

They were all pretty much out as one in the sixth event, with Soledad getting the best of it.  Malavio wasn’t the quickeset to begin and then had to muster speed around the outside.  He did so and went up and took the front, with Madam Nash going up and putting the pressure on to ensure the pace was genuine.  Soledad and Ninth Legion settled down in third and fourth behind the speed.  Around the turn, Malavio still had it, but they were packing up behind it, and noticeably, Said Com had saved ground along the fence to be not far from them on straightening.  At the 300m, Ninth Legion sprinted best which gave it the break on Said Com that it needed, which it maintained in the run to the line.  Soledad briefly looked some chance along the inside, but then only plugged home.  I liked the effort of Malavio to not be far away on the line after using some petrol early.  Alma’s Fury made some ground from the back as did Destiny’s Kiss who will probably win races over more ground this campaign.

Follow: Malavio, Destiny’s Kiss later in its campaign

Race 7

1st             She’s A Girl                       D Thornton
2nd           Akamas                              Jason Collett
3rd            Specific Choice               Christian Reith

Akamas was the slowest out in race 7, with She’s A Girl also not coming away too good today.  It was a pretty decent race for the early lead, with Raceway coming out best and leading from Calvo and Specific Choicesettling in the box seat, third on the fence.  The field strung out, indicating the pace was pretty strong, and when they came to the turn it was still Raceway in front however there were some signs of distress soon after, and Specific Choice made use of its good run in transit to first claim the lead.  Not long after however, She’s A Girl showed she has more dimensions to her by coming from behind today and sprinting hard to get a comprehensive win and there would be no taking it off her in the stewards room today.  Letchworth didn’t get a lot of luck early in the straight and kept trying all the way to the line once clear and Akamas finished off nicely after its bad beginning.  Specific Choice, if you haven’t previously, needs to be put in the sack book until it wins another race.  Elmantosh got home well from the back.

Follow: She’s A Girl, Akamas, Elmantosh

Race 8

1st           Koroibete                             Brenton Avdulla
2nd         Imperil                                  Damian Browne
3rd          Adaboy Ross                      Yusuke Ichikawa

Eminent Domian was straight back to last in the last race of the day.  Rastro on the other hand was straight to the front, but there were a number of them moving up out wide to have a look for the lead including Lucarno andPetrify which sat three deep.  Sand Dune was also wide behind them, and Exceed and Exalt was the widest of all.  Around the turn, Rastro, which had the fence, was able to get away from the others who were up on the pace and wide.  Rastro led to the 100m, but then started to struggle and it Koroibete and Imperil who finished best to fight it out with Koroibete getting there narrowly.  This was a race were plenty of horses were caught wide and should be forgiven, none more so than Exceed and Exalt.  Hunter Jack, despite being wide found the line well, and Adaboy Ross was another to finish off nicely but it had a run on the fence back in the field the whole way.  Maximilian has been a horse I’ve followed but goes into the sack book after today where I thought he had every chance.

Follow: Hunter Jack

Specials from the meeting: Cape Kidnappers, She’s A Girl, Hunter Jack