Caulfield review from Rick Williams Race 1. 1400M Yellowglen Plate (Time 1:24.43/600m35.51) BELLE OF THE COURT   LUKE NOLEN  1st $3.80F SECRET LIAISON    CHRIS SYMONS  2nd $4.60 FLORETS    NICHOLAS HALL  3rd $7.50 The first was taken out by the Moody runner Belle of the Court (600/35.51). It was a smart ride by Nolen who was able to do enough early to lead and then stack them up throughout before fighting back over the concluding stages to win. It was that mid race breather that got her over the line. Secret Liason (35.20) worked home really well and did her best work late, she was the only filly in the field to break 12.00 for her final 200m and her final 600m was the best also. Worth noting: All of these ran pretty well but the leader throughout had it easy and had a kick left. Peronne Lady ran last but I’d be keen to back her in a suitable race back to 1200m. Race 2. 1400M Lightway Australia Stakes (Time 1:23.66/600m 35.08) GALAH   KERRIN MCEVOY   1st $5.50 MASTHEAD   CRAIG WILLIAMS   2nd $3.40F HIGHLY RECOMMENDED   LUKE NOLEN   3rd $13 Galah (600/34.10) couldn’t have been any more impressive here. He headed south after a big run in Sydney where he wound up late and he repeated that effort here coming from a long way back before the turn to win by about a neck over the runner up who was on pace the trip Masthead (600/35.10). It really was a huge win from Galah who smashed them on the clock at every marker. That was just his fourth run in a race and he will continue to improve and looks another potential top liner for Snowden. Everything else looked to have their chance but they just weren’t good enough. Worth noting: Boys ran 0.78s quicker than the girl in the previous. Race 3. 2000M Sportingbet Ethereal Stakes (Time 2:04.54/600m 37.28) GLIDING   DARREN BEADMAN  1st $9 DOWAGER QUEEN   CRAIG WILLIAMS  2nd $3F GIOE   COREY BROWN   3rd $41 Gliding (600/37.07) never put a foot wrong for Beadman from the time that they jumped, she was able to box seat throughout and had enough to kick when they headed down the straight and was too strong for her rivals. Dowager Queen (600/36.90) looked to resent being around the other fillys and she really only warmed up over the last 200m. Unfortunately for her backers Williams was unable to work his way to the outside of the field and get clear running, had that happened I believe she would have won. Gioe (600/37.30) battled on well for third after being handy throughout and Vittoria (600/36.76) who was able to get to the outside registered the best 600m of the race. Worth noting: Stick with Dowager Queen Race 4. 2000M NAB Norman Robinson Stakes (Time 2:03.00/600m 36.45) SABRAGE   DAMIEN OLIVER  1st $9 SANGSTER  JAMES MCDONALD  2nd $5.50 NIAGARA  NASH RAWILLER  3rd $3.50F Niagara (600/36.75) was backed heavily and he had the run of the race until just before the turn when there was a wall of horses go around the outside and start their runs and that left him with nowhere to go until the final 100m when he finally got into clear running and lengthened well for third, unfortunately for his backers the bird had flown. Sangster (600/36.72)looked home at one stage but there was always that doubt as McDonald did look to go far too early and gunned him at the 400m. He was brave but was left a sitting shot. Moroney always produces good staying 3yo types and Sabrage (600.36.45) coupled with a good patient ride by Oliver paid off here. He sat out of trouble and off the speed and he was able to pick up on Sangster and get the money. Worth noting: Boys ran 9L quicker than girls in previous. Sabrage best 600m and Niagara best final 200m in 12.40. Race 5. 1100M Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (Time 1:03.11/600m 34.38) SEPOY   KERRIN MCEVOY   1st $1.22F CURTANA   LUKE NOLEN  2nd $21 MID SUMMER MUSIC   LINDA MEECH  3rd $12 We got what we all probably expected here and that was yet another excellent performance and win by the super 3yo Sepoy (600/34.16). It was text book stuff by McEvoy who did have to hunt him up a little and ended up sitting on the outside of the leader Platinum Skye (600/35.17) before going to the line easily. He could have won by much further had he been asked to. Curtana (33.83) was super. She really worked to the line well and is racing in excellent form. A win is on the agenda for her sooner rather than later, follow her. Mid Summer Music (600/33.92) was also really good and she hit the line well also. She had a six week break between runs and will have a shot now at some of the mares races over the carnival. Perturbo (600/34.16)hit the line well and he can be regarded as a betting proposition at Flemington over 1000m. Worth noting: Sepoy just keeps working his way through the ranks nicely, look for this to be a pretty good form race with the second and third mares. Race 6. 1400M Betfair Stakes (Time 1:21.95/600m 35.16) LOVE CONQUERS ALL   DARREN BEADMAN   1st $4.80F ALBERT THE FAT   NASH RAWILLER   2nd $11 PINWHEEL   KERRIN MCEVOY   3rd $6.50 This is one of the better Grp3 races you will ever see. The race was filled with what we would consider standard Grp3 horses but it was also contested by some of the best 1400/1600 horses in the land. When assessing the form just be mindful of that. Love Conquers All (600/34.91) was given a gun ride by Beadman and he was going well enough to push out from behind horses and he really let down well in the straight. He is obviously over the little hiccup from his start prior and he looks in tip top shape heading forward. Waller has Albert The Fat (600/34.59 best) going very well also. He found himself back throughout and once he was able to work clear he really hit the line hard, he was the only runner to break 12s for the final 200m. He hasn’t won in a while and has never won past 1400m but yesterday he looked like a mile wasn’t out of the question ridden quietly. Pinwheel (34.83) ended up back from a poor draw and he raced well as he always does. Varenna Miss and Phelan Ready were poor and the likes of Amaethon, Hurtle Myrtle, Launay and Utah Saints will all run well where ever they head next. Worth noting: First two over the line are Grp1 horses, this race will be a good form race. Race 7. 2000M David Jones Cup (Time 2:03.11/600m 35.12) FORETELLER   COREY BROWN   1st $10 EXTRA ZERO   CRAIG WILLIAMS   2nd $8.50 MIDNIGHT MARTINI   MICHAEL RODD   3rd $5.50F Can’t seem to access a replay for this race. Foreteller was given a quiet ride by Brown and he let down with a really strong finish to win. He was the only runner to break 24s for the 400m and 12s for the 200m. He was also the only runner to really make any ground from the back in this race, everything else that was back stayed back. Wasn’t a cracking tempo so it was a good effort. Worth noting: 3yo C&G ran about 1L quicker. Race 8. 2400M BMW Caulfield Cup (Time 2:28.44/600m 36.25) SOUTHERN SPEED   CRAIG WILLIAMS   1st $10 GREEN MOON   NICHOLAS HALL   2nd $11 TULLAMORE   CRAIG NEWITT   3rd $20 The lone runner on the limit here was Southern Speed (600/36.05) who produced an excellent rating in the Underwood and she lived up to that rating here. Once she drew well in this race it was evident that she was going to be very hard to beat and the only question was can she run the 2400m and at the price that was offered she was certainly worth the risk. Craig Williams gave her a gem of a ride and made the most of the good barrier. She was able to just sit in behind them and as they fanned off the fence around the turn Williams was able to get a few horses off himself and she just had too much left in the tank after relaxing beautifully in the run. Green Moon (36.40) was in the first three throughout and his effort was excellent to hold on for second considering the other on pace runners were very well beaten. Tullamore (36.26) managed to hold off the internationals and finished third. Lucas Cranach (36.19) really put in well and his effort for a horse who has had some issues was sensational, he is well on track. The other huge run was the Kent trained Unusual Suspect (35.97). He appreciated the firm track, got a too far back and was the only horse to break 36s for the last 600m. December Draw finished a very long last and proved the theory that the only certainty in racing is that there are no certainties. Worth noting: Although they didn’t win the internationals have had a run now and will take lots of benefit heading into the Cup and are the ones to beat. Race 9. 1400M D’Urban Tristarc Stakes (Time 1:22.89/600m 35.88) MORE JOYOUS   NASH RAWILLER   1st $1.85F SISTER MADLY   DAMIEN OLIVER   2nd $4.20 RESPONSE   DWAYNE DUNN   3rd $15 More Joyous (600/35.39) just managed to get there after ending up a little further back in the run than most people would have thought which was due to Royal Commands pushing forward. She really had to dig deep to get the job done here which hasn’t been something she has needed to do in the past and you just wonder what the run on that really heavy track at the end of a long campaign in the Doncaster did to her. She has clearly dropped off and that is quite evident here as Love Conquers All ran 5L quicker than her. Sister Madly (35.69) continued her excellent run of form and she backed up her good second to Sepoy. Some really good runs from the back here with Response (600/35.42) and Goon Serpent (35.30) hitting the line really well. Worth noting: Don’t be in a hurry to back More Joyous at the shorts next start. Race 10. 1100M Carlton Draught Plate (Time 1:04.45/600m 34.84) SATIN SHOES   CRAIG WILLIAMS   1st $9.50 RUE MAPLE   MICHELLE PAYNE   2nd $6 OFF AND LAUGHING   DANNY NIKOLIC   3rd $21 Yet another excellent ride from Craig Williams where when he allowed Satin Shoes (600/12.01) to do what she does best and that is roll along in front trouble free and be given an opportunity to kick and that she did. She was also back against the girls, 0.50kg over the minimum and over what does look to be her pet distance the 1100m. Rue Maple (34.73) just cannot win no matter what she does. She keeps finding one better and it must be very frustrating for connections. Off And Laughing (34.81) gave a bit of cheek along the inside but just didn’t have the class to go with them in the end. Worth noting: Most of these ran pretty well and can be followed in suitable company. ———————————————————– Randwick review By guest reviewer Todd Burmester Race 1 1st     Nocturnelle   Jim Cassidy 2nd   Mabsam    Jay Ford 3rd   Heels        Nathan Berry This was a slowly run race but the winner Nocturnelle was clearly superior. She settled last and in a lovely piece of riding from Jim Cassidy cut back to the fence in the straight to still prove too good. Mabsam ran well for second but was no match for the winner whilst Heels was rated well by Nathan Berry in the lead and held on for third. Eyes On Guard that was well in the market settled back with Nocturnelle but could not sprint home well enough off the slow pace Follow: Nocturnelle Race 2 1st Amorino Jim Cassidy 2nd Rusambo Josh Parr 3rd Knoydart Chris Reith Amorino didn’t really look a 1000m horse beginning fairly moderately but by the home turn had used its good gate to rail through and be the joint leader and then proved a mile too good in the straight – 1200m and beyond look right up its alley. Rusambo found the line very well for second indicating it would be an improver down the track. Knoydart was fair in third. Lord Duveen was used up from a wide gate and ran well. Follow: Amorino, Rusambo Race 3 1st   Foxstar   Kathy O’Hara 2nd   Landlocked  Jay Ford 3rd   Merchandise  Jim Cassidy Saint Encosta missed the start 5 lengths or so and it would pay to forget the run. Merchandise also missed it a length. Foxstar was traveling big time before the turn and sprinted well to win easily – the turn of foot indicates more wins are in store. Landlocked got further back this time than last start and tried to come with Foxstar but was no match, Merchandise came home well following its moderate getaway. Follow: Foxstar Race 4 1st   Hot Snitzel  Josh Parr 2nd  Combat Kitty  Jeff Penza 3rd  Mahisara  Chris Reith There were a few that were slowly away here and they were not sighted after that. They were – Uate, Startreuss and Conroy’s Gap. Hot Snitzel crossed to be outside the leader and in the end class showed as it just held off Combat Kitty which was a top run coming from well back. Do You Think loomed as a chance but seemed to peek on its run. Mahisara went well enough after a cushy run to suggest it will be competitive in this grade whilst Ying La that was stepping up in class, may need to look for something easier. Follow: Combat Kitty Race 5 1st   Riva De Lago  Jay Ford 2nd  Straight Albert  Hugh Bowman 3rd  Stratana  Tim Bell In what was probably the win of the day Riva De Lago made its debut for the Karakatsanis stable. It travelled well in the run in midfield and when they hit the straight it made the opposition look second rate. Maybe a future star unless I was seeing things? Straight Albert got home ok whilst Stratana held on ok after leading. Mindreader was also seen making up good ground late. Follow: Riva De Lago Race 6 1st  Galziani  Tim Bell 2nd  Adroitly  Chris Reith 3rd  Older Than Time  Josh Parr The field strung right out in the due to a daring ride on Herculian Prince. He of course has won with similar tactics previously but obviously is not going as well now. The winner, Galziani, got a mile back but the hot pace helped and he went on for a good win. Another getting a mile back was King Gladiator but he was unable to make up the ground and may prove costly in the long run with its get back tactics. Older Than Time was a very good run indicating a win is in store soon whilst Adroitly went pretty well to run into second. Ironstein was probably the pick of the on pace runners. He was seen hitting the front not long after straightening and held on reasonably well in the run home. Follow: Older Than Time, Ironstein Race 7 1st  Balmont  Jeff Penza 2nd  Pontiana  Sam Clipperton 3rd  Ofcourseican  Jim Cassidy Kanzan was in the betting but missed the start reducing its chances. It ran home well the very last bit but was really never a winning chance. The winner Balmont had a cushy run behind them but really did ping once clear. Pontiana ran a good race after being wide on the speed all the way. She Must Be Obeyed with all due respect to connections is a bit of a speedy squib for mine. Cabernet was one of the best of the beaten brigade finding the line very well. The favourite Ofcourseican was wide most of the way and kept coming to the line quite well. Follow: Cabernet Race 8 1st   Title  Jay Ford 2nd  Rarefied  Chris Reith 3rd  Midnight At Ascot  Scott Seamer Here De Angels missed the start about 6 lengths and made up ground in the straight. He has always had a reputation as a bad barrier horse however, so take on trust. Zaratone led them here as it always does with Title sitting second in the run. The win of Title was very impressive and I think this is somewhat of an under rated horse. Rarefied was sent out favourite and made good enough ground to get a pass mark, I would expect it to be improved by the run. Follow: Title, Rarefied Specials From The Meeting: Nocturnelle, Amorino, Cabernet, Older Than Time, Title.