Caulfield review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1 – 12:30PM BMW Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400 METRES) 1 11 INSTINCTION Mick Price Nicholas Hall 4 54kg $9.50 2 7 DUSTY STAR Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison Glen Boss 1.5L 12 54.5kg $13 3 5 VEEWAP Tony Vasil Mark Zahra 1.7L 5 55.5kg $7.50
Instinction backed up an excellent performance last start to break through for a win. He put the writing on the wall last start when he finished not far off of Smokin Joey and looked pretty well placed at the weights. Dusty Starloves 1400 at Caulfield and he was excellent also, he just finds it hard to win as he always goes around in good races and leaves himself exposed. Veewap did really well again and is looking for a mile now. Smokin Joey was a big flop, he was in a similar position to Veewap in the run and ended up being beaten about 5L by that horse.
Worth noting: Veewap looks to have another win in him over 1600m hopefully they don’t set the bar too high though.
Race 2 – 1:05PM Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire (1200 METRES) 1 10 SNITZERLAND Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 4 55kg $1.95F 2 3 FIRE THUNDERBOLT Phillip Stokes Craig Williams 0.2L 5 57kg $18 3 5 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price Craig Newitt 0.3L 2 57kg $5
Lankan Rupee and Snitzerland set the early speed here before backing right off in the middle part of the race. It was a funnily run race and Snitzerland looked like she was introuble as Fire Thunderbolt loomed along side her halfway down the straight but she just found enough. The ioverall performance wasn’t that impressive and the blinkers are a must for her going forward. Fire Thunderbolt was excellent considering it was only his third race start and under the race conditions he carried +2kg Snitzerland. He looks a nice type. Lankan Rupee faded late and he is probably better suited to a shorter trip. Sizzling had the best finishing sectionals but was unable to bridge the gap.
Worth noting: Fire Thunderbolt can be followed with confidence.
Race 3 – 1:40PM Thoroughbred Club Stakes (1200 METRES) 1 3 CAVALRY ROSE Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 11 56kg $8 2 11 MAREEZA Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 0.2L 9 55kg $16 3 8 SATURN ROCK Robert Smerdon Glen Boss 1.45L 7 55kg $3.80EF
Most of the action was for Hoss Amor and Saturn Rock and both were raced below expectation. Nash tookCavalry Rose to the front and that is where they stayed. He used a bit of gas early , had a breather in the middle and they were unable to catch her. Mareeza made a big run through the middle and close of the race and just missed out, it was a strong effort and she looks like she can be followed.
Worth noting: Hoss Amor can be given a chance, she may be looking for 1400m now
Race 4 – 2:15PM Schweppes Schillaci Stakes (1000 METRES) 1 1 BUFFERING Robert Heathcote Hugh Bowman 7 58.5kg $2.60F 2 5 GOLDEN ARCHER Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 1.75L 10 58.5kg $6 3 6 STIRLING GROVE Richard Jolly Craig Williams 1.85L 2 58.5kg $26
Very tough effort from Buffering. He just had too much class for them despite not being teh best suited back to 1000m. he certainly performed much better here than he did at Moonee Valley first up and Heathcote looks like he will have him spot on in the Manikato where he should be winning again. Golden Archer did well running second, he just doesn’t have the class of a top liner at this stage. Stirling Grove was excellent also, his performance suggests that he is in for a giood campaign. Snitzem blew the start forget he went around and Lone Rock didnt have a great deal of luck.
Worth noting: Going forward Buffering is the one to follow
Race 5 – 2:50PM Cathay Pacific Caulfield Stakes (2000 METRES) 1 6 OCEAN PARK (NZ) Gary Hennessy Glen Boss 5 58kg $1.50F 2 4 ALCOPOP Jake Stephens Dom Tourneur 0.75L 6 59kg $20 3 2 SINCERO Stephen Farley Michael Rodd 0.85L 2 59kg $5
Ocean Park was very short and expected to win by more but a win is a win. Again they did absolutely nothing through the first part of the race and made it a sprint home. Not sure where a performance like this leaves Ocean Park heading to the Cox Plate. Alcopop was excellent, he really kiscked down hard over the last part of the race and showed that he is back. Sincero was given every possible opportunity but again failed at 2000m, he can’t get the trip it’s as simple as that.
Worth noting: Not much to note here, it doesn’t look a great race to follow, perhaps with the exception ofAlcopop
Race 6 – 3:30PM David Jones Rose Clinic Toorak Handicap (1600 METRES) 1 7 SOLZHENITSYN (NZ) Robert Heathcote Corey Brown 3 52kg $5 2 8 SPIRIT SONG Aaron Purcell Craig Williams 0.4L 1 52kg $21 3 4 YOSEI Stuart Webb Glen Boss 0.8L 9 52.5kg $14
Race where they went out very hard through the early and middle part of the race and were dropping like flies in the straight. Despite looking to let down very fast Solzhenhitsyn produced a closing section -2.7L below the average to win. More Joyous were very game in defeat with her 60kg and her performance was considerably stronger than Pierro and All Too Hardin the Guineas. Unfortunately for Nash he just got sucked along on a hot speed and More Joyous is more comfortable with a sit sprint type of race. Yosei backed up with another excellent performance, she is a very consistent mare who probably just took a bit longer to get going this time in. Spirit Song ran right to her best, race class aside she had a very strong rating at Flemington over 1600 and ran to that exact mark almost here. Tokugawa was probably a little over the top and he loves Moonee Valley.
Worth noting: Can follow the first three, hopefully they don’t all end up in the same race.
Race 7 – 4:10PM BECK Caulfield Guineas (1600 METRES) 1 3 ALL TOO HARD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 3 56.5kg $12 2 1 PIERRO Gai Waterhouse Nash Rawiller 0.5L 7 56.5kg $1.22F 3 2 EPAULETTE Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.25L 6 56.5kg $12
Much like the Toorak they ran through the race very fast through the early stages and separated the really good horses from the ones not quite at the top. A genuine tempo really found out horses like Let Go Lenni and Carringbush Jack who had gotten close to Pierro and Epaulette in the lead ups but were beaten about 14L each., they just don’t have capacity to work that hard. All Too Hard was great, he got everything that he needed to win and it was well deserved. Pierro was very gallant, he ran along up the front with Ashokan who he ended up beating by 14L so that says sometihng about how tough he is and Epaulette who had the sit on Pierro just couldn’t pass him. Last yeah we seen Helmet and Manawanui produce an excellent finish, they to went very hard and have struggled ever since, hopefully the horses pull up well here and can back up in the Cox Plate.
Worth noting: This years Guineas rated significantly lower than Helmet last year
Race 8 – 4:50PM Sportingbet Herbert Power Stakes (2400 METRES) 1 4 SHAHWARDI (FR) Alain de Royer Dupre Kerrin McEvoy 13 56kg $15 2 9 EXCLUDED (NZ) Robert Hickmott Craig Williams 1L 9 54kg $7 3 8 EXCEPTIONALLY (NZ) Terry & Karina O’Sullivan Dean Yendall 2.5L 15 54kg $7.50
They truck loaded Gatewood all week and he never got a crack at them. Brown was just stiff and everything went wrong for him, it happens. Shahwardi was super, he sat back off of a hot speed, rounded them up and was able to produce an excellent final 200m sprint to win. We know how good Excluded and Exceptionally have been going and he gave them wind burn over the final 200m. Not sure the plans with him but a horse with a turn of foot like that needs to stay under notice. Excluded bounced back after his poor effort at Moonee Valley, he is a very nice stayer. Exceptionally would have won last week and the scratched, then she drew the car park here and it always looked a challenge for her but she went excellent. The rest are just so so, forgive Mr Ocierin who is very talented but just felt the trrack and went too hard.
Worth noting: Another race where they went way too hard so be forgiving of the on pacers, they had no chance the way the race was ran.
Race 9 – 5:30PM Sportingbet Sprint Series Final (1200 METRES) 1 14 SERENE STAR Michael Kent Craig Williams 6 55kg $8 2 12 KOONOOMOO Simon Vercoe James McDonald 0.5L 10 55kg $31 3 4 MISS MARX David Vandyke Peter Robl 0.7L 12 57kg $3.90F
Miss Marx was heavily backed and was unable to hold off the fast finishing Serene Star and Koonoomoo. It was a good effort though by the Sydney mare. Serene Star has been up for a while but she just keeps performing. Her patter means she quite often gets held up and no luck but the runs came for her today and she had the best turn of foot whole the others were all flat. Koonoomoo looks in for a nice campaign, she goes really well at Moonee Valley so we will probably get an earn out of her at some stage through a night meeting. The rest were all pretty even and Shielas Star just never got a crack.
Worth noting: Some good first up efforts going forward. Keep an eye on Ametsis if it’s wet through the carnival
Standard Bearer missed the kick here, where as on the other hand Crotchet the favourite from the Snowden yard was straight out to the early lead. Straiffic settled outside of it, whilst the other main fancy in betting Sammy’s Girl ended up three wide just off the pace. The eventual winner, Regimental Pride settled well back along the fence. When they turned for home, Crotchet still appeared to travel ok, and went to the 200m with a lead, but then quickly looked in trouble and capitulated badly. Regimental Pride ran on strongly along the inside, and Standard Bearer ran home very well down the outside after its slow start. Sammy’s Girl kept coming to the line after being wide but was never really a winning chance today but will improve.
Follow: Sammy’s Girl
Race 2 1st Rebel Dane Glyn Schofield 2nd Complicate Josh Parr 3rd Queen’s Elect Nathan Berry
Prospector and Sharp Spinner were slow out here, with Queen’s Elect running to the lead. Eight Straight took on the leader and Complicate got a nice run in third. The winner, Rebel Dane trailed up behind Complicate. When they turned, Complicate made its run three wide. Shortly after straightening, Eight Straight which had support in betting stopped as if shot and dropped out to run a bad last, obviously amiss. It was a nice ride on Rebel Dane to track Complicate all the way and then pull out around it in the straight and go on for a very strong victory, making it two from two. This horse looks to have better things in store.
Follow: Complicate (unlucky to run into a smart one)
Race 3 1st Drinks All Round Jim Cassidy 2nd Floor Show Kathy O’Hara 3rd Pleasurena Nathan Berry
1800m for the third event and it was a pretty even start, where Floor Show looked to work its way to the front from Drinks All Round, but they took each other on for a bit and Drinks All Round maintained the lead. Oh My Papa settled in a nice spot behind the lead as did Pleasurena. Interestingly, the two that seemed to work a bit early, disputing the lead, didn’t really look like being beaten in the straight. They settled down and fought out a ding-dong battle with Drinks All Round gaining a narrow margin on the line. You know what I say about leaders at Rosehill. Oh My Papa was disappointing to my eye, but may have wanted to be ridden further back. Urban Rocker clocked in near last after being wide.
Follow: The first two were clearly superior
Race 4 1st Hoylonny Jim Cassidy 2nd History No Hurdle Glyn Schofield 3rd Coup Acclaim A Collett
Up to 2000m for the fourth event, with Hoylonny dropping back towards the tail as it did last start also. The Great Snowman went around them and took up the lead at the 1400m, from Studio in second. Falklands and History No Hurdle both got good runs on the fence in this event. Well before the turn, Great Player was in all sorts, being hard ridden. In the straight, it was a Jim Cassidy special, going right along the fence on Hoylonny for another strong victory. This horse raced against the best three-year-olds last season, and I think is recognising its true ability now, albeit against easier opposition. There was really no case for anything else in the race, they were out run and out ridden by horse and rider.
Follow: Coup Acclaim
Race 5 1st Keith’s Legacy Jay Ford 2nd Under The Sun Tommy Berry 3rd Scream Machine Glyn Schofield
Scream Machine was slow out in the fifth event, and then looked to pull its head off out very wide. Under The Sun, the favourite in the race worked to the front from World Wide and Keith’s Legacy getting a nice run. Keith’s Legacy, which was well supported in betting, let rip around the bend and realistically, looked home shortly after. Under The Sun battled away to hold second, but was disappointing for mine. The run of Scream Machine was excellent to keep coming into third, and not miss second by far, after its tough run in transit. The winner and third horses should be followed closely.
Follow: Keith’s Legacy, Scream Machine
Race 6 1st Nocturnelle Glyn Schofield 2nd Angelus Jason Collett 3rd Skyerush Robert Thompson
An even start here, with a decent battle for the front. Colorado Claire won that battle and led out easily from She Goes To Rio. The eventual winner of the event, Nocturnelle, found itself 3 wide after a few hundred metres. In the straight, it was a good effort by Nocturnelle to sprint best and get the win after being wide all the way. The jocks were all keen to get away from the fence in this, but Angelus proved there was nothing wrong with that ground by running home against the paint for a good second. Skyerush has some class and ran ok for third, whilst Sense Of Pride made good ground down the outside into fourth. I expected more from Forarainyday, and can only say it was disapppointing here. She Goes To Rio was ridden closer than previously which may not have suited.
Follow: Nocturnelle (sat wide and beat them)
Race 7 1st Malavio Nathan Berry 2nd Isopach Chris Reith 3rd Coup Ay Tee Glyn Schofield
Again a pretty good contest for the lead here with Riomoral finding it after working a bit early. It didn’t cross Coup Ay Tee however, which wanted to over race and then maintained the lead. Both it and Riomoral looked under a little bit of pressure on turning for home, and Isopach and Malavio that had nice runs behind them in transit quickly joined in. Malavio, which was heavily backed late, has a good sprint, and always looked like it would beat Isopach, but credit to the second horse for fighting on the way it did, and it can win races this campaign. There was a space to the rest, but Vilakazi Street found the line ok into fourth.
Follow: Isopach (I hope its not a non winner)
Race 8 1st Agueda Anthony Allen 2nd Big Bonanza Nigel Seymour 3rd Soros Josh Parr
1200m for the last, and Shamardani and Typeface both missed the kick. On the other hand, Agueda sprung straight out to the early lead. This is a horse that I have knocked in the past suggesting it was a non winner, but today once it found the front, it was all over. There was also good support for it late in betting to suggest it would do this. It looked to put a fair pace on, and came to the turn with a clear lead and many others scrubbed along. Big Bonanza was the only one keeping up and looked some threat for a few strides, but the leader kicked, and kicked well to go on for a good win. Soros flew home as did Aeronautical, but in all honesty they were probably entitled to after doing very little in the run. A well judged ride by Anthony Allen and a step back in class for the winner got the job done. Soros looks a future winner once it gets out over more ground, but don’t be sucked in by Aeronautical.
Specials from the meeting: Complicate, Keith’s Legacy, Scream Machine, Soros