Moonee Valley review compiled by Rick Williams Race 1. 1500M Sportingbet Handicap
|CARRINGBUSH JACK||JAKE NOONAN||2nd||$15|
Race that looked to not have a great deal on speed on paper and that all changed when Adjuster bounded out of the gates with Carringbush Jack not far behind him. They all ran along and set the race up for a back marker. It was Phillipi who was a previous winner on debut in a maiden at Mornington that enjoyed the run just off of the speed and had a very big finish to run over the top of them.
Worth noting: Follow the winner, he is going to get keep improving over more ground. Race 2. 1200M Boscastle Plate
|LOVE FOR RANSOM||GLEN BOSS||1st||$11|
|STELLA LANTE||VLAD DURIC||2nd||$10|
|SATURN ROCK||NICHOLAS HALL||3rd||$8|
Massive finishing burst from the winner late here. She was last throughout and even halfway down the straight she was a fair way from the runner up but was just too strong for them and flew home. Boss was very bright about the horse going forward. Adelaide visitor Stella Lante did very well, she didn’t get the money but hard to fault her performance.
Worth noting: Follow the first two over 1200+. Malasun is good but looks more of a 1000/1100m horse, follow if she drops back in distance. Race 3. 1600M Adapt Australia Handicap
|GUNS AT FIVE(NZ)||VLAD DURIC||3rd||$17|
He finished off his first up run in good style Precedence and followed that up with another strong performance. He got back in the field and was able to come with a striong run and finish over the top of Spacecraft. He is an old timer now but looks to be going as well as ever. Spacecraft hasn’t won for a long time but he hasn’t raced this well either. Races aren’t easy at this time of year to win but he is very close.
Worth noting: The Wingman was ridden upside down and performed well, worth following in a little easier. Race 4. 2500M Japan Racing Association Trophy
|FICTIONAL ACCOUNT(IRE)||CHAD SCHOFIELD||2nd||$26|
|RED EYE SPECIAL(NZ)||DARREN GAUCI||3rd||$26|
Tanby was well fancied, got well back and never really looked the winner and was just left with too much of a task.Buxted was asked to go a long way from home under strong riding from Newitt. It wasn’t pretty but it was effective. Fictional Account and Red Eye Special did well to fill th eplacings.
Worth noting: Forgive Tanby, can bounce back. Race 5. 1000M Mitty’s McEwen Stakes
|BEL SPRINTER||BEN MELHAM||1st||$2.90|
Great return from Bel dsprinter. He is a horse that can do a bit wrong but had no problems getting it right here. He jumped well, sat in a forward position and was too good for them. He certainly proved he is a class above these and although he isn’t going to improve many lengths he will still come on a bit. Platelet ran up to her absolute best. Golden Archer just had a little bump on the turn and had to cover some extra ground.
Worth noting: Bel Sprinter looks to be in for a very big Spring. Race 6. 1600M Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes
|HAPPY TRAILS||GLEN BOSS||1st||$5.50|
|GREEN MOON(IRE)||CRAIG WILLIAMS||2nd||$4F|
|REKINDLED INTEREST||DAMIEN OLIVER||3rd||$5|
Very strong race this one, should be plenty of winners come through it. Happy Trails was great and able to hold off Green Moon in a very close finish. He is racing very well, trainer mentioned the Cox Plate. Green Moon looked to have Happy Trails cold but just couldn’t pass the winner. Williams rode him a treat but in the end he just wasn’t good enough. Rekindled Interest worked home well into third and Linton was a great return, he didn’t do much early but certainly stormed home late.
Worth noting: Mr Chard is going very well, follow him in easier on a dry track. Race 7. 1600M Top Cut Stocks Stakes
|OASIS BLOOM||GLEN BOSS||1st||$10|
|SPIRIT SONG||BRAD RAWILLER||2nd||$3.30F|
|CHATEAU MARGAUX||LUKE NOLEN||3rd||$5|
There was no early speed here so it was very disappointing to see a forward type of horse like Spirit Song get so far back, those tactics cost her. That aside she looks to be back in good form and in for a good campaign. Oasis Bloom was given a great ride by G Boss who was on fire. Chateaux Margaux ran on well and Avienus battled on well enough. Midnight Martini was ridden forward and is better with a sit. Worth noting: First two here look to have the most upside heading forward.
Race 8. 1200M Chandler Macleod Stakes
|SEA LORD||LUKE CURRIE||1st||$26|
|AMAH ROCK||GLEN BOSS||2nd||$8|
Sea Lord did it again and got the money. Backed up his excellent first up performance and held off the fast finishing Amah Rock who was coming but just missed. That’s The One was a great run, he was travelling throughout but just never got a real crack at them. Going to really appreciate getting more ground. Mr Make Believe finished down the list but he will be better now over further.
Worth noting: That’s The One is the one to follow. ——————————————- Rosehill review from Todd Burmester Race 1 1st High On Believing Hugh Bowman 2nd Mon Soleil Corey Brown 3rd Condahussler Brenton Avdulla
Tohunga reared at the start and missed it about 3 lengths. Condahussler led them up with Voltabolta its outside and High On Believing sitting third on the fence. Brayroan was caught out three wide and went back to get in one off the fence. Gangster’s Choice got a nice run one out one back. At about the 800m Tohunga came out three wide but never made any ground. In the straight, High On Believing took advantage of its good run in transit to sprint better than them and get the win.
Follow: None to follow – not sure what to make of Tohunga (the money was there) Race 2 1st Arinosa Jason Collett 2nd Sweet Talkin Woman Blake Shinn 3rd Oh My Papa Tommy Berry
Arinosa and Wondergal began the best with Wondergal taking up the lead. Oh My Papa was caught wide in this race without cover. In the straight, Arisonsa had the measure of Wondergal pretty quickly and it was all over. From there they queued up for the minor placings. The effort of Oh My Papa to keep going into third after being wide was good. Fast And Sexy was a bit cramped for room early in the straight but ended up dropping out badly.
Follow: Oh My Papa Race 3 1st History No Hurdle Brenton Avdulla 2nd Hoylonny Hugh Bowman 3rd Coup Acclaim Corey Brown
There were a few with intentions to go forward here it appeared, but Honourable Aussie took up its usual role as the pacemaker after a couple of hundred metres. Kilauea moved up to second in the run, and Black Jag got a nice run behind the speed. Honourable Aussie got them rolling before the turn and there were a number of runners off the bit chasing. In the straight it was a bit of a grind to the line with History No Hurdle getting the cash narrowly over Hoylonny, which might be a bit of a non winner. Coup Acclaim was well back in the run but finished off well into third.
Follow: Coup Acclaim, sack Hoylonny Race 4 1st Ambidexter Kerrin McEvoy 2nd Fat Al Brad Rawiller 3rd Dystopia Corey Brown
Waterford Hill missed it badly by 5 lengths or so. Fat Al took up the running with Fast Clip moving into second. This gave Dystopia and Ambidexter good runs behind the speed. At about the 600m, Tullamore from the back of the field was placed under the whip, but made no ground. This however looked like a run to get the horse fitter, so keep an eye out for it. In the straight Ambidexter strode to Fat Al and looked set to score easy enough, but to the credit of Fat Al, he fought back well to only go under narrowly. They gapped the rest convincingly.
Follow: Fat Al, Tullamore may do something at odds soon. Race 5 1st More Joyous Nash Rawiller 2nd Miss Marx Peter Robl 3rd Streama Hugh Bowman
Miss Marx went to the front here but More Joyous moved straight up outside her to control the race at her very long odds on quote. Streama, first up, was able to settle fourth on the fence. They didn’t look to go quickly, and Emotional Circus went well back as expected, which was goodnight nurse for her. Around the turn, anyone who took the short odds was happy to see that Rawiller hadn’t moved, and More Joyous went on for a soft victory. The runs of Streama and Emotional Circus were both good. Gai’s Choice pretty disappointing but wants more pace on as does Pane In The Glass.
Follow: Emotional Circus (if the pace will be on) Race 6 1st Epaulette Tommy Berry 2nd Albrecht Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Ashokan James McDonald
It was a good race for the early lead, with Doubtfilly winning that and taking it up from Your Song. The favourite, Nechita, got herself into the one out one back trail. Kabayan also found a nice spot, fifth on the fence. Nechita strode to the front at the 250m, and may have briefly looked the winner, but the stablemates, Epaulette andAlbrecht had the superior sprints after minding their own business at the tail of the field. Epaulette narrowly got the money. Kabayan didn’t have the sprint to go with them and may want further. Doubtfilly again did little and may need to head home.
Follow: Kabayan over further ground Race 7 1st Stout Hearted Glyn Schofield 2nd Crafty Irna Chris Reith 3rd Strawberry Boy Tommy Berry
Voice Commander led them up from Strawberry Boy, and although Maules Creek found a nice spot in third, he actually looked to be pushed along a bit to get there, which may have told in the end. They strung out over a fair bit of ground indicating the pace was genuine. Around the turn, Strawberry boy made his bid for victory, but Stout Hearted was quickly on the scene up along the inside. Have a look at the replay of this race, and the winner gets the absolute best run in transit you have ever seen, and Glyn Schofield parts the seas around the home turn to save every possible inch of ground. The winner has ability, and the jockey rode a gem of a race. The effort ofCrafty Irna was good. Strawberry Boy was also good after doing more work than the first two in the run.
Follow: Crafty Irna, Strawberry Boy Race 8 1st Velrosso Jason Collett 2nd Aeronautical Corey Brown 3rd Big Bonanza Blake Spriggs
I can’t come into Velrosso as a betting proposition due to its ‘get back’ racing pattern, but this win and its last were certainly impressive. Agister and Big Bonanza set up the speed in front, with Key West and Midnight At Ascot getting nice runs behind the speed. In the straight, Big Bonanza dashed for home, and the Velrosso chased through on the inside and Aeronautical came down the outside with a big run. Saving the ground on thef inside made the difference for Velrosso to get the win. Jason Collett must have been watching Glyn Schofield’s ride in the previous, and basically followed exactly the same path.
Follow: Big Bonanza Specials from the meeting: Oh My Papa, Fat Al, Strawberry Boy