Moonee Valley review compiled by Rick Williams  Race 1.     1500M    Sportingbet Handicap   

 PHILIPPI        LUKE NOLEN      1st        $11
 CARRINGBUSH JACK        JAKE NOONAN     2nd        $15
 FORGET        BRAD RAWILLER     3rd        $2.20F

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   

 PRECEDENCE(NZ)         MICHAEL RODD      1st         $5.50
 SPACECRAFT         CHAD SCHOFIELD     2nd         $6
 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 notingThe Wingman was ridden upside down and performed well, worth following in a little easier. Race 4.     2500M    Japan Racing Association Trophy   

BUXTED(IRE)         CRAIG NEWITT      1st         $4
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 notingForgive Tanby, can bounce back. Race 5.     1000M    Mitty’s McEwen Stakes   

 BEL SPRINTER         BEN MELHAM      1st         $2.90
 PLATELET         NICHOLAS HALL     2nd         $15
 SNITZEM         GLEN BOSS     3rd         $26

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 notingMr 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
 FREERETURN         CRAIG NEWITT     3rd         $15

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 notingThat’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