Weekend Racing Reviews – Saturday 16th March

Warwick Farm review compiled by Todd Burmester 

Race 1

1st            Tremec                   Christian Reith
2nd          Permit                     Hugh Bowman
3rd          Gazza Guru            Brenton Avdulla

A 2200m event to start the day, and Now I See and Tremec had a race down to the post the first time, both having a bit of a go for the lead.  As expected on paper, Now I See went through on the inside to hold out Tremec, with Marden settling third back a few lengths.  They slowed in the middle stages, but there wasn’t a lot of change until the 800m where Permit made a move to go up three wide outside the two leaders.  Now I See was gone at the 600m, and Tremec and Permit claimed the lead around the turn, with Tremec shifting out noticeably and hampering Permit.  They had a good battle in the straight with Tremec holding off Permit in the run to the line and in the stewards room, for the interference on the home turn.  Gaza Guru worked home ok, and the rest were typical of this type of race.  Marden may now be ready for a spell.

Follow: Permit

Race 2

1st              All The Talk                  Brenton Avdulla
2nd            Octane Flyer                Blake Shinn
3rd            Dothraki                         Glyn Schofield

All The Talk used its good gate speed to go straight to the front, with a clump of runners behind him, until Fuerza railed through into second.  Good Job Bro which was a well supported favourite got into a nice spot in third, withDothraki pushing through along the fence.  Around the turn, All The Talk showed a good turn of foot to set up a break, and that was basically the end of the section.  Octane Flyer railed through to take second from Dothraki.  Good Job Bro was terribly disappointing dropping to a well beaten fifth.  All The Talk is very consistent and may be underrated.

Follow: All The Talk

Race 3

1st            Ichihara                        Hugh Bowman
2nd          Heart Testa                  Jason Collett
3rd          Limes                              Kerrin McEvoy

A good line out, and when they settled Golden Sunshine led up from Heart Testa.  The pace looked slow after settling, and a number of runners back in the field were out wide, including Knight Examplar which was widest.  Approaching the turn, Ichihara had been ridden behind the speed today, and railed up to be in in a challenging position.  Once the straightened Ichihara was pulled three wide and started to chase Heart Testa which kicked nicely clear.  It was probably a combination of Heart Testa’s condition giving out, and Ichihara finishing well which allowed Ichihara to take the win.  Limes made good ground in the run to the line.  The run of Knight Exemplar can be forgotten.

Follow: Limes, Knight Examplar, Heart Testa

Race 4

1st                Romantic Moon                   James McDonald
2nd              Thump                                     Christian Reith
3rd               Greytfilly                                Tommy Berry

The short priced favourite, Assail, was not good to begin, and that signaled big trouble for those who took the shorts.  Calming Influence had the speed to lead them up from Tropical Force, Most Joyful and Romantic Moonwhich was wide but with cover.  Assail ended up third last on the fence and not looking comfortable.  Greytfilly, despite the transfer to the Waterhouse stable still got back to last.  Early in the straight, Assail had tried to rail up to be in a challenging position, but soon ran into some more trouble, and that was goodnight nurse.  It’s hard to know what to make of her run overall.  Back to the action, Romantic Moon sprinted well, with Greytfilly challenging her but not getting past her in the run to the line.  Thump got into third place, with Claming Influence dropping out badly in the straight.  Thump may be a chance over 1400m and beyond after The Slipper.

Follow: Thump (over further)

Race 5

1st                     Arinosa                        Brenton Avdulla
2nd                  Choice Word              Peter Robl
3rd                  Lady’s Angel               James McDonald

The favourite, Choice Words, wasn’t quick to begin and went back to second last.  Mickleberg went to the front as it usually does, and led from Embark and Cathay Lady which was three wide.  The eventual winner Arinosa was always wide but with cover.  Around the turn, Choice Words found its way into the clear, and Arinosa was taken widest of all.  They swept up out wide to fight it out, with Arinosa going to the line too well for Choice words.  Such was its sprint to the line, that Brenton Avdulla was able to sit up for the photo in the last 25m or so.  The run of Cathay Lady was quite good after being wide throughout.  Arinosa has really improved for Chris Waller, and it will be interesting to see how far he can take her this preparation, I am tipping more wins.

Follow: Arinosa, Cathay Lady

Race 6

1st                   It’s A Dundeel                 James McDonald
2nd                 Proisir                                Hugh Bowman
3rd                  Tatra                                  Kerrin McEvoy

The Randwick Guineas shaped as a mouthwatering clash of the top three-year-olds (minus Pierro).  The first thing to note was that Rebel Dane began well and took up a position much closer than he has been of late.  Tatracrossed to the lead, with Tougher Than Ever outside of it, and as expected Proisir got a lovely run in third.  It’s A Dundeel was the other that look up a position closer than he has previously, with the addition of blinkers.  Around the turn, Bowman made his move on Proisir, but McDonald on It’s A Dundeel had stalked him around the bend and had him on toast.  I thought Bowman rode a 10 out of 10 race on Poisir, but you’d have to say if Bowman was a 10, McDonald was an 11.  Rebel Dane stayed on the fence today, which may not have been the best ground, but didn’t show the ping he has previously.  Whether he didn’t appreciate being ridden closer to the speed, the 1600m isn’t his go, the fence was a bit off, or he is at the end of his campaign, only his next start will tell.  Ferlax was knocked over early, but perhaps didn’t measure up to this class.  Sacred Falls copped the backwash of Ferlax being knocked down, and did a fair job to finish where he did and more distance will suit (he could be the value next start and in The Derby, even though It’s A Dundeel looks to have a mortgage on them).

Follow: It’s A Dundeel, Sacred Falls

Race 7

1st                  Snitzerland                                         Corey Brown
2nd                Decision Time                                    James McDonald
3rd                 Howmuchdoyouloveme                Brenton Avdulla

The return of Hay List, and he jumped ok, but didn’t have the speed in the first few strides to match them, and then he mustered speed and went through to take the lead over Snitzerland which was outside of him.  Around the turn, Snitzerland, which was heavily backed, was breathing down the neck of Hay List and soon after went to the front, and looked set for victory.  She came away for an impressive victory.  Decision Time made the most ground of the others, and will win races this campaign if placed well, as will Tiger Tees andHowmuchdoyouloveme who all ran well.  The condition of Hay List gave out today, but he has to take great benefit from the run.  Being a rising eight year old however, I have a question mark on whether he can regain the form that saw him competitive with Black Caviar.  Maybe he won’t need to be if he avoids her this campaign.

Follow: Decision Time

Race 8

1st                 Thy                                Luke Nolen
2nd               Crafty Irna                 Sam Clipperton
3rd               Aliyana Tilde             Corey Brown

Ominous Quality was playing up in the stalls and missed the start a bit but made up some ground to settle fifth in the run.  Thy took the front, from Colorado Claire, with Casinoholic settling third and Crafty Irna fourth.  Shamardani which was in betting went straight back to last from a wide gate as expected and the pace looked pretty slow.  Between the 800m and 600m, Jade Marauder got going from the back but out very wide and struggled to make ground..  Around the turn Thy kicked, and Crafty Irna presented its challenge.  Thy did well to hold off Crafty Irna, but I think Crafty Irna just doesn’t like to run past horses, although some will say the weight difference told.  Aliyana Tilde was the run of the race, and maybe the day, making ground off the slow pace.  Horses like Shamardani and Jade Marauder can be forgiven as this race wasn’t run to suit.  Ominous Quality gets a pass mark after its poor beginning.
Follow: Aliyana Tilde, Shamardani

Specials From The Meeting: Limes, Arinosa, Aliyana Tilde