Rosehill review compiled by Todd Burmester

 Race 1

1st           See The World               Jason Collett
2nd         Anise                                Christian Reith
3rd          Shamus                           Corey Brown

As expected for an 1100m sprint, they went pretty hard here, with Welkom Gold taking up the front from a wide gate.  Hurrara worked very hard up into second place, with Hot Snitzel third and three deep from Didntcostalot in the middle and Shamus on the fence.  Anise and See The World couldn’t keep up early, but you always knew the leaders would get tired.  At the 200m, Hurrara had the audacity to still be in front, but See The World had been hooked widest and was coming home very nicely.  Didn’tcostalot had dropped out, and may be amiss in some way.  With 100m to go See The World swept away with Anise trying to come with it and getting into second over the very brave Hurrara.  The winner looked impressive, but the race was run to suit.

Follow: Hurrara

Race 2

1st             Overreach                Tommy Berry
2nd           Villa Verde               Hugh Bowman
3rd            Spurrendous           Brenton Avdulla

Overreach showed brilliant barrier manners to jump a length clear and settle in front from Villa Verde.  Those two were the top two in betting, and always looked to be set to run the quinella in running.  Overreach did it at both ends, bolting clear in the straight for a very good win, and looks set to take The Slipper in a fortnight, but at around yours for theirs, it’s still a brave move to back her in my opinion.  Villa Verde simply ran out of condition today, but managed to beat the others easily enough, and one thing we do know is that it certainly will take benefit from the run.  The run of Spurrendous was good enough for something easier.

Follow: Spurrendous (in easier or longer races)

Race 3

1st             Julienas              Nash Rawiller
2nd           Lunayir               Corey Brown
3rd            Le Roi                  Glyn Schofield

Under The Sun came out of the gates best, from Izababe which didn’t want the front, and Julienas which rolled forward steadily to take the lead.  Hoylonny showed better barrier manners today and settled further forward than usual in about fifth.  The pace looked pretty even and there was no change in the order.  Just before the turn, a few were off the bit and the leader looked to travel well.  In the straight, Julienas did its best effort to get rid of Nash Rawiller, running away from the whip, and as a result shifting ground sharply on two occasions, but always had a good margin over his rivals and won well.  Lunayir and Le Roi worked home ok to suggest they are on track to win more races.  Alma’s Fury was consistent as ever, whilst Hoylonny wasn’t bad, but perhaps settling closer didn’t really help him finish off.  Single was always well back and never came into it, and can be sacked for now, whilst Under The Sun was also very average.

Follow: Julienas, Le Roi later on

Race 4

1st            Criterion                            Craig Williams
2nd          Fast ‘n’ Rocking               Steven Arnold
3rd           Havana                              Luke Nolen

Sidestep, which ran well in The Black Opal dropped the jockey at the start of this event, and the winner of The Black Opal, Criterion wasn’t the best to begin.  There was three across the track early, with Whiskey Allround leading on the fence from Never Can Tell and Charlie Boy three wide.  Charlie Boy was pulling, and pulled his way to the front.  Havana and Fast’n’Rocking got good runs behind the speed.  They were across the track with 200m to run, but Criterion and Fast’n’Rocking both were finishing strongest on the outside with Criterion narrowly taking the money.  Whilst Overreach looked more impressive, both the first two home here were good runs, and have to be some chance in The Slipper.  Havana worked home pretty well after a nice run throughout.

Follow: Fast ‘n’ Rocking, Havana

Race 5

1st            Toydini                            Blake Shinn
2nd          Ninth Leigon                 Dwayne Dunn
3rd          Force Comman             Glyn Schofield

They all jumped fairly well, and there was no clear leader early until Indianapolis went along the fence to take it up, from Honorius, Ninth Leigon and Albrecht.  Ashokan, which was well supported in betting eased right back to second last.  The eventual winner, Toydini, settled midfield.  Ninth Leigon struck the front not long after they straightened, but Toydini was brought to the outside, and inside the last 150m finished off very strongly, and looks to have the wood on these, particularly as the trip gets longer.  Ashokan worked to the line ok, without ever threatening.  There wasn’t a great deal to say about the rest, High Shot gets a pass mark and may keep improving over more ground.

Follow: Toydini will win more races

Race 6

1st              Foreteller                           Jim Cassidy
2nd            Fiveandahalfstar             Peter Robl
3rd            Maluckyday                       Dwayne Dunn

As expected Fiveandahalfstar took up the front running from Kelinni which was well supported in betting at longer odds.  Gatewood worked its way around the outside into second, from Manighar which moved into third ahead of Kelinni.  Robl seemed to rate Fiveandahalfstar quite well in front, and he had quite a few of his rivals off the bit before the turn.  When they straightened he let him slide and set up a three or four length break.  When he went full boar on him at the 350m mark you would have been forgiven for thinking it was all over, but Jimmy Cassidy on Foreteller had other ideas as he brought him up the inside to claim the lead in the last 50m in what looked like a pretty strong victory.  Maluckyday made good ground, but has a habit of doing that, whilst Mawingo and Silent Achiever basically just ground home, as did Kelinni.  Manighar was terrible, and is not the horse he was previously.

Follow: None to follow

Race 7

1st            Appearance              Blake Shinn
2nd         Red Tracer                 Corey Brown
3rd          Norzita                        James McDonald

Steps In Time began well from her outside barrier as expected and steadily worked across to the lead by the time they reached the first turn.  Pear Tart settled second, with Driefontein third in the run and the pace looked ok. Red Tracer was getting a nice run in fourth on the fence.  Streama went a mile back today, together with Dear Demi.  Bennetta was also back and caught three wide.  Around the turn, Steps In Time was still going ok, but Red Tracer had got a nice suck along the fence and was coming around her heals to challenge.  Looking back in the pack, Appearance and Norzita both were coming with strong runs and it was these three that hit the line with very little between them.  Appearance got the bob in, proving that she certainly is a quality Group 1 Mare and is building a very good record.  Zurella worked home well along the fence.  Streama made up some ground, but is probably better ridden closer when circumstances allow.  Dear Demi was ordinary and Bennetta dropped out to last.  Being such a big field, it’s the kind of race that is worth having a look at the replay yourself if possible.

Follow: Appearance, Norzita, Zurella

Race 8

1st               Pierro                          Jim Cassidy
2nd             More Joyous            Tommy Berry
3rd             Solzhenitsyn             Damien Browne

A great clash here between the two big guns from The Waterhouse stable – Pierro and More Joyous.  The race was run in heavy rain, and aptly, Rain Affair went straight to the early lead, from Moment Of Change, and Pierro getting a good run third on the fence, with More Joyous directly behind him.  Solzhenitsyn was caught three wide in the run.  Around the turn, Rain Affair did its best to kick away, but that let Pierro off the fence to challenge, which in turn let More Joyous into the clear.  Pierro claimed the lead at the 200m, with Rain Affair beaten, although still trying hard, and More Joyous making her run.  It was to no avail with Pierro holding about a length margin on the line, but it is worth noting More Joyous took ground off him in the last part of the race.  Solzhenitsyn was very good to hold on in third.  Moment Of Change was terrible today after its recent good form.

Follow: Solzhenitsyn

Race 9

1st              Senta De Noche           Christian Reith
2nd            Australian Star            Craig Williams
3rd            Territory                        Sam Clipperton

To the last on a great day of racing, and Senta De Noche went forward from its outside gate to cross by the first turn.  Ying La was in second from Raceway and Agister which was wide.  Senta De Noche looked to go pretty keenly in the lead, but held a clear margin on the home turn, and when he was given his head at about the 300m, accelerated and put a gap in them like good horses do.  He got a bit tired towards the end, but was never going to get beaten, despite the good efforts of the consistent Austrlian Star and Territory to run into second and third.  Earnest Ernest was not far behind the placegetters and they gapped the rest.  The winner reminded me a bit of Rain Affair in some of his early wins today, and remains unbeaten as Rain Affair was after as many starts also.

Follow: The first three can all win next time out

Specials from the meeting: Hurrara, Julienas, Solzhenitsyn


Caulfield Review

By David Carr

Race 1 – 12:30PM William Buck Joins VAFA Plate (1600 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:39.54 Last 600m: 0:36.09

1         SAN DIEGO        Peter Snowden        Ryan Maloney        $6.50
2        NORTHERN JEWEL        Anthony Cummings        Vlad Duric        $2.10F
3        GRAVITATIONAL        Danny O’Brien        Ben Melham        $3

Northern Jewel was all the rage in the betting for the opening event and she got away to a good start by jumping a length clear of the field. San Diego crossed over from out wide to sit second behind the hot favourite. Chips In found the box seat and Gravitational wasn’t far away in 4th. Northern Jewel tried to slow the tempo down around the back but San Diego kept her honest. As the field approached the swing for home punters on the favourite would have felt pretty good as Northern Jewel couldn’t have had it any easier in front. But it didn’t take long for that to change as Duric had to draw the whip on the favourite before the 200m when the big boy San Diego levelled up and soon went straight past the short priced favourite. Gravitational ground home and almost grabbed 2nd but just missed in a photo finish.

Worth NotingSan Diego looks like a nice stayer in the making. Worth following as he steps up in distance.

Race 2 – 1:10PM Smart Track Australia Handicap (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 2:03.71 Last 600m: 0:35.59

1        WHISPER DOWNS        David Hayes        Chad Schofield (a1.5)          $3.50F
2        AULD BURNS (GB)        David Hayes        Ms Katelyn Mallyon (a2)          $6
3        SECOND KING        Michael Kent        Alex Forbes (a3)          $4.60

The second event started a fairly open betting market as we have seen this group of horses go around a few times in recent weeks. None more so than Whisper Downs who looked well placed in the field but the question was could he keep going or was he at the end of his preparation? Auld Burns had to use a bit of petrol up early to cross over from out wide and run to the front. Katelyn Mallyon then tried to slow him down and had a bit of a fight in doing so as Auld Burns threw his head around. Royal Mail stalked Auld Burns in front while the other main chances Second King and Whisper Downs settled well back in the field. Approaching the home turn Auld Burns slipped away in front and put a space on Royal Mail and Leonardo Express. Whisper Downs whipped around the field with his run and went straight past Second King who was left flat footed when they sprinted. Auld Burns and Whisper Downs raced away from the field to fight out the finish but Whisper Downs was too good and once again would be the first to greet the judge at Caulfield.

Worth Noting: David Hayes has his stable flying at the moment. Whisper Downs keeps on running well at Caulfield.

Race 3 – 1:50PM Charter Keck Cramer Handicap (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Dead 4 Time: 1:03.99 Last 600m: 0:34.06

1        SHARNEE ROSE           Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra        Damian Lane        $5
2        ELITE ELLE           Tony Vasil        Stephen Baster        $2.70F
3        PLATELET           Darren Weir        Ben Melhamv        $5.50

Elite Elle was well supported late in the betting and backed into a price that in my opinion represented no value. As the starter let them go Elite Elle was the first into stride from the outside gate and was able to comfortably cross over to the fence. Peninsula Dane punched up to hold second from Gold Zero and Platelet found a nice spot just off the speed. Sharenee Rose followed Platelet everywhere she went. On the swing for home Elite Elle looked good as she railed strong from her uncontested lead. Sharnee Rose eased around the heels of Platelet who was a bit flat when they sprinted. Elite Elle looked off and gone at the 200m but when Baster drew the whip she didn’t have much left to offer. Sharnee Rose was able to mow her down and record a well deserved win after racing with little luck last prep.

Worth Noting: Follow Sharnee Rose as she might put a few wins together this prep.

Race 4 – 2:30PM Sky High Mt Dandenong Handicap (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.99 Last 600m: 0:35.63

1        UNDER THE EIFFEL           Tony Vasil        Stephen Baster          $3.70F
2        BRITISH GENERAL           Dan O’Sullivan        Luke Currie          $4.60
3        GARUD (IRE)           Michael Moroney        Chad Schofield (a1.5)          $5.50

Dubawi Gold and Sophie’s Spirit won the start which put British General in an awkward spot trying to cross from out wide. Under The Eiffel and Shenzhou Steeds kicked up on the inside to hold British General three wide. Around the back British General continued his three wide run and moved up to sit outside the leading pair. Under The Eiffel had the run of the race in behind the leaders and tracked British General into the straight. British General ran to the lead at the top of the straight but  Under The Eiffel was the big danger after enjoying a soft run throughout. Garud circled the field and looked half a chance at the 300m but quickly died on his run. Under The Eiffel and British General had a head to head battle down the length of the straight with the lead changing with every stride. On the line there was nothing in it. The photo went in the favour of Under The Eiffel by an absolute pimple.

Worth Noting: Tough effort by British General who raced wide throughout. You would feel robbed if you were on British General after viewing the photo finish. Even Tony Vasil said post race he wouldn’t have argued if it was called a dead heat.

Race 5 – 3:10PM Winning Edge Presentations Cup (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:24.43 Last 600m: 0:36.23

1        SINO EAGLE        Peter G Moody          Jake Duffy (a2)          $8.50
2        TYANNA        Robbie Griffiths          Alex Forbes (a3)          $18
3        LATER GATOR (NZ)        Peter G Moody          Daniel Stackhouse          $8

The starter caught them in a good line with Honour The Dame running to the front. Anniversary Belle came across from the outside to sit outside the lead. This allowed Sino Eagle to find the perfect spot in third. Mid raceTyanna improved out wide to run past Sino Eagle. Later Gator was midfield on the fence and the well supported Hamam and Dazzler were racing in the last group of horses awkwardly placed. As the field turned for home you could throw a blanket around them. At the top of the straight they almost made a line of 6 as Tyanna shifted out and made contact with Sino Eagle. Tyanna shifting out allowed Later Gator to run through and hit the front. Sino Eagle was trying to balance up again and keep lifting. Hamam ran out of room at the 200m. Tyanna fought back once Forbes got her to go straight, but it was Sino Eagle who was the strongest in the run to the line. Good thing Sino Eagle beat home Tyanna because I am sure Sino Eagle would have won on protest anyway. Later Gator just held on for third from the fast finishing Hogan’s Warrior. Dazzler was disappointing just plugging away out wide.

Worth Noting: Nice ride by Jake Duffy on Sino Eagle keeping his mount well balanced. Forgive Hamam who didn’t have much luck in the straight.

Race 6 – 3:50PM Thoroughbred Club Cup (1200 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:10.86 Last 600m: 0:34.83

1        READY TO RIP        Peter G Moody        Brad Rawiller        $5.50
2        CLUB COMMAND        Peter G Moody        Jake Duffy (a)        $7.50
3        OFFENDERS        Peter Snowden        Vlad Duric        $26

Wide open betting race for the 2nd leg of the Quaddie with Peter Moody saddling up a two of the main chances. Club Command and Undeniably got away very fast and ran straight to the front. Ready To Rip wasn’t far away after a good start. Go The Knuckle drifted back to try and get in but had no luck and ended up three wide well back in the field. Honey Flower was also posted wide but had cover behind Go The Knuckle. Around the turn Club Command looked to be travelling better than Undeniably. Ready To Rip had a gun run in transit and eased off his stable mates heels at the right time to issue a challenge. These two beat off Undeniably and settled down to fight it out. Offenders weaved a passage through the inside and made it interesting on the line but Ready To Rip got his head down when it mattered to take out the race just in front of Club Command. Offenders was half a head away in third. Smokin’ Joey was taking giant strides late stormed home to grab 4th. Honey Flower also ran on well with Speediness.

Worth Noting: Nice return by Club Command, it won’t be long until he is in the winners circle. Smokin’ Joey’sreturn was huge but he is 0 from 6 second up so don’t be jumping in to take the short odds next start.

Race 7 – 4:30PM SportsEd Handicap (1700 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:45.09 Last 600m: 0:35.94

1        ORIENTAL RUBY        Gerard Moloney        Damian Lane          $5
2        VALEDICTORIAN        David Hayes        Chad Schofield (a1.5)          $13
3        XAVI (NZ)        Danny O’Brien        Ben Melham          $3.20F

Spelldancer flew the gates from outside and crossed over with ease to find the fence 2 lengths clear of Xavi and Stoneblack. Aeraise was caught three wide midfield. Oriental Ruby and Word Gets Around settled well back towards the tail of the field. As the field entered the straight Spelldancer and Stoneblack had enough. Xavi seemed to get momentarily held up behind the fading leaders. Meanwhile Aeraise came with a big run out wide to hit the front. Oriental Ruby and Valedictorian followed Aeraise into the race and quickly got the better of Aeraise. Oriental Ruby was travelling much better and ran away with it late. Xavi ended up dead heating with Aeraise for third after Melham missed the boat around the turn. Word Gets Around did nothing and was very disappointing. A protest of third ‘vs’ third was upheld in favour of Xavi after interference at the top of the straight cost him taking out third outright.

Worth Noting: It’s not every day you see third protest against third.

Race 8 – 5:07PM Connellan Industries Inglis Bonus (1700 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:44.59 Last 600m: 0:35.45

1        HIGH ESTEEM        Peter G Moody        Daniel Stackhouse        $4.20F
2        AIR STRIKER (NZ)        Michael Moroney        Stephen Baster        $9
3        SHOREHAM        Saab Hasan        Brad Rawiller        $8.50

Petite Diablesse jumped with the field today and was able to settle closer to the pace. High Esteem won the start and ran to the front. Race favourite Royal Amati was caught three wide midfield. Around the back High Esteem really ran the field along setting up a break of 3 lengths to 2nd and a further 3 lengths to 3rd. On the turn for home High Esteem was running further away from them and was in no danger of being caught. The late plunge on High Esteem was on the money and punters went home happy. The other fancied runners Royal Amati and Petite Diablesse did nothing. Air Striker and Shoreham boxed on to fill the minor placing’s but it was all High Esteem.Worth Noting: Big win for High Esteem. Great front running ride from Daniel Stackhouse.