Moonee Valley review compiled by Rick Williams   Race 1.     1000M    Sportingbet Handicap ISABELLA SNOWFLAKE          CHAD SCHOFIELD        1st       $2.80F GENTEEL                                    THOMAS SADLER         2nd     $3.90 MONOGAMY                                 RYAN MALONEY            3rd      $31

The Shamal Wind form held very strong here with Isabella Snowflake winning well. She defied the betting drift and kicked away strongly on the turn to win well.  Genteel chased but she was no match, she didn’t look comfortable a fair way from home but kept grinding. Hard Romp and Hyperventialte can probably win easier. Worth noting: The winner keeps improving, keep following.

Race 2.     3000M    The Art Series Hotel Handicap  YOU THINK SO(NZ)             BRAD RAWILLER      1st     $4F YUKA JOY                               DARREN GAUCI        2nd    $8.50 ALTONIO(NZ)                        STEVEN KING            3rd     $8.50

Looked a poor betting race and the market was pretty even with money for most runners at some stage. You Think So looked the winner a long way out but he just needed luck. At one stage it looked like he would struggle but the run came. Yuka Joy continued her good form. Most of these can be followed at night meetings and provincial staying races.Worth noting: Altoniolooks ready

Race 3.     1200M    LF Sign Group Handicap    SEASIDE                        VLAD DURIC               1st     $4 BURNDINIBURN           RYAN MALONEY      2nd   $16 CITY HALL                      THOMAS SADLER     3rd     $6

Money here for some up and comers through teh bush but Hot Fever failed, City Hall did well though and to finish ahead of Kolonga and Potiche and place beind Seaside suggests he can be followed with confidence in suitable next time. Seaside did well, just had too much class for them and can keep winning.

Worth noting: Follow Seasideand City Hall Race 4.     1000M    City Jeep Handicap   

KULGRINDA                    LUKE NOLEN                  1st     $4.20 ALPHA PROXIMA               JAMIE MOTT                   2nd   $7.50 GALBRAITH                       PETER MERTENS          3rd    $10

The gates went off early and that forced the scratching of Winter King and waltzes. Kulgrinda landed into a great spot and was just a little too good for them. She showed over her last 200 at Flem that she was serious again.Alpha Proxima has continued each prep, he sprints well but i would love to see him over 1400 with as it, he would smash them. Galbraith ran well (always does) and Bigelow ran on well, i he needs more ground

Worth noting: No stars here but Alpha Proximacan win a few over the summer Race 5.     2040M    Programmed Property Services Handicap    COMMANDING TIME                   BRAD RAWILLER        1st      $7 I FEEL GOOD                               CORY PARISH              2nd     $11 SHIHABI                                        JAKE DUFFY                  3rd    $5.50

Commanding Time kept his form going with a very strong win. This horse just keeps giving and his performance was excellent. Shihabi was riddes too far back and kept running into trouble, it was disappointing not to see her in a more prominent spot. Lucriepous had no luck either, he is going well and will be better suited on a big track

Worth noting: Follow Shihabiwho can go back to mares and Lucripetous on a big track with speed Race 6.     1600M    Tony Beddison Cup   LORD OF BRAZIL(NZ)         BRAD RAWILLER             1st  $6 MOURO(USA)                         MATTHEW NEILSON       2nd  $2.80F SPACECRAFT                         CHAD SCHOFIELD             3rd  $9

Lord Of Brazil did it again. They gave him 59.5kg after his last win but that wasn’t enough to stop him. The horse would run through a brick wall at the moment. Mouro was well backed and he needs more ground, i wasn’t sure about him at first but he is very good. Spacecraft ran along and held on for third so the rest were ordinary, except for Chasse who looks like he will be winning at 1800+ this prep.

Worth noting: Follow Mouroover longer and Chasse over longer Race 7.     1600M    Printhouse Handicap    SECRET LIAISON                    DAMIAN LANE       1st      $19 KOE(NZ)                                  LINDA MEECH         2nd    $31 CHAMPAGNE RUBY              JAMIE MOTT           3rd      $5

Secret Liason found her best for and won well. She had doen absolutely nothing for a year but showede up today and got the money. If you were on Champage Ruby you were stiff, she went from being handy to third last on the turn (short straight) and did well to get so close. Aliyana was poorly ridden on the speed but may have wanted to run with the blinkers. Koe continues to improve.

Worth noting:  They went hard here, forgive the on pacers. Dont take too short of a price on ‘unlucky’ runners next start Race 8.     1200M    Christmas at the Valley Handicap  LOUISVILLE DANCER                NICHOLAS HALL        1st      $8.50 AND ROCK                                  CHAD SCHOFIELD      2nd    $20 CITY OF SONG                            DWAYNE DUNN           3rd    $6

Louisville Dancer got the job done, we were waiting for 1400 and a bigger track for her but missed out($11.50)!! That aside she should go to 1400 and still be hard top beat next time but the price will be smaller. They came for City Of Song, she is very good and can be followed going forward also.Worth noting: Follow Louisville Dancer and City Of Song

———————————————————— Rosehill review by Todd Burmester Race 1 1st            Certitude                   Tommy Berry 2nd          Crazyonyou                Hugh Bowman 3rd          Artistic Lass                Jason Collett

Turn Seventeen missed the start in the first, where as Crazyonyou went quickly from out wide to head off Certitude.  Certitude quickly came off the fence, to put itself in a position where it was controlling the race.  In the straight, Certitude took a bit of winding up, but in the end was clearly superior and went on to win well.  The first two home were the first two favourites, but both drifted in betting.

Follow: None to follow Race 2

1st         Golden Sunshine           Peter Robl 2nd       Slippery Moss                   Blake Shinn 3rd       Long Lasting                      Chris Reith

A very even line out in the second event, with Golden Sunshine kicking up to lead from The Broken Shore at a genuineyou’lpace.  As she did last time, Golden Sunshine traveled well in front around the bend and pretty much had them beaten early in the straight.  Grand Business and Texan Lad tried to put in runs down the outside but to no avail.  Late in the piece Slippery Moss made quite good ground after it was unable to keep up early.  The Broken Shore dropped right out in the run to the line, so something must be amiss.  Golden Sunshine was another betting drifter but it didn’t stop it winning.

Follow: Slippery Moss Race 3

1st            Cantonese              Jenny Duggan 2nd          Moriarty                     Alysha Collett 3rd          Iggi Pop                   James McDonald

2000m for the third event, and Cantonese found the early lead, but was taken on by L’Esprit which went to the front and looked to go a bit hard in front.  Cantonese sat outside the leader with 800m to go, and by the time they came to the home turn, Cantonese had gone to the front under a grip.  It’s main danger in betting, Soros, had tracked it up but was quickly under the whip and it was left to Moriarty to chase Cantonese that was going well in front.  Cantonese was well backed late, won well, and can continue to win races like this.  Iggi Pop made some ground in the straight to finish third but I have a feeling it’s that kind of horse.

Follow: Cantonese Race 4

1st             Sastruga            Josh Parr 2nd          Berrimilla             Jim Cassidy 3rd          Zauberflote           Blake Shinn

Sastruga was $4.8 at top fluc but into $3.4 at the jump and led them up in this event, from Dark Brown Sugar.  They put a gap on the rest of the field early, which was headed up by Oh My Papa.  In what I thought was a fairly strange race, Sastruga somehow managed to just keep fighting them off in the straight and get a narrow victory.  The runs of Zauberflote and Berrimilla were full of merit, being the ones to make most ground in the straight.Rose Of Scotland also made pretty good ground from the back, whilst Dark Brown Sugar was disappointing.

Follow: Berrimilla, Zauberflote Race 5

1st             Specific Choice             Hugh Bowman 2nd          Tigress Baby                   Glyn Schofield 3rd           Chez Harmony                 Jason Collett

Specific Choice found good support in early betting for this race and used its early speed to find a fairly easy lead, from Recoinage and Party Rocker, which was three wide.  Red Excitement had a pretty good run in transit on the fence in fourth.  Before the turn Specific Choice was rolling and had a number of them off the bit.  Hugh Bowman went for the persuader just before the 200m mark and it was all over, another leader home at Rosehill.  Tigress Baby attacked the line very well to cut the margin down late and should be followed.

Follow: Tigress Baby Race 6 1st            Classics                    Chris Reith 2nd          Tromso Hugh           Bowman 3rd           Samui Lad                 Tommy Berry

Tromso came out best in this, but Samui Lad went through to lead and Riomoral moved up to be on its outside.  As a result, Tromso and Winning Glory got good runs behind the speed in third and fourth.  At the furlong they were spread across the track, where Tromso claimed the lead, but Classics which had been just off the pace, really wanted the win (or Tromso didn’t), and got there narrowly on the line.

Follow: None to follow Race 7 1st         Travolta                                  Tommy Berry 2nd       Keith’s Legacy                      Hugh Bowman 3rd       River Of Salvation                   Sam Clipperton

Reporations missed the start about two lengths here.  Whisperossa was ridden with intent to lead, but was taken on by Travolta and Lohengrin that couldn’t get in.  They stayed in this order until the shadows of the post where both Travolta and River Of Salvation came at the two leaders, with Travolta narrowly getting the win.  Keith’s Legacy was another to finish the race off well in a very busy finish.  I liked the run of Whisperossa who I think is better ridden of the speed, but never gave up here in front and very nearly held on to win.

Follow: Whisperossa Race 8

1st            Pentasia                      Jenny Duggan 2nd          Excellent Point             Tommy Berry 3rd          Testarhythm

Pentasia has been oh so consistent of late, and made it another Roeshill leader to win.  She was another that was well backed on the day and went to the front early from Mighty Obvious and set up a clear lead.  Before the turn she had cleared out and essentially it was catch me if you can, and they couldn’t, despite Excellent Pointdoing an excellent job of chasing Pentasia all the way to the line.  Mecir was another that didn’t shirk the task in the run to the line and can still be followed.

Follow: Excellent Point Specials From The Meeting: Cantonese, Berrimilla, Whisperossa