Caulfield review compiled by David Carr
Race 1 – 12:50PM Tip Top Butchers Plate (1100 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:03.77 Last 600m: 0:35.18
1 SUMMER GEM Michael Kent Craig Williams $5.50
2 OCTAVIA Michael Moroney Glen Boss $3F
3 LEGCUT John McArdle Dwayne Dunn $7.50
Octavia was well supported late in the betting which saw the early favourite Summer Gem drift to each way odds. When they jumped Octavia won the start and looked like she would cross for a comfortable lead but Jackie Beriman on Platinum Diamond had other ideas and really fought to hold Octavia off the rails. This tactic ended up bringing them both undone. Octavia eventually crossed to the rails but did a stack of work getting there. When they entered the straight Octavia kicked well but couldn’t hold off the late challenge of Summer Gem who was suited by the early pace. Legcut found the line well to finish third. Nadeem Lass ran into a dead end in the straight and went to the line untested.
Worth Noting: After a month off Craig Williams returns with a winning ride. Follow Octavia who was brave in defeat after running splits of 10.42 and 10.49 early in the race. She was entitled to finish out of the places and did well to hold on for second.
Race 2 – 1:30PM Sportingbet Zeditave Stakes (1200 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:10.69 Last 600m: 0:35.53
1 HAPPY GALAXY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn $1.35F
2 RUSAMBO Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy $4
3 WAKEEL Sam Kavanagh Craig Williams $21
A four horse field for the second race on the card and Happy Galaxy went around a short priced favourite. He jumped well and crossed to the lead comfortably. From that point it was just a sit and sprint affair. Entering the straight Dunn sat quietly on Happy Galaxy and allowed Rusambo to loom up outside him before letting Happy Galaxy go and kick away for a soft win.
Worth Noting: Closer to barrier trial than a race.
Race 3 – 2:10PM Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) (1000 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:58.11 Last 600m: 0:34.72
1 DISSIDENT Peter G Moody Vlad Duric $15
2 KUROSHIO Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy $3.30F
3 THERMAL CURRENT Peter G Moody Luke Nolen $3.40
A good betting race with early money for Kuroshio and Thermal Current but all the late support was for Excitable Boy. Kuroshio was the first to jump and found the lead comfortably from Excitable Boy. Thermal Current missed the start and was then squeezed after running 100m which landed him in an awkward spot well back on the fence. On the home turn Kuroshio beat off Excitable Boy and kicked a couple lengths clear. Dissident got to the outside and started to run on well. Thermal Current was held up and on entering the straight had to be checked severely when disappointed for a clear run between Mal’s Pride and Our Single Doubt. Thermal Current then lost all momentum and gained clear running inside the final 200m to hit the line hard. Dissident enjoyed an unimpeded run and mowed down Kuroshio late. Fast ‘n’ Rocking worked home well.
Worth Noting: There is no doubt that Thermal Current should have won. He recorded the fastest final 200m of the day and was still easing around heals at the 100m. I’m looking forward to seeing him over 1200m in the Blue Diamond.
Race 4 – 2:50PM Patinack Farm Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) (1000 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:57.39 Last 600m: 0:34.30
1 MIRACLES OF LIFE Daniel Clarken Ms Lauren Stojakovic (a) $3.10F
2 DIAMOND GLOW Peter G Moody Vlad Duric $13
3 SWING VOTE Gai Waterhouse Craig Williams $14
Tango’s Daughter jumped away awkwardly, failed to show any early speed and was unable to keep in contact with the field. Diamond Glow was also slow away. Donna Madeira led the field from Kerr and Swing Vote. The sprook horse Miracles of Life sat midfield and stayed away from the rails. As they turned for home you couldn’t put enough money on Miracles of Life who was absolutely bolting. When Lauren Stojakovic ask her the question she exploded and strode away to record a very soft win. Diamond Glow worked home ok to grab second but the winner is in a class of her own.
Worth Noting: The turn of foot that Miracles of Life showed was simply breathtaking. She could be something special.
Race 5 – 3:30PM City of Glen Eira Handicap (1100 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:03.55 Last 600m: 0:34.70
1 LOVEYAMADLY Mick Price Dale Smith $2.10F
2 RIVIERE Robert Smerdon Glen Boss $15
3 VAIN ATTRACTION Robbie Griffiths Damien Thornton (a3) $3.90
There must have been a few multiples all up into Loveyamadly as she started fairly short on the tote. They jumped away in an even line with Slewsay driving through to take up the running. Loveyamadly let the leader go and travelled well stalking the lead. Spartini tracked Loveyamadly throughout the run. Vain Attraction settled well back in an awkward spot. As they entered the straight Loveyamadly strode to the front and went for home.Riviere and Vain Attraction tried hard but they were no match for Loveyamadly.
Worth Noting: Painless win for punters on the favourite.
Race 6 – 4:10PM Swettenham Stud John Dillon Stakes (1400 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.71
1 LE REMAS Brian McKnight Dean Yendall $5.50
2 UNDER THE EIFFEL Tony Vasil Craig Williams $5.50
3 FUTURE SOLUTION Kane Harris Daniel Stackhouse $15
The easing favourite British General bounced out of the gates a length in front but Dean Yendall was keen to lead on Le Remas and he quickly took over the running. Under The Eiffel jumped away well and pressed on to cross British General. Future Solution never got on the track and raced wide throughout with no cover. It’s Crunch Time kept creeping into the race along the rails. Around the turn British General was under pressure as Le Remas tried to pinch a break but Under The Eiffel wasn’t going away and hit the front at the 200m. With 100m to go and the winning post insight Under The Eiffel started to think about it and couldn’t put the race away allowing Le Remas to kick back and claim victory. Future Solution was game running third after a tough run throughout. British General came to the end of his preparation as predicted.
Worth Noting: No sectional times where recorded for this race by the race club. Connections of Le Remas will have a look at the C F Orr Stakes but I think they are aiming too high.
Race 7 – 4:50PM BMW Handicap (1000 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:57.45 Last 600m: 0:34.48
1 RESCUE MISSION (NZ) Anthony Freedman John Kissick (a3) $3F
2 DECIRCLES Danny O’Brien Craig Newitt $3.70
3 EIGHT BILLS Troy Portelli Steven Arnold $6.50
The majority of punters must have been having a good day as they unloaded on Rescue Mission late in the betting leading up the start of the second last race on the card. Rescue Mission only jumped away fairly and had to ridden along to take up a position. Young John Kissick made the right decision to let the early speed go and settle in behind them. Waltzes and The Minister burnt across to lead from Vatican and Beyond Pardon. This set up a strong early pace and would suit the likes of Rescue Mission, Eight Bills and Decircles. Rescue Mission won the race on the turn when Kissick eased him out to have clear running and be within striking range at the top of the straight. Rescue Mission sprinted quickly to claim the lead and establish a winning break. Decircles grew wings late and probably wins it in a few more strides. Eight Bills also found the line well.
Worth Noting: Nice ride by John Kissick who looks to have a good career in front of him. Follow the first two.
Race 8 – 5:30PM The Champagne Pommery Handicap (2000 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:05.69 Last 600m: 0:34.53
1 KEEP COOL (NZ) Danny O’Brien Jake Noonan (a1.5) $6
2 BELLS OF TROY Wendy Kelly Craig Newitt $9
3 WHISPER DOWNS David Hayes Chad Schofield (a1.5) $6
Now And Zen was gifted the lead in the last race and Keep Cool was happy to sit second and stalk him. As a result the pace was slow early making the leading pair difficult to run down. When they turned for home Now And Zen was disappointing and found nothing. Keep Cool on the other hand had plenty in the tank as he idled to the lead and kicked away for a soft win. Whisper Downs loomed up around the turn but wasn’t suited by the early pace and was simply outsprinted to the line. Bells of Troy ran on well and recorded some good late sectionals to finish second.
Worth Noting: The Keep Cool / Tuscan Fire form continues to hold up. When on pace runners go that hard early and still sprint home above the average it is form worth following and both Keep Cool and Tuscan Fire have franked it. Continue to follow Keep Cool.
Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester
1st Guelph Rod Quinn
2nd Good Job Bro Hugh Bowman
3rd The Wesleyan Peter Robl
The two-year-olds got them under way in the first, and the Snowden yard provided the short priced favouriteGuelph. The Wesleyan went straight to the front with any amount of speed and led from Battle Front which was three wide, Mr Rainmaker was in the middle and Loutrel was on the fence behind the leader. Guelph got well back to second last, and was still there when they turned for home but was pulled to the extreme outside. When they turned, The Wesleyan showed a bit of fight, but was quickly headed out wide by Good Job Bro and Guelph. Guelph went on for a fairly easy win, but the run of Good Job Bro to go with it for most of the straight was not bad.
Follow: Good Job Bro
1st Thumbtacks Jason Collett
2nd Ferment Chris Reith
3rd Jimmy Fortunes Brenton Avdulla
1600m for the second event, and Havana Rey had found plenty of betting support to start around about yours for theirs. Jimmy Fortunes didn’t begin all that well, as he can tend to do, whilst up front, Havana Rey and Fast Clip disputed the lead, with Havana Rey going clear. The pace looked good, and Havana Rey maintained its lead up to the home turn. The eventual winner Thumbtacks was caught a bit wide early, and in a race winning move Collett elected to go back and got in. Around the turn, Havana Rey was in big trouble, with basically a line of 4 up front as Fast Clip, Ferment and Thumbtacks all joined in. Fast Clip ran off the track a bit which inconvenienced Ferment and allowed Thumbtacks to get the momentum up and come away for the win. Havana Rey must be amiss as it stopped to a walk in the straight. Jimmy Fortunes made up good ground after being under the whip at the 600m.
Follow: Ferment continues to race well and was a bit unlucky
1st Shamardani Tommy Berry
2nd Myamira Corey Brown
3rd Flying Bay James McDonald
Another mile race for races three, and Madam Nash went straight to the front from Bermuda Blue which missed the kick and had to do work to take up a position outside the lead. Ceasar’s Princess got the cheap seats, three wide all the way. The well supported Shamardani settled last in the event. At the 200m, there looked to be plenty of chances, but soon after that Shamardani, which had been suited by the good pace had them covered on the outside and went on for a good win from Myamira which also came with its run down the outside. Notably, most of the early pace runners dropped out to finish near the rear.
1st Zin Zan Eddie Jay Ford
2nd Almighty Charge Tommy Berry
3rd That’s A Good Idea Glyn Schofield
The shorty here was Knoydart, which didn’t have much pace early and got back past midfield. Almighty Chargeled them up from Relaxed And Happy. That’s A Good Idea was caught three wide, with Zin Zan Eddie getting an economical run on the fence but not settling all that well. Almighty Charge was let run before the turn and also came off the fence. Knoydart was taken out wide for its run, and whilst all this was going on, Zin Zan Eddie took the run along the inside. He claimed the lead at the 100m and went on to win narrowly from Almighty Charge. The run of That’s A Good Idea to keep going into third was good. Knoydart was disappointing.
Follow: That’s A Good Idea
1st Mickelberg Brenton Avdulla
2nd Matignon Hugh Bowman
3rd Servante Rod Quinn
Melburg didn’t begin all that well here, but picked itself up to muster into second place, behind Mickelberg which looked to be the leader on paper, and it turned out that way. Writteninthestars took up a good spot just behind the pace. On the point of the turn, Mickelberg was still well clear and stoked up to increase that break which it did. The two that appeared they may be the dangers on paper, Matignon and Kristy Lee were making their runs out wide and coming into the race well enough. In the straight however, it soon became apparent nothing was going to get to Mickelberg, but the runs of Matignon, Kristy Lee and Servante were all good, they were simply outridden on the day.
1st Shadows In The Sun Peter Robl
2nd Travolta Kathy O’Hara
3rd Reuben Percival Tommy Berry
I have to say, the staying races in Sydney don’t do much for me, as it seems a case of similar horses going around taking turns at winning. Back to the race itself, Power Broke wasn’t all that good to begin so it ended up midfield rather than further forward as you may have expected. Shadows In The Sun took it up from Travoltaand Reuben Percival. Shadows In The Sun took off mid race and set up about a three length margin. Before the turn Travolta had this margin back to about a length, but was hard ridden to chase. In the straight, Shadows In The Sun again put up a break on them and was never in doubt, despite Travolta never giving up the chase. Nothing else behind them did a lot, although Carry Me Bluey made up some good ground from the back.
Follow: Call Me Bluey
1st Earnest Ernest Jason Collett
2nd Norma Betty’s Boy Sam Clipperton
3rd Irish Jig Jenny Duggan
Deceiver was a massive blower in betting and was snagged back at the start and that was the last you saw of it – you make up your mind about that. Kirinata had a wide gate and clearly began the best to come across and lead with Number One Gun kicking up on its inside. Irish Jig and Norma Betty’s Boy got good runs behind the speed. Whisperossa was the other one that had supporters in betting, and was keeping Deceiver company well back in the field and hard ridden before the turn. This turned out another example where the other jockeys were out ridden, with Jason Collett going back to the inside on Earnest Ernest and getting the win. Norma Betty’s Boy and Irish Jig boxed on ok, whilst a search party has been sent out for Deceiver and Whisperossa.
Follow: Irish Jig
1st War Charm Peter Robl
2nd Zedlion Shaun Guymer
3rd So Symbolic Tommy Berry
So Symbolic and River Of Salvation made the early speed, with Fireball then going up outside of them. Zedlionwas also on the speed, but caught four wide. The key to this race was War Charm finding clear galloping room from the top of the straight. He had been unlucky recently, but today was able to show his full ability, and claimed the lead at the 100m to go on to win it. The absolute run of the day came from a horse I have been following lately, Zedlion. He was 4 deep all the way but had the audacity to only go under about a neck. The horse is flying and has to pick one of these races up soon. High On Believing is one from the Waller yard, that commenced this campaign with a bit of a rap on it but has been nothing but disappointing and had every chance again today. I noticed Kaypers getting to the line nicely the last little bit, and its run was better than it will read on paper.
Follow: Zedlion, So Symbolic, Kaypers
Specials from the meeting: That’s A Good Idea, Matignon, Zedlion