Weekend Racing Reviews – Saturday 2nd February

Caulfield review compiled by David Carr

Race 1 – 12:45PM Toorak Toff at Rosemont Stud Hcp (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.99 Last 600m: 0:35.17

1             WINTA CHILLER               Ross Pecora             Dale Smith              $9
2             HAI LIL                                 Allen Browell               Michael Rodd        $16
3            ARE THERE ANY                Peter G Moody            Vlad Duric              $10

The well supported favourite Spending was a little slow to begin and was then pushed forward to take up the running. She set up a good early tempo but looked to be doing it comfortably. Royal Scandal moved up to sit outside Spending before the turn and apply some pressure. As they entered the straight the battle for the lead continued with Royal Scandal having a slight edge. At the 200m a wall of horses chimed in with their runs. Winta Chiller came off the heels of Royal Scandal and sprinted quickly to win the race. Hai Lil was held up for clear running for several strides until getting a split at the 100m and hitting the line well to grab second. Are There Anycame with a sustained run down the outside to be just edged out by Hai Lil.

Worth Noting: I think Spending may be better ridden more quietly in the future. The first three across the line were fairly even. If the race was run ten times over the result would be different each time.

Race 2 – 1:25PM PFD Food Services Chairman’s Stakes (1100 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:04.37 Last 600m: 0:34.81

1             METASTASIO                     Peter Snowden            Kerrin McEvoy          $1.45F
2             KONA BREEZE                  Peter G Moody             Luke Nolen               $9
3             SHAMUS AWARD              Danny O’Brien              Glen Boss                 $8.50

Metastasio started a short price favourite and bounced straight to the front. Recycle Prince held out Shamus Award to trail the pace and The Hummel got posted four wide. On the swing for home McEvoy had a good hold on Metastasio while the others were all ridden along to stay in touch. When McEvoy shook her up she responded well and put a few lengths on them to race away for a soft win. Kona Breeze got a split through the middle and nosed out Shamus Award and I Am Titanium who both boxed on well.

Worth Noting: Metastasio goes to the Blue Diamond next start and meets a much stronger field. I am of the opinion she will find a few better than her in the Blue Diamond.

Race 3 – 2:05PM TROA Supports National Jockeys’ Trust Manfred Stakes (1200 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:09.54 Last 600m: 0:34.13
1           ROYAL HAUNT                 Peter G Moody             Luke Nolen             $3.90
2           FORCE COMMAND           Greg Eurell                    Dwayne Dunn        $31
3           HOSTING                              Greg Eurell                   Craig Williams       $3.60

Royal Haunt and Hosting came across from the outside barriers to share the ealry lead. Royal Haunt eventually crossed Hosting and drop the pace at the 800m mark. The easing favourite Albrecht made a move three wide to run into third before the turn. Force Command stuck to the rails after enjoying a nice run throughout. On the turn Royal Haunt railed like a greyhound and kicked away from them and kept extending his lead all the way to the post to win by over four lengths. Force Command got the better of Hosting in the last few strides to take second. Sheer Talent was the best of the rest and will improve next start over a longer trip.

Worth Noting: Royal Haunt is likely to be aimed at the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 2.

Race 4 – 2:45PM Monjon Security W.J. Adams Stakes (1000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:57.12 Last 600m: 0:33.64

1            AVOID LIGHTNING           David Jolly                              Craig Williams       $3.50
2           CANALI                                 Stephen Brown                       Luke Currie            $7
3           FIRST COMMAND               Anthony Freedman              Glen Boss                 $2.70F

First Command was the first to bounce out and crossed over from the outside barrier to join Canali who kicked up on the inside to hold First Command off the rails. Light Express tracked First Command and Avoid Lightning eased back to sit off them. On the swing for home First Command looked to be going well but when they straightened Bossy was getting stuck into him early in the straight as Light Express levelled up. Canali eased off his heels to issue a challenge but it was Avoid Lightning who came down the outside to grab the lead inside the final 100m. You could throw a blanket over the field as they crossed the line. Eight Bills and Cardinal Virtue did their best work late.

Worth Noting: Avoid Lightning now goes towards the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on February 23. I wouldn’t be taking short odds next start as she had a lot in her favour today and probably won’t get that next start. Eight Bills will was a bit stiff not to win today and will be back in the winner’s circle soon.

Race 5 – 3:25PM National Jockeys’ Trust Mornington Cup Prelude (2000 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 2:02.28 Last 600m: 0:33.69

1         DURNFORD                   Pat Carey                    Kerrin McEvoy            $9
2         TUSCAN FIRE              Dan O’Sullivan          Glen Boss                        $6
3         ELUSIVE KING            Peter G Moody         Brad Rawiller               $2.90F

Tuscan Fire won the start and had the lead comfortably from Buxted and Westsouthwest. White Universe lobbed into a nice spot one out one back. The heavily backed Elusive King returned to his usually racing pattern today and was ridden quietly in the second half of the field. On the swing for home White Universe moved up to challenge Tuscan Fire who was in for the fight. This pair moved 3 lengths in front of Elusive King and Durnfordwho both made their together from the tail of the field. Tuscan Fire fought off White Universe and looked home but just couldn’t hold out Durnford who was suited by the strong pace and light weight. Elusive King battled away to finish third but never looked like winning.

Worth Noting: Another tough effort by Tuscan Fire who will be very hard to beat in the Mornington Cup on February 13. Durnford is going well and should also be followed. If Durnford gets a run in the Mornington Cup I think they will fight out the finish again.

Race 6 – 4:05PM Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Final (1600 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:36.73 Last 600m: 0:35.51

1              FUTURE SOLUTION             Kane Harris                 Daniel Stackhouse           $14
2              THE NEW BOY                        Danny O’Brien            Craig Newitt                       $2.90EF
3              INFINITE ENERGY                  Peter G Moody          Luke Nolen                          $2.90EF

Laspiel won the start but was headed shortly after when The New Boy pushed forward to take over. Future Solution came across to box seat. Finishing Card was caught wide early and pushed forward to move into second. Infinite Energy was ridden cold and eased back to third last. The New Boy enjoyed an uncontested lead and around the turn it looked like it could be his day today. Half way down the straight The New Boy started to think about it and wanted to stop. He dug deep but couldn’t hold off Future Solution who enjoyed a much better run today and was strong to the line. Infinite Energy made a long run from the tail of the field but didn’t quite see out the mile. I still think Infinite Energy is a better 1200m horse and needs to drop back in distance.

Worth Noting: Hopefully you read about Future Solution’s tough effort in last week’s review and collected this week. I am starting to think that The New Boy is afraid of the post.

Race 7 – 4:45PM Inglis NJT Pin & Win Competition Hcp (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.22 Last 600m: 0:34.31

1             POPULATION                            Anthony Freedman         Damien Thornton (a3)        $4.80
2             DANY THE FOX (NZ)             Mick Price                            Dale Smith                                $3.50F
3             COSMIC CAUSEWAY             Peter G Moody                   Luke Nolen                               $7.50

Population flew the gates and ran straight to the front from Dany The Fox and Scaredymac. Langridge Street box seated. Once they found their positions not much changed until the turn where the two favourites kicked away to fight out the finish. Dany The Fox tried hard all the way down the straight but just couldn’t get past Population who enjoyed the 3kg claim from Thornton. Cosmic Causeway made up good ground after being three wide most of the way. Auld Burns and Shewan ran on well. Follow Shewan over a longer trip soon.

Worth Noting: Damien Thornton continues to ride well knows how to make the most of his 3kg claim. Dany The Fox was tough in defeat and can bounce back next start.

Race 8 – 5:25PM BC3 Thoroughbreds Hcp (1400 METRES)

Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:25.69 Last 600m: 0:34.78

1            MUSIC SHOP                     Darren Weir                       Damian Lane (a0)          $13
2            YOU CAN DANCE               Robbie Griffiths               Craig Newitt                     $6
3            MINNIE DOWNS                 Brian Cox                           Glen Boss                           $7.50

A wide open betting market for the last leg of the Quaddie with Folk Rock a narrow favourite. You Can Dancetook up the running from Music Shop and Past The Post. Folk Rock, Mosse Diva and Minnie Downs were in the next group in a moderately run race. You Can Dance kicked well around the turn and looked like holding off Folk Rock and Minnie Downs who came down the outside with their runs. Music Shop eased off the heels of You Can Dance and sprinted quickly inside the final furlong to win by just over a length on the line. You Can Dance held off a wall of horses for second.

Worth Noting: Fairly even bunch of horses. Follow Minne Downs next start if she draws a better gate.


Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

1st               Everage                                Nathan Berry
2nd             Twilight Royale                   Brenton Avdulla
3rd              Dowdston Charlie              Glyn Schofield

Aussies Love Sport and Twilight Royale both made a bit of a mess of the start to settle second last and last.  Everage led from Power Alert and Vergara early on, but Everage was a bit wide as they tried to sort themselves out.  Vergara eased and the other two look up the front.  After the bad start, Twilight Royale went through along the inside to settle in fourth.  Aussies Love Sport looked to struggle before the turn and was given a couple with the persuader.  In the straight, Advulla on Twilight Royale seemed to take half an hour to work out where he wanted to go, and eventually worked to the outside of Everage that had pinched a little break.  Aussies Love Sport managed to get mobile late, and came with a run together with Dowdston Charlie.  It was a blanket finish, but Everage hung on to get the money narrowly from the possibly unlucky Twilight Royale.

Follow: Twilight Royale

Race 2

1st             Gold Epona                Chris Reith
2nd           Almighty                    Charge Tommy Berry
3rd           Adaboy Ross             Jay Ford

Centrepet was the best out in the second, and Gold Epona was the worst to begin.  Almighty Charge kicked up along the inside to hold out Centrepet, with Taxmeifyoucan racing closer to the lead than I expected, in third.  Almighty Charge seemed to run them along a bit, and before the turn had its rivals all struggling.  In the straight it looked all over a winner, but just got a little bit tired late and was run down by Gold Epona, with Adaboy Rossrunning on well into third.  The two in the betting, Centrepet and Taxmeifyoucan we beaten out of sight.

Follow: Almighty Charge

Race 3

1st               Diamond Drille                  Tommy Berry
2nd             Al Nova                                Jay Ford
3rd              Royal Descent                   Corey Brown

Sherocksmyworld was the best to begin and took up the early lead.  The favourite Royal Descent worked its way into second position, which gave Al Nova and Great Dansaar nice runs just behind the speed.  Sherocksmyworld looked to be rated well in front and slipped away a little bit on the turn, where Royal Descent was pushed along to go with it.  Royal Descent worked its way to the front as Sherocksmyworld punctured badly, but then Diamond Drill and had it on toast, and Al Nova also managed to get past it into second place.  Hoybell was entitled to do more after an easy run in transit but never threatened.

Follow: Royal Descent

Race 4

1st                 Zedlion                     Shaun Guymer
2nd               Burbero                    Brenton Avdulla
3rd                Fedde                        Rachel Murray

Onetonnegun took up the lead from Zedlion, giving Disciple an easy run in third place.  Art Thou Ready andBurbero also had nice runs in midfield.  Onetonnegun ran them along which meant there was no change in the order until the home turn where Zedlion, which had travelled well in the run moved up to tackle for the lead.  Disciple, which had been a betting drifter was the first one beaten and began to drop out.  Zedlion had the lead at the 300m, but Burbero was coming with its run, and did look the winner at the 200m.  Zedlion has been a video special lately, and showed all its customary fight to come back and beat Burbero in the run to the line after being headed, with Fedde coming through into third after having to change courses late in the race and may have been closer with a clearer run.

Follow: Zedlion, Fedde

Race 5

1st                Bello                     Jason Collett
2nd              Palasport            Sam Clipperton
3rd               Soledad               Chris Reith

Samui Lad took up the lead as expected, with Soledad getting a lovely trail in second.  Samui Lad took off mid race and led by about three at the 600m.  Once they turned for home they had the measure of Samui Lad quickly and the field was spread across the track, with the exception of Said Com which was searching for a run.  Soledad briefly got the lead, but Bello swept up out wide to run to the front and set up a break to go on for victory from Palasport and Soledad which kept batting away for third.  Said Com really never found clear ground and might be the improver out of this.

Follow: Palasport, Soledad, Said Com

Race 6

1st              Secessio                              Corey Brown
2nd            Angola                                    Rod Quinn
3rd            Court Connection               Tommy Berry

Kukri found the front early from Angola and Secessio taking the trail in third.  There didn’t look to be much pace on.  They kept going at pedestrian pace until about the 600m when they wound up the tempo, with Angola claiming Kukri around the turn.  Secessio was under the whip around the turn but responded well to the hard riding, to claim Angola at the 150m, with Court Connection moving into third.  In the run to the line they were all pretty tired, but Secessio maintained an advantage over Angola to go on for the win.

Follow: None to follow

Race 7

1st              Geemeup                           Brenton Avdulla
2nd            Magnolia Lane                Hugh Bowman
3rd             Matignon                          Peter Robl

Magnola Lane was slow out here, where as Geemeup was out quickly but there was pace kicking up inside of it, with Alesteem and Matignon sharing the front along the inside.  Geemeup was pulled back into the one out one back trail, with Bonzerina and She’s Clean getting good runs along the fence.  Turning for home, Alesteem still led Matignon, with Geemeup going up to make a line of three.  In the straight, She’s Clean had plenty of room to come through but never did that, in what was a disappointing run.  Geemeup and Matignon were fighting it out, and Magnolia Lane joined in from the back to chase them.  It was a close finish but Geemeup held off Magnolia Lane, with Matignon just fading a bit back into third place.

Follow: Magnolia Lane

Race 8

1st           Whitlam                                   Chris Reith
2nd         Moroney Avenue                    Robert Thompson
3rd          I’m Cool                                   Jason Collett

To the last, and Ichihara didn’t begin all that well from the inside, but not as badly as Typeface.  I’m Cool led them up early, from Ichihara which used the inside to move into second.  Looking back behind the two leaders on the point of the turn, most were pushed along, except for Whitlam which would ultimately go on to win the race.  In the straight, Whitlam basically put it beyond doubt at the 150m, but I’m Cool certainly didn’t give up, trying to raise another effort.  Late in the race Moroney Avenue got into second.  One of the talking points will be Raceway, which was well in the betting and tailed off a long last.  It won’t be carrying any of mine any time soon.

Follow: I’m Cool

Specials from the meeting: Twilight Royale, Fedde, I’m Cool