Caulfield review compiled by David Carr
Race 1 – 12:50PM Thomas North Handicap (1400 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.38 Last 600m: 0:34.82
1 HAZARD Anthony Freedman Glen Boss $2.70F
2 NELLA FANTASIA John Moloney Damien Thornton (a3) $3.50
3 EVENS Darren Weir Brad Rawiller $7
Nella Fantasia stepped a shade slow and was bustled forward to take up the running from Maglissa which allowed Evens to box seat inside Mrs Hadlee. The favourite Hazard dropped out the back to watch it all unfold. As they came around the back turn young Thornton applied the brakes on Nella Fantasia which forced Evens and Midnight Fury to be checked off heels. As they turned for home Nella Fantasia skipped away and looked like she might go on with it but Bossy had managed to keep Hazard away from trouble and work into the race with momentum to score comfortably on the line. Evens lost momentum at a crucial time and did well to finish as close as she did.
Worth Noting: Perfect ride by Bossy who allowed Hazard to get balanced and work into the race with momentum. Hazard looks like a risky horse to follow. Everything fell in place today and she will start a short price next start but needs a lot to go her way.
Race 2 – 1:30PM Ian Miller VOBIS Gold Carat (1000 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:58.66 Last 600m: 0:34.54
1 DIAMOND GLOW Peter G Moody Vlad Duric $2.50F
2 SELF SENSE David Brideoake & David Feek Ben Melham $16
3 DEVIL WOMAN Colin & Cindy Alderson Glen Boss $5
Another small 2yo field with only 6 runners lining up. The punters settled on the Moody trained filly from Bel Esprit and she didn’t disappoint. Self Sense and Shogun Star flew the gates and shared the lead. Diamond Glow only jumped fairly but was allowed to slip forward 3 wide without cover. As they straightened Self Sense and Shogun Star continued their battle for the front with Self Sense gaining the upper hand. Diamond Glow continued her 3 wide run to claim Self Sense and draw away for a comfortable win. Devil Woman kept working to the line to grab 3rd.
Worth Noting: The money for Diamond Glow was right. Nice debut by Self Sense who didn’t have any peace in front and still found plenty in the straight.
Race 3 – 2:10PM Mal Seccull Handicap (1000 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 0:57.01 Last 600m: 0:33.85
1 FIRST COMMAND Anthony Freedman Glen Boss $4.60
2 ROCKING FORCE Mandy Shillito Luke Currie $21
3 GO THE KNUCKLE Robert Smerdon Nicholas Hall $3.90
The early favourite Go The Knuckle drifted in the betting as the plunge came for It’s Crunch Time but after they jumped and found their positions you only wanted to be on First Command. The Soldier couldn’t cross Shock Value which ensured the speed was on. This gave Boss ample time to come across on First Command and sit right behind the pace. It’s Crunch Time was a further 3 lengths behind and niggled at to keep in touch. Go The Knuckle was never in a winning position. When they straightened First Command cruised up to the leaders and went passed them under hands and heals ridding from Bossy. Rocking Force ran well fresh as he always does to post another first up 2nd. Go The Knuckle worked home well and ran some nice late sectionals. It’s Crunch Time was niggled at throughout and only really picked up the bit the last 50m.
Worth Noting: Go The Knuckle will be hard to beat over 1200m but needs to find a suitable race for his racing pattern.
Race 4 – 2:50PM Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Heat 5 (1400 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:23.22 Last 600m: 0:34.94
1 KHALIFA Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd $2.25F
2 CORNELL Anthony Freedman Andrew Stead (a2) $14
3 FINISHING CARD Clinton McDonald Damien Thornton (a3) $6
Flashy Fella jumped straight to the front and crossed them comfortably but then elected to ease which allowed Signor Socks and Khalifa to take over. Finishing Card tracked Khalifa, Al Aneed was over racing 2nd last and King Cobweb was in a different race 6 lengths away. Khalifa was the only horse you wanted to be on in the running as the big boy sat 2nd on the slow pace and his main rival in the betting Al Aneed was at the rear of the field playing tug of war with Craig Newitt. Half way down the straight Finishing Card looked like he might run down Khalifa but died on his run late and Khalifa held on to win by half a length from Cornell who worked home well.
Worth Noting: Rodd was fined $300 for using his whip six times forehand prior to the 100m, which is one time more than permitted.
Race 5 – 3:30PM Robert Taranto Handicap (1100 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:03.44 Last 600m: 0:33.95
1 GENERAL PEEKAY Mick Price Craig Newitt $5
2 BENEDICTUS Peter Snowden Vlad Duric $10
3 DAY PROCEDURE Robert Smerdon Ms Jackie Beriman (a3) $4.40
Another wide open betting event to start the Quaddie with 6 horses priced between $3.50 and $5. They jumped in a good line and Day Procedure held the fence to lead General Peekay. Benedictus and Lonrockstar enjoyed a nice run behind the leading pair. The pace was moderate and the leading bunch looked like they would be hard to run down. Day Procedure kicked better than General Peekay straightening but General Peekay responded well to hard ridding from Newitt to claim the lead. As this happened Bossy tried to squeeze Mandla through a narrow gap on the fence on the inside of Day Procedure and notch up a treble but the gap closed before he got there. Benedictus and Lonrockstar ran on well down the outside. General Peekay held on to beat Benedictus.
Worth Noting: Mandla was the unlucky runner who should be forgiven.
Race 6 – 4:10PM John Moule Handicap (1200 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:08.99 Last 600m: 0:33.99
1 TARIANA Mick Price Damien Thornton (a3) $2.60F
2 VAIN ATTRACTION Robbie Griffiths Nicholas Hall $4.60
3 INABLITZ Mick Price Craig Newitt $16
Tariana was crunched late in the betting and if you backed her it was a painless collect. She jumped straight to the front to control race and was never going to lose. Follonica jumped away awkwardly and Riverina’s Girl was slow to begin. Mid race Follonica was caught wide and made a quick move around the field to sit outside Tariana but was under pressure before the turn when Tariana quickened. Vain Attraction had a nice run in transit and came off the fence straightening to issue her challenge but Tariana was in a league of her own and shot away to win by 3 lengths. Inablitz followed Vain Attraction through on the fence and ran on to finish 3rd a couple lengths clear of the rest.
Worth Noting: Tariana is flying this prep and ran a quick time breaking 1:09 for the 1200m. She has now earned herself a trip to Tassie for the Bow Mistress Stakes and a chance at black type in the Group 3 race.
Race 7 – 4:50PM Robert Hunter Handicap (2000 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 2 Time: 2:02.83 Last 600m: 0:36.14
1 WHISPER DOWNS David Hayes Chad Schofield (a1.5) $3.10F
2 BEER GARDEN Dan O’Sullivan Nicholas Hall $31
3 NOW AND ZEN Luke Oliver Brad Rawiller $4.40
The starter caught them in a perfect line and they were in a line of 8 across the track approaching the first turn. Schofield made the right move snagging Whisper Downs back from the wide gate and took no part in the early battle to obtain a position. Eventually Milensnake crossed Tube and wanted to keep on going which set up a strong tempo. Now And Zen found the box seat and enjoyed nice run but Rawiller fell asleep approaching the turn and allowed Boss to push up inside him on Apres. Beer Garden circled the field which gave Whisper Downs the perfect cart into the race and while many were searching for runs Whisper Downs had the momentum to put the race away. Now And Zen didn’t get out until the 100m when it was all over and should have finished closer. King’s a Star also had no luck getting a crack at them and ran on strong late to just miss 3rd.
Worth Noting: No superstars in this race and momentum will win these races every time.
Race 8 – 5:30PM Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Heat 6 (1600 METRES)
Track Condition: Good 2 Time: 1:36.68 Last 600m: 0:35.58
1 SNOW COVER Jim Mason Damien Thornton (a3) $15
2 THE NEW BOY Danny O’Brien Jake Noonan (a1.5) $4.40
3 DAYITA Peter G Moody Jake Duffy (a2) $10
The New Boy won the start and went straight to the lead from Fast and Free who was happy to sit 2nd. With no one else wanting the lead the two favoured runners looked to have the race at their mercy. But The New Boy fired up in the blinkers and set them alight early. Fast and Free loomed up omulusly on the swing for home but jarred up on the hard surface and was eased out of the race. This left The New Boy a sitting duck in front and Snow Cover came off the fence to grab The New Boy on the line. Dayita, Speckie and Heaven’s Riches all worked home well. Agrippa and Prince Obama were both late withdrawals due to the track being upgraded to a Good 2.
Worth Noting: Good effort by The New Boy who burnt the candle at both ends again. Perhaps taking the blinkers off may do the trick next start. Forget Fast and Free went around. Damien Thornton gets up in the last race to win the jockey challenge.
Warwick Farm review by Todd Burmester
1st That’s A Good Idea Glyn Schofield
2nd Fuming Jenny Duggan
3rd Loch Leven Hugh Bowman
Stand Strong from the Waterhouse yard was sent out and odds on favourite in the first and went to the lead early as expected. That’s A Good Idea quickly moved up outside of it though and they dueled all the way to the home turn. Danaura and Imperil settled in behind the speed in third and fourth. Around the bend everything was under pressure, with That’s A Good Idea running to the lead and shares in the favourite had quickly headed south. Fuming which was well backed came to the outside but could only run into second and got nowhere near That’s A Good Idea which was a good win given it set the speed. Stand Strong was very disappointing even given that it was pressured in front.
Follow: That’s A Good Idea
1st Swing Vote Tommy Berry
2nd Twilight Royale Brenton Avdulla
3rd Battlefront Josh Parr
Two-year-olds in the second event and Direct Charge missed the start a bit. Swing Vote went to the lead fromBattle Front. These two pretty much had it between them until inside the 200m where Swing Vote got clear, and then there were some running on from the back which were good runs including Twilight Royale, which didn’t begin all that well, and Standard Bearer which made up a lot of ground and you would think on that run will go better over more ground down the track.
Follow: Twilight Royale, Standard Bearer
1st Award Season Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Flying Home Chris Reith
3rd Agent Bauer Josh Parr
A mile and a half staying event was the third race, and it was no surprise to see Power Broker, another Waterhouse horse go to the front. King Of The Forest, Agent Bauer and Old Bill settled second, third and fourth respectively. The eventual winner, Award Season found good support in betting and settled well back along the fence. He tried to take off on Power Broker with about 600m to go, and that had a few of them straight off the bit. As they straightened, Power Broker was gone, and it was obvious those from the back had it between them. Flying Home came with its run and hit the front but Award Season quickly had it on toast and went on for a strong win. Both the first two home can be followed here.
Follow: Award Season, Flying Home
1st Sessions Kerrin McEvoy
2nd Territory Patrick Murphy
3rd Floral Insight Yusuke Ichikawa
Sessions was sent out a short well backed favourite here to make up for his unlucky run last start. Diamond Earth took up the running from Texan Lad at what looked like a pretty good clip in front. Around the turn, the ever consistent Floral Insight went up and took the lead, but soon after that, was claimed firstly by Territory which was a huge run first up, and the by Sessions which had wound up down the middle of the track. Sessions does look a horse with plenty of ability, particularly when ridden from behind, but is one of those horses that will always start short. Tahitian Black was consistent again in this event, but is finding it hard to break through again.
1st Merlin Mustang Brenton Avdulla
2nd Foreteller Alysha Collett
3rd Thumbtacks Jason Collett
River Of Salvation briefly took the early lead, but Merlin Mustang and Samui Lad went through to take the front together soon after. This gave Thumbtacks and River Of Salvation good runs in behind the speed. Hypurr from its wide gate had begun well, but was left three deep with no cover. Riva De Lago got a good run in transit back in midfield. Merlin Mustang was rated a treat by Brenton Avdulla and kicked on the home turn to set up a winning lead. The first up run of Foreteller was very good and he looks set for a good campaign. Riva De Lago offically confirmed that it drinks milk from a saucer and can be sacked after this effort.
1st Circle Of Power Blake Spriggs
2nd Disciple James McDonald
3rd San Zaim Kerrin McEvoy
Gangster’s Choice had a bad getaway from the gates here, where as Madam Nash showed her customary pace to take up the early lead from Fireball, which gave Disciple a lovely run on the fence in third. The speed looked ok and there was no change in the order until the turn where there were quite a few pushed along to make runs. Disciple basically hooked sideways around the turn as he was traveling well, and got out into the clear. Circle Of Power and San Zaim came with their runs also, and Circle Of Power and Disciple settled down to fight it out with Circle Of Power just getting the nod. I think if Disciple had have stayed on the fence around the turn, the run would have presented itself and it would have won the race.
1st Caprossa Tommy Berry
2nd My Sabeel Jason Collett
3rd Geemeup Brenton Avdulla
Geemeup initially came out running from out wide and crossed to the lead but then put on the breaks in front and the field was tightly packed. My Sabeel sat up outside the leader with Caprossa and Nuptse getting nice runs in behind the speed. My Sabeel looked to travel ok around the turn and went up and took the lead, but Caprossa made good use of the cushy run it had in transit to dart through along the inside and set up a winning break. She’s Clean was the one in the cerise colours not getting much room in the straight and probably should have finished closer.
Follow: She’s Clean
1st Mossamine Blake Shinn
2nd Bereft Chris Reith
3rd Pitt Street Hugh Bowman
Persian Storm missed it badly in the last. Norma Betty’s Boy found the front but did not cross Beckon, which booted up to take the lead. Batton was caught three deep here and that put paid to its chances. Mossamine,Bereft and Lohengrin were all getting nice runs back behind the speed. Kuhrein also had an economical run on the fence but was back a fair way from the speed. Mossamine claimed the lead soon after turning for home and was able to just stave off the effort of Bereft in the run to the line. I liked the way Bereft dug in to try and get there, and should be followed, where as Lohengrin and Kuhreihen both have a big question mark over them after disappointing efforts here, they wont be carrying any of mine next time out.
Specials From The Meeting: Territory, She’s Clean, Bereft