Caulfield review by Ray Hickson
Race 1: NJT Plate (1100m) 1st Bassett – Daniel Stackhousse 2nd Keen Array – Damian Lane 3rd Mawahibb – James Winks Mawahibb broke quickly from the outside alley and Sweet Redemption went with him early but Keen Array gathered speed along the fence to head them. Bassett dropped into a trail behind them withStoker on his inside. Sweet Redemption pulled out of the battle for the lead and left Mawahibb pressuring Keen Array. They broke away from the field by three coming to the turn but came back fairly quickly. Keen Array was the first under pressure as Mawahibb looked to be travelling better but they were quickly reeled in by Bassett passing the 200m and he stretched out nicely late, though he did have a cold sit. Keen Array fought off the challenge of Mawahibb to hold second. A patchy run behind them from Stoker who appeared gone at a couple of stages but kept at it while Ability and Well Sightedwere the only ones to make an impact from the second half. They had their chance to run on. Follow: Bassett is a promising horse and while he had the best run he has the most upside. Race 2: Fight Cancer Foundation Handicap (1400m) 1st Good Value – Michael Walker 2nd Rugged Cross – Brad Rawiller 3rd Moonovermanhattan – Craig Newitt Good Value jumped worst and was hard ridden early on before settling at the tail. Lord Durante headed to the lead and Pago Rock sat up outside him. Moonovermanhattan landed in the box seat andRugged Cross was up handy around Rhythm To Spare. Schockemohle found himself stuck three wide and improved around them, working up to third. Good Value jumped onto his back for a run home and this shuffled Rhythm To Spare back. Lord Durante was being heeled along at the 600m in the lead and Pago Rock was under similar riding. Schockemohle was still there and Moonovermanhattan gained an inside run on the turn to chime in. Good Value and Rugged Cross pulled out to make their runs and Rhythm To Spare was running into dead ends everywhere he went. Moonovermanhattan hit the lead about 200m out but couldn’t hold off Rugged Cross and Good Value in the closing stages with Good Value getting his head down in a deceptive finish (at least if you pay attention to the line on the screen). Moonovermanhattan ran an improved race while Lord Durante battled on fairly. Nice late finish from Scream Machine while Rhythm To Spare was checked out of it in the straight. Follow: definitely give Rhythm To Spare another chance. Race 3: Golden Fleece 150th anniversary Handicap (1400m) 1st So Does He – Vlad Duric 2nd Cross Of Gold – Michael Walker 3rd Bradman – Damian Lane Kapset was one of the best out and looked like leading early but Izenashark pushed outside him to take it up. One he’d crossed Kapset threw the head up and over raced badly. Jetello slotted into a trail behind Kapset and Coram raced inside Bradman a length or so away. A similar gap to So Does He around Collins Street. Izenashark had them running and Kapset wanted to go harder, which fired up the leader again and he took off at the 600m. Coram and Jetello watched it unfold with Bradman enjoying a super trail in the clear. The runs started to come around the turn and Izenashark was collared quickly by Kapset at the 200m. Down the outside came Bradman and So Does He while Coram was checked out of the race on the inside. Cross Of Gold was the widest runner and he started to wear them down. So Does He had the better of Bradman at the 50m but Cross Of Gold was looming but couldn’t quite bridge the gap. The big finisher from the back when the race was all over was Grand Slam Eagle who made it within about a length of the winner after being last on the turn. Coram finished last but didn’t have any luck. Deserved win for So Does He after some hard luck tales of his own. Follow: none, but watch Grand Slam Eagle next time. Race 4: Bendigo Bank East Malvern Handicap (1400m) 1st Kayjay’s Joy – Damian Lane 2nd Danestroem – Chris Parnham 3rd Mossbeat – Ben Melham Sardaaj was clearly the last out then rushed around to better than midfield but couldn’t get in. Danestroem landed in the lead with Lucky Lago on her outside and Kayjay’s Joy finding their backs. A few lengths to Ungrateful Ellen up very handy and Mossbeat also getting into a forward position. Sardaaj was left stranded on their outside. In the bunch next were Secret Toy Bizness, Sure You Can andPetite Diablesse, who found the back of Sardaaj. Danestroem was much more settled in the lead this week and Lucky Lago stuck with her. Kayjay’s Joy kept stalking as Sardaaj started to move forward, Mossbeat lost a couple of lengths in some shuffling and Ungrateful Ellen ran up behind the leader. Lucky Lago was the first beaten and Kayjay’s Joy made her move on the turn to set out after Danestroem, who had a bit of a kick. Sardaaj was further out with Petite Diablesse and Mossbeat and Ungrateful Ellen finding trouble getting through. She took a while to get there but Kayjay’s Joy ran down Danestroem to win nicely but with all the favours. Mossbeat managed to get through to rack up another placing and Petite Diablesse battled on fairly just ahead of Sardaaj and Ring Da Belle andAlleyoop running on late. Ungrateful Ellen should have finished closer. Follow: forgive both Sardaaj and Ungrateful Ellen. Race 5: MRC Foundation Plate (1400m) 1st Don’t Doubt Mamma – Luke Currie 2nd Sacred Eye – Michael Walker 3rd Thames Court – Damian Lane They seemed to wait a bit to sort out a leader and Pearl Star obliged with Giulietta sliding over into second. Thames Court and Catch A Fire let them go for a trail. A bunch of them a couple of lengths away including Don’t Doubt Mamma between Born Magic and Sacred Eye with Hela Flyer wider out. Pearl Star and Giulietta ran along a bit and coming to the turn Catch A Fire and Thames Court were looking to get around them as they showed signs of distress. Don’t Doubt Mamma became held up behind them and Sacred Eye overdid it on the corner and swung very wide. Giulietta couldn’t get past Pearl Star, Born Magic was getting up on the inside and after a bit of a scrimmage Don’t Doubt Mamma swept down the outside and put the race away, though Sacred Eye did sprout wings late to get every close. Thames Court boxed on nicely for third and Pearl Star hung on pretty well next. Giulietta disappointed, Born Magic was okay and of the others Lazumba worked home nicely when it was all over. Good effort by the winner, have to rate these as the second or third level fillies though. Follow: Sacred Eye looks a nice type in the making. Race 6: Testa Rossa Stakes (1200m) 1st Fell Swoop – Damien Oliver 2nd Charlie Boy – Steven Arnold 3rd Java – Ben Melham Speed from It Is Written and Thermal Current and Fell Swoop eased out of any speed battles. Galaxy Pegasus jumped with them this time and took the box seat. Exodus was trapped wide and was taken hold of while Charlie Boy and Java were in that bunch. We’re Gonna Rock recovered after a slow start to boot through to midfield on the fence and inside The Bowler. Well before the turn Fell Swoop pulled his way up outside the two leaders with Java jumping onto his back for a cart home and Charlie Boy waiting for a run inside Java. On the turn Fell Swoop got onto the wrong leg and lost ground as Thermal Current and It Is Written tried to go for home. Galaxy Pegasus was bailed up behind those leaders. Fell Swoop regained his composure to hit the lead at the 100m with Charlie Boy going with him on the inside and Java still coming. Fell Swoop was there to be beaten but held them off and was edging away again for a super win. Charlie Boy was honest first-up with top weight and Java had his chance but ran well. A couple of eye catchers behind the placegetters from the Moody stable with Ulmann and Royal Rapture hitting the line nicely late first-up just ahead of The Bowler. Winner far too good, hopefully he heads for a break and targets the Oakleigh Plate first-up. Follow: plenty of great runs, Charlie Boy, Java, Ulmann and Royal Rapture. Race 7: Sprint Series Heat 2 (1200m) 1st Politeness – Mark Zahra 2nd Griante – Steven Arnold 3rd Jessy Belle – Damian Lane Hazard jumped well from the outside but went looking for cover, Politeness eased and Tycoon Tara went forward with Girl Guide and Lesley’s Choice on the inside. Wawail sat right behind the leaders early with Written Dash punching up on the fence and Forgeress and Scarlet Billows in that bunch. Hazard wound up four and five deep with Vezelay on her back. Lesley’s Choice held them out to lead Girl Guide and Tycoon Tara stuck three wide and Hazard striding up deeper on the turn. Vezelay followed her with Politeness tracking up while Wawail was held up back in the middle. Lesley’s Choice was being swamped past the 100m and Politeness sprinted quickly down the outside with Griante from well back, Vezelay started to battle and Jessy Belle got a rails run late. Politeness just held off Griante and Jessy Belle poking up on the fence. Hazard was far from disgraced after a wide run finishing close up while Atlantis Dream was spotted storming home closer to the inside and Satya on the extreme outside in a bunch behind the placegetters. Wawail finished second last but didn’t ever get a shot at them. Forgive her. Follow: Atlantis Dream’s return was excellent but also forgive Hazard and Wawail. Race 8: Naturalism Stakes (2000m) 1st Magnapal – Luke Currie 2nd The United States – Damian Lane 3rd Genuine Lad – Craig Williams Genuine Lad made a beeline for the front from a wide gate and made it there pretty comfortably. Kapour also came over but was made to work to get up outside the lead. Prince Cheri and Taiyoo took trails leaving Cafe Society three wide as Magnapal kicked up. Sonntag settled handy with Bold Sniper racing a bit greenly next. Let’s Make Adeal and Ethiopia settled midfield and The United Stateswas in the clear behind them. Kapour took over the middle stages and Genuine Lad came off his back to sit nearby with Taiyoo and Prince Cheri still stalking. The first half started to bunch up quite a bit as far as 800m out and Prince Cheri and Cafe Society made a line of four in front with the leaders. Magnapal was waiting for a run while Taiyoo took the inside run. Let’s Make Adeal was under pressure as was Bold Sniper and The United States ran up behind the leading bunch looking for a way through. Kapour and Genuine Lad shook off those wider out, Taiyoo couldn’t quite reach them on the fence as Magnapal made his move. The United States was getting through inside Genuine Lad at the 100m as Magnapal hit the lead and he couldn’t run him down. Genuine Lad stuck it out well for third. Bold Sniper ran a very patchy race but was strong late and Kapour found the run a bit too tough. Behind the placings Taiyoo had his chance as did Let’s Make Adeal. Out wide Almoonqith charged home late and Our Ivanhowe was’t disgraced. Follow: none stood out though several ran well. Race 9: Cove Hotel Handicap (1600m) 1st Tarzino – Craig Newitt 2nd Sailing By – Michael Dee 3rd Etymology – Patrick Moloney Nobody seemed too keen to lead with Sailing By up there and eventually crossing Multifacets. Del Piero and Del Grappa made their presence felt early on too. Zacada raced in the clear. More Than Perfect was stuck three wide around Salamaat and Assertive Star. The second half of the field were strung out quite a bit in the middle stages. Sailing By was travelling much better than Del Piero and Del Grappa nearing the turn. Zacada ran off the track and caused some trouble for Tarzino and Kentucky Flyer running on from well back. Sailing By skipped away around the turn and Del Piero was doing a good job of sticking on. Multifacets couldn’t do any better while Assertive Star got off the fence and loomed at the 200m. Tarzino was hitting the line strongly further out. He really warmed up late and made it look pretty soft on the line beating Sailing By. Etymology came out of the pack to run into third in a handy effort and Assertive Star battled on. Follow: some nice three-year-olds here and stick with the first three. Specials from the meeting: Rhythm To Spare, Sacred Eye, Atlantis Dream, Tarzino.
Randwick Review by Todd Burmester
Race 1 1st Counterattack Jim Cassidy 2nd Haptic Sam Clipperton 3rd Takedown Kerrin McEvoy In the early part of the first event there was three of them disputing the lead. Haptic held the fence with Zoutenant on its outside and Not A Cherry three deep. Redzel who found good support in betting was back last. Before you knew it they were at the home turn and Haptic traveled well up the rise with Zoutenant pushed along but making a pretty good job of chasing. Redzel got through behind the leader and looked to come into it with Counterattack down the outside finishing well. Haptic held the front until the 100m mark, but from there on it was all Counterattack and he came away for a pretty impressive win. Takedown ran on nicey into third. Redzel was very disappointing, finishing back toward the rear. Follow: Haptic Race 2 1st Sadler’s Lake Jim Cassidy 2nd Rudy Kerrin McEvoy 3rd Heart Testa Jason Collett Heart Testa sprung the gates in race two and led easily from Never Back Down and Dragon Flyer. Sadler’s Lake got a nice run behind the speed in fourth, with Rudy behind it. Around the turn, it was still Heart Testa going along nicely in front. Dragon Flyer and Rudy were pulled three and fourt wide respectively to come with their runs. Up the rise, Sadler’s Lake was presented with a run on the fence and took advantage of it to go to the front at about the furlong pole. Thereafter it had the wood on Heart Testa. Rudy ran on well enough at the end but was never going to pick up the winner. That made it the first two races for The Pumper. There wasn’t much that could be said about the rest of the beaten horses here. Follow: Rudy Race 3 1st Kasiano Lad Tim Clark 2nd Dupe ‘Em Hugh Bowman 3rd Wild ‘n’ Famous Winona Costin In the third event, Northern Lyric came out well from a wide gate as did Oxford Poet from the inside. When they settled, those two led jointly, with Mine Two taking the sit on them and Kasiano Lad racing keenly up three wide, before easing back for some cover. Around the turn and up the rise it was a competitive event with Oxfort Poet and Northern Lyric locked in battle. Kasiano Lad and Dupe ‘Em were coming on out wider and Wild ‘n’ Famous was coming through back towards the inside. Kasiano Lad ran clear inside the furlong, and from there the race was beyond doubt. He put a couple of lengths on Dupe ‘Em who finished second and Wild ‘n’ Famous in third spot. The winner was impressive here. Follow: Kasiano Lad Race 4 1st Rebel Dane Brenton Avdulla 2nd Ball Of Muscle Tim Clark 3rd Shiraz Kerrin McEvoy They found their formaiton pretty quickly here with Ball Of Muscle leading up from Hot Snitzel on the outside and Shiraz taking a sit in behind them. Ball Of Muscle had it its own way in front and led by about a length around the bend as the field packed up. Up the rise, Ball Of Muscle still had the front bit was being challenged strongly by Hot Snitzel and Rebel Dane who was on the scene out wide. Shiraz was trying to make ground over on the inside, but looked to have the job ahead. Ball Of Muscle kept fighting, but Rebel Dane was eating into the margin, and arrived right on the most to win by a narrow margin. Although running second last, Rock Sturdy finished its race off quite nicely. Shiraz was a bit disappointing, but the fence may not have been the place to be. Follow: Ball Of Muscle Race 5 1st Pearls Sam Clipperton 2nd Honesta Tye Angland 3rd Kimberley Star Blake Shinn The Tea Rose was race five and Lake Geneva and Ottoman were easily the best to begin and ran clear in front. Ottoman had the inside and went through to take it up from Lake Geneva with Perignon in third and the pace looked ok. Kimberley Star was back past midfield and looked to be trapped a bit wide. Ottoman still had it up the rise and looked to kick away, but wasn’t able to do so. Perignon was running on as was Kimberley Star and those two had a bump at about the 300m mark. Whilst that was going on, Pearls was putting in a big run down the outside and soon after went to the front. Late in the race Honesta started to charge home, and made the finish interesting but was never really going to get to the winner who held on by about a half a length. Kimberley Star held third but was a few lengths back. Ottoman faded out badly. Follow: Honesta Race 6 1st Kermadec Glyn Schofield 2nd Royal Descent Hugh Bowman 3rd Pornichet Blake Shinn The main event of the day was The George Main, and Lucia Valentina was slow to begin. Hooked on the other hand pounced straight on the early lead from Royal Descent and Pornichet who was out three wide. Kermadec was about three lengths off the lead and also out three wide. Past the thousand, Pornichet rolled to the front, with the pace not looking too fast. Hooked kicked up along the fence and those two had about a half length between them. Royal Descent took the sit on them. Around the turn and up the rise, Pornichet looked to travel big time in front and stole a couple of lengths margin over Royal Descent who couldn’t offer any better and Hooked was also beaten. Up to the furlong, Kermadec was pulled wide and was putting in its run but still looked to have the job ahead of it. Pornichet started to shorten stride and Kermadec lengthened beautifully and ran to the front in the closing stages for a pretty impressive victory. Royal Descent kept trying her heart and out got past Pornichet to grab second. Lucia Valentina and Kirrmosa were both good closing their races off from the back to finish midfield. The rest failed to flatter. Follow: Kermadec Race 7 1st Preferment Hugh Bowman 2nd Magic Hurricane James McDonald 3rd Complacent Sam Clipperton They took a little while to sort themselves out in the seventh with Bonfire taking up the early lead and Complacent going up to challenge as they went into the back straight. Complacent ran clear in front with Beaten Up moving up into second, and Bonfire taking a trail behind them together with Tremec. With 600m to go, Preferment was off around them heading towards the front but very wide on the track. Around the turn, Complacent still had the front and was well away from the fence. Early in the straight there was five across the track, with Bonfire and Beaten Up trying their best, but Preferment and Magic Hurricane had come with strong runs on the outside and basically hit the front together. Those two went head and head to the line, and just when it looked like Magic Hurricane would get the better of Preferment, it dug in and proved too good in the final part of the race. Plenty of them finished in a clump here and it’s a race to watch the replay of to understand all the runs. Who Shot Thebarman and Junoob were both good last start and went well enough again here to be ready soon. Follow: Who Shot Thebarman, Junoob Race 8 1st Ruling Dynasty Tommy Berry 2nd Sabkhat Sam Clipperton 3rd Faralitos James McDonald Candelara led them out in the last with Sabkhat up outside of it and Faralitos settling in third. Duccio was up outside of it with Celtic Prince back on the fence. Around the home turn, Candelara still had it from Sabkhat who was looking to make a challenge and soon after ran to the front. Faralitos was trying it’s best to pick them up, Marenostro was coming down the outside and Ruling Dynasty was finding its way through the middle after being last before the turn. Faralitos looked like getting to Sabkhat, but Missvonn and Casino Dancer were coming strongly on the outside and Ruling Dynasty was finishing hard on the inside. It was Ruling Dynasty that finished best and got the money from Sabkhat who fought off Faralitos. Missvonn and Casino Dancer just peaked on their runs a bit on the outside. Follow: Ruling Dynasty Specials from the meeting: Kasino Lad, Honesta