RANDWICK REVIEW – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 6 2016
Race 1 – FRANK WILDING 70TH BIRTHDAY HANDICAP (2000m)
1st ALLERGIC – James McDonald
2nd TESTASHADOW – Samantha Clenton (a2/54.5kg)
3rd SLOW PACE – Tommy Berry
Reasonable start at the 2000m with Testashadow on the fence probably getting the best of it. Khalid also jumped well and came across to join him, whilst caught widest were Archean, Faust and the appropriately named Landlocked. Herne’s Oak sat behind on the rails with Allergic just off his shoulder, with Loophole and Rio Perdido content to sit back.
Very little action throughout the bulk of the trip – precious little speed on and McDonald on hot favourite Allergic was happy to sit just behind a leading pack of about half-a-dozen horses, taking his mount on little more than leisurely stroll.
They finally got to work out of the turn, Allergic going out widest to locate an empty lane. Landlocked initially looked to go with him and the pair gave chase to the leaders, with Testashadow still in front. It was all Allergic however, continuing his good form to romp to an easy win from Testashadow, with Slow Pace riding the winner’s wake to hit the lien well for third.
Watch: Allergic – the winner was in a class of his own.
Race 2 – TAB HIGHWAY HANDICAP (1200m)
1st ALL SUMMER LONG – James McDonald
2nd LORD VON COSTA – Jason Collett
3rd ROSE OF MAN -Tommy Berry
Good start for the large field with Lord Von Costa the best of them with Gunnaza, All Summer Long and Rose of Man not far away. Three Sheets sat just behind as Gunnaza looked to head the leaders and make the running.
Settling through the turn and Rose of Man looked to have the run of the race on the inside well covered, with Lord Von Costa on his outside from All Summer Long. Into the turn and the four leaders looked to have it to themselves, McDonald taking All Summer Long widest to fight out the run to the line. Gunnaza couldn’t go with them as Lord Von Costa and Rose of Man boxed on, but it was All Summer Long costing home for a comfortable win on the outside. Of the rest, Three Sheets and Hill Spy were the most eye-catching in hitting the line.
Race 3 – RANVET HANDICAP (1000m)
1st FELINES – James McDonald
2nd CRAFTINESS – Hugh Bowman
3rd GOT THE GOSS – Koby Jennings (a3/56kg)
Starter caught them in a great line with Craftiness leaping out hardest from wide with Eminent Duke and Felines alongside him. Happy Galaxy pushed along on the fence as Bowman slowed Craftiness and allowed Felines to take up the running, but remained three wide and unable to get across.
Little movement around the turn and into the straight, with Felines being briefly tackled by Eminent Duke before he fell away. Bowman tried to slog on with Craftiness but the weight was telling, Felines bounding away and continuing McDonald’s perfect start to the day. Got The Goss and Prince Harada kept going to claim the minor placings.
Watch: Felines – Another McDonald winner goes largely unchallenged, but will surely have to handle more weight next time.
Race 4 – THOROUGHBRED BREEDERS NSW BREEDERS CLASSIC (1200m)
1st AMICUS – Hugh Bowman
2nd PRESS REPORT – Winona Costin (a)
3rd I’VE GOT THE LOOKS – Brenton Avdulla
I’ve Got The Looks jumped first as Dublin Lass tried to get across from the outside, before Press Report and Miss Cover Girl pushed up on the inside to take the lead. Amicus got in behind them to take a nice position, with Queen of Kariba and Slots drifting to the back.
Around the turn and Dublin Lass was still caught widest as Press Report, in the lead, moved out well wide of the fence and took the field with her. At this stage, having straightened, Costin on board the rank outsider saw the opportunity and put her foot down, with others still looking for a run behind. She looked to move away as I’ve Got The Looks gave chase hardest, and Amicus found a ride on the inside to also put up a challenge. A huge boilover looked likely until the very last stride when Bowman booted Amicus forward to claim the narrowest of wins, with Costin and Press Report losing no friends.
Watch: Press Report – well undervalued in the market, the higher fancied runners needed every last drop of fuel to claim her at the last lunge.
Race 5 – INGLIS CLASSIC (1200m)
1st TWIST TOPS – Tommy Berry
2nd SOVIET SECRET – James McDonald
3rd CAN’T FIND SNIPPY – Andrew Adkins (a)
Huge Sydney field had an expectedly varied start, with Flash Fibian going out hardest from Our Belisa, Maddison Avenue on the fence, with Rampage and Twist Tops sitting just behind them. A huge pack followed next, with Soviet Secret notably caught out widest along with Man To Love. At the other end Chimboraa looked all at sea and trailed the field by a good 3 -4 lengths, not appearing the slightest bit interested.
Flash Fibian lead through the turn and opened up a two length gap to Our Belisa, who had Can’t Find Snippy on her outside and Rampage nicely placed on the inside. The distance Rampage had saved showed as they straightened, with him immediately moving up to the leader, before he too was swamped by Our Belisa and Can’t Find Snippy. The challenge was next taken by a hard finishing Twist Tops and Soviet Secret, who had been wide the entire race but was still not without a chance. Ultimately it was Twist Tops who got there, thanks to a perfectly timed run from Berry, with Soviet Secret coming hard and Can’t Find Snippy boxing on for third.
Watch: Soviet Secret – the runner-up covered a lot of ground and was still hitting the line hard, will be one to keep an eye on given a cushier run.
Race 6 – TAB.COM.AU GARDENIA HANDICAP (1600m)
1st BULLPOINT – Jason Collett
2nd MEDCAUT – James McDonald
3rd LIBRAN – Brenton Avdulla
Fairly good start apart from Arab Dawn, who missed it completely, with stablemate Medcaut jumping well up the inside, joined by Bullpoint on the outside and the favourite Hasslehoof between them, slipping back to third. Zin Zan Eddie was next a length back, with Snippets Land on his inside and Libran sitting behind.
Collett on Bullpoint looked keen on some speed as he opened up a couple of lengths on Medcaut, who in turn put some space between himself and Hasselhoof, who remained somewhat wide despite the chance to come across. Snippets Land stayed inside with Zin Zan Eddie and Libran just ahead of a recovering Arab Dawn.
The field bunched as they rounded the turn, Collett still looking for home on the leader as Cameron started to rouse Hasselhoof. Bullpoint still looked strongest however and was joined only by Medcaut in the straight, the rest looking unable to go with them. A late rally from Libran out wide caught the eye, but there was no catching the front two as Bullpoint led all the way to take the honours.
Watch: Libran – ran reasonably wide for much of the trip and hit the line strongly.
Race 7 – ESKIMO PRINCE STAKES (1200m)
1st SPILL THE BEANS – Tim Clark
2nd LE ROMIAN – Christian Reith
3rd COUNTER ATTACK – Jason Collett
Voilier and Spill The Beans shot out first, taking up the running with Zoutenant one back on the fence, followed by Tarquin, Counter Attack and Pride of Dubai caught three wide. Back further and also caught wide was Le Romian, caught in a tussle with Wolf Cry.
Voilier controlled things around the turn until tackled by Spill The Beans, who claimed the lead easily but had Le Romain hammering up his outside. Counter Attack also loomed on the inside, but Spill The Beans found the required effort easily and scooted in for a comfortable win from Le Romain, with Shards also running on well further back.
Race 8 – ATC REMEMBERS AB “BANJO” PATERSON HANDICAP (1400m)
1st HEAVENS ABOVE – Tye Angland
2nd ROARING TO WIN – Winona Costin (a1/50kg)
3rd ALPHA BEAT – Blake Shinn
Never Back Down from wide got the best of the start, joined by Selita and Sports Edition also up front on the fence, with Roaring to Win and Himalaya Dream sitting immediately behind. Murt The Flirt and Keep It To Yourself were next, opening up a length or two on the rest of the field. At the other end Ghost Protocol missed the start poorly and had ground to make up.
Into the turn and Never Back Down and Sports Edition slowed the pace considerably, with the big mover Alpha Beat, who found passage along the rail and used it to move right up from well back. He held that rails position out of the turn and they fanned out, with Sports Edition, Keep It To Yourself, Selita, Murt The Flirt and Roaring To Win the order from inside to outside, with Heavens Above eventually taken even wider again to find a run. A good battle down the straight with Shinn going for home on Alpha Beat, and Selita giving a brief challenge before dropping off. The main challenge came in the form of Roaring To Win and a rampaging Heavens Above, who bounded past them all in an impressive finish down the middle to claim the line.
Watch: Heavens Above – the winner hit the line quite hard after having to take a decent trip.
Race 9 – COLIN TIDY TRIBUTE HANDICAP (1600m)
1st MONTAIGNE – Jason Collett
2nd KELLYVILLE FLYER – Samantha Clenton (a2/54.5kg)
3rd EGYPTIAN RULER – Lester Grace (a2/52kg)
Reasonable start with Fabrizio and Classic Uniform getting the best of it, before Made To Order pushed hard from out wide to get to the front and across. All The Way and Makeaday claimed the rails run, with another gap to Embley, Der Meister, Egyptian Ruler and Montaigne back even further again.
Made To Order took the lead into the bend and slowed things, with the rest largely content to queue in an orderly fashion, about a dozen lengths covering the field. As they straightened Makeaday continued on the inside to put pressure on the leader, with Fabrizio, Classic Uniform and Kellyville Flyer on the outside. From widest however was Montaigne, shifted out to find a run and responding by far the best, kicking on for a good win from Kellyville Fyer. Egyptian Ruler and Soros ran on well to finish next.
Horse to follow: Allergic, Felines, Press Report, Soviet Secret.
Race 1: Ian Miller Handicap (2000m)
1st Golden Mane – Damian Lane
2nd Mr Journeyman – Mark Zahra/Schockemohle – Damien Oliver
Ultimate Doom worked around them lead from Prima holding the inside and Commanding Time up handy. Tuff Host landed in a perfect trail around Forever True and they were tracked by Mr Journeyman outside Golden Mane. Ultimate Doom ensured there was no loafing and he ran along in front with Commanding Time forced to race without cover. As Ultimate Doom took a quick breather Schockemohle took off from the back and hit the lead before the 600m, putting Ultimate Doom under pressure and also Tuff Host behind them came off the bit and moved three wide. Mr Journeyman slipped up four deep and Golden Mane found his back. Schockemohle went for home at the turn but Mr Journeyman was there chasing, they dropped Tuff Host while Prima was still there on the inside and Golden Mane widest running on. In a driving finish Golden Mane got the better of the two on his inside to score. Mr Journeyman and Schockemohle shared second and there wasn’t much between Prima and Tucanchoo, running an improved race, close up. Tuff Host seemed to have his chance, perhaps the 2000m saw him out.
Follow: Schockemohle looks ready to win.
Race 2: Robert Hunter Handicap (2400m)
1st Black Jag – Dwayne Dunn
2nd Second Bullet – Damien Oliver
3rd Lucques – Damian Lane
Black Jag was dug up to take his usual front running role and didn’t have much pressure from Use The Lot while Lucques,Purple Smile and Vilanova were all looking for spots. Danjeu eased in behind them and Second Bullet settled a lot further back than he has of late. After sorting themselves out Black Jag did his thing clear of Lucques as Use The Lot eased and Danjeu moved along the rail to join him while Purple Smile also took a sit. Black Jag had them strung out then passing the 800m he hit his flat spot and the field bunched up. Lucques was also under some pressure and Danjeu was ridden up to get off the leader’s back, pushing Use The Lot three deep. Purple Smile tracked them and Second Bullet ran up behind them. Danjeu might have headed Black Jag before the turn but the leader kicked back, Lucques and Use The lot were wider out still trying hard and Second Bullet worked into the clear further out. Black Jag kept fighting, as he worried them all out of it. Second Bullet was a bit unlucky, getting much further back and striking trouble, as he charged late with Lucques shading Danjeu. Messy race and it should be treated warily.
Race 3: Mal Seccul Handicap (1600m)
1st Grande Rosso – Stephen Baster
2nd Pure Karma – Craig Williams
3rd See What I Bring – Declan Bates
A bunch of them were looking for a leader in the first 100m and One Inch Punch was first to cross them. Rose Of Texas worked hard wider out to join him and Distant Rock pushed on too. Prix D’Or had a nice sit behind them inside Hero Master while following were Grande Rosso and Adirondack. One Inch Punch railed through to regain the lead at the 600m from Rose Of Texas, Distant Rock and Hero Master chimed in and from the back Pure Karma swept up to join them at the 300m. Just to his inside Grande Rosso had worked off the fence to go with him. Pure Karma was there to win in the straight but Grande Rosso, who had a bit easier run, fought him off and kicked clear late to win. See What I Bring worked his way through the field to grab third in a good effort from Hero Master while running on from last was Murphy’s Delight in a more than handy first-up effort. Adirondack battled on fairly too.
Follow: Murphy’s Delight, though he may need one more run.
Race 4: Chairman’s Stakes (1000m)
1st Extreme Choice – Damien Oliver
2nd Highland Beat – Damian Lane
3rd Gratwick – Daniel Stackhouse
Extreme Choice jumped well but Mandee had good speed and was first to the fence, Gratwick was between them before Extreme Choice ran to the lead. Highland Beat settled a couple back around Simply Invincible. Once he found the front Extreme Choice cruised along as he liked and Mandee came off the fence which pushed Gratwick three wide. Simply Invincible followed the leader around the turn while Highland Beat swung wide. Mandee was the first beaten and Extreme Choice opened up from the 200m without being asked by the rider and it was basically an exhibition gallop. Highland Beat finished off well to run to second and Gratwick didn’t do a bad a job to hold on for third though well beaten. Dam Ready ran on from last into fourth finding it a bit sharp for him.
Follow: outside the winner Dam Ready looks to have a future.
Race 5: Inglis Premier (1200m)
1st Valliano – Damian Lane
2nd Curvature – Ben Melham
3rd Lessyd – Craig Williams
Gretna and Dalradian paired off early but were made work by Nasdex a little who then settled third. Hell Of An Effort andValliano were a couple back while Segovia ran up wide out then Curvature at the back of that bunch. Gretna and Dalradian were still at it well before the turn as they opened up three lengths. Nasdex and Segovia were being ridden up at that stage too as Curvature pulled out. Valliano went looking for runs through, Hell Of An Effort dropped off. Dalradian got away from Gretna at the 200m but was a sitting shot. Valliano had him in his sights and went straight past Dalradian and kicked away. Curvature ran to second and stuck on well but was no match. Right down the outside from last on the turn came Lessyd in an eye catching performance considering the ground he gave away while Nasdex battled on and Hey Doc finished just ahead of him and the weakening Dalradian. Winner was far too good and gelding obviously did the trick.
Follow: Lessyd is screaming out for a bit more ground, might be a good Sires’ horse.
Race 6: John Moule Handicap (1400m)
1st Dan Zephyr – Michael Dee
2nd He Or She – Dwayne Dunn
3rd General Groove – Stephen Baster
Underestimation sprung out to the early lead before Dan Zephyr took over. Doomsday Warrior had the inside and Bel Rhythm settled a couple of lengths back. He Or She and General Groove were the next pair. Doomsday Warrior railed through to head Dan Zephyr midrace and they opened a few lengths on Underestimation. General Groove kept pinching runs on the inside of Bel Rhythm, Mighty Like started to follow him through underneath He Or She. Dan Zephyr regained the lead on the turn with Underestimation trying to match him. General Groove ran up behind them then a gap opened for him while He Or She was warming up down the outside. Dan Zephyr had a full head of steam up and kept going to hold off He Or She, General Groove had his chance between them as did Underestimation. Everything looked to get their opportunity here.
Follow: none in particular.
Race 7: W J Adams Stakes (1000m)
1st Shakespearean Lass – Rhys McLeod
2nd Trevinder – Chris Symons
3rd Grane – Jye McNeil
Atmospherical only jumped fairly then wanted to get her head up in the second half. Runsati broke quickly from out wide butDiamond Oasis drove along the inside to hold him out. Shakespearean Lass dropped in for the trail and Rough Justicefollowed her. Trevinder sat outside and Atmospherical wasn’t settling though improved a little. Diamond Oasis and Runsati really strung them out but come the home turn they were both showing signs of distress and Shakespearean Lass eased around them. Trevinder in turn came out to run on, Rough Justice stayed towards the inside and Atmospherical was widest at the 300m. Shakespearean Lass claimed the lead soon after but looked like being swallowed up by Trevinder who was closing. She gave a good kick though and held him off to bounce back to her best. They were flying from the back behind the first pair and the bolter Grane stormed into third just ahead of Rough Justice, Runsati stuck on very gamely and Reldas charged when it was all over. Atmospherical was close up too and considering she didn’t settle it wasn’t a bad effort.
Follow: give both Atmospherical and Runsati another chance.
Race 8: Manfred Stakes (1200m)
1st Puritan – Nick Hall
2nd Golden Spin – Mark Zahra
3rd Ready For Victory – Glen Boss
Golden Spin fired out with Tokyo Tycoon from wide alleys and they crossed to the lead fairly easily. A line of three behind the speed with Vostok inside Ready For Victory and Tulsa up a lot closer than expected. Gold Symphony was caught wide asSovereign Nation kept him out there. Bon Aurum was buried back on the fence with Puritan taking off around Palentino. Golden Spin was able to back it off and stack the field right up coming to the turn. Tokyo Tycoon, Tulsa and Gold Symphony were looming up. Vostok stayed behind the leader and Puritan latched onto the back of Gold Symphony and pulled out at the top of the straight. Golden Spin was entitled to have a kick left and he found a length on Tokyo Tycoon who couldn’t match him but it was Puritan coming out of the pack to chase. Ready For Victory was weaving through but Bon Aurum was stopped in his tracks. Puritan had the momentum up and he ran down Golden Spin, no excuses, in a very strong effort. Ready For Victory had his chance in third while Vostok stuck on okay. Top Me Up, who missed the start, caught the eye just behind the placings. Good first-up run from Sovereign Nation, Bon Aurum and Palentino had excuses.
Follow: plenty here – Bon Aurum, Sovereign Nation, Vostok, and that’s not underselling the winner who might be coming of age.
Race 9: Thomas North Handicap (1400m)
1st Written – Jackie Beriman
2nd Fast Approaching – Nick Hall
3rd Marli Magic – Tom Sadler
Fast Approaching poked the head in front early, though nobody seemed too keen, with Mrs President holding the fence andHerstory whipping up to join in. Nouvelle Again was outside Mrs President keeping Written three deep. Boundary was among the leaders but eased and wound up midfield. Blendwell was on her inside while Whistle Baby and Marli Magic were held deeper. Herstory had a pretty easy lead to the 600m until Written forced the issue and Fast Approaching went with her to make a line of three. Marlin Magic was on their back and Mrs President under pressure on the rail. Boundary was shuffled right out of it. Fast Approaching took over on straightening with Written still there and Marli Magic running on. Widest was Pindan Pearlcoming from the back. Written worried Fast Approaching out of it in the last 50m in what was a tough win considering she covered ground. Marli Magic wasn’t far away either and Pindan Pearl’s run was solid while Whistle Baby was also close up. Forgive run from Boundary who had no luck. Hard to make excuses for anything else though.
Follow: Pindan Pearl, Boundary.
Specials from the meeting: Schockemohle, Lessyd, Bon Aurum, Sovereign Nation.