Caulfield review compiled by David Carr
Race 1 – 12:50PM Sportingbet Plate (1000 METRES)
1 CHANGE OF HONOUR Kevin Newby Michael Rodd $4.20EF
2 REGISTER Heath Conners Peter Mertens $8
3 SERIOUSLY HAPPY Anthony Cummings Nicholas Hall $4.20EF
Change Of Honour sat outside Distinctive Flyer in a moderately run race. He travelled like the winner and kicked strongly around the turn. He walked the last 50m but hung on to beat Register who raced green and layed in down the straight. Seriously Happy did his best work late to just grab third on the line.
Worth Noting: Change Of Honour looked more comfortable going the Melbourne direction. Another 2 year old race won by race experience.
Race 2 – 1:30PM Perri Cutten Plate (2430 METRES)
1 WARATONE Kylie Huxtable Damien Thornton (a3) $5.50
2 COMMANDING TIME Brendan McCarthy Brad Rawiller $2.10F
3 ALMODOVAR (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen $5.50
Miss With Attitude led them up with Craig Newitt trying to stop and start the pace in the early stages. Around the turn Almodovar hit the front but Commanding Time was quickly on the scene. Waratone sat out the back and was able to circle the small field and join in strongly in the straight for a soft win.
Worth Noting: Good patient ride by Damien Thornton with the 3kg claim being the difference over the final stages.
Race 3 – 2:10PM Catanach’s Jewellers Handicap (1200 METRES)
1 FLOATMYBOAT (NZ) Robbie Griffiths Craig Newitt $9
2 BABUR Mick Price Dale Smith $7
3 CAITLIN’S SPIRIT (NZ) Stephen Theodore Michael Rodd $6
Meliora was driven across from an outside barrier to cross Laohu and set up a good tempo. Both were under pressure straightening as Marble Rye who travelled wide throughout took the lead. Babur followed him into the straight and shifted of his heals to issue a challenge. Floatmyboat was ridden for luck and took a split at the 200m to claim them both for a nice win. Caitlin’s Spirit was changing direction looking for a clear run most of the straight and hit the line well to just miss second.
Worth Noting: Robbie Griffiths and Craig Newitt reported after the race that Floatmyboat will be better suited over a longer trip.
Race 4 – 2:50PM D’Urban Plate (1200 METRES)
1 VAIN ATTRACTION Robbie Griffiths Ryan Maloney $10
2 CITY OF SONG John Moloney Dwayne Dunn $6
3 SPOT ON MAGGIE (NZ) Pat Carey Damien Thornton (a3) $4.60F
Tariana burnt across from the outside to take up the running and set up strong tempo leading Tykook. Vain Attraction found a nice spot in the run following City Of Song. Spot On Maggie was last in traffic around the turn as Tariana went for home. Vain Attraction and City Of Song joined in out wide with Vain Attraction sprinting quicker to draw away. Spot On Maggie made late ground to grab third and Tariana boxing on well to hold forth.
Worth Noting: Tariana’s effort was better than it looked after leading first up on a quick tempo and facing a strong breeze. Could be vaule next start.
Race 5 – 3:30PM Hyland Race Colours Handicap (1100 METRES)
1 MISS SOFTHANDS Colin Little Steven King $8
2 SHE CAN SKATE Geoff Wheeler Reece Wheeler $26
3 OCTAVIA Michael Moroney Jake Noonan (a1.5) $3.80F
Good And Hot held out She Can Skate for the lead and ran them along at a steady pace. Octavia was a little slow to begin and was then driven up to take a position third on the fence. Miss Softhands tracked Mawaakib in the run. Good And Hot was gone at the turn as She Can Skate shot to the lead and for a stride or two looked home. Octavia was still searching for a run on the fence as Miss Softhands burst through the middle to score comfortably on the line. She Can Skate held on well for second considering she was on the pace facing the strong breeze. Forgive Octavia who didn’t have much luck.
Worth Noting: Another winner who sat back in the field with cover avoiding the wind. Backmarkers appeared advantaged by the rail position out 14m.
Race 6 – 4:10PM BMW Doveton Stakes (1000 METRES)
1 CATAPULTED Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd $6
2 UNDENIABLY Mark Kavanagh Jake Noonan (a) $31
3 HOTHAM HEIGHTS Luke Oliver Luke Currie $21
The Soldier and Galbraith cut each other’s throat in the early stages and set this race up for the swoopers.Catapulted was well supported late in the betting and had the race won before the turn. Undeniably andHotham Heights ran on well from the tail of the field to fill the placing’s. Winter King and Esprit de Bullet were disappointing. Forgive Alpha Proxima who was wide facing the breeze which was suicide in today’s conditions.
Worth Noting: Catapulted recorded the quickest 600m, 400m and 200m sectionals of the day with 60.5kgs for a very impressive return. He looks set to win a few more races over the summer.
Race 7 – 4:50PM Hayman Plate (1600 METRES)
1 FULL PEAL Bill & Symon Wilde Jack Hill $5
2 TUSCAN FIRE Dan O’Sullivan Damien Thornton (a3) $16
3 ELUSIVE KING Peter G Moody Luke Nolen $4.40EF
Spacecraft jumped straight to the front to take up the lead which was not an ideal place to be with the wind blowing a gale. With the pace only moderate Full Peal had the run of the race one out and one back. Elusive King made a wide early move with Chasse following him to try and come around Full Peal but Full Peal had the better sprint and put the race beyond doubt at the 200m. Tuscan Fire ran home well between runners to grab second.
Worth Noting: The combination of the wind and rail placement made the leaders sitting ducks in the afternoon.
Race 8 – 5:30PM Ascend Sales & Sponsorship Consultancy Handicap (1200 METRES)
1 INFINITE ENERGY Peter G Moody Luke Nolen $5
2 LE BONSIR Mick Price Dale Smith $16
3 DANE THE RAVE Allan Williams Vlad Duric $21
By the last race punters wanted to be on the swoopers and they found the well tried Infinite Energy. British General raced third on the fence and was very disappointing as he stuck to the slow lane on the inside when straightening. Le Bonsir found a nice spot with some cover early and Dane the Rave tracked him everywhere he went. Approaching the turn Le Bonsir, Dane the Rave and Infinite Energy made their runs with Infinite Energy and Le Bonsir fighting out a good finish.
Worth Noting: It pays dividends to pay attention to changing weather conditions and developing track bias throughout the day.
Rosehill review by Todd Burmester
1st Hawkspur Corey Brown
2nd Mintaro Jason Collett
3rd Ferment Brenton Avdulla
An 1800m event to start the day and Laurie’s Love went straight back to last and tailed off. Mintaro led them up, with the second favourite Ferment outside of it. The well backed favourite Hawkspur got a nice run one out and one back. Ferment went up and took the lead on the point of the turn, but Hawkspur looked to be traveling well as it launched its claim. The jockey had to get desperate on Hawkspur as Mintaro kicked back well and Hawkspur just got the bob in. Ferment dropped off a little in the run to the line. The first three home gapped the rest. Arousing Suspicion was in the market but did very little.
1st Champagne Cath Corey Brown
2nd Gracious Prospect Nathan Berry
3rd Stiff Thunder Jenny Duggan
A good even start, with Champagne Cath not the quickest out but used her early pace to go through and lead, although off the fence for a good part of the race. She looked to be traveling well on the turn and was asked for the supreme effort just before the furlong pole and responded well. She came away in the run to the line to win by about three, from Gracious Prospect who never shirked the task in the straight and beat the rest very easily. Choice Dawn was well backed in the race, but never went a yard and finished a clear last.
Follow: Gracious Prospect
1st Heart Test Jason Collett
2nd Long Lasting Blake Shinn
3rd Treaty Kerrin McEvoy
Heart Test was quick to begin and took up the early lead. Grand Business was ridden with intent to go forward today and got outside the lead, but got its head up in the air and fought the rider a bit. Treaty got a nice run just behind the speed. Similar to the previous winner, at about the 250m mark the jockey went for home and it was all over. Long Lasting ran on well from a mile back, whilst Grand Business gave up easily, it might be interesting to see how long he remains a colt. Treaty was entitled to do more given the run it had in transit. The winner looks very smart.
Follow: Heart Testa, Long Lasting
1st Holy Moly Blake Shinn
2nd Secluded Sam Clipperton
3rd Berrimilla Hugh Bowman
Holy Moly got a pretty easy lead here and made it three leaders in a row to win – you know what I say about leaders at Rosehill! Berimilla sat outside the lead here, giving Oh My Papa and Secluded good runs just behind the speed. Magnolia Lane was caught three wide in the run. In what seemed like groundhog day, Holy Moly did as the last two winners did and went for home at the 250m and that was the end of the section. Nothing really made any ground. Credit to the winner and a well judged ride by Blake Shinn.
1st Scream Machine Kathy O’Hara
2nd Brightest Rod Quinn
3rd Lucripetous Jason Collett
Travolta led them up here from Angelus. The eventual winner, Scream Machine got back to a clear last in an attempt to settle better than it has been doing lately. It still pulled a little, but not as badly as it has done lately. Cantonese, the favourite in the race, was three wide on the speed and then eventually got outside the lead. The talk of the race was the ride from Kathy O’Hara who searched and searched for a run on Scream Machine, and finally the split came and the horse sprinted through for a nice win. The run of Cantonese was good to still be there and beaten less than a length after being wide early.
1st Malavio Nathan Berry
2nd Monton Sam Clipperton
3rd Galah Kerrin McEvoy
Monton was a surprise leader here from Malavio which didn’t begin all that well. Cabernet secured the gun run behind the leader, whilst Isopach led up the three wide line. Malavio struck the lead just after they turned for home, but you really didn’t know where to look, with seemingly plenty of chances as they ran to the 300m. Malavio and Monton ran the quinella, continuing the run of on pace runners that were successful. Galah got home fairly well from midfield, whilst Cabernet didn’t have a lot of galloping room in the straight and can be forgiven.
1st Dances On Stars Brenton Avdulla
2nd Fireball Tommy Berry
3rd River Of Salvation Sam Clipperton
River Of Salvation held the early lead before Madam Nash strode to the front with What Happenedhenry outside of her. Coming to the 300m Dances On Stars was absolutely bolting and when the rider went for it just inside the 200m the issue was put beyond doubt. I cant make an excuse for any of the beaten runners here, the winner was very impressive. Fireball ran well for second, but was no match for the winner after trying to come with its run at the same time.
Follow: Dances On Stars
1st Pentasia Jenny Duggan
2nd Riva De Lago Nash Rawiller
3rd Excellent Point Tommy Berry
Pentasia is a model of consistency, but couldn’t go the early speed here today. Number One Gun, Zaratone and Anevay looked to go like last weeks pay, which was likely to suit Riva De Lago, who I thought looked the winner at the 300m mark, but Pentasia just wouldn’t give up and came with Riva De Lago and came away for a comprehensive win. I think it will pay to follow Anevay out of this race, who had a very tough run but kept trying all the way to the line.
Specials From The Meeting: Heart Testa, Cantonese, Dances On Stars