Weekend Race Reviews Saturday 8th December

by darryn on December 10, 2012

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 NotingChange 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 NotingCatapulted 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.

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Rosehill review by Todd Burmester

Race 1

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.

Follow: Mintaro

Race 2

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

Race 3

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

Race 4

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.

Follow: Secluded

Race 5

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.

Follow: Cantonese

Race 6

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.

Follow: Galah

Race 7

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

Race 8

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.

Follow: Anevay

Specials From The Meeting: Heart Testa, Cantonese, Dances On Stars

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