Caulfield review from Ray Hickson
Race 1: Lucrf Jockeys Trust Handicap (1400m)
1st Marianne – Craig Williams
2nd Critical Angel – Michael Walker
3rd Spirit Of Heaven – Patrick Moloney
Forever Discreet pounced on the early lead from her inside alley and Craig Williams put Marianne up on her outside while Critical Angel took the box seat. Spirit Of Heaven eased back to third last from her awkward gate. The tempo was quite slow and apprentice Patrick Moloney sent Spirit Of Heaven around them and up to third well before the home turn. Having enjoyed a perfect run Marianne pounced on the lead about 200m out and staved them off to win. Behind her was the unlucky Critical Angel who climbed over her back for much of the straight before getting a late split. The run of Spirit Of Heaven was enormous and she might be the best of these going forward. Star Fashion was under pressure for a long way but stuck on at only her second start to run a close up fourth.
Follow: Spirit Of Heaven, Star Fashion.
Race 2: Sportingbet Sprint Series Heat 1 (1000m)
1st Vain Queen – Glen Boss
2nd Serene Star – Craig Williams
3rd Holder Sunset – Stephen Baster
Holder Sunset sprung out from a wide gate and crossed to lead while Lady Antebellum bombed the start again. Angels Beach and Vain Queen took up handy positions, Daylight Second, Formidable and Red Fezmade up the leading pack which ran along at a reasonable clip. Glen Boss was pushing at Vain Queen before the turn and she had a habit of running in before dashing past the leaders and pulling up for a soft win. Serene Star flew down the outside as she always does and again found one better. Holder Sunset fought off the challenge of Angels Beach to hold third in a strong first-up effort. Red Fez was outsprinted over the 1000m and wasn’t disgraced. Of the others Flash Of Doubt probably should have run third but she was badly held up when charging along the fence and a nice fresh effort from Mybenz whose best form is around 1400m to a mile.
Follow: Vain Queen (long term), Mybenz, Red Fez.
Race 3: Hocking Stuart Handicap (1400m).
1st Bec Said No Credit – Michelle Payne
2nd Fibrillation – Jye McNeil
3rd Ava’s Delight – Damian Lane
An even line out and Roman Treasure went straight to the front and was joined by Rose Pattern. That pair set up a strong tempo and strung the field out. Angelic Lass landed in a nice spot behind the pace with Bec Said No Credit on her back and Fibrillation in the running line behind her. Amazing piece of riding from Damian Lane to get Ava’s Delight on the fence after 400m though a fair way back. Angelic Lass was under pressure before the turn and Rose Pattern took over at the 300m. Michelle Payne brought Bec Said No Credit with a well timed run and she continued her winning run for Darren Weir. Fibrillation ran on well at her first start for Mick Price and Ava’s Delight weaved through the pace to run a nice third. No excuses for Angelic Lass while Rose Pattern did a great job to hold on for fourth. Behind them the stayer Lucky Angel produced a handy effort first-up while Oriental Ruby had her chance in the straight. Note they ran 1.54 seconds faster than race 1.
Follow: Ava’s Delight, Rose Pattern.
Race 4: Group 3 HDF McNeil Stakes (1200m).
1st Fast ‘N’ Rocking – Brett Prebble
2nd Prince Harada – Steven Arnold
3rd Thermal Current – Luke Nolen
Miracles Of Life flew out from her outside alley but instead of heading straight to the front she was restrained as Divine Calling kicked up on the fence after being a shade slow away. Thermal Current found a perfect trail in third and he was tracked by Fast ‘N’ Rocking. Prince Harada drifted back to near last on the fence. Miracles Of Life got fired up and refused to settle and attacked the leader a long way out. Left a sitting shot after breaking clear and Fast ‘N’ Rocking swept up on the outside to claim her. Things got a bit rough in the last 100m as the winner ducked in and caused Miracles Of Life to bump heavily with Prince Harada who was finishing hard on the inside. The filly didn’t react well and she was passed by Thermal Current late. Prince Harada was particularly unlucky and the two length margin is misleading. The Kiwi Orion ran second last but he hit the line well late after being under pressure a fair way out.
Follow: Prince Harada, wouldn’t give up on Miracles Of Life.
Race 5: BMW Handicap (1400m)
1st Lidari – Ben Melham
2nd High Esteem – Daniel Stackhouse
3rd Strawberry Boy – Luke Nolen
The imports Lidari, Sharalam and Lucky Chappy all eased at the start while Strawberry Boy went straight to the front. He had some company very quickly with The Great Snowman punching up and Soledad pushing on from a wide gate to keep the favourite working. Underestimation was under pressure behind the leader for much of the race and kept High Esteem bailed up on the fence behind him. Strawberry Boy broke clear on the corner but the early effort told on him and he started to paddle at the 200m. High Esteem took a while to get out and was pretty unlucky not to win given Lidari swept down the outside unimpeded. Still it was an impressive first-up win from Lidari but the run of the race was clearly Strawberry Boy who was forced to put on a ridiculous tempo in front (almost half a second faster than the G1 Memsie) and still held on for third. A Peter Moody trifecta. Under The Eiffel ran his usual even race and there’s not much more to speak of other than Sharalam and Goldoni received pass marks for their first-up runs.
Follow: (clearly) Strawberry Boy.
Race 6: Group 3 theshark.com.au Stakes (1100m).
1st Samaready – Craig Newitt
2nd Chiaramonte – Vlad Duric
3rd Anise – Stephen Baster
Competitive early with Chiaramonte, Hadronica and Anabaa’s Legacy contesting the lead while out the backYosei and That’s The One were slow out. Chiaramonte and Hadronica paired off in front and Samaready put herself into the perfect spot fourth with Neeson to her inside and It Is Written pushing up just behind them.Jolie Bay was stranded right off the track and was a beaten horse well before the home turn. After working Chiaramonte took the lead early in the straight but Craig Newitt was winding Samaready up and the mare stretched out impressively to reel him in and edge away for a dominant win first-up after a year off. Super effort by the runner-up and his stablemate Anise worked through the pack and stole third from It Is Written who tried hard but couldn’t match Samaready’s sprint after tracking her. In-form horses like That’s The One and Pocket Rockets weren’t ever a chance and were most disappointing. Might pay not to be too harsh on Jolie Bay, while she was gone a long way out she did stride out okay and certainly wasn’t pushed ay all the last 150m. That said, you couldn’t back her just yet.
Follow: Samaready, Chiaramonte, It Is Written (in lesser grade).
Race 7: Slickpix Stakes (1700m).
1st Ibicenco – Brad Rawiller
2nd Mr O’Cririn – Mark Zahra
3rd Pakal – Craig Newitt
Noted front runners Spacecraft and The Cleaner set up a hot tempo and on a dead 5 track the time only 1.7 seconds outside the course record is very quick. They strung the field out with Pakal working up to offset his wide gate and sit outside Voila Ici with Kesampour landing a few lengths further back. A few lengths off them were Mr O’Ceirin, Pelicano and Ibicenco and all were off the bit a long way out. Spacecraft snuck away leaving Pakal to do the chasing. Mr O’Ceirin looked the winner at the 200m when he made his run down the outside but Ibicenco found and inside run and just nosed him out on the line. Pakal held on bravely looking a bit one paced. Pelicano wasn’t disgraced working home and Kesampour was acceptable at his first Australian start. The worry for the race is that Chasse was right on their backs and Spacecraft held on for sixth. These are the B graders and while there are some nice stayers there are no Caulfield Cup winners here.
Follow: Pakal, Pelicano.
Race 8: Group 1 NZB Memsie Stakes (1400m)
1st Atlantic Jewel – Michael Rodd
2nd Ferlax – Stephen Baster
3rd Super Cool – Glen Boss
Now to the A-graders. Fiorente blew the start and settled well back but was probably going to anyway. Stablemates Green Moon and Seville were with him at the tail. Ajeeb wasn’t the best out but rushed through to lead Happy Trails and Atlantic Jewel positioned just off them. When the leader tried to slow them Second Effort rushed up and left Atlantic Jewel three wide though Michael Rodd seemed happy enough to be in the clear. It’s A Dundeel settled a couple of lengths behind the leaders on the fence with Ferlax, and Luckygraytrapped wide. Atlantic Jewel cruised up on the turn and Rodd shook the reins at her and she simply smashed them, with Rodd easing up 100m out. She’s a superstar and good luck to you if you got the $6 in the Cox Plate before the Memsie. You could write an essay about this race – Ferlax was excellent after having a nice run behind them; Super Cool raced three wide throughout and charged down the outside in an exciting return; It’s A Dundeel raced a bit closer than expected with the blinkers on and he was okay bordering on disappointing; Green Moon matched his first-up runs in the Memsie last year and the Futurity in the autumn; Fiorente had no luck and was a great return. Silent Achiever had absolutely no luck and her run should be forgotten. Seville couldn’t win a Melbourne Cup on that first-up run but assess him after his next run.
Follow: Atlantic Jewel, Green Moon, Fiorente, Super Cool.
Rosehill review from Todd Burmester
1st Stamina Josh Parr
2nd Bull Point Glyn Schofield
3rd Savvy Nature Jim Cassidy
Stamina was a bit slow to go and went back to last. Good Job Bro came out fast, and Bull Point was pushed hard along the fence to lead. This put One Step Beyond three wide on the speed. Savvy Nature got a good run behind them. Around the turn, the eventual winner Stamina was shuffled back along the fence after making ground mid race. In the straight, Stamina was again held up for a run on the inside, but eventually worked to the outside of Bull Point and ran it down right on the line. All credit had to go to the winner. Happy Clapper made good ground down the outside from well back.
1st Sweet Talkin Woman Glyn Schofield
2nd Urban Rocker Brenton Avdulla
3rd Tenby Lady Tim Clark
Msongari and Saddler’s wish began poorly from the inside, with Msongari going back to a tailed off last. Blurred Vision was pushed up to lead early from Tenby Lady that came across the join it. Sweet Talkin Woman and Colour My World got good runs behind them. Strategic Flight was caught three wide. The pace looked pretty good. On the turn, Tenby Lady was taking on Blurred vision, with Sweet Talkin Woman coming out from behind them. At the 300m, Sweet Talkin Woman was briefly taken on by Urban Rocker, with Aliyana also looking some chance, but in the run to the line, Sweet Talkin Woman ran away from them for a good win.
Follow: None to follow
1st Prince Cheri Jay Ford
2nd Eigelstein Hugh Bowman
3rd I’m Imposing Jim Cassidy
It was a fairly even line out in the third, with Havana Rey kicking up along the inside as expected, but was taken on by Samui Lad who ran to the top. The surprise here for me was that Prince Cheri went up outside the leader, which turned out to be a winning move. Havana Rey got a nice run behind them, Altius for the third time in as many runs was trapped very wide again, and Eigelstein the other main player in betting went back to near last. Around the turn, Prince Cheri was asked to come after the leader. By the time they came to the 200m, Prince Cheri had hit the front and started to sprint away and was in no danger. Eigelstein did well to run into second and I’m Imposing came home very well into third. Altius again turned in a top effort after being wide, and luck has to go its way soon.
1st Danas Best Hugh Bowman
2nd Ghost Protocol Jason Collett
3rd Agent Bauer Tim Clark
2400m for race 4, with Danas Best beginning well, but was taken on by Agent Bauer and Above All. Those two raced clear, which gave Danas Best a nice run in third. The pace was genuine which meant there was no change in the order throughout the middles stages. Around the turn, Agent Bauer was still running in front and had a big lead. At the 300m, Danas Best and Diamond Jim looked like they would be the challengers to the leader. It was Danas Best who claimed the lead at the 100m, and went onto win it, fromGhost Protocol who was a very good run after being held up around the turn. Agent Bauer kept going well also.
Follow: Ghost Protocol
1st Boban Glyn Schofield
2nd Lilliburlero Christian Reith
3rd Dee’n'Gee Brenton Avdulla
Boban came out well, but it was Dee’n'Gee that ran to the front from Harmonic. Lilliburlero was out wide early so went up to be outside the leader, with Harmonic easing into third. Boban had a good run fourth on the fence. Choice Bro was caught wide, back in the field. Dee’n'Gee was let run before the turn, and had a clear break on them as they straightened. At the 300m, Boban came out from behind the leader and looked the winner. He was well supported in betting, and when he sprinted he put it beyond doubt. Lilliburlero and Dee’n'Gee tried hard, but couldn’t get anywhere near Boban who won with plenty in reserve.
Follow: Boban, Dee’n'Gee
1st Va Pensiero Nathan Berry
2nd Dissident Tim Clark
3rd Marsielle Roulette Kathy O’Hara
Zoustar was a bit slow to begin after rearing at the start. Va Pensiero, Marsielle Roulette and Ike’s Legacyall began well, with Va Pensiero working across to the front. Napayshini was caught wide all the way, and Sidestep just kept running into trouble as it did last start, and it makes you wonder if it is that kind of horse. Up in front, it was a case of catch me if you can, with Va Pensiero slipping away after they turned for home and despite many trying to chase none could get past him. It was amazing to see the price he started given he won his last start. Dissident was a very good run into second. Zoustar and Cluster ran quite well.
Follow: Dissident, Zoustar
1st Kristy Lee Jason Collett
2nd Blazing Snitzel Winona Costin
3rd Just A Girl John Kissick
Just A Girl ran the gates to take up the lead from Southern Girl, with the pace looking pretty good early. Words Are Weapons and Blazing Snitzel got nice runs behind the speed. They stayed in their order, and around the bend Just A Girl had something to offer, and led them until the 200m when she was taken on by Blazing Snitzel. Those two looked like fighting it out, but Kristy Lee who had been midfield on the fence the whole way finished its race off brilliantly right along the fence to get a narrow victory.
Follow: None to follow
1st Less Is More Jay Ford
2nd Ironstein Brenton Avdulla
3rd Winning Glory Christian Reith
Darci Be Good jumped very well on the inside to lead early. Winning Glory went up and took it on and ran to the lead as it usually does. Michaelangelo ran into second outside the leader, giving Darci Be Good a nice run in third. Hathras was caught three wide. Grey Assignment had the run one out and one back. Less Is More and Honorius had nice runs about 4 lengths from the front. When they came into the straight, Less Is More took advantage of the fact it had a nice run in transit, coming across the heels of the leaders and looking a big danger to them. Winning Glory showed some fight, but Less Is More eventually ground it down, with Ironstein coming home very well late, to get close but not close enough to Less Is More who held on by about a long neck.
Specials from the meeting: Stamina, Ghost Protocol, Dissident