Saturday Racing Review
RUN OF THE DAY
Great to see ‘’The Queen’’ back and ARCADIA QUEEN secured a massive 53% of your votes to easily defeat OLE KIRK (21%) with MR QUICKIE obtaining 15%.
Racing was at CAULFIELD on Saturday with rail TRUE. The track started GOOD-4 and was upgraded to GOOD-3 after Race 6. The track played very well with no mad pattern. The inside rail did seem inferior going as the day wore on which is noteworthy for sure.
The G1 Caulfield Stakes was Race 6 and ARCADIA QUEEN was, well, back to something like her best. She drifted back but the leaders did not go hard. The first section was 5.2L below G1 average yet she gave RUSSIAN CAMELOT a start and ran him down. Being high-class and being in a slowly run race she was always going to produce a big last 600m number - 33.84 (+9.2L). But said moderate speed did not allow these two exceptional athletes to run fast overall time (like it did when she won the Kingston Town Stakes in WA as a 3YO).
The time was 2-03.38 for the 2000m which was 3L below G1 average.
RUSSIAN CAMELOT has run well, My first reaction is, he needs further and/ or needed a strong tempo in this race however, as touched on, a stronger clip would have also clearly advantaged the winner.
HUMIDOR was outsprinted but battled well for distant third. Russian Camelot ran 34.44 last 600m then 11.72 home.
ARCADIA QUEEN’s last 200m was 11.44, 3rd-fastest all-day at the end of 2000m.
The G1 Caulfield Guineas was Race 8 and OLE KIRK was too strong! He was clearly suited by a very strong speed as was still 'jogging' (travelling super) at 500m whilst others were starting to gasp.
AYSAR was alongside the winner mid race and clear all the way whilst OLE KRIK was shuffled back a touch at the 600m before getting onto AYSAR’s back and running him down with 12.20 last 200m.
AYSAR was 12.44. The 1st-1000m here was run in 59.44 off a standing start so the third-horse GRANDSLAM has run very well. The first 600m section here was +12.2L versus the G1 3yo average yet he was still 2L clear straightening up and only collared 100m out.
CROSSHAVEN sat off-speed 3-wide with cover (mostly) and battled very well.
LUNAR FOX was sound to the line. He was just off the winner some 3L straightening, then beaten 3.55L - 12.48 home.
MO’UNGA was last and ridden along 800m from home so he was just run off his legs here in a fast-run mile. Had to like his last work. In fact, the last 200m of 12.20 was equal to the winner. Not convinced he handled Caulfield brilliantly either! Good horse. He had 36.12 for the last 600m (winner 35.78).
The overall race time was 1-36.16 was +4.6L versus G1 3yo average.
The G1 Thousand Guineas for the fillies was Race 7 and this was a strongly run race also.
VANGELIC led and ran 60.32 1st-1000m, Had the races been run together Grandslam would have been ~4.5L in front of her with 600m to run but note her first 600m section was +9.2L versus G1 average so yep, they have rocked along here too!
The winner ODEUM had a gun trail and forced off the leaders back turning then broke clear, just like her lead-up Moloney Stakes win, she was strong on the line. Have to say, given this tempo, the run-ons had their chance to beat her.
PERSONAL was ridden colder here out to the 1600m and was able to turn the tables on INSTANT CELEBRITY from the Prelude, narrowly. Both ran home hard from back. INSTANT CELEBRITY was forced widest and covered more ground.
ECUMENICAL has held fourth despite racing some 4-wide! Huge run.
AGREEABLE was back with 2nd and 3rd but didn't quicken like they did. This was backed-up by her last 3 x 200m split rankings (10th/ 7th/ 1st) - Yep, again she has run race-fastest home (11.88) without looking a winner.
PERSONAL ranked 6th/ 4th/ 3rd and home 12.06. INSTANT CELEBRITY 3rd/ 2nd/ 2nd and 12-flat - Her 35.26 last 600m was the best of the race. Race time was: 1-36.36 so just 0.2 off the boys despite 0.88 slower 1st-1000m.
The G1 Toorak Hcp was also over a mile and yep, they went quick here also.
BUFFALO RIVER led in 60.68 over the 1st-1000m (this was +2.8L versus the G1 average for older horses however, Grandslam would have been some 7L in front of him. He then increased tempo 700m out, doing a great job to hold second however it is hard to take anything away from the winner MR QUICKIE as he gave ‘’Buffalo’’ 6KG and carted 59kg.
Had a sweet run off speed inside before tracking through off inside and pouncing!
SUPERSTORM went back and crossed to the inside rail from a wide gate. He was under pressure as the race really went on 700m or so and didn’t quicken but then attacked the line on the slower inside rail (now Race 9) running 34.16/ 11.60 for the last 600m/ 200m but just couldn't get into the race early enough back at the mile.
AGE OF CHIVALRY is back in the good books. He held fourth after sitting 3-4wide with no cover all the way!
SO SI BON ran on well (4th-fastest last 200m - 11.76) with REYKJAVIK actually running race-fastest home. He was mile back, widest and hopeless, but ran 11.40 for the last 200m. It was the 2nd-fastest all-day in fact. The winner: 34.28/ 11.72 - Race time was: 1-35.64 which is +2.6L versus the G1 average.
DIRTY WORK won Race 5 the Schillaci Stakes despite drifting back to last in slowly run race (by G2 standards).
SPLINTEX led in 29.48 1st-500m (early section -3.9L) so this adds merit to the win.
DIRTY WORK had to pull out a big last 600m figure to get up, and his 33.16 last 600m was not only clear fastest all day, it was +13.6L versus all averages) and his last 200m of 11.52 was also amongst the days best.
DIAMOND EFFORT sat off those leaders 3-wide (only one turn Caulfield sprints) and joined in 200m out. She fought, but was nutted.
OCTANE measured up very well (again), this time at WFA and he ran 33.48/ 11.72 (last 600m - 2nd-fastest of day).
HEY DOC battled on well, SPLINTEX faded but not badly, in fact, he was only beaten 1L. The race time was: 1-3.34 which is right on G2 average despite the modest tempo… fast closing figures saw to that.
FIESTA won the G3 Northwood Plume from midfield with cover (perfect ride) and had clear air running down FELICIA who had sat on the leader XILONG. They ran 35.52 over the 1st-600m (-1.5L versus the class average) so they had their chance.
XILONG was 1st-up and had 58kg so that is worth noting. W
inner FIESTA ran strong 33.82 / 11.48 last 600m/ 200m (ranked top-5 on day) with BROADWAYANDFOURTH third and the real sectional star. Her 33.66 last 600m was over +10L and her 11.38 last 200m was the day’s fastest. Safe to say if she doesn’t miss the start 2-3L she wins… Or… was LYRE the hard-luck story…? She just didn’t get the room she needed and ended up back inside them all. She is forever luckless.
TOO GOOD TOO HARD made late ground (4th-fastest last 200m). The race time was: 1-9.69, +1.9L versus the class average.
SWATS THAT beat MUNTASEERA in the Club Stakes for 3YOF and they went 35.76 for the 1st-600m (-1.5L versus the class average) and 1-10.41 overall (+.7L) which is 0.24 slower early in the race compared to those older girls but 0.72 slower overall.
It looked a fast race on paper but no… The winner getting a head-start on the runner-up in transit was helpful but, she gave Muntaseera 2kg.
Strength in closing figures here with the winner 34.36 (+6.3L) and MUNTASEERA 34.24.
BELLA NIPOTINA led and held third, she was no match but did stay hard on that inside rail so…?
Caulfield Forgive File
- ANAMOE (badly held-up/ clear 100m only, yet race-fastest last 200m),
- ZANZIBAR GEM (no luck key stage),
- HARDWARE LANE (off heels turn/ nice to line),
- DARCEANDERMILL (4-wide),
- HIGHLY DISCREET (pulled stupidly),
- RUNSON (internal bleed),
- BROADWAYANDFOURTH (start costly), LYRE (must have stepped on a black cat),
- EXHILARATES (went forward 4-wide? No hope),
- IN GOOD TIME (amiss?),
- ECUMENICAL (4-wide/ huge),
- ROCK MY WAND (worst ground),
- MO’UNGA (lot to learn/ ran well),
- KING’S LEGACY (throat issue),
- NATIONAL CHOICE (pulled too hard),
- TAALOA (injured),
- AGE OF CHIVALRY (wide/ enormous),
- RAYKJAVIK (got lost!),
- SIRCCONI (lame),
- HARLECH (wide too soon),
- THE CHOSEN ONE (back/ wide),
- ORDEROFTHEGARTER (didn’t settle).
In Sydney it was RANDWICK and the track was a GOOD-4 all-day with the rail out 6m from the 1600m to the winning post. There were certainly no issues if you were a run-on horse here, the inside rail was not the place to be, especially as the day wore on.
The G1 was Spring Champion Stakes and MONTEFELIA was too good/ strong for the boys. Given the perfect run off a fierce speed (leader +8.2L versus G1 average) she eased into the clear and ran down LION’S ROAR who had joined in quickly at the 200m. These two ran away from the rest late. The winner came home with 35.95 over the last 600m then 12-flat last 200m setting up a good overall time: 2-01.47 for 2000m, +3.1L versus the G1 average.
BUCHAREST was that distant third after taking trail third inside and getting run 1-off.
LOVE TAP was a sound 4th but no match for the quinella that last 300m.
FAVREAU and another filly MIRAVALLE ran home well (3rd and 4th-fastest home respectively) with the latter forced widest straightening up.
CHERRY TORTONI had looked a 2000m horse but he didn't seem to run it out off the hot speed. His last 150m was average.
The Angst Stakes was Race 8 over 1600m and they didn’t look to be going hard but leader GREYSFUL GLAMOUR recorded 58-flat for the 1st-1000m (early section - +5.1L versus the class) then left the rail (smart) but was nailed by EMERALDS who really knuckled down late with an 11.62 last 200m.
NIMALEE covered ground, yet kept closing in a very good effort.
HOUSE OF CARTIER was left by the winner 350m out but built nicely late (11.84 last 200m ranked 3rd - Her 400m-to-200m split ranked 9th).
YAMAZAKI flew late. Her 11.60 was 2/100ths quicker than the winner’s and, race-fastest. The race eime was good: 1-33.69 which is near 2L above the class average.
Race 9 looked fast-run on paper pre-race but they crawled - 23.34 1st-400m (-5.3L) has helped (leader) BLAZING MISS hold on but she did have 59kg.
PLAQUETTE has flown home in 32.9 last 600m. This is some 13.4L faster than overall averages. She ran 11.20 home.
SUPERIUM was 11.18… They were the two fastest all day, in fact all the closers here dominated the closing speed ratings off that slow speed. The race time was: 57.19 (+.6L) but yes, this hurt…
The Stan Fox was Race 5 for 3YO’s and PELTZER led in 53.05 1st-900m. His early sectional was just below class average. He then slipped away straightening which won him the race.
PRIME STAR was back last. He ran a race-fastest final 2 x 200m splits with JET PROPULSION (sat 2nd/ out-kicked/ came again) looking for further.
ACROPHOBIC had his chance but was also close-up, 0.7L 4th so was a bit of a blanket go. Closing speed and overall time (1-28.11) nothing to be overly excited about but they do have scope, some over ground, as referenced.
Race 6 was the Silver Eagle and FLIT sat midfield tracking the favourite ALLIGATOR BLOOD and ran him down. Said runner-up did look to 'surge' when the winner went to him and he was unlikely to be helped by a bump he copped at the start of the race. He has a great will to win (proved that fighting off Catalyst in Guineas lead-up last prep) and these 4yo’s have run strong closing figures. Lead-speed: 40.63 1st-700m (-2.9L) with Flit running 33.8 last 600m then 11.60 home.
ALLIGATOR BLOOD has gone 34.16/ 11.66 giving them all weight.
DAWN PASSAGE was back behind the winner, then hooked out before running on hard (34.84/ 11.64).
ICEBATH was fastest home though, 11.54, outside of that barrier trial that was Race 9, she was fastest home all day.
SUBPOENAED was a good risk here for mine back 100m, she didn't ping but warmed up nicely late (11.60). Time: 1-15.39
WILD RULER was well-backed and far too good in the Roman Consul. He ran 1-9.07 off 35.04 (-9.4L) tempo with 33.52 last 600m. ON THE LEAD beat DOUBTLAND for second and given that slow speed, has gone very well. He ran 33.32 last 600m here. Well over +10L versus all averages.
Randwick Forgive File
- UP THE STAIRS (no hope),
- ONEMORECHOICE (wide),
- SCARLEO (amiss),
- BOTTEG (no luck key stage),
- BOUND TO WIN (too keen),
- MIYAKE (clear when race over/ ran well),
- STAR KAREN (covered ground),
- SUBPOENAED (back in trip against),
- SOCRATES (keen/ next prep),
- CHOIR (fell),
- SCARLET DREAM (railed/ worst going),
- ASIAGO (too wide),
- POSITIVE PEACE (loomed/ tongue over bit?),
- MISSYBEEL (no real guide),
- NUDGE (pulled head off),
- KOOKABAA (worst going).