17/10/20 David Gately Caulfield & Randwick Racing Review
Saturday Racing Summary
Run of the Day
Thanks for voting! We had nearly 3,000 votes and the Everest winner CLASSIQUE LEGEND secured 47% of the vote off his whopping win in Sydney. VERRY ELLEEGANT won 27% of the vote with IT’S ME not far off with 21%.
Caulfield Racing Review
Racing was at CAULFIELD on Saturday on a SOFT-6 track with rail TRUE. The track played very well with the inside lanes holding up deep into the ten race card. There were signs around Race 7 that maybe the inside was chopping out a fraction and then the final three races saw winners/ runners away from the inside rail.
The Group 1 Caulfield Cup was Race 9 on the card and star mare VERRY ELLEEGANT was an exceptional and deserved winner. She had a great ride midfield then improved turning after gaining a lovely cart into the race. She pounced in the straight, running 2nd-fastest 400m-to-200m split of the race with her 55kg, then ran 11.92 home (3rd-fastest) fighting hard when challenged by world class stayer ANTHONY VAN DYKE.
I just love her mix of speed and courage. There was no way she was letting him get by her!
Runner-up was excellent also, he covered 11m more than the winner and carried 0.5kg below WFA. He ran the race-fastest 400-to-200m then 11.78 home (2nd-fastest) but could not reel her in.
THE CHOSEN ONE had a perfect run and then secured the perfect split but he still had to be good enough to run third and he was only beaten 1L so, have to mark it a good effort.
PRINCE OF ARRAN went back and tried following the runner-up but he couldn’t. That horse’s speed ranked 6th and 4th for splits 600-400 & 400-to-200m, however his 11.70 home was race-fastest with his 54.5kg. He is on target for another Melbourne Cup.
FINCHE was caught wide and battled very well to hold 5th from AVILIUS who was luckless at the most vital stage. I guess we will never know…
MUSTAJEER home 12.06 and WARNING home 12.10 were sound without threat and are perhaps looking for the 3200m now. The race time was 2-31.97 which is about 1L below G1 average. Early speed was -1.7L versus G1 average.
Race 8 was G3 Moonga Stakes and MORVADA led BEGOOD TOYA MOTHER and they were cutting at each other. They looked to be going hard however the 1st-800m was 48.83 (around 1.8L below G3 average). MORVADA shook off the pest and gave a kick but then MORRISSEY joined in (after having a gun trail behind those leaders) but he in-turn was collared by WILD PLANET who had sat midfield on the rail and presented at the perfect time, then dug deep to get the bob.
These two put 2.5L on third. That third horse was FIFTY STARS who was back/ wide and yet kept coming! He was terrific here 2nd-up.
MORVADA held 4th just from WINDSTORM who closed off very well again (home 11.96 last 200m/ bettered only by winners 11.90) but that quick back-up off a fast race last week was always a niggle in my mind. He wants 1500-1600m now to my eye.
The race time was 1-24.83 which is a tick over the class average. The winner had a strong last 600m figure relative to all classes, near +10L.
To Race 7 and GRAFF is back! He sat back, was saved for one run and stormed over the top. Leader was odds-on favourite ALFA ORO and he had it pretty soft. 23.31 1st-400m (early section -3.7L versus the average) but stayed on the rail, and by now I felt the inside was chopping out.
He was run over late and the winner produced a booming last 600m of 34.04. Yes, he was entitled to sprint home after doing no work early however, +16.5L last 600m is a big number!
FABERGINO sat off the leader 3-wide and had 58kg against the boys so thought she was excellent.
CRYSTAL DREAMER had his chance and was solid but good to see him back to his ‘real’ form.
SHAMINO ran on later. The 11.80 last 200m was bettered only by the winner (11.56). The winner had the fastest last 200m of day outside of that barrier trial that was Race 10. The race time was 58.03 which represented +3L versus the class average and +15.5L versus all averages.
So, that 'barrier trial' Race 10: FELICIA led THE CLOSER and they walked through 1st-800m in 52.91 so, on times on day, Morvada would have been around 18L in front of these mares with 600m to run.
That first section was 22.6L below class average and over 17L below all horses average. What a joke! MADAM ROUGE (ridden colder !!!) sprinted best, cutting underneath the leaders running 11.10 home (fastest day) with SHE SHAO FLY again producing a super-honest effort (every chance).
FELICIA held third but I still don’t know if she runs 1400m because this was a 600m race. Race time, slow (but had to be) 1-27.75 (-13.5L).
CALIFORNIA ZIIMBOL was able to control Race 6 sitting up handy on leader FROM WITHIN and they went 29.52 1st-500m (-1.2L) then travelled up well before sprinting (race-fastest 400m-to-200m) then holding off FITUESE who was giving her 1kg. She was under pressure before said winner but chased all way to wire with 12-flat last 200m.
They beat PROPHET’S THUMB clearly into third (ran on well in-between them) with HUMMA HUMMA every chance 4th.
PINYIN was race-fastest home, 11.96, for the right race… Time: 1-4.92 was +3.6L
The Ethereal Stakes was Race 5 and CHICA FUERTE led all way in an odd race of little change. 1st-1400m was 1-30-flat so they have run near 5L faster than the boys earlier, then 2-07.24 overall which was .74 faster than the boys.
The boys (Race 4) went 1-30.9 1st-1400m then 2-07.94 overall but their race was 'odd' also, in that, it was such a blanket finish:
The first five over the line covered less than 1L and they have hardly smashed the clock with their closing speed.
The winner ALBARADO was tough. He did it harder than others involved in that finish so, all honours are his for mine.
These boys have plenty of upside but always want to see more substance on clock… We shall see come Derby Day I guess…
Caulfield Forgive File
LORD DURANTE (wide),
SAHAR (heart irregularity),
SCREAM DREAM (wide),
SO LET’S TOAST (no run key stage/ good late!),
THE PRES (internal bleed),
EL SANTO (wide/ went early),
SUCCEED INDEED (covered stack of ground),
CAFE RIZU (shuffled back/ held-up/ nice late - race-fastest in fact),
SHE’S A THIEF (blew the start),
ALFA ORO (pulled-up lame),
FIFTY STARS (wide/ good),
THE INEVITABLE (amiss?),
FINCHE (wide/ good),
AVILIUS (no luck vital stage),
MASTER OF WINE (upside/ down),
MIRAGE DANCER (shuffled out of race),
DASHING WILLOUGHBY (surely amiss?),
PRETTY BRAZEN (tempo dead-against),
PERFECT JEWEL (ditto),
RICH HIPS (ditto).
Randwick Racing Review
RANDWICK hosted The Everest race-day and the track was a GOOD-4 up there with the Rail True. There was no bias evident. Many predicted inside would be avoided (given the wind etc.) but it held-up very well, in fact, the last three winners either led and had a rails trail so…
THE EVEREST was Race 7 and wowee did they go hard!
EDUARDO just took off on his rider and went berserk! He ran 33.26 1st-600m off a standing start on a track playing a good second off from the meeting 12-months earlier. A closer look then, so 33.26 means he would have led last year’s race (where NATURE STRIP went hard and set-up the race up for swoopers to get a track record) 0.38 seconds (say 2-3L) on a significantly 'slower' track.
The winner was simply awesome !! Back and ridden along on turning, he built speed and put a few lengths on all those around him then sustained it, powering to the line to record a sizzling 33.36 last 600m (fastest all day in very, very fast-run race). This section was +13.2L versus all averages. His overall time: 1-8.27 was +14.7L.
Last year's race was a track record win by Yes Yes Yes in 1-7.32 but this is where times can lie. This year’s winner, although ~1-second slower than 2019, was better run/win and this run wins BOTH Everests, as I read it anyway.
BIVOUAC sat behind winner and was left for dead before hitting the line 11.56 (he ran 33.6 last 600m).
GYTRASH was a bit tardy then found a great spot sitting alongside the runner-up. He ran 11.62 home and pipped TREKKING for third to narrowly turn the tables from the G1 Goodwood run - proves again, little between them. What a race this has become !!
The Sydney Stakes was Race 6 and also 1200m.
PRIME CANDIDATE led in 35.15 (let's say 11L off Eduardo if races are run together) and held on well at WFA (1st-600m -5.5L versus the class average) but all honours to the winner here.
TRUMBULL had to tick the WFA box and he sure did. He sat wide with no cover yet joined in quickly then held off STANDOUT who just had trouble forcing clear (right when winner had full momentum) then closed hard. Thought he was a touch unlucky but yeah, winner was wide all the way so no pot.
SIGNORE FOX followed the winner and ran on well to pip PRIME CANDIDATE for third.
DEPRIVE ran on well. His 11.66 home was the 2nd-fastest behind STANDOUT (11.48) but once they went -5.5L he was in strife… Time: 1-9.79 was -5.6L versus the average for the class.
Race 8 was the Craven Plate at WFA and THINK IT OVER was able to measure-up thanks to a gun trail, a slow mid race sectional and a nice change-up in speed. He held 1.3L on NETTOYER on the wire with said runner-up sustaining a strong run from the back.
VANNA GIRL lost her spot mid race then came with the runner-up.
SCARLET DREAM kept closing along the inside.
It was an odd race. They all ran okay and it was a busy finish.
The rae time was solid though: 2-02.68 for 2000m had them above class average for overall distance , and last 600m so…???
St Leger was Race 9 and FUN FACT was perfectly rated in the lead. He rolled early (+3.4L), so he was left alone, steadied and key rivals were forced to cover ground or lose spots. He then sustained a solid gallop to hold BRIMHAM ROCKS who was one of those runners forced to cover ground to chase.
He did peak late, 2600m sees him out it seems.
SHE’S IDEEL was super, back, swung widest and attacked the line 12-flat last 200m.
ATTORNEY had a task with 57.5kg but tracked through inside and kept coming. These four had 4L on the rest of field headed by PATHS OF GLORY who made the forgive file. Race time was 2-42.95 +2.7L
Race 4 was the Reginald Allen for 3yoF and FORBIDDEN LOVE certainly ticked the 1400m box here. She went quick early (46.34 1st-800m +7.3L) then steadied before kicking and holding off JOVIALITY who sat off them wide with a trail then rushed late.
ELIZABEEL was only fully clear at the 200m mark yet her 12.16 home was still the race-fastest.
NEWSREADER was solid in behind.
NICCI’S FLING battled hard all the way after covering plenty of ground. The race time was 1-22.58 which is a useful gallop, in fact, +2.5L versus the class average.