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Caulfield Round Up

Punters got off on the right leg when Khutulun was quickly installed favourite; in preference to last start Moonee Valley winner Turbo Street.
The form was very much similar, however, Beau Mertens, the claiming apprentice, did the mare no wrong when he rode the mare at Flemington last week; hence he retained the ride at Caulfield.
Khutulun deserved her win, she has been there about in several races, ultimately the tide has turned in her favour.
She is a handy mare that has filled placings in 14 of her 26 starts, earning prize money of
$280,000.
The win was a welcome change of luck for her Caulfield trainer Luke Oliver, and her connections.
Margins 1.1/2 lengths – 2 lengths Time 2-03.99

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O’lonera is becoming a Caulfield specialist as we have seen; he has developed an affinity for “The Heath,” having won there at his last two outings.
Saturday’s race carried a good stake for a winter staying event, prize money of $150,000, plus a VOBIS bonus of $30,000, taking his total prize money earnings to $268,000, from nine starts.
“He is really a great horse with a really good temperament, when Nick Hall asked him to go forward, from an inside draw, he had the race won a long way from home, once he got clear at the 600 metres they were not going to get him, ” said trainer Cindy Alderson.
“He is a revelation at this distance, he has the makings of a pretty handy stayer, Nick understands him, we will probably push on if he comes through this in good order,” she added.
O’lonera is certainly creating quite some interest in his sire O’lonhro, standing at Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud at Euroa.
Margins 3.1/2 lengths – ½ length Time 2. 32.12

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Derryn is worthy of a spot in that little black book, if for no other reason than his mind boggling run from last, to win the Brian Reckas Handicap over 1000 metres.
We seldom see those performances by a two year old, is he something special? The Hayes & Dabernig stable think he is, while the jury is out at present.  
He did brake the minute, and in his claim he started from the extreme outside gate, and had to travel wide around the turn to get a fair crack at the leaders.
He had had just the one previous start when finishing sixth at Flemington to Selenia, back in March.
His path will lead into the Caulfield Guineas if it is warranted, it was certainly an impressive run, however, the quality of the opposition may be questioned.

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The reason he had just the one run in the Autumn was being a little immature requiring extra time, there is no doubt that has been proved since.
Tom Dabernig said, “the stable held a high opinion of the colt but were a bit concerned how he would handle the ground”.
“He was ridden quietly, he worked home well indicating he is an above average horse,” said Tom
Derryn is by Hinchinbrook who is currently booked out for this season, his dam, Munhro. The pedigree is a bit light on the dam side at this stage, but if he wins the Guineas, or a Group 1, that will put a lot of icing on the cake
He was purchased for $110,000 as a yearling, reared at Bylong Park.
Margins ½ neck – ½ length ¾ length Time 58.49

The lack of fitness was given as the excuse for the poor run of Lord Of The Sky in the Sir John Monash Stakes, when he missed a place after leading to the home turn.
A much fitter horse, aided by the wizardry of Damian Oliver, who was able to control the traffic to the home turn, before dashing away to a comfortable win in the 1200 metres of the Bletchingly Stakes.
It is 12 months ago since he was severely injured in the Bletchingly, from herein his races will be extended to 1400 metres in search of a Group 1 win.
He is now a six year old entire showing signs that he is reaching maturity, and most likely go to stud next season.
While he remains fresh, the Memsie Stakes is likely to be his best chance to secure his Group 1, that helps to open doors to the better studs, otherwise it is all a battle up hill. Margins 1.1/2 lengths –1.1/4 lengths Time 1.11.62

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