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Caulfield 23---9---17

Aquis Pinchapoo Plate 1400 m Time 1.23.31

Trainer, Darren Weir’s, Comment, Leather ‘N’ Lace “ she has been going really well, the key decision was when “David Moodie said Warrnambool first up,” we were able to back her up, she has made the right steps and training on well, she was a little green on the corner but flattened out well”.

“She was comfortable at the end of the race, we will move onto the next step, there is a Group 2 race for fillies coming up in a couple of weeks, we will have a look at that as it is the logical step now, and chase a bit of Black Type as she has a nice pedigree”.

Sportsbet Foundation Hcp 1600m Time 1.37.30

Trainer, Darren Weir’s, Comment Cliff’s Edge, ‘’ he has been disappointing, on face value he has changed his attitude, that has made it hard to get him fit, we decided to back him up as he had a good gallop last week but blew out the last 100 metres, we always thought he would run a mile”.

“Johnny rode him today to run the mile, and he ran it really well, the key to the race was backing him up, it is so hard to get him really fit, the reason he was ridden a bit quiet I was happy with his run last week, and the barrier draw helped.”

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 Lojac Cival Hcp. 1800m Time 1.50.97

Trainer, Trent Busuttin, Comment Anaehim, “ he has come back better, he was second up over 1800 metres, the kid (Zac Spain) gave him a beautiful ride, he did the right thing, pressed the button early, we have no set plans, we had to win today “.

“He hasn’t had much luck as a three year old, he has copped wet tracks, we thought he could be a bit of a risk over 1800 metres, he is entered for a number of races but nothing in particular, there is good stake money around, he is a horse that likes Flemington or Caulfield and running on top of the ground, there will be a nice race somewhere around for him”.

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Trent Busuttin

Cancer Foundation Plate 1100 m Time 1.05.04

Stable Manager, David Charles, Comment Bandipur,” this horse has a great constitution, a lovely horse to train, we are absolutely thrilled, we came here with a bit of confidence, James Cummings was a bit negative after the draw.”

“He overcame the awkward draw, Damian Lane rode him beautifully and he was very strong at the finish, we will enjoy today, he has been up along time, if he pulls up well we will find another race for him during the spring”.

He was strong at Moonee Valley at his last start, we could push out to a mile but still take his races as they come along and see what he is up to.”

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David Charles

Ladbrokes Jockeys Trust 1400 m Time 1.24. 49

Trainer, Peter Morgan, Comment Sircconi, “ He has been a bit of a headache lately, ending with a virus two weeks ago and having to miss last week, you are not sure of which way to go, a mile or 1800 metres, he will let us know.”

“It gets a bit tough when your playing catch up time, he is still a little bit under done, there is three or four lengths yet to come.”

“It was a good win in open company, we will wait and see which way we will go, he is a good horse, his races will be selected, whether he goes to the Guineas I am not sure.”

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Peter Morgan

Testa Rossa Stakes 1200 m Time 1.09.79

Co owner, Ken King, comment Bons Away, “that was fantastic, we bred him, he is a farm bred horse, there are regular owners in the horse, there is a happy bunch standing behind me.”

“We are not betting next Friday for sure, (Public Holiday), he has had an easy time, that was his sixth start, he has earned prize money each time he has gone around. “

“Our owners are involved in various types of businesses, they enjoy their racing, he will be back again this spring, we have a lot of regular owners and while Bons Away continues to hold up his end, we will be back, we love our racing, and certainly while we are winning.”

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Ken King

M R C Foundation Cup 2000m Time 2.00.43

Trainer, Ben Hayes, comment Harmel ,his run was good today, a great ride by Dwayne Dunn, he won very dominantly, this was his first win in Australia.”    

“He will now go straight into the Caulfield Cup, and possibly the Melbourne Cup, his run in the Heatherlie was excellent, we though this race may have been a bit short for him, he can be improved, he is a strong staying horse, he is just striking form.”

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Ben Hayes

Ladbrokes Boost Stakes 1200mTime 1.09.62

Trainer, Chris Meagher, comment Savanna Amour, “it was a great ride by Brad, he said, you have to bounce from that gate and go forward and slot in where you can, otherwise you will be facing the breeze, and if there is any kick there, we will soon find out , luckily she found plenty of kick.”      

“She just loves Caulfield; her record there is pretty good, having won three of her six wins at this track.”

“We cannot say enough about the place, she loves it, we will let her tell us, there is 1400 metres here shortly, we will look at that.”

“We’re very well set up at Mornington with 25 boxes; we have taken over a stable at Eagle Farm as well, that is a satellite stable”.

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Trainer Hands In Licence

Sam Pritchard-Gordon has quit training, selling his Mornington stables to fellow trainer, Jason Warren.

We understand that quite a few horses are also included in the deal, to be trained by Warren.

Pritchard –Gordon is a well educated likeable young English man, for a time he could be best described as a previous travelling foreman for Lee Freedman, before he took out a licence in his own right.

He is yet to announce his future plans; we wish him well, he was always a fresh face in the paddock area.

Jockey makes comeback

Dale Smith, who retired from race riding to take up selling real estate, was spotted riding work for Mick Price, at Caulfield.

Whether he intends to renew his riding licence is not known at this stage, or if it’s just additional exercise to keep fit.    

 

Flemington 16---- 9 ----2017

Cap D’Antibes Stakes 1100 m Time 1.04.63

Comment by Ciaron Maher “Fox Swift is a pretty smart little filly, it is a credit to the team, you can see she is still carrying a fair bit of winter coat, it has been great for the owners.”

“It is a good result for the stable, she was better suited at the 1100 metres rather than the 1000 she finished the race off well, she settled better today, the tempo of the race allowed her to balance up and find her feet.”

“That was a bit short for her at Sandown, it was a good ride by Mark Zahra, he had a lot of cover in the race and she finished off very well.”

“She is an adaptable filly and easy to ride, she is sure to get a little further, maybe out to 1400 metres, it is good to get that touch of Black Type, she seemed to in good order, I was about to put her out but when they win like that it makes it hard, there is no reason now.”

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Cairon Maher

Pin & Wine Plate 1400 m Time 1.22.53

Comment by Tony McEvoy “Royal Symphony, that was pretty special, Dwayne had to do a lot of work in the straight.”

“Well, I have half a dozen horses that work better than him, but I’m not going to tell their names, he is a day game horse, he just turns up, that’s what you need to be a top class racehorse.”

“The next five minutes will tell me more; I just want to see how the horse’s condition is and see how quickly he recovers whether we go to a mile, he was very fresh coming into the mounting yard.”

“I thought he was fit enough and thankfully he got the job done, I didn’t trial him, I thought there was lots more to come.”

“I wanted to win today as I wanted to protect his record, I didn’t want him peaking today, he will peak in October, the only thing is how he jumps out of the gates.”

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Tony McEvoy

The Sofitel 1400 m Time 1.22.62

Comment by Robert Smerdon “ Theanswermyfriend can dominate like that, and that is what he did today, we are heading in the direction of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, there is nothing wrong with his form.”

“We needed to win here to get us into the Sir Rupert Clarke, he has had a great preparation and nothing has changed, we will head that way, his coat is improving, he is getting better all the time, a little race conditioning, there is no point in stopping this now.”He added."

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Robert Smerdon 

 Bobbie Lewis Quality 1200 m Time 1.09.94

Comment by David Hayes Redkirk Warriorthe stable thought he was flying as good as he was when he won the Newmarket Handicap that was a true version of the Newmarket.”

“With the weight he carried, I have been watching him over the past twelve months; I think it will take a pretty good horse to beat him.”

“He is among the best sprinters I have had in a long time, with luck in running he is a very good horse, no doubt about that and adaptable up the straight six at Flemington, we have two class sprinters in Redkirk Warrior and Vega Magic.”

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David Hayes

 Danehill Stakes 1200 m Time 1.10.34

Comment by David Hayes ”Catshy was undefeated in Melbourne as a two year old, from that gate we just wanted to give her clear running for the first 600 metres, she was very strong today, she served it up to the boys again.”

“She might be favourite to take the boys on again in the $2 million dollars of the Caulfield Guineas.”

She will run against the fillies at her next start, she is a Group 1 winner, against the boys that is no problem, I will take them on again,” he added.

“We are very happy with Regan Bayliss, he is a fine young man and a good rider, we give him as many opportunities as we can”

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David Hayes

Let’s Elope Stakes 1400 m Time 1.23.50  

Comment by Matthew Ellerton “Sword Of Light, that was a good run from her, she has been all around the place, she was a Stakes winner earlier in her life, she won the 2016 Blue Diamond Stakes Preview”.

“She had a tough run earlier at Caulfield, the Myer classic could be an alternative, we will see how the spring unfolds and how far she takes us”.

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Matthew Ellerton

Makybe Diva Stakes 1600 m Time 1.35.35

Comment by Darren Weir “all my horses ran well, but Humidor was terrific, it was just a matter of getting him right, at his two previous runs he has paraded better, Damian Lane has done all the hard yards in track work, we galloped the horse on Monday, he felt very good”.

“When he got to the outside he did go, I never thought he would do that, we are now getting there.”

“The horse paraded well, Damian Lane has done all the hard yards, going up to Casterton and Coleraine to ride the horse in trials.”

“He is getting there, a bit of a wobble on the home turn, otherwise it was all great.”

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Darren Weir

Japan Racing Association Trophy 2500 mTime 2.35.

Comment by Nick Williams “Almandin really surprised me the way he cruised pass them with 61kg, it was a great performance, the crew are doing a great job up at Mount Macedon.”

“The Caulfield Cup has to be given some consideration now that the Melbourne Cup is penalty free.”

“I was saying to Michael Felgate the other day; whether it is the Herbert Power Handicap or the Caulfield Cup, which way we go.”

“There are options, the Moonee Valley Cup or the Cox Plate will have to be considered.”

“We will make that decision in due course, I wouldn’t like to encourage anyone to back him in the Caulfield Cup, or persuade them either.”

“That was a very dominant win with 61 kg he added.”

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Nick Williams

 

Caulfield 2 – 9 – 17

Sheen Group Plate 1400 m 1-24.72

It didn’t take long for Watchmespin to graduate to city company after her win at Seymour, she made a promising debut winning at Caulfield, and she was the complete outsider of the field.

The favourite, Judy In Disguise, with the services of leading Sydney jockey, Blake Shinn, led to the turn, into the straight, and looked to have the race safely in her keeping until Watchmespin appeared on the scene, she was drawing away when the post was reached, it was a very promising effort, she seems certain to get further as she matures.

Trained by Danny O’Brien, he has always had a high opinion of the filly; she is by the former crack two year old champion, Sepoy.

“We were waiting until she was three before we put any pressure on her, she is a good style of filly, we have always had a big opinion of her, waiting until she turned three, we are looking to get her to a mile, or further, I bought her for my wife, she got a few friends to join a syndicate to race her, she is a beautiful filly,” he added.

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Watchmespin  

Chandler MacLeod Plate 1400 m 1-24.29

Oregon’s Bay turned in a pretty good performance coming from a fair way back, to score a narrow win over Swampland, as both were racing together for most of the way, and there was just a head between them when they reached the line.

It was a big run to come from where the mare came from, as she was blocked for a run at one stage, when an opening appeared she got out at the nick of time, started equal favourite with Schism when betting closed.

Oregon’s Bay is by Domesday, standing at Aquis Farm located at Canungra in Queensland, he is also the sire of the unbeaten Royal Symphony, favourite for the Caulfield Guineas.

“Her immediate future is the Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington, and the Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley, that will be nice if we can win one of those races in the spring,”said Mick Price.

This was her third win from ten starts, she has been in the money six times from 10 outings, she is proving a more that useful mare for the Caulfield trainer.

Hockingstuart Plate 1200 m 1-10.48

The more they win the better the price, an old omen that worked on Saturday when Mr Sneakey kept his current record intact, with his third win on end.

It was a big effort as his trainer, Anthony Freedman, has been able to keep the gelding fit and fresh over quite a long sustained period.

“He is a lovely horse, we knew he was going well and it was a great ride, he will possibly run again in two weeks, obviously the Bobby Lewis over 1400 metres, and the Sir Rupert Clarke would be attractive.”

The gelding is by High Chaparral, a versatile sire, he can get sprinters and stayers alike, he was a very popular and proven sire.

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Mr Sneakey - Third win on end 

H D F McNeil Stakes Gr3 1200 m 1-10.84  

Merchant Navy has become a serious contender for the Caulfield Guineas after his impressive win in the McNeil Stakes, coming from absolute last with a barn storming performance.

He really looks the goods, he got a fair way back in the field, he was second last at the 800 metres and showing little that he was going to reel in the field until halfway up the straight, he soon came away for what was an authoritative win.

His race record is sure to remain intact, at least until the Guineas, he was a $350,000 yearling, if he wins the semi classic you could write your own ticket as to his value, he is by Fastnet Rock from Legally, a mare by Snippets

Trained by Ciaron Maher who was over the moon after the win?“ he put the writing on the wall after that very good gallop, they do a very good job up at Rock Mount, he came back in great order.”

The Guineas could again be a battle of the titans, when we saw All Too Hard and Pierro locking horns in what was among the highlights of the spring carnival, five years ago.

It is the Guineas where the most attraction lies now, with its stake of $2 million sprinters can get away with the Guineas if they are brilliant enough, they cannot do that in the Derby with its stake money a half a million dollars less

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Merchant Navy - Exciting three year old.

Cockram Stakes Gr.3 1200 m 1-11.15

Savanna Amour, by Sun Stud’s sire, Love Conquers All, trained by John Meagher, the mare has been mixing her racing between the Gold Coast and Melbourne with success.

John skipped the interview, he was more interested in the horse, rushing away to see how she pulled up.

She carried the steadier of 58kg which is no mean effort, she wasn’t fancied in the market as she blew out six points to start at $15.

The favourite, Fuhryk, came in from $2.25 to odds on, starting at $1.8; she was hardly sighted in running and was never a chance.

Flying Jess produced an eye catching run as she was in the ruck on the home turn, finishing the race off well.

Whilst Written Era came home well, she is a pretty handy mare with a reasonable strike rate.

The Heath 1100 m 1-03.

Voodoo Lad displayed a return to form, with a vengeance, when he put paid to his opposition in winning The Heath, after being handy for most of the trip.

He has been missing from the winner’s circle since October, when he won the Group 3 Moonga Stakes, also at Caulfield.

He has since been mixing it with the upper crust in two Group One’s at Flemington, including a second in the Newmarket Handicap and two Group One’s at Randwick, in the T J Smith and the All Aged Stakes.

The win in the Heath 1100 takes his stake earnings to the magical million; he is partly raced by Kevin Maloney, of Segenhoe Thoroughbreds, at Scone.    

Memsie Stakes Gr1 1400 m 1-23.36

Vega Magic won the start, from there he led all the way and never looked like being beaten, it was a procession from the outset.

Whether he will get much further than a mile is open to question, he is certainly brilliant, the Hayes team will have plenty of options as to where they can place him.

Black Heart Bart ran his usual good race, he is as honest as the day is long, he doesn’t know how to run a bad race.  

Tosen Stardom is getting closer to a win; he was running on nicely, he may be better suited at Flemington over the longer stretches.

Hey Doc ran his usual honest race, while Jon Snow will benefit greatly from the run, his first since winning the Australian Derby.

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Vega Magic - Brilliant winner of the Memsie 

 

 

Moonee Valley 26—8—17

Almandin is on the way back, there is nothing more certain than that after his outstanding performance in running second to Pacodali at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

A second Melbourne Cup is a strong possibility after his amazing performance in the MSC Sign Handicap over 2040 metres.

He took up a handy position running third for most of the trip; he actually had his head in front turning at the top of the straight, only to be run down by the eventual winner, and favourite, Pacodali.

Almandin will pay the price, naturally, having won last year’s Melbourne Cup, but never under estimate his owner, Lloyd Williams; he didn’t come down in the last shower.

He is a shrewd operator; he has made a success in the business world and has since applied much of that knowledge into racing, with amazing results, having been involved in the ownership of five Melbourne Cup winners.

Lloyd doesn’t attend the races much these days; he prefers to watch them on the screen, with the additional advantage of replaying them in slow motion.

He was up at Port Douglas, he could read the race perfectly, he left his son Nick at Moonee Valley to answer all the questions.

Ben Melham received the accolades for a perfect ride, he didn’t allow himself to get bottled up on the fence with nowhere to go, he had a clear run all the way.  

Almandin won’t be his sole representative in the Cup when weights are issued by the handicapper, Greg Carpenter, there is sure to be multiple entries.  

We will have to forgive Tulip for what I thought was a run out of character; she appeared to run her race in patches.

She didn’t clear the gate all that well, running fifth in a field of six for much of the way, and was only a nose in the result.

Maybe it will pay to forget that run as it was her first outing since finishing third in the Golden Slipper Stakes to She Will Reign, and fifth in the Sires Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick.

Spunlago showed a definite return to form with an impressive win in the Ranvet Handicap at Moonee Valley.

The success was well received by Ballarat trainer, Archie Alexander, who has been out of the winning list of late in the city.

There was support for the son of Hard Spun who was popular with punters, he is a six year old gelding and he did shorten up in the close of betting.

“He has come through the race really well, now that he has struck form again he could easily win again, he had a bit to spare when the horses reached the line.”

Hey Doc, the Aurie’s Star Handicap winner, showed he was ready to take on all comers in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, when he galloped between races three and four at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

 

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