Race 1 - 12:15pm
The Marathon Series is a tough one for punters as these races over these extended staying trips can be something of a lottery. These are some very slow horses and I am more than happy to stay out of this race from a betting standpoint.
Race 2 - 12:50pm
This is a very even race as the current betting market suggests. I am keen to oppose Pay Up Bro at his current price, but outside of him there are too many winning chances to bet in this race with any real confidence. This is another race that I am happy to stay out of.
Race 3 - 1:25pm
Burning Front was beaten in the Golden Mile last start, but he looks to be a very safe bet to bounce back to winning form this weekend. At set weights he has a clear class edge over the rest of this field and he has drawn beautifully to settle right on the speed with Brad Rawiller in the saddle. He is unbeaten in his three race starts at Caulfield, this is his best trip and his record in these VOBIS races is nothing short of outstanding.
6 Units Burning Front
Race 4 - 2:00pm
Ruthven drops back in class significantly and he looks as though he will be very tough to beat in the Gold Heath. He chased home the talented Hardham in the Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley and he was a big run in the Australia Derby. The drop back to 2000 metres will suit and he looks to have a clear class edge over his rivals.
5 Units Ruthven
Race 5 - 2:35pm
This is an open edition of the VOBIS Sires and there are question marks over a number of the leading contenders. It really would not surprise to see an outsider record an upset win in this race and Woman In Red is a filly that does appeal at a big price. She has improved each time that she has been seen at the races and she led from start to finish at Cranbourne last start. She has more race experience than the rest of that field and if she can get over from the wide gate she is capable of running a big race at juicy odds.
1/2 Unit Woman In Red
Race 6 - 3:15pm
This is an open race and I am willing to give Tykiato another opportunity at odds. Her first-up run at Flemington was too bad to be true and if she is able to return to the form that she showed during her most recent preparation she will be very tough to beat. She is a proven winner with an excellent record and the booking of Damien Oliver is a positive lead.
1 Unit Tykiato
Race 7 - 3:55pm
This is a fascinating edition of the Bel Esprit Stakes and there are plenty of winning chances. Faatinah clearly did not handle the heavy track in The Galaxy and if he is able to return to the form that he showed to finish a close second in the Oakleigh Plate he will be very tough to beat at a good price. Petits Filous is capable of producing a big performance on her day and she should be able to improve on her first-up effort. I am happy to back them both at their current prices.
1.5 Units Faatinah
1.5 Units Petits Filous
Race 8 - 4:35pm
Tycoon Tara failed to fire in the Sapphire Stakes, but the stable seems to be happy to forgive that effort. If she is able to return to a semblance of the form that she showed during the 2016 Spring Racing Carnival she is clearly the horse the beat. She will settle right on the speed and she will be tough to run past late. Fuhryk drops back in distance following the Australian Guineas. Her form before that over 1200 metres was excellent and her record over that trip is nothing short of outstanding. The current price is well and truly over the odds.
1.5 Units Tycoon Tara
1.5 Units Fuhryk
Race 9 - 5:10pm
Sword Of Light finally returned to winning form at Caulfield last start and she has an excellent opportunity to make it two wins on the trot. Her overall winning record is not great, but she has generally raced in much tougher company than this and she she does look to have a class edge over the majority of her rivals here. The one concern is the wide barrier draw, but as long as Damian Lane rides her aggressively she will be very hard to beat.
3 Units Sword Of Light