Race 1 - 11:15am
Champagne Boom has improved for two fair efforts this time and strikes a winnable one third-up on Sir John Monash Stakes Day. The Spirit Of Boom filly has shown above-average ability since debuting in spring and finished off well for sixth over 1100m at Flemington first-up this time, before running on for third behind King Of Hastings at this track and distance last time out. The $6 on offer at publish looks over the odds.
1 Unit E/W Champagne Boom
Race 2 - 11:45am
Miss Vixen doesn’t win out of turn, but she’s returned in typically competitive form this year and looks tough to beat in the second at Caulfield. The Foxwedge mare ran on well to finish second in both the Vobis Gold Sprint and the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes in April and May and returned from a freshen up to finish fourth in BM90 company here a fortnight ago. She’ll take improvement and is ready to break back into the winner’s stall.
2 Units Miss Vixen
Race 3 - 12:20pm
Cryptic Jewel will carry winning form into the third and will only improve second-up. The Brent Stanley-trained has been a strong and consistent performer since debuting last year but appears to have returned to the track a far more furnished prospect this time. She’s drawn well, has been charged with carrying only 54kgs and has the advantage of Craig Williams in the saddle.
2 Units Cryptic Jewel
Race 4 - 12:55pm
Morrissy faces a rise in class at Caulfield on Saturday, but he has been excellent this time and looks the one to beat again. The Leon & Troy Corstens-trained colt has won two of his three most-recent starts, including a talent-rich sprint at Ladbrokes Park last time out. He’s rock-hard fit and with even luck, will be fighting out the finish.
3 Units Morrissy
Race 5 - 1:30pm
Organza has been excellent this time and is ready to win this race fourth-up. The Godolphin mare hasn’t missed a place in three starts this time and was last seen finishing a close-up second in the Listed Gai Waterhouse at Ipswich. This is easier and she’s drawn ideally with Williams aboard. She hasn’t been missed in the market and the $1.90 available at publish is too short for me, so I’m happy to watch.
Race 6 - 2:10pm
Doroza will resume from a brief let-up and looms as a live each-way chance in the sixth on Sir John Monash Stakes Day. The Matt Cumani-trained import finished on the winner’s heels in three races prior to his most recent effort; a fair performance at this track and distance which heralded a sixth placing behind the likes of Dogmatic and Tysonic. He looks to have conditions to suit and is up to winning.
1 Unit E/W Doroza
Race 7 - 2:50pm
Gododdin is another horse that will return from a let-up at Caulfield on Saturday and looks tough to beat. Another one from the Godolphin camp, Gododdin was a smart winner at Canterbury first-up but turned in a rare lacklustre performance at Randwick last time out. She has conditions to suit and looks a touch of overs at her opening price.
2 Unit Gododdin
Race 8 - 3:30pm
This is always an excellent race and the 2019 Sir John Monash Stakes is no exception to the rule. There’s a case to be made for several and at publish we’re looking at around $5 the field.
Soothing absolutely flies fresh and is up to winning a race of this quality first-up. The Lonhro mare has recorded three wins from four previous first-up assignments and returned several pleasing efforts last time in, in similar races to this.
I Thought So hasn’t shown his best form this time, but he is a horse of great ability and he should take good improvement into what will be his third-up assignment. The So You Think gelding will clearly require plenty to go his way, but I’m eager to have a small each-way play at his long odds.
2 Units Soothing
0.5 Units E/W I Thought So
Race 9 - 4:10pm
Shrouded In Mist has returned several pleasing efforts this time and looks well placed to record a win in the last on Sir John Monash Stakes Day. The Exceed And Excel mare scored a comfortable win at Ladbrokes Park two starts back and has since placed fifth in a tougher mile race here at Caulfield. Craig Williams has options from the rails draw and the horse will prove tough to beat.
2 Units Shrouded In Mist