2019 Caulfield Cup Day Preview

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Race 1 - 12:15pm AEDT

Keno Classic Handicap (1700m)

Grinzinger Star clearly needed the run when he finished five lengths off the pace over 1400m here first-up, but he is a horse that typically enjoys sharp improvement with a run under his belt and scored a nice win over the likes of Mr Quickie at this point of his preparation last time. The rise in trip is ideal and he is up to winning.

1 Unit E/W Grinzinger Star

Race 2 - 12:50pm AEDT

QMS Media Plate (1400m)

There is no denying that Pretty Brazen faces a decent step up in class at Caulfield on Saturday, but she was utterly dominant at Bendigo last time out and is deserving of this crack at city company. The three-year-old daughter of Brazen Beau is clearly a horse of ability and there aren’t any stars in this race – I think that it looks perfect for her.

2 Units Pretty Brazen

Race 3 - 1:25pm AEDT

Listed Gothic Stakes (1400m)

Heirborn has recorded two wins from as many career starts and can keep alive that run of form in the Gothic Stakes. The son of Charm Spirit recorded a dominant win at Bendigo on debut, before making a successful transition to city company by winning over 1400m at HQ. He hasn’t been seen at the races since August, but Anthony Freedman’s horses are flying, and I think that this gelding can return the stable another winner.

2 Units Heirborn

Race 4 - 2:00pm AEDT

Group 3 Ladbrokes Classic (2000m)

Power Scheme returned a rare flat effort in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at The Valley last time out, but I like that he’s getting out to 2000m in the Ladbrokes Classic and he looks a touch of overs at $10. The Fiorente gelding stamped himself as a horse to following during his two-year-old campaign; winning the Listed Fernhill Classic most notably, and he resumed this time for a dominant win over 1500m. There aren’t any real stars in this field, and I think that Power Scheme can and will atone.

1 Unit E/W Power Scheme

Race 5 - 2:35pm AEDT

Listed Alinghi Stakes (1100m)

Soothing will carry winning form into the Alinghi Stakes and looks well placed to record another. The Godolphin-trained mare clearly needed the run when she finished at the tail of the field in the Group 3 John Monash Stakes first-up from a spell, but she has since performed extremely well with spaced runs; finishing second in the Group 3 Toy Show and winning the Listed WH Wylie at Morphettville last time out.

3 Units Soothing

Race 6 - 3:10pm AEDT

Group 3 Ethereal Stakes (2000m)

Celestial Falls is clearly a talented filly and she can continue her rise through the grades by winning the Ethereal Stakes on Caulfield Cup Day. The daughter of Hinchinbrook has recorded two wins and as many second placings from five career starts and will enter this race, her third back from a spell, off the back of a smart win in the Kennedy Oaks Trial. This is the next obvious step for her and she’ll be hard to beat.

2.5 Units Celestial Falls

Race 7 - 3:45pm AEDT

Group 2 Caulfield Stakes (1000m)

Tactical Advantage looked a run short when resuming in the Group 1 Moir Stakes, but I’m confident he’ll enjoy good improvement from the hit-out and the Caulfield Sprint is a far more appropriate task for him. The Bel Esprit gelding has been a strong and consistent galloper throughout his racing career and finished less than two lengths away from the winner in a Group 1 race at this point of his preparation, last time in. Trainer Kris Lees revealed that he was thrilled with the horse’s work on this week’s edition of Moody On The Mic, and the $10 available at publish looks over the odds.

2 Units E/W Tactical Advantage

Race 8 - 4:30pm AEDT

Group 3 Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes (1400m)

Royal Meeting will have his first Australian start in the Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes, but he is also undefeated and looks the one to beat again. The Saeed Bin Suroor-trained entire won over 1411m on debut, before beating the likes of Hermosa to the line in the Group 1 Criterium (1400m) in France. He hasn’t raced in a year, but a repeat of his last effort would be too good for this field.

2 Units Royal Meeting

Race 9 - 5:10pm AEDT

Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m)

Finche has enjoyed an almost perfect lead-in to the Caulfield Cup and will take a power of beating. The talented son of Frankel has not run a bad race since arriving in Australia and has won the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes and finished a nose second in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at his two most-recent efforts. Getting out to a mile and a half at this point of his preparation is ideal and with even luck from the wide draw, I can’t find a reason why he can’t fight out the finish again.

Constantinople hasn’t made an appearance in Australia competitively, but his European form is excellent, and he has drawn a peach in barrier 7. The son of Galileo, formerly saddled by Aidan O’Brien has returned several outstanding performances and results this year and was last seen finishing second in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur at York in August. He’s reportedly relished his time in Australia and is up to winning the Caulfield Cup.

2 Units Finche

2 Units E/W Constantinople

Race 10 - 5:50pm

Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m)

Pohutukawa has improved in two stats this time and is ready to peak third-up in the Tristarc Stakes. The talented daughter of Medaglia D’oro finished fourth in Group 3 company at Newcastle first-up, before producing a big effort to finish second behind the airborne Haut Brion Her in the Group 2 Blazer last time out. She will need some luck from a wide draw but has most of these rivals covered for class.

Teleplay is a mare that typically enjoys good improvement with a run under her belt and she looks over the odds at around $40. The Written Tycoon mare won a Listed race when unwanted in the market on Cup Day last year and finished two lengths from the winner in the Testa Rossa a fortnight ago.

3 Units Pohutukawa

0.5 Units E/W Teleplay

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