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