A field of 11 early Spring Carnival contenders are set to line up in the Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on Saturday.
Last year’s winner Mystic Journey is ready to defend her title in the $200,000 weight for age feature but her job is not going to be easy after drawing barrier nine.
Western Australian trainers Grant and Alana Williams have two outstanding chances with Regal Power and Arcadia Queen stepping out for the first time this preparation while Streets Of Avalon has the benefit of one run under his belt with a first up second in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes over 1200m at Caulfield three weeks ago.
Cascadian and Savatiano will wear the Godolphin royal blue colours and the Lindsay Park Team of Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes will saddle up their Group 1 winning import Cape Of Good Hope.
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Western Australian star Regal Power claimed Group 1 glory with his win in the Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot in Perth during the 2019 Perth Summer Carnival and has also performed well at the highest level in the East.
Regal Power was runner up in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington before winning the $5m All-Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield and is a strong contender here and will get a nice sit just behind the pace from barrier six.
Kings Will Dream
Kings Will Dream was the winner of the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m at Flemington during the 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival but hasn’t found the winner’s stall since.
Kings Will Dream was placed twice at Group 1 and Group 2 level during the 2020 Autumn Carnival and was will be having his first up run since finishing eleventh in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on Day Two of The Championships.
He has finished sixth in two recent barrier trials at Rosehill and on the Kensington Track at Randwick and might be better suited over more ground later in his preparation.
Streets Of Avalon
Streets Of Avalon is a proven Group 1 performer after scoring an all the way win in the 1400m Futurity Stakes at Caulfield during the 2020 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Streets Of Avalon resumed for a first up second in the 1200m Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield and is ready to step back up to the 1400m.
The Shane Nichols trained six year old is a four times winner over this course and distance and will be in the firing line for a long time.
Cape Of Good Hope
European import Cape Of Good Hope claimed a Group 1 victory at his first start on Australian soil winning the 2000m Ladbrokes Stakes during the 2019 Melbourne Spring Carnival but was unplaced at his next four starts in the Spring and the 2020 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
Kicking off at 1400m this preparation but is yet to win below 1500m and is one to keep an eye on for later. Has drawn in close and will have the winkers off.
Cascadian has been placed at Group 1 level in France and at Flemington when third in the Kennedy Cantala (1600m) on day one of the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The European import’s best result in Australia was a win in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m) at Rosehill during the 2020 Sydney Autumn Carnival and he will be having his first run back since finishing ninth in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick on Day one of The Championships.
Has won first up in the past and is a two times winner over the P.B. Lawrence Stakes distance. Has drawn the outside gate and will settle in the second half of the 11-horse field and will need plenty of luck to be a threat.
Sircconi showed plenty of promise during his two year old season with a win in the Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.
The now six year old’s best recent effort was a win two starts back in the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series Final over 1600m at Flemington on July 4.
He has had one run since for a seventh in a 1600m Flemington Open Handicap and will find it tough stepping up to Group 2 company. Will likely go forward from a wide gate.
Morrissy is the winner of two of his last three starts over this course and distance but will be taking a huge step up in grade coming off a last start win in a 1400m Open Handicap at Caulfield on July 25. Will find this tough going.
Mystic Journey was the winner of the P.B. Lawrence Stakes last year before running second in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington.
Mystic Journey was also the winner of the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington during the 2019 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and then went on to win the $5m All-Star Mile at Flemington again.
The Tasmanian based mare has won a recent Devonport barrier trial in readiness for her return on Saturday, is a two times winner over this course and distance and has a great chance to win back to back P.B. Lawrence Stakes.
Arcadia Queen was the star of the 2018 Perth Summer Carnival with a win in the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic before being transferred to Sydney trainer Chris Waller.
Arcadia Queen had three runs for Waller during the 2019 Spring Carnival with her best effort being a first up win in the Group 2 1300m Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill in September and was spelled after finishing fifth in the Golden Eagle (1500m) at Rosehill in November.
The Pierro mare is now back under the care of her Perth trainers Grant and Alana Williams and has a perfect two from two first up record and is one of the main chances.
Savatiano is yet to win a Group 1 but has been placed at that level on two occasions.
Savatiano will be having her first run back since finishing sixth in the Group 1 Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville and heads to Caulfield with the benefit of a Kensington Track barrier trial win under her belt.
The James Cummings trained mare has a very good first up record, will get a lovely run from gate three and has the winkers going on and blinkers coming off.
Aristia was the winner of the Group 1 Kennedy Oaks over 2500m at Flemington during the 2018 Melbourne Spring Carnival but has failed to find the winner’s stall since.
Aristia will be having her first run back since finishing seventh in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at The Valley during the 2020 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is yet to win first up.
The Lonhro mare is yet to win below 2000m and will be better suited over a longer journey deeper into her Spring Carnival campaign.