The weather forecast in Melbourne this week looks clear and we have a quality card of racing to look forward to at Caulfield.
Our full Caulfield Race Day Preview – Saturday, 29th May can be viewed below
Race 1 - 11:45am
2YO Handicap (1200m)
Three of the ten horses that have accepted for the opening race of the afternoon at Caulfield are winners but without a whole heap of exposed form, I’m happy to sit this one out from a betting perspective.
Race 2 - 12:20pm
Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m)
Sugartown could not have been much more impressive so far this prep having won both of her starts by a combined 3.5 lengths at Bendigo.
She is again stepping up in class but the daughter of Shamus Award has a lot of natural speed and it will take a good one to beat her.
2 Units Sugartown
Race 3 - 12:55pm
Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m)
The Gauch was nominated last Sunday at Sandown but the connections decided that this was the better option which may suggests the horse is going well into this first up assignment.
He put together two wins in a row last prep by a combined seven lengths at Mornington and Bendigo proving that he has a fair amount of class.
He has been gelded since we last saw him and has had a nice trial leading into this race.
1 Unit E/W The Gauch
Race 4 - 1:30pm
Benchmark 84 Handicap (1200m)
I have quite an opinion of the James Cummings trained Plaquette who has accepted in both Melbourne and Sydney this Saturday.
She was narrowly beaten by the very smart Intrepidacious at this track last start and she has been given five weeks in between runs for this assignment.
Damien Oliver will need to navigate a tricky barrier but she is a mare racing well right at the minute.
2 Units Plaquette
Race 5 - 2:10pm
Benchmark 84 Handicap (1400m)
Blinder returned from a spell with a really impressive win at this track and distance and he will carry half a kilo less in this race.
The son of Snitzel stepped up to 1600m here last start and despite finishing seventh, he was beaten just over a length.
I like the fact that they have given him five weeks in between runs and he represents good value at the double figures.
1 Unit E/W Blinder
Race 6 - 2:50pm
Open Handicap (2000m)
Yonkers demolished his opposition the last time he was seen at Caulfield two starts back to the tune of 4.75 lengths before being narrowly beaten in the Wagga Cup three weeks ago.
He has been a very consistent horse throughout his career placing in 17 of his 27 career starts and he again looks really well placed in this event with a fitness edge over a few of these.
4 Units Yonkers
Race 7 - 3:30pm
Benchmark 84 Handicap (1600m)
Osaka was last seen at the races three weeks ago at Te Rapa when scoring by 1.8 lengths over 1400m.
He has managed five wins from his 11 career race starts and he comes into his Australian racing debut in very good form.
He has been gelding since his last start which might be switch him on even more.
1 Unit E/W Osaka
Race 8 - 4:10pm
3YO Handicap (1600m)
The Peter Moody trained Riot and Rose has not put a hoof wrong so far in his short racing career to date hacing won both his starts by a combined five lengths at More and Pakenham.
The grey gelding gets his shot in town now and if he can climb to another level now at his third run, he will be tough to beat.
2 Units Riot And Rose
Race 9 - 4:40pm
Open Handicap (1100m)
Bless Her put together five wins in a row throughout 2020 which included two at this track and distance.
The now four year old mare has a lot of natural speed and this looks an ideal return for her first up from a spell.
She will be required to carry just 54kg in this race and will get a nice run in transit from barrier four.
2 Units Bless Her