Caulfield: Caulfield Cup Day, 20 Oct 2018
The $5 million Caulfield Cup is up for grabs, and presents a very even field of 18 runners, with 6 internationals having their first start in Australia! Would you believe it, there are only 3 true-blue Aussies in the race?
A good days racing should unfold, with a host of other good events on the undercard. Weather is expected to be overcast without rain, though there has been a little rain in Melbourne during the week, but nothing like the downpours that Sydney endured last weekend.
Caulfield Race 1
QMS Media Plate
Race Time: 12:15 PM
The opening race is for the three-year-old fillies over 1400m. An even field, combining some gallopers that have had more than 3 starts, some who were last start winners on debut, plus the maidens. DELUSIONS is a last start winner for Darren Weir and looks like the favourite. ZARGOS is in the same boat and is one of three Lindsay Park runners lining up here. KHULAASA despite the indifferent form seems to be attracting a bit of money, while the duo of ZIZZIS and EAWASE have come up against some good types lately (Smart Melody, Meryl) but are back in grade this weekend.
BFF Picks: Delusions, Zargos, Zizzis
Value Price: Aasira $12.00
Roughie: Mutheera $16.00
Caulfield Race 2
Polytrack Gothic Stakes
Race Time: 12:50 PM
Hopefully this weekend, RANIER will break maiden ranks. It’s bound to happen. Hugh Bowman needs to make amends for his last start ride. In the way is unbeaten local colt YULONG JANUARY. Sure to go close. The Weir runner RINGERDINGDING and the Hawkes gelding WILD PLANET should also be there or thereabouts.
BFF Picks: Yulong January, Ranier, Ringerdingding
Value Price: Signore Fox $12.00
Roughie: Zoutori $26.00
Caulfield Race 3
McCafe Caulfield Sprint
Race Time: 1:25 PM
The favourite here will be EDUARDO who was a certainty beaten in the Gilgai Stakes on Turnbull Stakes Day. Closest opponent will be Sydney gelding SPENDING TO WIN who has compiled an excellent record (17 wins/placings from 19 starts) and was a last start winner. These two should fight it out. Bendigo mare MISS LEONIDAS and Caulfield local BONS AWAY are the next best.
BFF Picks: Eduardo, Spending To Win, Miss Leonidas
Value Price: She Knows $11.00
Roughie: Thorondor $15.00
Caulfield Race 4
Carlton Draught Alinghi Stakes
Race Time: 2:00 PM
This is an exciting drag race over 1100m. The two top chances are Weir mare GREY SHADOW who is gunning for her hat trick, plus the Gold Coast mare FROM WITHIN who is after her fourth win on the trot. Both could be fighting it out. Godolphin has two runners JORDA and SOOTHING and these four command all the betting markets.
BFF Picks: Grey Shadow, From Within, Soothing
Value Price: Nieta $11.00
Roughie: Creativity $18.00
Caulfield Race 5
N.Z. B’Stock Ethereal Stakes
Race Time: 2:35 PM
Other than the Wakeful Stakes on VRC Derby Day, this race is considered a prelude to the VRC Kennedy Oaks. We’re tipping the Weir filly VERRY ELLEEGANT, who finished an unlucky third in the Edward Manifold Stakes behind stablemates Amphitrite and Krone, so that form-line reads well. Her main opponent is Sydney’s GREYSFUL GLAMOUR from the Mark Newnham stable. She’s a stablemate of recent Group 1 winner Maid Of Heaven. Consideration should also be given to YULONG METEOR, DARK CONFIDANT (unlucky at her last start) and another Weir filly SCENIC SIGHT.
BFF Picks: Verry Elleegant, Greysful Glamour, Yulong Meteor
Value Price: Scenic Sight $21.00
Roughie: Dark Confidant $31.00
Caulfield Race 6
Race Time: 3:10 PM
This is a race for the three-year-old colts and geldings. The winner here will go some way toward favouritism for the VRC Derby in two weeks time. The two hot-shots are EXTRA BRUT representing VIC and THINKING BIG representing NSW. Other than SIKORSKY, the others are well down the market. Let’s not muck around.
BFF Picks: Extra Brut, Thinking Big, Sikorsky
Value Price: Louie The Legend $17.00
Roughie: Muswellbrook $19.00
Caulfield Race 7
Ladbrokes Coongy Cup
Race Time: 3:50 PM
This race kind of stacks up like a consolation prize for the Caulfield Cup. But it’s not, as many of these gallopers weren’t nominated anyway. Horses to appeal include the Kiwi SIR CHARLES ROAD who is the pre-eminent stayer in this field. PRIZED ICON and TRAP FOR FOOLS have been racing in good company of late, while the favourite will be Godolphin’s BEST OF DAYS. The Weir horse SIXTIES GROOVE probably won’t line up after starting and winning the Moe Cup earlier today (Thursday 18th).
BFF Picks: Best Of Days, Sir Charles Road, Trap For Fools
Value Price: Prized Icon $9.50
Roughie: Mahamedis $16.00
Caulfield Race 8
Stella Artois Caulfield Cup
Race Time: 4:40 PM
The big race of the day is a very even affair. Inside barrier draws will allow those closer in to do less work. That’s where horses like THE CLIFFSOFMOHER, HOMESMAN and KINGS WILL DREAM will benefit. The Aussies ACE HIGH and YOUNGSTAR are also reasonably placed, but the others are drawn off the track, so will be doing extra work and covering more ground, even though every horse drawn 13 and beyond come in by two due to the emergencies dropping out (Patrick Erin barrier 12, Jameeh barrier 5).
BFF Picks: Kings Will Dream, The Cliffsofmoher, Ace High
Value Price: Red Verdon $21.00
Roughie: Gallic Chieftain $41.00
Caulfield Race 9
Schweppes Tristarc Stakes
Race Time: 5:15 PM
A big field assembles for the mares sprinter/miler race with many top chances. INVINCIBELLA looks the likely favourite after her last start win on Turnbull Stakes Day. Godolphin’s SAVATIANO is also threatening on the win market, but she has to contend with a wide draw. Others to appeal include ELLICAZOOM and Group 1 winner PROMPT RESPONSE, who should strike a good track this weekend. Also keep an eye on BOOKER as she finds her way back to form.
BFF Picks: Invincibella, Prompt Response, Booker
Value Price: Booker $12.00
Roughie: Miss Siska $41.00
Caulfield Race 10
Ladbrokes Moonga Stakes
Race Time: 5:50 PM
The sprinter/milers contest the last. From the 1400m gate, it depends who gets the early speed. SIRCCONI, DREAMSTATE and BURNING FRONT are all fast out of the blocks, but it’s those who just sit off the pace that could be dangerous and launch late. PERAST, MR SNEAKY and PEACEFUL STATE could all fly from the clouds.
BFF Picks: Perast, Mr Sneaky, Sircconi
Value Price: Sircconi $10.00
Roughie: Perast $14.00