Caulfield: Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day, 22 Sept 2018
This Saturday at Caulfield is Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day. There are host of other good races on including the Bendigo Bank Foundation Cup and the Ladbrokes Odds Boost Stakes. We summarise the best picks for the day across the 9 race card.
There is a Quaddie in effect, taking in Races 6, 7, 8, and 9.
The early Quaddie takes in Races 2, 3, 4, and 5.
Caulfield Race 1
D O’BRIEN RACING PINCHAPOO HCP
Race Time: 12:30 PM
GLOBAL EXCHANGE is trained on the track and should assume favouritism after his last start win. He is from the first crop of progeny from former champion It’s A Dundeel. SP: $ 4.00.
EXTRA BRUT is from the Darren Weir camp, and brings good form into the race. A last start winner, this bloke has some potential for the future. SP: $7.50.
THUNDERDOME with Steve Baster was a last start Bendigo winner, but is up in class here. Could be a place chance. SP: $5.50.
LOUIE THE LEGEND might be one to consider if you’re looking for a bit of value. Two last start seconds, has South Australia’s top jockey onboard in Jamie Kah, and is trained by the Busuttin/Young team, who are renowned as a nursery of potential staying types. SP: $17.00.
BFF Picks: Global Exchange, Extra Brut, Louie The Legend
Caulfield Race 2
FIGHT CANCER FOUNDATION (BM78)
Race Time: 1:05 PM
AL GALAYEL is trained on the track, but he’s been off the scene for six weeks. He’s a former British galloper previously with the Luca Cumani stable. Obviously has some upside, I reckon he could win this, even though he’s only raced up to 1600m. SP: $6.00.
SNITZEPEG is the topweight here, carrying 61.5 kg, so will be giving away weight while stepping out over 1800 metres for the first time. Has won twice on the track (1600m and 1400m) so knows his way around. Will that be enough? SP: $9.50.
LUCKY FOR ALL seems to be attracting all the early money, following his last start third at Moonee Valley. For me, the jury is still out. Place chance despite the heavy attention. SP: $2.30.
OCTABELLO is the Mick Price hope, and he’s not without a chance. Raced in Sydney during the Autumn he was outclassed against superior three-year-olds like Unforgotten, Levendi, and stablemates Hiyaam and Holy Snow. In this grade, he is well suited, and will probably appreciate the extra ground too. Chuck him into your multi’s. SP: $7.50
BFF Picks: Al Galayel, Octabello, Lucky For All
Caulfield Race 3
SKYLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Race Time: 1:40 PM
WRITTEN BY is likely to be the favourite here. The Group 1 Blue Diamond victor is a winner on the track and goes pretty decent first up. Should factor in the first three. Be very surprised if he doesn’t. SP: $1.90.
GYTRASH is a visitor from South Australia. Has good credentials (5 wins and placings from 5 starts), though racing in Melbourne for the first time. Place prospect for mine. SP: $14.00.
FINE DANE won at his first go at the Races the other week out at Moe, but this rates as a tougher assignment. SP: $11.00.
ROOSEVELT is the only other galloper in this race that stands out, being a Godolphin entrant from the Cummings stable in Sydney. Has a recent barrier trial win behind him and will be starting fresh this campaign. SP: $7.50.
BFF Picks: Written By, Roosevelt, Gytrash
Caulfield Race 4
PUNTERS LIVING LEGENDS (BM90)
Race Time: 2:15 PM
ISTRIA has a recent form line that doesn’t read too flash. However, she has the Godolphin cloak all around her, and this time last year, she won two and was placed third on three occasions. I’ll put her into my wider betting options. SP: $8.00.
SHOKO is an interesting galloper based out at Whittlesea (northern reaches of Melbourne, Kinglake area). Three starts so far, two wins and a second. Likely to race on the speed, with Linda Meech onboard and a light weight of 54.kgs. Could get the chocolates. SP: $6.00.
TULIP is one of the Lindsay Park stable stars. A placegetter in the 2017 Golden Slipper (third to She Will Reign), her credentials makes her a stand out in this field. She’s carrying 60.5 kgs, and is out to 1400 metres for the first time. Will these two things be showstoppers? You’d have to ask David Hayes and his apprentice jockey Ethan Brown who gives the mare 1.5 kg weight relief. SP: $3.60.
SHOKORA is Tulip’s stablemate, and seems to be well supported in the market, despite not having raced for a month (7th), and displaying fairly indifferent form prior to resuming. Place chance at best. SP: $6.00.
LADY OF FLANDERS has very good form leading into this, but has struck a wide barrier (14). She’d need to be good to win from there. SP: $13.00
BFF Picks: Shoko, Tulip, Istria
Caulfield Race 5
GRASSROOTS S.C. FOR MIRABEL
Race Time: 2:50 PM
CAPTAIN PUNCH is a former Northern Territory galloper now trained in Adelaide. His form line is excellent and can race on the speed, but is drawn out in the car park (16). Not sure Melburnians are convinced. SP: $15.00.
EDUARDO also brings in decent form, two wins from last two starts. In a field like this, there’s every opportunity, especially since he has the inside gate. SP: $9.50.
BRYAN is a bit of a cult favourite around the racetracks. Has good form too, with last start victories. He’s a bit long in the betting, why is that? I reckon he provides value for money. Get on him, any which way. SP: $19.00.
BANDIPUR from the Godolphin stable has credentials. Last start sixth was a blotch on the record, but had won two starts prior. Drawn wide (12) so that could be an issue. Keep safe. SP: $12.00.
BFF Picks: Eduardo, Captain Punch, Bryan
Caulfield Race 6
AQUIS J MOLONEY FOR PINCHAPOO
Race Time: 3:30 PM
REGINAE is the pick of the field. This filly from the Kris Lees stable in Newcastle has come south in search of improving her formline, which currently sits at 2×11. Has a good draw (2) and good jockey Mark Zahra. Pencil this one in. SP: S5.00.
ANJANA is probably a worthy second favourite for mine. Bombed out in her last run at Moonee Valley (6th), but is a much better filly than that. Watch out for the flying grey! SP: $4.50.
KRONE has been doing good things at the races, having been placed or won at all her starts. Good for your multiples no less. SP: $12.00
RUBIRA is part of the Cambridge NZ stable of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, with stablemates being Jon Snow and Bonneval. She’s in this race to gauge her prospects for long term ventures such as Guineas and Oaks races back in New Zealand over the Spring and Summer. Hasn’t been at the races since April, so is considered a long shot. SP: $31.00
BFF Picks: Reginae, Anjana, Krone
Caulfield Race 7
BENDIGO BANK FOUNDATION CUP
Race Time: 4:10 PM
The Foundation Cup has the makings of a decent race with many top-line stayers trying to build their Spring season in line for races like the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.
NIGHT’S WATCH from the Weir stable is likely to assume favouritism. All the good money was on him two weeks ago in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (Group 2) at Moonee Valley, but finished third. I think he’ll be better off at the weights and distance this time around. SP: $3.50.
SIR CHARLES ROAD will be one of the Kiwi stayers to watch during the Spring. An outstanding prospect, this guy won the Group 2 Chairmans at Randwick during the Autumn, finished third to WhoShotthebarman in the Sydney Cup and was fifth in the Auckland Cup (both over 3200 metres). Can stay all day, and won fresh up in Hastings NZ on Sept 1, carrying 60.5 kgs over 1600 metres. Get on it, if you know what’s good for you. SP: $15.00.
FOLKSWOOD is back in Australia for another tilt at the Spring riches. From the same stable as JUNGLE CAT, the UK Godolphin galloper might need a few runs to wind up, but will appreciate the stretch over 2000 metres. SP: $6.00.
RISING RED is the former NZ Derby placegetter (second to Gingernuts) and is from the Busuttin/Young stable. Is in a good vein of form. With Linda Meech onboard, she’ll give the Cranbourne galloper every opportunity. SP: $16.50.
BFF Picks: Sir Charles Road, Night’s Watch, Rising Red
Caulfield Race 8
LADBROKES SIR RUPERT CLARKE STAKES (Group 1)
Race Time: 4:50 PM
A big field assembles for this Group 1 event. There are a few well-credentialled locals aiming up for this, but they’ll need to be keeping a close eye on Irish bred gallopers.
JUNGLE CAT is a Group 1 winning sprinter. From the UK Godolphin/Appleby operation, we’ll all be interested observers, since he’ll be fresh up on the back of his Meydan victory at the end of March. Respect. SP:$10.00.
HOME OF THE BRAVE is a fellow Irish bred galloper, now Aussie import with the James Cummings team. He’s a well-travelled horse and has been down under since the start of the year. Is good enough and classy enough to win this, based on his two outings in Australia thus far (second, win). SP:$4.20.
OSBORNE BULLS has built a solid record so far. 11 wins and placings from 11 starts for the Cummings/Godolphin stable, but he’ll know he’s in a real race where the quality is top-notch. Craig Williams to ride. SP:$6.00.
SHOWTIME, the visitor from Sydney knows the course and distance, having won the PB Lawrence Stakes a few weeks back. Didn’t fare so well in the Memsie, but still a looksie at the odds. SP:$14.00.
DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR the South Australian was another who didn’t fare so well in the Memsie when the heat went on. Has drawn gate 16 and from the 1400 metre gate, that’s akin to a death sentence. Runs on the speed, but will need to get across fast and early. SP: $19.00.
LAND OF PLENTY is in the same category as Osborne Bulls, and is building a nice little record for himself. The wide gate (15) doesn’t help. Has raced in Group 1 company before, but this is a class above. SP:$6.00.
BFF Picks: Home Of The Brave, Osborne Bulls, Jungle Cat
Caulfield Race 9
LADBROKES ODDS BOOST STAKES
Race Time: 5:30 PM
ELLICAZOOM impressed me the last time she raced, winning the Cockram Stakes like a dominant mare. May not have things her own way, with a good assembly of gallopers entered. SP: $5.00.
WINTER BRIDE has been racing very well in Queensland, though her best form has been in softer footing. If the course is rated a Good 4 or worse, she could be right in this. SP: $12.00.
GLOBAL GLAMOUR is the class mare of the race, a two-time Group 1 winner. She’ll be racing fresh after two barrier trials in Sydney. Steve Baster to ride. Respect. SP: $4.80.
LEATHER ‘N LACE from the Darren Weir stable had a lot of money on her at her last start, which was a mid-race finish. She’ll be better suited to this race second up, and can race handy to the pace. Wouldn’t surprise if she got up for this. SP: $12.00.
I AM EXCITED is a mare who has stats on her side. First up, second up, on good tracks, and over the distance. She was placed second at Caulfield last start (behind Ellicazoom) and should be an anchor for your place bets, quinellas and trifectas. SP: $4.60.
BFF Picks: Global Glamour, Ellicazoom, Winter Bride