Fri, Apr 20, 10:08am by Staff Writer
Feature racing is back at Caulfield on Saturday where the rail is in the true and the track in the good range.
The Listed Bel Espirit Stakes (1100m) has seen 13 accepted for the race although top weight Secret Agenda ($5) looks likely to be scratched in preference for a G3 at Morphettville instead. Whispering Brook ($6) is also entered at SA in a fillies and mares handicap where she’s drawn barrier eight of eight, but here at Caulfield she’s drawn the inside marble.
She comes into this off a last start fourth of eight – beaten less than a length – at Morphettville when sent out a $1.65 favourite, after a convincing win at Moonee Valley when fresh. Darren Weir also takes Thermal Current ($20) into the race who is racing consistently but finding it hard to win, while First Among Equals ($21) has drawn the widest gate and is second-up for Weir this campaign. A winner of 11 from 31 in total, he’s had three starts for Weir and is yet to finish better than second-last.
Sprightly Lass ($5.50) was scratched a fortnight ago but looks set to continue her campaign here. The lightly raced four-year-old mare has only had the six starts, winning four and running second on both other occasions.
Property ($6) has two Group 3 wins next to his name as a two-year-old and he’s set to resume at Caulfield on Saturday with Santa Ana Lane ($8) the only other runner in the race who is fresh. With Secret Agenda scratched, the Freedman-trained gelding carries top weight of 59.5 kg – 3.5kg above his next rival.
Bons Away ($8) put four straight wins together last campaign, the most recent when defeating Brave Smash at this track over 1200m while Husson Eagle ($18) can put in an eye-catcher on his day but is another who’s been finding it hard to win.
Race eight is the VOBIS Gold Sprint over 1200m, a set weights for three-year-olds and upwards. Rich Charm ($3.20) is back after a short let-up since finishing midfield in the G1 Newmarket (1200m) in early March. The popular gelding has three wins at Caulfield – his most recent victory here when nosing out Keen Array ($5.50) at Listed level over 1200m.
Keen Array is first-up since Boxing Day while Demonstrate ($9.50) and Glenrowan Prince ($16) have each won their last two and are eyeing three-in-a-row. Lucky Liberty ($9) has run some good races in better grade while Suspense ($16) for Team Snowden, did have a wrap on him as a younger horse with six wins from 20 starts in total.
The Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) is the final race of the day and not the easiest way for punters to finish.
Theanswermyfriend ($5) was sent out favourite last start in the G3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) only to be leading around the turn before finishing fourteenth of 16. He’s only won the one time from six attempts at this track, and that was his first start here back in October 2016.
Red Cardinal ($31) is also an acceptor in Sydney and were he to run here, he’d lump top weight of 60.5kg although if not, Darren Weir still has last start winner – and race favourite – Land of Plenty ($3.40) and Tahanee ($15) in the race. Team Hayes/Dabernig have He or She ($14) and Fastnet Tempest ($10) set to run with Schism ($12) for Ciaron Maher, drawn widest in barrier 15.
Suggested Bet: If Rich Charm ($3.20, race 8, number 2) can capture his form of the spring, he should go close here. In saying that, it’s not like he’s out of form. He should have finished closer when first-up and then he was less than 3L off the winner in the G1 Newmarket (1200m) when solid in the market. He’s raced in much stronger races so with even luck, he’s well placed and is certainly worth a bet.
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