Fri, Jan 26, 8:45am by Staff Writer
Melbourne racing is at Caulfield on Saturday but with the forecast of ‘extreme’ hot weather, the races will begin at 11am. The rail is out six-metres and the track will be in the good range.
The G1 Blue Diamond (1200m) picture may become a little clearer on Saturday with the running of both the Blue Diamond Previews.
A field of eight will line up in the boys edition with Run Naan ($3.30), Long Leaf ($3.30) and Ollivander ($4) all undefeated in their short careers to date. Run Naan already has a Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) win next to his name, with Long Leaf a winner at Listed level while Ollivander’s win came from his only race start here at Caulfield over 1100m.
Native Soldier ($14) is a last-start winner while Invincible Lad ($6) and Bold Type ($17) are having their second career starts and first this preparation. Fandaral ($21) and Robe De Fete ($19) both make their race debuts.
Ten fillies will line up in race three with seven having their first career start. Team Snowden’s Pure Elation ($3.40) is one of those seven and she’s had an inkling of support in the early markets and with that joins Oohood ($3.40) as equal favourite. Crossing The Abbey ($7), Lady Horseowner ($6.50) and Lake District Girl ($8) are the other runners under double figure odds.
Outside of the two-year-olds, the Listed John Dillon Stakes (1400m) is the feature race of the day. Dollar for Dollar ($3.40) broke his winning streak at his last run when finishing third to Burning Front in the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes (1400m). He’d won four on the trot before that with seven from 13 overall.
Tshahisti ($4.20) was a Listed Winter Championship (1600m) winner two runs back and he’s second-up from a spell here on Saturday. Chamois Road ($8) has nine wins and 18 placings from his 32 career starts with two placings at black-type level at his past two runs.
The Hayes/Dabernig duo of Seaburge ($11) and Petrology ($23) are both fresh from a break as is Royal Rapture ($15) for Darren Weir. Seaburge has run in the top grade for most of his career but only has the two wins from 17 career starts. Petrology has been a good money spinner for connections with five wins, 11 minors and just on $650,000 in prize money, likewise Royal Rapture who’s had 15 wins and 16 placings in his career.
Kingsguard ($18) is second-up and hasn’t been out of the placings when second-up. Pure Pride ($11) has only the two wins from her 20 starts, as does Wyndspelle ($4.80) but she’s first-up since a third to Shillelagh and Tom Melbourne in the G1 Cantala (1600m) of the spring while Master Reset ($19) is a ten-time winner but yet to win at Caulfield.
Suggested Bet: A tough day at Caulfield and would normally steer clear of these early 2YO races with many unknowns but going with Oohood ($3.40, race 3, number 4) for Tony McEvoy and Luke Currie. She ran well on debut when second to Long Leaf and he’s in the race prior so if he runs well, it could be a good pointer towards this.
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