Fri, Jul 13, 3:54pm by Staff Writer
Melbourne racing heads to Caulfield on Saturday where the rail is out 11-metres and the track in the good range.
In what’s a solid day of racing, the feature – the Listed Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) – has attracted the smallest field of the day with only eight acceptors for the race.
Jukebox ($3) missed the autumn and he’s first-up since finishing midfield in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud (1200m) on Derby Day last spring. A winner of two from two when fresh, he’s two from two at the distance and two of his three wins have come here at Caulfield. Craig Williams rode like a man possessed last Saturday notching up six winners and all but securing the jockey premiership, and not surprisingly he sticks.
Voodoo Lad ($4.20) has been somewhat disappointing this time around with two duck eggs against his name. He finished midfield in the G1 Goodwood (1200m) when fresh before finishing fifteenth of 16 in the G1 Stradbroke (1400m). He’s four from four at 1100m and a three-time winner at the track so he can certainly improve. Stable mate to Voodoo Lad, Ducimus ($9) – who is having his third start under Weir after being originally trained by Team Hawkes and then Mick Price – won his first two career starts with two minors from his next six.
Crystal Dreamer ($4.80) resumes and he was third to Voodoo Lad at this track and distance in G3 grade last campaign when fresh. Inn Keeper ($7) is building a solid record in lesser grade with seven wins and a second from his nine career starts. Ashlor ($7) is off a last start win and he’s won twice and been placed a further five times at his seven runs this preparation whilst Showpero ($16) – who’s going for three-in-a-row – and Sunday Escape ($35) are the outsiders of the field.
Race nine is an open handicap over 1400m with a field of 13 plus the one emergency accepted for the race although the two top weights – both for Patrick Payne – are also accepted in Sydney. Chaomis Road ($8.50) is looking to make it three from three this campaign while last-start winner, Widgee Turf ($6.50) is also racing well with six wins from his nine runs this prep.
Call Me Handsome ($7) is another who’s in good form with four wins coming from his ten career starts, and he’s yet to finish out of the top three in all his runs.
Theanswermyfriend ($4.80) was good first-up when going down in a photo-finish but he hasn’t finished off at all at his past two runs since. Now trained by Weir, he last raced over ten weeks ago and if he was near his best, he’d probably be the one to beat here.
Barthelona ($4) has won three of his past four and a win here would give him three-straight. His last two victories were over the Flemington 1400m, the latter by 4.5L.
Malaise ($5.50) has three wins and eight minors from his 14 career runs and he was a close second to Wenner over this track and distance three weeks ago – plus he does drop 6kg from that run. Top Me Up ($20) was fifth in that race but within a length of the winner.
Mask of Time’s ($21) best run in Australia was his first when fourth to Tosen Stardom in the G1 Toorak but he didn’t really fire a shot during his three runs in the autumn.
Tried and Tried ($27) is a last start SA winner but only has the one from nine here at Caulfield while Sadaqa ($41) was a good run at bolters odds last start behind Chaomis Road.
Suggested Bet: Third-up, Mantastic ($2.90 race 3 number 14) is ready to win here. He’s caught the eye at both his runs this time in, just missing out last time. Down on the limit and up to 1700m, yes he’s up in grade but with even luck in running he’ll be flashing home and hopefully he can get the prize.
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