Fri, Mar 30, 10:53am by Staff Writer
Melbourne racing is at Caulfield on Saturday where the rail is out six-metres and the track, a good-4.
The Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) is the feature race of the day, with 11 accepted for the race. Team Williams hold a strong hand with three runners, two of which are making their Australian debut. Homesman ($3.50) has already had the two starts in Melbourne beating Almandin on debut before finishing midfield in the G1 Australian Cup (2000m) – when beaten just over 2L. He’s had the nine career starts with three wins and three placings overall. Steps ($9) is a four-year-old entire having his ninth start – with two wins and two minors against his name – while Midterm ($8) is a five-year-old gelding with 11 runs under his belt for three wins and two placings, and he’s been the subject of an early market move for this.
Team Hayes/Dabernig saddle up Golden Mane ($11) and Jacquinot Bay ($18), with Golden Mane enjoying some consistent form with a win and three thirds from his last four runs, while Jacquinot Boy is lining up for his 75th career start.
Life Less Ordinary ($6.50) heads down from Sydney after a disappointing ninth of nine in the G2 Ajax (1500m) when first-up while Berisha ($14) is a last start Yarra Valley Cup winner. Odeon ($5) has had some support in his two runs this campaign, only to finish in the mid to tail of each race while Montaya’s Secret ($11) did win the Group 1 Vinery (2000m) at Sydney’s corresponding meeting this time last year but she’s yet to crack it for a win since.
A capacity field (plus one emergency) line up in the G3 Victoria Handicap(1400m) with Team Hayes/Daberning taking four into the race. So Si Bon ($14) had his first run for the stable when finishing thirteenth of 15 in the G1 Newmarket (1200m) and while he’s a handy horse on his day, he can be a handful for not only trainer and jockey but also his fellow horses. He’s Our Rokki ($26) is a Group 1 Toorak (1600m) winner but that was his last win – back in 2016. Fastnet Tempest ($20) won a benchmark race during the Flemington carnival of the spring and resumed in the Newmarket – finishing last – while Cannyescent ($16) put a string of wins together last campaign but is yet to fire this time in.
Theanswermyfriend ($4.20) was nabbed right on the line when first-up over 1400m at Flemington and he’s second-up into this – and the favourite for the race. Raw Impulse ($23) is one of two runners for Darren Weir and he’s first-up since the spring while Ken’s Dream ($7.50) is well into his campaign winning two from five this time in. Widgee Turf ($10) has won four of his last five, Glenall ($6.50) comes into this off a second to Whispering Brook at Moonee Valley, and he’s third-up here while Amovatio ($18) can put in an eye-catcher but he hasn’t won since April 2016. Steel Frost ($9) and Sword of Light ($14) are also given some hope in an open race.
Suggested Bet: A tricky day of racing at Caulfield but going to go with Regiman ($4.40, race 4, number 2). She was unlucky when fresh and then no match for the winner when second-up. She’s drawn wide in barrier 12 but Brad Rawiller is in form so hopefully that’s not too big an issue and she can get the chocolates here.
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