Thu, Aug 30, 11:39am by Staff Writer
Group 1 racing is at Caulfield on Saturday where the rail is out six-metres and the track likely to be in the good range.
The G1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) is the feature event of the day with Vega Magic ($2.70) opening as favourite as he looks to make it back-to-back wins in the race. He comes into this off a dominant G3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) victory and last year the stable used this race as a lead-up into the Everest in which he was a somewhat unlucky second.
This race was originally flagged as Kementari’s ($4.40) second-up race but after ‘doing so well at home’, he’s now third-up after finishing fourth to Winx in the G1 Winx Stakes (1400m) in Sydney. Some thought he was a winning chance pre-race with many divided about how well he went in the end. First-up he was good when runner-up to Pierata in the G2 Missile (1200m).
Happy Clapper ($5.50) is first-up and he was a G1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) winner when fresh last prep. He’s a four-time winner when first-up, with two trials leading into this.
Mick Price saddles up Grunt ($9.50) and Oregon’s Day ($26) and both are second-up from a break. Grunt was a one-length fifth in the G2 PB Lawrence (1400m) while Oregon’s Day was fifth to Osborne Bulls in the Listed Regal Roller (1200m) only beaten less than two-lengths.
Darren Weir has three runners in the race, Kings Will Dream ($11) coming off an eye-catching fourth in the PB Lawrence which was the first time he’s been out of the placings – but it also firmed his price at the top of Caulfield Cup betting. Black Heart Bart ($19) was second in this race last year and he’s racing consistently without winning while Humidor ($23) is second-up and has three wins and a minor from his five second-up attempts but he’s none from eight here at the track.
Showtime ($11) beat them all in the PB Lawrence and there’s no reason he can’t make it consecutive G1 victories here. Dollar for Dollar ($34) is also looking for back-to-back wins but he’s off a G3 Spring Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide while Jungle Edge ($27) is none from six at the track but he does have three minors here, and he was only beaten 1.1L when sixth behind Showtime.
The Group 3 Heath (1100m) is another feature with Darren Weir saddling up five of the 11 including last year’s winner, Voodoo Lad ($3.30). A four-time winner at the track and five-time winner over this distance, he’s won two of his past three and in between those wins he was second to Vega Magic in the Bletchingly.
Kemono ($5.50) is a Japanese import (who raced under the name Cassius in Japan) who the stable has touted as a serious Everest prospect so he’s certainly a watch here. Brave Smash ($7) already has his Everest spot secured and he’s first-up here while Cliff’s Edge ($35) and First Among Equals ($31) also resume for Victoria’s leading trainer.
Rich Charm ($12) was scratched a couple of weeks ago but he’s set to resume in the Heath. Santa Ana Lane ($8.50) was a dual G1 winner before a spell and he starts his Everest campaign here while Ball of Muscle ($10) is a quick horse who has two wins and five minor placings from his ten first-up attempts.
Suggested Bet: A great day of racing at Caulfield and although he’s short enough, looking for Jaameh ($2.10, race 1, number 3) to open the day with a win. He’s racing well with two wins from his three Aussie starts and the distance is certainly no issue for him. There are no world beaters in here and you have to search hard to find many recent wins against his competition so while he is short, he looks hard to beat.
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