Fri, Sep 1, 1:10pm by Staff Writer
Racing heads to Caulfield on Saturday for the $1,000,000 Group 1 Memsie (1400m). The rail is out six-metres and a good track is expected.
Black Heart Bart ($7) won the Memsie last year when first-up and this year he lines up in the race second-up from a spell. He was third to Hartnell in the Group 2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) when resuming although trainer Darren Weir admitted before the race that he’d be better for that run. His stats read well at the track and distance – five wins at the track and eight over 1400m – plus he’s a five-time Group 1 winner, with three of those over the Caulfield 1400m. He will jump from barrier five on Saturday.
Le Romain ($7) is a three-time Group 1 winner himself and he’s also second-up in the Memsie. Second-up last campaign he beat Chautaqua and Hauraki in the G1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) – which was run on a heavy-10 – with his first run this time in being behind stable mate Invincible Gem.
Vega Magic ($2.50) is the favourite for the race as he looks to make it four straight wins, with 11 from 16 in total. He was a last start Listed Regal Roller (1200m) winner when beating Brave Smash here at Caulfield, a G1 Goodwood (1200m) winner in Adelaide before that, with a G3 Scahill Stakes (1400m) victory in Perth back in December last year.
Hey Doc ($7) won the Group 3 CS Hayes (1400m) over this track and distance in the autumn and returned a winner in the G3 Aurie’s Star (1200m) down the Flemington straight. Jon Snow won his two autumn starts in Australia, the latter being a G1 ATC Derby over 2400m while Tosen Stardom ($16) and Humidor ($26) join stable mate Black Heart Bart, and both are second-up after finishing fifth and sixth respectively behind Hartnell in the PB Lawrence. Charmed Harmony ($41) – who also runs here – was second in that race.
Group 1 winner Yankee Rose ($13) returns to the races in the Memsie, her first run since the VRC Oaks last spring, with I Am a Star ($18) second-up after a fourth to Hey Doc in the Aurie’s Star when fresh. Single Gaze ($51) resumes off a successful Brisbane campaign while Seaburge ($51) is also first-up and will jump from the widest gate.
Merchant Navy ($2.70) and Trekking ($3.50) are vying for favouritism in Group 3 McNeil Stakes (1200m) although there was as much as $7 available for the Ciaron Maher-trained colt earlier in the week. A winner of all his three career starts, his last start was a win back in the Listed Anzac Day Stakes (1400m).
Trekking makes his Melbourne debut for Godolphin with his first-up run this campaign being when third to Menari in the Listed Rosebud (1100m) at Rosehill. Hualalai ($14) resumes from a short let-up and he’ll jump from barrier 11 of 11 while Kobayashi is second-up after a fifth of 12 in the G3 Vain (1100m) beaten less than 2L. Muraahib ($16) for Team Hayes/Dabernig has been backed at odds in early markets.
Suggested Bet: Waiting until the last race of the day and going with Grande Rosso (race 9, number 2) who opened at $3.10 but is now into $2.50. He was 0.6L behind Hey Doc when first-up and has two wins and two minors from six second-up starts. He’s drawn 11 and does have to carry 59kg but he’s in good hands with Craig Williams in the saddle, and hopefully punters can finish a tough day on a good note.
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