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Tips and Selections for Caulfield, February 2

Sat, Feb 2, 10:48am by Kevin Pitstock

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R1: Toorak Toff At Rosemont Stud Handicap (1400m)
Racing on a good track today in Melbourne, not like the Heavy 10 in Rosehill. The opening is for three-year-old fillies and leaning towards the lkast start debut winner No 1. Spending from the Danny O’Brien stable. By Pins, this well-bred mare debut win was very good, and following that up with another win would not surprise at all. No 2. Royal Scandal from the Peter Moody yard has won her past two starts, albeit it at the provincials, but it is now time for this Hard Spun filly to step up further to the city class runners. Going with The Robbie Griffiths-trained No 5. Nadeem Lass for third. Always consistent, she produced her worst effort to date last start, but she settled back in the run and was blocked when making her move, a total forgive run. No 6.  Perfect Offering a last start third at Flemington should be good odds and could be a first four contender.
Verdict: 1-2-5-6

R2: Listed PFD Food Services Chairman’s Stakes (1100m)
The two-year-old race of the day and we are going with the unbeaten Street cry filly  No 10. Metastasio from the Darley stable. Bred to appreciate a lot further, this filly produced the goods on her debut last start winning by over two lengths from her logical danger here, No 11. Kona Breeze who goes in for second. Continuing with the form out of that race and putting in the third placed No 2. The Yowie who was a length behind the second horse. Going with the unraced runner from the Mick Price stable in No 6. More Rewarding, a well-bred Red Ransom colt, whose dam did win on debut.
Verdict: 10-11-2-6

R3: Listed TROA Supports National Jockey’s Trust Manfred Stakes (1200m)
Small field of eight runners contest the Listed event for three-year-old here and going with the best bred bet of the day in  No 1. Albrecht, a Redoute’s Choice colt out of a sister to Lonhro. Going with the unbeaten Hard Spun gelding  No 4. Royal Haunt for second, and although he does have to take a step up from Sale to Caulfield, the manner in which he won his last start – scoring by two-and-a-half lengths suggest he is one to watch, especially if the favourite is not 100% wound up.  Putting in the Mark Kavanagh-trained  No 5. Sheer Talent for third here and could be a blow out chance, you just never know with this stable. Going with boom horse No 6. Hosting to fill the top four as he has always had a wrap on in.
Verdict: 1-4-5-6

R4: Listed Monjon Security W.J. Adams Stakes (100m)
The sprinters race of the day and hard to go past the old boy  No 1. First Command who has returned in great form this campaign, winning his only two starts, including the Listed Kensington Stakes last start. Does have to carry 60.5kg, but is the class runner. No 4. Avoid Lightning is the winner of five of his eight starts so must be included on pure consistency, while No 3. Cardinal Virtue is resuming here after a change in trainer and the Stakes winning son of Elusive Quality does have his fair share of ability. In a field of six runners, there are no rough chances, but we are going with No 2. Canali, first up as the first four contender.
Verdict: 1-4-3-2

R5: Listed National Jockeys’ Trust Mornington Cup Prelude (2000m)
The first of the staying contests of the day with the Peter Moody-trained pair of the Contract Racing-owned,  No 6. Elusive King and No 7. White Universe looking to fight it out. Elusive King finished a last start second over 200m and looks ready to take this out, while his stable mate White Universe is racing at the distance for the first time this campaign and looks ready form it after working home at his last two over 1600m and 1700m. Putting in the Sam Pritchard-Gordon trained No 2. Buxted as a rough chance for the multiples. Racing second up here, he does have some ok form, and if there is pace on, he should be coming home strong. To fill the first-four we have included the bottom weight, No 12. Durnford from the Pat Carey stable and ridden by Kerrin McEvoy who is currently on a high from the birth of his third child during the week.
Verdict: 6-7-2-12

R6: Swettenham Stud Summer Championship Final (1600m)
Putting the Peter Moody-trained  No 12. Infinite Energy on top here after three very good runs this time in including a win and two third places. The hardest to beat could come from the Danny O’Brien-trained No 111. The New Boy, who has been winless for some time, but has been working into form with three second placed efforts at his last three starts. Having recorded two wins and two third places this time in, the Clinton McDonald-trained No 9. Finishing Card is in with a real chance is sees out the 1600m strongly. Putting in  No 5. Now Cover who has put in some good efforts this time in including a narrow win two starts back over The New Boy.
Verdict: 12-11-9-5

R7: Inglis NJT Pin & Win Competition Handicap (1400m)
A large field of 14 runners here over the 1400m with many chances. No 13. Danny The Fox a last start winner (pictured below) is an improving type having won four of his 10 starts and with an excellent record of two wins from three second up runs, the Mick Price-trained runner should be the one to beat and down in the weights can get the Best Bet of the day billing. Another down in the weights, No 11. Population ran a very good race first up in Adelaide, beaten in the last stride and does have a good record here over the course and distance. Going with  No 3. Veewap from the Tony Vasil stable for third. The Lonhro gelding has put in a couple of ordinary runs at his last few, but can put together a better effort at the track and distance where he has a good record.  No 6. Cosmic Causeway has a great second up record recording a one-two-three finish from four attempts and with an encouraging two length sixth first up, he looks on track so far this campaign.
Verdict: 13-11-3-6

Danny The Fox

R8: BC3 Thoroughbreds Handicap (1400m)
The final race of the day, and once again another tricky race, but putting No 7. You Can Dance, the winner of her last two starts should be able to keep up the winning momentum and give herself a hat trick of wins this campaign. The top weight, No 1. Moss Diva is back from the Gold Coast where she messed up the start and the race was all over, but to her credit she worked home well for sixth. Fastnet Rock mare  No 14. Folk Rock a winner of three of her five starts has to go in for the multiples even after a last start failure where she did have excuses. Putting in No 6. Danish Whiskey to round out the first four, a last start winner at Flemington over 1410m in the race Folk Rock finished down the track in
Verdict: 7-1-14-6

Best Bet: R7, No 13 Danny The Fox 4yo g. (Danroad x Lassy Fox, by Foxbay), trainer Mick Price

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Best On Breeding: R3, No 1. Albrecht 3yo c. (Redoute’s Choice x O’Giselle, by Octagonal). The mare is a full sister to the 11-time Group One winner and Champion sire Lonhro. Albrecht is a Group Three winner and was a Group One runner up to stable mate Epaulette in the Golden Rose.


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