Caulfield Betting Preview

Saturday sees a nine race card at Caulfield, with several top class horses lining up.

Thu, 21 Apr, 12:00 AM

There is very competitive racing at Caulfield with strong fields engaged in the nine race card. The feature race – the Bel Esprit Sprint - marks the return of Under The Louvre in a clash with the luckless former Western Australian mare Sheidel. The rail will be at 12 metres for the entire course with the track rated at a Good 3. The weather is tipped to be fine but overcast.

Race 6: 1, 3, 4, 8
Race 7: 4, 7, 9, 14
Race 8: 1, 9, 12
Race 9: 1, 2, 5, 14, 16

Skinny Quadrella
Race 6: 1, 3
Race 7: 4, 7
Race 8: 1, 9
Race 9: 1, 2

R1 12.15pm The Cove Hotel Handicap 1100m

Decoco made an audacious debut with a 2 ¾ length win in a 2YO fillies 1000m maiden at Bendigo on April 9. She is by first season sire Denman and, drawn on the rail, she should again be hard to beat in a difficult race with so many first starters.

I Am A Star is a daughter to the red hot stallion, I’m Invincible, who was inspiring at her trial when lifting to spread-eagle her rivals with a 1 ¼ length win over 800m at Cranbourne on April 11. She is only a "cheapie" as a $40,000 Inglis sale graduate, but has a motor.

Merriest is a daughter of Denman from Merrier and was a $210,000 sales graduate out of the Magic Millions yearling sale. She has the same connections as last month’s Group 2 Sunline Stakes winner, Miss Rose De Lago, and was impressive at a recent jump-out.

Giroux was well fancied at $3.80 at her second start after going down narrowly at her debut, where she found the winner, Highland Beat, too good and finished 2 ¼ lengths away in second place over 1000m at Moonee Valley. Hails from a top stable and has top hoop Damian Lane on top.

SELECTIONS: No3 Decoco, No6 I Am A Star, No7 Merriest, No1 Giroux.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Merriest.

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R2 12.50pm The Grand Hotel Frankston Handicap 1000m

Grey Street ran a solid second to the smart Petits Filous over 1100m in a fillies race at Caulfield on March 26. Senior rider Ben Melham takes over the reins here with the Street Boss filly rising 1.5kg on her last start. If she gets cover, she will be hard to beat.

Solar Duchess has yet to taste defeat at three starts this year. The daughter of Duke Of Marmalade has been freshened since her last win over 1000m against her own sex at Moonee Valley in March. She carries a bit of weight on 61kg, but loves the short course.

Pilly’s Wish will be ridden by the in-form apprentice, Ben Allen, with his 3kg claim reducing her impost to 58.5kg. The daughter of Bel Esprit is a short course specialist with an impressive first up record of two wins. She has drawn well in six to get the run of the race.

Bella Capri has been in top form after landing in the money at her past three starts. She ran strongly to finish second to Dance With Fontaine over 1100m against fillies and mares at Pakenham on April 10. She carried 59.5kg that day and drops to 55.5kg here with Damien Oliver the new rider.

SELECTIONS: No6 Grey Street, No2 Solar Duchess, No1 Pilly’s Wish, No8 Bella Capri.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Solar Duchess.

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R3 1.25pm Selangor Turf Club Handicap 1800m

Raw Impulse took control at the 100m and pulled away from his rivals to post a 1 ¾ length win over 1500m at Moonee Valley on March 24 first up. The four-year-old stallion carried 56kg that day and rises to 59kg here. Trainer Darren Weir’s Melbourne jockey Brad Rawiller replaces ace Sydney hoop Hugh Bowman.

Bantry Bay looks the best chance of the two imported horses trainer Robert Hickmott saddles here. The other is another international in the Irish bred Morning Mix, who makes his Australian debut. Bantry Bay is also making his debut but comes out of high grade distance races in England and won for trainer Aidan O’Brian second up at The Curragh after a strong first up effort to finish second over 2414m at his debut.

Morning Mix also broke his maiden at The Curragh over 2012m, before he was elevated in class. He has a good record of six starts for a win, second and a third. He does carry his share of weight on 60kg at his Australian debut, but hails from a strong stable of international gallopers.

Orient Line hit the wire strongly when finishing a close third to Statton over 1500m at Sandown on April 6. With the 2kg claim of Thomas Sadler he will be on the 55kg limit and rates with claims here.

SELECTIONS: No5 Raw Impulse, No9 Bantry Bay, No2 Morning Mix, No8 Orient Line.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Houdini The Great.

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R4 2.00pm Wellington R.C. Handicap 1440m

Beluga Caviar is a son of Australia’s champion sire, Redoute’s Choice. He is starting to put it together, netting success wins at Ballarat including a last start victory over 1400m on April 3. Damian Lane has stuck to the four-year-old who drops 3.5kg in weight to 54kg

Harbour Grey has finished inside the money at four of his past five starts. At the four-year-old’s latest run he fought hard to finish second over 1400m at Ballarat on April 3. James Winks replaces Steven Arnold with the gelding getting a significant relief in weight dropping five kilos to 54kg.

Time To Test closed his last campaign in style with successive wins at Morphettville and Rosehill. Trainer Tony McEvoy has given the five-year-old two solid trials in the build up to his come back here where he is among the top weights on 58kg but has good claims.
Star Fortune’s rider fired in a protest but the stewards dismissed his objection against the winner when a fighting second to Haradafull over 1400m at Sandown in March. He has been freshened for this race and will be ridden by top Melbourne jockey Dwayne Dunn.

SELECTIONS: No11 Beluga Caviar, No10 Harbour Grey, No5 Time To Test, No6 Star Fortune.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Time To Test.

R5 2.35pm Hyderabad R.C. Handicap 1440m

She’s Miss Devine was well fancied when she beat the highly-rated French Emotion over 1300m at Sandown second up on April 9. She does rise in weight up 5.5kg to 60.5kg, but the four-year-old mare strikes only her own sex again in a milder race.

Mefnooda posted a big first up win when she carried 57kg to beat her own sex over 1200m at Mornington on April 2. Trainer Mick Price has kept the mare fresh and she will have stable rider Craig Newitt to steer dropping in weight to 55.5kg here.

Telopea won four straight before finishing fourth at her past two starts. The five-year-old was caught deep when finishing a sound fourth to She’s Miss Devine over 1300m at Sandown on April 9. She rises 2.5kg to 56.5kg here and has a wide alley (10) to overcome.

Fair And Equitable scored a good win over 1300m at Cranbourne on April 8. That was first up and she has won up to 1800m. This is a stronger field, but she drops 1.5kg to the limit on 54.5kg and has top hoop Dwayne Dunn to steer.

SELECTIONS: No1 She’s Miss Devine, No9 Mefnooda, No6 Telopea, No11 Fair And Equitable.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Fair And Equitable.

R6 3.15pm JRA Handicap 1440m

Lyuba should be able to box seat from her draw in six. The three-year-old meets her own sex and age with three wins from three starts and, with the 3kg claim of in-form apprentice Ben Allen, will carry 58kg which is a kilo less than she lumped to win last start at Sandown on April 6.

Backstreet Lover has a great record of two wins and a second from her three starts. Trainer Jason Warren warmed up the daughter of Street Cry with a good hit-out over 990m at Cranbourne where she ran strongly to finish a close second. She has carried 58kg to win so the extra kilo might not hurt too much.

Abbey Marie hails out of the yard of trainer Michael Kent. The daughter of Australia’s champion sire, Redoute’s Choice, made a big splash at her debut, when she hit the front at the 150m and led her rivals a merry chase over 1300m at Sandown in March.

Deja Blue will be seeking revenge after going down narrowly to Lyuba at her last start over 1300m at Sandown on April 6. She has been a model of consistency with a win and two seconds at her three starts this prep. Ben Thompson’s 3kg claim will see her carry 55.5kg.

SELECTIONS: No1 Lyuba, No3 Backstreet Lover, No11 Abbey Marie, No4 Deja Blue.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Air Apparent.

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R7 3.55pm Sandown Park (UK) Handicap 1100m

Saint Valorem has a top record of a second and two wins from three starts. He ran away to a two length win over 1300m at Bendigo at his last start on March 30. He carried 58kg that day and drops to 55kg here with Brian Higgins to retain the ride.

Nudierudie is resuming here. The filly was given a nice sharpen up in a jump-out by Team Hawkes and will have top hoop Dwayne Dunn to steer. She won twice and has been placed third at four starts at her initial campaign last year.

Just Got Lucky continues his rise up the grades and from gate five he should get a soft run. The Magnus gelding has won two of his three starts and has been freshened with a 21-day break for this scamper.

Stoker will be a big chance if he gets a clear run in a difficult race with many talented three-year-olds engaged. This will certainly be a hot scamper with plenty of young talent. He had no luck, when a narrow second over 1200m at Mornington at his last start.

SELECTIONS: No9 Saint Valorem, No14 Nudierudie, No7 Just Got Lucky, No4 Stoker.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Just Got Lucky.

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R8 4.35pm Sheen Group Bel Esprit Stakes 1100m

Sheidel has been running big races without any luck. It could be a case of third time lucky here for the former Western Australian mare following a third and a fourth at Moonee Valley and Sandown over 955m and 1000m. Damien Oliver takes the reins and she is drawn in the centre.

Under The Louvre is a talented sprinter, with trainer Robert Smerdon giving the stallion a sound warm-up with three trials. He has an excellent record of two wins and a second from five starts first up and has the speed to negate his alley (13).

Beau Rada continues to be ultra-consistent and again rates highly over the short-course here. He was bursting home, but just failed by a centimetre to catch Bullpit over 1000m at Sandown last start.

That’s A Good Idea always fires fresh. Trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have the six-year-old rock solid with three trials in preparation for this. From seven starts first up he has two wins and two thirds. He has a good alley in six.

SELECTIONS: No9 Sheidel, No1 Under The Louvre, No12 Beau Rada, No2 That’s A Good Idea.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Bullpit.

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R9 5.10pm Beck Property Group Plate 2000m

Real Love returns here after a luckless third as favourite in the Adelaide Cup (3200m) at Morphettville last month. Trainer Darren Weir is looking to validate a trip to Queensland for the rich 2000m races up there and would expect a forward showing.

Digitalism looks close to breaking through after finishing fast to go close to beating Falago over 1950m on a heavy track at Yarra Valley last start on March 20. With apprentice Thomas Sadler’s 2kg claim he will carry 2kg less this time round on 57kg.

Golden Mane has finished inside the money at his past four starts. He ran a solid third to Velox over 2000m at Mornington last start on April 2. Damian Lane takes the ride here and he drops 2kg to 54kg and has a good draw in six.

Doctor Care gets a start here with the two scratchings. He is right on top of his game and loves this trip with two wins and two places at five starts. He chased hard when a closing third to Zahspeed over 1880m at Sandown on April 9. He drops 4kg to 54kg.

SELECTIONS: No1 Real Love, No2 Digitalism, No14 Golden Mane, No16 Doctor Care.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Survived.

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