The tracks have been rain-soaked in Victoria over the past few weeks with constant rain and low temperatures. The weather bureau has forecast showers for Caulfield, but at this stage the track will be drier at a Good 4. The rail will be at 3 metres for the entire circuit for what promises to be an exciting race card.
KHUTULUN was an effortless winner over this trip at his last start on July 30. He carried 54.5kg that day aided by the claim of 3kg apprentice Beau Mertens. Mertens keeps the ride here and he will carry 55kg and again makes very strong appeal.
HURSLEY from the leading Sydney stables of Chris Waller makes strong appeal as the main danger. He won with Craig Williams on board over 2000m here at his last start on July 30. He drops 2.5kg to 57.5kg here for his rise in class and is race fit.
NAME THE DAY has proven most competitive and returns to this track with a win over 2000m at Flemington on July 23. Apprentice Michael Dee’s 1.5kg allowance will see him carry just 54.5kg. Craig Williams rode the gelding last start but has swung to Hursley.
O’LONERA is chasing a hat-trick at this course after smart wins over 2000m and 2400m at his past two starts. Nicholas Hall retains the ride and he will carry 56kg. The slight query is he is dropping back in distance here, but his form is top shelf.
SELECTIONS: No3 KHUTULUN, No4 Hursley, No5 Name The Day, No6 O’Lonera.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Walloon Region.
R2 12.50 Legacy 2016 Badge Appeal Handicap 1600m
RUSTIC MELODY is a Sydney mare who will strip fit here. She comes to town with a sound fifth over 1500m on a rain-affected track at Rosehill on July 30. Top Victorian jockey Damien Oliver is booked on her in her clash against her own sex. Good chance.
CHOICE was working home along the rail to finish a good fifth over 1200m against her own sex at her last start over 1200m here on July 30. Michael Walker keeps the ride and she only goes up a kilo to 55kg against similar opposition.
SAVANNAH MOON drops back to the metric mile after running fourth over 2000m against her own sex at Flemington on August 6. She did win over 1800m at Flemington at her prior start and with Regan Bayliss’ 1.5kg will carry no weight again on 52kg.
GIGI GIRL is racing in good stead with placings at her past two starts at Sandown. She does go up a notch in grade but with Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim will carry a mere 52kg racing against her own sex. Each-way chance here.
SELECTIONS: No1 RUSTIC MELODY, No3 Choice, No5 Savannah Moon, No8 Gigi Girl.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 Gigi Girl.
R3 1.25 Beveridge Williams Handicap 1600m
LEICA DAY will appreciate the step up to the metric mile judging on his last start, when held tight before finishing a rousing third to Ulmann over 1400m here on July 16. He is from the red hot stables of Darren Weir and will carry 56.5kg with the 3kg claim of Ben Allen.
VOLCANIC ASH has been mixing his form of late but he rates a chance in this field. Damien Oliver stays on board and he drops a grade on his last start third to Royal Rapture over 1600m at Flemington on July 23. Makes appeal.
MAGIC CONSUL is rock hard fit and he comes into this race with a good third to Khutulun over 2000m here at his last start on July 30. He is back to the metric mile and Craig Williams is sure to utilise his rail draw to have him poised close to the leaders.
CHIVALRY is another galloper out of the piping hot stables of trainer Darren Weir. Leading stable jockey Brad Rawiller takes the reins from apprentice Ben Allen, who had no luck before finishing sixth over 1600m at Moonee Valley on July 13.
GLENBAWN DAME is from the Sydney stables of former top jockey Peter Robl. The six-year-old mare has been most reliable finishing runner-up at her past three Sydney starts, including over 1100m at Canterbury on July 23. Robl has gone for Victoria’s number-one rider Craig Williams to steer.
CHIAVARI has a superior draw here in gate 2. She has been as consistent as clockwork and with apprentice Jake Bayliss’ 2kg claim will carry 52kg. She jumped from (13) last start and carried 55.5kg when running a close second to A Lotta Love over 1200m here on July 2.
MOSSIN’ AROUND will be on the ball with former NSW trainer Grahame Begg giving her a nice hit-out at Cranbourne on August 8. She romped home in the 800m trial and Begg has booked 3kg apprentice Ben Allen to reduce her weight to a mere 51kg. Expect a bold showing.
MISS GIDGET steps up into city racing with a strong win over 1000m at Geelong on July 29. With the 1.5kg allowance of apprentice Michael Dee she will carry 52.5kg. The negative is her draw in gate (10), but she bears each-way claims.
SELECTIONS: No3 GLENBAWN DAME, No5 Chiavari, No6 Mossin’ Around, No7 Miss Gidget.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Mossin’ Around.
R5 2.40pm KS Environmental Vain Stakes 1100m
RUSSIAN REVOLUTION was brought to Caulfield by trainers Peter and Paul Snowden to dodge his stable-mate Capitalist. He is a striking youngster who has notched two impressive wins at his two starts. He was warmed up with a nice trial win at Randwick on July 29 for his return to the racetrack.
ARTIE DEE TWO is also unbeaten at his two starts at Geelong and Moonee Valley. Harry Coffey replaces number one stable rider Brad Rawiller on the three-year-old for trainer Darren Weir. He will be right on the pace and the Weir stable has kicked off to a flying start for the new season.
HARDHAM is a beautifully bred colt making his debut as a three-year-old. The son of Redoute’s Choice won at his sole start over 1200m at Pakenham last March. Big race rider Damien Oliver has been booked to ride the Mick Price-trained youngster.
HIGHLAND BEAT won over 1200m at Sandown on April 20 before being backed up 10 days later in a higher grade and finishing second at Caulfield on April 30. Premier jockey Craig Williams replaces Damian Lane for this colt’s comeback. Strong showing.
SELECTIONS: No5 RUSSIAN REVOLUTION, No6 Artie Dee Two, No9 Hardham, No4 Highland Beat.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Russian Revolution.
R6 3.20 Winslow Group Stakes 1100m
I AM A STAR has won twice at her three starts. She warmed up for this race against her own age and sex with a smart second over 800m on a Heavy track at Cranbourne on August 8. This is a tough race to find a winner, but she will be up there.
MERRIEST was a super impressive winner at her debut at Caulfield last autumn. She may have got lost having her second start down the straight 1100m at Flemington as a $1.80 favourite at her last start on May 7. Pay to respect.
MODERN WONDER made an audacious debut to win by two lengths at Morphettville at her sole start on April 23. She showed she was on target to easily win a jump-out recently. Daniel Moor replaces Stephen Baster on the filly.
SWORD OF LIGHT gave the colt and winner Derryn weight when she finished runner-up over 1000m at Caulfield on July 30. That was her first start back for the spring. Damian Lane keeps the ride and she drops a half kilo to 57.5kg.
SELECTIONS: No4 I AM A STAR, No11 Merriest, No7 Modern Wonder, No2 Sword Of Light.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Merriest.
R7 4pm Back to Caulfield PB Lawrence Stakes Western Front Commemoration 1400m
SUAVITO is a Group 1 winner returning here. She has a fantastic record of sevens starts for four wins and three placings over this track and distance. Top rider Michael Walker will steer at her first run back since running 11th in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick last April.
MAHUTA is from the high flying stables of Darren Weir and he will strip fitter on his good effort when running third to Lord Of The Sky in the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) here on July 30. He won the Group 2 Sandown Guineas last campaign.
MISS ROSE DE LAGO won the Group 2 Sunline Stakes last campaign. At her last run she finished ninth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick in April. She is a bold front-running type who has been reported to be burning the grass in her work.
LORD OF THE SKY relished the wet track conditions when Damien Oliver allowed him to bowl along and easily win the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes second-up. Mark Zahara takes the reins here where there is going to be pressure up front, but he is racing very well.
SELECTIONS: No12 SUAVITO, No11 Mahuta, No14 Miss Rose De Lago, No3 Lord Of The Sky.
VALUE RUNNER: No15 Jameka.
R8 4.40pm Lister Regal Roller Stakes 1200m
FAST ‘N’ ROCKING was storming home late second-up to narrowly miss catching Lord Of The Sky in the Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) here at his last start on July 30. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn keeps the ride and he again has 58.5kg and will be hard to beat.
GOLD SYMPHONY has an excellent record of three starts for two wins at this track. He is now in the stables of Peter and Paul Snowden and will strip better for his first-up fourth over 1100m at Canterbury on July 23. Red hot jockey Dean Yendell takes the reins.
SNOOPY was outgunned when elevated to the Group 1 Australian Guineas at his last start in the autumn. He looked sharp in a recent jump-out and has the perfect scorecard of two starts for two wins over this distance. Top hoop Michael Walker will ride.
VOODOO LAD was a warm favourite and chased hard when running third down the straight six at Flemington at his last start on July 23. Former WA jockey Chris Parnham takes the reins and he gets a big relief in weight down 4.5kg to 54kg for his rise in class.
SELECTIONS: No1 FAST ‘N’ ROCKING, No7 Gold Symphony, No9 Snoopy, No5 Voodoo Lad.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 Gold Symphony.
R9 5.10pm Ramlegh Springs The Place To Be Plate 1400m
MAGICUS hails from the yard of top Sydney trainer Chris Waller. The five-year-old had no luck when running second to Marwood over 1400m here on July 30. He goes up a half kilo to 60kg here but Craig Williams keeps the mount.
MR INDIVIDUAL posted a smart second-up win over 1400m here at his last start on July 16. Apprentice Ben Thompson’s 2kg claim will see him carry 57.5kg here and he is drawn super in two to be right on the leader’s hammer.
PRINCE OF BROOKLYN is again a good chance here. He has landed three seconds at his past three starts, including a second with apprentice Ben Allen on over 1400m here on July 30. Top jockey Damien Oliver takes over here.
VOSTOK gets senior rider Daniel Stackhouse replacing apprentice Ben Allen here. He was unsuited on a Heavy 8 at Sandown last start on July 27. He is on a superior track here second-up. Expect him to play a role in the finish.
SELECTIONS: No5 MAGICUS, No6 Mr Individual, No8 Prince Of Brooklyn, No15 Vostock.
VALUE RUNNER: No19 Downhearted.