This is a massive program of 10 races with big fields. Will have to be wary not to go off too early as it is going to be a very long day.
The weather is overcast and due to the cold days and continued precipitation the track is rated a Soft 7, which makes finding a winner even trickier.
The false rail is at nine metres.
BEST BET: R9 No2 He’s Our Rokki NEXT BEST BET: R8 No4 Real Love BEST ROUGHIE: R10 No2 Nevis
R1 12pm NOVEMBER RELAUNCH @ CAULFIELD GLASSHOUSE HANDICAP 1200m
SHILLELAGH is part of a large New Zealand contingent here for the rich spring carnival. The lightly-raced mare has a record of four wins and a second at six starts. Co-trainers Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards have booked top hoop Damien Oliver to ride at her debut here.
SAINT VALOREM qualified himself for this race with a sweeping win over 1100m at Geelong on September 4. He was backed from $6.50 into $5.50 that day and drops 2kg for his rise in class. From six starts has three wins, one second and two thirds.
BATTLECAMP gets a start here following some scratchings. He was the $3.60 favourite, but could only finish fourth to today’s rival Saint Valorem over 1100m at Geelong on September 4. Drops 4kg to 54kg and can avenge.
LORD BARRINGTON jumped from a wide gate to win well over 1200m at Caulfield on August 27. Apprentice Jake Bayliss keeps the ride and with his 2kg the horse will carry 59kg. Drawn gate (19) is a concern.
SELECTIONS: No11 SHILLELAGH, No13 Saint Valorem, No17 Battlecamp, No2 Lord Barrington.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Saint Valorem.
R2 12.30pm TELSTRA PHONEWORDS SUPPORTS THE ALFRED FOUNDATION PLATE 1100m
BARTHELONA is unbeaten at his two starts. Returned from a spell to romp home by 2 ¾ lengths over 1000m at Sandown on August 31. He has plenty of ability but the issue here is his draw in (18).
TRIS had no answer to Barthelona first-up when finishing third over 1000m at Sandown on August 31. She is down a half kilo to 55.5kg here and gets senior rider Damian Lane as her new pilot, but her gate in (14) is a setback.
DECOCO has plenty of untapped potential. She began her career with a stylish 2 ¾ length maiden win before being spelled. Showed she was primed for a big effort fresh with her win over 800m in a trial at Cranbourne on September (9).
R3 1.05pm PFD FOOD SERVICES SUPPORTS LASALLIAN FOUNDATION PLATE 1400m
SERENELY DISCREET is an Adelaide filly with a big reputation. She paid for her trip here with a smart win over 1250m at Morphettville on September 3. Has a great draw in five and will be ridden by top Melbourne rider Luke Nolen.
PERFECTLY SAFE gave a good effort to claim third place to the smart filly Leotie over 1400m here at her last start on August 27. Luke Currie replaces Dwayne Dunn and has been most consistent.
CLOCKWORK ORANGE has strung together two impressive wins on provincial tracks. Latest she won over 1300m at Geelong on August 30. Apprentice Regan Bayliss retains the ride and she carries 55kg.
BELLA SORELLASTRA had no luck first-up when she ran fifth to Urban Ruler over 1300m at Sandown on August 24. The barrier (17) is a setback, but she was scratched from a midweek race to run here.
MISS GUNPOWDER was placed to some smart fillies in stakes races last season. She was a $1.90 favourite when running fourth over 1200m at Morphettville first-up on August 27. She is part of a strong team trainer Phillip Stokes has here today.
FRENCH EMOTION struck a competitive field of mares when running seventh in last Saturday’s Group 3 Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. The Chris Waller-trained mare meets milder opposition here.
ANTELUCAN won two in a row before being spelled. Made a solid comeback to run fifth when backed from $9.50 into $7 over 1400m here on August 27. Barrier (15) is a setback but respect.
CLEMENCY has drawn well in gate six for her return to the racetrack. She coasted in a trial over 1000m to run third at Pakenham on August 25. Had plenty of time to improve her fitness.
SELECTIONS: No2 MISS GUNPOWDER, No1 French Emotion, No4 Antelucan, No5 Clemency.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Clemency.
R5 2.15pm LADBROKES SUPPORTS NATIONAL JOCKEY TRUST PLATE 1600m
LORD MACAU stuck a smart field of three-year-olds at his Melbourne debut when finishing third over 1514m at Moonee Valley on September 3. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn rides today and expect further improvement.
ROCKETEER finished runner-up in the same race as Lord Macau and he too is a three-year-old with plenty of upside. The key here is the jockey change from apprentice Michael Dee to ace jockey Damien Oliver.
KACHING is another three-year-old colt with plenty of natural ability. He claimed his maiden win at his second start over 1400m at Bendigo on August 14. He has not fared well at the gates here in (15), but respected.
SELECTIONS: No5 LORD MACAU, No7 Rocketeer, No13 Kaching.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 Kaching.
R6 2.55pm LADBROKES ODDS BOOST STAKES 1200m
VIBRANT ROUGE from the rails draw should get a cosy run throughout and can claim a second straight win here after her victory over 1400m here on August 27. She goes up 5kg to 57kg but has senior jockey Luke Nolen as her new pilot in this Group 3 race.
ATMOSPHERICAL has had no luck and with any change in fortune can give this a shake. She returned from a break to run sixth over 1000m at Moonee Valley on August 20. Was placed in this class two starts ago and has been freshened for this.
SECRET AGENDA has performed at this level and should go well fresh. Last start was wide before running fourth in the Group 2 Ubet Stakes at Morphettville on May 7. Top jockey Damien Oliver riding is a key to her success here fresh.
AMERISTRALIA has been in tip-top form, but does face a rise in class here at Group 3 level. She is unbeaten at her two starts this campaign and was plunged from $2.10 into $1.70 before winning over 1100m at Bendigo at her last start on September 2.
R7 3.35pm FIGHT CANCER FOUNDATION TESTA ROSSA STAKES 1200m
KEEN ARRAY is going to have benefitted from his first start when finishing well but was swamped in the last strides, running seventh over 1200m at Moonee Valley on September 3. Leading rider Dwayne Dunn rides again at 54.5kg and expect a bold showing.
SANTA ANA LANE is not a straight horse and forget his effort last Saturday when running ninth down the straight 1200m in the Bobby Lewis Stakes at Flemington. Ben Melham goes back on top here and he is a superior horse at Caulfield and around a bend.
HUCKLEBUCK is an Adelaide trained sprinter who trialled well at his hometown. He is a class performer and trainer Phillip Stokes and jockey Dominic Tourneur have had outstanding success in Melbourne. He won his trial by nearly two lengths and can go well fresh despite carrying 61kg.
CHARLIE BOY is prepared by the Sydney training team of Peter and Paul Snowden, and they have already drawn blood in Melbourne this spring with their three-year-olds. He has been prepared for a good showing with two barrier trials in Sydney.
SELECTIONS: No4 KEEN ARRAY, No6 Santa Ana Lane, No1 Hucklebuck, No2 Charlie Boy.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Hucklebuck.
R8 4.15pm BENDIGO BANK EAST MALVERN MRC FOUNDATION CUP 2000m
REAL LOVE (Next Best Bet) was super impressive first-up when having a difficult run in the straight to find the clear, but still managed to power home and run second to Awesome Rock in a Group 2 over 1600m at Moonee Valley on September 3. Top stable jockey Brad Rawiller takes over from Chris Parnham and the 2000m here looks right up her alley.
SELECTIONS: No4 REAL LOVE, No8 Set Square, No13 Tom Melbourne, No6 Jameka.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 Excess Knowledge.
R9 4.55pm SHEEN GROUP HANDICAP 1400m
HE’S OUR ROKKII (Best Bet) showed he was on target for a big spring with a brilliant first-up win over 1400m here on August 28. He powered home that day and defied a betting drift from $4.60 to $7 to score a super win. He goes up to 58.5kg here and will have Dwayne Dunn to steer again at the dual Group 3 winner’s next step to the big time. From barrier four should have a cosy run.
NEVIS (Best Roughie) is an Irish import, who will improve sharply on his debut when finishing seventh to the smart Royal Rapture over 1500m at Moonee Valley on August 20. He is from a top punting stable and was not touched last time when a steady $9.50.
TARQUIN is going to be far better suited here. He tended to race too hard first-up when finishing seventh to He’s Our Rokkii over 1400m here on August 27. The extra 300m and settling better with a run under his belt brings him in with good claims.
PROFIT SHARE will relish the trip here and is now fit. Latest ran home after being caught up to five deep when finishing fourth over 1400m at Sandown on August 24. Drops 4kg to 54.5kg and with Harry Coffey to ride is a chance.
MR WONDERFUL is absolutely flying having strung together four straight wins. He drops 3kg to 54kg on his last win over 1800m at Sandown on August 24. He strikes a few stronger ones here but with the weight relief and form must rate.