The nation’s best three-year-olds will fight it out in the Thousand Guineas and the Caulfield Guineas, with the 10-event card packed full of feature races for punters to try to choose a winner.
It is one of the biggest days on the Caulfield and Melbourne calendars.
The track is forecast to be perfect at a Good 3, with the false rail at its true position. Fine weather is forecast for the day.
QUADDIES Races: 7-8-9-10
SKINNY PLAY: 2,4,7,8.10 / 1,2,4 / 3,4,10 / 1,2,6,12
WIDE PLAY: 2,3,4,5,9,10,12 / 1,2,4,5,7,12 / 1,2,3,4,5,6,10 / 1,2,3,7,8,11,12
BEST BET: R6 No3 Winx.
NEXT BEST BET: R10 No12 Star Turn.
BEST ROUGHIE: R7 No9 Sword Of Light.
SPOILS looked good at her trial. The daughter of Snitzel won with something in hand over 800m at Cranbourne on a Heavy 8 track. The time was slow but the track was wet and from gate (5) she will be prominent.
JUKEBOX should fly on his breeding by Snitzel out of the brilliant former two-year Jestatune. He was a $200,000 purchase at the Inglis sale and will have Craig Williams to steer at his debut.
WAIT FOR NO ONE is unbeaten at his two trials and from the rail should fly. His stable started the new juvenile season on a high, winning with Madeenaty last Sunday and would expect a bold showing here.
DOUBLE JEOPARDY has the benefit of race experience after running down the straight 1000m at Flemington last Sunday when finishing a sound second to Madeenaty. Does face a quick back up though.
SELECTIONS: N011 SPOILS, No6 Jukebox, No9 Wait For No One, No1 Double Jeopardy.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Jukebox.
R2 12.55pm LADBROKES HERBERT POWER STAKES 2400m
ASSIGN is an Irish bred import, who is now primed to show his best after running a solid second in the Harry White Classic (2400m) here on September 24. He drops a kilo to 53kg and has stable rider Katelyn Mallyon to pilot.
PRINCE OF PENZANCE is the current Melbourne Cup winner and he gets his chance to exhibit his goods here stepping back up to 2400m in a small field. His effort to run ninth in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) here on September 24 was not too bad.
THE DANDY GENT was stepped up to a staying journey for the first time last Saturday and gave a good effort to run fifth in the Bart Cummings Stakes (2500m) at Flemington. Reigning Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne rides.
MASTER ZEPHYR gets his chance here as he plummets 6.5kg to 53kg following his second at $2.60 over 2050m at Murtoa on September 29. Light-weight jockey Craig Newitt is the new rider and he loves this trip.
SELECTIONS: No4 ASSIGN, No1 Prince Of Penzance, No6 Dandy Gent, No7 Master Zephyr.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Prince Of Penzance.
R3 1.30pm THOROUGHBRED CLUB STAKES 1200m
MERRIEST lowered the colours of Whispering Brook, who was unbeaten at five starts, for the first time in the Atlantic Jewel here before running a strong third in a Group 3 over 1200m at Moonee Valley on September 23. Barrier (16) can be negated by Damien Oliver.
SELENIA bounced right back to her best when at $41 she won a Group 3 at Moonee Valley on September 23. Jye McNeil keeps the ride for trainer Robbie Griffiths and she will be right in the finish again.
MY COUNTRY ran sixth as a $4 favourite in a Group 3 at Moonee Valley at her last start on September 23. She has Melbourne jockey Mark Zahra replacing Sydney hoop Blake Shinn and she can give punters their money back here.
PROMPT RESPONSE is a Sydney filly, who chased very hard when finishing fourth in a Group 3 at Moonee Valley on September 23. That was first-up and her first start back from a spell, so she will be much better here.
SELECTIONS: No2 MERRIEST, No1 Selenia, No3 My Country, No6 Prompt Response.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Merriest.
CHETWOOD comes down from Sydney with two smart wins including a last-start victory in the Group 3 Cameron Handicap (1300m) at Newcastle, which he won by 1 ½ lengths. Stable jockey James McDonald rides and is a top chance.
BADAWIYA ran a great fifth to Bon Aurum in the Group 1 Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) here on September 24. Craig Newitt keeps the ride and goes up a kilo to 54kg and drops in class on his last start.
MABEEL is a talented New Zealand galloper making his Australian debut. Ran a strong fifth as a $4.30 favourite in the Group 1 Easter Stakes at Ellersie at his last start on April 23. Has an excellent first-up record.
COLDSTONE is a French imported galloper making his Australian debut. He has four wins and three placings at eighteen starts and was given a quiet trial in preparation for this. Suggest betting could be the best guide here.
SELECTIONS: No3 CHETWOOD, No5 Badawiya, No6 Mabeel, No11 Coldstone.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Mabeel.
R5 2.40pm CAPE GRIM BEEF STEAKS 1200m
SECRET AGENDA bounced straight back into top gear with a brilliant first-up win in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m) here on September 17. Damien Oliver keeps the ride and though she has drawn wider in (10) she has a great record here.
AMERISTRALIA cruised to an easy win over 1000m here last Saturday as a $2.80 favourite. She steps up 200m here which should suit ideally and carries a half kilo less on 55kg with Dwayne Dunn keeping the ride.
SHEIDEL has been most reliable and ran a good race to run second to Hellbent over 1100m here on September 24. Top Sydney jockey James McDonald replaces apprentice Dylan Dunn and she again carries 56kg.
RAVI ran a close second in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill at her last start on September 10. Kerrin McEvoy keeps the ride and she goes up a kilo to 55kg. Barrier (14) is a setback.
SELECTIONS: No2 SECRET AGENDA, No14 Ameristralia, No4 Sheidel, No10 Ravi.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Ravi.
R6 3.15pm LADBROKES STAKES 2000m
WINX (Best Bet) is the reigning Cox Plate champion and the best racehorse in Australia. She returns to Melbourne here en-route to defending her crown at Moonee Valley in the Cox Plate and on her Sydney form is going to be hard to beat. At $1.18 in a three-horse race she is better than bank interest. Her prime rival Black Heart Bart could be tested to have to lead all of the way over 2000m.
SELECTIONS: No3 WINX, No1 Black Heart Bart, No2 He Or She.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 Black Heart Bart.
R7 3.50pm SCHWEPPES THOUSAND GUINEAS 1600m
FOXPLAY is an imposing Sydney filly trained by Chris Waller. She won the Group 2 Furious Stakes first-up before winning the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes at Randwick as a $2.80 favourite last start on September 17. Premier Sydney hoop Hugh Bowman is to ride.
MISSROCK ran a huge race when she was held up and then flourished home to run sixth to Legless Veuve in the Group 2 Guineas Prelude (1400m) here on September 24. Dwayne Dunn keeps the ride in her final here and with any luck will be a force.
SWORD OF LIGHT (Best Roughie) was a big run when chasing hard to run third to Legless Veuve in the Guineas Prelude (1400m) here on September 24. That run showed she was back to her best and should again be at each-way odds here with Damian Lane to ride.
LEOTIE has won at three of her five starts. She faced a Heavy 10 track to win as a $1.95 favourite over 1400m at Bendigo last start on September 29. She has drawn awkwardly in gate (14), but Chris Parnham knows this filly very well and can be charging home.
SELECTIONS: No4 FOXPLAY, No2 Missrock, No10 Leotie, No9 Sword Of Light.
VALUE RUNNER: No9 Sword Of Light
R8 4.30pm LADBROKES CAULFIELD GUINEAS 1600m
SACRED ELIXIR is a New Zealand three-year-old who was unbeaten at his two Australian starts. This is a Group 1 winner who returned with a stylish win in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) here on September 24 and will be fitter.
IMPENDING is a Sydney colt who has been impressive, running placings to stable-mate Astern in the Group 2 Golden Rose Prelude and third in the Group 1 Golden Rose. Won the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes at his last start. Quality youngster.
SARACINO is a New Zealand colt who won the Danehill Stakes at Flemington before finishing a luckless fifth to Sacred Elixir in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude on September 24. Top jockey Damien Oliver rides again.
DIVINE PROPHET won the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes three starts ago. May have hit the front too early last start when running second to Impending in the Group 2 Stan Fox at Rosehill on September 24. He is a top colt.
SELECTIONS: No1 SACRED ELIXIR, No2 Impending, No6 Saracino, No4 Divine Prophet.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Saracino.
R9 5.10pm IG MARKETS TOORAK HANDICAP 1600m
HE’S OUR ROKKII is absolutely flying. He was super impressive when bolting away to a 3 ½ length win over 1400m at his last start on September 17 here. He is a dual Group 3 winner and will be hard to beat.
BON AURUM ran a great race to pip Voodoo Lad in the Group 1 Alister Clarke Stakes here on September 24. Before that he won The Sofitel by two lengths and this is his chance to bag another Group 1. Flying.
THAMES COURT has been racing well without luck and she deserves her chance here. She ran a great fourth to Bon Aurum in the Alister Clarke Stakes and meets him four kilos better on weight terms here on 52kg.
TOSEN STARDOM is a quality Japanese import who was inspiring at his debut when flashing into fourth place in the Group 2 Dato at Moonee Valley on September 3. Suffered a minor setback but must respect.
SELECTIONS: No4 HE’S OUR ROKKII, No3 Bon Aurum, No10 Thames Court, No2 Tosen Stardom.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 Thames Court.
R10 5.45pm MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC SCHILLACI STKS 1100m
STAR TURN (Next Best Bet) is a class three-year-old who has been racing well in Sydney. He won the Group 3 San Domenico before running a close second to Astern as the favourite in the Group 2 Run To The Rose at Rosehill on August 27. He hails from a top stable and carries no weight on 53kg against the older horses.
SELECTIONS: No12 STAR TURN, No2 Turn Me Loose, No11 Ocean Embers, No1 Flamberge.
VALUE RUNNER: No11 Ocean Embers.