Racing returns to headquarters following an engaging Group 1 meeting at Caulfield last Saturday. The feature of the Group 1 Australian Guineas sees a strong field of three-year-olds lining up to do battle. It is a most even race with the barrier draws likely to prove critical. The rail is back on the True position after being at nine metres last time. The track is rated a Good 4 and the day should be perfect with a maximum on 28C forecast.
No1 CATCH A FIRE Her form behind Don’t Doubt Mamma was solid last spring and she is fresh here after running eighth at the Gold Coast on January 14. Regan Bayliss is the new rider and she goes very well fresh.
No3 SWORD OF LIGHT Damian Lane has a great association with this stable and he rode a winner for them last Saturday. Smart filly here who has an imposing record fresh of two starts for a win and a second. Can go close.
No2 MISSROCK Proved a tough adversary capping her spring with a strong fifth in the VRC Oaks (2500m) here on November 3. She gets a riding change with Mark Zahra the new pillion and one to watch.
No7 GIVE US A GO Had no luck at her final start before finishing third over 1400m on Melbourne Cup day last November. She gets a change of rider with top jockey Damien Oliver steering her first-up here.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 GIVE US A GO
No2 HEATHERLY (BEST BET) Had no luck in what was a drama-packed start to the Lightning Stakes. She gave a strong effort first-up to run a close sixth in the Group 1 down the 1000m straight here a fortnight ago. She gets the in-form Damian Lane to ride her again and she strikes only a small bunch here and at $2.05 in early betting looks a good bet.
No5 LADY ESPRIT Was unable to overhaul the leader when as a $1.65 favourite she ran second over 955m against her own sex at Moonee Valley.
No4 RELDAS Gets the red hot Craig Williams to ride here and with a record of four starts for a win, a second and a third first-up she rates well.
No3 HUSSON EAGLE Goes very well fresh with a record of five starts for three wins, a second and a third.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 HUSSON EAGLE
No1 MADEENATY She has been a model of consistency. She ran a strong third to Golden Slipper fancy Houtzen in the 2yo Magic Millions on the Gold Coast on January 14. She is suited under the set-weights and penalties here.
No13 PLOVERSET Is a stablemate to Madeenaty and was pushed along at a recent jump-out on February 24. Hails from the State’s top two-year-old yard and has been specked at double figure odds in early betting.
No12 HOLY HONOR Hails from a top juvenile stable and showed natural speed to outsprint her rivals in a recent jump out on February 24. She meets some smart types at her debut but her sire I Am Invinclble is on fire.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 HOLY HONOR
No2 JERILDERIE LETTER Is a talented Tasmanian galloper returning to the mainland. He worked up to this with a smart second first-up over 1600m at Launceston on February 22. Victorian jockey Luke Currie takes the reins here.
No3 DIVINE MR ARTIE Gets the Hong Kong-based jockey Brett Prebble to ride here. Latest gave a solid effort to run second over 1700m here on February 18. He has been a model of consistency and is rock hard for this.
No8 PORTMAN Is a lightly-raced four-year-old who scored a smart win over 1600m here on January 28. He gets a change of rider with the in-form Craig Williams to steer and he has no weight again on 54kg. Rates well.
No4 LIAPARI Comes to Melbourne with two wins in a row at Randwick over 1600m at his past two starts. He gets top Melbourne jockey Damien Oliver to ride and he hails from the leading stable of Chris Waller. Good hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 JERILDERIE LETTER
No10 TURBO MISS Eased in betting before finishing a good second over 1200m against her own sex at Moonee Valley on February 17. She has been most consistent and gets Craig Williams replacing Damian Lane here on 54kg.
No9 HAPPY HANNAH Team Snowden have brought her down from Sydney to race fresh here. She ran fourth of five in a 1050m trial at Randwick on February 16. That was a warm up and don’t think they would bring her here if she was not ready.
No3 RISING ROMANCE Is a class mare resuming and she has sprinted well in far stronger class than this fresh. Team Hayes has booked Damien Oliver to ride and she is well suited on 54kg under the wet-weights and penalties conditions.
No2 I LOVE IT Most reliable mare who ran a solid third in a Group 3 over 1400m at Launceston last start on February 19. She gets the in-form Mark Zahra as her new pillion and will carry 56kg under the conditions of this race.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 RISING ROMANCE
No2 HE OR SHE Has shown in the past that he sprints very well fresh. He looks well suited here in this class first-up and he gets Mark Zahra to steer. Forget his last in the Kingston Town at Ascot last November he was over the hill.
No3 HOOKED Has been backed in early betting and has proven to be class on his day. He has raced at the elite level and looks suited here on 56.5kg. He ran fourth in a trial at Cranbourne on February 7. Dwayne Dunn is to ride.
No5 GRANDE ROSSO Won at his prior two city starts before running seventh over 1600m in the Group 3 Carlyon Cup at Caulfield on February 11. Stable jockey Regan Bayliss is the new rider and is worth consideration here.
No6 ZEBRINZ Was strongly supported and landed the plunge when winning over 1400m here on February 18. That was a strong three-quarter length win and he carries the same weight on 54kg and has Damian Lane on again.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 HOOKED
No4 HEY DOC Has the gate (4) and the form to suggest he can win what is an even Guineas field. He won the CS Hayes Stakes here in fine style on February 18. Punters have lunged onto him since the draw on Tuesday and respect.
No2 DIVINE PROPHET Is searching for the Caulfield-Australian Guineas double. He had a good tough pipe-opener when ninth to Black Heart Bart in the Group 1 Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on February 11. Back to his own age here.
No6 ATTENTION Backs up here off a sound fifth to Black Heart Bart in the Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last Saturday. That was his third run this campaign and has him now rock hard for his own age here.
No13 LAND OF PLENTY (Best Roughie) Is a talented 3yo who ran a big race when three deep to charge into third place to Hey Doc in the Hayes Stakes at Caulfield on February 18. Hong Kong jockey Brett Prebble replaces Blake Shinn. Good showing.
VALUE RUNNER: No13 LAND OF PLENTY
No3 NORTHWEST PASSAGE Has been racing stylishly and can post another picket fence here after winning over 2500m at Moonee Valley on February 17. This 3yo has now won at five of his six starts and he carries the same weight on 54kg here.
No9 ANNUS MIRABILIS Is going to strip much fitter here. Was racing off a 48-day gap when finishing third over 2000m here on February 18. He gets a big weight drop of 5.5kg down to 54kg and must rank as an each-way chance.
No2 BIG MEMORY Gets a nice weight drop of 2kg down to 54.5kg here after starting a $3.40 favourite when second to Northwest Passage over 2500m at Moonee Valley on February 17. Craig Williams is another positive.
No4 DE LITTLE ENGINE Is a tough stayer who will have reaped benefit from his first-up second over 1800m at Caulfield on February 11. Damien Oliver stays on top and he carries 54kg here. Looms with good claims.
VALUE RUNNER: No 4 DE LITTLE ENGINE
No2 KNOWABLE (NEXT BEST BET) Has been in excellent form and can notch another win here. Latest ran a strong third in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) to Oak Door here on February 11. Won at his prior start here and with a record of two wins and two thirds is a talented 3yo on the up. Regan Bayliss keeps the ride and he has blinkers fitted for the first time.
No1 WAZZENME Can rebound from disappointing second-up effort.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 WAZZENME