The false rail will be at the true position for the return of racing to Caulfield.
Hopefully the fine weather will prevail and the horses can compete on firmer going with a Good 4 forecast, after the horses were forced to race on soft tracks over the past few weeks because of the rain.
Premier trainer Darren Weir should have another top day at the office with a strong contingent of starters including Kenjorwood and Mongolian Wolf.
The nine-race card looks to provide an entertaining afternoon of competitive racing.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 6,7,11 / 1,2 / 1,2,10 / 2,3,7
Wide Play: 1,4,6,7,8,10,11 / 1,2,5,12 / 1,2,3,5,8,10,11 / 2,3,4,5,7,10,15
BEST BET: R5 – 2. KENJORWOOD
Next Best Bet: R7 – 1. MONGOLIAN WOLF
Best Roughie: R9 – 2. TYKIATO
No1 EASY BEAST with a superior barrier draw in gate six and two runs under his belt looks set to break the ice here. Latest he ran a good second in a 1000m maiden at Bendigo on May 5. Jamie Mott keeps the ride and he drops a kilo to 57kg here. Makes strong appeal.
No5 MISTER YEOH Kept on chasing hard when finished runner up over 800m on a heavy track at Cranbourne on May 8. Will wear a cross-over noseband at his debut and will be ridden by leading apprentice Ben Allen, but he has no available claim to use. He is drawn a shade wide in nine but looks a danger here.
No2 BARNEY ALLEN was outclassed last start when struck strong opposition and finished eighth to Pure Scot over 1200m here on April 22. Will find this much easier and the son of Stryker has drawn ideally in gate two to get a soft run. Each-way appeal.
No6 POET’S CORNER is a son of leading sire Sebring and is from one of the State’s top juvenile yards in Mick Price. He gets Melbourne’s top apprentice Beau Mertens to ride at his debut, but there is no trial form to gauge this campaign. Pay to watch betting but is worth respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BARNEY ALLEN
No5 SUNDAY ESCAPE drops significantly in class on last Saturday when he ran down the straight 1000m to run a sound sixth to Crystal Dreamer at Flemington. Back to going around a bend and he is drawn to get a soft run in gate three. This is a wide open race with many chances.
No2 SHAF loves this distance and has been freshened by Team Hayes. Last start ran fourth over 1100m at Oakbank on April 15. He gets the services of top apprentice Beau Mertens here and his 1.5kg claim reduces his handicap to a comfortable 57.5kg. Good prospects.
No3 ATMOSPHERICAL gave a good sight to run away to a one-length win in an 800m gate trial at Cranbourne on May 8. Previous start ran a shocker when finishing last of nine in a Group 3 sprint at Morphettville on April 22. Looks back to best and respect.
No1 AIRALIGN Won a hat-trick before finishing ninth over 1400m at Flemington on January 14. He gets Ben Thompson to ride first-up and with his 1.5kg claim will carry 58.5kg. Has drawn perfectly in gate two to be a force here fresh and should be an each-way chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 ATMOSPHERICAL
No1 EXTRA OLIVES has the pace to lead here and with the 3kg claim of apprentice Brooke Sweeney will drop to 57kg against her own age and sex. She refused to surrender when finishing fifth over 1200m here on April 29 and that stands her in good stead for this.
No4 SAVAJU she gets a nice weight drop with apprentice Chris Caserta’s 3kg claim dropping her down to 55kg for her rematch against her own age and sex here. She ran a cracking third over 1200m at Flemington last Saturday in a similar field. Good each-way chance.
No7 PEDRENA did not stop chasing when finishing second over 1300m against her own age and sex over 1300m at Sandown on April 17. She gets the assistance of top apprentice Beau Mertens to ride here and his 1.5kg claim drops her handicap down to 54.5kg. Makes appeal.
No2 FRAGONARD she blasted her opposition to post an imposing win over 1400m at Sandown on a heavy 8 track on April 26. With John O’Shea departing Godolphin Darren Beadman is the stand-in trainer for the Royal Blue. He has already celebrated his maiden win and she gives him good claims here.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 SAVAJU
No7 DANE THUNDER ran a cracking third behind the talented Mr Sneaky over 1200m here on April 29. Craig Newitt replaces Craig Williams and this is his third start back from a spell. The son of Dane Shadow looks peak now to break-through for another win. Top showing.
No14 OUR PEAKY BLINDERS has outstanding form in New Zealand with six starts for two wins, two seconds and a third. He hails from a top Kiwi stable now based in Victoria as well and comes to town with a last-start win over 1400m at home. Gets top jockey Luke Nolen to steer.
No2 ATLANTIC CITY With the aid of Boris Thornton’s 3kg claim will carry a more comfortable 57kg. Returns here from a trip to Morphettville where he never really got going when running sixth over 1400m on April 29. He had won two of his previous three starts and would discount his last run.
No12 ROYAL ACE hails from the hottest stable in Victoria and he looms as a good each-way chance to enhance his record to five starts for four wins. Was one of Darren Weir’s swag of winners at Warrnambool last week when prevailing over 1200m. The gate in 17 is the setback.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 ROYAL ACE
No2 KENJORWOOD (BEST BET) will welcome his return to this track where he has an outstanding record of six starts for three wins. He gets 1.5kg off his handicap with the claim of Ben Allen dropping his weight to 58.5kg and he will be improved on his last-start fourth over 1400m at Morphettville on April 29. He had no luck in Adelaide and dismiss the run.
No3 ZEBRINZ He will be hitting the line hard and has no weight with Ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim.
No5 ONPICALO with two runs under his belt is now fit and has top junior rider Beau Mertens to guide.
No10 CASTELO ran a great fourth over 1600m here last start and this is no harder.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 CASTELO
No10 OVERBERG kept on fighting all the way to the wire when finishing a brave third to Odeon over 2000m here on April 29. Has 57kg and the in-form Dean Yendall as his new partner at his return to this track. At two starts he has a second and a third here and can break his maiden in this race.
No6 DUKE OF ELLINGTON he ran a solid second in the Stawell Cup (2000m) at his last start on April 16. He had previously won over 2000m at Flemington. He is an adversary for his stable-mate Overberg and on 58kg gives trainer Ciaron Maher a good chance to quinella this race.
No7 HURSLEY gave a gutsy effort but was no match for the winner Odeon when finishing second over 2000m here on April 29. He has been consistent as clockwork with four seconds from his past four starts and gets a change of rider with Daniel Stackhouse to steer. Respect here.
No4 LOVING HOME was doing his best work on the line when finishing sixth over 1600m here on April 29. That run came off two solid trial performances and he gets Craig Newitt to ride again in a milder race here on 58.5kg. Has each-way appeal.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 LOVING HOME
No1 MONGOLIAN WOLF (NEXT BEST BET) is being aimed at Group 1 races by premier trainer Darren Weir so he should handle this class. The handicapper has been stern burdening him on 62kg for his win at Randwick in a Group 3 over 2000m on April 15. Mitchell Aitken’s 3kg claim is valuable reducing his impost to a far more comfortable 59kg topweight.
No12 RED RIGHT HAND has yet to miss a stakes cheque at his past four starts and has good claims.
No5 CEYLON with the addition of blinkers expect this 3yo filly to be sharpened up.
No2 ALL OUT OF LOVE he comes here off a slashing win at Pakenham last month.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ALL OUT OF LOVE
No1 WISE HERO posted a fighting win first-up to keep intact an outstanding record three wins and a second at four starts. Trainer John Price has booked Ben Allen to ride and his 1.5kg claim reduces his handicap to 56.5kg. Drawn in the centre in gate seven he looks the one to beat.
No2 ARTIE DEE TWO He did not have a lot of luck when finishing 13th to Wise Hero over 1200m here last start on April 29. When he did start to wind up he finished off well and he gets senior rider Luke Nolen to ride at his rematch against Wise Hero. Give another chance.
No11 ENIGMAN did a solid job to finish third over 800m on a heavy track in a trial at Cranbourne on April 24. This colt gets top apprentice Beau Mertens to ride and his 1.5kg claim reduces his handicap to a mere 52.5kg. He only has had two starts so heaps of room for improvement.
No5 BORD DE GAIN has won twice and been placed second at three starts. Latest he fought hard to narrowly go down to Wise Hero over 1200m here on April 29. The grey gelding gets Ben Thompson to ride again and his 1.5kg claim reduces his weight to 53.5kg. Barrier in 15 is a setback.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 BORD DE GAIN
No7 GREY STREET has been racing very well and with Ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim will carry just 53.5kg. She won here over 1100m against her own sex on April 29. Strikes similar opposition in what is again a deep race, but she is an ultra-consistent mare and would respect.
No2 TYKIATO (BEST ROIUGHIE) She struck strong opposition when finishing fifth over 1400m to French Emotion here on April 22. She had won three of her previous four starts on the provincial tracks and she gets top jockey Luke Nolen to partner here from an inside alley in four. Each-way claims.
No14 BELSAPPHIRE She ran a top third to Grey Street over 1100m here on April 29. That was second-up from a light break and drawn on the rail and with Craig Newitt to ride she should get a soft run. The extra 100m suits.
No15 CARTERISTA Has won and finished second twice at her past three starts this campaign. She looms with claims here on her last start second over 1100m against her own sex at sale on April 18. She was the $3 favourite that time and drawn three she should get a sweet passage here.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 TYKIATO