Racing returns to the picturesque Mornington track after a three-month absence.
The false rail will be at the True position, but with showers forecast there is a chance the track may deteriorate on the Soft 6 predicted on Monday morning.
All eyes will be focused on the Fastnet Rock three-year-old filly in the aptly named Lady Cartier.
She is a $1 million yearling graduate and her connections will be keen for her to kick-start her fledgling career off on a high note in the 1000m maiden, where she clashes against her own age and sex.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 3,10 – 2,4 – 4,8 – 10,12,14
Wide Play: 1,3,10 – 1,2,4,8 – 4,5,8 – 2,6,10,12,14
BEST BET: R8 – 4. HEAR THE CHANT
Next Best Bet: R6 – 10. ITS TIME FOR MAGIC
Best Roughie: R4 – 7. CUBAN BELLE
No3 DIVINE MESSENGER is having her first start for new trainer Robert Smerdon. This is a difficult race as there are many newcomers. This filly was a $6 favourite when she debuted at Group 3 class when running 12th in the Widden Stakes at Rosehill last January. Must have ability.
No5 LATINO BABE showed dash at her sole start to run a strong third over 1000m at Moonee Valley last February. Did well to run second in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on September 6. She would have improved since then and she rates highly.
No10 THE QUEEN’S REWARD has shown ability in the jump outs at Caulfield and the stable usually produces its horses well fresh. She is making her debut here without a trial and has the in-form Daniel Stackhouse to ride.
showed a liking for the wet tracks when she won an 800m trial at Cranbourne on September 4. She makes her debut here and will have improved on her trial performance.SCRATCHED No11 WOODMAN’S DOLL
VALUE RUNNER: No11 WOODMAN’S DOLL
No4 LADY CARTIER cost her owners $1 million at the yearling sale this daughter of Fastnet Rock will be looking to kick off her career on a big high. She gets the experience of Damien Oliver to guide her and she shone in a jump-out at Ballarat on August 31.
faced stronger opposition when she ran fifth over 1000m at Sandown at her debut on March 29. She was steady in the betting that day at $5 and has in-form rider Damian Lane to guide her across from 11.SCRATCHED No6 PLATINUM ANGEL
No5 MARGOT has been placed third twice at her two starts. Latest she ran on solidly after being backed from $16 into $9.50 to run third in a 1000m fillies maiden at Echuca on August 21. Gets senior rider Ben Melham to ride this time.
No2 DENTAL is another filly by top sire Fastnet Rock and did enough at her trial to run third over 800m at Cranbourne on September 4 to suggest here. Has the experienced Stephen Baster to ride at her debut.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 DENTAL
No4 EUREKA STREET deserves to be the hot favourite on his blistering two wins over 2000m and 2025m at Flemington and Cranbourne at his past two starts. He drops from 61kg to 56.5kg here for his rise in class on his Cranbourne win.
No2 ANDREA MANTEGNA scored a strong win over 1800m at Sandown on August 23. This Northern Hemisphere import was the $4.20 favourite that day and the extra distance here and soft track should suit.
No6 KILMACURRAGH is having his third start back from a spell and was a strong performance to run second over 1400m at Sandown on August 30. He gets top jockey Dwayne Dunn to ride and should be primed for the extra distance.
No5 THE THUG is race-hardened and had no luck last start before finishing fifth over 1800m at Sandown on August 23. He gets the in-form Damian Lane to ride and he drops 1.5kg to 55.5kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ANDREA MANTEGNA
No3 FALIKA was held up tight before finishing a sound over 1400m to Oregon’s Day in a good Mares race over 1400m at Caulfield on September 2. That was her second start back from a spell and with Damien Oliver to ride must respect.
No1 I AM THE DARK has been placed at his past two starts and he should love the wet track. Latest he ran second over 1400m to Stone Worrier here last Wednesday. With Jessica Eaton’s 3kg claim he drops to 55.5kg. Good at the weights.
No7 CUBAN BELLE (BEST ROUGHIE) has Jack Martin’s 3kg claim to reduce her handicap to 53kg and on that weight she has claims. Latest she carried 54kg and was picking off her rivals at the end when finishing eighth over1200m at Cranbourne on August 27.
No8 RED GATEAU claimed two smart country wins before finishing a good third over 1400m at Sandown on August 30. With apprentice Ben Thompson’s 1.5kg claim he carries 54.5kg again. Rates.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 CUBAN BELLE
No9 BLAZERS has been as consistent as a Swiss watch and she gets her chance to breakthrough for another win here on her last start third over 2100m against her own sex at Sandown on August 16. Regan Bayliss rides her again at 56kg.
No8 STREET SPUN has only won twice at 23 starts but is a model of consistency. Latest she ran second to Maudamiss over 2100m at Sandown on August 16. Top jockey Dwayne Dunn rides again on 57kg and rates as a danger.
No2 BIRDS OF TOKYO is right in this following her effortless win over 1700m at Warrnambool on August 24. With Jack Martin’s 3kg claim she carries 58kg – a kilo more than she did last start and she handles the wet.
No1 MARAUDAMISS seeking to claim two wins from her past three starts here. Latest she raced against the male to run ninth over 2400m at Sandown on August 30. Ethan Brown’s 3kg claim drops her weight to 59kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BIRDS OF TOKYO
No10 ITS TIME FOR MAGIC (NEXT BEST BET) stood flat-footed before she powered home to run second at her Australian debut over 1000m against her own sex at Sandown on August 30. Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller has put ear muffs on the ex-New Zealand mare and has booked Damien Oliver to ride her here. She should get favours drawn in gate four.
No2 BRUGAL REWARD The 3kg claim drops her weight to 56kg and makes appeal second-up.
No9 CULLEMMY’S DIAMOND was a smart winner at Bairnsdale over 1200m last start.
is fit now with two runs at Caulfield under her belt. Respect.SCRATCHED No3 FURSA
VALUE RUNNER: No9 CULLEMMY’S REWARD
No2 BOWERMAN broke through for a well-deserved win at his last start over 1100m in a maiden at Bendigo on August 13. Regan Bayliss again rides on a soft track again. He has raced well at his past two starts on rain-affected ground.
No4 LEVENDI was a dashing debut winner over 1200m in a maiden at Ballarat on June 4. He finished a nice third over 800m in a trial at Cranbourne on September 4. The trial should have him primed for this open affair.
broke his maiden status at his second start at Geelong before running a solid fourth over 1000m at Sandown last Wednesday. He is on the quick back up but the extra 200m and wet track should suit.SCRATCHED No6 BEL SONIC
No5 MACTIER had to dig deep to win at his debut over 1000m in a maiden at Bendigo back in May. He ran a good second in an 800m trial at Cranbourne on September 4 and he is bred to handle the rain-affected surface.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BOWERMAN
No4 HEAR THE CHANT (BEST BET) showed she was on key for this with a big first-up second over 1200m at Moonee Valley on August 12. She drops back to the 1000m here but she has done this before and won. Top jockey Regan Bayliss is her new partner and she drops a half-kilo to 57.5kg and she should get a soft run from gate four. Makes great appeal.
No7 JALAN JALAN is returning from a 161-day spell. He has a good record fresh and he showed pace at a recent jump out at Sandown.
No8 MOTOWN LIL Flashed home last start to win impressively over 1000m at Sandown.
No2 ROCK ‘N’ GOLD always fires well fresh and returns here from a 151-day spell.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 ROCK ‘N’ GOLD
No14 THINK BABE faces a deep race here, but she has shone winning twice and being placed second twice from five starts. Latest she missed the placing for the first time when eighth to Jaws Of Steel over 1600m at Sandown in May. Goes well fresh.
No12 WIND FORCE having drawn barrier 17 hurts but he ran a great second over 1000m at Sandown on August 23. He is fresh off a 21-day break and he drops a kilo to 57kg with senior jockey Cory Parish to ride.
No10 DEMOLITION dug deep to post a fighting win first-up over 1100m at Geelong on August 9. He has been kept fresh and gets the red hot Damian Lane to ride. He drops 1.5kg to 57.5kg, but the gate in 16 is a hindrance.
No3 GOT THE GOSS has Liam Riordan’s 3kg claim to reduce his impost to 57kg. He ran a solid fifth over 1170m at Echuca on August 21. That was first-up from a 71-day break and he has drawn inside in gate five.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 DEMOLITION