The Blue Sapphire Stakes and the Italktravel Stakes are the two features on the day of day two for the Caulfield Cup carnival.
Day one saw a magnificent if not mammoth ten-race card last Saturday highlighted by Mighty Boss’s boilover at $101 in the Group 1 $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Racing at Caulfield on Wednesday is a far more low-key affair, but there look to be some good winners on the eight-race card to whet the appetite of punters.
Weather-wise it is a superior day to last Saturday with a forecast high of 26C after an overnight low on 18C. The false rail will remain at the True Position and the track looks perfect rated as a Good 3.
QUADDIES (races 5,6,7,8)
Skinny Play: 1,3 – 2,9 – 1,4 – 7,14
Wide Play: 1,2,3 – 1,2,9 – 1,4,5 – 3,6,7,14
BEST BET: R6 – 2. JUKEBOX
Next Best Bet: R7 – 4. MALIBU STYLE
Best Roughie: R7 – 6. LITE’N IN MY VEINS
No4 UP ‘N’ ROLLING with Sydney trainer Chris Waller savouring a good run in Melbourne this gelding looms with strong claims on his last start second to Alward over 2000m at Randwick on October 7. The 5yo has won twice and been placed second at his other three starts this campaign,
SCRATCHED No8 CHEQUERED FLAG is a race-hardened stayer who looms with chances again on his last-start second over 2500m at Moonee Valley on October 6. The formidable duo of trainer Darren Weir and jockey Damian Lane combine here and has two wins and three seconds from his past five starts.
No6 SIN TO WIN was involved in a tough tussle but came out on top to score narrowly over 2025m at Mornington on September 30. He gets The Everest winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy to ride and drops a kilo to 57kg on his last win. He has been ultra-consistent since joining Team Hayes from New Zealand.
No3 SETTLER’S STONE with Damien Oliver as his new rider he rates with good claims. Latest he ran a good third over 2430m at Mornington on September 30. He is raised 5kg to 59kg for his drop in class here and would expect him to be finishing on. He makes appeal as a good place chance.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SETTLER’S STONE
No1 ANDREA MANTEGNA fought hard in a driving finish to just go down to Sin To Win over 2025m at Mornington on September 30. He gets top jockey Damian Lane to ride for trainer Darren Weir. He does rise 3kg to 59kg here because of a senior rider replacing a 3kg apprentice, but should handle.
SCRATCHED No4 GOODWILL had to reload after losing ground and fought back well top claim third over 1800m here on September 23. The gelding gets Ben Melham replacing Damien Oliver and he carries the same weight on 59kg. He is a member of the Robert Hickmott-trained in-form staying team.
No2 VIOLATE looks ready for his rise in distance here on his last-start second over 1600m at Moonee Valley on October 6. Jamie Winks keeps the mount and he was finishing off his race nice and strong last time. This is his fifth start this campaign and is primed for this journey.
No8 SHERLOCK HOLMES is a stablemate to Goodwill. He is race fit now after a solid fourth over 2400m at Bendigo on October 11. Michael Dee replaces Brad Rawiller and he gets a nice drop in weight down 4kg to 56.5kg. Can stake his claim here.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 SHERLOCK HOLMES
No5 VIN DE DANCE is a New Zealand 3yo coming her off a good record at home of three starts for a win and two seconds. Fought out a busy finish when running a close second over 1600m at Te Rapa on October 6. Hails from a top NZ stable and with Damien Oliver to ride rates highly.
No4 VILLERMONT is lightly-raced and showed a ton of speed. He is having his first start for a new stable since his 5.25 length thrashing of his opposition over 1606m in a maiden at Benella on September 29. He does step up in class but has the experienced Luke Nolen staying on top has strong appeal.
No3 BLACK SAIL was snapping at the winner’s heels last start when running second over 1400m at Flemington on September 27. He is the stable-mate to Villermont and gives the yard a strong chance of winning here. Hot jockey Damian Lane is keeping the ride and is one of the fancies.
No12 LILAS had a soft trial at Carnbourne finishing third over 1190m on October 9. She showed courage to score a narrow but fighting win over 1300m on September 13. She gets ace jockey Craig Williams as her new partner. She does face good opposition but Williams is a bonus.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 BLACK SAIL
No13 BRYNEICH was held up and caught in traffic before finishing strongly to run fifth to Wall Street Wolf over 1206m at Benella on September 29. That was his first start back from a spell and he usually improved on the effort. Craig Williams is his new partner and rate highly in this field.
No3 STEEL FROST is a South Australian 3yo who is racing in sparkling form with three straight wins to his credit. Returns to this track after a narrow win over 1400m here on October 1. Adelaide jockey Todd Pannell rides again and he drops a half-kilo to 59kg against this class. Big danger here.
No6 WALL STREET WOLF had the wood on Bryneich last start over 1206m at Benella on September 29. That was his second win in a row after a slashing victory over 1300m and 1200m at Geelong and Pakenham on the synthetic tracks. Proven most versatile and stable is running hot.
No2 BOGGOMS is an Adelaide galloper, who comes here from a last-start third to Dollar For Dollar at Morphettville over 1250m on October 7. He gets the in-form Noel Callow to ride at his debut at this track. Phillip Stokes is a top Morphettville trainer and not here for a picnic.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 BOGGOMS
No3 HELL OR HIGHWATER has plenty to like about against her own sex here. She claimed a hat-trick including two wins at this course before finishing a fighting third over 1600m at Moonee Valley on September 29. She gets a change of rider with Luke Nolen replacing Dean Yendall.
No1 PROMPT RESPONSE found more trouble than Ned Kelly when finishing a luckless 11th in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on October 7. She gets Damien Oliver replacing Stephen Baster here and has a fabulous draw in gate five. She makes a strong case to have here.
No2 FLYING JESS has Sydney jockey Tye Angland down to ride her in this race. She ran a great second to I Am A Star in the Group 2 Stocks Stakes (1400m) at Moonee Valley last start on September 29. She was never on the track that night and from gate two here should get a softer run in transit.
No4 TAHANEE gets top jockey Craig Williams replacing Michael Dee. She sat four deep last time out here when running sixth over 1400m against her own sex on September 2. She had a pip-opener in an 1100m trial at Echuca on October 4, where she ran well to finish second.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 TAHANEE
No2 JUKEBOX (BEST BET) can rebound here after going down to the outstanding filly Catchy for his first defeat in the Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on September 16. Trainer Ciaron Maher gave him a trial where he won over 800m at Cranbourne on October 9. Craig Williams rode the colt in the trials and rides in today’s race. Catchy ran a cracking fourth in the Caulfield Guineas on Saturday.
No10 CROWN WITNESS caused an upset when beating Catchy over 1100m in a Listed race over 1100m here on August 19.
No9 FORMALITY has a bucket full of speed and give another chance back here.
No1 SUMMER PASSAGE was scratched from Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas because of a horror draw.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 SUMMER PASSAGE
No4 MALIBU STYLE (NEXT BEST BET) only missed catching Keen Array by centimetres over 1200m in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) down the straight at Flemington on October 7. He is back to his favourite Melbourne track and he will carry 56.5kg again, He meets Keen Array 3.5kg better under the conditions here on 56.5kg and makes a strong case.
No1 KEEN ARRAY is very reliable and sure to amongst the major place-getters with his fast pace.
SCRATCHED No2 FAATINAH Has the pace to combat a wide alley in 11 and the stable is running hot.
No6 LITE’N IN MY VEINS (BEST ROUGHIE) Copped big weights at home in Perth. Right down to the limit on 54kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 LITE’N IN MY VEINS
No7 ANAHEIM scored a good win at his last start at this track over 1800m on September 23. He was the $2.05 favourite when running sixth over 2046m at Benella on September 29. He is back in distance and with Sydney’s top hoop Hugh Bowman to ride makes strong appeal here.
No14 SILVERA has trainer Tony McEvoy and ace Adelaide jockey Jamie Kah to partner. The pair have been burning at home and he makes appeal on his past two wins at Flemington and at Morphettville over 1630m and 1400m last month. Kah rides again and he drops a half kilo to 57.5kg here.
No3 DODGING BULLETS was a heavily backed favourite at $2 to win the Bairnsdale Cup (1600m) but could only finish third to Pemberly on October 8. Gets the talented Craig Williams as his new partner for his return to city racing and would expect him to bounce back from gate two.
No8 ONCIDIUM RULER has the blinkers removed at his first start back from a 34-week spell. Trainer Mick Kent has given him three trials and he showed at his last one over 1550m at Cranbourne he was primed for a comeback with a big 1.5 len win on October 9. He is worth a look here.
VALUE RUNNER: No8 ONCIDIUM RULER