Racing returns to Caulfield for another entertaining Saturday of racing at The Heath.
Some of the star three-year-old fillies of the spring are in combat in the seventh race – which is restricted to three-year-old fillies and is run over the 1100m dash.
Melbourne’s premier trainer Darren Weir casts a big shadow with three great chances in the returning Leather “N” Lace, Twitchy Frank and the up and coming Grey Shadow.
All three are at lucrative odds in an open market with Team Hayes’ filly Sanadaat holds favouritism in the early betting at $4.80.
Leather 'N' Lace was at $6.50 in the second line of betting with Twitichy Frank and Grey Shadow at $11.
Weir has employed the inform former Perth apprentice Fred Kersley to ride Leather 'N' Lace and his two kilo claims reduces her weight down to 58kg in the handicap.
The day should be fine with the track perfect for racing rated as a Good 3. The False Rail will be moved in to three metres. They raced on the True Position last Saturday.
QUADDIES (races 6,7,8,9)
Skinny Play: 1 – 2 – 1,16 – 4,11
Wide Play: 1,2 – 2,6,12 -1,2,16,17 – 4,10,11,18
BEST BET: R6 – 1. Sunset Watch
Next Best Bet: R9 – 11. He Ekscels
Best Roughie: R3 – 3. Sircconi
SCRATCHED - No1 Angelic Spirit was a brilliant 2.25 length winner at Ballarat two starts ago in March. Last start ran a strong fourth over 1500m at Sandown on April 2. Linda Meech replaces Michael Walker today and on her fourth to Cliff’s Edge here at her sole start at this track rates highly.
No2 Snogging had to dig very deep to post a fighting win first-up over 1300m at Sandown on March 21. That earned her a start in the listed Laelia Stakes (1600m) where she ran a credible fourth at Morphettville on April 14. She is back down in class and is again against her own age and sex.
No3 I’m Buxom will sport blinkers for the first time. Has kicked off to a flying start to win at her debut and be placed at her past two starts. Latest she ran a top third over 1600m at Pakenham on April 12. Daniel Moor takes the ride today and she drops a massive 4kg on her last start.
No6 Diamond Bow has an impeccable second-up record and she gave a great sight first-up when she flashed into seventh after having a mix up in running over 1200m at Sandown on April 11. Ace rider Craig Williams stays on board and her weight plummets 5kg to 54kg.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Diamond Bow
No5 Divine Quality has an unblemished record fresh of two starts for two wins. She resumes from a 22-week spell today and she was given a warm up trial when finishing sixth over 800m at Cranbourne on April 3. Bound to have progressed further and rates highly.
No7 Alta Stella hit the ground running scoring a brilliant win first-up over 1000m against her own sex at Sandown on March 14. The ante was upped next start where she ran third in the Listed Manihi (1100m) at Morphettville on April 7. Linda Meech retains the ride and she has no weight on 54kg.
No3 Mamzelle Tess was powering home when running a close fourth to Working From Home in a mares’ race over 1100m at Caulfield on April 14. That was her first start in eight weeks and with the run under her belt anticipate she will be further improved. Will be one of the main players.
No6 Creativity bowed out on the highest note when scoring a great win over 1100m here against her own sex on December 12. She again has no weight on the limit on 54kg and will have a change of rider with Damian Lane riding at Morphettville. Daniel Thornton takes control today.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 Creativity
No8 My Paisann put the writing on the wall with a strong second over 1600m at Pakenham on April 16. Was a tight $3.30 chance that day and will be strong in the market here. He has the pace to take advantage of the barrier on the rail and plummets 7kg in weight to 54kg today.
No1 Fidaawy is a high grade British import making his debut for the in form Team Hayes. He is a Group 3 winner at home and will be sure to be fit. Hayes has gelded the five-year-old and he will wear a lugging bit for the first time. Top apprentice Fred Kersley rides and his 2kg claim reduces his weight to 58kg.
No3 Sircconi (BEST ROUGHIE) has the visors coming off and the winkers going on. Last start he was dumped into the top bracket first-up when finishing 11th in the Listed Bendigo Guineas (1400m) on April 7. He drops back down in grade today and has the pace to use his good draw in five. Will be prominent.
No4 Riyadh was freshened up after running a strong second over 1800m at Flemington on March 10. He was unwanted in the betting at $41. Brian Higgins again rides on 56.5kg. Respect.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Sircconi
No13 Pleasant has smashed his opposition and with Zac Spain’s 2kg claim will carry 56.5kg. Was plunged from $2.20 into $1.95 and romped home by 6 lengths over 1200m at Pakenham on April 5. He is a son of top stallion Snitzel and has won two of three starts. Looks to have strong claims.
No7 Wilde Gem could range as an each-way threat if he repeats his win at Pakenham over 1000m five starts ago. Last start he was at long odds when running a good second over 1000m at Sandown on April 2. Will again be at lucrative odds and boasts an impeccable record second-up.
No20 Written Choice has the winkers being replaced by blinkers. Was plunged into a red-hot $1.30 favourite when finishing third over 1000m at Pakenham on March 1. Gets a nice drop of 3.5kg down to 56kg and Stephen Baster will take the reins. Makes good appeal.
No15 Cleopatra’s Glory had her winning streak brought to an end when she ran ninth over 1200m at Moonee Valley on November 17. She had won three on the trot before that over the dashes on country tracks. She is from Team Hawkes and has a good record fresh of two wins at three starts.
VALUE RUNNER: No20 Written Choice
No3 William Thomas hails from the in-form stable of Mick Price and has been flying high with a win and a second at two starts this campaign. Latest showed plenty of grit to run second to Reilmartini over 1200m here on April 14. Will carry 57.5kg today and meets Reilmartini with a kilo advantage.
No2 Reilmartini looking to retain the high ground after beating William Thomas by a half-length over 1200m here on April 14. He goes up a 4kg to 58.5kg today on that win, but in real terms only meets William Thomas a kilo worse. Has won three of his past four starts.
No4 Sun Quan has been racing in blistering form on country tracks and is searching for a fourth straight win today. He does run head-on into a field of talent her, but he has been impressive winning by 1.5 length over Pakenham last start on November 16. Ace jockey Ben Melham rides first-up.
No7 Golden Key has been in outstanding form on country tracks and is chasing a hat-trick today. Last start he ran into a strong challenge from Riverdance Lad to narrowly win over 1100m at Seymour on April 10. Linda Meech replaces Damian Lane who is riding at Morphettville. Good each-way hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 Sun Quan
No1 Sunset Watch (BEST BET) is on a high roll with two wins from past two starts. Latest he smashed his rivals by 2.25 lengths over 1100m here on March 31. Team Hawkes have booked James Winks to ride with Dwayne Dunn riding at Morphettville. Team Hawkes are flying with their juveniles winning this year’s Golden Slipper and this colt looms as highly promising winning by a total of 5.25 lengths at his past two starts.
No3 Fighting Harada hails from a top Melbourne juvenile yard and will be primed first-up from an eight-week spell.
No2 Dalswinton ran an encouraging second over 1000m in the Gold Rush at Bendigo at debut on April 7.
No5 Sikorsky is the stablemate to Dalswinton and is by leading juvenile sire Pierro. He has not trialled so there is no exposed form but Team Hayes has booked Damien Oliver.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 Sikorsky
No2 Leather 'N' Lace boasts an outstanding record fresh of three starts for a win, a second and a third. She resumes from an 11-week spell today and with inform apprentice Fred Kersley’s 2kg drops her weight to 58kg. Her form in the top echelon of three-year-old fillies was great last spring.
No1 Blondie can be the leader here as she has the pace to burn across from gate 10. She was given a deserved spell after running fifth in the Red Roses at Flemington on November 9. First she disappointed when 10th over 1100m here on March 31. With Ethan Brown’s claim drops to 58kg.
No12 Grey Shadow has done nothing wrong at her two starts. Latest she fought hard to go down inside the final 50m over 1200m at Sandown on April 11. Senior rider Dean Yendall replaces a 1.5kg apprentice and she drops 4.5kg to the limit on 54kg. Will have admirers.
No6 Sanadaat was thrown into some of the top fillies’ races of the spring carnival. She resumes here off a 26 weeks spell after finishing fourth in the Listed William Crocket (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 28. Team Hayes has booked top jockey Damien Oliver to ride and she has an impeccable record fresh.
VALUE RUNNER: No12 Grey Shadow
No1 Runson comes into this race with the best form possible beating Chippenham by a massive 4 lengths over 1400m here on March 31. He was backed too at long odds from $14 into $7.50 and started at $9. With apprentice Liam Riordan’s 3kg claim will carry a more comfortable 58.5kg.
No16 Flying Murty has been imposing winning at two and being placed second at his three starts. Latest he coasted to a 1 length win over 1400m at Pakenham on April 12. He was backed into a $2 favourite that day. Plummets 6kg to the limit on 54kg and Nikita Beriman rides again.
No2 Leodoro with Ethan Brown’s 1.5kg claim will have his impost reduced to 60kg. The six-year-old ran a strong second over 1400m at Bendigo on April 7. He dug deep to score a narrow win at Sale three starts ago and he likes this track with two starts for a win. The barrier in 15 is a drawback.
No17 Éclair Calling is a smart South Australian galloper who gets in with a nice weight aided by Chris Caserta’s 2kg claim - he will carry a mere 52kg. He ran a top fourth first up over 1200m at Morphettville on April 14. Has a superior second-up record.
VALUE RUNNER: No17 Éclair Calling
No11 He Ekscels (NEXT BEST BET) with the two early scratchings it further lifts this four-year-old’s chances. With apprentice Liam Riordan to ride he gets 3kg off his handicap and will carry a mere 52.5kg. He strung together two imposing wins in the country before finishing a fighting fourth and second at Flemington and Cranbourne respectively. Has the natural speed to combat a wide alley in gate 13.
No10 Top Of The Range goes very well at this track and is sure to be in the firing line again.
SCRATCHED - No4 Abdon is a Northern Hemisphere import who made a most credible Australian debut here.
No2 Harlow Gold gets a big drop in class today on his last start at Rosehill. Can rebound.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 Harlow Gold