A great card of racing for the metro meet at Caulfield on Saturday. There is plenty of value to be found and we haven’t been afraid to tip a few at double figures on top, including Highland Beat, which goes around in the last and did the job for us recently at good odds.
Caulfield is a Good 4 with the rail out 7m the entire circuit.
QUADDIE PICKS ( 6-7-8-9):
4,6,11 – 3,4,7,10 – 3,7,10,13 – 1,5,8,12,14
TONY NICCONI is well worth a go in this race. With most of the field having just one career outing, we are tipping one that is on debut but on his recent workout he is definitely in the mix. Led and won his jumpout beating the very handy Goldifox which ran second to Good ‘N’ Fast last week. Has already been well supported across several corporates. Get on!
1st: No7 TONI NICCONI; 2nd: No6 Ruban Bleu; 3rd: No8 Trilli; 4th: No1 Beerz With Clint
Despite the wide gate (15), MANTASTIC is our on top pick. The Darren Weir runner was an eye-catching second on his local debut, flashing home behind the heavily backed Barthelona at Flemington on June 9. That horse has since franked the form with a devastating win at headquarters once more. The Irish import is second pick in the market behind Al Galayel, however, we think he is ready to win this.
1st: No8 MANTASTIC; 2nd: No3 Al Galayel; 3rd: No6 Spanner Head; 4th: No9 Lord Tennyson
Taking a risk with *SCRATCHED* BEA TEMPTED in this one to turn the tables on Masculino. The pair finished one-two at Flemington a fortnight ago and Bea Tempted gets a further swing in the weights here following Nathan Punch’s 3kg claim. Will only carry 51kgs as opposed to Masculino (58kgs). Bea Tempted was one of the best moves all day last start, opening as much as $26 before jumping a $5.50 favourite and nearly landed the money with only Masculino better. Now fourth run in, should be ready to peak. Only concern is apprentice’s poor strike rate of late.
1st: *SCRATCHED* No7 BEA TEMPTED; 2nd: No1 Masculino; 3rd: No10 Flogga; 4th: No6 Nothin’ Leica High
The exciting SUMMER SHAM resumes racing and we are predicting she will return on a high. First-up since finishing unplaced in the Group Two Kewney Stakes on March 10, Summer Sham had won her only three starts prior to that. Led and went around as fav in the Kewney but was beaten seven lengths from Bella Martini. Reports suggest she won her jumpout in impressive style.
1st: No1 SUMMER SHAM; 2nd: No3 Blondie; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No8 Pure Emotion; 4th: No14 Soul Star
MAMZELLE TESS is worth a shot in what appears to be a very open mares event. Rillito is a deserved favourite, however, at the $6.50 for Mamzelle Tess she is definitely a nice prospect at eachway odds. Ran third last start to Shes So High last start while she was around the mark against the likes of Creativity and Spanish Reef prior to that. Has a good record at Caulfield (6s, 1w 3p) so should run well again.
1st: No6 MAMZELLE TESS; 2nd: No7 Rillito; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No3 Just Hifalutin; 4th: No10 Jennifer Lynn
It was hard not to be impressed with the run of TRAP FOR FOOLS (NEXT BEST) last start. Caught three-wide the trip over 1600m at Moonee Valley, the former WA galloper was beaten nearly 10 lengths when sixth to Magic Consol. There was a big gap to second so the run of Trap For Fools at his Melbourne debut was good under the circumstances. Is a winner of 10 from 23 starts. Pay to follow.
1st: No4 TRAP FOR FOOLS; 2nd: No11 Sixties Groove; 3rd: No6 My Nordic Hero; 4th: No12 Jaminzah
Very open affair so we are giving SMOOTH LANDING another chance. We have tipped the filly a few times of late but she hasn’t had the best of luck and she will need some here but at the price ($13) is definitely worth a go. Went around against Remember The Name last time out and ran a close fifth. Prior to that ended in a similar situation behind Truly Discreet. Gets Lachie King’s 3kg claim and with 51kgs on her back, can finish off strongly.
1st: No10 SMOOTH LANDING; 2nd: No3 Usain Bowler; 3rd: No4 Al Passem; 4th: No7 Street Sheik
Craig Williams has been hot the past week or so and we are tipping he will steer MALAISE (BEST BET) home in this race. Williams couldn’t find a clear run at the right time in the gelding’s first-up run at Moonee Valley on June 16 when he stuck to the rails. Eventually the pair finished third but should have been far closer. Drawn one and will be prominent for a long way. Hard to beat.
1st: No3 MALAISE; 2nd: No10 So Poysed; 3rd: No13 My Paisann; 4th: No7 Divine Mr Artie
Have found some value here in the shape of HIGHLAND BEAT. Got the money for us two starts back at Sandown but was luckless last start, sitting wide for most of the trip before finishing fifth to Widgee Turf. Only beaten three lengths despite the work load and will appreciate Lachlan King’s 3kg claim. Respect.
1st: No8 HIGHLAND BEAT; 2nd: No1 Ashlor; 3rd: No14 Kennedy; 4th: No12 Chatuchak