Caulfield is racing on a Good 4 with the rail in the True. Back on September 1 at this track, those who raced either in or near the lead were advantaged for most of the meeting as were horses using the inside lanes. This cracking nine-event card oozes class with our best bet of the day resuming from a spell but we are sure she is ready to fire on all cylinders.
ÉCLAIR CALLING looks well placed here with Chris Caserta’s 2kg claim. The gelding will only carry 58kgs and drops back in class from his last start, where he ran third to Violate. The second horse in that race, Dollar For Dollar, then ran a cracker in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes when leading everywhere bar the post in finishing second to Jungle Cat. The form stacks up, he likes Caulfield and is drawn well (4). Hard to toss.
1st: No2 ÉCLAIR CALLING 2nd: No3 Holbein; 3rd: No5 Spanner Head; 4th: No7 Muraahib
Banking on VIOLATE to make it two straight wins since resuming from a spell. Could not have been more impressive in making up ground from the back half of the field to beat Dollar For Dollar at Flemington a fortnight back, with that horse franking the form with a great second in the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. Should get a cosy run just off the leaders and be surging home late.
1st: No4 VIOLATE 2nd: No8 Al Passem; 3rd: No3 Ozi Choice; 4th: No1 Grande Rosso
We are willing to give OCTABELLO another chance after he finished fifth to Al Galayel last time out at this track. The gelding had a sweet trip, fourth in the run, and after looming up on straightening just didn’t finish off in end up two lengths from the winner. Ayers Rock led and beat him home in that race but Octabello gets a 4kg weight swing on him here. Big chance.
1st: No7 OCTABELLO 2nd: No1 Prized Icon; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No10 Nettoyer; 4th: No4 Ayers Rock
Have something on MISS LEONIDAS in this. In what is a fairly difficult affair, she is only carrying 54kgs and is drawn nicely in gate four. Should be on the speed and won by six lengths at Moonee Valley before going for a break. Can win.
1st: No14 MISS LEONIDAS 2nd: No3 Soothing; 3rd: No11 Split Lip; 4th: No16 Grey Shadow
Talented mare BOOKER (BEST BET) is worth the game here after drawing perfectly in gate one. Is resuming but led throughout when fresh last preparation at this track and distance in beating Leather’n’lace. Went on to finish fourth, beaten less than a length, to Russian Revolution in the Oakleigh Plate next start. Damian Lane has all the aces up his sleeve. She flies fresh – get on!
1st: No2 BOOKER 2nd: No1 Kemono; 3rd: No6 Brave Song; 4th: No4 So Si Bon
A very open affair so we suggest going a little wide in this race. Our on top pick is TAVISAN though who has been absolutely flying of late. Was third to Encryption down the straight at Flemington last time out and prior to that, pushed the highly rated Brutal all the way at Moonee Valley. Will push forward from gate 10 and be thereabouts at the finish.
1st: No11 TAVISAN 2nd: No4 Good ‘n Fast; 3rd: No2 Long Leaf; 4th: No5 Vassilator
Hard to go past SMART MELODY but you don’t want to take anything shorter than she currently is. A winner of all four starts, the Kris Lees filly was simply brilliant winning over 1100m last time out at Flemington, showing a good turn of foot to put her rivals away. Has to go up 300m on that run so that is the only concern. The one to beat.
1st: No3 SMART MELODY 2nd: No6 Spanish Whisper; 3rd: No13 Music Bay; 4th: No2 Thrillster
BLAIR HOUSE (NEXT BEST BET) is our on top selection as we are following the Charlie Appleby train. The UK-based trainer landed the cash first-up last week with Jungle Cat and we think he can do it again with this galloper. Blair House is already a Group One winner in Dubai and has a good turn of foot. The distance suits. On top selection.
1st: No7 BLAIR HOUSE 2nd: No8 Homesman; 3rd: No9 Grunt; 4th: No2 Humidor
FURRION presents a short way home for punters here but jees he looks a nice horse in the making. A winner of five from six starts with one placing to his credit, Furrion has had two runs back from a spell and been dominant in both. Stays at 1700m for this and maps to get a soft run either two or three back the inside. Only needs clear room to win again.
1st: No10 FURRION 2nd: *SCRATCHED* No13 Another Dollar; 3rd: No16 Danon Roman; 4th: No8 Best Of Days