Caulfield Guineas Day is one of the great punting days of the year!
Four big Group Ones highlighted by the stallion-making race where we think this year’s winner could be something special. We have made him our best bet on the card and although he is a short, he should be justifying the favouritism.
Caulfield is racing on a Good 4 with the rail True the entire circuit.
Have something on BISCARA who comes out of a pretty strong trial. Went around when second at the Wodonga trials back in mid-September in the quickest time of the day for the two-year-olds. Sebrakate came out of the same trials on the day to win at Morphettville last week. Biscara also went to the Flemington jumpouts prior to coming here and from all reports she was impressive. Worth a look.
1st: No5 BISCARA 2nd: No2 Lanigera; 3rd: No6 Champagne Boom; 4th: No13 Utzon
VIOLATE is worth another chance here. Was brilliant winning at Flemington two starts ago but then got lost and was wide near the rear at Caulfield last start behind Cliff’s Edge. Is drawn one so maps to be either behind the leader or three-back the rails. Drops 1.5kg on Sirconni for this after that galloper finished second in the Cliff’s Edge race. Eachway
1st: No5 VIOLATE 2nd: No1 Comicas; 3rd: *SCRATCHED* No10 Fierce Impact; 4th: No8 Sircconi
Going against the favourite in Sunlight and tipping BLEU ROCHE. Was wide on debut but still proved too strong at Sale at the start of September. Went around at Flemington next time out down the straight and jockey pulled her from the far side to the grandstand mid race before she flashed home to go down by a half length to Final Choice. Is drawn perfectly in gate two and is a strong eachway chance despite the step up in class.
1st: No12 BLEU ROCHE 2nd: No1 Sunlight; 3rd: No6 Humma Humma; 4th: No3 Meryl
One of the best eachway bets all day is SPLIT LIP. Was last at this track on September 30 when resuming, before working home nicely to end up 14th but she produced the quickest final 200 metres of the day! Gets barrier nine here so Ben Allen will hopefully be able to settle her a little closer to the speed. The extra 100 metres here helps. Has form around She’s So High last season.
1st: No9 SPLIT LIP 2nd: No11 Fragonard; 3rd No1 Booker; 4th: No3 Winter Bride
VOODOO LAD (NEXT BEST BET) shapes as one of the bets on the program. Rattled home at this track last start when second to Ball Of Muscle in The Heath on September 1. Beat Home Of The Brave back in August in the Aurie’s Star. Loves Caulfield where he has either won or finished second in all seven trips here and from barrier five, should be no worse than midfield turning for home. Watch him fly late!
1st: No2 VOODOO LAD 2nd: No3 Ball Of Muscle; 3rd: No9 Spirit Of Valor; 4th: No10 Fleet Review
How are they going to beat SMART MELODY here? The Kris Lees filly is unbeaten in five starts and did all the bullocking work outside the leader in the Guineas Prelude but still held on to beat Thrillster and El Dorado Dreaming. Her winning time was faster than the colts and geldings on the day. Draw two, McDonald can position her close to the speed and all she needs is a clear run to win. J Mac is on fire leading into the meeting too after winning five races at Warwick Farm midweek.
1st: No5 SMART MELODY 2nd: No4 Thrillster; 3rd: No1 El Dorado Dreaming; 4th: No7 Amphitrite
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LAND OF PLENTY has work to do from barrier 19, however, he has been absolutely flying for trainer Darren Weir. Was wide throughout when third to Jungle Cat in the Sir Rupert Clarke and has 5.5kgs on that galloper here. Damian Lane will have to work some magic from the wide barrier but if he can get a decent tow into the race, he is weighted well enough to win this.
1st: No5 LAND OF PLENTY 2nd: No10 Noire; 3rd: No4 Shillelagh; 4th: No1 Hartnell
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A cracking race where there is plenty of value to be found. Tempted to have something on TOSEN BASIL following his performance in the Underwood Stakes a fortnight back. Came from the second half of the field to push Homesman all the way in a thrilling finish to eventually get bobbed out of the photo. Up to 2000 metres is a big tick and barrier two will see John Allen secure him a nice passage but he has ended up near the rear in running at both runs in Australia. Eachway all day!
1st: No3 TOSEN BASIL 2nd: No7 Blair House; 3rd: No12 Unforgotten; 4th: No1 Benbatl
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THE AUTUMN SUN (BEST BET) could be a star in the making! Was brilliant winning the Golden Rose, coming from last to beat Zousain and Graff with the latter going around in the TAB Everest. Has won four of five but there is no doubt that he should be unbeaten after he was most unlucky when third in the Stan Fox behind Tarka. Gets barrier five but maps to settle in a midfield role. Has a huge motor and only needs luck to win.
1st: No1 THE AUTUMN SUN 2nd: No15 Oohood; 3rd: No2 Native Soldier; 4th: No11 Tavisan
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Wide open race to finish the day with so many different formlines coming together. Going for RISING RED who is honest, tough and will give you a run for your money. Was impressive when second to the very smart Night’s Watch in The Naturalism last start when he stayed to the inside which wasn’t the best place to be. From barrier, Linda Meech may opt to come out and try and slot him into a spot but if she doesn’t, he is capable of making a big run around the field. Worth a ticket.
1st: No9 RISING RED 2nd: No7 Yucatan; 3rd: No1 Big Duke; 4th: No2 A Prince Of Arran