Saturday is surrounded by buzz and hype as Caulfield and Randwick host their biggest meetings of the year respectively. Caulfield will play host to the long-running Caulfield Cup while at Randwick we will see the richest race on turf as Australia’s best sprinters compete in The Everest.
Race 4: Warning flew home last start over 1800m, ran the final 200m in 11.86. Believe the 2000m is a huge yes for him and he should be hard to beat. Get on ($4.40 Playup). Miami Bound was superb here last time out, ran against her usual pattern to be up close last start to suit track and they all came from behind. Forget that run and keep her in your thoughts. Thought of That was superb at Donald and is looking fit, if it can keep that from it must be kept in thoughts.
Race 5: Humma Humma beat the boys first up in impressive style, 2nd up form is ok and Sunlight form is great. Great value away from the favourite ($5.50 Playup). Soothing was superb last start scoring with ease, was a placegetter here last year but can’t seem to find its best here at Caulfield. Prophet’s Thumb won over this track and distance last start and that deserves respect. Should be able to avoid any trouble despite the draw.
Race 6: Celestial Falls was all class in the Oaks Prelude where the tempo suited, led all the way and kicked clear. Fought against the tempo last start and tried her heart out. Has the class to beat these ($3.40 Playup). Vegas Jewel has the goods, first two runs have been all class and she looks like she’s asking for this trip.
Race 8: Land of Plenty was terrific in the Australian Stakes at WFA, yet to win fresh but has the class on these at his best. Great each-way chance ($5.00 Playup). Royal Meeting is debuting in Australia, won a G1 second start and the one he beat went on and won two G1’s of its own. That form is hard to ignore. Desert Lord was very brave at his first run against the highest of competition, was run-down by Kolding and Fierce Impact who both went on to win G1’s.
Race 9: Hartnell is always a warrior and will be hugely popular on track, is always thereabouts when it matters and will be suited by the handicap. Must be in your trifectas! Mer De Glace has won its last five, and the Japanese import will be looking for a fast tempo to suit its home pattern. First beyond 220m though. Finche holds the local hopes, draws barrier 18 which will be detrimental. Flew home incredibly well in the Turnbull. Constantinople has been the bridesmaid in the last three but has all the tools, maybe just a bit raw for this. Mr Quickie needs forgiving for his run in the Turnbull, got a solid check and couldn’t recover. Run before that he flew home for the fastest 200m of the day. Vow and Declare fought against the pattern last start to hit the line hard, massive QLD Derby run before following that up with a win. Has the potential here ($9.00 Playup).
Race 10: Angelic Ruler showed heaps when fresh but found no luck, battled against the tempo well last start and will be fitter third-up here. Pohutukawa will be peaking here after a good build-up, was terrific against pattern at Flemington and should win here ($4.60 Playup). Savatiano will be better for the first-up run, 1400m was a bit too sharp first-up but should be better suited now.
Race 6: The warm-up to the main event, the curtain–raiser if you will. Brutal sat just outside the lead first-up and scored, 1200m can be a query but his best is all class and can get this done. Probably has an argument he could be in The Everest. Home of the Brave beat Classique Legend to the line last start, has the potential to be in the mix and will be a great each-way bet ($7.00 Playup).
Race 7: Santa Ana Lane is the pick of the bunch here, will come from the back and try and pass them all. Was superb chasing Sunlight last start and has the track record here. Has never won as the favourite but that shouldn’t be an issue. Best sprinter in the country and is a must get-on! ($4.60 Playup). Pierata will be hoping to get the monkey off the back and finally beat Santa home, is an improving runner and was all class in last win. Redzel is the only winner of this race and will look to make it the hat trick. Will be right on-pace if not leading and will take some catching, look for the opposite runs of him and Santa! Nature Strip will fly to the lead from wide, has tended to be bullied at the crunch in this class at times. His best is absolutely good enough but can he produce against these? Alizee loves running off a break, has every bit of class to belong here but hasn’t consistently run against this level of opposition. Beat Brutal in a trial recently and will swoop! Sunlight held off fast-finishing Santa last start and can do so again, provides biggest threat to favourite and may be overs ($13.00 Playup). Yes Yes Yes will be looking to shock the older runners here, has missed behind Bivouac last two and ran behind Redzel before that. Trained by Chris Waller gives another tick next to his name.
*All odds correct at time of writing.